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Beautiful Home on the River, Secluded Retreat, Surrounded by Nature Preserve

Three Rivers, CA, USA
  • Cottage969 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Mininum Stay2 - 3 nights

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Queens, 1 Futon, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 1-5)

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, 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 escape, 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, and a fine sound system -- we encourage our guests to spend most of their time unplugged, enjoying the sounds from the adjacent wilderness, tuning in to the 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:

Year-round relaxing along the spectacular and secluded river and creek; enjoying the swimming holes and waterslides 3 minute hike from the Cottage; birdwatching; full day excursions up to the Giant 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... 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. Ask us for the links. Also, contact us if you have any questions about our rates and terms.

* We respect and celebrate people of all nationalities, colors, faiths, cultures, gender identities, sexual preferences and ages. People of all backgrounds are welcome to book the Kaweah Cottage.

** Although children are welcome at the Kaweah Cottage, it is not a child proof home. There are antiques, oriental rugs, lamps, artworks, a digital piano, crafts, fragile furnishings and kitchenwares in the Cottage.

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. The simple act of getting in and out of the River can be challenging due to uneven and very slippery surfaces everywhere. 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. Please consider whether it is appropriate for your entire family, especially during the swim season.


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.

This year swimming and waterslides at our place will begin around July 1 and possibly run all the way into late August.

4. Where can we shop for food, dine out?

There are a couple decent places to dine in the nearby town of Three Rivers: Sierra Subs, the Buckaroo Diner. 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 'kah-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


Kathleen, Julianna & Mathias

Member Since 2007
Response rate:
Response time:
within one hour
english, a little conversational spanish
Calendar last updated:
Mar 17, 2018


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
      • North
        1 queen, Exceptionally Comfortable; Fine Linens and Sheets
      • South
        1 queen, Memory Foam; Supreme Comfort
      • Living Room
        1 twin/ single, Twin Sized Inflatable Futon
      • (2) Queen size Beds
        New and Extremely Comfortable. Fine Cotton Sheets. (1) Twin Size Inflatable Raised Air Mattress for Living Room or Outside Deck


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom
        toilet, tub, shower, Full Sized Tub; 2 Person Shower
      • Granite Countertops; Travertine Tiling; see Photos

      Location Type

        • Mountain View
          Views of the Sierras as well as grazing horses on adjacent pastures.
        • Village
          Three Rivers: First Saturday open houses, Galleries, Music, Restaurants, Candy Store, Historical Museum
        • Water View
          Seasonal Grouse Creek and sublime view of wild riparian habitat.
        • 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.


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


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      Roland Digital Piano; 40' LED Video Screen; DVD Player; Stereo System; Books; CD's; DVD's
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Available during hot weather. Very efficient.
                    • Free Long Distance
                      U.S. Only. No access to international without your calling card.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Propane Wall Heater. Very Efficient.
                    • Internet
                      Satellite Broadband Wi-Fi. Bring your own computer. Surf the web, check email, stay in touch. We have very limited data usage and are unable to accommodate streaming of film, tv, music, skype, etc.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      The Finest Cotton Sheets and Bedding.
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Energy Star. No Fabric Softeners
                    • Mobile Phone
                      AT&T is the ONLY mobile service in the area.
                    • Parking
                      Outdoor. One minute walk from Cottage
                    • Parking Off Street
                      Outdoor Parking, Adjacent to Cottage
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      Horse Trailers and Small RVs Okay. No Boats.
                    • Telephone
                      ATT Mobile service works but is spotty. Verizon does not work at all. Cordless land line is available.
                    • Towels Provided
                      Bath and Beach Towels.
                    • Washing Machine
                      High Efficiency Front Loading. We supply Unscented HE Laundry Detergent.
                    • Wireless Internet
                      Satellite Internet service. Bring your smartphone, tablet, laptop. Ask for password. Limited bandwidth.


