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Overlooks Donner Lake

Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights


Truckee Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Beautiful location, family friendly cabin in the heart of Sierra ski country.

Enjoy the views of beautiful Donner Lake and Schallenberger Ridge in the Central Sierra Nevada Range from our cozy cabin's large deck or front windows. Our cabin is located in the middle of snow country. Northstar, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Donner Ski Ranch, Sugar Bowl, Royal Gorge and Tahoe Donner are all within 15-20 minutes from our door. Ice fishing up the hill at Prosser Lake. Donner State Park, which is just a mile and a half from us at the end of the lake, has trails for snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

As our cabin has direct access to the lake; in summer, fish or swim off the dock in front of us, enjoy the many water sports possible on the lake, or take a 20 minute ride over to North Tahoe to enjoy the 'big lake' on the mountain. There are 7 golf courses within 15-18 minute drive, historic Truckee and the Transcontinental Railroad to explore. Rock climbing, hiking, shopping, live music /concerts, mountain biking in the area, are all possibilities. Gambling/Casinos in Reno about 30 minutes up Interstate 80.

Our cabin is approximately 1400 square feet in size with space for two cars to park right by the back door. The main entrance to the cabin is from the back. As you enter, you have the kitchen on your right and a door into the main level bedroom and bathroom on your left. This bedroom has a queen bed and the bathroom has a tub/shower combination. Beyond the eating bar is the living area with an 8 foot dining table on one side and a couch and loveseat facing the fireplace on the other. Downstairs there are two bedrooms and a small bath. One bedroom has two twins and the other bedroom has a queen bed. From the downstairs hallway , you can go into another hallway that has a washer and dryer, a wood room that houses the wood for the fireplace and a door to the outside to take steps down to the road and lake. The loft is open to the main level and has 4 twin beds. Three of these beds are very close to each other (best for kids). There is another parking pad at lake level for one car.


More Details
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Norma and Bill Markley
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 9, 2016
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About Norma and Bill Markley

We built this cabin as a young couple in 1977. It is our 'first child' and has continued to be updated throughout the years. Our two sons grew up knowing this place as an extension of home and now our grandkids do. When we first built this, we thought we would enjoy it mostly in winter but find we actually, like the summers even better.

Why Norma and Bill Markley chose Lake Tahoe North Shore

Being skiers and outdoor enthusiasts, we fell in love with the area. Our goal was to build a cabin with a view and easy access to skiing, hiking, and water play. We were able to purchase the small piece of ground with the view of Donner Lake and direct access to the water and plowed roads in the winter. We then, 4 years later, built a cabin on it.

What makes this cabin unique

Location! Lake right below us where we can actual see our family on the dock. Northstar, Sugar Bowl and Squaw Valley just 15 minutes away. Historical Truckee and the major ski resorts have many scheduled events throughout the year.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(31 traveler reviews)

Overlooks Donner Lake
average rating of 4.903226 based on 31 reviews

Beautiful lake view cabin

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect spot for our weekend at the lake. Close to walking/hiking and a quick drive into adorable downtown Truckee. Exceeded expectations! We hope to come again in ski season.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cabin with beautiful views.

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful weekend in this beautiful cabin. It has all the amentities and comforts a family would need for an amazing vacation stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice! Great view of the Lake!

  • 5 of 5

Everything about this place is excellent. Clean, cutely decorated, lots of amenities, comfortable beds, very cozy. Beautiful large deck with little lights that magically come on at night. Love Love loved it. Would definitely stay here again!!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You for the great review! Our cabin is an extension of our family and the many memories we are still making there. We appreciate it when others like it and treat it as if they were visiting at a good friend's home. We hope you will consider us again.
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Perfect getaway and great views

  • 5 of 5

We had a family get together and the kids enjoyed the place. The house is stocked with all amenities including bikes, board games, nice DVD's for both adults and kids. The owners were prompt in their responses. The view of Donner lake was amazing. Barbeque is a nice addition as well. Overall a pleasant stay the family and we will visit again in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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What a Great Place to Make Memories!

  • 5 of 5

I booked this VRBO rental for an annual girls' trip. There are three of us and we have been friends since we were children! We all grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. One of us is still there, the other is in Oregon, and I am in Reno, NV. was my turn to plan the trip and I realized after living in Reno for 38 years I have never spent any time at Donner Lake. When I first started looking for houses with a view of the lake, this house came up and I knew this was the place for our next adventure. The Owners were so responsive and helpful. When we arrived the directions we were given were so easy to follow, and when we walked in to the house, the first thing we noticed is how clean it was. The Owners did so many nice things that I don't expect in a rental, namely, each evening the decoration on the fireplace lit up as well as a candle in a centerpiece on the dining table, then later, lights strung around the deck came on, what a nice surprise. We decided to make a few meals and we're happy that all the kitchen utensils we needed were available.

The only things I would say to potential renters is the traffic on the road directly below the house is surprising, and the pillows on the beds are very hard, there is no hair dryer, and although linens were provided, the beds were not made up which has not been my experience in all other houses that I have rented.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your glowing review and appreciating our personal touches. Because we and our children still use it, we don't think of it as a true rental. You are right! We replaced two pillows this Spring and found that firm on the label should have said "extra" firm. We like firm pillows but they are beyond that. Guess I need to go back to the store... Linens- In order to keep cleaning service costs as low as possible, we have a lady come in and do all the linens and bath rugs but not put the sheets on. If we had her put the linens on, it would cost our guests an extra $30. Plus, the city of Truckee taxes the cleaning fee. (A real bummer!) However, we will put that information for our future guests in our cabin information. Thanks! We hope you will consider us again in the future....
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Great location with stunning view!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the cabin very much. It is a lovely cabin and the deck had a stunning view!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lake Tahoe - north shore is 20 minutes away

Reno - for gambling and shows is 30 minutes away.

Costco - in Reno

Rates & Availability

Truckee Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Christmas/New Years 2017
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jan 9 2017 - Feb 9 2017
2 night minimum stay
President's Holiday
Feb 10 2017 - Feb 20 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter Rate 2
Feb 21 2017 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $90 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $350
Tax Rate 12.0%

Cleaning/security fee is based on a normal usage. Carpet stains, dirty dishes, food spills/grease etc. cost to do the added cleaning will be charged against the security fee.
Damage to property both structurally or for example, to bedpreads, furniture, etc. will be deducted from the security fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Truckee Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Closet contains a PacknPlay and highchair
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Sleeping loft - 4 twin/ single , Open to the main level - beds are very close together.
  • Note: Clean linens and towels will be placed on top of the beds. Guests will need to make their own beds. This saves our guests the cost of an extra hour of cleaning/set-up fee.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

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