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6BR, 4BA Custom-Built 4,000+ SqFt Luxury Lodge in Heart of Tahoe Donner

Swede Dreams

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english, swedish
Bedrooms 6
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

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6BR, 4BA Custom-Built 4,000+ SqFt Luxury Lodge in Heart of Tahoe Donner

Bedrooms 6
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights


Tahoe Donner Lodge Rental Photos and Description

6 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, Sleeps 16

Completed in 2006, Swede Dreams is a custom designed luxury log home with rustic, Scandinavian charm and all the modern amenities needed for the perfect Tahoe vacation during any season. This beautiful 6 bedroom, 4 bath home, located in the exclusive Tahoe Donner association of North Lake Tahoe, rests on 1/2 acre of flat, wooded space and is perfect for families with children, large gatherings or family reunions. Swede Dreams provides immediate access to the scenic Nature Loop trail and backs up to a preserved wetland area that houses a family of active beavers and countless bird species. A private natural spring on the property bubbles up into a small pool before babbling into beautiful Trout Creek.

We bought Swede Dreams in November 2013 and have gone about a meaningful update of the property since then. All kitchen appliances were upgraded, new kitchen counters were installed, and all new furniture (including beds and bedding) was purchased. We also put a large hot tub on the back deck overlooking the preserved wetlands. For those who need to be in touch even during vacation time, we installed high speed WiFi (50Mbps) and a roof-based cell phone booster which now provides solid reception. We have DirecTV connected to four flat screen TVs (three bedrooms plus the Great Room) and have a full collection of DVDs on site in addition to the option of Netflix.

The house was designed with both entertaining and children in mind. The 4,000 square feet of living space is spread over the main floor and an upper floor whose separate sleeping areas are connected by a dramatic elevated catwalk overlooking the Great Room. Five bedrooms and three full baths are located on the upper level and create three distinct living spaces. The south end of the upper level holds a master bedroom with its own fireplace and another room immediately adjacent. On the north end, there is a second master with a neighboring bunked bedroom, both of which open into a common bonus room alcove designed to hold and entertain kids in a separate living space during early mornings or after hours when adults might gather downstairs. The upper level also has a bedroom on the west end with its own deck and bathroom, 50' flat screen TV and a delightful reading loft outside its door. On the main level is a final bedroom with its own bathroom—great for those who may have trouble getting up or down stairs. Older guests will appreciate that the front entrance, garage and entire main floor can be accessed with no more than one step up or down.

Since a good night's sleep after a long day on the slopes or hiking trails can separate a great vacation from a painful memory, we take sleeping quite seriously. Swede Dreams very comfortably sleeps 16 people in beds. Because we have never met someone who enjoyed sleeping on a pull-out sofa, all our beds are ‘real’. Our Master Bedrooms are outfitted with the same King sized beds used at the Ritz Hotel in SF (we called and asked them because we loved their beds), and all our queen beds are of similar quality. All beds have been outfitted with luxury linens and duvets.

With 9 separate zones of in-floor, radiant heat throughout the house, our guests should be able to find and maintain the perfect temperature without the noise, dryness and constant disruption that come from forced air heating. Our driveway is also heated hydronically, so nobody will need to worry about slipping when arriving at night or leaving for the slopes early morning. Perhaps more importantly, after a big dump, nobody will need to shovel his or her way out before heading up!

For the cautious traveler, Swede Dreams is equipped with a centrally monitored alarm system whose access code can be set remotely by the owner and customized for a given visitor.

Upper Level Sleeping:

Bedroom 1: (Master Suite) California King bed, en-suite bath with Jacuzzi tub, en-suite gas fireplace, TV, walk-in closet

Bedroom 2: Twin bed over Queen (bunked)

Bedroom 3: (Master 2) California King bed

Bedroom 4: Twin bed, Twin bunk (3 beds total)

Bonus room: Twin trundle beds (2 beds total), 42'' flat screen TV

Bedroom 5: Queen bed, 50'' flat screen TV, en-suite bath with Jacuzzi tub

Main Level Sleeping:

Bedroom 6: Queen bed with adjacent bath

Enormous vaulted ceiling Great Room with 30’+ tall, east-facing windows to capture gorgeous sunrises. Large leather sofa with wood burning stove, 60'' Flat Screen TV , Netflix, DVD player, SONOS. This room opens up to the back deck overlooking a beautifully wooded and flat back yard, the Nature Loop trail and extensive preserved wetlands. Loads of DVDs, games and puzzles for all ages.

Quiet and welcoming Family Room sits on main floor opposite the great room and offers its own wood burning fireplace, leather sofa and reclining lounge chair. The corner of the Family Room holds a sun-drenched card table ideal for games or drawing.

