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Dulcy Schroeder

Member since: 2013
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Speaks English

Canyon Cottage: a peaceful oasis in a hurried world

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday cottage in California - Canyon Cottage

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Bedroom 2 (Sleeps 2-4)

1 Bdrm Cottage Nestled At The Bottom Of Canyon With A Mountain Stream

Are you looking for a place to rest and recharge? Would you enjoy an escape from the fast pace of everyday life? Spend some time in this pristine canyon and leave your cares behind. Hike the groomed trails. Spend time along the mountain stream that cuts through the canyon. Find your own special hideaways around our 287 acres. Enjoy a starlit night from the hot tub. Immerse yourself in the nature that surrounds you.

Meanwhile, enjoy the comforts of the cottage with a bedroom with queen bed, a loft bedroom with a day bed with trundle (both with new mattresses), a full kitchen, and a sitting room with wood stove. Enjoy outdoor seating areas around the cottage as well as around the lodge. There is a hot tub and a barbecue for use and guests can enjoy a movie in the lodge or can curl up by the lodge fireplace in the cold weather. Even while immersed in nature, you will have wi-fi access if you wish.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Dulcy Schroeder (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks English

About Dulcy Schroeder

“After living in this special canyon for 14 years, I realized that one of my favorite activities was sharing the canyon with others. Chico Canyon Retreat grew from that love. The location is unusually pristine and we have worked hard over the years to enhance that pristine characteristic as we work to return the land to its native state.

Dulcy Schroeder purchased this cottage in 1996

Why Dulcy Schroeder chose California

It is not often one gets to live where one would vacation, but that is exactly what happened to me. We spent several years using every vacation to visit cliff dwellings in the southwest. Then came the interest in the WPA lodges in our National Parks and the way natural materials from the surroundings were used in the construction. Put that together with a love of camping under the stars, mix it well, and the result was Chico Canyon Retreat.

What makes this cottage unique

In the morning, imagine sitting on the viewing deck with a cup of coffee as you watch the sun touch the canyon rim and move down the face as it illuminates the entire canyon. The many birds become active as the sun creeps into the canyon. Maybe you'll see a flock of turkeys passing by on the way to the creek. You may want to experience an early morning creek hike as you watch the canyon awaken. View the creek from the 1935 bridge on the property and let your mind wander past the beauty and into the history of what is before you: the cultural history of the Maidu tribe and the geological history of at least 75 million years. Fill your day with exploration of the hiking trails and creek or just find a special hideaway and curl up with a book. Cap your day with a hot tub soak under the stars. These are just some of the things that make your stay at the Canyon Cottage unique.


based on 26 holidaymaker reviews

Canyon Cottage: a peaceful oasis in a hurried world
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews

Excellent cottage and overall experience! Couldn't recommend this cottage enough.

  • 5 of 5

I'm not usually one for reviews, but I can't help but write just how much my bf and I loved this cottage and more importantly Dulcy (the host). She was wonderful from start to finish and made the stay absolutely perfect. From staying up till midnight so she could guide us down the canyon on the drive in, cooking the most delicious (and healthy) brunch, going on a walk with me around the property, pointing out all the places we could explore, and even mailing me my phone when I left it behind the very next day, she's one of the loveliest people I've ever met. And that is only an addition to the absolutely gorgeous canyon that this property is in. You wake up to mesmerizing cliffsides to look out over and beautiful forest and creek to explore (the pictures don't do it justice). You can even hang out in the hot tub under the stars at night. Would recommend that you bring a couple good books and some groceries so you can bask in the property and don't have to make any trips out of the canyon. Can't wait till we get to visit again!

  • Review Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful experience!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our weekend here! The cottage is very nice and Dulcy is a lovely woman. She showed us hiking trails and how to get around the huge property, and breakfast was great too. The hot tub is a wonderful way to relax and the view is fantastic. Although Dulcy's house is about 30 yards away you really have no idea someone is around unless you actively seek her out. We would recommend bringing in your own food and planning not to leave the property, you can, but the drive down is a bit long just to go to dinner and come back, plus this is a place you come to get away from town. The cottage is clean and well kept and even though you are only 20 or so minutes from Chico you feel a world away, very relaxing. If you want to have a weekend to walk/hike/jog, to be in the quite of nature, to read, or meditate, or do yoga, connect with your self or your partner or to stay in your pajamas all darn day, this is seriously the place to come. We will definitely come here again for another weekend next year.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay - the cottage has every convenience you might want, but you are surrounded by nature. Quiet and secluded. We enjoyed spending days walking the trails and reading by the creek. I was so impressed with all of the California native vegetation and Dulcy's warm hospitality.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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In a League of Her Own

  • 5 of 5

There are so few places that one can really boast about nowadays. I write a lot of reviews and don't feel I can do this place justice. Also, I'd rather keep it a secret so that it doesn't fill up too fast.

