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(559) 535-4277
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26689 Avenue 96
Terra Bella, California 93270

Paternoster Family Farms Vacation Cottages

"Like Coming Home"

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Located in the heart of the rolling foothills at the base of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range, the Paternoster Family Farm has been a working farm for over 50 years. Following in his father Harry's footsteps, Steve grows citrus in the sunny San Joaquin Valley. He and his wife Joan would like to extend the invitation to experience a piece of authentic California on your next vacation. Our guests come from all over the world, but they all agree on one thing . . . "it's like coming home". Plan on making us your next stop on your road trip around California or your primary destination if you are looking for a place where time slows down. So kick off your shoes and come visit us out on the farm. Click here for more photos. Click here for customer comments.

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The Bella Vista Guesthouse is a charming turn of the century farmhouse with two bedrooms (queen size and double beds), one large bathroom complete with old fashioned tub and shower, full kitchen with refrigerator and microwave, sunny dining area, and living room with wood flooring, gas fireplace and high-speed internet access. Click here for more photos.

Update, December 2010: We have added a second bathroom! It has a sink, toilet and shower. We thought this might come in handy for times when there are two couples staying at the house.

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Our Location

Terra Bella is located on the east side of the San Joaquin Valley, about three hours north of Los Angeles and about five hours south of San Francisco. For those of you planning to attend the Tulare County World Ag Expo in February, we are located a short thirty minute drive to the South.

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What makes us different?

We would like to offer you the chance to experience the sweeter side of living on a small farm. Depending on the season, you will have a chance to go out and pick your own navel oranges off the tree, squeeze some sweet Valencia oranges for juice, or section off some of the best grapefruit available.

For those who would like to learn a little about how farming has shaped itself over the last fifty years, we offer an informational tour of our farm as well as other local family farms.

Local Area Attractions

Local attractions to visit, most within an hour's drive.

California Hot Springs; take the afternoon to go up and visit the hot springs resort located just 45 minutes away. You will enjoy the mountain drive almost as much as the soothing qualities of the warm mineral-rich water you soak in when you get there.

Trail of 100 Giants; If you continue past California Hot Springs, you will find the Trail of One Hundred Giants, appropriately named for the monolith Sequoias that live there.

The Barn Theater, located ten miles north in Porterville, has live entertainment in California's longest continuously running Community Theater.

Porterville Art Association is located at 152 North Main Street in downtown Porterville.

The historic town of Exeter, noted for its murals and shops; 25 minutes by car

Additional local area information can be found at the Exeter, Porterville, and Springville Chambers of Commerce.

For the road tripper or international traveler, we offer recommendations of other must see attractions and areas in California.

Prices and Policies

Prices: (The Bella Vista Guesthouse)

  • 1 Person - $115.00 per night
  • 2 Persons - $125.00 per night
  • 3 to 4 Persons - $150.00 per night

These prices do not include 10% Tulare County tax.


  • Reservations are required: 15 day cancellation notice
    $10.00 cancellation fee, 50% reservation deposit required by check or money order; balance due upon arrival.
  • Check-in: 3:00 - 6:00 pm - Check-out: 11:00 am
  • There is NO smoking within the houses. Smoking is permitted in outside areas.
  • No pets

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