1893 VINEYARD COTTAGE AT GATEWAY TO YOSEMITE.

Cliff or Mary Lou Gardner

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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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1893 VINEYARD COTTAGE AT GATEWAY TO YOSEMITE.

Yosemite National Park Cottage Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms - 2 BRs sleep 2, the 3rd sleeps 1, 1 full bath. Great deck & porchs

Our rental is a charming 1893 cottage in a Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard, 1/4 mile off Hwy 140, 35 to 40 minutes to the El Portal entrance to Yosemite. The house is furnished in a Victorian style. A porch, large deck, and a great cedar tree provide delightful areas to relax & dine. For 1 or 2 couples, or a family, it is a great hideaway to return to after a day of visiting Yosemite, or the local attractions. In addition to seeing some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, while visiting Yosemite you make hike, swim, fish, or rent a raft for a lazy float on the river. You can also white-water raft on the Merced River, or take a rock climbing lesson. Mariposa is the southern end of the Sierra Gold Country and has a History museum, and the State Mineral Exhibit. Historic downtown Mariposa offers shopping, restaurants, and wine tasting.

NOTE: $150 is for 2, $15/person each additional person.

We live on a paved County road 1/4 mile off Highway 140, the all weather entrance into the Park. When you leave our cottage to go to Yosemite, this highway takes you through the Merced River Canyon; where, depending on the season, you will see white water rafters, raging waters, beautiful fields of wild flowers, or lovely fall color. Yosemite's beauty can be seen in the towering granite cliffs, the spectacular waterfalls, the giant Sequoia and Ponderosa, and fields of wild flowers, or it can be a winter wonderland. When you visit the Valley, you may want to use the free shuttle buses to see all of the Valley sights. You can get off to walk to the base of Yosemite or Bridal Veil Falls, or perhaps to hike up to Vernal and Nevada Falls.

The Valley has Park Ranger programs, a museum, book store, and the Ansel Adams Gallery The Village Store is a grocery and variety store. Numerous food services are available from fine-dining at the Ahwahnee Dining Room to cafeterias at the Yosemite Lodge and Curry Village. You can go horse-back riding, or rent a raft to float lazily down the Merced River.

Since the Valley is a small part of a Park that is approximately the size of the state of Rhode Island, you may want to visit the Wawona Hotel and the Mariposa Grove of the Giant Sequoia at the south end of the Park. You may even want to play golf on the Wawona 9-hole golf course. If time allows, you could drive into the High Country. Take a picnic lunch, and drive to Glacier Point for a spectacular view of the Valley, Half Dome, and the towering peaks in the Back Country. Or you may drive up to Crane Flat and take the Tioga Pass Road, stopping at the various turnouts to see the northern part of the Park, and enjoy a picnic. You can stop at Tenaya Lake to enjoy the view while you picnic, sun bath, and swim in the icy cold lake. Tuolumne Meadows has limited food service, wonderful meadows to explore, and you may even want to dine at Tuolumne Lodge before returning to your retreat in the vineyard. Whether you take a drive toward Glacier Point or Tuolumne, you will fine many hiking trails.

Our cottage is on the edge of a wine grape-vineyard. We have 6 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, and 1 acre of Sangiovese wine grapes. We are not a bonded winery, but sell our grapes to wineries. We keep a small amount of grapes to make our own wine. If you stay with us, we will give you a bottle of that wine for your dinner. Our grapes have been used to make gold-medal-winning wines in the price range of $15 to $35. Depending upon the time of your visit, you may see us pruning, training, or harvesting the grapes. If we are home during your stay (we usually will be), we would love to take you on a 'tour' of our vineyard.

If you chose to spend time locally, we have many interesting sights to visit. Mariposa is the southern end of the Sierra Gold Country. The California State Mineral Exhibit is a great stop to see some truly beautiful minerals. The Mariposa History Museum has a changing exhibit of the interior of 49er stores and houses. There is a gold-stamp mill that was used to crush gold ore, the first step in refining the ore. A tour of the County Courthouse, the oldest in California, is great fun. You can go gold panning, wine tasting, ride a zip line, play golf at three nearby 9-hole golf courses. Historic downtown Mariposa offers fun gift shops, numerous restaurants including California Cusine, Mexican, Chinese, Pizza,a Sports Bar, and more.

