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Top of the World Views - Luxury in the Mountains

Bedrooms 2
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Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 5 nights

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Imagine being in this luxurious mountain home surrounded by acres of private land and the Mendocino National Forest.  Enjoy panoramic views of Lake Pillsbury off the expansive back deck and Hull Mountain right at your front door. As you enter this ridge top home, you will immediately be drawn across the large open living space to the grand windows that rise from the floor to the soaring 20 foot vaulted ceiling with breathtaking views.

You will enjoy the quiet and solitude of this spacious home once the excitement of the view is absorbed by everyone. This home is very private, being the only house on the cul-de-sac, and within the gated community of Lake Pillsbury Ranch.  While this home is a summertime destination for sun worshipers and water sports enthusiasts, the other seasons of the year bring a different but equally visual and peaceful experience. This area has an exciting past and long history with presidents and hollywood stars because of its spectacular beauty and privacy year round.

The spacious fully equipped stainless steel and granite gourmet kitchen with prep island and all the amenities will wow even the most discerning chefs.  On the covered portion of the deck are a gas bar-b-que, café table and chairs, and lounge chairs on the open deck area.  With air conditioning and ceiling fans for summer, or the wood stove assisted by the warmth of passive solar heating on sunny days in the cooler months, you’ll find comfort in this ridge top home.

Oh… did I say that you are totally solar powered?? Yes you are, but you will never know it based on all the electronics and appliances in the house!  During the warmer months you may not need indoor activities as the deck and kitchen are usually the social areas, but if you do, there are three TVs, two on the main floor with satellite/DVD/VHS, and one upstairs with a DVD player for the evening movie watchers.  A collection of CDs, DVDs, and VHSs are available if you forget to pack your own.  Wireless internet is provided along with a work station for your laptop.

This home is great for two couples/families as it has separate bedrooms/bathrooms on each floor with king beds and living areas, and an additional half bath downstairs. The downstairs bedroom is a suite with master bath, walk-in closet, and jetted tub with lake views. Upstairs, the second bedroom has a slider that opens to a small lanai that allows you to enjoy the majestic views inside or out. The open upstairs loft is spacious and looks out over the lake and mountains through the many windows, with 2 additional beds (one king, one queen) for a house total of up to 8 guests.

During the summer, when you are relaxed and ready for outdoor activities, pack your lunch, towels and sun block, and head to the lake. Launch your ski or fishing boat, kayak or canoe and enjoy one of the most special summer lakes in the West. There are several options around the lake to set up day camps, or access the lake for swimming or floating. Lake Pillsbury Resort can provide you with your outing needs of ice, ice cream, drinks, beer, chips and snacks from Memorial Day thru Labor Day, but there are no restaurants, grocery stores or food service in the Lake Pillsbury basin at this time. Best to shop for your needs in Ukiah or the Clearlake area before you make your way into the Lake Pillsbury area. The local Soda Creek store is open most of the year for basic convenience items and is located at the end of the dirt road coming in from Potter Valley.

Lake Pillsbury has about 31 miles of shore line, big enough for everyone to enjoy with all the different water sports, but small enough and remote enough to have the lake to yourself during the week.  With the lake surrounded by mountains and forest, you can have the best of both worlds of calm smooth water on the west side, or afternoon breeze on the east side for the sailing enthusiasts. A boat launch ramp is within a few miles of the community, and overnight boat slip usage is available during your stay.

From spring thru fall, sunshine will lure you out on to the deck to put your feet up on the rail and relax with your cold drink or hot coffee and take in the panoramic views of Lake Pillsbury and the surrounding forest and mountains. Grab your binoculars and pick out the birds, deer, elk, fox or activity out on the lake.  On warm sunny days, you can take in the gorgeous sunsets, or stay out and watch the evening transform to a breathtaking night of star gazing. See the moon, constellations, and the Milky Way with an intensity most have never experienced.

In the spring you can enjoy the lush green meadows, and in fall the colorful turning of the oaks weaved in-between the evergreens.  Bring your mountain bikes or take a long walk through the community roads that will give you choices of 13 miles of easy or advanced walking/biking surfaces.  Explore outside the gates to some historic hiking trails or OHV trails in the national forest just a short drive away.  Other popular activities in the basin include hunting, fishing and hang gliding from the 7000 ft Hull Mountain.  Winter can bring on some snowy fun where the whole Lake Pillsbury basin turns a frosty white.  At 2000 ft, the snow is usually a day or two of entertainment with a 4X4 vehicle highly recommended to enter or exit the area. 

