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Who's been there....

Maria and Chico Rios, Modesto, CA, October 15, 2006
Helen and Duane Ewing, Ceres, CA, October 29, 2006
Jerry and Paula Cox, Modesto, CA, November 18,2006
Lisa Niessen and Family, Livermore, CA, February 17, 2007
Steve Schear and Family, Oakland, CA February 22, 2007
Steven and Patricia Edelstein, Santa Rosa, CA, April 1, 2007
Bruce Hillman and Deborah Franzini, San Francisco, CA May 5, 2007
Rajesh Gopinath and Family, Hayward, CA May 25, 2007
Yoshi and Koji Okazaki, Carmel, CA June 17, 2007
Shiva Kumar and Family, Fremont, CA June 28, 2007
The Salas Family, Merced, CA July 4, 2007
Kristine Long and Family, Los Gatos, CA July 11, 2007
Jamie deBruyn and Family, Ripon, CA July 16, 2007
Janet Alexander and Family, Oakland, CA August 4, 2007
Yurie Nakamura and Friends, San Francisco, CA August 10, 2007
Gayle and David Goetz, Louisville, KY August 17, 2007
Chuck and Linda Walker, Irvine, CA October 1, 2007
The Pietri Group, Paso Robles, CA November 25, 2007
The Williams Family, San Francisco, CA December 23, 2007
The Hill Family, San Luis Obispo, CA December 29, 2007
The Rogers Family, Fairfax, CA January 2, 2008
The Heinrich Family, Eugene, OR January 11, 2008
The Maun Family, Benecia, CA February 8, 2008
The Karroum Family, Eureka, CA February 13, 2008
The Toub Family, Santa Rosa, CA February 16, 2008
Tawny and Johnny and Friends, Garberville, CA February 18, 2008
The Wolpert Family, Los Gatos, CA February 22, 2008
James Mason and Friends, Petaluma, CA April 27, 2008
The Mueller Family, Menlo Park, CA  May 22, 2008
The Brennan Family,  Salinas, CA, June 29, 2008
The Pena Family, Redding, CA, July 4, 2008
The  Richardson Family, Menlo Park, CA  July 13, 2008
The Ortmann Family, Petaluma, CA  August 4, 2008
The Martin Family, Lafayette, CA  August 7, 2008
The Gant/Jacobsen Family, Walnut Creek, CA  August 10, 2008
The Pietri Family, Paso Robles, CA  August 22, 2008
The Brockway Family, Concord, CA  November, 27, 2008
The Jacintos, Clarkburg, CA  December 13, 2008
The Petersons, Santa Barbara, CA  December 19, 2008
The Millward Group, Vacaville, CA  December 27, 2008
The Holdsworth Family, Redondo Beach, CA  December 30, 2008
The Pena Family, Redding, CA  January 2, 2009
The Bolton Family, Albion, CA  February 24, 2009
The Redfield Family, Missoula, MT  June 26, 2009
The Gorchoff Family, Santa Rosa, CA  July, 2, 2009
The Morali Family, San Jose, CA  July 5, 2009
The Trautman Family, Valley Springs, CA July 19, 2009
The McTackett Family, San Francisco, CA  July 24, 2009
The Mosqueda Family, Long Beach, CA  August 8, 2009
A. Baker and Friends, Santa Rosa, CA  August 17, 2009
The Darling Family, Mountain View, CA August 26, 2009
The Burris Group, Captain Cook, HI  September 2, 2009
The Clark Group, Grass Valley, CA  October 2, 2009
The Blaesi Family, Santa Cruz, CA  November 25, 2009
The Theisen Group, Dallas, TX  December 21, 2009
The Williams Family, Palo Cedro, CA  December 23, 2009
The Tyler Family, Folsom, CA  December 26, 2009
The Krzywicki Family, Castro Valley, CA  December 29, 2009
The Pena Family, Palo Cedro, CA  January 2, 2010
The Licea Family, Soledad, CA  January 8, 2010
The Bickster Family, Danville, CA  January 15, 2010
The Lachowsky Family, Eureka, CA  February 5, 2010
The Harmon Family, Lakeport, CA  February 12, 2010
The Kirk Family, et al, Lucerne, CA  February 18, 2010
The Gottesfeld Family, San Francisco, CA  March 5, 2010
The Beaudoin Family,  Pleasant Hill, CA  March 11, 2010
