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Spa, Log House on year-round Stream, Swimming Hole, Hiking, Wifi

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Come out of the city and stay in this beautiful custom log home in a gorgeous, park-like, 10 acre setting. Relax on either of the two veranda-like porches or nap in one of the hammocks as you listen to the stream in the background. After a day of site-seeing, shopping, hiking, golfing, skiing, sledding, biking or just relaxing, soak in either the extra deep antique tub or enjoy the jets of the jacuzzi bathtub. Enjoy the Sundance SPA in the back yard as you listen to the creek, watch the moon rise over the ridge or just bask in beautiful expanse of the country starlit night. You will love the comfort of this property.

Hop on your bike for ride into the hills or along the paved country roads. Hike through the trails that you can access right behind the house.

Close to the snow -- an easy drive to any of the the nearby ski resorts (Sugar Bowl, Boreal and Donner Ski Ranch, Royal Gorge) snow parks (Yuba Gap, Kingvale and Soda Springs).

In Summer, watch your kids play in the swimming hole, jumping off the rope swing, or just gently soak your feet in the stream while quietly reading a book.

There are trout in the stream, trails to hike, wildflowers to enjoy. You'll feel as if you've come into a whole new world when you walk into this comfortable and beautiful log home.

Enjoy the local flavor of Grass Valley and Nevada City -- music festivals, street fairs, Farmer's Market, Bike races, Blue Grass Festival, World Festival, Celtic Festival, Wineries, Antiques, Golf, Historical center, Mountain biking, Kayaking, Fishing.

Contact the owner or check the calendar for availability. (A second home is available with the same amenities, if this one is not available. Please contact the owner for details or click on 'click here to see all my rental listings'.)

Keywords: Log House, Spa, year-round creek, Swimming Hole, WiFi, Retreats, Family Reunions

More Details

Diane Stevenson
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Diane Stevenson

I am a Cath Lab and ICU RN. Due to life circumstance, began vacation renting 2 of my homes a few years ago and find that I love it. It is a pleasure to share my unique homes. Thanks to all that come to them. I hope that all my guests enjoy them as much as I have.

Diane Stevenson purchased this house in 1989

Why Diane Stevenson chose Alta Sierra

This was our family home. My husband and I built it. It is not a 'kit'. He designed it and with a good bit of blood, sweat and tears, it was built with the care of the quality craftsman that he is. We raised our son here. He grew up playing in the creek and hiking in the woods. He is now 28 and with the economy the way it is, renting this home to nice folks helps us finance his education. It is a lovely home in a lovely location. We hope you enjoy staying in it as much as we enjoyed living in it for all those years. Diane Foley Stevenson (OWNER)

What makes this house unique

I love the creek and hiking in the woods. Follow the trail across the creek and up to the top of the property where you will enjoy a spectacular sunset. Walking into the house is like something magical. It really is a unique and special place to spend some well-deserved downtime.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi...I'm the owner and I have just had the pleasure of having my first guests this last weekend. I only recently listed my house on vrbo and I look forward to having many guests who enjoy their stay as much as the first ones have.


Diane Stevenson
Aug 2007
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Alta Sierra House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Possession and discharge of fireworks or firearms on this property is prohibited.
  • No fires on the property except in the BBQ.
  • No "trimming"!
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , This bathroom is on the main floor.
    Bathroom 2 - Master Bath
  • Full bathroom with both tub and shower on both first and second floors.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master bedroom has a king-sized bed and a sofa.
    Loft - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 6 - 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • King size beds (1) King-sized bed in the spacious Master Bedroom Suite., Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (3) Queen-sized with memory foam topper for comfort.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • jetted tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Custom log home, close local golf course, country club, numerous local wineries, miles of local hiking, year round, creek with swimming hole right out the back door, hammocks in the back yard, road bike or mountain biking locally. Close to shopping, sightseeing in historic Grass Valley/Nevada City. Close to local ski resorts and snow parks and the local rivers. My other home is #140231 with most of the same amenities. Check with owner for details.


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Spa, Log House on year-round Stream, Swimming Hole, Hiking, Wifi
average rating of 4.814433 based on 98 reviews
Petaluma, California

Another wonderful weekend at the Log Cabin

  • 5 of 5

We 4 couples had a great time! The stream was perfect and we spent all day there with our feet in the water, talking, laughing, skipping stones and splashing around. Everything was perfect and we wanted for nothing, except maybe more time. Next time, we'll do 3 nights! Thanks Diane!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always great to have repeat customers and especially happy ones! So pleased that these guests had a great time! We really try to make our home a comfortable and enjoyable spot for a get-away. The year-round Creek in the backyard with a swimming hole and hammocks in the backyard make it extra fun!
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Comfortable, cozy, get-away

  • 5 of 5

This log home is a beautiful tranquil get-away. It was a rainy weekend and the wood stove kept us cozy. The cabin is well equipped, clean linens etc, all the kitchen items needed etc. The play room looked like fun but we had no time to partake in a ping pong game unfortunately! We were well taken care of by the caretaker Diane with explicit notes, directions etc. We highly recommend this lovely property. (Forgot to mention the beautiful creek and frog seranade!)

