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Ripke Retreat, 10% Off Jan.-March Weekdays, Location!, Upgraded, Hot Tub/WIFI

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Condo, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)


SNOW has arrived! More is on the way and the skiing is incredible!

Enjoy 10% OFF Sunday-Thursday stays January all the way thru March. Excludes holidays. Good for up to four guests. Regular rates apply for 5-8 guests.

Our new Bavarian Village central hot tub seats six, with an updated central laundry room. The Ripke Retreat is perfect for weekend escapes, ski trips, casino getaways, family reunions, weddings, honeymoons, and extended stays (up to 30 days).

Please check our availability calendar BEFORE you inquire. Two-night minimum stay. Three-night minimum for all holiday stays. No pets, please.

Please note that the city of South Lake Tahoe now adds a $4.50 PER NIGHT Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT). The TOT tax will be shown in your revised fee summary after you book.

South Lake Tahoe Vacation Rental Permit #102666

Listed are 50 reasons you will love your stay in the Ripke Retreat:

1. Total kitchen remodel. New granite countertops, cabinets, and appliances. 2. Forced air heat throughout. 3. Plush towels and linens. 4. Free Charter high-speed WIFI....don't forget your laptop. 5. Mid-bath remodel with updated shower. 6. One mile to casinos and both Heavenly California ski bases. 7. Fourteen major ski areas within a 50-minute drive. 8. Minutes from hiking and bike trails. 9. Year round hot tub seats ten. Large heated pool (in season). 11. On-site laundry room. 12. 'Rustic Life' wood log table lamps. 13. Kuereg coffee maker. 14. Forced air natural gas heat. 15. Gas starting fireplace. 16. New living room 46" HD TV. 17. Dining area & bar seats up to eight. 18. Newly remodeled mid-bath. 19. New sliding closet doors . 20. New pine interior doors. 21. Ultra comfortable MB Serta king mattress. 22. Three blocks from Bijou Municipal Golf Course. 23. AM-FM-CD player. 24. Blu-Ray player. 25. Indiglo nite lites. 26. Programmable hotel security safe in MB. 27. Casino shuttles. 28. VISA, MC, AE, DISC cards accepted. 29. "AAA-rated'. 30. Three blocks from Safeway market, restaurants, and shopping. 31. Bike path at entrance. 32. Three blocks from bike and ski rentals at “Sierra Ski & Cycle” on Hwy. 50. 33. Parking directly in front of your condo. 34. Hair dryers in both baths. 35. Fully-equipped kitchen. 36. Hand and shampoo soap provided. 37. New master bedroom 23” LCD TV. 38. More than 150 cable channels. 39. Framed cable channel guides. 40. High chair for our smaller guests. 41. Luggage stands & clothing valets in all bedrooms. 42. ”Indiglo” nite lights & glo switches. 43. Three direct dial phones. 44. Playground next door for the kids (in season). 45. Barbecue and picnic table directly in front. 46. Incredible view of Heavenly's “Gunbarrel” main ski run from your MB window. 47. “Low price guarantee” from owner on your rate. 48. Great for weddings, honeymoons, reunions and weekend getaways (friends can rent adjacent units). 49. Late check-out can be arranged. 50. “Tahoe Tips” newsletter from owner upon request.

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Property Manager
Member since: 2002
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 March, 2018

About Greg

My wife and I spent our honeymoon in Tahoe in 1974 and we started renting homes in summer and winter. We soon realized it was time for us to purchase our own vacation home as our "getaway from L.A." . In 1978 we purchased an A-frame cabin and exchanged it for our condo in Bavarian Village in 1993. We have put our 'heart and soul' into making the "Ripke Retreat" just like home. You will love our extra features like our 'cool' nite lights, small hooks for hanging car keys, and a convenient dining table TV remote. We even installed an emergency 'power failure' light you will find above our hallway entrance. We love our hotel 'security safe' in our MB for securing valuables. Our valet clothing stands in each bedroom are also handy for your wardrobe. Enjoy our complimentary hot chocolate as you sit by the fire in our spacious living room. We are in our condo at least twice per year adding and upgrading amenities to assure you enjoy your stay as much as we do. Please let us know if you have any suggestions to make the Ripke Retreat even better.

