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Tall Pines and Tranquil Ponds - Peaceful and Quiet;

Bedrooms 1
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Large (900 square feet) second story one bedroom/one bath Guest House.

5-Star Property and Great Value! Sleeps 2 adults and 2 children (on sofa bed or cots).

Our guests consistently leave us notes with comments like:

'We had a great stay. Everything was clean, comfortable, and well stocked. We really enjoyed swimming in the Yuba River. Thank you!' J and R

'Thank you for the wonderful stay and rest. We really enjoyed the Guest House. ' T and J

'We had a great stay! Thanks so much for the goodies and the great information on the area. It was nice to chat and get to know you as well. We hope we can come back to enjoy this wonderful Guest House and the sunshine soon. We appreciate your thoughtfulness. Thanks, again.' T and C

'What a marvelous time we had this past week - in no small measure due to the lovely surroundings (both inside and out). We so appreciated your gracious touches - from an abundance of towels and cookware to the comfortable ambience you have created...' A and M

Thanks again for a lovely stay! We really appreciated all the lovely details you attended to, the nicely equipped kitchen, the extra linens, all of the area information, the excellent wine!' J and family

Scroll down to read more in-depth comments under the 'review' section, below.

This Guest House, situated on 5 tree-covered acres with 2 ponds is a bit of paradise in the Sierra Foothills. There is also a Main House on the property with lots of privacy for both. The first floor of the Guest House is a garage and storage area. The well maintained and comfortable living accommodations on the second floor have a separate private entrance.

The Guest House is perfect for 2 people or a couple with 2 children under age 12. Children under 12 stay free!

The Guest House provides all that you need for a perfect vacation in the Sierra Foothills. Prepare your own meals in the privacy of your fully equipped kitchen, enjoy the dining area with table and 6 chairs or eat on the deck, watch a movie or some television from the sofa-bed couch in the living room or enjoy a beverage and the scenic view from the spacious deck. Revive yourself with a blissful night’s sleep in your plush queen size bed complete with down comforter and pressed cotton linens. Relish the views of the trees from all the windows. Wireless internet access keeps you connected.

We hope you will enjoy the peaceful forest views from every room and the deck. The living room and dining area are spacious, as is the bedroom. Both the bed in the bedroom and the sofa bed in the living room are queen size. Pressed 400 thread-count sheets are provided as well as hotel-quality towels. The bathroom has separate rooms for the vanity area and the shower/toilet. A hair dryer, iron, and ironing board help you prepare for the day. The kitchen is well stocked with dishes, glasses, flatware, cookware and small appliances. Organic soaps, shampoo, conditioner and other amenities are included.

The large deck has a table and 4 chairs and a gas Bar-B-Q for outdoor dining. Enjoy the view of the upper pond or take your book and drink and enjoy the outdoors in a comfy chair on the deck of the lower pond, a short walk from the Guest House. Perfect for napping, reading, sun-bathing, or meditation.

Did we mention the stars at night? Beautiful night viewing.

Walk directly from the property to trails in the Tahoe National Forest, drive 3 miles to Edward’s Crossing to hike or swim at the Wild and Scenic Yuba River. Head into Nevada City (4 miles away) or Grass Valley (7 miles) for sight-seeing, shopping, art galleries, independent book stores, delicious restaurants, wine-tasting, live theatre, and musical performances.

From the property, it is a 50 minute beautiful drive to Truckee, California.

We are very familiar with the area and have a good pulse on the various events, festivals, and celebrations that are scheduled throughout the year. We are happy to help you with organizing activities during your visit. Just let us know your interests and we will provide options for you to choose from, make reservations, provide driving directions, etc.

Please take a moment to read the reviews posted below from prior guests. We hope you will come visit and enjoy this 5-star property!

More Details

Helen Neff
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 30, 2017

About Helen Neff

This property was originally purchased in 1980 as a weekend retreat from our hectic lives in the Bay Area. The Guest House was built in 1991.

