History

The Seasons Bed and Breakfast Placerville, CA is located in the completely remodeled Ollis-Plumado House in  in the heart of  Northern California’s Gold Country in El Dorado County.  If you are looking for a place for a vintage wedding or anniversary celebration please consider us for our Victorian and historic Bed and Breakfast appeal – we are pet friendly too!

The house was built in 1859 and is one of the city’s oldest.  Situated on a beautifully landscaped 3/4 acre lot just one block from Placerville, California’s Main Street the house is built of brick and placerite stone and was once the site of a gold stamp mill during the Gold Rush in Northern California.  It was home to the Plumado family for 75 years.

The original owner, A. Veder, sold it in 1862 to Henry Ollis for $100.00.  Mr. Ollis at one time employed John “Wheelbarrow Jonny” Studebaker before he began making wagons and later automobiles.  In 1874, the house was sold to the Plumado family for $600 in gold, and it remained in that family for 75 years.  The magnolia trees still growing along one side of the property were planted by the original Mrs. Plumado.

Before the days of indoor plumbing, a two-seater outhouse sat across the creek at the back end of the property.  The foundation of the house is built on old tombstones that had mistakes and could not be used for their original purpose. All bricks in the the house were handmade in Placerville, and the placerite stone was cut by hammer and chisel.

The green cottage, one of the two extra buildings on the grounds, was originally a chicken coop and was later rebuilt as a home for a seamstress, known to everyone as Miss Jo. (She is thought to be the lady standing on the porch in the old Plumado House photo above).

Before Bedford Avenue was paved, it was lined with poplars and was lower than the current street level. What is now the main floor of the house with the parlor, dining room and kitchen, was once the second floor with two bedrooms.  Later owners replaced the marble fireplace in the parlor with one built of stones that they had hand-picked in travels to various places.

The house has been recently renovated and modernized with a state of the art heating, air conditioning and free internet.  Rooms are meticulously decorated with 18th Century English and French furnishings and authentic tapestries.  Hand painted murals decorate many of the walls and the nearly one acre perennial garden features exotic plants, fruit trees, roses and many other flowers.

A babbling brook runs through the property and under one of the cottages. The garden blooms from March until December.  The Seasons is currently  a premier wedding destination due to its beautiful, peaceful and serene setting as well as a perfect place for a quiet getaway.  The Seasons bed and breakfast  is child and pet friendly hotel located in Eldorado County in Northern California.

Call us now to book your stay or special event.