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Lovely Spacious Home on private 217 Acres with Lake & near town & attractions

Vallecito, CA, USA
  • House
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Located in historic Vallecito, California, Sierra Gold country on 217 private acres set aside as a sanctuary for people & animals. This home away from home is furnished for your comfort and pleasure. Enjoy the view of flowers and wildlife amongst mountain ridges, while relaxing on the front porch. Looking for serenity, nature hikes, adventure, sight seeing, fishing & fun activities? If so, this is the place for you! It hosts a lake stocked with fish, seasonal creeks, walking trails, ranging from easy meditation spots to more challenging hikes. A delight for photographers, bird watchers, rock hounds & nature lovers who desire to get away from the busy life & just relax. Located across from Moaning Cavern, within 15 minutes from Columbia state Park, Ironstone Vineyards & 24 additional tasting rooms, caverns, reservoirs, mountains, gold mining towns, antique shops. Downhill & cross country skiing are within a 30 minute drive;15 minutes from fabulous boating & water skiing on New Melones.

Location : Historic Vallecito, Gold Countty & High Sierra, California USA. (San Francisco 2 Hours, Sacrament 1.5 hours) Located across from Moaning Cavern; within 15 minutes from Columbia State Park, Ironstone Vineyards and 24 additional wine tasting rooms, caverns, reservoirs, mountains, gold mining towns, antique shops. In winter downhill and cross country skiing are within a 30 minute drive; in summer, boating and water skiing are fabulous in beautiful New Melones Lake.

Amenities on and near property: Fishing in 3 acre lake, historical gold rush area, Indian grinding rocks, 217 acres to hike, close to 4 golf courses, Bear Valley Ski Area, New Melones Lake, boating, local caverns across the street, rural setting minutes from Murphys, close to Historic Columbia State Park, Ironstone Vineyards, Angels Camp, Wineries, Caverns, reservoirs, Antique Shops, Casua and Fine Dining, abundant wildlife, bird watching, photographers delight.

About the Property: The land is composed of gold mining claims & a homestead. This beautiful property has much history & is being developed into a Biblical Garden. Many trees, trails and meditation sites have been added for the enjoyment of visitors & to attract birds, butterflies and other wild life. There is also a fellowship hall & a small chapel. The property has been used for Weddings, Baptisms, Prayer Meetings, Day retreats, family reunions, school group outings, Passover & other Religious celebrations & much more. The use of the Fellowship Hall, outdoor stage & other areas are available for events with or without the rental of the vacation rentals. The development of the Biblical Garden is an ongoing process with new sites & trails being added. This property is great for those wanting to get away, relax, enjoy time with nature & get back in touch with themselves & loved ones. Many have come only to find that they love it here so much that they keep coming back & have become our great friends.

Keywords: Charming country home, a touch of elegance, lake, trails, nature, photographers delight, hiking, fishing, ideal for getaways, reunions, weddings, etc.,


Margaret Jensen

Member Since 2010
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within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 18, 2018
About Margaret Jensen

I grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and love nature. My family moved to California and lived in Los Altos for several years. Missing the country and the wide open spaces we spent a lot of our weekends driving up to the mountains and lakes where we spent a lot of our leisure time enjoying boating, jet skiing, gold panning, fishing, four wheeling, photographing the beauty of the areas and a host of other activities along with the warm and friendly residents.

Margaret Jensen purchased this House in 1989

Why Margaret Jensen chose Vallecito

When we found this property we fell in love with the beauty of the land and the lake. On our first visit we felt like we had come home and made an offer which was accepted and have enjoyed restoring the homes, clearing areas, planting trees, building and making improvements. We love the animals, the beauty and peace that is here and have landscaped and planted vegetation that would attract birds, butterflies, etc. We are conveniently located close to Angels Camp, Murphys & Columbia State Park (a delightful gold mining town that the state has preserved) which have shopping, fun attractions, golfing, live theatre, fine dining, fast food eateries, etc. so everything is nearby and yet we are secluded and enjoy the serene life. We are close to the lake for boating, jet skiing, fishing and gold panning areas. The drive to any of these places is beautiful with majestic mountains, rivers, canyons, caves and lakes. I feel so blessed to live here among the quaint and lovely towns and wonderful people and there is no place I would rather be.

