About the property
- House1200 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)
Built in 2005, this charming home is located on 15 acres in the Dunlap foothills, amongst a beautiful oak woodland. Skylights in the kitchen and living room give you a bright, cheerful atmosphere. The master bedroom has a queen bed and a soothing, romantic rose and green garden décor. The second bedroom, the Woodland room, has a full bed, and the third bedroom, the Bluebird room, has a full bed.
Linens and towels are provided. The kitchen is fully equipped. The picture windows in the living room, frame a vista view of the Central Valley cities, the coastal mountains at sunset and a breathtaking sight at night, of the stars and Milky Way with the city lights twinkling below. On the fourth of July, we watch the fireworks from afar, in over 5 different cities! This is the place to sit and bring your binoculars or telescope, to view the night stars.
In your front yard, a picnic table with umbrella gives you a vista view for breakfast. Along the side of the house there is a shade shelter with a large picnic table and a charcoal barbeque under the oaks, redbuds and elderberries overlooking the deer trail.
Roads and trails meander amongst the 15 acres, revealing lovely, shady spots with granite boulders, to sit upon, in restful contemplation. A horseshoe pit has been added just below the home.
Foothill bird watching offers a host of different species not found in the city, these include California quail, turkey vultures, red-tail hawks, acorn woodpeckers and various towhees, are just a few of the daily visitors. Deer and rabbits usually stop by to nibble the flowers.
Located 15 minutes away are the Twins restaurant and in the town of Squaw Valley: Bear Mountain Pizza, two small mini food marts; two gas stations, a library, feed store, hardware store, and car repair garage. Squaw Valley hosts a variety of small, country events such as a Mule Show in May, Garden Tours in the summer, a rodeo in May and various other festivals such as the Turkey Testicle festival and a Crafts and Art Fair in October. The Endangered Cat Haven, houses and breeds endangered wild cats and they offer unusual tours in this unique foothill habitat. We're also 8 miles from St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Ranch
Located 30 minutes away for water lovers, Pine Flat Dam with water-skiing, fishing, boating and swimming is a refreshing stop. We have even enjoyed sailing on the lake in our small 19 feet O’Day sailboat.
Avocado Lake, near Pine Flat, is a small lake, perfect for children to wade in and practice their swimming. The Kings River flows in this same area and offers more fishing holes and picnicking along its banks. Spend the afternoon golfing at the Sherwood Forest Golf Club. There are wine tasting tours and a fruit trail along the Blossom Trail as well.
Located 30 minutes away is Kings Canyon National Park, (URL link provided below) breathtaking in its views of the great Continental Divide and many of the oldest redwoods in California, including one of the largest redwood tree, General Grant. You enter through Grant Grove entrance on Hwy 180.
The best place to swim in the summer is Hume Lake located in the Park. It has a beach with shallow entry for children and little waterfalls among the rocks.
There are 2 National Parks in our area: Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Park.
Located 45 minutes to 60 minutes away is Sequoia National Forest, the other half of our Kings Canyon Park. In the summer, you can travel up through Kings Canyon Park, into Sequoia National Park. In the winter you have to go around through Visalia and Three Rivers, to reach the Sequoia Park.
Cities nearby include Visalia, Fresno, and Tulare, all with their own special spots and events to explore. We will fill you in on those special restaurants, antique shops, a great zoo, parks and many other fun events in these cities.
It is our pleasure to offer this unique foothill experience for you. We love and care about this area and look forward to providing a restful, memorable vacation. Come and see for yourself why this area is so dear to us.
Elaine or Kimon
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- English, Greek
- Calendar last updated:
- May 21, 2018
About Elaine or Kimon
Kimon came from Greece to go to college and never left. Now retired, we have added a small olive grove and in the fall, harvest olives for oil and for eating.
Elaine or Kimon purchased this House in 2005
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Lovely and peaceful
Equipped with all the amenities and more, spacious and clean, owners near by very friendly and always available, close to national park. Wish we can stay longer to enjoy tranquility. We will be back
Great house in a great location
Elaine is very sweet and does a great job communicating and when you arrive she is there to explain where everything is in the house. Great sunset and star views from the front of the house. Some nice (and steep!) hiking trails on-property. Kitchen is fully stocked and the house is very comfortable.
Thank you so much! Also, I thought it was just my age showing, as I was walking our trail, nice to have another opinion! Elaine
Beautiful location, very clean, kids loved it.
The owner was very sweet. The outdoor area was beautiful. We would definitely take our kids back to this house. It was also very clean which was so nice given that we had a crawler with us! It was relaxing and secluded. We had a great time.
This review is long overdue. My girlfriend and I spent 9 days in California, 3 days exploring Sequoia National Park and 6 days exploring Yosemite. The location is up in the mountains about 45 minutes from the entrance to Sequoia and Kings Canyon. The drive isn't bad at all since its a beautiful route. The house is very nice, everything was clean and Elaine and Kimon made us feel at home. We even set up my hammock one night and watched the beautiful sunset from the backyard with hummingbirds flying around us. One of our favorite parts of our stay was on the last day. We stopped by Elaine and Kimon's house to give them the keys and we chatted with them and they showed us around. They even gave us some delicious mulberry's for the road. My girlfriend and I would definitely stay here again just for the fact that Elaine and Kimon were great owners. We would have loved to had a chance to talk to them more.
Just got back from spending a full week at Starry Oaks Cottage with my mother and adult daughter. The 3 bedrooms were perfect for us, and we were very comfortable. The house is lovingly decorated and has many great amenities. Everything was very clean, and the location is beautiful! The drive to King's Canyon did take about 40-45 minutes, but the location is great in that there are restaurants and a gas station (very important!) within a 15 minute drive.
The A/C worked well, and there was plenty of hot water when we all wanted to get cleaned up after a long hot day of hiking. Loved seeing the quails and rabbits every day at the birdbath since it was an easy water source during the extreme heat when we visited!
Elaine was very helpful throughout the reservation and check-in process, and refunded the security deposit before we even got home. We really enjoyed our stay, and would highly recommend the house. I hope to be able to return in the future.
Cottage was very nice - clean & the setup worked well for our family (3 teenagers). We were very, very late checking in, & Elaine was extremely nice about staying up late for us.
We've never been on a vacation without at least one surprise, so we totally get it! Glad you were still able to enjoy your stay.
Grant Grove Entrance, Sequoia National Park on Hwy 180 Wild Cat Haven: Refuge for endangered wild cat species: on way to Park Hwy 180
Rates & Availability
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Thanksgiving & Holidays 3 day minimum Children 12 and under- one time $10 linen charge/2 children $25.00 one time fee for each pet; Balance due before arrival, Cancellation notice: 60 days in advance Sorry, we do not rent to college students/25 yrs or younger. We accept Paypal, which will also accept a credit card payment.