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Peaceful 10 acres with luxury cabin; serene mountain Views; Charming and Classy!

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


About the property

Unique, Immaculate, Well-Equipped and Contemporary Cabin with Old School Charm!

[County of Placer Transient Occupancy Registration Certificate #8726]


Welcome to our mountain cabin! The perfect spot for a peaceful vacation with family, a romantic engagement, a festive retreat with friends, or just because you deserve to get away from it all. With easy access from I-80 along a private country road, the Fool's Gold Cabin is just over two hours from the Bay Area. With Sugar Bowl only 35 minutes away, fifty mountain lakes nearby and plenty of things to do at the cabin, there are endless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Situated above the snow line at an elevation of 5,000 feet, there is a beautiful mix of deciduous and evergreen trees and not a neighbor in site. If you're looking for peace and privacy, this is the place for you. With a large common space inside, two bedrooms and one bathroom, the two-story 1,100 square foot cabin is ideal for a family - or 2-3 couples - to get away and relax! The cabin has contemporary furnishings and every room has charming wood floors that were made of reclaimed bleachers from the San Francisco State University basketball arena (compliments of the Wooden Duck in Berkeley). Enjoy a good book while relaxing on a leather couch with a fire raging in the large, stone fireplace with an old-school Lopi wood-burning insert (firewood provided). With 60GB of music on the iPod provided - or on the device you bring - you can easily rock out to the indoor and outdoor sound system.


There is an upstairs bedroom with a California King bed and a downstairs bedroom with two bunk beds (so, four twin beds). While the cabin sleeps 6 most comfortably, there are cots and sleeping mats available for more flexible arrangements. Bedding is provided (sheets, towels and extra pillows too). There is also a hi-end, large capacity washer and dryer (with hypo-allergenic settings too!).


The Fool's Gold Cabin has a well-equipped kitchen with plenty of seating at the bar, on the deck, or at the hand-crafted dining table - which features a topographical map of the wilderness area surrounding the cabin. There is ample room in the stainless steel refrigerator and pantry for all the groceries you bring. The Serra Market in Colfax is the nearest full-scale grocery store, but there are also some wonderful Mom-and-Pop markets in nearby historic Dutch Flat or in Alta for some of the more basic needs. With the 5-burner, 40' stainless steel stove and oven (including a convection oven that I don't know how to use), you can prepare a wonderful meal that can be enjoyed on the spacious deck with teak furniture. We provide some collapsible camping chairs in the winter when the furniture is in storage. There are too many appliances to list (microwave, toaster, etc) but the kitchen is well-equipped for most every need. There are even home-made S'more Sticks so you can sit around the campfire at night and enjoy the clear, mountain sky. What's the point of nature if you don't have s'mores?


The Fool's Gold Cabin offers plenty of outdoor activity as well. In addition to the multitude of activities and events that are available in the area, our ten acre back yard has wonderful trails through scenic, private woods. There is plenty of open space for kids to run and play while you enjoy the views from a spacious deck. There's lots of fun for small kids, big kids and adults who want to act like kids.




If you like to be away from noisy crowds, see the night sky clearly, play in private woods, converse around campfires and dine against the backdrop of the Sierra... the Fool's Gold Cabin is the place for you!

More Details

Tj and Siobhan
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 3, 2018

About Tj and Siobhan

We have three kids and live in the Bay Area. TJ is an ex-architect who now works in technology operations while Siobhan is a speech therapist. Together, we have spent the last two years renovating this cabin so that we can enjoy time together as a family. This has been our labor of love and it shows in all the warm, comfortable and hand-crafted details in the cabin. Our mission is simple: we want to you to enjoy our family getaway as much as we do!

Tj and Siobhan purchased this house in 2011

Why Tj and Siobhan chose Alta

We love the space and freedom of the outdoors as a family. Several times, we stayed in a few of the old Forest Fire Lookouts that are available through as campsites. We purchased this property because it reminded us of those wonderful experiences: the comfort of a warm, secure home within the beautiful setting of an outdoor, mountain campsite. There is nothing like sitting by a campfire at night under the brilliant clarity of stars in a dark sky, then coming inside to a hot shower, glowing fire and all the amenities of a well-equipped cabin.

What makes this house unique

There are literally hundreds of houses that are available in the Tahoe area. All the great activities that attract folks to this region are easily accessible from our place too. What makes the Fool's Gold Cabin truly unique is the sense of privacy, seclusion and serenity - despite being so easily accessible - that this ten-acre property offers. We love the feeling when we're here that you don't have to be anywhere else. This is a magical place where time loses some of its urgency and our otherwise hectic lives find some peace and tranquility.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Fool's Gold Cabin is a beautiful cabin with everything you need plus more to enjoy a quiet and peaceful getaway. My little family (husband, son, two dogs, and me) stayed for 5 nights and not once did we get bored! We were thoroughly entertained by the beautiful 10 acres, swings, tree house, board games, and AMAZING music sound system provided through out the house. The hosts, Tj and Siobhan, are so considerate and thoughtful (they even had baby gate and baby crib ready for us when we arrived!). Tj and Siobhan made the whole booking process easy and are very helpful with any questions you have about the area or property. I hope we can return to Fool's Gold Cabin at least once a year.
Jan 2015
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Alta House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • INTERNET (upon request): To keep our overall prices low for those who only want to "connect" with nature, we pass on the data usage costs at $10/GB.
  • PETS: To keep our prices in line with properties that don't allow pets, we charge $75 per pet, to be added to the quote upon booking.
  • HEATING: The primary heating for the cabin is a wood-burning stove which generates ample heat. We provide firewood for your convenience.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bath and Laundry - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The bathroom was recently remodeled with heated slate tile floors. The bath/shower combo has dual shower heads. The on-demand water heater provides ample hot water in all seasons. The bathroom also has a high-end, large capacity GE washer and dryer (with hypoallegenic settings as well).
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • The Bunk Room - 4 twin/ single , Downstairs bedroom with room for one more on the floor (cot)
    The Nest - 1 king , Upstairs bedroom with room for two more on the floor (cot)
  • Both bedrooms have charming wood floors made from beautiful wood that was recycled from the SF State University bleachers! All the mattresses are also new.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
Don't see what you're looking for? It never hurts to ask. Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you might have about this property. We're also open to feedback from potential guests on what features are critical to them. Our mission is that you enjoy our family getaway as much as we do!


