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Lofty Haven with Panoramic Country View

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Last updated: 04/21/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2.5 Baths (Sleeps 8-12)

* Nightly rental rates vary from $250 - $390/night depending on the number of bedrooms/visitors. Please click on "Send Message", NOT "Get an Instant Quote" (to the right) to connect with me and book a reservation. Click below on the "MORE DETAILS" button at the bottom of THIS section and scroll to the bottom to see RATE DETAILS. VRBO's regular "Rate" section does not allow me to list my rates accurately*
Our country home is situated on 11.5 private acres of foothill countryside. Gorgeous in any season, you will cool off in the pool from Memorial Day through September, and warm up in the outdoor covered hot tub (on the deck right outside the master bedroom,) any time, even in the rain. There is Dish TV/DVD/VCR in the master bedroom and the downstairs family room. The family room also has ping pong, a Kareoke machine, many games and puzzles, and an extra optional queen Aerobed.

On the main floor are the master suite with a king bed, and another bedroom with a queen bed and a small TV showing only videos - with videos suitable for children. The great room, with wood burning stove is comfortable for gathering all the guests. The kitchen, well stocked for the cook, will allow you to provide impressive meals. Downstairs, are two more bedrooms, a bathroom, and the family room. The larger downstairs bedroom has a king bed, a Captain's twin bed and another optional twin mattress can be set up on the floor. The smaller downstairs bedroom has a double bed.

Outside the master bedroom and the great room is a very large deck with hot tub, wrought iron table and chairs, Adirondack chairs, and gas grill. On the lower deck, there is a shaded swing chair outside the large bedroom door perfect for a peaceful morning cup of coffee and a book. Nighttime stargazing is spectacular especially when you lie on the foam mats located in the great room. A large fenced-in area adjacent to the house can be used for a dog run; but in the dry seasons, you must be careful about burs and foxtails. Also outside, are 3 flat camping platforms and a tree house for those who want to get even closer to nature for sleeping, drawing, or meditation.

Access to the property is at the end of a private road. The last .8 mile is a gravel and then dirt road. One must go slowly on this part of the drive, but my car is a Prius and I've had no problems with it due to the road. Because it can be tricky to find, my property manager will meet you at a convenient spot several miles away, shepherd you into the property and acquaint you with the house. You will feel very much in the country at the house. The closest neighbor has horses, a donkey, and a peacock. Although the feeling there is very rural and unmanicured, you are only about 10 minutes from convenience stores in Diamond Springs or Somerset, and about 20 minutes to supermarkets, a movie theater, and the center of Placerville.

If you visit for just a weekend you probably won't want to leave, but if you do, or are here for longer, try wine tasting in the town of Fair Play, the October Apple Hill festival 30 minutes away in Camino, white water rafting from Coloma, hiking to the Cosumnes River Gorge, or sledding in winter near Sly Lake. (We rarely have snow here, but driving only 15 minutes will provide fun in the snow in the winter.)

- $250/night base rate for 1 bedroom + $35/each extra bedroom or each extra 1-2 people up to $390/night, as when the family room is used as an extra bedroom with the Queen Aerobed. For stays of 5+ nights the daily rate will be discounted, with deeper discounts the more nights you rent.
- 2 night minimum except June - August and holidays when there is a 4-5 night minimum.
- Discounted rate for 5+ nights using all bedrooms
- Other regular charges are: $190 cleaning fee, $50/dog for whole stay, and 10% El Dorado County Occupancy Tax. A refundable security deposit of $500 is required.
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Member since: 2012

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/21/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2800 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 12
  • Children Welcome:

    Graco Port-a-crib, baby basinette...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking outside on Upper Deck ONLY...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Well behaved and housebroken DOGS ONLY...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Alternative Lifestyle

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    DISH network TV, DVD, VDR, HD premium Channels...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Small TV - Plays only videos...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 double


  • Bedroom 5: 1 queen

    Family Room: optional Queen Aerobed. TV, DVD, VCR, Kareoke...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 king, 1 twin/ single

    Optional: extra twin mattress on floor, Graco Port-a-crib...moreless

  • Beds: 2 kings, 2 queens, 1 double, 2 twins

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet

    1st floor powder room...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower


  • 2.5 Additional Outdoor Shower on outdoor lower deck in warm weather.

