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6Br, 4Ba Custom-Built 4,000+ SqFt Luxury Lodge in Heart of Tahoe Donner

Truckee, CA, USA
  • House4032 sqft
  • Bedrooms6
  • Sleeps18
  • Bathrooms4
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights

6 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, Sleeps 16

Completed in 2006 after 8 years of construction, Swede Dreams is a unique property perfectly suited for special events or large gatherings of family and friends. A 3-D tour of our beautiful home can be viewed through this link (copy and open in a new window):


This custom designed, 6 bedroom, 4 bath luxury log home offers Scandinavian charm and all the modern amenities needed for the perfect Tahoe vacation during any season. Located in the exclusive Tahoe Donner association of North Lake Tahoe, Swede Dreams rests on a quiet half acre of flat, stream-fed, wooded forest that is perfect for families with older members or those with young children. This home provides immediate access to the scenic Nature Loop trail and backs up to a preserved wetland area that houses a family of active beavers and countless bird species and squirrel families. A private natural spring on the property bubbles up into a small pool before babbling into nearby Trout Creek and ensures that even when other parts of Tahoe are dry and dusty, this property will sprout flowers, offers streams for kids to play in and attract wildlife of all sorts.

We bought Swede Dreams in November 2013 and completed a meaningful upgrade of the property since then. All kitchen appliances were updated, new kitchen counters were installed, and all new furnishings (including beds and bedding) were purchased. We also put a large hot tub on the back deck overlooking the preserved wetlands. For those who need to be in touch even during vacation time, we installed high speed WiFi (up to 50Mbps) and a roof-based cell phone booster which now provides reliable reception. We have DirecTV connected to four flat screen TVs (three bedrooms plus the Great Room) and have a full collection of DVDs on site in addition to the option of Netflix.

Swede Dreams was designed with both entertaining and children in mind. The 4,000+ square feet of living space is spread over the main floor and an upper floor whose separate sleeping areas are connected by a dramatic elevated catwalk overlooking the Great Room. Five bedrooms and three full baths are located on the upper level in three distinct wings. The south wing of the upper level holds a master bedroom with its own gas fireplace and another room immediately adjacent. In the north wing, there is a second master with a neighboring bunked bedroom, both of which open into a common bonus room alcove (essentially a 7th bedroom) designed to hold and entertain kids in a separate living space during early mornings or after hours when adults might gather downstairs. The upper level also has a bedroom on the west wing with its own deck and bathroom, 50'' flat screen TV and a delightful reading loft outside its door. On the main level is a final bedroom with its own bathroom—great for those who may have trouble getting up or down stairs. Older guests will appreciate that the front entrance, garage and entire main floor can be accessed with no more than one step up or down.

Since a good night's sleep after a long day on the slopes or hiking trails can separate a great vacation from a painful memory, we take sleeping quite seriously. Swede Dreams very comfortably sleeps 16 people in beds. Because we have never met someone who enjoyed sleeping on a pull-out sofa, all our beds are ‘real’. Our Master Bedrooms are outfitted with the same King sized beds used at the Ritz Hotel in SF (we called and asked them because we loved their beds!), and all our queen beds are of similar quality. All beds have been outfitted with luxury linens and duvets..and more than a few guests have commented that they have never slept better than they did at Swede Dreams!

With 9 separate zones of in-floor, radiant heat throughout the house, our guests should be able to find and maintain the perfect temperature without the noise, dryness and constant disruption that come from forced air heating. Our driveway is also heated hydronically, so nobody will need to worry about slipping when arriving at night or leaving for the slopes early morning. Perhaps more importantly, after a big dump, nobody will need to shovel his or her way out before heading up!

For the cautious traveler, Swede Dreams is equipped with a centrally monitored alarm system whose access code can be set remotely by the owner and customized for a given visitor. We also have integrated smoke and CO alarms throughout the house.

Upper Level Sleeping:

Bedroom 1: (Master Suite) California King bed, en-suite bath with Jacuzzi tub, en-suite gas fireplace, TV, walk-in closet

Bedroom 2: Twin bed over Queen (bunked)

Bedroom 3: (Master 2) California King bed

Bedroom 4: Twin bed, Twin bunk (3 beds total)

Bonus room: Twin trundle beds (2 beds total), 42'' flat screen TV

Bedroom 5: Queen bed, 50'' flat screen TV, en-suite bath with Jacuzzi tub

Main Level Sleeping:

Bedroom 6: Queen bed with adjacent bath

Enormous vaulted ceiling Great Room with 30’+ tall, east-facing windows to capture gorgeous sunrises. Large leather sofa with wood burning stove, 60'' Flat Screen TV , Netflix, DVD player, SONOS. This room opens up to the back deck overlooking a beautifully wooded and flat back yard, the Nature Loop trail and extensive preserved wetlands. Loads of DVDs, games and puzzles for all ages.

