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Sutter Creek cottage set in a large private garden

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights

About the property

Two bedroom cottage with an old fashioned front porch in a large private garden

Opal Street House is a two-bedroom cottage set in a former orchard (now a large private garden with nice fruit trees). Opal Street House is less than one mile from the center of Sutter Creek’s historic Main Street and an ideal location for exploring Amador County’s Gold Rush towns, wineries, special attractions (Daffodil Hill, Black Chasm caves, Kirkwood, Jackson Rancheria Casino are all close by) or attending events like the Parade of Lights, Holiday Open Houses, Behind the Cellar Door, Italian Picnic, Amador Four Fires, Big Crush, and concerts at the Sutter Creek Theater. The house is also a great base for day trips to Tahoe, Sacramento and exploring the historic Highway 49 and scenic Highway 88 corridors. Opal Street House is a serene retreat--for those moments when you just need some time to sit on the porch or patio...

Our home is ideal for up to four guests. It features an old-fashioned front porch (with a swing), central heat and air, french doors, hard wood floors in the living areas and carpet in bedrooms, great natural light, a mix of antiques and comfortable modern furnishings--and thoughtful details throughout. Opal Street is a balance of un-fussy luxury and the simple pleasures of living in the country.

We offer one king-size bed and one queen-size bed—both outfitted with luxury linens. Our bookshelves are well-stocked, and we provide a complimentary bottle of local wine, good coffee, some snacks and treats, and pantry essentials for you. We like to cook, and our kitchen is supplied with the basics. If you'd like us to stock the fridge or enhance what’s in the pantry before you arrive, we're happy to arrange for an array of items. We're also happy to help make arrangements for a special occasion (chilled champagne? flowers?)--just let us know. Once you arrive, our house book will help you explore the area with plenty of local insider tips (from our favorite local butcher to the closest hot springs and a full schedule of local and regional events).

Other specific amenities:

Central heat and air, wi-fi, washer and dryer, stereo system (use with your laptop/phone/i-pad or bring CDs), a gas range with oven and broiler, garbage disposal, dish washer, and a full-sized fridge. The bathroom features a tub/shower combination and complimentary luxury bath products. Our enclosed, attached garage provides parking for a single car and our private drive area has ample space for up to two additional vehicles.

We do not have a microwave, a land-line phone, or TV--this house is about unplugging and enjoying 'la dolce vita'.

The garden that surrounds the house is planted with heritage roses, herbs, lilacs, grapes, fruit and nut trees. The house is nestled at the end of a private drive in the midst of a quiet neighborhood. We are firm on our policy of a 4-guest limit, and our house is not suitable for hosting large parties.

We require a two-night minimum stay and offer significant discounts for a stay of one week or more--as well as discounts for returning guests.

More Details

Carma Z
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2017

About Carma Z

I feel lucky to split my time between Amador County and San Francisco, and I love helping people discover Sutter Creek and our 'Gold Country' region.

I crave time to sit on the porch--and Opal Street has a really good one. It makes me happy to take a break from time plugged into media and work to gather friends / family for a walk on a back road, an informal meal or a day of exploring. I love life in SF, and I also love picking flowers in the front yard or eating a just-picked nectarine while standing under the tree. My best ideas of unfussy luxury, fun, and the kind of welcome we give close friends combine here. Opal Street House is a place for la dolce vita.

Friends from Hawaii once told my husband and me that wherever we go we make an Ohana house--a house where extended family gathers--and where everyone who gathers is extended family. I hope you feel that way when you come to stay.

Carma Z purchased this cottage in 1994

Why Carma Z chose Gold Country & High Sierra

Just one mile from the center of Sutter Creek's historic Main Street, but set in a garden that feels like a private oasis. I've loved the location of our home from the first moment I saw it in the 1990s. Going into town is effortless, but it's also possible to simply shut our gate and enjoy a private retreat.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The Opal Street House was wonderful! Everyday we enjoyed the porch swing and the beautiful gardens in front and back. The setting was peaceful and we look forward to another visit soon. Don't miss the local Andrae's Bakery in Amador City about a 5 minute drive and the new beer bar in Sutter Creek.
Apr 2015
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Sutter Creek cottage set in a large private garden
average rating of 4.769231 based on 39 reviews

Very warm, inviting cottage

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with my son and daughter-in-law and we all absolutely loved it. We felt very much at home and enjoyed quality time cooking meals and playing board games. We were in town for my daughter-in-law's baby shower nearby and would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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What an AMAZING place... We fell in love with this great find!

