4BR Lakefront Vacation Rental Auburn, California USA
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!
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Love the deck over the lake. Beautiful
Glad you enjoyed your stay, Michael and always appreciate your patronage! That view from the deck is pretty special.
We loved our stay Combie Cottage. Beautiful lakefront property. Well-stocked, clean comfortable house. The best parts, though, are the large deck overlooking the lake and lower seating area on the lake. Non-stop beauty. We saw a bald eagle!
So very happy you enjoyed your stay in my cottage on Lake Combie! Wow! You even got to see a bald eagle!
My house keeper told me you are her new favorite guest. Thanks so much for renting my home and taking such good care of it. I hope you can return again to enjoy the beauty of the lake and coziness of my cottage
Thank you for your patronage!
Judith Potor - Owner
Lake Combie is so beautiful and the house is just right! We had a fantastic weekend away and had all the amenities of home. Thank you!!
So glad you had a good time at the lake and thanks so much for renting my cottage! Please come again!
Little piece of heaven
Had a wonderful visit wish we could have stayed longer. The property was more than we expected and very relaxing
Property manager was very nice
We would really love to make a return trip in the near future
So happy that you and family could spend time at the lake! it is a special place and I always feel so blessed when learning that families were able to create happy memories staying in my cottage on Lake Combie. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I hope you can return to Combie Cottage soon!
Cute, Quiet and Peaceful
We had the pleasure of staying in this great home to celebrate an early Christmas with my family, who travelled from all over the country. It fit the 9 of us very comfortably! Plenty of seating in the living room, seating for 6 at the dining room table, with 3 barstools at the counter. Kitchen was fairly well stocked, but be prepared to bring all your own condiments, spices etc., which is no big deal.
The back deck is huge, with beautiful views and access to the lake. It rained the whole time we were there, but I could easily see spending many days outside, and dining al fresco at the porch table.
I knocked one star off this review for a few small reasons. One reason is the multiple power outages. The power outage is part of life and no one's fault, because of all the much needed rain. However, the problem is that there were only 2 candles in the whole entire house. No flashlights or other emergency candles etc., anywhere. That made for a VERY dark night, and a long walk in the dark to the bathroom on the other side of the house. The fireplace is for show, and does not put out any heat. Luckily, it wasn't a very cold night. What is not stated is that if the power does in fact go out, so does the water. We did not have running water for hours. I would recommend posting this somewhere in the house, and maybe having a few gallon jugs of emergency water stowed somewhere.
All in all, our stay was wonderful, and we thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent together. Judith sent helpful instructions and accurate directions. She was very gracious and allowed us to check in early, in order to get the great grandparents sorted before it got dark. We would absolutely stay here again, and would highly recommend this place to everyone! Thank you for your hospitality!
Thank you for your review. I am glad you had a happy time in spite of the rain and power outage. I did not know there was a power outage until I read this review and am so sorry this happened during your Thanksgiving holiday. It did rain during several days of your visit and I wrote you following your stay to see how things went. I did not hear back from you, but appreciate your review, now. The home is electric with a propane furnace. If the power goes out, there are no lights, heat, etc., until the power company can get the power going again. As you know this affects everyone in the area. This was the first storm of the season. So glad that PG and E, the electric company, was able to get the power working again. Usually there is a gallon of water in the fridge. I mention in my packet that people should bring drinking water since the water from the tap has a mineral taste. However, I will make sure there is always water in the refrigerator in the future. There were flashlights in the kitchen closet and candles, but the batteries in the flashlight and lantern may have needed to be replaced. Power outages are not a common occurrence. This will be rectified. Thank you for using my cottage and for your recommendations. Please come again during better weather when it is warm and you and your family can use the lake. I will be happy to give you a discount. Judith Potor - Owner
From the moment you pull in you everything was perfect. Kids home from college real quick, took my mom also, quick weekend. Perfect. view, rooms, kitchen, awesome deck, water, we felt comfortable and it was so cozy and well decorated. We laughed and laughed and bonded and reconnected. The place was perfect
Thank you for visiting the cottage! Hope you will come back during the spring or summer season when the weather is warm and the lake is perfect for swimming and boating. Best!
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