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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

32 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Gold Country / High Sierra 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. (Peak 2016 Swimming: June 3 to July 15)

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.

*This is the first rainy and snowy winter we've had in five years. The snow melt in the River is now peaking (May 30) and we expect good swimming and water sliding here at Shangrila starting in early June and going through mid July depending on the weather. During the first weeks the water can be very cold and the currents strong so it may not be suitable for everyone.

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.


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. There is a small market for foods/beverages. 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
  • 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 36 reviews

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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Statesboro, Georgia

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 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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A Truly Peaceful and Enchanted Place

  • 5 of 5

I, Carol, booked Kaweah Cottage for my son, James, and his bride, Sirena, for their honeymoon. Everything was wonderful, starting from my initial contact with James and Kathleen. They responded quickly to all of my questions that I emailed to them. They were very friendly, easy to work with, and eager to give information prior to my son's and daughter-in-law's arrival.

We, James and Sirena, were thoroughly enchanted upon arriving at Kaweah Cottage. This is much like the area I grew up in and love - woods, rivers, quiet. My husband and I enjoyed 5 blissful days here on our honeymoon. We hiked the property, explored the nearby river (wish it had been hot enough to swim!), and listened to records every evening. Yes! The record player was one of our favorite parts of this perfect little cottage. The kitchen was so well equipped (even had tea!), the rooms were comfortable, and even though you are right next door to your host, the house is so well insulated that you feel no loss of privacy. The town of Visalia was comfortable to wander, eat dinner, or explore Costco! :-) We drove to Sequoia National Park (snow!) and enjoyed an amazing spiced cider in the Wuksachi Lodge, and thoroughly enjoyed our early dinner there.

James & Kathleen took great care of us, giving us a tour of the property & river, and advice on where to eat in town. Kathleen even brought us a bottle of wine one evening!

We would definitely come again, and would recommend Kaweah Cottage to anyone looking for a peaceful get away. We didn't want to leave !!! ~Sirena

  • Submitted: May 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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I live on two acres in Alpine, CA. in San Diego County

The perfect spot

  • 5 of 5

When looking for a property to rent during our visit to Sequoia National park we were taken by the pictures of Kaweah Cottage right away. We were looking for something peaceful and secluded and we found it. Kathleen and James communication about the rental was easy and informative and made us look forward to the trip even more.

As you drive through the gate you will see their home directly ahead of you and a Yurt to your left before you park off to the right next to the bleached out antlers. The Cottage is off a path past the garden on your left and the Yurt on your right. Even though the other homes are not far from the Cottage you would never know once you are in the Cottage. Especially while sitting on the back porch you can't even see the other homes and the privacy and peacefulness is wonderful.

Kathleen and Dalila greeted us soon after arrival and Kathleen showed us the Cottage and pointed out all of the amenities. The pictures don't do the Cottage justice. It was built in 2006 in an eco friendly manner. The light and breezes created by the many windows are incredible, it's new, clean and has beautiful finishing throughout. Thick beautiful walls keep the Cottage cool and wood ceiling and floors give is such a warm feeling. With all the windows opened up the breezes are so cool and mesmerizing.

James and Dalila took us on a very informative walk around the property. The snow melt was on so the river was rushing but James showed us a spot where we could take a dip. We returned later in that day to that spot and did just that. Cold and refreshing and made the 15 minute walk back nice and cool. At one point during the walk back we both stopped not sure which way to go and Dalila magically appeared and lead the way stopping and waiting for us if we fell behind. She lends a security to your walks and was such a joy to have around.

We cooked every morning and evening in the well appointed kitchen, then enjoyed our meals sitting on the back porch taking in the views of the mountains, meadow and their horses Kachina and Comanche.

You are only 25 minutes from the park entrance and another 45 minutes to main attractions of the park. It took us 1 hour and 5 minutes to drive back from the museum Moro rock area, the drive is so beautiful it flies by.

Beautiful, warm, peaceful and private.

Thank you Kathleen, James, Julianna and your menagerie of animals especially Dalila.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Altadena, CA

Kaweah Cottage is a beautiful, unique property nestled in the Sierras.

  • 5 of 5

My mother, a friend and I wanted to escape the craziness of the city. We were so happy to find Kaweah Cottage for our retreat. Kathleen and James have worked hard to create their piece of heaven and were most gracious hosts sharing it with us.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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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;


Rates & Availability

Three Rivers Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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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
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
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
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
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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Gold Country / High Sierra Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 969 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • 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 ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , Full Sized Tub; 2 Person Shower
  • Granite Countertops; Travertine Tiling; see Photos
  • 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
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • 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
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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