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Secluded Creekside Sanctuary with Private Swimming Hole

Bedrooms 1
Space 650 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


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 deep in Summer. Still lots of blooming trees and gardens, wildflowers. It's just beautiful now. Daytime temps range from 80's to high 90's, with cooler nights. Rivers, lakes and creeks are cold and swift from snow melt, and caution is a good idea when swimming, . 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. BH can be rented in conjunction with the cabin, but not rented separately to another party at the same time.

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 a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2017


Nevada City Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Large two person soaking tub. Shower in tub. Tile floor/ walls of shower are tiled.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Bed (1) Down comforter/4 pillows. Velour Blanket. Extra throws.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 3 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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
Wonderfully Pure Artesian Well Water in cabin. Private Swimming Holes. Large meadow below cabin . Umbrella, 2 chairs, table, 2 chaise lounges in summer at one swimming area. Ceiling fan in cabin. 2 Movable Fans in summer. Camping Lanterns. French Press Coffeemaker. Mr. Coffee Coffeemaker. Hair Dryer. Brochures, maps, and info about areas of interest. Large tub in bathroom 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.


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Secluded Creekside Sanctuary with Private Swimming Hole
average rating of 5.0 based on 51 reviews
mountain view, CA

shangra la!!

  • 5 of 5

this property is paradise. absolutely loved our stay. the cabin is top notch and has everything needed for cooking, dining, relaxing! having your own river and swimming holes (completely private) is an experience to remember. love this place. hope it remains a vrbo for a long time!! highly recommend!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sacramento, CA

Every feature is perfect!

  • 5 of 5

From the cabin to the creek to the trees to the meadow-everything about this place is pure bliss. All of the furniture and textiles inside are luxurious and each detail of the home was thought out perfectly. It's simple and elegant. The creek is mind-blowingly beautiful and the water perfect. We fell in love with this place and can't wait to come back! The host gave lots of detailed information from where to buy groceries to best directions. The cabin was spotless and even though our cell phones didn't get receptions (one of the best parts to our stay!) we were able to hook up to the wifi and get texts, emails and watch our favorite netflix show. Love this place.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just what we were looking for and more!

  • 5 of 5

This place lives up to its description! Beautiful, peaceful, and one of the best mini- vacations we've had.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Romantic Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in this adorable little cabin for a weekend retreat, and I cannot stress enough how perfect it was. The views were breathtaking, and most of our time was spend in the hot tub on the back patio overlooking the beautiful creek and forest. We planned on touring the nearby towns, but found it impossible to leave the cozy cabin. We will definitely be returning again come summertime. Thank you so much for an unforgettable stay Linda!

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exquisite Secluded Sanctuary on the River

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary here and it was absolutely breathtaking. Hands down the best part was the huge deck, lounge chairs and hot tub that overlooked the river. It doesn't get better than that. So serene, day or night. The rock formations down below are beautiful and offer many spots to lay out and enjoy the sun or swim. The cabin is the perfect size for one couple just looking to kick back and relax (but would even be doable for two couples with the other room that is included in the rental). The owner has thought about everything you'd need and nothing more which makes for a wonderfully relaxing time at Tara. The only thing we would change was I wished I had scheduled more time for relaxing at Tara and less time in the surrounding Nevada City/Grass Valley area. Go out and do stuff one day and stay in the rest of your trip. It is worth it! We will definitely be coming back!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Secluded Bliss!

  • 5 of 5

We’ve been searching for years trying to find a cabin that’s in the woods and is both cute and genuinely secluded, and with Tara we found both, in spades. Once you get off the main road, the neighboring houses get fewer & farther apart on the long & twisty road till you finally get to the locked gate at the beginning of the property. From there it's another 1/4 mile drive down a well maintained dirt road, till the trees give away and then there it is - a tiny fairy house nestled in amongst the woods. Even in the August heat, the front yard looked exactly like it did in the pictures, absolutely enchanting. We didn’t see or hear another person for the 3 days we were there - just the sounds of the wind whispering through the trees, birds singing off in the distance and of course the low roar of the creek below.

The cabin is lovely, with great appliances (LOVE having a dish washer!) and in the bathroom there's a huge two person tub below a large picture window looking out into the forest. When at the cabin, we spent most of our time on the large deck that looks out over the creek. Read a little, get in the hot tub, get out and read some more. Repeat as necessary. When away from the cabin it's equally as special - the walk down to the private swimming hole isn’t bad at all, and once there it was nature at it’s best: cool, mossy, ferns - simply paradise. And in the other direction, a beautiful hike up the creek with equally beautiful sights & sounds as well.

Linda was beyond helpful and provided us with all the information we needed for a great trip. We even had the opportunity to meet her on the way out and had a great chat about the area, the cabin & it's history. Since the moment we got into the car, we’ve been planning our next trip back. Can’t wait!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

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 or Yubanet website for calendar of upcoming events


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee = $90.00. $100.00 for a Week Stay.
10% Nevada County Bed Tax.
$100/night for 2 in Buddha Hut Sleeping Space. $25 Cleaning Fee. NOT RENTED SEPARATELY.

Payment may be by Personal Check, Money Order, Cashier's Check, or Cash.
Ask how we do a Security Deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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