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This family home is enjoyed frequently by the owners and cared for by a caretaker, so that attention is paid to the premises at all times.
It is a quiet corner property on a developed street that features widely-spaced luxury homes, tall trees and big, delightful views. The cabin-like exterior opens to wonderful views from a roomy, comfortable and quiet retreat.
Who and how? Just right for two or three couples, a family, a 'guys/girls weekend' . . . or as headquarters for a retreat, family reunion or wedding party. The dining room or deck could anchor a family get-together, gourmet dinner, meeting of partners or a board planning session.
Groups and parties? You are welcome to entertain, get memorably married, or hold a party at the property. Special arrangements can be made if you expect 20 or more guests. Our rustic meadow and roomy deck have accommodated many a cocktail party, picnic and birthday celebration.
If you have a group or family, please see the description and sizes of beds below . . . We can be flexible on the number of guests; let us know what you have in mind.
Close to charm! It's an easy drive of 10 minutes to either nevada city or grass valley, with fine restaurants, music, theatre, shopping, art galleries, historic attractions and recreation.
How close to skiing and hiking? Cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing (and warm-weather walking) is available at Washington Ridge recreation area, about a half-hour drive away. For downhill skiing, reach Sugar Bowl and Boreal Ridge in under an hour on good highways and freeways. Our house is somewhat below the snow line most seasons, meaning you can depart from your snow-free vacation retreat to the snow area.
Sleep! The master bedroom has a king-size bed and the bathroom can be made private to form a suite.
A second full bedroom, with a double bed, is right by another 3/4 bathroom (shower, no tub). A door closes off both the bath and the bedroom from the rest of the house.
The third bedroom has a queen-size bed; it is between the living room and the master bedroom and bathroom. This bedroom is not entirely private, as it is the only indoor passage between the master suite and the living/main room. However, there is a way out the master, and back into the house, without walking through. Anyway, ask us if you need further clarification!
Eat! The fully equipped dining room / kitchen area is large, with a table that can sit 10 and a big window view. If you need to feed more people, there is room to set up another small table, which we have available. The kitchen has an electric range and oven, dishwasher, coffee maker, blender, food processor, and lots of counter space. Spices, coffee, tea, sugar and other incidental supplies are available for your use. Grocery stores are within 10 minutes' drive.
Wash clothes if you want! A washer and dryer are available in the utility room.
Sit outside! The deck is large, has close access to the kitchen, and it is so nice to sit out on. We also have a grassy meadow (great for parties, meditation, or romping). It is ok to smoke outside or on the deck.
Bring your pet? We bring our dogs there all the time! Pets are welcome and we may require an additional deposit; contact us with details. Our insurance policy prohibits dog breeds that are reputed to be aggressive. Be aware that there is no fence -- only strips of forest. Communicate with us and we are happy to help.
See deer! Deer come and go, and you may well look out and see a big buck staring at you from down on the lawn!
Check-in: Our check-in and check-out times are flexible; just let us know what works for you. Questions? Please do send us a message with any questions or special requests. We are happy to welcome you at an affordable price in a lovely setting that was made to be shared.
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit$350
Please contact us for special requests. We will consider more guests than the stated limit of 6; please send a message describing your group. For each guest beyond six, an additional fee applies of $25 per person per night.
Custom rates are available for longer-term rentals.
If you must cancel inside the 45-day period and we re-book, we will refund your money.
Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Our house is in on Banner Mountain, overlooking Nevada City from the south, about equidistant between Nevada City and Grass Valley. Both charming towns are less than 10 minutes' drive by car.
At about 2,500 feet elevation, our house is usually below the snow line -- though not always! Ski areas are an easy, scenic drive, about 40 minutes for cross-country and 65 to 70 minutes for downhill resorts. In spring, summer and fall, outdoor recreation opportunities include hiking, fishing and panning for gold. Enjoy the Yuba River, with bridges and 'beach' areas just 30-40 minutes away.
You will find nice restaurants, art galleries, museums, music and theatres in town. And, unique walkable shopping for clothes, books, antiques, gifts, collectibles and ethnic goods.
About the owner: This is our family home dating from the 1940's, when a 'log cabin' was built by Al and Peg Merrill. Al had been born right down the hill in Gold Flat, in 1909. He later made made his way as a young man in San Francisco, providing for his family as the eldest of seven children. He worked as a banjo player, window dresser and ultimately, a stock trader on the Pacific Exchange. Later, Al and Peg, along with their son Mike, made a family home of the 'log cabin' they had built as a retreat near Al's childhood roots.
Al became a successful Nevada City real estate broker and property owner, while Peg was a community volunteer leader. Both were especially active with the local hospital and other charities. Adding to the one-time cabin in unpretentious phases, they created a spacious old-and-new home with a view down to Nevada City and northward to, sometimes, the Northern Lights.