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Blue Heron Ranch - Best Family & Friends Getaway, Only a Short Walk to the River

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Last updated: 05/05/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

The Blue Heron Ranch is your perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. It is only 15 minutes from the entry to Sequoia National Park, and 5 minutes from the center of Three Rivers. It is the perfect vacation retreat with river access for family and friends. The ranch house has 4 bedrooms and 2 baths, and will accommodate eight guests, this includes children.

The living room is large, as well as the dining area and the kitchen with island. Plus there is a big screened porch, a 500 sq. ft. deck with hot tub and barbeque. Plenty of room to be together or spread out.

In the back meadow we have volleyball, badminton, and horseshoes. You can lounge on the deck, barbeque your favorite foods, or soak in the hot tub. Perfect after all that exercise!

Blue Heron for Kids:
If you are bringing the kids, we provide two high chairs and two pack-and-plays for small children. Let us know before you arrive and we will set up the kid’s wading pool next to the deck so you can keep an eye on them while you relax or play horseshoes. There are kids’ videos, books, and games. An ice chest is provided for your day trips to the park or an afternoon at the river.

Blue Heron Ranch is nestled on an acre and a half of lush, natural landscaping. It is only a short walk to the private beach on the North Fork Kaweah River. You can enjoy the water, glimpse wild ducks, an occasional Great Blue Heron, Red Tailed Hawks, or any number of our local feathered friends. The North Fork River is the perfect Huckleberry Finn place for kids and parents to play.

If you're up to it, try kayaking or river rafting; tours are available. Walking or hiking up North Fork Drive, the old Colony Road, will give you some idea of what the early settlers in this magical place accomplished with picks, shovels, and a little dynamite.

The world famous Kaweah Post Office, built in 1910, is nearby. It is a national monument and the smallest USA post office still in operation.

In the early morning or evenings, you may see deer grazing in the meadow or a family of wild turkeys passing through. California quail nest in the underbrush and make their appearance frequently. A special treat are the large gray squirrels gathering acorns from the majestic oak trees.

The rooms are large and tastefully furnished. Original paintings decorate many of the walls. The comfortable bedrooms will welcome you at the end of a long, fun filled day.

We look forward to your visit. If there's anything extra you might need, just let us know and we will do our best to provide it.


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Property Type

  • House
  • 2200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    You must be 23 years or older to rent. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Children will love this place. Lots of room to play, birds and wildlife to watch. We raised our kids here and they love coming back....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    There is plenty of room on the deck or the screened porch for those who wish to smoke. Please, no smoking in the house....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    It just wouldn't work out if there were other pets around. We have two small dogs, Eifel and Isabel, that will probably come and visit you....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    The interior of the house would probably be easy to get around in with a wheelchair, but getting in and out of the house would be difficult without help....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • First Master Bedroom: 1 king

    Master Bedroom #1 French doors open onto the deck and spa....moreless

  • Second Master Bedroom: 1 king

    It has a loft and small balcony, plus access to deck & Spa....moreless

  • Bedroom #3: 2 twin/ single

    Guest Bedroom with twin beds...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 queen


  • The bedrooms are comfortable and nicely furnished. Some have 'Blackout' curtains for those who like to sleep late or take a nap. Master Bedroom Suite #1 has French doors that open onto the deck and hot tub. Master Bedroom Suite #2 has a private second floor siting room and a balcony. It also has access onto the deck and spa. It is available for 1-2 additional guests for $25 each per night....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    This is the hall bath, available for all guests....moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    This is the Master Bath. It is a nice size w/ walk-in shower...moreless

  • We provide quality cotton towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryers, and those other necessities....moreless

Other Amenities

  • You will love this home as much as we do. It is comfortably furnished with plenty of room for up to eight guests and additional friends to drop by for a visit. It is surrounded by tall Oak trees, Sycamore, and Cedars. AT&T cell service works well, but others do not. ...moreless


  • Books:

    An assortment for your enjoyment....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    An assortment of board games. There is also Volleyball, bad mitten, croquet, and horse shoes in the back meadow. ...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    We have Direct TV with plenty of channels....moreless

  • Stereo:

    You can play CD's through the DVD player. Speakers on top of entertainment unit plug into your iphone, ipod, or ipad, providing great sound....moreless

  • Television:

    The TV is in the living room entertainment center....moreless

  • Video Games:

    You will need to bring your own video game player to hook up with the TV....moreless

  • Video Library:

    There are some movies and recordings you might enjoy....moreless


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


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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Only five minutes to the center of Three Rivers....moreless

  • Monument View:

    A short walk to the Kaweah Post Office. The smallest operating post office in the U.S....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Surrounded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains at the base of Sequoia National Park. ...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Private access to North Fork Kaweah River and only 10 minutes to Lake Kaweah...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    The dining room is large and open to the kitchen with views to the front meadow. It will seat 8 comfortably. The kitchen bar also seats 3....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Forced air, thermostat controlled....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Forced air, thermostat controlled....moreless

  • Internet:

    Free wifi...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    All the linens are top quality. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    The living room is large with a vaulted ceiling. Comfortable furnishings and a bar counter that is open to the kitchen. It also has a game table, book shelves, and entertainment center....moreless

  • Parking:

    There is room for 2 to 4 cars....moreless

  • Telephone:

