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All Season Family Home Only 2.5 Hours From Bay Area

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12

Nestled in the trees, the house is built on greenbelt land and has the feel of a private retreat.

Inside: the three bedroom, three bath home is perfect for one - or two! - families vacationing together. The lower-level master suite is spacious, quiet and private, featuring a full bath, queen bed, twin bunk beds and its own wood burning stove and deck opening out to the greenbelt. On the main level you will find a fully-stocked kitchen, full bath, bedroom with a queen/twin bunk combo and additional trundle bed, open dining area, bar and a seating area around the fireplace. The upstairs contains a bedroom with a queen bed, full bathroom and a cozy loft for watching TV/movies or enjoying a nap. The house comfortably sleeps 10-12 people with a pull-out couch and room for extra blow-up mattresses if needed.

Outside: the house's main level exits onto a large deck with a gas BBQ grill, dining table, outdoor fireplace and a storage shed stocked with bikes, snowshoes, sleds, blow up boats and swim toys.

The backyard horseshoe pit and seating area is accessible from the front slope or lower-level deck- a great place for a glass of wine or some competitive fun. The backyard extends into a greenbelt and features a lovely walking or sledding trail.

More Details

Jennifer Bing and Lauren Papalia
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
June 26, 2017

About Jennifer Bing and Lauren Papalia

We are a San Francisco family who bought this house when our boys were little, hoping to find a refuge from busy city life. We found it! Our two kids have grown up going to 'the country' as they call it - to cut down Christmas trees, select pumpkins, hold birthday parties and swim, snowboard and more! We feel very fortunate to have this house in our lives and want to make sure it is filled with happiness as many days of the year as possible.

Jennifer Bing and Lauren Papalia purchased this house in 2003

Why Jennifer Bing and Lauren Papalia chose Gold Country & High Sierra

This house has been refinished and decorated tastefully with love. It is a vacation home but it lives like a first home. We love to cook and entertain, and the house is stocked accordingly. As our boys have grown, we have kept their toys so that kids of all ages have some fun waiting for them. Even now, 10 years later, we still find little towns, nooks, and things to do that we never knew existed. This home is cozy, light-filled, private and easily accessible.

What makes this house unique

Our home backs up on a greenbelt, providing backyard privacy and a beautiful canopy of trees. We are only 2.5 hours from San Francisco but, located at the snow line, we are blanketed in snow each winter. We snowshoe and sled nearby, and my two avid snowboarders are able to be on the slopes in 40 minutes. The home has a rustic cabin feeling but, unlike so many dark woody cabins, the house has big windows and lots of light. The small town of Pollock Pines is the last stop before entering the El Dorado Forest, so there is a Safeway, fast food, hardware store, drug store, nail salon, restaurants, gas and- our personal favorite-the best bowling alley. All in town only 2 miles away!


Pollock Pines House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2nd level bathroom - toilet , shower
    Main level bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Lower Level Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Main floor bedroom - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
    2nd Floor Bedroom - 1 queen
    Lower Level Suite - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single
  • A bedroom is located on each level of the house, along with a full bath.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(31 traveler reviews)

All Season Family Home Only 2.5 Hours From Bay Area
average rating of 4.806452 based on 31 reviews

Quite location and exquisite house.

  • 5 of 5

The instructions given before traveling were pretty clear about what and where. The house was clean and organized. We were amazed by the variety of music collection and books. It is perfect for a long stay for any big family. I would consider booking it again if I plan to go again.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Casual and comfortable house for 2 families

  • 5 of 5

Great place. We'all be coming back!

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Girl's Weekend Away

  • 4 of 5

Cozy relaxing retreat in a beautiful setting! Perfect location for a best friends getaway - we visited Apple Hill ( during fall Apple picking season)), hiked Jenkinson Lake and explored nearby Placerville. Well appointed and equipped for families with lots of videos, books and toys. The living room has comfortable furniture arranged in front of a massive brick fireplace...we spent hours visiting and catching up with one another.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect place in the woods

  • 5 of 5

We love this home. We have stayed here a couple of times and it is exactly what I would want if I had my own vacation home. The owners are also amazing and responsive.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Loved the cabin!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cabin, much more roomier than the pictures show. Love the serenity surrounding the cabin, and it's only 10 minutes away from Apple Hill. I was happily surprised by the large dining area with a beautiful farmhouse style table, room enough for 7-8 people. My whole family was pretty happy - great kitchen with everything you need to cook with and season, big gas grill for the steaks, tons of toys to keep my nephews playing for hours, plenty of room to sleep and walk around in and some Miles Davis to cap off our quiet nights.

