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Lovely 4 Bedroom Lakefront, Steps from Scenic Gold Country Lake, Open All Year!

Auburn, CA, USA
  • Cottage1800 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights

4BR Lakefront Vacation Rental Auburn, California USA

The 'Lake House' is a four-bedroom cottage, situated beside a beautiful 450-acre lake in the Sierra Nevada foothills of northern California. The lake is surrounded by tall pines and majestic oaks. Rest and relax in a most peaceful setting, and let your cares melt away. Enjoy all manner of water sports

( power boating, water skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, ), hiking, fishing, winter skiing, and nearby golfing. Feed the Canadian geese, or watch the deer.

The home, recently remodeled in 2015, provides a fully self-contained vacation retreat that is perfect for couples, families, and small groups of friends. The cottage has a large front deck overlooking the lake with a large picnic table,barbecue, fire pit (great for marshmallow roasting!), and comfortable deck furniture. There is also a wonderful swing located underneath the pines at water's edge. Guests may use free of charge the canoe, kayaks, paddle boat, and small fishing boat ( you bring the trolling motor) provided to explore Lake Combie; or they are welcome to bring their own watercraft between April and mid September since there is a launch ramp and floating dock on the property. The Combie Lake House, although tucked away in the beautiful Bear River Wilderness Area, is not isolated and requires only a five minute drive to reach the Lake of the Pines Shopping Center which features restaurants, markets, specialty shops, and med clinic. There is even a nearby Starbucks! Also, only moments away, is the well regarded Dark Horse Public Golf Course.

There is so much to enjoy while staying on Lake Combie and the charming home offers a wonderful sense of ambiance and tranquility during any season. Call or e mail to make your reservation!

Fully self contained and accessible!: Feel free to contact the owner who can answer any question.

Highlights of Home, Property, and Area!: The Lake House has its own floating dock, boat launching ramp, canoe, kayaks, paddle boat, and small fishing boat!

The Lake House offers -

Hiking trails behind the house!

Great Fishing and Swimming!

Water skiing, wake boarding, tubing - there is even a slalom course on the lake!

Bear River to explore as well as lake!

Golf five minutes away at Dark Horse Golf Course!

Nearby historic Gold Rush towns to visit!

Skiing in Winter - Soda Springs, Donner, Boreal, Squaw Valley only 45/60 minutes away!

1700' scenic foothill elevation, just below snowline and above the valley fog!

Lake does not freeze in winter and may be used all year long for recreational activities!

Nearby white water rafting on upper, mid, and lower forks of the American River!

Only an hour from Sacramento, 2 hours from the Bay Area, 1.2 hours from Reno, one hour from Lake Tahoe, and an hour and a half from Napa Valley!


Judith Potor

Member Since 2000
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 20, 2018
About Judith Potor

I love Nature and my favorite setting is spending time at my cottage on Lake Combie. I am also a traveler and am happiest when exploring other cultures and distant locations.

Judith Potor purchased this Cottage in 1985

Why Judith Potor chose Auburn

I grew up in the South and my family had a 'Camp' on a recreational lake. My happiest memories were those at that lake when I was water skiing and swimming with family and friends. After moving to the West, it became my dream to find a 'California Camp' and give my own children a similar lakeside experience. I have owned this property for more than 30 years and it is still my fondest place to visit. Now I have grand children with whom to share this most special of lakeside retreats. I also hope that you can enjoy it, too!

What makes this Cottage unique

Nature! Nature! Nature! My favorite experience is awakening in the early morning and seeing mist rising from the lake. It is also wonderful fun to go exploring by boat and visit an area of marshland not far from the dam that reminds me of the southern lake that I so loved growing up in Louisiana. You don't need to own a boat to take a voyage of discovery, because you may use my canoe, kayaks, or small fishing boat free of charge! I also have a great swing that is located close to the water for enjoying lazy days, a floating dock which can be used for lounging or fishing, and an amazing outside deck which looks out over the water at a jewel of a lake that most people do not even know about! If you have a boat, you may bring your own from mid April - mid September and can launch it from my own private ramp and then tie it up to the property's floating dock. There is even a slalom course on the lake for ski and wake board enthusiasts!


