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The Jade Retreat - 3 Bedrooms/2 Full Bathrooms - Sierra Foothills

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View of the Jade Retreat from the forest.


Last updated: 05/19/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-4 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Enjoy a relaxing holiday in the Sierra Foothills amidst cedar, oak & pine trees.

Welcome to The Jade Retreat, a warm, comfortable home in the Sierra Foothills near Placerville. Enjoy a relaxing holiday amidst oak, cedar & pine trees. Only one other home is visible from the Retreat or deck though the Retreat is located within easy driving to all necessary services (Safeway, CVS, USPS, bank, garage/service station & several good restaurants).

The Retreat is a double A frame home of 1800 sq. ft., with 3 bedrooms (Master Bedroom upstairs, 2nd & 3rd bedrooms are on main level). There is a cozy loft upstairs with a large TV & sofa bed (double). It looks out large windows into open forest area. The bedrooms, loft & stairs are carpeted. There are three entries, each tiled with Mexican quarry tile. The downstairs bathroom floor is tiled; the master bathroom (upstairs) has bamboo flooring. The halls, living room, dining area & kitchen have oak floors. Both the full bathrooms are senior-friendly. The living room/dining room (with a Norwegian Jotul gas fireplace) is located off an open style gourmet kitchen ready to inspire any chef or relax those wanting to reduce their meal preparation time.

The kitchen has a new gas range & oven, new refrigerator with ice maker, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster, waffle iron, mixer, blender, garbage disposal & is fully equipped with cooking & eating dishes & utensils. A walk-in pantry contains basic staples available for guests to use. (Hosts request that guests using last of any product leave the empty storage containers on the kitchen island so we know what needs replacing.)

There is a small work area off the kitchen equipped with a built-in granite topped desk, leather desk chair, high-speed router & wireless printer (BYO computer/phone/supplies).

The large master bedroom on the second level has a queen sized bed and ceiling fan. One downstairs bedroom has a queen sized bed; the other, twin beds. Each downstairs bedroom have screened windows that open as well as room fans.

Both the master & downstairs bathrooms are newly renovated with tiled walk-in tub size showers, grab bars & seats as well as ergonomically designed Toto toilets. Each has a hair dryer.

The Retreat has 3 TVs: in the loft (with Roku/Netflix streaming & DVD player); in the twin bedroom (with DVD player) & in the kitchen (so the cooks can watch, too).

1800 sq. ft. of cantilevered wood decking surrounds the home, looking out into forested land. Enjoy sitting at our 10 ft. long custom pine table to eat or enjoy relaxing there while watching the occasional deer, wild turkeys, squirrels & many variety of birds. (Guests will find bird seed to stock the feeders in a closet off the main entry door.)

Enjoy making BBQ on the Weber located near the pine table (with supplies in a deck closet nearby).

All bed, bath & kitchen linens are provided.

The neighborhood offers two community swimming pools (solar heated/ open during summer months/requiring a pass key), a tennis court (BYO equipment), shuffleboard court (ditto), disk golf (ditto), communal picnic area with BBQ grills & walking trails through the forest beginning outside the back gate to our deck.

Although the Retreat is secluded and quiet, there are well maintained roads allowing guests to reach an assortment of activities with only short drives. The wineries of El Dorado & Amador Counties are small, usually family owned, producing delicious reds, whites, roses & sparkling varietals. (One even offers a delicious champagne produced in France but sold under their label: Charles Mitchell Winery.) Visitors are greeted with enthusiasm, friendly vintners ready to answer all questions & proud to serve guests free tastings. (Co-host, Lillian, will happily share her extensive knowledge of both wineries & the wines she recommends. Just ask!)

Summer months provide opportunities for water fun that can include rafting on the American or Cosumnes Rivers, rope swinging from the rocks into hidden swimming holes along the Cosumnes, swimming/fishing/picnicking/hiking at Jenkinson or Loon Lakes, Union Valley or Ice House Reservoirs. Some visitors enjoy panning for gold (Especially as they generally find bits!)! El Dorado County remains one of the best places to do that. Experienced gold panniers all have their favorite spots, but two generally acknowledged as excellent are Pi Pi campground and Cache Rock.

Late summer & fall brings opportunities for picking berries or other fruits at one of the many U-Pick Farms along Hwy 50. Added to that are the pleasures of apple picking & celebrating the many baked, canned & dried apples on Apple Hill in Camino during their Apple Festival.

Hiking the trails along the lakes and rivers, visiting historical sites relating to the Gold Rush, searching for treasures in the antique stores of historic Placerville (aka - formerly - Old Hang Town), eating at quality restaurants, even visiting Red Hawk, a recently opened casino in the area. There are more activities to experience than time in which to do them!

Winter months allow skiing (cross country & down hill), snow boarding, all within less than an hour's drive from The Jade Retreat. Weather during the winter can vary greatly at our elevation (4100 ft.) so guests are cautioned to check weather reports before coming and to always carry chains if their car is not 4-wheel drive ('all-wheel' drive cannot be relied upon in the hills).

