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Lodgepole Pine House an Ecologically Designed Vacation Home

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 12-15)


This brand new ecologically-designed home in the Serene Lakes community backs up to a nature reserve open to cross country skiing, hiking and biking and is a five minute walk from beautiful Lake Serena and Lake Dulzura. The home incorporates natural building materials and incredible detailing in a rustic and modern style. The owner/ architect designed the house to embrace the outdoors with generous porches adjoining most rooms and with windows framing the surrounding pine forest. Bird watch and stargaze from the house.

WINTER RECREATION: Downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, iceskating, snowshoeing, sledding. Cross country ski directly to Royal Gorge, the largest Nordic ski resort in the country. Less than a 10 minute drive to excellent downhill Sugar Bowl, Boreal Ridge, Soda Springs, Donner Ski Ranch. NorthStar, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Tahoe Donner are nearby.

SPRING: Still some snow pack for skiing and snowshoeing. Perfect weather for road biking before the heat of summer. Find quiet solitude in the low tourist season.

SUMMER: Road and Mountain Biking, swimming, hiking, kayaking and sailing, catch and release fishing at Serene Lakes. Great show of wildflowers. Wine festivals, Tahoe Music Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Outdoor film showings at Squaw Valley and Truckee. The Owner’s Association beach at Serene Lakes is great for kid’s and adults.

FALL: Wonderful fall color. Biking, hiking, boating. Find quiet solitude in the low tourist season. Nevada County Fair. Tahoe Sierra Centruy Bike Ride. Lake Tahoe Marathon. Truckee Renaissance Faire. Golf Classic at Truckee.

LOCAL HISTORY: Explore nearby Donner Lake (where the famous Donner Party was stranded for the winter of 1846) and Lake Tahoe areas. Visit historic truckee for shopping, good eats, and winter sport rentals.

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Anne Phillips
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2017

About Anne Phillips

I am a practicing architect in Berkeley California with over thirty years of experience in the design and construction fields. I love outdoor adventure and photography.

Anne Phillips purchased this house in 2008

What makes this house unique

Lodgepole Pine House is a very special custom built home- not the typical vacation rental.


Serene Lakes House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Ski-Out
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Queen size Beds (4), Twin or Single Beds (4), Single Futons (3)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
recreational equipment available for guests: bikes, kayaks, snowshoes.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Lodgepole Pine House an Ecologically Designed Vacation Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Ideal Ski House

  • 5 of 5

Just returned having stayed at Lodgepole Pine from a long weekend skiing and couldn't have been happier with our stay. The house is beautifully designed with a great layout - the large open living area on the second level was the perfect place to hang out after a long day skiing. Will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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our favorite tahoe ski house

  • 5 of 5

We have returned to the Lodgepole Pine house several years in a row now. It's very easy to get to from SF and is super comfortable for 3 families with young children to relax and have fun. The kids love the loft- and we love the open floor plan on the main floor. Plenty of bathrooms, heated floors, and well stocked kitchen. Very clean and comfortable- and even has yoga mats. Can easily ski to Royal Gorge, and it's just 5 minutes to Sugar Bowl, or 30 to Heavenly. And if anything comes up, questions or otherwise, Anne is a pleasure to communicate with and very accessible. We've always come up in the winter, but I imagine it would be lovely in summer as well. The place has 3 decks and wonderful outdoor space.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA

Comfortable home in beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

This was the second time that I've stayed in Lodgepole Pine House (LPH), and it was better than ever. The house is beautifully designed, and it's furnished and fully stocked with everything needed for a comfortable and fun stay. The large, open living space (kitchen, dining, living and library) are perfect for even a large group to cook, eat and relax together. The house backs unto a beautiful forest that was recently thinned to reduce fire hazards -- now one can see through the trees to the sunset and more light reaches the house.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco

Late September

  • 5 of 5

Astonishingly lovely place, comfortable, beautifully furnished and finished. Only complaint is that the exteriors of the other houses (with few exceptions) aren't up to Lodgepole's standards. The site is also quite choice, looking from the back to the forest and no other houses.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco Bay Area


  • 5 of 5

We had the BEST time ever in this beautiful, architecturally unique, and warm, spacious home. We have stayed many times in the area, but Serene Lakes is very special and the Lodgepole Pine House is hands above anyplace else we have ever rented. There were 13 of us and we all slept comfortably and never felt crowded. We started every day with a walk around the lake or a long hike taken from one of the many hiking books on the shelves, came home to eat lunch in the well-stocked kitchen, rode the bikes provided to the lake to swim and kayak in the warm water. We would then return and cook up elaborate meals on the BBQ and in the kitchen that has every gadget a cook could wish for! It was great how we could all comfortably fit around the big table, where we ate and laughed for hours, followed by playing games on the porch. Everything in the home was of such quality; my daughters especially liked the herbal shampoos and soaps. Anne was very responsive to any questions that we had, and we all agree we have forever been spoiled and will never be satisfied staying in any other cabin. We can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A fabulous stay - whatever season

  • 5 of 5

I've stayed at the Lodgepole Pine House 3 or 4 times, & I'm remiss in writing a review. This is a fabulous house, whether one is staying the in the winter for skiing, spring for mushroom hunting or walking, summer for swimming, or fall for tree colors & more walking. The house accomodates many guests, yet there is lots of privacy & quiet, without being too spread-out. The house is very clean (which I particularly appreciate), pleasant, not cluttered at all & well-thought out. The Serene Lakes area provides lots of quiet paths for roaming, the lake is absolutely the best for swimming, and one can get to town easily. I will definitely return.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
39 Miles
Reno/Tahoe International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Ice Lakes Lodge
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Tahoe Donner Golf Course
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Ice Lakes Lodge
Nearest Ski
0.1 Miles
Royal Gorge
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Lake Dulzura
Car: recommended

Full library including fiction, local history and nature guidebooks.


Rates & Availability

Serene Lakes House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $200 + Tax
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 10.0%

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