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Top of the World Views - Luxury in the Mountains

Bedrooms 2
Separate WCs1
Space 2,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Imagine being in this luxurious mountain home surrounded by acres of private land and the Mendocino National Forest.  Enjoy panoramic views of Lake Pillsbury off the expansive back deck and Hull Mountain right at your front door. As you enter this ridge top home, you will immediately be drawn across the large open living space to the grand windows that rise from the floor to the soaring 20 foot vaulted ceiling with breathtaking views.

You will enjoy the quiet and solitude of this spacious home once the excitement of the view is absorbed by everyone. This home is very private, being the only house on the cul-de-sac, and within the gated community of Lake Pillsbury Ranch.  While this home is a summertime destination for sun worshipers and water sports enthusiasts, the other seasons of the year bring a different but equally visual and peaceful experience. This area has an exciting past and long history with presidents and hollywood stars because of its spectacular beauty and privacy year round.

The spacious fully equipped stainless steel and granite gourmet kitchen with prep island and all the amenities will wow even the most discerning chefs.  On the covered portion of the deck are a gas bar-b-que, café table and chairs, and lounge chairs on the open deck area.  With air conditioning and ceiling fans for summer, or the wood stove assisted by the warmth of passive solar heating on sunny days in the cooler months, you’ll find comfort in this ridge top home.

Oh… did I say that you are totally solar powered?? Yes you are, but you will never know it based on all the electronics and appliances in the house!  During the warmer months you may not need indoor activities as the deck and kitchen are usually the social areas, but if you do, there are three TVs, two on the main floor with satellite/DVD/VHS, and one upstairs with a DVD player for the evening movie watchers.  A collection of CDs, DVDs, and VHSs are available if you forget to pack your own.  Wireless internet is provided along with a work station for your laptop.

This home is great for two couples/families as it has separate bedrooms/bathrooms on each floor with king beds and living areas, and an additional half bath downstairs. The downstairs bedroom is a suite with master bath, walk-in closet, and jetted tub with lake views. Upstairs, the second bedroom has a slider that opens to a small lanai that allows you to enjoy the majestic views inside or out. The open upstairs loft is spacious and looks out over the lake and mountains through the many windows, with 2 additional beds (one king, one queen) for a house total of up to 8 guests.

During the summer, when you are relaxed and ready for outdoor activities, pack your lunch, towels and sun block, and head to the lake. Launch your ski or fishing boat, kayak or canoe and enjoy one of the most special summer lakes in the West. There are several options around the lake to set up day camps, or access the lake for swimming or floating. Lake Pillsbury Resort can provide you with your outing needs of ice, ice cream, drinks, beer, chips and snacks from Memorial Day thru Labor Day, but there are no restaurants, grocery stores or food service in the Lake Pillsbury basin at this time. Best to shop for your needs in Ukiah or the Clearlake area before you make your way into the Lake Pillsbury area. The local Soda Creek store is open most of the year for basic convenience items and is located at the end of the dirt road coming in from Potter Valley.

Lake Pillsbury has about 31 miles of shore line, big enough for everyone to enjoy with all the different water sports, but small enough and remote enough to have the lake to yourself during the week.  With the lake surrounded by mountains and forest, you can have the best of both worlds of calm smooth water on the west side, or afternoon breeze on the east side for the sailing enthusiasts. A boat launch ramp is within a few miles of the community, and overnight boat slip usage is available during your stay.

From spring thru fall, sunshine will lure you out on to the deck to put your feet up on the rail and relax with your cold drink or hot coffee and take in the panoramic views of Lake Pillsbury and the surrounding forest and mountains. Grab your binoculars and pick out the birds, deer, elk, fox or activity out on the lake.  On warm sunny days, you can take in the gorgeous sunsets, or stay out and watch the evening transform to a breathtaking night of star gazing. See the moon, constellations, and the Milky Way with an intensity most have never experienced.