The Linsley Family, San Francisco, CA  March 28, 2010
The Barrett Group, San Francisco, CA  April 2, 2010
The Perez Group, Elk Grove, CA  April 9, 2010
The Salases, Merced, CA  April 16, 2010
Jim Mason and Friends, Petaluma, CA  May 5, 2010
The Thorsten Group, San Diego, CA  May 12, 2010
The Cullick Family, Angels Camp, CA  June 17, 2010
The McTackett Family's Annual Trip, June 20, 2010
The Abbotts, Sebastopol, CA  July 5, 2010
The Piech Family, Albany, CA  July 17, 2010
The Luff Family, Gwynedd, United Kingdom  July 19, 2010
The Duffys, Parker, CO  July 30, 2010
The Jacobsen/Gant Family, Walnut Creek, CA  August 5, 2010
The Vellutini Family, Rocklin, CA  August 6, 2010
The Mosqueda Family, Long Beach, CA  August 10, 2010
The Mulkey Group, Alexandria, VA  August 18, 2010
The Hake Family, San Diego, CA  August 28, 2010
The Lyman Family, North Richland Hills, TX  September 19, 2010
The Silva Family, Mount Shasta, CA  September 23, 2010
The Horne Family, Sunnyvale, CA  February 12, 2011
The Dawson Family, Arcata, CA  February 17, 2011
The Brown Family, Sebastopol, CA  February 26, 2011
The Andrews Family, Lake Oswego, OR  March 3, 2011
The Mikkelson Family, Eureka, CA  March 12, 2011
The McIntosh-King Family, Guerneyville, CA  March 18, 2011
The Brooks Family, Cloverdale, CA  March 22, 2011
The Meyers Family, Napa, CA March 30, 2011
The Woodard Family, Chico, CA  April 1, 2011
The Brown Family, Arcata, CA  April 11, 2011
The Mason Group, Petaluma, CA  May, 11, 2011
The Archibald Family, Bassendean WA Australia  May 16, 2011
The Chapin Family, Santa Rosa, CA  June 10, 2011
The Brown Group, Belmont, CA  June 12, 2011
The Simpson Family, Forest Lodge, NSW Australia  June 21, 2011
The Darrow Family, Shoreline, WA  July 1, 2011
The Bewley Group, Vacaville, CA  July 5, 2011
The McTackett Family's Annual Trip, July 10, 2011
The Gonzalezes, Sacramento, CA  August 2, 2011
The Sacks Group, Ashland OR  August 12, 2011
The Winkler Family, Portland, OR  August 17, 2011
The Marnell/Kroeker Group, San Carlos, CA  August 19, 2011
The Baders, Middlebury, IN  August 28, 2011
The Berkes, Santa Fe, NM  September 6, 2011
The Stanfords, Portland, OR  September 13, 2011
The Falk Group, Napa, CA  September 24, 2011
The Basinger Group, Fair Oaks, CA  September 30, 2011
The Kamin Group, Sebastopol, CA  October 22, 2011
The Beckman Family, El Dorado Hills, CA  November 23, 2011
The Scheuerman Family, Irvine, CA  December 22, 2011
The Nair Family, Fremont, CA  December 25, 2011
The Richmond Family, Sebastopol, CA  January 1, 2012
The Jensen Family, Arcata, CA  February 19, 2012
The Graves Family, Trinidad, CA  March 16, 2012
The Fetherston Family, Ukiah, CA  April 2, 2012
The Mason Group, Petaluma, CA  May 9, 2012
The Harvey Group, Novato, CA  May 17, 2012
The Wilson Group, San Mateo, CA  June 8, 2012
The Trinies Group, Livermore, CA  June 15, 2012
The Barreto Family, South San Francisco, CA  June 18, 2012
The Whitman Group, Oregon City, OR  June 23, 2012
The Pillai Family, San Jose, CA  June 30, 2012
The Bhatnagar Family, Palo Alto, CA  July 3, 2012
The McTackett Family's Annual Trip, July 9, 2012
The Vellutini Family, Rocklin, CA  August 3, 2012 
The Mourza Group, Palo Alto, CA  August 10, 2012
The Apodacas, Los Angeles, CA  August 16, 2012
The Leeper Family, Chatsworth, CA  August 29, 2012
Sacred Voyages, Paia, HI  September 8, 2012
The Gows, Alameda, CA  September 20, 2012
The Wyrough Family, Pleasanton, CA  October 6, 2012
Connie & Her Sisters, Weaverville and Oroville, CA  October 12, 2012