My only regret is not staying longer.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The vacation property was ideal for our family get together.

  • 5 of 5

The vacation property was ideal for our family get together. It had a lot of special touches with toys and books for our grandchildren. There were also a lot of outdoor toys as well. The grandchildren especially liked the two kayaks. The kitchen was fully stocked with everything we needed for our large family. The setting was very peaceful and conveniently located with a store a couple of miles in one direction and the lake a couple of miles in the other direction. The VRBO listing accurately described the amenities and the owner was very helpful. We plan to use the property as a meeting place in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Knot Hole
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Apple Moutain Golf Resort
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 50
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
50 Grand
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Sierra at Tahoe
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Jenkinson Lake
Car: necessary

El Dorado county is simply gorgeous. The Sierra foothills are packed with natural beauty and scenic views. Especially breathtaking are the region's waterways. In the summer, you can raft the American River or rope swing from the rocks into a hidden swimming hole along the Consumnes. In addition to local Jenkinson Lake, Loon Lake, Union Valley Reservoir and Ice House Reservoir rival each other in their beauty. Glass-like water surfaces are ideal for fishing and swimming. Bridal Veil Falls offers spectacular views and is a great place for family photo ops. Seasonal berry picking is also close by- best in June and July!

Fall welcomes the best of Apple Hill - apples and apple baked good galore, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, family festivals and beautiful sunny days and cool nights.

Dozens of U-Pick farms and orchards have many different varieties of fruit to choose from. The historically-minded may also want to spend a day in Coloma Gold Country where adults and kids alike can pan for gold and explore old-town California.

During the colder months, El Dorado county becomes a winter wonderland. You don't have to go to the big resorts to cross country ski, snowshoe, sled or just trample through drifts of snow. Although the weather can be unpredictable, some years has seen snowfall as late as May.

Every season is wine season - Camino, Apple Hill, Fair Play and beyond to Amador County and the Shenandoah Wine Region make for a wine tasting adventure all year long. Unlike the bustling, tourist-driven and often pricey scenes of Napa and Sonoma, the wineries around the county are typically small, family run operations where winemakers painstakingly produce small batches of their varietals. Tasting is free and owners are friendly and knowledgeable. The county's climate lends itself to the making of lush, full reds, light and crisp whites and so much in between. Ask us for some of our favorites!

The slopes at Sierra at Tahoe are only 30 minutes away. But, if nearby Lake Tahoe feels farther than you are willing to go, other options abound!

As a summer alternative, guests also have access to two swimming pools, tennis courts, shuffle board and the clubhouse of the Gold Ridge Forest Homeowners Association, located just a mile away from the house.

The main drag in Pollock Pines, Pony Express Trail, is home to basic amenities (Safeway, CVS, TrueValue Hardware, etc.), as well as a few classic country breakfast spots, an old school steakhouse, pizza and Chinese takeout. The town also has a great bowling alley as a rainy day option.

For the scavenger/hobbyist, a scenic meandering through the surrounding towns of Camino, Diamond Springs and El Dorado will turn up an impressive concentration of thrift stores bound to hold a treasure or two. The Jack Russell Brewery is also located in Camino, a favorite place of ours to pack some food, find a picnic bench and settle in for an afternoon of cards and craft beer. Or, go a few more miles down Route 50 to historic Placerville to browse the many antique shops, boutiques, specialty shops and eateries. The big hardware store on Main Street is reminiscent of Old Hangtown and sells everything under the sun. Go to Placerville for brunch or a night out, they have several restaurants with great food and drink and even live music.

We think Pollock Pines is a great place to do so many things...but we also know how perfect it is for doing nothing at all...


Rates & Availability

Pollock Pines House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Indigenous Peoples Day
Oct 6 2017 - Oct 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $200
House cleaning $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

Cleaning fee increases to $175 for 10 or more people or a stay of 7 days or more.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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