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Lake Front Homes with Pier - West Shore Tahoe, Rubicon/Meeks Bay

Bedrooms 2
Space 400 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Two Lake Tahoe Lakefront Cabins, (1) bedroom (1) bathroom each, (Sleeps 4-10)

Book early and select your preferred unit or bring another family and rent both. Slip back in time and enjoy the simple life of a 1932 one bedroom log cabin or rent the more modern Old Tahoe 'bunk house' with updated features. Our summer only homes are similar to summer 'camping' on the lake...they have all the simple modern amenities needed to enjoy the Lake the way it was circa 1930…they are one of the few remaining cabins in Tahoe that sit just feet off the lake. Plan to spend the majority of your time outdoors, cooking at the BBQ's and eating picnic style on the large decks. Enjoy amazing views of Incline, Rubicon Bay, South Shore, Mt. Tallac...minutes away from Emerald Bay via boat or car. Walk to wonderful Meeks Bay Beach/Resort for sand and sun. Up to two buoys per unit available to rent for your boat(s). Private pier access shared by both units. The log house can sleep four inside between a queen bed and a pull out queen sleeper couch. The separate bunk-house has large bedroom that sleeps six in three queen beds and has a full kitchen and bath down stairs. There is additional room for sleeping in tents and blow-up beds on the large decks that each unit enjoys. This property is ideal for two families that are looking to share the expense of a lakefront home yet want to enjoy the privacy that comes with each having a stand alone unit to retreat to in the evenings. Pets are welcome...

Location: West Shore, Rubicon/Meeks Bay

Type: Log Cabin & Old Tahoe 'Bunk House' - with Shared Pier and 4 Buoys

Walk from road down to cabin along step path

Each unit: Bedrooms (1) Baths (1)

Kitchens with refrigerator/freezer - coolers necessary for beverages for large groups

Majority of cooking is done by BBQ and eating and entertaining is done outside on decks

Max Occupancy: 10 people

No cable TV, but VCR/DVD: Yes

Games, Cards available

Parking: 2 spots for each unit and additional off property street parking available

$2,100 per unit weekly, $150 cleaning per week and $500 refundable damage deposit

**Our cabin is for rent on a weekly basis, Monday to Monday**

Keywords: Lake Tahoe, West Shore, Rubicon, Meeks Bay, Tahoma, Pier, Buoy, Lake Front, Boat, Dock, Fire pit, Deck, BBQ, Lake View, Paddle Boarding, SUP

More Details

David Ciapponi
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 21, 2017

About David Ciapponi

We just love these little 'Old Tahoe' style homes. Going back in time like you do when you stay at these homes is almost gone in Tahoe.

David Ciapponi purchased this cottage in 2001

Why David Ciapponi chose Lake Tahoe West Shore CA

We fell in love with the simple life of Tahoe that few homes can still offer. The location is amazing and we love being so close to the water. This is a summer house that was built in the 1930's by the founding editors of Reader's Digest Magazine. Lot 43 was the first lot sold in the subdivision of Meeks Bay and is referred to in the 'Meeks Bay Memories' book. There is a lot of history to our unique cabin and additional bunk house.

What makes this cottage unique

By staying at one of our cabins, you'll slow down and relax because that's all there is to do. Enjoy the lake by swimming, kayaking, boating or paddle boarding, go 'crawdading' off the rocks, enjoy a great book in a lounge chair on the deck, BBQ a great meal with family or friends, and maybe enjoy a great bottle of wine in our amazing location. We also have rental boat(s), kayaks and SUP's available at the property to make your stay even more convenient, amazing and memorable.


Tahoma Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 3 queen
  • Queen Beds (4), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The main cabin is like like glamping or glamorous camping on the lake (very period rustic). There are (2) one bedroom / one full bath cabins on the property. Both have very nice full kitchens. The main log cabin has a queen bed, single bed and a futon for the floor, and the bunk house has two queen beds and a queen sofa sleeper (see photos). Only the bunk house is available for winter rental. Four buoys for your boat(s) or rent our boat, modern pier for access to the water.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Lake Front Homes with Pier - West Shore Tahoe, Rubicon/Meeks Bay
average rating of 4.6153846 based on 13 reviews


  • 1 of 5

Beware of this property. It is not what it appears to be.

We arrived on Aug.15, 2016. The "step path" from the road is aproximately 150 feet down a steep dirt trail to the cabin. The bathroom is not located in the sleeping area. It is out the front door, down steep stairs and inside the kitchen /bath area below.( Not very convenient at night.)

