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Family-Friendly Country Cottages

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Authentic country cottages located on a working citrus ranch nestled at the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. A place to kick off your shoes and relax. Come and enjoy the simple treasures in life such as a deliciously juicy orange picked with your own hands or enjoy a leisurely walk around the farm. A truly unique experience for anyone who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The Paternoster Family has been growing citrus in the Terra Bella region for over 50 years. Our turn of the century farm houses are a comfortable way to enjoy the pleasures of life on the farm.

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Joanie Paternoster
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 15, 2018

About Joanie Paternoster

My husband Steve grew up on the farm where the cottage is located. We married in 1974

and purchased the farm from Steve's parents in 1976 where we have farmed citrus and operated a farm-management business. We raised four children who are now grown , and two of them still work with us in our farm-management business.

Joanie Paternoster purchased this house in 1976

Why Joanie Paternoster chose Terra Bella

Steve's parents first lived in the cottage before they moved to the house where we now live, which is located across the driveway. We had always thought the cottage would be a great little honeymoon, or vacation cottage, so we worked on getting it ready for vacationers.

What makes this house unique

The cottage is in a rural setting, with the sounds of birds singing in the mornings, and frogs serenading at night. There is a huge swing set in the front yard which Steve built. There is also a gypsy wagon designed and built by Steve and Joanie on the cottage property, with a campfire pit, and large picnic table.


Terra Bella House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • live theater
  • museums
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • swimming


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(42 traveler reviews)

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Family-Friendly Country Cottages
average rating of 5.0 based on 42 reviews

Cozy, comfortable cottage, very restful and quiet. Joanie and Steve are wonderful hosts.

  • 5 of 5

I enjoyed quiet walks, lovely scenery, fresh orange juice, overall a very comfortable vacation. The bathtub is amazing, my family enjoyed visiting the farm. I will definitely be back! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having Lauri as a guest! We are so happy when folks can relax and enjoy the cottage and farm.
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Very nice!

  • 5 of 5

We had a very relaxing and enjoyable stay!

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great getting to meet Bernard and Jeannie! . We love having folks who enjoy the country life!
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Silver spring, MD

Precious find

  • 5 of 5

So glad we found this wonderful cottage! Lovely place with lovely people. Beautiful paintings inside the cottage and all the bouquet of beautiful fresh flowers placed in every room is so special. Oranges for fresh squeeze orange juice is definitely delicious! Joanie and Steve are such wonderful host. They live across the driveway from the cottage and are always willing to answer questions about the area. They make you feel so special by sharing their farm with you. We enjoyed their swimming pool after a long day hike up in the mountains where the giant sequoia trees are. At nights, the skies are filled with bright stars and so quiet and peaceful. One of the best things for us is that there is no mosquitoes around. Where we come from, we can't step outside and enjoy the outdoors without donating to the mosquitoes fund! If you enjoy plants and flowers, you must visit this farm! Joanie grows the prettiest flowers. It is so wonderful to spend time around the farm and see how oranges are grown and how wonderful to just be able to pick one off the tree!

We have traveled to many places and this is one of the best place that we get to enjoy spectacular scenes and wind down and relax. There's nothing like having a fresh pick orange and juice it for breakfast! Thank you Joanie and Steve for being such wonderful friends!! We will definitely be back to see you soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is a great pleasure for us have guests like Jenet , David, and family, who enjoy the farm to the fullest. It is so rewarding to have folks discovering flowers in the garden, along with the birds, butterflies, and then the stars at night. We are fortunate to get to share our life in the country with such appreciative guests, and look forward to return visits!
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Torrance, CA

Great experience!

  • 5 of 5

A group of friends and I rented out this house for a dove hunting trip and it was great! Joanie and Steve were very hospitable and the location was perfect. Joanie's banana nut bread is the best I've ever had! I highly recommend staying here if you're in the Central Valley.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure hosting Aaron and his friends. They were great guests; very clean and considerate. Looking forward to having them all back next year!
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Wonderful cottage

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful place to stay! We felt welcome the minute we entered the cottage. The cottage was charming and very clean. The delicious banana bread, honey, oranges, and fresh flowers throughout the cottage were greatly appreciated. Joanie is an amazing lady! This place was perfect for us. The beautiful gardens and quiet area were a nice break from our busy life. Thanks Joanie!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure hosting the Kaufmans ! They were wonderful guests and very appreciative. We enjoy having folks experience our agricultural area of California and try out the local citrus and honey. We hope they will come this way again!
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Best getaway in our trip.

  • 5 of 5

While this house is a bit of a trek from Sequoia, we absolutely LOVED it. We have been traveling all over the US this summer and this house has been the best by far. The cottage is cozy, the surroundings are lovely, and the pool was a surprise hit with the kids. Joanie left us fresh banana bread and oranges for us to juice with a lovely welcome sign. If ever in the area, this is a wonderful spot to rest your head and take a break. Thank you Joanie, and your family!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoy having families experience the farm and see our area of California. There is nothing quite like an orange right off the tree!
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Bakersfield Airport
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
River Island Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Jenny Lynns
Car: necessary

Free farm tours. Fresh fruit and garden produce available (seasonal)


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $75

There will be a 10 per cent county tax payable on arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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