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The Norse Hus in Twain Harte (Large Multi-Family Mountain Home)

Bedrooms 4
Space 232 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property


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* New for 2017, guests now have access to the laundry room!

* Linens and Towels are provided for up to 14 people.


The Norse Hus (pronounced Norse Hoos) is a beautiful mountain home in a wooded setting. The home has 2,500 square feet of comfortable living and is only a two hour drive from San Francisco East Bay. We are located in the Brentwood Park Neighborhood of Twain Harte on a 2/3 acre lot with lots of trees and privacy.



4 bedroom, 3 bath, in 2 stories:

* UPPER (MAIN) FLOOR: Large living room, den with fireplace, large kitchen, dining room, master bedroom (which includes a private master bath and private deck), laundry room, second full bath, and main deck access.

* LOWER FLOOR: Three bedrooms, 3rd bath, and large family room with foosball table and pellet stove.

* THE DECK and front stairs are brand new in 2015 and accessed from the upper level, which is a wrap-around deck with furniture and barbecue for summer entertaining. The deck also has a large hammock to doze on while listening to the creek.

The Norse Hus is not a sterile income property, but our private vacation home and comes with personal touches that we hope makes your stay in Twain Harte more enjoyable.



The Norse Hus is located in a a very peaceful area of Twain Harte known as Brentwood Park. It is only a 1.5 mile walk to downtown, but away from the noise and general business of central Twain Harte.


1. The Norse Hus is named after our Scandinavian heritage and you will see cultural hints throughout.

2. Size matters! The Norse Hus is 2,500 square feet and has an open floor plan and large living spaces that nicely accommodates groups and families. There are not too many cabin rentals this size in Twain Harte.

3. Privacy in the forest. The cabin is in a neighborhood with larger lots than those in downtown. The cabin is nicely screened with two-thirds of an acre of tall mature pines, cedars, and dogwoods. The property is on some kind of local "deer highway", and it is rare for guests to NOT see deer during their stay.

4. High quality linens for up to 14 people. 500 thread count cotton sheets and sets of towels will be placed on each bed before your arrival.

5. A modern 2-zone forced air heating system will keep you comfortable during the winter nights.

6. Brand new large deck with ample space for entertaining in the forest.

7. People love the Norse Hus. We have annual repeat guests going back ten years. See the reviews!



The house is entered from the top (second) story front deck into a large rustic living room with open beam ceilings. With three couches, easy chairs, and ample additional space. This is an ideal space for large groups and parties. The living room has a two sliding glass doors the open onto the main outdoor deck. One of two TV and DVD players in the house are in this room. This TV is a 55-inch Smart (internet) TV.

Directly adjacent to the living room is a large spacious kitchen that has all major and minor appliances and plenty of room for multiple cooks. Adjoining the kitchen and large living room is a smaller intimate den with a fireplace, comfortable seats and another couch. This (den) room has sliding glass doors that open out onto the main side deck and a second one that opens to the rear deck. The den has a large assortment of the most popular family board games.

The deck is enormous and wraps from the front to the side and finally the back. The side deck is 16 feet by 32 feet and has table and chairs for six and a large folded picnic table and stacked chairs that can be added to accommodate a large number of people. The main deck also has a cozy grouping of couch and chairs. The rear deck has a hammock and two barbecues one gas and one charcoal.

With the three inter-connecting rooms (Living, Kitchen, den) and multiple deck access points, the upstairs can accommodate a substantial number of people without feeling crowded, even in winter without use of the deck.

Adjacent to the kitchen is a dining room with an antique farm table that can seat up to eight people. There is a sturdy folding table and chairs in the master closet that can be used to expand the dining room seating. Adjacent to the dining room is the upstairs bathroom with a large comfortable shower.

The final living space upstairs is the master bedroom. The spacious Master has a king bed and one single roll away bed. There is also one of the two house Graco porta-cribs in the closet. The master has two large windows with views into the forest, and a small private deck. Lastly there is an updated master bath with two sinks, vanity and tub.

From the living room a stair case descends to the lower floor, opening up to a large family room equipped with two more couches, a foosball table, a pellet stove, and second TV (this TV is not a smart TV, but has a DVD player that makes the TV a smart TV). Three bedrooms and a bath with large shower all open into the family room. The lower floor is often a great place for kids to have their own space away from the adults upstairs, but not completely separated.

At the base of the stairs is bathroom number three with a large shower, and bedroom number two, which we call 'The Troll Room.' The troll room has a queen sized bed plus a single bed, and it is decorated with troll artwork pine cones and rustic nordic ski pictures. The second Graco porta-crib is in the closet of this bedroom.

