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Cozy Country Home, Away from it All!

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Last updated: 12/17/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Ivanhoe house description

This attractive three bedroom home is nestled among the orange and mandarin groves of McKellar Farms. Remodeled in the fall of 2007, the house has central heating and air conditioning, satellite TV, full kitchen, wireless internet access, washer and dryer, sun room, and much more. Decorated with original Albert Marshall paintings of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the 8 room house is well furnished and comfortable, with a big back porch and pleasant patio looking over the landscaped grounds. The gardens are so attractive that small signs now tell visitors the names of the plants.

In the late 1920's, Hugh McKellar planted seven native Sycamores and began planning the family homestead. His plan was to build a home and buildings out of the native adobe clay, and by 1938, he had created a work building and a wash house over the cistern that would supply water for many years.

Using granite hauled from the Big Meadows area between the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, he laid out walkways by hand. In 1939, he built the foundation for his home. It was unusual for the times, but Hugh then arranged for his house in Ivanhoe to be picked up, placed on a truck, and moved to the ranch. Hugh McKellar and his wife, Vernice, slept in the home that very night.

Hugh and Vernice had two children, Norene and Robert, and a second house was moved to the property when the two were too old to share a bedroom. Bob's house later became The Bunkhouse for employees, and then in 2006 and 2007 was remodeled and redecorated into an attractive cottage for travelers. In 2013, Bob, now owner and manger of the farm, saw the need for some separate space that would allow the on-site wedding coordinator to meet with brides. The Bunkhouse is now an office and meeting space for wedding consultations.

The lovely grounds are now rented often for weddings, special events, receptions, and family reunions. Bob also gives specialty tours of the farm to house guests and travelers just passing through!

Keywords: House, cottage, Sequoia National Park,


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Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


              • Events Allowed
              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Children Welcome
              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Considered

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10

              • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


              • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


              • Bedroom 3: 1 double, 2 twin/ single


              • Convertible bed(s): 1 sleep sofa /futon

                Located in the living room...moreless

              • Queen size Beds (2) Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa bed located in the spacious living room....moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower


              • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower


              • Bathroom number 2 is attached to bedroom number 2

              Other Amenities

                  • Guests a basket of fresh locally grown fruit.


                  • Books:

                    Books and magazines can be found in the living room...moreless

                  • DVD Player
                  • Satellite / Cable
                  • Television


                  • Adventure
                  • Away From It All
                  • Budget
                  • Family
                  • Historic
                  • Romantic
                  • Sports & Activities
                  • Tourist Attractions


                  • Botanical Garden
                  • Churches
                  • Cinemas
                  • Festivals
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Library
                  • Live Theater
                  • Marina
                  • Museums
                  • Playground
                  • Recreation Center
                  • Restaurants
                  • Winery Tours

                  Local Services & Businesses

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

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Boating
                  • Gambling Casinos
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Miniature Golf
                  • Outlet Shopping
                  • Paddle Boating
                  • Photography
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Shopping
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Sledding
                  • Walking
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  Location Type

                      • Mountain View:

                        30 minutes from Sequoia National Park and 1 hour from Kings Canyon National Park...moreless

                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                      • Cross Country Skiing
                      • Cycling
                      • Fishing
                      • Fly Fishing
                      • Freshwater Fishing
                      • Golf
                      • Hiking
                      • Hunting
                      • Hunting Small Game
                      • Jet Skiing
                      • Kayaking
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Mountain Climbing
                      • Mountaineering
                      • Rafting
                      • Rock Climbing
                      • Skiing
                      • Spelunking
                      • Swimming
                      • Tennis
                      • Water Skiing
                      • Water Tubing
                      • Whitewater Rafting


                      • Dining Area
                      • Seating for 6 people


                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine:

                        Available onsite for use by renter at no charge. ...moreless

                      • Wireless Internet


                      • Coffee Maker:

                        Coffee pot and a Keurig...moreless

                      • Cooking Utensils
                      • Dishes & Utensils
                      • Dishwasher
                      • Kitchen
                      • Microwave
                      • Oven
                      • Pantry Items:

