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Kathleen & James

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

62 Acre Private Nature Preserve & Secluded River Retreat, Fine Green-Built Home

35 Reviews
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Overview

Three Rivers Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Queens, 1 Futon, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 1-5)

The Kaweah Cottage and Shangrila Nature Preserve are cherished by travelers who want an exceptionally clean and comfortable home that is just steps away from a secluded and magnificent section of the Kaweah River.

Surrounded by thousands of acres of remote oak woodlands, tranquil horse pastures and ancient river pools, this historic homestead property offers a place of sanctuary, rejuvenation and enjoyment for lovers of Nature who yearn for a true getaway.

It is best suited for independent travelers who love vacationing in a wilderness area while settled into a luxurious, healthy, green-built home that they have all to themselves; who appreciate high quality bedding, amenities and fine craftsmanship; and who take pleasure in preparing their own meals in a truly gourmet kitchen.

Whether you are a writer or an artist wanting to nurture your creativity, a couple seeking precious time together, or a family with children** looking to explore Nature and discover nearby Sequoia National Park -- Kaweah Cottage is an ideal place.

We’re located at the end of an unpaved country road on the upper South Fork of the Kaweah River -- far away from cities, suburbs and the usual routines -- fifteen minutes from the town of Three Rivers and twenty-five minutes from the main entrance to Sequoia National Park. This is a memorable destination where one can really get away, slow down, and sink into the peace and beauty.

Although the Cottage is equipped with the essential technologies that most of us need to stay connected -- satellite wi-fi, 40” LED video/DVD player, an audiophile sound system -- we encourage our guests to spend most of their time unplugged, enjoying the sounds from the adjacent Creek, tuning in to the symphony of wildlife, and savoring the down canyon breezes wafting through the oaks. Being here will change the way you feel.

Here are a few of the favorite features and activities:

Summertime relaxing along the spectacular and secluded river and creek; exploring around the 62 acre Shangrila Nature Preserve; year-round birdwatching; full day excursions up to the Sequoias; an impeccably clean home with fine bedding, sheets, and towels; a fully equipped gourmet kitchen; amazingly comfortable bathtub and spacious shower; an 88 key professional digital piano; breathtaking night skies; watching horses graze from the bedroom view deck; exceptional privacy -- turn the music up as loud as you want... whenever you want; a clean, comfortable, natural place that becomes your home away from home.

Please review our VRBO slideshow. ALL photos were taken HERE on the property at different times of the year. If you want to see a lot more photos and read additional reviews and comments please check out our facebook and web pages. See the links way down at the bottom of this page. Also, contact us if you have any questions about our rates and terms.

**Although children are welcome at the Kaweah Cottage, it is not a child proof home. There are antiques, oriental rugs, artworks, lamps, a digital piano, crafts, fragile furnishings and kitchenwares in the Cottage. Please consider whether the Cottage is appropriate for your entire family.

We are in a wilderness area and near running water. The River is wild and has currents and unknown objects beneath the surface. The flow and profile of the River changes throughout the year. We consider it hazardous for non-swimmers and beginning swimmers. Although there are some areas with calmer pools, it can still be quite stressful to supervise young children when near the River. The simple act of getting in and out of the River can be challenging due to uneven and very slippery surfaces. Children who are not yet able to swim or are beginners must be carefully supervised by an adult swimmer at all times whenever they are near the River or the Creek.

FAQs

1. How far are you from the Park?

A lot of people will say they are 'only' 5 minutes or 20 minutes from the Park. What they usually do not tell you is that once you arrive at the Park entrance it is still another forty to sixty minutes drive to the Big Trees and several of the other great attractions. There are also wonderful things to see in the lower part of the Park but most people are dazzled by the Big Trees and adjoining highlights. It is a 25 minute scenic drive from the Kaweah Cottage to both the main entrance and the South Fork entrances to the Park.

2. How close are you to the River?

The entire 62 acre property is located along the South Fork of the Kaweah River. It is a three minute hike from the Cottage to the Big Smooth Rock. It is a beautiful spot year round, regardless of the water flows.

3. How is the swimming and the waterslides?

It totally depends on the time of the year, the weather, and the high country snowpack. Please ask us about the current or predicted levels for the time of your stay and we will do our best to give you an accurate forecast. We can also recommend some great swimming holes in Sequoia National Park.

4. Where can we shop for food, dine out?

There are only a couple decent places to dine in the nearby town of Three Rivers: The Ol' Buckaroo and Sierra Subs. There is a small Village Market for foods/beverages and Sage Roots for fresh fruits and vegetables. We recommend you plan ahead and make use of the superb Kaweah Cottage kitchen.

5. Kaweah?

'Kaweah' pronounced 'caw-wee-uh' from the Wukchumni language meaning 'Call of the Raven'.

