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Secluded Creekside Sanctuary with Private Swimming Hole

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Last updated: 03/28/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:2
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Cabin, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2) NEW! Sleep 2 more. Queen Bed in Outbuilding.

Tara is a cozy, romantic and elegant cabin located in the Sierra Foothills at about 1800 feet elevation. It is 650 square feet of charm nestled into a pristine private sanctuary of 30 acres of pines, cedars, madrones, and oaks. Situated above Rock Creek, there are private swimming holes, waterfalls, and large granite flat rocks for sunbathing. This is a “too good to be true” place to get away from it all. You can hear the birds singing and water tumbling in the creek. A cathedral of trees caresses you as you sink into the solitude.

The Foothills are experiencing Spring like weather., but soon to return to rainy days. Just never know about March. Daytime temps in 50's and 60's, nights may be in 40's. These are perfect days for exploring the town, hiking or walking around our beautiful area, and returning to cozy cabin comfort. Or just enjoy a slow and peaceful day at the cabin, lying in the sun all year round, sitting near and floating in the creek, (the water is perfection!) reading or napping. Evenings are sweet in the fading light of the day, perhaps enjoying a glass of wine on the deck or just being toasty next to the woodstove, followed by a soak in the hot tub overlooking the creek.

The cabin is one room with wooden beam ceilings and wooden floors, surrounded by windows with green tree-filled views and creek frontage. We have unsurpassed beauty in all directions from windows and decks. The cabin has french doors that open onto multi-leveled decks in back overlooking the creek. There is a small camp at Lover's Pool in Summer, with chairs, floats, chaise lounges, and an umbrella. Bring your food, a towel, your reading material, and stay for hours in heaven.

Our outbuilding called the Buddha Hut now sleeps 1 or 2 more in Queen Bed. Located across the parking area, and just opposite the cabin, it is light and airy, a perfect, sweet spot for extra friends. On the deck in warmer months are chairs, a chaise lounge, and a sail for shade. Guests can use the Compost Toilet and sink located in Buddha Hut overnight, but use the cabin bathroom for showering.

Whether you choose to relax on the deck, cozy up to the woodstove on crisp evenings, dip in the swimming holes, sunbathe on the warm rocks in warmer months, or venture out to explore the historic sites of the Gold Rush towns of Nevada City and Grass Valley, you will be enthralled by the relaxed pace and ambience of the area. Nearby, you can visit the old gold mines at Empire Mine State Park, or at Malakoff Diggins. Or visit the South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport and see the covered bridge, scenic river overlooks, enjoy hiking trails, and incredible swimming holes, some with beaches. There is swimming, boating, canoeing and kayaking at nearby Scott's Flat Lake as well. There is also South Yuba River access at Purdon Crossing and Edward's Crossing near the cabin.

A great base for snow exploration, Tara is 1/2hr. from free snowshoeing and crosscountry skiing up Hwy. 20. It is 45minutes - 1 hour from downhill skiing and other snow fun at Sugar Bowl, Donner Ski Ranch, Boreal, and Royal Gorge. 4wheel drive is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED when coming to Tara in Winter months. Although the cabin is usually below snow level, when it's storming, or snow or ice is present, it's best to be safe and prepared. Part of the road to Tara is gravel/dirt, and there is a paved, steep, final descent to the cabin. Paved area can get icy, as temps dip. Sand, ice melt, snow shovel on hand.

Nevada City, a 12-15 minute drive away, has great shopping, and a variety of excellent eateries, from upscale fare to informal dining. The town also features live theater and music, bookstores, outdoor cafes and art galleries. It is well worth a visit to take a walking tour of this historic and charming Gold Rush town, have a bite to eat, and perhaps have a wine tasting at our many local winery shops.

Grass Valley, like Nevada City, has many buildings dating back 100+ years, and is just a 18-20 minute drive from Tara. There are charming antique shops, restaurants, wine shops, the old Holbrooke Hotel, a movie theatre and two Cornish Pastie establishments, serving the favorite of gold miners long ago. The Center for the Arts is located on Main St., presenting wonderful live theatre and multi-cultural music events with top musicians.

Keywords:Stand alone Cabin, Creekside, Secluded, Private Swimming holes
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Member since: 2008

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/28/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 650 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 2
  • Non Smoking Only:

    HIGH SUMMER FIRE DANGER in forest. A 'NO SMOKING' home....moreless

  • Not Suitable For Children:

    Young children may be at risk on slippery rocks, steep trail to one swimming hole. Deck has stairs from one level to another. No railing on part of deck, and only a bench around table area. See Pics....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Pets scare away wildlife. Some guests may have allergies....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    Wheelchair inaccessible....moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 1-2

