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Great Mountain Views, Peaceful Retreat

27 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

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House, 2 Bedrooms + Bunk Area, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

This house is located at a 4000 foot elevation in the mountains near Kings Canyon National Park and borders the Giant Sequoia National Monument. This is a ridgetop location on 10 acres with hiking, fishing, boating, and horseback riding close by. The uniqueness lies in the mountain views, many black oak and manzanita trees, and dark night skies. If you seek privacy and comfort in the midst of an oak woodland landscape, this is the place for you.

Keywords: Sierra Nevada Mountain getaway

Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Owner
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About The Owner

About us... Cindy and Dan Duriscoe, the owners of the property, want your stay to be as enjoyable as possible. We are former employees of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and we want to share our knowledge with you. We purchased the property in 1997 and lived here almost 10 years. We know the land, and we did most of the work on the property ourselves. We are constantly making improvements as time allows, and we welcome suggestions. Do not hesitate to inquire about the parks, the monument, and other attractions in the area. We know that this piece of land offers something special at all seasons (Dan's favorite is actually winter). We have watched the land and sky from here, and the peacefulness of the location is unmatched. Both of us enjoy hiking, backpacking, X-country skiing in the Sierra. Cindy loves horseback riding and snowshoeing on nearby trails.

The Owner purchased this house in 1997

Why The Owner chose California

This part of California is known for its mild climate, calm winds and stable air most of the time (which makes for wonderful observations of the night sky through a telescope), fall colors of the black oaks (some seasons are more intense than others), and the elevational gradient that allows quick access to a variety of life zones. We think this location is ideally located for access to the high country and foothills, and gives a taste of both. The peace and quiet, walking among our own manzanita woodlands cannot be experienced elsewhere.

What makes this house unique

Taking walks on the property and neighboring monument lands. Watching the sunset while enjoying a glass of wine. Observing the night sky or a sunrise from the hot tub. Mountain biking or horseback riding on nearby trails. The community of people is very friendly and helpful when work needs to be done. Wintertime can be very peaceful and majestic walking roads and trails, making wildlife observations, just plain having fun in the snow!

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a great way to wrap up a three week California adventure. We had fun exploring the parts of the park that are still open (hiked the Redwood Canyon loop and braved some icy spots to get to the incredible views on Little Baldy), and loved coming "home" to this amazing house. There is nothing better than a hot tub under the stars after a day of hiking. We hope to be able to come back one day!
Nov 2011
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Reviews

4.9
based on 27 traveler reviews

Great Mountain Views, Peaceful Retreat
average rating of 4.851852 based on 39 reviews
Statesboro, Georgia
5

SWEET Views and close to Sequoia-Kings Canyon

  • 5 of 5

This darling home was the perfect jumping off point for our visit to Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park. We made it from the cabin to the Big Stump Entrance in about 20 minutes each time we drove it. There is no easy way to get anywhere in this part of the country: the roads fold and twist around the rough terrain but Dan and Cindy's cabin was FAR closer than driving up from Three Rivers to see the northern sights. (We know this because we stayed in Three Rivers the later part of our trip!!!) And the views??? Outstanding. My husband has a high stress job, and when we stepped out of the car to look over the hills and valleys I watched his whole body relax. Do yourself a favor while you're in the cabin: get up early enough to see the sunrise and watch the mist move through the hills up from the San Joaquin valley in the distance. Gorgeous. Silent and peaceful.

The beds were comfortable and we had everything we needed in the kitchen to cook full meals in the morning and at night. We stopped for groceries in Fresno on the way up (there's not much in the way of a full grocer once you reach the park)and found that there were plenty of spices/sugar/salt in the home. Having a washer and dryer was a HUGE bonus after hiking in the woods for several days!!! While there is a swamp cooler, we never used it while we were there. We were gone during the hottest parts of the day and by the time we got back each evening a strong breeze was blowing through the open windows and it cooled down quickly.

Reading through previous reviews about the roads is puzzling. Yes, the driveway is steep and unpaved but we had NO problem in a standard car. Nor did we have any issues with the provided directions. I can see how a night time arrival might be tricky but there's nothing scary or precarious about the approach to the house. I suppose if we weren't used to hills it might be intimidating but if your drive through Sequoia-Kings Canyon you'll find that ALL the roads are like this...especially the ones that take you to the quiet 'secret' trails no one else frequents.

We hit the highlights while in the park: The General Grant, The Sherman Tree and Moro Rock but the BEST trails were the ones that require some effort to get to: we drove WAY past Big Meadows to hike Marvin Pass (got chased back down the mountain by thunder and hail) and drove all the way to Road's End (so completely worth the drive)and hiked past Mist Falls to Paradise Valley. Lovely.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind and detailed review--helps give future guests an idea on what to expect. Am very glad you had an excellent vacation! Cindy & Dan
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5

Great Base Camp

  • 5 of 5

The home was very nice and provided everything needed for a Sierra adventure! The location is ideal for exploring both Sequoia and Kings Canyon national Parks (don't skip the drive into Kings Canyon!!!)

The beds were very comfortable, the home was clean, and everything was as advertised.

We loved it here and will stay here again when we come back!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. Glad we met your expectations!
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5

Great View and stay!

  • 5 of 5

Excellent time spending 3 nights at this location. The Home was very well kept and the Heater kept my friends and I very warm and comfortable during the cold evenings. Kim and Cindy were very wonderful and accommodating. Myself and my guests highly recommend this location.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Minneapolis, MN
5

Beautiful Mountain View

  • 5 of 5

Four of us were there for two nights. It was great to be close to both Sequoia and King's Canyon NPs. And after driving to and from those destinations, we enjoyed the quiet, peaceful evenings outside in front yard and on the porch. The inside accommodations provided what we needed, the beds were comfortable with plenty of extra towels and blankets for the cooler nights. We appreciated that two bedrooms and baths were on opposite sides of the place. We gave it this rating because of the location, it met our needs and the price was very reasonable.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Derbyshire, UK
5

Peaceful vacation home in an ideal setting

  • 5 of 5

Stayed for 2 nights with my parents, who are visiting from the UK. The views from the cabin are breathtaking! Loved the peace and quiet. Very well stocked with plenty of extra linens if needed, also lots of 'leftovers' in the fridge and pantry from previous occupants (condiments, coffee, pasta, cereals, rice etc). The directions given on the website were very useful and a huge help in finding the house. Although the roads to the property are narrow and winding, we didn't meet any other traffic on them, so did not have a problem with passing cars etc. I would definitely recommend this rental to anyone and my very fussy dad wished he could stay longer which is saying something!!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great time, lvoely views

  • 5 of 5

A lovely home for our time in Kings Canyon. May father and I stated here for two nights while exploring Kings Canyon. We also stopped in Sequoia as well. When we arrived at sunset we sat in the chairs in front of the house and the silence was magnificent!

We'll be back for sure, next time I'm bringing my kids.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Pinehurst House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Peak season
May 22 2016 - Oct 18 2016
2 night minimum stay
$180
$1,155
$3,440
 
 
Off season
Oct 19 2016 - Apr 19 2017
2 night minimum stay
$165
$1,085
$2,840
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$180
$1,155
 

Additional information about rental rates

extra adult per night $10
Cleaning fee $75

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

California House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2), Bunk Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Notes:
campfire pit, borders Sequoia National Monument--plenty of walking/x-country skiing opportunities, massage therapy

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