Keywords: view, lake, mountains, remote, retreat, private, modern, amenities, luxury, convenience, spacious, deck, fishing, boating, kayaking, hunting, hiking, wildlife, bird watching, sightseeing, star gazing

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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
December 10, 2016

About Maryann

Michael and I have lived at Lake Pillsbury for over 20 years. As native Northern Californians, we vacationed here as kids and young adults. Now Grandparents, with our own 'Pillsbury Kids' and their 'Pillsbury Kids', we all share a love for this peaceful, serene and secluded hidden gem in the Mendocino National Forest.

Maryann purchased this house in 2002

Why Maryann chose California

We built this home together in the early 2000's while managing the 800 acre gated community it lies within. We Lived here most of the time, but did travel some of the years for solar consulting projects and shared our house with friends and family while gone. Now that we are back and manage the Lake Pillsbury Resort, we have opened our home to spring, summer and fall guests as we spend most of our time just down the road at the Resort with summer guests and projects before and after the Resorts summer season.

What makes this house unique

We really enjoy sharing our house with guests experiencing the beauty of the forest and lake for the first time and in such a comfortable fashion. The best are the 'Pillsbury Moms' who have been camping around the lake for years, but now get the Pillsbury experience with the 'luxuries of home' - big comfy beds, hot showers, a grand kitchen and a view to die for high above the dirt.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful time at your home, as always!
Jul 2011
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

Top of the World Views - Luxury in the Mountains
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 18 reviews

Outstanding vacation, need to be better oreoared

  • 5 of 5

Need caveats for address, obtaining provisions prior to going home, three hour + trip for anything you might not have brought with you.

Also, surprised when discovered outdoor fun range in the valley, we were trying tiger away from firework on the 4th of July because of pet anxiety - better than being in Sacramento.

This is the definition of off the grid, caused anxiety for electrical use and a/c.

Beautiful adventure drive on last 1.5 hour part of the trip, definitely not for any vehicle with low clearance and 4WD.

These minor detractors aside, it was a great stay in a beautiful home, with exceptional views, and unbelievable star watching and relaxing.

Defiantly looking forward to our next visit

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were very happy that you chose our home for your escape from the big city for the 4th of July and all those fireworks (for those reading this review, no fireworks are allowed in the Mendocino National Forest or within the community). I hope your pooches had a relaxing stay with you while you enjoyed the view and quiet; well, except for the busier than normal activity at the USFS approved shooting area during the holiday. We are definitely off the beaten path, so provisioning before you get out of town is imperative. As a totally solar powered home, being aware of power usage and thinking conservatively will surely make for a smooth and enjoyable experience. Thanks so much, and we look forward to your visit again.
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San Francisco, CA

Relaxing stay with a great view

  • 4 of 5

A great escape at the "The View" at Lake Pillsbury: Our hosts were the best. We had everything we needed. We enjoyed our stay and highly recommend to anyone looking for a relaxing getaway in the Potter Valley/Lake Pillsbury area. Thanks Maryann and Michael for sharing your beautiful home.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Rich for your stay and hope the relaxing environment helped you feel better in the end. Not feeling well while on vacation is tough.
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Relax in nature and in comfort!

  • 5 of 5

Nine girlfriends met at this house for a weekend to take a break from busy lives and take time to relax and catch-up. The house was plenty large with multiple sleeping options for us all to spread out comfortably. The kitchen with the high-end cook top (and outdoor grill) was fun for cooking meals, the large table allowed us all to sit down for meals together, the deck overlooking the views was enjoyable for relaxing over a glass of wine, and the nearby walks in Snowy Mountain Wilderness were perfect for exploring nature. Maryann and Michael were so gracious and patient with all of our questions prior to accessing the house. I will definitely go back with the family and pups, and next time inquire more about their solar operation!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nice to meet most of the group on your arrival. Loved that some of you ventured out into the beautiful National Forest, and also did some local exploring right in the community. Wine, food and friends all go well together in a private relaxing environment, and yes, solar is cool!
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Enchanted Place

  • 5 of 5

We were two couple with two dogs spending 3 nights, in this magical place. The view is spectacular, the house is fully equipped (that's an understatement...), with a HUGE kitchen and great bedrooms.

The owners hospitality was flawless...

