Starry Oaks Cottage on 15 Acres
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- Minimum stay:N/A
- Pets allowed:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
April - June: The flowers are in full bloom!
Slip away from the confines of the city, to a romantic night, sky full of stars and the Milky Way. Watch the August meteor showers, far away from the city lights!
Built in 2005, this charming home is located on 15 acres in the Dunlap foothills, amongst a beautiful oak woodland. Skylights in the kitchen and living room give you a bright, cheerful atmosphere. The master bedroom has a queen bed and a soothing, romantic rose and green garden décor. The second bedroom, the Woodland room, has a full bed, and the third bedroom, the Bluebird room, has a full bed.
Linens and towels are provided. The kitchen is fully equipped. The picture windows in the living room, frame a vista view of the Central Valley cities, the coastal mountains at sunset and a breathtaking sight at night, of the stars and Milky Way with the city lights twinkling below. On the fourth of July, we watch the fireworks from afar, in over 5 different cities! This is the place to sit and bring your binoculars or telescope, to view the night stars.
In your front yard, a picnic table with umbrella gives you a vista view for breakfast. Along the side of the house there is a shade shelter with a large picnic table and a charcoal barbeque under the oaks, redbuds and elderberries overlooking the deer trail.
Roads and trails meander amongst the 15 acres, revealing lovely, shady spots with granite boulders, to sit upon, in restful contemplation. A horseshoe pit and lasso golf game area has been added just below the home.
Foothill bird watching offers a host of different species not found in the city, these include California quail, turkey vultures, red-tail hawks, acorn woodpeckers and various towhees, are just a few of the daily visitors. Deer and rabbits usually stop by to nibble the flowers.
Located 15 minutes away is the Twins restaurant and in the town of Squaw Valley: Travel Deli, Bear Mountain Pizza, two small mini food marts; two gas stations, a library, feed store, hardware store, and car repair garage. Squaw Valley hosts a variety of small, country events such as a Mule Show in May, Garden Tours in the summer, a rodeo in May and various other festivals such as the Turkey Testicle festival and a Crafts and Art Fair in October. The Endangered Cat Haven, housing and breeding endangered wild cats, and Rosemary’s Herb Garden, offer unusual tours in this unique foothill habitat.
Located 20 minutes away for water lovers, Pine Flat Dam with water-skiing, fishing, boating and swimming is a refreshing stop. We have even enjoyed sailing on the lake in our small 19 feet O’Day sailboat.
Avocado Lake, near Pine Flat, is a small lake, perfect for children to wade in and practice their swimming. The Kings River flows in this same area and offers more fishing holes and picnicking along its banks. Spend the afternoon golfing at the Sherwood Forest Golf Club. There are wine tasting tours and a fruit trail along the Blossom Trail as well.
Located 30 minutes away is Kings Canyon National Park, (URL link provided below) breathtaking in its views of the great Continental Divide and many of the oldest redwoods in California, including the largest living tree, General Sherman. . Our rental fees are 50 percent less than staying in the hotels there, so you can enjoy the park and then come to your own comfortable home in the foothills. Special December event: December 10th; the Nation's Christmas Tree Service: email us for details. (Cross-country skiing in the winter)
Located 45 minutes to 60 minutes away is Sequoia National Forest, the other half of our Kings Canyon Park. In the summer, you can travel up through Kings Canyon Park, into Sequoia National Park. In the winter you have to go around through Visalia and Three Rivers, to reach the Sequoia Park.
Cities nearby include Visalia, Fresno, and Tulare, all with their own special spots and events to explore. We will fill you in on those special restaurants, antique shops, a great zoo, parks and many other fun events in these cities.
It is our pleasure to offer this unique foothill experience for you. We love and care about this area and look forward to providing a restful, memorable vacation. Come and see for yourself why this area is so dear to us.
