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Beautiful Chalet on 5 Acres Near Lake, Skiing and Winetasting

38 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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2 - 4 nights


Pollock Pines Cabin Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 12)

Beautiful Chalet Style home on 5 private acres in the Sierra Springs neighborhood is waiting for you and your family to enjoy! 2600 sq ft home with large living room with woodburning stove and large dining room with sun filled windows for your family dinners or a special dinner for two. See our many guest reviews describing this great house and the fun they had.

Enjoy the view from every room: gentleman's vineyard, wild turkeys and deer as you enjoy the outdoor life with wrap around decking and balconies from each bedroom. Two levels with a full bath with tub on each floor. Master bedroom with bath on lower level.

Fully furnished kitchen with tile counter, hardwood floor and all appliances, utensils, dishware provided. Ceiling fans in all rooms. Extra large deck with outdoor dining tables and grill.

Take walks through the woods or venture to Apple Hill or to many of the winery's in the area. It's a short 45 minute drive for skiing and sledding and a short 3 miles to Sly Park Lake Recreation Area for boating, swimming, waterskiing, kayaking, and boat rental

Close to Placerville, Jenkinson's Sly Park Lake Recreation Area, Skiing 45 minutes away, Apple Hill, Somerset, and FairPlay Wineries. Lazy rivers, swimming, boating, fishing, waterskiing, boat Rental at lake, explore the Gold Country as you enjoy your get away.

Please check the VRBO for availability and call or email if you have questions.

Keywords: House, chalet, lake, vineyard, placerville

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Kathleen Tannous
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2016
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About Kathleen Tannous

My husband and I enjoy being outdoors in the country and getting away to the fresh peaceful mountain air. When we were younger, we enjoyed camping, but as we got older we realized we like the feel of being outdoors with the comfort of a bed! My husband planted the gentleman's vineyard on our property to realize his dream of making wine; like his father did in the old country. We feel like our place is 'our little piece of heaven' and enjoy entertaining friends and family.

Kathleen Tannous purchased this cabin in 2004

Why Kathleen Tannous chose Gold Country / High Sierra

We chose this home, not for a vacation rental, but as a mountain retreat for ourselves and our family. We love the area since there is so much to do such as wine tasting, swimming in rivers and lakes, fishing and hiking short trips to Tahoe. Our son snowboards every winter so he and his friends enjoy the closeness of the Ski resorts to get together and have fun. Mostly we have spent our time relaxing and entertaining our friends and family here. We also have a feeling of relaxation and relief when we arrive and cannot wait to return.

What makes this cabin unique

What we most enjoy about our property are the beautiful seasons and dining outside on the large deck while enjoying the broad night sky with all the stars in view. The house is very roomy so it allows our large family to be there without feeling crowded--everyone has their space. The property is on 5 acres with 5 vacant acres next door, so this allows for privacy. I love the fact that rarely do we hear road noise and we can sit in my pajamas on the front deck without a care in the world!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Kathleen and Simon,

We are so happy to have discovered your lovely vacation home. Our days were spent water skiing on Sly Park Lake and hiking the Sierra, and the evenings were peaceful and relaxing as we sat on the deck and watched the deer graze in the yard. The house had everything we needed, and the basket of goodies was a nice touch. Pride in ownership is evident throughout the home and property. We'll be back.

Carol McKinney and Sam Van Zandt
Oct 2009
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Beautiful Chalet on 5 Acres Near Lake, Skiing and Winetasting
average rating of 4.7105265 based on 39 reviews

Great from the outside-but we never saw the inside

  • 1 of 5

Poor communication of access details left us unable to get in."Ah well, one of those things, we'll sort it out when we finally get hold of the owner". But no, for the first time in nearly a decade of using HomeAway we find ourselves placing a negative review as the only comeback we have.

This was a late booking for 3 nights which was paid upfront. The owner confirmed by email & promised to be in contact with access details prior to arrival. With nothing received we prompted her just before we left but got only a contact number.

By chance we also downloaded the new HomeAway app to "find & book your next holiday". It seems this was our downfall! The whole process instantly becomes automated to the app, not that anyone told us!

With no further contact & limited connectivity abroad, we got ourselves to the property using the address. Numerous phone calls, voice messages, email, knocking on neighbours got us worries, we had the app! Using the house wifi from the doorstep we searched but still no success. After 2hrs & the sun going down we gave in.

2 days later the owner finally returned our calls. Apparently the crucial app did indeed have the info we needed! How did we miss it? Maybe poor set up with critical info illogically filed? There were many links & we opened most...the welcome, the check fact all that might be vaguely relevant. But strangely enough we didn't open "need driving directions?"...after all, we were already there!

Naively we thought we'd be able to come to some agreement with the owner & that would be that...the information was badly filed/we were not told where it was/we had not found it. But no, we have lost the tax, service charge & rental fee (she did return the cleaning fee & security deposit). We had to find alternative accommodation & wasted fuel & food bought for our stay. So we are left feeling cheated whilst the owner profits, keeping the full rental fee & losing nothing.

Could we have done more that day? Possibly...but should we have had to? She may argue we blocked another potential booking, but this we doubt as we only booked 2.5wks earlier.

