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Exquisite Home, Secluded River Retreat & 62 Acre Nature Preserve, Autumn Peace

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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

The Kaweah Cottage and Shangrila Nature Preserve are cherished by travelers who want an exceptionally clean and comfortable home that is just steps away from a secluded and magnificent section of the Kaweah River. Surrounded by thousands of acres of remote oak woodlands, tranquil horse pastures and ancient river pools, this historic homestead property offers a place of sanctuary, rejuvenation and enjoyment for lovers of Nature who yearn for a real getaway.

It is best suited for independent travelers who love vacationing in a wilderness area while settled into a luxurious, healthy, green-built home that they have all to themselves; who appreciate high quality bedding, amenities and fine craftsmanship; and who take pleasure in preparing their own meals in a truly gourmet kitchen.

Whether you are a writer or an artist wanting to nurture your creativity, a couple seeking precious time together, or a family with children** looking to explore Nature and discover nearby Sequoia National Park -- Kaweah Cottage is an ideal place.

We’re located at the end of an unpaved country road on the upper South Fork of the Kaweah River -- far away from cities, suburbs and the usual routines -- fifteen minutes from the town of Three Rivers and twenty-five minutes from the main entrance to Sequoia National Park. This is a memorable destination where one can really get away, slow down, and sink into the peace and beauty.

Although the Cottage is equipped with the essential technologies that most of us need to stay connected -- satellite wi-fi, 40” LED video/DVD player, an audiophile sound system -- we encourage our guests to spend most of their time unplugged, enjoying the sounds from the adjacent Creek, tuning in to the symphony of wildlife, and savoring the down canyon breezes wafting through the oaks. Being here will change the way you feel.

Here are a few of the favorite features and activities:
Summertime relaxing along the spectacular and secluded river and creek; exploring around the 62 acre Shangrila Nature Preserve; year-round birdwatching; full day excursions up to the Sequoias; an impeccably clean home with fine bedding, sheets, and towels; a fully equipped gourmet kitchen; amazingly comfortable bathtub and spacious shower; an 88 key professional digital piano; breathtaking night skies; watching horses graze from the bedroom view deck; exceptional privacy -- turn the music up as loud as you want... whenever you want; a clean, comfortable, natural place that becomes your home away from home.

Please review our VRBO slideshow. ALL photos were taken HERE on the property at different times of the year. If you want to see a lot more photos and read additional reviews and comments please check out our facebook and web pages. See the links way down at the bottom of this page. Also, contact us if you have any questions about our rates and terms.

**Although children are welcome at the Kaweah Cottage, it is not a child proof home. There are antiques, oriental rugs, artworks, lamps, a digital piano, crafts, fragile furnishings and kitchenwares in the Cottage. Please consider whether the Cottage is appropriate for your entire family.
We are in a wilderness area and near running water. The River is wild and has currents and unknown objects beneath the surface. The flow and profile of the River changes throughout the year. We consider it hazardous for non-swimmers and beginning swimmers. Although there are some areas with calmer pools, it can still be quite stressful to supervise young children when near the River. The simple act of getting in and out of the River can be challenging due to uneven and very slippery surfaces. Children who are not yet able to swim or are beginners must be carefully supervised by an adult swimmer at all times whenever they are near the River or the Creek.

