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Serene Lakes Luxurious Lakefront Home Gorgeous Views Amenities

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Picture yourself sitting on the deck viewing the lake


Last updated: 02/12/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Built in 2000 with 2800 sq. ft., Serena Creek was designed as a family retreat. Serene Lakes was chosen because of its old-fashioned family friendly mountain community and slower pace of mountain living. Serene Lakes is named for the 2 snowfed lakes that provide us with year round recreation. To take advantage of the spectacular views, the cabin is set back from the street and built on several levels. Entrance is through the entry or 2 car garage in winter weather. The first level has the creekside bedroom with deck to the creek and the mountainside bedroom with views out back of the mountain and Royal Gorge property. These bedrooms share an ample bath with utility room for drying wet ski clothes, etc. The main level has the kitchen and great room. This level has an ample deck along the complete front of the cabin. Next level has the master suite built so you can see the lake while reading in bed. It has its own deck, office and bath with shower and jacuzzi. This level also has a guest bathroom.
The top level is the loft with the double bed alcove, trundle bed and all the electronics....TV, VCR, stereo and DVD, puzzles and games plus amazing views from many windows.
3 ski resorts are within 15 minutes with Soda Springs close enough you can come home for lunch. Royal Gorge, the largest cross country resort in the US is a few blocks away and you can cross country ski on the lake. At 6200 feet, we have the best snow in the Sierras.
Our cabin features a fabulous BBQ and well equipped kitchen, but if you don't want to cook, the Ice Lakes Lodge is just down the street.
Whether you want to be active or just relax, the Serena Creek Retreat will more than meet your expectations and just might be your year after year must-do experience.

Keywords: cabin, home, lodge, family reunions, chalet, corporate retreat, honeymoons, near ski resorts, cross country skiing, Donner Lake, hiking, swimming, relaxing. Large great room and modern kitchen, Donner Summit, Soda Springs, Lake Tahoe,


Member since: 2011

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 60%
Calendar last updated: 02/12/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 2800 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Families and responsible adults 21 years or older. Great for get-togethers....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Games and puzzles in the loft, some snow toys in garage...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

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  • Queen size Beds (1) each bedroom has a queen sized bed, Double Beds (1) located in loft, Twin or Single Beds (1) trundle bed located in loft, Baby Cribs (1) travel play and pack playpen located in master bedroom closet, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) trundle bed located in the loft...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • We are on 1.5 acres and rental includes use of private home owners beach located just down the street...moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library:

    limited, bring your favorites for our 5 CD player...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    lcd flat screen in loft with sony sound system ...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    master bedroom has a 32'' dvd player...moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    VCR tapes, mostly children's features Some DVDs and you can rent them at the Donner Summit store...moreless


  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseshoes
  • Photography
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    we are across the street from the Home Owners beach, no dwellings in front of us...moreless

  • Lakefront:

    located on Serena Creek and lake is across the street with an unobscured spectacular view...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    1 acre of private mountain access behind the cabin and 1000 acres of Tahoe Truckee land Trust property...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Island has seating for 3, no high chair but there is a seat that hooks to island in master bedroom...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage:

    2 car garage...moreless

  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Heat will be turned on when you arrive in winter months...moreless

  • Internet:

    cable internet in office for direct access...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Bring your own or sheets and towels are available for a fee. Bedspreads, blankets, pillows and kitchen towels included....moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone:

    phone service for local calls only...moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    cable in master bedroom office for direct access, wireless can be intermittent...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Cuisanart coffeepot, size 4 filters...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Well stocked with blender, mixer, toaster, coffee pot and grinder, cuisinart, oversized crock pot Many utensils including lime and lemon juicers...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    new energy efficient dishwasher...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    staples: sugar, flour, spices, etc....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    We do not have an ice maker but have many ice cube trays or bring your own...moreless

  • Toaster:

    adjusts to bagel sizes...moreless


  • Balcony:

    master bedroom and creekside bedroom have a balcony with table and 2 chairs...moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    3 kayaks. We do not have life vests so they are USE AT YOUR OWN RISK...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Soda Springs Resort 5 minutes and has tubing. Sugar Bowl is 10-15 minutes depending on weather Boreal Ridge is 15 minutes Northstar is 40 minutes Squaw Valley is 45 minutes...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Jetted Tub


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from 3 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$360 $370
Fri, Sat
$1,800 $6,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • refundableDamageDeposit $500
  • Cleaning fee $160
  • Tax Rate 10%


Rates are subject to change until confirmed. Damage deposit is returned immediately after cleaning and fee may be increased for long-term rentals.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 02/12/2017
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12 Miles
Nearest Airport
Reno or Sacramento, small airport in Truckee
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Summit Bar Tuesday Taco Night
12 Miles
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
highway 80 or scenic hwy 40
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Summit Bar, also Donner Lake and Truckee
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
Soda springs, Boreal, Sugar Bowl, Donner Ski Ranch
Soda Springs, CA, USA
Nearest Beach
out the front door or Donner Lake

Car: Necessary

Home Owners beach has two volleyball courts.

