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Family-friendly Carnelian Bay Charm

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6 adults)

This charming home sleeps six to eight people comfortably (six adults maximum) in three bedrooms, plus a loft (for children ages 6-10), and has all the amenities provided for a memorable vacation. Pillows, blankets and comforters are provided. (Need to bring your own sheets and towels.) Fully-equipped kitchen, large color TV with DVD/VCR, and Charter TV & Internet.

In addition to central heating, there is the added charm of a free-standing, woodburning fireplace. The large deck with barbecue provides a beautiful private setting for dining or sunning. There is a lovely filtered view, through the many tall pine trees, of the lake with the mountain background beyond. (Not looking out on other homes.)

Very private setting on a large corner lot, with sizeable play area, including badminton court and horseshoe pit. The long driveway is large enough for two cars and a boat/trailer.

We rent our home for weekly/weekend stays, and do not offer 3-4 month ski leases.

Our seasonal weekly rates and flat rates for holidays are listed under the "Rates" tab, and are quoted within the parameters of the template provided by VRBO. But please make note of the following nightly rates, based on the number of nights that you stay:

Nightly Rates: $195/night - 2 night minimum

$175/night - 3-5 nights

$150/night - 6-7 nights

Keywords: Home

More Details

Bud Phillips
Member since: 2006
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 15, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Betsy & Bud,

Thank you for making so many of our family vacations together so special in your cabin. We realized this year especially that coming to one place year after year, and experiencing the familiarity and comfort of your place, reinforces all the memories. We know the rooms, the kitchen, the horseshoe pit will be there. We even feel like we know your family a little bit from the photographs and art on the walls. This is all to say again "thank you" and we hope you and your family are doing well.
Aug 2014
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Carnelian Bay, California

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • The loft is for children only (ages 6-10) with two twin beds and a view of the treetops!
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Internet ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2) Bedroom #3 - Two (2) Twins Loft - Two (2) Twins Our home sleeps 6 adults (max) + 2 children in the loft.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

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Family-friendly Carnelian Bay Charm
average rating of 4.571429 based on 47 reviews

Carnelian Bay Home

  • 5 of 5

This Carnelian Bay home was 'family-friendly' as advertised. It was ideally located for us given that it was directly across the street from our son's home. The house was comfortable with its three bedrooms. The living room and dining area are nicely appointed. In our case, we had a 95 year old with us who walks with a cane. Having everything on the one floor with just one outside step was ideal for us. Bud & Betsy were welcoming in our communications with them and promptly responded to our emails. We would definitely recommend this house.

  • Submitted: 15-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely works

  • 4 of 5

The cabin was clean and included many of the 'must-haves' frequent VRBO'ers come to value (kitchen items, cleaning, etc). Great location. Fire place was perfect and having wifi was great. I would stay again.

  • Submitted: 1-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jordan, Thanks so much for taking the time to post your review -- we really appreciate it. We're glad you enjoyed our cabin and that it had everything you needed for a relaxing vacation. Looking forward to having you and your family as our guests again the next time you're planning a Lake Tahoe getaway! Thanks again, Betsy & Bud Phillips
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Great location! Very quick response time!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin has a great location--easy lake access close to Tahoe City and Carnelian Bay. Located in a very quiet neighborhood, this cabin has that Old Tahoe feel that I remember from my childhood. It fit our group of 4 adults, three children, and one Tahoe-loving golden retriever perfectly. We enjoyed eating meals on the spacious deck and our boys loved playing on the surrounding grounds. We spent most of our time at the lake but the cabin was warm and welcoming when we returned. Our son celebrated his birthday there and will have fond memories of turning 11 at the cabin.

Bud and Betsy were fantastic. They were so easy to work with, refunded our cleaning deposit promptly, and responded within a few hours to every email I sent. Thanks, Bud and Betsy for being so kind and prompt.

  • Submitted: 2-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great cabin!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect cabin for our needs. Weekend getaway for our family of 6 Adults, 2 kids and our boxer pup. Plenty of space. Comfortable beds and living area. Fully stocked kitchen. Cozy fireplace. Beautiful views, especially for the kids in the loft. Super reasonably priced. Plus the owners were easy to contact and helpful. We had an amazing time that was stress free and relaxing. Exactly what we were looking for. Thanks Betsy and Bud. Already looking forward to another stay!