In the spring you can enjoy the lush green meadows, and in fall the colorful turning of the oaks weaved in-between the evergreens.  Bring your mountain bikes or take a long walk through the community roads that will give you choices of 13 miles of easy or advanced walking/biking surfaces.  Explore outside the gates to some historic hiking trails or OHV trails in the national forest just a short drive away.  Other popular activities in the basin include hunting, fishing and hang gliding from the 7000 ft Hull Mountain.  Winter can bring on some snowy fun where the whole Lake Pillsbury basin turns a frosty white.  At 2000 ft, the snow is usually a day or two of entertainment with a 4X4 vehicle highly recommended to enter or exit the area. 

Keywords: view, lake, mountains, remote, retreat, private, modern, amenities, luxury, convenience, spacious, deck, fishing, boating, kayaking, hunting, hiking, wildlife, bird watching, sightseeing, star gazing

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2018

About Maryann

Michael and I have lived at Lake Pillsbury for over 20 years. As native Northern Californians, we vacationed here as kids and young adults. Now Grandparents, with our own 'Pillsbury Kids' and their 'Pillsbury Kids', we all share a love for this peaceful, serene and secluded hidden gem in the Mendocino National Forest.

Maryann purchased this house in 2002

Why Maryann chose Potter Valley

We built this home together in the early 2000's while managing the 800 acre gated community it lies within. We Lived here most of the time, but did travel some of the years for solar consulting projects and shared our house with friends and family while gone. Now that we are back and manage the Lake Pillsbury Resort, we have opened our home to spring, summer and fall guests as we spend most of our time just down the road at the Resort with summer guests and projects before and after the Resorts summer season.

What makes this house unique

We really enjoy sharing our house with guests experiencing the beauty of the forest and lake for the first time and in such a comfortable fashion. The best are the 'Pillsbury Moms' who have been camping around the lake for years, but now get the Pillsbury experience with the 'luxuries of home' - big comfy beds, hot showers, a grand kitchen and a view to die for high above the dirt.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful time at your home, as always!
Jul 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Potter Valley in Lake County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Soaking tub and separate shower in master bath. Upstairs full bathroom with tub/shower. Downstairs is a half bath.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (3), Queen size Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Small community swimming pond within the gated community and maintained during summer months. Great for kids, and relaxing mid week with a good book. Flushing toilets and BBQ pits on site.


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Top of the World Views - Luxury in the Mountains
average rating of 4.952381 based on 24 reviews

Serene location, beautiful home, fine owners

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for almost a week. Home is at an amazing location in a very serene setting. Home is beautiful, very thoughtfully decorated and has a very well equipped kitchen.

Maryann and Micheal were very helpful is making us comfortable in their home and directions provided were perfect! (Their directions do supersede google maps/directions). We are sure to visit again with friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Happy to have you stay and enjoy the beauty of Lake Pillsbury. We know with todays technology, most feel they’ve got it covered with mapping, but we do our best to help out when google doesn’t get it exactly right.
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Amazing View, Amazing Home, Amazing Time, THANK YOU for allowing us to make great memories.

  • 5 of 5

Amazing View, Amazing Home, Amazing Time, THANK YOU for allowing us to make great memories.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Home/Amazing View of Lake Pillsbury

  • 5 of 5

This house is super lovely, this is the 2nd time we've stayed here and you just can't beat the beauty all around.. The owners are also very wonderful people!!! I highly recommend this house for your next stay in Pillsbury.

We will certainly be back. A 5 ⭐️ All the Way.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the 5 star rating, and coming back with the kids to do it all again. It has been a few years, and appreciate you being one of our first guests and now great return guests.
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  • 5 of 5

We LOVE this place! Maryann and Michael make the whole process so easy. This is our third year staying at the View and the house is always spotlessly clean, tidy and uncluttered -so relaxing to come home to after a day on the lake. The house stays nice and cool on super hot days even without air conditioning if you close things up, and evenings are just fabulous sitting on the back deck with a glass of wine enjoying that amazing view! Another bonus-I don't recall getting any mosquito bites there which makes it possible to actually be outside under the stars at night without being chewed alive. There's plenty of room for everyone to spread out and kids love having their own space to hang out upstairs.