Greg purchased this condo in 1993

Why Greg chose Bijou 1

We wanted to be close to all area attractions yet we wanted to feel like we were not trapped in a casino hotel room. The Ripke Retreat in Bavarian Village is three blocks from highway 50 and Ski Run Blvd. Minutes from beaches and skiing! We are also on flat ground which makes our condo perfect for summer biking. The South Lake Tahoe bike path runs by the complex entrance. We enjoy riding our bikes to breakfast to our favorite local restaurants. We recommend Ernie's! We boast a rental agency (Pinnacle) that looks after our condo. We love our location in the middle of a grove of pine trees and the skyward view while we are at the pool or soaking in the community hot tub. We also enjoy summer dinners on our balcony so we can take in the pine-scented fresh air and listen to the call of the Blue Jays. In winter save yourself the drive and catch the Heavenly Shuttle at the Bavarian Village complex entrance.

What makes this condo unique

Our master bedroom window view of Heavenly is stunning! We are only one of only three condo buildings that have a large picture window in our MB! We also take pride in four room remodels, living room, and both baths. You will absolutely love our total kitchen remodel with granite countertops extending all the way to the dining room windows. Experience our "Tahoe ambiance" in the Ripke Retreat with pine cabinets trimmed in forest green. We placed an extra table on our balcony so you can enjoy some of your meals outside during warm summer evenings. When the weather turns cold flick the switch and turn on our gas-log fireplace and enjoy DVD movies on our living room 60" Samsung HD TV. For longer stays the on-site laundry really os perfect. Unique to Bavarian Village is luxurious, spacious heated pool (in season) and new 8-person, year round hot tub. While you are enjoying total relaxation in the hot tub look up in into the sky framed by the tall pines around you. You cannot do this at stateline when you're stuck in a stuffy hotel room. In summer enjoy barbecues right in front of our condo on our shared barbecue complete with picnic table!

Guestbook comments from the manager

FROM THE OWNERS: If you like "personal touches" and extra convenience, the Ripke Condo is for you. We just added our hand-made coat racks trimmed in hunter green. The coat rack next to the entrance door features small hooks for your car keys. And look on the kitchen table! An extra TV remote is nice to change channels while you dine. And we have framed cable channel guides in the living room and MB. You will love our indiglo nite lights and glo switches so you will never lose your way in the dark. We have them in the bathrooms too! When you get up in the middle of the night no need to blind yourself by turning on the vanity lights! During winter storms power outages are common. We even have emergency lighting for the living room and hallway for your added safety. We also may be =one of the few vacation homes with two fire extinguishers and five smoke alarms. We remind our guests that there is NO SMOKING in the Ripke Condo. If you must smoke outside please DO NOT throw your cigarette butts over our balcony railing!
Jul 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday condo in Bijou 1 in Bijou Park

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • resort ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • 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 ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Two full-baths. Master bedroom stand up shower, hand held spray, mid-bath features wrap-around vanity & tub/shower combination. Toiletries & linens provided. Hair dryer supplied in each bath.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Ca. King Leesa mattress (1) Enjoy a wall-mounted MB 23' TV from your king bed. Get the weather report as soon as you wake.......or simply look out our MB picture window! Queen size beds (2). New natural pine headboards and night stands, clothing valets, and clock radios in all bedrooms. One additional Leesa queen hybrid mattress in bedroom number three.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • Racquetball
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Fireplace (glass enclosure), 3 phones, fully equipped kitchen, high chair, toaster, toaster-oven, blender, cooking utensils, kitchen condiments, linens provided, fans upon request, iron, ironing board, washer & dryer (shared in complex laundry room), picnic table & charcoal grill (in front), playground/park ADJACENT, casino/ski shuttles, Sierra Ski & Cycle Works 2 blocks west on Hwy, 50 for bike and ski rentals, Safeway market thee blocks & around the corner at he end of Fairway Drive just past the golf course.


