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6BR, 4BA Custom-Built 4,000+ Sqft Luxury Lodge in Heart of Tahoe Donner

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  • Minimum stay:3-5 nights
  • Sleeps:18
  • Bedrooms:6
  • Bathrooms:4
  • Property type:Lodge
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

6 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, Sleeps 16

Completed in 2006 after 8 years of construction, Swede Dreams is a unique property perfectly suited for special events or large gatherings of family and friends. This custom designed, 6 bedroom, 4 bath luxury log home offers Scandinavian charm and all the modern amenities needed for the perfect Tahoe vacation during any season. Located in the exclusive Tahoe Donner association of North Lake Tahoe, Swede Dreams rests on a quiet half acre of flat, stream-fed, wooded forest that is perfect for families with older members or those with young children. This home provides immediate access to the scenic Nature Loop trail and backs up to a preserved wetland area that houses a family of active beavers and countless bird species and squirrel families. A private natural spring on the property bubbles up into a small pool before babbling into nearby Trout Creek and ensures that even when other parts of Tahoe are dry and dusty, this property will sprout flowers, offers streams for kids to play in and attract wildlife of all sorts.


We bought Swede Dreams in November 2013 and completed a meaningful upgrade of the property since then. All kitchen appliances were updated, new kitchen counters were installed, and all new furnishings (including beds and bedding) were purchased. We also put a large hot tub on the back deck overlooking the preserved wetlands. For those who need to be in touch even during vacation time, we installed high speed WiFi (up to 50Mbps) and a roof-based cell phone booster which now provides reliable reception. We have DirecTV connected to four flat screen TVs (three bedrooms plus the Great Room) and have a full collection of DVDs on site in addition to the option of Netflix.

Swede Dreams was designed with both entertaining and children in mind. The 4,000+ square feet of living space is spread over the main floor and an upper floor whose separate sleeping areas are connected by a dramatic elevated catwalk overlooking the Great Room. Five bedrooms and three full baths are located on the upper level in three distinct wings. The south wing of the upper level holds a master bedroom with its own gas fireplace and another room immediately adjacent. In the north wing, there is a second master with a neighboring bunked bedroom, both of which open into a common bonus room alcove (essentially a 7th bedroom) designed to hold and entertain kids in a separate living space during early mornings or after hours when adults might gather downstairs. The upper level also has a bedroom on the west wing with its own deck and bathroom, 50'' flat screen TV and a delightful reading loft outside its door. On the main level is a final bedroom with its own bathroom—great for those who may have trouble getting up or down stairs. Older guests will appreciate that the front entrance, garage and entire main floor can be accessed with no more than one step up or down.

Since a good night's sleep after a long day on the slopes or hiking trails can separate a great vacation from a painful memory, we take sleeping quite seriously. Swede Dreams very comfortably sleeps 16 people in beds. Because we have never met someone who enjoyed sleeping on a pull-out sofa, all our beds are ‘real’. Our Master Bedrooms are outfitted with the same King sized beds used at the Ritz Hotel in SF (we called and asked them because we loved their beds!), and all our queen beds are of similar quality. All beds have been outfitted with luxury linens and duvets..and more than a few guests have commented that they have never slept better than they did at Swede Dreams!

With 9 separate zones of in-floor, radiant heat throughout the house, our guests should be able to find and maintain the perfect temperature without the noise, dryness and constant disruption that come from forced air heating. Our driveway is also heated hydronically, so nobody will need to worry about slipping when arriving at night or leaving for the slopes early morning. Perhaps more importantly, after a big dump, nobody will need to shovel his or her way out before heading up!

For the cautious traveler, Swede Dreams is equipped with a centrally monitored alarm system whose access code can be set remotely by the owner and customized for a given visitor. We also have integrated smoke and CO alarms throughout the house.

Upper Level Sleeping:
Bedroom 1: (Master Suite) California King bed, en-suite bath with Jacuzzi tub, en-suite gas fireplace, TV, walk-in closet
Bedroom 2: Twin bed over Queen (bunked)
Bedroom 3: (Master 2) California King bed
Bedroom 4: Twin bed, Twin bunk (3 beds total)
Bonus room: Twin trundle beds (2 beds total), 42'' flat screen TV
Bedroom 5: Queen bed, 50'' flat screen TV, en-suite bath with Jacuzzi tub

Main Level Sleeping:
Bedroom 6: Queen bed with adjacent bath

Enormous vaulted ceiling Great Room with 30’+ tall, east-facing windows to capture gorgeous sunrises. Large leather sofa with wood burning stove, 60'' Flat Screen TV , Netflix, DVD player, SONOS. This room opens up to the back deck overlooking a beautifully wooded and flat back yard, the Nature Loop trail and extensive preserved wetlands. Loads of DVDs, games and puzzles for all ages.

