About This Listing
Our Colfax 1700' sq. cabin is a rustic slice of heaven on 3.8 acres. Watch deer and turkey meander by from the super large deck.
We can sleep 4 easily, and 6 if we must! One bedroom is shared.
Snow skiing, and all water sports are nearby!
This is a rustic style 1700 square foot cabin, about 7 minutes from highway 80, where you can spend quality time with your family and friends.
We have done everything we can to represent this property accurately. Please read the WHOLE listing. We get that it is longer than most.
Our two plus bedroom home, is on 3.76 oak covered acres! Both the house and the garden are always improving! (right now we are focused on the garden!)
Inside, we have a moderately open floor plan and a very relaxed rustic country feel. Did we say rustic?
(We only accept non nicotine users. Please acknowledge this in your inquiry! No smoking or vaping!)
Basic use includes the SECONDARY bedroom and the rest of the whole house. There is a Master bedroom, which we can discuss sharing, and an enclosed porch which can also sleep two. We prefer you not sleep in our Master bedroom, unless it is two couples.
A large arch opens from the great room, to what is legally but not practically, a third bedroom. We use it as a library instead. We have a variety of games, books, movies and music, to foster a relaxing atmosphere, which can mostly be found in the Library.
Our cabin is simply and comfortably furnished. My parents built the pink couch in the library from scratch when I was three. (My father was a cabinet maker.) The two comfy chairs would benefit from re-upholstery, so we keep them covered for now with fleece throws which coordinate with our colors.
The rugs throughout the home are a variety of genuine Persian, contemporary, and machine-made but Persian style. All rugs are on painted wood flooring, nothing fancy. The floors should be replaced by October with something easier to maintain.
The enclosed sleeping porch is usable as a bedroom, to assist in accommodating a larger party. Just ask! There are two twin beds on the porch. A bison rug* adds to our cabin's atmosphere on the porch floor. There is neither heat nor a/c on the enclosed porch but leaving the french doors open keeps the room comfortable. Right now, it is a great greenhouse, because no one has asked for three bedrooms in awhile, but we are HAPPY to accommodate a larger group by deforesting it!
Share the Master bedroom, if you have more than 2 in your group and you prefer not to use the porch. It is only available upon request, with advance planning and perhaps ADDITIONAL COST. The master bath is unfortunately not in working order, and is last on our list of cabin plans. We can NOT offer the master bath and we keep it locked with a key lock to avoid confusion.
Cook in the large full kitchen (with a gas range including oven), if you prefer to eat in. Basic spices and many kitchen supplies are available to you.
Barbecue on our charcoal grill, rather than gas, - it creates juicier, more flavorful food than the gas grill we have at our other home. It only takes a very few minutes to fire it up with our coal tower, (no chemicals needed!) and we have plenty of mesquite charcoal available for your use, plus paper to start it with.
We stay in our "Cabinette" if our presence overlaps with yours. If you wish, Jerry might include you in whatever meals we have, but do plan to provide and prepare your own food, just in case. (Jerry is a fab cook!!!) If Jerry cooks for you, it will be done in the main house. The cabinette kitchen is not really adequate for family style meals.
We have added a full size refrigerator in the main cabin, in case you've read about the smaller "Cabinette" fridge in the reviews, which was temporarily in the main house.
Dine either in the separate dining room or large kitchen nook. We have seating for up to ten, so other guests can join you, with our pre-knowledge and agreement.
Wood is our primary heat source during the winter. A wood burning stove is located in the great room, providing cozy and romantic winter warmth. There is furnace heat as well, as a back-up. We have great air conditioning for the summer months. However, we feel safe opening the windows at night and getting fresh air during the summer months.
Gardens, with an extraordinarily long growing season, which we are working to restore to their former glory (after being a rental for a few years) surround us on three sides, as well as above the house on the eastern hill and behind the back yard. The deck is on two sides of the western side of the house.
