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Cozy Cabin in the Woods, Pine-Scented Days, Starry Nights

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

2 Bedroom+Loft / 2 Bath Cabin Close to Nature Trail

OUR COZY CABIN IN THE WOODS is easy to access on a level parcel in Tahoe Donner just above the town of Truckee. The two-story house was one of the first cabins built in Tahoe Donner in the mid-1970s. The lot, which has young and mature Lodgepole and Jeffrey pines, cedar and aspen trees, is adjacent to a corner greenbelt for added woodland privacy. It is located on a loop street, perfect for morning walks and safe bike rides for children. A nature trail begins directly across the street, which in one direction leads to Trout Creek Recreation Center—with swimming pools, hot tubs, steam room, sauna, gym, driving range, playground and a nearby deli—and the other direction to the right follows the creek, past beaver ponds through the forest to Northwoods Center—with a swimming pool, tennis courts, pizza restaurant, playground and activities.

It is an easy drive from the Bay Area about 180 miles from Berkeley on I-80. It is a perfect getaway from the hustle-bustle of urban life with plenty of time for family games, outdoor fun, reading or just relaxing.

The cabin is enjoyable in all seasons. Winter is a wonderland with world-class cross-country and downhill ski resorts just minutes away: Boreal, Sugar Bowl, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Northstar and more. Tahoe Donner’s own cross-country course is the second largest in the Sierras and the downhill course is an affordable family ski area. Spring and fall are quieter times with fewer people vacationing. Summer is an ideal time to visit with warm, sunny days, deep blue skies, cool pine-scented nights with a canopy of stars. There are hiking and biking trails, a championship golf course and tennis courts. A variety of restaurants, cafes and shops are available in Truckee. Lake Tahoe is just a beautiful drive away with an array of mountain activities in between.

The cabin, decorated in a mini-lodge flavor, comfortably sleeps up to six people with two bedrooms plus a loft bedroom. The main floor bedroom has two twin beds; the second floor bedroom has one queen; the loft area has one queen. The two bathrooms (one tub with overhead shower and one walk-in shower) have been recently remodeled with new vanities and counters, low-flow toilets and cork flooring. The kitchen has been expanded and remodeled with beautiful new knotty Alder wood cabinetry, countertops, appliances and cork flooring. It has a well-stocked kitchen with cooking paraphernalia, Fiesta dinnerware and a cupboard of staples. Use what you need; replace what you use. The dining area has comfortable seating for six. The living room area has a wood burning stove and a view of the forest. Firewood is available and stacked in the garage.

There are lots of board games for children and adults, a variety of books on the shelf, a small eclectic CD collection, classical and otherwise. We have a 32" Samsung TV to play movies on our BluRay DVD/CD player. There is also an easy plug-in for any mp3 player as well as a Western Digital USB device for playing movies from your USB memory stick.

The two-car garage is detached (we share part of the garage with our neighbor who cares for the cabin and keeps the driveway clear in the winter). The native Sierra landscape surrounds the house with plenty of places to make tree forts, snow caves, play hide and seek, have picnics and BBQs.

Internet: We now have wifi. Although our original intention when we purchased the cabin was to have a restful haven away from our busy, urban lives, we recently decided to offer internet to our guests. Our modem uses capped bandwidth and is not intended for unlimited streaming, but it should be able to handle emails and typical web browsing with no problem. Trout Creek Recreation Center has wifi available also.

This is a non-smoking cabin. We love animals and pets, but unfortunately some family members have allergies, so pets are NOT allowed. You might be fortunate to watch deer walk through the back yard, see a bunny or two, Stellar Jays and other forest birds, chipmunks and squirrels, or witness beavers building their dam just down the nature trail in the meadow pond.

Tahoe Donner passes are available to our guests. Each pass allows four people access (with guest fees) to: Trout Creek Recreation Center pools, spa, gym, classes and playground; Northwoods Clubhouse pool and playground; Tahoe Donner's private beach at the east end of Donner Lake where kayaks, paddle boards, canoes can be rented or picnic area, sandy beach play and swimming area can be enjoyed.

Top activities include hiking, biking, swimming, golfing, kayaking, skiing, snowshoeing, stargazing, relaxing. Visit Tahoe Donner's website for upcoming seasonal events.