Snowman left by one of our guests

...and what they've had to say:

"Thank you for making your lovely home available to us. It is so comfortable and serene! We enjoyed our stay and hope to return soon." -- Helen and Duane Ewing, Ceres, CA

"Many thanks for a short but worthwhile visit! You've done a great job in creating a peaceful place to relax." -- Jay and Paula Cox, Modesto, CA

"...exceptionally efficient and well-organized, and the house reflected that. Everything was laid out logically and the house was extremely comfortable. My 3 old granddaughter said, "I love this house!". -- Steven Schear, Oakland, CA

"We enjoyed staying at your house very much. Everything was well organized and prepared for us to be very comfortable....My husband especially enjoyed the tranquility of the surroundings ... The taste of the interior of the house is great, too. Thank you very much." --Yoshie & Koji Okazaki, Carmel, CA

"Thank you for opening your home to us. Everything was just as we had hoped for. The views were lovely, home was beautiful, and the wild life was an added pleasure. I would give this a 5 star rating and recommend this home to my friends." --The Salas Family, Merced, CA

"You have a beautiful place! The beds are great and he place is very comfortable. Weather cool and breezy Sunday and Monday coompared to a very warm Saturday." -- George and Madeline Alexander, Castro Valley, CA

"Great spot -- very relaxing and convenient to everything. Thank you for allowing our dogs to stay, too!" Janet Alexander and Brian Neville, Oakland, CA

"This has been a wonderful stay for three of us. You have a beautiful house in a serene setting. We were able to come really close to many deer." Yurie, Sesuko and Etsuko, San Francisco, CA

"Thank you for sharing your inviting home. Everything within speaks of your warmth and caring attention to detail. We appreciate all that care. The views are amazing. The air here is clean. We rediscovered the Milky Way. We met a family of deer. All these delights were here and enjoyed from your mountain retreat." -- Gayle and David Goetz, Louisville, KY

"You've created a wonderfully serene home and we truly enjoyed every minute! And yes, we saw the resident family of deer at dusk. Thank you for sharing your special mountain home with us!" -- Chuck and Linda Walker, Irvine, California

"We had a lovely time and the kids really enjoyed the snow! It was great just to be able to watch them tromp around the yard, make snowmen and throw snowballs. The house was lovely and quite comfortable for all of our needs. We were also fortunate the the weather was great and stayed right about 40 degrees during our stay. Thank you again!" -- The Heinrich Family, Eugene OR

"Thank you for sharing your comfortable home with us. We enjoyed the kitchen and having a king-sized bed....The town of Mt. Shasta is very quaint, perfectly set into all the beautiful landscape. It was a great place to visit and we hope to come back in the summer to enjoy the trails and lakes! P. S. Our toddlers loved the sound of the "choo" (the train). It added some memories to our experience." -- The Karroums, Eureka, CA, The Azingers, Arcata, CA and Jax the Dog

