Casa de la Pradera.... (house in the meadow) is a farm stay bed and breakfast on a working organic farm. It overlooks a meadow, and is a short walk over the hill from Sierra foothills village of Fiddletown and its historic buildings, and is only three miles from the Shenandoah Valley and its wineries.
"The Casa" is not just a Bed and Breakfast, but also a small working CSA (community supported agriculture) farm that produces vegetables, herbs, apples, olives and eggs for local farmers markets. This is an authentic farm stay. While the farmhouse is a newer building constructed fifteen years ago, the Kaiser family, your host, has been on the land for over 50 years. Set in the peace and quiet of the country, you will hear nothing but frogs at night, and birds awakening you in the morning. It offers a wonderful escape from city life, a place to unwind and ground oneself in authentic country life-- and even learn a bit about organic gardening before you head out to a local winery- or continue on to the High Sierra.
A very family friendly place to stay--kids especially love to feed the chickens and help collect eggs, and help pick vegetables in the gardens; also perfect for couples looking for a quiet, romantic retreat, and individuals seeking a pleasant, private but not too isolated country visit. Come enjoy the country at Casa de la Pradera!
Convenient to Amador County's fabulous wineries.
We've been hosting guests for over 15 years, sharing our love of life on the land and our unique foothills environment.
An authentic farm stay experience-learn and see about organic farming practices in action.
A base for visiting Foothills charming small towns and gold rush museums.
Call us at 209 245-6042 (Alice) for more information or to make a reservation.
~ Accommodations ~
Two upstairs bedrooms offer a relaxing haven. Each room has a queen-size bed, sitting area with comfortable chairs, a library of books and magazines and a radio. Fresh flowers, seasonal fruit and local art decorate the rooms.There is a shared (European-style) bath.
Casa de la Pradera Living Area
Above and below: First bedroom
Each room is $80 per night. Special rates are available for stays of a week or more.
Payment by cash or checks; sorry, we cannot accept credit cards.
We request a $30 deposit for reservations made more than one week in advance.
Deposits are refunded if cancellations are made at least one week in advance.
Check-in 3-5 PM; check out by 11 AM.
Coffee is available at 8 AM: in your room, in the kitchen or outside under the oaks.
Full breakfast is served at 9. You will have a choice of two breakfast menus, selected at check-in.
Special dietary needs can be accommodated.
Tea and refreshments are served at 3 PM in the garden, weather permitting.
Due to the presence of domestic animals and wildlife, we cannot accommodate pets.
Children under adult supervision are always welcome.
Although we cannot host weddings or similar group events on the farm, there are several lovely sites nearby for weddings, parties and conferences. Please inquire.
All above: Second Bedroom
The Casa de la Pradera Kitchen
Also worth mentioning:
In the garden and under the oak trees that surround the house are several benches, and a breakfast table and chairs from which you can enjoy the beauty of the land. When you feel like it, you can explore the 15-acre farm and the nearby village. You may help with the planting or harvesting of crops.
Paths on the farm lead into the market garden areas, the olive orchards and along the little creek.
Another way to enjoy the farm is to bring your tent and put it up on the platform under the oaks, next to one of the market gardens and near the house. Wander in and get a cup of coffee after a night with the frogs and the resident owl, and savor breakfast in the kitchen or at the outside table.
Breakfast, served in the kitchen or under the oaks in the garden, is made with the freshest, locally and naturally grown meats, eggs and produce.
Afternoon tea and refreshments are served in the garden.
Home cooked lunch or dinner also available for an addtional fee.
Sun-dried, lavender scented linens and fresh flowers and herbs from the gardens are true country pleasures! We use only natural, nontoxic cleaners and no artificial scents, for the healthiest inside environment.
Click the Casa de la Pradera Icon to visit the official website for more info.
Make reservations from the website or simply phone Alice (Casa de la Pradera Innkeeper) 209.245.6042
My daughter (6) I and came back for a second visit to Alice's Farm, AKA Little house on the Pradera. She showed us how her lands and plantings were developing. Her love of the land shows in knowledge down to individual trees, the soil, the deer, as well as the historical buildings in Fiddletown where she grew up.
My daughter took home some rock speciments Alice pointed out in the creekbed. (no, not gold). A wonderful weekend antidote to city life.
Alan & Rebecca Davis, CA
"While searching for our retirement property in the Sierra Foothills of Amador County, we discovered idyllic Casa de la Pradera. It is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the beautiful and historic surroundings the area has to offer. Host Alice Kaiser makes you feel right at home, and enjoys sharing her knowledge of the local community and its history. The rooms are very comfortable and breakfast, served in the shade of a tree, is fabulous. We returned on several occasions, bringing friends with us who equally enjoyed the Casa de la Pradera experience.