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Grace Hideaway - Charming cottage-Serene 217 acres with trails & lake.

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible Bed(s), 1 Bath (Sleeps 2-4)

Located in historic Vallecito, Ca. on 217 privately owned acres set aside as a sanctuary for people and animals. This home away from home is furnished for your comfort and pleasure. While relaxing view the flowers. wildlife and mountain ridges through one of the many windows. in the outside garden or enjoying a refreshing walk. Looking for serenity, nature hikes, adventure, sight seeing, fishing & fun activities? If so this place is for you! It host 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 and nature lovers who desire to get away from the busy life and just relax. Enjoy a picnic by the privately owned lake, cook a tasty meal on the grill, take a liesurely walk, photograph some of the wildlife and nature, watch great sunsets and at night marvel at the beautiful starlit skies. Located across from Moaning Cavern, within 15 Minutes from Columbia State Park, Ironston Vineyards and 24 additonal tasting rooms, 5 golf courses, caverns, reservoirs, mountains, gold mining towns, antique shops & fabulous boating & water skiing on New Melones. Big Trees Park & and downhill & cross country skiiing are within a 30 minute drive.

The kitchen has all the amenities to prepare and serve meals including coffee maker, microwave, toaster, etc.

This cottage has a family room and a separate sitting room. The family room has an Indian theme to enhance the historical occupancy of the MiWuk Indians at one time. The property contains much history including Indian Grinding rocks with one being near the dwelling.

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Vallecito Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Grace Hideaway - Charming cottage-Serene 217 acres with trails & lake.
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 19 reviews
Minden, NV

Had a great time. Thank you!

  • 5 of 5

"We had a wonderful time. We visited on our anniversary. It was a great place to get away and enjoy some peace and quiet. We saw lots of wildlife including deer and wild turkeys. Everything was really nice and clean. We visited Murphys and did some local wine tasting. We enjoyed meeting the horse! We called him "bean" the whole time we were there after he took a sip of my coffee and made a really funny face. We found out when we left that his name is really Star. Margaret was a great host!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2012
  • Stayed: October 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pleasant Hill, CA

Lovely Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was the perfect getaway for our family; quiet, peaceful, and very relaxing. Our two children [8 years old] loved exploring the grounds, throwing a football around, and flying a kite in the field. It was the perfect space for the four of us and our large dog.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Discovery Bay, Ca

Charming in every way

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was adorable, and Margaret's cookies and company just made the trip. It was a great getaway. Really enjoyed seeing all the stars at night. Only wish the trip could have been longer

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

July 4th weekend, my husband, teenage son, and I had a great time at this cottage. This was perfect for a relaxing family getaway. Margaret was very responsive and helpful. She was happy to give us accommodations at the last minute at budget prices, when everyone else was booked solid. The 217 acre property is so huge that our car directional finder told us to turn off way before the entrance. There were famous scriptures to guide us up the half mile gravel drive.

The cottage has lots of elbow room, roughly 1000sf. The neighboring cottage dwellers were all so very quiet. With 106 degrees outside, we cranked up the swamp cooler and fans on high to beat the heat. We are light sleepers and prefer a firm bed. The fans made ideal white noise to help lull us to sleep, so I did not need my sound machines. And the queen bed was the perfect firmness for us. I have allergies to everything; however, I stayed healthy without any allergy flare-ups, due to the cleanliness of the cottage.

The TV and Computer stayed off while we enjoyed the vacation. Our son enjoyed taking his bike on the gravel roads and paths. He made fast-friends with Star the horse and the tabby cat. We found the historic Indian grinding holes on the property. We grilled delicious steaks on the BBQ. Margaret warned us that the lake was low due to the drought, but we brought our canoe anyway, just in case. The cottage location was ideal, with so many things to do within easy reach. Margaret provided brochures of all the local sites. During our visit, we managed to fit 2 attractions per day. Each day, we returned from our explorations, hot and exhausted, to a cool cottage, refreshing shower, and a massage on the old fashion vibrator lazy boy. The kitchen was stocked with everything we needed to make our meals, including good steak knives (which is a very rare thing to find). After supper, the family would choose the next day’s activities from the pile of choices.

We still have lots more exploring to do in the area. And we definitely plan to make this our ‘home-base’ next time we visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles

Late summer getaway

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Margaret for making me feel so welcome (I was greeted with a smoothie from the fresh fruit on the property & home made cookies!). Every morning the sun rise made me go out & walk your beautiful property & see all the abundant wildlife around- wild turkeys, beautiful horse, birds, rabbits...I was able to sit & appreciate life in many of your sitting areas, enjoying the magnificant views- especially sunset. So much to explore just minutes away with Natural Bridges (easy hike & a refreshing swim thru a cave!), Moaning Cavern, Murpheys, & Mercer Cavern...not to mention Calaveres Big Trees. The cottage was clean & very comfortable (fresh historic figs right outside my door) & the driveway was very easy. Im glad I didnt stay in town so I could experience nature at its finest here! I felt completely safe here by myself & I cant wait to visit in the spring! This is a photographers dream up here! Thank you again Margaret!!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Jose, Ca

