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LAKEFRONT...."Best house on lake"

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 6 nights


About the property

Sleeps 10, Great Views, 3 Bd, 2 Bath...and a FULL LAKE

Our Shasta Lakeshore Retreat is a special place for all to enjoy on the BEST lake in California (FULL IN 2016 and 2017, always flat water easy to find, 80-90 degrees in summer, 365 miles of shoreline) and located on the most desirable part of the lake (upper Sacramento arm in the wonderful community of Lakehead). The lake house is one of the closest to Sugarloaf Marina. The recently (2012) internally remodeled home (or cabin) features two stories of living space with high wood beam ceilings and large windows looking out onto the lake and mountains: The summer of 2016 and 2017 was booked 100% and based on comments from guests and current bookings we expect the same in 2018. Please book early if interested in our unique place on the lake. As of October 2017, we are about 70% booked for Summer 2018.

- 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths (added 2nd shower), family/media room, kitchen/great room with big window views

- 2 large beautiful Lakeview decks (one brand new) with mature tree shading (upper and lower floor) and even water misters for the warmest days. View of lake, marina, mountains and wildlife from Deck.

- Brand New (July 2017) Air Conditioning System

- Easy RV/Boat Parking, plenty of parking for multiple cars

- Quiet family vacation neighborhood

- Hot tub/spa on deck

- Boat launch is very short drive (less than 1/2 mile)

- Marina has great boat slips for $25 a night (call to book ahead). Great way to enjoy lakefront vacationing. Leave the boat...Walk back and forth.

- Although water does drop like any reservoir, you can always see the lake and marina from decks (no houses in front as we are on the shoreline).

- Two HD flat screen TVs (40" and 50") and DVRs (directTV).

- Internet wifi...

- MicroCell for ATT Cell Phones (need to have owners add you for access)

- TOP FLOOR at driveway level (only small step up from deck) including kitchen, dining area and living area with big windows and great views. This is the main room. Couch in living area is a pull out and sleeps 2. Also master bedroom with queen bed. Bathroom. Largest of two decks with table, chairs, gas firepit and gas BBQ.

- LOWER FLOOR includes a bedroom with a queen bed, another bedroom with two twin beds, full bathroom, family/media room with pull out couch. This room walks out to second deck with spa/hot tub plus views of the lake and property. Note that these stairs are steeper than normal. Need to be careful with elderly/small children.

- Location offers summer temperatures on the deck and around the cabin that are about 10-15 degree less than just up the hill at one of the other rentals because of mature trees/shade and proximity to lake. This is a BIG plus for Shasta in the Summer!

- Air conditioning, ceiling fans, extra fans if needed, heater and wood pellet stove.

- Watch deer and other wildlife every day as you sit on the deck enjoying your coffee in the morning or your drink of choice in the evening.

- Path including steps to edge of Lake (when full)

- Seasonal Rushing Creek through yard into lake

- There are also endless back country roads for ATVs and hunters. We drive our ATVs directly from the cabin down the road to the dirt road.

- Recent upgrades include (Internet, HD TVs, Painted Exterior, New Roof, New Wood Shutters, Blinds and Shades throughout, Enlarged Photos on Canvas of local area throughout the home, upgraded bar stools, 2nd indoor shower and a new deck).

- ADDITIONAL PHOTOS (over 200) can be found on our web site.


Notes: this is a wonderful place but there are a couple things we want to make sure our guests understand:

1. Although Lake Shasta is the best lake for watersports, swimming, fishing and general boating in California, it is a reservoir. The water is let out all year long into the Sacramento river which supplies water to many parts of the state. This combined with low rain fall or drought years can drive the lake level down significantly. This pushes our distance from the lake house to the water out as the level drops. This can be significant. Fortunately even in terrible drought years (like 2015), the house still has a view of the lake (unlike some parts of the lake which dry up entirely). 2016 and 2017 the lake filled to the top.

2. The lower water levels might make the boat ramp several hundred yards further and will make the walk to the marina a little longer. At times the walk can be steep to the marina when water level is very low.

