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'The River Stone' Cottage: Luxury, Comfort & Ambiance. Good Dogs OK

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,100 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Lovely High Sierra Mountain Retreat with 3 Bedrooms & 2 Baths

This luxury cabin is situated in the Ockenden Ranch Development, Just 2 miles from Shaver Lake and the village of Shaver. The comfortable, immaculate cottage has two stories, with a very warm ambiance with locally sourced knotty pine floors and ceilings, knotty pine cabinetry and log railings. The natural river rock fireplace provides a focal point for the main living area with sweeping views of the open forest adjacent to the cottage

There are beautiful forest views through its window walls and from the front and back decks. The Cabin is situated on a cul-de-sac and adjacent to open forest land, therefore affording privacy and a safe place for kids to play. You will appreciate the cabin's proximity to the areas many outstanding attractions that make the Shaver Lake such a great family vacation area.

The cabin has 3 bedrooms. The expansive master suite is upstairs with king bed, its own fireplace, separate sitting room (with trundle bed), walk-in closet, master bathroom with soaking tub and separate shower. Also upstairs there is a loft area with a big screen TV with plenty of comfortable seating.

Downstairs there are two bedrooms, one with a queen bed, the other bedroom has both a queen bed and a twin bed. These two bedrooms share a bathroom. The large open common area of the cabin consists of a living room with a beautiful natural river rock fireplace that extends to the ceiling 20' high, a dining area with a large pine table with benches that seats 8, and the kitchen with pine cabinets, granite counters, high end appliances, fully outfitted and with a walk in pantry. Also downstairs is a washer and dryer.

Both the front and rear decks extend the length of the cabin and afford beautiful views of the forest. There is plenty of seating and also a Weber barbeque.

The Ockenden Ranch Community has a tennis court and basketball hoop, there are numerous hiking paths through the forest or simply take a walk within the development and look at the many fine cabins, the town is very quaint and just a short two mile drive. There are restaurants, taverns, grocery stores, churches, boat rentals, marina services, tackle shops etc, further up the road is the China Peak Ski Resort with multiple chair lifts and is one of California's most beautiful and un-crowded ski resorts. Located next to China Peak is Huntington Lake, a lake prized for its great trout fishing and home to the High Sierra sailing regatta.

Further up the road from China Peak there is access to world class alpine scenery such as Edison Lake, home of Vermillion Resort, a key resupply center for the John Muir Trail. A ferry operates during the hiking season and takes visitors to within one mile of the legendary John Muir Trail. On the way there you will pass Mammoth Hot Springs, with naturally occurring hot spring baths and a restaurant.

More Details

Janet Kidd
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 26, 2017

About Janet Kidd

We built our cabin because we love Shaver Lake and wanted a place that our family could enjoy for generations to come. We aimed at creating a cabin that was comfortable, reflected the beauty of the area, and would in short make you feel at home. We have outfitted the cabin not as a rental but rather as how we would want it for ourselves. In doing so we hope to exceed your expectations and deliver a great value and many happy memories for your family.

Mike & Janet

Janet Kidd purchased this cabin in 1995

Why Janet Kidd chose Gold Country & High Sierra

Its a beautiful area, quiet yet close to the area's many attractions. The cabin is comfortable, peaceful, and beautiful. Located on a cul-de-sac the cabin site is a safe location for children and is adjacent to open forest land.

We hope you will enjoy this cabin and the wonderful community of Shaver Lake, and depart with many fond memories and the desire to return again.

Mike and Janet

What makes this cabin unique

As you ascend the highway to Shaver Lake you will first notice the beauty of the Sierra Nevada topography. Roll down the windows of your car and enjoy the cool air and pine smell of the forest and know you are on your way to a great time!

