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Barking Spider Ranch in heart of 1849 Gold Rush on the S. Fork American River

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

This perfectly located retreat sits on two acres of beautiful and historical gold country; ideally nestled on the South Fork of the American River at Highway 49. Offers plenty of amenities and ideal location to visit local attractions; your own private beach, fishing holes, gold panning, wine tasting, hiking trails, and wildlife viewing. Very spacious (1800 square feet) and lots of windows/views. White water rafting companies less than .5 mile from home. Walking distance to bars and restaurants and entertainment; nightlife. Close to grocery, gas and provisions.

After a day of river rafting/kayaking, wine-tasting, or fish in our river, fire up the BBQ outside while watching the kids explore for gold or lounge in the hammock while reading a good book. The kitchen is fully loaded with appliances and there is a pub table in the dining room that seats eight people with an additional kitchen bar with stools.

After dinner, cozy up to the fireplace in the family room with a glass of wine and gaze at the beautiful view of the river or play a round of poker in the rompus room while the kids play one of the many games available.

All guestrooms are comfortably furnished for one of the most peaceful night's sleep this side of the West. There is one king bedded room; one room offers two queen beds; the other room offers a queen bed and the rompus room has a set of twin bunk beds. For those guests that don't mind sleeping on the couch, we offer three comfy couches, along with a great place to camp outside that overlooks the river. There are two showers; 1 with a bath tubs. Towels/linens are available.

Pet Friendly: $25 per night; per pet and $500 refundable security deposit.

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More Details

Carrie McAllen
Member since: 2006
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
5 August, 2017

About Carrie McAllen

Owners, Mike and Carrie McAllen

Carrie McAllen purchased this house in 2006

Why Carrie McAllen chose Gold Country / High Sierra

We were visiting family in the Gold Country in early 2006 and fell in love with the area. We loved the relaxed vibe and the beautiful foothills and of course the beautiful river. Within a month we accepted the keys to our new home located on 2 acres and on the South Fork of the American River. The wineries, open spaces, wildlife, river recreation, culture and great people are all amenities that we enjoy. It's our home away from home so we are happy to share it when we can't be there ourselves. Every time we go for a visit, we instantly feel all the pressures of the daily grind evaporate and we always return back to the bay area refreshed and relaxed.

What makes this house unique

There are so many great things to do in the historic Gold Country: River Rafting, hiking, biking, eating, wine tasting at many local wineries, buying locally grown organic olive oil and honey, relaxing, reading a good book on the private access river in front of our home, BBQ, spending time with family and friends for the weekend on a hot summer day, gold panning, horseback riding, shopping in Placerville and Auburn for unique gifts and much more.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Lotus in Coloma

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Shower & tub combo and Shower with separate tub in master bath.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Bunk Bed
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Water Sports Gear
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Rompus Room, Two Acres of Land, Private Beach, Fishing Holes, Gold Panning, Games, Alarm System


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Barking Spider Ranch in heart of 1849 Gold Rush on the S. Fork American River
average rating of 4.8125 based on 16 reviews

What a great family vacation!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the ranch for a relaxing family vacation...me, my husband, our 2 daughters (each with a friend) and our dog. What a great place! The house is very nice...excellent condition...nice kitchen, great barbeque in the backyard and plenty of room for all of us! The entire property is very inviting and pleasant. Carrie (the owner) is super nice and very responsive! There is your own personal/private river access...we spent many days floating on the river near the property and if you want more space there is a great beach across the river. We also went river rafting with OARS company (right across the bridge) and had soooo much fun! What a great family vacation! We meant to go to nearby wineries and get out more...but enjoyed lounging by the river too much :-)

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the review, Shanna! We love reviews and so delighted that your happy and your family enjoyed the visit to BSR! Keep us in mind for the future and again, thank you so much for the review and rental of our home! Carrie
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Family Place

  • 4 of 5

Family trip with 3 generations. Good accommodations for young and old. Kids enjoyed the play room/bedroom. Kitchen had everything we needed. Place was very clean. It was winter so restaurants were not open. Bakery was good across the bridge. Winery near by. Place was as advertised on VRBO. Will recommend to friends who are going to have a wedding up in this area in the fall.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the review and delighted that your family found the place to meet your needs. Please visit us again and again!
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San Bernardino, CA

Beautiful Loacation

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I along with our two small dogs, and various relatives stayed 8 nights in this wonderful home. We were visited by wild turkeys each morning which delighted our dogs to no end. Kitchen was the most extensively stocked one I have encountered yet. I have rented at least 10 properties and this one has them all beat. I have one negative for older individuals the river access is a little rough, but the young folks will have no trouble. The solar lights at the rivers edge were a special delight. The campfire pit area was great. The Ping Pong/Game room was a lot of fun. I would highly recommend this property to anyone and when we visit my brother in Placerville this is our go to destination. Thanks again for everything.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Monterey Bay, CA

Perfect place in the Sierra foothills & along Hwy. 49

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful site and surroundings! A very comfortable and cozy home. We had some rainy weather and the ping pong table and family room--in addition to the living room-- offered fun & games while waiting out the rain. An open, light and airy home. The kitchen had everything we needed. A picturesque site just above the American River!

- Trish

  • Review Submitted: Apr 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Perfect place to relax, reflect and enjoy the outdoors!

  • 5 of 5

This is exactly the place you are looking for if you want to spend some time in the great outdoors of California. Beautiful nature, nice trails, wonderful river, fun historic sites around. The property is very well maintained and clean.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome place for family stay

  • 5 of 5

My family and few of my friends family stayed at Barking Spider ranch last year July4th weekend. On the picture, this place didn't look that great, but our view completely changed after our stay. This is a wonderful vacation place, near the river and convenient access to white water rafting locations. The house was very nice and cozy, we everyone liked the place very much, particularly kids enjoyed a lot. For the first time we did white water rafting, and it was a stimulating experience for all of us. The owners are very nice and kind. Though I haven't met them in person, but I had several phone conversation with them. I had to mention the life lasting experience I had. During this trip I lost a gold locket that fell off from the chain I was wearing. I thought it must have been fallen off during the rafting. But two weeks later i received an envelope from the owner Carrie. For my surprise I found the lost locket inside the envelope with a nice note from Carrie " Eureka we found your gold. When you visit gold country you should find gold, not leave gold”. What a professionalism!! My gratitude goes to Carrie & her family.


  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
River Rafting: South Fork of the American River
Wilderness Adventures
Cafe Mahjaic - Lotus Inn
Gold Hill Vineyard
Sierra Rizing Cafe and Bakery
The Argonaut Farm to Fork Cafe
American Whitewater Expeditions
Hog Wild BBQ
Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Sacramento International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Across the road
Nearest Train
55 Miles
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Highway 50 & Hightway 80
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Lake Tahoe
Car: recommended

This perfectly located retreat in Coloma-Lotus and in the heart of the 1849 Gold Rush, sits on two acres of beautiful gold country land and river; ideally nestled on the South Fork of the American River at Highway 49. Offers your own private beach, fishing holes, gold panning, and wildlife viewing. Very spacious (1800 square feet) and lots of windows/views.

River Rafting/Kayaking on the South Fork American River, rafting outfitters located within .5 mile, Wineries, Historical Sites, Foot Paths/Hiking Trails, Weddings, shopping in Placerville and Auburn.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Lotus, California

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £43 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £116.52
Additional Guest Fee £38.84 per person per night
Pet Fee £19.42
Damage Deposit £388.4

$50 per person; per day after 2 persons. Pet fee of $25 per dog.

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.
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