Donner Lake House - Truckee, CA
Max Occupancy: 14
1 King Bed,
3 Queen Bed,
6 Twin Bed,
4WD/Traction May Be Required In Winter
15855 South Shore Drive , Truckee, CA 96161
Gorgeous lakefront escape with fireplace, close to skiing
This gorgeous and spacious six-bedroom Donner Lake vacation rental has an amazing location right across the street from the Donner Lake West End Beach State Park. Highlights include a cozy gas fireplace, WiFi, a rustically elegant aesthetic, and gorgeous lake views. Perfect for family getaways with a crowd - here, you'll have a comfortable home-base for everyone to explore this beautiful section of Truckee and North Lake Tahoe!
West End Beach is a 10-acre day use beach area on lovely Donner Lake with shaded picnic area and barbecue sites. There is a daily, nominal admission fee for use of the West End Beach area. Amenities at the park include tennis courts, volleyball courts, kayak and paddleboat rentals, swimming and fishing areas, and boat parking. And if you want to hit Lake Tahoe, it's only a 30-minute drive to Lake Tahoe's North Shore. In winter, Northstar, Sugar Bowl, and Boreal Mountain ski resorts are all within 15 miles of this Truckee Donner Lake House!
This lovely lakeside getaway features a reverse floor plan with the main living area upstairs and all but one of the bedrooms on the lower level. The aesthetic here is comfortably rustic with arched walkways, timber post accents, and wood-beamed ceilings. The outdoor deck has plenty of furniture to enjoy a cool summer breeze or prepare some salmon steaks out on the gas grill.
In the evenings, you can sit around the gas fireplace on the cushy couches as you make plans for the next day. There is a flatscreen TV with cable, a DVD player, and a VCR. The open dining area shares this space and with two tables (and a counter bar), so you can seat up to 14 guests for meals and snacks.
When you do want to cook breakfast, lunch, or dinner, the full kitchen is loaded with all the major appliances (including a dishwasher) that you could possibly need. There is a lot of tiled counter space for cooking projects and a breakfast bar is an ideal spot for kitchen helpers to grate cheese or chop vegetables. And in the mornings, you'll even have two coffee makers so you can get everyone fueled up and ready to go.
With six bedrooms, you'll have room for up to 14 guests to stay at this great Donner Lake vacation rental. You'll find one king bed, three queen beds, and six twin beds, as well as a futon in the living room. All of the bedrooms have comfortable bedding, accessories like bedside tables and reading lamps, and plush carpeting. This Donner Lake House also has three full bathrooms, a laundry room with a washer and dryer, and a stereo.
In the summer, you won't find a more popular location in all of Truckee, than this West End Beach location. The Fourth of July is the height of the summer with an all-day celebration including live music, contests, and of course, fireworks at night (must purchase tickets in advance through Truckee Donner Parks & Recreation). The state park also has great swimming and boating out on Donner Lake (a small daily fee is required). This convenient location is also right near Donner Memorial State Park, hiking and biking trails, and golf courses - both Tahoe Donner Golf Course and Coyote Moon Golf Course are right nearby.
Skiers will find that this Truckee vacation rental is also a great home-base for when you want to get out on the popular North Lake Tahoe slopes. Sugar Bowl and Boreal Mountain are both a 15-minute drive away and Northstar California Resort is just 22 minutes southeast.
There is really no bad time to visit this Donner Lake vacation rental! Year-round, Donner Lake offers an abundance of outdoor activities - swimming, hiking, skiing, even snowshoeing. Plan a family getaway to Truckee with a stay at this great Donner Lake House and create some wonderful vacation memories.
RCN # 469
Great place for a group of people. Lots of room
The open layout upstairs is perfect.
Perfect for an extended family with many ski sites within close range.
This cabin has served us well for many years. The open floor plan is what really makes it work for our work retreat. We also really enjoy the location near Donner Lake. The cabin tends to have ample parking, even during the winter. Thank you for the new couch and new upstairs doors! The heated floors are a feature that probably doesn't get enough praise so I'll mention that too. While the kitchen is large and has a wide variety of cooking equipment, it might not meet the standards if you are used to higher quality amenities. Overall, this cabin is a great value.
My rating would really be 3.5 stars. This house is in a wonderful location across from Donner Lake and close to skiing. It comfortably holds a houseful and is in that way ideal for a large gathering of family or friends. The great/living room is comfy and perfect for hanging out. Kitchen is giant and has tons of cooking supplies, but it could be have been neater and dishes/pots show their age. Mattresses were pretty soft.
The Donner house was a perfect size for my family. The huge kitchen made cooking Thanksgiving dinner so easy. Plenty of pots and pans.
