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“Ranch Sham-Pain-In-The-Neck” 2 of 5 stars
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Mineral King Road, Champagne Canyon, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA   |  
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Michigan
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“Ranch Sham-Pain-In-The-Neck”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2008

My husband and I stayed at Ranch Champagne cabin #3 for our honeymoon in September 2008. The cabin was very cozy and included all of the amenities we needed to enjoy our stay (small fridge, electric stove top, outdoor barbeque grill, comfortable bed). The surroundings were beautiful and we very much enjoyed the town of Three Rivers and Sequoia Nat’l Park. Of all the “middle-of-nowhere” trips we have taken, this was by far one of the most amazing. Unfortunately, there are a few things that tainted our stay and for these reasons we will not return to Ranch Champagne.

First, when we arrived there were mouse droppings on the counter and in the sink. We fully understood we were in the countryside, however, we were surprised by this unexpected filth.

Secondly, while cabin #3 does sit off by itself, a Ranch Champagne employee has a trailer home about 30 yards from the cabin’s large bedside window, so it was not as private as we had expected. My recommendations to the owners would be to install some sort of privacy fence or even a tree or vine between cabin #3 and the employee’s trailer so when guests are in bed they can relax and enjoy the privacy.

Lastly, we accidentally left behind our camera battery charger and cell phone charger. We promptly called the owners a few hours after our departure and asked that they grab the chargers before the next guest arrived, which was 48 hours later. Alas, our request was ignored and the new guests took home our chargers. Fortunately, the guests realized their mistake and quickly returned the chargers to Ranch Champagne. However, despite all attempts to have our chargers mailed to us (we even provided a self-addressed and prepaid US Postal Priority box), nearly two months later we still have not received our chargers and all the while have been unable to use our cell phone or camera. Given all of the attempts to make this process as easy as possible, we have been completely ignored. We have given up hope that our chargers will be returned and now we will have to pay nearly $100 to replace both of them.

  • Liked — Beautiful scenery, inexpensive daily rates, cozy environment
  • Disliked — Poor customer service, lack of privacy
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Southsea, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2008

This is a hidden beauty.

The cabin was beautiful and the scenery fantastic. I loved this place and would recommend to experience the real Sequoia.

The website was good but doesn't show you half of the amazing views and the experience.

It is quite isolated and a 25 minute drive up a 7 mile single track road but well worth it.

  • Liked — location, views and touches of luxury
  • Disliked — the drive up
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2007

This place was *awesome*!

My BF and I went for a 4 day get-a-way and this place was perfect. It is far enough to be away from people, but not too far away. It is a 25 minute drive up a twisty mountain road, but that just put us 25 minutes away from other people and 25 minutes closer to the Mineral King hiking spectacular! Granted the sequoia's were great, but we actually preferred the less crowded, yet really beautiful Mineral King where we hiked, saw a bear, deer, lots of marmots and very few people.

Anyhoo, back to the cabin. It was incredibly clean and very nicely decorated. I'm not sure why a family of 4 would attempt staying in a single cabin, since the website for the cabins states there's only a queen sized bed and suggests that if you have kids to use both cabins. Although, they are quick to offer an air mattress if needed for extra sleeping area. The cabins are single room with a small kitchen and bathroom. There's a fantastic deck with a even more fantastic clean propane grill which we used to cook our meals every night.

Electricity in this secluded area is tricky, the neighbors don't even have electricity! No worries for the cabins though. They are powered by batteries that are charged by both solar and generator power. Obviously huge power suckers, like curling irons and hot plates are a no-no. There was plenty of power to keep our fridge cold, water pumping, lights on, XM radio on, and tv running (ok we didn't use the radio or tv, but both are furnished in the cabins). Water heating, air heating and cook top all run on gas. There was one snafu when the other cabin dwellers used a curling iron or something and sucked all the power out one morning, but it was quickly restored. Didn't matter since the stove still worked and we could cook our breakfast.

Owners are great! Really helpful and as I said they keep the place in tip-top shape. Lots of work has gone into this place to keep it clean and beautiful. The views are fantastic and you can listen to the river flowing nearby and watch the birds that hang out in the oak trees. There are also some rogue cows that wander around nearby (doesn't smell like cows at all though). We were really entertained by the cows and enjoyed petting a couple of horses that visited in the next field over.

Although there is one other cabin nearby, it is very private (conversations can't be overheard from one cabin to another). The bed was comfy and super clean, with fresh cotton sheets. Bathroom was equally clean with plenty of fresh towels and a clean shower with plenty of hot water. Although we were a couple looking for a romantic get-away, one day our neighbors were a family of 3 who also told us they had a fantastic time and the father and daughter spent a lot of time hiking around the cabin area near the river.

We can't wait to go back. I already miss laying on the deck at night, enjoying cool canyon breezes while watching the moon and stars above! I can also attest that there were many really positive things said by other visitors of our cabin in the guest book. People love this place!

  • Liked — unique, secluded location
  • Disliked — that I couldn't stay longer
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2007

Two great little cabins in the middle of nowhere. Ok, they're not really cabins, but they look like cabins - very nice & small. We went with small children and what was nice was that the place was fenced in and there were even cows & horses on the other side of the fence. Very little mountain road traffic made it very nice for our families. It is a bit removed - 25 minutes up a long, winding road from the main drag - has its good & bad side. The owners were great. Cabins were clean. Very quiet spot - we saw a few cars driving by but never saw another person up there in four days except the owners stopping by & neighbor who came looking for his dog.

  • Liked — It was just us chickens - nice to be next door to good friends
  • Disliked — Very small cabins (for a family of four) and a long winding drive to come/go
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Mineral King Road, Champagne Canyon, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
Location: United States > California > Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Number of rooms: 2
Also Known As:
Ranch Champagne Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park

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