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'The Lakeside Haven' Luxury Lakefront Retreat on Serene Lakes

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
1 - 3 nights

About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths (Sleeps 6-7)

The Lakeside Haven is nestled on the shore of Lake Serena, the quieter of the two Lakes in the community of Serene Lakes, in the town of Soda Springs at Donner Summit.

The home has a southerly exposure and high, vaulted pine ceilings offering wonderful sunlight and beautiful summer views of Serene Lakes through early evening. The Lakeside Haven is situated on a unique lakefront lot with vacant lots on each side offering unusual privacy.

In the winter Sugar Bowl, only 10 minutes away, offers some of Tahoe's best downhill skiing. The home is also only 5 minutes away from Royal Gorge Cross-Country Ski Resort, which is one of the largest cross-country skiing areas in the world. And it is about 5 minutes from Soda Springs Ski Resort with tubing and special snow programs for children. Squaw, Alpine and Northstar are located near Lake Tahoe (about 30 to 40 minutes away). You can also cross-country ski or snow shoe on the frozen lakes just out the back door.

In the summer, enjoy swimming and relaxing at the beautiful community beach on the connecting sister lake, Lake Dulzura. At the beach are tables and even a snack bar that is open many weekends. Or take the Lakeside Haven’s 3-person canoe or 1-person kayak out for peaceful boating on the lakes. Just outside on the deck facing the lake are a pair of chaise lounges ideal for a nap or reading. (The boats and patio furniture are available June 15 - October 15.)

Truckee is only 20 minutes away with its shopping boutiques as well as fine restaurants such as Moody's, The Dragonfly and The Drunken Monkey.

The Lakeside Haven boasts lakeside views from the master bedroom suite, seclusion and serenity. The master bedroom suite is appointed with grand mahogany furniture and a wood burning fireplace, all setting the mood for enjoying your relationship with your beloved.

Family members have separate living quarters upstairs with 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, sleeping up to 6 upstairs.

All bedrooms and the two full bathrooms have vaulted pine ceilings. The 3 bedrooms upstairs boast 4 large beds and share one full bathroom, also with a vaulted pine ceiling. 2 of the 3 bedrooms are connected by double French doors, with the lakeside bedroom having beautiful lake views. Sheer drapes separate those two rooms for privacy. The downstairs master suite has lofty vaulted ceilings, a wood burning fireplace, dual sinks in the master bathroom room, and sweeping lake views at just above lake level.

When snow gets high in the winter it will encircle the large deck off the living and dining rooms (which is kept shoveled) and surround the first story of the home including the master bedroom and dining room to create a cozy, tucked-in, winter wonderland feel.

Location: Town of Soda Springs, California just off I-80 on Donner Summit. Near Donner Lake, and near North Shore of Lake Tahoe. 5 minutes to Sugar Bowl downhill skiing and Royal Gorge cross-country skiing. Lots of hiking nearby. Kayaking and boating on the lakes. 20 minutes to Truckee restaurants and shopping. 15-20 minutes to Donner Lake fishing. 30-40 minutes to Squaw, Alpine and Northstar.

* Directly on Lake Serena, the quieter of the two Serene Lakes

* Light-filled, southerly exposure

* Set back from the road and with vacant lakefront lots on each side offering unusual privacy

* Constructed in 1991, the home is well-crafted with good insulation and Pozzi dual-paned wood windows

* Elegantly furnished with a 'home', not a 'cabin', feel boasting upscale appointments

* Approximately 2,125 square feet, 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms

* Vaulted pine ceilings in the living room, each bedroom and each full bathroom

* 52-Inch high-definition flat screen LCD TV and DVD/VCR in living room with Netflix streaming (no TV cable service to better enjoy the serenity of the summit)

* Dual chaise lounges on the deck in the summer

* Large couch, one sitting chair, and two leather recliners in the living room

* Upstairs loft with antique loveseat and two rocking chairs

* Solid cherry console piano (for older children and adults)

* Bose SoundDock in the living room for MP3 player or iPod

* Upstairs Sleeping: 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom (2 bedrooms connected with one overlooking the lake)

- 2 nestled twin beds with king-sized linens (gold bedroom); 1 queen bed (lakeside); and 1 queen bed plus 1 full bed (red bedroom)

* Downstairs Sleeping: 1 master bedroom and connecting bathroom (1 queen bed)

- Wood burning fireplace and Bose SoundDock iPod player in the downstairs master bedroom

* Wood burning fireplace in the living room

* Gas stove in the dining room

* Free telephone service for calling anywhere in the continental U.S.A.

