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Pro-pet vintage romantic 'Old Tahoe' cabin with spectacular views of Lake Tahoe.

Bedrooms 2
Space 978 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Cute & Cozy 2 bedroom 1 bath Old Tahoe Classic with extraordinary lake views.

Location: Wonderful North Tahoe site in Carnelian Bay, 3.5 miles from Tahoe City

2 bedrooms, 1 bath (plus, fold-out couch in living room). Sleeps 4 comfortably, 6 with fold-out couch. 978 sq. ft.

Replete with original character and charm, this beautiful 'Old Tahoe' cabin was built in 1942, with redwood exterior and knotty pine interior. Enjoy many magnificent views of the lake and mountains from inside and outside this beautifully maintained cabin. Warm yourself on a crisp evening with a fire in the large stone fireplace. Dine before the large picture window with gorgeous lake views. Over 150 trees on the property, many of them 80-100 years old. Watch any of the premium movie channels. Relax on the furnished covered deck as small animals and birds feed from their established 'feeding rocks'.

Hike miles of trails on Forest Service land or enjoy a bike ride on the paved bike path. This 'Old Tahoe' style cabin is a couples' delight or perfect setting for a small family. Located just 3.5 miles from Tahoe City's beaches, music festivals, and farmers markets. World class dining is just around the corner, as well as boutique shopping and art galleries. Close to all North Tahoe attractions.


Large living room with beautiful lake view.

Large wood-burning stone fireplace with supplied fir and almond firewood.

Formal dining table expands to seat eight.

COVERED DECK with lake view seats eight. Many places in Tahoe have decks, but ours is the only covered deck I've seen. (It's not covered with an awning--it's built into the structure of the house.) This allows you to enjoy being outdoors, without directly experiencing the effects of sun, rain, snow, or the worst of the wind. For those preferring to be out in the elements, the directly adjoining landing (which leads to the stairs) is uncovered (as is the patio, unless you're under the umbrella). (Disclaimer: the landing is small, and will seat only one.)

Slate patio with table & umbrella with four chairs, chaise lounge, and two wicker chairs and end-table.

Patio includes pond and 'feeding rocks' for birds, chipmunks, & squirrels (food provided).

Gas barbeque.

Kitchen with refrigerator/freezer, microwave and stove/oven (4 burners).

Dinette off kitchen seats four.

Single bathroom with toilet, shower, and sink.

Master bedroom with king size bed and great view of the lake. (Bed includes down featherbed, electric blanket, and down comforter.)

Upstairs bedroom with full bed and filtered view of the lake. (Bed includes down featherbed and down comforter.)

Couch in living room can sleep one (or, unfolds to sleep two). Wool blankets and an extra down comforter are available for use here.

Lots of floor space in the living room for kids or overflow guests.

Plenty of inflatable sleeping pads (two queen, one full, three twin), linens, blankets and pillows for floor sleeping.

Level parking for 4 cars; 8 parked in tandem; can accommodate boat or RV.


Fully stocked cabin: Bedding, linens, towels, pillows, TP, paper towels, soap, BBQ gas, spices, condiments, etc.

27" TVs in living room and master bedroom; DVD in living room.

Cable with all the premium channels (8 HBO channels, 6 Showtime, 9 Cinemax, 3 Starz, 5 TMC, 6 Encore, EPIX, DISC, TLC, MTV, CNN, Lifetime, NFL Network, NFL Red Zone. . . over 200 in all).

High speed internet Wi-Fi connection (130 mbps).

Kitchen includes Cuisinart coffee maker, Keurig coffee maker, Krups Il Cafe Duomo (cappuccino maker), coffee grinder, blender, rice cooker, toaster, microwave, crock pot, waffle iron, plenty of pots and pans, dishes, glasses, cups, and utensils. Also many spices and a variable collection of condiments.

No washer and dryer, garbage disposer, dishwasher, or bath tub.

Kids, and dogs, welcome! I suppose my limit is two dogs, but if you have more, and they are old, or small, or somehow otherwise reasonable, let's talk. Doggie beds provided: two large, one medium large, two medium, two small, and two tiny. Additionally, a supply of sheets you may spread over furniture in order that your doggies may use the furniture without worry.

