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Mary Ernst

Member since: 2011
Call Manager
Speaks: english

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

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Three Rivers House Rental Photos and Description

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

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Mary Ernst (Property Manager)
Member since: 2011
Call Manager
Speaks: english

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'.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(113 traveler reviews)
Hilltop Home W/ 360° View of Sequoia Park, Lake Kaweah & River
average rating of 4.9557524 based on 113 reviews
5

Memorable Family Vacation and Wedding Anniversary

  • 5 of 5

Sequoia Alta Vista is a beautiful home. Our family stayed here on a vacation to see the Sequoia/King's Canyon NP and it was also my wife and I's wedding anniversary. The house is very clean and stocked with everything you need. The views from everywhere in the house were amazing. I'm an early-bird so I was able to enjoy every sunrise with a cup of coffee on the back deck. We would spend the day in the parks and make it back for supper and a sunset swim. Our two teenage daughters loved swimming and seeing the Sierra mountains in the distance. Thank you, Gary and Mary, for making our family vacation and wedding anniversary memorable

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brandon and family, Thank you for the very nice review and so speedy. We are so glad you had a great time at SAV. It was fun getting the opportunity to me you all. Hope you can come back again. Take care. Thank you Gary and Mary
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5

Outstanding!

  • 5 of 5

From the minute you walk in it's almost too much to take in. The house is exceptionally clean, well supplied with beach towels, coolers, chairs, kitchen utensils, and bedding. The decorating, well, I took pictures of several walls to possibly copy the style for my own home. But what takes your breath away is when you walk out the back slider onto the porch and deck! You will want to spend your time on the large deck with comfortable furniture or at the pool overlooking the amazing mountain view! We felt like royality! We enjoyed the ping pong and we took advantage of the large updated washing maching and dryer as we are a family, grandparents traveling with daughter, husband and two boys ages 6 and 8. The goodies upon arrival was a nice surprise. Sequoia is about 20 minutes away but if you have time take the winding road to Atwell Mill and beyond. The Atwell Hockett trail is in the park but very secluded and entered not by the main entrance. It's a good one. We also used the inner tubes the home has and enjoyed a"natural waterpark" which included a hike to a waterfall where we used the tubes to ride down the flowing water. You will not be dissappointed in your stay at Sequoia Alta Vista!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a great review. You guys did it all I would say. Glad to hear you guys enjoyed the river with the inner tubes that was always one of our favorite things. Thank you for the lovely comments about the decorating I do in the home. I try to keep it nice but uncluttered. We are glad you all had such a great time. Hope you can come back sometime. We would love to have you again. Take care and thank you again for staying in our home. Gary and Mary
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5

This Home Near Sequoia National Park is Superb

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at this very clean and open home near Sequoia. Mary is great to work with regarding reservations and all requirements of the stay. The views are terrific. The deck is a wonderful place to have a drink and enjoy the views. We'd definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Bill for the nice review it is very much appreciated. Glad you enjoyed your stay . I will pass your comment on about how clean the house was to my cleaning crew of ladies they work hard at making my home spotless before each guest arrives. Hope to see you again. Take care. Mary and Gary
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Los Angeles, Ca
5

Trip of a lifetime

  • 5 of 5

Our trip here was literally the trip of a lifetime...and that's saying a lot considering we've stayed at various rentals in Europe, South America and the U.S.

The cabin is simply breathtaking...the views are so remarkably therapeutic, we really didn't want to leave the house. Also we enjoyed the open floor plan as we were able.to cook and commune and watch t.v....and never really feel separated...but then when we wanted space, the bedrooms are situated perfectly for privacy...

We also were very impressed with Mary's communication and super helpful nature...we were concerned about the weather and she held our hand every step of the way as our arrival approached...

Speaking of arrival, I was a bit concerned about the drive up to the cabin..but the directions were so easy to follow and it was not a difficult drive at all.

I would absolutely recommend this rental to families....couples...groups...to anyone looking for a remarkable experience right next door to the Sequoia national park.

Thank you Mary!

  • Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Teckla, Thank you for such a great review. I am glad you had a great time in the park as well as at our home. We appreciate the reviews people take the time to give us. It means a lot to Gary and I when people enjoy our home as much as we do. Hope you can come again. Would love to have you back. Take care and thank you again. Mary and Gary (owners)
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Cedarburg, Wisconsin
5

Loved the house. Loved the view. Loved our time in Three Rivers.

  • 5 of 5

We looked diligently for a home close to Sequoia National Park. Mary's house is in an absolute perfect location and was an excellent fit for our family of 6 . The home has everything you could possibly need for a perfect vacation - kitchen, bath, bedding, etc.

Hanging out on the patio while taking in the incredible mountain view was the best ever. Our trip included several hikes inside the National Park to the Giant Forest, Moro Rock and Marble Falls . We also went horseback riding in Springville, CA. (~1 hour drive south).

Mary was an excellent host. She was extremely responsive and made sure we were 100% satisfied with our stay.

You will love the location and beautiful home!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mike and family for such a nice review we really appreciate it when our guest take the time to give us a review. Sounds like you had a great time and did a lot of things while you were there..We hope you can come back again. Again thank you so much. Gary and Mary
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5

Amazing home!

  • 5 of 5

After searching and searching for the "perfect" place to stay in, I'm so glad we chose this one! It is such an amazing home so well taken care of. Pictures do no justice to the actual home. The second we walked in it was an automatic " oh my god, this is awesome" we hadn't even settled in when the kids said we have to come back for summer. I mean the impeccable attention to detail! They received us with a batch of cookies and assorted nuts. Has a great view. Perfect place for any season! If you've stumbled upon this review, look no further and book it! You'll love it!

Thank you for allowing us to have the best sequoia experience in your home!

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mariela, Thank you so much for such a nice review. You left the house in great shape I appreciate that and so does the cleaning crew. I am glad you and your family had such a great time. Hope to hear from you for a summer visit. Thank you for your booking and for such a great review. Mary and Gary (owners)
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Map

Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Fresno
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Hanford
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

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Rates & Availability

Three Rivers House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Manager accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$310
$1,860
 
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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Amenities

Three Rivers House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • 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
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 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
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
River view, grocery shopping service, fire pit, fishing equipment, board games, children's books & toys

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