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Gorgeous Victorian Cottage in Historic Gold Country Town

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Luxurious, unique accommodations for 2 to 6 in downtown Nevada City

The Two Room Inn is your own charming Victorian cottage in the heart of Nevada City, a beautiful, historically preserved gold rush era town in the Sierra foothills. Step back in time ....just two and half hours from San Francisco.

This beautiful, unique home was built in 1880 as a miner's cabin. Around the turn of the last century it was converted into a residence. At some time in its history it was a rectory and then late in the 20th century it was renovated yet again, took on its present 'castle' look, and was known as the Teddy Bear Castle due to the owners' large collection of antique teddy bears which were also the basis of the American Victorian Museum at the Miners Foundry in the 1980's. Lovingly restored to its present Victorian splendor and completed updated in 2004, it is now a perfect little Gothic Victorian gem from which to explore all that Nevada City and the environs have to offer. Walk out your front door, through the garden, and out the front gate, and you will find yourself in an amazing Victorian town, with beautiful historic homes, cafes, shops, galleries, wineries, and restaurants to suit every taste, all within a few blocks of your own beautiful cottage. Stroll around town and enjoy the ambiance, the art ( Nevada City has long been a haven for artists), the shops, and the mountain scenery. Stop for a coffee, breakfast or lunch maybe right across the street at the Broad Street Cafe, a snack at one of the yoghurt or ice cream shops, have lunch or dinner in one of the wonderful eateries in town, or come back to your own charming place and cook dinner at home. A short drive will bring you to the wonders of the Sierra foothills and the gold rush era. Beautiful scenery, pristine forests, river crossings with amazing swimming spots, hiking trails, and historic gold mining towns, some still with residents, some with only the local ghosts roaming the streets.

Spring, summer and fall are gorgeous for outdoor activities. The fall foliage is magnificent, and winter brings its own charms. Nevada City's famous Victorian Christmas, celebrated throughout the month of December, draws visitors from all over. And the occasional snowfall blankets the town and countryside in white. Skiing is only an hour or so away, up Interstate 80 towards Truckee. If you want a more temperate climate to stay in and not have to go too far to ski, Nevada City is the perfect spot. If golf is your passion, there are three championship golf courses in Grass Valley and Auburn, just a short drive from the Inn.

Nevada City, and it's close neighbor, Grass Valley, another vibrant historic town, host a wide variety of cultural activities all year long. There are music and art festivals, fairs, the Nevada City Fourth of July Parade, and the famous Nevada City Bike Race held in downtown Nevada City each year on Father's Day. The North Columbia Story Telling Festival, also held every year, has gained wide notoriety and draws folks from all over to hear some of the country's best storytellers. North Columbia, just a short drive from Nevada City, is a former gold rush town, now just a crossroads with the old two room schoolhouse converted to a community center as the venue for the festival. Check the local chamber of commerce web site for the schedules of all the events in the area.

Whether you come for two or three days or a week or more, you will never lack for things to do, and you will always have your beautiful Victorian cottage to come home to. The cottage is fully equipped with all modern amenities, updated and modernized bathrooms and a full modern kitchen, heat and air conditioning, flat screen TV, WiFi, gas grill, washer/dryer, and two off-street parking spaces. But it also has all original stained glass windows imported from England, gorgeous redwood and elm interior, a fireplace built with cobblestones from Old San Francisco, a front deck surrounded by gardens, a private back yard, and a lovely balcony off the bedroom upstairs, with views down Broad Street - the perfect spot from which to watch the 4th of July parade, the Father's Day bike race, or just the comings and goings of Nevada City. The house is situated at the very edge of the commercial district, and so in the quiet part of town, but steps away from anything you might want to do in the village itself.

Come experience the unique charms of this lovely home and its wonderful surroundings.

