|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
As seen in Sunset magazine, Wall Street Journal and the New York Times!
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright student, Frank Robert, Kaweah Falls is a modern rustic retreat home tucked away at the base of the Sequoia National Park in the cozy Sierra Nevada mountain town of Three Rivers, CA—an easy 3.5 hrs. from LA, 4.5 hrs from SF, and 1+ hr from Fresno Yosemite International airport.
A finalist in Dwell magazine's 2010 'Houses We Love' competition, the home bridges a regulated water flume leading to a private sandy beach and a year-round active waterfall. While sipping wine at the bar you can watch rainbow trout swimming below through a glass-bottomed floor.
This one of-a-kind vacation home makes the ultimate escape from the city, the ideal writer's retreat (finally finish that novel or screenplay) or simply a place to recharge, far away from the hustle and bustle
Plan your escape to Sequoia!: Kaweah Falls is the ultimate base camp for your exploration of the Sequoia National Park.
(from Visit Sequoia website) 'California's Sequoia National Park is an unspoiled treasure of some of the most striking scenery in the world. From its towering giant sequoia trees and soaring mountain peaks to cascading creeks, flowering meadows, and star-studded evening skies, you'll be inspired by this breathtaking national forest vacation destination.
Established in 1890, and recently featured in the Ken Burns PBS documentary 'The National Parks: America's Best Idea', Sequoia National Park is California's first national park and America's second oldest. With more than 1 million annual visitors, Sequoia National Forest is a popular destination for guests from around the world.
At Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, you’ll find the five largest living giant sequoia trees in the world.'
Come see the largest living tree on Earth! : The General Sherman tree is estimated to be between 2300-2700 years old, and if you've never seen it, a day trip is a must. (Kaweah Falls is located 2 miles from the entrance to Sequoia Park.)
'Often referred to as one of California's best national forest family vacation destinations, Sequoia offers a myriad of year-round visitor attractions and recreational activities. Spring and summer offer sensational hiking, horseback riding, fishing, and cave tours. Winter boasts some of the finest cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snow play to be found in the Sierras. And throughout the year, Sequoia National Forest features ranger naturalist programs, nature walks, visitor centers, and interpretive museum exhibits to please all ages and interests.'
Experience the magic of Kaweah Falls: After you've enjoyed a memorable picnic amongst the towering Sequoias in the Giant Forest, climbed the steps to the soaring peak of Moro Rock (where you can see Russia!), and strolled through Crescent Meadow and likely spotted black bears grazing, then it's time to come down the mountain where your luxury compound awaits: cook out on the grill, enjoy a nice bottle of wine, and roast S'mores around he campfire.
After marveling at all the stars (more than you've likely seen before), retire to your cozy chambers and let the waterfall lull you into a restful sleep. For adventure seekers, white water rafting in Three Rivers is world-class (May-July); or if your idea of adventure involves a hammock and a good book, you'll be right at home. If you plan your visit in late summer, there's no better place to take a dip than Kaweah Falls. And if you're one that likes to get away, but just can't disconnect, not to worry: you can check email and surf the internet from your private river deck.
Glorious home! The light! The setting! The water! The architecture! The comfy rooms and tasteful decor! A pure delight! Many Many laughs, and smiles, joyful times and new family memories!
The rushing water soothes the spirit and the sun warms our hearts. What a wonderful family gathering here in the woods. The house is so comfortable and well supplied. Guests are made to feel right at home. Thank you for providing a spot in the world to retreat, ponder and renew.
The Hardin Family
Bay Area & Los Angeles
So happy to be the 195th guests. Wow!
This is our 9th stay and we fall more in love with Kaweah Falls every time.
We were blessed with many animal sightings - ducks, hawks, heron, a flock of wild turkeys, a fox...and of course Rosa, the sweet dog next door. She and Brady have become pals! We are so sad to leave (as usual) especially since the rain has replenished the river. Such a beautiful place. It is truly our home away from home.
Until next time. Thanks and love to Maria, Fred, & Chris
Our first stay was in May 2014, and you may read our (Philip4) review below. Since there are only so many ways to say "fabulous", I'll let the newest member of our family complete this review:
Hi! My name is Charley, and they tell me I'm a 6-month-old Miniature American Shepherd. My parents came here the first time last May, right before I was born, but they took me along on this, their second visit.
All I can say is: WOW! Right next to the outdoor grill there was a whole closet full of stuff for ME! Blankets, cushions, dishes, poop bags (excuse me), and even some toys. It was like they knew I was coming! My parents brought a crate to keep me safe and my favorite food, but everything else I needed was right there!
Every day my parents and I walked the nearby roads and trails, where they talked to the neighbors out walking their own puppies. I saw horses and some mules, even a llama one day! What great smells! Except for the bear poop; I didn't like that. I saw three bears, a mama and two cubs, right next to the house one morning. They were cute, but scary!
Don't even ask about the river! I swam (well, jumped around) in the river right by the house every day! It was great! (Of course, my parents kept me on a leash the whole time even though I begged to be let loose, but still...)
Sometimes they took me into town, where there were some great places for them to eat and for me to sniff. The restaurants had outdoor seating, so I could be there too. In fact, almost everyone has a dog there and I made many great friends.
