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A Great Riverfront Vacation Retreat, Near Lakes, Golf Courses and Rolling Hills

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House: 4 bedrooms and 3 baths (Sleeps 8). For detail please contact us

---You'll have a great vacation in this home and its surroundings. Don't take our words for it. Read what others say. . . Location: Valley Springs, Gold Country

Do you dream about getting away from the traffic, the noise of the city and human congestion and take a hiatus of comfort and relaxation for a weekend, a week, two weeks or more or know of someone who does? Read on!

This gorgeous 4-bedroom/3-bathroom, split-level home has a fabulous view of the Calaveras River and expansive oak-covered hills and is located in a private, one-of-a-kind settings. It has a combination of hardwood floors (living room, dining, stairs and landing and tile (lower stairs and entryway) and plush carpet (in the four bedrooms) for you to sojourn and enjoy. Three discrete redwood balconies circle the top level of the home furnishing nearly a 360-degree view of the surrounding country.

The wrap-around deck about the swimming pool is also a good place to repose after a day’s activity and drink in the rustic grandeur that abound the home: the mountains, a plethora of birds (including a flock of wild turkeys), deer and other animals, and the lap of green and a carpet of flowers along the foothills (during the winter and spring seasons, golden grass during the summer), the drooping mature oaks, the free form in-ground Geremia pool, the 20-by-20-foot covered gazebo and fenced garden with sprinklers and drip irrigation.

The sound of the river is hypnotic, lulling you to readily fall asleep on the deck or in the gazebo for an afternoon siesta. The gazebo, furnished in a living-room style with comfortable sofa and chairs, cushioned stools and coffee table is equipped with refrigerator, large table and several extra chairs that can be used for more sitting.

It is located 115 miles North-East from San Francisco-Bay Area, about the same distance from Lake Tahoe, 75 miles from Sacramento and 25 miles from Stockton.

Besides the local beauty one can enjoy, there is a lot to see and do in the greater Calaveras County. These range from the historic and picturesque gold rush towns to the great foothill vineyards and taste rooms, microbreweries and pubs to the eclectic art galleries, antique shops and gold rush museums and the Heavenly Valley snow ski resort which is about 1 hour away.

Then there are the natural wonders: the hundreds of limestone and crystalline-filled caves and caverns–-many that you can explore on your own but there are also public ones (cave city, mercer and moaning caverns being examples), the abundance of lakes and reservoirs (some of which are listed below), Big Tree and Stanislaus Natural Forests and ski resorts (such as Bear Valley which is about an hour away). You can enjoy different activities at all seasons–-winter and summer sports, hike and bike, go gold-panning or horseback riding, fishing and boating as well as enjoy a round of golf on professional courses laid out along canyon ridges in the pines or among 200 year old oaks in rolling hills.

Lakes, water views and fun: The Calaveras County in general and the Central Sierra Foothills in particular are blessed with a great number of beautiful lakes and reservoirs. Here are a few examples:

HOGAN RESERVOIR--A 5-minute drive from the house covers 50 miles of shoreline and is surrounded by oaks, manzanita and chemise. It is open all year round and contains campgrounds, day-use and picnic areas as well as launch ramps for boats and a marina.

LAKE CAMANCHE--a 15-minute drive from the house is located at the western side of the Sierra-Nevada foothills. It is a sprawling aqua mass, covering 53 miles of shoreline, and bounding 12 square miles of water at a depth of 150 feet. It is pleasantly calm and beautiful to behold with its backdrop of the rolling hills and the sky-touching mountains beyond. It is great for fishing and boating and is open all year-round with several picnic areas and campgrounds.

LAKE MELONES--A 30-minute drive from the house, Lake Melones has more than 100 miles of shoreline and is hugged by oak-studded foothills and rugged river canyon cliffs and is the located between Senora and the historic, gold-mining town of Angels Camp. It is a great place for boating, fishing, and camping, if you do not have your own, you can rent patio or house boats for an afternoon excursion or week-long enjoyment.

LAKE TULLOCH-–Located south-east of Valley Springs, at distance of about 40 miles from the house, Lake Tulloch contains great shoreline with many alcoves, stunning table mountain ranges with a spare population of mature oak trees. This lake is purported to offer one of the best water skiing lakes in California. As in all the others, the surrounding lake area offers picnic and camping grounds as well as fire pits.