FAQs
1. How far are you from the Park?
A lot of people will say they are 'only' 5 minutes or 20 minutes from the Park. What they usually do not tell you is that once you arrive at the Park entrance it is still another forty to sixty minutes drive to the Big Trees and several of the other great attractions. There are also wonderful things to see in the lower part of the Park but most people are dazzled by the Big Trees and adjoining highlights. It is a 25 minute scenic drive from the Kaweah Cottage to both the main entrance and the South Fork entrances to the Park.
2. How close are you to the River?
The entire 62 acre property is located along the South Fork of the Kaweah River. It is a three minute hike from the Cottage to the Big Smooth Rock. It is a beautiful spot year round, regardless of the water flows.
3. How is the swimming and the waterslides?
It totally depends on the time of the year, the weather, and the high country snowpack. Please ask us about the current or predicted levels for the time of your stay and we will do our best to give you an accurate forecast. We can also recommend some great swimming holes in Sequoia National Park.
4. Where can we shop for food, dine out?
There are only a couple decent places to dine in the nearby town of Three Rivers: The Ol' Buckaroo and Sierra Subs. There is a small Village Market for foods/beverages and Sage Roots for fresh fruits and vegetables. We recommend you plan ahead and make use of the superb Kaweah Cottage kitchen.
5. Kaweah?
'Kaweah' pronounced 'caw-wee-uh' from the Wukchumni language meaning 'Call of the Raven'.

Keywords: Sequoia National Park, Shangrila Nature Preserve, Three Rivers, Kaweah River, Mountains, Big Trees, Green Built, Bird-Watching, Secluded, Peaceful, Wild, Enjoyable, Comfortable, Enchanted

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 969 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome:

    Great Family Adventure BUT please keep in mind that although children are very welcome at the Kaweah Cottage, it is not a child proof home. There are antiques, oriental rugs, artworks, lamps, a piano, crafts and fragile furnishings and kitchenwares in the Cottage. Please consider whether the Cottage is appropriate for your entire family. MOST IMPORTANT: We are in a wilderness area and near running water. The River is wild and has currents and unknown objects beneath the surface. The flow and profile of the River changes throughout the year. We consider it hazardous for non-swimmers and beginning swimmers. Although there are some areas with calmer pools, it can still be quite stressful to supervise young children when near the River. The simple act of getting in and out of the River can be challenging due to uneven and very slippery surfaces. Children who are not yet able to swim or are beginners require full-time one-on-one supervision at all times....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No tobacco smoking allowed in or around the Cottage. Extra Caution required due to seasonal Fire Hazards. Outdoor smoking is forbidden during the Fire Season....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Local boarding may be available. Please inquire....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

  • North: 1 queen

    Exceptionally Comfortable; Fine Linens and Sheets...moreless

  • South: 1 queen

    Memory Foam; Supreme Comfort...moreless

  • Living Room: 1 twin/ single

    Twin Sized Inflatable Futon...moreless

  • (2) Queen size Beds: New and Extremely Comfortable. Fine Cotton Sheets. (1) Twin Size Inflatable Raised Air Mattress for Living Room or Outside Deck...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom: toilet, tub, shower

    Full Sized Tub; 2 Person Shower...moreless

  • Granite Countertops; Travertine Tiling; see Photos

Other Amenities

  • Exceptionally healthy green built environment. Located on secluded 62 acre Nature Preserve with access to South Fork of the Kaweah River and remote Grouse Creek. "Be in Nature, Live in Comfort"...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Library of books on local hiking, geography, nature, wildlife, geology ecology, and history. Great library of Children's Books!...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Scrabble, Checkers, Chess, Baccarat, Jigsaw, Moncala, Dominoes, Cards, Puzzle...moreless

  • Music Library:

    Wide selection of CDs. Also bring your favorites or your iPod. Audiophile Speaker System. Enjoy the music to it's fullest....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    No Cable or Satellite Television...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    40' LED, attached to DVD Player. No Broadcast Reception in the Area...moreless

  • Video Library:

    DVDs: Classics, Indy, Foreign, Documentary, Childrens...moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Library
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Views of the Sierras as well as grazing horses on adjacent pastures. ...moreless

  • Village:

    Three Rivers: First Saturday open houses, Galleries, Music, Restaurants, Candy Store, Historical Museum...moreless

  • Water View:

    Seasonal Grouse Creek and sublime view of wild riparian habitat....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    3 minute walk to the Big Smooth Rock, a spectacular formation and swimming hole on the South Fork of the Kaweah River. Swimming is seasonal....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting

Dining

  • Dining:

