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Designer Home in Rural Setting Walking Distance to Nevada City

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4).

Our 2 bedroom guest house, with a rural feel, yet only a lovely stroll of less than 3/4 of a mile to the heart of downtown Nevada City, is not just a 'vacation rental'. It is a meticulously maintained 1,100 sf home -- Totally separate, private, sophisticated, quiet, one-of-a-kind, architecturally designed, light filled retreat down a long and private driveway. Honeycomb Ranch is a non-smoking property located in a 'neighborhood' of 4 ranchettes, each 5 acres apart. Please read the reviews to see that our guests consistently tell us they are delighted to discover our unique, peaceful and comfortable guest house. It is the perfect retreat/get-away for a couple or a couple of friends or a small family. The master bedroom is located down the hall and is quite large with a pillowtop kingsize mattress and a sliding glass door opening onto a deck with meadow and forest views. The second bedroom is smaller but has a very comfortable queen size bed, nightstands and a dresser. There is an additional closet in the entry way if hanging space is needed. (See 'Property Details' for additional information.) The furniture in the living room is extremely comfortable, the kitchen is fully equipped and the views from every window are beautiful. Just bring your suitcase. Everything else is provided to make your stay relaxing and fun.

Wake up to the sound of birds and end the night on the deck gazing at millions of stars. It is easy to unwind in this special home with its zen-like feel situated on 5 pastoral acres of open meadows, pine, oak and fruit trees, organic gardens and a picturesque old barn. Wonderful, easy country walks from your door abound and hiking is minutes away. Tucked away in a hidden place with such a rural feel, you will be amazed to find what a very short and easy walk it is past beautiful Victorians to the bustling, historic, charming Gold Country downtown of Nevada City. In combination with 'Twin City' Grass Valley, 3 miles away, there is more than an abundance of great restaurants, world class live entertainment, shops, galleries and museums to keep you busy.

If you are parents or grandparents with family living here you want to visit, it is the perfect spot. If you live in San Francisco and want to make a quick getaway out of the fog, it is just a 2 1/2 hour drive. Reno is only an hour and 15 minutes away and Sacramento is just an hour. Easy drives to come to a 'world away'! Anytime is the right time to make your reservations. Nevada County boasts a gorgeous, eastern style Fall with brilliant color everywhere. You don't even have to leave our property to see an unbelievable display of Fall colors. There are huge crafts faires over Thanksgiving weekend and there are classical music festivals in the Fall and throughout the year. Professional theater and our Center for the Arts concerts and events take place year round. In the winter, the towns of Nevada City and Grass Valley both hold street fairs in the month of December prior to Christmas and the towns are decorated to look like something out of a Victorian fairy tale. Winter brings ski-ing and within an hour, you can be at major ski resorts in Lake Tahoe. In the spring, quince, daffodils and everything else is in bloom, frogs are croaking and the river will be flowing. In the summer, you can swim in our magnificent Yuba River, hike, stroll to Farmers Markets, attend music festivals and just enjoy. Weddings abound in our area from Spring through the Fall so if you are part of the wedding party or a guest coming from out of town, make your reservations now. Staying in our guest house instead of a hotel will make the event that much more memorable.

The Yuba River and Nevada City's Scotts Flat Lake are each only 10 minutes away and the North Shore of Lake Tahoe is an hour. Reserve some time now to stay at Honeycomb Ranch in the Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall before it gets all booked up.

If you like outdoor activities, relaxing, eating gourmet food, theater, musical events including classical music festivals that rival San Francisco and shopping in boutiques, and/or sitting quietly reading a book or meditating while watching birds soaring overhead, you will enjoy staying at Honeycomb Ranch while taking in all that Nevada County has to offer.

Keywords: cottage, guest house, private, countryside,

separate, immaculate, peaceful, light-filled, beautiful grounds, spacious, contemporary, comfortable, quiet, meadows, pine trees, oak trees, sweeping views, barn, weddings,

More Details

Nina Snegg
Member since: 2009
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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 13, 2018

About Nina Snegg

Mike, my husband, and I have lived in Nevada City for over 33 years and have raised four children here. We have lived at Honeycomb Ranch for over 22 years. We both love Nevada County and have taken advantage of all the wonderful things that there are to do here including sailing and kayaking on Scotts Flat Lake, cross country skiing, biking, hiking, and attending many of the cultural events on an on-going basis. Having lived here for so long, I can send you in the right direction for anything you would be interested in doing. Both originally from Southern California, we would never want to live anywhere else but here. We travel often but always look forward to coming home. We are pictured here with our dog, Barley, who has become our official VRBO greeter.