3. The decks are high off the ground. Although they have railings as you would expect, if you have children, you need to watch them all the time outside as a fall from the upper deck would be a serious or life threatening fall. Also the slope behind the house has a trail to the water's edge (when lake full) but it is steep and young children should not go alone.

4. The stairway to the lower floor is steep. If you have elderly staying with you, we do not recommend having them stay on the lower floor. We recommend they stay on the upper floor and use that bedroom.

We also own and rent the home next door which has the same great views but is larger.

Look for VRBO # 926144. It is larger with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths. Will sleep 14. If you would like to book both of them for a party of 24 you can do them separately or use VRBO #934760

More Details

Lori Raun
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Sorry only English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2018

About Lori Raun

My husband and I have been coming to Shasta Lake as our highlight of the summer for 20 years with our children. We have found it is great place for families and the great resource of activities for all ages to enjoy. We enjoyed our time so much we decided to buy this lake house. The previous owners also rented it out and it become one of the most desired rentals for all the reasons listed above. We are enjoying when we can but want you to enjoy it also. We think it is the best house on the lake.

We like it so much we recently bought the larger house next door. See VRBO 926144.

Lori Raun purchased this house in 2015

Why Lori Raun chose Lakehead

Easy decision. Although there were many places for sale including many with great views, we wanted to be on the lake, enjoy the cooler temperature by the water surrounded by mature trees and be close to the marina. We have done house boating and rented many of the properties but nothing compares to this. Some are larger and might be nicer looking on the outside (not inside)...but you can't beat this place. We have made significant investments into this place. We liked it so much and demand to rent it is so great we bough the one next door also. See VRBO 926144.

What makes this house unique

Location, location, location!

Close to Boating/Fishing

Close to ATV Trails

EASY Drive from California and Oregon locations.

Unlike other California lakes in droughts, Shasta Lake has NEVER been short on water.

You can rent just this house or combine with the one next door (to be ready after the first of the year) providing room for parties of 24+. See VRBO 926144

Guestbook comments from the owner

The upper deck with it's beautiful view was so relaxing.

The cabin was just as described.

The kayaking was awesome!

So glad I found your cabin on the internet...thank goodness for social media, right?
Oct 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Lakehead in Shasta County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Noise: Can't be loud before 9am or after 10pm. Sound Travels far.
  • SMOKING....NO SMOKING of anything in or near windows of the house.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • resort ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Full bath off master and main room on top floor
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Nice Shower added recently for your enjoyment
  • 2 Full Bathrooms. One on top floor and one on lower floor. Plus an outdoor shower on the lower deck. If you visited before, you know we did not have a shower in the downstairs bathroom....well now we do based on inputs from our guests. Enjoy. We supply Toilet Paper and soap for sink.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master - 1 Large Double Bed , Top Floor, Street Level (only one step)
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Lower Floor..stairs might be challenging for elderly. steep.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , With view of Lake. Stairs steep down to this level.
  • 3 Bedrooms Total plus sleeping for 2 in pull out couch on top floor main room and another 2 on pull out couch in Living/Media area on lower floor. We upgraded the mattresses which has made them better...but they are still sofa sleepers. Better for the kids than adults.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • festivals
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Housekeeper will come in after your vacation is over, not during the stay unless you want to arrange something special at additional costs. MORE PHOTOS AND CUSTOMERS REVIEWS AT www.shastalakeshoreretreat.com


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LAKEFRONT...."Best house on lake"
average rating of 4.9130435 based on 56 reviews

Awesome Lakefront Location!

  • 5 of 5

Great home and location with everything you need. Large deck and windows look out at Shasta Lake. Cozy pellet stove and gas fire pit on deck. Look forward to our next visit.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dave, Thanks for staying with us and for the positive comments. Lori and Dave, Shasta Lakeshore Retreat
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Chico, California

Beautiful property!

