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Lodgepole Pine House an Ecologically Designed Vacation Home

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 12-15)


This brand new ecologically-designed home in the Serene Lakes community backs up to a nature reserve open to cross country skiing, hiking and biking and is a five minute walk from beautiful Lake Serena and Lake Dulzura. The home incorporates natural building materials and incredible detailing in a rustic and modern style. The owner/ architect designed the house to embrace the outdoors with generous porches adjoining most rooms and with windows framing the surrounding pine forest. Bird watch and stargaze from the house.

WINTER RECREATION: Downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, iceskating, snowshoeing, sledding. Cross country ski directly to Royal Gorge, the largest Nordic ski resort in the country. Less than a 10 minute drive to excellent downhill Sugar Bowl, Boreal Ridge, Soda Springs, Donner Ski Ranch. NorthStar, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Tahoe Donner are nearby.

SPRING: Still some snow pack for skiing and snowshoeing. Perfect weather for road biking before the heat of summer. Find quiet solitude in the low tourist season.

SUMMER: Road and Mountain Biking, swimming, hiking, kayaking and sailing, catch and release fishing at Serene Lakes. Great show of wildflowers. Wine festivals, Tahoe Music Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Outdoor film showings at Squaw Valley and Truckee. The Owner’s Association beach at Serene Lakes is great for kid’s and adults.

FALL: Wonderful fall color. Biking, hiking, boating. Find quiet solitude in the low tourist season. Nevada County Fair. Tahoe Sierra Centruy Bike Ride. Lake Tahoe Marathon. Truckee Renaissance Faire. Golf Classic at Truckee.

LOCAL HISTORY: Explore nearby Donner Lake (where the famous Donner Party was stranded for the winter of 1846) and Lake Tahoe areas. Visit historic truckee for shopping, good eats, and winter sport rentals.

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More Details

Anne Phillips
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Anne Phillips

I am a practicing architect in Berkeley California with over thirty years of experience in the design and construction fields. I love outdoor adventure and photography.

Anne Phillips purchased this house in 2008

What makes this house unique

Lodgepole Pine House is a very special custom built home- not the typical vacation rental.


Serene Lakes House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Ski-Out
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Queen size Beds (4), Twin or Single Beds (4), Single Futons (3)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
recreational equipment available for guests: bikes, kayaks, snowshoes.


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Lodgepole Pine House an Ecologically Designed Vacation Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

The Perfect Winter Get-Away

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in many vacation homes, looking for that "perfect" one. I think we finally found it! A great balance of modern touch with cabin comforts, as well as a great kitchen (we celebrated Thanksgiving here with extended family). Also a great place for several families, given the multi-level living design. In addition, working with the owner was far easier than most. She was responsive and provided lots of great information. We hope to be back soon!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We strive to give our guests a great experience, glad to hear you enjoyed our home!
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Beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

I always enjoy our annual trek to this exquisite property!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ross, California

Gorgeous house in a beautiful setting!

  • 5 of 5

Wow! Epic weekend. 2 families with 4 total kids stayed for 3 nights. Anne, the owner, was incredibly responsive and enabled us to rent the house at the last minute. The layout of the house is PERFECT for large groups. We were essentially able to share the main floor living space and then each family occupied a floor for sleeping. The house is less than 10 minutes form Sugar Bowl, where we skied for 3 days. The house is so well done and comfortable, but not so "fancy" that it doesn't feel livable. We will definitely rent again!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ideal Ski House

  • 5 of 5

Just returned having stayed at Lodgepole Pine from a long weekend skiing and couldn't have been happier with our stay. The house is beautifully designed with a great layout - the large open living area on the second level was the perfect place to hang out after a long day skiing. Will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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our favorite tahoe ski house

  • 5 of 5

We have returned to the Lodgepole Pine house several years in a row now. It's very easy to get to from SF and is super comfortable for 3 families with young children to relax and have fun. The kids love the loft- and we love the open floor plan on the main floor. Plenty of bathrooms, heated floors, and well stocked kitchen. Very clean and comfortable- and even has yoga mats. Can easily ski to Royal Gorge, and it's just 5 minutes to Sugar Bowl, or 30 to Heavenly. And if anything comes up, questions or otherwise, Anne is a pleasure to communicate with and very accessible. We've always come up in the winter, but I imagine it would be lovely in summer as well. The place has 3 decks and wonderful outdoor space.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2014
  • Stayed: February 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA

Comfortable home in beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

This was the second time that I've stayed in Lodgepole Pine House (LPH), and it was better than ever. The house is beautifully designed, and it's furnished and fully stocked with everything needed for a comfortable and fun stay. The large, open living space (kitchen, dining, living and library) are perfect for even a large group to cook, eat and relax together. The house backs unto a beautiful forest that was recently thinned to reduce fire hazards -- now one can see through the trees to the sunset and more light reaches the house.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
39 Miles
Reno/Tahoe International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Ice Lakes Lodge
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Tahoe Donner Golf Course
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Ice Lakes Lodge
Nearest Ski
0.1 Miles
Royal Gorge
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Lake Dulzura
Car: recommended

Full library including fiction, local history and nature guidebooks.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $500

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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