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All Season Family Home Only 2.5 Hours from Bay Area

(31 Reviews)

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Last updated: 03/28/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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.
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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/28/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1800 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 12
  • Children Welcome:

    We have a portable crib, dinner booster seat and children's toys for all ages....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    There is an additional pet security deposit but pets are welcome!...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    There are stairs leading down to the house....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 10-12

  • 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....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • 2nd level bathroom: toilet, shower


  • Main level bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Lower Level Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower



  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Tons of board games and puzzles...moreless

  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Basic cable...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games:


  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Cinemas
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Located at the foot of the Sierras and El Dorado National Forest. ...moreless

  • Rural:

    Small mountain town en route to South Lake Tahoe. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Child's booster and additional chairs as needed...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 7 people


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Plenty of linens for all the beds...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Large living room with wood stove...moreless

  • Parking
  • Towels Provided:

    Some beach towels and plenty of bath towels...moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove:

    Two wood stoves - main and lower levels...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Full kitchen for cooking and baking...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Fully stocked kitchen with gas stove/oven, microwave, dishwasher and many small appliances....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Many pantry basics available for your use....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    children's bikes and helmets available...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Deck surrounds two sides of the house - overlooks the trees and greenbelt. Downstairs bedroom has it's own deck....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Rentable (along with paddleboards) during summer months at Jenkinson Lake....moreless

  • Tennis:

    Available at the recreation center near the pool - key access....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    toys, rafts available...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Two beautiful pools available only to the Gold Ridge Homeowners Association - 1 mile away....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 4.8
from 31 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Memorial Weekend
May 26 - May 29, 2017
3 night min stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 - Sep 4, 2017
3 night min stay
Indigenous Peoples Day
Oct 6 - Oct 9, 2017
3 night min stay
Nov 22 - Nov 26, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $100
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • House cleaning $100 + tax
  • Tax Rate 10%


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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Last updated: 03/28/2017
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50 Miles
Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Knot Hole
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
Apple Moutain Golf Resort
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 50
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
50 Grand
30 Miles
Nearest Ski
Sierra at Tahoe
1.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
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...


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2003

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Pollock Pines, CA, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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!

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Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/28/2017

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  • Mountain Getaway

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  • Lower level bedroom suite w/one queen bed, bunk beds, fireplace and private bath

    Lower level bedroom suite w/one queen bed, bunk beds, fireplace and private bath

VRBO #510507

This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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