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Kid- & Dog-Friendly Large Luxury Tahoe Donner Home in Truckee

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,576 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Office, 3.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

If you need a large, comfortable home for all your family and friends, where kids can play safely without disturbing the adults, this is it. Buddy up, because this beautifully-appointed, spacious home can easily accommodate 3 families together and sleeps 10 easily. With a hot tub on the deck, super comfy beds, a spacious kitchen, WiFi Internet, and lots of room to spread out and relax, many guests tell us that ours is the NICEST vacation house they've ever stayed in!!!

Our 2560-square foot vacation home features 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a beautiful slate entryway, and two large great rooms. Located in the Tahoe Donner area of Truckee, we're minutes from all of the major ski resorts in North Lake Tahoe, 40 miles from Reno-Tahoe International Airport and just three hours from the Bay Area. This well-equipped home sleeps 10 in beds, and can accommodate as many as 6 adults and 6 kids if you use our comfy sofas or bring your own air mattresses and sleeping bags. With 4 showers, everyone can get ready at the same time.

Adults can enjoy the comfortable downstairs living room while kids retreat to the large upstairs great room stocked full of toys--including a train table, wooden tracks, and Thomas trains! Both living rooms have wood-burning stoves, TVs with DVD players (one has VCR, too), and stereos. Tastefully decorated throughout, all furniture is new within the last 4 years, including leather sofas downstairs and faux-suede sofas and recliners upstairs.

Take your pick of sleeping arrangements: A master bedroom with luxurious King-sized bed downstairs, 2 bedrooms with new Queen-sized beds upstairs, and an adorable kids’ room with 2 bunk beds to sleep 4 children. Each equipped with high-end bedding, electric blankets or down comforters, plus all the extra sheets, pillows, blankets, towels, and beach towels you'll need to during your relaxing stay.

Enjoy cooking in the large, fully-stocked kitchen with all the amenities and lots of counter space. The dining room seats 8 comfortably. We have a microwave, toaster, coffee maker, blender, rice cooker, and other appliances for your convenience. Plenty of plates, glasses, utensils, cloth napkins, pots and pans, etc., too. There is a large study with two desks (or room for an air mattress), and the house features WiFi wireless internet access.

Kids will enjoy the large back yard--perfect for sledding or snow play in the winter or exploring the woods in the summer, with a little creek that runs through the property in the spring (and sometimes into the summer), while the adults sit out on the deck and enjoy the tall evergreens. Out on the deck, a hot tub is available for your enjoyment, as is a redwood picnic table with umbrella and lounge chairs.

The house comes with guest passes for access at discounted rates to dozens of amenities in Tahoe Donner: 18-hole golf course, driving range (which becomes a sledding hill in winter), a full weight room, exercise classes, 3 swimming pools, family and adult hot tubs, sauna, massage, horseback riding (cross-country ski area in the winter), and a semi-private beach at Donner Lake with paddle boats, kayaks, swimming, and crawdad fishing for the kids! Other summer options include rafting on the Truckee river, gorgeous hiking and mountain biking trails for all levels, and so much more.

In winter: Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area and Cross Country Center, less than 1 mile away, are perfect for kids and beginners. Sugar Bowl, Northstar, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, and many more slopes, plus ice-skating rinks, sledding and tubing hills, all nearby. Easy access: We are located on one of Tahoe Donner's main roads, which is constantly cleared in winter, and our flat driveway is kept plowed, as well. We've never been stuck, even in the harshest of winters!

Keywords: Tahoe Donner, Lake Tahoe North Shore, CA, Truckee, vacation house, vacation home, ski cabin, Tahoe vacation

More Details

Property Manager
Whitney Walker
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, mandarin
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 20, 2018

About Whitney Walker

We are the Walker family (father, two daughters and their families, including five grandchildren). We live in the Bay Area and come as often as we can. We take care of it as if it is our own primary home. We have a local property management service to handle anything you need during your stay.

Whitney Walker purchased this house in 2007

Why Whitney Walker chose Truckee

We've been skiing all over North Lake Tahoe for nearly 50 years. We love this location, because it's convenient to all the ski resorts and Tahoe Donner is such a great place for little ones to learn, roads are well maintained, short distance to groceries and restaurants, and Tahoe Donner Association has many amenities you can also use as a renter--exercise gym, swimming pools (3), cross country skiing, horseback riding, hay rides, BBQs, golf, hiking, holiday events, babysitting, and on and on!

What makes this house unique

We love the ability for all of us to spread out in the lovely house, sometimes do things together, sometimes each finds a spot to do his or her own thing--a nap, read a book, while others are watching tv without disturbing you. Kids have the woods and creek to explore in the open back yard (no fences!) or play with our myriad of toys upstairs. We like the tall evergreens in the forest surrounding us. It's just so comfortable here!

