Private River Front Ranch with Comfortable Elegant Home

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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Escape to peaceful vacation bliss and experience one of the most beautiful private riverfront, small ranch and natural wildlife properties in the world. Embrace the quintessential spirit of America’s old west and rent your own private, rustically elegant lodging, on an approximately 40 acre riverfront recreational ranch in the village of Three Rivers, California, located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, the gateway town to the Ash Mountain Main Entrance for the Sequoia – Kings Canyon National Park.

River Woods Ranch is in the artistically creative hamlet of Three Rivers, California where three forks of the Kaweah River converge. It is for adventurous, discerning travelers who value privacy and comfort in a tranquil, rugged, wild natural environment. This rare resort property is a destination in itself; travelers may not want to leave the grounds of River Woods Ranch with it’s great stretch of river frontage, natural beauty, unspoiled scenic views, riverfront picnic areas, private trails, spectacular star-studded night sky and top notch accommodations. The property is located in Central California, approximately 30 minutes east of the City of Visalia, roughly halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco; Fresno International Airport is just over an hour’s drive away, and the Visalia Municipal Airport is thirty minutes away.

This serene ranch home is nestled at the end of a dirt road. The property is private, farm gated, and bordered by a mountain and a river. The property also abuts hundreds of acres of Federal Bureau of Land Management wilderness. The ranch is a “gentleman’s ranch” and domestic livestock are no longer kept on the property; there are, however, two horse corrals, a hitching post and a detached workshop. The ranch property, with its lichen covered rocks, is wild and rural. It is filled with a beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills blend of Sequoia, Oak, Manzanita, Redbud and Sycamore trees. There is some of the best bird watching in California right on the property; abundant wildlife also includes fish, fox, coyote, scorpions, deer, mountain lions, bears, bobcats, bats, possums, skunks, and snakes (including rattle snakes). It is like having your own private nature preserve and no, guests are not allowed to hunt on the property; only passive recreational activity is permitted (no ATV’s or motorized dirt bikes please). A priority at River Woods Ranch is to live in harmony with nature, enjoy a rural lifestyle, and preserve the animals, plants and natural communities that represent the diversity of this area.

River Woods Ranch feels remote with its private farm-gated dirt road and a swath of river frontage stretching long enough to enjoy tubing down the river while still remaining on the property, yet it is readily accessible to conveniences and services as it is centrally located within the community of Three Rivers, California. It is only minutes to the town market, quaint local shops, antiquing, patio-boat rentals on Lake Kaweah and numerous other recreational amenities. The town is known for being one of the “coolest” interesting small towns in America.

River Woods Ranch is a romantic couples hideaway, a family oriented, “re-connect” getaway or a small group retreat paradise. The single story ranch house has three bedrooms, two full baths and a den; it also has two large furnished decks, one wrap-around deck is attached to the home and a second covered deck at the property entrance. You can tube down the river from nearby the house and land at the property entrance deck for some relaxation after your tubing adventure! The home sleeps six to eight people: there is a California-King size bed in the master bedroom, which has its own full bath, a Queen size bed in the guest room, and two sets of bunk beds in the third bedroom, consisting of two full size beds on the bottom and two twin beds on top. The house is decorated in a welcoming, elegant, country French provincial style with limestone flooring in the kitchen, living room, baths and hallways. This vacation home is used and loved by the owners who have maintained the property for almost a decade, protecting nature and preserving this property for future generations. It is sincerely hoped that all guests will love, treasure and respect this remarkable home and property. The goal is to have guests appreciate the magic of River Woods Ranch so that they too will return and continue to make cherished memories for themselves and their families for years to come.

The house is immaculately kept and furnished with beautiful antiques and artwork. Amenities include:

• Premium luxurious designer bedding (linens are fresh, clean and commercially laundered, including the comforter duvets, sheets and towels);
• High quality kitchen appliances and dishware;
• Wi-Fi DSL Internet access;
• Three flat screen televisions with Dish Network satellite service;
• State of the art central forced-air heating and air conditioning;
• A very efficient and very effective wood burning stove in the living room (for a cozy evening);
• Cellular mobile phone service is limited to AT&T, the only service available in this rural part of Three Rivers, so “land-line” telephone service within the continental United States is included in the weekly fee;
• Also included is a mid-week house cleaning and change of sheets (for stays of seven nights or more);
• Soaps, shampoo, conditioner and blow dryers;
• Outdoor barbeque;
• Supplies for light kitchen clean up;

There is an outdoor stone campfire on the grounds as well a horseshoe pitching set available for some friendly competition. There is a roping dummy steer head with lasso-lariat rope for kids of all ages to practice rodeo roping. Also included is the use of fishing equipment, yoga mats, two mountain bikes, river tubes, beach chairs, games, movies, books, barbecue grill and sleds for winter snow in nearby Sequoia National Park.

Three Rivers is a year round vacation destination. Local activities include, horseback riding, swimming, boating, river rafting, fishing, hiking, and relaxing. Throughout the year there are local music festivals, including an annual jazz affair, local rodeos, roping contests, artisan tours, garden tours and the annual World Agriculture Expo at the International Agri Center in nearby Tulare, California.

River Woods Ranch is an approximate fifteen-minute drive to the entrance of the Sequoia National park, one of the finest National parks in America. This U.S. National Forest is named for the world’s majestic largest trees; the park has the greatest concentration of giant sequoia groves in the world as well as the General Sherman Tree, the largest living tree on earth. The Park also has granite monoliths, glacier-carved canyons; limestone caves, roaring world-class whitewater rivers and scenic lakes. Mineral King Valley is also nearby, adjacent to Sequoia National Park, this secluded part of the Sierra range of America’s peaks and valleys have been compared to the Swiss Alps.

