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'Tahoe Castle' Extreme Luxury, Indoor Pool, Waterfall, Steam, Sauna

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Sleeps 12 comfortably, 4 Bedrooms (Large Loft: counts as a 4th bedroom)

Check Calendar: ALWAYS shorter stay possible if less than the required minimum is all that remains between two reservations! ALSO: if your dates are taken always send me an email so I can contact you right away if any cancellations...which DO happen but dates do not last long!

Nothing Compares to 'Tahoe Castle'! Enjoy your very own large private Indoor Heated Pool with Waterfall and Fireplace, special lighting and stereo. The Castle has both a Steam Room and Sauna Room and of course a Hot Tub under the stars. Magnificent open beam Log Great Room has another fireplace and the adjoining Gourmet Kitchen is well equipped. The home has 3 bedrooms plus a Large Loft area with two extra beds and a pullout sofa which is officially recognized as a 4th bedroom, and still has room for the Pool Table and Foosball Table. Located just about 5 miles to either the Lake or to the Casinos or Heavenly Ski Resort, on a quiet cul-de-sac with empty wooded lots on either side for optimum privacy. TV in every bedroom plus Living room, plenty of cable stations plus high speed wireless Internet. The kitchen is well equipped for a feast preparation and has a wine cooler. Why stay in just any old house when you can stay in a Castle? THE MOST popular vacation rental in Lake Tahoe! Come see why Nothing Else Compares! Deposit holds dates one year in advance or more, ask me anything at all. Feel free to ask me anything at all.

Please note: Extreme Demand for this home, I will accept reservation with deposit a year or more in advance, just ask.

[Eldorado County Rental Permit #1034]

Clarify Rates:

You may hold dates if 90 days in advance or more with only a $500 deposit. If within 90 days full payment is due to secure reservation. IF Cancel within 45 days prior to your stay, any refund (other than cleaning fee and taxes) will depend if same dates can be rented by owner to someone else. Reserving ahead is highly recommended, even a year or so in advance. This not only gets you the dates you want but also locks in the price which as you can tell from my calendar with demand so high, it is very likely rates may go up. There are very few homes with a pool and other comparable amenities for rent in Tahoe and ALL that I have found have rental costs considerably higher then my home.

House History: Well people ask so here is. House built in 2000 and designed as a luxury vacation rental with amenities like no other. The designer had it right because what sets this house aside from so many other choices are the unique amenities. I bought the house in 2004 and still had guests on the calendar so I gave it a try. The house has always rented more often, far above other houses. When I decided to no longer use a management agency in late 2007 I forwarded the savings on to the guests. The house has since booked much more often than ever despite the economy. Everyone Loves the home, thousands of guests have stayed here! Pricing compares to houses similar in size but without the amenities. So why stay in just any house when you can stay in a 'Castle'? My best deals are if last minute, meaning within 7 days, when if you do not see dates booked then I will discount and make you a great deal! These deals are rare though so if you want your choice of dates plan well ahead. Always just ask me anything.

Availability Calendar: If anything is unclear to you easiest thing to do is simply contact me and I'll always make everything perfectly clear, don't be shy.

All terms stated in rental contract supercede any terms from anything stated elsewhere. Websites limit my input.

Please Note: All local taxes apply to Transit Occupancy Registration Permit Number 1034.

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 21, 2017

About Dan

I'm semi-retired and manage this home all myself. I'm devoted to my guests and pay attention to detail. I understand your vacation time is valuable and memories made with family and friends are precious. I'm happy and proud to have enabled many hundreds of folks to enjoy 'The Castle' for years now and look forward to many more.

Dan purchased this house in 2004

Why Dan chose South Lake Tahoe

Well the only other homes I have found with an indoor private pool and comparable amenities have been priced quite a bit higher. I know that management expense adds to the price. Since I do it all I keep the prices at a very fair value. One can expect to pay the same for a lot of homes of similar size...but without a pool, steam and sauna. So why stay in a regular house when you can enjoy a Castle?!

What makes this house unique

I know packing and organizing and traveling isn't always that fun. But when you find yourself floating around, listening to your favorite music, waterfall and fireplace'll KNOW you're on vacation!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Everything was wonderful, We enjoyed our relaxing getaway, at the Castle. It's a beautiful home, it was so quiet around the neighborhood, ;) The kids were playing in the snow, building forts to having snowball fights lol, my husband included :)We didn't want to leave, sadly we did but want to return soon, I have to ck the schedule ! lol will recommend to our family and friends