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Ripke Retreat, 10% Off Jan.-March Weekdays, Location!, Upgraded, Hot Tub/WIFI
average rating of 4.7714286 based on 36 reviews

Enjoyed our stay

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable, well equipped, close to the action but quiet neighborhood. Thanks for sharing with us

  • Review Submitted: 18-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We like the fact Bavarian Village is close to all venues but is still quiet and tranquil. Our biggest concern is that all VR owners are now caught up in the move to eliminate all vacation rentals in South Lake Tahoe by many upset single family homeowners. This issue is slated to be placed on the SLT November ballot. We feel condo complexes like ours in Bavarian village should not be grouped with single family homes which are part of the partying, littering and noise issues causing concern in many neighborhoods. Glad you enjoyed your stay. We hope the Ripke Retreat will be available for future guests.
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Perfect getaway felt like Home

  • 5 of 5

We have been here for 10 days and we felt like Home. The Condo has all the things you need. The Area around is so beautiful, You can Walk to the Lake. It is a short drive to „The Stateline“ (Shops, Casino, etc) and also very short to The California lodge with Access to Heavenly Mountain Ski (Free Parking)

Many Thanks Greg and Penny

  • Review Submitted: 04-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! Hope to have you as our guests to experience Lake Tahoe in a different season.
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Great location, nicely furnished condo!

  • 5 of 5

We just had a great weekend in Tahoe! Condo was as described, everything was clearly communicated and there were no issues. There is even a high chair in the unit that we took advantage of. Could have used more snow but still had a great trip and that was due in large part to the accomadations, thanks Greg!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

We came in for our anniversary weekend trip. We had 7 people total and everyone slept comfortably. This is such a beautiful property and maintained perfectly. We had everything we needed for cooking and toiletries were provided. This property is close to everything.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Stephanie; Thanks so much for your kind words. So glad everyone was comfortable on our New Leesa mattresses. We purchased our condo in 1993 so this marks the 26th year we continue to add upgrades in the Ripke Retreat. This spring we will replace our dining room table and add new carpeting in each of our three bedrooms. My wife is also urging me to have a new fireplace mantle put in that will "wrap-around" all the way to adjoining walls. We love that we have already moved our TV above the fireplace opening up significantly more space in the living room. No other unit in Bavarian Village can boast total the total number of remodels we have completed in every room! Thanks again for your stay and we hope to have you in again as our guests to experience Lake Tahoe in a different season.
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Comfortable and clean

  • 4 of 5

Perfect size for three couples and the kitchen was great. The only thing was that the fireplace buttons weren’t working so we had to use the manual buttons to make it work. Otherwise it alll was wonderful.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Desar Jocelyn; Thanks-you for the notice regarding the fireplace buttons not working. I just notified our property manager at Pinnacle to investigate and correct. We just installed a new remote fireplace wall switch last October 9, 2017. I will personally resolve this as it is our passion that our guests find everything working as advertised. We just had our fireplace tech. out and he reported our gas fireplace is now operational. A previous guest had turned off the gas valve for an unknown reason. Impossible to light with the pilot light out! We apologize for your inconvenience. We advise all guests not to open with the grate below the firebox and tamper with the settings. We advise guests to call our property managers to either change settings or relite the pilot light.
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Excellent, just nothing to complain about

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this condo 3 nights and all enjoyed it.

The location in South Lake Tahoe is great. Close to the center, but really super quiet, you don't hear anything during the night (and great soundproofing regarding the 3 other condos).

Everything is really functional and just works fine: you can really cook and eat for 6 in the kitchen, you have night tables + closets in the bedrooms, bathrooms are great, the living room is comfortable. You can feel at home.

