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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)

NOTE: NEW FOR 2018 - small weddings - under 40 - considered. Please inquire.

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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

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 Nevada City

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:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • 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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(41 traveler reviews)

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Completely Private Retreat Minutes from Town
average rating of 4.9512196 based on 41 reviews

Lovely, secluded retreat outside of Nevada City

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at this lovely, spacious home went beyond our expectations. It was dark when we arrived, but we were welcomed by a lit-up Christmas tree and twinkling lights in the trees above the hot tub off the deck. The home was even nicer than it appears in the photos — pristine yet comfortable and surrounded by old-growth trees and pretty views. It really was a perfect place to gather with friends in front of a fire or soak in the hot tub under the stars or drink our morning coffee on the deck. We loved the openness and the tall, uncovered windows, and that the owner provided eye masks on the bed tables for those of us who didn't want to wake up with the sun. We spent some time in Nevada City (great restaurants and cute shops) and also hiked a few miles on the Independence trail, but we mostly just spent time with our friends at the house. Our teenagers played their guitars and keyboard, and our 12-year-old son loved the media room. It really was the perfect spot for a small gathering or reunion with plenty of room for the six of us.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect holiday vacation house.

  • 5 of 5

This property was fantastic! Everything was as described, plus some really festive Christmas decorative touches that made it easy to settle in for our family holiday break. Nearby Nevada City is a cool little mountain town. We had an easy time getting to Donner Pass for sledding and snowmen. I highly recommend this rental for well appointed and spacious lodging in a peaceful setting.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Connor and family! We are so happy to host wonderful people like you. Please come see us again.
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A plus

  • 5 of 5

This home is spectacular. A must return.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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grass valley

My family's stay was magical. This home is so lovely and modern yet with a cabin feel.

  • 5 of 5

From the get go Kevin Shipman was a kind and wonderful person to work with. He and his beautiful wife opened their home and with such warmness and ease. Our stay was fantastic. The home is gorgeous, so clean, welcoming and located in secluded area of Nevada City. If you want privacy and to just relax this is a perfect place. If you happen to want to enjoy the river or town, this home is right between the both of them. Purdon's Cossing is less than 15 minutes away and this part of the Yuba River is great for finding swimming holes or just laying out. With town so close by it's tempting not to stay in and cook. Nevada City has a fabulous array of restaurants and is the best people watching around. The Saturday farmers market is a must and the cafes are the best I have been to. Your stay will be worthwhile and your experience with the Shipman's will make it even the better!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Claudia and her group were so wonderful. When we returned to the home we could not tell she had been there. All was left very clean and way beyond our expectations. Thank you Claudia! Kevin and Jeanne
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Beautiful Setting

  • 3 of 5

The setting is beautiful. An elk looked at us through the front door. The home is stately and very well equipped.

However, there are absolutely no window coverings and lots of windows; including in the showers and bedrooms. There are many lovely birds to view. We had to throw away 3 dead ones that dove into the windows. Lastly, the gardener set the sprinklers to come on at 4 or 5 a.m. 3 nights of our stay, they make a loud thumping noise in the downstairs bedrooms. We left early because we were exhausted from being awoken in the middle of the night for half of our stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well, it is very disappointing to receive a three star rating on a property that has had nothing but five star ratings for five years. But, to your negative comments, yes, the gardener made a mistake in setting the sprinklers for 5am and that has been corrected. We regret that you experienced a loss of sleep from this one-time mistake. We feel you leave a false impression of the privacy at our home when you say that the bedrooms and showers have no window coverings, implying that someone could see into those areas. Those rooms sit 10 to 25 feet above ground and there is no way anyone could see inside them. The property is eight acres, gated and there is no need to create privacy with drapes or curtains. Our photos make that clear. No one has expressed the need for them and everyone enjoys the views through the tree-shaded windows. As to the birds, we have never had more than two hit the windows in a full year. Window coverings would not stop an occasional sad event. Birds only fly during the day when drapes would be open for light and view. We are sorry that our property was not a good fit for you.
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Thousand Oaks, California

Lovely and private!

  • 5 of 5

This home is perfect for a large family or couples get away. Definitely off the beaten path. Definitely private. The home and grounds are beautiful and our group of six adults were very comfortable. Nice place to relax after sight seeing!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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