Monthly Archives: March 2014

Gardens and Fruit Trees Ready to Welcome Spring Guests and Families

Are you  ready for spring to finally arrive?  Do you want to surround your self with out doors, sunshine, and green living things?  Spring Hill cottage invites you to stay and enjoy the permi-culture gardens and mini fruit tree orchards this spring!  We have the following fruiting plants on property:

  • Apples – 6 varieties  8 trees
  • nectarines – 2 varieties 2 trees
  • Blueberries – 4 varieties – 6  plants ( not yet bushes
  • sea-berries ( also know as sea buck thorn)
  • raspberries 3 varieties
  • blackberries – 2 varieties
  • strawberries – 3 varieties
  • pineapple quava – 6 plants
  • Peaches – 4 varieties
  • Pluot- 1 varieties – 2 trees
  • Cherries – 4 varieties- 6 trees
  • plums- 4 varieties 6 trees
  • pears – 4 varieties – 6 trees
  • grapes – 4 varieties
  • Apricots- 3 varieties
  • Paw Paw –  1 tree
  • peacheson tree june 4, 2013
  • we got our very first peaches last year (2013)!  This year we expect and even bigger crop- the photo is of 1 year old duarte fruit trees ( o henry I think)

Its really fun to  see these plants flower and bear fruit, especially if you are new to gardening or live in an area where you don’t have immediate access to garden and orchard plants. In addition we have a small vegetable garden with  fresh veggies in season for our guests to access.  We invite you to stay with us  to enjoy not only our big sparkling pool, but our family sized orchard, and gardens while you relax in the mountain sunshine.  Below are photos from last years trees. You can see more at

eye level plum blossums

eye level plum blossums

Apple Blossoms front plum in bloom

Spring Hill Cottage has gardens and pool, is located in Grass Valley California, and is available for short term vacation rental. Like us on Facebook for a chance to win a free stay at Spring Hill Cottage!

peach tree #3 from GO

Plant a Garden While on Vacation

roses on fenceHankering to have that green thumb garden cottage experience, but live in a apartment in the city?  Welcome to spring time at Spring Hill Cottage.  If you like gardening while on vacation we have seedlings for you to plant, seeds to sow, and veggies that need picking! From wine barrels to a straw bale garden, we have reserved select spots and pots for our guests that want to garden to add a little green to the planet.  Most typically we have pots set aside and great garden soil  for our guests to have some fun. Guests are invited to come back in the fall to see how their pots did over the course of the summer.

  • Great for retirees that no longer keep a full garden going
  • Fun for families with no access to a garden of their own
  • Enjoy a gentle activity for a relaxing evening


green the planet

miners lettuce – native in grass valley

we'll keep a few trays of plants around for you!

we’ll keep a few trays of plants around for you!


Enjoy the day and we look forward to seeing you.

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Wedding Parties Enjoy Vacation Rental Home

Love Birds wedding couple

Love is in the air: This bird pair photo was taken on site at Spring Hill Cottage in the front yard on the day we closed escrow

’tis almost Spring and love is in the air.  Summer weddings are just around the corner and there is oh so much to do.  For couples planning a summer or fall wedding consider the merits of renting a vacation house so your family or friends can stay together and enjoy each others company in a relaxed and comfortable way.  Consider that cooking and eating together is more intimate and its easier to accommodate food preferences, dietary needs and changing schedules.  Its also more comfortable to sit around a private backyard pool, a shady porch or the breakfast table and chat, than in a busy hotel.lilacs in the guest roomSpring Lilacs in guest room

Grass Valley Blossoms and BloomsFresh flowers, herbs and veg in the gardens 9 months of the year

Pool with lights under full moon

Romantic Pool at night with lights, under full moon in air scented by garden flowers and herbs

Consider these points  when looking for a vacation rental for your wedding or group:

  • Where is the house located in relation to the wedding or event?
  • How many people can it comfortably accommodate for sleeping, bathing, and cooking?
  • Is there something engaging for everyone during down times?  ( Hint a swimming pool, a great backyard with lawn games, a park nearby all work well)

With this in mind we hope you consider Spring Hill Cottage for your wedding party and group event needs.

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