    Dine Indoors or on the Outdoor View Deck...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 5 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Available during hot weather. Very efficient....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Energy Star. No Fabric Softeners...moreless

  • Free Long Distance:

    U.S. Only. No access to international without your calling card....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Propane Wall Heater. Very Efficient....moreless

  • Internet:

    Satellite Broadband Wi-Fi. Bring your own computer. Surf the web, check email, stay in touch. We have limited data usage and are unable to accommodate streaming of film, tv, music or skype....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    The Finest Cotton Sheets and Bedding....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Roland Digital Piano; 40' LED Video Screen; DVD Player; Stereo System; Books; CD's; DVD's...moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    AT&T is the ONLY mobile service in the area....moreless

  • Parking:

    Outdoor. One minute walk from Cottage...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Outdoor Parking, Adjacent to Cottage...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Horse Trailers and Small RVs Okay. No Boats....moreless

  • Telephone:

    ATT Mobile service is spotty. Verizon does not work at all. Cordless land line is available....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath and Beach Towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    High Efficiency Front Loading. We supply Unscented HE Laundry Detergent....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Satellite Internet service. Bring your smartphone, tablet, laptop. Ask for password. ...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Grinder, Pour Over and French Press...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Chef's Quality Utensils and Cookware. Juicer, Blender and Various other appliances...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Complete Service of Dining Ware, Serving Ware...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Fully Equipped Gourmet Kitchen with all the dining ware, cookware and paper goods you will need. Please Note: We DO NOT have a Microwave or Dishwasher...moreless

  • Oven:

    Convection Oven with Window and Light ...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Cooking Spices, Salt, Pepper, Cooking Oil, Sugar, Coffee Beans...moreless

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Spacious hardwood view deck of wild creek area and horse pastures...moreless

  • Bicycles:

    Bring Your Own. Inquire about local mountain biking opportunities...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Beautiful View with Tables, Chairs, Recliner. Adjacent to bedrooms....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    The Cottage is surrounded by native gardens, grasses and trees....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Small but efficient Propane Grill. We provide the Propane....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Inner Tubes for Summer Waterslides...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    (3) Extraordinary swimming holes along the river and creek. Summertime only. Can be Hazardous....moreless

  • Private Pool:

    Remote Swimming Holes along the River....moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 23 - Nov 28, 2016
3 night min stay
$295

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Christmas & New Years
Dec 23 - Jan 2, 2017
3 night min stay
$295

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Primary Season
Mar 17 - Oct 16, 2017
2 night min stay
$295
$1,770

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$295
$1,770

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • One-Time Cleaning Fee $150
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Tax Rate 10%

Notes:

3 night minimum during Holidays

4:00 PM Check In, 11:00 AM Check Out

Guests must accept Kaweah Cottage Policies and Notices to confirm a Reservation


Owner's cancellation policy:

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


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Location

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95 Miles
Nearest Airport
Fresno, CA
9 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Three Rivers
7 Miles
Nearest Golf
Three Rivers
54 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak, Hanford, CA
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
California Highway 198
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Three Rivers
20 Miles
Nearest Ski
Cross Country and Snow Shoeing in Sequoia
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Big Rock & Creek Beach, Shangrila Nature Preserve

Car: Necessary

Excellent year-round birding; winter snow shoeing amongst the Big Trees;

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1987

About the owner: Kathleen & James and their daughter Julianna reside in the Old Homestead, near the Kaweah Cottage. Also living on the land are 'Dalila' the friendly German Boxer; 'Lucky' the elusive Norwegian Forest Cat; 'Boddhi' the adventurous Orange Cat; 'Kachina' a chestnut Quarter Horse mare; 'Comanche' a Paint Quarterhorse gelding; and innumerable Wild Animals.

