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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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 14, 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 Downtown

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:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No burning candles and no hot plates.
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


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Downtown Truckee/Read guest comments/WiFi
average rating of 4.909091 based on 24 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: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We look forward to your next visit to Truckee.
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Be a Part of the Community that Others Just Visit.

  • 5 of 5

This is the cutest of units located in a historical landmark building at the west end of Old Town Truckee. The interior of this apartment is perfect and has everything you could want. The unit is very European feeling with its smart and efficient use of space, only this unit is much better thought out than most of its Euro cousins. There was plenty of room for us on a week long summer stay. Had we been skiing, we probably would have left our ski's on the car which I do anyway. {We found ourselves so delighted that we are already planning some wintertime stays here.)

The hosts are the sweetest couple that made our stay all the more memorable. We just fell in love with these folks. During our stay, the front exterior of the old manor house was being restored lovingly by one of the two hosts himself... but don't worry about noise because he still drives his capable wife to work at 10:00 am and only begins to putter after setting her free at work. We were envious of the lifestyle of a semi-retired cabinet maker restoring such a piece of history. Did I mention that we absolutely fell in love with our hosts? Staying here is like social time travel to a slower more gentile era. The real historical passenger train station is but a block away and people still use it... for train travel!

The location! Wow. This is right on the west end of Old Town Truckee. We walked daily to different coffee shops, breakfast places, friendly bars, and fancy dinner restaurants. When we returned from each day's outdoor adventure, there was no reason to move the car ever again. Incidentally, the parking is just 2.5 steps from the front door on a red brick parking pad. Convenient to say the least.

In north Tahoe you can spend lots more to stay in any level of luxury but you sure don't need to do that. Just stay here and BE a part of the community that others just visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write and share your experience in Truckee at the Huddle Up. Meeting our guests and making new friends is a highlight of renting our studio. We look forward to your next visit. Val and Buff
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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: April 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: February 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: February 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: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50 + 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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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