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Canyon Cottage: a peaceful oasis in a hurried world

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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.

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Dulcy Schroeder
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2017

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 California

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.


Forest Ranch Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , slate shower, toilet, sink, toiletry storage area
  • Slate shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - Loft with day bed with trundle (new mattresses)
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 11 garden chairs
  • 14 beach chairs
  • 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 property as well as a map 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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(29 traveler reviews)

Canyon Cottage: a peaceful oasis in a hurried world
average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The most perfect get away. A fantastic host, a cosy cottage, the most amazing views, a beautiful creek, abundant wildlife, and true peace and quiet.

The cottage was spotlessly clean, the beds were comfy, the kitchen was well equipped, and the homemade brownies that greeted us were delicious!

Ideally placed for a day trip to Lassen, and close to Chico (great Saturday Farmers Market).

Dulcy was so very welcoming to our family, and thoughtful too. We will certainly remember the wonderful time we spent deep in the canyon for many years to come.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Get Away

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this cottage for the weekend. The cottage was very clean and Dulcy had her fantastic pumpkin cake waiting for us. Dulcy showed us around the cottage, explained where everything could be found and how to operate the appliances. After we brought everything inside Dulcy showed us around the property. She showed us some great wading areas in the creek for our children and some tame hiking as well. Dulcy was patient, kind and engaged very easily with our children. She was quick to pick up that our six year old was VERY interested in bears and dinosaurs, so she included some of these topics in our tour. On our last day Dulcy made an amazing brunch for our family. Our family loved it but little did the children know that it was actually very healthy.

We really enjoyed our time here. We were able to see a bear and a deer while driving down to the property which made the kids very excited. When we left the kids kept talking about how they wanted to go back to the mountain house and see Dulcy and there bears.

Dulcy, Thank you so much for your kindness, patience and hospitality. I have truly never encountered someone who has cared so much for their guests. I hope to come back again when the children have a little older and I know they would love to see you again.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Surprise Birthday Weekend

  • 5 of 5

I had booked the Canyon Cottage as part of a surprise birthday weekend for my husband. I had communicated back and forth with Dulcy prior to our arrival and had told her our plans (hiking, mountain biking, etc). She told me all about the trails on her property and the pictures looked amazing, but when we arrived, it was better than we could have imagined. Dulcy had baked Birthday Brownies for my husband, and then took us on a hike, showing us several hidden gems on her property. We spent the day mountain biking, hiking, packed a picnic lunch and ate by Big Chico Creek, and ended the day in the hot tub under the stars. Dulcy fixed us an amazing breakfast before we left on Sunday as well. We had an amazing weekend at the Canyon Cottage and would highly recommend this as a getaway in a beautiful location!

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent cottage and overall experience! Couldn't recommend this cottage enough.

  • 5 of 5

I'm not usually one for reviews, but I can't help but write just how much my bf and I loved this cottage and more importantly Dulcy (the host). She was wonderful from start to finish and made the stay absolutely perfect. From staying up till midnight so she could guide us down the canyon on the drive in, cooking the most delicious (and healthy) brunch, going on a walk with me around the property, pointing out all the places we could explore, and even mailing me my phone when I left it behind the very next day, she's one of the loveliest people I've ever met. And that is only an addition to the absolutely gorgeous canyon that this property is in. You wake up to mesmerizing cliffsides to look out over and beautiful forest and creek to explore (the pictures don't do it justice). You can even hang out in the hot tub under the stars at night. Would recommend that you bring a couple good books and some groceries so you can bask in the property and don't have to make any trips out of the canyon. Can't wait till we get to visit again!

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful experience!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our weekend here! The cottage is very nice and Dulcy is a lovely woman. She showed us hiking trails and how to get around the huge property, and breakfast was great too. The hot tub is a wonderful way to relax and the view is fantastic. Although Dulcy's house is about 30 yards away you really have no idea someone is around unless you actively seek her out. We would recommend bringing in your own food and planning not to leave the property, you can, but the drive down is a bit long just to go to dinner and come back, plus this is a place you come to get away from town. The cottage is clean and well kept and even though you are only 20 or so minutes from Chico you feel a world away, very relaxing. If you want to have a weekend to walk/hike/jog, to be in the quite of nature, to read, or meditate, or do yoga, connect with your self or your partner or to stay in your pajamas all darn day, this is seriously the place to come. We will definitely come here again for another weekend next year.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay - the cottage has every convenience you might want, but you are surrounded by nature. Quiet and secluded. We enjoyed spending days walking the trails and reading by the creek. I was so impressed with all of the California native vegetation and Dulcy's warm hospitality.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Chico Airport
Nearest Train
17 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 32
Car: recommended

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

Forest Ranch Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
CsuChico Graduation
May 18 2017 - May 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 8.0%

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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