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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.

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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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 13, 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:
  • Check-in: 11:00 AM
  • /
  • Check-out: 4:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 22
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Bookings canceled at least 90 days before the start of the stay will receive a 100% refund
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 22
  • 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 ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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100 acres of Forest-views, Creek Waterfalls, Private Trails
average rating of 4.859375 based on 65 reviews

Great property - perfect for large family

  • 5 of 5

I stayed with my extended family (12 of us) and it was perfect - lots of bedrooms for privacy but nice communal areas. There are good trails and a fun creek within easy walking distance. We will definitely go again.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Secluded and gorgeous

  • 5 of 5

The house was lovely and clean. The AC helped a lot. The game room was fun at night. The deck was delightful. The trails down to the river from the house were well maintained. Purdon crossing is super close but get there early for parking that's not too far away. Lots of mosquitoes at night so bring spray and citronella candles. If you plan on cooking a whole lot I'd say bring your own extra serving bowls, large knives, chopping blocks. The house has some but if you like to cook a whole lot you may need more. The host was very kind and even dropped by to bring extra dish washer soap. I can't wait to come back! I will never forget this amazing weekend!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Wonderfully large house and property perfect for a big family or group looking to get away!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 14 has spent the last 10 years getting together for a week each summer.

This year we stumbled upon the Yuba Retreat while looking for someplace new to visit in an area we love, the Sierra foothills.

The Retreat was perfect! The house is very large, with plenty of beds and bedrooms, but more importantly, there are multiple “living” areas that make it awesome for people to have plenty of space to do what they want. The kids LOVED the game room and spent hours and hours in there playing pool and ping pong. We brought along a Nintendo Classic and hooked it up to the tv and the adults and teens had a great time playing old school games. Other people relaxed on the many comfy couches and read books, and others worked on puzzles on the huge dining room table. The table is worth mentioning because this is the first place we’ve stayed that could fit our entire group at once.

The beds were very comfortable and clean. There were plenty of bathrooms so no one ever really had to wait for their turn and the downstairs suite, while potentially awkward for some people to have to pass through the bathroom to get to, was another very large area for people to hang out that was away from the hustle and bustle upstairs.

The central air was very much appreciated on those hot summer days. The kitchen was well-stocked and roomy enough to accommodate a large group. We loved having plastic silverware provided.

The property itself is gorgeous! The deck overlooking the canyon was a great hangout spot (as long as the skeeters weren’t out) and the miles of trails were well maintained and nicely graded so that the climb back up wasn’t too difficult for the younger kids or the 82 year old grandmother. A few notes though: there is a ton of poison oak on the property. It lines the trails almost every step of the way and is even growing small shoots on the trail itself. It’s manageable if you know what to look for, so I highly suggest having a talk with the people in your group about what to look for. We spent two days at Rock Creek and loved it! It’s a beautiful, private spot. Beware though, the rocks are slippery, whether wet or dry! We nicknamed it “Slip and Bleed” because a good number of our party had falls and spilled a little blood. Nothing major, but it does require being careful!

All in all it was an amazing trip that provided us with new memories to look back on! Thank you to Alicia for being a great host!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This was a great place for our reunion!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 12 had a fantastic time at the Yuba River Retreat last weekend! The house and property is large enough to accommodate more people, so we had more than ample space to enjoy. We were only there for 3 nights, which was not enough time us to fully explore the grounds, which included many trails and 2 great creek spots to sit under a short waterfall. In addition, there are endless parks and trails within a short drive nearby, and Nevada City is a cute little town that's about a 10-15 minute drive away. The house was well appointed, and we all greatly appreciated the A/C working fantastically on the 90+ degree days. Don't forget to bring your bug spray...we had plenty and we needed it to enjoy the grounds and trails (you are in the forest...the bugs were there first!).

The only thing our group missed having was a hot tub.

My group has had 5 annual reunions, and after each one prior we have discussed where we want to go next year. This is the first year where we are already discussing returning back next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property away from everyone!

  • 5 of 5

The house passed our expectations! We stayed the weekend after our daughter graduated from Cal State Chico. We're from Southern California, my dad came down from Oregon and my sisters and their families from Santa Cruz. This was the perfect place to meet up and spend some time. Everyone had their own bedroom and the kids kept busy in the playroom. We were able to bbq, cook meals in the kitchen and just hang out. The house has everything you need. We went on a walk to see the beautiful surroundings and made it down to the water. There is nothing I would have done different on this trip. It was perfect. And the family and I look forward to meeting back up here again.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a good time. Hope we can host your family again!
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This place is an absolute gem. Wonderful house, very well maintained trail system.

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great time here. The house is very spacious and has great flow; we had 15 people and everyone was super comfortable. Grounds are stunning and such a perfect place to unwind and embrace tranquility. Thank you Alicia for hosting such a fantastic property!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • 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

Guests must sign and return release form.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund