About this listing
Discover Peaceful Lodge with inspiring views of Tahoe forest. Large deck and fish pond. At night see thousands of stars in the sky. Just minutes from historic Nevada City. Near Biking, hiking, skiing, fishing, and swimming in the Yuba River.
A beautiful private Lodge overlooking Tahoe National Forest Lands. A peaceful retreat for couples, families, and friends that love nature and outdoor adventures but like to be close to town for excellent meals and entertainment.
The view from the Lodge is serene and it feels like it is miles from anywhere as it sits atop a quiet hillside. However, the Lodge is just 1.5 miles from Nevada City (5 miles from Grass Valley) so restaurants, shopping, vineyards and theater are near by.
The Lodge is Vintage style and has a cozy feel for couples but also provides a lot of privacy and space for larger groups or two couples.
In the winter, the large brick fireplace serves as a cozy focal point and the floor to ceiling windows from the living room offer an inspiring view.
The Lodge is 5 minutes from the Yuba river and amazing swimming and a great hiking trail along the river.
The Lodge is also very close to mountain biking trails (5 minutes) and just 45 minutes from Sugar Bowl Ski Resort.The Lodge is very convenient to get to - as it is just 1 hour from Sacramento, and 2.5 hours from the SF Bay area.
Owl Lodge borders a beautiful hiking trail that runs along a stream just feet from your door. The Lodge is close to hiking, biking and horseback riding trails. It is also close to Lakes - for picnicking - swimming, fishing. The Lodge is just minutes away the Tahoe National Forest and the Pioneer Trail entrance is just half a mile away.
The Yuba River is just 15 minutes away and provides excellent sun bathing, swimming (in season) and fishing. The Yuba is known for exceptional white water rafting and the Nevada City region is a central hub for white water rafting. The region also offers exceptional mountain biking experiences on miles of trails through forest lands.
If shopping and good restaurants are important to you - the Lodge is a 2 minute drive to Nevada City which offers wonderful stores and restaurants and has beautiful Victorian homes.
In the winter Nevada City celebrates Victorian Christmas. All year round - it attracts top entertainers and has a local theater.
In January, Nevada City come alive with the Wild and Scenic Film Festival - one of the largest environmental film festivals in the country.
The Lodge was built in 1960 and has a Vintage Charm but is not upgraded. The beds are all new but the furniture reflects the time period. If you like everything new and upgraded this is Not the place for you - but there are much more expensive accommodations in the region that will suit that taste.
The Lodge has four separate sleeping rooms and this includes a small loft bedroom next to the upstairs bathroom.
Note too that the Lodge has two bathrooms - and only one bathroom has a shower with the other having a bathtub.
The Lodge has central heat and air that is perfect for the main section including the living room, dining area and kitchen and the bedrooms nearest the center. The rest of the Lodge (two bedrooms) away from the central section is heated by a wood or electric stove, and cooled by a swamp cooler or fan,
4 WD vehicles are recommended (as the driveway to the Lodge is steep. Many front wheel drive cars have no problem if driven properly in NO snow conditions. In snow conditions only 4WDs are recommended. Rear wheel drive cars NOT allowed at top of drive. Parking for 3 Vehicles comes with this agreement - extra vehicles pay extra fee - ALL drivers must be made aware of driveway conditions and agreement
Owl Lodge Review
Owl Lodge is truly remarkable. From the amazing views to the warm, cozy and peaceful feeling of the lodge itself, you will emerge recharged and energized! My husband and I spent our first New Years as a married couple at Owl Lodge. It was everything and more! We walked right out the back door to one of the most amazing hikes ever! Owl Lodge is close to historic Nevada City, so you can enjoy the sights and history of Nevada City, yet the lodge is settled in the trees so you feel the peace and privacy the lodge has to offer. Owl Lodge is spacious, yet you don't lose that cozy feeling. Our family came up to visit for a day. There was plenty of room for all of us to sit and mingle and the kids had a blast playing with all the games. The yard is spacious and beautiful! Our beagles had a blast exploring and sniffing! Catriona, the owner, is truly amazing! She was very responsive and helpful. All the info she provided about the lodge and suggestions to local faves were so greatly appreciated. My husband and I travel a lot, and our experience at Owl Lodge was one of the best! We have already agreed to make Owl Lodge a repeat venture. Bridget, December 2012
Guests have access to the Lodge and huge wrap around deck. As well as access to the hiking trail along the stream at the border of the property. Guests are allowed up to 3 vehicles.
