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6BR, 4BA Custom-Built 4,000+ Sqft Luxury Lodge in Heart of Tahoe Donner

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Swede Dreams Great Room and back deck in alpenglow

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  • Minimum stay:3-5 nights
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  • Pets considered:No
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Tahoe Donner lodge description

Completed in 2006, Swede Dreams is a custom designed luxury log home with rustic, Scandinavian charm and all the modern amenities needed for the perfect Tahoe vacation during any season. This beautiful 6 bedroom, 4 bath home, located in the exclusive Tahoe Donner association of North Lake Tahoe, rests on 1/2 acre of flat, wooded space and is perfect for families with children, large gatherings or family reunions. Swede Dreams provides immediate access to the scenic Nature Loop trail and backs up to a preserved wetland area that houses a family of active beavers and countless bird species. A private natural spring on the property bubbles up into a small pool before babbling into beautiful Trout Creek.

We bought Swede Dreams in November 2013 and have gone about a meaningful update of the property since then. All kitchen appliances were upgraded, new kitchen counters were installed, and all new furniture (including beds and bedding) was purchased. We also put a large hot tub on the back deck overlooking the preserved wetlands. For those who need to be in touch even during vacation time, we installed high speed WiFi (50Mbps) and a roof-based cell phone booster which now provides solid reception. We have DirecTV connected to four flat screen TVs (three bedrooms plus the Great Room) and have a full collection of DVDs on site in addition to the option of Netflix.

The house was designed with both entertaining and children in mind. The 4,000 square feet of living space is spread over the main floor and an upper floor whose separate sleeping areas are connected by a dramatic elevated catwalk overlooking the Great Room. Five bedrooms and three full baths are located on the upper level and create three distinct living spaces. The south end of the upper level holds a master bedroom with its own fireplace and another room immediately adjacent. On the north end, there is a second master with a neighboring bunked bedroom, both of which open into a common bonus room alcove designed to hold and entertain kids in a separate living space during early mornings or after hours when adults might gather downstairs. The upper level also has a bedroom on the west end with its own deck and bathroom, 50' flat screen TV and a delightful reading loft outside its door. On the main level is a final bedroom with its own bathroom—great for those who may have trouble getting up or down stairs. Older guests will appreciate that the front entrance, garage and entire main floor can be accessed with no more than one step up or down.

Since a good night's sleep after a long day on the slopes or hiking trails can separate a great vacation from a painful memory, we take sleeping quite seriously. Swede Dreams very comfortably sleeps 16 people in beds. Because we have never met someone who enjoyed sleeping on a pull-out sofa, all our beds are ‘real’. Our Master Bedrooms are outfitted with the same King sized beds used at the Ritz Hotel in SF (we called and asked them because we loved their beds), and all our queen beds are of similar quality. All beds have been outfitted with luxury linens and duvets.

With 9 separate zones of in-floor, radiant heat throughout the house, our guests should be able to find and maintain the perfect temperature without the noise, dryness and constant disruption that come from forced air heating. Our driveway is also heated hydronically, so nobody will need to worry about slipping when arriving at night or leaving for the slopes early morning. Perhaps more importantly, after a big dump, nobody will need to shovel his or her way out before heading up!

For the cautious traveler, Swede Dreams is equipped with a centrally monitored alarm system whose access code can be set remotely by the owner and customized for a given visitor.

Upper Level Sleeping:
Bedroom 1: (Master Suite) California King bed, en-suite bath with Jacuzzi tub, en-suite gas fireplace, TV, walk-in closet
Bedroom 2: Twin bed over Queen (bunked)
Bedroom 3: (Master 2) California King bed
Bedroom 4: Twin bed, Twin bunk (3 beds total)
Bonus room: Twin trundle beds (2 beds total), 42'' flat screen TV
Bedroom 5: Queen bed, 50'' flat screen TV, en-suite bath with Jacuzzi tub

Main Level Sleeping:
Bedroom 6: Queen bed with adjacent bath

Enormous vaulted ceiling Great Room with 30’+ tall, east-facing windows to capture gorgeous sunrises. Large leather sofa with wood burning stove, 60'' Flat Screen TV , Netflix, DVD player, SONOS. This room opens up to the back deck overlooking a beautifully wooded and flat back yard, the Nature Loop trail and extensive preserved wetlands. Loads of DVDs, games and puzzles for all ages.