The legal stuff:
At River Woods Ranch, there is a strict no pets policy (some guests are allergic to pets, they also scare away our wildlife which we wish to preserve and, perhaps more importantly, your pet may become prey to the wildlife animals, so please leave the family pets at home), no smoking indoors (smoking on the deck is permitted but use caution at all times as this is a brush zone), and no more than eight guests to a reservation (the house is on a septic tank and a water well and we do not wish to tax the system with too many guests using it at once. Each child is counted as an individual guest). Violations of these policies will result in the forfeiture of the rental fee and deposit and the Ranch reserves the right to turn away violators of these policies. The home is not recommended for toddlers and children under age 5, as it is not baby proofed and the master bedroom is located in a separate area away from the two other bedrooms.

The Money stuff:
The house is rented with a three night minimum, arrival after 4:00 pm and check out no later then 11:00 am, so that all guests may be accommodated with an exceptional level of service. For stays of seven nights (or more) staff will provide a mid-week cleaning of the home at approximately 11:00 am (vacuum, change of sheets, empty garbage, cleaning of the bathrooms); a grounds keeper will also be on the premises for outdoor care-taking on Tuesday.

Payment of a refundable $500 security deposit and purchase of a renter's insurance policy in the amount of $69 is required, as is a $250 cleaning fee. Payments will be processed fifty (50%) percent at the time of reservation and the balance four (4) weeks prior to the arrival date and are non–refundable if not canceled four weeks prior to booking date. If we can re-rent the house during the cancelled time period then there will be no forfeiture of deposits or fees and only a five (5%) percent fee will be charged. If booking is made within four weeks of the intended stay then payment in full is required at the time of reservation.


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Property Type

  • Farmhouse

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 and up only...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    House is not suitable for toddlers or children under 5...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking in the home, smoking permitted outside only, however, this is a brush zone and caution must be used. at all times....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Pets are not permitted in the home or on the property....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 3: 2 bunk bed

    Two bunk beds and a private dressing area....moreless

  • Master: 1 king

    Private full bath, Samsung smart TV, walk in closet, safe...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    second bedroom with queen four poster bed and hotel safe...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Pedestal sink, updated fixtures. ...moreless

  • Master Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Granite top sink updated fixtures...moreless

Other Amenities

  • The self-sufficient home is equipped with it's own well, propane tank and back up generator...moreless


  • Satellite / Cable:

    Dish Network...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Stereo speaker connectivity to i-phone or TV ...moreless

  • Television:

    Three Flat screen TV's, master bedroom TV is a smart TV....moreless

  • Toys:

    Tubes for river tubing, horseshoe game, dummy steer roping and lasso's. Fishing rods, snow sleds for winter Sequoia Park snow...moreless

  • Video Library


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


  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Waterfront:

    River frontage,only a short walk on the property to the river from the house...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    custom made farmhouse style table and chairs, seats ten...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Central forced air cooling...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Outdoor campground fireplace on ranch...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central forced air heating...moreless

  • Internet:

    included in pricing...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    King bed sheets 500 thread count sheets. Queen bed 650 thread count, . Twin bunk bed, 400 thread count sheets, Full bunk beds 300 thread count sheets. Linens and Duvets all commercially laundered....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Beautiful antiques and artwork...moreless

  • Parking:

    Plenty of parking...moreless

  • Telephone:

    local and U.S. long distance included...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Large white high quality towels...moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove:

    Efficient wood burning stove, wood provided...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    fully equipped with beautiful dish ware, and cooking utensils ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:



  • Bicycles:

    Two mountain bikes...moreless

  • Boat:

    Nearby patio boat or fishing boat rentals available at Lake Kaweah...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Two decks, one wrap-around attached to the house, the second deck is covered and at the entry to the property...moreless

  • Golf:

    Local golf course...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Propane for grilling provided...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $79
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Cleaning fee $250
  • Tax Rate 10%


River Woods Ranch has a no pets policy, no smoking in the home policy and no more then eight people to a reservation including children. Violations of these policies will result in the forfeiture of the security deposit and rental fee and guests will be asked to leave, no refunds will be given. See the property description for additional terms included here by this reference.

Cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 10/24/2015
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  • Ranch Entry Gate

    Ranch Entry Gate

  • Private Road to the Ranch House

    Private Road to the Ranch House

  • The Ranch House

    The Ranch House

  • Kitchen


  • Living Room Area

    Living Room Area

  • MasterBedroom with Flatscreen 'Smart TV,' walk in closet

    MasterBedroom with Flatscreen 'Smart TV,' walk in closet

  • Second Bedroom

    Second Bedroom

  • Third Bedroom; also has curtained dressing area

    Third Bedroom; also has curtained dressing area

  • View from the Ranch deck

    View from the Ranch deck

  • Upper Corral (Spring)

    Upper Corral (Spring)

  • View from private walking trail

    View from private walking trail

  • Campfire


  • Deck at the Property Entrance

    Deck at the Property Entrance

  • Workshop


  • Living Room / Great Room Area

    Living Room / Great Room Area

  • Dining Area

    Dining Area

  • Den with flat screen television, DVD+VCR

    Den with flat screen television, DVD+VCR

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Second Bedroom

    Second Bedroom

  • Rear Deck Area

    Rear Deck Area

  • View from the Rear Deck

    View from the Rear Deck

  • Lower Corral

    Lower Corral

  • North Fork of the Kaweah River (on the property)

    North Fork of the Kaweah River (on the property)

  • A River Runs Through It

    A River Runs Through It

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Friday, November 20, 2015

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Private River Front Ranch with Comfortable Elegant Home

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