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Escape to the beautiful Sierra foothills to enjoy nature from the comforts of a luxurious hilltop hideaway home with spectacular sunset views. It’s the best of both worlds with the privacy of 60 fenced rural acres plus the conveniences of being only a few miles from town (Pine Grove, Jackson and Sutter Creek). The guest half of the house was built in 2015 so you'll be staying in 1700 sq ft of brand new construction. The owner's half of the house is not yet occupied during rentals so you’ll have the private property to yourself! The magnificent new great room with dining room has lots of space for your family to enjoy including a spiral log staircase to the loft. The stone wall fireplace features a log mantle that was harvested from a dead tree on our property. The kitchenette is part of the new Rec Room with adjoining patio space and outside BBQ for convenient meal prep.
The romantic master bedroom has many special features including a brand new Cal King canopy bed, simple switch propane fireplace, and make-up vanity dressing area. The en-suite bath features a jetted deep soaking tub, double-sinks and double-shower with both rainhead and handheld nozzles. The half-bath is adjacent to the Rec Room (aka 2nd bedroom) which includes a new and very comfortable queen-sized sleeper sofa courtesy of LaZ-Boy's high-end foam mattress. The additional sleeping is a full-sized spring-coiled futon sofa in loft, which is ideal for kids wanting their own hideaway. Every room in the house is uncluttered with plenty of drawer/cabinet storage space for guests.
What makes our Dog & Pony Ranch so special are the features that have been designed for 4-footed family members who are not only “pets considered” but PETS WELCOMED! We chose tile and stained concrete throughout the house which is not only beautiful but also easily cleaned. Leather sofas and chairs repel dog hair and no delicate décor is below tail level. Artificial grass front and back lawns are perfect for fetch sessions or agility training (jumps, weave, tunnel and teeter are available). There is a dog-door to our wrought iron fenced “back yard”. We’ve also field-fenced the perimeter of our 60-acre property so dogs can roam off-leash. Miles of well-marked private hiking trails through the rolling hills (2200’ elevation) provide exciting deer, rabbit, turkey and other wildlife smells for your canines to explore with you. Our dogs’ favorite feature is the large 50’x70’ swimming pond complete with a dock where our dogs practice their dock diving. Yes, people can enjoy the hiking and swimming too, but we think it’s so much better with man’s best friend by your side!
For additional human entertainment, we have a big 58”flat screen TV with Direct TV + Blu Ray DVD player + Netflix, a 46” Smart TV in the Rec Room, and a portable MP3/bluetooth/radio stereo so you can enjoy your music in any room. There’s wireless high-speed internet (aka WiFi) and a desktop computer for guests to use. In the loft, there is a bookcase full of books, puzzles and board games. Other indoor games include a ping-pong table, foosball and dart board. Outdoor games include a regulation width/height basketball court, football, Frisbee golf and bocce balls to play on the lawn. What guests rave about most though is our outdoor covered patios with hot tub and comfortable seating which provide a perfect place to watch the sun set over the neighboring vineyards, and then light up the fire pit and gaze at the stars while listening to the crickets chirp.
If this sounds like the peaceful getaway you need, please contact us to make your reservation!
Location Keywords: Gold Country, Amador County, Sierra Foothills, Jackson, Sutter Creek, Pine Grove, Volcano, Pioneer, Kirkwood
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
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Refundable Damage Deposit$300
Lodging reservations taken up to 6 months in advance. Calendar will be frequently updated to show available dates.
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
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When you’re ready to venture off this wonderful 60-acre getaway, there is even more to do within a 15-60 minute drive including 37 Amador County wineries, winter skiing at Kirkwood, casino and shows at Jackson Rancheria, cave exploration, golf courses, many nearby lakes and rivers, antique shopping, gold and historical sites, and much more. For a list of local activities, check out our website or the information folder in our vacation home.
Year Purchased: 1998
About the owner: As you probably guessed, we (Cyndi & Troy Harrell) are animal lovers and get frustrated by not having nice places we can bring our fur children. Our Dog & Pony Ranch has been an ideal solution for vacationing with our dogs and horses which is close enough to the Bay Area so we can getaway frequently. We are active in animal rescue (and also pet-therapy visits to senior centers) and have brought many of our foster dogs here who have found healing from their pasts while running off-leash and learning to become well-behaved family members. Cyndi manages the property and will respond quickly to all inquiries!
Why the Owner Chose Sutter Creek: We are also avid skiers and outdoor enthusiasts who fell in love with the Jackson area during years of stopping here after skiing at Kirkwood on our way back to the Bay Area (an easy weekend 3 hr drive away from Jackson). After reading the local property pages many times at Mel & Faye’s Diner, we bought this 60-acre property in 1998 as raw land and have greatly enjoyed the 17-year journey of developing it into our Dog & Pony Ranch. It’s in a great location with large private acreage that is still close to the conveniences of town, close to skiing and many activities, with very usable land including a perfect hilltop house site with stunning sunset views. There have been so many interesting and sometimes frustrating lessons about rural living while adding well, septic, road, power, phone, fencing, pond and recreation features, horse facilities and finally our dream home. And now we're ready to share it with you.
The Unique Benefits at this House: We love entertaining friends and family at our Dog & Pony Ranch where we put our best foot/paw/hoof forward to welcome the many people (and their pets!) visiting over the years, first camping and later in our luxury home which we are now opening to the public for vacation rental when we are not in residence. Many guests have commented on the peaceful quiet and restorative feeling of our country getaway, which we have found very beneficial for stress relief from our high-tech Bay Area careers. We plan to semi-retire here in the future and will expand our vacation home to be a farm-stay complete with free range chickens/eggs, goats, llamas, horses, dogs, cats, and maybe more as our menagerie grows. Please come back and visit regularly to see how we continue to improve this magnificent property!