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Magical Dome Close To Kirkwood Ski Resort, Wine Tasting, Cave Exploring, Golf

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10

Unique Magical Dome nested in a grove of madrone trees. A secluded retreat in the foot hills; located in Pioneer, California just off highway 88, 35 miles to Kirkwood Ski Resort 10-15 minute s Jackson Rancheria casino. Two minutes to the Mace Meadow golf course. Enjoy exploring the surrounding mountains, high Sierra lakes, streams and of course the many wineries all within minutes away. Tour the many caverns, caves, gold mines and nearby historic gold rush towns. We provide a booklet of nearby activities, restaurants, etc.

Ground Floor –Big master bedroom with plenty of room for a portable baby crib. There is also a futon in the living room that could accommodate more sleeping. Full kitchen with stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher, Keurig coffee maker, toaster, breakfast bar with seating for four. Anything in the cabinets can be used, so please cook away. All spices, herbs, oils and cooking materials and anything in the fridge and freezer are available for use as well. Open dining area tableseats six . Large living room with ample seating, HD flat screen TV with Amazon fire stick. Heated with a large wood stove and well stocked with firewood, also each room has electric heaters. A large mudroom provides laundry facilities. Great outdoor living area with BBQ and dog run to accommodate your well behaved four legged friend.

Second Floor – Specious loft with bathroom and big play area with two skylights. The loft accommodates 5 twin beds some with trundles, could sleep up to 8 people.

Deck – Gas BBQ and eating lounging area. Area for dogs with stairs to a dog run.

House Rules:

Please watch your children going up and down the stairs or leaning on the loft banister as accidents may happened. Make sure your dog’s paws are clean when they come in from the dog run. Leave the house in clean condition. A cleaning fee will apply, if the house needs to be professionally cleaned. If items are damaged or broken a replacement fee may apply. No smoking inside.

More Details

Rodica and Geoffrey Lack
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, Romanian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2018

Why Rodica and Geoffrey Lack chose Pioneer

Domes are magical! We lived in many places all over the world, in the mountains and by the sea, in big metropolis, like London or San Francisco, and small towns like Brasov Romania or Toutle WA. But we never felt more serene and at peace than in this Magical dome. As we walk on this property, we had no choice, we felt called to buy it, but it would not be fair not to share with others. As you lay in the comfortable chairs enjoying the woodstove fire and gaze out of the windows on all sides you feel like you are in a magical tree house. The top of the madrone and evergreen trees are so close to the house it almost feels like it is holding it up. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Please let us know how we can help make your stay just as peaceful and enjoyable as our stays.

What makes this house unique

You cleaning fee will be reimbursed. The first year of renting our vacation home we have not charged a cleaning fee. Sadly people took advantage of that. After numerous times of finding the home a disaster, we have decided we have to charge a cleaning fee. However, we will reimburse your cleaning fee if the place is left clean “as you found it”. We come after each guest and change the beds and bring clean towels. Depending on how many hours it take us to clean the home you will be charged accordingly and the rest will be reimbursed to you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is such a unique property. Our kids loved it from the time they walked in...especially the loft, the kitchen table, and the woods out back. We had 2 families in our party (4 adults, 6 young children, and one newborn). It suited our needs well.
Sep 2016
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Pioneer House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 11:00 AM
  • /
  • Check-out: 3:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 6 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • festivals
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • skiing


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Magical Dome Close To Kirkwood Ski Resort, Wine Tasting, Cave Exploring, Golf
average rating of 4.5 based on 9 reviews

Cozy, private space

  • 4 of 5

This place was so adorable and cozy. From the second we walked in it felt like home. It had everything we needed and more. After reading all the reviews before renting, I noticed that all the issues past renters reported had been taken care of which showed me the owners really care about the property and their renters. Even though there are other houses around you, they cannot be seen from inside the house so you really feel very private. The house was very clean but a deep clean (upper windows, under large furniture was needed). The only reason I only gave 4 stars is because the house is very cozy and all I wanted to do was curl up in a comfy chair or couch to read or watch a movie, unfortunately there was not a comfy place to be found. A very hard uncomfortable futon in front of the t.v. and some small or armless chairs around the wood stove. These things wouldn't prevent me from staying again or recommending the 'Magical Dome ', but I would habe definitely given 5 stars.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful location...Amenities lacking

  • 3 of 5

Our family loved the setting and feeling of the Magical Dome; we enjoyed our time there immensely. There were, however, things seriously lacking in terms of appointments and inside accommodations.