Smoking is OK on the patio or the deck, but not in the house.

Check-in time, 5 pm. Check-out time, 10 am. This gives me seven hours between guests to insure that everything is in readiness for your visit. NOTE: In those cases where there is no other guest leaving the day you arrive, or arriving the day you leave, I am able to be more flexible, and TYPICALLY you can arrive, and depart, at whatever time of day is optimal for you. Of course, if other guests make a reservation after you have made yours, the 5 pm and 10 am times would apply.

I live in a small "mother-in-law" cottage on the same property. I am retired, and busy myself taking care of our 150 trees, raking trails, moving firewood, and other tasks away from the main cabin. I make an effort to be entirely invisible during your visit, although I am always available to you in person, or by phone, text, or email. Sometimes, I visit friends out of town; on those occasions I am still available by phone, text, or email, although not in person, of course.

For reservations, or questions, call (916-813-8553) or text (916-813-8553) Brian, or use the systems in place here on VRBO.

Thank you!

More Details

Brian Harris
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 13, 2017

About Brian Harris

My grandfather bought this cabin in 1957, when I was three years old. He paid for it with a check for $14,000. He never bought a house any other way. "If we can't pay for it today, we can't afford it" was, I suppose, his motto. He hated to pay interest--in fact, he simply wouldn't. Our family has reaped the benefits of his discipline, and his emphatic refusal to spend money he did not have.

My little brothers and I had many happy summers at Tahoe. We played with other children in the neighborhood, who are still here today, over half a century later. This is a nice neighborhood, full of nice people--even those newbies who've only been here for forty years.

We three boys used to go on walks in the woods with my dad and my grandpa. We would gather the knots out of fallen and rotting trees, using an old rock hammer, and collecting the knots in burlap bags we still have. The reason for gathering the knots was that they were very dense, and burned hot for hours (and were free). However, as little boys, the excitement for us was found in the license to tear apart the rotting tree, especially if it was full of ants. (Note 1: "knot" here refers not to nautical speed nor rope configuration, but instead to the location in a tree where a branch emerges from the trunk.) (Note 2: In the intervening years, I have, under the long-distance tutelage of E. O. Wilson, developed great respect and admiration for ants, and today do nothing I can avoid, to harm their colonies or their individuals, if "individual ant" is not an oxymoron.)

While the knot hunts were great fun, I enjoyed most feeding the squirrels by hand, and attempting to catch the blue-belly lizards around the house and crayfish down at the lake. I have a picture my dad took when I was maybe five, with a squirrel stretching himself to his limit to take food from my extended hand. I still enjoy feeding their descendants today, placing food on the "feeding rocks" to which they have become acclimated.

Brian Harris purchased this cabin in 1957

Why Brian Harris chose Carnelian Bay

1957 was a big year in our family--my grandpa retired, my mom & dad bought their second house, and I retired from only-child status with the birth of my brother Mark, who was, and is, not nearly as good-looking as me. Regarding the cabin, the critical development was my grandfather's retirement. He and my grandma used to spend every summer in Tahoe, and he would spend most of his time puttering around the cabin, keeping everything in top shape. In those days, we used to stain the redwood that makes up the outside of the house. (It's not practical to do this any more--the stains allowed in California have become so weak that they won't keep water out of wood. So now we paint.) My grandfather, ever thrifty, refused to buy commercially prepared stains--"they're ridiculously overpriced". He would instead mix his own, from linseed oil, kerosene, burnt umber, and two other ingredients that I've lost in the mists of time. By the mid-1970's, my grandpa, approaching 80, decided that his best ladder-days were behind him, and sold the cabin to my dad. My dad--a teenaged electrician on his submarine during WWII--updated and expanded much of the wiring in the house, among many other improvements. Our cabin was built in 1942, reflecting the beauty and craftsmanship of that era. But there were many components of our modern everyday life that weren't even on the horizon in a mountain cabin in 1942. Under my dad's direction, we converted from septic tank to sewer (as kids, we weren't allowed to flush unless we 'did #2'), from propane to natural gas, and from wood roof to steel roof, among other things. By the 1990's, Dad had reached his own "get me off this ladder" stage, and I took the lead on cabin maintenance. I was joined in this by my son Evan, and especially by my daughter Amelia, who has a special affection for our "home-across-the-generations". If either of them can ever find ANYONE to marry them, I hope to live to see the 5th generation enjoy our family home.