Quiet and welcoming Family Room sits on main floor opposite the great room and offers its own wood burning fireplace, leather sofa and reclining lounge chair. The corner of the Family Room holds a sun-drenched card table ideal for games or drawing.

The dining table fits 10 people with seating for 3 more at the kitchen bar

Outside deck with hot tub, seating area for 8+ and BBQ in summer

We are 40 minutes away from the airport and gambling of Reno, Nevada. We are 25 minutes from Lake Tahoe.
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Owner

Member since: 2013

Speaks: english, swedish
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/02/2016

Property Type

  • Lodge
  • 4032 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Primary renter must be over 30. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    We have 2 kids under age 5 and have appropriately set the house up to be pretty kid friendly, including full sized crib as well as smaller Graco travel crib, high chairs, bumbo, toys and games....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Positively no smoking allowed on the property....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Sorry...but the house has all new furnishing as of early 2014 and we're trying to keep everything in great shape. We expect to change this policy in a few years when our kids are older and we have a dog or two!...moreless

Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18, Beds for 16-18

  • Master Bedroom: 1 king

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  • Master Bedroom: 1 king

    Secondary master on north end of house...moreless

  • Bedroom: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single, 1 baby crib

    Twin over queen bunk near Master...moreless

  • Bonus Room: 2 twin/ single

    Trundle beds outside second Master...moreless

  • Bedroom: 1 queen

    Only bedroom on main level; west side of house...moreless

  • Bedroom: 1 queen

    Bedroom on west side of upper level, private bath...moreless

  • Bedroom: 1 twin/ single, 1 bunk bed

    Twin bunk plus twin single near second Master...moreless

  • 6 total bedrooms with 5 on upper level and one on main level. Extra alcove bonus room outside second master has 2 twin trundle beds acts as great kid overflow space since it functions as a separate and distinct family space....moreless

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower, jetted tub

    Upper level bathroom...moreless

  • Master Bathroom: toilet, tub, shower, jetted tub

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  • Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Bath in second master bed/bonus room...moreless

  • Main Level Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Main level bathroom...moreless

  • 4 full baths in house with 3 on upper level and 1 on main level. 2 baths in upper level have jacuzzi jets....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Swede Dreams is a very special place for our family which we hope to share with others who want to create life-long memories with their own friends and family. We rent our house out only a few times each year because we want to make sure our renters will treat it with the same care and respect that we do as owners. We look forward to hearing from you and to possibly sharing this very special home with you and your friends or family....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player:

    Blu-Ray/DVD player with broad collection of DVDs...moreless

  • Games:

    Large collection of board and card games...moreless

  • Music Library:

    SONOS system in place and equipped to stream any online music feed...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    DirecTV with premium channels and Netflix...moreless

  • Stereo:

    SONOS system installed with multiple zones throughout house...moreless

  • Television:

    4 flat screen TVs throughout house; 3 in bedrooms, 1 in Great Room...moreless

  • Toys:

    Mostly targeted at under 5 crowd...moreless

  • Video Games:

    Sony Wii...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Broad collection of DVDs...moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    Surrounded by large, mature pine trees with view of neighboring meadows and beaver ponds...moreless

  • Water View:

    Looks out over Trout Creek and a beaver pond about 50 yards from the house....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Ski Lift Privileges
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Immediately adjacent to Kitchen, enough space for 10...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer:

    New LG large capacity HE Dryer...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Wood burning fireplace in familiy room; gas burning in Master Bedroom...moreless

  • Garage:

    2 interior parking spots in large garage (note low entrance height--we fit a Yukon SLT (77'' high, 202'' long) but large SUV with ski rack or tall van may not fit)...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    9 zone in-floor radiant heat plus 3 fireplaces throughout house...moreless

  • Internet:

    50Mbps wifi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    High quality linens provided for all beds...moreless

  • Living Room:

    30' ceilings in Great Room with massive timber support beams...moreless

  • Parking:

    2 interior parking spots in garage, 3-4 additional parking spots on hydronically heated driveway (depending on size of cars)...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Cell phone booster with external antenna mount installed; solid coverage throughout house...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Both bath and hot tub towels provided...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    New LG large capacity, HE washer...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Wood Stove in Great Room...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Rancilio Silvia espresso machine and grinder for experienced baristas; Keurig single cup brewer with full assortment of flavors for everyone else...plus traditional drip coffee maker...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Enough for 18 people...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    New Bosch dishwasher...moreless

