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

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


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 sofa bed provides sleeping for the extra 2 guests (#7 & 8) for which there is an additional $15 per guest, per night)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. Each full bathroom is 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 the last of any product leave the empty storage containers on the kitchen island so they 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.

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 our 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 course (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. Many of these wineries are now winning State Competitions for the superb wines they produce. 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 (aka Sly Park) 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 in the state 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 I-50. Added to that are the pleasures of apple picking & celebrating the many baked, canned & dried apple products at Apple Hill in Camino during their Apple Festival.

Activities of every kind abound: 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. Public transportation is unavailable; however, wine tours can be arranged that provide 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 printed information rather than search digital sites.

Our famil(ies) have pets & we want our home to be available to guests who wish to share their holidays with their own dogs. However, as pet people, we know accidents can happen (& wear & tear on rugs, floors & carpets occurs) 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 your 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. 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.)

Though our location appears isolated from all but one other home, in fact sound carries in the forest and guests are requested to keep their conversations (and dog barking) quiet when outside after 10 p.m. & before 8 a.m.

Within these general caveats, 'House Rules' are to relax and enjoy yourselves!

More Details

Judith M Hedgpeth/Lillian R Johnson
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 21, 2017

About Judith M Hedgpeth/Lillian R Johnson

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.

Judith M Hedgpeth/Lillian R Johnson purchased this house in 1992

Why Judith M Hedgpeth/Lillian R Johnson chose Gold Country & High Sierra

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 one daughter/husband also has another home up in Foothills, so we decided to share our lovely spot with others.

What makes this house unique

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, too!

Any guest who enjoys a good walk/hike can take various trails from our home down to Sly Park Lake (about 2 miles when walking); those who prefer to "wheel it" can easily drive to the lake.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This family of 5 (parents, grandparent & two kids) was amazingly easy to communicate with, easy on our home, calm on the face of an unexpected attack by a falling oak limb (cracking a bedroom window), unflappable when they arrived in the first "good" snow storm since 1997 and seemed able to enjoy our winter as only we do! We just hope they'll decide to try it out in another season as well! They'll always be welcomed back with pleasure!
Jan 2017
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Pollock Pines House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:30 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , 2 sink granite topped vanity/shower is 3.5' x 5' walk in
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Pedestal sink, 3x5' x 5' walk in shower
  • Both bathrooms have tiled bath tub-sized 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.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Upstairs Loft/TV room - double sofa bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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


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The Jade Retreat - 3 Bedrooms/2 Full Bathrooms - Sierra Foothills
average rating of 4.8965516 based on 33 reviews

Wonderful stay in the pines!

  • 5 of 5

We had a really good time here. There were no unpleasant surprises. The place was clean and well-stocked with linens, kitchen pots and pan, dishes and other essentials.. The view into the pine trees was wonderful for me with a great deck all the way around the house. The deck is gated and was perfect for our little dogs. We would love to stay again.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just what we needed.

  • 5 of 5

Quiet, clean ,well stocked.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Get Away

  • 5 of 5

Much easier to get to than Lake Tahoe, but you still get the beauty of all the pine trees, the snow covered Sierras in the distance, Lake Jenkinson a few miles away and a lovely HOA with clubhouse, pools, tennis courts, etc. The cabin has all amenities, very pleasant.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice place

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time and really enjoy the house, the pool and the tennis courts.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Wonderful home in the forest

  • 5 of 5

The Jade Retreat is a wonderful home in the forest for all your El Dorado visiting needs. We love the area for wine tasting and it is a great location for the Apple Hill area and the Pleasant Valley and Fair Play areas. We loved how we felt at home and not in some stuff hotel. We also love to cook and the Kitchen is perfect for that. It is set up so well for entertaining in the living area with the large island. Judith and Lilian are the best hosts who's goal is to make you feel comfortable with all the amenities you could ever want in a home away from home. This is the the of home my wife and I hope to have for ourselves as a vacation home someday.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad Paul & his guests enjoyed our home. They were very easy guests to have and left our place looking well-cared for. We've enjoyed the same options when up there that Paul mentions but it nice to know they all enjoyed themselves at some of these choices! Hope they come again! We've lived up there for 28 yrs and always find new versions of things we like to do!
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Enjoyed Our Stay!!

  • 4 of 5

The Jade Retreat is very cozy. It is fully supplied with everything. It is located amongest the pines in a very quiet area. The beds are comfortable. It is well suited for an enjoyable family getaway.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
69 Miles
Sacramento International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.1 Miles
The Fifty Grand
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Apple Mountain Golf Resort
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hwy 50
Nearest Restaurant
2.1 Miles
The Haven
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Kirkwood Ski Resort
Car: necessary


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
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Columbus Day
Oct 6 2017 - Oct 9 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
New Year's
Dec 29 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: 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 10.0%

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 if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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