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Casa Del Campo Casita Fresca: Hidden Treasure In The California Gold Country!

Bedrooms 1
Space 550 sq. ft.
Property type studio


About the property

Casa Del Campo Casita Fresca: Hidden Treasure In The California Gold Country!

Located at a private residence minutes from both downtown Grass Valley and Nevada City, California, the Casa del Campo Guest House is a perfect getaway for visitors to the Gold Country. The Casita Fresca features an inviting, fresh color palette, with an impressive mirror mural headboard to a great queen size bed, original textiles and a fabulous ceramic tile bathroom. All of the work at the Casa del Campo has been done by owners Peter and Catherine Perkins, using many repurposed and recycled materials. The Casita Fresca studio has a kitchenette with a mid-sized refrigerator, gas range and oven, microwave and a large sink. The bathroom has a step-in shower. The studio has a walk in closet and storage perfect for an extended stay. There is satellite television and a DVD player in the studio, as well. Free wireless Internet access adds convenience to your stay, and Verizon Wireless customers get reception through a network extender. Guests are welcome to enjoy the wonderful gardens and outdoor seating, as well as the main house. Available in the Casa is a home theater with an eclectic movie collection, a quiet library and great conversation and coffee with your hosts. Perfectly situated between Grass Valley and Nevada City, the Casa is a jumping off point for the history buff, the outdoor enthusiast, or the art lover. Spectacular Lake Tahoe and the majestic Sierra Nevada are an hour away. Biking and hiking trails abound, and the Yuba River offers an energizing and refreshing experience. A perfect place to relax and regroup on your visit to the Gold Country, the Casa del Campo is not just a place to stay--it is an experience.

Peter Perkins
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 August, 2017

About Peter Perkins

Catherine Ione-Perkins is a brilliant designer of clothing, costume and textiles. Native to California, Catherine holds a Masters Degree in Fine Arts, and she is an award-winning theatrical costume designer. A co-creator of the Casa, Catherine not only does brilliant work with fabric and tile, but she also pursues a passion for re-imagining textiles, clothing and home accessories through her exclusive Flop House brand of products. For more about Catherine, please visit her website at

Peter Perkins, a native of New England, is a geologist, teacher, writer and artist. Drawn to the challenge of any task at hand, and finding great satisfaction in a job well done, Peter can be found always on the move at the Casa, roaming the landscape in search of new ways to innovate and create in this peaceful and whimsical place.

Peter Perkins purchased this studio in 2003

Why Peter Perkins chose Gold Country / High Sierra

Ten years ago Peter Perkins and Catherine Ione-Perkins came upon their present day home, the Casa del Campo--a diamond in the rough located at the end of a quiet country lane near Grass Valley, California. Comprised of a main house, a guest house and a variety of out buildings, set on several acres featuring open spaces and old growth forest, the property had the bones of greatness--it just needed some loving and purposeful attention. With the creative inspiration of a brilliant local craftsman, the willingness to learn and innovate, and no small amount of artistic vision on their part, Peter and Catherine undertook the process of transforming the houses and land, room by room, yard by yard, into a unique and exciting testimony to what is possible with sincere good intention. Still a work in progress, the Casa is a vibrant canvas, constantly evolving--a spiritual place of positive energy, a fun and relaxing place to rest and plan each day.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday studio in Grass Valley in Nevada County

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Step-in shower, pedestal lav, vanity
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen sized bed and twin size day bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
The Casita Fresca is a cool, quiet, cozy getaway studio, perfect for a couple or small family looking for a fun place to stay while enjoying the California Gold Country!


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Casa Del Campo Casita Fresca: Hidden Treasure In The California Gold Country!
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews
Sonoma County, California

Beautiful grounds in a beautiful area

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at Casa del Campo for just one night with my boys earlier than this stay. We live close enough that one night felt fulfilling but the owners were so hospitable, the Yuba River so magical, and the studio so charming that we came back for a few more nights. The owners (including Boo and Marley) are very warm, welcoming, friendly, and helpful. As far as the grounds, there is a lot of beautiful and artistic detail at every angle, most, if not all, is custom work by the artistic owners. The accommodations were clean and comfortable. We went to see what swimming in the Yuba River would be like and found this little place that we will return to again and again...

