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Picturesque Delta Cottage Next Door to Grand Island Mansion

Bedrooms Studio
Space 324 sq. ft.
Property type cottage


About the property

Cottage, Studio + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-7)

Studio cottage available for vacation rental in the beautiful Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Located on Steamboat Slough near Walnut Grove and Courtland, this cozy cottage is perfect for a night's stay after a party at the Grand Island Mansion, right next door (about a quarter-mile away). Also within 5 miles of the Ryde Hotel and a fantastic public boat launch (Hogback Island County Park). A unique sunset awaits every evening.

Dating to the 1920s, the cottage overlooks a cherry orchard among thousands of acres of pears, apples, wine grapes, and other family farms. Nearby to historic Delta towns, award-winning wineries, U-pick farms, boating, paddling, cycling, cruising, fishing, wake-boarding, wind-surfing, hunting, art galleries, and restaurants.

The cottage features comfortable antiques, Douglas fir floors, a full kitchenette, bathroom with shower, balcony deck overlooking the orchard, wisteria-covered patio, and private river access. The owners live on-site in the main farmhouse and share a lushly landscaped, kid-friendly yard with large adventure-play structure. Transportation available to and from the Grand Island Mansion.

Sleeping accommodations are a full-size bed and full-size futon to comfortably sleep 4, plus limited floor area for others. A clean and cozy travel trailer can be available for additional accommodations, plus tent-sleeping may be possible, too.

The kitchen features an oven, 4-burner range, mini-fridge, toaster-oven, microwave, coffee maker, sink, dishes, utensils, and cookware.

On-site kayak and bicycle rental available, featuring 2 tandem kayaks and 2 mountain bikes.

Keywords: studio, farmhouse

More Details

Marty Elliott
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
13 August, 2011

About Marty Elliott

We are a water resources consultant and architectural designer, along with our 3 kids. We were drawn to the California Delta as students at University of California, Davis, moving here in 2001 after restoring an 1882 Victorian in Midtown Sacramento. The Delta is a unique 'working' landscape providing food and water for millions of people while also representing a picturesque treasure-trove of recreation, adventure, fish and wildlife habitat, and other opportunities.

Marty Elliott purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Marty Elliott chose Central Valley California

While seeking escape from urban life in Sacramento, this little cherry orchard found a special place in our hearts with 360-degree views and an ideal mix of water (with Steamboat Slough across the levee to the west) and land (with vast acres of orchards all around). The guest cottage and main farmhouse date to the 1920s, on the site of an older farmhouse lost in a fire. It is a charming and relaxing rural setting.

What makes this cottage unique

Our friends and guests love to visit because even an afternoon can feel like a vacation due to the peace and tranquility.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Walnut Grove in Sacramento County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 324 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Studio, Sleeps 6
  • Full-size bed with down or hypo-allergenic pillows; separate full-size futon.
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
overlooks cherry orchard, laundry available, basketball court, additional sleeping available in RV/travel trailer for additional fee, fishing/river access, tandem kayaks and mountain bikes available for additional rental fee, continental breakfast available for additional fee


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Picturesque Delta Cottage Next Door to Grand Island Mansion
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Just WOW!!!

  • 5 of 5

I am afraid that writing a great review will mean we never get to book our new favorite Delta Getaway Cottage in the future. So, it is really tempting to write a bad review so we can have the place all to ourselves. Something tells me that would create some bad juju... The truth is this: this place is an absolute gem. Cozy. Clean. Quiet. Secluded. Scenic. Perfectly appointed. Owners are great. Cool kids and loved meeting Dottie.

So much cool stuff to do in the area, too. We bring our ski boat up, park it at Walnut Grove Marina, and enjoy the Delta by land and waterway...and get in some skiing. Our visit coincided with Rio Vista Bass Festival. Lots of boats out, which made skiing a little more challenging, but also lots of fun stuff to do. We particularly enjoyed the fireworks from the deck at The Point Restaurant.

Hope to return soon...and hope you have availability.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Rafael, CA

Peaceful Cottage

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in the cottage for two beautiful Delta nights. It's a peaceful location outside of town, with a waterway across the street and nature all around. The owners were thoughtful and the place was spotless. I highly recommend it. The Delta has so many interesting towns and places to explore!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review! We were glad that we could be part of your special getaway weekend and hope the photos you took of the picturesque Delta towns and landmarks make for lasting memories. Please come again!
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san francisco

wonderful delta getaway...

  • 5 of 5

the cottage was small, but comfortable for our family of 4. the owners were kind enough to have an aerobed all ready for our 2 kids upon our arrival. the photos are true representations of the cottage - it is a cozy, light-filled space, furnished with nice antiques...and the location is ideal for anyone looking for a true delta experience. right on steamboat slough, just a ways down the road from grand island mansion - it is perfectly isolated, peaceful, but close enough to towns and restaurants. we rented the kayak for a day and had a blast! the orchards are lovely to walk through, and with the owner's encouragement, we picked a few apples and pears, which were delicious! chris, his wife, and their kids are very nice and accommodating. for places to eat - giusti's is a delta must, the levee cafe in isleton is simple and honest, and the sunday brunches at both the grand island mansion and the ryde hotel are surreal. the delta is full of adventure, rich california history, and new surprises waiting to be discovered - and time moves super slow - enjoy!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: While it has been a year since your stay with us, we just wanted to let you know that we now have a comfortable full-size futon for your kids and a big, adventurous play structure. The kayak is ready any time you want to come back!
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Annual events: Isleton Crawdad/Cajun Festival (Fathers' Day weekend in June), Clarksburg 4th of July parade, Walnut Grove Buddhist Bazaar (4th of July weekend), Courtland Pear Fair (last Sunday in July), Rio Vista Bass Derby & Festival (October), Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival (November), other events daily in Sacramento and Stockton (less than 30 minutes away)

Special attractions: Historic Chinatown in Locke, the only remaining rural Chinatown in the United States; nearby wine-tasting in Clarksburg and Lodi, Brannan Island State Park, Delta Meadows State Park, Franks Tract State Recreation Area

Where to eat: Giusti's in Walnut Grove, Locke Garden in Locke, Foster's Big Horn in Rio Vista, Shorty's in Clarksburg


Prices & Availability

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