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Cozy Farm House Nestled Among the Orange Groves

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Last updated: 06/27/2014
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  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Ivanhoe house description

This attractive three bedroom 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,

Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


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

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

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Pantry Items:

                Coffee, tea, cream, and sugar provided. Continental breakfast items or 'cook your own' breakfast (eggs, butter, bread, bacon) provided based on guests' preference. ...moreless

              • Catering Available:

                Fresh seasonal fruit basket from our working ranch and local farmers, as well as fresh baked pastries made from those fruits...moreless

              • Dining Area Seats:


              • Refrigerator
              • Microwave
              • Dishwasher
              • Kitchen
              • Cooking Utensils
              • Stove
              • Oven
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Coffee Maker
              • Toaster
              • Seating for 6 people


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

              Other Amenities

                  • Guests are provided with the ingredients to prepare the breakfast of their choice and a basket of fresh locally grown fruit of the season....moreless


                  • Books:

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

                  • Satellite / Cable
                  • Television


                      • Wireless Internet

                      Outdoor Features

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


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

                      Location & View

                          • Mountain View:

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


                          • Cinemas
                          • Massage Therapist
                          • Medical Services
                          • Fitness Center
                          • Mountain Climbing
                          • Water Tubing
                          • Whitewater Rafting
                          • Golf
                          • Kayaking
                          • Water Skiing
                          • Jet Skiing
                          • Cross Country Skiing
                          • Laundromat
                          • Rock Climbing
                          • Freshwater Fishing
                          • Hunting Small Game
                          • Mountaineering
                          • Tennis
                          • Skiing
                          • Hunting
                          • Mountain Biking
                          • Swimming
                          • Rafting
                          • Spelunking
                          • Fishing
                          • Fly Fishing
                          • Hospital
                          • Groceries
                          • ATM/Bank
                          • Health/Beauty Spa
                          • Museums
                          • Live Theater
                          • Restaurants
                          • Churches
                          • Library
                          • Playground
                          • Botanical Garden
                          • Marina
                          • Recreation Center
                          • Winery Tours
                          • Sight Seeing
                          • Horseback Riding
                          • Shopping
                          • Wildlife Viewing
                          • Antiquing
                          • Boating
                          • Miniature Golf
                          • Gambling Casinos
                          • Outlet Shopping
                          • Paddle Boating
                          • Sledding
                          • Bird Watching
                          • Scenic Drives
                          • Walking
                          • Cycling
                          • Hiking


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                          $145/night(Sun-Thurs)-$195/night(Fri/Sat) 1-2 guests ($75 Non-Refundable cleaning)
                          $165/night(Sun-Thurs)-$275/night(Fri/Sat) 4 guests ($75 Non-Refundable cleaning)
                          $200/night(Sun-Thurs)-$350/night(Fri/Sat) 5-8 guests ($75 Non-Refundable cleaning)
                          $850/5 nights (Sun-Thurs) - Up to 8 guests ($100  Non-Refundable cleaning fee)
                          $1,100/7 full days - Up to 8 guests ($125  Non-Refundable cleaning fee)
                          (2 night min)
                          $300 Refundable Deposit
                          **Special Rates Available when booked with our wedding venue**

                          Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

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                          Last updated: 06/27/2014
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                          50 Miles
                          Nearest Airport
                          Fresno Yosemite International Airport
                          8 Miles
                          Nearest Train
                          Amtrak, at Visalia Transit Center
                          4 Miles
                          Nearest Motorway
                          CA-198, CA-99
                          150 Miles
                          Nearest Beach
                          Pismo Beach
                          8 Miles
                          Nearest Barpub
                          Downtown Visalia
                          15 Miles
                          Nearest Golf
                          Valley Oaks Golf Course, Visalia
                          8 Miles
                          Nearest Restaurant
                          Downtown Visalia

                          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, items for a 'cook your own' breakfast will be provided along 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: spanish, english



                          • Front of house

                            Front of house

                          • Back Patio & Picnic area

                            Back Patio & Picnic area

                          • View from the street

                            View from the street

                          • Large family room

                            Large family room

                          • Dining area

                            Dining area

                          • Front bedroom (sleeps 2)

                            Front bedroom (sleeps 2)

                          • The Orange groves

                            The Orange groves

                          • Back patio

                            Back patio

                          • Entrance


                          • Kitchen


                          • Back Bedroom (sleeps 2)

                            Back Bedroom (sleeps 2)

                          • Bedroom (sleeps 4)

                            Bedroom (sleeps 4)

                          • Peacocks roaming the property

                            Peacocks roaming the property

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                          This listing was first published here in 2009.

                          Date last modified - Monday, July 21, 2014


                          3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 10

                          View calendar: Updated 06/27/14
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                          +559 798-0557

                          Speaks: spanish, english

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