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Canyon Cottage: a peaceful oasis in a hurried world

Forest Ranch, CA, USA
  • Cottage600 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Bedroom 2 (Sleeps 2-4)

1 Bdrm Cottage Nestled At The Bottom Of Canyon With A Mountain Stream

Are you looking for a place to rest and recharge? Would you enjoy an escape from the fast pace of everyday life? Spend some time in this pristine canyon and leave your cares behind. Hike the groomed trails. Spend time along the mountain stream that cuts through the canyon. Find your own special hideaways around our 287 acres. Enjoy a starlit night from the hot tub. Immerse yourself in the nature that surrounds you.

Meanwhile, enjoy the comforts of the cottage with a bedroom with queen bed, a loft bedroom with a day bed with trundle (both with new mattresses), a full kitchen, and a sitting room with wood stove. Enjoy outdoor seating areas around the cottage as well as around the lodge. There is a hot tub and a barbecue for use and guests can enjoy a movie in the lodge or can curl up by the lodge fireplace in the cold weather. Even while immersed in nature, you will have wi-fi access if you wish.


Dulcy Schroeder

Member Since 2013
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Response time:
within one day
Calendar last updated:
Mar 13, 2018
About Dulcy Schroeder

“After living in this special canyon for 14 years, I realized that one of my favorite activities was sharing the canyon with others. Chico Canyon Retreat grew from that love. The location is unusually pristine and we have worked hard over the years to enhance that pristine characteristic as we work to return the land to its native state.

Dulcy Schroeder purchased this Cottage in 1996

Why Dulcy Schroeder chose Butte County

It is not often one gets to live where one would vacation, but that is exactly what happened to me. We spent several years using every vacation to visit cliff dwellings in the southwest. Then came the interest in the WPA lodges in our National Parks and the way natural materials from the surroundings were used in the construction. Put that together with a love of camping under the stars, mix it well, and the result was Chico Canyon Retreat.

What makes this Cottage unique

In the morning, imagine sitting on the viewing deck with a cup of coffee as you watch the sun touch the canyon rim and move down the face as it illuminates the entire canyon. The many birds become active as the sun creeps into the canyon. Maybe you'll see a flock of turkeys passing by on the way to the creek. You may want to experience an early morning creek hike as you watch the canyon awaken. View the creek from the 1935 bridge on the property and let your mind wander past the beauty and into the history of what is before you: the cultural history of the Maidu tribe and the geological history of at least 75 million years. Fill your day with exploration of the hiking trails and creek or just find a special hideaway and curl up with a book. Cap your day with a hot tub soak under the stars. These are just some of the things that make your stay at the Canyon Cottage unique.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        Loft with day bed with trundle (new mattresses)


        • 1 Bathroom
        • Bathroom 2
          toilet, shower, slate shower, toilet, sink, toiletry storage area
        • Slate shower

        Location Type

          • Mountain View
            rock faces of the canyon
          • Waterfront
            mountain stream


              • Away From It All
              • Romantic


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Living Room
                        Seating area with love seat and chairs, recessed built-in desk, two windows to fill the room with nature, and high rake ceilings up to 16'
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Heating
                        Wood stove
                      • Internet
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        Access for long-term renters
                      • Parking
                      • Telephone
                        Access to lodge phones - no cell phone coverage
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                        Access for long-term renters
                      • Wood Stove


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Well-stocked with dishes, glasses, pots, pans, silverware, and utensils
                          • Kitchen
                            Full kitchen
                          • Microwave
                          • Pantry Items
                            assorted teas, hot chocolate, coffee filters, salt and pepper, spray oil
                          • Refrigerator
                            Stocked with ice cube trays and a carbon filter pitcher of water.
                          • Stove
                            Full size stove with oven
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Built-in drop leaf table for two and round card table for more than two
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 4 people


                                  • Books
                                  • DVD Player
                                    Access in lodge
                                  • Games
                                  • Ping Pong Table
                                  • Video Library
                                    Access in lodge


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        The grounds feature native and drought-resistant plants
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • wheelchair inaccessible

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Hot Tub

                                                Onsite Services

                                                  • Staff


                                                      • churches

                                                        Leisure Activities

                                                          • bird watching
                                                          • scenic drives
                                                          • walking
                                                          • wildlife viewing

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • fly fishing
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • swimming


                                                                  • A hearty breakfast will await you on one of your mornings in the Canyon Cottage. You will receive a personal introductory tour of the groomed trails around the property. Nature will provide the best amenities: it might be a bear wandering across the upper meadow; the deer that come in to visit the gardens each night; an owl calling in the evening; mergansers, mallards, and wood ducks on the creek; a fox; a bobcat; or the resident Great Blue Heron.

