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Pondering Pines Cabin/Quiet/Surrounded by NON vacation rentals/Lake Membership

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

1937 Cabin. 2 Bedrooms plus a Loft. 2 Bathrooms. Sleeps 8 1368sqft Lot 8712sqft

Come enjoy Pondering Pines Cabin in historic Twain Harte, California, only 2.5 hours from the Bay Area.

This peaceful redwood cabin shares the property with two giant Ponderosa Pine trees. We are located on one of the most beautiful and quiet streets in Twain Harte, just steps away from downtown shops , pee wee golf and restaurants.We are the only vacation rental among our neighbors. The neighboring cabins are only used by the owners which keeps our area very quiet.

Pondering Pines Cabin sleeps 8 with 2 bedrooms, a sleeping loft that serves as a third bedroom and two full bathrooms. The upstairs bedroom has a queen and a twin bed. The downstairs bedroom has a queen and twin bed also. The loft has two twins and one full bathroom upstairs and one downstairs as well.

Many Californians know Twain Harte as an excellent vacation destination for families. Some of our renters are third generation Twain Harte vacationers! Pondering Pines Cabin also features lake membership. Great memories can be made spending sunny days on the beach at Twain Harte Lake. Twain Harte Lake is a large swimming lake with fishing, diving boards and water slides. There is a full snack bar that serves everything from burgers and fries to snow cones and ice cream! Winter days can be spent at Dodge Ridge Ski Resort just a ways up the highway.

--Winter, Spring and Fall Rate is $160/night with a 2-night minimum or $840 per week.

--Holiday weekends have a 2-night minimum at 175/night. Holiday weeks are $950/week or 175/night with a 3 night minimum.

--Summer rentals by the week are $950/week or 175/night with a 3 night minimum.Check-in for weekly rental is 4 pm on Saturday and check-out is 11AM on Saturday. Summer rate is from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend.

Check in is always 4Pm and check out is always 11AM

Email Pondering Pines to make your reservation today. Summer reservations at this cabin go quickly!

Keywords: Cabin / Lake Membership

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Robert Colombo
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2017

About Robert Colombo

Hello to all new and returning renters of Pondering Pines Cabin ! We are the Colombo family ! Robert , Susan , Nicole , Tyler and Dominic Colombo. We are the new owners of the Pondering Pines Cabin! We live in Petaluma Ca. I've worked as a garbageman for the last 28 years in San Francisco and my wife is a stay at home mom. We look forward to your stay. We will try to make your visit a great experience !!

Robert Colombo purchased this cabin in 2010

Why Robert Colombo chose Gold Country & High Sierra

My family has been vacationing in Twain Harte for about ten years now. We were looking for a vacation place that had everything. Twain Harte is that place. Twain Harte offers a beautiful swimming and fishing only lake, restaurants within walking distance, Pee Wee golf, hiking trails , golf course , movies in the park , only a few hours from the bay area , snow skiing and much more. Its been a long time dream of mine to own my own vacation place in the mountains. With the support of my wife we were able to make it work.

What makes this cabin unique

Our cabin is located on a very quiet street yet its within walking distance to restaurants , pee wee golf and your morning coffee and fresh baked scone !!!. Its has a large deck and sits on about 1/4 of an acre.We spend every morning having coffee on the deck and every evening bbqing and enjoying our great view as the sun sets. We are very fortunate that all of our neighboring cabins are non vacation rentals. This keeps our area especially quiet.

Deer can often be seen coming up from the creek down the hill behind the cabin.The creek is too far to hike to. Sorry kids :) On the nights we get back too late from the lake or playing in the snow we often walk to town for a bite at one of the local restaurants. 'The Rock' is very popular!The cabin was built in 1937 but has all the comforts of home. YES! It has central heat !!! We love Twain Harte and we love our cabin. I know you will too.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

Pondering Pines Cabin/Quiet/Surrounded by NON vacation rentals/Lake Membership
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews

Our favorite winter retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Very charming and comfortable place- we have been coming here for many years and our young kids love it like a second home. Quiet location but close to everything. Owners are great to work with!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I want to thank you guys for the very nice review.Its great to have you guys back every year.Your great renters and its so nice not to have to worry on our end.Thanks again and I look forward to hearing from you soon!
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Wonderful owner, lovely cabin, great flexibility

  • 5 of 5

Our two families (with 4 kids ages 4-7) were looking for a short 2-night getaway between Christmas and New Year's to see some snow. Given most places require ONE WEEK minimum during this period, we knew the odds were against us. So we were elated to come across this cabin that allowed a 2-night minimum! And we were elated even more when 1) the owner seemed to take so much pride in going above & beyond to be a good host and felt so personally vested in us having a great time (email response times within a few hours, text response times within a few minutes, before/during our stay), 2) the rooms (including bathrooms & kitchen) were super clean, 3) second floor sleeping options were lovely, 4) we saw the largest selection of movies/games (especially for kids) I've seen in a cabin rental, and 5) only a short 15 minute drive up the freeway with a foot of snow where we had the whole hill to ourselves for sledding. To cap it off, not having had to give up an arm and a leg for this stay (compared to similar places) left us feeling good about the value we got for the money. If this is in your budget range, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better place. My only one recommendation is that the living room can use some more lighting. :) We'd definitely be interested in coming back for a summer stay to enjoy the benefits of the lake.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kyu! I greatly appreciate the awesome review! There's nothing more that I like to hear than our renters enjoying our cabin as much as we do. We feel so lucky to have found such a cool cabin in such a great location. We also agree with the lighting in the livingroom and we are working on that now. I think we have the problem solved! : ) As far as the cabin being so clean I have to say that is due to our "wonderful" housecleaner Diane! She takes a lot of pride in her work as I do in renting our place. Please come give Twain Harte a try this summer. It's a totally different experience vs the winter time. The private lake,pee wee golf for the family,bbq'ing on the deck and all the great restaurants.The town has a completly different feel. I'll offer you a 10% discount on a weeks stay or more.Thanks again! Robert Colombo
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Ponderosa Pine Sublime