More Details

Marney Craig
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About Marney Craig

I have owned vacation rental properties in Hanalei and Princeville on the island of Kauai since 2000 (see my VRBO listing 10087 for Maluhia Hanalei)and so have years of experience creating wonderful places for travelers to stay, and providing them with all the amenities and special touches that help to create a memorable vacation.

Marney Craig purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Marney Craig chose Nevada City

I have always loved visiting Nevada City and spending time both in town and in the beautiful natural surroundings of the Sierra foothills. And for many years I have been aware of this gorgeous little Victorian cottage in the heart of this very special town. When I recently had the opportunity to buy it, I did not hesitate for a moment. I knew that not only would I love being able to stay here myself, but that I could make it available to travelers from all over, and allow others to experience this unique home in this wonderful setting.

What makes this cottage unique

This is an amazing truly unique Victorian home right In The heart of a perfectly preserved gold rush town. It is on the main street of town, at the very edge of the commercial district, so guests can walk out the front door, through the garden, and out the gate into the center of this wonderful town with its array of restaurants, cafes, shops, galleries, and many special events throughout the year. The house itself is charming, beautiful, luxuriously furnished and outfitted, and maybe the most unusual place you have stayed. Step back in time just two and a half hours from San Francisco.


Nevada City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No parties or gatherings in the house other than brief visits without the express permission of the owner
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Modern bath in vintage setting with stained glass window
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Lovely half bath on main floor of home
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 sleep sofa /futon , Futons can be used by small children
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Daybed converts to two twins or a king bed
  • The master bedroom is the whole top floor of the house, a large, beautiful room with natural wood everywhere, and a balcony that opens onto Broad Street. The alcove off the living room on the main floor converts to a second bedroom, with a daybed that can be one or two twins or another king bed. This room can be closed off from the living room at night to provide a completely private second bedroom with its own half bath.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
This is a unique property and a fairly new vacation rental, so while the home itself dates to the 1800's, virtually everything in it is brand new or vintage antique in perfect condition. This home is fully and beautifully equipped to provide every thing you will need for the perfect vacation. It is comfortable, luxurious, private, and right in the heart of town. You can walk to everything in Nevada City, even to the local hikes, and return to your own gorgeous Victorian cottage to relax on the front deck and watch the street scene out front beyond our street-side gardens, or out back on the beautiful new patio surrounded by our lovely landscaping, in privacy. Enjoy drinks, prepare meals in our fully equipped kitchen, or venture out to one of the wonderful restaurants, cafes, or saloons in our charming town.


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Gorgeous Victorian Cottage in Historic Gold Country Town
average rating of 4.969697 based on 33 reviews

Magical place to stay in the heart of Nevada City

  • 5 of 5

The Two Room Inn is one of the most charming places my husband and I have ever stayed. It was very cozy and beautifully decorated with furnishings that looked perfect in the Victorian style of the home. The bed was so comfortable and the bedroom so elegant with the balcony looking out onto the main street below. Lots of stained glass windows only added to this amazing home from yesteryear! Many fun shops to spend time in , and good restaurants make this a really interesting destination. The owner Marney, was able to let us stay one night instead of two, the people who were coming in before us couldn't make it. Because we only had one night, and she was able to accommodate us, my birthday surprise from my husband was Fantastic! We highly recommend this lovely place!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Coziest spot

  • 5 of 5

This place is beyond adorable! Right in town, yet just at the end , so it is not noisy from the street.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loomis, CA

Lasting Memories of Two Room Inn - plan to return!