The next downstairs bedroom is 'The Bunk House.' This makes a great kid room, but can also accommodate adults. The Bunk House has two sets of bunk beds, one with two singles and one with a double and a single. There is also a single roll away bed in the closet in this bedroom.

The fourth and final bedroom downstairs is called 'The Wine Cave.' The Wine Cave is a cozy and charming little oasis away from general activity of the house. It has a double bed and is decorated in a wine country theme.

Off the family room is a door to the two car garage. There is one space available for parking inside the garage.

There are two TV's with DVD's in the house and WiFi internet. There is no cable TV, but there is an endless array of movies and other DVD's for all ages. The upstairs TV is also a smart TV connected to the internet through WiFi. You can log onto your own Netflix account or connect your laptop with the provided HDMI cable. The second standard TV is downstairs in the family room.



The property around the Norse Hus is densely forested and distinctly private. The trees are nicely mixed with Ponderosa Pine, Douglas Fir, Red Cedar, Black Oak, Canyon Oak, all with a beautiful understory of native Dogwood trees.

While the house is in a neighborhood, it is nicely separated from adjacent cabins. A low flow shallow brook meanders along the north property line. It runs year round except on rare occasions. A tire swing is nearby, and along with the brook, children will be occupied for hours.

At the rear of the property is a full sized horseshoe pit. You will find horseshoes hanging on the back deck. And finally around to the south side is a flexible flat open area.

The front of the house has a circular driveway that can support three cars and a double wide driveway in front of the garage that can support two more cars. There is a flat space along the street for boats and RV's, or additional cars. Including the garage, driveways, and street frontage there is room for eight cars at the Norse Hus.

Note: This cabin is just outside the Twain Harte lake area, so it does not have privileges at that lake. Here are a list of some swimming options near Twain Harte:

1. Pinecrest Lake is a beautiful alpine lake about a 20 minute drive up highway 108. It has a free beach for swimming and a marina with boat rentals. There are restrooms, barbeques picnic tables and hiking trails. There is also a general store restaurant and snack shack. Pinecrest lake is stocked with fish.

2. Twain Harte Community Pool is located in downtown Twain Harte across the street from the Rock Restaurant.

3. Stanislaus River runs near Twain Harte and can be accessed in a number of locations. The closest location is three miles up the road on South Fork Road/Italien Bar Road. Park at the bridge and walk down the river. You can also find Stanislaus River swimming locations at Strawberry and Fraser Flat Campground about 15 minutes up highway 108.

4. New Melones Lake is an excellent water ski lake just north of Jamestown.

More Details

Roger Ravenstad
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 28, 2017

About Roger Ravenstad

I have been coming to Twain Harte since I was 5 years old when my parents bought their first cabin here. The Norse Hus is my second cabin and was not intended as a rental at first. My family and I enjoy the cabin year round. We are avid skiers and hikers. I am also a semi-professional photographer and the cabin has many of my local work decorating the walls.

Roger Ravenstad purchased this house in 2002

Why Roger Ravenstad chose Gold Country / High Sierra

We were captivated by this property because it is a larger lot with 100's of trees giving a very secluded and private setting. The Brentwood Park area of Twain Harte is much quieter downtown Twain Harte, but is only 1.5 mile walk to town.

What makes this house unique

The large deck wraps around three sides of the cabin so you can always find a sunny or shady spot, whatever you prefer. The house is huge on Twain Harte standards and works very well for multiple families with children. The downstairs has a large family room, which is great for kids, while the upstairs has multiple living spaces, so everyone can find peace or activity within the house.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We enjoyed the cabin and loved the privacy on the back deck.

The deer walking through the property and all the birds was great.

Having only 2 bathrooms with a large group, majority

women can be challenging in itself.

(Owner note: We now have 3 full bathrooms. The new bathroom is in the Master bedroom and has two sinks and a bathtub)

But overall I enjoyed the stay there and would recommend it to others.

Especially smaller groups or family of 8 or less.