Helen Neff purchased this cabin in 1980

Why Helen Neff chose Gold Country & High Sierra

We love this area for so many reasons. Our property is secluded and provides a private oasis away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Yet, it is a quick 12 minute drive to Nevada City or a 15 minute drive to Grass Valley for fun shopping, great dining, live theater, wonderful musical performances, and a first-class community food coop with healthy offerings – to supplement what is not available at the summer farmer’s markets!

We are honored to be able to share the joys of this area with our guests.


Nevada City Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Vanity and sink are in a separate room from the shower/tub and toilet making it easy for 2 people to use the bathroom simultaneously.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa (1) Queen size sofa bed in living room
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
Two ponds and open lawn area for relaxing;


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(31 traveler reviews)

Tall Pines and Tranquil Ponds - Peaceful and Quiet;
average rating of 4.967742 based on 31 reviews

Wonderful Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Quiet, private property. We really enjoyed the peace and quiet. Sadly we had to leave early due to a work issue, but Helen the owner, was super nice and even offered a credit on a future visit.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another great stay

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Helen's. It was every bit as good as the first.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful and cozy...

  • 5 of 5

This guest house was perfect for me and my daughters. The owner provided great information and made us feel very welcome. The property is lovely. There is a beautiful pond right in front of the guest house with a perfect bench for morning meditation. It's also a close drive to lovely swimming in the Yuba River.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great cabin in the woods

  • 5 of 5

Helen has a terrific property. My wife and I stayed for 3 nights. Very cute unit, plenty big enough for two people. Nice layout, well stocked and extremely functional. Very clean and in excellent condition. Nice outdoor deck with BBQ. There's a 2-3 person Bikram yoga studio located in a room right under the deck which Helen and guests can use for private sessions. We didn't partake this time but will do so during our next stay.

Oh and did I say the location is quiet and peaceful? Yes to both.

Helen's instructions and communications were thoughtful and very timely. I give this unit and the owner 5 Stars.

Just one word of caution...the cottage is located about a 10 minute drive up Bloomfield from Nevada City. It's an easy drive and was totally OK for us, but if you are someone who needs to be within "walking distance" of town then this might not be the right location for you. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A very welcome retreat, and a gracious host!

  • 5 of 5

We've just returned from a wonderful stay at this property. The hosts were very gracious and thoughtful, the instructions on arrival were clear, and helpful notes were left to get us started. Overall, just an excellent experience. I would highly recommend this property if you're in the area.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just Great!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 weeks at this quiet, peaceful setting in the incredible forest just outside Nevada City. Helen and Bill were great hosts and could not have been more accommodating...providing a clean, spacious, well appointed guest house for my husband, me and at times our grown kids and grandkids. Everyone felt so welcomed and comfortable. The large deck extending into the trees was wonderful for relaxing and eating--along with the trails for hiking--made our stay very enjoyable. Since everyone in our family loves to cook, the fully equipped kitchen was great! Helen seemed to anticipate our every need as guest. We loved staying there. We definitely recommend this lovely place.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Close to winter sports (snow shoeing, sledding, snow boarding, downhill skiing, cross country skiing); Yoga on-site as well as in Nevada City and Grass Valley;

Sightseeing, including Empire Mine State Park, Malakoff State Park, and Bridgeport State Park;




Wine Tasting,

Spa Treatments,

Holistic Body Work,



Cooking Classes,


Other Activities:

Music Festivals (all year),

Live Theatre (all year),

Wild and Scenic Film Festival (January),

Mardi Gras (Spring),

Soap Box Derby (June),

Nevada City Bicycle Classic (June – Father’s Day),

Blue Grass Festival (June),

Farmer’s Market (summer),

Grass Valley Thursday Nights (summer),

Fourth of July Parade and Celebration (July),

Nevada City Summer Nights (July),

Nevada County Fair (August),

Nevada City Film Festival (August),

Constitution Day (September),

Draft Horse Classic (September),

Celtic Festival (September),

Fall Colors (October / November),

Craft Fairs (Especially, Thanksgiving Weekend)),

Country Christmas Faire (November),

Victorian Christmas (December),

Cornish Christmas (December).


Rates & Availability

Nevada City Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $40
Cleaning Fee $80
Tax Rate 10.0%

Rates include 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 12. Additional persons are $20 per night per person. There is a maximum of 4 people, including children. Thank you!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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