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Stunning Private Retreat in the Heart of the Gold Country

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,600 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms + Guest House (Sleeps 8-10) Secluded custom-built residence

Blue Sky is a stunning, custom-built retreat secluded on 20 private acres. Surrounded by nature, this peaceful hideaway includes deluxe accommodations with swimming pool and a hot tub. Private steps lead down to the famed Sutter Creek, which runs through the property. There is a large deck creek side that offers access to a freshwater swimming hole and spectacular views of the creek and waterfalls. The entire property consists of 2 buildings, the Villa and the Casita; both decorated in comfortable Southwestern style.

The Villa easily accommodates 8 guests in 3 master bedrooms with en suite baths and a studio with queen sleeper (and giant flat screen TV).

Master Suite 1 – has a king bed, huge bathroom with glass brick shower for two. Private door leads to outside decks with access to the hot tub. Incredible views.

Master Suite 2 – has a queen bed and private bath with tub and shower. Adjacent private sitting room has large screen TV, Nintendo WII and Direct TV DVR. Two recliners and comfortable couch make this a great reading/napping room as well!

Master Suite 3 – has a queen bed. Beautiful hand hammered tin mirror decorates the private bath with tub and shower. Offers two comfortable chairs and good size closet.

Studio – queen sized sleeper sofa with giant flat screen TV with Direct TV DVR. Private door leads to outside decks with access to the hot tub. Just across the hall from serene outdoor sitting area.

Living/room and kitchen – the heart of this home is the living room/kitchen area at the center of the house. A wood-burning fireplace adds ambiance and warmth in the winter. Ceiling fans and central air keep things cool in the summer. There is a music system connected to Bose speakers both inside and outside the house. There is a large collection of CD’s for your listening enjoyment or you can connect your IPOD. The large, functional kitchen has tile counter tops and is equipped with a gas range, stainless refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, TV and all the small appliances and utensils you need. The many windows offer spectacular views of the hills and outdoors. A custom bird feeder is located just outside the kitchen windows and draws dozens of wild birds. There is another bathroom on this level. The dining room is adjacent to the kitchen and offers a sweeping view of the outdoors.

Outdoors: Large in-ground, solar heated (in the summer) swimming pool with wet bar, refrigerator, hot tub, and dartboard. There is a separate bathroom poolside and an outdoor shower. There is a charcoal BBQ with gas ignition and several outdoor tables and chairs for entertaining.

The Casita, a detached richly appointed private studio, is just a few steps up the hill from the Villa. The one large main room has bamboo floors, marble bar, full size pool table, giant flat screen TV with Direct TV DVR and surround sound. There is a gas “wood” stove, air conditioning and ceiling fan, lots of natural light and windows that open and are screened. There is queen sofa bed and a daybed with pop up trundle that can be used separately as two singles or together as one king. The fully tiled bath with shower has an on demand endless hot water heater. The kitchen comes with all the basic kitchenware, 4-burner gas range, refrigerator/freezer, microwave and coffee maker. The front of the Casita opens to a huge deck with table for outdoor dining while the back leads to a fenced rose and organic vegetable garden.

Please note: We do not allow large groups, gatherings or special events on the property. We limit the number of guest to 10.

Located within 5 to 10 miles from Ione, Sutter Creek and Jackson, this property will astonish you with its design details and the comfort of its décor.

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017


Ione Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , In master suite 2
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Glass brick shower for two in Master Suite 1
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , In Master Suite 3
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , Poolside
    Bathroom 6 - outdoor shower , Poolside
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower , Casita bathroom has tiled shower
  • Master Suite 1 bathroom has a huge double shower made entirely of glass bricks.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Suite 1 - 1 king , McRoskey matteress and en suite bathroom
    Master Suite 2 - 1 queen , McRoskey matteress and en suite bath with tub and shower
    Master Suite 3 - 1 queen , McRoskey matteress and en suite bath with tub and shower
    Studio - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Guest House (Casita) - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , casita
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming


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(30 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.733333 based on 30 reviews

Great place to get away and relax

  • 5 of 5

Photos of the home were right on. This is a great getaway home where you can relax. We had four couples and everyone had a great time. There are a lot of steps everywhere you go but this adds to the uniqueness of the place. We had planned to use this as a base to explore the area but ended up just relaxing here, only went out for dinner one night.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magnificent Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This house is a true diamond in the rough - too good to be true. We were 8 females just looking to get away for the weekend. The house is spectacular! The privacy, the pool, the wonderful kitchen and essentially 4 bedrooms in the house plus the casita which sleeps 2. The house was just what we needed to get away and unwind for the weekend. We didn't want to leave to go anywhere. We barbecued and used the pool. The house is big enough that we were not cramped by having 8 people there. It was perfect! we are already talking about renting it again next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Secluded retreat

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed a very unique estate in a very secluded area.