  • 5 of 5

Me and my family stayed at this Shasta retreat for the week after Christmas, it was my Christmas gift to the family. All I can say, it was absolutely amazing, the view from our deck and the upstairs was breathtaking. My only recommendation would be for an additional comfy chair upstairs next to the couch, and a few more large pots for making batches of spaghetti or soup. I would highly recommend this property, the owners were very nice, quick to respond to questions I had, and it was an experience me and my family will never forget.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Cindy, It was great having you and your family as guests. We are so pleased you enjoyed the nice view and accommodations. We appreciate the input on the pots and pans and the chair. We do try to constantly improve based on inputs. Thanks Dave and Lori Shasta Lakeshore Retreat
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You won't be disappointed!!!

  • 5 of 5

This home is fantastic!!! As soon as you walk in you are immediately taken back by the gorgeous views! The main living room has the most amazing open feeling with large windows giving you a feel of the outside right at your fingertips! The deck is even more spectacular, to sit out and enjoy the views of the lake, yes the lake is really right there! We brought our boat and was able to launch it down the way and drive it in a cove right below the home and anchor off. A quick walk right up to the house was so convenient and a fishermans dream! This home has all the amenities to fully enjoy the comforts of home and to not have to lug all those things from home. There is a gas fire feature that we enjoyed on the deck while BBQing all while watching the sunset, so peaceful! All the bedrooms were comfortable and stayed warm and cozy with the heater and pellet stove. All the directions were very easy to follow with step by step instructions. This home is clean and well maintained! My husband and I stayed with our 3 children, 17, 14 and 11. My mother and father in law also came and was plenty of room for all of us. Home is located on a quite street, and parking on street room to park our truck and trailer with boat with enough room to pull all the way out of street. We really enjoyed staying here and will definitely come again! Don't hesitate to book as it does book fast, we already looked for the summer months and not much availability.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Michelle, Thanks for the detailed review about our special home on the lake. We are so glad you enjoyed yourself and we look forward to having you back. Summer is mostly booked but we did have a cancellation recently in June and some dates in August are available. September is one of the best months and it is wide open (if people do not have kids in school). Thanks Dave & Lori
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Retreat #1

  • 5 of 5

Very homey. Very quiet. Very clean!

Spectacular view. Great kayaking water.

Had a wonderful time!

Until the next time...

Wendy Tidwell

  • Review Submitted: 08-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Wendy, We are glad you had a great time. See you next time. Dave & Lori
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Awesome Labor Day Weekend!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the smaller home and enjoyed Labor Day weekend on the lake with our two sons and one of their friends. The house is very comfortable and well kept. The owners are wonderful people and make everything very easy. We will definitely come back next year.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kristina, Thanks for the wonderful review. It was great to meet you and your family and we look forwrd to seeing you next year. Thanks Lori and Dave
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Even more scenic and beautiful then the pictures !! Everything was in place. !! Awesome stay

  • 5 of 5

Couldn't be happier with the whole experience from booking to check out. Everything was great. If you are planning a stay, this is the place !!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jeff, We are so glad you enjoyed everything. Nothing makes us happier to hear that someone really enjoyed their stay. We love staying in the home and we love sharing it with great people like yourself. We would love to have you again in the future. Dave and Lori
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Several in Town
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Mount Shasta
Nearest Beach
In backyard...at the Lake
Car: recommended

Location, location, location....If you like the water, water sports, and the mountains. In the mountains right by a lake but only 25 miles to redding, ca when you need costco, safeway, best buy and home depot.

Also this is one of the best places for ATVs...endless miles of back roads very close to cabin


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £111.65
Pet Fee £70.71
Damage Deposit £372.15

Cleaning Fee of $150. Rental Agreement required to protect both guests and owners. Although we are open to well behaved mature pets that stay off the furniture we do want to approve first. Please let us know about the pet you would like to bring. The house does not smell or look like pets have been there. We want to keep it that way for our guests and our family. STRICT NO TOLERANCE SMOKING POLICY. Additional discounts for 15+ day stays if requested. Check out days can not be on New Years Day, the 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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