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Family Cabin - Quiet Location - Large Private Deck - Lake Member

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps 8

The cabin is located on a very quiet stretch of Mark Twain Dr., adjacent to a wooded lot which belongs to the property, providing a very private setting. The treed area adjacent to the cabin features a seating area with hammocks and chairs providing a shaded setting for reading, relaxing and unwinding. The spacious private deck is surrounded by black oaks, ponderosa and sugar pines and both young and mature cedars and is equipped with a propane barbecue, picnic table, assorted utility tables, lounge chairs and shade umbrellas.

The living room features a large stone fireplace with an efficient wood burning insert and the raised hearth is surrounded by several couches, providing a cozy place to hang out in the cooler seasons.

The bedroom on the main floor has one queen size bed and private access to the main floor bathroom. This bathroom is also accessible from the main living area.

The large, semi-private bedroom upstairs has one double and two single beds.

A double futon/couch is available in the living room.

There is one bathroom on each floor consisting of a shower, a toilet and a sink.

There is an outdoor shower at the back of the cabin, easily accessible from the main deck.

There is a washer and dryer located in the basement and there is also a clothesline available.


Twain Harte Lake is a private lake which renters of our cabin will have access to.

The daily fees for 2016 ( Memorial Day - Labor Day) are $8/per person 3 years and older/per day.

In addition, there are lots of swimming options in the area which are free or have a small ($5 per vehicle) day-use fee which we would be happy to recommend.

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Property Manager
Nelia Johnson
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 22, 2017

About Nelia Johnson

My sister and I grew up in Berkeley where our father taught engineering at the University 0f California. We began coming up to Twain Harte in the early fifties during summer vacation from school to escape the fog of the Bay Area. We rented at first but soon fell in love with Twain Harte's laid back lifestyle and in 1957 our parents decided to buy property and build our own place. We spent much of our childhood and adolescence at the cabin, skiing at Dodge Ridge in the winter and enjoying the endless summers swimming at Twain Harte lake, hanging out with friends and enjoying the many activities available in the area. We both eventually moved to Canada, married and had children but returned to Twain Harte each summer with the kids and now they are coming to Twain Harte with their children.

Nelia Johnson purchased this cabin in 1957

Why Nelia Johnson chose Gold Country & High Sierra

The cabin has been in the family since 1957 and has been a huge and very influential part of our childhood and continues to be our family oasis now into the fourth-generation.

What makes this cabin unique

The cabin is located on a very quiet street on a large lot which provides lots of privacy. We love to sit out on the deck in the early morning and watch the local wildlife begin their day. There are wildlife feeders in several places providing us a close-up look at the many varieties of squirrels and birds and it is fairly common to see deer in the meadow just beyond the deck. We have maintained a small library of books about the natural environment of the Sierras and Gold Rush history, which is available to guests.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(37 traveler reviews)

Family Cabin - Quiet Location - Large Private Deck - Lake Member
average rating of 4.5675673 based on 37 reviews

Cozy and functional

  • 4 of 5

The cabin is nice. Has a great wood burning fire place and comfy couches. This is definitely a family cabin with minimal bells and whistles.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome family vacation with 4 kids & 2 dogs

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in the cozy Johnson cabin! It was a perfect home base for dad and the big kids to spend the week skiing at Dodge Ridge. We also all took the half-hour drive a couple of times to play in the snow up at Pinecrest Lake. We lucked out with a storm at the end of our trip that blanketed the deck and surrounding forest in snow, making for a truly beautiful winter wonderland right outside the big picture windows.

Our four kids (ages 2, 4, 10 and 15) shared the upstairs room happily. While our two huskies could have jumped over the gates on the main deck, they got to spend unsupervised time outside on the upper balcony, and were very happy curled up on the rugs by the door and hearth.