Serene Lakes is wonderful for snow shoeing in winter and snow shoes are available in Soda Springs or Royal Gorge. For children and the young at heart, one of our streets in Serene Lakes is not plowed in winter for local sledding and tubing thrills.

Many lakes are within driving distance, 4 wheel drive roads and many trails are close by.

The Pacific Crest Trail is just three miles to the East with some of the most magnificent scenery in North America.

Donner Summit is famous for rock climbing.

Donner Lake is close by for motorized boating, kayaking and paddleboat rental.

Donner Party Historical Museum in Truckee.

Historic Truckee for shopping and restaurants.

Lake Tahoe and Tahoe City for dining, bike rentals, rafting, live theater.

Reno is 1 hour for gambling and University of Nevada Reno sports events.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2000

About the owner: We are a family of 5 adults and two far. We love the outdoors from playing in the lake, to sitting on the beach, hiking to skiing, mountain climbing to shopping. We love sharing wonderful meals together, playing games and just hanging out. We love to travel together but can not imagine not having some place close to the Bay Area to call our own. PS the picture is my granddaughter shoveling the deck at the front of the cabin.

Why the Owner Chose Soda Springs, CA, USA:
In 1994 we were looking for something unique to call our own in our love, the Sierra Nevada mountains...some place where our kids could roam and play and we would feel they were safe. This is truly the hidden gem of the Sierras, close to winter sports, loaded with summer activities but within 3 hours of the Bay Area. What we did not know when we purchased in Serene Lakes, how valuable it is to be on the west side of Donner Summit as we can avoid chain controls set up outside of Truckee in winter and traffic from Tahoe City in the summer. We have hiked to many lakes, biked, rafted, kayaked, skied, snowboarded, tubed, thrown too many snowballs to count and had great fun going to sports events at UNR in Reno and enjoying Raging Waters there in the summer. There are been many joys and sorrows at Circus Circus and Hot August Nights is a yearly gas. The memories we have created since coming to Serene Lakes for the first time in 1994, then building our present cabin in 2000, are too incredible to describe and we invite you to start your own memories here. We look forward to sharing Serene Lakes and the Serena Creek Retreat with you.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
We ski, swim, hike, snow shoe, relax and enjoy the community activities. Fish and Tadpoles beware! The cabin tour held during Labor Day weekend is something we never miss. We enjoy family meals and sharing the experiences of the day. Holidays spent here have been and will continue to be, lifelong memories.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 60%
Calendar last updated: 02/12/2017

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  • Picture yourself sitting on the deck viewing the lake

    Picture yourself sitting on the deck viewing the lake

  • Welcome to the cabin in summer

    Welcome to the cabin in summer

  • kitchen and island from the dining room

    kitchen and island from the dining room

  • Master bedroom with private deck

    Master bedroom with private deck

  • jacuzzi in master bathroom

    jacuzzi in master bathroom

  • mountainside bedroom

    mountainside bedroom

  • alcove in loft

    alcove in loft

  • living room deck with lake to the right

    living room deck with lake to the right

  • fishing on the lake

    fishing on the lake

  • wonderful hiking out the back and up the mountain looking at Squaw Valley

    wonderful hiking out the back and up the mountain looking at Squaw Valley

  • 5 mile Hike to Devils Peak

    5 mile Hike to Devils Peak

  • New Snow in Lake Tahoe!

    New Snow in Lake Tahoe!

  • Serene Lakes  in front of our cabin

    Serene Lakes in front of our cabin

  • living room and dining room face the lake

    living room and dining room face the lake

  • office


  • Creekside bedroom with private deck facing creek, windows face the mountain

    Creekside bedroom with private deck facing creek, windows face the mountain

  • loft facing the mountains with trundle bed and double bed in alcove

    loft facing the mountains with trundle bed and double bed in alcove

  • view from loft showing driveway and lake

    view from loft showing driveway and lake

  • summer wildflowers

    summer wildflowers

  • reflections of Castle Peak
We have three kayaks

    reflections of Castle Peak We have three kayaks

  • only boats using manpower or wind allowed

    only boats using manpower or wind allowed

VRBO #373493

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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