Entering the canyon to Dulcy's peaceful oasis is a bit like entering Jurassic Park. You'll want your four wheel drive, preferably the one with the sun roof so you can open it and look at the trees canopying the entire drive down. The dirt road meanders for awhile, allowing the mind to kick into vacation mode. Enter imagination, nostalgia and folly left stage meeting nature, beauty and the kindness of a dear woman coming in from the right. You find yourself smack dab in someplace you didn't realize you always wanted to be.

It is peaceful and quiet. The home is very charming and clean. A better hostess couldn't be found than Dulcy Schroeder. The kids love having their own loft to sleep in. We loved having our own room separate from them. My husband brought his mountain bike and ran into a bear somewhere on the trail. We all spent a half day walking down and up the creek.

Dulcy made us breakfast one morning and I was thrilled to be offered gluten free pancakes. Not just gluten free, but extremely healthy gluten free. Something I could enjoy and not feel at all guilty about.

While the rental is dog free, Dulcy has a couple of her own. We enjoyed playing with her dogs. They were happy to follow us to the creek and play. One of her cats followed me on my morning walk and let me know profoundly when she thought I had walked just a bit too far. Birds are everywhere. And deer. I only wish we could move in.

We did go to Chico for a day but found there was so much adventure at the little cabin by the creek, we wanted to spend our time there instead. Chico alums who have history playing in the creeks may find themselves swooning from nostalgia here. This is truly a treasure. And Dulcy is a remarkable woman to take such good care of this extraordinary place.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, secluded area. Dulcy is a terrific hostess, great to talk to! Our group of 4 had enough room to spread out. We enjoyed the trails, the deer, and the views. Chico is a short drive away. We did a day trip to Lassen, but there is plenty to see and enjoy if you just want to stay put!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This Was a Winner!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here in the cottage for 4 days/3 nights and enjoyed every minute of it! Very, very peaceful and quiet. Close access to the creek and a wonderful tour from Dulcy, the owner, of the area surrounding the creek. There are several spots to simply sit down in and enjoy the water and the view. The location is remote, at the bottom of a canyon, but Chico itself isn't terribly far away. We brought our own food and so never left the cottage for meals. It was incredibly private and on the last day, Dulcy was kind enough to prepare a lovely breakfast for us. My husband and I occupied ourselves with reading, some walking, wading in the creek, and just generally staring off into the distance! For us, it was perfect.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Chico Airport
Nearest Train
17 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 32
Car: recommended

The cottage is located on 287 acres in a pristine canyon and is the ideal location for those folks truly wishing to get away from the hurried daily activities of life and immerse themselves in their own personal park. Wildlife abounds here in the canyon. There are groomed trails and a mountain creek to explore and many special hideaways to discover.

Most folks don't want to leave the canyon but should you be touched by a bit of wanderlust, there are no shortage of options. Head up to the mountains where Lassen National Park and Lake Almanor are less than an hour away. Chico and the valley are only 30 minutes from the cottage. If you enjoy history, the Bidwell Mansion video and tour are a must see. Gold mining touched this area and creates its own tour. Winter brings the migratory birds and the Snow Goose Festival to the valley. Spring brings a spectacular wildflower display to Table Mountain, an area well known to plant enthusiasts. If you like Farmers' Markets, you should not miss the Saturday morning Market in Chico. It is one of the best. The University, CSUChico, frequently has activities on its lovely campus. The arts are an important part of the community so you will find lots of opportunities to hear music, view art, or attend dramatic presentations. And if you want to take a break from cooking, you'll have no shortage of good restaurant choices.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Chico, Shasta Cascade

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
CSUChico Graduation
19 May 2016 - 21 May 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. There will be an added 6% room tax for Butte County.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in California, USA

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , slate shower, toilet, sink, toiletry storage area
  • Slate shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - Loft with day bed with trundle (new mattresses)
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 11 garden chairs
  • 14 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • churches
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
A hearty breakfast will await you on one of your mornings in the Canyon Cottage. You will receive a personal introductory tour of the property as well as a map of the groomed trails around the property. Nature will provide the best amenities: it might be a bear wandering across the upper meadow; the deer that come in to visit the gardens each night; an owl calling in the evening; mergansers, mallards, and wood ducks on the creek; a fox; a bobcat; or the resident Great Blue Heron.

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