The hot tub is awesome and is located off the library. MOST of the time it is ready for use, but it is NOT GUARANTEED as part of the amenities. Consider it a bonus
Gentle slopes allow for easy walking around the yard and grounds. A chicken coop and empty, an enclosed vegetable garden and green house, will over time bring our home back to its original glory.
There are berries and grapes growing wild. Help yourself!
Chains are almost never required, yet we are close to serious snow in the winter. We do get a few dustings of our own snow at the ranch, which we call "postcard snow".
Our driveway, (a quarter mile long!) comes off the main road which leads right to the Bear River!
*the bison was humanely put down by a family member and all of the meat consumed, by our extended family.
We offer access to our entire property, except the locked Master bath and its walk in closet, the "Cabinette" and the Tuff shed in the back yard. Use of the Master bedroom is an ADD ON.
Interaction with Guests
We will most likely not be present most of the time, and you would want to make sure you have both our cell phone numbers stored in your phone before you leave your home.
If we are on site, in the Cabinette, you may see us on or about the property.
We can provide you breakfast, when we are present, if you like.
IF you are here while you conduct a house hunt, Jamie is a REALTOR® with RE/Max Gold.
OTHER Professional business services available: ~
~Real Estate Loan Signing
COLFAX is a town of great significance, in the very important Californian "Gold Country" of the Sierra Foothills. Colfax is roughly equidistant between Sacramento and Truckee (40 minutes). We are about 20 minutes from Grass Valley and Nevada City via 174 and the same time/distance above Auburn, to Rollins Lake or the American River. Each of the towns mentioned has a great deal of their own history.
OUT AND ABOUT:
PANNING FOR GOLD: Bear River is right down the road from our home, just a few miles outside of Colfax. Bear River is famous as a still productive location for the hand panning of gold! All you need is a gold pan, something to sit on, and a container in which to store your collected gold! When you get tired or hot you can just swim or tube in the icy waters to cool off!
RAFTING: The American River is across Highway 80 to the east and has great water activities. "The Colfax-Iowa Hill Bridge to Ponderosa Way Bridge run is the most popular section to run and has been a favorite for California rafters and kayakers since the mid seventies. This 9.5 mile run contains many steep drops and boulder slaloms, providing some of the best whitewater rafting of the 3 forks of the American river." Excerpt from the "North Fork" tab of the American River rafting website.
KAYAKING: Either river, or lake, will provide hours of sun and fun.
SKIING: is world class. Closest is Sugar Bowl, with Boreal nearby. Northstar, Squaw, Alpine Meadows, and Incline, are all within about an hour. Boreal and Incline are best for less experienced skiers. Northstar is great for the average to well above average skier (free lessons for level 6+). Serious double black skiers will skip them and go to Squaw, Alpine or Sugar Bowl.
FISHING: Rollins Lake is the Bear River's premier rainbow and brown fishery, according to the AppealDemocrat, and fishing can vary dramatically according to the season. Stampede/Bocca Reservoir (farther up the highway, just past Truckee) is one of the leading kokanee salmon fishing lakes in the West. Anglers will also find plenty of brown, mackinaw, and rainbow trout. Fly fishing is popular at the lake, according to CaliforniaGreatLakes.
CELEBRATING: Downtown Colfax offers old town celebrations and a family feeling you don't get in larger communities. We are home to the Fire and Iron Festival, (with a little burner feel) and a fabulous July 3rd Celebration among many others!
ARTS: The Colfax Theater is re-opening soon. It will be state of the art both in projection and sound. They will be hosting movies, live theater as well as musicians, plus they boast the largest dance floor in northern California.
EATERIES: The food is great at most every spot we have tried. Sandwiches from the grocery store are FANTASTIC. The pizza by the market in town is among the best we have ever had in the traditional style. Pizzaiolo is fantastic for a lighter oven fired style. The Greek restaurant has awesome gyros. You will love Dine and Dash, but you will stay to relax!
SHOPPING: Quaint stores dot the main street in town, with locally produced gifts and art. Grass Valley and Nevada City have awesome shopping as well, if you like to spend your days poking around historic towns (we do!) Auburn is about 20 minutes away, with a greater variety of businesses, and services along with a historical downtown area.