Nina Snegg purchased this house in 2002

Why Nina Snegg chose Nevada City

We chose to build a guest house on our property in a totally private spot so our friends and grown family members would have a wonderful place to stay when they came to visit. With our children now all living in other parts of the country, we felt the time was right to make our guest home available to people who are interested in coming to our area.

What makes this house unique

The best part of staying on Honeycomb Ranch is the tranquil feeling, the beauty and rural quality of being here and the closeness to town. Our guest house is a very special place, carefully designed to put your soul at ease. It is very quiet and peaceful and the vistas are beautiful. For us, it serves as a retreat and anyone who comes here and stays in our guest house feels the same way.


Nevada City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • After 10:00 p.m. please keep your voices down when on the deck. You can hear a pin drop throughout our quiet valley.
  • Please remove your shoes whenever possible.
  • Please keep the number of additional friends to a minimum. Downtown Nevada City is a great place to meet up for a party.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Bedroom 2. Smaller room closer to the common area with a slightly lowered wall near the ceiling but with an entry door and complete privacy.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting


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Designer Home in Rural Setting Walking Distance to Nevada City
average rating of 4.9831934 based on 119 reviews

Lovely home, beautiful setting, easy access to town.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have been here several times and consider it our home away from home. There is so much natural light from windows and sky lights. The whole back of the house opens up to a pastoral wooded scene. So restful! And accommodating to having our 15 month old grandson visit us.

And, the new mattress is heavenly!!

Easy to work with owners. I highly recommend this home!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Idyllic setting

  • 5 of 5

Idyllic is the only word I can use to describe this beautiful place. Our stay was peaceful and comfortable in every way. We appreciated the immaculate guesthouse! This is a perfect place to stay when visiting the area. It is close to the downtown area but still far enough away to feel secluded. We are already hoping to return again next year. Can't say enough about it and feel lucky to have found this gem of a place.

Kathryn Scherer

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
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Peaceful and lovely retreat

  • 5 of 5

This was our fourth stay at Honeycomb Ranch. It's a wonderful property, with great views from the deck, and all the amenities needed for a quiet and restful stay. It's very close to town, but feels like it's in a rural setting. This is our first choice rental whenever we return to Nevada City to visit with family there.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Super clean and comfortable. Our home away from home.

  • 5 of 5

This is our second visit to this custom built property over the Halloween holiday and we LOVE it. Although adjacent to owner's home, it feels private due to placement of well maintained bushes, with tree view out back windows / deck. Very nicely maintained with a newer home feel, everything in great / like new condition. Only 5 - 10 minutes from either Nevada City or Grass Valley downtown.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Treetop Splendor

  • 5 of 5

Goodness me where to start, this is a simply wonderful cabin and gives so much more than it says in the description. When you walk out onto the landing at the back of the cabin it is as if you are in a treehouse as you are raised up into the canopy of the trees around. The interior is exceptional. The master bedroom has the luxury of leading out on the landing as well. We had 2 nights here and really wished we had booked for more. The location is perfect and Nevada City is delightful.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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clean, quiet, well-equipped, lovely setting and great hosts

  • 5 of 5

we had a great experience here as we did last year. everything is beautifully kept and thoughtfully provided. we called the owners about turning on the gas fireplace and they called us back within the hour even though they were in kawaii!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Sacramento, Ca. and Reno Nv.
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Downtown Nevada City
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nevada County Country Club
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Auburn, Ca. plus bus to Nevada City
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Scotts Flat Lake, Yuba River
Car: recommended

Nevada City is a gorgeous small town in the Gold Country's Foothills that is a restored Victorian town that has many shops, cultural events, movies, restaurants, festivals and where natural beauty and friendly people abound.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
cleaning fee $65 + Tax

Additional charges include $90.00 cleaning fee, 10% lodging tax and $150.00 refundable security/damage deposit. First 2 people are $150.00 per night. Additional people with a maximum of 4 all together is $20.00 per night per person extra.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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