What makes this cabin unique

As you can see from the pictures on this site, our home was constructed with the "Old Tahoe" look typical of the era (1942). This underlying structure has been augmented by my grandma, my mom, my wife, and my daughter.

My grandma was an artist by nature. The curtains in the living room were harvested from a dumpster at UC Davis (my own undergraduate Alma mater) by Grandma. She added to the motif of trees and leaves by hand-painting hundreds and hundreds of pink leaves, matching the shape of those found on the original curtains, but matching the color to the original purple-and-pink-paisley rug in the living room of the cabin. Both the rug and the curtain can be found in this living room today.

The main look of the inside of our house was produced by my mom. She grew up in Kansas in the 1920's and 1930's, and many of the decorations to be found on the flat surfaces and the walls reflect her fondness for this era. Since I have been renting out our cabin beginning in 2014, I have found that our guests really warm up to my mom's homey style of displaying nostalgic items. I am gratified to see how many people enjoy the careful effort she has made for so many years.

My wife and my daughter have contributed to the look of our place, unexpectedly perhaps, by their work with rocks. My wife and I collected rocks from across the western and southwestern United States; these can be found in various locales around our cabin. My daughter arranged many of the rock configurations that form borders to the paths and plants around the cabin, among other things. When she was younger, we went into the forest together and found some baby manzanita bushes that we transplanted to an appropriate spot near the cabin.

All told, there have been four generations of love and attention put into the look and the function of our cabin. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as we do!


Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Tahoe-Truckee Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Pete & Peters
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Tahoe City Golf
Nearest Train
14 Miles
Truckee Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Hiway 28
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Jake's on the Lake
Nearest Ski
11 Miles
Squaw Valley
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Commons Beach
Car: necessary


Carnelian Bay Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 978 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Smoking is allowed, but OUTSIDE only. Ashtrays are provided, and you may smoke on the covered deck, or the patio. Please exercise normal caution.
  • "Parties" are not allowed, but you are welcome to have four friends join you for dinner. Please don't yell in the bar at 2 am, "Let's go to Brian's!"
  • Doggies and kitties are welcome. We like pets, and have always had them (in Sacramento). Basic limit is two, unless they're older, smaller, quieter.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Sink
  • Extra toiletries available in case you forgot something. Two hair dryers. Lots of medicine in the cupboard, but you are on your own regarding expiration dates.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , This downstairs bedroom includes an excellent lake view.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , This bedroom is upstairs, and has a tree-filtered lake view.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Couch in the LIVING ROOM unfolds to double or full-size bed.
  • Downstairs bed ("bedroom 1") has a down featherbed, electric blanket, and down comforter. Upstairs bed ("bedroom 2") has a down featherbed and down comforter. Fold out bed in the couch may make use of available wool blankets or back-up down comforter(s).
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Pro-pet vintage romantic 'Old Tahoe' cabin with spectacular views of Lake Tahoe.
average rating of 4.7894735 based on 38 reviews
Mount Pleasant, SC

Cozy cabin with most impressive view

  • 5 of 5

Amazing view, much better than pictured. This cozy cabin has everything one could wish for and then some. The owner (Brian) has thought of everything to ensure a wonderful visit. From the comfortable bed to a generous supply of bird seed, ready to use fire......the list goes on and on. The cabin in located in a very quiet area five minutes or so from three grocery stores, several nice restaurants, and even a few shops.

I think the real difference about this place is the heart that Brian shows in wanting his guests to enjoy their stay. He is very easy to work with and just a quick phone call away. He even took care of a small issue for us while he was on an emergency room visit. That certainly exceeded any normal expectations.

I would most certainly stay again when in the area.

