The natural setting is breathtaking for this private guest cottage deep in Salt Creek Canyon at the foot of Case Mountain. Fitting snugly into the the hillside, the 400 square foot cottage has an open floor plan and was designed and built in 1985 as a special home for the host's Grandma. Grandma's favorite color of blue is found in the dishes, carpets, linens and furniture. A panoramic half-circle window frames the Sierra Nevada Foothills and meadow outside, and provides a magnificent framing for the star-studded night sky and the full moon rise from behind the mountains across the canyon.
The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking, including microwave, gas stove, refrigerator, coffee maker, and all dishes and cooking utensils. Freshly ground French roast coffee, both regular and decaf, and a wide assortment of herbal teas and English teas, along with cream and sugar is provided. There is an outside flower and herb bed at the level of the kitchen window at the sink.
A TV, equipped with Dish Network, and a DVD player is found in the living room. A distinctive library of books and magazines are available for thoughtful browsing. Iron and ironing board, flashlight, board games, bathing supplies, hair dryer, all linens and other amenities are offered for guests. The cooling system for summer months is a ductless air conditioner which keeps the cottage cool and comfortable, and also heats the cottage in the winter.
There is a queen-size bed, with down comforter in the bedroom area and a futon sofa in the living room which opens to a full-size bed. The futon bed will be made up for you, if you request it or have more than two persons in your party. The bathroom has a tiled step down shower which also doubles as a sit down bath tub. All lines are provided. The open floor plan includes partial walls and curtains between the living room and bedroom area.
The outside deck is made from the circular bottom of a large redwood wine vat. A shade umbrella and table with chairs provide an outdoor living space.
The cottage has a telephone that allows for unlimited long distance calling (in USA only). Only ATT cell phones work in this area. WIFI via satellite internet access is available (limited data use.)
Because the cottage is located in a rural mountain setting, WiFi can only be provided by satellite service with a strict limit for data use. Request password when you arrive at the cottage (any time between 7 am and 9 pm) For any use over 1 gb a day, guests will be charged $10 a gb applied to the damage deposit. Guests will be kept informed of their data use during their stay, so that they can adjust their internet use. No movie streaming, video game streaming or uploading and downloading of large files is allowed. Be very careful using WiFI with smart phones, as many apps run continuously and use lots of data.
Guests’ privacy is respected, so the host will not make extensive contact with you unless you need assistance. No daily housekeeping is provided. If you are staying for several days and need trash removed or extra assistance, let the host know. Guests can use the phone in the cottage to call the host, if needed. Host lives next door in the main house.
Helpful tips, including restaurant menus, brochures for local shops and special services and National Park information can be found in a binder on the kitchen table. A detailed book with helpful information will be on the kitchen table when you arrive. Please take the time to read the first few pages in the book. The cottage is found in a rural residential neighborhood at the end of the road. Both the cottage and the main house are not visible from the road. Hiking and mountain biking is welcomed nearby on the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land a few yards from the driveway entrance to the cottage.
Smoking is discouraged and only allowed on outside deck. Guests who smoke are requested to use extreme caution especially during fire season. Please do not bring candles to use in the cottage. Outdoor BBQs are not permitted.
The cottage does not accommodate pets (the owner has cats that are not allowed inside the cottage).
Use energy efficiently and do not leave the heating/air conditioning unit on when you are not in the cottage. Respect the dark skies (for amazing star gazing) by not leaving the porch light on at night.
Two night minimum required. Three night minimum for the holiday weekends—Labor Day , Columbus Day, and Memorial Day. Four night minimum for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.
Once your reservation is confirmed, you will be emailed a pdf file with a map and directions for finding the cottage. Print out the pdf file with map and directions on it when you receive the confirmation email. You will need the written directions to find the cottage and to know where to park. Check-in time is any time after 4 pm. The cottage will be left open and ready for you. Please notify host if you will be arriving after dark, so that porch light can be left on for you.
No additional persons may stay at the cottage who are not included in the reservation. You will be required to leave if you arrive with extra people, with no refund of reservation payment.
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