Outside

  • Balcony:

    3 Upper Level Bedrooms have balconies...moreless

  • Bicycles:

    Rentals available through Tahoe Donner...moreless

  • Boat:

    Available for rental at nearby at Donner Lake...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Large deck outside Great Room; multiple rooms have private decks...moreless

  • Golf:

    2 golf courses in HOA (Tahoe Donner, Coyote Moon); multiple golf courses within 15 minute drive...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Available for rental at nearby at Donner Lake...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Large capacity Weber grill available during summer months...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Available nearby at Northstar, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Guests can also enjoy the slopes of Tahoe Donner's own ski hill just a mile up the road....moreless

  • Tennis
  • Water Sports Gear:

    Available for rental at nearby at Donner Lake...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Accessible and heated year-round at Trout Creek Rec Center (10 minute walk, 5 minute drive)...moreless

  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub:

    Large hot tub on rear deck; very comfortably fits 6 adults or up to 10 kids (depending on age). More hot tubs accessible at Trout Creek Rec Center (10 minute walk, 5 minute drive)...moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Christmas Week
Dec 18 - Dec 25, 2016
5 night min stay
$1,650
$9,500
NYE Week
Dec 26 - Jan 3, 2017
5 night min stay
$2,400
$14,500
Winter Standard
Jan 4 - Feb 16, 2017
3 night min stay
$1,100
$6,250
Presidents / Ski Week
Feb 17 - Feb 27, 2017
4 night min stay
$1,650
$9,750
Winter Standard
Feb 28 - Apr 16, 2017
3 night min stay
$1,100
$6,250
Summer Early
May 19 - Jun 15, 2017
3 night min stay
$1,150
$6,000
Summer Peak
Jun 16 - Aug 13, 2017
5 night min stay
$1,350
$7,500
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$975

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Cleaning $375
  • Property Damage Protection $99
  • Tax Rate 12%

Notes:

Standard rental contract will be provided at time of booking. Our insurance policy requires primary renter to be over 30 years of age and to provide digital verification with ID.


Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking


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Location

45 Miles
Nearest Airport
Reno
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Northwoods Clubhouse
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
Tahoe Donner
2 Miles
Nearest Train
Truckee
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 80
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Pizza on the Hill
1.5 Miles
Nearest Ski
Tahoe Donner
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
Donner Lake

Car: Necessary

Tahoe Donner is one of America’s largest homeowner’s associations, with nearly 6,500 properties spread over 7,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Tahoe Donner is an eclectic community with a passion for outdoor recreation and a celebration of the Tahoe lifestyle.

Located 15 minutes from Lake Tahoe in Truckee, California, Tahoe Donner operates a wide variety of recreational facilities during all four seasons. During the winter, Tahoe Donner operates its own ski hill, cross country ski area and kids' snow play areas. Countless trails are also open for exploration during the winter. During summer, Tahoe Donner gives its guests access to a wide variety of activities including golf, tennis, horseback riding, hiking, biking and swimming (with access to multiple pools as well as a private club at nearby Donner Lake).

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2013

About the owner: We both grew up skiing and hiking with our families and bought a place in Tahoe which we hope will let us pass along to our own kids the appreciation and love for outdoors that our parents shared with us. Karin grew up in San Diego and would visit their family's ski house in Incline Village regularly growing up. Darius grew up in Telluride, CO and was a competitive freestyle skier until graduating from high school. We met during our years at Stanford and are now happy to live in the Bay Area (Noe Valley) along with our two daughters. Karin's parents were both born and raised in Sweden and we still make regular visits to the Leksand region. Many of the items adorning Swede Dreams are original Swedish works that have been in the family for years.

Why the Owner Chose Truckee, CA, USA:
We both had our first visits to Tahoe in the mid-1980's and since then have had the chance to stay at homes in many different towns and communities around the Tahoe region. We shared ski leases with friends in Squaw, Dollar Point, Northstar, Tahoe City...and finally in Tahoe Donner ('TD'). Once we discovered TD, we never considered renting a house anywhere else. Over the course of many years and various ski leases in different parts of TD, we came to appreciate the value of being in 'lower' TD with its lighter winds and snow loads (meaning the snowbanks usually maxed out at 10 feet instead of 20 feet during mid-winter). We also liked being closer to the entrance/exit on Northwoods and wanted to find a relatively flat lot on a quiet street...ideally close to a trail and preserved open space and not far from the Trout Creek Rec Center. Truly too much to ask, we thought...until we found our dream home. We had searched patiently for perhaps a year when we came across Swede Dreams. Once we saw it in August 2013, we knew it represented everything we were looking for in our Tahoe dream home and decided to take the leap. It's been an incredible journey outfitting and caring for a large, custom-built log home...but we already consider it part of the family and something our kids (and friends, guests and family) will cherish for decades to come. We love the idea of sharing this amazing place with others who appreciate the outdoors and want to create special memories with their own kids or families.