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stockholm, Sweden

Creative, inspirational, friendly hosts

  • 5 of 5

If you want to be surrounded by peace, quiet, natural beauty, and an environment infused by creativity, this is the place for you. Our stay in the Casita Fresca was everything we could ever hope for. The apartment was very private and was beautifully and creatively decorated by our hosts, Peter and Catherine. These two imaginative folks have devoted themselves to reimagining the things they see around them, and they have succeeded marvelously. Their property is a testament to what can be done with a little (or should I say "a lot" of imagination. For example, an old aviary becomes a beautiful, restful retreat for reading or just being. A goat shed becomes a meditation room. The whole place gives a peaceful, tranquil feeling. Our hosts were friendly, welcoming, and lots of fun to chat with. Although we couldn't spend as much time at the Casita as we would have liked (we were in town to visit family, so we spend most of our time with them), we felt like Casita Fresca was our home away from home. We will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rotterdam, Netherlands

Welcoming Oasis of Beauty & Tranquility in the Pines a Few Minutes From Town

  • 5 of 5

Casita Fresca was exactly that, and so much more. Even during a heat wave with highs in the upper-90s, the casita remained cool and comfortable by employing the common sense of closing drapes & windows while out during the heat of the day, a ceiling fan to keep the air circulating. Returning to the casita at day's end, it really felt as though gentle air-conditioning was on. Quite amazing!

Beyond that, the welcome extended by Peter, Catherine and their 2 friendly and extremely well-behaved dogs was genuine and heart-warming. A tour of the incredibly beautiful grounds with invitation to use the many comfortable and soothing areas they've created was accompanied by a running commentary on how they achieved it (amazing what can be re-purposed, and to what effect!), along with recommendations about the area: where to hike, drives for great views, restaurants not to miss, etc. There were thoughtful items left in our casita too - snacks, maps, and books on the area for us to borrow. Further suggestions were freely given each morning when we had coffee with them and discussed the day's plans.

The Casita itself was gorgeous - spotlessly clean, imaginatively decorated (Catherine is a genius with fabric, mozaics, color), spacious, cool and super-comfortable; we slept better there than anywhere else during a 3-week trip. Perfect silence at night, and venturing outside we saw a million stars including the Milky Way spilled across the sky, the only sound the soothing trickling of a fountain. The bed was wonderfully comfortable, bedding beautiful and of high quality. When the evening was warm, the ceiling fan kept it cool in our Casita. Beautifully decorated in cool green & white hues encompassing tile work, fabrics, cushions, the casita is composed of a huge central room with sleeping alcove, sofa plus 2 chairs and coffee table, kitchenette with dining table, plus a TV corner with satellite tv (too many channels to explore!) and 2 chairs. There was a walk-in closet and a big bathroom, a wonderful walk-in shower with great water pressure and no lack of hot water. Towels were big, soft & fluffy. A variety of shampoos, lotions & homemade soaps were thoughtfully provided.

While we were there, wifi connection was spotty but Peter let us borrow his computer to check in for a flight & print boarding passes, and a nearby cafe with tempting pastries offered fast & free wifi so we stayed connected. Highly recommended, we'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco

Gorgeous Garden Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a very relaxing stay at the Casita Fresca, a tranquil space to soothe the busy mind. The decor is beautifully handcrafted and seems to make the large room at one with the garden. Although it is the lower of two units it is wonderfully light and refreshingly cool. The kitchenette is well laid out and I had no problems cooking dinner each night of our stay. The gardens surrounding the casita are delightful, with many different seating areas and plenty of shade for warm days.

The hosts, Peter and Catherine and their furry friends Boo and Marley, were an added enhancement to our stay. We were warmly greeted and then toured around the whole property, so we feel at home there. Peter lent us a book on local hikes, which resulted in a great walk near the Donner Pass. If you need anything they are available and very happy to help.

If we are in the area again we would happily stay at Casita Fresca.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Coloma CA

Foothill Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wedding to attend in the area and we wanted to make an overnight getaway out of it, especially since we live only about an hour away. Peter and Catherine are two of the most wonderful people we have had the pleasure of meeting in quite some time. They are so friendly, warm and welcoming that we just simply did not want to leave. Our getaway morning breakfast of homemade granola with all the fixins and tea at their breakfast bar was wonderful. Their property is beyond gorgeous. The two casitas are artfully decorated by Catherine to make you feel right at home and I simply couldn't resist Peter's adorable copper collection of handmade bugs, I had to get a dragonfly (my fave). Looking forward to going back, maybe even with our three kiddos as there is so much fun to be had in the area. Thank You so Much, Jenn and Tom

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our best VRBO experience ever!!

  • 5 of 5

Catherine & Peter are some of the most kind, welcoming and open minded people we have met. From the moment we arrived, we felt at home on their beautiful property. Catherine is an artist, so the casita we stayed in was very welcoming and decorated beautifully.

We thoroughly enjoyed home-made granola and coffee with Catherine & Peter each morning and were sad when our weekend came to a close.

There are two casitas on the property and we can't wait to come back with family & friends.

Thank you for your hospitality!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday studio in Grass Valley, California

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1 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £19.42

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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