About the property
- House2050 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
7,200 ft elevation mountain house, perched high up with excellent views of big sky and large trees all scene from numerous large windows, redwood sun deck or screened-up porch with BBQ.
Best air, best star gazing!
A great piece in California’s Sierra Nevada's western slopes above Springville, CA at the 'Ponderosa'
Relax, hibernate or be active blazing trails on foot, cross-country skiing, snowshoes, sleds, trail bikes, snowmobiles and more. Only access from Porterville during winter, 4WD or chains advised, sometimes mandatory.
Trek to Slate Mtn to discover rare wildflowers; fish local streams; visit 'Trail of 100 Giants' of 2000 yr-old Sequoia trees only 10 miles drive, easy gentle path for all ages to enjoy.
Dome Rock is a must-see for all; a rock climber’s paradise and star gazer's too.
Pack Station horseback rides nearby.
The cabin faces Sequoia National Monument across a quiet cul de sac, with front views of Slate Mtn and great views in all directions. The loft level has a master bedroom with queen bed set, full bathroom, extra 'side pocket' single beds for additional sleeping off of the loft bedroom. Loft also has generous space for fun activities, cards, reading, kids play, many board games, etc. The main floor has another master bedroom with a queen bed set, a full bathroom, and another bedroom with two single beds. The living area has a stone fireplace and generous combined living and dining areas. The kitchen has a new stove/cooktop/oven/counters/copper sink and dishwasher and is fully equipped. Additional ground floor apartment also available with queen bed, full bathroom, eating/sitting area. BBQ on the 30ft screened in porch.
Leave chores at home and sign up for optional CareFree services that provide: cleaning, firewood, trash removal, linens for all bedrooms and bathroom, or economize and bring own - your choice!
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- May 13, 2018
Former Sierra Club Mountaineering and Rock climbing instructor; frequent visitor and admirer of National Parks and Recreation Areas, drawn to this 'Ponderosa' region in 1980 for its natural beauty and diversity of natural attractions.
Why Len chose Ponderosa
See nearby Giant Sequoia trees that are more than 2000 years old and of breath-taking dimension. Visit nearby streams, mountain rivers for fishing, hiking and/or pure scenic pleasure. Visit nearby Vistas of Dome Rock and The Needles, which offer views that are second-to-none. Slate Mtn is immediately accessible and has some of the most beautiful and rare wildflowers for those venturing up this 9,000ft summit. The cabin is top-notch for special Visitors.
What makes this House unique
Fill your day with natural beauty and activities if you like, and come back to peacefully rest and soak in the quiet retreat-like property, perched on a high point facing south into forest and Slate Mountain. Soak up the comfort of the property and immediate surroundings, and/or venture out to nature's nearby attractions.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
The Cabin was very secluded with beautiful scenery and close to a lot of the popular sites. The cabin was also spacious with all the accessories for cooking you could possibly need. My only issues with the cabin was all all the spiderwebs/spiders and dust throughout the property. My wife and I spent part of our first day dusting and cleaning. I understand it’s a cabin which is meant to be rustic, but I believe the cleaning crew preparing the cabin may not be doing such a good job. That being said we still had a enjoyable and relaxing stay.
Beautiful location, cozy house
We loved dealing with the landlord Len — very helpful, although even he and his buddies could not get the internet to work...but he also doesn’t advertise it. The house could be left a little cleaner, the kitchen cooking elements in better condition, but overall, we had our second visit here, and had a wonderful time both times. The surrounding Sequia forests could not be more beautiful.
Warm Cabin lots of snow
Beautiful cabin has lots of space very easy to book. The owner Len was very easy going. We had lots of fun with the family. We stayed the last weekend in February and there was lots of snow for the kids to play in, cabin had lots of firewood and a BBQ with propane tank that we used. Just make sure you take snow chains. We will defiantly be going back.
Ponderosa Snow Trip
Had a great time in the snow at the cabin. We had 6 adults and 1 child and had plenty of room for everyone. It was snowing when we arrived and were lucky enough to follow the road plow vehicle to the cabin from the lodge. The cabin was warm and met all our needs. Len allowed us to arrive earlier than the usual check in time due to the snow. Had a great time!
Thank you for selecting my place in Sequoia to frolic in the snow! Please return anytime, ALL seasons are great on The Mountain.
Wonderful roomy house in a great location
The house was roomy and comfortable, complete with large windows to let in the light and a fireplace with plenty of wood on site (firewood is included in the optional internet/cleaning package, which is additional to the advertised rate). Everything was as described, and the house was clean and in great condition when we arrived. The kitchen was well stocked with cookwear and dishes, and the TV/DVD player worked without a hitch. The water was more than hot enough throughout our stay (whatever the issue the previous reviewer had with hot showers had definitely been fixed). The house is up on a hill, so we needed chains to get up the last road and driveway (there had been snow two days earlier, and though it had been plowed it was still somewhat snowy/icy), but the location, higher than the surroundings and off the main roadway, gives you a sense of space and peace as you gaze out across the pine trees, especially from upstairs. When we called Len on the house phone (which is either satellite or internet) for our virtual check-in, he gave us great information about ski/snowshoe trail locations, which we explored over the next few days. It was comforting to know that there was a working phone line in case of an emergency given that there's no cell service up there. We brought our dogs along (there's an additional pet fee), who had a wonderful time as well. The only issue we had was the thermostat in the house, which did not seem to correspond to the house temperature (the house was a bit too too warm, and even turning the thermostat all the way down did not seem to work). That's better than the opposite problem, of course, as it's easily remedied by cracking a window, but we definitely did not want to burn propane for no reason. A few light bulbs were out here and there throughout the house, which we told the owner about when we left. We had a fantastic time hanging out in the house and snowshoeing and skiing on the trails that start near Ponderosa Lodge and will definitely be back.
Great Property in a lovely location.
The Cabin was spacious , well equipped, clean and in a perfect location. Len is very professional and cares about the well being his quests. Great doing business with him. I would definitely recommend this rental to my friends and family and will gladly be back myself.
This property is in the Giant Sequoia National Monument within Sequoia Forest. It offers the natural beauty as is found in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, but without the cars and crowds. The Parks are not a reasonable day-visitation distance away since they are approximate 50 miles further north than Springville, the entry into Sequoia National Monument. Just 2.5 miles from the cabin, is the trailhead for Freeman Creek/Grove, where visitors encounter the first of 800+ Sequoia trees within the first mile of downhill hiking. Other groves are also nearby, along with a climber's and star gazer's paradise Dome Rock, and a climb up nearby Slate Mountain to see rare local wildflowers.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Min Cleaning deposit will be returned based on level of effort needed to completely clean property after departure. There is NO trash pick-up service on the mountain, so all trash must be removed when leaving the property. Owner's firewood is not including in standard rental. Please be mindful to avoid over-use of septic system, and do not flush diapers or feminine products. For a optional flat fee of $95, CareFree premium services include: cleaning; trash removal; cut&stacked firewood; linens for all bedrooms; linens for all bathrooms; light-duty internet; long distance digital landline; satellite TV 144 channels.