Guests will need their own transportation. Wine tours can be arranged using a car & driver (if tasting is a serious avocation).

We maintain a "Where to Go/What to Do" binder for those who prefer to read paper rather than digital search sites.

The Retreat hosts have pets & want their home to be available to guests who want to share their holidays with their own dogs. However, as pet people, we know accidents can happen and so there is a separate Pet Security Deposit ($100./nonrefundable) and an expectation that only well trained pets will be included as guests. A maximum of two dogs allowed.

The Retreat has a monitored security system which is easy to understand and important to use. Upon completion of the reservation process, details will be provided (by email, a week before rental period begins).

This is our family home so it is available for a MAXIMUM OF TWO WEEKS on any visit.

We assume guests will be respectful while staying here. We are a non-smoking family, though (using caution) smoking on the deck is permitted WHEN THE COUNTY HAS NOT ISSUED A FIRE ALERT WARNING. We live in a forest and that requires smokers to use ash trays and to be vigilant about lighted cigarettes & hot ash! (Our home is not stocked with ash trays.) Other than that, 'House Rules' are to relax and enjoy yourselves!


Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/19/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1800 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Renters must be 25 yrs old....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    With the caveat that extreme caution be used, smoking on the deck is permitted unless the county has issued a fire warning alert. Since the whole of California is suffering from a prolonged drought, absolutely NO smoking is allowed (by order of the county) in the surrounding forests or off our decking area. SMOKING IS NEVER PERMITTED IN THE HOUSE....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Because our own dogs & cat are up here when we are in residence, we cannot allow cats (too likely to mark the house as their new territory). However, well trained dogs will be considered in which event there is a nonrefundable $100. security fee for a maximum of two animals....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    Seven stairs from drive to front paved walk. Another 7 from that path to the deck. Stairway between 1st & 2nd floors....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    2 sink granite topped vanity/shower is 3.5' x 5' walk in...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Pedestal sink, 3x5' x 5' walk in shower...moreless

  • Both bathrooms have tiled shower enclosures; the downstairs has matching tiled floor; the upstairs has bamboo flooring; each is well furnished with towels, towel racks, hair dryer & starter shampoo, rinse, lotion....moreless


  • Books:

    Assorted books in bookcases in twin bed room & Master bedroom. Enjoy any that interests, but return to bookcase before leaving....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    Two: Loft & Twin Bedroom...moreless

  • Games:

    Juvenile & Adult Board/Card Games (Stored in cabinet in large hallway downstairs, hall closet by upstair bathroom). Please return with all parts after using. ...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Direct TV, with Roku & Streaming in Loft DVD Players in Loft & Twin Bedroom...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Small portable design. Radio/CDs Located on bookshelf in living room. LOTS of CDs...moreless

  • Television:

    45' TV in Loft 21' TV in Twin Bed room 13/ TV in Kitchen...moreless

  • Toys:

    All stored in Q-bedroom closet. Pool toys (foam snakes/diving rings) Snow disks/toboggan All toys used should be returned to location where found before departing. ...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Assorted popular series, films, including juvenile films...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Downtown Pollock Pines is only 2 miles up the road. Downtown Placerville is 14 miles west on Hwy 50....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    On a forested lot located in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. Property is part of a home owners' association, but rear of home backs onto forest land and guests can only see one neighbor....moreless

  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    Walnut table, seats 6 w/o leaf, 8 w/leaf 6 matching chairs 6 wooden folding extra chairs...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    The Retreat is designed with 2 skylights (that open), windows (screened) in all rooms, 2 ceiling fans & bedroom fans. We've never needed AC....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Located off kitchen. Gas powered. Best results with timed drying. Controls easy to understand....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Stand alone Jotul gas ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Forced air furnace with easy thermostat controls. Jotul gas stove on main floor that usually all we use. ...moreless

  • Internet:


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All linens for kitchen, bed, bath & pool provided...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Comfortably arranged with Pottery Barn Sofa & Extra Large Club Chair, Cain-back chair, Jotul Fireplace, CD player. Open design so those at work in the kitchen can hear & see into the living room. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking at the top of the 100' drive available for 4 cars....moreless

  • Telephone:

    We do not have land lines to the house. Guests will need to have mobile phones. All major service providers cover our area....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Upstairs: towels on open shelving. Downstairs: towels stored in cabinet in twin bedroom. Kitchen: in drawers to right of stove. Pool: in upstairs hall closet....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Part of a stacking pair (dryer on top) Controls easy to understand. Washing products are available in cabinet to left of W/D....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    10 cup Automatic...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully stocked cupboards & drawers: Stainless cookware Stainless eating & cooking utensils Glasses Pottery ...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Our house is prepared for and cleaned after each group of guests. Guests are expected to leave kitchen appliances, cook & dish ware clean. Final load can be left running for our cleaners to put away....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Granite counters, island Stainless double sink Oak floor Birch cabinets Oriental rugs Large windows ...moreless

  • Microwave:

    Small, useful for reheating/defrosting ...moreless

  • Oven:

    Extra large oven below cooktop Broiler Stainless...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    All condiments & spices Most basic cooking items (oils, flours, grains)...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    new 2-door w/ ice maker Stainless...moreless

  • Stove:

    New gas cooker Stainless Broiler 5 burners...moreless

  • Toaster:

    4-slice Stainless...moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    1800' wooden deck & railing wraps around the house. Two secure gates....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Charcoal classic Weber. Plus small extra tabletop charcoal grill....moreless

  • Tennis:

    Communal tennis court within a short walk. Must use key fob for entry....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Lg pool - adult & seasoned swimmers. Small pool - non-swimmers & young children, enclosed in wrought iron fence. Nice tables/loungers/BBQ. Accessed w/ key fob. NOTE: THERE ARE NO LIFE GUARDS ON DUTY...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


from 25 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Memorial Day
May 26 - May 29, 2017
2 night min stay

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

July Fourth
Jul 1 - Jul 4, 2017
2 night min stay

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Labor Day
Sep 1 - Sep 4, 2017
2 night min stay

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Columbus Day
Oct 6 - Oct 9, 2017
2 night min stay

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Nov 22 - Nov 26, 2017
4 night min stay

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Dec 22 - Dec 26, 2017
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

New Year's
Dec 29 - Jan 2, 2018
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Cleaning $125
  • Pet Fee $100 + tax
  • Tax Rate 10%


Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Pet Deposit ($100.00) & Cleaning Fee are nonrefundable. Security Deposit is refunded if property shows no more than normal wear & tear.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/19/2017
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69 Miles
Nearest Airport
Sacramento International Airport
2.1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
The Fifty Grand
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
Apple Mountain Golf Resort
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 50
2.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
The Haven
40 Miles
Nearest Ski
Kirkwood Ski Resort

Car: Necessary


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1992

About the owner: Lil & I have been retired from our professions (Social Work & Health Policy Consultant) for some years. We enjoy traveling (almost always finding 'self-catering' places through organizations like VRBO) and love the feeling such experiences give us of really being part of wherever we are. We have fun with our adult children & the 'Grands' (..daughters, sons, nieces & nephews) and with our own animals (all rescues, all well loved and usually well mannered!:-) Lil loves wine tasting (she knows all the good wineries in El Dorado & Amador counties) & sports (football & baseball). I love working on our home, taking long walks with our dogs & reading. We both love entertaining friends & family.

Why the Owner Chose Pollock Pines, CA, USA:
The Jade Retreat was purchased by us to have a place where our kids, friends & animals could relax and be together. Now that we are retired, our kids have kids, and another home up in Foothills, so we want to share our lovely spot with others.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
We think guests will agree with us & friends who have stayed at our Jade Retreat: the forest, the stillness, the critters: squirrels who dance on the deck railing, taunting both birds & dogs, wild turkeys who wander on the hill behind the deck, deer who walk through right next to the deck (looking for flowers to dine on) - all this led us to buy this home. And having sports activities (pools, tennis courts, shuffle board court, play ground) as close as a walk over the hill appeals, too. We have made many changes to the interior, but even when we bought it, the 'bones' were good! Now with kitchen opened, bathrooms remodeled & oak floors installed, it is truly lovely to be in. Both of us like to cook, so the kitchen is a particular joy to us & we think it will be to guests!

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/19/2017

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  • View of the Jade Retreat from the forest.

    View of the Jade Retreat from the forest.

  • Parking area at top of driveway.

    Parking area at top of driveway.

  • Same view, different season.

    Same view, different season.

  • Perspective showing edge of Living Room/Dining Room from Kitchen island.

    Perspective showing edge of Living Room/Dining Room from Kitchen island.

  • Kitchen view.

    Kitchen view.

  • Kitchen view.

    Kitchen view.

  • Top of stairs from driveway, winter storm.

    Top of stairs from driveway, winter storm.

  • View of Second Floor Loft.

    View of Second Floor Loft.

  • Looking from bed in Master Bedroom to other side of room.

    Looking from bed in Master Bedroom to other side of room.

  • Downstairs Bedroom (Queen Bed)

    Downstairs Bedroom (Queen Bed)

  • Twin Bedroom.

    Twin Bedroom.

  • Second view of Downstairs Bathroom.

    Second view of Downstairs Bathroom.

  • Walking up from the driveway.

    Walking up from the driveway.

  • Side deck view.

    Side deck view.

  • Living room.

    Living room.

  • Dining area, edge of living room.

    Dining area, edge of living room.

  • Master Bedroom view.

    Master Bedroom view.

  • Entry way from drive showing small work desk area.

    Entry way from drive showing small work desk area.

  • Second view of Upstair Bath

    Second view of Upstair Bath

  • View from Loft toward Master Bedroom, Bath

    View from Loft toward Master Bedroom, Bath

  • Upstairs Bathroom

    Upstairs Bathroom

  • Queen Bed Downstairs Bedroom, looking from Bed.

    Queen Bed Downstairs Bedroom, looking from Bed.

  • Downstairs Bathroom

    Downstairs Bathroom

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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