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100 acres of Forest-views, Creek Waterfalls, Private Trails

Bedrooms 7
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

private natural beauty for up to 18 guests

Our spacious, 7-bedroom forest homestead (plus two convertible queen beds) is privately located on 100 wooded acres, with a sunny deck overlooking a forest of pines and oaks. Just a few steps from the front door, guests can enjoy a 5-mile network of beautiful, private hiking & mountain biking trails that follow the creek to a sandy beach & picnic area, with waterfalls and shallow pools to enjoy on a hot summer day.

The 3,500 sf yuba river retreat – offers privacy and outdoor beauty for guests seeking time in nature, while just 10 minutes from historic Nevada City’s theater, local shops, and gourmet restaurants.

Access to the Yuba River at the South Yuba River state park at Purdon Crossing is only a 10-minute drive by car from the retreat. With 650 acres of sought-after state park hiking trails, mountain biking, kayaking and refreshing river swimming in summer, it is the perfect place to relax in the outdoors.

The Yuba River Retreat is the ideal get-away for groups of outdoor enthusiasts, healing retreats, and families.

Look out at the forest from each of the 7 bedrooms and each of the 4 bathrooms feature organic towels and natural products.

The master bedroom is comfortably decorated with rustic, handmade furnishing, Navajo rug, king mattress with organic sheets and private bathroom. The four other bedrooms on the main floor feature queen-sized beds, designer comforters, original artwork and unique vintage furnishings.

The downstairs, accessible through the kitchen and also by driving directly to the back entry, includes two sunny bedrooms with queen beds, a bathroom with a claw foot tub, and an additional kitchen, with another spacious living room and wood stove.

Relax in the front or back living room, both adjacent to the kitchen and dining area and fully furnished for evenings of reading, board games, cards and complimentary netflix movies, warmed by the wood stove in winter or cooled with fresh mountain air from the large windows, all house fan and ceiling fan in the summer; plus a new air conditioning system for hot summer afternoons (though the best cure for the heat is a jump into the Yuba river).

The kitchen is fully equipped with everything a chef might need, including a double oven, microwave, toaster oven, blender, coffee grinder, knife set, and pots/pans.

The Game Room off the kitchen is set-up with a pool table and dart board. Board games are in the living room. Outdoor on-site activities include hiking, volleyball, picnics and Frisbee golf.

On-Site Activities Included in Retreat:

-- Game Room with Pool Table & Dart Board

-- Netflix Movies

-- Board Games

-- Frisbee Golf, 3 holes

-- Mountain-View Deck with Sun Umbrella, Outdoor Table & chairs

--Weber propane BBQ

_Hammock Village



-- Sandy Beach Picnic Area on Creek (10-minute walk)

Extra On-Site Activities Available, by reservation


_Event/Getaway Planning

_Catered Meals

--Guided Hikes & Mountain Biking

_Guided Horseback Riding overlooking Yuba River

--Massage, Thai or Chair

--Guided Yoga Classes, Yoga Room

--Child Care

--Meeting Facilitation

Nearby Attractions

Scott’s Flat Lake (Boating, Swimming, Kayaking, Fishing), Rollins Lake (Boating, Fishing), Bullard’s Bar Lake (Boating, Fishing), Empire Mine (Historic), Malakoff Diggins (Historic, Hiking), South Yuba State Park Swimming & Hiking (Bridgeport, Edward’s Crossing, 49 Bridge, Purdon Crossing) Rock Creek Nature Trail (Hiking), Hirschman Pond Trail (Nevada City Hiking) Truckee, Lake Tahoe, Historic Downtown Nevada City & Grass Valley

While only a 5-10 minute drive from the beauty of the Yuba River, the retreat is also just 10 minutes from Nevada City, 15 minutes to Grass Valley, 20 minutes to Scott’s Flat Lake, 1 ½ hours to Lake Tahoe, Reno and Sacramento and 2 ½ hours to San Francisco.

Are your favorite dates booked or do you have more guests than can stay at the retreat? Ask for details on nearby camping and cabins.

Like "Yuba River Retreat" on facebook for more photos and seasonal discounts.

