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Beautiful Family Retreat

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,392 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

1700 sqft Moderate size home, 2 bath, Amazing river front patios.

A Family paradise at 3225 feet elevation nestled in the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains! Located just seven miles from the Plumas county seat of Quincy, California. Here is where you will find this lovely home on the banks of Spanish Creek. Situated just below the historic old resort, mining community, and railroad town of Keddie. Positioned within viewing distance from our home is one of the seven wonders of the Western Pacific Railroad, the famous wye bridge trestle. The “Wye” and town were named for Arthur Keddie. Keddie was an engineer who pioneered and surveyed the route for the railroad through the Feather River back in 1909.

Fast forward to the 1960s when Keddie was being transformed into a resort by realtor Clarence Arthur English Jr. who had purchased the town in ’57 with the goal of making it into a first class resort destination. One of the features that Mr. English developed was the “Swimmin Hole’ which were a series of stone stairs leading down to patios and built in stone barbecue pits on the banks of Spanish Creek.

More than 50 years later the beautiful rock work and patios still exist and in fact have been reborn for today’s generation of families. This wonderful setting with its modest home is available now to be enjoyed by young and old alike.

The home is a fully equipped, modern, and cheerful. It boasts three private sleeping areas. The master bedroom has a large closet, a queen bed, and it's own private bath. The large master bath includes a beautiful claw foot tub for relaxing, a separate private room with a large modern stand-up shower. Another sleeping room offers a double bed with antique dressers for storage. This room also has its own door into a full bath. The front of the house has another sleeping room that is ideal for children. It currently has bunk beds and a large blow up Aero Bed is available. Off this room is the laundry with a washer and dryer and storage area.

The home has a fully stocked modern kitchen with refrigerator/freezer, cook top, double ovens and a dishwasher. The counter area also claims three high backed stools to accommodate seating at the kitchen counter.

Off the kitchen is a sitting area for relaxing and enjoying the pictures and history of Keddie Resort in its heyday of the 1960s. Oh and the sofa is also a sleeper that can be made to sleep two additional adults or children as the need might arise.

The dinning area has seating for six, while the living area has a large sofa, love seat and recliner just right for viewing the hi-definition large screen television that is artfully hidden when not in use in the large decorative wall cabinet and book case.

Out the French doors by the kitchen and sitting area is a covered porch that spans the entire length of the house. Seating is not a problem in the numerous chairs, the outside bar, and bar stools that adorn the porch.

More Details

Property Manager
Ember English
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
19 September, 2018

About Ember English

I am a long time resident of Alaska, but Plumas County, Quincy, and especially Keddie has always held a special place in my heart. I moved to Keddie from Los Angeles as a boy. I visited Keddie a few summers while my father was transforming Keddie into a wonderful resort. I finally moved to Keddie with my mother and my siblings and attended my last four years at Quincy Junior Senior High School. Soon after I enlisted in the Army. I was eventually sent to Alaska where I have resided since..

Ember English purchased this house in 2013

Why Ember English chose Keddie

Keddie always was extraordinary to me. As a teen I worked for my father and his strong-willed foreman Charlie whom both tried to instill some semblance of a work ethic in me. During my last summer before my senior year in high school I worked loading rock, carrying rock and setting rock. Much of that work was at this site that at the time was Keddie's "Swimmin Hole". This place has always been magical to me. I saw it again for the first time in 45 years in 2012, it brought me to tears of joy.

When the opportunity to purchase this property arose, I knew that I wanted a chance to again see this place restored to its former beauty. When I was here as a young man the home was not here, only the patios. The house gave me the opportunity to more intimately share this destination with, my extended family and friends as well as a place that could be enjoyed by new generations.

What makes this house unique

This locations offers the opportunity for guests to relax in a private beautiful river-front settling away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Some of the activities that might interest our guests are: Train Spotting, Bird watching, Fishing, Hiking, Swimming or Sunbathing

Here is a thought, consider English Oaks for your next family reunion, or for a wedding or wedding reception.

One of the unique qualities that has always drawn me to this place was the trains. Yes they can be loud and frequent at certain times, but that is what I truly enjoy. Sitting on the back porch late in the evening, listening to the sounds of a freight train laboring slowly across the Keddie wye trestle is a genuine joy for a train buff like me.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Keddie

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1392 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , Room for Queen Aero Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horse riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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(27 traveller reviews)

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average rating of 4.851852 based on 27 reviews

WE had a blast!!!

  • 4 of 5

We,had a blast in this little house! It was so nice to be able to be ourselves and relax,and have fun! We stayed through my birthday. Which made it a very nice birthday...

It was so wonderfully quite!

This is why we are planning on going back!!!

  • Review Submitted: 30/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, serene, beautiful, and charming

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have never felt more at home, or welcome, by VRBO owners before. They were so helpful to us, but also left us in peace to enjoy our stay. The creek, surroundings, trains, and rich area history were amazing. We travelled here in order to see our favorite musical group for a few nights, and the stay at this amazing home made that experience all the better. We shall return!

  • Review Submitted: 20/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This place is a hidden gem!

  • 5 of 5

We fell in love with this place. The pictures don’t do it justice. It is charming. My children played all day in the river. At night we made s’mores in the outside fireplace. Ember and Chris we amazing hosts and helped with all our questions. Chris let my daughter use his crawfish trap and we ate crawfish several nights. Our whole experience was magical. We hope to go back again next summer.

  • Review Submitted: 16/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing retreat for large group! Great river spot and scenery!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week with a group of co-workers, 8 total, and had the best experience at Ember and Chris's place. The property is beautiful, well kept grounds and spacious for outdoor cooking and lounging, we even had a bonfire one night! The house is very large and spacious and have ample room for 8 to sleep comfortably. The foot bridge and swimming hole were cherries on top of it all! We hope to return next year!

  • Review Submitted: 12/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful Winter Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The property was everything we expected and a bit more. The sounds of the adjacent river and the nearby trains were very relaxing. The rental was very spacious and comfortable. While the kitchen was stocked with all the basics, we forgot to pack a steamer pot for a dinner we had planned. Fortunately, our hostess (Ember) came to our rescue and was able to provide one. Due to the cold, we were not able to enjoy many of the outdoor amenities of the property on this visit. We look forward to our next visit.

  • Review Submitted: 31/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Keddie Christmas 2017

  • 4 of 5

The house was very clean and comfortable and very nicely appointed, with plenty of room for the 8 of us to spread out in small groups or find a quiet nook to read. Weather quite cold but house stayed plenty warm. Internet connection was a bit clunky but that's satellite internet for you, not our host's fault. Only 10 minutes to Quincy where we had other family to visit, so pretty convenient. Nice hiking/walking nearby for our outdoorsy family. Would certainly consider renting again on a future visit.

  • Review Submitted: 28/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Gansner Field Quincy CA
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Quincy CA
Nearest Golf
24 Miles
Graeagle, CA
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Quincy CA
Nearest Ski
95 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house around the Keddie

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Off Season Rates
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Apr 2019
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$14 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee AU$137.77
Property Damage Protection AU$81.28
Pet Fee AU$34.44

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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