So, fellow traveler, you may choose to book this property based on other reviews. Will she stand by her belief that the fault lies with us alone & leave the app just as it is? Or will she add the access code to a more relevant link or improve her notification of this vital info in other ways? We will watch future reviews with let us know!!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Traveler, We are very sorry about your experience; it was unfortunate for both of us. VRBO’s reservation system includes the Hospitality Application which you accessed on your smartphone. Once you accessed the application, it provided all types of information about your stay including directions, information about the area, grocery shopping, links to area attractions, and the access code to enter our home. Recently, VRBO started charging guests a rental fee to offset the cost of providing 24 hour, 7 days a week travel assistance to anyone booking on VRBO for the sole purpose of helping travelers. My husband’s cell phone is also listed in the application for assistance. Unfortunately you did not access any of these resources while you were trying to enter the house. We have been renting our home for several years and have always had good experiences with our guests as you can see by our positive reviews. Though I was out of cell phone range and unavailable that evening, my husband was and you did not contact him. Thankfully, you are the first and only guests that have encountered this situation in all these years. After contacting VRBO they assured me you were capable of accessing the home. Since we have only one home to rent our refund policy requires advance notice since we are not likely to get a booking at the last minute. Hopefully in the future you will have a better experience using VRBO. Again we are very sorry about your unfortunate situation. Sincerely, Simon & Kathleen
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the place. Kitchen is good size and the deck is a super relaxing place. The community pool was great for the kids and the swimming hole is not too far away. Totally recommend this place. Hope to stay there again sometime.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet relaxing weekend

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful quiet and relaxing weekend at the Chalet. Jenkinson Lake is about 10 mins away. It cost $11 to park at the lake for the day. We rented 2 paddle boards at the lake for 4 hours (cost of $50 each). They only have 3 paddle boards to rent so get there right when they open at 9:30 am if you really want a paddle board. You can also rent kayaks, and canoes. Did some nice star gazing back at the house from the deck at night. We would have spent more time hanging out on the great wrap around deck except that there were a good amount of bees hanging around. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Jose, CA

Great for family trip

  • 5 of 5

I planned a white water rafting trip for me and my cousins and needed a place close to the rafting site (Coloma was about 30 minutes away). The chalet was great. Their home was spacious enough to fit all 12 of us. The kitchen was well equipped with utensils, but bring your own spices. There were books and board games in the dining room, but we entertained ourselves. Each room had a ceiling fan, in addition, to the central A/C. If you're looking to watch TV, it's located in a room on the second level - so we weren't able to partake in the TV which worked out since we didn't need it. We were able to connect to the Wi-Fi, but it was spotty at best, making us bond even more. It was awesome to wake up to deer grazing in the front yard. If you're driving to this place at night, be careful as the way here can be windy. The driveway is dirt and gravel so drive with caution. We drove our mini van and lost some traction on arrival, but we made it.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Reno, Nevada

Great house. Cozy and bright house

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay tremendously. Beds were comfortable. House was clean. Loved the large living room with big windows. We enjoyed playing cards at the big dining room table. Owners were quick to respond with questions. Thank you for a great place to stay. Enjoyed the wineries near by.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect getaway!!!

  • 5 of 5

We came up in with our 9 year old daughter during spring break to this beautiful chalet!!! Its tucked pretty far into the neighborhood. The house was very spacious while maintaining a very warm, homy feel. The family room is all window and has beautiful view of the forest which has wild turkey and deer cruising around all the time. There's a great collection of board games too.

The beds were very comfortable and there is plenty of extra blankets and quilts if it gets cold.

The kitchen had more than enough plates and bowl and all the cooking gear we needed. We had my sister and her family of 8 over for dinner one night and had plenty of room to put everyone at the table.

Sly park lake is full!!! I ran around the lake one day (for any runners it's a pretty flat 8mile loop). I saw bald, eagles, deer, newts and a waterfall. We fished and caught trout which we had for dinner. Hiked quite a bit, rented mountain bikes and cruises around beautiful placerville.

Overall we had a great time and plan to come back during the summer to enjoy the warmer months!!!

  • Submitted: May 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Highway 50
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Sierra Ski Ranch
Car: necessary

Wine tasting, explore Apple Hill, Gold Country, 5 acres of quiet, 3 miles to Sly Park Recreation Area, fishing, boating, waterskiing, private neighborhood swimming pools and tennis courts available in summer, white water rafting


Rates & Availability

Pollock Pines Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Veterans Weekend
Nov 10 2016 - Nov 13 2016
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 24 2016 - Nov 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
MLK Weekend
Jan 13 2017 - Jan 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
President Weekend
Feb 10 2017 - Feb 13 2017
3 night minimum stay
Presidents Weeken
Feb 17 2017 - Feb 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Memorial Weekend
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
4th of July
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 5 2017
4 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 10.0%

Weekly Special $950 per Six nights
Holiday Weekends 3 night minimum $220 per night
Christmas and New Years Weeks $220 per night

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Pollock Pines Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , gound floor, double sinks
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , upper level, doube sinks
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , private balcony
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , private balcony
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , private balcony--room for twin pads on floor
    Den - 2 twin/ single , privacy curtain. Room for twin pad on floor
  • Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (2) Additional-dining room has 2 twin futon chairs, 3 twin size foam sleeping pads and two queen sofa beds in living room.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Gentleman's vineyard view, Balconies and sliding doors off every bedroom, wrap around deck, lots of parking, 5 acres, 2 full bathrooms with tubs and showers,blow dryer, iron, ironing board, coffee grinder

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