The River Tree House is a beautiful spacious 3-bedroom river house. Big enough for a family of eight or nine. The spacious kitchen is fully equipped including washer/dry, and gas grill. The house has has two large decks that overlook the river and mountains. The bedrooms are large with cozy beds and clean sheets and blankets. Plenty of cabinet and closet space throughout the house. We had the option to use central air-condition or swamp cooler. We choose the swamp cooler and it cooled throughout the house! The swimming pool is directly in front of the house. It is well maintained with tables/chairs and shade to enjoy the views. The backyard is the Kaweah River with trails that lead to the river. You do have to walk on rocks but not impossible to get to the river. The water is not dangerously deep. My two year old grand-daugher played in the water with no problem. The adults were able to sit in the water and relax on the large boulder rocks enjoying the sun and views. At night the views of the huge boulders are grand and the million of stars twinkle occasionally spotting a shooting star! The staff was very friendly, helpful and made us feel welcomed. Local markets, candy and ice cream parlor nearby and a restaurant "The Gateway" is right next door to the lodge. For those headed to the big trees this lodge is only 10 minutes away from the Park's entrance (another great feature of this place). I would have given this place an "excellent." However, I had a couple of recommendations from the family. My 7 year-old-grand-daughters suggested a television with blue-ray downstairs in the lower bedroom. The reception for cell phones and or Wifi is weak (who needs this when your getting away from it all). The deck in the master bedroom moves side to side when walking on it (a bit scary). Dog friendly, but a bit expensive for your pet's stay (100 extra dollars!). Overall, we had a great time at the River Tree Lodge and would recommend this place to family and friends.
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