About This Listing
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 fantastic weekend at the house. It was so relaxing! The property was fairly secluded but there is an inn close by so we didn't feel like we were totally alone in the middle of nowhere.
We went on the lake in the canoe which was an adventure. The bed was super comfy. There was a grill and a full kitchen so you can make whatever you'd like. We had a blast!
We had such a nice stay at the Lotus Lake House! We wanted a quiet place to spend our wedding anniversary and we found it! We love to cook and found the kitchen full of everything we needed to prepare our meals. We loved the layout of the place and found it to be very cozy. We really enjoyed being off the grid as well, less distraction :) thanks Barie & Tod for creating such a special place for all to enjoy!
We had a great time at the Lotus House. Barrie & Tod have created a lovely place for you to enjoy. We loved that the kitchen and outdoor grill are perfectly primed for use. The evenings and mornings were as quiet as anything I have ever experienced, very relaxing. The house setting, nestled into the pine forest overlooking the nearby Rollins Reservoir was beautiful. We also enjoyed taking the canoe out onto the reservoir in the early morning to experience the shifting light over pristine waters before others appear. The house is a 10-15 minute drive to the town of Grass Valley and be sure to visit the fascinating Empire Mine for a gold rush experience. 5 miles further is another gold rush town, Nevada City.
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.
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.
About the Host, Barrie & Tod
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.