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Hilltop Home W/ 360° View of Sequoia Park, Lake Kaweah & River

Mary Ernst

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Hilltop Home W/ 360° View of Sequoia Park, Lake Kaweah & River

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


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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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Mary Ernst (Property Manager)
Member since: 2011
Call Manager
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Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
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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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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Hilltop Home W/ 360° View of Sequoia Park, Lake Kaweah & River
average rating of 4.945055 based on 91 reviews
Bay Area, CA

Incredible Experience From Beginning to End!

  • 5 of 5

From the 1st contact to the end of our weekend, Mary, the owner, was an absolute Doll! Sequoia Alta Vista was all it was promised to be. The place was amazing and everything we could think of needing was provided. The 360 degree views are breathtaking and the peacefulness of being on the top of what feels like your own little mountain make this place an absolute recommendation! Oh...and the fresh plate of cookies upon arrival really make you and your party feel welcome!

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brett, Thank you for the lovely compliments. And the nice things you said about our home. I would love it if you could come back again. Take care. Sincerely Gary and Mary (owners)

Hope to come back!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 was lucky enough to stay here for 3 days/nights in March. Mary was so kind and easy to work with. We loved the treats she left! It is a close drive to the Sequoia National Park and the trees are amazing! We watched the sunrise every morning from the deck and it was one of our favorite memories. The views from every spot in the house are incredible. Mary has the house stocked with everything you could possibly need. It is a very beautiful and comfortable place to stay. Wonderful home away from home! Thank you so much Mary for everything and we hope to come again some day.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review. I 'm so glad you got to go up to Sequoia Park the trees are really something to see. The sunrises on the deck are beautiful then you go to front of house in the evening and you get to see gorgeous sunsets. We are glad you enjoyed our home. Gary and I feel so blessed when we get the opportunity to share our home with families like yours. Sincerely, Gary and Mary P.S. We hope you can come again.
Canton, Ohio

Beyond our Expectations

  • 5 of 5

Our week-long stay at the Sequoia Alta Vista was everything we’d hope for and more! The house is situated on one of the best lots in the area, giving us panoramic views of the foothills both front and back. Mary’s communication was thorough, so we had a clear idea of what to expect during out stay before we arrived. Even then, she went above and beyond to make us feel at-home. We were greeted with a welcome package that included an array of specialty nuts, cookies, and even a jar of home-made jelly from an area producer. She scheduled a visit with us during our stay and came with another area treat to share when she arrived. Classy!

We’ve stayed at a handful of VRBO properties over the years and found the Sequoia Alta Vista to be thoroughly stocked for daily living needs beyond any VBRO property we’ve rented. We settled in quickly and took advantage of all that Three Rivers, and the surrounding areas, had to offer. There are several fresh fruit stands around the orchards, so we highly recommend enjoying the local produce if you make your visit here. Sequoia National Park’s entrance is a short drive from the house, which offered us days of hiking and beautiful scenery. We also enjoyed the area culture with a concert by the Fresno Community Chamber Chorus with orchestra, and a trip with our 2-year old the Fresno Zoo.

Our dining experiences at the Sequoia Cider Mill and Gateway restaurants, also only minutes from the house, were relaxing. The food was expertly prepared so that every person in our group thoroughly enjoyed the selections. And the ice cream shop at Reimer’s Candies and Gifts was a special treat we enjoyed almost daily.

It’s not a question of if we’ll stay at this house again, but when we’ll be able to come back. Thank you for the memorable time in Three Rivers at your house, Mary. We hope to visit again soon.


  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brian and Family, Thank you so much for the wonderful review. You guys sound like you had a really good time. And it was great meeting all of you. I sincerely hope you can come again. Again thank you for taking the time to give Sequoia Alta Vista such a beautiful review. Thanks Gary and Mary (owners)
Where do you live?

Wonderful property!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay! This home has the most amazing view that even these photos don't do it justice. Mary was incredibly helpful and nice, and we really appreciated finding cookies, jam and a tray of assorted nuts/chocolates upon our arrival. The back porch was perfect to sit and eat, or just stare at the views and wildlife. We enjoyed the quick drive into Sequoia and the quaint little town. I saw a golf course within a mile of the home and it had great rates, but I didn't bring my clubs.