The dining table fits 10 people with seating for 3 more at the kitchen bar

Outside deck with hot tub, seating area for 8+ and BBQ in summer

We are 40 minutes away from the airport and gambling of Reno, Nevada. We are 25 minutes from Lake Tahoe.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Swede Dreams (Owner)
Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english, swedish
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About Swede Dreams

We both grew up skiing and hiking with our families and bought a place in Tahoe which we hope will let us pass along to our own kids the appreciation and love for outdoors that our parents shared with us. Karin grew up in San Diego and would visit their family's ski house in Incline Village regularly growing up. Darius grew up in Telluride, CO and was a competitive freestyle skier until graduating from high school. We met during our years at Stanford and are now happy to live in the Bay Area (Noe Valley) along with our two daughters.

Karin's parents were both born and raised in Sweden and we still make regular visits to the Leksand region. Many of the items adorning Swede Dreams are original Swedish works that have been in the family for years.

Swede Dreams purchased this lodge in 2013

Why Swede Dreams chose Tahoe Donner

We both had our first visits to Tahoe in the mid-1980's and since then have had the chance to stay at homes in many different towns and communities around the Tahoe region. We shared ski leases with friends in Squaw, Dollar Point, Northstar, Tahoe City...and finally in Tahoe Donner ('TD'). Once we discovered TD, we never considered renting a house anywhere else.

Over the course of many years and various ski leases in different parts of TD, we came to appreciate the value of being in 'lower' TD with its lighter winds and snow loads (meaning the snowbanks usually maxed out at 10 feet instead of 20 feet during mid-winter). We also liked being closer to the entrance/exit on Northwoods and wanted to find a relatively flat lot on a quiet street...ideally close to a trail and preserved open space and not far from the Trout Creek Rec Center. Truly too much to ask, we thought...until we found our dream home.

We had searched patiently for perhaps a year when we came across Swede Dreams. Once we saw it in August 2013, we knew it represented everything we were looking for in our Tahoe dream home and decided to take the leap. It's been an incredible journey outfitting and caring for a large, custom-built log home...but we already consider it part of the family and something our kids (and friends, guests and family) will cherish for decades to come. We love the idea of sharing this amazing place with others who appreciate the outdoors and want to create special memories with their own kids or families.

What makes this lodge unique

When we found Swede Dreams, we thought it was the perfect house in the perfect location. When we first walked inside, we were struck by the scale of the construction and thoughtfulness of its layout. The house seems large enough to gracefully accommodate many people without feeling so large that anyone can get lost or secluded in far-off rooms. And with different rooms set away from each other, it's easy to have Frozen playing in one room while parents enjoy a quiet fireside conversation in another, or sit in the back deck hot tub while being able to keep an eye on kids inside.

We also love the ease with which we can head with our kids down the stairs from our back porch and immediately be in the thick of nature...both in our back yard (with its natural spring) and on the Nature Loop Trail which winds down to a beaver pond about 100 yards to the south.

We were lucky enough to find and purchase Swede Dreams in 2013 and hope to share this amazing property with many others in the years to come!

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Bedrooms 6
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6BR, 4BA Custom-Built 4,000+ SqFt Luxury Lodge in Heart of Tahoe Donner
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Tahoe Donner Ski Weekend

  • 5 of 5

The Swede Dream property was ideal for my family and our guests and easily the most comfortable and inviting of any vacation rental I have procured. The house easily absorbed my 15 guest both in sleeping arrangements and dining, while also providing a number of additional places to hide away for privacy or congregate for conversation. The back deck and hot tub were very popular, even though it was cold with snow around and the amenities available to guests were countless. This location was very close to the cool town of Truckee and conveniently nearby Northstar, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski resort. Swede Dream house made for a fantastic short vacation and my friends and family were very impressed with the super clean and comfortable setting.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Best Trip Ever!

  • 5 of 5

What an unbelievable home and outdoor setting! We had the time of our lives! We celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday in Swede Dreams and it was perfect. In our party was my husband and myself, our adult kids and spouses (three couples) and our four grandchildren. The grand lodge style home was magnificent. We were all so comfortable and had sleeping room to spare! The home was fully outfitted and just so cozy and warm!

We loved the Truckee/Tahoe Donner setting. The woods and creek behind the home, the trails for hiking! We enjoyed lots of indoor and outdoor time together. We celebrated a birthday with a "Frozen" theme and had an amazing Thanksgiving meal in the dining room. On our final day it snowed which was absolutely magical in this home and very special for our little ones. We took out Christmas card photos on the deck in the snow and followed that up with a sledding trip, a Jacuzzi in the snow and some hot chocolate!

We especially enjoyed the views from the home, the ample outdoor decks, the warm and cozy fireplaces, an amazing sound and entertainment system, the rustic yet luxurious furnishings, the radiant heat, the extremely comfy beds, an incredible kitchen! The beauty out of doors and finally the snowfall was the icing on the cake!

