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

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
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 $6/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.

More Details

Property Manager
Nelia Johnson
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 20, 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.


Twain Harte Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
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
  • 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


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(47 traveler reviews)

Family Cabin - Quiet Location - Large Private Deck - Lake Member
average rating of 4.5531917 based on 47 reviews

Cozy rustic cabin.

  • 5 of 5

We've found our Twain Harte go to place. We've stayed in several places, this is the best.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: That is so nice to hear. Thank you!
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Great cabin and feels like home

  • 5 of 5

Nelia is truly amazing!! I have gone to twain Harte since I was a kid and it has been 12 years since my last visit . After requesting this cabin in less than an hour nelia had already accepted and my vacation was booked! The cabin is perfect we had 8 people and dogs with us and it was just like at home !

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, quiet, and peaceful.

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was clean and comfortable. We cooked and baked for ourselves with ease thanks to the cabin's set-up (adequate baking/cooking tools and basic appliances). Outside of the cabin's comforts and amenities, it's location is worth mentioning. We were within an 1-2 hour drive from Big Trees and Yosemite (though 120 entrance was closed when we visited) and it was easy to walk down to the town of Twain Harte to do dinner and mini-golf at the end of a day of hiking. All in all, my only regret is that we didn't plan for a longer trip. There's so much to explore!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It sounds like you got to the big trees! And this is the best time of year to see the Sierra foothills...when they are green.
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I loved the cabin! Was much more then expected! Was just beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay! It snowed the first day so we all snuggled next to the fire and played games from the huge selection of games provided.

I'm a huge bed person and the beds were super comfy and did not hurt my back at all! Also the kitchen was well stocked with spices so we didn't need to get anything else :)

We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's so nice hear the cabin worked out for you.
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Lovely little vacation home.

  • 4 of 5

Nice little home with everything you need for an enjoyable stay in the woods.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Really old house, not very convenient for Dodge Ridge

  • 3 of 5

First of all, the people you deal with are very nice. Patrick really tried to help us with the chains on our tires problem.

This is very much a cabin, with enough space for 8 people. We didn't use the upstairs at all but there were enough beds there that we could have easily fit in another family.

My kids loved the books and kids activities supplies that were there at the cabin. It is definitely a family home that is being rented out. And my dog enjoyed the property around the house.

That said, the price is on the high side for the lack of amenities (bring your own bed linen & towels AND pay a cleaning fee AFTER leaving it in the condition you found). Plus the drive to Dodge Ridge is over 18 miles and in the heavy snow, it's not ideal. There are small things missing, no soap to take a shower with, the lights on one side of the living room don't turn on etc etc.

Lastly, while the payment and the security deposit were taken online, the security deposit was returned by check. The check took over 12 days to arrive because it was posted from British Columbia. I think that it is unacceptable. If you are taking our money by credit card either figure out how to return instantaneously to credit card or use PayPal.

All in all, while we enjoyed our time in the cabin, next time I will look for a cabin nearer to Dodge Ridge and who don't charge so much for so little.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Cleaning $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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