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Grinder, Pour Over and French Press
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Chef's Quality Utensils and Cookware. Juicer, Blender and Various other appliances
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Complete Service of Dining Ware, Serving Ware
                        • 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
                        • Oven
                          Convection Oven with Window and Light
                        • Pantry Items
                          Cooking Spices, Salt, Pepper, Cooking Oil, Sugar, Coffee Beans
                        • Refrigerator
                          Spacious, with Freezer
                        • Stove
                          4 Burner Propane Gas Stovetop with Convection Oven
                        • Toaster
                          Two Slice/Adjustable


                            • Dining
                              Dine Indoors or on the Outdoor View Deck
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 5 people


                                • Books
                                  Library of books on local hiking, geography, nature, wildlife, geology ecology, and history. Great library of Children's Books!
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                  Scrabble, Checkers, Chess, Baccarat, Jigsaw, Moncala, Dominoes, Cards, Puzzle
                                • Music Library
                                  Wide selection of CDs. Also bring your favorites or your iPod. Audiophile Speaker System. Enjoy the music to it's fullest.
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  No Cable or Satellite Television
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                  40' LED, attached to DVD Player. No Broadcast Reception in the Area
                                • Video Library
                                  DVDs: Classics, Indy, Foreign, Documentary, Childrens


                                    • Balcony
                                      Spacious hardwood view deck of wild creek area and horse pastures
                                    • Bicycles
                                      Bring Your Own. Inquire about local mountain biking opportunities
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Beautiful View with Tables, Chairs, Recliner. Adjacent to bedrooms.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      The Cottage is surrounded by native gardens, grasses and trees.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Small but efficient Propane Grill. We provide the Propane.
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      Inner Tubes for Summer Waterslides


                                        • alternative lifestyle
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Communal Pool
                                              (3) Extraordinary swimming holes along the river and creek. Summertime only. Can be Hazardous.
                                            • Private Pool
                                              Remote Swimming Holes along the River.


                                                • library
                                                • museums
                                                • restaurants

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • photography
                                                    • boating
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • sledding
                                                    • walking
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • cross country skiing
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • mountaineering
                                                            • rafting
                                                            • rock climbing
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • whitewater rafting


                                                                • 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"

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  45 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Beautiful and Peaceful

                                                                  Erin L.Minneapolis

                                                                  Kathleen and James have an amazing property and they are so kind about sharing all of its history and beauty. We had a fabulous time meeting the animals, exploring the river, and relaxing in the comfortable cottage. Kathleen was wonderful about introducing the horses and chickens to our kids, and showing us around. The river was low, so it was perfect for playing. Our youngest (4 years old) was okay playing around the river at that level, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it for small kids if it were much higher. The area is gorgeous, and the quiet fall time was great for visiting Sequoia. No crowds! I highly recommend this property. We were sad to leave.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Erin and family were an absolute delight! They were everything we could ever wish for in a visiting family- friendly, appreciative of our place, and incredibly respectful.

                                                                  We were sad to see you go too! Thank you for everything.

                                                                  Overwhelmingly surprised!

                                                                  Jesse F.

                                                                  Quiet, quaint, updated and Soooo Secluded! A perfect honeymoon destination for those who appreciate nature. We are blessed.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Jesse and his new wife Jessica were fantastic guests. They were enthusiastic about the beauty and wonders of nature and also kind and considerate.

                                                                  We loved having them for their honeymoon!


                                                                  Michelle R.

                                                                  The owners, the well stocked home, the view, the river - all amazing! Thank you!

                                                                  Super nice property in fantastic surroundings

                                                                  bert h.Antwerp, Belgium

                                                                  We loved our short stay, the house is very nice, well equiped, the surrounding garden and nature are jaw dropping and the nearby river offers just the best swimming. To top things, the caretakers are ever so considerate and friendly

                                                                  Beautiful cottage, gracious owners & a fabulous location

                                                                  Gwyn D.

                                                                  We used this cottage as home base for us for a Sequoia National Park family visit. I'm so glad we planned a full day to unwind at the cottage and enjoy their river slides. Julianna showed myself & then my girls the safe way to navigate the slides and made us feel confident so we could relax and have fun. Kathleen & James were attentive without being invasive. They live on property so could address any questions you had quickly and yet we felt like we had the property to ourselves most times. I highly recommend this place to either a family with older children (ours were 10 & 12) or to a couple or two looking for a get-away.

                                                                  Peaceful, scenic...perfect for our family!

                                                                  Jessica K.

                                                                  The hosts were incredible! My husband, three little boys and I stayed there on a two week road trip for 3 nights. It is close to Sequoia so we could make a few trips to the park easily. There was also a lot to do at the cabin. The boys absolutely loved it. Their favorite part of our two week trip was playing in the creek on the homestead. We will be back someday!


                                                                  Three Rivers, CA, USA

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

                                                                  45 Reviews

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