22702 Avenue 344
Woodlake, CA 93286
$130-210 / two persons, $30 extra person
Jack and Monica Pizura welcome you to join them on their working orange ranch and to step back in time as you enter their gracious turn-of-the-century home. Designed in 1901 by a Pasadena architect for Monica’s ancestor, Illinois State Senator Fred E. Harding, the incomparable two-story craftsman-style home shows elements of a British Colonial style found in India and Africa–a must-stay for lovers of history, antiques, original art, and oriental rugs. Choose the sunny upstairs Juliana Suite with en suite shower/bath, queen-size bed and stunning views of trees, mountains and sunsets or the downstairs Lucy Harding Room with its warm cedar walls, vintage queen-size bed, en suite shower/bath and sounds of the pond fountain outside the window.
A light breakfast of culinary delights, served on Villeroy and Boch china with vintage sterling silver flatware in a dining room appointed with 19th century antiques, features fresh-squeezed Heirloom Washington Navel orange juice from the ranch, blended organic rain forest coffee, and many varieties of tea. Classical music quietly plays in the background. Some menu favorites are lavender/honey glazed white grapefruit, poached pears in a cranberry/lemon reduction, and peach/raspberry/yogurt/granola parfaits. Wicky-Up is a member of the Slow Food movement, buying fresh, organic and locally whenever possible.
Little “extras” include Wi-Fi, Port wine and a variety of beverages to be enjoyed on the verandah, in the garden, or by the fireplace, fresh cut flowers, fluffy bathrobes, bedside chocolates, gardens with cooing doves, a detailed tour of the historic home and unforgettable, old-fashioned hospitality. Monica’s careers have included school teaching, flight attending for American Airlines, law office administration, British tour booking, motherhood, and managing four small businesses. Jack’s hobbies are woodworking and copper sculpture. He uses his building skills to renovate old properties to rent. He has a background in electrical/mechanical engineering which he applies to their heating/cooling business. VISA, MC, AMEX cards accepted along with checks and cash. Smoking is allowed on the garden patios. Ask about children.
Located 18 miles from the main Sequoia Park entrance.