  • 5 of 5

I had the pleasure of staying in this cabin for a very short two days and definitely plan on returning next year. The cabin is so cozy and comfortable! My son and daughter-in-law were with me and we all enjoyed the very comfortable beds and the cleanliness and quaintness of this adorable cabin. The owner, Robert, was extremely easy to communicate with and readily provided recommendations on things to do in the area. I had several peaceful mornings sitting on the deck with my morning coffee and afternoons with a glass of wine. I was able to make friends with the resident hummingbird who decided I was a safe companion and kept me entertained at his feeder next to the deck. The town of Twain Harte is great and it is within walking distance to the cabin. There are very good restaurants and I was pleasantly surprised to find really good live music at several of them on a Saturday night. All in all this was a perfect short break in a very charming area. I'm looking forward to my next stay. Next time I'm bringing my fishing gear.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the amazing review! My wife said you touched on everything we love about our cabin and Twain Harte! You get it !!! We really appreciate the time you took to write such a detailed review. Thanks again! I'd also like to remind you about the 10% discount on your next visit of 7 or more days. Have a great rest of the summer! Robert
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Santa Cruz, CA

Very Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time in this sweet, quiet home. It was very clean and welcoming and just as described. We would gladly rent this getaway again next time we're in Twaine Hart. The owners were very responsive to text and email. It was our first time to Twaine Hart and Robert was happy to fill us in on places to see and eat. We loved sitting out on the porch for morning coffee and playing cards in the evening. Thank you for sharing your home!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rachel! Its important to me to keep in contact with our guests before and during their stay.Its very important to me that our guests have a great time at our cabin and in Twain Harte. I like to share our experiences as far as activities and good places to eat! We love Twain Harte and really enjoy sharing our cabin with families new to Twain Harte. If you choose to return next summer or sooner I'll give a 10% discount off a weeks stay. Thanks again! Have a great end of summer!
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Perfectly rustic charm and comfort

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a 4-day stay at Pondering Pines Cabin in Twain Harte over the 4th of July weekend, and we had such a wonderful time, it was hard to leave! My husband, my 9-year-old son, and I truly enjoyed the rustic charm of the cabin. You can tell it is such a well-cared-for cabin, and it is beautiful, quaint, and simply elegant. We enjoyed sitting out on the deck each morning and evening in the beautiful surroundings, connecting with the very nice neighbors, and appreciating the comfort of Pondering Pines Cabin. I felt very at home there, and I'm grateful for how clean it was, how easy it was to get there, and how close it was to town and to Twain Harte Lake. We will definitely come back, especially in the winter! We found that it was only a short 20-minute drive to Dodge Ridge and Pinecrest. The Colombo's have definitely created a little sanctuary in the woods with their Pondering Pines Cabin. Robert and Susan have made certain that their guests have a comfortable and inviting stay, and Robert was very easy to work with in planning our stay in Twain Harte. So thank you to the Colombo's for providing such a lovely home-away-from home!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW! What a very generous review! We are so glad you guys enjoyed the cabin and Twain Harte. It's important to me to make sure our guests have as great a time as we do when we are there.My wife always teases me about how much time I spend making sure everything goes well. Thank you again Debbie for your review. I'll look forward to your return this winter. Remember if you book 7 days or more it's 10% off your stay. Just remind me :-) Thanks again!
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Comfortable Cabin in the woods

  • 5 of 5

My family enjoyed a week here for skiing at Dodge Ridge. Love Twain Harte as it is an easy drive up the hill with all the conveniences of a great town. And it is well plowed if you wake up to a snowstorm. Cabin is old-school with all the modern necessities. A bit quirky but that is what makes renting a cabin fun. Lots of good sleeping room for kids upstairs and a master downstairs for the parents. Will definitely rent again.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks guys! We're happy you enjoyed your trip and the cabin.Old school is correct. Our cabin wasn't even for sale when I spotted it. A great agent tracked down the owners and after a lot of back and forth we made a deal. I just had to have it! Hope to have you back this summer.Its a totally different experience in the summer time in Twain Harte. As always. 10% off a week or more stay for return renters! Thanks again. Robert Colombo
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Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Twain Harte Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Walking Distance
Nearest Ski
22 Miles
Dodge Ridge Ski Resort


Rates & Availability

Twain Harte Cabin Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning Fee $80

Summer Rates are from Memorial Day to Labor Day at 175$ per night and 950$ per week with a 2 night minimum
Winter Rates are 160$ per night and 840$ per week with a 2 night minimum
Book a returning week for the following year and receive 10% off a weeks stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Twain Harte Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1368 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Two full bathrooms. No bathtubs.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • First floor bedroom. 1 Queen 1Twin Second floor bedroom 1Queen 1Twin Loft on second floor 2Twins
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • sledding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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