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Donner Lake Charmer - West End Stone Cabin

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6-8)

Squirrel's Nest is the quintessential lake cabin with granite stonework, wood-burning stove, high-end linens and beds, and tree-shaded decks. Set on a corner across the street from the lake, the cabin is two blocks from the West End Beach.

It is comfortably, completely equipped for cooking, entertaining, and relaxing. The loft “master bedroom” has a queen bed, a day bed with trundle, and a private balcony. The second bedroom has a double bed. The living room sofa is a hide abed.

The cabin is stocked with firewood, winter sleds and snow shovels, as well as summer hammocks, barbecue, and deck and beach furniture. Gas furnace and stove, washer and dryer, and TV/DVD/CD. Enjoy an extended retreat in this charming forest home that sleeps eight.


More Details

Mary Serrano
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Mary Serrano

We are the former owners of the Donner Lake Inn (2004-2012). We cherished our time living in Truckee, especially at Donner Lake. Now living in the Bay Area and Portland, Oregon, we share our cabin with you. While living at the Inn, we started renting Squirrel's Nest out and now have many guests who return year after year. Squirrel's Nest is our home as well as yours.

Mary Serrano purchased this cabin in 2003

Why Mary Serrano chose Donner Lake Woods

The "Nest" is directly across the street from Donner Lake, with only trees filtering your view. In the Summer it is a short walk to the beach. In the Winter our roads are some of the first to be cleared. Once inside, you will feel like you are home.

What makes this cabin unique

The most asked about feature of our cabin - the wooden floor. What is it? An old bowling alley? No it is a "reused" solid maple gym floor complete with stripes. The planks were installed in random order. The wood burning stove adds warmth and creates a cozy atmosphere. You can sit by the fire and gaze up into the trees through the large, west facing, dual glazed windows. Heaven on earth.


Donner Lake Woods Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Lake View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • 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 Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Upstairs Loft Bedroom - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Day bed, with a trundle. Large loft area, on the 2nd floor
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Located in the living room
    Downstairs Bedroom - 2 double
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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Donner Lake Charmer - West End Stone Cabin
average rating of 4.928571 based on 28 reviews

Very Welcoming and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time this weekend for my dad's birthday. Enjoyed relaxing by the fire and watching the snow fall. Mary is very accommodating to what you need. Thank you for a great weekend. Will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved this cozy cabin!

  • 5 of 5

The owners were great to work with. The cabin is stocked with everything you need to make your stay perfect. Wood stove adds to the charm. Gas cooking range is a treat to cook with. Great views from every room. The location of the cabin is great!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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great place

  • 5 of 5

Good location near Sugar Bowl and everything worked smoothly.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very cozy and comfortable, well-stocked kitchen, super responsive host. Thanks Mary!

  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location

  • 4 of 5

Near beach and fishing.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for our little family

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at Squirrel's Nest. It was just what we needed for our little family - including a 5 year old and a little dog. We had a fantastic time on the blow-up row boat from the shed on the back deck and I'm already missing floating on the lake on an inflatable raft. Our son enjoyed all the sand toys and trucks, too. What made the cabin a stand-out compared to other VRBO and Air BnBs that we've stayed in was the cooking supplies in the kitchen. We love to cook so it was so great to have adequate pots and pans and good-quality knives to make our meals with.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Cleaning $60-$100 $100
Tax Rate 12.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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