- 1 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- Bedroom 1
- 1 queen
- Bedroom 2
- 1 double, 1 baby crib
- Bedroom 3
- 1 double
- Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) Port-A-Crib
- 2.0 Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1
- toilet, combination tub/shower
- Bathroom 2
- toilet, combination tub/shower
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils:
- Pantry Items:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Coffee Maker:
- Dining Area Seats:
- Ice Maker
- Towels Provided
- Linens Provided
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Air Conditioning
- Clothes Dryer
- DVD Player
Location & View
- Mountain View
- Wildlife Viewing
- Cross Country Skiing
- Water Skiing
- Mountain Biking
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Fantastic Mountain Retreat
Fantastic Mountain Retreat
As a new californian family we had our family coming over from Denmark and wanted to take them our in the mountains for a weekend. This house was perfect size to fit us all 6 + 1 baby with plenty of space. Our 9 months old child enjoyed the living room as a perfect play area and the house was very child friendly. It is convenient located (off the beaten path, but close to) kings canyon national park, which made daytrips to the canyon and sequoia national park easy. The nights were spend BBQing under the starry sky with picture perfect sunset and night view. The kitchen has everything you need for BBQ and dinner. In the morning/daytime there are many rabbits, honnybirds, turkey vultures, harriers on the premises, but no bears or snakes. I would go back to this plays if we are going back to kings canyon.
- Guest Mikael
- Date of stay 08/18/12
- Review Submitted 08/30/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, people with disabilities, girls getaway, families with young children, pet owners, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers.
Almost perfect stay
Almost perfect stay
I will start this review with the 2 points I was not impressed with. First for anyone staying on the 4th of July, the fireworks you can see from the house are VERY far away. You can kind of make out the twinkling of them. If you have kids they will be disappointed. Second, during our stay we battled black ants in the kitchen. Had to be very diligent that every crumb was wiped up. Could not even leave a knife with the slightest smear of mayo in the sink or you would come home to a full ant invasion, and we are not the type to leave a big mess or dirty dishes in the sink. But it just took one missed spot and the ants were everywhere. Same with dog food in our dogs dish, one kibble left and they would attack the dish within an hour.We are a family of 5 and did all our cooking at the house, for my vacation it was frustrating battling the ants the whole time. Elaine was made aware of the ant situation and I took her advice for dealing with them, but it was still a constant battle. Thankfully they have not made their way to the pantry. If there was not an ant issue I would have given 5 stars. The house is kept in very clean condition, kitchen is well stocked with all you need to prepare your food, beds are very firm and not very comfortable. Plenty of linens, towels and extras throughout the house. The property is wonderful!! Plenty of area for kids and dog to play outside. House is at the bottom of a hill that is wonderful for exercise to work off those smores!! Great location for visiting Kings Canyon/Sequoia. PLENTY of hot water, even after 3 kids take baths/shower and running the dishwasher. Very fast refund of security deposit. If the ant situation was brought under control we would absolutely stay again. The home os a great combination of the convenience of a house but can take advantage of the fun of camping with outdoor exploring, bbq and eating outside. Elaine and Kimon live on the property next door and as another reviewer pointed out, Elaine was available for any help/questions, but not intrusive at all.
- Guest alyssia
- Date of stay 07/04/12
- Review Submitted 07/20/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with young children, pet owners, adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers.
Starry Oaks is a perfect vacation destination. Elaine and Kimon are wonderful hosts, attentive but not intrusive. They obviously take great pride in their property and offer an incredible vacation home. Everything you could possibly want was available, including condiments and shower products. This means you only have to bring your clothes, and something to put on the barbeque! The location offers activities in all directions and the best part of the day is sitting outside enjoying the total quiet and the wonderful view of the valley. One of the best vacation homes we have stayed at.
- Guest Beverly H.
- Date of stay 05/27/11
- Review Submitted 06/12/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, families with young children, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers.
This place is awesome. It has great views from the living room and a beautiful yard. We went up there for two nights with three kids and they had absolute fun in the yard. House is well equipped with basic amenities. They provide local eggs in the refrigerator, and those are very tasty. This place is close to the national parks, so you can make 2 or 3 hours trips to both Kings and Sequoia.
- Guest Shveta
- Date of stay 04/15/11
- Review Submitted 04/21/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with young children, pet owners, romantic getaway, families with teenagers.
