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HILLTOP HOME W/ 360° VIEW OF SEQUOIA PARK, LAKE KAWEAH & RIVER

Mary Ernst

Advertiser since: 2011
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Speaks: english
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Mary Ernst

Advertiser since: 2011
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Calendar last updated:
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HILLTOP HOME W/ 360° VIEW OF SEQUOIA PARK, LAKE KAWEAH & RIVER

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Three Rivers House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-10)

This colossal home sets the bar for premier vacation home rentals. It's only fitting if you're visiting the majestic giant sequoias, that you enhance your experience by spending your down-time at a home equally as spectacular.

The time is now if you want to reserve this home for your 2015 vacation. Please take a few minutes to read our past guests' comments. Their kind and comprehensive reviews speak volumes and endorse our commitment to providing you with an uncomparable experience.

You won't find any lodging that better showcases the beauty of this section of the Sierra Nevadas. With its one-of-a-kind 360 degree panoramic view, Sequoia Alta Vista is a destination in itself. As you make the climb into Three Rivers, this majestic home perches atop the highest hill, easy to spot from miles away. Its unique location offers its guests both privacy and breathtaking scenery. Step out of your car and you'll literally gasp at the unparalleled sweeping view looking up-canyon at the world famous Sequoia National Park. Hovering over the hamlet of Three Rivers, you can watch the Kaweah River as it snakes its way through the oaks and sycamores, disappearing as it empties into beautiful Lake Kaweah.

You can't get any closer to Sequoia National Park than Three Rivers, which is just a few minutes from the entrance to the park. As California's first national park, SNP boasts the biggest trees in the world and the highest peak in the continental U.S. Day hikes take you past rushing creeks, cascading waterfalls, picture-perfect mountain meadows (complete with wildlife), and into pitch black caves. You can hop a shuttle in town and spend the whole day on a guided tour if you prefer not to drive yourself. Whether winter or summer, Sequoia National Park offers abundant recreational opportunities to its one million visitors each year.

After a day's excursion, relax in complete privacy in comfy chairs on the bi-level deck; awaken your senses with the sweetness of seasonal fruit tree blossoms, the soothing white noise of the river, the refreshing down-canyon evening breeze, magnificent sunsets, or a rejuvenating plunge in the pool. Redwood trees offer a reprieve from the sun and promise complete privacy when swimming. Once the sun goes down, you and your loved ones can gather around the warm and glowing fire pit and just enjoy the peace and quiet of a country evening. If you are really in the mood to be pampered, slip into the luxurious over-sized tub in the master suite, enjoy a complimentary beverage and just soak up the beauty that fills up every window with a different portrait of nature's glorious landscape.

Your meals will be a joy to prepare in the spacious, sunlit kitchen, complete with all the essentials from spices and staples to cookware and utensils. Stainless steel appliances, opulent counter space, and vaulted ceilings add to the ambience of this room. The open floor plan of the house makes sure the cook isn't left out when the rest of the guests are lounging around watching TV, playing games, or hanging out on the deck. A grocery shopping service is available if, after a long drive, you would rather have the fridge fully stocked, slip immediately into vacation mode, and fire up the BBQ.

The bedrooms are located on opposite sides of the house, assuring guests total privacy. Bathrooms adjoin two of the bedrooms. An oversized glass shower and large jetted tub contribute to the elegance of the master bath, which opens to a view of Case Mountain and the south fork of the Kaweah River.

The little town of Three Rivers has long been known as a great escape from the city; only 3 1/2 hours from Los Angeles and 1 1/2 hours from the Fresno airport. Many of its residents visited here as children, camping with their parents, only to return decades later to raise their own families and live out their dreams. Spend your day gallivanting around town, visiting the art studios, museum, second-hand stores, award-winning candy store, and restaurants. There are several community churches, gas stations, grocery stores, a coffee house, fitness center, and a pharmacy.

Once you experience the tranquility of Sequoia Alta Vista, the down-home friendliness of the community, and the majesty of Sequoia National Park, you will feel refreshed and ready to tackle life back at home...but for now, let us be your home away from home.