Quiet and welcoming Family Room sits on main floor opposite the great room and offers its own wood burning fireplace, leather sofa and reclining lounge chair. The corner of the Family Room holds a sun-drenched card table ideal for games or drawing.

The dining table fits 10 people with seating for 3 more at the kitchen bar

Outside deck with hot tub, seating area for 8+ and BBQ in summer

We are 40 minutes away from the airport and gambling of Reno, Nevada. We are 25 minutes from Lake Tahoe.

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Property Type

  • Lodge
  • 4032 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Massage

              Suitability

              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                Primary renter must be over 30. ...moreless

              • Children Welcome:

                We have 2 kids under age 5 and have appropriately set the house up to be pretty kid friendly, including full sized crib as well as smaller Graco travel crib, high chairs, bumbo, toys and games....moreless

              • Non Smoking Only:

                Positively no smoking allowed on the property....moreless

              • Pets Not Allowed:

                Sorry...but the house has all new furnishing as of early 2014 and we're trying to keep everything in great shape. We expect to change this policy in a few years when our kids are older and we have a dog or two!...moreless

              Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18, Beds for 16-18

              • Master Bedroom: 1 king

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              • Master Bedroom: 1 king

                Secondary master on north end of house...moreless

              • Bedroom: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single, 1 baby crib

                Twin over queen bunk near Master...moreless

              • Bonus Room: 2 twin/ single

                Trundle beds outside second Master...moreless

              • Bedroom: 1 queen

                Only bedroom on main level; west side of house...moreless

              • Bedroom: 1 queen

                Bedroom on west side of upper level, private bath...moreless

              • Bedroom: 1 twin/ single, 1 bunk bed

                Twin bunk plus twin single near second Master...moreless

              • 6 total bedrooms with 5 on upper level and one on main level. Extra alcove bonus room outside second master has 2 twin trundle beds acts as great kid overflow space since it functions as a separate and distinct family space....moreless

              Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

              • Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower, jetted tub

                Upper level bathroom...moreless

              • Master Bathroom: toilet, tub, shower, jetted tub

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              • Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

                Bath in second master bed/bonus room...moreless

              • Main Level Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

                Main level bathroom...moreless

              • 4 full baths in house with 3 on upper level and 1 on main level. 2 baths in upper level have jacuzzi jets....moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • Swede Dreams is a very special place for our family which we hope to share with others who want to create life-long memories with their own friends and family. We rent our house out only a few times each year because we want to make sure our renters will treat it with the same care and respect that we do as owners. We look forward to hearing from you and to possibly sharing this very special home with you and your friends or family....moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Books
                  • DVD Player:

                    Blu-Ray/DVD player with broad collection of DVDs...moreless

                  • Games:

                    Large collection of board and card games...moreless

                  • Music Library:

                    SONOS system in place and equipped to stream any online music feed...moreless

                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    DirecTV with premium channels and Netflix...moreless

                  • Stereo:

                    SONOS system installed with multiple zones throughout house...moreless

                  • Television:

                    4 flat screen TVs throughout house; 3 in bedrooms, 1 in Great Room...moreless

                  • Toys:

                    Mostly targeted at under 5 crowd...moreless

                  • Video Games:

                    Sony Wii...moreless

                  • Video Library:

                    Broad collection of DVDs...moreless

                  Theme

                  • Adventure
                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Romantic
                  • Spa
                  • Sports & Activities
                  • Tourist Attractions

                  Attractions

                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Marina
                  • Playground
                  • Recreation Center
                  • Restaurants

                  Local Services & Businesses

                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Babysitter
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital
                  • Laundromat
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Medical Services

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Boating
                  • Gambling Casinos
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Paddle Boating
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Sledding
                  • Walking

                  Location Type

                  • Rural:

                    Surrounded by large, mature pine trees with view of neighboring meadows and beaver ponds...moreless

                  • Water View:

