Manzanita Ranch is a Sierra foothills estate located on 102 acres of undeveloped land in Amador County wine country. This peaceful estate is located just 5 miles up Fiddletown Road from historic Fiddletown, where the Fiddletown Fiddlejam has been bringing fiddlers from all over the nation each year on the third weekend of July since 1951.
In Fiddletown there are several historic buildings including the "Chew Kee" general store which was owned by a Chinese business man that sold supplies to the early miners. On Manzanita Ranch there are several hiking trails that take you by historic ruins. There is an old mining flume where hydraulic mining took place, rock walls and spring boxes, all left from the gold rush days. The trails begins at the main house and can take you 3/4 to 1.5 miles. Each trail is marked and maps along with points of interest are available at the main house. From the estate there is a 2 mile walk that will lead you to a trail to the Consumnes River where you can try your hand at panning for gold. Maps and pans for this hike are also available at the main house. Since the property is mostly undeveloped the wildlife is abundant.
There are herds of deer, coveys of quail, fox and coyotes that roam the property along with a resident bobcat. From the large decks you can enjoy a large variety of birds that come to the many bird feeders on the property. The estate sits on the migration path of the Sand Hill Cranes as they make their way from Canada to their winter grounds in the central valley. Twice a year the cranes circle over the canyon making their noisy way.
Daffodil Hill is just 6 miles away up Fiddletown Road where you can enjoy over 200,000 daffodils during the season and learn how the family planted the bulbs over generations. The main meadow can be seen from the upper deck of the main house. Since the estate sits at 2,800 feet, we are above the valley fog and heat but still below snow line. This gives our guests fantastic views of beautiful sunsets over Mt. Diablo, over 80 miles to the west. For those flower lovers, the estate is in bloom with lupine and many varieties of wildflowers from late April though August. There are rock roses, daffodils and several types of fruit trees that all bloom in the spring.
The dark night sky offers fantastic views of the moon, stars and the Milky Way and from the rear deck it is a perfect place to bring your telescope. We post a monthly timetable so our guest can watch the International Space Station fly over.
While the main house is fairly new it was built in the old western tradition of large log construction. The unique structure is made of 13 inch Lodgepole pine logs in the Swedish cope tradition. It also incorporates active solar electric panels to help supply electricity and be as eco friendly as possible.