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Cozy Cabin, Family-Friendly,Wifi,Game room, Close to Ski resort,Sleeps 14

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
1 - 3 nights

About the property

3700sq cabin 3bed 3 bath + 2 lofts & game room(4 Bedroom) 2 family friendly

Castlepine Retreat is a luxury cabin nestled in the woods. Located next to open forest. With views of Castle Peak and great views of the forest out every window. Decorated with a mountain theme. Great area for kids to play and sled right out the front door.

Only 3-hours from SF and 14 miles from downtown Truckee—the northwest gateway to Tahoe, this beautiful Soda Springs retreat can be this year’s winter getaway. A four-story home, this mountain home offers accommodations for all: 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen plus dining room to seat 10. Conveniently located near 3 restaurants AND…minutes from major ski resorts, including Sugar Bowl, Boreal, Royal Gorge,Squaw Valley Resort, North star, Alpine, Home wood, and Diamond Peak make getting to the ski hill is a breeze.

Winter Activities

Cabin is minutes away Sugar Bowl ski Resort, Boreal, Soda Springs Ski Resort and Royal Gorge. Snowboarding, Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Ice Skating, Sledding


x 3-large bedrooms: 1-King, 2 Queen beds, 1 day bed in loft with trundle bed, 3 twin beds upstairs in Loft and downstairs game room with extra futon

x A gourmet kitchen, fully equipped with pots, pans, and silverware plus bbq grill on patio

x 3 full bathrooms--

x Easy access from I-80 and part of a small Donner Summit community, Pla-vada Woodlands

x Great pride is taken in the cleaning and maintenance of this property.

x Upon arrival, the cabin will be warmed and lit- just like coming home!

x Additional details,

Almost 4000 square feet

Open floor plan

Dining table and bar that seat 10

Indoor fireplace

Pellet Stove

Game/movie room for the kids

High Speed Wifi

Sony 58' HDTV, loaded with movies

Flat screens in all bedrooms

Daily Snow plow services- during Snowstorms

More Details

Property Manager
Alicia Kinney
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2017

About Alicia Kinney

Our family built this property in the early 90's.

Alicia Kinney purchased this cabin in 1990

Why Alicia Kinney chose Soda Springs

Wonderful space for family gatherings groups of friends. Extremely quiet and rural. Great place to hike, mountain bike or relax in the summer.

What makes this cabin unique

Private. Easy access from the I-80 freeway, but not too close. Close to ski resorts

Guestbook comments from the manager

Castlepine couldn't have worked out better for us. Even with a large group, the place still felt huge. Very comfortable, quiet and somewhat secluded. Great place for a ski retreat - only 8 miles from Sugar Bowl. This trip could easily become tradition.

Alicia was an ideal host - welcoming, informative, laid back and always within reach, but never overbearing or interfering. You could tell she just genuinely wanted us to have a great time. Definitely would book with her again.

December 2013
Dec 2013
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Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Cozy Cabin, Family-Friendly,Wifi,Game room, Close to Ski resort,Sleeps 14
average rating of 4.625 based on 12 reviews

White Christmas getaway

  • 5 of 5

My family and I visited the Pla-Vada Woodlands home over this past Christmas holiday break and we were pleased beyond our expectations. The location was perfect and just down the road for our boarding at Sugarbowl. The property was well maintained and extremely clean, cozy and spacious. The layout of the cabin was perfect for parties with multi-families as there is a lot of separation between the levels to provide privacy. My little ones enjoyed the spacious loft and the teenagers really liked the downstairs game room. We never felt like we were stepping on each other and with each level having it's own bathroom and shower was a huge plus. The only negative was the second level shower's temperature knob is reversed and we didn't figure that out till after a day but not a big deal. The area surrounding the cabin was also perfect for my little ones to explore and have plenty of snow play adventures. There was also a nice touch of Christmas lighting outside the cabin that everyone appreciated for the holidays :). The cabin was warm and cozy with the traditional fireplace on main level and pellet stove in the game room. Our party also got out and about to downtown Truckee for some shopping and restaurants which was about a 10-15 min drive. Alicia was tentative and communicated well during the whole process and I couldn't have asked for better or smoother service. Overall my family rates our stay an A+ and are eager for a return visit in the future!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spectacular views!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the views from the wrap around deck and family room! The house is very large with a huge kitchen. We had a small group but I could easily see a few families sharing this property. Alicia was great to deal with. She was quick to respond to any and all questions before and during our stay. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you enjoyed your stay. Winters in the Sierra's are amazing. The cabin is also very magically summers and fall as well. Please come back and stay with us this winter. We offer 10% off for repeat renters. :) Warmest Regards
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So beautiful

