About the property
- Cottage1800 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
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
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- English, German
- Calendar last updated:
- May 19, 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 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
Why Deborah and Greg Lapp chose Fresno County
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.
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Beautiful Oasis. Great owners.
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.
Beautiful architecture and great private property!
We loved staying here. Location is close to many activities in the city or mountains! The owners are very accommodating too.
Second trip. Another Wonderful Experience!
This was our second trip back. We love the house, the scenery and the Lapps are wonderful hosts. Can wait until the next visit to our new architectural country home.
Staying In art
Beautiful home in a serene setting with the sound of Collins Creek. A place to rest and rejuvenate.
Fantastic stay in a unique home
This is a very special house and we were thrilled to stay here while we were in Fresno for the birth of our son. The house is in the middle of the orchards and surrounded by fruit stands and countryside, but very close to Fresno. Deb is a wonderful host and took great care of us while we were there. The house is an architectural wonder and has nice open spaces. We stayed in and cooked in the kitchen which is well-equipped and enjoyed the back porch. There is a creek that runs along the property and wild blackberries and figs growing all around.
Cannot recommend this property enough, an absolute gem.
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
Additional information about rental rates
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.