Robert Clark

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fremont California

Unbelievable Views of Lake Tahoe

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Brian’s cabin this week. He is a gracious host who goes out of his way to make your stay enjoyable. The views of Lake Tahoe from the dining room and deck are spectacular, firewood is provided during the fall months to keep warm during the evenings, and the off-season lack of crowds makes Tahoe a great destination for exploration.

The vintage cabin is great for couples ... or can comfortably accommodate four people. A quiet neighborhood, a fully stocked kitchen, and a relaxing cabin in the woods are a few of the reasons why you would want to stay at Brian’s cabin. This was our third visit to the cabin ... we will definitely return in the future.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Blast of the Past Tahoe Cabin Life

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have had a more relaxing and comfortable stay! More than accommodating amenities, and incredible views of The Lake to boot. I've been going to Tahoe for 50 years and this cabin and location ranked top shelf! The fireplace alone was worth being there, but couple that with sweet, comfortable surroundings and we felt right at home. Hardly wanted to leave - even for a short while. Brian knows what he's doing - the place is so well thought-out! We WILL be back - God willin' and da creek don't rise! -Dorothy S.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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San clemente

Better than you'd believe

  • 5 of 5

I'm going to be honest. I'm not the dog person, but my mother-in-law is and therefore I rented a cabin that was "dog friendly". I was anxious in the weeks leading to our visit, afraid the cabin would be dirty from lots of furry visitors. I am happy to report the place is IMMACULATE! Like not a speck of dust to be found, not one cob web nor grime of any kind. A self reported germ-a-phobe I rolled around on the carpet multiple times for a good stretch, even the carpet is clean. Brian Harris is indeed magical, he is not only a wonderful character and host he is as tidy as one could dream. The cabin has everything you can think of stored away neatly awaiting your any whim. Brian thinks of everything. The beds are comfortable, the pillows and towels are nice, the view even better than the pictures show! And the windows! They too are immaculate; not one spot to mar the view. We felt right at home in this little cabin. I prepared meals in the kitchen with out a hitch. Felt warm and toasty no matter the method, the heater works great and the provided firewood made for a delightful crackling ambience in the beautiful hearth. Clearly this cabin is brimming with nostalgia and my favorite part has to be all the little treasures of times gone by, all carefully placed by a lifetime of love and care. This cabin seriously whisks you away to the good ol' days. You will not regret renting this place.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay.

  • 4 of 5

This home has the most incredible view and is very well equipped. Not for a large family with only two bedrooms, but we found it quite charming and homey and well equipped. We were there for three nights and enjoyed ourselves tremendously. Thank you Brian for all your thoughtful touches to comfort and serenity. Susanne

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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charming cabin with unforgettable view

  • 5 of 5

this cabin had everything we were looking for. Lakeviews, convient location, hospitable host, fireplace, big balcony to enjoy breakfast, and last but not least dog friendly. would love to visit again.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Winter Fee (shovel snow) $125 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 10.0%

Cleaning fee: I charge a cleaning fee of $125.00. I have surveyed (on VRBO) all the other 2-bedroom locations available in Carnelian Bay, and have found that all charge a cleaning fee; the average is $143.20. Only 26.5% of these locations allow pets; of those that do, the average additional fee for a pet is $47.50, for a total of $190.70. So I am hopeful that you will find my fee of $125 to be reasonable and competitive.

Winter Fee (Nov 1-April 30--Same dates Caltrans says "carry chains") ($125): During the winter, to prepare for guests I must move much more (free) firewood and also remove a great deal of snow and ice. It takes me more than twice as much time to prepare for our guests in the winter; therefore I charge this fee. VRBO isn't able to apply this fee only Nov 1-April 30, but I waive it when there is no snow on the ground.

Pet fee: I allow up to two pets (doggies or kitties), with no additional fee or deposit.

Damage deposit: $250. So far (as of November 12, 2017), all of our guests have had 100% of their damage deposit returned.

1-week stay: I offer discounts for those who stay one week or more. However, during the busy times of the year, this excludes Saturday to Saturday visits (which consume 2 weekends). For Saturday to Saturday stays, the weekly discount rate would not apply; instead you would be charged the daily rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund