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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

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 8 people with a pull-out couch and room for extra blow-up mattresses if needed for additional guests. An extra nightly charge will be added for more than 8 people.

Outside: the house's main level exits onto a large, brand new 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 few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

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 three 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 Pollock Pines

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 -
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All Season Family Home Only 2.5 Hours From Bay Area
average rating of 4.769231 based on 39 reviews

Tree house

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful setting! This house is nestled in the woods, surrounded by gorgeous trees. The tri level home with a bedroom and bathroom on each floor was perfect for our needs. My husband and I slept on the top level. The windows provided for beautiful views of the outdoors and it felt like we were sleeping amongst the trees. We had 5 children with us and they kept busy hiking through the woods and playing board games. We chose this location for its close proximity to Apple Hill and Placerville.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We are so glad your family enjoyed your stay in our favorite spot in the mountains. All our best, The Bing-Papalia Family
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Very comfortable and beautiful mountain getaway.

  • 5 of 5

The views off the decks of this house are so relaxing.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect for family bonding!

  • 5 of 5

No WiFi, no problem! We broke out the Chutes and Ladders, Candyland and Uno games! Had the most awesome time bonding with our three teenagers with these 'old' games. We did have cell phone service, just not WiFi, which upset the kids at first but then they learned to love it! The three levels of the home were perfect for our family of five and our big dog Rocky was happy too! Everything we needed was provided, including dog bowls. Beautiful area away from the busy world. Very relaxing and quiet, except when someone won Uno! Thank you for letting us enjoy your haven in the woods!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Tyla - glad you had a nice time and I'm sorry you couldn't get the wifi to work - we certainly have it and it has been working all summer. Unless you wanted the kids to not use it (:-)) Definitely check in the next time you rent with us or others. We could have walked you through restarting the router. So glad you got to have a getaway with your wonderful family! Jen and Lauren
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Great House and lots of places to sleep.

  • 4 of 5

Wii Set up was very fun! Especially the karaoke! A little warm, but cooled down at night. It was also the begging of August.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful location nice house

  • 4 of 5

House was very nice but didn't have air conditioner, super hot inside during the day also owner should provide kitchen soap and towels.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place for a summer holiday for a family with children

  • 5 of 5

This house is well equipped and has a great layout. There are three floors each with a bedroom and a full bath. Children are safe and entertained with toys and games and an outdoor equipment shed.

The home owners pools ( there are two pools on one site) and are not crowded.

The store is close and the lake has boats and swimming

Our only frustration was it was a very hot July and the house has no AC. We live only an hour away so we came prepared with fans. These along with ones in the house worked to bring in cool air.

Thanks to the great interior and all the living and cooking supplies we had a great and relaxing week.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • 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...




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
House cleaning $125 + Tax
Pet Fee $100
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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