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Discover an architectural gem just a short walk from the beach, Heavenly Ski Gondola (just voted #1 Ski Destination by USA Today) and Heavenly Village. Nestled behind a private meadow and a pair of twin pine trees is our "Chalet de Celeste". Our contemporary mountain home was just completed in 2012 emphasizing natural materials with an artful combination of Italian marble and travertine, tumbled river rocks, Brazilian mahogany, glass railings, floating staircases, hand scraped hickory floors, Miele appliances and Grohe finishes throughout.
Surrounded by protected pine forest, the Chalet contrasts rustic elements with a distinctive contemporary design. Although inspired by the Swiss mountains and traditional elements, no modern luxury has been spared. Traditional and vernacular materials, such as wood, stone and glass, create the modern accents of "Alpine chic". The exterior is reminiscent of traditional Wood-Strickbau Chalet styles of the Gomsertal Valley in Switzerland.
The entry terrace to the Chalet has a stone barbecue grill to prepare light meals outdoors while enjoying refreshments. Surrounded by pine trees, it is also a good spot for bird watching. During summer, the outdoors are a serene setting for guests to relax in the hammock. Summertime sunsets are particularly beautiful, at this time of day the treetops are bathed in hues of gold and rose. In wintertime, the idyllic meadow directly across the Chalet transforms into a snow covered area for fun sledding with children.
Entering the Chalet through a slate warming room, the heart of the custom home is the great room. This encompasses the open kitchen, the dining area and the living room. The gourmet kitchen has walnut Studio Becker cabinets, Miele stainless steel appliances, a built-in wine fridge, under and above cabinet lighting, and ample cookware. The white Calacatta marble island seats three. The open-plan kitchen combines a contemporary style of living with authentic mountain atmosphere. The combination of wood, stone and glass reinforce the traditional Chalet feel.
The dining table and benches are made from reclaimed Indonesian teak wood with seating for 10. The living area has ample seating on the brompton cocoa leather sofa and club chair. The 60" flat screen can be seen from all areas of the great room. There is also an iPod integrated in-wall home theater system. The vaulted floor-to-ceiling windows soar to 30 feet high and automatically lead the eyes out to the picturesque pine tree valley and mountain views. This is the perfect place for entertaining, shooting a game of pool, and relaxing after a long day of skiing next to the glass enclosed gas fireplace.
An elegant custom floating wood and glass staircase beneath angled skylights leads from the living area to the master suite. This is truly a retreat with a spa-like master bath with his and her vanities, Italian travertine walls and floors, a walk in multi-head steam shower and granite bench, heated floors and towel racks, and Toto washlet. The steam shower offers a relaxing and rejuvenating therapy for weary muscles from skiing or outdoor activities. The master bedroom has 20 foot high vaulted ceilings and windows, queen sleigh bed, and full pine tree views.
The other two bedrooms are on the first floor. The first has a queen sleigh bed. The second bedroom has two twin sleigh beds. There is a bathroom next to the lower bedrooms with a dual head shower and soaking tub, glass blocks, linen closet, dual vanities, heated floors and towel racks, and Italian ceramic walls and floors. The washer and dryer are on this level as well.
There is a spacious light filled Library loft above the living room, offering a wide selection of coffee table books along with travel guides, novels, board games and reference materials. The open Library loft has floor to ceiling windows that overlook the pine forest meadow in front of the Chalet. This part of the home is perfect as a second living area for the kids or as a private sleeping retreat for the in-laws. The leather sofa in the living room can also be converted into a queen sized bed.
The home is adorned through out with custom artwork and furniture of which many pieces are designed by members of our family.
On the back side of the property a jetted wooden clad hot tub awaits sunken into its own private outdoor terrace, featuring a dressing area surrounded by the Sierra Nevada pines. This is a great place to lounge around, soak, and enjoy time with friends and family. Here one also finds a sun umbrella set between two teak loungers.
There is private parking for up to 2 vehicles on the property.
We designed this Chalet to take full advantage of the natural light and Heavenly Valley mountain views, and hope you enjoy the stunning combination of natural materials and exquisite product selections that truly set our dream home apart.
-- 10 minute walk from the Village at Heavenly Valley with ice rink, restaurants, movie theaters, galleries, shops, and direct access to the ski lifts.
