Lookout House

Lookout House is your private waterfront retreat. Curated furniture, bedding & artwork for a luxurious vacation. Every window has a beautiful view of the southern Sierra & Kern River. Meet the river upon arrival! We’ve provided all you need for a perfect river getaway: speedy WiFi, 2 wood fireplaces, full kitchen, gas BBQ, laundry, dining/lounge areas & fully gated property.

  • Upstairs has Kitchen, Laundry, Dining Area, Living Room with Fireplace
  • Balcony off all upstairs Bedrooms
  • Main Bedroom has Queen Bed + En Suite Full Bathroom
  • Guest Bedroom has a Queen Bed with Full Bathroom across the hall
  • Downstairs Fireplace Lounge has Queen Sofa Bed

Please Note: This listing is the top floor and half lower floor of the 2-story Big View House. We close access to the Downstairs Suite for this rental. Whichever way you rent this house, you’ll be the only guests in the house and on the property. We value guests’ privacy.

River Access is right in the backyard! There’s a fence with lockable gates between the backyard and riverside terrace. The riverside terrace has a handrail only. Access is a natural boulder entry with handrail to the water’s edge. Guests must be sure-footed to access the water. River levels are seasonal and can change due to weather events. Please ask us about what to expect during your stay. Kern River Valley seasons are described here.


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Pod and Drip Coffee, All Cooking Utensils, All Dinnerware, Dishwasher, Stove, Oven, Refrigerator/Freezer, Spices/Oils, Toaster, Propane BBQ (propane provided)

Electric Vehicle Charger Level 2, Private Gated Driveway, Street Parking

Private River Access, Private Gardens, Balcony, Fenced Yards

Heating & Cooling
Central A/C and Heating, Portable Fans/Heaters, Wood Fireplaces

Showers, Bathtub, Towels, All Bed Linens, Bath Products, Hair Dryer, and Iron/Board

Washer, Dryer, Cleaning Supplies

Home Safety
Smoke Detectors, Carbon Monoxide Detectors, Fire Extinguishers, and First Aid Kits

More Amenities

Inside Amenities

Bedding (linens, blankets, pillows)

Bath Towels

Hand Soap/Shower Gel/Shampoo/Conditioner


Iron and Board

Graco Pack ‘n Play with Fitted Sheet

Standalone Folding Highchair

Crib with Mattress & Fitted Sheet (only with prior request)


Travel Blackout Curtains

Yoga Mat

Bluetooth Portable Speaker

Classic Board Games/Puzzles

Curated Reading Library

Record Player with Vinyl Selection

Firewood for sale (seasonal)

Kitchen Amenities

Locally Roasted Ground Coffee and Coffee Pods

Drip Coffee Machine with filter

Keurig Machine and French Press

Bagged Teas/Creamer Pods/Sweeteners

Paper Towels/Napkins

Cleaning Supplies/Laundry Detergent/Dishwashing Pods



All Pots/Pans/Kitchen Accessories

All Glassware

Toaster Oven/Blender/Coffee Grinder/Kettle

Olive Oil/Salt & Pepper/Basic Spices


Filtered Water

Outside Amenities

Electric Vehicle Charger Level 2 in Driveway (for fee)

Propane Weber BBQ Grill and Tools (propane provided)

Outdoor Blankets

Binoculars, Backpack, Maps

Beach: Towels, 2 Chairs, Umbrella, Sand Toys

2 Float Tubes, 1 Stand Up Paddleboard (seasonal)

Small Selection of Life Jackets – adult & children

2 Snow Sleds (seasonal)


Guest receives 100% if cancellation occurs at least 5 days before arrival. Guest receives 50% if cancellation occurs at least 1 day before arrival. No refunds within 1 day of arrival.

Well-behaved and housetrained dogs are permitted with pre-approval. Please tell us about your pup (breed, size, etc). There is a $60 pet fee per stay. We allow up to 2 dogs maximum. We don’t allow other animals without prior approval.

An agreement will be emailed to you and must be signed within 48 hours of booking to finalize the reservation.

Extra Guest Fee is $50 per night per guest over 5 guests, up to 6 guests maximum. Only registered guests are allowed on the property without prior approval.

We do not allow weddings, events, photoshoots or parties without prior approval. Please email us at hello@thekernriverhouse.com with details prior to booking.

No outdoor fires or fireworks are allowed (our outdoor propane BBQ and indoor fireplace are allowed).

We have a camera pointed on the driveway to ensure only the registered guests are on the property. We don’t record audio.

Our house is in a quiet riverfront residential neighborhood with houses on both sides. Please be mindful of noise after dark.

We’re always available through text and often in town. Please let us know of any issues you may have – we’re here to make sure you have a great stay!




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© Copyright 2024 The Kern River House

Nature is Calling

Follow along for seasonal promotions, events, and good vibes. We would love to stay in touch.

© Copyright 2024 The Kern River House

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