A Stunning Former Cherokee Settlement Site Along The South Fork River Banks

The River Island, Three Rivers, California
The River Island, Three Rivers, California, USA | vacation home rentals
  • House
  • 5 BR
  • Sleeps 8
  • from $ 1200 nt
An Enchanting River Hideaway

There are few spots more magical in California than the Sequoias, and this former Cherokee settlement site along the banks of the South Fork River is as enchanting as it gets.

Erected directly into a massive span of bedrock with the pyramid-shaped Blossom Peak as a backdrop and the ever-present flow of the river as your view, it was constructed to honor the landscape in serene harmony with nature.

An idyllic setting for a restorative retreat, it’s also the perfect basecamp to explore the beauty of the Sierras.

Description

Tucked away in the foothills of the Sequoia and Mineral King National Parks, this vacation home rental is set among over five acres of lush forests along the pristine South Fork riverfront. Anchored into the ancient bedrock, this landmark area once served as a settlement for Cherokee tribes where you’ll find the remains of their markings in the rocks.

Constructed using muted natural materials including rock, slate, and brushed concrete, the house blends smoothly with its environment. 

The great room with its banks of windows focuses on the breathtaking scenery with two main sitting areas, one with a piano for a little musical accompaniment to the bucolic surroundings, a fully equipped kitchen, and a large dining area that seats ten. 

A winding stair up the turret leads to the en suite master bedroom featuring a unique slate and wood bathroom and a private terrace overlooking the property. There are two additional double guest rooms and two baths with room for five.

The separate guest house is an all-in-one space with a sleeping area and fully equipped kitchenette and a fun loft space large enough for two sleeping areas and a lounge, each with lovely views. 

Both buildings have expansive observatory rooftops with majestic views of the river and the landscape.

There’s a heated spa nestled above the water’s edge with dining and lounge terraces scattered around the structures and a separate yoga studio.

Enchanted pathways wind through the property with peaceful grassy and forested areas, a sheltered outdoor lounge, a fire pit, and a small sandy beach along the banks.  

You can wander freely and explore the expansive property where a private hiking trail leads into the woods and along the river.

AT THE BASE OF THE SIERRAS

Iconic, majestic and one of nature’s most dazzling wonders, the Sequoias, and surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains are some of the best that California has to offer. Centrally located, the house is a ten to fifteen-minute drive to the main entrance to Sequoia National Park station and both Slick Rock recreation areas and King’s Canyon National Park, and just a few minutes from Three Rivers town restaurants and shops.

South Fork Drive, where the house is located, dead-ends at the lesser-known entrance to the park where there are no fees and where you can still access great hiking trails and camp spots. There are no giant sequoias here but it’s a beautiful 20-minute drive that turns into a dirt road for the last couple of miles. Surrounded by the golden hills of the lower Sierra Nevada mountains, Lake Kaweah is 10 minutes south.

It’s approximately a 3.5-hour drive from Los Angeles and 4.5 hours from San Francisco.

LOCATION 

Sequoia, California. Nearest Airport: Fresno Yosemite International Airport (1.5 hr) 

