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

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wireless Internet
  • Fireplace
  • Private Pool
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • children welcome


About the property

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

More Details

Property Manager
Mary Ernst
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2017

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 Gold Country / High Sierra

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'.


Three Rivers House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 10
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • children welcome
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
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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(120 traveler reviews)

Hilltop Home W/ 360° View of Sequoia Park, Lake Kaweah & River
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 120 reviews

Magnificent Home in a Beautiful Location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with my family and 2 young children who are 2 and 3. From start to finish this was a great trip. Mary and Gary were quick to respond and were so helpful. The home is exactly like the pictures and the views are amazing. They had toys/coloring books for the kids. Games for the adults and everything was stocked all you need to bring is food. When we showed up the first night we had goodies waiting for us. Mary even called to check on us to make sure we made it ok do to the storm that was coming in. I would recommend this property to anyone. It was just an amazing trip and home.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Elizabeth, Thank you so much for the kind review. I am so glad you and your family had such a great time. You left everything in great shape at the house. I am looking forward to you and your family coming again. Take care and thanks for staying with Sequoia Alta Vista. Hope to see you soon. Mary
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Beautiful home in a beautiful location!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a girls trip to Sequoia National Park and we could not have been happier with where we picked to stay that we wish we could have stayed longer! Mary and Gary's home was exactly like the pictures if not even better than the pictures. It was extremely clean and ready and even had some goodies waiting for us upon our arrival! We had a long drive and Mary checked in to make sure we arrived and that was really appreciated. Thank you for opening your home to us and we definitely reccomend it to anyone looking to stay!

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kelsey, I am so glad you and your friends had such a good time. I hope you can come again. Thank you for the kind review. Greatly appreciated. Take care, Gary and Mary
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Superb in every way!

  • 5 of 5

There are not enough superlatives to describe how lovely this home and host are. You will simply have to read all previous reviews and recommendations (and be assured that they are 100% accurate in every way) and then book and savour every minute you are in this beautiful part of the world.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Julee thank you so much for your review. Glad you had a good time especially when so far from home. Enjoy the rest of your trip. Take care . Thanks again Gary and Mary
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Fullerton, CA


  • 5 of 5

From reservations to check out this was the perfect experience. Mary couldn't be any more helpful or responsive. The pictures of the home are beautiful but when you get there it is perfection. It was the perfect place to relax and close enough to the Sequoias to do day trips. Not only was the home beautiful but we had some homemade treats left for us and some other goodies so we felt welcomed as soon as we walked in. The stars are amazing from the patio in the evening and the sunrise is beautiful from there too. We have rented many many homes over the years and I have to say that none of them have matched this home when it comes to providing everything you could possibly need. Thanks again and we hope to return soon

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sandie, Thank you so much for review. You moved fast! Glad you had such a great time. And you left the house in beautiful shape greatly appreciated. I hope you guys can come again. Take care Mary and Gary
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Long Island, ny

WOW...beautiful & totally stocked with so much of everything!

  • 5 of 5

It is so obvious Mary & Gary enjoy sharing their home with their guests. We arrived to a hand-written welcome note on a plate of home baked cookies & an assortment of nuts/candy! The owl theme & special positive sayings on pillows & decorative framed wall hangings are very special. This is a very cozy, warm home beautifully decorated with love. This is the first time we have traveled with our friends. They never rented a home before. They cannot stop talking about the layout of this house (bedrooms/bathrooms on opposite sides of the house for complete privacy). Open concept living quarters and beautiful outside grounds! I've never stayed in a Home Away/VRBO that was so well stocked with spices, coffee, tea, many jars of peanut butter, oil, Saran/Reynolds wraps, zip lock bags, etc! One suggestion: we called Mary from the road to ask where to stop for food shopping before arriving in Three Rivers..she stated to get off at Ben Maddox exit & go to Save Mart...they had everything...we made delicious salmon, steak, eggs, had cereal, yogurt, peanut butter/bananas (lunch during hikes). save Mart had everything & it was all fresh! Eating our meals in this wonderful environment added to our special time together with friends! We used the washer/dryer & will be going to our next stop with 100% clean clothes! Every appliance worked..we had zero problems...we highly recommend you stay at Mary & Gary's home. You will not be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Fran Thank you so much for the beautiful review. Thank you for all the lovely comments about our home. We try our best to make it homey and comfortable . When people walk into our home we want it to make them feel good about being there and enjoy themselves if it is for 2 nights or a week. I hope you can come again. Take care Gary and Mary
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Best Yet!

  • 5 of 5

As a family we have stayed in rental properties from VRBO many times. This beautiful house was by far our best experience. We've never stayed in a home that had absolutely everything we needed before. Traveling all the way from Iowa, it was so nice to not have to take all the "extras" along that take up space in luggage. We spent 2 days hiking in Sequoia and one day driving to "Road's End" in King's Canyon and swimming in the Roaring River at Zumwalt Meadow. Breathtaking scenery all around. The hikes to Moro Rock (plus Hanging Rock) and the Big Trees Trail were our favorite in Sequoia. We made sure to leave enough time at the end of each day for swimming in the pool, relaxing on the deck while eating suppers prepared from the grill and in the spacious kitchen, and playing games. We have 4 kids ages 17-7 and all of us were impressed with the house and felt extremely pampered. I can't imagine what would have made our stay any better. Thank you, Mary!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Shannon thank you for such a beautiful review. You all sound like you had a great time. You definitely seen a lot in a short time. And you enjoyed our home you left it in such great shape totally appreciated. Come again and thank you for staying with Sequoia Alta Vista. Take care Gary and Mary
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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

Three Rivers House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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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 for 6+ $150
Cleaning Fee for 10 $175
Cleaning Fee $125
Tax Rate 10.0%

Rates are based on 6 or less guests for a minimum of 2 nights, and are subject to change until confirmed. $20/guest/night over 6, max 10. Damage Insurance is required through VBRO at $59. level or Damage Deposit with owner of $515. of which $500 is refundable.

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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