Interaction with Guests
We send guests a welcome packet with information and suggestions about things to do and places to go. Occasionally, owners may be on site in separate cottage.
Nevada City is a quaint fun town, with beautiful Victorian homes, and historical places,a Victorian Christmas with horse and carriages, great restaurants, a live theater and excellent shopping.
Cars are needed but if you bring a bicycle - town is just minutes away by bike and there are great biking trails nearby.
Other Things to Note
Beautiful Yuba river offers swimming, sunning, rafting, hiking.
Bike - horse - hiking enthusiasts - trails just 5 minutes away that stretch for miles.
Fishing at local lakes.Skiing and easy drive away.
All guests Must sign and we must receive a Vacation agreement prior to confirming your booking.
We ask all Vacation renters to be good communicators - we may not be there in person - but we care about you and the quality of your stay - we ask all renters to If for some reason the Lodge is not in good condition when you arrive, and this also pertains to cleanliness, or something breaks or is damaged prior to or during your stay - You agree that you have a DUTY to contact us immediately so that we can take steps to repair, clean, fix or remedy the situation as soon as possible so that you can have a more enjoyable stay.
We allow well behaved, and totally house trained and clean pets with an extra security.
There is a shallow pond at the Lodge. No Pets or people are allowed in the pond and children and pets must be supervised at all times.
This is a strictly Non-Smoking House.
We have two garbage cans and will remove any garbage that fits neatly (and sorted via recyclable and non) in those cans. Anything more than that must be removed by guest.
We do not allow rear wheel drive cars at the top of our drive, only 4 WD and front wheel drive. Rear wheel drive cars must park at bottom of driveway.
To light a fire in our fireplace or use our wood stove - we only allow people with previous fire building experience and understand safety issues - no lighter fluid allowed on property and no logs like duraflame - only natural wood is allowed.
The Lodge is an older building and is located in the woods. Because of this and because of drought exacerbating environmental conditions - we are finding that a light dust can settle in the Lodge (especially on the electronics in less than 24 hours - this means - you may find a thin layer of dust even though the Lodge has been professionally cleaned 24-48 hours or more before you arrive. In addition, because of its woodsy location - we do have insects like spiders, ants, ticks, bees and so forth.
We do NOT allow pesticides on the property (except for the occasional ant motel because its contained in the house).
Please wipe down counters and do not leave food out so as not to attract ants.
Also - spiders are continuously spinning webs - we have found that webs may re-occur or new ones spring up less than 24 hours after we have cleaned! If you do not want to experience a spider web, insect or light dust. This is NOT the place for you!
We recommend a hotel that is not in the Woods and that employs full time cleaning staff that can make continual rounds.
Obligation to Disclose & Inform: As a vacation renter you are Obligated to inform and disclose to any guests that you invite onto the property - of the Lodge Agreement, disclosures about hazards, and the Lodge rules.
The house was totally old school and awesome. The deck had ample space to enjoy the beautiful veiw. We watched a lightning storm strike the far ridge and the full moon rise over the hill.
The kitchen was fully equipped and the central air was nice and cool. We had a group of friends over for a wedding. It was the perfect place to gather and catch up together while still being close to town.
Catriona provided a great place to enjoy as a group. The owls and rustic atmosphere was a plus as well. Would recommend this to anyone looking to stay in the area.
