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Friends, Family, Fun and a Loft!. 3 Bed/2.5 Bath, Large kitchen, Pet Friendly!

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms + Loft area, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Please Note: At this time we are not offering season-long rentals, i.e. ski leases.

Welcome to The Ralston Retreat, a quiet, roomy 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom cabin with a loft for overflow guests in Tahoe Donner. Its located a short drive to one of the top ski towns in America, Truckee, CA. Easy access to many major Tahoe ski resorts for the winter and a private Marina/Beach club in the summer!

The main living area includes a fully stocked kitchen open to the dining area and living room. There is countertop seating, as well as a dining area with seating for six to eight(10 if you squeeze). The living room is wide open with high vaulted ceilings and full-length windows offering lots of light with great sun exposure.

The front door is accessed through a covered walkway (perfect for snowy days and all your gear) or directly from the garage to the lower bedrooms. Upstairs is the living room, large kitchen, half-bath, and master bedroom with a full bath and walk-in closet. Downstairs are two more bedrooms with a shared second bath.

On-site amenities include TV/DVD/Cable/Phone and high speed wireless internet. There is a woodstove in the living room for a cozy evening with friends. Newer furnace provides central heating with two heating zones to ensure comfort both upstairs and downstairs. The master bedroom has a Queen bed, walk-in closet, and a full bathroom with shower/tub. There is a queen mattress in the closet for overflow comfort - if you need it, just pull it out! Downstairs there are two bedrooms: one with a Queen bed; and guest room (the kids room) with two bunk beds (4 single beds) and a full/queen size futon couch/bed that will sleep two. The guest rooms share a full bathroom with a shower/tub combo and single sink. In addition to the guest rooms, there is a loft overlooking the living room for additional sleeping on pads or just for some fun fort games.

The Ralston Retreat is only about one and a half miles to the Tahoe Donner downhill ski area. Tahoe Donner is a wonderful, mountain resort community with its own private downhill ski area, a fantastic cross country ski center, a sledding hill, small market/deli, and Recreation Center with all the workout spa and fun amenities.

The Recreation Center offers hot tubs, heated pool, fitness center, saunas, health spa, tennis courts, downhill and cross country ski resorts, equestrian center, Golf Club with 18-hole Champion course and driving range, a public restaurant (The Lodge at Tahoe Donner), and a private beach and marina on Donner Lake. In the winter there is also a sledding hill for inner tubing! Tahoe Donner is conveniently situated at the upper west end of Truckee and is just minutes to downtown shopping and restaurants. Ski area resorts including North Star at Tahoe, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl, Boreal, Soda Springs, Donner Ski Ranch, and Royal Gorge Cross Country Center are just a short 15-25 minutes away.

Your rental of The Ralston Retreat includes access cards for the Tahoe Donner Recreation Center resident amenities for a nominal charge per person.

The driveway can hold up to 4 cars. There is a 2 car garage with one side available. A snow removal service will clear the drive way any time there is significant snowfall. The backyard is slightly sloped making for a great “ at home” sledding hill for the kids! Hot Cocoa courtesy of Mom and Dad!

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Chris Ralston
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 March, 2018

About Chris Ralston

The Ralston family are Bay Area residents with a lifelong love of the Tahoe region. We have skied, mountain biked, and flyfished in this beautiful area for 30 years and finally decided to take the plunge and buy the mountain home we've always dreamed of. We're excited to offer others a chance to share in this experience.

Chris Ralston purchased this cabin in 2011

Why Chris Ralston chose Truckee

Tahoe Donner and the Lake Tahoe area have been our choice destination for over 30 years now. Within 20 minutes of three major ski resorts and another 10 minutes to the lake, this is the place for those who love the mountains in any season. We love the historic town of Truckee, with its gourmet restaurants, bars, entertainment and collection of fun shops, is just minutes from the house. In the summer they have a street fair every thursday, called Truckee Thursday. Live music, shops, fun food. The Tahoe Donner area has so many amenities to offer -recreation centers, equestrian center, cross country skiing, and golf course, pool, music festivals, tennis, bocce ball.

What makes this cabin unique

The quiet is the first thing you notice in Tahoe Donner. No freeway noise or constant din of traffic interrupts you as you enjoy the beautiful setting. The smell of the pines fills the air and warm sunshine bathes the deck and streams through the large windows in the living area. A quick trip down the hill brings you to wonderful coffee shops, restaurants and shopping. A trip to Sunnyside at Lake Tahoe for brunch on the deck in the summer makes for the start of a perfect Sunday.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Truckee in Nevada County

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Loft - No beds just pads for sleeping bags. A great overflow area
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , There is an additional queen mattress in closet for floor
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , 2 Bunk Bed , Queen Scandinavian designs futon couch bed
  • Queen size Beds (2) There are 2 queen beds. One in the master bedroom and one in the guest bedroom., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) It's a Futon Bed and comfy too! Full / Queen size, Bunk Beds (2) 2 bunks in the downstairs bedroom
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Parasailing
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Your overflow guests can camp out in the loft with beautiful views of the forest from the peaked windows of the living room.


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Friends, Family, Fun and a Loft!. 3 Bed/2.5 Bath, Large kitchen, Pet Friendly!
average rating of 4.678571 based on 28 reviews

Nice comfortable place for 2 families!

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at this house. It is not fancy, but comfortable and as advertised. The kids really liked the loft and sleeping in the same room with 2 bunk beds. The backyard is big and adjoins an open area for utility use which was ideal for snow play and sledding. The owners are really kind, helpful, and accessible. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great weekend with friends and family

  • 5 of 5

The house is well equipped with all that you need, like it’s your house. We all loved the house because of its coziness. We will definitely book this house again.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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we had a great time

  • 5 of 5

It was the first time in Trucky, we loved it very much

It is a nice place, very quiet, we love to go back and use it again, all the trees around the property makes a unique stay.

Thank you to the owners for letting us stay, the price to rent this place is very economical and is very close to lake tahoe.


J A Santos

  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Summer Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed the lake and marina! Lots of kayaking! Pool was awesome, cabin had tons of room in kitchen and on deck for big dinners

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location close to Truckee and surrounding area - Donner Lake

  • 4 of 5

Property was clean, comfortable, and fit our needs. We didn't spend much time at the cabin. Wildlife was abundant around the outside of cabin, beautiful setting in the pine trees. Thanks

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice winter getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 7 stayed in this house very comfortable. Great backyard and easy access to Donner ski area.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Reno, Nv
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Truckee, CA
Car: necessary

The Trout Creek Rec. center has 2 pools, 3 jaquzzi's, steam room, sauna, workout, pilates and a lot more. Guest passes allow you to access these for $8 per person all day


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £115.54
Pet Fee £36.1
Damage Insurance £42.6
Damage Deposit £108.31

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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