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Kathleen Pfeffer

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english, german

Secluded getaway in the Oaks and Pines with meandering Deer

30 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Come hike up Half Dome or relax while staying at the Pine Canyon Retreat Home! It is conveniently located near Yosemite National Park along scenic Highway 140 and Historic Mariposa, approximately 9 miles east of downtown of Mariposa.

The Pine Canyon home is a beautiful custom home design with open beam construction and high ceilings. It sits at the 3300 foot elevation comfortably above the fog and below the snow line.

The Pine Canyon Retreat Home is just the place for families and friends looking for comfort, convenience and charm. The open floor plan is ideal for socializing and relaxing. Nestled in a hillside on 8 acres, the Pine Canyon Retreat Home offers privacy, quiet surroundings in the oaks with nature at your doorstep. Leave the crowds, traffic and noise behind. This house is fabulous and could easily be your ideal vacation home with all the modern amenities.

The Pine Canyon Retreat Home is conveniently located near Yosemite National Park and offers a variety of activities for all seasons. There is easy access to two nearby park entrances, Arch Rock Entrance Station along the Wild and Scenic Merced River Canyon, or the South Entrance Station along Highway 41 on the way to the majestic Giant Sequoias.

The Historic Gold Town of Mariposa with its quaint shops, restaurants, wine tasting from local Vineyards, History Museum and The California State Mining and Mineral Museum are all less than 15 minutes away.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Kathleen Pfeffer (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks: english, german

About Kathleen Pfeffer

Kathleen and Alex moved to Midpines 21 years ago to enjoy the natural beauty of the area and spend as much time in Yosemite as possible. Kathleen is an Architectural Designer and specializes in Straw Bale Home design. She is also very busy raising twin teenage boys. Alex is a trained Engineer and teaches mathematics at the local public High School.

Kathleen Pfeffer purchased this house in 2012

Why Kathleen Pfeffer chose Yosemite Area

This property is designed so nicely nestled in the oaks with nature. Deer often roaming, relaxing and resting in the meadow below the deck.

What makes this house unique

Our secluded oak retreat is incredible for enjoying sunsets, star gazing, wild flowers and bird watching all from the comfort of the deck, hot tub, or large windows in the living-room.

This custom home was designed by a local designer with lots of special details. The open beam ceiling, gable windows and skylights allows the home to feel light and spacious.


based on 30 traveler reviews

Secluded getaway in the Oaks and Pines with meandering Deer
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 30 reviews

Great time in a very nice cabin at Midpine, Mariposa

  • 5 of 5

Nice furniture, clean house, excellent equipment, nothing is missing. We enjoyed a great time. It was a pity that our schedule did not allow to stay longer. "Herzlichen Dank" to Kathleen and Alex.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a truly wonderful relaxing time in Mariposa. The Cabin is lovely with beautiful surroundings and has the added benefit of a hot tub.The location is great for visiting Yosemite and the town of Mariposa is great and has all the facilities that we needed. Restaurants, supermarket and petrol station. I would thoroughly recommend to my family and friends. We have come home with lovely memories

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Appleton, WI

Warm, Welcoming & Responsive

  • 5 of 5

It's difficult to select a home through Internet listings, but we are so pleased with our selection of Pine Canyon Retreat. Initially, the hot tub was attractive, but every day during our stay was over 100 degrees (rare, we hear) and we didn't even think about the tub on property. The tub is an extra benefit, because the home and location are definitely worth strong consideration. The attention to cleanliness and responsiveness of the owners was outstanding, and the home is perfect location for a secluded yet safe setting. It's also a beautiful drive to Yosemite, similar to most other homes we considered. Ask the owner for recommendations on hikes, drives and restaurants as they were all perfect for our needs.

This experience is exactly why we use VRBO.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Austin Texas

Overall a pleasant experience

  • 4 of 5

We were here only 3 nights so we could experience Yellowstone np , home is spacious and comfortable. Had a couple minor issues and owner was prompt to reply to assist. Recommend putting update chairs on patio and some chest or somewhere to place unpacked items in guest bedroom , other than that I would say it's nice home overall

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Secluded home near Yosemite

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time staying at Pine Canyon Retreat! It is definitely secluded and peaceful. We enjoyed relaxing in the hot tub after our hikes in Yosemite. It did take 45 minutes to get to the entrance of Yosemite, but is was such a lovely drive, we didn't mind the distance. There is a great grocery store right in the town of Mariposa, a 10 - 15 minute drive from the property. The home had everything we needed for cooking a few meals, we even grilled outside one evening. We had wished that there was more tables and seating on the deck area. Except for some areas that needed some repairs, the home was exactly as expected from the VRBO site and would recommend this property to anyone looking for a place near Yosemite!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Beautiful Property in Great Location - Highly Recommended

  • 5 of 5

We booked this property after extensive research for our base whilst visiting Yosemite. I don't think we could have made a better choice! The house is beautifully presented with many little finishing touches which makes it feel like a home away from home.

The setting is amazing, and feels secluded with no view of any neighbours. At night, the views of the stars are great, and with the skylight in the bedroom you can even watch the stars from your bed.

We found the hot tub relaxing after our days in Yosemite, and the deck that surrounds the house was great for sitting out having a few drinks. Gas barbecue outside and full kitchen inside meant we didn't really need to go into the town of Mariposa as we cooked all our own meals, however it is close if you need provisions.

The whole experience was wonderful, being from the UK we do not have such amazing wilderness areas so was a new experience and very peaceful to stay in such a lovely setting. We saw deer and hummingbirds, and luckily none of the scary creatures such as bears and rattlesnakes! The owners were very quick to reply to all correspondence and couldn't have been any better.

Thank you Kathleen and Alex for allowing us to stay in your property, our only complaint is that we didn't book for long enough! We are looking at booking again maybe for a week or so in the future, I will be in touch once we confirm dates.

Alec, Mattie and Emma

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Mariposa Airport
Nearest Golf
39 Miles
Sierra Meadows Country Club
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
Highway 140
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Nearest Ski
55 Miles
Badger Pass
Car: necessary

Great for birders. The swimming in Bear Creek and the Merced River are fabulous in the summer!


Rates & Availability

Mariposa House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 11.0%

Signed rental agreement due at time of reservation.
Rates are based on 4 guests. Additional guests are $20/night (6 guests maximum)

CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations that are made more than thirty (30) days prior to the arrival date will receive 50% of rental in return. Cancellations or changes that result after the 30-day date will receive no refund. Cancellation or early departure does not warrant any refund of rent or deposit.

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Mariposa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Beautiful custom tiled large shower!
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Sink in the bedroom with European feel
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , American Leather Sofa Sleeper (Queen) in the livingroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Full size bed
  • Master Bedroom has an open beam cathedral ceiling. Living room has a Queen American Leather Comfort Sleeper - the most comfortable sofa bed on the market, no uncomfortable springs and no sagging!
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

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