1) Important to note, while the description (I believe) states 2 bedrooms, there is actually one (1) that is private. The upstairs loft is not private, though great to have all the beds and bathroom.

2) The upstairs bathroom lighting was very poor (we were getting ready for a wedding!), and lacked a functional vanity space, without a real mirror over the sink. A small stand-alone makeup mirror and a small, cheap, rectangular one was propped up against the window above the sink, sharing space with a dual-fan, also propped up on the shelf. While there were towels (1 on each of 2 racks), no additional linens were found upstairs. One would expect to find a decent set of towels, rather than mis-matched and random; these looked like thrift store finds. I'm sorry to be critical on this point, but these are things I would have wanted to know when I booked. Also in the shower, used soap, and open bottles of shampoo and conditioner indicate a lack of professional management.

3) The kitchen had NO dish towels, sponges or dishcloths, NONE, and none to be found in the laundry area. Kitchen was not well-furnished for cooking; items were not easy to find or missing. Eventually found the baking pans sitting on something in the laundry room. Another criticism, minor, but again...reflective of the lack of professional management - the third-full bottle of dish soap sitting on the sink was missing it's cap.

Overall, the place - while clean - was not what I would consider to be a well-maintained, well-appointed vacation rental. I suppose you could say "you get what you pay for" given this being the most affordable rental in the area. But for me, spending several hundred dollars for a 2-night stay should have translated to some fairly minimal standards of care and decent appointments that I found to be seriously lacking.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments, we will take them under consideration. Sorry about the Vanity not being to your satisfaction. Due to the dome construction there is no other way to accommodate a better design of the bathroom. As it is the bathroom has three mirrors. The towels we use in the bathroom were purchased at Costco. We do have a big Tupperware container full of mismatched towels for your convenience to take to the river or use outside. I feel would be petty to try to answer all the complains, but we will take them under consideration. If you read all the other reviews we have gotten, of which I believe there are 50, you will see that they are all positive with maybe some small minor issues being remarked on. We use these to help us make the changes that will help us manage the property better. No one has ever remarked about a cap being left off of a bottle of dish soap. We are not professional rental managers. We are just a husband and wife who do the best we can to make our clients stay as comfortable as possible. The past reviews we have received, I believe, reflect that we do quite a good job for our renters. We are sorry that we could not meet your standards . We will try harder. We keep our rental price low, not because we are a low quality or poor standers, like all our other reviews reflect. We feel blessed to have this amazing vacation home and we want to share it with people so thier families can afford and enjoy a decent and reasonably priced vacation. Thank you for your comments and your patronage.
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Wonderful Weekend Getaway

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the Magical Dome. It is close to so many outdoor options and sitting on the deck relaxing was wonderful. Looking forward to our next opportunity.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Dome!

  • 5 of 5

Really nice stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Palo Alto

Unique Property, Great Location

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the dome! It has everything you need for a wonderful stay and your dogs are welcome, too. There is even an enclosed dog run so they can safely go outside to take care of business and sniff to their heart's content! We found the home extremely comfortable and because it sits up a little high, you feel like you're in a tree house in the forest. It's easy to get to and there are amenities nearby such as groceries, a general store, a handful of restaurants, and golfing - not to mention Kirkwood just up the highway a bit. If you want to go out for breakfast, Cook's Station is a few miles up 88 towards Tahoe and they make a mighty fine plate of food. If you prefer to do your own cooking, the kitchen is extremely well-stocked! We'll definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, I am so happy that people are enjoying this beautiful place. thank you for leaving the place clean.
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Boise, ID

Cozy, fun, and perfect for our needs!

  • 5 of 5

This is such a unique property. Our kids loved it from the time they walked in...especially the loft, the kitchen table, and the woods out back. We had 2 families in our party (4 adults, 6 young children, and one newborn). It suited our needs well.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $120
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 10.0%

A cleaning fee will apply, if the house needs to be professionally cleaned the minimum cleaning fee is $45 not to exceed $150, this amount will be taken out of your deposit. If items are damaged or broken a replacement fee may apply. No smoking inside. Please do not take any items from the house as you go in hikes or daytrips. No loud music after 10:00 PM. No more than 2 Vehicles are allowed, as the driveway is limited. Please turn all lights and all appliances of as you leave. i

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.

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