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2+ Bedroom 1 BA Home! 5 Minutes Off 80 with 3.5 Acres! We Are Back!

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Come on in! Our great room with the library on the left.


Last updated: 04/24/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Sleeps:7
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Oaken Forest Cabin with Deer, Fowl, Fox as Frequent Visitors!

You must contact us before Booking. This is our home, and our needs may not match, even if the house is available. Best to discuss first.

We live here about 1/2 to 3/4 time, and that works out great for you! We do our best to make your stay wildly relaxing and enjoyable!

Our Cabin is the MAIN house of several buildings on an almost 4 acre parcel in the forest, outside of Colfax, California. Conveniently located about 1.5 Miles from town, we are off of Hwy 80 from two different exits. We are about 1/2 way between Truckee and Sacramento.

We are very close to Bear River, and pretty close to American River and Rollins Lake. Yuba River is a little farther away. Skiing is about 45 MILES away at Boreal and Sugar Bowl (don't let anyone tell you there is skiing within 30 minutes of Colfax; there isn't, unless you fly). NorthStar, Alpine and Squaw are about 15 to 20 miles farther away on HWY 267. Grass Valley is 13 miles or so on 174 and Auburn is 16 miles down 80. Truckee is about 50 miles up 80. Reno is 85 miles east.

We rent only as much of the house as you need for your group, at varying rates.

2 PPL: Guest bedroom, the library, great room, kitchen and eating areas are always included.

3 PPL (2 ppl needing separate bedrooms are charged at 3 ppl rate) both bedrooms are included in addition to the other spaces above. See photos.

There is no available Master Bath. It has NEVER been available to guests.

There is a third "bedroom" which opens to the living room so it's not really set up to be a guest room. We call this room our "Library". The library couch is great to sleep on, but it should only be used if there are 5 guests. There is no storage for guest's belongings in the Library.

We also have an attached enclosed porch (really a room) which is very comfortable and sleeps two in twin beds for 6 or 7 guests. Please ask about other disclaimers if you are a group of 6 or more. The porch will be locked if there are fewer than 6 guests staying over night.

*A bonus item* is that we have an awesome hot tub, which with 48 hours notice, we can most likely invite you to use! (We don't keep it ready all the time, so please don't be disappointed if you make a last minute reservation and we say no... or delay its use 48 hours or more for longer stays. We make no promises! )

You will love that:

Our full sized beds are absolutely decadent, with two quilts apiece in the winter to keep you super cozy at night. We have both down pillows and foam.

The kitchen is extremely clean and very friendly. It has a breakfast nook on one side and a formal (haha) dining room on the other.

We are in the process of repainting the interior. This is obvious.

The entire home has brand new flooring, topped with rugs.

The deck outside is brand new as well.

The hall/guest bath is adjacent to the guest bedroom. There is also a large closet in the hall, 50% of which is available for guest use.

Our air conditioning works extremely well, meaning you will be plenty cool in the summer! You'll be cozy in the winter, with a wood burning stove (complimentary wood is provided) or propane forced air heat if you prefer. (But never at the same time.)

We have EIGHT Gardens! Several are subdivided into several mini gardens. We have one we have only been in twice in 10 years. so it won't be redone anytime soon! But we are heavily focused on keeping the deer out and the flowers blooming! It's prettier all the time! (Can you tell we are excited about the gardens?)

Several hummingbird feeders keep our very mellow birds happy...

Butterflies love us, too!

Ask us for whatever else you wish, and you may receive. e.g. Jerry might cook for you...

Additional info:

We are making it as warm a home as possible over time, but not overnight. Ours isn't a high end luxury place, but a warm and welcoming space. (The guest bathroom is next to paint, and then the master.) Ask where we are in the process if this is a concern.

Medium term renters:

We regularly rent out the second bedroom (sharing the house with us), on a 30+ day rental (actually our first preference) and/or less commonly do a 30+ day rental of the whole house.


Speed limit on our road is 5 miles per hour.

We are 1/4 mile off the main road, on a private driveway with several other homes. We have recently added signage and reflectors to make the entrance to our property more visible, especially if you are arriving at night. You are responsible to get directions prior to leaving, in case GPS fails.

We stay in the property often, and we do have a Toy Poodle service dog weighing eight pounds. He has HAIR, not fur, and does not typically arouse an allergic response. However, if you are super extremely allergic, this may not be the best property for you. That is on you to decide. We do not have cats. We do not accept pets or service animals, and bringing one forfeits your entire deposit, because we have to put OUR service dog ahead of all other animals. He was bitten by another dog costing $750. So we won't put him at risk again, or ourselves.

For many years our Cabin was a rental, while we enjoyed our second building the "Cottage" for infrequent overnights. The Cottage is a detached in law unit behind the main Cabin. We stay in the Cottage still, when we have guests. We NEVER rent out the Cottage.

We will notify you reasonably ahead of time of our plans, but we do maintain the right to be on our land at any time during any stay.

In the winter, we must water the plants in the enclosed porch, no matter how many guests are in the house.

