Grass Valley Award-winning "green" lakefront retreat on 8 secluded acres of forest. Nestled in the Sierras the glass walls of this contemporary home completely open to the forest and magnificent lake views. Featured in Sunset Magazine, completely off-grid, this showcase home is perfect for a romantic getaway. Private trail to lake and canoe for guests' use. 10 minutes from historic gold rush towns.
Designed by renowned architect, Michelle Kaufmann. See our lotus lake house website for guest reviews. "Build it Green" and "Keep the Sierras Green" certification.
no smoking. Low carbon footprint requested as we are eco-friendly and off-grid.
We had a wonderful time at prefab green glass house. Checking in was incredibly easy. We loved opening the glass doors onto the deck, it made the space feel so much larger and more open. The view is beautiful - tall trees and the lake. We loved canoeing (and capsizing). It felt very private and spacious.
Incredibly cozy and relaxing! Everything you need is there to really enjoy your time in the middle of nature. Saw and heard lots of animals (and few human noises- boats). The lake is much closer than it appears in the picture. Couldn't ask for more!
We loved this quiet get-away. Tod was super accommodating, and at the cabin, was a lot of information, as well as board games, dvds, music (because there is no internet connection at the cabin). It really felt like everything we needed was there, just bring our food and clothes!
We were also surprised to find a small canoe we could use. My husband is an experienced canoer, so we were able to take it out a little. Super nice. Would definitely recommend!
Tod and Barrie have created a truly unique spot in the woods in Grass Valley. This house is secluded and a great place for a quiet getaway. The property is set among a beautiful stand of very tall trees with a nice view of the water from the deck. We had a great time here in December, doing local hikes and a day trip for skiing in Tahoe. Highly recommended.
Tod and Barrie were very responsive to inquiries and there is a very helpful guide in the house that answers any questions you might have.
My husband and I needed a short get away from our daily grind and this fit the bill. The home is as described: modern, private, "off-the-grid." We enjoyed the peace and quiet. Although it rained not allowing us to explore the property, the glass doors brought the outdoors in and gave us a feeling of living in the trees. Barrie & Tod left wonderful details about the house and suggestions on things to do in the area. We'd love to experience the house and property during different seasons. We've already recommended this house to friends of ours. And we plan to return soon. Thank you, Barrie & Tod, for sharing this wonderful place.
Your detailed instructions to get there and use the various amenities were very helpful.
Thanks for making this place available. We will definitely be back.
First the good news, the house is great, and a great way to experience a green building up close and personal. however, when one reads "green" and "off the grid" (which mean very different things of course) I think most people expect a corresponding level of peacefulness in nature. That is not what we got.
On a hot weekend Rollins Reservoir is the Sears Point Speedway of lakes - all day long. As much as we loved this house, it's view, it's visual seclusion, the noise was unbearable. Daytime was spent in nearby swimming holes on the Yuba or long drives, not reading on the beautiful deck where decibel levels were in the high 70s. Too bad. Maybe Winter?
Our eco-friendly vacation home was a labor of love. We care deeply about the environment and are thrilled to have this unique off-grid retreat to escape to and to share with others. After a 2 year sabbatical living in Europe, doing volunteer work and taking art classes, Barrie has returned to the high tech Silicon Valley world. Tod has an off grid consulting business and a small manufacturing start up.
We need your input to finalize the design for our own mountain biker course, right on our own property. if you are an expert mountain biker, please come visit and help us detail the course. We have room for one twisty downhill and one straight downhill of 25-30% grade, so speed and technical sections.