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Downtown Truckee/Read guest comments/WiFi

Bedrooms Studio
Space 400 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cozy studio with 2 double beds, full Bath, sleeps up to 4

Our old Railroad Bunkhouse (circa 1870s) in historic Truckee, is still a work in progress. But downstairs is the completed Huddle-Up studio; quaint and cozy. There are two double beds; a Murphy bed and the Huddle Up loft (named by our granddaughter), both with fresh linens, and down comforters. The full bathroom has an antique footed tub with shower, clean towels and accessories.

The kitchenette is perfect for simple fare. A coffee pot, microwave, toaster oven and refrigerator (no stove) compliment this galley-type kitchen. TV, DVD/VCR, WiFi. Parking and snow removal provided.

The location is excellent for those who are looking to enjoy the shops, art studios, wine tasting and restaurants in historic downtown Truckee. We are located in the old Brickelltown neighborhood, across from the railroad, just a 3-minute walk to Commercial Row and the AMTRAK station. Nordic and downhill ski resorts including Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Northstar, Tahoe Donner, Donner Ski Ranch, Boreal and Sugar Bowl are a short drive. Donner Lake, the Truckee River, Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe National Forest offer abundant recreation alternatives in close proximity. The Legacy Trail along the Truckee River, for walkers, runners and bicyclists, is a short distance from the front door.

We have lived here for over 30 years, on site, upstairs. If you have any questions please ask us. We look forward to your inquiries. Val and Buff/ Railroad Bunkhouse/The Huddle Up

Keywords: Historic 1870's home, still under reconstruction with modern attached Studio rental.

More Details

Val Kelly and Buff Cano
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
June 11, 2017

About Val Kelly and Buff Cano

Val works in health care, Buffalo is a carpenter, designer and great cook. We've lived in this house over 35 years, raised our children and grandchildren here and are lucky to have a very large extended family. We like meeting people, like to travel when we can, and hope to one day finish 'this old house'. Buff grew up in Southern California but found Truckee to be more his style after a trip to the Sierra. Val, originally from Michigan, lived in New Mexico before moving to Truckee.

Val Kelly and Buff Cano purchased this studio in 1985

Why Val Kelly and Buff Cano chose Truckee

Living in downtown Truckee has been wonderful. The heart of the town, the history and the community all combine to make this a great place to call home. Winter and Spring weather can be hard to manage with heavy snow, chilling temps and long storms, but the sun shines most of the time. Summer and Fall takes hikers, bikers and stargazers to amazing places.

What makes this studio unique

We can walk anywhere we need to be. The town has grown around us but we still feel the comfort of a tight-knit, warm community. There are interesting and talented people all around, as you will see. Truckee is unique in many ways and there are still areas unexplored.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Easy downtown access, very comfortable. We'll be returning.
Jun 2015
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Downtown Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Tub w/shower, fresh towels.
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Bunk Area - 1 double , 1 murphy bed
  • Bunk area is off the kitchen and has a small television along with a DVD and VCR player. We have a large collection of "vintage" films. The Murphy Bed is hidden behind a faux fireplace in the front room.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)

Downtown Truckee/Read guest comments/WiFi
average rating of 4.904762 based on 23 reviews

Exactly as advertised.

  • 5 of 5

Val and Buffalo were very nice and welcoming. Planning to come stay again ASAP!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We look forward to your next visit to Truckee.
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San Francisco, CA

Charming cozy place, great location, great hosts!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying in Val & Buff's Huddle-Up in downtown Truckee. It was walking distance to town for quick rentals at Tahoe Dave's, breakfast at Marty's Cafe, or a relaxing post-snow-day stroll to dinner (no designated driver needed!). A local 24hr Safeway was a 3min drive. It's a tight squeeze for three people, but with the fun murphy bed plus the back room bed, it was comfortable at night. Plus we are Japanese so we don't mind folding up our beds for a nice uncluttered daytime space. :-) Train noise is noticeable, but we live near Caltrain so we are used to it; they supply plenty of earplugs for those who aren't. The bathroom is surprisingly modern, nice shower pressure, and very thoughtful (bathtub handrail, extra hooks, moisturizer for winter dry skin). We didn't mind not having a full kitchen; what was there worked great for us. The fridge was spacious (I noticed the frozen pint glasses, nice touch!), we made use of the toaster oven for quick quesa-pizza-dillas (salami & string cheese on corn tortillas), there was a microwave for any leftovers, plus a coffeemaker and hotwater pot. We got a chance to meet Val, and she was super-helpful with local pointers and tips, anecdotes, and she also outfitted our son with a carrot and some craisins to build a snowman with; he was really excited about that! Communications with Val throughout the rental process was smooth and friendly, plus we were greeted upon our arrival with a much-appreciated bottle of wine. A hefty accumulation of little thoughtful things added up to a great experience, and we were sad that we were only there for a short time. Thanks for everything Val & Buff!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing location and great hospitality

  • 5 of 5

Val and Buff are wonderful hosts! Would highly recommend this location for anyone looking for a comfort stay in Truckee.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA

Perfect location and great hosts

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely the perfect spot to stay for a Tahoe vacation. Right in the heart of Truckee shopping, dining, entertainment. Everything is within a couple of blocks. Also, right off of highway 80 so easy access - especially important if you're here in a snowstorm.

The huddle was a great layout if you're here with kids. Mine literally stayed in the huddle all day when we were snowed in one day. It is separated by a door from the other bed area.

Extremely clean, well stocked with linens and toiletries. Kitchen is efficient. No stove but there's a microwave, coffeemaker, water heater, full fridge.

Only negative to keep in mind is you will hear noise from the train station.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay under the winter storm circumstances. Hope you can come in the summer sometime!
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Great Studio in the Heart of Truckee

  • 5 of 5

Great little place. The parking spot is key and the walkability is amazing! You could hear the train every now and then, but it wasn't much of deterrent for me. The owners were very attentive to make sure everything was going well during my stay. Overall, great value for the area!

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing getaway

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect place for our weekend getaway. Very cozy and felt at home. Everything we needed. Val was very welcoming, kind, and available for anything we might need or any questions we might have. Perfect location, within walking distance of Tahoe Dave's for ski rental and many restaurants in downtown Truckee. Can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Michelle, Glad you enjoyed your stay. Now that you've seen the ski season you'll have to come in the summer and fall. Val and Buff
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Reno International
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Nearest Train
0.3 Miles
Amtrak is across the street
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Interstate 80
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Donner Lake, West End Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Truckee River
Nearest Point of Interest
Old Jail
Nearest Point of Interest
Rocking Stone
Car: recommended

This is Truckee! There is always something going on here. Poetry readings at Coffee Bar, weekly workshops at Atelier Truckee, music at Moody's, Bar of America and Dark Horse Coffee House, historical tours and a mini railroad museum. In the summer there are free concerts every Wednesday evening at the park. You'll be within walking distance of experiences you will always remember.


Rates & Availability

Downtown Studio Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 21 2017 - Sep 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2017 - Apr 16 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75 + Tax
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.
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