Shaver Lake, California 93664
About Us

Welcome to the Natal's Granite Retreat website! On this website you will find information about the home, rental rates, dates of availability and things to do in Shaver Lake, California.

We love Shaver Lake! I (Dottie Natal) and my husband (David Natal) have been coming to Shaver since we were teenagers. We fell in love in the Sierra Nevada mountains in 1969 when we were backpacking with a group of youth. We have come to Shaver Lake and the area nearly every summer since then! We finally decided we needed to build a home, large enough to house our extended family, for our vacations and to provide an opportunity for other families and groups to love Shaver as much as we do. We explored neighborhoods and absolutely felt that Granite Ridge was the best--so quiet, with hiking trails everywhere, beautiful houses and trees and large lots. This house is on a lot that is slightly larger than one acre. It has a hiking trail crossing the bottom, some lovely large granite rocks, and is so easy to get to from Highway 126. It is minutes from the lake, close to the snowboarding/ski area China Peak, a short drive from town, and clean and safe.

Description of the Cabin

Lodging accommodations and a fully equipped meeting room for a group size of up to 20 provides a home atmosphere for a church, ministry, club or other retreat.

One of the few vacation rental houses in the area offering off-street parking, handicap access, Jacuzzi tub, and LOTS of room for a multi-family group (no need to argue about rooms when there are THREE master bedrooms and room for lots of children in the bunk room or play room!)

Under the menu item "Our Cabin" you can look at pictures and descriptions for each room, examine the house floorplan, and look at the panoramas of rooms to get a good idea of what you will find. There is also a video walk through of the entire house.



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Natal Granite Retreat -- Shaver Lake, California.
The only vacation rental available in Shaver Lake with handicap access, suitable for large, multi-generation family groups!

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6 months ago

Natal Granite Retreat

Update: the 2-person Jacuzzi is now installed! Whew, finally done! So many friends have asked about how the custom tiles are designed, made and installed I am including photos of the process here.
Javier Chavez and his two brothers did the hard work of tearing out the kitchenette in the "Granny Quarters" (which is now the "Sierra Sunshine 'Sweet'") and taking out the old bath, installing a new shower, building a partial wall around the new Jacuzzi.
I worked at home to create the tiles for the Jacuzzi surround, walls, and other areas. Here were the steps:
1. Plan, measure and make a template, roll out clay on my rolling table, cut to the templates. The lace I use on the rolling table is for the back of the tile--I need a good texture for the Thinset to adhere the tile.
2. Collect and lay out the leaves that I want to use for imprints, roll these into the clay.
3. Use my tools to make the textures I want in the tiles.
4. Let them dry several days, clean them up, then fire them ("bisque fire") at about 2500 degrees F. This takes a day to fire and a day to cool.
5. Glaze them-paint 3 to 4 layers of glaze on, fire them at about 2100 degrees for 8 hours, let them cool down slowly for a day.
6. Install them! Put Thinset on the back, place them, wait a day for it to set up, put grout between the tiles, clean it all up. Done!
I still have a few more tiles to complete and install, I don't like the steps, they are too high, so I am going to make a new step, I need to install a curtain around the opening for privacy--of course, there is never an end to updates! I'll post more pictures when I get all the final details done. I am very excited about the color palette I finally chose (after testing about 25 glazes!) And it makes that room so sweet!

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