About this listing
Our comfortable two-story chalet with its large exposed beam ceilings and large brick fireplace is modern, but still has the charm and cozy feeling of a cabin. Centrally located close to skiing, boating, hiking, biking, casinos and great restaurants.
The inspiration for the name "Little House in the Big Woods" was a children's novel by Laura Ingalls Wilder published in 1932. The book was based on memories of Wilder's early childhood in the Big Woods near Pepin, Wisconsin, in the late 19th century.
The children of a frequent guest gave our home this name and we liked it so much that we adopted it as our own.
Our "Little House in the Big Woods" has three full bedrooms:Room #1-King Bed (upstairs),Room #2-Queen Bed (downstairs), Room #3 Two Bunk Beds(upstairs) plus a large walk-in closet upstairs that has been converted into an extra sleeping space "Woody's Den," a favorite among our Jr. guests. It has a full size bed with a slanted roof and no windows. Not ideal for adults.
There is a phone upstairs and downstairs free local calling. A calling card or 800 number is required for long distance access.
House is fully furnished. Kitchen is updated with gas stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher, and all necessary cooking utensils and dishes.
Interaction with Guests
Host does not live in the area, but there is a local caretaker should you have any needs that cannot be resolved by phone with the host.
Conveniently located in the quiet Gardner Mountain Area just 1/2 mile from the Y. Walking distance to some well-known local restaurants. Biking distance from beaches and Camp Richardson and Fallen Leaf Lake. Close to free shuttle bus for travel to Heavenly Valley Ski Resort and Stateline Casinos.
There is ample parking at the house for up to 5 vehicles. Bus Stop for free shuttle to Casinos and Skiing is only three blocks away.
Other Things to Note
Pets are allowed, but subject to approval by the owner. Pet fee per day is $15.
Owner is required to charge city tax of 10% on total rental amount (including daily rental rate, housecleaning and pet fees) Taxes will be collected prior to checkin.
Signed Rental Contract required. Pls contact owner to review contract
Early Check-in or Late Check-out is available by prior arrangement with the owner as long as there are no other guests departing on your arrival date, or arriving on your departure date.
Three night minimum for holiday weekends.
Christmas rental is by the week only.
Renters must be over 21 years of age
No Smoking inside the house
This home is MUCH bigger than it looks from pictures and that backyard is PERFECT for summer fun. My friends and I went up the 4th of July weekend and it was truly one for record books. Beautiful bbq, great location (a quick jump to a small market and a couple of bars/restaurants) and cozy accommodations. Debbie was more than willing to provide us with recommendations on what to do and where to do it. Highly recommend!
The little red house is what we were looking for for our first trip to Tahoe. It's clean, warm and cozy and thanks to the bad weather we had the pleasure to light up the fire in the living room. It was like Christmas.
The place is clean and we had everything we needed to cook (and more), sleep and shower. Debbie provided clean towels and soaps for everyone.
We were two families of 4 (4 adults, 3 3yo children and a 3 mo) and the house managed very well. The den is pretty small and uncomfortable for adult, but it does the job for kids that small.
The neighborhood is pretty quiet and very nice. It's two blocks away from the forest and 5 minutes away (by car) to a Raley's and other shops. There is actually a 7/11 at 5 minutes walking distance.
We would definitely recommend the place and come back again soon!
We loved the house. It was exactly as represented and very clean.
The location is great, and we had a wonderful time!
Debbie was pretty helpful and straightforward. Read the description carefully for the one of bed is in a closet converted den and there will be a city tax collected additional to the rental cost. The house is pretty neat and clean overall. The neighborhood is also quiet. Overall I like it.
Hi Jian, I am sorry to hear that you sounded surprised and maybe disappointed about Woody's Den. We try to be upfront in our listing, which is why we list this as as a three bedroom house, even though we also have a double bed in this converted walk-in closet as a fourth sleeping space. I also make sure that my guests know about the city taxes, even though they are noted in my listing, before the booking is finalized. If you did not understand this, I apologize. All hosts who advertise vacation rentals in SLT are required to charge the city tax. The reason I don't include this in the airbnb quoted rate is because then you would end up paying an airbnb fee on the taxes too. It saves us both money if you pay the taxes directly to me. I hope you will book with us again in the future. Debbie
It was an absolute pleasure renting "Little House in the Big Woods" from Debbie for a recent ski weekend at South Lake Tahoe. She responds quickly to communications and made the overall process extremely smooth and worry-free, giving me a warm welcome to both Airbnb (my first rental) and her cozy lodge. The listing was dead-on accurate and the location is absolutely stellar - close to grocery markets, restaurants, drug stores, and the main attractions (Heavenly, Lake Tahoe). If you're looking for an affordable place to accommodate family and friends for a weekend in SLT, look no further!
We had a great time staying at Debbie's house. The place was super comfortable and very accommodating. It was really easy to get to the house, and the house's decoration is cute and with lots of bears.The only problem was regarding the dishwasher, she asked to return all items after the cycle to their proper places before leaving, even though we payed cleaning fee.
We definitely recommend staying there!
I understand your issue with having to empty the dishwasher. I use to feel that way too, but I have stayed at other places and have found the request for guests to wash their dishes and empty the dishwasher is pretty standard. I am a little surprised by your comment though since my caretaker honored your special request for a 6pm checkout without any additional charges.
Wonderful place! My family and I felt like at home. This was my first time booking through airbnb and I couldn't be any happier. Debbie made the entire process easy and convenient.
Thank you so much Debbie for the awesome experience!
About the Host, Debbie
Lifetime resident of California. Raised in Mill Valley and now living with my husband and our teenage daughter in Los Gatos. Our two sons are away at college. We have great family memories of our many visits to my parent's tahoe chalet. Now that we aren't able to go as often, we would like to share it with other airbnb guests. I hope you enjoy our Chalet as much as we do.