Kaweah Cottage Details

Sanctuary in the Sierras
*Kaweah Cottage is located off the beaten path, at the end of a rustic road along the South Fork of the Kaweah River, a short distance from Three Rivers, California. Less than a four hour drive from Los Angeles and the Bay Area and 4.5 hours from San Francisco, we are near a remote corner of Sequoia National Park in the western foothills of the Central Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The Cottage is perched on a tranquil hillside offering views of adjacent horse pastures, Blue Ridge and remote Grouse Creek. Located amidst blue oak woodlands, the Cottage is at 1,825 feet elevation and has year-round access. Cross canyon views of nearby Sierra peaks include Mt. Dennison (8,650 feet elevation), Case Mountain (6,818 ft.), Grouse Peak (5,317 ft.), and Horn Mountain (4,450 ft.). The Caretakers live nearby in the Old Homestead and are available in case of any needs that may arise.

*'Kaweah' pronounced 'kaw-wee-uh' from the Wukchumni language meaning 'Call of the Raven'.

What you need for a relaxing vacation and communion with Nature is here at the Kaweah Cottage. Situated on the private 62 acre Shangrila Nature Preserve, we’re surrounded by thousands of acres of oak woodlands, open rangelands, and bordered by the South Fork of the Kaweah River. There are secluded swimming holes, hiking trails and splendid vistas to enjoy while you rebalance your soul and rejuvenate your energy. Park your car and stay here in Shangrila at The Kaweah Cottage until you’re ready to return to the City.

It is a great destination for a family adventure, an artist’s retreat, or a romantic getaway.
A three minute hike and you arrive at one of the more spectacular rock formations and swimming holes in the western Sierra foothills. Depending on the winter snow pack, there are four to ten weeks of river swimming and year-round hiking and exploring. You can sleep out on the view deck, gaze up at the firmament, drift off to the sounds of the flowing streams, and breathe in the cool, sweet, down canyon breezes from the Sierra high country.

Come in the SPRINGTIME during the snow melt that roars down through the canyons of the South Fork of the Kaweah and the more remote Grouse Creek. Hike through primeval riparian habitats and serene oak woodlands. Discover rare wildflowers and abundant fauna. On hot SUMMER days, take a refreshing dip in the brisk Sierra runoff and then feel the warm embrace of the Big Smooth Rock. Wonder at the night sky and observe meteor showers. In AUTUMN enjoy hiking, rock hopping, sunsets, skywatching, leaves. All YEAR-ROUND: exploring, wildlife watching, sunrises, photography, painting, writing, playing, relaxing.  Event Calendar

Kaweah Cottage is Green-Built
Built in 2006, it’s a new home on an old homestead. Kaweah Cottage is sited along the east-west axis and designed for future thermal and PV solar energy generation. Massive walls and dual pane glazing for maximum energy efficiency; cooled by down canyon breezes and ceiling fans; heated by sunlight or propane. Insulated with non-toxic and formaldehyde-free recycled cotton. Walls finished with natural clay and pigments. No interior paints or stains. Most of the woods used in construction are non-endangered,  sustainably harvested and formaldehyde-free. Low or No VOC oils were used for all wood finishes. All new Energy Star appliances, propane gas convection oven, and tankless heater used for hot water. Interior lighting is provided by daylight, high efficiency LEDs and low-wattage incandescents on dimmers. Appropriate perishables are composted. Majority of construction debris was salvaged for re-use or recycling. Built by all local craftsman. Elegant design and floor plan with 969 square feet inside and a 533 square foot wraparound view deck constructed of plantation grown machiche hardwood and connected to both bedrooms. 
New York Times article mentions Kaweah Cottage: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/...

Nearby Adventures
No need to go anywhere else but if you do there are numerous outdoor recreational opportunities in the area -- seasonally available: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park excursions; Ladybug Trail, Garfield Grove, Silver City, Mineral King. Camping, hiking, back-packing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, mountaineering, spelunking, and horse packing in the Back Country. Whitewater river rafting, kayaking, canyoneering, mountain biking, horseback riding, golfing, boating, lake fishing and fly fishing.

The nearby town of Three Rivers, just 15 minutes away, is also fun to explore: events such as:
First Saturday,  Center Stage Strings Music Festival, Three Rivers Performing Arts Institute Series, Lions Team Roping, Redbud Arts and Crafts Festival,  Kaweah Drum Circle, and the  Biennial Artists’ Studio Tour. 
There are numerous arts and crafts galleries, yoga and dance classes, various local music venues, an eclectic array of healers and health practitioners, and several quaint shops and eateries such as the Ol’ Buckaroo, Sierra Subs, Anne Lang’s Emporium, Reimer’s Candy, The Riverview and Antoinette’s. There is a local History Museum and many historical and archaeological sites throughout the area. 


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