We felt like we were in Mexico with all the decor (including large, sculpted parrots). The master bedroom with a king bed was perfect but I'm only giving a 4 star rating because the other guest beds were mostly full and twin size beds (one was a queen). However, we appreciated the sound system and pool. Again, just wished for more than 4 chaise lounges since we had 8 ppl total. I wouldn't recommend this house sleeping 10 ppl total unless they're ok with couches in the more public rooms of the house. Also, would NOT recommend this property for the elderly and/or disabled due the multi levels throughout the home and property. Overall, a beautiful estate and would book again despite the AC breaking down on our last day:/ so that's saying a lot! Viva Blue Sky Villa!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed Blue Sky. Thanks for your comments, which are always appreciated. Regarding the number of guests that can be comfortably accommodated, it really depends on the make up of the group. I encourage prospective guests to tell me about their group so I can insure that expectations are met. I believe the accommodations, including bed sizes, are accurately described on this website. All the beds and fold outs are queen-size save for the king in the master and the trundle bed in the casita.
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Wonderful Stay

  • 4 of 5

We had 9 adults and 2 small kids and a baby. We all fit comfortably and happy. We spent most our time outside at the pool or creek. The kitchen had plenty of room and everything we needed to cook. Bring bug spray or citronella candles for outdoor eating. Also don't be surprised if the outdoor cat leaves a catch on patio.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolute Beauty

  • 5 of 5

The house was everything it was advertised to be. We came into town for a wedding about 20 miles away and we didn't want to leave this retreat. We had a blast playing in the river and waterfalls, interacting with the goats and donkeys, bird watching and enjoying this beautiful piece of property. We had 6 adults and 2 kids and it fit us all perfectly. Our only complaint was the comfort of the beds, but for the short term it was fine. The kitchen and home were very well equipped with everything we needed. We definitely want to go back and enjoy this property when the weather is a bit warmer.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Large, Private, Out-of-the-Way Parrot-Filled Destination

  • 4 of 5

We were a group of three families - each with children - looking for a place to relax together with a pool. The property is really "out there" which was great for us. You can spend your days staring down into the canyon and watching the numerous hawks and birds of prey constantly on the hunt. The kids had a blast - everywhere they turned was wildlife (donkeys, goats, turkeys, a friendly cat). A couple went for a quick walk and are pretty sure they were being stalked by a mountain lion... so, hey, maybe mountain lions too!

As others have said, the home was clean, kitchen well stocked, pool was decent and hot tub nice.

Picking some nits, I would say that Blue Sky was designed by a sadist for mobility. Every single surface of the house seemed to be on a different level requiring a few stairs to quarter-height median terraces that led to other stairs... anyhow, normally not a problem but I broke my leg a few weeks back. This was stairmageddon for me. The pool could have been larger - or rather - I wish the pool was larger. The decor was... interesting; some cross between southwestern, polynesian, Mexican influence with parrots... lots and lots of parrots. Oh! Don't have any expectations about wireless.

Overall a very nice rental with good space for larger groups. Our group all agreed that we would return. Becky was very responsive to inquiries, professional and friendly.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Tilly's in Ione
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Castle Oaks Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
1.75 Miles
Hwy. 88
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Susan's place
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Kirkwood Ski Resort
Car: necessary

Located in the heart of Amador County the property is very near historic Sutter Creek and the renowned Shenandoah Valley. The surrounding area is home to dozens of wineries known for producing some of the finest Zinfandels in America and is just 12 miles from Lake Camanche, a popular destination for fishing, boating, watersports and hiking.


Rates & Availability

Ione Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Insurance $79

We do not allow weddings, special events or large groups.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.