The Unique Benefits at this Lodge:
When we found Swede Dreams, we thought it was the perfect house in the perfect location. When we first walked inside, we were struck by the scale of the construction and thoughtfulness of its layout. The house seems large enough to gracefully accommodate many people without feeling so large that anyone can get lost or secluded in far-off rooms. And with different rooms set away from each other, it's easy to have Frozen playing in one room while parents enjoy a quiet fireside conversation in another, or sit in the back deck hot tub while being able to keep an eye on kids inside. We also love the ease with which we can head with our kids down the stairs from our back porch and immediately be in the thick of nature...both in our back yard (with its natural spring) and on the Nature Loop Trail which winds down to a beaver pond about 100 yards to the south. We were lucky enough to find and purchase Swede Dreams in 2013 and hope to share this amazing property with many others in the years to come!


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Speaks: english, swedish
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/02/2016

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Photos

  • Swede Dreams Great Room in alpenglow (click on VIDEO for outside drone footage)

    Swede Dreams Great Room in alpenglow (click on VIDEO for outside drone footage)

  • View of Great Room and east windows from second level catwalk

    View of Great Room and east windows from second level catwalk

  • Great Room view of entertainment center with 60'' flat screen TV and wood stove

    Great Room view of entertainment center with 60'' flat screen TV and wood stove

  • Large private hot tub on back deck, just steps outside the Great Room

    Large private hot tub on back deck, just steps outside the Great Room

  • Renovated kitchen with all new appliances and custom counter tops, double oven

    Renovated kitchen with all new appliances and custom counter tops, double oven

  • Welcoming dining room easily accommodates 10; forest views and south morning sun

    Welcoming dining room easily accommodates 10; forest views and south morning sun

  • Upper Level view of stairs with light-filled reading nook in background

    Upper Level view of stairs with light-filled reading nook in background

  • Spacious bathroom attached to Master Suite; large jacuzzi tub for 2, forest view

    Spacious bathroom attached to Master Suite; large jacuzzi tub for 2, forest view

  • West Bedroom with queen bed, 50'' flat screen TV, private full bathroom and deck

    West Bedroom with queen bed, 50'' flat screen TV, private full bathroom and deck

  • Bunk Room adjacent to 2nd Master; three twin beds

    Bunk Room adjacent to 2nd Master; three twin beds

  • Large washer/dryer room with sink and counter space; new high-end LG appliances

    Large washer/dryer room with sink and counter space; new high-end LG appliances

  • Swede Dreams entry at twilight; heated driveway assures easy garage access

    Swede Dreams entry at twilight; heated driveway assures easy garage access

  • Entry foyer with custom wood staircase leading to second level

    Entry foyer with custom wood staircase leading to second level

  • 30' east windows provide amazing winter and summer views from the Great Room

    30' east windows provide amazing winter and summer views from the Great Room

  • Cozy Family Room with wood burning fireplace, couches and card table

    Cozy Family Room with wood burning fireplace, couches and card table

  • Kitchen looking towards Great Room; large farmhouse style sink, Bosch dishwasher

    Kitchen looking towards Great Room; large farmhouse style sink, Bosch dishwasher

  • Bedroom on Main Level with queen bed

    Bedroom on Main Level with queen bed

  • Master Suite with 25' ceilings, gas fireplace, TV, walk-in closet, private deck

    Master Suite with 25' ceilings, gas fireplace, TV, walk-in closet, private deck

  • Bunk room with twin over queen bed; full-sized crib, adjacent to Master Suite

    Bunk room with twin over queen bed; full-sized crib, adjacent to Master Suite

  • Large 2nd Master Bedroom features king bed and external deck access

    Large 2nd Master Bedroom features king bed and external deck access

  • Alcove/"7th" bedroom; access to 2nd Master Bed and Bunk Rooms; twin trundle bed

    Alcove/"7th" bedroom; access to 2nd Master Bed and Bunk Rooms; twin trundle bed

  • Aerial view shows house privacy; Trout Creek and beaver ponds just behind home

    Aerial view shows house privacy; Trout Creek and beaver ponds just behind home

  • SD Upper Level (5BR, 3BA plus Bonus Alcove)

    SD Upper Level (5BR, 3BA plus Bonus Alcove)

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Friday, December 09, 2016

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