Amidst the rolling hills and dramatic Sierra Foothills, this spacious turn-of-the-century 4,100 sq ft home on five rustic acres is within walking distance from Folsom Lake. Located in Newcastle, California, this historical home has a classic veranda with swings and rocking chairs. The property sleeps 10-16 comfortably. The air-conditioned home is decorated in a charming European style with plenty of comfortable reading nooks and quiet spaces along with five fireplaces (non-working). The main sitting room has a classic piano and plenty of seating, and the billiard room has a gorgeous vintage pool table and plenty of kid's games.
Once you have experienced the rustic charm, you will see how special the place is and will want to come back again. The ranch is a place where time stops. It's like stepping into a Norman Rockwell painting. Much of the furniture is over 100 years old and the home has a timeless elegance.
The main house has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. The Master bedroom has a King bed and the other three bedrooms have one set of twin beds each for a total of seven beds. Two twin beds can be strapped together to make a king size bed if that configuration is more conducive towards your needs, upon request. A crib and pack-n-play are also available, upon request. These requests need to be made prior to your visit so the caretaker knows to have them ready. We have five adult sleeping bags, four child’s sleeping bags and two full size air mattresses, two twin air mattresses plus blankets and pillows for everything. The Master bedroom and the back bedroom have their own full bath. Two of the bedrooms are adjoining and share a bathroom.
The bungalow, or 'Honeymoon Cottage' as it’s called, has a bedroom with a king size bed and a sitting room with two pull-out sofas with a single bed in each, a small TV and a coffee/tea station. It has a small bathroom with a shower but no kitchen.
The ‘Caretaker” cottage may be available on special request only. It has two bedrooms, one bathroom and a teaching kitchen (teaching kitchen is currently under construction).
There is a full regulation tennis court, with an informal half basketball court, ping pong table and horseshoe pit. We have regulation horseshoes and plastic ones for the kids. If you are serious about tennis or table tennis, you may want to bring your personal rackets or paddles, although we do have older ones.
The large swimming pool has a ‘springy’ diving board and is sparkling clean and inviting. There's a separate pool house with his/her changing areas, a bathroom and an outdoor shower. Around the pool, there are plenty of umbrellas, comfortable seating, a large dining table, pool towels, some pool toys and floats, including some child friendly flotation devices but you may want to bring any favorite water toys and plenty of sunscreen. You may request to have a professional masseuse come to the property for a lovely poolside massage.
Take a stroll through the working fruit orchard with over 200 trees. Enjoy multiple varieties of of almond, apple, apricot, cherry, grapefruit, lemon, lime, nectarine, orange, peach, pear, persimmon, plum, tangerine and more! You and your family can pick your own fresh fruit off the tree. You can even take a box home with you. In the summer, you can pick fresh blackberries to your heart's delight. Perfect for blackberry pie.
Folsom Lake is only a few minutes down the road from the ranch, and you can rent horses and boats. It’s a short drive to old town Auburn if you’d like to experience gold rush history along with fine dining, antique shops and boutiques. Nearby, there are horse stables, riding trails, wineries, golf courses, whitewater rafting, water-skiing, kayaking canoeing, fishing, and camping. Lake Tahoe and it’s nearby ski resorts are just over an hour away, and San Francisco is only a couple hours away.
Note: We do NOT do any weddings or large events. However, Newcastle Gardens and Red Horse Barn http://www.newcastleweddinggardens.com/ is a great local venue, which several of our guests have used. We can then host any of your guests at our property (like the bride’s or groom’s family, or even the wedding party), who may need a place to stay - our place is a lot better than staying in a hotel. Let us know if you are interested in having your guests stay at our place.