Quiet and welcoming Family Room sits on main floor opposite the great room and offers its own wood burning fireplace, leather sofa and reclining lounge chair. The corner of the Family Room holds a sun-drenched card table ideal for games or drawing.

The dining table fits 10 people with seating for 3 more at the kitchen bar

Outside deck with hot tub, seating area for 8+ and BBQ in summer

We are 40 minutes away from the airport and gambling of Reno, Nevada. We are 25 minutes from Lake Tahoe.


Swede Dreams

Member Since 2013
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english, swedish
Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 2018
About Swede Dreams

We both grew up skiing and hiking with our families and bought a place in Tahoe which we hope will let us pass along to our own kids the appreciation and love for outdoors that our parents shared with us. Karin grew up in San Diego and would visit their family's ski house in Incline Village regularly growing up. Darius grew up in Telluride, CO and was a competitive freestyle skier until graduating from high school. We met during our years at Stanford and are now happy to live in the Bay Area (Noe Valley) along with our two daughters. Karin's parents were both born and raised in Sweden and we still make regular visits to the Leksand region. Many of the items adorning Swede Dreams are original Swedish works that have been in the family for years.

Swede Dreams purchased this House in 2013

Why Swede Dreams chose Truckee

We both had our first visits to Tahoe in the mid-1980's and since then have had the chance to stay at homes in many different towns and communities around the Tahoe region. We shared ski leases with friends in Squaw, Dollar Point, Northstar, Tahoe City...and finally in Tahoe Donner ('TD'). Once we discovered TD, we never considered renting a house anywhere else. Over the course of many years and various ski leases in different parts of TD, we came to appreciate the value of being in 'lower' TD with its lighter winds and snow loads (meaning the snowbanks usually maxed out at 10 feet instead of 20 feet during mid-winter). We also liked being closer to the entrance/exit on Northwoods and wanted to find a relatively flat lot on a quiet street...ideally close to a trail and preserved open space and not far from the Trout Creek Rec Center. Truly too much to ask, we thought...until we found our dream home. We had searched patiently for perhaps a year when we came across Swede Dreams. Once we saw it in August 2013, we knew it represented everything we were looking for in our Tahoe dream home and decided to take the leap. It's been an incredible journey outfitting and caring for a large, custom-built log home...but we already consider it part of the family and something our kids (and friends, guests and family) will cherish for decades to come. We love the idea of sharing this amazing place with others who appreciate the outdoors and want to create special memories with their own kids or families.

What makes this House unique

When we found Swede Dreams, we thought it was the perfect house in the perfect location. When we first walked inside, we were struck by the scale of the construction and thoughtfulness of its layout. The house seems large enough to gracefully accommodate many people without feeling so large that anyone can get lost or secluded in far-off rooms. And with different rooms set away from each other, it's easy to have Frozen playing in one room while parents enjoy a quiet fireside conversation in another, or sit in the back deck hot tub while being able to keep an eye on kids inside. We also love the ease with which we can head with our kids down the stairs from our back porch and immediately be in the thick of nature...both in our back yard (with its natural spring) and on the Nature Loop Trail which winds down to a beaver pond about 100 yards to the south. We were lucky enough to find and purchase Swede Dreams in 2013 and hope to share this amazing property with many others in the years to come!


    • Internet
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
      • Master Bedroom
        1 king
      • Master Bedroom
        1 king, Secondary master on north end of house
      • Bedroom
        1 queen, 1 twin/ single, 1 baby crib, Twin over queen bunk near Master
      • Bonus Room
        2 twin/ single, Trundle beds outside second Master
      • Bedroom
        1 queen, Only bedroom on main level; west side of house
      • Bedroom
        1 queen, Bedroom on west side of upper level, private bath
      • Bedroom
        1 twin/ single, 1 bunk bed, Twin bunk plus twin single near second Master
      • 6 total bedrooms with 5 on upper level and one on main level. Extra alcove bonus room outside second master has 2 twin trundle beds acts as great kid overflow space since it functions as a separate and distinct family space.


      • 4 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower, jetted tub, Upper level bathroom
      • Master Bathroom
        toilet, tub, shower, jetted tub
      • Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Bath in second master bed/bonus room
      • Main Level Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Main level bathroom
      • 4 full baths in house with 3 on upper level and 1 on main level. 2 baths in upper level have jacuzzi jets.

      Location Type

        • Rural
          Surrounded by large, mature pine trees with view of neighboring meadows and beaver ponds
        • Water View
          Looks out over Trout Creek and a beaver pond about 50 yards from the house.