Perhaps you will want to spend some time at your cottage, relaxing under the Cedar tree, on the porch, or the deck. You can spend hours watching the Hummingbirds and Orioles feeding at our bird feeder. There are many other birds to watch such as Bluebirds, Barn Swallows, Robins, and Red Tailed Hawks. Be sure to allow plenty of time to view the night sky. On a moonless night the Milky Way is truly unbelievable. You may be lucky and see a meteor shower, or the Moon rise or set. We also have spectacular sunsets.

We live in a house in the vineyard, approximately 300 feet from the cottage. There is also a caretaker living on the property. We will respect your privacy; however we, or the caretaker will be available to answer any questions you may have, and give you suggestions on what to see and do.

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Suitability:
  • Singles
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Cliff or Mary Lou Gardner

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Mary Lou was born and raised in Yosemite Valley, and knows the Park extremely well. Cliff is a retired aerospace project manager. Mary Lou and Cliff were married in Yosemite in 1966. They retired to the property in 1997.

The property the cottage is on was bought by Mary Lou's parents in 1959. Mary Lou and Cliff took over the property in 1989, and planted the first 5 acres of the vineyard in 1992. They retired to the property in 1997, and built a house in the middle of the vineyard. They have used the cottage as a guest house every since. Now they have decided to share this special place with others.

We have spent weekends and vacations in this cottage since we were married. Mary Lou's parents built a house on the adjoining property and retired there in 1971. All four of our children first stayed in it when they are 6 to 8 weeks of age. It was a very special place to visit Grandma and Grandpa.

When Mary Lou's parents had the property, they raised a few head of cattle, so the grandchildren got to help with the roundup and branding. Now they help us make our wine, including stomping the grapes! Our Grands think that is great fun.

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 24 traveler reviews

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1893 vineyard cottage at gateway to Yosemite.
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5

Perfect place to relax

  • 5 of 5
It was so easy to get to this property. The pictures of the cottage were so accurate we felt as though we were coming back to a place we knew instead of seeing it for the first time. It was pristine clean. Mary Lou & Cliff were wonderful landlords,it was like visiting friends, and we thank them for the gifts of wine, scones, bowl of strawberries & jelly.
I slept soundly in the cozy bedroom with the quiet & fresh air of the open window. The bed was very comfortable.
Cliff gave us accurate directions to and from Mariposa Grove and Yosemite. We loved how it was so close. Our stay was short this time but hope to visit again and check out the town of Mariposa. We recommend the Yosemite Glacier Point tour also. Much more of a chance to spot wildlife and take in the awesomeness of Yosemite.
I would recommend this cottage to everyone we know that is heading out this way. Our time in the area was everything we anticipated and more.
Joan, Les and Clark
  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your comments. It was great having you stay in our cottage. We hope that you will be able to return sometime and get to know us and Yosemite better.

We have found that sharing our cottage has been a far greater experience than we had expected. We have had guests from over half the USA states, and 15 other countries. All have been such special guests, and we feel privileged to get to meet them.
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Perfect place to call "home" during Yosemite vacay

Perfect place to call "home" during Yosemite vacay
  • 5 of 5
My boyfriend and I arrived Monday evening to find homemade scones, grape jelly (from the vineyard), and some milk and coffee for our breakfast the next day, all of which I devoured the next morning while sitting on the back porch looking out at the vineyard. Perfect start!

We met the owners, and they were very hospitable and seemed like wonderful people! We weren't around the property much during the day, though, so we did not see them very much. They stocked the cottage with anything you could possibly need -- from ice chests and beach towels to maps and guides for the park to coffee filters and tea kettles. The bottle of wine from the vineyard was especially appreciated!

The drive into the park was a bit long, but I am pretty sure that unless you stay IN the park, you should expect to do some driving during your trip to Yosemite regardless of where you stay (and that may be true even inside the park, which is HUGE). It is certainly not an ugly drive :) We bought basic groceries in Merced on our way in (for breakfast and packing lunches), and we ate a couple of dinners out in Mariposa, only a VERY short drive away. We really enjoyed Charles St. Diner and went there twice. We also went whitewater rafting on the Merced through Outdoor Adventures, and they left from a small store just five minutes down the road from the cottage. Highly recommend them, too. All in all, we thought the location was very good.

We would definitely consider staying here again and would recommend it to any couples or small families visiting the area.
  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were very happy to meet you two, and are happy you found our retreat a good base for your vacation in Yosemite. We try to keep the cottage well stocked, so that our. Guests don't have to shop for the basics.
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5

Very nice, relaxing cottage.

  • 5 of 5
Wonderful cottage in an excellent location. Close to Yosemite, Oakhurst and Mariposa. Very clean and comfortable. Excellent scones! Exceptional owners!
  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Owner's Response: Thanks for your comments. We really enjoyed meeting you to. Hope you both have a great summer.
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Amazing in every way...

  • 5 of 5
We had a superb experience at the 1893 Cottage. It was super clean and super comfy. All the comforts of home, without all the distractions. Kitchen was well stocked, too, which is a bonus.

The scones left for our first breakfast were quite tasty. And, the owners' 'little red wine they make' is a dynamite Cab. That they sell it a little short is, well, humble of them.

Overall, just an amazing setting and a great location! Very, VERY highly recommended.
  • Submitted: May 19, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: thanks for your great review! We are very happy you had such a great visit. We have stayed in vacation rentals since 1970. We found them in the want ads or from fellow employees. We know what we want in a rental, and try to provide what we would want.
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Nothing could have been better...

  • 5 of 5
This was our first trip out California and Yosemite National Park. We usually like to stay outside of the parks when we travel to avoid crowds. I felt so lucky to that we found this cottage, a quick 30 minute drive to the Arch Rock entrance of Yosemite National Park. The cottage is quaint & lovely and had everything we needed to make for a comfortable stay. The grounds are beautiful. We enjoyed evenings on the back deck and nightly walks around the vineyard. The proprietors are friendly and were helpful in planning our time at the park. We would surely stay there again.

The town of Mariposa was a pleasnat surprise. There was a well stocked supermarket, which we visited daily and lots of nice shops and restaurants. The location and cottage get two thumbs up from us!
  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your comments. We really enjoyed meeting you, and sharing our love of Yosemite with you.

We appreciate your comments about the town of Mariposa. We do not say much about it in our description, and will update our site to include more info. Many guests have commented on how much they enjoyed walking around the vineyard. We have 14 acres of our property fenced with a 7 foot vineyard fence to keep the deer out of the vineyard, We keep the vineyard mowed, so you can walk around the vineyard, and enjoy the views, and perhaps see deer, etc, outside the vineyard.
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Owners were wonderful

  • 5 of 5
We were due to arrive on October 1st. Cliff called me the night before to warn me that the government shutdown meant the park would be closed at midnight. He knew Yosemite Park was the sole purpose of my visit and wanted to offer me a discount if I still wanted to stay at the cottage, or the chance to cancel with a full refund. We chose not to make the 6-hour drive this time, but next time my sister makes it over from the UK, we will try again, and look forward to staying at The Vineyard Cottage, and meeting Cliff and MaryLou. They were so understanding of our disappointment, and apologetic about the situation, it meant a lot to us - will definitely recommend this property and these owners to friends.
  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your comments! We were so sorry you and your sister were unable to get into the Park. You were our last guests for the season, so we did not have to cancel any other reservations, but we did feel badly for ALL of the people wishing to visit all of the
National Parks. We hope to get to meet you and your sister some time in the future.
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Availability & Rates

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Yosemite National Park Cottage Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
$150
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning fee $65 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%
Notes Maximum # of guest 5

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Amenities

Amenities

Yosemite National Park Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • River
  • Mountain
  • Rural ...
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Adventure
General:
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Iron & Board
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Living Room
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer ...
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • All bed and bath linens are upgraded. All beds have new mattresses.
Entertainment:
  • Stereo
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • VCR
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 13 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Singles
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • cycling
  • skiing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • hunting
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • fishing
  • cross country skiing
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • snowboarding
Notes:
We have high chair available. A cell tower is less than 1/2 mile from the cottage.
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