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Lovely 4 Bedroom Lakefront, Steps from Scenic Gold Country Lake, Open All Year!

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

4BR Lakefront Vacation Rental Auburn, California USA

Combie Cottageis a four-bedroom cottage, situated beside a beautiful 450-acre lake in the Sierra Nevada foothills of northern California. The lake is surrounded by tall pines and majestic oaks. Rest and relax in a most peaceful setting, and let your cares melt away. Enjoy all manner of water sports ( power boating, water skiing, wake boarding, tubing, ), hiking, fishing, winter skiing, and nearby golfing. Feed the Canadian geese, or watch the deer.

The home, recently remodeled in 2015, provides a fully self-contained vacation retreat that is perfect for couples, families, and small groups of friends. The cottage has a large front deck overlooking the lake with a large picnic table, charcoal barbecue, fire pit (great for marshmallow roasting!), and comfortable deck furniture. There is also a wonderful swing located underneath the pines at water's edge. Guests may use free of charge the canoe, kayaks, paddle boat, and small fishing boat ( you bring the trolling motor) provided to explore Lake Combie, or they are welcome to bring their own watercraft between April and mid September since there is a launch ramp and floating dock on the property. Combie Cottage, although tucked away in the beautiful Bear River Wilderness Area, is not isolated and requires only a five minute drive to reach the Lake of the Pines Shopping Center which features restaurants, markets, specialty shops, and med clinic. There is even a nearby Starbucks! Also, only moments away, is the well regarded Dark Horse Public Golf Course.

There is so much to enjoy while staying on Lake Combie and the charming home offers a wonderful sense of ambiance and tranquility during any season.

Fully self contained and accessible!: Feel free to contact the owner who can answer any question.

Highlights of Home, Property, and Area!: Combie Cottage has its own floating dock, boat launching ramp, sandy beach, canoe, kayaks, paddle boat, and small fishing boat!

The Lake House offers -

Hiking trails behind the house!

Great Fishing and Swimming!

Water skiing, wake boarding, tubing - there is even a slalom course on the lake!

Bear River to explore as well as lake!

Golf five minutes away at Dark Horse Golf Course!

Nearby historic Gold Rush towns to visit!

Skiing in Winter - Soda Springs, Donner, Boreal, Squaw Valley only 45/60 minutes away!

1700' scenic foothill elevation, just below snowline and above the valley fog!

Lake does not freeze in winter and may be used all year long for recreational activities!

Nearby white water rafting on upper, mid, and lower forks of the American River!

Only an hour from Sacramento, 2 hours from the Bay Area, 1.2 hours from Reno, one hour from Lake Tahoe, and an hour and a half from Napa Valley!

More Details

Judith Potor
Member since: 2000
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2018

About Judith Potor

I love Nature and my favorite setting is spending time at my cottage on Lake Combie. I am also a traveler and am happiest when exploring other cultures and distant locations.

Judith Potor purchased this cottage in 1985

Why Judith Potor chose Auburn

I grew up in the South and my family had a 'Camp' on a recreational lake. My happiest memories were those at that lake when I was water skiing and swimming with family and friends. After moving to the West, it became my dream to find a 'California Camp' and give my own children a similar lakeside experience. I have owned this property for more than 30 years and it is still my fondest place to visit. Now I have grand children with whom to share this most special of lakeside retreats. I also hope that you can enjoy it, too!

What makes this cottage unique

Nature! Nature! Nature! My favorite experience is awakening in the early morning and seeing mist rising from the lake. It is also wonderful fun to go exploring by boat and visit an area of marshland not far from the dam that reminds me of the southern lake that I so loved growing up in Louisiana. You don't need to own a boat to take a voyage of discovery, because you may enjoy my canoe, kayaks, or small fishing boat ( you bring the trolling motor) free of charge! I also have a great swing, located on a sandy beach close to the water, for enjoying lazy days or looking at the night stars; a floating dock which can be used for lounging or fishing; and a large outside deck which offers amazing water views of a jewel of a lake that most people do not even know about! If you have a boat, you may bring your own from mid April - mid September and can launch it from my own private ramp and then tie it up to the property's floating dock. There is even a slalom course on the lake for ski and wake board enthusiasts! Kayak or canoe to the Bear River and visit Upper Lake Combie, an area where few go, but is the home to much wildlife and water fowl. Combie Cottage sits beside one of only seven lakes which retain its water all summer long. It is truly a special place to visit!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Auburn in Nevada County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The Master bathroom was remodeled in 2015 and features a tub for those who enjoy the leisure of soaking in a hot tub. Bathroom 2, also fully remodeled in 2015, and located off the kitchen, provides a shower.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed , with trundle
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 4 Single Bed , double bottombunk top single bunk & trundle - sleeps 4
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • In order for our Combie Lake House to provide accommodations for larger groups, beds will need to be shared as well as trundles and couches utilized in living room. Besides the four bedrooms that can sleep ten if beds are shared, there are also two queen sofa sleepers in the living room. Because of the size of the cottage, it is recommended that larger groups only use the 1800 sq foot home during summer months when there is no threat of rain and people can be outside for most of the day.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Decking
  • 6 deck chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Combie Cottage has a large front deck with built in seating as well deck furniture, picnic table, portable fire pit, & grill. The deck overlooks Lake Combie. In fact, the lake is so close that friends can easily converse with one another while standing on the floating dock and home's front deck. Besides the picnic table on the deck, there are two others, as well as a wonderful swing located on the sandy beach at water's edge. The property comes with its own boat ramp, so bring your watercraft or use the canoe, kayaks, paddle & fishing boat ( you bring your own trolling motor) provided at no extra charge! Combie Lake is a great place to explore as well as the Bear River which feeds it. Relax on the deck underneath huge sun umbrellas while enjoying incredible lake views! Roast marshmallows in the fire pit & gaze at the stars from the floating dock or swing. Enjoy the sandy beach which has chairs & sun umbrellas, then cook steaks on the charcoal barbecue pit. This is the life!