Until payment is received, all terms remain negotiable.


Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/24/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1650 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 7
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    We do not rent to groups of students without PARENTAL supervision. Once bitten, twice burned. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    The house is full of glass art items and there is a wood stove that gets extremely hot. It is your job to supervise your children and all other children in your group, even if they are not yours. We have had major issues with parents abdicating that responsibility because they are on vacation. Parents are never free of their responsibility to supervise their children. We do not recommend our cabin to parents of 1 to 6 year olds without a designated supervising adult at all times. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    We try to be welcoming in all ways, but this is where we depart from that. Those who do not respect our wishes will forfeit $250 or more of their deposit. ...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    We have had bad experiences with other people's dogs and cats and are no longer allowing pets or even service dogs because of our house being marked. We do have our own service dog, and his needs come ahead of all other animal's needs. ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    Close, but probably no cigar. Once you are inside, a wheelchair has plenty of room to negotiate, but there are 4 stairs up. If we had a TON of notice, we might be able to work out a ramp, but we won't until there is a request. ...moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower


  • There is only one bathroom available. (For those who might only choose to rent one room and not the whole house, the bathroom is then shared). ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • We are in the gold country, and Colfax is full of history. Up the road is Dutch Flat and that is still very 1850's in appearance. We are just down the road from Bear River where you can swim, kayak or pan for gold. American River is 20-30 minutes away, as is the Yuba River. Rollins Lake is nearby, 10 minutes. Grass Valley is about 30 minutes. Cleaning before you leave: Please don't do anything AT ALL with the linens on the beds, not even stripping. Do clean out the strainers in bath and kitchen, sweep kitchen floor, wipe down the table and counters. Deep cleaning is our job, but please don't leave anything that would invite pests. Speaking of which, we are pretty close to organic. Mosquitoes and seeing a spider are not uncommon. Please keep the screen doors closed as much as possible. The house is well insulated and if you are leaving for the day, close the windows and blinds so it will remain cool in the summer. The wood stove requires instructions. ...moreless


  • Books:

    There are a number of books, and soon there will be shelves of them... ...moreless

  • DVD Player:

    We also have chromecast, but service is not ideal for video streaming on it if other devices are working simultaneously in particular. ...moreless

  • Game Room:

    The library is our game room. ...moreless

  • Games:

    We have a number of family games. Our personal favorite is "fact or crap". The more people the merrier! ...moreless

  • Music Library:

    We have a small library up there, but you probably want to bring your own source of music. There is bluetooth to our sound system, which is a sound bar in front of the TV. ...moreless

  • Stereo:

    We have a bluetooth sound bar with a hot subwoofer. ...moreless

  • Toys:

    We do have them, and they can be made available with advance notice. They are stored at a different property. ...moreless

  • Video Library:

    We have at least 30 movies; it is always a growing list. Also, you can download movies on HULU, Netflix, or other streaming and watch on the TV. With ATTNow you can stream regular television....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    Colfax would be considered a rural community overall. We are outside of town about 1.5 Miles. We are on a paved 1/4 mile driveway from a paved main road. ...moreless

  • Village:

    The town of Colfax dates back to the California Gold Rush, around the mid 1800's. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Rafting
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    The table has room for 6 to sit, but we have only 4 chairs that match the table. There are 10 chairs between the two tables. ...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer:

    The thing that stops it from turning with the door open does not work, but it works fine otherwise. We have a lot of clotheslines in the carport and on the porch. ...moreless

  • Garage:

    Feel free to park in the garage at night but we don't provide a garage door opener for guests. ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Use either the wood stove or the forced air gas, but you absolutely can not use both at the same time. The house will fill with smoke and or carbon MONOXIDE. ...moreless

  • Internet:

    The password is in the book on the ottoman, and on the router itself. ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Cotton sheets in the summer, flannel as it cools off. When we get to two comforters you will probably be happier with cotton again. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    We have more of a great room concept. The wood burning stove makes it incredibly cozy. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    There is room for two or three cars and all of your toys. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Plenty in the hall closet in addition to the decorator ones. ...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Not the best, but usable. ...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Although there is an unlimited supply of wood, please leave ALL that you don't use, as it is hard work to process. NO fires from 6/1 to 11/1 unless it's raining. No fires ANYWHERE but the woodstove....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Yup, and there is probably coffee too. Bring some, just to make sure. ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    In the right hand cabinets from the sink. Please don't use the crystal stemware in the upper right cabinet that ONLY has crystal in it. ...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Dishwasher pellets or detergent under sink. ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen is reasonably well equipped for almost any guest from novice to chef. ...moreless

  • Microwave:


  • Oven:

    Gas, I think, lol. ...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Please replace if you use something up, or let us know if we are getting low. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    We offer the right side of the fridge and the lower part of the freezer for your use. ...moreless

  • Stove:

    Gas. Things take a little longer to cook due to the elevation. ...moreless

  • Toaster:

    We have a great little toaster oven. ...moreless


  • Bicycles:

