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Organic Architecture, Center of California, on Collins Creek

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 60 nights


About the property

Open floor plan architectural masterpiece near Kings River and Ntnl Parks

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, flat screen TV. 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--there are 2 extra chairs upstairs. Furnished and decorated--two easy chairs with three matching ottomans for seating, in addition to 6 dining chairs and deck chairs. 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.

Deborah and Greg Lapp
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2018

About Deborah and Greg Lapp

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 Check out to see more photos and stories of this incredible home.

Deborah and Greg Lapp purchased this cottage in 1986

Why Deborah and Greg Lapp chose Sanger

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.


Sanger Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , with a view
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , built for kids
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , downstairs--guest bath
  • deep and comfy tub in the Master Suite
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , master suite
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , futon folds out to a double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , attached bath, but limited privacy in loft bedroom
  • Two en suite bedrooms are upstairs large upstairs master suite with a queen bed and balcony and attached bathroom
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
You will find this sensuous, stimulating organic space an ideal retreat from daily pressures. Come here to write, create, connect, or unwind. It is also a perfect base for adventure and sightseeing travel in California as its situated between Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks.


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Organic Architecture, Center of California, on Collins Creek
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 24 reviews

Staying in a unique art piece

  • 5 of 5

Staying at this house is a one of a kind opportunity! It is quiet and charming. And where else would we have had the chance to stay in a piece of artwork that is a part of architectural history!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
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A unique home to get away from it all

  • 5 of 5

This unique property was perfect for our family - with 3 BR's and lots of space! We loved being so close to nature nestled in a little hideaway near the water. Deb is a delight to deal with and provides welcoming touches (sherry for guests!) throughout the home. Lovely place to stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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An architectural gem in a rather unlikely location.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Deborah’s place! The open plan was perfect for gathering and the house still had plenty of room for privacy. The property is so lush with figs and berry bushes and the creek was a tranquil spot. We really loved Deborah’s introduction to the space and hearing about the genesis of the project. We were in Fresno for a diving meet and were so thrilled to stay on the outskirts of the city in this quirky, unique place.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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What a unique architectural creation!

  • 5 of 5

I loved the great room; just perfect for hanging out alone, in an almost-zen state; or for hanging out with old friends, sunshine streaming into the room, trees swaying overhead. Beautiful, and such an oasis in that area!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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Beautiful Oasis. Great owners.

  • 5 of 5

My little sister was graduating from Fresno state and this was the perfect place...close enough to the school and to the Ramos winery. Highly recommend. Owners were very gracious. One of a kind experience. Arthur Dyson designed.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
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Beautiful architecture and great private property!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here. Location is close to many activities in the city or mountains! The owners are very accommodating too.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
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Nearest Airport
16 Miles
FAT (Fresno Yosemite International)
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Schoolhouse Restaurant & Tavern, Cedar View Winery
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Sherwood Forest
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 180/Kings Canyon
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Blossom Trail Cafe
Nearest Beach
152 Miles
Cayucus/Cambria/San Simeon
Car: necessary

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 is right down the road from School House. The house is ideal for an individual or couple–perhaps one other person or couple who doesn’t require much privacy. You can bring 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. 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. There are steps up to every entrance and two of the bedrooms are upstairs.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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