-- Unique custom home
-- Heavenly Valley open meadow and pine forest views, perfect place for a toboggan ride in winter
-- 43 custom designed windows and skylights
-- Vaulted ceilings with 25 foot tall front windows
-- The only floating staircase in all of South Lake Tahoe
-- Custom furniture and artwork
-- Rustic modern design
-- Double vanities, underfloor heating, and heated towel racks in all bathrooms
-- 8 foot slate Brunswick solid wood pool table
-- Wine fridge
-- Ceiling fan
-- Dining table seats minimum 10 people
-- Slate entrance warming room
-- Queen sleigh bed in large master
-- Mr, Steam steam shower with bench in master bath
-- Toto washlet
-- Free high-speed Internet and Gigabit wifi
-- Glass front Jotul gas fireplace
-- 60" plasma TV with HD cable, Netflix, Pandora, wall-mounted TV's in all bedrooms
-- iPod integrated in-wall speaker and entertainment system with Bluetooth
-- Washer and dryer
-- Fenced-in for privacy
-- Electric vehicle charging outlet
-- Large outdoor bear box
-- Built-in stacked stone outdoor gas barbecue grill
-- 1000 feet of outdoor patio and deck areas with hammock, cornhole, sun loungers and umbrella
-- Sunken outdoor hot tub
-- Ski-in access for advanced skiers
Sleeping Configurations-- All 3+ bedrooms offer high-end sheets, linens and towels
Bedroom #1 Upstairs Master: 1 Queen
Bedroom #2 Downstairs: 1 Queen
Bedroom #3 Downstairs : 2 Twin
Library Loft #4: 1 Queen / 2 Twin Convertible Bed(s)
Living Room #5: 1 Queen Convertible Bed
Guests will have access to the entire property during their stay.
Interaction with Guests
In case guests encounter any problems during their stay, our 24 hour local concierge is only a phone call away.
Guests will be provided with a list of our host's favorite local places.
Modern Lake Tahoe was shaped and landscaped by scouring glaciers during the Ice Ages, which began over a million years ago. To this day, it remains an exclusive destination for year round fun and relaxation.
The Sierra Nevada mountains are a spectacular backdrop in summer as well as winter when snowfall attracts skiers. In summer, guests can enjoy beach picnics along the 71 miles of shoreline along the lake with breathtaking views and clarity or explore the myriad of hiking trails tucked into the foothills. Year round activities include skiing, horseback riding, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, water sports, and golf and tennis.
Enjoy the High Sierra summer away from hectic everyday life. With the clarity of the lake and the panorama of surrounding mountains on all sides, Tahoe attracts lovers of:
Secret and secluded Beaches
Stand up Paddleboarding
Boating and Cruising
White Water Rafting
Gondola, Cable Car and Tram Rides
Hot Air Ballooning
Rope Courses and Zip Lining
Each autumn, from late September through mid-October, mature kokanee salmon, transform from silver-blue color to a fiery vermilion, and run up Taylor Creek, nearby the Chalet. The Lake Tahoe basin and Sierra rivers, lakes and streams also hide Mackinaw, Brown, and Rainbow Trout species 16-36 inches in length.
In winter Tahoe becomes an enchanting magical winter wonderland. Thanks to the destination's high altitude and annual snowfall, the 25,000 acres and 200 chairlifts of skiable terrain rise to peak elevations above 10,000 ft. The average snowfall of 504 inches are draped across 15 mountain resorts perfect for all kind of winter sport activities such as:
A short walk to the village center itself offers a plethora of attractions off the largest alpine Lake in North America. Stroll the village for a spot of shopping and enjoy it's convivial après-ski atmosphere by day or night.
The sunny slopes of Heavenly Mountain Resort, the largest ski area in California and Nevada, conveniently located 3 minutes drive from the Chalet with 4,800 skiable acres, are attractive for families, pleasure and ambitious skiers alike.
We are located a short 5 minute walk to the Heavenly Shuttle that stops outside the Americana Village on Pioneer Trail, which brings you straight to the Heavenly Gondola in the heart of the downtown Heavenly Village in 5 minutes. They have day lockers you can rent there to store your boots/shoes. Alternatively you can just walk to the gondola directly and that takes around 15 minutes. Alternatively, driving to the California Lodge parking lot takes 3 minutes from the Chalet.
I have heard that if you are a good tree skier there is ski in capability. Many of my favorite restaurants are located around 10 minutes or less walking distance from the Chalet, including Naked Fish, Base Camp Pizza, Cafe Fiore, and Blue Angel Cafe. I leave detailed maps in the Chalet for all my guests.
The Edgewood golf course, home to the American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament held each July, is located one and half miles away and also offers scenic views of the surrounding region.
--Lakeside Beach on Beach Road-- 0.8mi / 4min
--Heavenly Ski Resort Gondola-- 0.8mi / 4min
--Harrah's Lake Tahoe-- 1.0mi / 5min
--Cafe Fiore-- 1.0mi / 3min
--Tahoe Queen Boat Cruise-- 1.0mi / 4min
--Lakeside Beach and Marina-- 1.1mi / 5min
--The Naked Fish Restaurant-- 0.5mi / 2min
--Heavenly Village Cinemas-- 0.5mi / 2min
--Raley's Supermarket-- 0.5mi / 2min
--Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course-- 1.6mi / 5min
--Zephyr Cove-- 4.8mi / 13min
Hiking trails along Rocky Point going up Heavenly Mountain Resort are accessible just outside the front door. Guests are provided with a pair of walking sticks for local explorations during their stay.
Other Things to Note
From arrival through departure, Chalet de Celeste is an intimate retreat designed for the discerning traveler, a home away from home between the mountains and the crystal blue waters of Lake Tahoe.