We absolutely loved Swede Dreams! We would like very much to come back. The owners were wonderful to deal with and so very accommodating! Best trip ever!

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Walnut Creek, CA


  • 5 of 5

This place is fantastic! We celebrated a 60th birthday with extended family (ages ranging from 20's to mid 60's) and had a wonderful time hanging around the home and cooking a fabulous celebration dinner.

Swede Dreams easily accommodated the 14 guests with ample room and a great floor plan. Kitchen space was great and all expected accessories were available. There was plenty of room to socialize but also enough spots to finds some quiet time. The deck and hot tub are terrific!

The owners keep Swede Dreams is pristine condition and are very responsive and easy to work with. A big "thumbs up" as a place for a large group and a big thank you to the owners for sharing this fabulous home through VRBO.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Overall amazing rental experience

  • 5 of 5

Swede Dreams were amazing throughout the entire rental process. They were very flexible about payment options for both the deposit, the balance and the return of the deposit. They were incredibly prompt when responding to our numerous questions, and were incredibly insightful with respect to the Truckee area. And on top of that, and not to be overshadowed, the lodge was impeccably maintained and had everything our guests could ask for. Overall the planning and the stay were incredible and I highly recommend going through Swede Dreams if you're looking for a place to stay in Truckee.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Ogden, Utah

Fantastic Cabin in a Beautiful Setting

  • 5 of 5

We had the opportunity to recently rent this property for my father's 80th birthday in August. The owner was extremely responsive and helpful as we were planning our visit. The cabin is very well maintained and well equipped - had everything that we needed or could think of. Due to the large square footage and layout, it was great because there was plenty of space for everyone to spread out. It has a beautiful deck and hot tub. We loved the nature trail out in back - an excellent walking or running path in a beautiful setting.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Scottsdale, AZ

As grand as the pictures

  • 5 of 5

Loved this "luxury lodge" in the woods, perfect for our wedding party of 13. This fantastic home is beautifully decorated, great layout for privacy, very clean and loaded with all the supplies you need. The kitchen has everything you need to cook great meals. The owners were great and responsive to every question we had. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Northwoods Clubhouse
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Tahoe Donner
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 80
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Pizza on the Hill
Nearest Ski
1.5 Miles
Tahoe Donner
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Donner Lake
Car: necessary

Tahoe Donner is one of America’s largest homeowner’s associations, with nearly 6,500 properties spread over 7,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Tahoe Donner is an eclectic community with a passion for outdoor recreation and a celebration of the Tahoe lifestyle.

Located 15 minutes from Lake Tahoe in Truckee, California, Tahoe Donner operates a wide variety of recreational facilities during all four seasons. During the winter, Tahoe Donner operates its own ski hill, cross country ski area and kids' snow play areas. Countless trails are also open for exploration during the winter. During summer, Tahoe Donner gives its guests access to a wide variety of activities including golf, tennis, horseback riding, hiking, biking and swimming (with access to multiple pools as well as a private club at nearby Donner Lake).


Rates & Availability

From $975 Per night

Tahoe Donner Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter Standard
Feb 24 2015 - Apr 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
Summer Early
May 22 2015 - Jun 27 2015
4 night minimum stay
July 4th Holiday
Jun 28 2015 - Jul 5 2015
5 night minimum stay
Summer Peak
Jul 6 2015 - Sep 8 2015
5 night minimum stay
Nov 22 2015 - Nov 29 2015
4 night minimum stay
Dec 18 2015 - Dec 26 2015
5 night minimum stay
New Years 2016
Dec 27 2015 - Jan 4 2016
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $89
Cleaning $350
Tax Rate 11.5%
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Tahoe Donner Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4032 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • 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 ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Upper level bathroom
    Master Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bath in second master bed/bonus room
    Main Level Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main level bathroom
  • 4 full baths in house with 3 on upper level and 1 on main level. 2 baths in upper level have jacuzzi jets.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Secondary master on north end of house
    Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Twin over queen bunk near Master
    Bonus Room - 2 twin/ single , Trundle beds outside second Master
    Bedroom - 1 queen , Only bedroom on main level; west side of house
    Bedroom - 1 queen , Bedroom on west side of upper level, private bath
    Bedroom - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Twin bunk plus twin single near second Master
  • 6 total bedrooms with 5 on upper level and one on main level. Extra alcove bonus room outside second master has 2 twin trundle beds acts as great kid overflow space since it functions as a separate and distinct family space.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Swede Dreams is a very special place for our family which we hope to share with others who want to create life-long memories with their own friends and family. We rent our house out only a few times each year because we want to make sure our renters will treat it with the same care and respect that we do as owners. We look forward to hearing from you and to possibly sharing this very special home with you and your friends or family.

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