About The Ranch House
The Ranch House encompasses an entire house, minus the space for my other listing, The Overnighter. There is no shared space, except for the use of the barbecue. There is a full kitchen with full size refrigerator, gas/wood cooking range, toaster oven, coffeemaker, dishes, pots, pans and utensils. There is also a table for four in the kitchen. The bathroom has a toilet, sink and curbless handicapped accessible shower. The bedroom has a queen size bed and one entire wall is built-in bookcases with part of my library. The front room was a screen porch at one time, but the screens have been replaced with double-glazed windows that are wall to wall on three sides of the room. There is a loveseat, a couple of desks and an electric keyboard in the room. The living room has a couch and chair and that is where the fireplace with an insert, the main heat source, is located. Swamp cooler for hot weather and wood heat for cold days. There is no electric or gas heat. Outside of the kitchen's French doors is a large covered deck with tables, benches and chairs, as well as the gas barbecue which may be shared with the tenants in the Overnighter if there are any. Stock tank that will fit two for cool dip located on deck as well. I have a double futon mattress available for additional guests, but does not include any bedding. Will take up to six guests total with others sleeping on the floor, on the deck or outside, for an additional per person fee.
My original intent was to have this listing available only by the week or the month for artists and others who are looking for a quiet place to do their work, but it is available by the night too. I am a furniture maker and have a complete woodshop on site that could be available for use too. The Overnighter is really set up for just that, so if you are looking for a place to use as a base camp, this would work far better.
The bar2b is an old homestead ranch from the late 1800's, with this listing located in the original ranch house that is approaching it's 100th birthday. The oldest and coolest building on the property is a hay barn constructed in the 1800's and one could throw a seeping bag in there for the night as well. The property is 12 1/2 acres with all of the buildings in the north-west corner and the rest of the property is open gently rolling land with oak trees, rock outcroppings and grass. Most of the surrounding properties are of large acreage, so it feels very secluded. There is a nice little trail that goes back to the south-east corner and back approximately 1/3 mile roundtrip. Angus cows #46 and #10 may be encountered when out for a walk. They will be wary of you, as they are of me, watch where you step! I make the loop twice a day with my dogs and find it very relaxing. Winter, spring and early summer will be green with wildflowers everywhere in the spring. Typical of the Sierra foothills, everything will be brown from mid-June through October. In this part of the world, the summer is the longest season with no rain and heat. August temperatures can be over 100 degrees daily. Night time temperatures drop a lot, so at the end of the day the swamp cooler can be shut off, the windows opened and a pleasant night's sleep can be had. The whole place is fenced, there is a corral and there is water available for horses if you are traveling with them.
The bar2b is located 4 miles from Highway 180 which leads to Sequoia/King's Canyon National Parks. 18 miles from the entrance station and for cyclists, all up hill. There is a restaurant located within 1/2 mile if you don't feel like cooking or want to sit in the bar and have a drink. Gas station w/ diesel and mini-market 4 miles away.
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 1
- Accessible by: Drive
- Accommodation: Cabins & Lodging
- Check in after: 2PM
- Check out before: 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
The vibe at The Ranch House
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Artist's Retreat is a jewel in the Sierra Foothills. It is located on the way to Kings Canyon National Park in the middle of the countryside with frogs and crickets that will serenade you before bed.
It was cold at night and Brad offered to light up our wood stove to keep the place warm. He is a great person to talk with and he will be helping you with anything you need from the property. In front of the house, there is a porch to keep you out of the sun with a grill and picnic tables.
The 100 year-old homestead ranch is outstanding. There are plenty of acres to hike around for a morning walk with your warm cup of coffee. The property has lots to explore and feels like it is even larger than it is. There are two cows you can seek out on the ranch, a herd of llamas next door, lots of woodpeckers and Western blue birds.
There is a small local restaurant nearby at 2mins driving to get dinner if you don't feel like cooking.
Explore the ranch and the cool old barn. If you are into photography you will have an incredible set for your pictures!