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic
            • Spa
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                      High quality linens provided for all beds
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      New LG large capacity HE Dryer
                    • Garage
                      2 interior parking spots in large garage (note low entrance height--we fit a Yukon SLT (77'' high, 202'' long) but large SUV with ski rack or tall van may not fit)
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      9 zone in-floor radiant heat plus 3 fireplaces throughout house
                    • Internet
                      50Mbps wifi
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Fireplace
                      Wood burning fireplace in familiy room; gas burning in Master Bedroom
                    • Living Room
                      30' ceilings in Great Room with massive timber support beams
                    • Parking
                      2 interior parking spots in garage, 3-4 additional parking spots on hydronically heated driveway (depending on size of cars)
                    • Telephone
                      Cell phone booster with external antenna mount installed; solid coverage throughout house
                    • Towels Provided
                      Both bath and hot tub towels provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      New LG large capacity, HE washer
                    • Wood Stove
                      Wood Stove in Great Room


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Rancilio Silvia espresso machine and grinder for experienced baristas; Keurig single cup brewer with full assortment of flavors for everyone else...plus traditional drip coffee maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Enough for 18 people
                        • Dishwasher
                          New Bosch dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          New appliances throughout
                        • Microwave
                          LG high power
                        • Oven
                          Kitchenaid double oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Full walk-in pantry with basics provided
                        • Refrigerator
                          LG with French Doors
                        • Stove
                          Jenn Air gas cooktop
                        • Toaster
                          4 slice automatic toaster...it's awesome


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Immediately adjacent to Kitchen, enough space for 10
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 10 people


                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                  Blu-Ray/DVD player with broad collection of DVDs
                                • Games
                                  Large collection of board and card games
                                • Music Library
                                  SONOS system in place and equipped to stream any online music feed
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  DirecTV with premium channels and Netflix
                                • Stereo
                                  SONOS system installed with multiple zones throughout house
                                • Television
                                  4 flat screen TVs throughout house; 3 in bedrooms, 1 in Great Room
                                • Toys
                                  Mostly targeted at under 5 crowd
                                • Video Games
                                  Sony Wii
                                • Video Library
                                  Broad collection of DVDs


                                    • Balcony
                                      3 Upper Level Bedrooms have balconies
                                    • Bicycles
                                      Rentals available through Tahoe Donner
                                    • Boat
                                      Available for rental at nearby at Donner Lake
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Large deck outside Great Room; multiple rooms have private decks
                                    • Golf
                                      2 golf courses in HOA (Tahoe Donner, Coyote Moon); multiple golf courses within 15 minute drive
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Available for rental at nearby at Donner Lake
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Large capacity Weber grill available during summer months
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                      Available nearby at Northstar, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Guests can also enjoy the slopes of Tahoe Donner's own ski hill just a mile up the road.
                                    • Tennis
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      Available for rental at nearby at Donner Lake

                                      Pool / Spa

                                        • Communal Pool
                                          Accessible and heated year-round at Trout Creek Rec Center (10 minute walk, 5 minute drive)
                                        • Heated Pool
                                        • Hot Tub
                                          Large hot tub on rear deck; very comfortably fits 6 adults or up to 10 kids (depending on age). More hot tubs accessible at Trout Creek Rec Center (10 minute walk, 5 minute drive)

                                          Onsite Services

                                            • Massage


                                                • festivals
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • library
                                                • marina
                                                • playground
                                                • recreation center
                                                • restaurants

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • boating
                                                    • gambling casinos
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • paddle boating
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • sledding
                                                    • walking
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • Babysitter
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • cross country skiing
                                                            • equestrian events
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • golf privileges optional
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • ice skating
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • rafting
                                                            • rock climbing
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • ski lift privileges
                                                            • skiing
                                                            • snowboarding
                                                            • snowmobiling
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • water skiing
                                                            • whitewater rafting
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • Swede Dreams is a very special place for our family which we hope to share with others who want to create life-long memories with their own friends and family. We rent our house out only a few times each year because we want to make sure our renters will treat it with the same care and respect that we do as owners. We look forward to hearing from you and to possibly sharing this very special home with you and your friends or family.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

                                                                  24 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Rasmussen 12/21-12/27/17

                                                                  Peggy R.

                                                                  Our family enjoyed the six days spent at Swede Dreams this past Christmas. The home was family friendly, clean, organized and conveniently located. The homeowner Darius was very personable, easy to communicate with from beginning to end, He went above and beyond by having the home holiday & weather ready for us. The audio & media system's were a little more complicated for the senior guests to operate, as they were more modern/technical than expected & used to.

                                                                  Great spot.

                                                                  Edgar G.

                                                                  Great deck with wooded view. Owners great to deal with. Super spot near truckee. This house can handle big crew.

                                                                  Stay at Swede Dreams

                                                                  Michael C.

                                                                  Our families week at Swede Dreams was great. The area had plenty of activities for all ages. The home met our families needs and the setting was relaxing. We would stay there again.

