The Best Cabins and Holiday Rentals to Book in Lake Tahoe

You wont be short of a good view with a waterfront rental on Lake Tahoe
You won't be short of a good view with a waterfront rental on Lake Tahoe | © Littleny / Alamy Stock Photo
Mandi Keighran

With its spectacular lake beaches and renowned ski resorts, Lake Tahoe is an ideal destination for everything from action-packed family vacations to romantic getaways. Make the most of the beautiful surroundings near the Sierra Nevada Mountains in a self-catering cabin or holiday home – many of which boast hot tubs, sun decks, and access to private beaches, pools and tennis courts. Read on to discover our pick of the best holiday houses and cabins in Lake Tahoe, California – all bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Steps to Heavenly and Stateline

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Steps to Heavenly and Stateline with wood cladding and red wood deck
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This cozy three-star holiday home in South Lake Tahoe is the perfect retreat after a day spent exploring the mountains and the nearby Lakeside Beach or Zephyr Cove Beach. Relax in the hot tub, which is shared with the house next door, or enjoy a BBQ on the newly built sun deck. The house caters for up to six guests, with four queen size beds and a full kitchen with a dining table and breakfast bar. Traveling to Tahoe with a larger group? Rent the neighboring house to cater for up to 12 guests.

2. Luxury Bear Lair Estate

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This four-star holiday home, between Lake Tahoe and several of the area’s best ski resorts, offers convenience and luxury in an equal mix. The six-bedroom home boasts plenty of amenities for relaxation — including a top floor room with soaring vaulted ceilings and cathedral windows overlooking the surrounding forest, a games room with a pool table and a wet bar, a family room with a fireplace, and a hot tub on the outdoor deck. It’s the ideal base for a ski holiday, with the Heavenly Mountain Resort, Sierra at Tahoe and Kirkwood Mountain Resort all within easy driving distance.

3. Mv22: Waterfront Condo in Tahoe Keys

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Waterfront Condo in Tahoe Keys jetty views
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Looking for a family-friendly holiday home within easy walking distance to everything South Lake Tahoe has to offer? This end-unit condo with panoramic mountain views offers easy access to the lake and is within walking distance to the beach, indoor and outdoor pools, and tennis courts. The spacious interior has three bedrooms that sleep eight guests and is decorated with vibrant bed linens and colorful artworks that make it feel like a home away from home. Make the most of the waterside location and rent a boat, kayak or paddleboard.

4. Mv25: Waterfront Tahoe Keys Home

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Waterfront Tahoe Keys Home cosy double bedroom interior
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The highlight of the expansive 3,000sqft (279sqm) holiday home in a mountain ski retreat is the eclectic interior design. There are six themed bedrooms — including a pretty pink Paris-inspired room and another with vinyl and jazz prints adorning the walls — as well as a large living room with chandeliers, and a games room with a pool table, foosball and poker table. The property is located in prestigious Tahoe Key, a private waterfront community with access to a private beach, seven tennis courts, and indoor and outdoor pools.

5. Mv67: Lake Tahoe Close to Everything Home

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Deck of Lake Tahoe Close to Everything Home exterior with table and chairs and view into the forest trees
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This quaint, yellow-painted cabin is located in South Lake Tahoe’s Country Club Estates neighborhood — also known as Elk’s Club — which is ideally placed for enjoying cross country skiing, hiking, biking, and golfing at the nearby Lake Tahoe Golf Course and Tahoe Paradise Golf Course. There are three bedrooms featuring premium bedding, a living room with a brick fireplace, and a fully equipped kitchen. The property also benefits from access to an outdoor tennis court and pool.

6. Oasis in the Pines

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Oasis in the Pines cosy bedroom interior with vaulted wooden ceiling and view into the trees
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The aptly named, Oasis in the Pines, holiday home combines mid-century modern style with classic cabin vibes — think exposed timber beams, an A-frame ceiling, and open-plan living space with white oak floors and iconic Eames-designed lighting. The updated kitchen continues the theme with all-new appliances, white subway tiles, and sage green cabinetry. The three bedrooms sleep up to eight guests, and the upstairs bunk room is ideal for kids. Traveling with a baby or toddler? The home also comes equipped with a crib, highchair, toys and games.

7. Tahoe Woods Penthouse

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This luxurious penthouse, in the heart of Heavenly Village at the Heavenly Ski Resort, is ideal for fun family holidays. The interior features a stone gas fireplace, contemporary furniture, and a modern kitchen that opens out to a rear deck with a barbecue and views over the surrounding pines. There’s even a novelty slot machine for fun, casino-themed evenings. It’s a short walk to Lakeside Beach, and the shops and restaurants of Heavenly Village are also within walking distance — for gourmet burgers, head to California Burger Company.

8. Woodland Views

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Large Games Room with fussball table and pool cues in Woodland Views
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This spacious cabin, in a secluded forest off the Pioneer Trail area of South Lake Tahoe, can sleep up to 12 guests in four bedrooms, making it ideal for family vacations or group holidays. There’s an enormous, timber-clad games room, which features a full-size pool table and foosball table, as well as a deck area with a charcoal grill overlooking the large backyard. Heavenly Mountain Resort and the Lake Tahoe Golf Course are both within easy driving distance, offering plenty of recreational activities throughout the year.

9. Enviable Lake and Mountain Views with Waterfall

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This elegant three-story home in the quiet Montgomery Estates neighborhood, features four bedrooms, a marble-clad master bathroom with a spa, two decks, a patio, and an expansive dining and sitting area on the third floor with wraparound windows framing mountain vistas and treetops. The highlight, however, is the park-like yard that surrounds the home, complete with a picturesque waterfall. With space for four cars and 10 guests, it’s ideal for larger groups of family or friends.

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