Fourth of July getaway

  • 3 of 5

My husband and I recently stayed at this cabin over the Fourth of July weekend. Margaret is a wonderful person and extremely friendly (also very accommodating), but we weren't impressed with the cabin. The photos she has on the website are accurate; however the house must not have been rented for a while before we came because the bathroom toiletries smelled a bit musty and old. Given, it was 106 degrees outside when we arrived so it could have been the heat.. But we did pay a refundable deposit so we expected fresh linen. The swamp cooler did not work very well and the Wifi is TERRIBLE. My husband and I both have Verizon service and we did not have any phone or internet connection until we got into Murphys, which is probably a 20 minute drive from the cabin. The bed is very uncomfortable and the swamp cooler is SO loud. Unfortunately it is in the room with the only TV in the house so you have to blast the TV to hear it. The price point is fair and Margaret is a good person but we had higher expectations and they were not met. We wouldn't stay here again but maybe this type of cabin just isn't for us. The cabin is off the beaten path down some gravel driveways and up some small hills. I was very surprised about this, since my husband and I brought our small car and weren't prepared to drive on such rough terrain. We decided to leave a night early because we found broken beer bottles off to the side of the back deck and we'd had about enough. I wouldn't recommend this for children, as there truly is nothing to do. It is far from town and there is no cable. Movies will become their best friend! I wish Margaret great success in renting the cabin in the future. Next time the hubby and I will stay closer to town.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is disappointing when guests tell us what a great time they had & then write a review that states something different. I will address the comments in the order stated in the review.It had not been awhile since the house was rented as we had guests check our 5 days before their arrival so linens were freshly washed and the bathroom cleaned & sanitized. It is reasonable to expect fresh linens & that is what we provide. I personally iron the sheets & pillow cases. I do a walk through before guests arrive to make sure everything is clean & in order. There is no musty smell as we are in a dry climent and there is also lavender oil in the bathroom and other rooms which gives off a fresh scent.The swamp cooler works great, however, we are unable to control the weather & because there was a heat wave & it was 106 to 108 degrees during their stay it probably did not get as cool as they wanted. All air conditioners and swamp coolers do make some noise. In addition to the cooler there are fans available.The WIFI antenna & repeater is located on this house & there is a modem in it so the reception should be good. I had difficulty with Verizon in the past & have switched to AT&T which is much better. I have good reception most places on the property. Murphy's is 5.2 miles from here taking 7 minutes with traffic. according to Mapquest. (Not 20 min.)The bed has a new box spring & firm mattess.The cabin is conveniently located across from Moaning Cavern Park & close to Murphys, Angels Camp, Melones Lake, Ironstone Vineyard, Columbia State Park (a charming & delightful gold mining that the state has preserved-stage coach rides, gold panning & more) golf courses, antique shops, fine dining & fast food eateries, live theatre & concerts, etc. Our property is located on Parrott's Ferry Rd. which is a main blacktop road connecting Hwy. 4 and Hwy. 49. There are not several gravel driveways or small hills. Our driveway is gravel & there are slight inclines.If there were broken bear bottles off to the side of the back deck they would have been noticed when the table & chairs were set out before the guests arrival. Upon reading the review a check was made & no broken bottles were located.Brittany told me they spent the day at the lake & had a terrific time when I spoke to them their second night here. Guests,including children, enjoy walking the trails, fishing, the wild life, etc. & nearby attractions. Perhaps 5 miles is a long way for the closest town for some.We welcome you.
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Property Manager

Margaret Jensen
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 30, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

“Grace Hideaway is a wonderful lodging. The host has provided for comfort in every way. The hikes she recommended were incredible. The bed was comfortable. It cottage was clean and well maintained. The property is close enough to drive to the snow. We had joyful adventures and also time to relax and unwind. We hope to have the opportunity to stay there again. ”
Dec 2015
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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Columbia Airport
Nearest Barpub
5.2 Miles
Nearest Golf
13 Miles
Green Horn Creek, Angels Camp
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hwy. 4
Nearest Restaurant
5.2 Miles
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Bear Valley
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Car: necessary

Conveniently located across from Moaning Cavern and in the midst of several polular attractions. Gold Rush Towns, Historic Sites, Caverns, Gold mines, 5 golf courses, parks, lakes, wineries, art galaries, museums, antique and unique shops. Columbia State Park (a delightful gold mining town preserved by the state) Murphys, Ironstone Vineyards, Lake Melones, Angels Camp are all within a short and beautiful 15 min. drive.

With boating, skiiing, golfing, gold prospecting, hiking biking, fishing, water rafting, live theatre, concerts, special events, wine tasting, splunking, antiqueing, shopping, site seeing, etc. the area presents a wonderful and varried array of activities to enjoy along with the availability of fine dining and fast food restaurants all within a 15 minute radius. Bear Valley Mountain & Village is about 30 minutes from here for all the snow sport enthusiast.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $250

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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