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        1 twin/ single, with trundle
      • Bedroom 4
        4 twin/ single, double bottombunk top single bunk & trundle - sleeps 4
      • In order for our Combie Lake House to provide accommodations for larger groups, beds will need to be shared as well as trundles and couches utilized in living room. Besides the four bedrooms that can sleep ten if beds are shared, there are also two queen sofa sleepers in the living room. Because of the size of the cottage, it is recommended that larger groups only use the 1800 sq foot home during summer months when there is no threat of rain and people can be outside for most of the day.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, tub
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower

        Location Type

          • Lake
            Lake Combie is a lovely 450 Acre gem that is owned by Nevada Irrigation District and allows private water recreation for home owners and their guests. The Bear River provides water to Lake Combie.
          • Lake View
            The Lake House offers lake views from almost all of its rooms. It has large picture windows throughout the house, which make the cottage feel almost like a boat floating on the water.
          • Lakefront
            The Lake House, is only steps from beautiful Lake Combie! In fact, the water is so close, that friends can easily talk to one another while standing on the front deck and floating boat dock.
          • Waterfront
            The Combie Lake House is a waterfront property with its own floating boat dock and concrete launch ramp. Lake Combie is one of the few lakes that retains its water throughout the summer.
          • Waterfront
            Combie Cottage offers waterfront footage on Lake Combie


              • Adventure
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Living Room
                        The L.R. is based on a Great Room concept. It has a stone fire place as its focal point as well as a large flat screen television with DVD. There are two large hide a bed couches & comfy recliner.
                      • Activities Guide
                      • Alarm Clock
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Broadband Access
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        Large Capacity Electric Dryer
                      • Fireplace
                        There is a cozy fireplace in the Great Room that is electric and emits a lovely glow
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        There is central propane heat
                      • Internet
                        The house has Internet and Wifi
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Laundry Soap
                      • Linens Provided
                        Yes - a house keeper cleans before and after each guests' visit and linens are provided
                      • Air Conditioning
                        Central air conditioning
                      • Local Activities Guide
                      • Local Restaurant Guide
                      • Paper Towels
                      • Parking
                        Parking is provided next to the cottage and in the large flat area above the home. The driveway has recently been widened and sealed.
                      • Sofa Bed
                      • Telephone
                      • Thermos Bottle
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Towels Provided
                        A certain number of bath towels are provided, but guests should bring their own beach towels
                      • Washing Machine
                        Large, electric washing machine
                      • Wireless Internet
                        Yes, the house has Wifi
                      • Wood Stove
                        On the outside deck is a portable fire pit perfect for burning wood and marshmallow roasting .


                          • Microwave
                            Large microwave
                          • Blender
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Lots of plates, dishes, glasses, and cutlery
                          • Dishwasher
                            New dish washer purchased in 2015
                          • Freezer
                          • Kitchen
                            The kitchen is fully self contained and has its own snack table and bar which opens to a dining room which seats six. There is more outdoor dining just outside the dining room door.
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Oven
                            New stove top range and oven purchased in 2015
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                            Large, new frig with bottom freezer purchased in 2015
                          • Stove
                            The range top of the stove is electric with a bottom oven
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster
                            The Combie Cottage Kitchen was completely remodeled in June of 2015 with all new appliances, cabinets, quartz bar and counter tops, glass back splashes, wallpaper and flooring.


                              • Dining
                                The dining table seats 6 and there is a sit down bar next to it which can seat 4. Just outside the dining room door is another large picnic table which can seat 10. There are 2 other picnic tables.
                              • Dining Room
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • Radio
                                  • Audio Tape Player
                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                    Some games are provided
                                  • Games for Kids
                                  • Music Library
                                    Classical and Pop CD's
                                  • Books
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Stereo
                                    AMFM CD player with Blue Ray and input jack
                                  • Television
                                    45 inch flat screen television
                                  • Toys
                                    There are water " toys" for your enjoyment - a canoe, several kayaks, a small fishing ( you bring the trolling motor) and paddle boat . These boats are provided as a courtesy.
                                  • VCR
                                  • Video Library
                                    There are both DVD's as well as older VHS movies


