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Top of the World Views - Luxury in the Mountains

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Last updated: 11/17/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Lake Pillsbury house description

Imagine being in this luxurious mountain home surrounded by acres of private land and the Mendocino National Forest.  Enjoy panoramic views of Lake Pillsbury off the expansive back deck and Hull Mountain right at your front door. As you enter this ridge top home, you will immediately be drawn across the large open living space to the grand windows that rise from the floor to the soaring 20 foot vaulted ceiling with breathtaking views.

You will enjoy the quiet and solitude of this spacious home once the excitement of the view is absorbed by everyone. This home is very private, being the only house on the cul-de-sac, and within the gated community of Lake Pillsbury Ranch.  While this home is a summertime destination for sun worshipers and water sports enthusiasts, the other seasons of the year bring a different but equally visual and peaceful experience. This area has an exciting past and long history with presidents and hollywood stars because of its spectacular beauty and privacy year round.

The spacious fully equipped stainless steel and granite gourmet kitchen with prep island and all the amenities will wow even the most discerning chefs.  On the covered portion of the deck are a gas bar-b-que, café table and chairs, and lounge chairs on the open deck area.  With air conditioning and ceiling fans for summer, or the wood stove assisted by the warmth of passive solar heating on sunny days in the cooler months, you’ll find comfort in this ridge top home.

Oh… did I say that you are totally solar powered?? Yes you are, but you will never know it based on all the electronics and appliances in the house!  During the warmer months you may not need indoor activities as the deck and kitchen are usually the social areas, but if you do, there are three TVs, two on the main floor with satellite/DVD/VHS, and one upstairs with a DVD player for the evening movie watchers.  A collection of CDs, DVDs, and VHSs are available if you forget to pack your own.  Wireless internet is provided along with a work station for your laptop.

This home is great for two couples/families as it has separate bedrooms/bathrooms on each floor with king beds and living areas, and an additional half bath downstairs. The downstairs bedroom is a suite with master bath, walk-in closet, and jetted tub with lake views. Upstairs, the second bedroom has a slider that opens to a small lanai that allows you to enjoy the majestic views inside or out. The open upstairs loft is spacious and looks out over the lake and mountains through the many windows, with 2 additional beds (one king, one queen) for a house total of up to 8 guests.

During the summer, when you are relaxed and ready for outdoor activities, pack your lunch, towels and sun block, and head to the lake. Launch your ski or fishing boat, kayak or canoe and enjoy one of the most special summer lakes in the West. There are several options around the lake to set up day camps, or access the lake for swimming or floating. Lake Pillsbury Resort can provide you with your outing needs of ice, ice cream, drinks, beer, chips and snacks from Memorial Day thru Labor Day, but there are no restaurants or food service in the Lake Pillsbury basin at this time. The local Soda Creek store is open most of the year for convenience items.

Lake Pillsbury has about 31 miles of shore line, big enough for everyone to enjoy with all the different water sports, but small enough and remote enough to have the lake to yourself during the week.  With the lake surrounded by mountains and forest, you can have the best of both worlds of calm smooth water on the west side, or afternoon breeze on the east side for the sailing enthusiasts. A boat launch ramp is within a few miles of the community, and overnight boat slip usage is available during your stay.

From spring thru fall, sunshine will lure you out on to the deck to put your feet up on the rail and relax with your cold drink or hot coffee and take in the panoramic views of Lake Pillsbury and the surrounding forest and mountains. Grab your binoculars and pick out the birds, deer, elk, fox or activity out on the lake.  On warm sunny days, you can take in the gorgeous sunsets, or stay out and watch the evening transform to a breathtaking night of star gazing. See the moon, constellations, and the Milky Way with an intensity most have never experienced.

In the spring you can enjoy the lush green meadows, and in fall the colorful turning of the oaks weaved in-between the evergreens.  Bring your mountain bikes or take a long walk through the community roads that will give you choices of 13 miles of easy or advanced walking/biking surfaces.  Explore outside the gates to some historic hiking trails or OHV trails in the national forest just a short drive away.  Other popular activities in the basin include hunting, fishing and hang gliding from the 7000 ft Hull Mountain.  Winter can bring on some snowy fun where the whole Lake Pillsbury basin turns a frosty white.  At 2000 ft, the snow is usually a day or two of entertainment with a 4X4 vehicle highly recommended to enter or exit the area. 

Keywords: view, lake, mountains, remote, retreat, private, modern, amenities, luxury, convenience, spacious, deck, fishing, boating, kayaking, hunting, hiking, wildlife, bird watching, sightseeing, star gazing


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Property Type

  • 2 story
  • House
  • 2400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
          • Children Welcome
          • Limited Accessibility
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Considered

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom


          • CD Player
          • DVD Player
          • Games
          • Music Library
          • Satellite / Cable
          • Television
          • VCR
          • Video Library


          • Away From It All
          • Family
          • Romantic
          • Sports & Activities

          Leisure Activities

          • Bird Watching
          • Boating
          • Horseshoes
          • Paddle Boating
          • Photography
          • Scenic Drives
          • Sight Seeing
          • Walking
          • Wildlife Viewing

          Location Type

          • Lake View:

            Panoramic view of Lake Pillsbury...moreless

          • Mountain View:

            Panoramic views of the Mendocino National Forest including Snow Mountain, Hull Mountain and San Hedrian....moreless