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice Home, Questionable Pricing Process

  • 3 of 5

This is a nice home with a hot tub, a full kitchen (though the kitchen is stocked with few staple ingredients like oil and spices), and an engaged and welcoming owner. The only complaints I have are related to three incidents with rental fees:

First, once I booked the owner called to explain that there would be an additional dog fee because VRBO doesn't allow her to charge for pets as she would like to. She prefers to charge outside of the VRBO charging structure.

Second, the next day she called to request an additional nearly $400 for the rental fee because VRBO mischarged us. She explained that something was wrong with the upgraded VRBO app. As a consolation she waived the extra dog fee and the fee for the last two people in our group, which was a nice gesture. I should point out that she was very apologetic about the fee increase.

Third, the day after we arrived she forgot that she had given us the aforementioned discount and requested that we pay more. I had to remind her of previous conversations.

The owner obviously cares for her rental home and it is in great condition. Though it was expensive it was the perfect size for our group of eight. We had a wonderful time. I was just struck by the requests for additional payment, something that has never happened to me when booking on VRBO or similar sites before.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I have two vacation rental homes and have been in the vacation rental business since 2007. It is very important to me that my guests are comfortable and that they enjoy their stay. I try to charge fairly for size of group, pet fee and length of stay. I appreciate having this chance to explain my fees. My dog fee of $20/dog/night is paid for length of stay. This is a fairer method of payment for guests with dogs as the guest is only paying for the time of their reservation. VRBO only allows a set fee for dogs not a per/dog/night. My per guest fee (greater than two) of $20/person/night has seemed to work well for larger groups and does not penalize small groups. The error on the website calculation of the the extra guest fee was discovered right after this guest booked. I called VRBO to ask what to do about this and they recommended I contact the guest, explain the error then send the payment request for the extra guests. I followed their instructions. This has never happened before. VRBO apologized and fixed my listing. I always offer a significant discount to any guest who has been inconvenienced by an error on my part as I want happy and satisfied guests.
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Great and relaxing getaway find!

  • 5 of 5

My cousins and I had a wonderful stay in Diane's Log House. A Lovely wooded setting, perfect for our purposes and time there. So nice to have a hot tub to soak in, a deck for outdoor meals and conversation or a night under the stars and a front porch for reading and relaxing and waiting for folks to arrive! I love the layout of the house with its wide open dining, living room and kitchen space and high ceilings. The beds and couches and arm chairs are comfortable and the linens and blankets and towels, plenty. We are already talking of the next reunion... oh, another plus, a friendly and helpful neighbor.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect retreat away

  • 5 of 5

Great house peaceful, away from everything, my fiancé and I enjoyed our time and would come back for sure.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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terrific and very family friendly

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful and very comfortable, so hot (great) outside but the house remained cool and fresh. there was a hammock for everyone. Always a challenge to find a place for grandparents AND kids, but this worked on all levels and my kids could plunge, swim and explore the creek, and lots of other things for them to do as well. Thank you Diane we loved it.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Empire Mine State Historic Park
I love to visit the Empire Mine. The tour is interesting and the grounds are spectacular. ...
Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Grass Valley
Nearest Ferry
90 Miles
San Francisco
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Alta Sierra Country Club
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Colfax, Ca.
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Highway 49
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Alta Sierra Drive and Hwy 49
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Sugar Bowl
Nearest Point of Interest
Beautiful Custom Log house on Trout Stream
Nearest Point of Interest
Bridgeport State Park on the Yuba River
Nearest Point of Interest
The Independence Trail
Nearest Point of Interest
Edwards Crossing to Perdan Crossing
Car: necessary

Local Wine Trail, Alta Sierra Country Club, Grass Valley, Nevada City, World Fest, Celtic Festival, Nevada County Fair, Bridgeport, South Yuba River, American River, Bear River, Rollins Lake, the Empire Mine, the Independence Trail, Perdan Crossing, Edwards Crossing, All Outdoors River Rafting...Victorian Christmas, Cornish Christmas


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Housekeeping $150 + Tax
Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

Fees begin at $175/night (weeknights/non-holiday) for 2 adults and increase depending on size of your group, length of stay, holiday or season and whether or not you will be bringing a pet. The pet fee is $20/pet/night. Housekeeping fee increases to $250 if your group size is 7 or greater. Check out my other vacation rental home with the same amenities. To get the BEST rate, please call me. Diane Stevenson (owner: Stevenson Vacation Rentals) (530)613-7350

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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