We are coming back again next month and cant wait-no more camping for me when I can stay in 5 star comfort at the View!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you guys were able to sneak in a second visit to Lake Pillsbury this summer. It is always great to have appreciative guests come and stay and leave with good memories and us a tidy house.
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Beautiful views + relaxing time up north!

  • 5 of 5

What a hidden gem! Loved the area, the nice people, and the beautiful scenery. The house was great! The views are stunning. The kitchen was top-shelf too! We cannot wait to go back.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great that we connected by way of the San Francisco Chronical and the great article written in the Outdoor section about Lake Pillsbury. Having the inside scoop as you did, you checked in with us for the Memorial Day weekend, and we were very happy to have it still open. Glad you enjoyed the beauty and view from your perch overlooking Lake Pillsbury. Come back soon!
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Relaxed, Deluxe Accommodation in the Wilderness

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay at The View. Beautiful house with breathtaking views over Lake Pillsbury from every room and the deck. The house is modern, nicely designed and furnished, in great condition and very well equipped. Layout is very practical for a group or family setup. Our favorite activity was hanging out on the deck relaxing and enjoying the view.

This was our chance to explore Lake Pillsbury area and we loved it. Definitely an outdoor / nature area - loved seeing the Tule Elk and various other animals in the valley. While a high clearance 4x4 is not required, if you have one you can explore some of the Jeep trails in the area, including the drive up Hull Mountain. Or just explore the wildlife and hiking opportunities in the Gravelly Valley area (no 4x4 needed).

As noted in other reviews, you do need to be organized - do your shopping before you head into Mendocino Forest and make sure you are setup for your whole stay. You are off the beaten track and there are no "quick trips" to the store - but that is part of the appeal.

And many thanks to the hosts Maryann and Michael - they were very organized, welcoming and helpful. Provided as much privacy as you wanted but always available and happy to answer any questions you might have.

If you are after a luxury stay in the wilderness, I highly recommend The View.

  • Review Submitted: 10-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Paul for being a truly wonderful guest. I give you 5 stars also, and welcome your return. Glad you got to do some exploring in your jeep up on Hull Mountain and got to see where the hang gliders launch from, and the awesome view of the whole Lake Pillsbury basin. Checking out the many Elk in the meadows while all is still green and lush with wildflowers, is just the icing on the cake for a late spring Lake Pillsbury adventure.
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Nearest Restaurant
30 Miles
No Restaurants or Grocery Stores in the area
Car: necessary

It is a short drive to launch your boat at the Fuller Grove or Sunset campground public launches. If you don't bring your own water toys, there are fishing boat, kayak, canoe, and stand up paddle board rentals available at the Lake Pillsbury Resort, located on the west side of the lake about 7 miles away and a 20 minute drive.

No Grocery Stores or Restaurants within an hour of the Lake Pillsbury area. Shop before you leave Ukiah or the Clearlake area.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Potter Valley, USA

Rental Basis:
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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £38.07
Pet Dep/$200/refundable £0
Cleaning/$75+/refundable £133.25
Property Damage Protection £44.92

Minimum Age Limit For Renters : Renter must be at least 25 years old.

Parents with very young children will be considered differently in the extra person rate, and/or adjusted down for the guest count.

Cleaning Fee : $75 will be refunded after check-out if house is left tidy. Full refund is possible if property is left "Rental Ready". If extra cleaning is needed because your pet(s) really had fun on their getaway with you, it will be deducted from the refundable portion.

Pet Fee : $50 for the rental period, and/or a $250 deposit by arrival date - $200 fully refunded after check-out with no pet damage.

Winter season : 4X4 may be required to travel to or from the Lake Pillsbury area and to and from the house.

Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice - Holiday rates and minimums may vary.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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