What makes this House unique

The property is conveniently located close to recreation, shopping, entertainment and everything one needs. It is beautiful with a lake and large acreage which offers seclusion as well as walking trails, hiking, fishing, meditation and resting sites, bird watching, history, photography and more. The home has beautiful mature trees, lawn and flowers with porches equipped with tables and chairs to sit and enjoy the scenery, animals and birds. Some sunsets are spectacular and the starlit nights are fabulous. The fields dotted with wild flowers in the spring and beautiful fall colors entice one to get out among them and enjoy the fragrances and beauty.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
        • Queen size Beds (2), Queen Futons (1)


        • 2 Bathrooms

            Location Type

              • Mountain View
                Mountains surround this lovely home nestled in it's midst with beautiful scenery, sunsets, and wild life such as birds, turkeys, deer, etc. making it a delightful getaway back to nature.
              • Rural


                  • Adventure
                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Historic
                  • Romantic
                  • Tourist Attractions


                      • Guests provide their own meals


                          • Linens Provided
                          • Air Conditioning
                          • Hair Dryer
                          • Heating
                          • Internet
                          • Iron & Board
                          • Fireplace
                          • Living Room
                          • Parking
                          • Parking Off Street
                          • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                          • Towels Provided


                              • Coffee Maker
                              • Cooking Utensils
                              • Dishes & Utensils
                              • Kitchen
                              • Microwave
                              • Oven
                              • Pantry Items
                              • Refrigerator
                              • Stove
                              • Toaster


                                  • Dining Area
                                  • comfy seating for 6 people


                                      • Books
                                      • CD Player
                                      • DVD Player
                                      • Games
                                      • Television
                                      • VCR
                                      • Video Library


                                          • Deck / Patio
                                          • Lawn / Garden
                                          • Outdoor Grill
                                          • Porch / Veranda


                                              • museums
                                              • churches
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • library
                                              • live theater
                                              • marina
                                              • cinemas
                                              • playground
                                              • restaurants
                                              • ruins
                                              • theme parks
                                              • winery tours

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • boating
                                                  • photography
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • sledding
                                                  • walking
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • laundromat
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • pier fishing
                                                          • cross country skiing
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • fly fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • hunting
                                                          • jet skiing
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • mountain climbing
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • rafting
                                                          • rock climbing
                                                          • sailing
                                                          • skiing
                                                          • snowboarding
                                                          • snowmobiling
                                                          • spelunking
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • water skiing
                                                          • whitewater rafting


                                                              • Natural Features: autumn foliage, spring flowers, caves, forests, lakes, creeks, hiking trails, meditation sites. (Historical) Indian grinding rocks, gold mining tailings, Chinese wall. Hall for special events.

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                14 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Cozy Beautiful Getaway!

                                                                Chesaray B.

                                                                Came here with my boyfriend and two best friends and had a wonderful time! The house has SO MUCH character and I truly appreciate how tidy it was! Margaret greeted us as soon as we got there and left us delicious cookies! Margaret also helped us plan our day by giving us great advice on things to do! I’d also like to add you don’t even have to leave the property to enjoy the outdoors! Nature everywhere and really cool grinding rocks on the property itself! The WiFi was very spotty but you’re in the mountains- what do you expect?! Only complaint was the water pressure in the back room for the sink and shower was VERY low, but nowhere near enough of a bother to not give this place five stars! The second bathroom had great water pressure! I’d also like to add add how comfortable the bedding and how great it was to have a kitchen with everything needed to cook our meals. Hoping to enjoy another visit soon!

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                What a joy to hosts this delightful foursome. Thank you for choosing to stay with us.

                                                                I will have someone check the water pressure to see what the problem is.

                                                                Looking forward to seeing you again and wishing you a very Happy New Year.


                                                                Ameen E.

                                                                Only the living is air conditioned and rooms are burning hot in summer. Pretty old house with very weak Wi-Fi and delegate doors and tables. Which eventually breaks by normal use. Been to so many vacation homes across usa.. This is my least favorite and over priced.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                WOW! Comment written in our guests book from Ameen. "Had a nice Stay with Great locality in woods and thanks for the cookies. Ameen & friends."