                    Looks out over Trout Creek and a small beaver pond about 100 yards from the house....moreless

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Cross Country Skiing
                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Golf Privileges Optional
                  • Hiking
                  • Ice Skating
                  • Jet Skiing
                  • Kayaking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Rafting
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Sailing
                  • Ski Lift Privileges
                  • Skiing
                  • Snowboarding
                  • Snowmobiling
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Whitewater Rafting
                  • Wind-Surfing

                  Dining

                  • Child's Highchair
                  • Dining:

                    Immediately adjacent to Kitchen, enough space for 10...moreless

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 10 people

                  General

                  • Clothes Dryer:

                    New LG large capacity HE Dryer...moreless

                  • Fireplace:

                    Wood burning fireplace in familiy room; gas burning in Master Bedroom...moreless

                  • Garage:

                    2 interior parking spots in large garage (note low entrance height--we fit a Yukon SLT (77'' high, 202'' long) but large SUV with ski rack or tall van may not fit)...moreless

                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating:

                    9 zone in-floor radiant heat plus 3 fireplaces throughout house...moreless

                  • Internet:

                    50Mbps wifi...moreless

                  • Iron & Board
                  • Linens Provided:

                    High quality linens provided for all beds...moreless

                  • Living Room:

                    30' ceilings in Great Room with massive timber support beams...moreless

                  • Parking:

                    2 interior parking spots in garage, 3-4 additional parking spots on hydronically heated driveway (depending on size of cars)...moreless

                  • Telephone:

                    Cell phone booster with external antenna mount installed; solid coverage throughout house...moreless

                  • Towels Provided:

                    Both bath and hot tub towels provided...moreless

                  • Washing Machine:

                    New LG large capacity, HE washer...moreless

                  • Wood Stove:

                    Wood Stove in Great Room...moreless

                  Kitchen

                  • Coffee Maker:

                    Rancilio Silvia espresso machine and grinder for experienced baristas; Keurig single cup brewer with full assortment of flavors for everyone else...plus traditional drip coffee maker...moreless

                  • Dishes & Utensils:

                    Enough for 18 people...moreless

                  • Dishwasher:

                    New Bosch dishwasher...moreless

                  Outside

                  • Balcony:

                    3 Upper Level Bedrooms have balconies...moreless

                  • Bicycles:

                    Rentals available through Tahoe Donner...moreless

                  • Boat:

                    Available for rental at nearby at Donner Lake...moreless

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    Large deck outside Great Room; multiple rooms have private decks...moreless

                  • Golf:

                    2 golf courses in HOA (Tahoe Donner, Coyote Moon); multiple golf courses within 15 minute drive...moreless

                  • Kayak / Canoe:

                    Available for rental at nearby at Donner Lake...moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill:

                    Large capacity Weber grill available during summer months...moreless

                  • Ski & Snowboard:

                    Available nearby at Northstar, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Guests can also enjoy the slopes of Tahoe Donner's own ski hill just a mile up the road....moreless

                  • Tennis
                  • Water Sports Gear:

                    Available for rental at nearby at Donner Lake...moreless

                  Pool / Spa

                  • Communal Pool:

                    Accessible and heated year-round at Trout Creek Rec Center (10 minute walk, 5 minute drive)...moreless

                  • Heated Pool
                  • Hot Tub:

                    Large hot tub on rear deck; very comfortably fits 6 adults or up to 10 kids (depending on age). More hot tubs accessible at Trout Creek Rec Center (10 minute walk, 5 minute drive)...moreless

                   

                  Reviews

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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Winter Standard
                  Jan 6 - Feb 12, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  $1,100
                  $6,000
                  Presidents/Ski Week
                  Feb 13 - Feb 23, 2015
                  4 night min stay
                  $1,650
                  $9,500
                  Winter Standard
                  Feb 24 - Apr 30, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  $1,100
                  $6,000
                  Summer Early
                  May 22 - Jun 27, 2015
                  4 night min stay
                  $1,150
                  $6,000
                  July 4th Holiday
                  Jun 28 - Jul 5, 2015
                  5 night min stay
                  $1,750
                  $9,500
                  Summer Peak
                  Jul 6 - Sep 8, 2015
                  5 night min stay
                  $1,350
                  $7,500
                  Thanksgiving
                  Nov 22 - Nov 29, 2015
                  4 night min stay
                  $1,100
                  $6,000
                  Christmas
                  Dec 18 - Dec 26, 2015
                  5 night min stay
                  $1,850
                  $11,000
                  New Years 2016
                  Dec 27 - Jan 4, 2016
                  5 night min stay
                  $2,200
                  $13,500
                  My Standard Rate
                  3 night min stay
                  $975