Keywords: Sequoia National Park, Shangrila Nature Preserve, Three Rivers, Kaweah River, Mountains, Big Trees, Green Built, Bird-Watching, Secluded, Peaceful, Wild, Enjoyable, Comfortable, Enchanted

More Details
Suitability:
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Kathleen & James (Owner)
Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

About Kathleen & James

Kathleen & James and their daughter Julianna reside in the Old Homestead, near the Kaweah Cottage. Also living on the land are 'Dalila' the friendly German Boxer; 'Lucky' the elusive Norwegian Forest Cat; 'Boddhi' the adventurous Orange Cat; 'Kachina' a chestnut Quarter Horse mare; 'Comanche' a Paint Quarterhorse gelding; and innumerable Wild Animals.

Kathleen & James purchased this cottage in 1987

Why Kathleen & James chose Gold Country / High Sierra

Kathleen’s family settled in the region in the 1870’s and she has been spending Summers on the South Fork since her early youth. James has been hiking in Sequoia National Park since the 1970’s and has a lifelong passion for the Sierras.

When it came time to relocate from Los Angeles to dwell and raise our daughter, the only place on Earth that we considered was along the Upper South Fork of the Kaweah River. We purchased the historic Old Homestead in 1987 and built the Kaweah Cottage in 2006 as a second home on our secluded 62 acre private Nature Preserve. It is designed for lifetimes of comfort and pleasure and as a sanctuary for family, friends and travelers.

What makes this cottage unique

Off the beaten track: the big smooth rock, secluded swimming holes, natural waterslides (seasonal), private 62 acre Nature Preserve, seasonal Creek. Unparalleled seclusion and wildness.

Stay here all day or visit the Big Trees and return home at the end of the day for a refreshing swim in the River or relaxation on the view deck overlooking the Creek and horse pastures.

In addition to being green-built the Kaweah Cottage is exceptionally comfortable and kept immaculately clean. Although it is surrounded by wilderness it has all of the amenities that a discerning person would want. The Cottage is complemented by a fully equipped gourmet chef's kitchen, an elegant bathroom, and high quality bedding and sheets. The surrounding property is bordered by 1800 feet of beautiful river frontage. Horse pastures, a seasonal creek and blue oak woodlands are just outside your bedroom doors. We invite you to make yourself at home. Be in Nature, Live in Comfort.

Guestbook comments from the owner

David G.

I loved this place. My wife loved this place.



It was a beautiful house. Very peaceful and relaxing. The attention to even the smallest details were not overlooked.



But there is nothing that beats waking up in the morning and walking outside. This is a spectacular place! The natural beauty is unsurpassed.



I particularly enjoyed walking across the fields, passing the horses on the way and finding my way to the river. The river is magical. It is filled with enormous boulders that Native Americans had over the centuries used to grind grain and created smooth grinding holes in these huge stone boulders. You not only notice these archaeological relics from centuries past, but you can feel the spirit.... This place is a must visit. I have traveled the world, yet this place has a very special vibe that speaks to ones spirit.



I cannot recommend this cottage highly enough. It is a must for anyone seeking a peaceful yet majestic get away.

· · April 23, 2010 at 9:22pm
Apr 2010
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62 Acre Private Nature Preserve & Secluded River Retreat, Fine Green-Built Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 39 reviews
Irvine, CA
5

IF YOU ARE READING THIS, LUCKY YOU ARE INDEED.

  • 5 of 5

I'm at not one to just hand over a secret spot, so this is difficult for me. I think everyone should have to do their own do diligence to find such amazing places as this, like I did. I have had this place saved on my phone for the last 6 years before I was finally able to go. So on that note, this destination, this cottage is going to be the most incredible place you are ever going to find. That is if you like nature, seclusion, quite, and really good people. Go experience this place, you will not be disappointed. You will look at things differently when you are done.

James, thank you for being so kind to my boys and my wife; for showing us the sequoia log (my favorite part of the trip) and how to get around the property. The cottage was perfect; great library, really enjoyed reading about the 1867 flood that put that sequoia on those rocks, like it was meant to be. Incredible! I'm jealous.

I look forward to coming out again soon.

Travis, Kathy, Logan and Gavin

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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5