HIKING: According to MVTrails, "The Stevens Trail is one of the most scenic and accessible trails in our area. Originally built as a toll road for pack mules between Colfax and the gold fields of Iowa Hill, it slopes gently downhill for about 3.6 miles to the confluence of Secret Ravine and the North Fork of the American River. It offers breathtaking views of this designated "Wild and Scenic" section of the river canyon."
TRAIN: There are trains in and out of Colfax, but we have not taken any trips yet! You can go either towards Sacramento to Reno.
ACTIVITIES IN and ON the PROPERTY:
GAMES: There are games, and playing cards, plus surround sound for your rented movies and TV series. We have about 30 movies. Streaming movies is not very effective at this time.
WALK: Our oak covered hills take a while to walk, featuring deer, turkey, and fox, cutting through the property.
RELAX as you sip your coffee in the early morning or enjoy a glass of wine on the deck in the evening. barely seeing evidence the nearest neighbor in any direction! Keep an eye out for those deer and other wildlife! We have rarely seen skunk and racoon, but they are there.
BIRDWATCH: SierraFoothillsAudubon lists dozens of birds that you can watch from our deck, or while hiking.
WILD FRUIT PICKING: Blackberries abound in the summer and you can pick them to your hearts content. Same with with wild cherries, if you can beat the birds to them! There are wild grapes, if you are ambitious!
WE go into town to any of the many places which offer wifi, but most of what we do can be done on our smart phones. If you need to print, the library offers printing for 15 cents a page.
WE would not recommend all guests arriving in Colfax by train. There is no public transportation from the train station except taxicab. Plan to have at least one person arriving by car!
WE don't recommend our place to those looking for much nightlife activity. We are remote by design.
Other Things to Note
We have a toy poodle service dog, Blizzard. He is extremely well behaved. He will ignore you (unless you are friendly to him) and is HYPOALLERGENIC and flea free. DO NOT try to to pet him!!!! Please give him time to warm up to you.
IF YOU SMOKE ANY SUBSTANCE, AT ANY TIME, please don't ask to stay with us. ANY evidence of smoking, results in a minimum of $150 retained from your deposit. This is our home, and we wish not to be made uncomfortable. True nonsmokers should not have a problem.
A $250 to $500 security deposit will be held, and unless there is damage, extreme dirtiness or SMOKING, it is fully refundable. We want to give it ALL back!
We are not at the property every day. While this is our primary residence, business and travel keep us from being on premise as much as would like. It is most likely to be Jamie you will meet at this house.
Consider the 5 questions below and perhaps use it as a template for your first contact. We appreciate it if you answer ALL the questions. This will save you time in the long run, and make me feel more inclined to accept your reservation. If two inquiries come in at the same time, we will honor the one where we feel the rules have been read.
Rules follow the questions...
1) Are you looking exclusively at our property or contacting multiple hosts?
2) What are your plans during your stay time wise and when will you want to arrive and check out?
3) Does anyone in your party use tobacco? What about marijuana?
4) Tell us about each of the people in your party, if not already included in your profile.
5) Is this a trip you are certain you are taking (should I start preparing for you this minute?) or are you still in the early stages of organizing?
I will almost always try to respond to you within a matter of minutes,to let you know I am in receipt of your contact. If I am at our other property, this can be very difficult, so I may be very brief, but I will do my best to answer questions on the double.
Now onto the actual rules:
Photo ID is required for those not who are not your spouse, parent or child, prior to your arrival for insurance purposes.
Our main concern is that our guests are NON SMOKERS. We are serious about this and super ultra sensitive. By smoking on the property or DURING YOUR STAY of ****any**** substance, YOU AGREE TO FORFEIT YOUR ENTIRE SECURITY DEPOSIT. IF YOU LEAVE SMOKING REFUSE, (ashes, butts, packaging.) WE WILL ASSUME YOU SMOKED ON OUR PROPERTY. IF YOU SMELL OF SMOKING, YOU WILL BE ASKED TO FIND OTHER ACCOMMODATIONS WITHOUT REFUND.