The home is stocked with tons of towels and linens, and had plenty of games and movies for our evenings with the kids.

The pool was great and we had fun going for a dip.

I would absolutely recommend this property to everyone. We were a family of 4; a couple with 2 kids ages 10 and 14. We didn't even use the third bedroom but it too had wonderful views and was large. The king bedroom was great with amazing views and a large jacuzzi tub for 2.

We will be back! Thank you Mary!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bret and family, Thank you so much for the beautiful review and the nice comments. I greatly appreciate it. You guys were great guest left everything in great shape. I truly hope you will come back again. Thank you so much ! Mary and Gary (owners)

Two Families - One Amazing Stay!

  • 5 of 5

What a treat to stay at Sequoia Alta Vista for three nights. (We were two couples and one preschool age child each.) The home was immaculate and ready upon our arrival. We were welcomed with local jam, nuts, homemade cookies, and wine. What a treat! The kitchen was well stocked with oils, spices, etc., and every cooking utensil/appliance we needed (we made all our meals at home). The two "adult" bedrooms are on opposites sides of the house, which is great for privacy, and the kids' room was in between for easy access. (Also, major bonus points for the nightlights in the bathrooms - which we used for the kids' room and then put back.) Speaking of, the kids' room was stocked with toys and books that our children just loved (someone else's stuff is way more interesting than your own!) The views are amazing from every angle and it was so pleasant to sit out at night on the porch, under the stars. We even took a dip in the brisk pool - which had brand new, awesome noodles. Note to Mary and folks with little ones - there is a gate between the deck area and the pool area, but the 2.5 year old had no problem opening it and running into the pool area. A more kid-proof gate would be a good idea! As a past reviewer mentions, there was a lock on the tv where you couldn't watch certain channels with movies above a certain age range (I think TV 14) which eliminated almost all movie options - but Mary called her provider and had it lifted - so you should be good to go! We LOVED the ping pong table and had rousing games after the kids went to bed. (Didn't wake them up!) As well as the game - who knew Headbanz could be so hard?? The home feels cozy and spacious at the same time. Oh - and the hip packs in the garage with water bottles were a life saver for hiking! Mary has thought of everything. We wished we could have stayed longer as we didn't get to enjoy the house much during the day - since we were always out and about exploring. The Slick Rock area just a few minutes from the house is a beautiful and fun swimming/play area for the kids (though there was a lot of smoking, drinking, and littering happening). I could go on and on -- I highly recommend this home in the Sequoia area. It's wonderful!!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kim, Thank you so much for the beautiful review you gave our home we really appreciate it. Thank you for letting me know about the gate on the deck I will figure something out so it is not so easy for those little escape artist. Sorry about the TV locks that was suppose to have been taken care along time ago with the cable company but guess didn't happen sorry for the inconvenience . Sounds like you guys had a great time exploring everything in and around Three Rivers. Our Kids and grand kids have always loved Slick Rock area. Not so great on weekends too many people but during the week not so busy and not so much mess. Sounds like you all had a great time. Hope you can come again. And again thank you for your lovely comments about our home. Sincerely Gary and Mary (owners)
Los Angeles

Amazing Sequoia trip!

  • 5 of 5

Mary was amazing to work with, answered emails within a few hours and was incredibly nice!

The house was in top-knotch condition, had everything PLUS more. The views were extraordinary and the outdoor space is just incredible. I would highly recommend this place to everyone. A huge plus for my family was the popcorn toppings. It really was a game changer. :)

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Loc and family, Thank you so much for taking the time to give us such a great review. Thank you for all your lovely comments made I'm glad you enjoyed the popcorn flavors our grand kids love that part as well when they go up there with us. I really hope that you can come again. Thank you very much Mary


Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Nearest Train
50 Miles
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


Rates & Availability

From $295 Per night

Three Rivers House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125.00
Property Damage Protection $59.00
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.
50% due at booking, 50% due 30 days prior to arrival
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Three Rivers House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • 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
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 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
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • 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
River view, grocery shopping service, fire pit, fishing equipment, board games, children's books & toys

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