  • 5 of 5

We reserved the Two Room Inn for our daughter's wedding at the Miner's Foundry, which is two blocks away. We had no idea how amazing the weekend would be, how pivotal this incredible gem of a house would be - lasting memories. First of all, Marney was amazingly friendly and quick to respond in every step in the process. It felt far more personal than typical reservation experiences. I have to say that the pictures do NOT do this place justice - I was expecting it to be far "cozier" than it is. This place is classy, elegant, and spacious! The house is a feast for the eyes - the antiques are lovely, the stained glass windows - well, we have some amazing photography of our lovely daughter in that house. The kitchen is more than stocked with anything you can possible need. With two decks, you have the ability to entertain - we had about 20 out-of-town guests the night before the wedding - the large private deck in back was perfect for our barbeque - I brought disposable products and discovered more wine, champagne, coffee and regular glasses than we could ever use! The fiesta ware dishes were so fun! This home has a deck right off the front for the enjoyment of watching Broad Street tourists go by. The upstairs bistro set on the balcony was a perfect spot for brunch the day after the wedding. Every single thing you might need is there. Our daughter's wedding party got ready at the house. We used the incredible stained glass bay window for photos, the garden for photo shots of the gown and rings, etc. I look forward to going back for a leisurely stay with friends. Sitting at the top of Broad Street, it is a perfect spot to stroll down to shops and dining. We (the entire wedding party) strolled to the wedding venue! Wonderful spot.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles, CA

We Loved the Two Room Inn!

  • 5 of 5

My father and I stayed a the Two Room Inn when we visited my brother and his family in Nevada City. I had seen the photos online and thought it looked intriguing. When my Dad and I walked in, we were blown away. First of all, for some reason it looks smaller in photos. We were surprised how roomy it was for a cottage. The other thing we loved was even though it has an "old world" feel with many beautiful antiques and stained glass windows, there are modern fixtures throughout, such as beautiful bathroom fixtures and gorgeous curtains. The owner has done an excellent job in decorating. There is AC as well - which is a must in Nevada City during the summer months.

We loved the outdoor amenities as well. There is a spacious backyard with comfortable furniture as well as a front deck that is set back from the street and shaded by tall evergreens. It truly feels like a forest cottage.

The other fabulous feature is the location! It is on the main strip of Nevada City and there is a market about 2 blocks away. Everything in downtown Nevada City is within walking distance - so convenient!

We will definitely be returning soon to the Two Room Inn!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nevada City, CA, USA

Awesome, charming, lovely place!

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed here and my husband and I were married at the inn. Everyone loved the place, especially the convenience of walking everywhere. It is full of the cutest touches that we found ourselves running around taking pictures with inanimate objects ; ) The ceremony was small (about 20 people) and we were told it was the most beautiful, intimate wedding (and all we did was move some furniture around). It was a great time, fully equipped, and I highly recommend staying here!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Piedmont North Carolina


  • 5 of 5

The photos and descriptions say it all, although not as awe inspiring as being there. Highly recommended. Visit a different local good or great restaurant for each meal and your stay will be limited to only 10 days before you have to start over.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Sacramento, CA
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Mc Gee's
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Interstate 80
Nearest Restaurant
30 Metres
Broad St Bistro & Cafe
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Sugar bowl
Car: recommended

Nevada City is a beautifully preserved Victorian town that dates back to the California Gold Rush. It has National Historic Preservation status, and staying here is a lovely way to step back in time and still have all the amenities and attractions of a very cosmopolitan community. There are outstanding restaurants, wonderful shops and galleries, cafes,and bars to suit every taste. Throughout the year there are numerous fairs, festivals, art, music and activity events in both Nevada City and Grass Valley,. see the Chamber of Commerce schedule of events, check the NevadaCity App for IPhone for up to date information. The surrounding Sierra foothills are a natural wonderland with pristine forests, protected rivers with wonderful swimming areas, and relics from the gold rush era including ghost towns and small rural communities to explore. There Re three championship golf courses in Grass Valley and Auburn, within a half hour's drive.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $100
Tax Rate 10.0%

Rates are four up to 4 people. Extra persons will be an additional $25 per night for adults, $15 per night for children

Rates vary seasonally and may be higher for special events and holidays.

Special last minute and winter weekday discount rates apply.

Rates for 7 nights or more include weekend nights at the mid-week rate.

Owner'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.