Kaweah Cottage and Shangrila Nature Preserve

The *Kaweah Cottage is a secluded guest home situated on the Shangrila Nature Preserve, a 62-acre private sanctuary located along the confluence of the South Fork of the Kaweah River and Grouse Creek. The Cottage was built in 2006 and designed to be exceptionally comfortable, healthy and energy efficient. The Nature Preserve is part of a historic homestead and was created to protect the abundant biodiversity of this riparian zone and its adjacent blue oak woodlands. The River frontage is renowned for its unusual display of gentle granite outcroppings and seasonal water slides. Surrounded by thousands of acres of oak woodlands, horse pastures and ancient river pools, this destination offers a place of discovery, healing and celebration for the more adventurous lovers of Nature.

*'Kaweah' pronounced 'caw-wee-uh' from the Wukchumni language meaning 'Cry of the Raven'.

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Latitude: 36.3678591 Longitude: -118.8480377 Elevation: 1821 ft
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Kathleen & James Seligman

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Lodging Style and Amenities

The Kaweah Cottage is a green-built home with two cozy bedrooms, a luxurious bathroom, large fully equipped kitchen, a connected great family room, and a deck that overlooks the horse pastures and Grouse Creek. It can comfortably accommodate from one person to a family or a small group of good friends. It is best suited for independent travelers who take pleasure in preparing their own meals in a gourmet kitchen; who prefer being away from the nearby town; and who love vacationing in a wilderness area with a home that they have all to themselves.

Breakfast Style Served

Breakfast Not Included

Season Open

Four Seasons

Ranch Activities Available

There are trails and hiking opportunities as well as exhilarating swimming in the river during the summer. The Cottage is a thirty minute drive to both the main and southern entrances to Sequoia National Park. Visitors who access the southern entrance to the Park can hike to Ladybug Camp or Garfield Grove, one of the largest and least visited groves of the giant sequoias.

A small part of the land, adjacent to the Cottage, is used for organic gardening, orchards and grazing horses. Upon arrival, all guests are invited on a guided tour of the land. After that, they are free to explore on their own.

During the spring, the snow melt roars down through the canyons of the South Fork of the Kaweah and the more remote Grouse Creek. Visitors can hike through primeval riparian habitats and serene oak woodlands to discover rare wildflowers and abundant fauna. On hot summer days, guests can take a refreshing dip in the brisk Sierra Nevada runoff and then feel the warm embrace of the big smooth rock; wonder at the night sky and glimpse meteors. During autumn, visitors enjoy hiking, rock hopping, sunsets, sky watching, and the changing of leaves. All year-round guests enjoy exploring the area, wildlife viewing, sunrises, photography, painting, writing, playing, and just relaxing.  

Rate Range

$295 per night plus 10% County tax and a $150 cleaning fee

Driving Directions

The Kaweah Cottage and Shangrila Nature Preserve are located along the South Fork of the Kaweah River -- at the end of an unpaved country road -- halfway between the town of Three Rivers (15 minutes by automobile) and the remote south entrance to Sequoia National Park. Access is by reservation or appointment only. To reach the property it is necessary to drive through other private ranches. Permission and detailed driving directions are provided upon request.

Eco-Friendly Notes

Kaweah Cottage is green-built: sited along the east-west axis, the roof is designed for future thermal and PV solar energy generation. It has massive walls and dual pane glazing for maximum energy efficiency. It is cooled by down-canyon breezes and ceiling fans; heated by sunlight or propane. It is insulated with formaldehyde-free and non-toxic recycled cotton. The walls are finished with natural clay and pigments. No interior paints or stains were used. 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. It is equipped with Energy Star appliances, a propane gas convection oven, and a tankless heater is used for hot water. Interior lighting is provided by daylight, high efficiency compact fluorescent and low-wattage incandescents on dimmers. Appropriate perishables are composted. A majority of the construction debris was salvaged for re-use or recycling. It was built by all local craftsman in 2006. The simple and elegant design and floor plan consists of 969 square feet inside and a 533 square foot wraparound view deck constructed of plantation grown machiche hardwood and connected to both bedrooms. There is an organic garden on the property and numerous fruit and nut trees.

Locally or Family Owned Business Notes

We have resided here as stewards of the land since 1988 and built the Kaweah Cottage in 2006 to accommodate family, friends and guests. We enjoy sharing the wildness, beauty, privacy and peace that can be experienced here. The Kaweah Cottage is available to only one party at a time and reservations are required. The owners and caretakers live nearby in the old homestead.

ADA Accessibility Notes

Because of the the extremely rugged terrain surrounding the Cottage and everywhere else on the ranch we are unable to provide ADA access.

Pet Friendly Notes

There are many animals already on the property, both wild and domestic. We are unable to accommodate visiting pets.

Comments

Shangrila. Nirvana. Paradise. Whatever you call it, Kaweah Cottage is one of the best kept secrets in California. I’ve been in every season: Winter is a lush green spring, spring finds you between two swollen rivers, summer and fall are all about climbing on the hot rocks, swimming in the river, eating blackberries growing off the banks. Standing on the expanse of exposed rock by the river: you are in a place where the vegetation itself has paused as if to take in the opera of the mountains, sky, and the constant flowing water. The cabin itself is a cross between a simple cottage and an elegant palace; the hosts Kathleen and James are extremely knowledgeable about the area, but wise and gracious enough to stand back and let you have your own private time with the land.

Benjamin Turner, 4/29/2011

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