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Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish,
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 10, 2018


Rancho Calaveras House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • 1. no shoes inside the home--preferred 2. put back things as they were found
  • 3. Don’t put potato peelings, eggshells & vegetable cuttings into the garbage disposal. 4. Please rinse the dirty dish before putting in dish washer.
  • 5. No food or drinks in the bedrooms. 6.8. Turn off the AC and any running fans and lights before you leave.
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (4) The fourth bed room is funished with a high-end queen air mattress, sheets and blankets.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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A Great Riverfront Vacation Retreat, Near Lakes, Golf Courses and Rolling Hills
average rating of 4.7297297 based on 37 reviews

Hidden gem

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at JP's home in Valley Springs. It was extremely warm that weekend, and the beautiful pool and deck were just what we needed. The home was perfect for our group of 4 adults and 2 young children. Would love to come visit again!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This was an amazingly relaxing property for our family vacation of 8 adults. Beautiful setting and views of the Calaveras River. Short drive the heart of the Gold Country from Murphy's Jamestown, Angels Camp, Sutter Creek. We rented a pontoon on Lake Comanche for the day which was a blast, spent a day at the Sequoia National Park. And the best part "no TV" even though there is one the family opted for family game nights, cards, monopoly, Uno etc. Not to mention BBQing by the pool or just lounging around doing nothing.,

JP is amazing and answered all our questions before and during on week visit - its most likely going to be our go to property for short or long trips.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Staci and party were great guests. They were friendly and easy to work with. They left the home clean and orderly. All the plates, glasses and utensils were in their right places. Although not expected they had washed the linens and towels and put them back in the closets. These things are always appreciated. We look forward to having them back.
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  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time! The house was very spacious and clean. We loved having our private pool overlooking the river. The gazebo was awesome for afternoon cookout by the pool. We highly recommend this property. JP the owner was very helpful and responded in a timely fashion!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: These were great guests! Pleasant and easy going from the start. They were respectful and appreciative of the place, both of which make the hosts happy and appreciative in return. They left the home in a nice and orderly manner. We appreciated this too. We hope they come and stay at the home again.
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Family get away

  • 4 of 5

The property was very clean, lots of room and in a very quiet neighborhood.

We saw wild turkeys, and deer almost every day.

The house felt just like it was our own home.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco

Quick weekend with the kids

  • 5 of 5

This home was perfect for a quick weekend away with the kids. The view was amazing from the decks and the pool was fantastic. We also enjoyed the access to the river. The home itself is comfortable. The beds were really nice, but keep in mind it is clearly someone's home (or weekend home) not a full time vacation rental. Expect food in the kitchen cabinets, clothes in the drawers etc. Not a problem for us at all, but different from some houses we've rented. The online pictures and other reviews paint a very accurate picture of what you're getting. If you are planning to spend most of your time outside , you really can't beat it.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Richmond, CA, USA

Most Relaxing Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were on a week-long get away from the Bay Area for some fun and relaxation. It only took a short two-hours to arrive in Valley Springs. We were so amazed at the beautiful view and sound of the Calaveras River below the property visible from the pool area. The pool itself was so lovely to just float on while watching woodpeckers in the tall trees growing next the property and the covey of quail roaming around, along with some deer. We hiked down to the river and found the rope swing. Unfortunately, the river was running fast and we weren't able to find an easy access into the river. Be sure to bring hiking shoes and long pants. One day we even spotted a couple of fly fishermen on the river. On the really hot days sitting in the large well-furnished gazebo was a real treat. There was even a mini-fridge that came in very handy. My husband cooked up some delicious steaks on the gas grill and at night we watched movies under the stars on my laptop. There is even a video store in town. The home is large and very well stock. I found the beds a little firm for me and preferred the large queen size air mattress. I was excited to find a NutriBullet in the kitchen and used it often to make smoothies. There is no internet but we were able to get cell service through our AT&T. The Dish TV for news was on the blink but we really didn't miss TV. We had our kindles loaded up with books. The washer and dryer in the garage came in handy and it was nice we could pull our car into the garage to keep it out of the hot sun. The owner provided many pamphlets of things to do in the area. When we weren't lounging in the pool, we golfed at the La Contenta Golf Course in Town, Saddle Creek Golf in Copperopolis, visited the Big Trees State Park in Arnold, and had an all-you-can-eat lobster buffet at Jackson Rancheria. Staying in and cooking was easy and the Mar-Val Grocery Store in town is pretty big and they make really good deli sandwiches. We also treated ourselves to Roundtable Pizza in town. We felt so relaxed and pampered. Can't wait to go back again.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
7 Miles
La Contenta
Nearest Restaurant
7.5 Miles
Thai House

The home is in Valley Springs. Beautiful rolling hills to drive through, Lake Hogan is about seven minutes from the home so is the La Contenta golf course. For more see the description in the ad.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $250
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 6.0%

Our pricing will vary depending by group size or the season or the length of your stay. We also have refundable security deposit depending on the number of people and duration of stay. If guest uses paypal to process rent payment, there is 3% charge added. This fee is charged by Paypal.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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