Welcome to The Jade Retreat, a warm, comfortable home in the Sierra Foothills near Placerville. Enjoy a relaxing holiday amidst oak, cedar & pine trees. Only one other home is visible from the Retreat or deck though the Retreat is located within easy driving to all necessary services (Safeway, CVS, USPS, bank, garage/service station & several good restaurants).
The Retreat is a double A frame home of 1800 sq. ft., with 3 bedrooms (Master Bedroom upstairs, 2nd & 3rd bedrooms are on main level). There is a cozy loft upstairs with a large TV & sofa bed (double). It looks out large windows into open forest area. The sofa bed provides sleeping for the extra 2 guests (#7 & 8) for which there is an additional $15 per guest, per night)The bedrooms, loft & stairs are carpeted. There are three entries, each tiled with Mexican quarry tile. The downstairs bathroom floor is tiled; the master bathroom (upstairs) has bamboo flooring. The halls, living room, dining area & kitchen have oak floors. Each full bathroom is senior-friendly. The living room/dining room (with a Norwegian Jotul gas fireplace) is located off an open style gourmet kitchen ready to inspire any chef or relax those wanting to reduce their meal preparation time.
The kitchen has a new gas range & oven, new refrigerator with ice maker, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster, waffle iron, mixer, blender, garbage disposal & is fully equipped with cooking & eating dishes & utensils. A walk-in pantry contains basic staples available for guests to use. (Hosts request that guests using the last of any product leave the empty storage containers on the kitchen island so they know what needs replacing.)
There is a small work area off the kitchen equipped with a built-in granite topped desk, leather desk chair, & high-speed router.
The large master bedroom on the second level has a queen sized bed and ceiling fan. One downstairs bedroom has a queen sized bed; the other, twin beds. Each downstairs bedroom have screened windows that open as well as room fans.
Both the master & downstairs bathrooms are newly renovated with tiled walk-in tub size showers, grab bars & seats as well as ergonomically designed Toto toilets. Each has a hair dryer.
The Retreat has 3 TVs: in the loft (with Roku/Netflix streaming & DVD player); in the twin bedroom (with DVD player) & in the kitchen (so the cooks can watch, too).
1800 sq. ft. of cantilevered wood decking surrounds our home, looking out into forested land. Enjoy sitting at our 10 ft. long custom pine table to eat or enjoy relaxing there while watching the occasional deer, wild turkeys, squirrels & many variety of birds. (Guests will find bird seed to stock the feeders in a closet off the main entry door.)
Enjoy making BBQ on the Weber located near the pine table (with supplies in a deck closet nearby).
All bed, bath & kitchen linens are provided.
The neighborhood offers two community swimming pools (solar heated/ open during summer months/requiring a pass key), a tennis court (BYO equipment), shuffleboard court (ditto), disk golf course (ditto), communal picnic area with BBQ grills & walking trails through the forest beginning outside the back gate to our deck.
Although the Retreat is secluded and quiet, there are well maintained roads allowing guests to reach an assortment of activities with only short drives. The wineries of El Dorado & Amador Counties are small, usually family owned, producing delicious reds, whites, roses & sparkling varietals. Many of these wineries are now winning State Competitions for the superb wines they produce. Visitors are greeted with enthusiasm, friendly vintners ready to answer all questions & proud to serve guests free tastings. (Co-host, Lillian, will happily share her extensive knowledge of both wineries & the wines she recommends. Just ask!)
Summer months provide opportunities for water fun that can include rafting on the American or Cosumnes Rivers, rope swinging from the rocks into hidden swimming holes along the Cosumnes, swimming/fishing/picnicking/hiking at Jenkinson (aka Sly Park) or Loon Lakes, Union Valley or Ice House Reservoirs. Some visitors enjoy panning for gold (Especially as they generally find bits!)! El Dorado County remains one of the best places in the state to do that. Experienced gold panniers all have their favorite spots, but two generally acknowledged as excellent are Pi Pi campground and Cache Rock.
Late summer & fall brings opportunities for picking berries or other fruits at one of the many U-Pick Farms along I-50. Added to that are the pleasures of apple picking & celebrating the many baked, canned & dried apple products at Apple Hill in Camino during their Apple Festival.
Activities of every kind abound: Hiking the trails along the lakes and rivers, visiting historical sites relating to the Gold Rush, searching for treasures in the antique stores of historic Placerville (aka - formerly - Old Hang Town), eating at quality restaurants, even visiting Red Hawk, a recently opened casino in the area. There are more activities to experience than time in which to do them!
Winter months allow skiing (cross country & down hill), snow boarding, all within less than an hour's drive from The Jade Retreat. Weather during the winter can vary greatly at our elevation (4100 ft.) so guests are cautioned to check weather reports before coming and to always carry chains if their car is not 4-wheel drive ('all-wheel' drive cannot be relied upon in the hills).
Guests will need their own transportation. Public transportation is unavailable; however, wine tours can be arranged that provide a car & driver (if tasting is a serious avocation).
We maintain a "Where to Go/What to Do" binder for those who prefer to read printed information rather than search digital sites.
Our famil(ies) have pets & we want our home to be available to guests who wish to share their holidays with their own dogs. However, as pet people, we know accidents can happen (& wear & tear on rugs, floors & carpets occurs) and so there is a separate Pet Security Deposit ($100./nonrefundable) and an expectation that only well trained pets will be included as guests. A maximum of two dogs allowed.
The Retreat has a monitored security system which is easy to understand and important to use. Upon completion of the reservation process, details will be provided (by email, a week before your rental period begins).
This is our family home so it is available for a MAXIMUM OF TWO WEEKS on any visit.
We assume guests will be respectful while staying here. We are a non-smoking family, though (using caution) smoking on the deck is permitted. We live in a forest and that requires smokers to use ash trays and to be vigilant about lighted cigarettes & hot ash! (Our home is not stocked with ash trays.)
Though our location appears isolated from all but one other home, in fact sound carries in the forest and guests are requested to keep their conversations (and dog barking) quiet when outside after 10 p.m. & before 8 a.m.
Within these general caveats, 'House Rules' are to relax and enjoy yourselves!