Guestbook comments from the manager

We’ve been before and prefer the area to others nearby.
Jan 2016
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Truckee House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2576 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Private bathroom for Queen bedroom #1 upstairs.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Jack & Jill bathroom bw Bunk bdrm & Queen bdrm #2 upstairs.
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Easy rinse off before/after hot tub. No sink, use kitchen.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Master in suite bathroom w two sinks in King bdrm dwnstrs.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master Bedroom Downstairs - 1 king , Master bedroom with in suite bathroom and deck access.
    Queen Bedroom #1 Upstairs - 1 queen , Private Queen bedroom.
    Queen Bedroom #2 Upstairs - 1 queen , Queen bedroom adjacent to Bunk bedroom.
    Bunk Bedroom Upstairs - 2 bunk bed , Adjacent to Jack-n-Jill bathroom & Queen Bedroom #2
    Office Downstairs - Two desks. Can accommodate air mattress.
  • King size beds (1) One comfy king in master suite downstairs, with it's own private bath., Queen size Beds (1) 2 queen size beds in upstairs BR's with two bathrooms, Bunk Beds (2) Bunk beds for 4 kids are in the 4th BR upstairs. Kids love them!
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • 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:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
The home has two large Living Rooms--one downstairs (usually for adults to gather, near the kitchen) and one upstairs (usually for the kids to gather). Both have TV's, both have wood burning stoves. Both are nicely carpeted. Upstairs LR is stocked with tons of toys for kids of all ages, plus board games, puzzles, DVDs, and more. Large open lot in the back with creek running through the property in the spring time, great for kids to play.


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We will be back!

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful home for friends-family to get together and enjoy eachother's company. Easy access and well stocked. We have an annual snow trip with dear friends from out of state and this home was the best yet!

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! Happy yo to have returning guests and look forward to having you stay with us next year!
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Beautiful and perfect for families!

  • 5 of 5

Great location, beautiful property, with a house that is perfect for families. Everyone had the best time!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great for multiple families!

  • 5 of 5

This place was awesome for families!!! It fit comfortable three families of 4. All of our kids are under 6 and they all had an amazing time! We def want to make this an annual trip! The hot tub was a plus and the backyard was amazing. We created our own sled run for the kids to play with. We didn't even have to leave the house! The kitchen was well stocked and the two living areas was incredible!

Only thing I would recommend is to bring baby gates by the stairwell. The owner did mention but we totally forgot.

Whitney was very easy to work with and responded very quickly.

I highly recommend this house for the winter and I think the summer would be awesome as well.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with us! Hope you will come back again soon.
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Great Stay in Donner Lake

  • 4 of 5

This is a great house for a large family. Lots of room for everyone. The bonus room upstairs is filled with great toys that my grandchildren loved. Close to Donner Lake and Truckee. We had a wonderful week here. So much to do in the surrounding area then home to a relaxing evening. Hot tub and yard are so nice in the evenings too. Whitney is very easy to work with she responds quickly to inquiries. Just a great place to stay!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for coming! Please stay with us again soon.
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Fantastic family vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week, with three generations. Owner was very responsive and easy to work with; and the house was clean and ready. We had more than enough room for our 3 couples, plus 2 kids, and our occasional extra daytime visitors from nearby Reno. As the grandparents we stayed in the king master suite downstairs, and our two children and their young families stayed in the upstairs rooms. It worked very well to have an upstairs and downstairs family room. The three year old LOVED the upstairs playroom, the backyard swing set, and just playing outdoors for hours...pine cones, sticks, forts, and the small creek. We made good use of the large, well-equipped kitchen for family meals. There was ample seating, indoors and out.

Details that made this so comfortable....good beds and bedding; walk-in closets with hangers and shelf space; plenty of towels, soap, and paper products; four bathrooms; hot tub in the pines; laundry room with big counter; game closet (Twister!).

Close by we enjoyed the Tahoe Donner pools, fitness center, trails, and picnic areas. At the Tahoe Donner beach on Donner Lake we rented paddle boards, kayak, and small catamaran to sail! One day we hiked nearby Mt Judah Loop trail....had a bit of snow left and great vistas of the lake. We took a day trip to El Dorado Wine Country and Lake Tahoe!

This house was the setting for a fun-filled, very happy family vacation! We'd love to go again!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with us! We'll have to check out that Mt. Judah Loop trail next time we're up. The Summit Tunnel Hike is great, too!
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So so perfect

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the house for Memorial Day weekend with 2 other families. We had so so much fun! Our kids had a blast in the backyard and creek so much so that we barely had to leave. The house is fully stocked, clean, comfortable and very family friendly. Tahoe Donner has fantastic amenities and great hiking right down the street. Beautiful. We will for sure be back many more times!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Tahoe Donner Lodge
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Tahoe Donner Golf Course
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Truckee Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Tahoe Donner Lodge
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Tahoe Donner Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
9 Miles
Donner Lake
Car: necessary

Don't forget ice skating downtown, rafting on the Truckee River, fireworks show at Donner Lake and July 4 parade downtown, fishing for crawdads at Tahoe Donner's private beach marina, hay rides and Western campfires at TD Equestrian Center, plus lots of other theme nights and movie and game nights for the kids (check TD website for details), and enjoy dinner outdoors at Pizza on the Hill at Northwoods Pool while kids run around on the playground or explore the year-round creek.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $300
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $350

A damage/reservation deposit of $350 ($500 when booking for a holiday stay) must be received upon booking the reservation and will be forfeited in the event of a cancellation. The deposit converts to a security/damage deposit upon arrival. The deposit is NOT applied toward rent; however, it is fully refundable within fourteen (14) days of departure, provided all provisions are met.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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