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Secluded Peaceful Mountain Getaway W/ Great Views!

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Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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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 an oak studded hill offering scenic views in several directions. Yosemite Ranch is also home to the world reknown Flying A Ranch Arabian horse breeding program located below the Yosemite Dome Home at the main ranch headquarters.

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.

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  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Irene Aborn
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
October 2, 2016
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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.


based on 14 traveler reviews

Secluded Peaceful Mountain Getaway W/ Great Views!
average rating of 4.928571 based on 14 reviews

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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Just what we were looking for!

  • 5 of 5

The Dome Home worked out great! Great property and great hosts! Minutes from Yosemite. I'll be back for sure! I have a feeling Brad has a few stories I would love to hear! Looking forward to it!


  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was amazing so natural I will drive so many hours just to be their again..

  • 5 of 5

The Dome Home is peaceful and a great home to go to you feel like your just at home. My family loved it even though we weren't able to spend our whole vacation their due to family emergencies but we will be going when we have the chance to go again. Thank you so much Irene and Brad for letting us stay at your Yosemite Dome Home

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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We Loved It!

  • 5 of 5

We have no words to describe. Peaceful, wonderful owners and just had a wonderful time there! We honestly did not pay attention on how the house was maintained because we were just enjoying the snow and the beautiful views. Just being away from the city was enough for us!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • 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:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 27 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Peak Season
May 1 2017 - Sep 30 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

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Midpines House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
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
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • 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.

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