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Tahoe romantic 'real' Log Cabin in Bijou Pines with enclosed hot tub

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 6, BONUS new Star & Moon view room w 4x8 skylight

Romantic quiet vintage log cabin with enclosed hot tub on double lot in pine woods setting. New, free wireless Internet. You can walk two blocks to the beach on Lake Tahoe. Located in South Lake Tahoe, 1.8 miles from Nevada State Line casinos, and Heavenly Ski Resort. Two blocks walk through the woods to Safeway and Starbucks. Secluded but close to it all.

Completely enclosed cedar plank fenced in double lot sized back yard. Ideal for kids or pets to safely run and play in the snow or sun. Large back yard barbecue/outdoor kitchen area with log table and seating. Ideal for enjoying the outdoors. Backyard ideal for relaxing at night while star gazing too.

This is your secret mountain lake getaway place that you will want to return to and tell your friends about.

New Improved STAR & MOON room: We have added an enclosed porch area with two oversized 4x4 sky lights, and a double french doors and a 5x10 ft view window into the back yard area.

Lake camping out but indoors on the couch futon for an extra special get away feeling.

More Details

John McGrath
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, german, spanish, portuguese, russian, italian, Farsi
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2017

About John McGrath

I only fish on days that end in Y!

John McGrath purchased this cabin in 2000

Why John McGrath chose South Lake Tahoe

THIS IS MY PERSONAL TIME TRAVEL MACHINE. Wanna go back to a simpler time and place? This is it!

What makes this cabin unique

Simpler time, but with modern amenities....6 person enclosed hot tub, electricity, indoor plumbing, central heating! WOWSER.


Bijou Pines Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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Tahoe romantic 'real' Log Cabin in Bijou Pines with enclosed hot tub
average rating of 4.3448277 based on 58 reviews

It was a cute cabin! Perfect dor our honeymoon get away!

  • 5 of 5

Loved it! Bed comfy, Jacuzzi perfect, location was great! Thank you for letting us stay here!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Congratulations on your new life together. Honored to Have you as guests!
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Great cabin in a great location!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I had a great time renting this cabin for Labor Day weekend! The pictures don't do this place justice. Beautiful inside, rustic feel but with modern conveniences. HUGE back and front yards for the dogs. We grilled every night. Walked to the lake every day.. overall great experience! And Lynda was right next door if we had any questions. Would stay here again, absolutely! Thanks again for having us!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Some people asked if we were going to tear down this vintage 1930 log cabin in the woods built from Jeffrey Pines from the lot next door. But we said no. We replaced the lower two layers of logs with a stone foundation and Added some electricity, hidden central heating and not so hidden hot tub. We said it is to be preserved as is as much as possible to allow people like you and us to enjoy the experience of our pioneer ancestors who built and dwelled in these cabins in simpler times. So glad you enjoyed the time travel experience. You are of course welcome back anytime.
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We really enjoyed the experience of the cabin.

  • 4 of 5

We were warned about the mice problem that Tahoe was having. Unfortunately, someone prior to our visit left an open bag of opened spaghetti pasta on the top shelf above the microwave that the mice found and kept us a wake one night. I was able to get to it and throw it away, no more mice noises the next night!

The smoke alarms also chirped at night so we took them down and removed the batteries, no more chirping!

We brought our dog and it was great to have such a nice big fenced in yard for him to play in!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and I am glad overall, you enjoyed your time at our log cabin. We are an authentic log cabin in the woods. You will see wildlife everywhere, raccoons, chipmunks, squirrels and coyotes and our friendly neighborhood teenage size bear if you are lucky. And of course tiny field mice can be coaxed into the cabin if guests leave open food containers at night. That is why we do have glass jars for all food items left on shelf, even a special super long spaghetti glass jar. I am sorry the previous guest did not notice that, and I thank you for handling the situation. We could try to kill all the mountain critters and make this a humans only place.....but that is not our way. Our place is for guests who appreciate and enjoy being close too nature, even if a maybe a little too close for comfort for some at times. And thank you for changing the batteries in the alarms. I really appreciate your taking care of that and in return I would like to offer you a free night whenever you are back in South Lake Tahoe. Just email me and I will add free night stay to calendar for you any open date.
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not what we expected