More Details

Owner
Judy July and Norm Mayell
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
9 August, 2017

About Judy July and Norm Mayell

Our family has had many memorable seasons at the cabin: skiing and sledding with our kids and their classmates, reading stories on dark winter nights in front of the wood stove, biking and hiking lots of trails on the north shore, watching Fourth of July fireworks at Lake Tahoe or Donner Lake, kayaking on Donner Lake, star gazing, outdoor concerts and theater productions, playing golf in the mountains where your ball travels farther, visiting nearby mining town Virginia City, or driving north to Graeagle on Highway 89. It's a sweet life.

Mostly we have fun.

Judy July and Norm Mayell purchased this cabin in 1996

Why Judy July and Norm Mayell chose Lake Tahoe North Shore

Living in the dense urban Bay Area, we longed to have a place where our children (and now grandchildren) could play outdoors in all seasons, make forts and snow caves, watch wildlife, breathe pine-scented mountain air and observe the starry sky away from city glare. We chose this property because it is adjacent to a green-belt common area, which gives added privacy and space. It is a level lot – a plus when driving on snowy roads.

This is a perfect get-away cabin with easy access to many amenities within Tahoe Donner as well those within driving distance, for example, Lake Tahoe, Donner Lake, Squaw Valley, Northstar, Sugar Bowl, Emerald Bay, Shakespeare at Sand Harbor, historic downtown Truckee, Reno, Graeagle, Sierraville hot springs, rivers, lakes, mountains, forests, skiing, hiking, biking, wildlife, and endless discovery!

What makes this cabin unique

Among many things, our lot is adjacent to a double green belt, which means there is a small pine forest next to our cabin on one side and an additional stand of trees behind our cabin ending near a dry-creek bed. Directly across the street is a nature trailhead leading in one direction to Trout Creek Recreation Center (10 minute forest walk to the fitness center, spa, pools, playground, classes) and in the other direction along Trout Creek through meadows, beaver ponds, forest trails to Northwoods Country Club (tennis, pool, playground, activities, pizza pub).

In winter, downhill and cross-country skiing is minutes away. In summer, we hike, swim and play golf. Tahoe Donner has an 18-hole, 7,002-yard par-72 championship golf course located on 200-acres of pristine Sierra landscape with towering pines featuring sustainable landscape practices and recognized as the “Best Greens in the Tahoe Region.” Excellent driving range, too.

Facilities

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

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 Downstairs - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 Upstairs - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • All new vanities, faucets, low-flow toilets and cork floors.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 Downstairs - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 Upstairs - 1 Large Double Bed
    Loft - 1 Large Double Bed
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Attractions:
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • 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
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

Reviews

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Cozy Cabin in the Woods, Pine-Scented Days, Starry Nights
average rating of 4.7916665 based on 24 reviews
5

Nice little cabin in the woods

  • 5 of 5

My small family of three spent 5 summer days in this cabin. Although we didn't spend a lot of time there during the day, it met our needs well. The kitchen is small, but well-equipped. It's really only big enough for one person to work in. (And, if you generate a lot of dishes, you'll be doing a lot of washing and drying b/c there isn't enough space to stack a lot of clean, wet dishes.)

The beds were comfortable, eating area felt spacious, and there was adequate couch/chair seating for relaxing and talking. Two bathrooms is a definite plus! Our recreating kept us in the general area, so the location worked well for us. We enjoyed walking in historic Truckee and getting out of the more crowded Lake Tahoe communities. It took us about 25 minutes to get from the cabin to Tahoe City.

Even though it's not fancy, it's clear the owners care about their cabin. It was clean and well-cared for. Judy was responsive when I had some questions prior to our arrival. If we ever get back to Tahoe (winter or summer), I would definitely consider renting here again!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Greenbrae, CA
4

A charming, rustic cabin for a small family

  • 4 of 5

Very clean and cozy home. It is an older style cabin with some dated furnishings, but great for our young family that was out and about. Really liked the children's books and games, as well as the proximity to downtown Truckee and HOA amenities. The kitchen was small, but well stocked, the rooms were comfortable, and it was a nice get away for a few days. The Trout Rec Center is AMAZING and the surrounding area is great for young kids...we took full advantage of the pools, hikes, and even the Equestrian center. I did find the upstairs bed to sag on one side, but otherwise, a very economical and comfortable unit.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for submitting your review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay at the cabin along with the activities available at Tahoe Donner. Thanks also for pointing out the bed issue. We will look into that.
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5

