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Lost Mine Retreat: Custom Log Home Outside of Nevada City

Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Lost Mine Retreat, a custom log home. Easy access to Scotts Flat Lake. 7 miles from downtown Nevada City.

Nestled just inside the Tahoe National Forest, this beautiful log home sits high atop the remnants of an old hydraulic gold mine with panoramic views of Banner Mountain and the woods. This unique home gives one the experience of being peacefully secluded, yet is a short seven mile drive to downtown Nevada City, offering fine dining, entertainment, museums and shopping. The Retreat is ideal for family reunions, workshops and vacations for relaxing and recreation.

A stone's throw from the Retreat lies a charming community park with a swimming pond, walking trail, horseshoe pit, BBQ area, playground and sand volleyball court. The park is for rent and makes a great venue for a casual, affordable wedding. Just over a mile to Scotts Flat Lake the south side boat ramp provides access for swimming, boating, water skiing, sailing, fishing and kayaking on this pristine body of water.

Keywords: Chalet, wooded, secluded, private, lake community

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Beth Leydon
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 13, 2017

About Beth Leydon

My husband and I spent four years of weekends completing construction of this beautiful log home. We love to share it with people who can appreciate the care and labor involved in every piece of lumber.

Beth Leydon purchased this cabin in 2008

Why Beth Leydon chose Gold Country & High Sierra

We initially purchased the land for an investment, but it just seemed to call for a home. Not quite ready for retirement, it made sense to build with the goal of having room enough to share with travelers.

What makes this cabin unique

The location of the house gives one the illusion of being quite secluded, yet it's located in an active neighborhood that borders the south shore of Scotts Flat Lake. There are breathtaking views, wildlife and quiet serenity.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(42 traveler reviews)

Lost Mine Retreat: Custom Log Home Outside of Nevada City
average rating of 5.0 based on 42 reviews
Reno, Nevada

Beautiful Cabin

  • 5 of 5

Perfect for our group visiting the Victorian Christmas. Best part: the gas fireplace

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Lost Mine Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Lost Mine Retreat was a real "treat". What a lovely home. Our family had such a special time gathering for our pre-Christmas getaway. Thank you Beth and Michael for sharing your wonderful cabin with us.

Charlene and Rick George

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Fall getaway

  • 5 of 5

Dear Beth, Enjoyed our stay at your cabin very nice and clean. Had a great time kayaking Scott's flat lake with a couple lady friends have stayed a couple times before and will return again. Thanks again, Kim

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Beautiful home! Clean and has everything needed to feel at home.

  • 5 of 5

The owners were lovely to work with. The home is absolutly beautiful- decorated nicely, super clean, beds were comfy, the kitchen was a joy to cook in-- has anything you could need. The property is beautiful. We brought our two well travelled kiddos and the space was great for them as well.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Lovely property

  • 5 of 5

We so enjoyed our stay here--especially loved quiet moments on your deck. Every thing is in top condition in kitchen and bathrooms which makes for comfort.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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  • 5 of 5

When we first pulled up in the black of night, the Perseid Meteor Shower had just started; and we knew it was going to be a good time. The cabin itself is fabulous, enough to hold eight guests without feeling crammed. The kitchen was so nice we decided to cook the entire time despite knowing there were some great restaurants in Nevada City.

While the location seems far from Nevada City, it really isn't and parts of the drive are beautiful. The lake was a little swampy when we went, and the mosquitos were everywhere; but it was 102 degrees and the kids had a great time!

Heed the warning of the owners! We did see a black bear come down the hill to our trash. Also deer and other wildlife walking through the trees bordering the cabin. If you're into nature but don't want to drive far, this is the perfect place!

Thank you! We'll be back again soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Car: necessary

Nevada County was the site of the most prolific gold mining activity during the 1800's. It's historic sites offer museums, Empire Mine State Park, Malakoff Diggins State Park and charming historical districts of Nevada City and Grass Valley for shopping, wine tasting and antiquing. The region offers great hiking, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, golf, tennis, sailing, fishing and more. There are cultural, musical and film festivals all year long at the Nevada County Fairgrounds and in town. Enjoy live theater and music at the Nevada Theatre; the oldest running theater in California! Access the fabulous Yuba River just outside of Nevada City for swimming, rafting, kayaking and hiking trails within the South Yuba River State Park. During the winter season, Grass Valley hosts Cornish Christmas and Nevada City offers Victorian Christmas festivals and abundant craft fairs. Both Nevada City and Grass Valley host season farmers markets.


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning fee $100
Pet Fee $30
Tax Rate 10.0%

A deposit of $250 is collected to hold the reservation and serves as a damage deposit during your stay. Pets will require an additional fee of $30 and are not to be left unattended.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Nevada City Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Double sink, walk-in shower with bench, off master bedroom.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , Soak or shower in antique clawfoot tub.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Private bathroom with double sinks.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Trundle bed can be converted to a king size bed.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Includes game table.
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Open area, proximity to the television.
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) (Trundle bed can convert to a King sized bed or simply use as two twins.)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Master suite with queen bed, private bath. Second bedroom offers a trundle bed for two or conversion to a king size bed for a couple. Third bedroom features two twin beds and a game table. Loft includes a full size futon. Antique clawfoot bathtub/shower. Additional queen size and three twin air mattresses for the loft, great room or deck. Great room with grand cathedral Ceiling and gas fireplace. Fully equipped designer kitchen, service for twelve. Wireless high speed internet access. Dish Network HDTV, Blu-Ray DVD player with internet (Pandora, Netflix). Weber charcoal BBQ on the patio. Two lake kayaks, one single and one tandem for one or two paddlers. Located only one mile from Scotts Flat Lake for great sailing, skiing, kayaking, fishing and swimming. A short walk to a local park with swimming pond, playground, horse shoe pits and sand volleyball court. Park is available for rent for private parties and weddings.

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