NOTE: The listing says deposit is $500, but it doesn't allow for variable length stays. It will be $250 additional per week between 2-8 weeks.
Our main request is that if you need something, that you tell us, and if we can, we will provide it. If there is a problem, please tell us in the moment and perhaps we can fix it. We will certainly do our best!
You may cook in the kitchen. If you are going to be around on a night when Jerry is cooking anyway, he or you might suggest incorporating your meal into ours and letting him cook for all of us.
If you prefer to cook yourself without combining meals, that is fine, too.
Please clean up after yourself immediately after your meal, please don't wait until the morning.
Please eat and drink in the kitchen nook or dining room only. (Except water.) We discourage tiny cattle (ants) to come inside. Food in your room, is your personal invitation to them, so expect ants to want to share your leftovers and maybe your bed. So are crumbs on the counter, but at least you won't be sleeping there!
We prefer you wear socks in the house, no shoes. If you need socks, just let us know.
If you shower, please EMPTY THE HAIR TRAP. We charge to clean up your DNA. Not kidding. The only part of hosting that doesn't work for us.
Dirty laundry goes in the basket in the on the laundry room. Please don't leave wet towels in your room or in the bathroom.
Towels are in the hall closet. We have tons of towels.
Laundry is available, but please ask before using so I can give you instructions.
The bathroom is supplied with skin care, and lots of other fun goodies for girls and metro guys. Feel free to try stuff. There should be cotton balls, pads and q tips for application. You may also use the house body and hair shampoos, lotions etc which are in the shower. If I don't want it used, I won't leave it where you can access it. The exception is my husband's hair brush if he forgets to put it away, as well as razors.
If we are present, PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE DOG ANYTHING! He is on a special diet and his food is timed to establish his role in our family, and because he was just recently ill from eating the wrong foods. His name is Blizzard. He is a service dog for Jamie, but he is Jerry's dog in his heart. He is not always the friendliest dog in the world, but he is extremely well behaved.
On the topic of reviews: please do not ding us for providing you with something that is not the Taj Mahal. We are very clear this is a rustic environment, and are charging accordingly. If you feel that we have left the property dirty or described it in accurately, that is one thing. If you require crystal and Persian rugs to give a 5 star review this is not your venue and we prefer you don't rent from us.
Hopefully you will have a great stay and give us a great review when your done. We will do the same for you!
Jamie was very descriptive in her communications and house manual, we didn't have any questions when we arrived. The house was lovely, quiet, and had everything we needed neatly laid out and accessible. The grounds and surrounding wilderness are beautiful. It was a great, relaxing retreat.
Jamie met us when we arrived, and had set up the house for us. She had already pre-filled the wood stove, and set out place settings for us.
The house was spacious and clean, and had a ton of spices at the ready for any cooking. we actually used the charcoal grill for two nights that stayed.
They had just planted some new plants on the side garden, and the surrounding area is serene, even though it was pretty close to the center of Colfax.
The last night we used the hot tub after a day of hiking, and it was wonderful. It's right on the side porch, so it's easy to jump in and out.
Jamie and Jerry were very friendly, and made sure that we had everything we needed. They even let us borrow their Netflix rental!
Jamie was great and super informative. The cabin is nestled in a beautiful u-shaped garden in the foothills. Everyone in downtown Colfax is so sweet and ready to talk about all the history of the area. The cabin is prestine-- super clean and comfy. We utilized the stocked kitchen and hot tub Each night of our stay! I would definitely recommend staying here if you find yourself explorint the California Goldmining foothills.
It was definitely a fun getaway. The whole goal was to eat, drink, and be merry. We had plans to go to check out the local, go hiking, and stuff, but that didn’t happen. We found ourselves just letting everything go!
The fireplace was so awesome, it made the whole place cozy!