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Most importantly, please take the time to read the House Manual provided to you by Airbnb upon successful booking of the Chalet, we guarantee this will help answer 90% of the common issues you will want to know leading up to your stay.
Please remove shoes/boots upon entering the Chalet and leave them in the slate mudroom, leaving prints or marks on the wooden floors may lead to forfeiture of your deposit. Use the slippers provided to prevent any transfer of natural woodfloor stain onto your socks.
Do not make loud noises in the Chalet or out on the hot tub from 10pm to 8am and please be respectful of the neighbors. Throw away all garbage you bring out to the hot tub area before check out, at times snowfall can cover up your garbage for the next guests to see, so please be respectful of the Chalet and leave the entire house in the same condition as when you checked in. Any new stains left on the white Calacatta marble kitchen counters and backsplashes will be considered damage and not normal wear and tear. This is a no smoking property and pets are not allowed. Absolutely no candles in the house. Please dispose of all cigarette butts, cigarette ashes and excess BBQ/fireplace ashes in the garbage bins in the bear box located at the front of the driveway at the street. Guests agree to take precautions for their own safety. Guests agree to take responsibility for any damage done to the house, furnishings, and property during their stay. Host will not be held responsible for any lost or stolen items belonging to Guests. There is a $50 fee for lock outs, $50 fee for coming out to jumpstart a car, and a $20 fee for lost keys.
Please treat our home with love and kindness, and happy travels. :)
Host was fantastic and the place was wonderful. Often times you don't get a really nice place on Airbnb that is the equivalent of staying at a hotel, but for one of the first times, I thought Chalet de Celeste was that good. Would highly recommend this location to anyone despite my only complaint being that the hot tub water smelled bad, so we avoided going in.
Showed up at the end of the season expecting to catch the last bit of snow to carve. Turned into a beach and hiking filled trip. Nonetheless any gripes we had with the weather was squashed by the fantastic accommodations at the Chalet. Cornhole was waiting for us in the side yard and we didn't think twice about playing game after game, the pool table is a little tight to play but its still possible and still great fun. Slept 7 of us very comfortably, the house is a fantastic place to lounge, everything is comfortable. you can't go wrong with the Chalet.
The stay with Mark was great! :)
We had a group of 8 that slept comfortably in what was provided. The hot tub was a big plus and the location was near an area to hike which was also a big upside.
The house was super high tech so there was a bit of fumbling with the showers and what not. Some of the instructions were conflicting with regards to bed sheets. But I would definitely stay here again.
Beautiful house in a great location. On a shady, quiet street and at a comfortable distance from other properties. We loved the large windows & the open floorplan. Many unique & special details in both the architecture & the furnishings. Check-in was easy, and Mark provided some helpful information about activities in South Lake.
While the house was generally clean, some details were less spotless than I'd expect given the price point. The kitchen was a bit sticky, thick dust on some shelves & light fixtures, obvious stains on pillows and sheets and on the table placemats.
Absolutely fantastic. Chalet de Celeste has everything needed for a great getaway with family or friends. It's about 2 minutes drive from Heavinly if you're planning on hitting the slopes, the house itself is well equipped (including some cool tech gadgets) and the kitchen has all you need for cooking.
We had a wonderful time here! The house, was exactly as shown in the photos and had all the amenities described, two words, STEAM SHOWER!!! The best thing to warm up muscles before the mountain, and the best thing to soothe them after! We were located so close to Heavenly Village, we walked most of the time in the evenings, to get to shops and restaurants. Mark even provided us with a list of his favorite restaurants. Mark, was very accommodating with a request we had, and extremely punctual with his response time. I highly recommended this gem of a cabin!
My friends and I had a great time at the Chalet de Celeste! Mark was an excellent host — he was very responsive, thorough and communicative. While we didn't meet him, it was very easy for us to pick up the keys and get in and out of the house, despite the large size of our group (10 people). The house also fit our group comfortably, although one person did sleep on the floor.
The house itself is absolutely gorgeous, with top-of-the-line appliances and pretty much everything we needed—pool table, communal dining table, board games, etc. It was incredibly comfortable and a great place to relax after tiring ourselves out on the slopes. The location was also terrific — we were very close to all of the major resorts in South Lake Tahoe.
I would like to echo some of the comments from the other reviewers regarding the check-out procedures — they are definitely lengthy, although I didn't find them to be unreasonable. They can be a little difficult to keep track of when you have a large group; as the person who booked, you do have the primary responsibility of making sure all conditions are met. I definitely understand why the checkout rules exist, though — you *are* staying in someone's beautiful home, so you should treat it as your own.
Overall, I had a wonderful time at the Chalet de Celeste. It was such a treat!
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I am an avid traveler and have visited more than 30 international cities and countries in the States, Europe, North, Central and South America, and Asia. This enjoyment has served as an inspiration for me to design places with every amenity and convenience to other frequent travelers like myself.