"We had a wonderful stay. Your house is lovely and is in a beautiful setting." -- The Toubs, Santa Rosa, CA

"Thank you for letting four old men enjoy your lovely retreat. We really enjoyed Mt. Shasta Resort Golf Course....We enjoyed fishing at Siskiyou Lake and Castle Lake. Looking forward to our golf outing at Mt. Shastina Golf Course. Thanks again for truly fine accomodations." -- Jim Mason and Friends

We had a wonderful family vacation in Mt. Shasta City and we all loved the beautiful, immaculate and very comfortable vacation home. We had lots of fun fishing, hiking to the McCloud waterfalls and hiking around Castle Lake, hiking up on Mt. Shasta, and swimming at Lake Siskiyou. The boys loved the fishing decor, and the deer and chipmunks that approached the dining room window. The home is a very relaxing place from which to venture out on daily adventures.   --The Brennan Family, Salinas, California

We have loved staying here at your peaceful, comfortable home.  Thank you so much for sharing it with us.  The pure air, the scenery from each window, the "happy vibe" of your home will stay with us as we travel back to the Bay Area.  We love the magic of Mt. Shasta, Castle Lake, the McCloud's all very special. And of course, the romantic sound of the train!  Oh -- and thanks for all of your great recommendations!  And Sophie (our yellow lab) loved watching the deer from the windows -- what a treat!  Thank you again for sharing your home with us.

   --The Ortmanns, Petaluma, CA

Weather was fantastic – sunny everyday, nearly 70°!!  Hiked Mt. Shasta and visited Castle Lake with twin three-year old boys.  Granddad and Auntie Trish from Hampshire England made the stay unforgettable. 


The House of Bass and Lilies was perfect for us all.  Thanks soooo much! -- The Brockways, Concord, CA

Thank you for sharing your wonderful home with us.  We had a lovely white Christmas here.  The kids counted 31+/- fish in the house!  Kept them busy!   -- The Peterson Family, Santa Barbara, CA

Thank for sharing your beautiful home with us.  We had a wonderful time building a snowman and enjoying the beautiful scenery!  The two boys had a good time.   --  The Holdsworth Family,  Redondo Beach, CA

What a lovely place you have!  It really takes an open heart to share and trust and we revere all in gratitude to enjoy all the comforts of home here in yours.  We love being visited by the deer, blue jays and lizards.  Thank you so much for adding warmth and beauty to the House of Bass and Lilies -- it really is lovely!  I know we'll be back!

Jeannette and Walt, Montana

Your home is more comfortable than a rental house! It feels like a second home for us.  We really enjoyed the Mount Shasta area with hiking, deer, etc.  Your house is beautiful and our girls loved it.  We will surely come back!

Stephan, Virginie, Kelly & Gabrilla, San Jose, CA

I really wanted to thank you both for making our stay quiet, cozy and welcome to everyone in the house.  We felt as if we were in our own home but in pure nature -- heaven!  The location was wonderful and always close to the hikes we went to.  The mornings started out cool and slightly warm which gave us a head start on many hikes.  We were lucky to see deer in the front yard and to see a large thunder and shower storm.  We rented a boat on Lake Siskiyou and enjoyed the beautiful waters.  Ou dogs loved your house better than ours.  They played and ran around your house for many hours everyday.  The views of the Eddys were great and had just received new patches of snow, on Mount Shasta as well.  Black Butte had a wonderful view from the backyard.  We could also locate the House of Bass and Lilies easily from the summit of Black Butte.  It was a pleasant stay!!  We hope we can stay again soon!

The Calhouns, San Francisco, CA

Thank you for letting us stay in the house.  My brother and I had so much fun in Lake Siskiyou.  We hiked a lot.  I was exhausted.  I like going to Burney Falls.  It was so much fun.  We saw a momma and a baby deer.  Thanks so much!