We called the owner as soon as we arrived to tell him this set up wouldn't work for us. He would not compromise. We told the owner and the housekeeper we were leaving. He would not refund any money, and even worse, would not even refund our house cleaning fee or the damage deposit . On Sept. 19th he said he "always intended to return our deposits." Today is Oct. 7th and he still hasn't returned the deposits.

Compromise was mentioned by us at least half a dozen times. The owner would not acknowledge that possibility.

Steer clear of this place.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Laid back summer fun

  • 5 of 5

Loved this little cabin! It is cozy and small, and fairly bare bones while keeping many conveniences...just what I like! Upon arrival you need to walk down to the cabin - unlike most other homes which sit closer to the road, which was wonderful because there is really nothing between you and the lake. We spent most of our time outside on the decks, grilled and ate all meals there, and took naps in the "fire pit area" (we never did have a fire though, it was warm out). We were able to bring our paddle boards and put in right at the boulder-y beach.

The area is perfect, many great hiking opportunities close by and also close to restaurants and stores. The view is of course spectacular from every window (even the bathroom that looks out to the wooded area).

David the owner was laid back and easy to talk with about arranging our stay. Thanks! I hope to return again!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Little Get-Away Spot

  • 5 of 5

Tahoe is great. But this spot on the lake is absolutely PERFECT. We could not imagine a nicer way to relax with our family. We played in the lake, threw rocks from the dock, took out a boat and drove to near-by hiking. The location is ideal. The house is small but has a great deck for reading or playing games. We felt like we were camping but still had nice comfy beds to sleep in, a small kitchen to cook in and a bathroom right there. We squeezed 5 people into the "Bunkhouse" for a great family get-away.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South Pasadena, CA


  • 5 of 5

Is that too powerful? Well, that's the feeling we left with after a week... right on Lake Tahoe. The pictures provided do it justice and are a good indication of what to expect. We SUPd, kayaked, enjoyed our morning coffee on the deck, watercolored in the afternoon, read books, barbecued and generally had an extraordinary week.

We stayed in the log cabin which was rustic but cozy. The other cabin which I got to look at while there Very nice too.... The owners are even adding more upgrades to both units. We can't wait to get back next year...

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Sea Ranch, CA USA

Tahoe Treasure

  • 5 of 5

This 1932 Lake front, vintage cabin with adjacent bunk house in a spectacular setting represents a true adventure. The Owner was very helpful and accommodating. We loved it and will return.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco


  • 5 of 5

I can't write enough good things about this place. We rented at the end of August on the seven days leading up to Labor Day and feel incredibly lucky to have landed here. The cabin and property are as pictured, hovering just feet above lake level. There is a degree of seclusion here that other places in Rubicon Bay probably don't have - most of the other large homes are packed in (one upon another) along the road - with this property, though, you are close to your neighbor, you don't feel it at all. There is a unique blend of modern convenience (USB plugs and LED lighting in the bunkhouse, good water pressure in the shower and lights across the whole property for night time) and rustic qualities (these are real cabins, the main cabin was built in the 1930’s). What really struck us is the way this place is built, with multiple areas where you can spend time (main house, porch, 2nd porch, bunk house, beach / fire pit, dock) - there were 5 of us here and we never felt like we were crowding one another. We also found ourselves spending time together in different places across the week (though probably most on the beach by the fire pit) which contributed to the sense of constant discovery and changing environment that you typically welcome on a week's holiday.

As for activities, we also rented a power boat from the owner - and this brings a dimension to the experience that we would wholeheartedly recommend. The boat is moored right off the dock - we spent almost every day boating to either D.L. Bliss park, Emerald Bay, Chambers, Sunnyside or simply speeding in circles dragging a tube (also rented).

The owner really goes out of his way to be accessible - making our entire experience very user friendly and stress free. My wife and I are fortunate enough to have vacationed in some great places from Thailand, to the Caribbean, to the Mediterranean, and this rates up there with the most memorable - Tahoe is truly a world class summer experience if done right - this cabin / "glamping" experience is absolutely a tremendous way to do it.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
31 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
13 Miles
Tahoe City
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
West Shore Pizza
Nearest Ski
7 Miles
Homewood Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Meeks Bay Resort
Nearest Point of Interest
Location of our home

Fire pit at water, wood available, rental boat available on buoy, kayak and SUP rental available on property.


Rates & Availability

Tahoma Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 19 2017 - Sep 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Monday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $150
Tax Rate 10.0%

A cleaning fee of $150 to pay an outside house keeper is required for each rental. This handles the cleaning necessary when you depart.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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