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Starry Oaks Cottage on 15 Acres

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Built in 2005, this charming home is located on 15 acres in the Dunlap foothills, amongst a beautiful oak woodland. Skylights in the kitchen and living room give you a bright, cheerful atmosphere. The master bedroom has a queen bed and a soothing, romantic rose and green garden décor. The second bedroom, the Woodland room, has a full bed, and the third bedroom, the Bluebird room, has a full bed.

Linens and towels are provided. The kitchen is fully equipped. The picture windows in the living room, frame a vista view of the Central Valley cities, the coastal mountains at sunset and a breathtaking sight at night, of the stars and Milky Way with the city lights twinkling below. On the fourth of July, we watch the fireworks from afar, in over 5 different cities! This is the place to sit and bring your binoculars or telescope, to view the night stars.

In your front yard, a picnic table with umbrella gives you a vista view for breakfast. Along the side of the house there is a shade shelter with a large picnic table and a charcoal barbeque under the oaks, redbuds and elderberries overlooking the deer trail.

Roads and trails meander amongst the 15 acres, revealing lovely, shady spots with granite boulders, to sit upon, in restful contemplation. A horseshoe pit has been added just below the home.

Foothill bird watching offers a host of different species not found in the city, these include California quail, turkey vultures, red-tail hawks, acorn woodpeckers and various towhees, are just a few of the daily visitors. Deer and rabbits usually stop by to nibble the flowers.

Located 15 minutes away are the Twins restaurant and in the town of Squaw Valley: Bear Mountain Pizza, two small mini food marts; two gas stations, a library, feed store, hardware store, and car repair garage. Squaw Valley hosts a variety of small, country events such as a Mule Show in May, Garden Tours in the summer, a rodeo in May and various other festivals such as the Turkey Testicle festival and a Crafts and Art Fair in October. The Endangered Cat Haven, houses and breeds endangered wild cats and they offer unusual tours in this unique foothill habitat. We're also 8 miles from St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Ranch

Located 30 minutes away for water lovers, Pine Flat Dam with water-skiing, fishing, boating and swimming is a refreshing stop. We have even enjoyed sailing on the lake in our small 19 feet O’Day sailboat.

Avocado Lake, near Pine Flat, is a small lake, perfect for children to wade in and practice their swimming. The Kings River flows in this same area and offers more fishing holes and picnicking along its banks. Spend the afternoon golfing at the Sherwood Forest Golf Club. There are wine tasting tours and a fruit trail along the Blossom Trail as well.

Located 30 minutes away is Kings Canyon National Park, (URL link provided below) breathtaking in its views of the great Continental Divide and many of the oldest redwoods in California, including one of the largest redwood tree, General Grant. You enter through Grant Grove entrance on Hwy 180.

The best place to swim in the summer is Hume Lake located in the Park. It has a beach with shallow entry for children and little waterfalls among the rocks.

There are 2 National Parks in our area: Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Park.

Located 45 minutes to 60 minutes away is Sequoia National Forest, the other half of our Kings Canyon Park. In the summer, you can travel up through Kings Canyon Park, into Sequoia National Park. In the winter you have to go around through Visalia and Three Rivers, to reach the Sequoia Park.

Cities nearby include Visalia, Fresno, and Tulare, all with their own special spots and events to explore. We will fill you in on those special restaurants, antique shops, a great zoo, parks and many other fun events in these cities.

It is our pleasure to offer this unique foothill experience for you. We love and care about this area and look forward to providing a restful, memorable vacation. Come and see for yourself why this area is so dear to us.

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More Details

Elaine or Kimon
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, greek
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 10, 2017

About Elaine or Kimon

Kimon came from Greece to go to college and never left. Now retired, we have added a small olive grove and in the fall, harvest olives for oil and for eating.