Owner response: Thank you! Yes, you can drive to the entrance of Grant Grove 25 minutes from the house and then drive completely through both parks and come out the other side in Three Rivers!
Clean and homey
Clean and homey
Great vacation house. Everything you need is included in the house such as cooking stuff and ingredient. They also has a large collection of DVD library, telescope, fresh home grown egg etc.. Please is very clean and bright with great view. House owner is friendly.
- Guest Kelvin
- Date of stay 02/19/11
- Review Submitted 03/01/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, families with young children, romantic getaway, families with teenagers.
Owner response: Thank you very much! Kimon & Elaine
My family and I celebrated My mom's 60th birthday here. Couldn't have picked a better spot to spend a few days with the family. House has almost everything you could ever need. April is a beautiful time of year to spend here, the wildflowers and weather were amazing. Home owners live nearby and were very welcoming and sweet. Would rent again from them in a heartbeat.
- Guest nodnarb
- Date of stay 04/16/10
- Review Submitted 04/25/10
Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with young children, pet owners, romantic getaway, age 55+.
Great vacation rental
Great vacation rental
We stayed at the Starry Oaks 4/9 weekend. Its a lovely home, in a beautiful setting. Everything was as expected. The owners, Elaine and Timon, were very helpful and friendly. The house itself is very well equipped (loved the dvd collection) and clean. The patio behind the kitchen, and the front umbrella-sitting area were wonderful. There is a nice walking trail around the property which is a must-do. Kings Canyon entrance is about 30 mins away, as well a nice pizza place. At night, we watched stars with an iphone app as an aid, and the kids loved it. They also enjoyed the toys and games around the home. Thanks, Elaine and Timon, for a wonderful stay. We will certainly be back, soon hopefully.
- Guest RDinSD
- Date of stay 04/09/10
- Review Submitted 04/19/10
Recommended for: Families with young children, romantic getaway, families with teenagers.
Kimon and Elaine obviously take much pride in ownership of this terrific home. Starry Oaks was a great "home base" during a wonderful week for three generations (gathered to enjoy the foothills & national parks.) **HIGHLY RECOMMENDED** for both cleanliness and hospitality. (Don't forget to ask Kimon to turn off the floodlight. The stars at night are amazing!)
- Guest Dave and Kim1
- Date of stay 07/02/09
- Review Submitted 07/02/09
If you are looking for a GREAT place to stay, this is it. Kimon and Elaine were fantastic, the place was extremly nice and neat as a pin, the DVD collection wonderful! The property surrounding the house was beautiful. No noise except for nature and sunsets to die for, the view was fantastic. Thank you Kimon and Elaine, we will see you again!
- Guest Gary and Barbara Hinote
- Date of stay 05/13/08
- Review Submitted 05/13/08
Kimon and Elaine, Thank you so much for our great weekend. You made all of us feel special. My boys talked about the Blue Bellied Fence Lizards all the way home!! Everyone else - this is THE place to stay if you are going to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. The house is everything described and more. Kimon and Elaine give you a wonderful welcome and we've not met nicer people in a long time. Whether you're a couple, two couples, or a family with kids, this is a wonderful home to rent and really made our vacation special. We'll definitely be coming back.
- Guest Bill Shannon
- Date of stay 04/18/07
- Review Submitted 04/18/07
Oct 1 -March 30: $135.00/nt 2 person /$10/nt/extra person/ $650/wk April 1-Oct 1: $145.00/nt 2 person /$14/night/extra person/ $745/wk 2 night minimum: Thanksgiving & Christmas Holidays 3 night minimum $175 Confirmation/Security Deposit refundable per rental agreement Children 12 and under-no charge; $10.00 per night for each pet; Balance due before arrival, Cancellation notice: 60 days in advance Sorry, we do not rent to college students/25 yrs or younger We accept Personal Checks, Paypal, We have a 2.9% fee on Paypal/Credit Card paymen
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
This owner accepts: Credit cards.
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Springtime at StarryOaks
Trails lead to many shady nooks.
Master Bedroom: Soothing green and rose decor
Living room with a view
"Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...."
View from the living room!
Clean & bright kitchen
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