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'Tahoe Castle' Extreme Luxury, Indoor Pool, Waterfall, Steam, Sauna

41 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 5 nights


Pioneer Trail House Rental Photos and Description

Sleeps 12 comfortably, 4 Bedrooms (Large Loft: counts as a 4th bedroom)

Check Calendar: ALWAYS shorter stay possible if less than the required minimum is all that remains between two reservations!

Nothing Compares to 'Tahoe Castle'! Enjoy your very own large private Indoor Heated Pool with Waterfall and Fireplace, special lighting and stereo. The Castle has both a Steam Room and Sauna Room and of course a Hot Tub under the stars. Magnificent open beam Log Great Room has another fireplace and the adjoining Gourmet Kitchen is well equipped. The home has 3 bedrooms plus a Large Loft area with two extra beds and a pullout sofa which is officially recognized as a 4th bedroom, and still has room for the Pool Table and Foosball Table. Located just about 5 miles to either the Lake or to the Casinos or Heavenly Ski Resort, on a quiet cul-de-sac with empty wooded lots on either side for optimum privacy. TV in every bedroom plus Living room, plenty of cable stations plus high speed wireless Internet. The kitchen is well equipped for a feast preparation and has a wine cooler. Why stay in just any old house when you can stay in a Castle? THE MOST popular vacation rental in Lake Tahoe! Come see why Nothing Else Compares! Deposit holds dates one year in advance or more, ask me anything at all. All Major Credit Cards Accepted directly with owner. Feel free to ask me anything at all.

Please note: Extreme Demand for this home, I will accept reservation with deposit a year or more in advance, just ask.

[Eldorado County Rental Permit #1034]

Clarify Rates:

You may hold dates if 90 days in advance or more with only a $500 deposit. If within 90 days full payment is due to secure reservation (exception Christmas and New Year Weeks payment due 6 months prior). Cancel prior to 90 days before your dates will only incur a 3% cancellation fee of the deposit amount, so will cost you just $15. Therefore reserving ahead is highly recommended, even a year or so in advance. This not only gets you the dates you want but also locks in the price which as you can tell from my calendar with demand so high, it is very likely rates may go up. There are very few homes with a pool and other comparable amenities for rent in Tahoe and ALL that I have found have rental costs considerably higher then my home.

All details will be emailed to you in my standard contract once you've chosen dates, and will clearly state all policies and fees. You are still under no obligation, nor am I, until you return it signed and complete whatever payment is due. Ask me Anything at all.

House History: Well people ask so here is. House built in 2000 and designed as a luxury vacation rental with amenities like no other. The designer had it right because what sets this house aside from so many other choices are the unique amenities. I bought the house in 2004 and still had guests on the calendar so I gave it a try. The house has always rented more often, far above other houses. When I decided to no longer use a management agency in late 2007 I forwarded the savings on to the guests. The house has since booked much more often than ever despite the economy. Everyone Loves the home, thousands of guests have stayed here! Pricing compares to houses similar in size but without the amenities. So why stay in just any house when you can stay in a 'Castle'? My best deals are if last minute, meaning within 7 days, when if you do not see dates booked then I will discount and make you a great deal! These deals are rare though so if you want your choice of dates plan well ahead. Always just ask me anything.

Availability Calendar: I don't know why but this website chooses to display confusing angle shaded calendar dates that make it difficult to know if some nights are rented or not. Easiest thing to do is simply contact me and I'll always make everything perfectly clear, don't be shy.

All terms stated in rental contract supercede any terms from anything stated elsewhere. Websites limit my input.

Please Note: All local taxes apply to Transit Occupancy Registration Permit Number 1034.

More Details
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 25, 2016
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About Dan

I'm semi-retired and manage this home all myself. I'm devoted to my guests and pay attention to detail. I understand your vacation time is valuable and memories made with family and friends are precious. I'm happy and proud to have enabled many hundreds of folks to enjoy 'The Castle' for years now and look forward to many more.

Dan purchased this house in 2004

Why Dan chose South Lake Tahoe

Well the only other homes I have found with an indoor private pool and comparable amenities have been priced quite a bit higher. I know that management expense adds to the price. Since I do it all I keep the prices at a very fair value. One can expect to pay the same for a lot of homes of similar size...but without a pool, steam and sauna. So why stay in a regular house when you can enjoy a Castle?!

What makes this house unique

I know packing and organizing and traveling isn't always that fun. But when you find yourself floating around, listening to your favorite music, waterfall and fireplace'll KNOW you're on vacation!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Everything was wonderful, We enjoyed our relaxing getaway, at the Castle. It's a beautiful home, it was so quiet around the neighborhood, ;) The kids were playing in the snow, building forts to having snowball fights lol, my husband included :)We didn't want to leave, sadly we did but want to return soon, I have to ck the schedule ! lol will recommend to our family and friends

thank you so much , Barbara R.& family
Jan 2011
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based on 41 traveler reviews

'Tahoe Castle' Extreme Luxury, Indoor Pool, Waterfall, Steam, Sauna
average rating of 4.9512196 based on 45 reviews
San Francisco CA USA

Favorite Vacation Home Ever !!

  • 5 of 5

Kids loved it, grandparents loved it, husband and I loved it. We travel often and I've been all over the globe and have never found any home so filled with amenities. You float in the pool at night with waterfall on and fireplace and your favorite music, plus they have some special fiber lighting. It was absolute heaven! My only comment was his ad needs better pictures and Dan said he's working on that.

We will be back for certain.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2009
  • Stayed: Feb 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! I treat all my guests like family and it always seems to pay off. Never had an unhappy guest in all these years, and that's hundreds of people!
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Best Tahoe Cabin I've ever stayed at!!!

