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Kaweah Cottage *Early Summer Now, Fine Home, 62 Acres, Secluded River

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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

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.

*Unusually dry and warm weather are ushering in a Summer like feeling in the Sierra foothills. Hiking is excellent in both the foothills and Sequoia National Park with Spring wildflowers already appearing in the higher elevations. Our waterslides are currently at peak levels for swimming but the water is still pretty cold and the days are warm but not too hot.
According to scientists, the drought is the most extreme one since the year 800. We are carefully observing the changes in the local flora and fauna. The Big Trees have, of course, been around for thousands of years.

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 whole 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.

FAQs
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 perfect for swimming and watersliding... hopefully it will last until Summer.
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.
5. Kaweah?
'Kaweah' pronounced 'caw-wee-uh' from the Wukchumni language meaning 'Cry of the Raven'.

Keywords: Sequoia National Park, Shangrila Nature Preserve, Three Rivers, Kaweah River, Mountains, Big Trees, Green Built, Bird-Watching, Secluded, Peaceful, Wild, Enjoyable, Comfortable, Enchanted

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 969 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome:

    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:

    No tobacco smoking allowed in or around the Cottage. Extra Caution required due to seasonal Fire Hazards. Outdoor smoking is restricted during the Fire Season....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Local boarding may be available. Please inquire....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

  • South: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Memory Foam; Supreme Comfort...moreless

  • North: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Exceptionally Comfortable; Fine Linens and Sheets...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (2) New and Extremely Comfortable. Fine Cotton Sheets. Futon Mats (2) for Living Room or Outside Deck...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom: toilet, tub, shower

    Full Sized Tub; 2 Person Shower; Travertine; Granite...moreless

  • see Photos

Other Amenities

  • Exceptionally healthy green built environment. Located on secluded 62 acre Nature Preserve with access to South Fork of the Kaweah River and remote Grouse Creek. 'Be in Nature, Live in Comfort'...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Library of books on local hiking, geography, nature, wildlife, geology ecology, and history. Great library of Children's Books!...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Scrabble, Checkers, Chess, Baccarat, Jigsaw, Moncala, Dominoes, Cards, Puzzle...moreless

  • Music Library:

    Wide selection of CDs. Also bring your favorites or your iPod. Audiophile Speaker System. Enjoy the music to it's fullest....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    No Cable or Satellite Television...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    40' LED, attached to DVD Player. No Broadcast Reception in the Area...moreless

  • Video Library:

    DVDs: Classics, Indy, Foreign, Documentary, Childrens...moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Library
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Views of the Sierras as well as grazing horses on adjacent pastures. ...moreless

  • Village:

    Three Rivers: First Saturday open houses, Galleries, Music, Restaurants, Candy Store, Historical Museum...moreless

  • Water View:

    Seasonal Grouse Creek and sublime view of wild riparian habitat....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    3 minute walk to the Big Smooth Rock, a spectacular formation and swimming hole on the South Fork of the Kaweah River. Swimming is seasonal....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 5 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Available during hot weather. Very efficient....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Energy Star....moreless

  • Free Long Distance:

    U.S. Only. No access to international without your calling card....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Propane Wall Heater. Very Efficient....moreless

  • Internet:

    Satellite Broadband Wi-Fi. Bring your own computer. Surf the web, check email, stay in touch. ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Fine Cotton Sheets and Bedding....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Roland Digital Piano; 40' LED Video Screen; DVD Player; Stereo System; Books; CD's; DVD's...moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    AT&T is the ONLY mobile service in the area....moreless

  • Parking:

    Outdoor. One minute walk from Cottage...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Outdoor Parking, Adjacent to Cottage...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Horse Trailers and Small RVs Okay. No Boats....moreless

  • Telephone:

    ATT Mobile service is spotty. Verizon does not work at all. Cordless land line is available....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath and Beach Towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    High Efficiency Front Loading....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Satellite Internet service. Bring your smartphone, tablet, laptop. Ask for password. ...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Grinder, Pour Over and French Press...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Chef's Quality Utensils and Cookware. Everything You Need....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Complete Service...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Fully Equipped Gourmet Kitchen with Propane Gas/Convection Oven...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Spacious, with Freezer...moreless

  • Stove:

    Propane Gas Stove with Convection Oven...moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Spacious hardwood view deck of wild creek area and horse pastures...moreless

  • Bicycles:

    Bring Your Own. Inquire about local mountain biking opportunities...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Beautiful View with Tables, Chairs, Recliner. Adjacent to bedrooms....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    The Cottage is surrounded by native gardens, grasses and trees....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Small but efficient Propane Grill. We provide the Propane....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Inner Tubes for Summer Waterslides...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    (3) Extraordinary swimming holes along the river and creek. Summertime only. Can be Hazardous....moreless

  • Private Pool:

    Remote Swimming Holes along the River....moreless

 

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Summer Rates
Jun 1 - Sep 20, 2015
3 night min stay
$295
$1,770

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

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2 night min stay
$295
$1,770

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 $150
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Tax Rate 10%

Notes:

3 night minimum during Summer and Holidays

4:00 PM Check In, 11:00 AM Check Out

Guests must accept Kaweah Cottage Policies and Notices to confirm a Reservation


Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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Location

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95 Miles
Nearest Airport
Fresno, CA
9 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Three Rivers
7 Miles
Nearest Golf
Three Rivers
54 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak, Hanford, CA
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
California Highway 198
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Three Rivers
20 Miles
Nearest Ski
Cross Country and Snow Shoeing in Sequoia
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Big Rock & Creek Beach, Shangrila Nature Preserve

Car: Necessary

Excellent year-round birding; winter snow shoeing amongst the Big Trees;

 

Owner info

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; 'Quanah' a bay Standardbred 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 for a lifetime 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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Photos

  • Cottage. Secluded and Peaceful.

    Cottage. Secluded and Peaceful.

  • Dining Area

    Dining Area

  • Gourmet Kitchen. Fully equipped, spacious

    Gourmet Kitchen. Fully equipped, spacious

  • South Bedroom. Sumptuous bedding, views, secluded

    South Bedroom. Sumptuous bedding, views, secluded

  • Luxurious Bathroom. Travertine stonework, spacious tub and two person shower

    Luxurious Bathroom. Travertine stonework, spacious tub and two person shower

  • The Big Smooth Rock, adjacent to Kaweah Cottage

    The Big Smooth Rock, adjacent to Kaweah Cottage

  • Seasonal waterslides. Fun for all ages

    Seasonal waterslides. Fun for all ages

  • Your Vacation Home. Late Spring

    Your Vacation Home. Late Spring

  • Shangrila Nature Preserve. Your Backyard. Springtime

    Shangrila Nature Preserve. Your Backyard. Springtime

  • The Big Swimming Hole. Fifteen minute hike from the Cottage

    The Big Swimming Hole. Fifteen minute hike from the Cottage

  • Many Places to Explore...

    Many Places to Explore...

  • Be in Nature...

    Be in Nature...

  • River Pools. Seasonal swimming and year round enjoyment

    River Pools. Seasonal swimming and year round enjoyment

  • Sitting Area

    Sitting Area

  • View Deck. Overlooking pastures & Grouse Creek. Direct access from both bedrooms

    View Deck. Overlooking pastures & Grouse Creek. Direct access from both bedrooms

  • North Bedroom. Comfy, quiet, fine art

    North Bedroom. Comfy, quiet, fine art

  • Bathroom. Granite countertops, handmade cabinetry

    Bathroom. Granite countertops, handmade cabinetry

  • Swimming Hole. Three minute hike from Kaweah Cottage

    Swimming Hole. Three minute hike from Kaweah Cottage

  • Your Vacation Home. Wintertime

    Your Vacation Home. Wintertime

  • Grazing horses below Kaweah Cottage

    Grazing horses below Kaweah Cottage

  • Grouse Creek. Seasonal, Wild. Spring

    Grouse Creek. Seasonal, Wild. Spring

  • Grouse Creek. Turtles, Frogs, Hawks, Herons, Owls, Snakes, Coyotes, Deer.....

    Grouse Creek. Turtles, Frogs, Hawks, Herons, Owls, Snakes, Coyotes, Deer.....

  • ... and Discover. Up River from Slippery Rock

    ... and Discover. Up River from Slippery Rock

  • ... Live in Comfort

    ... Live in Comfort

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