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        The large front deck which overlooks Lake Combie has built in seating, comfy lounge furniture, a portable fire pit, and picnic table. It has railings around it and two secure gates.
                                      • Balcony
                                        The front deck overlooks Lake Combie and offers lovely views of the lake for those who may not have the ability to go out on the water.
                                      • Beach Chairs
                                      • Boat
                                        Home comes with a small fishing boat ( motor not included). Also has a concrete boat ramp so folks can bring their own boat or jet ski. There is also a floating dock.
                                      • Boat Dock
                                      • Boat with Paddles
                                      • Canoe
                                      • Barbecue
                                      • Golf
                                        Dark Horse Public Golf Course is only a couple of miles from the house. In fact it is an easy walk to go there for a bite of breakfast or lunch.
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        Home has both kayaks and a canoe for guest usage. Guests may also bring their own paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        The back yard is fenced. It hosts another picnic table and boat house.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        large charcoal grill as well as outdoor portable fire pit
                                      • Ski & Snowboard
                                        The Combie Lake House is located at 1700 feet. Although it is below the winter snow line most of the year, guests can go to the Lake Tahoe area for nearby skiing. The drive is 45 min - 1 hr away.
                                      • Water Sports Gear
                                        One side of the back yard boat house can be used by lake house guests. It contains life jackets and paddles for the boats.
                                      • Wood Deck


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • suitable for elderly or infirm

                                            Onsite Services

                                              • Housekeeper


                                                  • museums
                                                  • autumn foliage
                                                  • caves
                                                  • churches
                                                  • cinemas
                                                  • festivals
                                                  • forests
                                                  • library
                                                  • live theater
                                                  • botanical garden
                                                  • playground
                                                  • restaurants
                                                  • synagogues
                                                  • theme parks
                                                  • water parks
                                                  • waterfalls
                                                  • winery tours
                                                  • zoo

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • outlet shopping
                                                      • antiquing
                                                      • eco tourism
                                                      • gambling casinos
                                                      • horseback riding
                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • photography
                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • sledding
                                                      • walking

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • fitness center
                                                          • groceries
                                                          • hospital
                                                          • massage therapist
                                                          • medical services

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • mountaineering
                                                              • cycling
                                                              • fly fishing
                                                              • freshwater fishing
                                                              • golf
                                                              • golf privileges optional
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • hunting
                                                              • ice skating
                                                              • jet skiing
                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • mountain climbing
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • pier fishing
                                                              • rafting
                                                              • sailing
                                                              • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                              • ski privileges optional
                                                              • skiing
                                                              • snorkeling
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • water skiing
                                                              • water tubing
                                                              • whitewater rafting
                                                              • wind-surfing


                                                                  • The Lake House has a large front deck with built in seating as well deck furniture, picnic table, portable fire pit, and grill. The deck overlooks Lake Combie, and in fact, the lake is so close that friends can easily converse with one another while standing on the floating dock and home's front deck. Besides the picnic table on the deck, there are two others, as well as a wonderful swing located at water's edge. The property comes with its own boat ramp, so bring your watercraft!

                                                                    8 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews

                                                                    perfect honeymoon

                                                                    This was a perfect setting for our romantic honeymoon. We savored the quietness, drinking coffee on the deck, canoeing, and just being together on our first days as husband and wife. One of my favorite places on earth and feel fortunate to have gotten to enjoy the Potor Lake House. I wish we could have stayed longer but every detail was amazing and it was a special experience!

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Your honeymoon is one of the most special things you will remember as newlyweds. I am so glad to learn that your first days as newlyweds at the Potor Lake House - Combie Cottage was " love"ly. Congratulations on your marriage!

                                                                    Perfect Get-A-Way!


                                                                    We had a wonderful week with our teenagers on this peaceful wooded lake! The house is clean and updated with a generous deck overlooking the water. Nestled on the side of the lake for a perfect view, the house comes with its own dock and plenty of water sports for everyone. Even just enjoying a warm cup of coffee on a cool morning on the bench swing at the lake's edge is a great way to start the day while the kids sleep. Thank you for a lovely family vacation!

