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'The Lakeside Haven' Luxury Lakefront Retreat on Serene Lakes

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,125 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths (Sleeps 6-7)

The Lakeside Haven is nestled on the shore of Lake Serena, the quieter of the two Lakes in the community of Serene Lakes, in the town of Soda Springs at Donner Summit.

The home has a southerly exposure and high, vaulted pine ceilings offering wonderful sunlight and beautiful summer views of Serene Lakes through early evening. The Lakeside Haven is situated on a unique lakefront lot with vacant lots on each side offering unusual privacy.

In the winter Sugar Bowl, only 10 minutes away, offers some of Tahoe's best downhill skiing. The home is also only 5 minutes away from Royal Gorge Cross-Country Ski Resort, which is one of the largest cross-country skiing areas in the world. And it is about 5 minutes from Soda Springs Ski Resort with tubing and special snow programs for children. Squaw, Alpine and Northstar are located near Lake Tahoe (about 30 to 40 minutes away). You can also cross-country ski or snow shoe on the frozen lakes just out the back door.

In the summer, enjoy swimming and relaxing at the beautiful community beach on the connecting sister lake, Lake Dulzura. At the beach are tables and even a snack bar that is open many weekends. Or take the Lakeside Haven’s 3-person canoe or 1-person kayak out for peaceful boating on the lakes. Just outside on the deck facing the lake are a pair of chaise lounges ideal for a nap or reading. (The boats and patio furniture are available June 15 - October 15.)

Truckee is only 20 minutes away with its shopping boutiques as well as fine restaurants such as Moody's, The Dragonfly and The Drunken Monkey.

The Lakeside Haven boasts lakeside views from the master bedroom suite, seclusion and serenity. The master bedroom suite is appointed with grand mahogany furniture and a wood burning fireplace, all setting the mood for enjoying your relationship with your beloved.

Family members have separate living quarters upstairs with 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, sleeping up to 6 upstairs.

All bedrooms and the two full bathrooms have vaulted pine ceilings. The 3 bedrooms upstairs boast 4 large beds and share one full bathroom, also with a vaulted pine ceiling. 2 of the 3 bedrooms are connected by double French doors, with the lakeside bedroom having beautiful lake views. Sheer drapes separate those two rooms for privacy. The downstairs master suite has lofty vaulted ceilings, a wood burning fireplace, dual sinks in the master bathroom room, and sweeping lake views at just above lake level.

When snow gets high in the winter it will encircle the large deck off the living and dining rooms (which is kept shoveled) and surround the first story of the home including the master bedroom and dining room to create a cozy, tucked-in, winter wonderland feel.

Location: Town of Soda Springs, California just off I-80 on Donner Summit. Near Donner Lake, and near North Shore of Lake Tahoe. 5 minutes to Sugar Bowl downhill skiing and Royal Gorge cross-country skiing. Lots of hiking nearby. Kayaking and boating on the lakes. 20 minutes to Truckee restaurants and shopping. 15-20 minutes to Donner Lake fishing. 30-40 minutes to Squaw, Alpine and Northstar.

* Directly on Lake Serena, the quieter of the two Serene Lakes

* Light-filled, southerly exposure

* Set back from the road and with vacant lakefront lots on each side offering unusual privacy

* Constructed in 1991, the home is well-crafted with good insulation and Pozzi dual-paned wood windows

* Elegantly furnished with a 'home', not a 'cabin', feel boasting upscale appointments

* Approximately 2,125 square feet, 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms

* Vaulted pine ceilings in the living room, each bedroom and each full bathroom

* 52-Inch high-definition flat screen LCD TV and DVD/VCR in living room with Netflix streaming (no TV cable service to better enjoy the serenity of the summit)

* Dual chaise lounges on the deck in the summer

* Large couch, one sitting chair, and two leather recliners in the living room

* Upstairs loft with antique loveseat and two rocking chairs

* Solid cherry console piano (for older children and adults)

* Bose SoundDock in the living room for MP3 player or iPod

* Upstairs Sleeping: 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom (2 bedrooms connected with one overlooking the lake)

- 2 nestled twin beds with king-sized linens (gold bedroom); 1 queen bed (lakeside); and 1 queen bed plus 1 full bed (red bedroom)

* Downstairs Sleeping: 1 master bedroom and connecting bathroom (1 queen bed)

- Wood burning fireplace and Bose SoundDock iPod player in the downstairs master bedroom

* Wood burning fireplace in the living room

* Gas stove in the dining room

* Free telephone service for calling anywhere in the continental U.S.A.

