About this listing
Come and stay at this luxurious farm retreat nestle in the middle of organic family farm on 35 acres. Ever wonder how cheese is made? Here at Blue Oaks Ranch we raise dairy goats, dairy sheep, and Jersey cows, who provide us with fresh milk to make a variety of cheeses, yogurt and butter.
Your accommodations are an elegant two-bedroom apartment that is entirely yours with a private entrance. Located above a three-car garage, the deck has beautiful, pastoral views. Enjoy the tranquility of the Koi fish pond without the noise of the city. Open your window to hear the sound of the waterfall and the lullaby of late night frogs and crickets.
Inside, enjoy quality hardwood floors throughout the guest quarters and all the amenities you can imagine within them. We aim to please! Central heat and air conditioning and a fully equipped kitchen just for you!
Outside you can enjoy the beautiful gardens and koi pond. In fact, we are proud to say that Blue Oaks Ranch was recently featured in the Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills' 23rd Annual Spring Garden Tour!
Blue Oaks Ranch is a working farm. We make farmstead cheese in our on-site creamery using our own fresh milk. Some of our cheeses are aged over a year! Romano, Peccorino, Vaccino, Capprino, Manchego, Tome, Fontina, Gruyere, and Quark are among the cheeses Ruth makes with a little bit of talent leftover from being raised in Switzerland. We have farmstead cheese available for sale. This means that we make it here using milk from our own animals! If the cheese is not "farmstead," then the milk is shipped in from a different farm to make the cheese. Are you there to check and make sure this process has been clean? Do you know what the animals who produce the milk that make the cheese are eating? We do! Our animals only eat organic food and pasture grass, which is not sprayed with weed pesticides! Our milking process is very sterile and clean! Come and watch! Our pigs are vegetarians! Really, a vegetarian pig? Yes, really!
Guest access is via gated entry. We’ll provide the gate code to the ranch with your reservation confirmation. We encourage guests to go hiking and visit our own private park on the ranch, which has a patio table, hammocks for ultimate relaxation, and a fire pit for your pleasure. Let us know if you'll be sitting by the fire and we'll make sure it's ready to go!
Interaction with guests
We really enjoy having guests at Blue Oaks Ranch. We have lots of experience entertaining guests of all ages from all parts of the world. We are very excited to share our farm with you!
There are many activities going on at the farm. If you would like an overview of the farm and cheese-making facilities, they may be scheduled ahead, time permitting as this is a working farm and tours take us away from our normal farm duties. Take special note that our lambs and kids are born between mid-December and mid-January. If you're staying with us during this time, we'll be happy to have you quietly observe a birthing or two.
Blue Oaks Ranch is located in California, halfway between Auburn and the twin cities of Grass Valley and Nevada City. You are also just an hour’s drive to the historic town of Truckee and just 1.5 hours to beautiful Lake Tahoe.
Nevada City remains the most complete gold rush town in California today, with many historic buildings and sites to visit. You’ll find yourself transported back in time to the old days of California when saloons, gunfights, and horse-drawn carriages were regular amusement.
Grass Valley and Nevada City are well-known for a wide variety of excellent restaurants, including the world-famous New Moon. We are also home to many local breweries and wineries. If wine is of interest to you, our trusted and experienced companion, Amy, will be happy to guide you for a fee to many of the local wineries, both in Placer and Nevada County.
Grass Valley and Nevada City host many events throughout the year. If you like festivals, you’re sure to enjoy the diverse selection to choose from, including Strawberry Music Festival in May, Father's Day Blue Grass Festival in June, Worldfest Music Festival in July, the famous Draft Horse Classic in September, and the Celtic Festival in October.
The holidays are always a special time in the Gold Country. Nevada City holds Victorian Christmas in December, were men and women walk around in the most extravagant period outfits. You can also celebrate Cornish Christmas in Grass Valley November through December.
If you like nature, you’re just minutes to the Tahoe National Forest. Both the American River and Yuba River are incredibly popular for river enthusiasts, and kayaking, secluded swimming holes, breathtaking mountain views, and much more await you! If you come in the winter, there are many popular ski resorts, like Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, and Northstar, where you can ski, snowboard, toboggan, sled, and ice skate.
For more information on restaurants, places to visit, events, plays, and other entertainment, visit The Center for the Arts or the Nevada County/Grass Valley/Auburn Chamber of Commerce websites.
There's so much to share with you about our ranch, please feel free to call us after making your reservation if you have further questions. We would truly love to have you here and share the ultimate homestead farming experience!
The best option for you to get around the area is by car. The ranch is a 15 minute drive from Grass Valley, 20 to Nevada City, and 25 to Auburn. Undoubtedly, you’ll want to see Lake Tahoe, Truckee, or perhaps drive the Old Highway 49 towards Downieville and see the beautiful countryside with its breathtaking rivers and lakes and magnificent views of the Tahoe National Forest. We have maps available for you to borrow, or you may utilize one of our guides, Laurie or Amy. These gals aim to make your experience positively memorable!
Blue Oaks Ranch is located in the Gold Country. Because of high rainfall after several drought years, the grasses and underbrush is especially thick this season. Because of the potential for fire, we are a totally non-smoking property. For your safety, do not go in the pastures or barn without authorized personnel from Blue Oaks Ranch. Please do not pet the guard dogs (the white ones) living with the animals. Yes, you can pet our two house dogs, Brienz and Phoebe. Do not feed any of the animals. Children must be supervised by an adult and we do count them in the extra guest fee charges. Please drive 5 mph on all property roads. Thank you for your cooperation!
Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
I was born and raised in Switzerland on goats' milk, goat cheese, and lots of vegetables. I immigrated to the United States when I was 16, met my husband Bob, and raised three children. I sold real estate in the Bay Area for more than 25 years. In 2002 we moved to Grass Valley to get away from it all and follow my dream of making cheese like my father used to. Today I raise cows, goats, sheep, chickens, pigs, and even a few emus.
We thoroughly enjoy our Nubian Goats and Friesian Dairy Sheep for their delicious milk. As of this writing, I am milking 10 goats, 8 sheep, and one Jersey Cow. All of this variety of milk has made me into quite the cheesemaker!
Come visit our ranch, and we will ensure you have an experience you will remember forever!