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    I am glad that you had an enjoyable stay at Combie Cottage. Thank you for using my home.

                                                                    Beautiful lake front family vacation

                                                                    Debbie O.

                                                                    We have been staying at the Potor family lake house for many years now. Our kids (who are now adults) still look forward to coming to this house on Lake Combie each year. It's a beautiful house with tasteful lake decor and very comfortable. Everything that you'd need is provided. The view is spectacular and the lake is so welcoming and just a short walk down the driveway for a swim or float. We have so many wonderful family memories here and are so grateful to the Potor family for sharing. They truly have the best view of the lake, being on the corner and with the newly completed remodel, the home is lovely. Every year we come to relax, swim, bbq and play board games. We spend most of our time on the large deck and eat all of our meals outside. It's truly our favorite vacation spot.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Your patronage is deeply appreciated these many years!

                                                                    A great vacation place for all ages.

                                                                    Rodneye M.

                                                                    Our family has enjoyed vacationing on Lake Combie for 5 years. This lake front home has recently been remodeled and it just enhanced the lovely lake house charm. The view is the best on the lake and you could spend the day just lounging on the deck. The sunset and moon reflections on the lake are a thing of natural beauty. The water is great for swimming, kayaking, boating and all water sports. Perfect for a family vacation.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    I am glad that your family has enjoyed my cottage and Combie Lake for the past five summers. There are many places your family could choose for your vacation, so it means a great deal to me that you appreciate my home and like its recent remodel.

                                                                    A piece of heaven

                                                                    Emily H.

                                                                    My husband and I recently had the unique opportunity to vacation at this lovely lake house. We think it is perhaps the best location on the lake as you can sit on the large deck with a refreshing drink and look right down the heart of the lake. During the day the sun playfully reflects on the water and at not you just cannot miss the moon reflecting on the lake, it is breathtaking. Then if you want to take a dip, paddle a kayak or canoe, fish or ski this lake house is right on the water with it's own dock. The remodeling is fresh and warm, all at the same time. We hope in the future to make this one of our 'go-to' vacation homes. You will love it and will create memories galore.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    I am glad you enjoyed your stay at Combie Lake House, a " little piece of Heaven" on Lake Combie.

                                                                    Location, location, location!

                                                                    Anne S.

                                                                    If you're looking for a beautiful water front rental this is it! This home offers a family everything they could want and more, from the private boat launch and dock, to the kayaks, canoe and fishing boat. You can sit and enjoy the spectacular views from the deck, while enjoying a cup of coffee in the peaceful morning hours. This is a great family get together!

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    I am glad you enjoyed a happy 4th of July in my newly remodeled lake cottage. Thank you for your patronage.


                                                                    Auburn, CA, USA

                                                                    The 'Lake House' is located at an elevation of 1700 feet on the banks of Combie Lake in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Surrounded by tall pines and oak trees, the cottage is a fifteen minute drive from the charming and historic former Gold Rush towns of Auburn and GrassValley/Nevada City, and a one hour drive from Sacramento. Beautiful Lake Tahoe is also a one hour drive and the ski slopes of Soda Springs and Donner are only 45 minutes away! The Napa Valley Wine Country is 1 1/2 hours from the home while the San Francisco Bay area is a 2 hour drive. Although the home is located in the Bear Valley Wilderness area, it is not isolated. Restaurants, specialty shops, markets, and med clinic are within minutes from the cottage. Other Activities: Visiting nearby Gold Rush Towns and river rafting

                                                                    Rates & Availability

                                                                    Additional information about rental rates

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                                                                    Holiday weekends Thanksgiving, Easter, Memorial and Labor Day weekends - $25.00 more per night - some holiday periods may require a three night minimum The house keeper charges $100.00 for five houirs of cleaning. If families do not leave the cottage in good condition, there may be extra cleaning fees.

                                                                    8 Reviews
                                                                    Wonderful 4.8/5
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