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Secluded Peaceful Mountain Getaway W/ Great Views!

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

house, 1 bedroom+loft, 1 bath, sleeps 6

Yosemite Ranch offers a unique opportunity to experience dome home living on our secluded 60 acre ranch located on a private gated road. The Yosemite Dome Home is just a short drive down all weather highway 140 to the wild & scenic Merced River which offers swimming, fishing, and white water rafting. Highway 140 continues on through the beautiful Merced River canyon to Yosemite's Arch Rock entrance and Yosemite Valley. We are also close to the historic gold rush town of Mariposa which offers fine dining, museums, shopping, grocery stores, etc.

The Yosemite Dome Home is located on top of a peaceful, secluded oak studded hill offering scenic views in several directions. There are many deer, wild turkeys and other wildlife in the area that our guests frequently enjoy seeing.

Enter the Yosemite Dome Home and enjoy the spacious feeling created by the big pictures windows and the high domed ceiling complete with skylights. The main floor offers a master suite with a queen size bed, dresser, and two closets. The beautiful dining area looks out a large picture window to a view that goes for miles over several ridge lines. There is a large living area with comfy couches to relax on, or enjoy the satellite high definition large screen TV and DVD player. A wood burning stove and gas heater add warmth during the cooler seasons. During the hotter months enjoy the refreshing cool breeze of the evaporative cooler. The spacious kitchen includes a gas range, oven, microwave, and refrigerator/freezer. Heading upstairs, you will find the 'Slumber Party Loft' which has a private dressing room and two 'wings' each with two twin beds and dressers. Out the rear door is a fenced yard. Enjoy the sweeping vistas as you sit out at the picnic table. At night, experience the stars as you've probably never experienced them before. All necessary linens, towels, and bedding are included as well as dishes, glasses, silverware, and a coffee maker.

Total maximum occupancy of six people. Please note that rates are based on double occupancy, please be sure to enter the correct number of guests when you book to get the correct rate.

More Details

Irene Aborn
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2017

About Irene Aborn

Yosemite Dome Home is owned and managed by Brad and Irene Aborn and is part of our 60 acre horse ranch. Brad's background includes flying jets and helicoptors for the U.S. Navy with five years on active duty and 20 years in the Reserves. Brad then went into civilian aviation and has worked for such companies as L.A. Airways, Martin Aviation, Downey Savings & Loan, Rockwell International, and the Boeing Company. After moving to Mariposa County, he ran for public office and was elected to a four year term as a Mariposa County Supervisor. Irene Aborn got her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and worked in the Banking industry after graduating from college. After a few years, she decided to pursue her dream of raising arabian horses and together Brad and Irene started Flying A Ranch Arabian Horses which has garnered world wide recognition. We have now been involved with breeding arabian horses for close to 30 years and have exported our horses around the globe.

Irene Aborn purchased this house in 2003

Why Irene Aborn chose Yosemite Area

Yosemite has always been one of our favorite places and we were married in 1982 in the Yosemite Chapel in Yosemite valley. In 2003 we finally took the plunge and bought our dream ranch near Yosemite in beautiful Midpines. We chose the Midpines area for it's proximity to Yosemite and the Merced River while still being a convenient drive to the beautiful historic town of Mariposa and access to fine dining, shopping, etc. When we bought the ranch, the Yosemite Dome Home was the only structure on the property. Our family of five lived in the Dome Home for three years while our new ranch home was built. We really loved the time we spent living in the Dome Home and felt that others should have the opportunity to enjoy it also.

What makes this house unique

The Yosemite Dome Home is very private and secluded. The Dome Home is located on a private, gated road where you can enjoy peace and quiet. Wild turkeys and white tail deer are very commonly seen on the ranch. You may also see foxes, coyotes, bobcats, jack rabbits, and many species of birds. Guests are welcome to take a tour of the horse ranch as well.


Midpines House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Firewood
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower, toilet, sink
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom includes a Queen size bed, the upstairs loft has two wings each with two Twin or Single Beds (for a total of 4 upstairs beds). There is also a private dressing room in the upstairs loft. We do have a Pack-N-Play available for little ones.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Yard
  • Singles
  • limited accessibility
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Evaporative cooler, gas range, oven, coffee maker, toaster oven, fully stocked kitchen. Picnic table. High definition big screen TV.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Secluded Peaceful Mountain Getaway W/ Great Views!
average rating of 4.7647057 based on 17 reviews

April stay

  • 2 of 5

Very nice land/Nice people....BUT.....(read on)

(1)Driveway is a nightmare very muddy when it rains we almost got stuck several times and had a dirty car for 7 days if you have a nice vehicle this is not for you.

This needs to be fixed asap...a truck of gravel for 150.00+/- would take

30 minutes to fix the main issue.

(2)Drywall/plaster through out the house is coming off walls do to water damage

again not a huge cost to fix and definately needed.