    There is no land line. AT&T offers the best cell phone service. Other carriers are not reliable in the mountains....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Quality cotton towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Washing machine soap is provided....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Decorative wood stove with candles that light up in the evening. A very nice accent. ...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Everything you need....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    We provide dishwasher soap. ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen is large with a center island and plenty of counter space. There is also a bar that opens to the living room. It has all the small appliances and cooking utensils you will need. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Large oven with enough room to roast a 20 pound turkey or large rib roast. ...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    We will start you out with some coffee and tea, as well as basic seasonings. Dish soap and laundry soap are provided....moreless

  • Refrigerator:


  • Stove:

    Ceramic Electric, four burners....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    There is a small balcony off of the second story sitting room above master bedroom #2 with a view to the east. ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Large wood deck with hot tub, tables and chairs....moreless

  • Golf:

    Though the opening time is unpredictable, there is challenging 9 hole course located in town just a few minutes away....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    There is a large screened porch on the east side of the house. It is a great spot for relaxing in the evenings with a glass of wine and your favorite board games. Smoking is allowed in this area....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Large grassy meadow with trees and room to play. We provide lawn games, badminton, volleyball, croquet, and Horse Shoes....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Nice gas grill for all you BBQ needs on the back deck....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    A large, clean hot tub is on the rear deck....moreless



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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter & Spring 2015
Jan 5 - May 31, 2015
2 night min stay

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Spring & Summer 2015
Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2015
2 night min stay

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Fall & Winter 2015
Oct 1 - Dec 31, 2015
2 night min stay

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $100
  • One Time Cleaning Fee $125
  • Tax Rate 10%


The standard rate is based on six (6) guests. The second master suite is available for 1 or 2 additional guests, or for those who wish extra space.The second Master Suite has a king size bed, a loft with balcony, and separate access to the deck and spa. It also has separate heating and cooling. Total number of guests is 8, including children.

Cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 05/05/2015
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60 Miles
Nearest Airport
Fresno, Ca
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
50 Miles
Nearest Train
AMTRAK- Hanford, CA
2.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
HWY 198
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Nearest Ski
Cross Country Skiing, Sequoia Park
120 Miles
Nearest Beach
Morro Bay

Car: Necessary

Only 5 minutes to the center of town and 15 minutes from Sequoia Park entrance. Close to everything! Please note that in Sequoia Park mountain communities, AT&T cellular service receives in more places than any other company. Verizon is spotty, and other companies may not work in the hill country at all.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: Hi, I’m Susy and my husband is David. We were born and raised in California and graduated from the Fresno State University. I teach art and David is a retired home designer and builder. We have three grown children and five grandchildren. All of them live within thirty miles and we live within walking distance from this vacation home. We have lived here for many years. We love Three Rivers and Sequoia National Park. The area we live in is called Kaweah. It was one of the earliest pioneer settlements. North Fork Drive, which used to be called “The Kaweah Colony Road “, was the first road into Sequoia Park.

Why the Owner Chose Three Rivers:
David built this house for a retired couple twenty years ago. It is a classic California ranch style home with vaulted ceilings in the main living areas and all the amenities you would expect. When the previous owners, our neighbors, decided to move to a smaller home, we purchased it. Since then, we have spruced it up; everything has been redone inside and out. We added a large deck with a hot tub spa, barbeque, and lounge chairs. The deck faces a beautiful meadow frequented by deer, occasional wild turkeys, and quail. The property has two seasonal creeks and is just a short walk to our private beach on North Fork Kaweah River. We’ve installed a horseshoe pit and Volley Ball/Bad mitten court. You’ll have a great time.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
This home is perfect for family gatherings, as well as just getting away from the city with friends. It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, this area is gorgeous. In the spring and summer, it is green and lush. Fall and winter can be ablaze with the color of the changing seasons. Whether you come from far away or just from down in the valley, you will be delighted. The accommodations, from furnishings to linens, will exceed your expectations.

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  • View to the dining room and kitchen

    View to the dining room and kitchen

  • Dining for Eight

    Dining for Eight

  • Master Bedroom #1 with French doors to deck & spa.

    Master Bedroom #1 with French doors to deck & spa.

  • From the deck overlooking the meadow.

    From the deck overlooking the meadow.

  • Queen size bedroom

    Queen size bedroom

  • Master Suite #2 available for 1 or 2 additional guest; maximum guests are 8.

    Master Suite #2 available for 1 or 2 additional guest; maximum guests are 8.

  • Dine on the screened porch.

    Dine on the screened porch.

  • Paradise Ahead

    Paradise Ahead

  • Your spot by the river is just a short walk away.

    Your spot by the river is just a short walk away.

  • They love to say hello.

    They love to say hello.

  • Afternoon on the front meadow

    Afternoon on the front meadow

  • Large and comfortable Living room

    Large and comfortable Living room

  • Kitchen Bar

    Kitchen Bar

  • Fully stocked kitchen

    Fully stocked kitchen

  • Deck off the Master Suite

    Deck off the Master Suite

  • Play badminton and horseshoes in the back meadow.

    Play badminton and horseshoes in the back meadow.

  • Twin Bedroom

    Twin Bedroom

  • Loft with Balcony above Master Bedroom #2

    Loft with Balcony above Master Bedroom #2

  • 'Monet's Bridge', along your walk to the river.

    'Monet's Bridge', along your walk to the river.

  • Have a picnic by the river

    Have a picnic by the river

  • We build these every summer and winter takes them away

    We build these every summer and winter takes them away

  • The Old Kaweah Post Office, just a short walk up the road.

    The Old Kaweah Post Office, just a short walk up the road.

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