Before we left (I hated going back to boring old Los Angeles, where there are no bears), my parents told me they are already booked for their third visit in May 2015, so I left a lot of pee-mail for my new friends letting them know I'll see them soon! I can't wait!!!
Calling this a "vacation home" is at best an understatement, and at worst completely misleading. This is a magnificent home belonging to the best friends you wish you had, who have invited you to stay while they're away -- people of impeccable taste, able and willing to anticipate your every need.
Bring only your clothes (if you must) and whatever food you plan to cook (available in the nearby market). Everything else, from condiments to bandaids to....you name it...is there for you.
My wife and I stayed here for a week -- just the two of us -- and it was one of the most relaxing vacations we've ever had. From the morning, when we had our coffee on the waterfall deck; to the evening, when we grilled our dinner and ate at the outside dining table; to the nighttime, when we sat around a small fire outside soaking in the sounds of the river; every day was perfect from beginning to end.
One day we hiked in Sequoia NP, but the other days found us wandering the nearby hiking paths, meeting the wonderful neighbors (entirely invisible unless we ventured off the property), and absorbing the natural beauty surrounding the home.
Expensive? Compared to what? The mental peace provided by a few days' stay here is beyond price, and something we've rarely encountered elsewhere. That's why we've already booked our next week's stay, in the fall.
Oh, and if you do go, take Chris' advice on where to eat and what to do. He's spot on. And say hello to Fred and his lovely wife Maria, the home's welcoming caretakers.
From the moment we walked into this beautiful home to the moment we left both my husband and I were in awe of how wonderful this home lends itself to its surroundings. The deck for eating dinner while listening to the wind through the leaves and the sound of the water below was so peaceful. I believe our favorite spot was the dock where we spent our nights with a glass of wine while watching the sun go down. Our dogs enjoyed the beach area and lounging in the grass. Thank you so much Chris for opening your home. Maria, thank you for your muffins and your kindness. We will definitely return. Louise, Glenn, Montana & Cheyenne (The Mastiff twins) Carefree, AZ
The house itself is as beautiful as the pictures. It is well maintained and is furnished true to the structure's style. The kitchen is extremely well stocked. We did stop for groceries on the way in and the muffins, fruits, veggies and well-stocked pantry filled in to leave us lacking nothing. The grounds are beautiful but we were there in a heatwave and couldn't enjoy them as much as we would have liked. Evenings by the waterside were pleasant though and wading around in the river was enjoyable.
Each bedroom has it's own bath which was perfect for our family and is important to the layout of the house as 2 of the bedrooms aren't connected to the main house without going outside. The steam shower in the master bath is amazing.
The proximity to the park is great with the swimming hole behind the visitor's center being only a 15 minute drive / hike. PArk behind the visitor's center and go down the trail just left of the tennis courts. IT's easy to find from there. We visited that 2 or 3 times and had a great time jumping off rocks, and sliding down the little waterfall the locals nicknamed the toilet as it sucks you down and flushes you out the other side.. :-)
If you are fit, I recommend the hike to Marble Falls. (roughly 8 miles round trip and 1500 ft. elevation change) Other less strenuous things we found impressive were the Crescent Meadow hike with Tharp's log. You'll see enough Sequoias on that hike that the Giant Forest isn't necessary. We also really enjoyed the Crystal cave tour.
All in all, it's a perfect house in an idyllic setting with great proximity to an awesome park!
If you are looking for luxury, architectural beauty, privacy for couples (great layout), and would not mind sinking your toes in the sand under the moon surrounded by the roar of the river, look no further! The owner of this property clearly has impeccable taste as well an appreciation for architecture and nature. We arrived to a truly stunning interior, a large platter of fresh fruits and a plate of homemade muffins courtesy of the owner, then walked down to take in the river and the incredible setting and landscaping. It is breathtaking. At night the home becomes even more magical as the outdoor lanterns begin to glow, we were there with family but I can also imagine just going there even as just a couple to spread out and read books all day and relax. Several different catering options are available which we might take advantage of on our next trip, but the kitchen was so well equipped and beautiful with views overlooking the river it was easy and fun to stay in and cook. This is truly a one of a kind property, we came back not only relaxed but also inspired by all of the beautiful touches that make this home so memorable. The national park entrance is only a few miles away, but in cooler months there are also some great hikes literally within minutes (and as others have said, the home is so beautiful that it is tempting to stay in!). We hope to be back again soon!
Sequoia National Park: entrance 2 miles
Other Activities: white water rafting/kayaking (May-July)
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest|
|Property Damage Protection||$49|
|Pet Fee||$50 + Tax|
|Cleaning Fee 1-4 guests||$250 + Tax|
RATES based on OCCUPANCY. Posted Base Rate(1-4 guests) +$50/night each additional guest.
Cleaning fee:$250 (1-4 guests);$275 (5-6 guests);$300 (7-8 guests)
Pets considered. $25.00/pet/night w/ one time $50 cleaning fee.
Holidays excluded from specials and special rates apply.
Kaweah Falls is a private residence and not suitable for weddings or special occasions.
BOOK a WEEK and 7th day free!
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.