thank you so much , Barbara R.& family
Jan 2011
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Pioneer Trail House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please read contract, which takes precedence for cancellation rules and terms. The website here does NOT allow enough text for clarification here.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Mountain
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Bedroom 2
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Bedroom 3
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Large Loft
  • The home is about 3500 square feet total and has three bedrooms and two bathrooms plus a large loft area which is considered a bedroom by the rules set forth from the vacation permit. The master bedroom has a king, the other two have queens, and the loft has two twin beds plus a pullout sofa that has a full size mattress. I also have a floor mattress I keep under the pool table that folds out to a full size and can be easily placed anywhere in the home. The living room has a couch and two love seats also. What determines how many a vacation home sleeps, as per county permit, is 2 for each bedroom plus add four to that total, so with 4 bedrooms my permit states 12 person limit. After you ascend the stairs either in front of the home or through the garage entry all bedrooms and bathrooms are located on the same level, only the loft area requires additional stairs to climb. The pool and even the back yard is level with that same main floor also. Convenient for anyone who is elderly.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games for Kids
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 14 garden chairs
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Indoor Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • Sauna
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Steam Shower
  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Dining area sits Six, plus counter seats four, other tables and seating as well including seasonally lots of seating outside on either the front balcony or rear deck area. As far as elderly there are steps and of course can be slippery in Winter so if someone can assist than you judge accordingly. Pets are considered on case by case so let me know what you have before renting the home. Please smoke outside ONLY and always be extremely careful to put out butts in water. Email me for all bed sizes and sleeping arrangements. Always feel free to just email me with any questions.


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'Tahoe Castle' Extreme Luxury, Indoor Pool, Waterfall, Steam, Sauna
average rating of 4.9215684 based on 55 reviews

Great Vacation House for Family

  • 5 of 5

We had a great experience at the "Castle". Dan was great to work with, and we hope to return in the future.

We had our two sons and their family for a total of 10 - 6 adults and 4 children (ages 4 through 13). The children loved sleeping in the loft area and thoroughly enjoyed the indoor pool.

The adults loved the hot tub, steam, and sauna! We also had several "billiard" tournaments with the pool table in the loft area.

The only criticism I might have is that two bathrooms for 10 people got a little crowded, but the amenities more than made up for any inconvenience with the bathrooms.

I highly recommend the "Castle" for family getaways!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi and thank you so much for taking time for a review. Having a vacation rental is not for the faint hearted and is a lot of work so great to receive a little inspiration along the way and knowing your family and friends made some great memories makes me feel it's all worth it. Keep in touch and always welcome back! thanks, Dan
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Beautiful, Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved the castle! We got married at lake Tahoe south beach so we brought our grow children to lake Tahoe, all together there was ten of us, 7 adults and 3 children, and it housed us easily. We had family and friends in from every where and they joined us in a small celebration at the castle, and every one of them said the exact same thing WOW!!! This place is beautiful, the loft with the pool table and foosball table was awesome, not to mention the indoor pool, spa, sauna, and the outside hot tub was awesome!!!! Over all my wife and I loved this place and would rent this place again in the future!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much! You're more than welcome to return and enjoy The Castle again when you're ready, thanks, Dan
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Relaxing retreat with amenities that can't be beat!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 6 couples (all 30-something's) spent 5 nights at Dan's Tahoe Castle in early June for our group's annual Tahoe trip (this was our 16th year), which we travel from around the country to attend. Dan's property has been on my radar for at least the last 5 years, but his calendar fills up fast.

This year I saw an opening and booked right away. Dan was very attentive during the booking process. He answered my initial questions promptly and I was able to sign the rental agreement and pay through the HomeAway website which made the process go smoothly. Dan then provided me with all the necessary check-in information.

When we got to the cabin on the first day, we were blown away by all the amenities that the Tahoe Castle had to offer. The conversation about the home always begins with the heated indoor pool, which was a hit with everyone. I've stayed at dozens of cabins in the Tahoe area over the years but never one with a pool and therefore was a huge perk for us. But it wasn't the only perk- hot tub, sauna, steam room, pool table, foosball table, wine fridge, propane grill...etc. There was more to do here than we had time for!

Our group cooked all of our meals at the home and the kitchen at the Tahoe Castle did not disappoint. The kitchen was centrally located in the great room area and was roomy and well stocked with kitchen appliances and pots & pans. The house also is stocked with a generous collection of plastic cups and drinkers for the pool area and we enjoyed blended margaritas and daqueris throughout our stay.

2 things to note for those considering a stay at the Tahoe Castle are they there are only 2 bathrooms in the house and one of them is ensuite (accessed through the master bedroom). This was not an issue for us because we left the bedroom door open all the time. Also, for those travelling in the winter, the driveway is fairly steep and curvy and I would only recommend 4wd when snow/ice is on the ground.

