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Chocolate House: your family-friendly, pet-friendly lodging"""

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

Canine members of your family are welcome at Chocolate House, our vacation home set amongst the alpine woods of Tahoe Donner. Chocolate House was named for an unfortunate painting choice by prior owners (all brown walls and ceilings.) Newly repainted, and completely refurnished and recarpeted, the home is bright and airy.

New beds and feather pillows ensure a wonderful night's sleep. Downstairs, one bedroom has a new queen bed and bunk beds, while the second bedroom contains a queen bed. The third downstairs bedroom with its sliding glass doors doubles as a play space; it has a new queen foldout sofa by American Leather.

Upstairs, the master bedroom contains a queen bed, a single bunk, and a love seat sofa-sleeper. The kitchen, living room, and dining room have an open plan, facilitating conversation. Two large leather sofas in the living room provide a comfortable place to gather around the gas stove or the large TV. A large deck extends off the living area where guests can cook on the gas grill when weather permits.

In winter, the greenspace behind our house turns into a wonderful toboggan run. Snow forts, snow men, and snowball fights reign in the open lot next door.

Chocolate House is in Tahoe Donner on Alder Creek Road, which is the main route between Tahoe Donner and Highway 89. In winter, the location is a plus because Alder Creek is one of the first streets in Tahoe Donner plowed in the morning. Our short, level driveway makes it possible to get in and out of the garage as soon as the main road is plowed.

Northstar, Sugar Bowl, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, and Boreal are all within 20-30 minutes drive, weather depending.

In summer, deer, raccoons, and other wildlife inhabit the backyard. Guests may also enjoy the trail along nearby Alder Creek, and numerous other trails throughout the neighborhood. We also provide guest passes to the Tahoe Donner amenities, and the house is near the horse ranch, swimming pools/hot tub/gym, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ski hill, and gold course.

More Details

Property Manager
Catherine Berman
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018

About Catherine Berman

We are a family of three, plus a Grandma who frequently travels with us. Jan works for the local gas and electric company, on energy efficiency, solar power, and electric vehicles. Richard is a computer engineer. Laurel is 11, and loves to travel. Grandma Cathy is a retired high school teacher who speaks French and Spanish, in addition to English.

Catherine Berman purchased this house in 2010

Why Catherine Berman chose Truckee

When we went in search of a home in the Tahoe area, we kept thinking 'location, location, location.' We chose the Tahoe-Donner subdivision for three reasons: it is close to several major ski resorts; it is located in Truckee so that we could drop of skis, etc. on our way home; we had easy access to Interstate 80. We love the location. We especially love the fact that our roads are plowed early so that we can be on the slopes for the first powder.


Truckee House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 2.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - master - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 4 - game room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • recreation center
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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Chocolate House: your family-friendly, pet-friendly lodging
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 12 reviews

Great Cabin

  • 5 of 5

Great cabin. Two families stayed overnight and had everything we needed. Only 20/25 minute drive to Northstar. Huge great room/ dining room, perfect for family time. Super easy booking and very responsive owner.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Great property with good amenities

  • 5 of 5

Kids loved the open living room and the deck. We saw deer around the area several times and that was entertaining. A nice creek runs along the road with fresh snow water, we stopped by to enjoy it. Would like to stay again during winter.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The chocolate house was amazing!!

  • 5 of 5

Next time I'm going to Tahoe I'm definitely renting this place again. The pictures don't do justice, the place looks bette run person. The house was big enough for all of us. The house had everything, games, a fully stocked kitchen. We had an amazing experience. Everyone loved the house. The property manager was great! I definitely recommend this house!

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
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Family Snow Trip

  • 4 of 5

As a first time for the whole family to venture to the snow and rent a house, we are very pleased with all The Chocolate House had to offer, we were all very comfortable (12 adults & 4 kids). The house it's located close to the snow play area, Safeway, gas stations and Catherine was very helpful in answering all of my questions. We are thinking of going back when Summer arrives.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bad timing?

  • 3 of 5

Our group was at this cabin from Jan 6 to 8.

Place is clean and roomy.

I enjoyed 2 garages.

Owner responds promptly and professionally via email and text messages. Even called me to check up on us.

The reason I gave 3 stars is because electricity was out for half of the day in cold winter. I believe the neighborhood was out of electricity.

The fire place sometimes worked and sometimes it did not.

On the ad, air mattress was promised but had difficulty finding it, and when I found it, pump was not there.

Website states that it sleeps 14 with it, but only 12.

We still had fun nonetheless

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Perfect Home for a Crowd

  • 5 of 5

My family rented Chocolate House for the entire summer of 2016. It was AMAZING. There were three children in our group under the age of 4 and the house was extremely family-friendly. It was spacious and had plenty of room for our group of 7 people. The home also has some nice “luxury” touches like high-quality linens, pillows, and beds. The TV was great and we watched a lot of Olympics when they were on. We explored the beautiful backyard quite a bit with the kids, and also spent a lot of time on the deck using the nice grill. I loved all of the Tahoe Donner amenities, especially the pools, HOA beach at Donner Lake, and the Alder Creek Trail, right across the street from the house. It seems like it would also be a wonderful home in the winter, as it has a nice garage and gas fireplace. I would like to recruit my family to rent it for another summer as it was nicer than other homes I have rented on the West Shore of Tahoe as well as Donner Lake. The owners of the home were very responsive when we had questions, and they delivered the home immaculately clean.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
Tax Rate 10.0%

Holiday rentals are $350 per night and require a two night stay. Holidays included are Memorial Day Weekend, 4th of July, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.