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Home in the Giant Sequoia National MONUMENT

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,212 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6) From $110 nt/single

The crowds are 4 hours away at Sequoia National Park. The savvy traveler finds the big trees, great hiking, and all the amenities of a resort at Ponderosa in the Sequoia National Monument.

Relax in a quiet mountain retreat for less than anyone else on the top of the mountain. This home is on a cul-de-sac. Sit on the redwood deck and enjoy the fresh air, surrounded by hundreds of trees. Walk or bike to the local restaurant, Dome Rock, or Trail of 100 Giants. Fish at Peppermint Creek. Night time will find you gazing at millions of stars on Dome Rock. This developed area has one restaurant and store.

1 person = $110 a night, 2 people=$135 a night, 3-4 people=$160 a night, 5-6 people=$185 night. Two night minimum. 50% off after 3rd night.

More Details

Mel Palmer
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 16, 2018

About Mel Palmer

I am a retired school teacher who enjoys being active. I also love traveling. I am so busy that I only spend several days out of the month at my lovely home. I have decided to share it with you. I love animals, fresh air, people, money, travel and my best friend. Please let me open my door to you and yours.

Mel Palmer purchased this house in 1982

Why Mel Palmer chose Ponderosa

I built this home 30 years ago when my children were young. They would stay dry in the snow for about a half hour. After the home was built the were warm and dry while I spent hours cross country skiing.

What makes this house unique

So quiet it makes your ears hurt. !00 trees on the 1/3rd acre property. Walk out the back yard and your in the Sequoia National Monument.

MOUNTAIN HOMES ARE SUBJECT TO POWER OUTAGES. These outages do not occur often. An average of 8 days out of the year we can experience outages of 8 hours or more.


Ponderosa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1212 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed
  • King size beds (1) Actually two single beds pushed together. Will dress as single beds when requested., Queen size Beds (1) Located in the downstairs room., Bunk Beds (1) Located in the same room as King bed
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • snowmobiling
Ski out and in is cross country only. Surrounded by trees renters may walk out the back of the rental and hike in Sequoia National Monument.


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Home in the Giant Sequoia National MONUMENT
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Peaceful retreat. Lots to do.

  • 5 of 5

Spent a couple of nights up from the Desert. Comfortable well-equipped house, plenty of room for four of us aged 10-80, it would accommodate six well. Separate loft style sitting area and the deck were highlights for when we weren't out and about. Mel was very helpful and adaptable in getting our reservation set up. Covered the Trail of 100 Giants, Sentinel and Stagg Trees, Dome Rock, the Needles and Camp Nelson. Beautiful scenery, land some less travelled trails. The route in and out via Kernville was a great drive where the KRBC was a find. You are up an away from the crowds here.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bryson Hesperia, CA

Great getaway

  • 5 of 5

I will say that the pictures actually don't do this house justice. The neighborhood is great, secluded and private. The house is well stocked and makes you feel like you're right at home. Mel was really easy to work with and was more than accommodating. There was snow right in the yard, which made it so much fun for the kids. This is definitely somewhere you want to go when you want to get away from it all :). Its a beautiful area and we hope to go back for hunting season. Thanks Mel for a great family vacation!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2014
  • Stayed: March 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Broken Arrow, OK

Great Vacation, Great home, Great People

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time! It was alot of fun! I was worried that my daughters would not be into this sort of a vacation but I was pleasantly surprised to see how much fun they had. The house is located right down the road from some really amazing things! The trail of 100 giants was unbelievable you will travel almost 4 hours to get to the northern side of the sequoia forest and within 10 miles you have some spots that are way more amazing and much more interactive! The trees on the trail of 100 giants was very impressive and matched anything your would see on the Northern side and there wasn't a single person there.. Dome rock can't be missed, it has an amazing view of the valley below that is really beautiful! We had so much fun, I will most definitely be coming back. The owner and his associate were great people who really went out of their way to make our stay one that was unforgettable. And they succeeded. I really appreciated the feel of the cabin, we were very comfortable and very happy.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2013
  • Stayed: March 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Whittier, CA

A Great Get-Away!

  • 5 of 5

We are a family with 3 (almost 4) young children. We had a 2 week block in which we just wanted to relax and feel little pressure to see everything and go everywhere. This was the perfect place! Our kids have a small timeframe for activities so we didn't want a lot to do. Fishing in Peppermint Creek, the Trail of 100 Giants, Dome Rock and riding bikes up and down the street was perfect for us! Although, there were many more hikes which were more challenging which we would have loved to wasn't the time for us this year.

The kids have been talking about returning to "Mel's House" ever since we drove away. :-) I don't know if we will or not, since we love to explore different places, but we know they loved it! As did we.

It was wonderful to have laundry, a full kitchen and space for all our kids. Direct TV was great too since our visit hit during the NBA finals.

Mel was very accomodating to all our requests and was a wonderful host. Thank you for giving us opportunity for a great vacation!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2012
  • Stayed: June 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Berkeley, CA

Wonderful stay near Freeman Creek Grove of Giant Sequoia

  • 5 of 5

We spent over a week working in Freeman Creek Grove of Giant Sequoia while staying in the nearby community of Ponderosa. Mel's place was perfect: a cozy, quiet, and relaxing abode after rigorous activities in the forest. And, it's less than a 10 minute drive to the upper trailhead! Mel also provided great information about the home and its surroundings to ensure our stay was optimized. Thanks for a wonderful experience!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lincoln, NE

A great stay in a beautiful house!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a wonderful and relaxing stay at Mel's Sequoia Cabin! The house is cozy, comfortable, and well equipped for cooking, entertainment, and outdoor adventures. The information surrounding forest is beautiful, and we hope to make it out again soon! Thanks Mel, for a great time!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2012
  • Stayed: June 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Pete Brewers Lodge
Nearest Golf
45 Miles
Nearest Train
120 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Pete Brewers Lodge
Nearest Beach
220 Miles
Pismo Peach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Damage Deposit $200

one person $110 per night.
two persons $135 per night.
three to four $160
five to six $185

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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