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Serene Lakes Lakefront Cabin - Waldhäusel

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Serene Lakes Lakefront Cabin - Waldhäusel

Thank you for visiting our Serene Lakes cabin listing. The Waldhäusel (German for 'little house in the woods') sits on the shore of Lake Dulzura, one of the two lakes which are part of Serene Lakes.

Serene Lakes is the perfect vacation spot for every season. The cabin is located just west of Donner Summit with easy access from the San Francisco Bay area and Sacramento. During the winter, Sugar Bowl, Donner Ski Ranch, Royal Gorge and historic Soda Springs ski area are only minutes away. The cabin is within easy driving distance to Northstar, Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley, and other Tahoe ski areas.

Summer, spring and fall activities includes swimming, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, sailing, nature viewing and rockclimbing. A two-person kayak and life jackets are provided for renter’s use. Swim from the property or walk to the homeowner’s located 5 houses away. The area touts the best of hiking and mountain biking trails just minutes away. The cabin is within easy driving distance of Donner Lake and Lake Tahoe for other summer activities such as water sports, whitewater rafting, and golf, and nearby Truckee and/or Reno for dining and shopping.

Entering the cabin through the sliding doors on the deck brings you into the open floor plan which includes the kitchen, dining area and sitting area around the gas fireplace. The room looks out to the lake and wonderful view of Castle Peak. Also on the ground floor are the two bedrooms each with a queen bed. One of the downstairs bedrooms also has a single bed for additional sleeping. One of the house’s two bathrooms is located adjacent to the two bedrooms.

Upstairs is a small loft for relaxing and tv watching as well as a large bedroom with a queen bed and two single beds. A bathroom serves both the loft area and the bedroom. All bedrooms have ample closet space.

The cabin is equipped with a gas grill, full range of appliances including a microwave, coffeemaker, washer, dryer, Direct TV and wi-fi.

More Details

Jennifer Lyons
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 21, 2017

About Jennifer Lyons

This is a family cabin and I manage the rentals for our family. When we spend time in the mountains, we love exploring the richness that the Donner Summit has to offer. Recently, we've loved exploring all of the historical aspects of the Summit with our kids. We also enjoy skiing, sledding, hiking, swimming, sailing, fishing, mountain biking and speding time relaxing with friends at the beach.

Jennifer Lyons purchased this cabin in 1970

Why Jennifer Lyons chose Soda Springs

This cabin has been enjoyed by 3 generations of our family since 1970. We consider Serene Lakes our home away from home and want to share the cabin with families who appreciate and love it as much as we do.

What makes this cabin unique

Lakefront, swimming lake, beautiful view, open floor plan, great location, cozy, comfortable and fully equipped


Serene Lakes Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Ski-In
  • Ski-Out
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Downstairs
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Downstairs
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Upstairs
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming


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(11 traveler reviews)

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Serene Lakes Lakefront Cabin - Waldhäusel
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Exactly what a lake house should be

  • 5 of 5

The house really delivers the mountain lake life. The deck and big windows open out to a wonderful water view. The kayaks are easy to drag right into the water for a paddle over to the beach or around the lake. Easy walk to hiking and mountain biking trails or the beach volleyball court. Nice afternoon shade and lake breeze. Comfortable, updated and a pleasure to relax and cook in. The community is quiet and friendly- no motors on the lake and cars take it slow because lots of families walking and biking around the roads.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful property right on lake Serene.

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable house. Kitchen-ware is of a great quality. Redone in a very tasteful manner. Owners are responsive and proactive.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Warm, inviting, well equipped cabin!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our one week stay at this cabin. It is warm and inviting and has everything you need. The appliances are very nice and work great! You feel right at home the moment you arrive. The gas fireplace is wonderful and easy to use. We would definitely recommend this cabin to family and friends. We love Serene Lakes because it is quiet but close to everything and gets the most snow because it is on Donner Summit. We skied at Donner Ski Ranch for the first time and really enjoyed it. It is affordable and perfect for young children learning to ski. The owner, Jennifer, is very friendly and easy to work with.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our favorite so far

  • 5 of 5

We have gone up to the mountains every winter with another family, renting a different cabin each time. This cabin was the very best! Both the kids and the grownups had a great time. Nice without being "too nice", well laid out, and right by the lake. Jennifer was super easy to work with. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful vacation getaway

  • 5 of 5

Thanks so much for opening your wonderful lakeside home to us. We were in need of a beautiful and restful place to have time together with our two children. We had a great time inside (eating great home cooked meals, sitting by the wonderful fireplace, playing games and more!) and outside (playing in the snow). We hope to visit again soon!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sweet lakefront cabin!

  • 5 of 5

Serene Lakes is an easy spot to love, and so is this cute, comfortable lakefront cabin. We went for the weekend to ski at Sugar Bowl (10 min drive away) and loved every minute of relaxation at the house, with its beautiful unobstructed view of the lake and nice, open floor plan. We brought our teens and their friends -- lots of outdoor play on the frozen lake, and indoor games/movies. The home has been in the owner's family for generations, and is very well cared for. This house is a true gem -- we can't wait to return in the summertime to take full advantage of the water!!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Train
13 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Hwy 80, Old Hwy 40
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Royal Gorge, Sugar Bowl, Soda Springs,
Nearest Beach
0.02 Miles
Serene Lakes Property Owner's Beach
Car: necessary

Our cabin is located in Serene Lakes, CA on the Donner Summit. This is one of the most historically significant areas in CA and a great place to enjoy activities year-round. An easy drive from the San Francisco Bay, Sacramento and Reno areas and close access to 10 Tahoe ski resorts, this location is perfect for your winter and summer get-aways.


Rates & Availability

Serene Lakes Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Oct 16 2017 - Nov 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Years
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 3 2018
4 night minimum stay
MLK Weekend
Jan 12 2018 - Jan 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
President's Weekend
Feb 16 2018 - Feb 19 2018
3 night minimum stay
Ski Week Rate
Feb 20 2018 - Feb 26 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning fee $150
Tax Rate 10.0%

Linens provided.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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