Why the Owner Chose Three Rivers, CA, USA:
Kathleen’s family settled in the region in the 1870’s and she has been spending Summers on the South Fork since her early youth. James has been hiking in Sequoia National Park since the 1970’s and has a lifelong passion for the Sierras. When it came time to relocate from Los Angeles to dwell and raise our daughter, the only place on Earth that we considered was along the Upper South Fork of the Kaweah River. We purchased the historic Old Homestead in 1987 and built the Kaweah Cottage in 2006 as a second home on our secluded 62 acre private Nature Preserve. It is designed for lifetimes of comfort and pleasure and as a sanctuary for family, friends and travelers.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Off the beaten track: the big smooth rock, secluded swimming holes, natural waterslides (seasonal), private 62 acre Nature Preserve, seasonal Creek. Unparalleled seclusion and wildness. Stay here all day or visit the Big Trees and return home at the end of the day for a refreshing swim in the River or relaxation on the view deck overlooking the Creek and horse pastures. In addition to being green-built the Kaweah Cottage is exceptionally comfortable and kept immaculately clean. Although it is surrounded by wilderness it has all of the amenities that a discerning person would want. The Cottage is complemented by a fully equipped gourmet chef's kitchen, an elegant bathroom, and high quality bedding and sheets. The surrounding property is bordered by 1800 feet of beautiful river frontage. Horse pastures, a seasonal creek and blue oak woodlands are just outside your bedroom doors. We invite you to make yourself at home. Be in Nature, Live in Comfort.


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Photos

  • Cottage. Secluded and Peaceful.

    Cottage. Secluded and Peaceful.

  • Dining Area

    Dining Area

  • Gourmet Kitchen. Fully equipped, spacious

    Gourmet Kitchen. Fully equipped, spacious

  • South Bedroom. Sumptuous bedding, views, secluded

    South Bedroom. Sumptuous bedding, views, secluded

  • Luxurious Bathroom. Travertine stonework, spacious tub and two person shower

    Luxurious Bathroom. Travertine stonework, spacious tub and two person shower

  • The Big Smooth Rock, adjacent to Kaweah Cottage

    The Big Smooth Rock, adjacent to Kaweah Cottage

  • Seasonal waterslides. Fun for all ages

    Seasonal waterslides. Fun for all ages

  • Your Vacation Home. Late Spring

    Your Vacation Home. Late Spring

  • Shangrila Nature Preserve. Your Backyard. Springtime

    Shangrila Nature Preserve. Your Backyard. Springtime

  • The Big Swimming Hole. Fifteen minute hike from the Cottage

    The Big Swimming Hole. Fifteen minute hike from the Cottage

  • Many Places to Explore...

    Many Places to Explore...

  • Be in Nature...

    Be in Nature...

  • River Pools. Seasonal swimming and year round enjoyment

    River Pools. Seasonal swimming and year round enjoyment

  • Sitting Area

    Sitting Area

  • View Deck. Overlooking pastures & Grouse Creek. Direct access from both bedrooms

    View Deck. Overlooking pastures & Grouse Creek. Direct access from both bedrooms

  • North Bedroom. Comfy, quiet, fine art

    North Bedroom. Comfy, quiet, fine art

  • Bathroom. Granite countertops, handmade cabinetry

    Bathroom. Granite countertops, handmade cabinetry

  • Swimming Hole. Three minute hike from Kaweah Cottage

    Swimming Hole. Three minute hike from Kaweah Cottage

  • Your Vacation Home. Wintertime

    Your Vacation Home. Wintertime

  • Grazing horses below Kaweah Cottage

    Grazing horses below Kaweah Cottage

  • Grouse Creek. Seasonal, Wild. Spring

    Grouse Creek. Seasonal, Wild. Spring

  • Grouse Creek. Turtles, Frogs, Hawks, Herons, Owls, Snakes, Coyotes, Deer.....

    Grouse Creek. Turtles, Frogs, Hawks, Herons, Owls, Snakes, Coyotes, Deer.....

  • ... and Discover. Up River from Slippery Rock

    ... and Discover. Up River from Slippery Rock

  • ... Live in Comfort

    ... Live in Comfort

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This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Sunday, September 25, 2016

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