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Canyon Cottage: a peaceful oasis in a hurried world

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

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.

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Dulcy Schroeder
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 August, 2017

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Forest Ranch in Butte County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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
  • 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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Canyon Cottage: a peaceful oasis in a hurried world
average rating of 5.0 based on 32 reviews

Perfect get away

  • 5 of 5

Dulcy met us with a warm & kind welcome. She drove us to the cabin where some delightful brownies & cookies awaited. The cabin is beautiful & had all the things we needed, it was clean & located in a perfect spot. Dulcy gave us a tour of the trails & canyon & filled us in on all the historical back ground then let us be, to explore. We had beautiful morning hikes, & enjoyed the nice cool water provided by nature! We explored different parts of the canyon stream until we found our perfect spot. Words cannot describe the beautiful blanket of stars & all the beautiful things the eyes can see here at Dulcy's Ranch! We also enjoyed the Jacuzzi although it was much too warm to activate the heating system so we just enjoyed laying in the nice cool water & took in the beautiful view. We enjoyed B-B Q'ing in the nicely arranged spots Dulcy arranged right outside our front door. Dulcy is a very kind & warm person & loves to share her home w/others. I HIGHLY recommend this beautiful cabin where time stops & you can revive from everyday life. I literally left my everyday concerns behind!! It was the perfect place for my husband & I to reconnect & to get some much needed R & R. We hope that in the near future, we can bring our children out to enjoy the cabin, & its surroundings have to offer, the cabin is well suited for children as well!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Davis, CA

Clean and comfortable cottage with amazing surroundings

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed with in Dulcy's cabin this past weekend. It was just the escape we were looking for. The cottage was well cared for and had everything we needed. We enjoyed BBQing and sitting outside to eat dinner and enjoy the scenery. The hot tub under the stars was fantastic.

Dulcy was an amazing hostess- more than happy to talk with us and share her beautiful property and then leave us time alone to relax. Her property is a little slice of heaven. We planned on staying down at her place once we got there because of others reviews we read and we're glad we did. Complete and total relaxation. We'll definitely come visit again!

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Butte Co.

The perfect place to rejuvenate mind, body and soul.

  • 5 of 5

A wilderness experience with the comforts of home. The cottage was very clean and comfortable. Dulcy is an excellent hostess. She went above and beyond, paying attention to my sister and my special diet and creating treats just for us that fit! The natural beauty of the property is spectacular. The sounds of the birds and the breeze are all that can be heard save the exception of an occasional aircraft high above. The face-to-face encounter with a bear while on a hike was exhilarating! The wildlife are in abundance along the many hiking options. Canyon Cottage is a place I hope to return to soon and frequent if at all possible.

  • Review Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The most perfect get away. A fantastic host, a cosy cottage, the most amazing views, a beautiful creek, abundant wildlife, and true peace and quiet.

The cottage was spotlessly clean, the beds were comfy, the kitchen was well equipped, and the homemade brownies that greeted us were delicious!

Ideally placed for a day trip to Lassen, and close to Chico (great Saturday Farmers Market).

Dulcy was so very welcoming to our family, and thoughtful too. We will certainly remember the wonderful time we spent deep in the canyon for many years to come.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Get Away

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this cottage for the weekend. The cottage was very clean and Dulcy had her fantastic pumpkin cake waiting for us. Dulcy showed us around the cottage, explained where everything could be found and how to operate the appliances. After we brought everything inside Dulcy showed us around the property. She showed us some great wading areas in the creek for our children and some tame hiking as well. Dulcy was patient, kind and engaged very easily with our children. She was quick to pick up that our six year old was VERY interested in bears and dinosaurs, so she included some of these topics in our tour. On our last day Dulcy made an amazing brunch for our family. Our family loved it but little did the children know that it was actually very healthy.

We really enjoyed our time here. We were able to see a bear and a deer while driving down to the property which made the kids very excited. When we left the kids kept talking about how they wanted to go back to the mountain house and see Dulcy and there bears.

Dulcy, Thank you so much for your kindness, patience and hospitality. I have truly never encountered someone who has cared so much for their guests. I hope to come back again when the children have a little older and I know they would love to see you again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Surprise Birthday Weekend

  • 5 of 5

I had booked the Canyon Cottage as part of a surprise birthday weekend for my husband. I had communicated back and forth with Dulcy prior to our arrival and had told her our plans (hiking, mountain biking, etc). She told me all about the trails on her property and the pictures looked amazing, but when we arrived, it was better than we could have imagined. Dulcy had baked Birthday Brownies for my husband, and then took us on a hike, showing us several hidden gems on her property. We spent the day mountain biking, hiking, packed a picnic lunch and ate by Big Chico Creek, and ended the day in the hot tub under the stars. Dulcy fixed us an amazing breakfast before we left on Sunday as well. We had an amazing weekend at the Canyon Cottage and would highly recommend this as a getaway in a beautiful location!

  • Review Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • 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 Forest Ranch, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
CSUChico Graduation
18 May 2018 - 20 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Additional Guest Fee £7.8 per person per night

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. There will be an added 8% 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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