Thank you ~ Mozie
Jun 2011
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Twain Harte House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 232 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Garbage must be put in can Sunday evening for pickup. No more that one 32 gallon can of garbage per rental.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , Master bathroom with double sinks and tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Second bath - upstairs
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Third bathroom, downstairs
  • Bathroom 2 and 3 have large comfortable showers. Bathroom 1 (master) has a small cozy tub.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 2 'Troll Room' - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , The 'Troll Room' has one queen and one single bed
    Bedroom 3 'Bunk House' - 1 double , 3 twin/ single , the 'kid' room has two bunkbeds, with one double bed bottom
    Bedroom 4 The 'Wine Cave' - 1 double , The 'Wine Cave' has one double bed and lots of privacy
    Bedroom 1 - Master Bedroom - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Master Bedroom has one king and one single roll-away bed.
  • The master bedroom has a master bath and is the only bedroom upstairs. The other three bedrooms are downstairs.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
The Cabin is set up to accommodate families with children, but is also very nice for a peaceful retreat. The Cabin sleeps 9 to 12 in beds, plus 6 more in convertible couch, futon, and roll-aways (perfect for two families.) Two car garage (one space available) with ample off street parking for cars and boat. Two TVs (no cable, but they are smart tv's ), two DVDs, stereo, High Speed Wireless Internet access, and two (2) charcoal barbecues. Spacious kitchen has all appliances including dishwasher, disposal, and microwave. House has a regulation size foosball table. Property has a horseshoe pit and a tire swing. A short 1.5 mile walk to charming downtown Twain Harte and Twain Harte Lake, 9-hole golf, miniature golf, restaurants, Saturday night music in the park, laundry, and community pool. We can email a 'Cabin FAQ Sheet' to help with your trip planning, including additional information such as bed sizes/locations, detail kitchen facilities, dining arrangements, and other items


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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The Norse Hus in Twain Harte (Large Multi-Family Mountain Home)
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 18 reviews

Beautiful and cozy house. Great for multiple famikies

  • 5 of 5

Many amenities to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. Beautiful quiet location. Definitely will try to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jenny, Thank you for choosing the Norse Hus. we look forward to seeing you again. Roger.
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Lovely & peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed your spacious house & homey feel! Thank you so much, hope to be back next year! The outside decking was especially peaceful.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Patti, We hope to see you again next year! Roger
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Fabulous for a Fun Multi Family Trip

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our multi family trip with friends. It's very clean and the classic cabin style is comfortable and welcoming. The downstairs familyroom is great for the kids. The deck is amazing and was our favorite hang out spot in the mornings for cofree or the evenings for wine. The deer come right into the yard and the little creek and tire swing helpef the kids forget their electronic mind control devices. We just loved it and plan to go again soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kim, Thank you for the nice comments. I'm so glad you enjoyed the Norse Hus! Roger.
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A fabulous birthday week!

  • 5 of 5

It was the perfect 4-day vacation with my three adult children and two grandsons. Everyone loved the spacious cabin/home with the fantastic deck. The accommodations are fantastic from the great bedrooms to the smart TV to the fully equipped kitchen. Lots of things to do for families throughout the area. We loved deer watching, miniature golfing, going to the lake and dining out at Eproson House. We hope to make this an annual family event!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It sounds like you had a wonderful time. We look forward to seeing you next year.
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Relaxing retreat vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our 2nd stay at Nors Hus, first and foremost the ease and response from owner, Roger Ravenstad is 5 star. He will answer every question you have, that is the beginning of great customer service in my opinion.

This time we rented the cabin for 9 nights, for our annual family camp/cabin trip 4th of July week. We were able to spend time with family the first half of the stay. The 2nd half our marriage study group of couples came up and it was an amazing end to our long stay. We played board games for hours and just laughed and had a great time together.

Everyone in the family and now our friends absolutely love this place and look forward to future visits. The wrap around deck and the ability to see the reindeer family that lives in the area every day is awesome. All our meals were on the deck never did we eat inside because it’s so beautiful to be out among nature.

As many have mentioned, the deck was updated and two large sliding doors added, what a wonderful improvement!! Many other interior updates can be seen. The sleeping worked for our 16 guests no problem. The bunk mattresses need some updating as they feel a bit worn, but they work. The cabin is extremely clean and can very much appreciate that the owner has it that way. Lastly the small dining area has plenty of chairs, but seemed worn this time around and need some replacing.

The cabin has lots of the cooking/ware you may need. However, we do have our favorites/sizes we bring including a 60 cup coffee maker as the provided coffee maker would never be enough for our many die hard coffee drinkers! We plan a detailed menu for 3 meals a day and purchase all food prior to coming, therefore would be great to have an extra outside/garage fridge for larger groups.

The cabin is 25 minutes from Pinecrest Lake and we enjoyed two movie nights at the Outdoor theatre there.

Overall, I would highly recommend this cabin with absolutely no hesitation! We look forward to visiting again. I hope this cabin continues to stay reasonably priced to continue enjoying future visits.

Thank you Roger for the opportunity to stay at the Nors Hus – Cheers!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Veronica, I am so glad you continue to enjoy the Norse Hus. We have had such an overwhelming response to the recent improvements. Thank you for your kind comments. We listen to all the recommendations we get for improvements, so thank you for taking the time to write your thoughtful review. Hope to see you again soon! Roger.
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Beautiful spacious cabin!