* Free UVerse Max internet service (downstream speeds up to 12Mbps) via wireless modem

* Fully furnished maple cabinet kitchen with formal dining room

* Johnson Brothers 'Fresh Fruit' place settings, Reed & Barton flatware, and wine glasses

* Breville espresso/cappuccino machine

* Vitamix blender

* Gas cook top

* Linens and towels provided

* Washer and dryer

* 1 undersized, small car garage for storing gear (parking in the driveway is recommended for larger cars and SUVs)

* Old Town 3 person canoe with two padded seats

* 1 person kayak

More Details

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 16, 2017


Serene Lakes House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2125 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Downstairs Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower , Combination tub/shower
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Upstairs Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 'King' is 2 twins pushed together with king linens
    Upstairs Bedroom 2 - Lakeview - 1 queen , Upstairs Bedroom 2 is connected to Bedroom 1
    Upstairs Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 double , Full bed is a Sealy Posturpedic pillow top
    Downstairs Master Bedroom - Lakeview - 1 queen , Sealy Posturpedic pillow top
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Sugar Bowl 10 minutes away; Royal Gorge Cross-Country Ski Resort 5 minutes away; Ski In/Out Cross-Country skiing on the lake in the winter; Canoe or Kayak on the lake in the summer


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'The Lakeside Haven' Luxury Lakefront Retreat on Serene Lakes
average rating of 4.7 based on 10 reviews

Very comfortable home!

  • 4 of 5

Like the location being by the lake. Can use e-mail & texting but no cell phone. Land line for guests to use. No cable service.

Very good info on the house when checking in! Good communication checking in & out.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Winter Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful winter weekend at this lovely, comfortable home. The snow was up to the second floor windows, but the roads, driveway, and deck were well plowed out. With ages 2 to 70 present, we enjoyed sledding and snowshoeing from the house and skiing at one of the resorts nearby. Everything we needed was supplied, the furnishings were very nice, it was warm, and everything worked well for our group. The owner was available and very helpful as we planned our trip. We hope to visit again!

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing winter break for the whole family

  • 5 of 5

Our family (3 generations) just returned from a 4-day New Year weekend at “the Lakeside Haven”.

What a lovely house! We all found it very inviting and comfortable. Our host Catherine has been the most helpful by providing prompt responses to our (numerous ) inquiries prior to the trip and by returning the security deposit in full on the day we checked out of the house.

We cooked all our meals at the house (very well equipped kitchen, plenty of dishes for all & nice spacious dining table), celebrated New Year, enjoyed a fantastic afternoon cross-country skiing at the Royal Gorge (literally 5 min drive away) and a day of skiing/snowboarding at the Sugar Bowl (~15 min away).

My parents went on a very long beautiful walk all around both lakes. If you have your own cross-country skis (we didn’t this time), you can start your trail right out from the backyard and ski around the lakes.

We only wished we had more days to enjoy it all and hope to come back again soon. Thank you Catherine!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazingly Beautiful !

  • 5 of 5

This cozy cabin right on Serene Lakes is incredible. The owner is extremely helpful and very kind. The views from the house are outstanding and the home itself is very cozy. This is definitely a place my family will be staying again. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking to relax and enjoy the breath taking views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Serene Lakes!!!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful spot on the lake

  • 4 of 5

Loved being right on the lake & having use of the kayak & canoe.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

We liked the most the location. Quite, private close to the lake and close to the major store and hwy. the house has everuthing that one needs to relax.

Thank you for a trust in us with all the amenities:-)

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Motorway
2.2 Miles
Nearest Ski
5.5 Miles
Sugar Bowl
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Serene Lakes Property Owners Association Beach


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning & Linens $175 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 10.0%

Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice. Check in time 3 PM, check out time 11 AM.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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