Wonderful cozy cabin, amazing hosts

  • 5 of 5

Judy was an amazing host, very responsive and helpful during one of those enormous storms this winter. The cabin is in a lovely location with plenty of room for exploring and sledding nearby. The kitchen was well-equipped, and it was nice that it had staple foods we could use/contribute to, rather than starting from scratch. We were cozy with the wall heaters and fireplace. The set up - one main room downstairs - is very nice for socializing. There are so many games in the game cabinet - that was a big nice surprise, especially since we stayed put for a day and a half during a storm. I wish I had noticed that there is not a washer/dryer, but we were fine without, using a handy drying rack for our snow-soaked clothes. We want to come back!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Could not ask for better

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful spot. Although you are in a small development, you would not know it while in the cabin. The views to snow-capped trees outside were wonderful. We appreciated how the cabin was tastefully appointed--just enough to feel snug and cozy, but not in the least bit over-bearing. Judy was wonderful to deal with. We would stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at our cabin. You are welcome to come back anytime.
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5

Awesome place to stay! Wish the weather had cooperated

  • 5 of 5

Our family took this cabin for a snowy escape with the kids. We had hoped to go skiing.

Our hosts were friendly and helpful. They even called to make sure we were aware of the severe storm coming in. We were well prepared and hopeful that we'd see lots of new snow. Instead we got freezing rain, which meant no skiing, and lots of time in the cabin.

The location near Donner Tahoe in Truckee was close to perfect. We were close to ski resorts and Truckee, and easy to get to. The cabin was clean, inviting, with enough rooms to separate the kids at bedtime. There was enough room around the house for the kids to sled outside. The wood burning stove had the place well heated when we arrived. We cooked in a beautiful renovated kitchen and stayed in during the storm to watch movies. We would definitely come here again and hope Mother Nature favors powder over rain!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Cute cabin

  • 4 of 5

Very cute! We had a great time. Everything was very neat. I loved that there were books, movies and fun games. It did get cold but the wall heaters helped a lot! Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of our cabin. I am glad you enjoyed your stay. I wondered if you built a fire in the wood stove? That helps to keep it warm too. There is dry firewood in the garage.
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Location

Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Truckee Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Lodge Restaurant, Pizza on the Hill, and Truckee
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Tahoe Donner Golf Course and Coyote Moon
Nearest Train
1.5 Miles
Downtown Truckee
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
HWY 80
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Lodge Restaurant, Pizza on the Hill, and Truckee
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Donner Lake
Car: necessary

The cabin is 180 miles by car from the SF Bay Area -- off the Donner Pass Road exit on Interstate 80 (I-80). It is a High Sierra scenic 16 miles from Lake Tahoe via CA-89S and 36 miles from Reno on I-80. If you’re coming from an area outside of Northern California, Tahoe Donner is accessible by any of four major airports, train and bus routes.

AMENITES: Downhill Ski & Cross Country. Golfing. Snowplay. Recreation. Bikeworks. Campground. Equestrian.

PRIVATE: Renters can use guest passes - Trails, Fitness, Massage, Kids Club, Aquatics, Tennis, Day Camps, and Beach Club at Donner Lake.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Truckee, Lake Tahoe, CA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Summer
6 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
2 night minimum stay
£374
for 2 nights
From
£131
£983
 
 
Labor Day
1 Sep 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£570
for 3 nights
From
£152
 
 
Fall
16 Sep 2017 - 21 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
£374
for 2 nights
From
£131
£983
£2,723
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving
22 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
£757
for 4 nights
From
£161
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
Early Winter
27 Nov 2017 - 17 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
£400
for 2 nights
From
£144
£983
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter holiday
18 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
£1,201
for 5 nights
From
£218
 
 
Winter
2 Jan 2018 - 11 Jan 2018
2 night minimum stay
£400
for 2 nights
From
£144
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
MLK Jr Weekend
12 Jan 2018 - 15 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
£596
for 3 nights
From
£161
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter
16 Jan 2018 - 15 Feb 2018
2 night minimum stay
£409
for 2 nights
From
£148
£1,027
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
President's Week
16 Feb 2018 - 25 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
£635
for 3 nights
From
£174
£1,157
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£374
for 2 nights
From
£131
From
£135
Fri,Sat,Sun
£983
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £100.98
Additional Guest Fee £7.77 per person per night
Damage Deposit £155.36

Check in: 4:00 pm on the day of arrival. Check out: 11:00 am on the day of departure. Please put the keys back in the lock box and leave guest passes in counter-top basket A $50 fee will be charged for lost keys or guest passes and deducted from the security deposit. Additional cleaning fee may be charged for larger parties.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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