  • 2 of 5

not romantic

crude, crowded place

old and tired

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hmmmm, countless other guests disagree and seem to have an eye for history and appreciate us saving and restoring this authentic 1930 built log cabin. Highly suggest modern hotels may be more to your tastes. Sorry, but we don't have plans to replace our authentic log cabin with a white plaster motel 6 decor anytime soon.
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Martinez California

Vermin infestation, in desperate need of repairs, Filthy cabin nothing like what is described!!!

  • 1 of 5

When booking this cabin owner seemed like a nice person but I am sorry I have to be honest so others don't make the mistake of staying here.

Cabin is nothing like pics on VRBO site. Logs of cabin are rotting and crumbling away so badly that light shows through from outside. This place would be impossible to stay at in winter!

"Rustic" is not the same as falling apart and in desperate need of repairs. The entire cabin is not "air tight" keeping noise, outside elements, and most importantly vermin out.

Cabin has a active infestation of vermin! They are everywhere in cabin. You cannot leave ANYTHING out on counters, floor, table, cabinets, stove...The only place you can put any food is the refrigerator. Vermin droppings everywhere all over dishes and counters. Owner and housekeeper manager are aware of vermin as they have tapped a note on counter warning of vermin. Warning this cabin is not acceptable for children or pets. Pets risk chance of disease from vermin getting into food and water bowls, and children risk chance of getting disease being close to floor.

Cabin is filthy! Wood floors have crack and holes. Floors are dusty and dirty, not appropriate for children or pets. Dust and spider webs everywhere!

Owner not being truthful in description on VRBO. In fact VRBO should remove this listing as this is not even appropriate to list as a vacation cabin in its current state!

Children, pets, and elderly or able people will find it difficult if not impossible to get upstairs to second floor. The only access is a very steep make shift ladder stairs. The upstairs is the attic that they have put down cheap basement carpet and a make shift bed. Very creepy up there and not usable.

The additions to this cabin are make shift construction, almost like when you were a kid and made forts in the woods with the neighbor kids. The additions cannot be up to code nor were permits pulled as the additions are not up minimal building standards.

Cabin is not secure...Does don't lock, windows don't lock. Someone could break into cabin and steal your valuables very easy when you are out.

I don't think the owner has been to this property in years. The owner is simply using this cabin to rip people off and make money.

VRBO makes you put at least one star...This cabin would get no stars!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really? Blackmail?Guess I should have paid Guest Gregory the BlackMail full refund he demanded to not post this fake review??? SORRY GREGORY, I REFUSE TO BE BLACKMAILED. Better luck with the next owner you try to scam. Funny Gregory, you stayed your whole time without a single call or email to me until after you checked out, ran away, and then tried your blackmail scam???? I leave it to wise readers to decide if your spiteful trash review has any merit, or if the countless 5 star reviews from honest guests are true. P.S. If Gregory bothered, he could see all permits filed with City of South Lake Tahoe and work completed and passed per code.
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very charming and cozy place surrounded by beautiful trees . The cabin is very close to the lake ..

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time here. Very cute cabin. Perfect for a relaxing weekend. We want to come back again. A real cabin! Walking distance to restaurants and the lake.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you and very glad to save this authentic Log Cabin for people who appreciate what a treasure it is.
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Reno, Nevada
Car: recommended

South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy the water and perfect blue sky days of summer, or the powder at Heavenly Ski resort in the winter. And enjoy the casinos and night life at State Line one mile away all year.

Other Activities: endless night life at casinos and Heavenly skiing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $85
Additional Guest Fee $10 per person per night
Pet Fee $10

Complimentary Wine and Flowers to greet guest arrival!


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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