Other Amenities

  • Karaoke, Electric Keyboard, games and puzzles, Graco Port-a-Crib. See other descriptions for more details....moreless


  • Books:

    Small collection including novels, nature guides and Gold Rush era local history. Also my families favorite children's books....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room:

    Ping Pong Table...moreless

  • Games:

    Board Games, jigsaw puzzles, some art supplies...moreless

  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable:

    (2) Many HD movie channels but no PPV...moreless

  • Stereo


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    We are nestled in the Sierra foothills outside of Placerville, CA, situated atop a foothill with beautiful views down into the valley....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    Dining room table seats a maximum of 8. Wrought iron deck table seats maximum of 6....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Centrat heating and air conditioning...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Free weights, foam rollers, Ab roller, ...moreless

  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Satellite Wifi...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone:

    AT&T, Verizon and Sprint get reception here...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone:

    Basic local service only...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Renters asked to bring their own towels or wash and dry soiled towels more than a quantity of 8 before leaving....moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven:



Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Outdoors on back deck, but covered from the rain...moreless

  • Private Pool:

    Heated only by the sun; usually warm enough for swimming through September and part way into October....moreless



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from 22 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Pet Fee $50 + tax
  • Cleaning $190 + tax
  • Tax Rate 10%


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Last updated: 04/21/2017
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About half way between Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe, we are about twenty minutes from the Fairplay area Wineries. (I'll let you know my favorites if you ask.)

Apple Hill in Camino, is about a half hour away. Their yummy Harvest festival is in October. Whitewater rafting trips on the south fork of the American river are available in season from Coloma, which is about 35 minutes away.

About 20 minutes from here there is a spectacular hike into a portion of the Cosumnes river where rock climbers come to climb up a sheer face. Placerville's Oldtown, known in the gold rush days as 'Hangtown,' is loaded with loaded with restaurants, shops, and antiques.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2000

About the owner: My family has owned this piece of Paradise since our 20-something younger son was an 8 year old boy. We are SF Bay Area city folk, but here is where he was able to learn about the joy of nature, stillness and quiet. We’ve had as many as 4 families here are a time. (That’s too many, but 2 is perfect.) Two to three couples works well. I’ve hosted several different women’s music group retreats and I have to say that making harmony in the tree-house was one of my life’s highlights. I used to call this place Camp David because this was the place we could bring our severely disabled and medically fragile older son David to care for him on weekends and truly find peaceful, relaxed, close family time together. Since David’s death, this is where I feel his spirit asking us to slow down and rest, read, wonder and remember the simple joys of laughter, connection, and reflection. When David was a few years old and my younger son was a babe in arms, I undertook a year long project with a group to make a sculpture to help me move through my process as a mother of a severely disabled child. My sculpture sits in one corner of the living room near the hearth. She is a not quite life sized nursing mother (me) with the 'shadow' of David on my shoulder. One renter found this too emotionally intense while others have told me it enhanced their experience. (see the photo of the wood burning stove with her in the corner.) If you think this will disturb your stay, please don't rent with me. I am taking a leap of faith that I can find renters who will respect this place and treat it as they would their own home. I hope it will help you renew your soul as it does mine.

Why the Owner Chose Placerville, CA, USA:
As I drive to Lofty Haven from the density of Oakland (2.25 hours when traffic is flowing – talk to me about the right times to leave to minimize traffic), I begin to feel all my cells expanding as I pass through El Dorado. Once I arrive, the privacy, country sounds and spectacular view from the deck including graceful birds with large wingspans, allow my eyes to shift to distance viewing and my nervous system to calm me to the core. Even in the house, which is about 3000 sq. ft., each bedroom is separated allowing for privacy when wanted. The large common spaces are large enough for groups to come together comfortably. We’ve had kids & teens birthday party weekends which easily provide adults and kids their own spaces.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
On the lower deck there is a shaded swing chair, perfect for a peaceful morning cup of coffee and a book. Also on the lower deck is an outdoor shower. A large fenced-in area adjacent to the house can be used for a dog run. Also outside are 3 flat platforms and a tree house for those who want to get even closer to nature for sleeping, drawing or meditation.

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Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/21/2017

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  • Lofty Haven Retreats

    Lofty Haven Retreats

  • Livingroom part of the "Great Room"

    Livingroom part of the "Great Room"

  • Master Bedroom - (There are now Drapes)

    Master Bedroom - (There are now Drapes)

  • Master Bathroom

    Master Bathroom

  • Second upstairs bedroom sitting area

    Second upstairs bedroom sitting area

  • Twin bed end of Large downstairs bedroom

    Twin bed end of Large downstairs bedroom

  • Family Room

    Family Room

  • Top Deck

    Top Deck

  • Downstairs deck with swing chair

    Downstairs deck with swing chair

  • Camping Platform

    Camping Platform

  • Wildlife - mostly they are too fast to photo, but you'll see deer and turkeys

    Wildlife - mostly they are too fast to photo, but you'll see deer and turkeys

  • Part of View from Deck

    Part of View from Deck

  • Wood burning stove in great room

    Wood burning stove in great room

  • Dining table seats up to 8 comfortably

    Dining table seats up to 8 comfortably

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Second Upstairs bedroom

    Second Upstairs bedroom

  • Large Downstairs bedroom

    Large Downstairs bedroom

  • Smaller Downstairs Bedroom

    Smaller Downstairs Bedroom

  • Family Room

    Family Room

  • Top Deck at Sunset

    Top Deck at Sunset

  • Late Afternoon Pool

    Late Afternoon Pool

  • Tree House

    Tree House

  • Sunset from the Deck

    Sunset from the Deck

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Saturday, April 22, 2017

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