  • Submitted: 14-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely stay at a warm and cozy cabin.

  • 4 of 5

A lovely cabin with plenty of rustic warmth. We visited during the major February storm and the driveway was regularly plowed clear. Nice dinning room / family room combo with plenty of room and very functional kitchen. We found the beds quite cozy and the views enjoyable...some of the rustic forest surrounding the area, some with patches of the lake peaking through.

If you are looking for the Taj Mahal with full service, then this is not your place. If you are looking for a VERY reasonably priced, cozy and roomy place, where you will save many $$ in return for doing your own cleanup (required for rental) and bringing your own sheets/towels....then this is about as good as it gets.

The only thing better was the kindness, promptness, and helpfulness of the owners, Bud and Betsy!

They treated us well and have created a lovely part of our Tahoe experience!

  • Submitted: 23-Feb-2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Don't go here!!

  • 1 of 5

First of all, the owners did not use VRBO for payment and charged more than the site indicated.

Contacted owners to make sure the cabin would be accessible due to snowfall. We were assured that it would be. We arrived and the driveway was plowed but the entrance was not accessible and we had to shovel 4 ft of snow to get into the house. The heat was down to 46 when we arrived and the vents were closed. It took over an hour for the house to heat up. The fireplace flue was opened but did not draw well so we did not use it. The house had not been cleaned professionally. The shower curtain rod in bathroom #1 had been broken off the wall and unusable. The bathtub did not have a stopper in that bathroom, so we were unable to shower or bath in that bathroom. There was a working shower in the 2nd bathroom that we used. We had to bring our own sheets. There was not laundry available. There was no dishwasher. Everything in the cabin was dated, not kept up. We were expected to clean the cabin and take the trash out. The trash box outside had been plowed under and we had to dig it out to place the trash in. They need a property manager to take care of the property to make sure it is in working condition prior to renters arriving.

  • Submitted: 8-Feb-2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is important to us that our guests enjoy their stay at our cabin; and as you can see from all the reviews (except this one), our guests love our cabin and always enjoy the time they spend there. We often have repeat renters – mostly families that return again and again for family vacations in Tahoe, and folks who are looking for a comfortable, low-cost place to stay. Unfortunately, the guests who posted this review neglected to read our listing details completely, and did not notice that we ask all our guests to provide their own sheets and towels, and to please leave the thermostat set at 46 degrees when they leave (to keep the pipes from freezing). We’re sorry they thought our cabin was “dated”, as most people find it charming, and tell us how they spent many evenings enjoying the fire in the fireplace. This is our second home, not a rental property, and we do our best to keep it in good order. The rod for the shower curtain had fallen down (it was not broken), and our handyman put it back in place and easily tightened the rod. With the incredible rain we’ve been experiencing in Northern California, the Tahoe area has had the largest snowfall this January since 1995. These guests arrived at night following a snowstorm, and their vacation did not get off to a good start. Please read all of our reviews, to see that this was an isolated incident. We partner with a local couple who check our home between rentals, to be sure it is ready for our next guests. We hope you’ll visit us soon!
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Carnelian Bay
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Carnelian Bay, California

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer Rates
Jun 10 2018 - Sep 8 2018
2 night minimum stay
Fall Rates
Sep 9 2018 - Nov 17 2018
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week
Nov 18 2018 - Nov 24 2018
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Winter Rates
Nov 25 2018 - Dec 22 2018
2 night minimum stay
Christmas Week
Dec 23 2018 - Dec 29 2018
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Year's Week
Dec 30 2018 - Jan 5 2019
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Martin Luther King Weekend
Jan 18 2019 - Jan 21 2019
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Presidents' Weekend
Feb 15 2019 - Feb 18 2019
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable cleaning dep C$164.8

The rates listed above are quoted within the parameters of the template provided by VRBO -- but please make note of the following nightly rates, based on the number of nights that you stay:
$195/night - 2-night minimum
$175/night - for 3-5 nights
$150/night - for 6-7 nights
We do not offer 3-4 month ski leases.

We charge a refundable cleaning deposit of $125 -- most or all of which will be refunded within 2-3 weeks of your departure date -- depending upon the condition in which you leave the cabin. We don't require heavy cleaning, but we do ask that you prepare the cabin for the next guests -- this helps us keep our rates relatively low. Thank you!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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