  • 5 of 5

We love twain Harte. We've been going there for 15 years but by far this cabin is one of the best. It's a beautiful cabin with plenty of space for everyone. The kitchen is fully stocked with all the cooking tools. The bathrooms were very nice and clean. We are planning to return next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Annie, I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay at the Norse Hus. We look forward to your return! Roger
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Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Eproson House
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Twain Harte Golf
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Highway 108
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Eproson House, Rock, El Jardin, Chinese, Cottage
Nearest Ski
17 Miles
Dodge Ridge
Car: necessary
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Concert in the Pines at the Park.

* Restaurants.

* Twain Harte Golf Course...

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Hiking, Hiking, and more Hiking!.

* Pinecrest Lake....

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Miniature Golf.

* Stanislaus River.

* Bowling at the Black Oak Casino.

* Concert in the Park.

* The Rock - Burger place.


Twenty miles to Dodge Ridge Ski Resort, Leland Meadows sledding hill, and Snow Park (snowmobiles). Ice skating in Long Barn.


Free swimming at beautiful Pinecrest Lake (20 minutes up the road), Kennedy Meadows (horse back riding), Emigrant Wilderness and Stanislaus Forest hiking, Stanislaus River swimming and hiking, Tuolumne River (river rafting),

New Melones(water ski lake), outdoor movies at Pinecrest Lake, tons of hiking and biking everywhere for family and for challenge. Thee is a Community Pool in

downtown Twain Harte for reasonable rates.


Fourteen miles to Sonora, six miles to Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne City (with bowling alley and arcade for the whole family!). Also, Historic Columbia, Jamestown, Railtown train museum, and Saddle Creek and Mountain Springs championship golf courses. Twain Harte has a nine hole pitch and put golf course downtown. There is a 10 screen movie theater in Sonora. Twain Harte features two fine dining restaurants and multiple family restaurant choices.

The Norse Hus Cabin has brochures for most of the local recreation, shopping and sightseeing opportunities.


Rates & Availability

Twain Harte House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Standard Rate 2017
May 29 2017 - Jun 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
July 4th Week 2017
Jun 29 2017 - Jul 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
Standard Rate 2017
Jul 7 2017 - Aug 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend 2017
Aug 31 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Standard Rate 2017
Sep 4 2017 - Nov 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week 2017
Nov 19 2017 - Nov 25 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Standard Rate 2017
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas Week 2017
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
Standard Rate 2017/18
Dec 29 2017 - Jan 11 2018
3 night minimum stay
MLK Weekend 2018
Jan 12 2018 - Jan 14 2018
3 night minimum stay
Standard Rate 2018
Jan 15 2018 - Feb 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
President's Day 2018
Feb 16 2018 - Feb 18 2018
3 night minimum stay
Standard Rate 2018
Feb 19 2018 - May 24 2018
3 night minimum stay
Memorial Day Weekend 2018
May 25 2018 - May 27 2018
3 night minimum stay
Standard Rate 2018
May 28 2018 - Jun 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
July 4th Week 2018
Jul 1 2018 - Jul 7 2018
7 night minimum stay
Standard Rate 2018
Jul 8 2018 - Aug 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day 2018
Aug 31 2018 - Sep 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Sunday
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Optional linen&tw for 14 $185 + Tax
Cleaning and Garbage $140 + Tax
Refundable Deposit $100
Tax Rate 10.0%

(Three night minimum, Three night minimum on Holidays):

WEEKEND & HOLIDAY RATES: $275/night (3 night minimum - 3 on holidays).
Weekends are Thursday to Sunday (4 PM arrival, 11 AM departure).

WEEKDAY RATES: $250/night (3 night minimum). Weekdays are Sunday
thru Thursday (4 PM arrival, 11 AM departure).

WEEKLY RATE: $1,550/week. Week rentals are Friday-to-Friday or Sunday-to-
Sunday (4 PM arrival, 11:00 AM depart)

Thanksgiving: $1,100 (for a 4 days minimum, Wednesday through Sunday)
Christmas Week: $1,800 (note 2016 includes an eighth day free - day after Christmas Day)

Deposit at booking/reservation is $425. Of this initial payment, $100 is refundable two weeks after your stay. The other $325 is deducted for cleaning, garbage service, and linens/towels for up to 14 people. If you notify me at time of booking, you may opt out of linens and towels for a $185 savings. Therefore, if you opt-out, $285 of the $425 deposit is refundable two weeks after your stay. Please note, linens and towels cannot be scheduled if rental is less than 5 days away.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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