Kaweah Cottage - Fine Home, Secluded River on 62 Acre Preserve, Autumn Serenity
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- Minimum stay:2-3 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
The Kaweah Cottage and Shangrila Nature Preserve are most appreciated by visitors who want an exceptionally clean and comfortable home with very close access to the River and who enjoy truly getting away from it all. Surrounded by thousands of acres of secluded oak woodlands, horse pastures and ancient river pools, this historic homestead offers a place of sanctuary, healing and celebration for the more adventurous lovers of Nature.
It is best suited for independent travelers who take pleasure in preparing their own meals in a gourmet kitchen; who prefer being away from the nearby town with it’s busy highways and tourist crowds; who love vacationing in a wilderness area while nestled in a luxurious, healthy, green-built home that they have all to themselves.
Whether you are a writer or an artist wanting to nurture your creativity, a couple seeking precious time together, or a family with children** looking to explore Nature and discover nearby Sequoia National Park -- Kaweah Cottage is an ideal place.
We’re located at the end of an unpaved country road on the upper South Fork of the Kaweah River -- far away from cities, suburbia, and the usual routines -- fifteen minutes from the town of Three Rivers and thirty minutes from the main entrance to Sequoia National Park. This is a memorable destination where one can really get away, slow down, and sink into the peace and beauty.
Although the Cottage is equipped with the essential technologies that many of us need to stay connected -- satellite wi-fi, cordless phone, LED video/DVD player, an audiophile sound system -- we encourage our guests to spend most of their time unplugged, listening to the sounds from the adjacent Creek, the symphony of wildlife, and the down canyon breezes wafting through the oaks. Being here will change the way you feel.
*At the beginning of November we received our first major rainstorm in a long time. Snow fell at the higher elevations in the Park. Please plan for winter conditions when you visit the Park. Layered clothing, snow chains for your tires, and warm beverages. Seeing the Big Trees in the snow is a sight to behold!
Here are a few of the favorite features and activities:
Summertime relaxing along the spectacular and secluded river and creek; exploring around the 62 acre Shangrila Nature Preserve; year-round birdwatching; full day excursions up to the Sequoias; an impeccably clean home with fine bedding, sheets, and towels; a fully equipped gourmet kitchen; amazingly comfortable bathtub and spacious shower; an 88 key roland digital piano; breathtaking night skies; watching horses graze from the bedroom view deck; exceptional privacy -- turn the music up as loud as you want... whenever you want; a clean, comfortable, natural place that becomes your home away from home.
Please review our VRBO slideshow. ALL photos were taken here on the property at different times of the year. If you want to see a lot more photos and read additional reviews and comments please check out our facebook and web pages. See the links below.
**Please keep in mind that although children are welcome at the Kaweah Cottage, it is not a child proof home. There are antiques, oriental rugs, artworks, lamps, a piano, crafts, fragile furnishings and kitchenwares in the Cottage. Please consider whether the Cottage is appropriate for your entire family.
We are in a wilderness area and near running water. The River is wild and has currents and unknown objects beneath the surface. The flow and profile of the River changes throughout the year. We consider it hazardous for non-swimmers and beginning swimmers. Although there are some areas with calmer pools, it can still be quite stressful to supervise young children when near the River. The simple act of getting in and out of the River can be challenging due to uneven and very slippery surfaces. Children who are not yet able to swim or are beginners must be very carefully supervised by an adult swimmer at all times whenever they are near the River or the Creek.
1. How far are you from the Park?
A lot of people will say they are 'only' 5 minutes or 20 minutes from the Park. What they usually do not tell you is that once you arrive at the Park entrance it is still another forty to sixty minutes drive to the Big Trees and several of the other great attractions. There are also wonderful things to see in the lower part of the Park but most people are wowwed out by the Big Trees and adjoining highlights. The Kaweah Cottage is twenty five minutes from the Park entrance.
2. How close are you to the River?
The entire 62 acre property is located along the South Fork of the Kaweah River. It is a three minute hike from the Cottage to the Big Smooth Rock. It is a beautiful spot year round, regardless of the water flows.
3. How is the swimming and the waterslides?
It totally depends on the time of the year, the weather, and the high country snowpack. Please ask us about the current or predicted levels for the time of your stay and we will do our best to give you an accurate forecast. We can also recommend some great swimming holes in Sequoia National Park.
Currently: due to the drought the river levels are low for swimming and watersliding.
4. Where can we shop for food, dine out?
There are a few decent places to dine in the nearby town of Three Rivers. There is a small market for foods/beverages. We recommend you plan ahead and make use of the Kaweah Cottage kitchen.
'Kaweah' pronounced 'caw-wee-uh' from the Wukchumni language meaning 'Call of the Raven'.