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Queen size Bed (1) Down comforter/4 pillows. Velour Blanket. Extra throws....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • Large two person soaking tub. Shower in tub. Tile floor/ walls of shower are tiled....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Wonderfully Pure Artesian Well Water. Private Swimming Holes. Large meadow below cabin for frisbee, ball games. Umbrella, 2 beach chairs, table, 2 chaise lounges in summer at one swimming area. Ceiling fan in cabin. 2 Movable Fans in summer. LED Lanterns. French Press Coffeemaker. Mr. Coffee Coffeemaker. Hair Dryer. Brochures, maps, and info about areas of interest. Large tub in bath for 2. Gated Property for privacy and comfort. Complimentary Organic caffeinated coffee and assorted teas. We use only GREEN CLEANING PRODUCTS. Complimentary bottle of Wine....moreless


  • Books:

    Some books and magazines for guests....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    A couple of board games, playing cards, puzzle....moreless

  • Music Library:

    CD library. Hookup for Ipod....moreless

  • Stereo


  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    There are local views of surrounding hillsides and forests....moreless

  • Water View:

    Deck overlooks creek below. Take paths to swimming pools, waterfalls, and huge rocks for sunbathing and hanging out....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    Washer/Dryer for your use in outbuilding. Not available in Winter....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Woodstove in Winter. Propane heat....moreless

  • Internet:

    DSL and WIFI. Bring your Laptop or Tablet....moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Velour blanket and throws, as well as sheets, down comforter and 4 pillows....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Large couch, leather reclining chair, and leather and wood slider/ recliner....moreless

  • Parking:

    Paved parking/turnaround area....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Small boat and trailer possible....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Local calls only. Long distance with phone card. No cell phone reception in the canyon....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Washer/Dryer for your use in outbuilding. Not available in Winter....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Wood, Kindling, Fire Starters provided. No fires May until rain begins, usually by November. Propane wall heater operated by thermostat. Use anytime....moreless


  • Dishwasher:

    Bosch. Very Quiet....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Granite countertops. Top of the line stainless steel stove and dishwasher....moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Blender, Popcorn popper....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Totally SILENT propane/electric fridge. 8 1/2 cu.ft....moreless

  • Stove:

    High end, 5 burner gas, stainless steel....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Multi-leveled decks overlooking creek. 1 chaise lounge, and table with 4 chairs and umbrella on back deck. 2 wooden Adirondack chairs, light enough to move, metal bench, swing bench in front....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Garden, grass and bench out front....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    2 person hot tub on deck overlooking Rock Creek....moreless



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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Tax Rate 10%


Cleaning Fee = $90.00. And $100.00 for a Week Stay.

10% Nevada County Bed Tax.

$125/night for 2 in Buddha Hut Sleeping Space/$30 Cleaning Fee. NOT RENTED SEPARATELY.

Payment may be by Personal Check, Money Order, Cashier's Check, or Cash.

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Last updated: 03/28/2017
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Athlectic Clubs, Yoga and Pilates classes in Nevada City and Grass Valley. Masseuse/masseur available to come to cabin. Ask about booking her/him to come give you a massage on the deck, under a canopy of trees while listening to the musical sounds of Rock Creek.

Check Nevada City Chamber of Commerce website for calendar of upcoming events


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Calendar last updated: 03/28/2017

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  • Front of Tara in May

    Front of Tara in May

  • Tara's Front Yard in May.

    Tara's Front Yard in May.

  • Cabin from Left Side and Above.

    Cabin from Left Side and Above.

  • Kitchen and Dining Area.

    Kitchen and Dining Area.

  • View from Front Door looking out French Doors in Rear.

    View from Front Door looking out French Doors in Rear.

  • Swimming Area just below 'The Baths'.

    Swimming Area just below 'The Baths'.

  • Warmed Granite Rocks Surround 'The Baths', one of the swimming holes.

    Warmed Granite Rocks Surround 'The Baths', one of the swimming holes.

  • Private Swimming Hole, 'Lover's Pool'.

    Private Swimming Hole, 'Lover's Pool'.

  • Stunning Fall Color in Nevada City.

    Stunning Fall Color in Nevada City.

  • Outbuilding, known as the Buddha Hut.

    Outbuilding, known as the Buddha Hut.

  • Sleeping Space in Buddha Hut.

    Sleeping Space in Buddha Hut.

  • Tara in May from Front Side.

    Tara in May from Front Side.

  • Left Side of Cabin.

    Left Side of Cabin.

  • Rear of Cabin from Left Side. Hot Tub in background.

    Rear of Cabin from Left Side. Hot Tub in background.

  • Rock Creek from the Deck.

    Rock Creek from the Deck.

  • Living/Sleeping Area.

    Living/Sleeping Area.

  • Dining Table with Deck and View.

    Dining Table with Deck and View.

  • Waterfalls and Swimming Pool  at 'The Baths'.

    Waterfalls and Swimming Pool at 'The Baths'.

  • Relaxing at Lover's Pool

    Relaxing at Lover's Pool

  • Rare dusting of snow at cabin.

    Rare dusting of snow at cabin.

  • Queen Bed in Buddha Hut.

    Queen Bed in Buddha Hut.

  • Buddha Hut Door to new Sleeping Space.

    Buddha Hut Door to new Sleeping Space.

VRBO #169353

This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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