Lake Tahoe, California

Cedar Crest - Mallard Cottage 5

Winter Availability! Cheerful Cottage with Community Fire Pit; close to skiing

Bask in the tranquil mountain atmosphere of the West Shore at Mallard Cottage, a newly updated 2-bedroom cottage nestled a short walk from the beach and a one-minute drive from Homewood Mountain Resort. Ideal for a family or small group, the home is part of Cedar Crest Cottages, a historic vacation retreat attracting visitors since the 1930s.

*Please be advised that this home does not have air conditioning.

Mallard is located just above the community fire pit, offering filtered lake and mountain views. The convenient, open layout features living space on the upper level and two bedrooms on the lower level. The living area, cheerfully styled in lodge decor with wood-paneled walls and hardwood floors, is designed to comfortably accommodate longer stays, including working vacations. A full-length leather sofa faces a wide desk with storage, which sits seamlessly beneath the large-screen TV. With a smart soundbar, cable, a blu-ray player and streaming capabilities, you’ll have plenty of entertainment options.

Two well-proportioned bedrooms offer king-sized beds with flexible accommodation option to convert to two extra-long twin beds upon request, making this home well-suited for families or a small group of friends.

Small children are easily accommodated with a crib or floor futon. Styled in cheerful, mid-century inspired decor with patterned wallpaper and lime green accents, both bedrooms feature plush bedding, twin nightstands, picture windows and wall-mounted TVs.

Guests share a newly remodeled bathroom with a step-in shower on the lower level and a separate powder room on the main level.

A private washer and dryer adds convenience, complete with complimentary laundry pods. Black-out and sheer window coverings throughout allow for maximum privacy and a peaceful night’s sleep.

As a guest of Cedar Crest Cottages, you’ll enjoy access to a community BBQ grill and oversized fire pit with lake and mountain views. In the summer, stroll to the beach across the street for swimming, sailing and boating on the lake; or hike through the surrounding mountains. In the winter, drive less than two minutes to the family-friendly Homewood Mountain Resort, or just 25 minutes to the varied terrain of Olympic Valley.

From its prime location on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore, Mallard Cottage offers a modern, comfortable place to call home while you explore the area’s state parks, trails, slopes and beaches. The restaurants, shopping and entertainment of Tahoe City is just 10 minutes away.

Please be advised that the firepit is seasonal and is not operational during the winter months due to the heavy snowfall.

Placer County STVR Compliance Requirements.
Daytime Occupancy: 6
Nighttime Occupancy (begins at 9pm): 4
Parking: 1 assigned parking spot
STR Permit #: 16153
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30 Reviews
4.93 out of 530 Reviews
Loved the location. The cabin was spotless, loved the decor and craftmanship. The rental process was seamless.
JimNovember 2022
Wonderful time!
KandasNovember 2022
AnneSeptember 2022
Great location and super clean cottage! The hosts were very helpful and I even left some necklaces of sentimental value behind while we checked out and Natural Retreats mailed them to me at no cost- 10/10!
Airbnb guestSeptember 2022
The cabin where we stayed was very thoroughly clean. Everything worked well, and the check in process was very smooth. I also appreciated all the communication leading up to our check in.
CarolineAugust 2022
Love the style of the houses, carefully selected finishes. House was extremely clean. Location is great. Would love to come back.
YildizAugust 2022
EveAugust 2022
Mallard #5 was lovely and modern. Very comfortable including everything we needed and in a great location to explore Lake Tahoe.
JoeMay 2022
We loved our stay at Cedar Crest Cottages. Our cottage, Mallard 5, was perfect for our family of four. It’s rare to find modern, recently renovated accommodations in Tahoe. The location in Homewood was fantastic and we loved the peekaboo view of the lake, especially at sunset. The kitchen was well-stocked, which I really appreciate in a rental home. The only downside was the extreme static electricity on the bedding due to the cold, dry weather (there were actual sparks when the bedding moved). Perhaps adding a humidifier or using a different type of bedding would help this issue? Overall, we had a wonderful stay and we will definitely be back!
LaurenFebruary 2022
Our stay was very nice, everything was clean and comfortable.
JoannaNovember 2021
We could live there !!
PaulineOctober 2021
BrianSeptember 2021
We received quick response to our requests for assistance while we were there. Cleaning staff was very helpful.
MaureenAugust 2021
Perfect location and amenities. The kitchen was well stocked. Having a full kitchen was amazing! The accommodations were beautifully updated and spacious. Highly recommend!
JoanJuly 2021
Great spot
Airbnb guestJuly 2021
Beautiful cottages & grounds,spacious and very clean!
PatriciaJuly 2021
We loved it! The only reason a 9 instead of a 10 is that it was extremely hot our first night in the cabin which made sleeping very uncomfortable, and we had the windows open. Once we had windows open all day, the nights were much cooler inside. Maybe they should leave the windows open on check-in days in the summer so it's cooler that first night for the guests. Otherwise it was great!
CarynJuly 2021
Clean, modern, great in-cottage amenities. Loved the location and size of the unit. Only wish there was stronger WiFi and air conditioning!
NoelleJune 2021
RJJune 2021
BrittanyJune 2021
StaceyMay 2021
CherylMay 2021
BopaiahApril 2021
LaurenceMarch 2021
We have stayed at Cedar Crest Cottages before kids and this time as a family and it couldn’t have been a better first family vacation!
IanFebruary 2021
Family loved it. Everything was perfect
CynthiaOctober 2020
AnthonySeptember 2020
JasonAugust 2020
TatsuyaAugust 2020
AmyAugust 2020
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