Alyssa, age 8, Long Beach, CA

Your cabin was great and we enjoyed the amenities, especially the many lazy chairs for reading and watching TV with style.  First time we did not have to negotiate who got to sit in them on the rainy day.  We hiked at Bunny Flats and had the time of our lives watching the dogs play in the snow with Mount Shasta towering majestically in the background.  What a beautiful corner of California!

Sabine Blaesi, Santa Cruz, CA

We walked in and loved the house!  We built a fire and set up the Christmas tree.  The presents surrounded the tree and the stockings were hung.  On the 24th, everyone was here and we enjoyed the day.  The sky was blue but the power went out a couple of times, briefly.  Dinner was almost done and the power went out again.... for at least 5 hours!  After about 1 1/2 hours, we decided to finish dinner on -- yes -- the wood-burning stove!  We played games on the kitchen table and we burned lots of candles.  When dinner was done -- yes, it cooked! -- we told stories for awhile and the lights came on!!  We were a little disappointed when the lights came on because we were having fun!  Now the 25th -- Merry Christmas!  Had a great time and again ate too much!

The Williams Family, San Francisco, CA

We arrived on Friday for what would be a fun-filled weekend.  The house was beautiful, relaxing and serene.  Absolutely had everything to make our stay very pleasant and comfortable (a must-do again!).  Saturday, we hit the slopes at Shasta Ski Resort and fun!  Buck and Harvey, who were first-time snowboarders, had a great experience!  They are ready to buy their own gear!  Like always, my brother had to be dragged away because 9pm was not enough!  The Bunny Hill was enough for me because 6 months (in oven) of baby did not permit anymore.  Well, Lela and Steve, thank you for sharing your lovely home with us this winter.  Hope to do it again!

Linda, Javier, Tomas y Jorge, Soledad, CA

Thank you oh so MUCH for opening your home up to us!  Your home is so warm and welcoming!  We felt so at home and it was a nice surprise that the home was fully stocked with everything we could have needed!

Thomas and Racheal, Lakeport, CA

This home was amazingly beautiful!  When we arrived at the house the front and the back yards were completely covered with snow.  As we entered through the front door we were shocked at how clean and comfortable this house was.  The living room was cozy and inviting, the kitchen completely stocked with appliances, dishes, condiments and spices! 

We had friends join us for dinner on Valentine's Day and the dining room was perfect for a romantic dinner for 6! 

The beds were cozy and we slept great!  The bathrooms were fully stocked with large hotel-sized towels.  The washer and dryer allowed us to return home with no dirty laundry!

The snow that covered the yard was perfect for the kids to sled down and build snowmen.  It entertained them for hours on end! 

The best part of this home were all the added details of Bass and Lilies.  Not overdone, in any way.  To be honest, we giggled every time we noticed the detail of the home.  The Bass salt and pepper shakers to the ceiling fan pulls strings!  The home was beautiful and we hope to return again soon!

The Harmon Family, Lakeport, CA

Thank you for sharing your lovely cozy House of Bass and Lilies with us!  We had a wonderful time and slept so well in those warm beds!  Weather was just gorgeous!

Patterson and Rogers Families, Lucerne, CA

Once again, four old guys ventured north to your lovely abode.  The surroundings and amenities are as good as it gets.  Thank you for allowing us to share your lovely retreat.  Rod Sims, the golf pro at Mount Shasta Resort was again a very gracious and accommodating person.  We attended a fundraiser at Lalo's Mexican Restaurant.  It was great.  We brought our master chef, Bill Holliwell, with us and he regaled us with Humboldt squid, bacon-wrapped dove, BBQ'd duck, deer raviolis, homemade pepperoni that were to die for!  Lake Siskiyou afforded us the opportunity to catch limits of magnificient 1-2 pound trout.  It doesn't get any better than this!  We will be back!

Rich Gonzales, Lincoln; Craig Piro, Petaluma; Bill Holliwell, San Mateo; and Jim Mason, Cotati

Your home was comfortable and easy to get in and out of for all the areas we wanted to check out.  Now I'm pooped from all the hiking!