Best House We've Ever Stayed In!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, 12 year old son, and I stayed here for a week. It was probably the most peaceful time I’ve spent in decades. There were days when the only sound we heard were birds singing, the puffs of breath coming from the horses below the back deck, and the cold creek water rushing over the rocks. The house itself was spotless and cleaned with unscented nontoxic cleaners for those of you who despise walking into a bleach-cleaned house with a cloying chemical plug-in. I’ve stayed in many VRBOs and Airbnbs and have never seen such a well-stocked kitchen with REAL quality pots and pans. Not the cheap stuff they usually have. The house was recently built and designed so that, even on the hottest days, air travels through the windows in a self-cooling fashion. All aspects of the house took green/eco to a whole new level. We compost at home and were very happy to be able to do the same here. And we aren’t really dog people, at least not until we met Dalila! She’s a real character and just as promised in the description of the house, she was the first one to greet us upon arrival. After hanging out with her a week, we were trying to figure out how to sneak her into our car at checkout. James took us on a great tour of the extensive property and filled us in on all aspects of the land. He was so kind to our son and a delight to talk to about a wide range of topics. The things we loved about this house could go on for several paragraphs — the piano in the living room, the beautiful quilt on one of the beds, the art, watching the sun set on the huge back deck, hiking to a swimming hole, watching shooting stars. There are just too many things to mention! We were very sad to leave and can’t wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Beautiful location, great place to get away from the hustle of everyday life

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed staying at this Three Rivers property. The home and surrounding land were beautiful. We swam in the river, played cards and read on the porch and listened to lots of fun music inside. This was a good location to stay for visiting the Sequoia National Park and other area interests. We would definitely recommend this place for your next vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Amazing Family memories!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 3 nights at the cabin from June 20-23 and could not have had a better experience! Our host Julianna was so nice and showed all of us the ropes on how to slide down the rocks in our private section of River. We had a blast the next couple days sliding, relaxing in pools and laying on the warm rocks. We spent one day driving to crystal cave and the big trees of Sequoia which we really enjoyed, but for our family of 5, the adventures on the river right next to the cabin were the most memorable.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

Shangrila Indeed!!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in James and Kathleen's beautifull home for the last three nights of a whirlwind two week trip. All four members of our family agreed unanimously that 'Shangrila' was the favorite of all the other places we stayed. The home itself is spotless but extremely comfortable and homey. Kathleen gave us a tour of the house when we arrived and James walked us through the property, giving us an extremely interesting lesson in geology and Native American history. Talking with both of these lovely and well read people made us want to learn even more about the area we were visiting....as demonstrated by the stack of books awaiting us at home thanks to my husband's Amazon account. 😉򒐊 Watching the sun set over the hills from the back deck was a perfect way to unwind after hiking during the day. We explored the lower foothill areas of Sequoia National Park including a hike to Garfield Grove (a little hot this time of year but the windflowers were still gorgeous and we did see a bear!) plus a short walk to see some Pictographs made by the Monaches Indians and a stop at Tunnel Rock. The river water was cold and still a bit swift while we were there but our brave teenagers managed to get into the frigid water with some direction from Kathleen.

The information provided prior to arrival was extremely thorough and the directions to get to Shangrila: precise. Thank you James and Kathleen for a wonderful three days! We hope to come back again!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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We had an amazing experience !!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing experience while staying in Kathleen's cottage. Cottage is very beautiful and has all the amenities you can ask for. Open view of mountains and acres of land from deck is uninterrupted and serene. her dog 'Dalaila' and very friendly and sweet.

Kathleen gave the tour of the property and was very supportive , she kept us as a family and was always there to answer any questions we had.

Overall we had an awesome experience and we would love to stay here again! It was really a home away from home!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Map

Ol Buckaroo
Reimer's Candies and Gifts
Sierra Subs and Salads
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park
Nearest Airport
95 Miles
Fresno, CA
Nearest Barpub
9 Miles
Three Rivers
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Three Rivers
Nearest Train
54 Miles
Amtrak, Hanford, CA
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
California Highway 198
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Three Rivers
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Cross Country and Snow Shoeing in Sequoia
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Big Rock & Creek Beach, Shangrila Nature Preserve
Car: necessary

Excellent year-round birding; winter snow shoeing amongst the Big Trees;

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Rates & Availability

Three Rivers Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 6 2016
3 night minimum stay
$295
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
$295
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas & New Years
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
$295
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Primary Season
Mar 17 2017 - Oct 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
$295
$1,770
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$295
$1,770
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
One-Time Cleaning Fee $150
Tax Rate 10.0%

3 night minimum during Holidays
4:00 PM Check In, 11:00 AM Check Out
Guests must accept Kaweah Cottage Policies and Notices to confirm a Reservation

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Three Rivers Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 969 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , Full Sized Tub; 2 Person Shower
  • Granite Countertops; Travertine Tiling; see Photos
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • North - 1 queen , Exceptionally Comfortable; Fine Linens and Sheets
    South - 1 queen , Memory Foam; Supreme Comfort
    Living Room - 1 twin/ single , Twin Sized Inflatable Futon
  • (2) Queen size Beds: New and Extremely Comfortable. Fine Cotton Sheets. (1) Twin Size Inflatable Raised Air Mattress for Living Room or Outside Deck
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • 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
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Exceptionally healthy green built environment. Located on secluded 62 acre Nature Preserve with access to South Fork of the Kaweah River and remote Grouse Creek. "Be in Nature, Live in Comfort"

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