Keywords: Home w/ a pool, with large covered & open scenic decks

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Mary Ernst (Property Manager)
Advertiser since: 2011
Call Manager
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 28, 2014

About Mary Ernst

In 2001, after 36 years of full-time work in Mental Health Administration for both the public & private sectors, I retired. My wife, Mary, and I purchased our 'dream home' in Three Rivers, CA. Upon retirement, I agreed to work an additional year, on a part-time basis, to help the new director make the transition. As it turned out, other small rural county mental health programs also needed financial help and now, 10 years later I have developed a full-time mental health financial consulting business and continue providing these services. This business requires many days on the road away from home, since much of the work is north of the Sacramento area, in the Sierria gold county, and on the Hwy 395 corridor on the east side of the Sierria Nevada Mountains.

Mary supported me in my work, while at the same time, raising three very active sons through childhood, the school years, and onto marriage. We now have nine grandchildren; seven girls, two boys, and another on his way in late July! For four years Mary also cared for her aging parents. Three years ago her father moved in with us and due to the need for medical care, we bought a home in Visalia and moved back.

A major part of our life centers around our church family, which at this time is at Parkside Community Church in Visalia, CA. After Mary's father passed on, we decided to stay in Visalia, since all three of our sons and their familes live there. Also, since I am out of town a good share of the time, it seemed more practical for her to be close to family. In the meantime we put our 'dream home' up for sale and for two years tried to sell in the worst economic time. A year ago we leased the home and as of June 2011, at the end of the lease, decided to try the vacation rental business. This hopefully will provide us the best of both worlds by bringing cash flow and allowing us to continue to use our 'dream home' during vacancies.

Mary Ernst purchased this house in 2001

Why Mary Ernst chose Three Rivers

Since 1967, we have lived in Visalia, located thirty minutes from Three Rivers. We rasied our three boys there. For activities we enjoyed water skiing, fishing, tent camping, hiking, backpacking, and bicycling. Since Three Rivers and the Sierria Nevadas were literally in our backyard, we spent most of our time getting to know the great water skiing times, the best fishin' holes, and some of the most beautiful remote mountain areas, all within a half hour to an hour from home.

After church the boys & I would take off for short afternoon trips through Three Rivers to find new adventures and places where we could go later for longer times. We would often talk about finding a place in Three Rivers to live! But because of my work, it was never practical to make the move.

Nowadays, we do some of the same trips with our grand kids. Mary says she did her thing with the boys so, ' tell Grandpa to do some week-end hikes and fishing with both the grandgirls and boys without her.' They all like sleeping under the stars.

The many beautiful crystal clear creeks & rivers make for fun exploring with the grandkids for fishing and snorkling, especially in late summer and early fall. Grandpa can take a 5 minute drive to the river or lake with the grandkids, take along some cold drinks and some snacks and set the lawn chair in the cool water and watch the kids play for hours!

During the spring time and the early summer, the rivers are just as beautiful, but very fast and cold with the snow melt! So that's the time to head up into Sequoia National Park where the crowds haven't shown up yet for the summer and we have the grand park pretty much to ourselves! The giant trees, the patches of snow still lingering in the shady areas, hiking up on Morro Rock and take in the awesome views and you can almost see our house from there, since we can see that same rock from our 'dream home'.

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Reviews

4.9
based on 81 traveler reviews

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Hilltop Home W/ 360° View of Sequoia Park, Lake Kaweah & River
average rating of 4.9382715 based on 81 reviews
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Hilltop Home W/ 360° View of Sequoia Park, Lake Kaweah & River
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p360711vb
+1 -559-287-5402
Three Rivers Gold Country / High Sierra
Los Angeles
5

Nice big house in great location

  • 5 of 5
The house was perfectly located on top of the hill providing 360 views all around. Minutes from the national park. House has everything you need and the owners really goes out of their way to make you feel welcome and comfortable, providing everything you need. The deck was a great outdoor space. Highly recommended!
  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hinesh, Thank you so much for the great review, I really appreciate you taking the time to write one. We are so glad your time in Three Rivers was relaxing and enjoyable. We hope that maybe you and your family can come again. Thanks again, Mary and Gary (owners)
business
Hilltop Home W/ 360° View of Sequoia Park, Lake Kaweah & River
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p360711vb
+1 -559-287-5402
Three Rivers Gold Country / High Sierra
5

The Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5
Our family of 5 spent a weekend at this wonderful house celebrating a special birthday. Everything was exactly as represented on the website. The house was immaculate and we were greeted with homemade apple pie and bread along with a warm welcome note. We enjoyed breakfast on the deck, hiking at Sequoia National Park during the day (about a 40 min. drive to Moro Rock) and sitting around the gas fire pit in the evenings. All in all a perfect getaway!
  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Marshall, Thank you for the great review. Hope you Dad's birthday celebration was a lot of fun for you all. Glad you enjoyed the pie and bread. Sounds like you had a great get away. Maybe you can come again. Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. Mary and Gary (owners)
business
Hilltop Home W/ 360° View of Sequoia Park, Lake Kaweah & River
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p360711vb
+1 -559-287-5402
Three Rivers Gold Country / High Sierra
Orange County, CA
5

Excellent home away from home

  • 5 of 5
We stayed here for 4 nights in October and really enjoyed our time at Sequoia Alta Vista. The house is very spacious and comfortable. Big kitchen with tons of cookware and a good size family room with plenty of comfortable seating. All of the beds were also very comfortable, no squeaky springs and the mattresses were nice and firm. The master bath is bigger than many bedrooms and it was a treat to take a nice long soak in the Jacuzzi tub. There was freshly baked bread, cookies, and a homemade jar of nuts & candies sitting on the counter when we arrived.... what a pleasant surprise! Everything was exactly as described. The WiFi internet worked well, although the speed is not fast enough for streaming movies (no complaints from me). They also have DirecTV with all the basic cable channels. There are even kids books and toys to help keep the little ones occupied.

The house is on top of a hill and probably has the best view in all of Three Rivers. Our family thoroughly enjoyed our time there and would recommend it to anyone looking for a rental house in the area.
  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Jarrett and family, Thank you for the very nice review. I really appreciate you taking the time to give us a review. It was really nice to have the opportunity to meet all of you I don't get to do that very often. I'm so glad you all had such a good time. Hope you can come again. Gary and Mary (owners)
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Hilltop Home W/ 360° View of Sequoia Park, Lake Kaweah & River
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p360711vb
+1 -559-287-5402
Three Rivers Gold Country / High Sierra
5

Amazing Honeymoon

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I stayed here for our honeymoon. I'm pretty particular, so I was somewhat skeptical of the rave reviews listed above, but this place is amazing!

The house is at the top of a ridge in 3 Rivers, so the views on the back patio, especially in the morning are spectacular! The house is in pristine condition, everything is well maintained. There was a fresh loaf of bread from the property manager Robin, and even a generous gift of local nuts and jams from the property owner as a wedding gift to my wife and I. We were not only blown away by the home itself, but by the care and generosity of Robin, Gary and Mary, Thank you so much!

The pool was a bit chilly for this time of year, but the venue is amazing and we sat out in the sun by the pool for hours! We also thoroughly enjoyed the hammock and the comfy chairs on the back patio with the amazing view of the mountains!

The kitchen was very well well stocked in terms of utentils, pots, and pans, but there was also a nice assortment of things left by previous occupants. It was also quite spacious and easy to cook in.

The home had more space than a couple of two needed, but we wouldn't trade the comforts, or the views for anything. I'd recommend this rental to anybody! Its also great to be about a 15 minute drive from the entrance to Sequoia National Park. You can be as active, out and about, or as inactive as you'd like to be. There are also enough good restaurants in Three Rivers so that you can eat out some (Sierra Subs and Salads, Om Nom Nom Cafe, the Pizza Factory being a few), without having to cook every meal, though the kitchen does make it really nice to cook.

We also saw, even though we didn't really utilize it, pool toys, a nice DVD selection, toys in the kids closet, games in the family room, etc. All around this place is great!

I'd recommend this place to anybody, and its appropriate for a wide variety of uses, large families, somebody seeking rest and solitude, a romantic get-away, etc.

All around, a great place, a great trip. I highly recommend it to anybody!
  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Robert, Thank you so much for the great review. You said such beautiful things about our home. It was really fun to have you and your new wife spend your honeymoon at our home. We hope you can come back maybe your 1st year anniversary. We wish you the best. Gary and Mary (owners)
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Three Rivers Gold Country / High Sierra
Fountain Hills, AZ
2