  • 5 of 5

It went very well. It was way bigger than expected and it suited us really well. Everyone that was there had a blast and kept saying thank you for letting us have this opportunity.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our pleasure. Its sounds like you had a fantastic weekend, playing outside and cooking together in the cozy cabin. We look forward to having you back!
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Great place for a family getaway

  • 4 of 5

We came along with 2 other families and a total of 8 young kids. House was very spacious, good set-up for separate sleeping areas for youngest kids, older kids, and 3 sets of parents in different bedrooms. Fun deck where we had a BBQ and meals. Easy access to Tahoe (30 mins) and other area attractions such as Donner Lake (maybe 10 mins away). Good communication and customer service when dealing with owner.

Issues to note:

-As house descrption clearly states, but worth emphasizing, this place is not childproofed. Constantly had to keep eye on kids so that they would stay away from loft ladder and not accidentally fall through slats of railing on 2nd floor.

-Could hear highway noise from house very clearly when outside (kind of sounded like rushing river)

-As others have stated, some things in house could definitely use updating and would give this place a more luxurious/fun feel. For example, some of mattresses uncomfortable, would be nice to have a hammock for adults and/or swings outside for kids, and annoying to come in and realize that the hot-tub in master bath was non-functional (complete with sign saying so) - why not just fix it?! Finally, having to bring your own bedding is a d-r-a-g. It is stated in the description, but who wants to come on a vacation dragging 1/2 of their house including bedding.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for sharing your review with us! We apologize that the loft access caught you by surprise and will try to get a picture up quickly depicting the ladder. Sorry to see that you appear to have been disappointed and will forward your concerns to the homeowner. You know can drive in up to the cabin. Thanks again for your feedback. I will be sure to give your concerns to the homeowners.
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Close to Ski resorts..Spacious home for a large family or group of friends

  • 4 of 5

The home was centrally located. We were three families who stayed for a night and enjoyed our stay. The kids had a blast as well. The home could do with a bit of updating to make it a bit more modern, but overall it was clean and well maintained.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for sharing your review. I will absolutely address these issues with the homeowners right away. Delighted to hear you enjoyed the property over all.
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Perfect cabin for larger groups

  • 4 of 5

We brought our Scout Troop and had a wonderful experience. There are separate sleeping areas on four levels, a large and functional kitchen, and a comfortable living room with lots of movies available to play on the big screen television. The cabin is clean and well maintained. Plus it is close to Boreal and Sugar Bowl.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Donner Summit Lodge, Truckee
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Tahoe Donner
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Downtown Truckee
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Donner Summit Lodge, Downtown truckee
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Sugar Bowl
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
West End Beach, Donner Lake
Car: necessary

The cabin is located on Donner Summit in the small mountain community of Plavada Woodlands. We are 1 exit from Soda Springs. 15 minutes from Truckee, 8 minutes to Sugar bowl Boreal, Woodward. 30 minutes to Squaw, Alpine, Homewood


Rates & Availability

Pla-Vada Woodlands Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 13 2017 - Jan 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Presidents/ski week
Feb 10 2017 - Feb 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $200 + Tax
Bank fee $50
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 10.0%

*This property does not provide linens- Only towels and kitchen hand towels

*Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed

*To confirm reservation please sign, mail or email it to the address on the last page

*PROCESSING FEE is to process your credit card payment.

* Primary renter must be 25+ to book cabin

* No Smoking

*Pets are screened if they pass we charge a $50.00 pet fee. No Puppys or cats

*4X4 wheel drive or snow chains are highly recommended during the winter months

WINTER PARKING RESTRICTIONS- 2-3 cars fit in driveway, more parking is available in our winter parking lot. The Huge winter parking lot is just up the street from the cabin. NO parking on the sides of the street during winter - you can park on the side to unload your things but make sure to move your car into the large parking lot.


*Jacuzzi tub is not available during winter months

*Alicia also lives in the community, she will have the cabin warm & cozy per your arrival. If you have any problems or concerns don't hesitate to call her anytime during your stay.

Manager'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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Pla-Vada Woodlands Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , Our Bath tub is down due to maintance
    Bathroom 3 - shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , With flat screen Tv & Ceiling fan
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , With DVD flat screen Tv & Ceiling fan
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , This is more of a loft than a bedroom
    Bedroom 6 - 3 twin/ single , This a loft with 3twin beds very private
    Game room - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Very private like a bedroom with it's own Bathroom & shower
  • All bedrooms have new flat screen Tv's..
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Pool Table ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
The cabin is perfect for 3 families

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