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The Idyllic Experience- Home Away from Home

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Exquisite and unique rooms throughout the house


Last updated: 09/22/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Donner Lake house description

The Richardson House is a magnificently restored Victorian home located in the high Sierra town of Truckee, California. Built in the 1880s when Truckee was a Wild West railroad town, the home was situated on a hill above town by a wealthy business man. Today, the home remains the centerpiece of Truckee as it overlooks the historic downtown and the Truckee River.

Trains still pass through this once bustling railroad town, stirring echoes of a time that are sure to excite the imagination.

Lavishly resplendent A stay at The Richardson House combines history and elegant luxury with modern amenities. No details were missed in the meticulous restoration of the grand home, whose antique furnishings, fixtures, Victorian textures and rich, inviting hues engage the senses at every turn.

A Quaint Mountain Town Right Outside Your Front Door The outside grounds feature a gazebo where visitors can enjoy wine and cheese before walking to one of Truckee’s award-winning restaurants and numerous, quaint shops. Its prime location provides visitors with quick access to the area’s numerous recreational activities.

The two-story Victorian is perched atop a small hill above Truckee and is easy to spot for its size and welcoming yellow color. The front porch, adorned with gingerbread and Victorian detail, has rocking chairs where visitors can relax and take in the view from up high. Across the river is Truckee’s first ski hill and below is the quaint and charismatic town of Truckee.

Inside, warm hues of deep gold and rich greens are the backdrops for an impressive collection of antique furnishings. Rooms have their original doors and wood moldings, displaying fine examples of 19th century woodwork. The entryway is adorned with gorgeous Lincrusta wainscoting, which is original to the house and striking to behold flanking the grand staircase.

Each of the home's private rooms have their own distinct character and are designed to provide historical ambience, luxury and comfort.

Amenities For You To Enjoy
• Feather beds
• Complimentary wifi internet access
• Stereo system
• Laundry facilities
• Cable TV
• Children’s play room with TV and DVD player
• Large, modern kitchen with two ovens
• Porch with rocking chairs
• Beautifully landscaped
• Fenced yard
• Large gazebo
• BBQ Grill
• Within walking distance to restaurants and shopping
• Disabled accessible
• On call handyman
• On call House Manager/Concierge

If you plan to arrive late in the day or simply want to have a few favorites on hand, personal shopping for up to 15 items is available for a small fee.

Perfect for intimate getaways, corporate retreats, family reunions and special events, The Richardson House is the ultimate vacation rental.

Property Type

  • House
  • 4000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Housekeeper Optional
          • Concierge


          • Events Allowed
          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            must be 21 or over...moreless

          • Children Welcome:

            Children's TV - DVD player, games and books...moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed:

            except for service dogs- must submit certification proof...moreless

          • Wheelchair Accessible:

            1 bathroom includes handicap shower with rails and seat...moreless

          Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, Beds for 14-16

          Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          Other Amenities

              • Concierge services available at an extra fee. Events pricing available, ask owner...moreless


              • Books
              • DVD Player
              • Games
              • Music Library
              • Satellite / Cable
              • Stereo
              • Television


              • Family
              • Historic


              • Festivals
              • Museums
              • Restaurants

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Boating
              • Scenic Drives
              • Walking

              Location Type

                  • Downtown:

                    Overlooks beautiful downtown Truckee situated on top a hill...moreless

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Jet Skiing
                  • Kayaking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Sailing
                  • Skiing
                  • Snowboarding
                  • Swimming


                  • Dining
                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 12 people


                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Heating
                  • Internet
                  • Iron & Board
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Living Room
                  • Parking:

                    parking for up to 8 vehicles...moreless

                  • Telephone
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine


                  • Coffee Maker
                  • Dishes & Utensils
                  • Dishwasher
                  • Pantry Items:

                    Coffee, Tea, Water, seasonings are included as well as a welcome basket of snacks and fruit...moreless

                  • Refrigerator
                  • Stove
                  • Toaster


                  • Deck / Patio
                  • Lanai / Gazebo
                  • Lawn / Garden
                  • Outdoor Grill

                  House Cleaning

                      • Housekeeper Optional


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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Sep 2 - Nov 25, 2014
                      2 night min stay
                      Nov 26 - Nov 30, 2014
                      3 night min stay
                      Christmas/New Years
                      Dec 22 - Jan 5, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      My Standard Rate
                      2 night min stay

                      Additional information about rental rates


                      • Refundable Damage Deposit $850
                      • Cleaning Fee $400
                      • Tax Rate 10%


                      No Smoking/No Pets no exceptions unless 'service animal'

                      60 Day cancellation policy for 100% refund including deposit 30day cancellation - 50% refund including deposit

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                      Last updated: 09/22/2014
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                      5 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Truckee Tahoe Airport
                      1 Miles
                      Nearest Barpub
                      Moody's Bar and Bistro,
                      5 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      Coyote Moon
                      1 Miles
                      Nearest Train
                      4 Miles
                      Nearest Motorway
                      1.5 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Moody's Bistro, DragonFly, Squeeze Inn, The Lodge
                      10 Miles
                      Nearest Ski
                      Tahoe Donner, Northstar, Boreal Mtn, Sugarbowl
                      10 Miles
                      Nearest Beach
                      Kings Beach, Donner Lake, China Cove Beach

                      Just a short walk away from beautiful downtown Truckee to shopping and restaurants.


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                      • Exquisite and unique rooms throughout the house

                        Exquisite and unique rooms throughout the house

                      • inlaid stone patios/seating area with Gazebo and barbeque

                        inlaid stone patios/seating area with Gazebo and barbeque

                      • beautiful gardens with Gazebo - perfect for weddings.

                        beautiful gardens with Gazebo - perfect for weddings.

                      • sitting nooks perfect for breakfast

                        sitting nooks perfect for breakfast

                      • Gazebo with gardens - perfect for summer barbeques

                        Gazebo with gardens - perfect for summer barbeques

                      VRBO #572333

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                      This listing was first published here in 2014.

                      Date last modified - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

                      $590 - $800 per night (USD)

                      7 Bedroom / 4.5 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 16

                      View calendar: Updated 09/22/14
                      Minimum stay: 2-3 nights
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