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Completely Private Retreat Minutes from Town

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-7)

Rocky Top is a beautiful gated estate property consisting of eight acres of forested splendor. Just six minutes from town and yet no other homes are visible from the property. The views are of distant mountains, magnificent trees and wild life. It is a retreat you may find hard to leave other than to enjoy the restaurants, shopping and nightlife of magical Nevada City just down one gentle road.

The 2800 sq.ft. home is designed in Tahoe lodge style. The large mountain view terrace has a hot tub nestled in giant boulders. The forest and mountain view deck is enormous. You can hike for 1/2 hour and never leave the property.

At Rocky Top you will be reminded of a favorite setting in France or Italy. The views, the flora and the animal life are very similar to the lower Alps. The magnificent swimming ponds of the Yuba river are only 15 minutes down the road. Lake Tahoe is an easy and beautiful hour and fifteen minute drive away.

Rocky Top is not your typical rental. This is our home and we make it available for others to enjoy when we are gone. We have a home in Mexico and we spend a good deal of time visiting friends and family around the county during the summer months.

You will find the things that one would expect in a real home including a full spice cabinet, all appliances large and small and many items that you will not need to bring or shop for.

All the amenities you could hope for are included. The home has high speed w-fi and cellular data at the home is LTE (4G). The media room is equipped with a large HDTV, surround sound and a nice collection of DVDs. The gardener will show up every Thursday to keep things looking good. On longer stays maid service will be provided once every two weeks. If one of you plays the guitar there will be one for your use. We want you to enjoy Rocky Top as your own. We think you will love it. Please scroll down page to just below 'View Calendar' for a link to our slideshow.

We accept credit cards, PayPal and cashier's checks. There is a $150 cleaning fee and a security deposit required. Some dogs allowed by advance arrangement only.

Keywords: Lodge,private,gated,sunny,hiking trails,naturist

More Details

Kevin Shipman
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
July 16, 2017

About Kevin Shipman

We are retired professionals who travel a great deal and have a second home in Mexico. Jeanne was an educator for 32 years and Kevin was a real estate broker for 25 years. We think that travel is one of the great gifts we give ourselves and we know that Rocky Top will be a memorable destination for our guests.

Kevin Shipman purchased this house in 2009

Why Kevin Shipman chose Gold Country & High Sierra

We looked for five years to find our dream property. We had lived in Incline Village at Lake Tahoe so we were not easy to please. The property had to be 'magical' and the home would have to be in a comfortable lodge style. That took some doing but a year later we had the house the way we had hoped and more. As much as we love Rocky Top, we love sharing it just as much. We hope you will feel the same way.

What makes this house unique

We enjoy the complete freedom and privacy of our property along with it's close-in location to town. It is the best of both worlds.


Nevada City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa bed in media room.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
'Rocky Top Retreat' is a unique and wonderful eight acre property that is truly a hidden enclave sitting on a sunny knoll above a forest. The property is gated and completely private.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews
Alameda, CA

Unbelievable Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This house was amazing... the wood frames windows, the impeccable landscaping and the perfectly placed hot tub made this one of our favorite VRBOs to date. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous, serene home on a beautiful parcel overlooking the foothills. Extremely well maintained.

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Rocky Top and it was fantastic! This time, we were in Nevada City for our son's wedding at the Empire Mine. Our five-day stay was perfect. The home is lovely, well stocked with all cooking and serving tools and amenities; nice hot tub in a lovely boulder and tree-surrounded setting with a great view, and a lovely, peaceful place to just hang out, walk the grounds, and relax. Yet it is just 10 minutes from downtown Nevada City, where there are terrific restaurants and entertainment (our Rehearsal Dinner was on the patio at Sopa Thai and the Meet and Greet followed at Golden Era Lounge with a jazz band playing and both spots were terrific!), and 15 minutes max from the Empire Mine and downtown Grass Valley (another fun spot). We could not have asked for a better stay with our family during such a special wedding week!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property and location

  • 5 of 5

The property was was stunning - the outside landscaping and the house offered a serene and luxurious atmosphere that was also family friendly!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Tony! We are so happy you enjoyed our Nevada City paradise.
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Providence, RI

Lovely Rocky Top

  • 5 of 5

We recently had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday at Rocky Top and the place could not have been better. Clean, spacious, interesting with wonderful grounds to hike around. Kevin and his wife were very helpful and everything worked flawlessly. I look forward to staying at Rocky Top in the future when visiting with family in the Nevada City area and would reccomnd this rental to anyone. A 5 star venue!

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Impeccable home, no detail left out.

  • 5 of 5

We love this home; it's clean, beautiful, impeccably crafted with full amenities.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Berkeley, CA

5 star all the way

  • 5 of 5

Long overdue review. This place was my favorite vacation rental yet. Lovely owners, and the place was immaculate, luxurious, and kid friendly. Very comfortable beds and well stocked kitchen. Secluded with beautiful landscaping and plenty of parking. Hot tub had beautiful view. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Rocky Top Retreat

Yuba river sunning and swimming, Empire mine tours, Sierra biking and hiking, Unique and fun shopping in both Nevada City and Grass Valley, Great nightlife and restaurants, Many wineries and tasting rooms, Easy drive to Lake Tahoie


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $10
Cleaning Fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 7.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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