Monday, we decided to stay in. We played board games that we brought, there were some there that we played! It was really relaxing. We watched a couple redboxes. Nothing beats just chilling hard!
Sunday night, we cooked dinner. Pretty much wine and dined. My friend Noah is a chef. He cooked a lot and all the kitchen gadgets are there!
My friend was on a wheelchair the entire weekend; she said the space in the cabin was perfect. It wasn’t small or anything. Only thing is to get on and off the deck.
It was my goal for all of us to disconnect from reality, but my friend had a laptop and she used WIFI to get some of her work-related stuff done.
Not only I’d recommend it to friends, family, but I’m thinking of renting the entire week in a couple of months so I can go snowboarding with friends!
The house was a bit more "rustic" than I expected, mostly due to the unfinished floors (painted plywood), but it is obviously a work in progress and I'm sure it will get better as they have time to finish the project. The kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms were clean and comfortable and had all the amenities needed. The key was where it was supposed to be and the A/C worked great - an important feature in July in that part of the foothills!
Jill, I am glad you enjoyed the A/C. We are probably keeping the floors as painted plywood, although we are adding another rug later today. We really like the addition to the rustic atmosphere. We describe the cabin as being "very rustic", (although it is not in bold type). None the less, we are sorry on your behalf, it was more rustic than you envisioned. There are a broad variety of home types in the mountains (much more diverse than in the city, it seems) and ours is truly a CABIN feel.
Jamie and Jerry came by on the last day of our stay. They are great people and our only regret is we didn't have more time to socialize with them. Jerry knew the area and shared some interesting tidbits that made it fun.
The pictures represent the house perfectly. It was great for our party of 5. There was plenty of room for our movie screen and projector set up. We were all impressed at the cleanliness of the house and the peace and quiet at night.
Good location with easy access to Bear River and Rollins lake (short drive). Wonderful family get away.
We greatly enjoyed our stay at Jamie and Jerry's mountain home. The location was very secluded, but yet still close to town. The house is simple but beautifully maintained and incredibly clean.
Thank you so much for your kind words! We take pride in providing a very clean environment in our mountain cabin. It is definitely still a work in progress! We are looking forward to creating an even more inviting atmosphere over time. We hope you will come back again!
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About the Host, Jamie, He'S Jerry
Yes, we DO eat a lot of waffles around here!
We are a modern, married couple in a fun, stable relationship. We both work hard but enjoy skiing, dancing and travel as well. We host parties and dinners regularly. Jerry likes to cook and you might be able to coax him into a delicious dinner to enhance your stay with us. Don't ask Jamie though, or you are likely to have soggy cornflakes!
Jamie comes with a small service dog, named Blizzard. He is randomly friendly (probably not at all random to him!) but don't be offended if he is stand offish. His job is to attend to Jamie.
We prefer to stay in extremely clean homes, as dust doesn't like Jamie, so we keep a very clean house. If you think something needs to be cleaner, tell Jamie, she loves learning new ways to be OCD!
We suggest that you familiarize yourself with the room that interests you, and perhaps the house rules BEFORE you contact us, They are not ALL rules: Think of the Pirate's Parley: they're more like guidelines, lol. We REALLY don't want you to be surprised by anything.
Just a little description of the photos!
1: In line at the set of Dancing with the Stars!
2: The Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield!
3: The Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park!
4: Sailing on the Carquinez Straights at night!
5: In Cinderella's Pumpkin at Children's Wonderland with our oldest grandson peaking over!
6: Blizzard saying it's time for a walk!
7: Our grandson in the Teacup at Children's Wonderland!
8: Jamie on the slide at Children's Wonderland!
9: Our tenth wedding anniversary!
10: Yacht Club, 100th Anniversary of the Titanic Party!
11: Peju Winery!
12: San Diego Zoo with our granddaughter!
13: Last New Year's at a fellow Airbnb host's party!
14: Our wedding!
15: Our honeymoon in Kawaii
16: Jerry thinking big in Las Vegas!
17: Steamboat Springs, Colorado!
Jamie and Jerry