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Donner Lakeview Cabin - 3 BR/2 BA

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8) Sleeps 8 in beds.

This is a bright 2 story Lakeview home on 1/4 acre with all the amenities (see details). Newly remodeled kitchen and bath - Beautiful granite countertops - Gourmet Kitchen , Double Oven, Microwave, Dishwasher, Refrigerator with Ice Maker. Recently power washed and stained/painted. Front door replaced and is painted red along with garage door.

Three Bedrooms Two Baths...King/Queen/4 single bunks

Plenty of parking for your RV or boat. Garage parks 1, space for up to 4 cars off street on paved driveway. Flat easy access in winter. Snow removal service contract for winter (means you don't have to shovel snow to park!).

Heated tile floor in downstairs bath.

Wireless Cable Internet/Tivo/BluRay 3D player

New 40" flat screen TV in living room.

Beautiful unobstructed view of the lake.

Paver Patio 16' X 16' with pathway in back yard, looking out at lake installed summer of 2015 with benches that convert into

table and bench.

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Gail Karppinen
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2017

About Gail Karppinen

I am a fun and energetic person, who enjoys fixing up my vacation rental for my guests to enjoy the many amenities of the Donner Lake area.

Gail Karppinen purchased this house in 1985

Why Gail Karppinen chose Donner Lake

Access to wonderful Donner Lake. Quick on and off route 80 from San Francisco and Reno areas. Donner Lake is less crowded than Lake Tahoe. Proximity to north shore ski areas and shopping. Love getting up early and seeing the sun rising on the east end of the lake. Also love sitting on the deck swing having a cup of coffee in the morning or glass of wine in the evening, looking out at the lake.

What makes this house unique

Donner Lake North Shore Ski area's. Purchased property as a ski cabin but found that the summers up at Donner Lake were even more fun with so many activities within close proximity. Plenty of shopping, bike riding, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, water skiing, free music concerts in the parks,white water rafting. There is even a CURVES workout franchise in Truckee. Don't miss the Hospice Thrift Shop in Truckee, Mountain Hardware and all the good restaurants. Sugarbowl, Royal Gorge and Donner Ski Ranch are just up old Route 40 from the west end of the lake. Tahoe Donner, Squaw Valley, Northstar, Alpine, Tahoe Cross Country and Homewood are within 20-30 minutes. Diamond Peak and Mount Rose, a little further. Kayaking at Sand Harbor and touring the Thunderbird Lodge are quite spectacular.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Donner Lakeview Cabin - 3 BR/2 BA
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The cabin was amazing and Gail was very helpful and always avalible for any questions.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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Amazing cabin with a beautiful view

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was amazing and just the right size! We woke up every morning to beautiful views of Donner Lake.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Refresh and relax

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home with all the comforts we needed to relax. Very comfortable, clean, and bright. Gorgeous view of the lake, we walked everywhere! Owner responded quickly with answers to any question we had. Great summer or winter stay, easy access, especially in snow.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Donner Lakeview Heaven

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for Thanksgiving week, with family coming from east coast and Reno for Thanksgiving Day. Of course, giant snowstorm day we arrived. Everything was fantastic - the view, the accommodations, the kitchen, the warmth. In the main living area upstairs, the lake view is outrageous - we didn't want to drop the shades until very late at night. Neighbors are friendly and helpful - but you won't hear any intrusive happenings. We parked in garage which helped considerably in storm. Plenty of parking for family visitors. Fireplace central to main gathering room and we stayed cozy and warm by its light - but heater works great. We turned it off at night and in morning, it heated up both floors immediately. Floor is heated in downstairs bath - definite plus. Wifi fast and reliable. Kitchen has everything you will need for family meal prep. Everything labeled so no excuses for not knowing where to put stuff or how to use - yet Gail is only a text or call away and super helpful and friendly if you need anything. Beautiful, welcoming place - you will not feel like you are in a lake condo rental, but instead in someone's cared for home, which is exactly what we wanted. We all left making plans for returning in summer.

This is the place to rent for memorable family vacations.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Catherine and Tom for your lovely review. Anyone would be lucky to have you rent their home. So nice to have such detail oriented renters who care for your home like it was their own. You went over and above anyone's expectations. Love getting feedback like this so I know how your stay was and if there is anything I need to do to improve things before your next stay. Hope you can come back In the summer as it is a beautiful time to be at Donner Lake. Thank you again.
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Could not have been better!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this amazing cabin to compete in the Donner Lake open water swim. The location couldn't be better, the cabin had everything we needed and more, and 8 of us never felt cramped (even the 4 teens on the bunk beds)! The cabin is gorgeous, has an amazing great room (kitchen, family, dining all in one) with awesome views of the lake. My daughter said no matter where you sat, you could see the TV (important to a 16 year old) and the lake! Gail replied to me immediately when I had a question, and she even let us come early and stay late. We WILL be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. Am just seeing your posting. It is so nice to hear that you enjoyed your stay and I like getting feedback so I can make improvements if need be. Surely hope you can come back again. So glad your daughter did so well in the competition too. Thank you again.
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Happy New Year on Donner Lake!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely week with family coming/going and plenty of room and warmth. Close to to everything you may want do for winter sporting....just wish this winter had snow! Argh.

Gail is a great hostess, thanks to her for all the tips.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
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Owner supplies renter's beach pass for homeowners' beach in front of house in the summer. Daily fee still required though. West end public beach down the road a little farther also requires a daily fee.


Rates & Availability

Southside Highlands House Rental Rates

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Winter 2
Jan 4 2017 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 12.0%

Instead of VRBO charging the security/cleaning deposit, I require you to send me a check for $250 that is refundable after the cleaning fee is taken out and the balance will come back to you by check if there is no damage after your stay. You can send the check for $250 to Gail Karppinen 2170 Dant Blvd Reno, NV 89509, once your reservation is accepted. Cleaning usually runs about $150, depending on how the house is left.

Memorial Weekend minimum of 3 nights. Mid-June through mid-August minimum of a week. Number of nights is negotiable outside of that time period. Contact me as time period may be negotiable.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Southside Highlands House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (1) Master Bedroom, Queen size Beds (1) Guest Bedroom, Double Beds (1) Couch in living room opens into a double bed, Twin or Single Beds (1) Bunk Room has four single beds in bunk form, Child Beds (1) Portacrib and Play and Go fold up playpen in bunk room. Can be placed in the master bath so baby is close to Master Bedroom. Flannel crib sheets available., Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Couch in living room opens to a double bed., Bunk Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Easy to find and flat, easy access in the winter with one car parking in the garage and four cars can be parked in the driveway.Snowblower service to clear the driveway during the winter season. There is a snowblower in the garage if you need it in an emergency.

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