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Great Family Adventure BUT please keep in mind that although children are very welcome at the Kaweah Cottage, it is not a child proof home. There are antiques, oriental rugs, artworks, lamps, a piano, crafts and fragile furnishings and kitchenwares in the Cottage. Please consider whether the Cottage is appropriate for your entire family. MOST IMPORTANT: We are in a wilderness area and near running water. The River is wild and has currents and unknown objects beneath the surface. The flow and profile of the River changes throughout the year. We consider it hazardous for non-swimmers and beginning swimmers. Although there are some areas with calmer pools, it can still be quite stressful to supervise young children when near the River. The simple act of getting in and out of the River can be challenging due to uneven and very slippery surfaces. Children who are not yet able to swim or are beginners require full-time one-on-one supervision at all times....moreless
- Non Smoking Only:
- Pets Not Allowed:
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
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- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
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- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
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- Cross Country Skiing
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Dining Area
- Seating for 5 people
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Satellite Broadband Wi-Fi. Bring your own computer. Surf the web, check email, stay in touch. We have limited data usage and are unable to accommodate streaming of film, tv, music or skype....moreless
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Summer & Holidays
Mar 18 - Sep 22, 2016
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
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Fees and Rental Conditions:
- One-Time Cleaning Fee $175
- Property Damage Protection $59
- Tax Rate 10%
3 night minimum during Summer and Holidays
4:00 PM Check In, 11:00 AM Check Out
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Excellent year-round birding; winter snow shoeing amongst the Big Trees;
Year Purchased: 1987
About the owner: Kathleen & James reside in the Old Homestead, near the Kaweah Cottage. Also living on the land are 'Dalila' the friendly German Boxer; 'Lucky' the elusive Norwegian Forest Cat; 'Boddhi' the adventurous Orange Cat; 'Kachina' a chestnut Quarter Horse mare; 'Comanche' a Paint Quarterhorse gelding; and innumerable Wild Animals.
Why the Owner Chose Three Rivers:
Kathleen’s family settled in the region in the 1870’s and she has been spending Summers on the South Fork since her early youth. James has been hiking in Sequoia National Park since the 1970’s and has a lifelong passion for the Sierras. When it came time to relocate from Los Angeles to dwell and raise our daughter, the only place on Earth that we considered was along the Upper South Fork of the Kaweah River. We purchased the historic Old Homestead in 1987 and built the Kaweah Cottage in 2006 as a second home on our secluded 62 acre private Nature Preserve. It is designed lifetimes of comfort and pleasure and as a sanctuary for family, friends and travelers.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Off the beaten track: the big smooth rock, secluded swimming holes, natural waterslides (seasonal), private 62 acre Nature Preserve, seasonal Creek. Unparalleled seclusion and wildness. Stay here all day or visit the Big Trees and return home at the end of the day for a refreshing swim in the River or relaxation on the view deck overlooking the Creek and pastures. In addition to being green-built the Kaweah Cottage is exceptionally comfortable and kept immaculately clean. Although it is surrounded by wilderness it has all of the amenities that a discerning person would want. The Cottage is complemented by a fully equipped gourmet chef's kitchen, an elegant bathroom, and high quality bedding and sheets. The surrounding property is bordered by 1800 feet of beautiful river frontage. Horse pastures, a seasonal creek and blue oak woodlands are just outside your bedroom doors. We invite you to make yourself at home. Be in Nature, Live in Comfort.
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Cottage. Secluded and Peaceful.
Gourmet Kitchen. Fully equipped, spacious
South Bedroom. Sumptuous bedding, views, secluded
Luxurious Bathroom. Travertine stonework, spacious tub and two person shower
The Big Smooth Rock, adjacent to Kaweah Cottage
Seasonal waterslides. Fun for all ages
Your Vacation Home. Late Spring
Shangrila Nature Preserve. Your Backyard. Springtime
The Big Swimming Hole. Fifteen minute hike from the Cottage
Many Places to Explore...
Be in Nature...
River Pools. Seasonal swimming and year round enjoyment
View Deck. Overlooking pastures & Grouse Creek. Direct access from both bedrooms
North Bedroom. Comfy, quiet, fine art
Bathroom. Granite countertops, handmade cabinetry
Swimming Hole. Three minute hike from Kaweah Cottage
Your Vacation Home. Wintertime
Grazing horses below Kaweah Cottage
Grouse Creek. Seasonal, Wild. Spring
Grouse Creek. Turtles, Frogs, Hawks, Herons, Owls, Snakes, Coyotes, Deer.....
... and Discover. Up River from Slippery Rock
... Live in Comfort
This listing was first published here in 2007.
Date last modified - Monday, November 16, 2015
- Property typeCottage
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