                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees and Rental Conditions:

                  • Property Damage Protection $89
                  • Cleaning $350
                  • Tax Rate 11.5%

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                  Last updated: 01/10/2015
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                  Location

                  45 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Reno
                  1 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Northwoods Clubhouse
                  1 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  Tahoe Donner
                  2 Miles
                  Nearest Train
                  Truckee
                  2 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  Highway 80
                  1 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Pizza on the Hill
                  1.5 Miles
                  Nearest Ski
                  Tahoe Donner
                  3 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  Donner Lake

                  Car: Necessary

                  Tahoe Donner is one of America’s largest homeowner’s associations, with nearly 6,500 properties spread over 7,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Tahoe Donner is an eclectic community with a passion for outdoor recreation and a celebration of the Tahoe lifestyle.

                  Located 15 minutes from Lake Tahoe in Truckee, California, Tahoe Donner operates a wide variety of recreational facilities during all four seasons. During the winter, Tahoe Donner operates its own ski hill, cross country ski area and kids' snow play areas. Countless trails are also open for exploration during the winter. During summer, Tahoe Donner gives its guests access to a wide variety of activities including golf, tennis, horseback riding, hiking, biking and swimming (with access to multiple pools as well as a private club at nearby Donner Lake).

                   

                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2013

                  About the owner: We both grew up skiing and hiking with our families and bought a place in Tahoe which we hope will let us pass along to our own kids the appreciation and love for outdoors that our parents shared with us. Karin grew up in San Diego and would visit their family's ski house in Incline Village regularly growing up. Darius grew up in Telluride, CO and was a competitive freestyle skier until graduating from high school. We met during our years at Stanford and are now happy to live in the Bay Area (Noe Valley) along with our two daughters. Karin's parents were both born and raised in Sweden and we still make regular visits to the Leksand region. Many of the items adorning Swede Dreams are original Swedish works that have been in the family for years.

                  Why the Owner Chose Tahoe Donner:
                  We both had our first visits to Tahoe in the mid-1980's and since then have had the chance to stay at homes in many different towns and communities around the Tahoe region. We shared ski leases with friends in Squaw, Dollar Point, Northstar, Tahoe City...and finally in Tahoe Donner ('TD'). Once we discovered TD, we never considered renting a house anywhere else. Over the course of many years and various ski leases in different parts of TD, we came to appreciate the value of being in 'lower' TD with its lighter winds and snow loads (meaning the snowbanks usually maxed out at 10 feet instead of 20 feet during mid-winter). We also liked being closer to the entrance/exit on Northwoods and wanted to find a relatively flat lot on a quiet street...ideally close to a trail and preserved open space and not far from the Trout Creek Rec Center. Truly too much to ask, we thought...until we found our dream home. We had searched patiently for perhaps a year when we came across Swede Dreams. Once we saw it in August 2013, we knew it represented everything we were looking for in our Tahoe dream home and decided to take the leap. It's been an incredible journey outfitting and caring for a large, custom-built log home...but we already consider it part of the family and something our kids (and friends, guests and family) will cherish for decades to come. We love the idea of sharing this amazing place with others who appreciate the outdoors and want to create special memories with their own kids or families.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Lodge:
                  When we found Swede Dreams, we thought it was the perfect house in the perfect location. When we first walked inside, we were struck by the scale of the construction and thoughtfulness of its layout. The house seems large enough to gracefully accommodate many people without feeling so large that anyone can get lost or secluded in far-off rooms. And with different rooms set away from each other, it's easy to have Frozen playing in one room while parents enjoy a quiet fireside conversation in another, or sit in the back deck hot tub while being able to keep an eye on kids inside. We also love the ease with which we can head with our kids down the stairs from our back porch and immediately be in the thick of nature...both in our back yard (with its natural spring) and on the Nature Loop Trail which winds down to a beaver pond about 100 yards to the south. We were lucky enough to find and purchase Swede Dreams in 2013 and hope to share this amazing property with many others in the years to come!