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Lovely 4 Bedroom Lakefront, Steps from Scenic Gold Country Lake, Open All Year!
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Relaxing and very enjoyable.

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at this lovely home many times over the last 20 Years. Every time we love it!!

  • Review Submitted: 22-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoy coming to Lake Combie and staying in my cottage. So sorry I could not schedule the new beach to be built before your arrival; but when you come next time, you will see a sandy beach by the water. It was just constructed a few days ago when the contractor could do it. Thanks again, Janice and family, for your continued patronage! It is really valued and appreciated.
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perfect honeymoon

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect setting for our romantic honeymoon. We savored the quietness, drinking coffee on the deck, canoeing, and just being together on our first days as husband and wife. One of my favorite places on earth and feel fortunate to have gotten to enjoy the Potor Lake House. I wish we could have stayed longer but every detail was amazing and it was a special experience!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your honeymoon is one of the most special things you will remember as newlyweds. I am so glad to learn that your first days as newlyweds at the Potor Lake House - Combie Cottage was " love"ly. Congratulations on your marriage!
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Perfect Get-A-Way!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week with our teenagers on this peaceful wooded lake! The house is clean and updated with a generous deck overlooking the water. Nestled on the side of the lake for a perfect view, the house comes with its own dock and plenty of water sports for everyone. Even just enjoying a warm cup of coffee on a cool morning on the bench swing at the lake's edge is a great way to start the day while the kids sleep. Thank you for a lovely family vacation!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad that you had an enjoyable stay at Combie Cottage. Thank you for using my home.
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Beautiful lake front family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We have been staying at the Potor family lake house for many years now. Our kids (who are now adults) still look forward to coming to this house on Lake Combie each year. It's a beautiful house with tasteful lake decor and very comfortable. Everything that you'd need is provided. The view is spectacular and the lake is so welcoming and just a short walk down the driveway for a swim or float. We have so many wonderful family memories here and are so grateful to the Potor family for sharing. They truly have the best view of the lake, being on the corner and with the newly completed remodel, the home is lovely. Every year we come to relax, swim, bbq and play board games. We spend most of our time on the large deck and eat all of our meals outside. It's truly our favorite vacation spot.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your patronage is deeply appreciated these many years!
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A great vacation place for all ages.

  • 5 of 5

Our family has enjoyed vacationing on Lake Combie for 5 years. This lake front home has recently been remodeled and it just enhanced the lovely lake house charm. The view is the best on the lake and you could spend the day just lounging on the deck. The sunset and moon reflections on the lake are a thing of natural beauty. The water is great for swimming, kayaking, boating and all water sports. Perfect for a family vacation.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad that your family has enjoyed my cottage and Combie Lake for the past five summers. There are many places your family could choose for your vacation, so it means a great deal to me that you appreciate my home and like its recent remodel.
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A piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently had the unique opportunity to vacation at this lovely lake house. We think it is perhaps the best location on the lake as you can sit on the large deck with a refreshing drink and look right down the heart of the lake. During the day the sun playfully reflects on the water and at not you just cannot miss the moon reflecting on the lake, it is breathtaking. Then if you want to take a dip, paddle a kayak or canoe, fish or ski this lake house is right on the water with it's own dock. The remodeling is fresh and warm, all at the same time. We hope in the future to make this one of our 'go-to' vacation homes. You will love it and will create memories galore.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad you enjoyed your stay at Combie Lake House, a " little piece of Heaven" on Lake Combie.
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Empire Mine State Historic Park
Old Sacramento
River Rafting: South Fork of the American River
Friar Tuck's Restaurant & Bar
Lefty's Grill
Monkey Cat
Mt. Tallac Summit
Matteo's Public
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
The Dive
Nearest Ferry
90 Miles
San Francisco
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Dark Horse
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Interstate 80
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Soda Springs
Nearest Beach
100 Miles
Bodega Bay

Combie Cottage is located at an elevation of 1700 feet on the banks of Combie Lake in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Surrounded by tall pines and oak trees, the cottage is a fifteen minute drive from the charming and historic former Gold Rush towns of Auburn and Grass Valley/Nevada City, and a one hour drive from Sacramento. Beautiful Lake Tahoe is also an one hour drive and the ski slopes of Soda Springs and Donner are only 45 minutes away! The Napa Valley Wine Country is 1 1/2 hours from the home while the San Francisco Bay area is a 2 hour drive. Although the home is located in the Bear Valley Wilderness area, it is not isolated. Restaurants, specialty shops, markets, and med clinic are within minutes from the cottage.

Other Activities: Visiting nearby Gold Rush Towns and river rafting


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Auburn, California

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
3 Jun 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest
3 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest
1 Oct 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/ New Years
21 Dec 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £45.12
Refundable Damage Deposit £267.68
Pet Fee £19.12
Cleaning fees £76.48

Holiday weekends Thanksgiving, Easter, Memorial and Labor Day weekends - $25.00 more per night - some holiday periods may require a three night minimum
The house keeper charges $100.00 for five houirs of cleaning. If families do not leave the cottage in good condition, there may be extra cleaning fees which will be taken out of the $350.00 security deposit. Guests are expected to empty the trash and put everything back as they found it upon arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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