    They are for a small woman and a tall man. Please discuss. Hubby's is a TREK. ...moreless

  • Boat:

    Rollins Lake has rental. (916) 223-8129 for American River Rafting...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    We have a large deck... it needs some boards replaced. ...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Rollins Lake has rental. (916) 223-8129 for American River Rafting...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Garden but not lawn for the most part, just outside the library. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    with a Briquette tower to start it easily. We supply one bag of briquettes....moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    We don't share our equipment, but there is plenty of skiing available. Farthest is about 1 hr 15 min and closest is about 40 min. ...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Rollins Lake has rental. (916) 223-8129 for American River Rafting...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    This must be requested at the time of reservation and we need at LEAST 48 hours notice. It may not be available if we are traveling ourselves. ...moreless



Write a review 4.4
from 5 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$100 $115
Fri, Sat
$600 $2,400

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Cleaning $50
  • Taxes Not included


NO cats. Small dogs are possible, but we must be notified at the time of the reservation request. Owners are responsible for their pet's safety and you WILL be in the woods. No dog should be unleashed outside after dark without its owner. Dogs AREN'T allowed on beds under ANY circumstances.

No smoking of any substance on the ENTIRE property. We are ALWAYS under fire danger. NO E Cigs, either

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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50 Miles
Nearest Airport
Sacramento, Reno, and Tahoe
1.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Downtown Colfax
24 Miles
Nearest Golf
Lake of the Pines
2 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 80
1.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Downtown Colfax has several
45 Miles
Nearest Ski
Sugar Bowl or Boreal
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
Bear River

Car: Necessary

Skiing and white water are at a little distance but we felt both were worth mentioning. The nearest hospital is Sutter Faith in Auburn. There are closer urgent care centers.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2001

About the owner: Jerry and Jamie, are experienced as hosts. We have over 230 reviews with a 98% rating overall, and 81% 5 stars on another site. We don't use this site often however. We travel a LOT. Our other property keeps us from being here as much as we like.

Why the Owner Chose Colfax, CA, USA:
We bought Bear River Ranch because we thought we would be retiring near Jerry's sisters and father by now. Of course, that was before 2007 happened. The second building, the 'Cottage' has been our little get-away spot for the past 15 years and remains our little hideaway when others are present in the main Cabin. It had 8 amazing gardens when we first bought it, unfortunately ruined by tenants. It is high maintenance for sure, and we are trying to restore the gardens to their former glory. You will probably think the yard is pretty nice, but we know what it CAN look like, and it has a ways to go yet. So far the Main Entry garden is the only one really close to it's original state.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
The best part of our house is that it is so quiet, and feels so safe. There is a lot of wildlife, and most likely the only sounds you will hear will come from nature. We have many different types of birds, including hawks, owls, and wild turkeys.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/24/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Come on in!  Our great room with the library on the left.

    Come on in! Our great room with the library on the left.

  • Our postcard snow.  We get 2 or 3 storms a year.

    Our postcard snow. We get 2 or 3 storms a year.

  • Library to living room.

    Library to living room.

  • Hand painted chest of drawers by local artist.

    Hand painted chest of drawers by local artist.

  • The porch.  My winter greenhouse and workspace.  Can sleep two if needed.

    The porch. My winter greenhouse and workspace. Can sleep two if needed.

  • The WEDGE Garden which is part of the Main Entry Garden.  There are 8 gardens!

    The WEDGE Garden which is part of the Main Entry Garden. There are 8 gardens!

  • and then a hummingbird fed right over my head!

    and then a hummingbird fed right over my head!

  • View of side front, taken from the 'Cabinette' garden

    View of side front, taken from the 'Cabinette' garden

  • Bear River just down the road a piece...

    Bear River just down the road a piece...

  • Getting less "basic" every day.  New hand scraped plank flooring throughout.

    Getting less "basic" every day. New hand scraped plank flooring throughout.

  • Or chillax outside.  Has an umbrella for day.  Just outside the kitchen.  Roses!

    Or chillax outside. Has an umbrella for day. Just outside the kitchen. Roses!

  • Breakfast Nook seats 6.

    Breakfast Nook seats 6.

  • This is OUR room.  Yes, it can be made available.  Discuss...

    This is OUR room. Yes, it can be made available. Discuss...

  • The 'Cabinette' Garden entry.  Each major garden hss Sub-Gardens.

    The 'Cabinette' Garden entry. Each major garden hss Sub-Gardens.

  • Butterfly came a calling, right outside the kitchen window.

    Butterfly came a calling, right outside the kitchen window.

  • This is part of the Main Entry Garden.

    This is part of the Main Entry Garden.

  • American River across Hwy. 80.  August 2016

    American River across Hwy. 80. August 2016

  • Sugar Pine Reservoir. Lovely and quiet.    Bit of a drive though.  Small beach.

    Sugar Pine Reservoir. Lovely and quiet. Bit of a drive though. Small beach.

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Date last modified - Monday, April 24, 2017

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