* Free UVerse Max internet service (downstream speeds up to 12Mbps) via wireless modem

* Fully furnished maple cabinet kitchen with formal dining room

* Johnson Brothers 'Fresh Fruit' place settings, Reed & Barton flatware, and wine glasses

* Breville espresso/cappuccino machine

* Vitamix blender

* Gas cook top

* Linens and towels provided

* Washer and dryer

* 1 undersized, small car garage for storing gear (parking in the driveway is recommended for larger cars and SUVs)

* Old Town 3 person canoe with two padded seats

* 1 person kayak

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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2017


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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'The Lakeside Haven' Luxury Lakefront Retreat on Serene Lakes
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews

Beautiful lake view

  • 4 of 5

We loved the big deck and beautiful lake view and enjoyed kayaking and canoeing. The only minus I would give the property is the lack of good curtains in the bedrooms. We stayed during the summer, so it got bright early. Also in order to get to the 4th bedroom, you have to go through the 3rd bedroom which is a bit awkward.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A slice of heaven in the Sierras

  • 5 of 5

We went up with our two kids (ages 2 and 4) and friends with their two kids (ages 1 and 5). The house is huge, so we had space to spread out. There was enough room for all of us around the dining room table and plenty of chairs to accommodate all of us in the living room. The kitchen was surprisingly well-appointed -- the knives were sharper than ours at home which I don't think I've ever had at a rental. The location is what makes this place -- stunningly beautiful views of the lake from the large wrap-around deck with a path that leads directly to Lake Serena, where you can take out a 3-person canoe and a 1-person kayak. You can canoe across both lakes in 10 minutes or so to arrive at the Serene Lakes Home Owners Association beach, which is the perfect place to spent a lazy day. Catherine has put together a very clear visitors guide that made arrival and departure super easy and she was very prompt with communication. Would LOVE to head up there again in the winter.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home ideally situated on the lake!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay! Our family has been coming to Serene Lakes for several years and this house was one of the nicest. The beds are extremely comfortable, the kitchen is well equipped and the view is amazing. We made great use of the kayak and canoe. We hope to be back again!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house, beautiful location, wonderful host.

  • 5 of 5

We came to Soda Springs for some snow play time, and this house was just perfect. The kids had a wonderful time playing in the snow right out the back door and the house was very clean, comfortable, and conveniently located. It was easy to get to this home because of its proximity to the highway and because there were plenty of snow plows out keeping the roads clear. Before our trip I was a little nervous about getting stuck in the snow, but I wouldn't hesitate to visit this place again as the roads were well maintained. The home itself was wonderful and we loved the fluffy blankets and the big dining table that fit all of us. It was also fun to look out the windows and see snow, snow, snow! Catherine was a kind host and easy to contact. Our cell phones didn't work here, which I considered a huge perk (we were on vacation after all, and my parents, who are realtors, generally get calls all day long - not this time!), but there was a land line available for use and internet which worked well. I can't say enough good about this place. We can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cardiff by the sea

Winter Wonderland

  • 5 of 5

Came up to Soda Springs from San Diego for President's Day vacation. Location was fantastic, incredibly peaceful and quiet. Great place for a family getaway. House is very close to 3 different ski areas and a giant cross country ski resort. We will hopefully be returning next year, and would highly recommend to any of our friends. Catherine's house had everything we needed for a nice relaxing week of family fun.

Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Great family friendly rental

  • 5 of 5

Like baby bear's porridge, this house is just right. Great family friendly rental with wonderful dining room, living room, and kitchen area. The location fronting the lake is special and we spent many hours hiking and sledding on the frozen lake with our 3 year old. It is a short drive or 20 min walk to Royal Gorge cross country skiing. We will definitely come back!

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Nearest Motorway
2.2 Miles
Nearest Ski
5.5 Miles
Sugar Bowl
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Serene Lakes Property Owners Association Beach


Rates & Availability

Serene Lakes House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 26 2017 - Jun 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
July 4th Weekend
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jul 5 2017 - Sep 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 5 2017
1 night minimum stay
Sep 6 2017 - Sep 14 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning & Linens $175 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 10.0%

Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice. Check in time 3 pm, check out time 11 am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Serene Lakes House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2125 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • 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 Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Downstairs Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower , Combination tub/shower
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Upstairs Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 'King' is 2 twins pushed together with king linens
    Upstairs Bedroom 2 - Lakeview - 1 queen , Upstairs Bedroom 2 is connected to Bedroom 1
    Upstairs Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 double , Full bed is a Sealy Posturpedic pillow top
    Downstairs Master Bedroom - Lakeview - 1 queen , Sealy Posturpedic pillow top
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Sugar Bowl 10 minutes away; Royal Gorge Cross-Country Ski Resort 5 minutes away; Ski In/Out Cross-Country skiing on the lake in the winter; Canoe or Kayak on the lake in the summer

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