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Chocolate House: your family-friendly, pet-friendly lodging

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

Canine members of your family are welcome at Chocolate House, our vacation home set amongst the alpine woods of Tahoe Donner. Chocolate House was named for an unfortunate painting choice by prior owners (all brown walls and ceilings.) Newly repainted, and completely refurnished and recarpeted, the home is bright and airy. We carry on the chocolate tradition by always having chocolate available!

New beds and feather pillows ensure a wonderful night's sleep. Downstairs, one bedroom has a new queen bed and bunk beds, while the second bedroom contains a queen bed. The third downstairs bedroom with its sliding glass doors doubles as a play space; it has a new queen foldout sofa by American Leather. If your group is larger than 12, the airbed in the closet should help!

Upstairs, the master bedroom contains a queen bed, a single bunk, and a love seat sofa-sleeper. The kitchen, living room, and dining room have an open plan, facilitating conversation. Two large leather sofas in the living room provide a comfortable place to gather around the gas stove or the large TV. A large deck extends off the living area where guests can cook on the gas grill when weather permits.

In winter, the greenspace behind our house turns into a wonderful toboggan run. Snow forts, snow men, and snowball fights reign in the open lot next door.

Chocolate House is in Tahoe Donner on Alder Creek Road, which is the main route between Tahoe Donner and Highway 89. In winter, the location is a plus because Alder Creek is one of the first streets in Tahoe Donner plowed in the morning. Our short, level driveway makes it possible to get in and out of the garage as soon as the main road is plowed.

Northstar, Sugar Bowl, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, and Boreal are all within 20-30 minutes drive, weather depending.

In summer, deer, raccoons, and other wildlife inhabit the backyard. Guests may also enjoy the trail along nearby Alder Creek, and numerous other trails throughout the neighborhood. We also provide guest passes to the Tahoe Donner amenities, and the house is near the horse ranch, swimming pools/hot tub/gym, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ski hill, and gold course.

More Details

Property Manager
Catherine Berman
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017

About Catherine Berman

We are a family of three, plus a Grandma who frequently travels with us. Jan works for the local gas and electric company, on energy efficiency, solar power, and electric vehicles. Richard is a computer engineer. Laurel is 11, and loves to travel. Grandma Cathy is a retired high school teacher who speaks French and Spanish, in addition to English.

Catherine Berman purchased this house in 2010

Why Catherine Berman chose Lake Tahoe North Shore

When we went in search of a home in the Tahoe area, we kept thinking 'location, location, location.' We chose the Tahoe-Donner subdivision for three reasons: it is close to several major ski resorts; it is located in Truckee so that we could drop of skis, etc. on our way home; we had easy access to Interstate 80. We love the location. We especially love the fact that our roads are plowed early so that we can be on the slopes for the first powder.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

Chocolate House: your family-friendly, pet-friendly lodging
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews
San Francisco, CA

A Perfect Home for a Crowd

  • 5 of 5

My family rented Chocolate House for the entire summer of 2016. It was AMAZING. There were three children in our group under the age of 4 and the house was extremely family-friendly. It was spacious and had plenty of room for our group of 7 people. The home also has some nice “luxury” touches like high-quality linens, pillows, and beds. The TV was great and we watched a lot of Olympics when they were on. We explored the beautiful backyard quite a bit with the kids, and also spent a lot of time on the deck using the nice grill. I loved all of the Tahoe Donner amenities, especially the pools, HOA beach at Donner Lake, and the Alder Creek Trail, right across the street from the house. It seems like it would also be a wonderful home in the winter, as it has a nice garage and gas fireplace. I would like to recruit my family to rent it for another summer as it was nicer than other homes I have rented on the West Shore of Tahoe as well as Donner Lake. The owners of the home were very responsive when we had questions, and they delivered the home immaculately clean.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place for a weekend retreat!

  • 5 of 5

I brought a group of 15 young women to the Chocolate House for a winter retreat and it was amazing. Everyone liked the cabin, it is quite large and nice. The kitchen and living room area were open and well-furnished and the bedrooms are very comfortable, with very soft beds and lots of heated blankets to keep you warm. It is also close to a lot of great places, like Donner Lake, downtown Truckee, and Northstar resort. On top of going to these places and relaxing in the cabin, we had a great time using the backyard to sled and make snowmen. Even for Californians with little snow driving experience, it was easy to navigate Truckee, especially with the shoveled and flat driveway (unlike that of many of the nearby cabins). The owner is also quite nice to work with and responds fairly quickly. All in all, we had a great time at a wonderful cabin in a beautiful winter landscape :)

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Richmond, VA

Tahoe's Great!

  • 4 of 5

Our extended stay at the Chocolate House was excellent. The proprietor was flexible regarding our needs and did everything she could to make our stay a convenient one. For an informal, comfortable time in and around Lake Tahoe, I highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bay Area, California

Perfect Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The house was very nice. The pictures don't do it justice. Everyone in my group was extremely pleased. It snowed while we were there and it was beautiful. The kids had a great time in the back sledding on the hill. It was a small hill, but even the teenagers had fun. It was not too far from all the stores to get anything else we needed or eat out. We will definitely be going back in the future.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oakland, CA, USA

Everything you need. And chocolate too!

  • 5 of 5

We have been fortunate to experience the Chocolate House in the winter and recently this summer and found both experiences highly enjoyable. The house is well-maintained, large, with big open spaces, lots of (really comfortable) beds and the kitchen has everything you need. We shopped at the huge Safeway on Donner Pass Rd and made all our meals at "home". We kept active with the easy access to mountain bike and hiking trails nearby, but we also biked along the Truckee River from Squaw Valley to Lake Tahoe, and rafted down the River on a hot day. We did find time to relax at the Chocolate House, watched World Cup Soccer on the giant TV and BBQ'd salmon then smores on the gas grill while appreciating the beautiful vista from the driveway. We lay on the balcony at night and marveled at the clear sky.

The owners were really easy to reach, were very responsive and accommodating. We hope to be back to enjoy this wonderful house in this glorious location.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enjoyable Chocolate House!

  • 5 of 5

Chocolate House was spacious and accommodating to our family snow weekend! We had several younger children who enjoyed playing behind the cabin making snowmen and sled runs! Driveway was very accessible too. Beautiful views and clean throughout!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
Tax Rate 10.0%

Holiday rentals are $350 per night and require a two night stay. Holidays included are Memorial Day Weekend, 4th of July, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Truckee House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 2.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - master - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 4 - game room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • recreation center
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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