We actually sat out on the deck and played cards earlier in the week as the weather was lovely. We enjoyed lots of family game time, and the games and toys in the cabin were a hit. The wi-fi worked great for streaming movies and keeping our teen connected to his fantasy football scores. The kitchen is small, but very well maintained with everything (microwave, stove, toaster and coffee pot) in great working order. I didn't once find myself thinking, "if only I had a..." as there were lots of large pots, cast iron pans, all sorts of tools, and even a large crock-pot. Plus champagne glasses for our New Year's toast! I did laundry mid-week and the machines down in the basement space worked great. The bathrooms aren't fancy but did the job, with lots of hot water for a nice shower after skiing.

Nelia was a great and responsive host, quick to answer our questions and providing all of the information anyone would need to prepare for their stay. We didn't do a whole lot in town, but had a yummy burger lunch at The Rock of Twain Harte, and lots of nice walks with the dogs through the beautiful wooded neighborhood.

We were warm and toasty on our winter holiday, but I can see that this would be a lovely spot for a summer vacation too. I hope we get a chance to return!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! You guys packed a lot in. Sounds like you had a wonderful winter holiday. Glad the cabin worked for you... Nelia
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Cozy, Peaceful, Well-Appointed

  • 5 of 5

My husband, mom and baby all stayed here for the Christmas holiday and had such a good time. This cabin has everything you need for a comfortable stay. It was clean and cozy in a great location near downtown Twain Harte. The owners are good at getting back to you with any questions. Would absolutely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a good Christmas visit in Twain Harte and at our family cabin. All the best in 2017...
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Perfect little cabin

  • 4 of 5

Our overall experience was wonderful. The cabin was the perfect size for my family of 5. Although the kitchen is somewhat small, because we used the outside grill, it accommodated our needs very nicely. The cabin only had 2 small cast iron pans (I'm use to non-stick pans), but I adapted just fine. The location of the cabin was perfect. Originally I thought I'd would have like to be high up the mountain, but after our stay, I would not have it any other way. We went to Black Oak and bowled and gambled one day and the other day we spend up the hill in the snow. I would definitely come back... next time in the summer months. Thank you Nelia... for sharing your home with us. What a great time!!!!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank glad you had a good time at the cabin and around the Twain Harte area. for now, Nelia
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Great cozy cabin in the perfect location of Twain Harte!

  • 4 of 5

This cabin was very cozy with lots of beds and blankets to keep us warm. Heater was already turned on when we got there and the house stayed warm the entire trip! Also, the location was perfect! Walking distance to town, yet nestled in the woods. We would definitely would back again!

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Stay!

  • 4 of 5

Nelia's cabin was a much-needed stay. She was very friendly and provided us with linens since my family and I did not bring any. We spent a lot of time out on the deck and saw a deer family come around almost everyday! The area is quiet and the house itself is cozy. It does get really hot up in the attic during the day but down below in the main living area is breezy with the fan and windows open. Thank you so much Nelia for letting us stay at your home! Would recommend for anyone wanting to stay near Yosemite!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review. It sounds like you enjoyed TH and the area; especially the cabin deck.
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Modesto California
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Twain Harte Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 108
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Several in downtown Twain Harte
Nearest Ski
22 Miles
Dodge Ridge
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Twain Harte lake
Car: necessary

Twain Harte is the perfect jumping off place for exploring the historic gold rush country.

Downhill and to the west you will find:

Sonora with it's historic downtown and weekly farmers market.

Jamestown and the Steam Train Museum.

Columbia Historic State Park for gold panning, stagecoach rides and live theatre.

The town of Murphy's with its many vineyards and tasting rooms.

It is a two hour drive to the magical Yosemite Valley with its many attractions.

Up the highway and to the east is the entrance to the High Sierra including Pinecrest Lake, Dodge Ridge ski resort,

numerous lakes, rivers,and hiking trails.

You can obtain information about fishing and hiking at the Mi-Wuk or Pinecrest Ranger Stations.


Rates & Availability

Twain Harte Cabin Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning $75

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Twain Harte Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

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