  • 5 of 5

Great time with the family!! I will definitely book this cabin again !!!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, keep in touch but plan ahead and I'll get you back in The Castle soon!
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My family had an amazing time at the castle.The indoor pool was fun.We experienc summer and snow

  • 4 of 5


  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello again and thanks!
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Great house, great trip!

  • 5 of 5

Very comfy home, our second trip here. The indoor pool is great! Awesome patio with hot tub. For five adults it was the perfect place with plenty of privacy.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to give the home a great review. I do get a lot of returning guests and hope you plan #3 sometime soon, thanks, Dan
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Perfect, spacious & welcoming!

  • 5 of 5

We LOVED our stay at the Tahoe Castle!

The property was clean and well maintained! The owner provided great customer service and was very pleasant to work with.

The property was close enough to the stateline but far enough that it wasn't crowded. It was very peaceful and relaxing!

Again, LOVED everything! Would love to come back and make it an annual thing! :)

Happy Camper!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello again and thank you so much for taking the time for a nice review. I'd love to have you back sometime so keep I touch, thanks, Dan
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Best vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

Rented the castle for my son's 5th birthday for the family and it was amazing! Everything was perfect! Perfect vacation spot!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Childhood memories, always extra special. I always say once you've experienced one season you should try another out. I wonder if the little guy has seen snow? The Castle awaits your return! thanks, Dan
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Nearest Airport
59 Miles
Reno (Nevada) Airport
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Car: recommended

This home is close to the Lake and all local activities. About a 5 mile drive will get you to Lake or Casinos or Heavenly Ski Resort. There is so much to do year round, hiking biking skiing, boating, kayaking, snow shoeing, sledding. There is so many links online to endless things to do and so many things you can rent if you don't have it, makes it an easy place to fly in and out. The mountain air is so fresh and the scenery is spectacular. Of course if you just want to relax at the home you couldn't have chosen a better equipped paradise! The indoor private pool is heated of course, plus a steam room, sauna room, and hot tub under the stars. Other things to do: play some pool or foosball, or enjoy a feast with friends and family. I manage my home myself and eliminate the management company fees so the cost now is very comparable to plenty of houses here or even less expensive and yet nothing compares! Thousands of guests have stayed here since 2001. I've yet to have anyone who was not impressed. I'm always told how photos don't do it justice although now I've added some that a guest took recently.

Other Activities: Floating in the Pool or otherwise enjoy the rare bliss of reading a book, playing games with the group, or of course doing absolutely nothing.

Golf: See why Tiger Woods chose to have a home here in Tahoe. The thin air allows the ball to really take off. There are plenty of nice golf courses here and a driving range and one course is only about 2 miles from this home.

Ski: This home is only about 5 miles to Heavenly Ski Resort which offers great slopes and the best views of the Lake below. Of course you can drive to several other resorts but what is REALLY nice is after a long day on the slopes you can rejuvinate in the steam or sauna rooms, swimming pool or hot tub. Another benefit...after a big snow fall many people are 'snowed in' to a rental for a day. This is one home you won't have to sit around and watch TV all day. The Castle is a paradise within a Paradise!! Ask me anything


Rates & Availability

Pioneer Trail House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Fall
Oct 17 2016 - Oct 30 2016
5 night minimum stay
Three Night Specials
Oct 31 2016 - Nov 10 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 11 2016 - Nov 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 29 2016 - Dec 1 2016
2 night minimum stay
December 2016
Dec 2 2016 - Dec 22 2016
5 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 2 2017
5 night minimum stay
Jan 3 2017 - Feb 4 2017
5 night minimum stay
FEB Two Night
Feb 5 2017 - Feb 8 2017
2 night minimum stay
Feb 9 2017 - Mar 26 2017
5 night minimum stay
Special 4 Night
Mar 27 2017 - Mar 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
April Special
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Late Spring
Apr 22 2017 - May 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
SUMMER 2017 (July 4th + $200)
May 26 2017 - Sep 4 2017
5 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2017 - Nov 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
ThanksGiving Week
Nov 20 2017 - Nov 26 2017
5 night minimum stay
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 21 2017
5 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 2 2018
5 night minimum stay
Jan 3 2018 - Apr 3 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $250 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

Check out time is 10:00 a.m. on your day of departure. Check in time is 3:00PM on day of arrival.
Exception always to minimum nights is when fewer nights remain between two reservations. If 2, 3, or 4 nights are available you must take all that remain in that case. Any Legal Holiday Period may have premium pricing , just ask for quote. For example I add $200 to total rent for stay which includes July 4th. If rates are not posted ask first, I do not control the quote system completely here and it may be inaccurate, especially if rates are not posted that far in advance. The quote may return at the lowest yearly rate and not be accurate. Send me an email regarding Pets so I may consider. For Christmas and New Year please contact me for special contract terms and premium demand pricing applies. Any FUTURE rates that have not yet been posted contact me for a quote. Simply ask me anything, any time.

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Pioneer Trail House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Mountain
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Bedroom 2
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Bedroom 3
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Large Loft
  • The Loft is considered a bedroom area per vacation permit agency.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games for Kids
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 14 garden chairs
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Indoor Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • Sauna
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Steam Shower
  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Dining area sits Six, plus counter seats four, other tables and seating as well including seasonally lots of seating outside on either the front balcony or rear deck area. As far as elderly there are steps and of course can be slippery in Winter so if someone can assist than you judge accordingly. Pets are considered on case by case so let me know what you have before renting the home. Please smoke outside ONLY and always be extremely careful to put out butts in water. Email me for all bed sizes and sleeping arrangements. Always feel free to just email me with any questions.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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