The Abbotts, Sebastopol, CA

Thank you so much for opening your home to us.  We had a wonderful stay and enjoyed all the amenities that you so thoughtfully provided.  We had wonderful weather, swam in rivers and lakes, hiked, and attended a family reunion.  We had an amazing time and would love to stay at the House of Bass and Lilies in the future.

The Piech Family, Albany, CA

Our second stay with family and friends!  We enjoyed the unique house again for the second time and we love this house even MORE!  It’s comforting, welcoming, beautiful and one of a kind.  We hiked all over the mountains with sooooo much snow.  We are looking forward to coming back up soon and hopefully sometime before next summer.  Your home felt like a REAL HOME for me because I dearly love Shasta and the house and would never leave.  I hope the next people who stay here had as much fun as we did and I have to thank Lela and Steve for the greatest rental in Mount Shasta overall without a doubt.  You two bought a wonderful home and turned it into a beautiful rental home.
- Quinn, Jenny, Mac, Freddie, Gary, San Francisco, CA

 The House of Bass and Lilies has been a great base for a fantastic family holiday.  We’ve relaxed and hiked, created rafts from driftwood in Lake Siskiyou, explored the beautiful countryside from Bunny Flats up Mount Shasta, the McCloud Falls, Squaw Valley Creek, Castle Lake.  We’ve enjoyed the heat, views and walks – great directions in the pack you sent us Lela and Steve!  It’s been great also being near enough to the I5 to jump back to enjoy friends and faith at Bethel Church in Redding.

Bendith Dun arnoch chi a’ch cartref chi (a blessing in Welsh, our first language).  May God bless you and your home (translation).
The Luff Family (Wales, UK) 

We came up to Mount Shasta for an annual family reunion and were so excited to discover this great vacation home.  With a brand new baby, the accommodations couldn’t have been more comfortable.  Our older boys have had a great time exploring the area and the weather has been perfect.  WE are hopeful that we’ll be able to stay here again.  Thank you!!  Peter and Ruth, Luke, (5), Sam (3 ½) & Nate (6 weeks), Rocklin, CA  

We came to Mount Shasta for my brother’s wedding and the House of Bass and Lilies was the perfect home away from home for our family.   Thank you for providing such a wonderful, warm and welcoming place for travelers to stay.

Shalom, Nathan, Greg, Candy and Bill, Alexandria, VA

Thank you so much for accommodating our family’s temporary housing needs while our home was under reconstruction from damage done during the January 2010 massive snowstorm.   The comfort and convenience of the House of Bass and Lilies made our very challenging situation easier to get through.  Until you go through a disaster you never know hot it affects your whole life.  We are so grateful to have had a place to call home during these last five months.
Rich, Patti, Kendyl and Taylor Mount Shasta, CA

I am simply writing to tell you we had a great weekend! The house and views are beautiful! Beds very comfortable and the woodstove, for me, was fun to use.  Oh and the little hill the house sits on is a perfect sledding hill -- even my mother did it! We are already talking about a sequel next year! Thank you again!
The Woodard Family, Chico, CA

Once again the four old guys from the Bay area enjoyed the beautiful Bass and Lilies chalet.  We golfed, we fished, we ate and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  The food that Bill prepared was awesome.  We didn’t put anything hot on the dining room table so our footprints are nil.  Jim lost his iPad seventeen times but, oh well.  Thank you again for the beautiful setting.  See you next year.
Craig, Jim, Bill and Rich, Petaluma, CA

Five of us arrived from different parts of the world to stay at the House of Bass and Lilies.  Greg from Brazil, Joyce and Margaret from Australia, Emma from England and Marguerite from Canada.  The deer came by a few times to make us welcome.  It was great having all the facilities here and we cooked some amazing food.  The weather opened up to reveal Mount Shasta.  It was all a wonderful family event.  Thank you for providing such a lovely home of our use.
Joyce, Australia



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