Guestbook comments from the owner

from guest book:

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Kidd"

"Thanks soooooooo much for letting us stay in your cabin! It was really fun, and the hill outside is perfect for sleding! One time I fell into my waist and couldn't get back up! And the table outside was covered in snow so I dug it out and found a birdhouse! I was really surprised. Thanks again!"
Feb 2011
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Shaver Lake Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , master bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , downstairs bath
  • 2 full baths with knotty pine cabinets. Upstairs master bath has large soaking tub and a separate shower, double sinks with knotty pine cabinets
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , log bed king bed, seperate sitting room with 2 single beds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , log bed frame, downstairs room
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , downstairs room
    Loft Area - 1 sleep sofa /futon , queen size sofa bed, upstairs area
  • 2 Large bedrooms with notty pine floors downstairs that share a bathroom. Master Bedroom is upstairs, very private with romantic gas fireplace, private seating room and in-suite master bath and walk-in closet There is a loft area with a sofa sleeper but there should be no need to use it since there are plenty of beds to accommodate the maximum number of 8 guests
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
We will allow one well behaved dog to stay at our cabin as long as the dog vouches for their owners good behavior.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

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  • 5 of 5

This house was even better than described. It was beautiful kept, clean, had gorgeous views of the forest and was on a cul-de-sac which was a bonus for the kids and dog. The kitchen is very well equipped and the owners were really nice to work with.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2007
  • Stayed: Oct 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay, the house has plenty of room and was stocked with everything we needed. Is only a few miles from the lake. Its at the end of a cul de sac so it seems very private. The neighborhood felt safe and quiet, we enjoyed walking the dog in the neighborhood and the trails behind the house. The owner was very flexible and helpful with any questions I had. We hope to stay again soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cabin that will exceed you expectations

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was beautiful and our time their was so relaxing. I loved sitting by the fire while enjoying a glass of wine. The kids had so much fun walking/hiking on the trail behind the cabin. The cabin exceeded our expectations with the accommodations and all the amenities! We will definitely be coming back.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Shaver Lake Cabin

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed several times and the cabin is wonderful. It is beautifully appointed with cabin decor, very spacious and clean. There are quality and comfortable furnishings throughout. The big windows make you feel like your a part of the forest. Janet, the manager, was always helpful and friendly.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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This is great get away spot.

  • 5 of 5

We love being up here whether it be summer or winter and have stayed a few times over the past few years. The area provides enough activity for all seasons, with the lake close by and easy access for winter sports. The location is great, allowing for a variety of activities, or simply to enjoy a relaxing weekend. The owners have made the cabin as welcoming as possible, you feel right at home. It is always immaculate, and has a great atmosphere. It is very comfortable and offers plenty of room for a family gathering. I would definitely recommend a stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fun Family Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Our family recently spent nearly two weeks at Mike & Janet's cabin at Shaver Lake. We had such a great time and were so comfortable there! By the first day our boys were calling the place "home". The kitchen was well stocked, so we were able to prepare all of our meals with no trouble. We enjoyed the many books, games and playng cards as we spent more time in the cabin than we had planned due to smoky air from a local fire. The cabin is at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, so our kids were able to ride scooters and play catch in front which was nice. The town and lake were very close. We took several trips to Huntington lake as well, which was not too far. Had awesome pizza at local place Shaver Lake Pizza and tasty burgers at Hungry Hut. It was nice to know that at the end of each day's adventure we had a safe and comfortable cabin to come back to! Thank you Mike & Janet, we will have some fun family memories of our time spent at the Shaver Lake cabin!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hungry Hut -- CLOSED
"outdoor seating on a nice day is a great place to hang out not fancy but decent food and lot..."
Dinkey creek
"This is a good day trip from our cabin. There is a nice creek and Whison and Courtwrite Lake..."
The Trading Post
"Quaint and rustic with lots of mountain ambiance. Good food, reasonable prices, friendly bar..."
Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FYI)
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Many in Shaver Lake Village
Nearest Ferry
48 Miles
Edison Lake (seasonal ferry to John Muir Trail)
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Brighton Crest Country Club
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Amtrack Station in Fresno
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 168
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Many in Shaver Lake Village
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
China Peak Ski Area at Huntington Lake
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Edison Camp Day use area
Car: necessary

Shaver Lake is a mountain lake community nestled in the high Sierra Nevada mountains of Central California. The lake has marinas, beaches, boat rentals, great fishing for trout or kokanee (landlocked salmon) A wonderful ski area of Huntington Lake is 30 minutes away and in the summer Huntingtonit is also very popular with sailors for its consistent winds. The area has virtually unlimited areas to explore and is uncrowded. There are many 4 wheel trails as well as hiking only trails for outdoor enthusiasts.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $500

A rental deposit of 25% is due at time of reservation. The balance is due 30 days prior to arrival date.
A cancellation fee of 25% is charged if cancellation is received less than 30 days prior to the arrival date. If we are able to rent the cabin for the same period of time to another party then a full refund will be made.

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.

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