If you want a city get away - choose THIS place!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Happy to have you for the Valentine's Day holiday at "The View". Lots of cooking went on and thanks for sharing your fun pictures of some of the delights you guys whipped up. Glad you enjoyed having bedrooms both up and down plus living space in both, which makes for a great shared couples retreat.
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Chicago, IL/ NY,NY

Amazing experience

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I decided we needed some time away from the big city and decided to head to Lake Pillsbury. Despite having seen the images provided here, both him and I couldn't believe the views from the house. Not only are the views great, but the house has everything you could possibly ever need.

Oh and the beds.....the beds.....I have never slept so well. Maryann was an incredible asset and aide during our stay. She let us know what activities were in the area, and even took some great pictures of my boyfriend and I out on the water- they kindly let us use their kayaks. The fog in the morning, the stars at night, and the quiet 24/7 are reasons enough to go back. This house makes you feel like you're comfortably nestled in a quiet natural sanctuary. Long story short, if you want to get away, experience serenity and natural beauty, all while being 100x's more comfortable than you could be at any top hotel, this is the place for you.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This was quite the adventure for you two, and thank you for choosing “The View” for your first stop on your getaway. Coming from the east coast to San Francisco and then heading straight up to Lake Pillsbury for your retreat after your long day was impressive. We were so glad you enjoyed your visit and the weather was warm enough that you got to do a little kayaking. Love the fog in the morning in late fall and even had a time-lapse video made for this site to show how cool it is (thanks to another wonderful guest who came just after your visit). Please keep us in mind if you plan another Northern California adventure as we would love to have you again.
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Perfection surrounded by perfection

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at this wonderful property to celebrate her birthday. Having never been to lake Pillsbury I wasn't 100% sure what to expect. Upon arrival the home itself sits above everything with incredible views in all directions. I have stayed in many different types of vacation rentals and without question have never stayed in anything this well appointed. From the gourmet kitchen with every spice, sauce, utensil and appliance imaginable it was easy to make ourselves at home, all the while enjoying the epic scenery from every room of the house. The deep soaking tub and incredibly comfortable bed were just a cherry on top of everything. The wood stove made for a delightful ambiance as we enjoyed the sunset views with glasses of wine.

The area around the home is full of activities from tennis, hiking and animal watching to strolls or cruises at the lake. In just the three days we were there we saw elk, deer, an eagle, an osprey an otter family and an endless array of other flora and fauna. Don't forget to stay up late for the nights light show as the stars are not to be beat! My wife laid out on the chase lounges, drank wine and stared at the night skies for hours each night! There is not a single thing more we could of asked for and are very excited to have amazing secluded spot visit year after year. Thank you Maryann and Michael for sharing your piece of the dream with us, truly spectacular!!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad we were able to accommodate your special birthday surprise. You kept us in mind as we were not able to get you in on your birthday last December, but you said you would try again, you did, and we were happy to have you and Jamila stay on her special day. I did my research on your photography talents, and was very excited to know we could share our wonderful remote location with someone who would really take full advantage of the fantastic night sky for your astrophotography masterpieces. Thank you also for sharing some of your professional work with us on this quick trip and hurry back, we want to see more!
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Nearest Restaurant
30 Miles
No Restaurants or Grocery Stores in the area
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: necessary

It is a short drive to launch your boat at the Fuller Grove or Sunset campground public launches. If you don't bring your own water toys, there are fishing boat, kayak, canoe, and stand up paddle board rentals available at the Lake Pillsbury Resort, located on the west side of the lake about 7 miles away and a 20 minute drive.

No Grocery Stores or Restaurants within an hour of the Lake Pillsbury area. Shop before you leave Ukiah or the Clearlake area.


Rates & Availability

Potter Valley House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Summer
May 4 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Memorial Day (+$25 pp over 4p)
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
July 4th Holiday
Jun 29 2017 - Jul 5 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Jul 6 2017 - Aug 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Dep/$200/refundable $0
Cleaning/$75+/refundable $175
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 9.0%

Minimum Age Limit For Renters : Renter must be at least 25 years old.

Parents with very young children will be considered differently in the extra person rate, and/or adjusted down for the guest count.

Cleaning Fee : $75 will be refunded after check-out if house is left tidy. Full refund is possible if property is left "Rental Ready". If extra cleaning is needed because your pet(s) really enjoyed your getaway with you, it will be deducted from the refundable portion.

Pet Fee : $50 for the rental period, and/or a $250 deposit by arrival date - $200 fully refunded after check-out with no pet damage.

Winter season : 4X4 may be required to travel to or from the Lake Pillsbury area and to and from the house.

Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice - Holiday rates and minimums may vary.

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Potter Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (3), Queen size Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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