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Yay! The Buzzard's House is finally ready for you to rent! This rental is absolutely wonderful! Master bedroom, overlooking the Feather River, wainscot on walls, one beautiful log queen bed with matching night stands, satellite TV, awesome railroad and mining photography by our son, LaRell; 2nd bedroom, cedar walls and ceiling, has one beautiful log queen bed with matching night stands, a single bed, satellite TV, and a crib; Railroad and Johnsville photography by LaRell. Absolutely gorgeous custom-made counters in kitchen, dining room, and bathroom, built by Paul from wood slabs he milled himself from a tree fallen on our Quincy property. Tiled dining room is finished with antique barn boards on the walls and antique hand hewn barn beams across the ceiling. Also, custom-made bar stools for the dining room created by a friend using small cedar trees for the legs! ***New March, 2015: Large custom-made cedar dining table with 4 chairs, and also 1/2 bathroom added to this rental. Logging pictures in dining room are pencil drawn prints (look like photos) created by a local artist, and logging photography by our son. Tiled full-size kitchen, complete with full-size electric range, microwave, etc.; bathroom with tiled shower, designed by Glenda with extra large bench (Under the shower, where it belongs! :o) --), footrest for shaving or washing legs, and cubby holes for soap, shampoo, etc., tiled floor; Large carpeted living room with view of river, terrace and mountains. has 2 comfortable futons and rocker/recliner; #1 sun room, also with view of terrace, river and mountains, has two log rocking chairs and foosball game; #2 sun room also has view of terrace, river, and mountains, and has very long bench with new (spring 2015) custom made thick pad; very lovely, very private/secluded front yard with gas BBQ, porch swing and hammock; huge terrace with fire pit and seating overlooking the river with view of the mountain and passing trains. We have 4 new picnic tables to add to the three we already have; haven't decided exactly where they will go, but you can definitely use them. You will not be sorry if you rent the Buzzard's House. The original 'Buzzards' enjoyed this home for nearly 60 years, and now it's available for you to find the same peace they enjoyed here. Very personal and relaxing environment! ***07/15/14 reduced rent $29/night, you make the beds***
Unlike our other rentals, this rental has carpet in the living room; so you really need to convince me that your pet will behave on the carpet. Other than that, the animals love this property! (No cats)...moreless
Bathroom 1: Newly remodeled. Tiled floors, tiled shower with large bench (Under the shower for your enjoyment!), foot rest for shaving your legs, and cubby holes to put your shampoo, etc., new wood slab counter with sink, 'branch' knobs and towel rods. --- Bathroom 2: Added Spring of 2015. Tiled floor and walls. Cute corner porcelain sink and shelves. This half bath is tiny, but a very welcome addition to the Buzzard's House. ...moreless
We don't provide boats, kayaks, canoes, bikes, snowmobiles, etc., but we have plenty of room for you to store anything you want to bring. ...moreless
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Portola Railroad Museum, Williams House Museum, Walker Mine ruins, Graeagle (golf, shops, 4th of July celebrations, including fireworks show, etc.), Johnsville Museum
Year Purchased: 2009
About the owner: I'm the youngest of four. My two brothers, sister and I were all born in Portola and we grew up in the Buzzard's House long before it became a vacation rental. We spent our summers building tree forts in the nearby woods, playing in the river, catching fish and crawdads, crossing the river to explore the train tracks and wait for the giant trains to go by so we could get them to honk at us. We also spent countless days camping in the nearby mountains, especially the beautiful Lakes Basin Area. I currently live in Butterfly Valley, outside of Quincy, CA, (45 minute drive from the vacation rentals) with my husband of almost 37 years, Paul. We have a son, LaRell, living in Oregon, and a daughter, Kelsha, and two granddaughters, Jettie and Laylie, who also live in Quincy.
Why the Owner Chose Portola: In 2009, after both of my parents died, my husband and I bought out my siblings and kept my mom's original Buzzard's Roost (the apartment) going, with the intention of adding the cabin and the house. Even though we have our own lovely home near Quincy, I couldn't imagine not owning the home that my parents loved for nearly 60 years. When my parents were first married, and very young, they were hired to dismantle Walker Mine (North of Lake Davis). Dad used the salvaged lumber to build the first part of what is now the Buzzard's House. The rest is history, and there's a lot of it! Great place to grow up!
The Unique Benefits at this House: Very few homes in the Portola area sit right down by the river the way this one does. So relaxing and private, yet close to town and the convenience of Highway 70 if you need to go somewhere.