Elaine or Kimon purchased this house in 2005


Squaw Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Port-A-Crib (1)
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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Starry Oaks Cottage on 15 Acres
average rating of 4.965517 based on 29 reviews

Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This review is long overdue. My girlfriend and I spent 9 days in California, 3 days exploring Sequoia National Park and 6 days exploring Yosemite. The location is up in the mountains about 45 minutes from the entrance to Sequoia and Kings Canyon. The drive isn't bad at all since its a beautiful route. The house is very nice, everything was clean and Elaine and Kimon made us feel at home. We even set up my hammock one night and watched the beautiful sunset from the backyard with hummingbirds flying around us. One of our favorite parts of our stay was on the last day. We stopped by Elaine and Kimon's house to give them the keys and we chatted with them and they showed us around. They even gave us some delicious mulberry's for the road. My girlfriend and I would definitely stay here again just for the fact that Elaine and Kimon were great owners. We would have loved to had a chance to talk to them more.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house

  • 5 of 5

Just got back from spending a full week at Starry Oaks Cottage with my mother and adult daughter. The 3 bedrooms were perfect for us, and we were very comfortable. The house is lovingly decorated and has many great amenities. Everything was very clean, and the location is beautiful! The drive to King's Canyon did take about 40-45 minutes, but the location is great in that there are restaurants and a gas station (very important!) within a 15 minute drive.

The A/C worked well, and there was plenty of hot water when we all wanted to get cleaned up after a long hot day of hiking. Loved seeing the quails and rabbits every day at the birdbath since it was an easy water source during the extreme heat when we visited!

Elaine was very helpful throughout the reservation and check-in process, and refunded the security deposit before we even got home. We really enjoyed our stay, and would highly recommend the house. I hope to be able to return in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

Cottage was very nice - clean & the setup worked well for our family (3 teenagers). We were very, very late checking in, & Elaine was extremely nice about staying up late for us.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We've never been on a vacation without at least one surprise, so we totally get it! Glad you were still able to enjoy your stay.
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Exceeded our expectations

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 6 paragliders staying in the property for the weekend so the 3 bedroom 2 bathroom setup worked perfectly for us. The property exceeded our expectations in every way - the condition, the aesthetics are better in person than the photos, and the house was stocked with everything we needed. The location was very quiet. Elaine was lovely, very flexible with us throughout the reservation process and unintrustive throughtout our stay...but available if we needed her. The sunset from the front yard was one of the most stunning sunsets we have ever seen and the starry night was like a Christmas tree at night given the lack of light pollution in the area.

Elaine and the Starry Oaks property come highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Feb 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A happy day for us when our guests are satisfied!
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A wonderful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, myself and two other couples stayed here for two nights. The house was very clean, well organized and comfortably decorated. The hostess was charming, welcoming, and informative. I would highly recommend Starry Oaks to anyone who wants a quiet, private comfortable place to stay with a wonderful view while touring Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. We would have liked to stay longer.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful trip and great house to rent.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and myself and our two adult children stayed for three days in this beautiful house. It was quite homey with all the items Elaine had in the house. It was very well stocked with everything you'd need, you just had to bring your own food. The outdoor area was really nice and you felt quite relaxed walking around the gardens she and her husband had put in. We could tell she was a bird lover by all the things in and around the house. I have to admit it was a drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon NP. But the price that was charged for the home made it worth it. We would definitely rent it again if we were to go back. Thank you Elaine and Kimont

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Hwy 180
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Twin's Restaurant
Car: necessary

Grant Grove Entrance, Sequoia National Park

Wild Cat Haven: Refuge for endangered wild cat species


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
Refundable Deposit $175
Children 12 yr and over: $10

Thanksgiving & Holidays 3 day minimum
Children 12 and under- one time $10 linen charge/2 children
$25.00 one time fee for each pet; Balance due before arrival,
Cancellation notice: 60 days in advance Sorry, we do not rent to college students/25 yrs or younger.
We accept Paypal, which will also accept a credit card payment.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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