Very disappointing

  • 2 of 5
After reading all of the 5 star reviews, we chose this home as the place to stay for our 25th wedding anniversary. After enjoying a wonderful dinner and music at a nice restaurant in Three Rivers we returned to this home to enjoy the evening, to relax and take in the beautiful scenery from the back deck. However, it quickly became obvious that enjoying a quiet evening outdoors was not going to be possible. So many barking dogs!! In fact, all 3 nights that we stayed at this home, we had to keep the windows closed because of all the barking. Oh well, so we retreated into the living room to share some popcorn and watch one of our favorite award winning TV series. Nope... can't do that either. The owner has the cable "passcode locked" and will not provide it or even give a reason as to why they won't give it to their paying guests. What's with that?? This is ridiculous and insulting! Then came the day for checkout. At 8am, a landscaper came to the door to tell us he will be working around the house. So, on our last morning there, instead of enjoying breakfast on the front porch, we have to eat inside at the table while listening to trimmers and leaf blowers! And, it is certainly uncomfortable to shower and get dressed when you know someone is walking around outside. Then at 10:20am (40 minutes before checkout), a car drives up and parks near the driveway and the driver sat there watching while we packed up the car. As soon as we drove out, that car pulled right into the driveway. Felt completely rushed to get out. So:
- TV is passcode locked and owner refused to provide it.
- Last morning interrupted by landscapers and unknown persons watching.
- Barking Dogs, barking dogs! All night, every night!!
I'm giving this home only 2 stars for those reasons and for what I feel is the owners lack of respect for their guests.
Robin, you were wonderful! Thank you for everything. Wish we could look back with fond memories at our stay during this special time in our lives. Disappointing to say the least.
  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mark, I am so sorry your time at Sequoia Alta Vista was such a disappointment especially since it was for something so special. About the barking dogs that is usually not a problem at our home the only thing we could think of was the coyotes were doing their thing it is that time of year. I do have my reasons for the parental lock on the TV because we rent to a lot of families with children. But I will rethink that in response to adults only renting. Thanks for bringing that to my attention as an owner. Sorry about the yard maintenance he has several yards not just mine. He always knocks first before he does any work to see if it is convenient with the guest. We have changed his schedule to come an hour later. Robin has already spoke with her cleaning crew about arriving a little early and making you so uncomfortable. That will not happen again. I am so sorry you felt that I was disrespecting you in any way please forgive me. I do appreciate your review. It has pointed things out that as an owner maybe I need to improve on. Again I'm very sorry you were so disappointed. Gary and Mary (owners)
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Hilltop Home W/ 360° View of Sequoia Park, Lake Kaweah & River
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p360711vb
+1 -559-287-5402
Three Rivers Gold Country / High Sierra
Quebec, Canada
5

Only regret.... we only spent two days in the house!

  • 5 of 5
We had a great time in the house. Lots of attention to details and a very clean house. Thanks for the loaf of bread and cookies; it was a very nice touch! We enjoyed the pool and great views of the area, after spending the days hiking in the parks. The house was perfect for us and comfortable for 8. The only regret, we only spent two days in the house!
  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Diane, Thank you for taking the time to send in a review. We really appreciate it. You are welcome for the bread and cookies hope you all enjoyed them. Glad you enjoyed your stay at our home. Maybe you can come again and stay longer. Again thank you. Gary and Mary (owners)

Map

Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Fresno
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Hanford
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Three Rivers
Car: necessary

Jazzaffair, monthly classical concerts, Team Roping, Woodlake Rodeo, Redbud Festival, bi-monthly traditional jazz concerts, seasonal interpretative hikes in Sequoia Park, Three Rivers 1st Saturday local artist showcase

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Rates & Availability

From $275 Per night

Three Rivers House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Oct-Apr
Oct 1 2014 - Apr 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
$275
$1,650
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$295
$1,771
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Property Damage Protection $49
Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes Rates are based on 6 or less guests for a minimum of 3 nights, and are subject to change until confirmed. $20/guest/night over 6.
2-night stays (May-Sept) $310/ni
2-night stays (Oct-Apr) $290/ni
Cleaning Fee for over six guests $150
Property Damage Protection ($49) required for U.S. citizens; non-U.S. citizens will be required to pay a fully-refundable damage deposit of $300 at booking.
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Amenities

Three Rivers House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (1) California King, Queen size Beds (2) One standard Queen and one extra high inflatable air mattress with linens that can be located anywhere, even out on the deck for serious stargazers., Twin or Single Beds (2), Child Beds (2) Fold-up single bed-sized foam mattresses with linens, Baby Cribs (1) Brand new Portable Pack n' Play
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
River view, grocery shopping service, fire pit, fishing equipment, board games, children's books & toys

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