First things first: Roy was superlative in his communication and generosity. That really makes a difference when it comes to planning a trip. Top marks as a host.
Roy's land is right on the river and is separated in roughly two parts. The first is the pebbly shore where the campfire is and the second is where the tent goes, up above. We had visions of sleeping with the river gurgling beside us and we were not disappointed.
A few tips for future campers:
• one of Roy's two sites has no morning shade, so you may want to bring a shade structure.
• the water was cold! If you bring floaty devices, bring the kind that keep your butt out of the water.
• it was disappointing to have to put out the fire at 10:30pm even though it was on a very safe, rocky river bed; so start your fire early.
I was the organizer and got to talk to Roy about the history of the area, his land and the river; be sure to take advantage of that if you like knowing about your environment.
Wally was very warm and accommodating for our wonderful weekend on the Yuba River. We talked about music and camping and shared a couple beers together (plus some sangria).
One of the sites has excellent shade in the morning AND in the evening. The other site has just morning shade (which is the better time to have shade anyway). So if you get the site surrounded by trees, you may want to bring a shade structure but if you get the site with just morning shade, it will definitely be hotter during the day and early evening.
One great thing is that you have access to water from a well located on Wally's land (Wally owns the land, Joe helps with his Hipcamp presence).
We had a great two days on the water and had tons of fun. Would return.
This camp is already well on its way to be a gem in the glamping category. The tent is elevated with a broad wood patio in front perched just to the side of a 350 year-old oak tree, the furnishings inside are tasteful and sparse, the host gave me a warm welcome and the mattress was so comfortable I'm considering upgrading my mattress at home!
The bathrooms are really something special. Using Japanese techniques and beautiful wood and stone, they blend into the environment but are fully modern with high flow and plenty of hot water.
On the other side is a small but fully equipped kitchen with four gas burners, a wok and other small cooking pans. You can cook a full meal here, just add your own spices. Then place the leftovers in the small fridge. There is even an outdoor washer and dryer.
Since this camp is new, I spoke at length with Ruth, the host, and shared some of the features I have found that set apart a destination. This is from using AirBnB for five years and experiencing wonderful spots in Spain, Mexico and all over Canada and the US. In other words, I'm looking forward to checking back in on a future trip and getting to relax once again on the front porch sipping a cool drink.
Doug and Shannon were excellent hosts, easy and interesting to talk to and the location was as quaint as it looks in the pictures. I slept like a rock in the loft (it's possible to sleep on the ground floor or in the loft—I wasn't going to miss the opportunity to sleep on the second floor, though!) with the gurgling stream in the background.
The little cabin is a fair distance from the main house separated by a stand of trees. Plenty of privacy.
Note that WiFi is available but expect it to work perfectly at the main house but maybe not at the cabin. I was able to get 3G though through my provider, though.
No hesitation in recommending to other travellers. I'm really glad I had the opportunity to experience this cabin and meet the lovely hosts.