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                  Speaks: english, swedish

                   

                  Photos

                  • Swede Dreams Great Room and back deck in alpenglow

                    Swede Dreams Great Room and back deck in alpenglow

                  • Aerial view showing Trout Creek and beaver ponds just behind house

                    Aerial view showing Trout Creek and beaver ponds just behind house

                  • Great Room seen from catwalk, overlooking 30' east windows and large back deck

                    Great Room seen from catwalk, overlooking 30' east windows and large back deck

                  • Great Room looking towards Upper Level catwalk; kitchen on left

                    Great Room looking towards Upper Level catwalk; kitchen on left

                  • Renovated kitchen with all new appliances and custom countertops

                    Renovated kitchen with all new appliances and custom countertops

                  • Welcoming dining room easily accommodates 10; forest views and south morning sun

                    Welcoming dining room easily accommodates 10; forest views and south morning sun

                  • Grand entry foyer with custom wood staircase leading to Upper Level

                    Grand entry foyer with custom wood staircase leading to Upper Level

                  • Master Suite with 25' ceilings, gas fireplace, TV, walk-in closet, private deck

                    Master Suite with 25' ceilings, gas fireplace, TV, walk-in closet, private deck

                  • Bunk room with twin over queen bed; full-sized crib, adjacent to Master Suite

                    Bunk room with twin over queen bed; full-sized crib, adjacent to Master Suite

                  • Bunk Room adjacent to Second Master; three twin beds

                    Bunk Room adjacent to Second Master; three twin beds

                  • West Bedroom with queen bed, 50'' flat screen TV, private full bathroom and deck

                    West Bedroom with queen bed, 50'' flat screen TV, private full bathroom and deck

                  • Swede Dreams welcoming front entry at twilight

                    Swede Dreams welcoming front entry at twilight

                  • Large private hot tub on back deck, just steps outside the Great Room

                    Large private hot tub on back deck, just steps outside the Great Room

                  • Great Room view of entertainment center with 60'' flat screen TV and wood stove

                    Great Room view of entertainment center with 60'' flat screen TV and wood stove

                  • Cozy Family Room with wood burning fireplace, couches and card table

                    Cozy Family Room with wood burning fireplace, couches and card table

                  • Kitchen looking towards Great Room; large farmhouse style sink, Bosch dishwasher

                    Kitchen looking towards Great Room; large farmhouse style sink, Bosch dishwasher

                  • Bedroom on Main Level with queen bed

                    Bedroom on Main Level with queen bed

                  • Upper Level view of stairs with light-filled reading nook in background

                    Upper Level view of stairs with light-filled reading nook in background

                  • Spacious bathroom attached to Master Suite; large jacuzzi tub for 2, forest view

                    Spacious bathroom attached to Master Suite; large jacuzzi tub for 2, forest view

                  • Large second Master Bedroom on north end of house with king bed

                    Large second Master Bedroom on north end of house with king bed

                  • Cozy Alcove shared by Second Master Bed and Bunk Room; twin trundle beds, TV

                    Cozy Alcove shared by Second Master Bed and Bunk Room; twin trundle beds, TV

                  • Large washer/dryer room with sink and counter space; new high-end LG appliances

                    Large washer/dryer room with sink and counter space; new high-end LG appliances

                  • SD Upper Level (5BR, 3BA plus Bonus Alcove)

                    SD Upper Level (5BR, 3BA plus Bonus Alcove)

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                  • Sleeps
                    18
                  • Bedrooms
                    6
                  • Bathrooms
                    4
                  • Property type
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                  • Reviews
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                  Member since: 2013
                  Speaks: english, swedish
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                  • Calendar last updated: 01/10/2015
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