                                                                    House Rules

                                                                    Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                    Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                    Cancellation Policy

                                                                    100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                    36 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews


                                                                    Maija N.

                                                                    Everything inside was perfect. Everything outside was so beautiful: wildflowers, butterflies, birds, the creek, the trails, and the sunrise on canyon wall. If you love nature, this is one of those special places. Dulcy is a generous hostess and wise guide to her lovely part of the Northern California wildlands.

                                                                    Peaceful Accomodations

                                                                    Stephen Z.

                                                                    Dulcy was a delightful host; she was very accomodating of our specific needs/requests. The provided breakfast in the main house was plentiful and delicious. Overall, the Cottage more than met our needs. The only surprise I had was that a couple of the photos showing amenities were of things at the main house and not at the cottage as I had expected (floor to ceiling fireplace and TV/video entertainment area).

                                                                    Had an excellent time

                                                                    meg s.

                                                                    The cottage is at the base of the canyon and the creek is wonderful. Dulcy was an awesome host and went above and beyond to make our stay great.


                                                                    Raelene A.Livermore, CA

                                                                    we had a wonderful stay! my children enjoyed interacting with Dulcy and are still talking about the trip a week later. Next time I will not go in August when it is so HOT! I do have to say that once we got down to the river (it was a little hike to get there) - the water temperature was perfect for playing and Dulcy had provided chairs along the river for our enjoyment. Thank you for your hospitality!

                                                                    Perfect get away

                                                                    Frank L.

                                                                    Dulcy met us with a warm & kind welcome. She drove us to the cabin where some delightful brownies & cookies awaited. The cabin is beautiful & had all the things we needed, it was clean & located in a perfect spot. Dulcy gave us a tour of the trails & canyon & filled us in on all the historical back ground then let us be, to explore. We had beautiful morning hikes, & enjoyed the nice cool water provided by nature! We explored different parts of the canyon stream until we found our perfect spot. Words cannot describe the beautiful blanket of stars & all the beautiful things the eyes can see here at Dulcy's Ranch! We also enjoyed the Jacuzzi although it was much too warm to activate the heating system so we just enjoyed laying in the nice cool water & took in the beautiful view. We enjoyed B-B Q'ing in the nicely arranged spots Dulcy arranged right outside our front door. Dulcy is a very kind & warm person & loves to share her home w/others. I HIGHLY recommend this beautiful cabin where time stops & you can revive from everyday life. I literally left my everyday concerns behind!! It was the perfect place for my husband & I to reconnect & to get some much needed R & R. We hope that in the near future, we can bring our children out to enjoy the cabin, & its surroundings have to offer, the cabin is well suited for children as well!!

                                                                    Clean and comfortable cottage with amazing surroundings

                                                                    Debbie S.Davis, CA

                                                                    My husband and I stayed with in Dulcy's cabin this past weekend. It was just the escape we were looking for. The cottage was well cared for and had everything we needed. We enjoyed BBQing and sitting outside to eat dinner and enjoy the scenery. The hot tub under the stars was fantastic.

                                                                    Dulcy was an amazing hostess- more than happy to talk with us and share her beautiful property and then leave us time alone to relax. Her property is a little slice of heaven. We planned on staying down at her place once we got there because of others reviews we read and we're glad we did. Complete and total relaxation. We'll definitely come visit again!


                                                                    Forest Ranch, CA, USA

                                                                    The cottage is located on 287 acres in a pristine canyon and is the ideal location for those folks truly wishing to get away from the hurried daily activities of life and immerse themselves in their own personal park. Wildlife abounds here in the canyon. There are groomed trails and a mountain creek to explore and many special hideaways to discover. Most folks don't want to leave the canyon but should you be touched by a bit of wanderlust, there are no shortage of options. Head up to the mountains where Lassen National Park and Lake Almanor are less than an hour away. Chico and the valley are only 30 minutes from the cottage. If you enjoy history, the Bidwell Mansion video and tour are a must see. Gold mining touched this area and creates its own tour. Winter brings the migratory birds and the Snow Goose Festival to the valley. Spring brings a spectacular wildflower display to Table Mountain, an area well known to plant enthusiasts. If you like Farmers' Markets, you should not miss the Saturday morning Market in Chico. It is one of the best. The University, CSUChico, frequently has activities on its lovely campus. The arts are an important part of the community so you will find lots of opportunities to hear music, view art, or attend dramatic presentations. And if you want to take a break from cooking, you'll have no shortage of good restaurant choices.

                                                                    Rates & Availability

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                                                                    Additional Guest Fee
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                                                                    Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. There will be an added 8% room tax for Butte County.

                                                                    36 Reviews
                                                                    Wonderful 4.9/5
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