                                                                  Wonderful Company Retreat at Swede Deams

                                                                  Tom M.

                                                                  Our small company had an amazing 3 day weekend here for our annual ski trip. We were able to sleep and entertain 18 comfortably with minimal effort. The hot tub, headed floors, and heated driveway were an extra nice touch on an already impressive and comfortable home. During our 3 day stay it snowed over 2.5ft, if it wasn't for the heated driveway and great neighborhood plow service we never would have made it to the mountain. I cannot stress enough the value of this heated driveway in the winter.

                                                                  Darius was an amazing host. He was easy to communicate with and provided detailed instructions for the house and amenities. Darius was also extremely generous and flexible when were almost snowed into due to a big storm. He even went as far as to track the weather and recommend the best times to hit the road.

                                                                  I would recommend this spot for any large group of individuals or families looking to experience Tahoe during any season.

                                                                  Best Ski Trip with Swede Dreams

                                                                  Ria F.

                                                                  The home was a real treasure! I organized a family reunion ski trip for MLK weekend. Everyone came away feeling that it was one of the best vacations we've ever had, and the Swede Dreams lodge helped make it so.

                                                                  Darius kept us informed of the situation prior to our stay so that we were prepared and knew what to expect. The extra communication was so helpful.

                                                                  Tahoe experience the biggest snowstorm in its history. Roads were buried and the area lost power. We arrived on the last day of the storm and faced scary road conditions. Snow plowers couldn't keep up with the amount of snowfall. Some of us were driving in from San Francisco and others arrived at Reno airport. Three of our vehicles got stuck in the snow on the way to house even with tire chains. Luckily power was restored at the house. When we arrived the boiler was running and even the hot tub was back to its normal temperature. Getting in from the storm and walking into a warm home with heated floors felt like we've been saved. Haha.

                                                                  What we loved about the home:

                                                                  - It was really clean and the listing had accurate descriptions and photos.

                                                                  - Heated floors throughout the ground floor.

                                                                  - Spacious floor plan. Everyone had his/her space with the 6 bedrooms. There were no grumblings about waiting for an open bathroom.

                                                                  - High end kitchen appliances and plenty of dinnerware and glassware for our large group.

                                                                  - Wine fridge

                                                                  - Hot tub

                                                                  - Heated driveway

                                                                  - Snow plowers came to shovel snow from the front entry and decks.

                                                                  - Sleds -- the kids (and grownups) stayed home from the slopes one day just to play in the snow covered backyard.

                                                                  - Family friendly. There were plenty of toys, books, and playpens for small children. I really liked the wooden stools in every bathroom. It seems like such a small, random thing to mention but it was so helpful since we had 4 young kids who need help reaching bathroom sinks. And the stools had such cute designs too.

                                                                  - Natural decor, even the artwork was lovely. Lots of hooks for snow clothes and a glove stand.

                                                                  - Close to Sugarbowl, Squaw and Alpine Meadows.

                                                                  - Darius was a great host. Great customer service through communication (texts, emails, and orientation PDF were appreciated) and providing snow plowers, handyman.

                                                                  Both skiers and non-skiers in the family loved it. It's a luxury lodge that manages to be family friendly. I would highly recommend it.

                                                                  Amazing house!!

                                                                  Jeannette R.Santa Barbara, CA

                                                                  Three generations stayed here for a post Christmas vacation and it could not have been more perfect! The house is magical. So comfortable, enough space for everyone and great hang out spots for everyone to congregate. Darius was lovely to work with - it is obvious that they love their home and want guests to as well. This house is perfect for young children - we had 4 children aging from 3 months to 8 years and everyone had a ball. They have a crib, two pack n plays, bouncy seat, baby toys, big kid toys, sleds, etc. Well equipped house! Everyone loved the hot tub as well and walking the trails in the backyard in the snow was like something out of a dream. Can't wait to come back!


                                                                  Truckee, CA, USA

                                                                  Tahoe Donner is one of America’s largest homeowner’s associations, with nearly 6,500 properties spread over 7,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Tahoe Donner is an eclectic community with a passion for outdoor recreation and a celebration of the Tahoe lifestyle. Located 15 minutes from Lake Tahoe in Truckee, California, Tahoe Donner operates a wide variety of recreational facilities during all four seasons. During the winter, Tahoe Donner operates its own ski hill, cross country ski area and kids' snow play areas. Countless trails are also open for exploration during the winter. During summer, Tahoe Donner gives its guests access to a wide variety of activities including golf, tennis, horseback riding, hiking, biking and swimming (with access to multiple pools as well as a private club at nearby Donner Lake).

                                                                  Rates & Availability

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                                                                  Standard rental contract will be provided at time of booking. Our insurance policy requires primary renter to be over 30 years of age and to provide digital verification with ID.

                                                                  24 Reviews
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