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

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property


Welcome to The Norse Hus

* Don't forget to bookmark this page for future reference!

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

* Optional Linens and Towels are provided for up to 14 people, check the "rates & availability" link at the top of this page.

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. The deck is accessible from the upper level of the house, and 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 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 with 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 common for guests to see deer from the deck 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!

8. Lots of comfortable outdoor furniture so you and your guests can enjoy the best part of the Norse Hus.



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, the living room is an ideal space for large groups and parties. The living room has a two sliding glass doors that open onto the main outdoor deck. One of two cable-connected TV and DVD players in the house are in this room. This TV is a 55-inch Smart (internet) TV. The corner bookcase has a large assortment of the most popular family board games.

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 living room sliding glass doors open onto an enormous deck that wraps from the front to the side and finally the back. The side deck is 16 feet by 32 feet and has and expandable table and chairs for eight to twelve plus 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 couches and chairs. There is also a hammock and two barbecues one gas and one charcoal (charcoal BBQ is under deck). The entire deck is graced with mood setting Edison-type bistro string lights.

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 mid-century dining set and buffet table that can seat up to ten people with the internal butterfly leaf. 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 "Bear's Lair" is a spacious Master that 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 cable-connected 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.' This 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.' This room 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. Both TV's are connected to (comcast) cable, and 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 and also has smart TV capability.



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 together 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 two 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
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 14, 2018

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 Twain Harte

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:
  • 2500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Garbage must be put in can Sunday night for pickup. No more that one 32 gallon can of garbage per stay. Deposit will be forfeited for extra garbage
  • Deposit is not refundable if cancellation is less than 30 days from rental date.
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 ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 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 14
  • 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 ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • 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 (with cable, plus they are smart tv's ), two DVDs, bluetooth stereo, High Speed Wireless Internet access, and one gas barbecue. 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.


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Family reunion

  • 4 of 5

“We were in town for a family reunion and had 3 families with kids and grandbabies stay at this lovely well-maintained home. All we needed was provided in the well-stocked kitchen and numerous bedrooms. We enjoyed great BBQ and conversations on the expansive deck and watching the NBA playoffs in the large living room. Morning coffee with the deer in the backyard was a special treat! We definitely recommend the home and will come back when we can.”

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Regina, Great that you were able to enjoy some family time at the Norse Hus. Hope to see you again. Roger
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Lovely and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of seven spent four wonderful days at Norse Hus. The home is very spacious and sits in a beautiful area with evergreen trees, Pacific Magnolas and a graceful trio of deer. It was a great place as a get-away. The home is also about an hour from Yosemite.

We hope to plan another visit there.

Mary Mahon

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family getaway

  • 5 of 5

Luved it and didn't want to leave will b back at xmas.Much bigger than the pictures show you. Everything u need is there and then some.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Carol! See you at Christmas.
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Norse Hus

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous big house for a large group -- just as described, with lots of games for kids.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Neil, I'm glad everything worked out for you and your group. -Roger
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Spacious, clean, homey, with lots of little surprises!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was perfect for us! A suggestion for the future is to upgrade at least one toilet to the higher level seat for elderly or disabled. Great property!!

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Cindi. We hope to see you again. Roger.
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As advertised!

  • 5 of 5

The house suited our families perfectly . Plenty of room for everyone to have their space or be together as a family . The man enjoy the horseshoe pit and the kids just enjoy running around. I can see why people come back year after year .

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm thrilled that you enjoyed everything the Norse Hus has to offer. I hope to see you again! 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning and Garbage $140
Refundable damage deposit $300
Optional linen&tw for 14 $185

(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 $325. The $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, $185 of the $325 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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.