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Peaceful 10 acres with luxury cabin; serene mountain Views; Charming and Classy!
average rating of 4.967742 based on 38 reviews

Beautiful and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Sitting out on the lawn at night watching the stars and listening to a train whistle is perfect in my book! Opening the doors and walking outside with your coffee is completely different up here. The place has everything you NEED! Plus a great music selection... I'd give it 6 stars! Thanks guys, we will see you again. Jim

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad you had a great time at the cabin. Couldn't agree more that sitting on the deck with the morning sun and Sierra views makes everything taste better!
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Peaceful and private

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a peaceful relaxing stay in the well appointed cabin. I loved the privacy of this property. The kitchen was amazing and we were able to cook incredible meals. My kids didn't want to leave. We hope to return again.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A True Getaway

  • 5 of 5

So peaceful and serene. A short trip to Royal Gorge to snowshoe, but who needs to go anywhere? Sitting in front of the fire with a good book and glass of wine, was the highlight of our trip.

TJ and Siobhan, you were more than helpful with questions and have to be the best VRBO owners that we have worked with. We have nearly finished our song too! We cannot wait to come back in the summer.

Best, P450Band (aka. Jane and Steve)

  • Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible experience for all

  • 5 of 5

My buddies and I were able to enjoy "Fools Gold" as our base camp for our 13th annual "Mancation" snowshoe trip. This place is perfect for a getaway with friends- several in our group have also expressed an interest in returning with our wives and kids to share this special place with them. The cabin is well supplied to make your stay comfortable and relaxing. It was great to unplug- no TV, no phones, no neighbors. For our first day of snowshoe adventures, we headed up the hill to Norden to hit some of our favorite spots from past Mancation trips- it was an easy drive. The next day, we stayed on the Fools Gold property to snowshoe and do some sledding, too. The cabin was a delightful place to rest after a full day of playing. Making meals was a snap- the kitchen had everything we needed. Evenings were a blast- the big table with the topographical map top was perfect for poker, Mille Bornes, Dominos, and even ping pong. The 80GB iPod has a little bit of everything- we took turns being "DJ", and we never ended up using our own music. The built-in sound system with outdoor speakers rocked it. Even though there were a couple minor issues that came up with the property, Fools Gold still gets 5 stars, all due to how TJ attentively handled the situation. Our needs were well accommodated for.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: With the epic winter we've had, we're glad the cabin was the ideal base camp for some snow shoeing in the Sierras. We're thrilled to have been part of such a great annual event! Welcome anytime.
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Beautiful piece of property with room for the family and home fully stocked

  • 4 of 5

Our family had a wonderful time at this lovely cabin. It comes stocked with most of your needs. The 10 acres were wonderful to wander around on, and the kids enjoyed the tree house and tire swing on site. Although we had a few minor hiccups the property owners were on top of it and handled it professionally. We look forward to coming back.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for recognizing how hard we work to put our guest's needs first. We look forward to having you back.
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Just awesome!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a 3 day stay at this hidden treasure and was our introduction taking our 3 year old twins int he snow land. Tj and Shioban were great in responses and letting us know about the cabin before our date of arrival. There is great information on their site. The cabin itself is a wonder on it's own and we made wonderful memories of our time them. Snowball fights, snowman and sledding all checked. The cabin is well equipped for all you can think of and more. Thank you again for this great time in our lives and look forward to coming back inthe summer to explore the surroundings.


  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
73 Miles
Same distance to Reno and Sacramento Airport
Nearest Barpub
18 Miles
Red Frog (not the closest - just our favorite!)
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
The Ridge Golf Club
Nearest Train
16 Miles
Colfax (although more frequent routes from Auburn)
Nearest Motorway
1.8 Miles
Interstate 80
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Monte Vista Inn
Nearest Ski
28 Miles
Sugar Bowl Ski Resort
Car: necessary

The area around the cabin was the site of the most prolific gold mining activity during the 1800's. It's historic sites offer museums, Malakoff Diggins State Park and charming historical districts of Nevada City and Grass Valley for shopping and antiquing.

The region offers great skiing, hiking, wineries, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, golf, tennis, sailing, fishing and more. There are cultural / musical festivals all year long at the Nevada County Fairgrounds and during the winter season, Grass Valley hosts Cornish Christmas and Nevada City offers Victorian Christmas festivals. Truckee offers a Brew Fest, Renaissance Faire, Rodeo and other fun events.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning / Supplies $100
Pet Fee $75
Tax Rate 8.0%

Please take the time to read all the information that we have posted about the Fool's Gold Cabin. Our mission is that you enjoy our family getaway as much as we do, so it is important that you have an understanding of the cabin, it's amenities and the house rules.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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