                        Coffee, cream, sugar, salt/pepper, cooking oil and other basic spices provided. ...moreless

                      • Refrigerator
                      • Stove
                      • Toaster


                      • Deck / Patio
                      • Gazebo
                      • Lawn / Garden
                      • Outdoor Grill

                      Payment Type

                      • Amex
                      • Discover
                      • Mastercard
                      • Visa


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                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      My Standard Rate
                      2 night min stay
                      $150 $200
                      Fri, Sat
                      $1,000 $4,000

                      Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

                      * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                      Additional information about rental rates


                      • Pet Fee $25
                      • Cleaning fee $125
                      • Tax Rate 10%


                      Cancellation policy: Guests may cancel and receive a full refund up to 7 days prior to check in date. Any cancellations received less than 7 days in advance will not receive a refund.

                      Rates are subject to changed until reservation is confirmed. A deposit of $150.00 to be put towards final balance is due at time of reservation. Remaining balance is due at check-in or closest business day prior. Cash, check and all major credit cards are accepted.

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                      Last updated: 12/17/2014
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                      50 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Fresno Yosemite International Airport
                      8 Miles
                      Nearest Barpub
                      Downtown Visalia
                      15 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      Valley Oaks Golf Course, Visalia
                      8 Miles
                      Nearest Train
                      Amtrak, at Visalia Transit Center
                      4 Miles
                      Nearest Motorway
                      CA-198, CA-99
                      8 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Downtown Visalia
                      150 Miles
                      Nearest Beach
                      Pismo Beach

                      Car: Recommended

                      We offer a full farm tour where guests can learn about agriculture and the process of growing citrus. Guests are also encouraged to roam the property and pick fresh oranges from the trees. With the entrance to Sequoia National Park so close, travelers will have a playground unlike many others! The area in which Hummingbird Cottage is located is rich with arts, culture and history and is even what some would call a foodie's ultimate paradise.


                      Manager info

                      Year Purchased: 1927

                      About: Bob McKellar, owner of McKellar Farms, opened his childhood farm house to the public in 2008. The home was originally in a different location in the small town of Ivanhoe and McKellar's father built a new foundation and moved the family home to McKellar Farms in 1939. Today, Bob McKellar shares the legacy of his family farm tradition with travelers around the world and is passionate about educating visitors about agriculture and family farmers.

                      Why Ivanhoe:
                      Bob was born and raised in this home and it holds a special place in his heart. His hope is to share it with travelers from around the world and to give them each a feeling of coming home. The home holds many memories and much history, but it can hold many more! Bring the family, escape with your honey for the weekend, or just take a peaceful getaway on your own. You're sure to walk away relaxed and rested and with your own memories from a wonderful stay at Hummingbird Cottage.

                      The Unique Benefits at this House:
                      Guests will enjoy a unique farm setting and will be treated to the wonderful aroma of fresh oranges from the groves surrounding the property. Guests will also have access to a full kitchen, living room, bedrooms, and bathrooms. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted with a basket of fresh local produce. Farmer Bob is also available to chat and give a behind the scenes tour of the property (advanced notice is appreciated!). Hummingbird Cottage is minutes from the cities of Visalia and Exeter, both of which offer a unique arts and culture scene, award winning restaurants, boutique and antique shopping, and more. The Cottage is also just 30 minutes from the gateway to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, home to the General Sherman and General Grant Giant Sequoia trees (the first and second largest trees in the world). The National Parks also offer outdoor adventures of all kinds; rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, cave exploring and more!

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                      Speaks: english, spanish



                      • Back patio

                        Back patio

                      • Large family room

                        Large family room

                      • Dining area

                        Dining area

                      • Front of house

                        Front of house

                      VRBO #246645

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                      This listing was first published here in 2009.

                      Date last modified - Friday, December 19, 2014

                      $150 - $200 per night (USD)

                      3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 10

                      View calendar: Updated 12/17/14
                      Minimum stay: 2 nights
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                      Member since: 2009
                      Speaks: english, spanish
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                      • Response rate: 62%
                      • Calendar last updated: 12/17/2014
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