The new sofas are cozy and nice to sit in front of the fire. The deck was enjoyed even though we were wrapped in blankets. The kitchen cabinets could use a good cleaning and a set of new dishes, nothing fancy would be a good investment. My family enjoyed our time there and appreciated the quick response from the office during my stay.
This was my second time renting the house with my group of friends, and it did not disappoint!
Christina H. October 2017
Perfect for families with Children and babies. Nice plush carpet, very large, many bedrooms and seating areas for eating. Great location and nice deck!
My brothers and I rented out this home for a weekend to celebrate our parents both turning 70 this year. We are all married with our own families, so there were 5 kids and 6 adults. We had plenty of space and really enjoyed the location being across the street from the beach at Donner Lake. The home was beautiful and had the most spacious living space and kitchen! We would definitely recommend this place to a large group/family!
Had a great time! Big familyroom/kitchen! Open floor plan!
Christina S. September 2017
The public beach across the street is very convienent with great rentals. The marina is walkable to rent jet skis or a boat. A great ice cream place is also walkable. Home should have had some beach chairs or umbrella at the very least being so close to the beach. Bring your own.
The condition of the property was very dissappointing. Upon reading earlier reviews from a month before our scheduled stay we contacted the management company to confirm that the broken couches were in fact replaced as they promised. After several emails of telling me that they were looking into it, they confirmed that they wouldn't be replaced by the time we were checking in. They were kind enough to issue a very small refund for the inconvenience and did go to the house to check out the couches in person the day before our arrival after we pressed that they do so. They confirmed that they were broken but very usable. We did not find this to be the case- we had to move other furniture around for our small group of 7 to sit comfortably and watch a movie.
Also, the master bathroom toilet seat is literally hanging on by a screw. Housekeeping would have known this for quite sometime as they did their cleaning and should have notified the management.
Bedspreads had many stains on them- we had to take them off. Also, damp mildew towels were found in downstairs cabinet as well as damp towels folded and stored in master bath.
Bunk beds downstairs- one had a screw poking out of it where my son was sleeping. We had no tools to bend it in safely so had to use something from the kitchen to cover it and make it safe. Top bunks were not safe for any of our children to sleep in- railing not safe.
Overall, open floor plan and great location. This must have been marked up for the high season of August, but we'd never stay here again.
This house is absolutely gorgeous, spacious, beautiful interior, fully stocked kitchen, and very close to lots of fun activities. I would have given it 5 stars but here is why it only gets 3 Stars:
1. Both main (and only) couches in the living area are broken on both ends. So a couch that is supposed to seat 4 people now only seats 2. There were 7 of us in our party, & some people ended up on the floor during our nightly movies because of the atrocious couches. Disappointing, and quite frankly, unacceptable, when paying a few thousand dollars to stay there for 4 nights.
2. The fireplace would NEVER shut completely off, despite following the posted directions of operation. The property management contact person was notified & he sent a text back saying somebody would be right out, but nobody ever came. The contact was texted again the next day and there was zero response. The upstairs was uncomfortably warm during our mid-summer stay due to the heat coming from the always-on fireplace. Again, very disappointed in the poor handling of this issue, which may have actually been an electrical problem, but nobody in property management seemed to care too much about it.
Would we stay here again? Only if there are new/er couches and a properly operating fireplace/electrical system. If these two issues were not a factor, it would be an easy "yes".
Great house, disappointing property management.
We are sorry for the issues this guest experienced; we did attempt to contact them, but we never did get a response. The furniture in the living room will be replaced by the owners in the near future, and the fireplace is functioning perfectly. Thank you!
Great location with lots of room for friends and family. Several pieces of furniture were beginning to break down in the living room. The electrical panel was a little small for such a large house and the GFI kicked off a couple of times. Other than these minor issues it was great and I would definitely rent again.
The second floor is a huge open floor plan, which makes it feel enormous. The location is perfect to walk to Donner Lake. Great house!
We enjoyed every minute of our stay in this beautiful Truckee home. Would be a great place to stay year around, we went sledding from the balcony down to the street during our stay, there was a good 20 ft of snow! This house is very family friendly and the lake/park is right in front of the house, in the summer just take a quick walk across the street and enjoy! My only negative review would be about the cookware, looks like previous visitors ruined some of the pans, so you may want to bring your own. We've run into this problem in EVERY rental no matter how nice, please use things properly future renters!
Catherine C. January 2017
We loved our stay! The cabin has a great layout for big groups and the kitchen/living area was perfect for cooking big meals for everyone. I would definitely stay here again. It was a beautiful, clean house and even with snow piled higher than the first floor windows it felt airy and open. Plenty of parking, too.
very spacious and easy to accommodate large groups. excellent location for snow time will definitely consider coming again during summer.
Roomy, quite, and very comfortable. Room for everyone.