Owl Lodge is a great place! It is central to all kinds of activities. We did some great rock climbing, hiked/swam the Yuba River, and mountain biked all within 10-20 minutes of Owl Lodge. Catriona was fantastic! She made sure we had everything we needed and checked in on us to assure everything was going well. Couldn't have had a better host. Owl Lodge is a very cool place to hang out, relax and enjoy incredible views, especially after a day of play in the area. I would definitely recommend this place.
The Owl Lodge is the perfect home base for your Yuba River getaway, located close to downtown Nevada City and in between 2 beautiful river spots. You can't ask for much more. The house is clean, quiet and the views are breathtaking! We can't wait to return!
Catriona was very thorough with her instructions prior to our arrival. Gravel driveway wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it might be based on her description, but glad I was in an SUV getting up there.
The pros of our trip:
-The view was spectacular
-Very spacious home for two couples
-Close to downtown Nevada City
-Extremely dusty, even for an old house
-Lots of cobwebs around the place. Seemed as if it hadn't been cleaned in a while.
-Old coffee filter in the coffee pot when we got there, and fridge had not been cleaned of old food items
We just returned from our Lodge and it was gorgeous there.
The Lodge is surrounded by woods and we have a pesticide free zone…:)
The good news is we have at least 6 different types of dragon flies, butterflies, hummingbirds and bees all feel safe coming to our property…
While we do remove cobwebs at least once a week - they will replenish quickly - in a day or two …- its just a fact of life there...
There was a lot going on at the Lodge that needed extra care before Erin's stay - so its understandable that our cleaner (who has worked with us for over two years and is very good at what she does) - missed a couple of things...
We wish that Erin had communicated with us so that we could have helped her enjoy her stay more- and sent over our wonderful cleaner to refresh the home - unfortunately - we were not given that opportunity.
What a perfect retreat! My parent's came down to visit me in SF and neither of them are big fans of the city bustle so finding The Owl Lodge was a great boon. We all loved waking to the great panoramic view and closing the night with a fire in the impressive fireplace. It's a small detail, but we also appreciated the access to movies and Netflix. Catriona was incredibly thorough with information upfront about the Lodge and then upon arrival there was also great information for local sites to check and and places to eat. We had a wonderfully restful time and hope to return in the future.
What a wonderfully relaxing weekend at the Owl Lodge. Everyone in our group wants to return-- the views are stunning, and the lodge really feels cozy and welcoming. The deck is fabulous, and everything about it feels like a retreat. I noticed a review that commented about the bathroom, and I want to respond to that by saying that there were six of us, and we had no problems with the shower or bathrooms. We loved the fireplace, cooking and having great meals, looking at the stars, sitting on the deck. I couldn't have asked for a better weekend. Also, the DVD collection was great to peruse. We watched Moonstruck one night. In terms of location, the house is just five minutes from downtown Nevada City and maybe 15 from hiking along the Yuba. Thanks, Catriona!
The driveway is indeed quite tricky to navigate but the views are worth it. Catriona was very helpful when we could not locate the gate code and responded promptly. I wouldn't call the place totally rustic but it is not updated. Be aware that there is only one shower. With a full house that can be tricky. All in all, it is a great location with enough room for seven comfortably. Beautiful part of the country.
We have a great housecleaner who has worked for us for two years - who usually does an excellent job. We do asks guests to contact us right away if things are not as they should be - because then we can attend to whatever is needed. Its too bad we are learning about the concern about the bathroom etc at this late stage and I would encourage Kelsey to reach out sooner if there is a concern.
The driveway could have been more of an issue with these guests as well because they hosted a party with 26 people at our home - (which we were unaware was going to be held at our property) and unfortunately our drive was very ripped up after their stay.
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About the Host, Catriona
We like to make sure our guests enjoy their stay. We have hosted individuals couple sand families for over two years at our Nevada City Property Owl Lodge. There has been an engagement there, a family reunion and a bridal shower...:) We have just recently offered our pace in Fairfax and look forward to having guests there.