          • Water View

          Sports & Adventure Activities

          • Cross Country Skiing
          • Cycling
          • Fishing
          • Fly Fishing
          • Freshwater Fishing
          • Hiking
          • Hunting
          • Hunting Big Game
          • Hunting Small Game
          • Jet Skiing
          • Kayaking
          • Mountain Biking
          • Parasailing
          • Rafting
          • Sailing
          • Swimming
          • Tennis
          • Water Skiing
          • Water Tubing
          • Wind-Surfing


          • Dining Area
          • Seating for 8 people


          • Air Conditioning
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Free Long Distance
          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board
          • Linens Provided
          • Parking Off Street
          • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
          • Telephone
          • Towels Provided
          • Washing Machine
          • Wireless Internet
          • Wood Stove


          • Coffee Maker
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Dishwasher
          • Ice Maker
          • Kitchen
          • Microwave
          • Pantry Items
          • Refrigerator
          • Stove
          • Toaster


          • Balcony
          • Deck / Patio
          • Lanai / Gazebo
          • Outdoor Grill
          • Tennis

          Payment Type

          • Discover
          • Mastercard
          • Visa

          Pool / Spa

              • Jetted Tub


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              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Winter (excluding holidays)
              Dec 2 - Mar 31, 2015
              2 night min stay
              $175 $225
              Fri, Sat
              $1,100 $2,495

              Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

              My Standard Rate
              3 night min stay
              * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

              Additional information about rental rates

              Fees and Rental Conditions:

              • Pet Fee $250
              • Property Damage Protection $49
              • Pet Dep-$250 refundable $0
              • Cleaning-$100 refundable $175
              • Tax Rate 9%


              Minimum Age Limit For Renters : Renter must be at least 25 years old.

              Cleaning Fee : All or partial may be refundable after check-out.

              Pet Fee : $250 deposit - refundable after check-out.

              Winter season : 4X4 may be required to travel to or from the Lake Pillsbury area.

              Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice - Holiday rates and minimums may vary.

              Cancellation policy:

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              Last updated: 11/17/2014
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              Car: Necessary

              It is a short drive to launch your boat at the Fuller Grove or Sunset campground public launches. If you don't bring your own water toys, there are fishing boats, kayaks, canoe, and stand up paddle board rentals available at the Lake Pillsbury Resort, located on the west side of the lake.


              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 2002

              About the owner: Michael and I have lived at Lake Pillsbury for over 20 years. As native Northern Californians, we vacationed here as kids and young adults. Now Grandparents, with our own 'Pillsbury Kids' and their 'Pillsbury Kids', we all share a love for this peaceful, serene and secluded hidden gem in the Mendocino National Forest.

              Why the Owner Chose Lake Pillsbury:
              We built this home together in the early 2000's while managing the 800 acre gated community it lies within. We Lived here most of the time, but did travel some of the years for solar consulting projects and shared our house with friends and family while gone. Now that we are back and manage the Lake Pillsbury Resort, we have opened our home to year round guests as we spend most of our time just down the road at the Resort, with summer guests and winter projects.

              The Unique Benefits at this House:
              We really enjoy sharing our house with guests experiencing the beauty of the forest and lake for the first time and in such a comfortable fashion. The best is the 'Pillsbury Moms' who have been camping around the lake for years. Now they get the Pillsbury experience with the 'luxuries of home' - big comfy beds, hot showers, a grand kitchen and a view to die for high above the dirt.

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              Speaks: english

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              Guestbook comments from the owner

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              • View from the Covered Deck

                View from the Covered Deck

              • Living Room out to Deck

                Living Room out to Deck

              • Large Open Kitchen

                Large Open Kitchen

              • Master Bath with Jetted Tub and Private Views

                Master Bath with Jetted Tub and Private Views

              • House from Lower Meadow with Hull Mountain Backdrop

                House from Lower Meadow with Hull Mountain Backdrop

              • Frosty December

                Frosty December

              • Boating with Majestic Hull Mountain Backdrop

                Boating with Majestic Hull Mountain Backdrop

              • Elk in the Meadow

                Elk in the Meadow

              • View of the Eel Fork from above Lake Pillsbury Resort

                View of the Eel Fork from above Lake Pillsbury Resort

              • Eagle going fishing

                Eagle going fishing

              • Bass Fishing at Lake Pillsbury

                Bass Fishing at Lake Pillsbury

              • Kayaking fun by the Dam at Lake Pillsbury

                Kayaking fun by the Dam at Lake Pillsbury

              • Open Kitchen, Dining and Living Area, Loft Above

                Open Kitchen, Dining and Living Area, Loft Above

              • Open Loft with King Bed, Great Room Below

                Open Loft with King Bed, Great Room Below

              • Master Bedroom with Access to Deck

                Master Bedroom with Access to Deck

              • Upstairs Bedroom with King Bed

                Upstairs Bedroom with King Bed

              • Relaxing on the Deck

                Relaxing on the Deck

              • Sunset from the House

                Sunset from the House

              • Kayaking on the Lake

                Kayaking on the Lake

              • Evening Ski on Lake Pillsbury

                Evening Ski on Lake Pillsbury

              • Osprey battling for dinner

                Osprey battling for dinner

              • Wakeboarding by Lake Pillsbury Resort

                Wakeboarding by Lake Pillsbury Resort

              • Topo Map of Lake Pillsbury Basin

                Topo Map of Lake Pillsbury Basin

              • Morning fog at Lake Pillsbury

                Morning fog at Lake Pillsbury

              VRBO #336397

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              This listing was first published here in 2011.

              Date last modified - Friday, December 19, 2014

              $175 - $225 per night (USD)

              2 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
              Sleeps 8

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              Minimum stay: 2-3 nights
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              Speaks: english
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