This property is a gem. Walking distance to the playground and beach and 10 mins drive to ski resorts. Plenty of parking spaces, a bike lane around the lake and a great community to walk around. The house was extremely comfortable with plenty of room and heated floors. We will definitely come back in the summer.
Great place for our family reunion.
Christine L. October 2016
Absolutely as presented - love this property! Perfect for our leadership retreat!
Awesome house! Enough space to fit everyone comfortably. It had the amenities we needed so we didn't have to bring much from home, aside from a Keurig. :) So quiet and peaceful. Loved it and wish we could have stayed longer.
Great location for our family reunion, easy access and comfortable home. Thank you
Plenty of room. Awesome upstairs and great location. Nothing bad to say
The house is beautiful, and would be great for skiing. Just be warned that -- contrary to what it claims -- it is not "lakefront". There is a road and parking lot and trees between it and the beach which is on the lakefront. And the map that shows it on the south side of the lake is wrong; it is in the west side. Convenient, but it can be very busy with cars on a weekend.
Proximity to West End Beach is invaluable; our family included a 5 year old and a 7 year old - parents were delighted and bought season passes to ease access. We were grateful for good parking on the property, since the streets are crowded w/visitors. Grilled several suppers, enjoyed eating on the deck and enjoying cool breezes after the heat of the day.
Our group went on frequent walks around the neighborhood. A great Quiet community.
The home sleeps 16, with plenty for beds for everyone, three full bathrooms, and a huge family room for everyone. Thoughtful heaters available for each bedroom was a nice touch, and plenty of parking. The kitchen was perfect for cooking for large groups, and the dining room table sat everyone. Groups can easily visit quietly out on the deck, while others watch movies or TV, plus plenty of room for card games in the dining room, and quiet rooms downstairs for reading or sleeping. Having a full laundry rooms was also a plus. Loved it!
Great place, great location!
Loved the house, a perfect home for large families
The cabin is open and spacious. The cabin is very clean with a complete kitchen. The location is a excellent. Across the street is a park and Donner lake. Sugar bowl ski resort is 10 minutes away. We liked this place and my try to get back in the summer.
close to lake wit beautiful view, recommend !!!!
Christine L. October 2015
Delightful experience. Accommodations were excellent and everything was as portrayed in the preview! No surprises! We are making plans to return next year!
We cant wait to see you back! Thanks for sharing your review and choosing Vacasa.
It was our first time in the Donner/Tahoe area during the Summer - the weather was great the last 2 days. The first 2 were rainy and cold but a welcomed change from the sweltering So Cal Valley temps that we escaped from. The lake is super clear and refreshing. We arrived late in the Season for any boating activities so nxt time, we'll have to indulge! Overall the house is fantastic - very clean and very well stocked w/ pretty much every kitchen item one could want or need! Even though it's across from the lake, the trees block the view but being outside on the deck was nice and relaxing. The upstairs great room is a fantastic space that worked well for our group. My only observation is that the house doesn't have AC - there are MANY windows upstairs and it was HOT when it was cold and rainy outside - maybe some ceiling fans could help when it's really warm. Great time was had by all!
The weekend was rainy on and off but the house was warm and comfortable. Many nice places to hike and bike. The beach is right across the road and if you schedule 14 days in advance, you can have a large group area reserved. Good location and away from the highway.
We had 12 women for a mini retreat and the house was a perfect accommodation for that size group. Modern with warm surroundings.
Our group loved the home and the location! This was our third time staying there and we would like to go again! However, the supplies are not as adequate as they were the first time we were there and you have to bring more of your own. Flexibility with early check in and late check out isn't as good as it was before they went to property management! Overall, it is a beautiful home and location for the price and anyone choosing to rent it will be very happy with their decision! The owners built the home themselves and it is quite beautiful with gorgeous windows, high ceilings and living area is perfect for a large group!
Our family included 8 adults and 6 children 7 years and under. Everyone very much enjoyed our 6 days and 5 nights, especially the kids who had plenty of room to play and run around in the family room on the 2nd floor. The house is conveniently located close to the town of Truckee, and several outdoor recreational activities are nearby. We look forward to staying there again next year.
The location of the house is great. My family and I enjoyed our stay, we would stay again. The only problem we had was that the description of the house states it has 3 Queen beds but the bed sizes are Full not Queen.
Thank you for your review of Donner Lake House. It is certainly in an excellent location and we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time at this beautiful home. We will re-evaluate the sizing of the beds and adjust the description if necessary; thank you for bringing that to our attention so we can make sure our description is accurate. We hope you had a wonderful trip to Truckee and were able to enjoy the gorgeous surroundings during your time with us. Thank you for choosing Vacasa and we would love to see you again!
This place is awesome. The Location is perfect, and the house is a perfect also. I will be looking to continue renting this house for future vacations.
The living room is an amazing place of this house. We enjoyed every moment at this property.