  • 5 of 5

At the end of Septmber, a few girlfriends and I were fortunate enough to spend the weekend at this property and we can't say enough wonderful things about it. The owner (Carma) wasn't there but made us feel welcome with her kind words and detailed instructions about accessing the place. The property was clean, looked just as the photos pictured it and was perfectly stocked! Everything kitchen related that we needed to make meals was in the kitchen or the pantry and there was even a small ice chest to use to take some of our snacks along to picnic at the local wineries. Our beds were beyond comfortable, the shower was super clean and the towels were a great quality. The porch swing was perfect for evening girl talk and a glass of wine. I could go on and on about how much we loved this little house - but you should go experience it for yourself!

This was the first time any of us had been to the Sutter Creek area and we did not want to leave! The house was perfect & there were countless more wineries and tasting rooms that we didn't have time to explore. We can't wait to plan another trip but the timing will definitely revolve around the availability of this magnificent place! I hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Good location near town. House was well equipped and room were great.

  • 5 of 5

My sisters and I had a great time wine tasting. This house was at a good location to explore Sutter Creek one day and venture out into the hills to see more vineyards another day. We had a really good time. The beds were comfortable, the kitchen was well stocked, the bathroom was nice and roomy, and we felt right at home.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful and Restful

  • 5 of 5

Thank you, Carma, for your generous hospitality and welcome to your quaint garden cottage! The home was just what I was looking for: a quiet, comfortable home to find rest and renewal. We slept deeply in the wonderful beds, and enjoyed the porch swing in the cool of the evening. The book selection was superb--I wish I had had more time to stay and enjoy them all! You little home is a gem in Sutter Creek! Thanks, again!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute and cozy mountain cottage

  • 4 of 5

We had an excellent stay at the Sutter Creek Cottage. It was very comfortable and ideally located to local activities (wine tasting, hiking, Volcano, Jackson antiques). Very clean and well maintained. Our only suggestion is to add a microwave and television. We have relatives in the area and will definitely be returning. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your feedback, Evan! We offer Opal Street House as a place to unplug and slow down, to help us and our guests savor slow cooked meals and time to reconnect--thus our decision not to offer a microwave or televisions (though we do offer wifi for those folks who don't want to unplug completely). This has become one of the most popular features of our home over the years, but we understand that it's not for everyone. We're happy that you came to stay, and we'll be delighted to welcome you back for future trips. Thanks for taking such thoughtful care of our place and for taking the time to provide your review.
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Loved staying at this lovely gem near Sutter Creek!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this charming cottage for a girlfriends getaway weekend to celebrate my birthday. It was perfect for the three of us! Very quaint, peaceful, and a close drive into town. The beds were very comfy!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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Nearest Airport
57 Miles
Sacramento International (or Westover Field .86)
Nearest Barpub
0.87 Miles
Multiple, on Main Street in Sutter Creek
Nearest Golf
19 Miles
Mace Meadows (or 41 miles to Saddle Creek)
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Amtrack (Sacramento Station, also serves Auburn)
Nearest Motorway
0.89 Miles
Hwy 49
Nearest Restaurant
0.87 Miles
Multiple, on Main Street in Sutter Creek
Nearest Ski
58 Miles
Kirkwood Ski Resort
Car: necessary

We are happy to provide guests with a personalized set of suggestions and directions for activities they would like to explore in our area. Fishing, boating, antiques, theatre, wine tasting, hikes, museums, gold panning, great food, scenic back roads, galleries, unique shops, historic sites, caves, and a casino are a few of the options from less than a mile away to approximately 1 hour's drive from our home. Our home also has an extensive 'house book' full of recommendations from our favorite local ice-cream, thrift shops, and hot springs to suggestions from fellow guests. We're also happy to share information on seasonal events (fairs, farmers market, parades, festivals and special activities).


Rates & Availability

Sutter Creek Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter Discount
Jan 4 2017 - Jan 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas at Opal Street
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Year's at Opal Street
Dec 29 2017 - Jan 1 2018
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $150

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.
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Sutter Creek Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 960 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bathroom features marble floors, antique sink, great water pressure, and luxury linens and bath products. Armoire in bath holds extra linens, and hospitality items like tooth brushes, a sewing kit, tissues, etc.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • Bedroom with queen-size bed is adjacent to bath. This room features a large closet with a dresser, and a small sitting area. Windows face the side and back yards. Bedroom with king-size bed is across hall from bath (door to bath from hallway is used). This room features a writing desk, bookcases and a collection of hooks, baskets and shelf space (no closet). Windows face side yard and front porch.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • spelunking
Our rates include all City of Sutter Creek hotel taxes. We do not offer daily maid service, but for stays longer than 7 days, we will make an arrangement for our cleaning staff to visit and clean at a mutually convenient time up to once per week. We are happy to help you with requests for a special occasion (flowers, chilled champagne, local advice/recommendations for activities during your stay). We're also happy to stock specific items in the pantry or refrigerator for a small charge. We offer a bottle of our favorite local wine to all guests whose primary renter is 21-years of age or older. When fruit / flowers are in season, you are always welcome to make a small harvest for your personal use.

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