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The outside deck is made from the circular bottom of a large redwood wine vat. A shade umbrella and table with chairs provide an outdoor living space. Hiking and mountain biking is welcomed nearby on the BLM land at Case Mountain a few yards from the driveway entrance to the cottage.
The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking, including microwave, gas stove, refrigerator, coffee maker, and all dishes and cooking utensils. Breakfast food is minimal, with cold cereal and oatmeal, freshly ground French roast coffee, both regular and decaf, sugar and half and half, along with an assortment of herbal teas and English teas.
There is an outside flower and herb bed at the level of the kitchen window at the sink.
A TV with DVD, equipped with satellite TV, and a stereo with a CD player is also found in the living room. A distinctive library of books and magazines are available for thoughtful browsing. Iron and ironing board, flashlight, board games, bathing supplies, and other amenities are offered for guests. The cooling system for summer months is a ductless air conditioner which keeps the cottage cool and comfortable, and also heats the cottage in the winter. The cottage has a landline telephone that allows for unlimited long distance calling (in USA only). Only ATT cell phones work in this area. WiFi internet via satellite is available with limited data use. Smoking is discouraged, allowed on the outside deck only. Please, no pets. The resident cats do not go into the cottage, so it is dander free for guests with allergies.
There is a queen-size bed, with down comforter in the bedroom area and a futon sofa in the living room which opens to a full-size bed. The bathroom has a tiled step down shower which also doubles as a sit down bath tub.
The natural setting is breathtaking for this private guest cottage deep in Salt Creek Canyon at the foot of Case Mountain. Located at 1200 ft elevation in the Sierra Nevada foothills, the cottage is surrounded by higher mountains and is situated at the end of a road in a rural subdivision.
During the “wet” season (usually from November to April), winter and spring dominate the landscape. Snow can often be found at the higher elevations in the National Park and chains might be needed to access Giant Forest. Several places in Three Rivers offer chain rentals. The foothills turn green with the seasonal rains and the wildflower season begins at the cottage elevation around March and April. The spring wildflower bloom migrates up the elevation climb, culminating in spectacular mountain meadow blossoming in Sequoia National Park during the early summer months. The “dry” season (usually from May to October) brings warmer temperatures in Three Rivers in the summer, along with drying foothills turning golden brown. The higher elevations in the National Park offer cooler temperatures for hiking along many trails.
The Case Mountain Recreation Area, public land, via the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), is located a short walking distance from the cottage parking area. This area has become the premier hiking area for locals and visitors. Many foot trails and mountain biking trails are a favorite experience for guests. During the spring, this area is profuse with blooming native wildflowers. Many trail guides and nature books can be found in the cottage. Elsah, your host, is a founding member of the local California Native Plant Society chapter (Alta Peak Chapter) and can answer questions about the local flora and fauna.
Lake Kaweah, a flood control lake managed by the Army Corps of Engineers, has seasonal boating and fishing opportunities. During the fall and early winter months, hiking is available in the dry lake bed. Bird watching is wonderful at this time, as many migrating birds stop in the lake basin. During the spring and summer, when the lake fills up from the High Sierra snow melt, the lake offers houseboat rentals and a several boat ramps. Swimming is open to the public, most commonly at the Slick Rock area for a daily fee (National Park permits accepted). Ask for more information at the Lemon Hill Visitors Center. The lake is located about ten miles from the cottage. Visitors circle around Lake Kaweah when driving into Three Rivers along Hwy 198.