|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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Spacious master suite with balcony and quiet work spaces with wifi and cell service. Large, sensuous master suite has a queen bed and soaking tub in attached bath. Guest bdrm has 2 single beds and less privacy, with a bathroom all its own. Fold-out futon in downstairs bedroom with a full bathroom with shower across the hall. So, 4 beds for six guests maximum--linens provided, all recently updated. WiFi and cell service, books and games. Full kitchen and laundry room, with all necessary utensils and some special ones (such as crystal glasses). Dining table has 4 new matching chairs, but folds out to seat 6--extra chairs upstairs. Furnished and decorated--two easy chairs with three matching ottomans for seating, in addition to 6 dining chairs and deck chairs. New television. Large deck and lawn--beautiful surroundings for walks around creeks and farms. Well-behaved dogs welcome. Secluded, yet close to restaurants, fruit stand, and store. Ten minutes to Sanger, 15 minutes to Reedley, 30 minutes to Fresno, an hour to Sequoia National Park. Perfect for a creative or romantic retreat, or as a home base for travel in California.
Deb teaches English at Reedley College and has built two homes with Arthur Dyson, who apprenticed under Frank Lloyd Wright, Bruce Goff and William Gray Purcell. Greg is a composer and teaches choral music and music theory at University High School, also a Dyson building. While writing a book about living in these homes, I am blogging at orgatecture.org. Check out orgatecture.org to see more photos and stories of this incredible home.
Deborah and Greg Lapp purchased this cottage in 1986
This is an important architectural home, featured on Extreme Homes, winner of numerous awards. According to In Search of Natural Architecture (see photo), 'a dramatic and sinuous design.' The setting is lush and secluded on a creek near the Kings River, and the location is within a short distance of recreation and agri-tourism and only 2-4 hours from most sites in California, including the National Parks, Paso Robles Wine Country, Central Coast beaches. The closest towns are Sanger and Reedley, but Fresno is only 30 minutes away.
Watch wildlife from the deck; relax in secluded splendor, experience sculptural organic architecture in 'person.' This is a creative and sensuous home.
Just a half hour from Fresno, but seems a world away. Good restaurant/tavern and winery close by.
It is a secluded retreat with very open and airy inside spaces. Washer and Dryer is a blessing. Owner is very easy to work with.
Enjoyed our relaxing evenings at the Creek House while visiting our brother in the hospital in Fresno. Deb and Greg have a wonderful place that they share with us as a rental on VRBO. We highly recommend it to anyone staying in the area. Deb, I talked to Alana today and told her "our story"....she was as surprised as you and I were. Small world and so glad we stayed at your place.
Jan and her brother John
Lovely clean home. A welcoming check-in on arrival with a kind bottle of milk and wine left in the fridge. Great to be able to walk to the creek! Close to the national parks. Deb offered helpful tips for when visiting.
Great stay, wish we could have stayed longer.
Deb was gracious and worked around our arrival and departure time. The house was lovely, comfortable, and fun. Our two pups were accommodated quite nicely and due to the rain we were extra careful to keep the mud outside! The water pressure in the showers was great, which is really important to me.
I was excited to see the home in person, I felt like Alice in Wonderland! I can't wait to stay here again!
Planned a weekend to the area & found this gem. Clean, quiet, well maintained! Deb is great. Wonderful architecture with a great story. Bring something to grill & a good book. Sit back and enjoy the creek!
We very much enjoyed Deb's hospitality and our stay. It was a perfect place to pay visits in Fresno while also being a great starting point for day trips to the national parks. Even though it is fairly close to the highway and surrounded by ranches, it is very quiet and secluded, and a wonderful place to relax.
a) You need a peaceful secluded place to write, create, retreat in a beautiful home surrounded by forest and creeks.
b) You want privacy to celebrate your honeymoon or anniversary in a sensuous organic home with a beautiful master bedroom and silence, except for the wind in the trees and the music of the creek.
c) You want a home base for California’s national parks, wine country and beaches: Sequioa/Kings Canyon (less than an hour), Yosemite (90 minutes to the gate), Paso Robles wineries (2 hours), Hearst’s Castle, San Simeon, Cambria and other beautiful beaches (2-3 hours). You’ve heard of the Blossom Trail and want to stay in the middle of it (February-March).
d) You want to stay where you can bike and kayak, walk and hike without crowds.
e) You’ve wanted to experience organic architecture from the inside, up close and personal with a chance to meet the architect Arthur Dyson (protege of Frank Lloyd Wright, Bruce Goff, and William Gray Purcell), whose office is in Fresno.
As remote and secluded as the Lencioni Home is, it’s only 30 minutes to Fresno, 10 minutes to Sanger, and there’s a fine popular restaurant-bar called School House and the casual Blossom Trail Cafe a short drive or bike ride away. Award-winning Cedar View Winery and the Art Stand artists’ co-op are both right down the road from School House. The house is suitable for an individual or couple–perhaps one other person who doesn’t require much privacy (eg. an infant or a one-night visitor) or a well-behaved dog. It’s furnished and decorated with a queen bed in the master, two single beds in a guest room, and a fold out futon in the downstairs bedroom/office; kitchen necessities and some luxuries (such as crystal glasses), tables, chairs, and workspaces. Design details make the home constantly thrilling. The house is comfortable, designed to be passive solar, plus heating/AC and ceiling fans and a wood stove.
It's 3.5 hours drive from LA or San Francisco and less than 3 hours from the coast or Sierras (the town is called Centerville because it is in the center of the Golden State).
There's something for you!
Writers, artists, composers: incredibly quiet, creative workplace with space to walk, ride a bike, or enjoy a meal out for a break. The Artstand artists welcome you and plein aire opportunities abound. Fresno is home to a vibrant poetry and writing scene--this was Philip Levine's stomping ground.
Architects and organic architectural enthusiasts: Owners are 2-time Art Dyson clients, one of whom also works in an Art Dyson building (University High School on the Fresno State Campus). Tour possibilities possible (although not guaranteed--please arrange ahead of time).
Travelers to California: Sequoia/ Kings Canyon National Parks are closest, but Paso Robles, Yosemite, and Hearst's Castle, Morro Rock, even San Francisco and Los Angeles are not far--and you are staying in the 'Fruit Basket' of California: Fresh produce abounds.
Outdoor enthusiasts: Besides hiking in the local National Parks, you are in the Kings River Valley, known for fly fishing (rainbow trout) and lake fishing (bass). Kayaking, white water rafting on the upper Kings River (Kings River Expeditions or Zephyr Rafting ) as well as mellower kayak paddles and biking are very popular: The Blossom Trail Ride and the Kings River Ride are two of many rides if you want to join a group. There are several Cycling Shops in the area if want to rent. Horseback riding is available literally around the corner.
The closest city is Fresno (35 minutes), which has a philharmonic, several theater opportunities , speaker series, the Tower District and more!
The house is very cool, but not handicap accessible.
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2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Minimum stay is 2 days for $500, but a week is only $1,250. Maximum stay 60 days. Refundable deposit of $600 for pets and small parties. Parties larger than 10 people require a party rate, alcohol permit and porta-potty rental. Email owner for details.