More Details

Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

What makes this house unique

We are the only home in the area with private hiking trails, creek access, sandy creek beaches with picnic areas, just minutes from the state park and adjacent to a habitat preserve. Step into the beauty and peace of the Yuba River Retreat.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The Yuba River Retreat is incredible! My cousins and I enjoyed a reunion weekend with children of all ages. About 20 people in all and we were completely comfortable. There was not a thing that we had wished was supplied that was not there for us. Beautiful landscaping, easy hike to the river and waterfall, a giant deck overlooking the most beautiful canyon, an area for a safe fire for an evening of building smores and singing camp fire songs, and plenty of space in the home. We did not feel crowded at all. We created wonderful memories at the Yuba River Retreat and look forward to another visit.
Apr 2014
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Nevada City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Studio Bathroom & Claw Foot Tub - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Guest Bath 2 - toilet , shower
    Guest Bath 3 - toilet , shower
  • 3 bathrooms upstairs; 1 bathroom downstairs studio with claw foot tub
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bird Bedroom - 1 queen
    Madrone Bedroom - 1 queen
    Forest Bedroom - 1 queen
    Manzanita Master Bedroom - 1 king , Private Bathroom
    Incense Cedar Bedroom - 1 queen
    Studio - 1 queen , includes kitchen, living area, & bathroom with claw foot tub
    Studio - 1 queen , 2nd bedroom; includes kitchen, living area, & bathroom
    Front Room Futon - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Living Room Foldout - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Double Fold-out in Living Room, Forest views and wood stove
  • Upstairs: King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (4), Queen Sleep Sofa in Living Room by wood stove (1); Downstairs: sunny two-bedroom studio with living room, kitchen, & bathroom (2).
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting


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100 acres of Forest-views, Creek Waterfalls, Private Trails
average rating of 4.836364 based on 56 reviews

This house was terrific. Very spacious. This is a great home for large groups.

  • 5 of 5

Loved it.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were glad to host you and hope you can come back! alicia
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Perfect weekend stay!

  • 4 of 5

Vary nice property, accommodations were as described perfect for large families, enjoyed the large kitchen and dining area and family rooms, parking was spacious felt secluded and private. Nice walking trails and outdoor sitting areas!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Experience!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our family get together at the Yuba River Retreat over the Christmas holiday. The property was immaculate and provided everything we needed to enjoy our holiday. The attention to detail to include the fireplace preps, kitchen hardware, bath amenities, and other special touches added to our overall experience. We would certainly recommend this property and want to thank the owners for a great time.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, Large, Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

The house is very well kept with everything you need from shampoos and conditioner in the bathrooms to detergent in the living rooms. It is a large and clean house with beautiful surroundings. We would definitely visit again.

In terms of criticism: the internet does not work very well. It was a problem for two reasons: 1. A few of the people had to work during the stay and depended on it -- they ended up going into town for internet service. 2. There was a limited selection of movies, especially for kids and we didn't bring any because we relied on streaming Netflix, which did not work.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay! After attempting to work with at&t to solve the internet issues of our neighborhood, we resolved it by switching to The streaming of netflix and all wifi functions are working perfectly. Not only can you enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, you can easily stay in contact with the rest of the world (if you want to)! Alicia
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Excellent property. Creek was great! The house was very comfortable and spacious.

  • 5 of 5

We had a big group and we were able to enjoy privacy as well as plenty of spaces to be together both inside and outside. Close to Empire Mine State Park and the Yuba River.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly a retreat! A perfect place for families.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the hiking trails and the creek swimming hole. Coffee on the large sunny deck was the perfect way to start the day. The kids loved the game room and the open kitchen/dining/living room was great for cooking while socializing! Alicia was very helpful and a gracious host.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Sacramento, Reno
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nevada County Country Club
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Highway 49
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
New Moon
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Sugar Bowl Resort, Boreal, Squaw Valley
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Yuba River
Car: necessary

We are a 5-7 minute drive from the Yuba River which offers visitors additional hiking trails, mountain biking trails, and refreshing river swimming. We are a 10-minute drive from Nevada City. We are pet-friendly, with a fenced yard under the oak trees. Ask for information on additional cabins and campsites!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
Cleaning fee $225
Tax Rate 10.0%

Guests must sign and return release form.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.