                                                                That describes our experience with this group as the house and yard were thrashed. They broke a beautiful large 1/4" thick, beveled & tempered smoked glass dining room table top which cost over $500.00 to replace, the kitchen faucet handle was broken, drapes and drapery rod had to be restored to their original position, found iron and ironing board on one of the beds, wet towels & rags on the carpet, dirty dishes left, kitchen range was filthy and they didn't pick up after themselves leaving trash around the house.

                                                                There is a graveled drive and parking area with a sidewalk leading to the house, however, they drove and parked on the lawn leaving ruts. This is a non smoking house and cigarette butts were found on the deck, side walk and thrown all over on the lawn and in dry grass areas which could have started a fire.

                                                                Check out is 11:00 a.m. however, they were not checked out at 12:15 p.m. when the cleaning person was ready to go in so I had to go down to see what the problem was and they asked for more time which we gave them.

                                                                With respect to Ameen's comments, I am not sure why someone would write something favorable in the guests book saying they enjoyed their stay and then write the apposite review unless it is to try and justify themselves. There is a large air conditioner in the living room and it was 106 degrees, with nights down in the 60's, when Ameen and his friends were here. Most air conditioners may struggle a little to keep the house cool at that temperature but it definitely keeps it comfortable and there are fans provided also. I am not sure what he means by delegate doors and tables or by very weak Wi-Fi as I have the same internet service and have no problem with it.

                                                                The pictures of the house reveal the fact that it is an older home which is part of it's character. It is a country home and as Ameen states in his comment in our guests book they "Had a nice stay with great location in the woods and thanks for the cookies."

                                                                Our goal is to provide a very pleasant and comfortable home away from home for our guests.

                                                                Lovely home

                                                                Edward V.

                                                                Everything was neat and clean. We were greeted with a delicious plate of cookies and a warm welcome from Margaret. It's a lovely place , quiet and peaceful. We enjoyed it very much.

                                                                Lovely Little Gem in Gold Country...

                                                                Lady Nigel B.San Francisco, CA USA

                                                                Hallelujah for Glory Manor! Thank You so much Margaret, for all your Fine Hospitality. You are such a pleasure to deal with, although I'm sorry we didn't actually get to meet. Maybe next time! This house was so perfect for our needs & your Grounds are just beautiful. This place made an awesome Home Base for some Birthday Mirth & local Rockhounding. Also, you have such a Sweet Horse. All we had were Green Apples, which I'm not sure were his favorite, but he sure is a Lover anyway! Thanks again for the Little Slice of Paradise...

                                                                Family Time

                                                                fitzgerld4Palmdale, CA

                                                                We were looking for a quiet place for our family to spend some quiet time together and we certainly found it at Glory Manor. The property is beautiful, especially being able to see the leaves change. It was very quiet and you certainly felt like you were away from it all. The property was clean, neat and looked just like the pictures. The fireplace was a nice touch in the living room. Margaret was very accommodating and easy to work with. The cookies were wonderful and made it feel even more like home. The house is close to Murphys and Moaning Caverns so there are plenty of things to do during the day. Our family was really able to enjoy our time together. Thank you for sharing.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Thank you Paul & Dru. So glad to be able to bless your family and upgrade you to our 3 BR, 2 bath to honor and thank your son for his service to our Country. God bless and always keep him safe. It was a joy to meet all of you and hope to see you again sometime.

                                                                BEAUTIFUL HIDDEN TREASURE!!

                                                                TamMariposa, Ca

                                                                We absolutely loved our stay! The views were breath taking and it was very relaxing. The home is very cute and the owner is very nice and helpful. We HIGHLY recommend taking the long hike to "Natural Bridges" and bring your floatie! It is literally swimming/floating in a cavern - and the best part - IT"S FREE! The historical town of Columbia is also worth seeing. Would definitely stay again! Thanks so much, Tamy, Jason, and Sherell


                                                                Vallecito, CA, USA

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                                                                Rates are subject to change until unit is booked. Weekend rates apply to holidays. Cancellations or changes that result in a shortened stay, that are made within 30 days of the arrival date, forfeit the full advance payment and reservation deposit. Cancellation or early departure does not warrant any refund of rent.

                                                                14 Reviews
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