Great address, great value!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sylvain; So gratifying to hear our continuing 21 years of upgrades are appreciated. Hope to have you in again as guests again to enjoy our Retreat in a different season.
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Weddings, restaurant, world class 18-hole course
Ski Run Marina
Rent boats, jet skis, beach or book a cruise on the Tahoe Queen paddle wheeler!
Heavenly Ski Resort
Thomas F Regan Memorial City Beach
Swimming, picnics, boat launch.
Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort
Skiing, snowboarding, lower lift ticket rates.
Tahoe Rim Trail Association: Van Sickle State Park Trailhead
Picnics, hike to above casinos. Spectacular views
Perfect for beginner skiing, and intermediate skiers. We learned to ski here. 45 minutes fro...
Lake Tahoe Pizza Company
Just reopened. We love the pizza and salad bar. Where the locals go.
Powerline Trail
Little known hiking trail, except for locals. Take a right on Saddle Road, at the top of Ski...
The Red Hut Cafe
One of our favorite breakfast places. 1 1/2 blocks from our condo.
Harveys Lake Tahoe
Visit the "Improv" comedy show,after winning at the slots.
Family dining with a varied menu, great drinks, and desserts.
The Brewery at Lake Tahoe
Great menu, right around the corner from the Ripke Condo.
Complete market and deli. With a Safeway card save on gas at the on-site station.
Bijou Municipal Golf Course
18-hole course comes with an incredible view.
Heidi's Pancake House
In our "Top Five" places for breakfast just blocks from our condo.
Tep's Villa Roma
Great Italian Food.
Sierra Ski & Cycle Works
Rent skis or bikes. Also excellent for bike repairs.
CVS Pharmacy
Fill your prescriptions here.
Lakeview Sports Bike & Jet Ski Rental
Rent skis or snowboards here.
Lakeside Inn and Casino
Where the locals go to play. Fantastic breakfast and dinner specials.
MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
Gaming, dining and entertainment
Tahoe Rim Trail Association: Kingsbury South Trailhead
Secluded hiking trails, spectacular views!
Ernie's Coffee Shop
Another favorite breakfast spot for locals and tourists alike. Recently Ernie's moved from t...
Heavenly Gondola at Lake Tahoe
Ride to the top of Heavenly for spectacular views, skiing, and sledding.
The Beachcomber Inn
Stanford Rock Loop Trail
Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Reno/Tahoe international
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Stateline casinos
Nearest Ferry
0.3 Miles
Ski Run Marina
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Bijou Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Truckee, Ca.
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Hwy. 50
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Tep's Villa Roma
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Heavenly Valley Ca. Base / Marriott Tram
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Regan Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Stateline casinos
Nearest Point of Interest
Marriott Stateline Gondola
Nearest Point of Interest
Ski Run Marina
Nearest Point of Interest
Heavenly California Base And Tram
Nearest Point of Interest
Bijou Golf Course, Safeway Market
Nearest Point of Interest
Regan Beach & Picnic Area
Nearest Point of Interest
Edgewood Golf Course
Nearest Point of Interest
Tahoe Rental Connection
Nearest Point of Interest
Red Hut Coffee Shop
Nearest Point of Interest
Lakeside Inn
Nearest Point of Interest
Sierra Ski & Cycle
Nearest Point of Interest
Bijou Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Chevy's Tex-Mex Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
South Lake Tahoe Bike Path
Nearest Point of Interest
Cantina Mexican Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Tahoe Keys Marina
Nearest Point of Interest
Bijou Field/School
Car: recommended

The heart of South lake Tahoe features a 'world of activities' including bicycling, roller blading, gaming, skiing, hiking, swimming, boating, Heavenly Gondola/restaurant, even hot air ballooning at Lake Tahoe Balloons (we recommend it!)


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday condo in Bijou 1, South Lake Tahoe

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid-Winter 2018
19 Feb 2018 - 29 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
Spring Special
30 Mar 2018 - 24 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
Memorial Day Wknd. 2018
25 May 2018 - 27 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Late Spring 2018
28 May 2018 - 14 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
Early Summer 2018
15 Jun 2018 - 28 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
4th Of July Week 2018
29 Jun 2018 - 5 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Prime Summer 2018
6 Jul 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Labor Day Wknd. 2018
31 Aug 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Fall Special 2018
3 Sep 2018 - 20 Nov 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving 2018
21 Nov 2018 - 24 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Pre-Winter 2018
26 Nov 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £216.63
Cleaning £72.21 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

$4.50 PER NIGHT TOT (Transient Occupancy Tax) is NOT included in the 12% tax amount shown above. THIS ADDITIONAL TAX IS REQUIRED BY THE CITY OF SOUTH LAKE TAHOE FOR ALL VACATION RENTAL PROPERTIES. THIS ADDED TAX WILL BE ADDED TO YOUR INITIAL VRBO QUOTE. Please note that it is not included in your initial quote due to VRBO's rigid web site owner's template.

Holiday minimums: All holiday weekends, 3 nights. Christmas and New Year's beginning December 21, 2017: 5 nights.

Select between a $59 damage waiver (EXTRA) OR...A (REFUNDABLE) $300 security deposit. After property is inspected your security deposit will be returned to you 7 days from the last date of your stay. Guest of record must be 21 (twenty-one) years of age.

South Lake Tahoe Vacation Rental Permit #102666

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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