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Year-round

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  • The River Island, Three Rivers, California, USA | vacation home rentals
  • The River Island, Three Rivers, California, USA | vacation home rentals
  • The River Island, Three Rivers, California, USA | vacation home rentals
  • The River Island, Three Rivers, California, USA | vacation home rentals
  • The River Island, Three Rivers, California, USA | vacation home rentals
  • The River Island, Three Rivers, California, USA | vacation home rentals
  • The River Island, Three Rivers, California, USA | vacation home rentals
  • The River Island, Three Rivers, California, USA | vacation home rentals
  • The River Island, Three Rivers, California, USA | vacation home rentals
  • The River Island, Three Rivers, California, USA | vacation home rentals
  • The River Island, Three Rivers, California, USA | vacation home rentals
  • The River Island, Three Rivers, California, USA | vacation home rentals
  • The River Island, Three Rivers, California, USA | vacation home rentals
  • The River Island, Three Rivers, California, USA | vacation home rentals
  • The River Island, Three Rivers, California, USA | vacation home rentals
  • The River Island, Three Rivers, California, USA | vacation home rentals
  • The River Island, Three Rivers, California, USA | vacation home rentals
  • The River Island, Three Rivers, California, USA | vacation home rentals
  • The River Island, Three Rivers, California, USA | vacation home rentals
  • The River Island, Three Rivers, California, USA | vacation home rentals
  • The River Island, Three Rivers, California, USA | vacation home rentals
  • The River Island, Three Rivers, California, USA | vacation home rentals
  • The River Island, Three Rivers, California, USA | vacation home rentals
  • The River Island, Three Rivers, California, USA | vacation home rentals
  • The River Island, Three Rivers, California, USA | vacation home rentals
  • The River Island, Three Rivers, California, USA | vacation home rentals
  • The River Island, Three Rivers, California, USA | vacation home rentals

The River Island

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Bedrooms5 Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms in main house plus 2 Lofts in Guest house
Bed TypeMaster Room: King Bed, Guest room 1: Queen, Guest room 2: Twin XL, Guest House : Loft 1: Full Loft 2: Twin
KitchenFully equipped
Bathrooms4 Bathrooms
Accommodate8 Guests
InternetWifi throughout
Kid FriendlyFamilies welcome
Pet friendlyNo
ViewGorgeous South For River and countryside views
Rates
Pet Fee$250
Cleaning (One Time)$140
Sec. Deposit$300
Check-In4 PM
Check-Out11 AM
CancellationGuest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 60 days before the time of check-in. If the guest cancels 30-60 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 30 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given.
NotesThe property is designed for kids to have an amazing time
Season Start Date End Date Min Stay
3 nights
House Rules

NO WEDDINGS or SPECIAL EVENTS (Strict 8-10 guest max.) RULES and REGULATIONS 1. Guests are expected to care for the property as if it were their own. Guests agree to notify owner of any accidental damage. Damage costs are the guests’ responsibility. 2. Pets are not permitted. 3. Check in: 4:00pm & Check out: 11:00am 4. This is a NON-SMOKING property. Due to dry conditions in the Sierra Nevada foothills, fires can be easily sparked by cigarettes. 5. The River Island is in a quiet zone neighborhood, we DO NOT rent the house for loud parties, weddings or social gatherings. We ask that you treat our neighbors with respect by not trespassing, making excessive noise or playing loud music. 6. The Homeowners are not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illnesses that occur, nor are they responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables. SAFETY: Exercise caution near the river, walkways, steps and trails. Children must supervised by an adult at all times. FOOTWEAR: Please remove footwear inside the house, and we suggest wearing water shoes when entering the river. Please be careful when stepping on rocks as moss makes them slippery. 7. Housekeeping: There is no daily housekeeping service. However, light housekeeping service is available at an additional charge. 8. Cancellation Policy: Full refund for cancellations made within 48 hours of booking, if the check-in date is at least 14 days away. 50% refund for cancellations made at least 7 days before check-in. No refunds for cancellations made within 7 days of check-in. PROPERTY & RIVER WARNING & DISCLAIMER This establishment borders the South Fork River, which in peak months (approximately February-May), can be an extremely fast moving river and potentially deadly. You and all members of your party enter the river, riverbanks and adjacent areas at your sole risk and peril. No lifeguards or trained rescue personnel are on duty. You take full responsibility for the supervision of children and guests at all times. By entering these premises you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the owners with respect to any and all claims, actions, suits, proceedings, costs, expenses, damages, liabilities, including attorney’s fees, arising out of, or connected with your use of these premises and any injury or death resulting to you or any member of your party. I have read and understand the warning and disclaimer, and agree to use the premise at my sole risk.

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