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All-season retreat in family-friendly Serene Lakes.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,480 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 60 - 90 nights


About the property

3-Bedroom, 2-bath cabin in a wooded setting, close to winter and summer fun.

The cabin is located just west of Donner Summit with easy access from the San Francisco Bay area and Sacramento. Don’t drive too far, turn off at I-80 Exit 174, just west of Donner Summit, to find the closest major ski areas as well as Serene Lakes’ legendary snowfall.

The abundant snow makes the area a skiers' paradise. From the cabin, it is just minutes to Soda Springs, Boreal Ridge, Donner Ski Ranch, and Sugar Bowl for downhill skiing. The trail head for Royal Gorge, home to some of the best cross country skiing, is a short distance from our cabin. The cabin also is less than an hour drive to Northstar, Alpine Meadows, and Squaw Valley. Soda Springs Ski area offers tubing hills, and an unplowed road one block from the cabin makes a great sledding hill.

Serene Lakes also is an ideal family vacation destination for summer. Picnicking, playing at the beach, and swimming in the lakes, as well as bike riding and walking, are the main family activities. Unlimited hiking trails criss-cross the nearby peaks and the Pacific Crest Trail is close. Mountain biking trails and rock climbing challenges lurk near the summit, five miles away. Although not allowed at Serene Lakes, power boats are allowed at nearby Donner Lake.

In the summer, enjoy the lakes and beach – great for children. Swimming is allowed in the larger of the two connected lakes. Catch and release fishing is allowed in the lake (stocked). Our canoe, with lifejackets, is available for your use. Our cabin is a couple of blocks from the lakes and a pleasant walk to the beach. This is a kid-friendly area with no through traffic and is good for bike riding and walking.

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. We are 15 miles from the historic town of Truckee, where you will find great dining and shopping.

We take pride in furnishing and maintaining this cabin and we only rent it on a limited basis, for the ski season and for a minimum of 31 days at a time for the rest of the year. 

Our cabin is very family oriented and kid friendly. We are looking for responsible families with whom to share it. 

More Details

Kelly Bennett
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About Kelly Bennett

We live near San Francisco, but love the mountains. We sold our old cabin on the lake to buy this new cabin, better suited for Serene Lakes' deep winter snows. Our travel plans this year limit our use, so we want to share this ski cabin with winter loving families.

Kelly Bennett purchased this cabin in 1998

Why Kelly Bennett chose Serene Lakes

We owned a lakefront cabin and enjoyed summer and fall family activities on the lakes and around the Donner pass and Truckee areas. Kids and grandkids enjoyed winter skiing, snowboarding, and sledding. However, too much snow can be 'a problem', so we bought this brand-new cabin that has easy winter access, even when the snowpack reaches the second floor windows.

What makes this cabin unique

The cabin's compact design makes a cozy living space. In winter, the wood stove is the center of family activities – playing games, popping corn, drinking hot chocolate – as the snow falls. The beautiful trees surrounding the cabin offer a magical view as the snow falls.

In summer, open the door and move out on the deck for wine and cheese, after a hike on the mountain or a day at the lake with the kids.


Serene Lakes Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1480 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • 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 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower , Located between loft and master bedroom.
    Main floor Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathroom next to main floor bedrooms.
  • Hand and bath towels included.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Main floor Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Bed, dresser and side table
    Main floor Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Bed, dresser and side table.
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Bed, dresser and 2 side tables, recliner chair, DVD/TV
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Futon sleeps 2, 3 side chairs & table, entertainment center
  • Sheets, blankets, comforters and pillows for all beds and futon.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Reno, Nv
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Truckee, CA
Nearest Golf
17 Miles
Truckee, CA
Nearest Train
15 Miles
AMTRAK Station, Truckee, CA
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
15 Miles
Truckee, CA
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Royal Gorge, Sugar Bowl, Boreal Ridge
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Serene Lakes
Car: necessary

Great Location and Convenient Access.

The cabin is 180 miles (3 hrs) from San Francisco or 45 miles (1 hr) from Reno on I-80, at Soda Springs / Norden exit 174. Cabin is at 6,800 ft elevation.

Easy summer access. Cabin is 3 blocks from canoe access to lake. The lakes have a beach and picnic area, swimming dock, and catch-and-release fishing. Great for kids because motor boats or jet skis are not permitted. Power boating is allowed at Donner Lake 12 miles away. Donner Party history museum on old US Hwy 40 in historic Truckee, CA. Rock-climbing at Donner Summit, 6 miles away. Many hiking trails link to Pacific Crest Trail and Tahoe area wilderness.

Easy winter access - county plows the roads to our driveway. Drive into the attached garage. Parking for two cars in garage, plus driveway space off street. Direct entry to cabin from garage.

Great sliding hill for kids at the corner.. Cabin is less than a mile from Royal Gorge cross country skiing and snow-shoe trails. Skiing and snow boarding at Sugar Bowl, Boreal Ridge and Soda Springs Ski areas are less than 6 miles away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $150

Renters would be expected to sign a lease agreement for the term of occupancy. A copy of the agreement is available.

Ski Lease available for entire ski season, beginning Thanksgiving week, through end of May. Ski season rental is $9,600, with lessee to pay utilities. Contact owner for details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.