(3)Shower is VERY small(36") but do able Im 6'3/ 260lbs(wasnt great)

(4)No washer dryer and only 3 towels provided for 7 days??? dumb...

(5)We lost internet for 4 of our 7days do to a crappy router in my opinion.

(6)We lost heat for 2 days do to not filling the propane tank or checking it before guests arrived...again dumb

(7)scorpion on wall Thursday maybe not a big deal?

****This place has so much potential really a shame only the minimum is being done.

Would not stay here again as it is right now and that is very unfortunate.

This is also my only bad review I have ever written and I have been using

VRBO for 20+ years with no issues....guess I was do.***

Overall we had a good trip despite accommodations the area is beautiful.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry there were a few unexpected glitches with your stay. In regards to the driveway, it has always had plenty of road rock on it and has never been a problem until the past couple of weeks. This year we have experienced an incredible amount of rain and some kind neighbors took it upon themselves to do a lot of grading which smoothed the road out but buried the existing road rock and left the road muddy. New road rock is coming but the road has to dry out a little before it is laid down. As far as the Internet goes, as I explained to you we have only one Internet provider in the whole mountain area. They were hit with a virus that caused hundreds of people across Mariposa and Oakhurst to lose their internet. I am surprised that you have complained about the internet here when you told me over and over you didn't care about the internet. I was very concerned about it being out to the point we spent hours standing in line to get the problem resolved and then had to leave the modem overnight for them to fix. If you had stayed anywhere else in the Yosemite area during this time odds are you would have experienced the same problem with the internet. As far as the towels go, you are right that more should have been left out, but I told you if you needed anything to let us know and we were up there several times during your stay so I don't know why you didn't mention you needed more towels, they would have been happily provided. I also apologize for the propane but in our defense it had been recently filled and we have never had it run out anywhere near that quickly. All I can think is it must have been due to guests cranking the thermostat way up and really burning it out. The heat was not out for two days, you told us it went out that night and we did get the propane refilled within a few hours of you letting us know it was empty (so heat out less than half a day) and meanwhile there were space heaters and a wood stove that did a good job of keeping the home comfortable. Water damage was recent also due to recent storms. Scorpions are not something we normally see and we appreciate you letting us know that you saw one, we plan to have a service come out and spray the house for bugs. I am sorry again that you experienced a few problems during your stay, some of them were beyond our control with the weather and the internet, but we did everything we could to fix things as quickly as possible. We appreciate your input as we strive to continue to improve.
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A quiet and comfortable stay

  • 5 of 5

My family spent three days at Brad and Irene's Dome Home, and we enjoyed it very much. The house is on the top of the mountain, with views of open fields. The house is nicely decorated, very spacious for the three of us, plus our little dog, and offers all we need for a quiet getaway. The house is conveniently located about 30 minutes away from Yosemite and less than 10 minutes away from Mariposa. In addition to the house itself, we also enjoyed the amazing starry nights, the wild turkeys and deer passing by the house. Thank you Brad and Irene, for sharing a piece of your paradise with us.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Such a great place to stay - just as advertised. This is a very private and scenic location. The owners couldn't have been nicer, meeting us when we arrived. After that, it was pretty much deer and birds! Great place.

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the home and hospitality of Brad and Irene very much. This was our launch pad for 2 days in Yosemite with the kids and everything worked out perfectly. Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful rustic getaway with all the right homestyle features.

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect location to stay outside of Yosemite National Park. Just a short drive from shopping and dinning at the mining town of Mariposa.The drive to Yosimite was beautiful so the time to get there was well spent. It was a very private setting with beautiful Blacktail Deer running around, Jack Rabbits, and Quail. Sunset and Sunrises were beautiful. The cabin had everything a large family or a couple could need. The owners were very nice. I do recommend having an SUV or higher sitting vehicle to get to this get away. Our charger made it there but there are some uneven parts of the road to get there. However that's still a fair trade to have Blacktail ten feet away from you. I highly recommend this spot for a romantic or family get away!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice response, we enjoyed having you as guests. I did want to mention that while we are on a gravel road, most vehicles should be fine coming in. We drive primarily Honda Accords ourselves and have for years and have no problems with going in and out with them on the road.
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Affordable Get Away

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay here. The owners were very friendly and attentive. The dome house is unique, peaceful in a beautiful rural landscape. Everything you need is there and the place is tidy. Some things could use an eventual upgrade, but all the essentials were there and for the price, its a good place to retreat to after a day at Yosemite.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Several in Mariposa
Nearest Point of Interest
Merced River
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest

Close to Yosemite National Park and the wild & scenic Merced River


Rates & Availability

Midpines House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak Season
Apr 15 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 26 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed. Dogs are allowed by approval only and are not to be left unattended in the Dome Home.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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