Other than that, I would highly recommended Dan's Tahoe Castle as a vacation rental in the Tahoe area. It's a winning combination of amenities and value.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Super thanks! Always great to know people are enjoying The Castle and always welcome back! -Dan
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Fun and Relaxing Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time relaxing with friends at the Tahoe Castle and the surrounding areas. Dan is great about ensuring everything is in order for our stay and clear directions for everything. If we ever venture back to Tahoe this will be the first place we look to stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write a nice review. Managing a vacation rental is not always easy but I do derive my inspiration from folks enjoying the home and making great memories. Welcome back anytime and tell your friends! thanks, Dan
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Wonderful getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a wonderful vacation at the Castle. The home was beautiful with lots do! We stayed in and enjoyed the pool, hot tub, pool table, and movies. We went out to enjoy the shopping, hikes and lake. Something for everyone!

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! Always glad that everyone enjoys The Castle! thanks, Dan
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Absolutely wonderful

  • 5 of 5

I did many places in Lake Tahoe have to admit this is by far the best one we've ever rented . Magnificent home beautiful 20 foot ceilings spacious so much to do pool table foosball swimming pool sauna hot tub bedrooms were very nice the place was very clean will probably never stay anyplace else can't wait to go back .

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, always great to know so many people are enjoying The Castle and wanting to return. See you again soon!
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Nearest Airport
59 Miles
Reno (Nevada) Airport
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Car: recommended

This home is close to the Lake and all local activities. About a 5 mile drive will get you to Lake or Casinos or Heavenly Ski Resort. There is so much to do year round, hiking biking skiing, boating, kayaking, snow shoeing, sledding. There is so many links online to endless things to do and so many things you can rent if you don't have it, makes it an easy place to fly in and out. The mountain air is so fresh and the scenery is spectacular. Of course if you just want to relax at the home you couldn't have chosen a better equipped paradise! The indoor private pool is heated of course, plus a steam room, sauna room, and hot tub under the stars. Other things to do: play some pool or foosball, or enjoy a feast with friends and family. I manage my home myself and eliminate the management company fees so the cost now is very comparable to plenty of houses here or even less expensive and yet nothing compares! Thousands of guests have stayed here since 2001. I've yet to have anyone who was not impressed. I'm always told how photos don't do it justice although now I've added some that a guest took recently.

Other Activities: Floating in the Pool or otherwise enjoy the rare bliss of reading a book, playing games with the group, or of course doing absolutely nothing.

Golf: See why Tiger Woods chose to have a home here in Tahoe. The thin air allows the ball to really take off. There are plenty of nice golf courses here and a driving range and one course is only about 2 miles from this home.

Ski: This home is only about 5 miles to Heavenly Ski Resort which offers great slopes and the best views of the Lake below. Of course you can drive to several other resorts but what is REALLY nice is after a long day on the slopes you can rejuvinate in the steam or sauna rooms, swimming pool or hot tub. Another benefit...after a big snow fall many people are 'snowed in' to a rental for a day. This is one home you won't have to sit around and watch TV all day. The Castle is a paradise within a Paradise!! Ask me anything


Rates & Availability

Pioneer Trail House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Summer
Jul 13 2017 - Sep 4 2017
5 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2017 - Oct 20 2017
2 night minimum stay
Oct 21 2017 - Nov 6 2017
3 night minimum stay
Special 2 night stay
Nov 7 2017 - Nov 9 2017
2 night minimum stay
Nov 10 2017 - Dec 19 2017
4 night minimum stay
Special 3 Night Stay
Dec 20 2017 - Dec 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 24 2017 - Jan 2 2018
5 night minimum stay
Jan 3 2018 - Jan 29 2018
5 night minimum stay
Winter Two Night
Jan 30 2018 - Feb 1 2018
2 night minimum stay
Winter 2018
Feb 2 2018 - Apr 3 2018
5 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
Apr 4 2018 - May 24 2018
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
May 25 2018 - Sep 4 2018
5 night minimum stay
Autumn 2018
Sep 5 2018 - Nov 16 2018
3 night minimum stay
Nov 17 2018 - Nov 26 2018
5 night minimum stay
Early Winter
Nov 27 2018 - Dec 20 2018
5 night minimum stay
Christmas New Year 2018-2019
Dec 21 2018 - Jan 2 2019
5 night minimum stay
Jan 3 2019 - Apr 8 2019
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $250 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

Check out time is 10:00 a.m. on your day of departure. Check in time is 3:00PM on day of arrival.
Exception always to minimum nights is when fewer nights remain between two reservations. If 2, 3, or 4 nights are available you must take all that remain in that case. Any Legal Holiday Period may have premium pricing , just ask for quote. For example I add $200 to total rent for stay which includes July 4th. If rates are not posted ask first, I do not control the quote system completely here and it may be inaccurate, especially if rates are not posted that far in advance. The quote may return at the lowest yearly rate and not be accurate. Send me an email regarding Pets so I may consider. For Christmas and New Year please contact me for special contract terms and premium demand pricing applies. Any FUTURE rates that have not yet been posted contact me for a quote. Simply ask me anything, any time. Please Read my Contract in Full! This is our agreement and takes precedence over any conflicting or limited information on this website. Always ask me anything please.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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