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Mono Lake home, near Bodie, Lee Vining, Yosemite, Mammoth Lake Monthly Rental

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 1 - 31 nights


About the property

Well-lighted view home; 1 King bed, 2 Twin beds, 1 Queen loft & full Bathroom

This home has the warmth of natural light, passive solar design and furniture.

Come experience being an Off-Gridder!

Wildrose Station is perched at the rim of the ancient sea, known today as Mono Lake, where the high desert sage meets Pinon pine forest.

Wildrose Station (named after the original owner's radio handle) is a safe haven, private, with a road gate, perfect as a writer's retreat or romantic getaway on 40 acres.

The house has a bird's eye view, nearly 360 degrees, over Mono Lake, it's volcanic islands, the Mono Craters, the White Mountains (Bristlecone trees) which border Nevada, wrapping around to Mt. Tom, to Mammoth Mountain ski area, June Mountain ski area, the Minaret range within the Ansel Adams Wilderness, high peaks of Yosemite National Park, up to Lundy and Virginia Lakes and Dunderberg Mountain.

The historic ghost town of Bodie is just a few miles in the hills behind the house. To the east of Mono Lake, herds of wild horses roam.

This 1600 square foot home, with it's open, studio-like floor plan, expansive views and late light, offers spectacular sunrises, moonrises, alpenglows and stargazing.

Each season abounds with recreation--just out the door-- or an hour to Mammoth Mountain; half an hour to June Mountain ski area. Summer days are long...great birdwatching, kayaking, canoeing, wildflower viewing and hiking in the nearby canyons, fly-fishing, mountain biking, four wheel driving. The autumn usually offers California's most spectacular fall colors in aspen clustered canyons nearby--a photographer's paradise. Hot springs are accessible year-round....some just to the north outside of Bridgeport and others southeast of Mammoth Lakes and Benton Hot Springs.

Winter days at the house are surprisingly warm inside while the great outdoors offers some the best back-country skiing, alpine at nearby June Mountain( 30 minutes) & Mammoth Mountain(55 minutes) ski areas, and out the door cross country skiing, as well as California's own ice climbing at nearby Lee Vining Creek canyon and at Silver Lake (June Lakes).

The largest nearby airport is Reno, Nevada, a two and a half hour drive from the house. Mammoth Lakes-Yosemite Airport is an hour's drive south.

For short term stays consider our other property, the historic Dutch Pete's Ranch, near Benton Hot Springs.

Keywords: Comfortable, well-lighted, home,natural light, high desert, Mono Lake, Eastern Sierra Nevada, June Mountain, Mammoth Mountain, White Mountains, Yosemite National Park, Tioga Pass, Bodie Historic State Park , ghost town, hiking, biking, fall colors, photography, skiing, birding, kayaking, horse riding, astronomy, four- wheeling. Pet considered.

Available monthly as vacation rental.

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, german, spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2018

About SJAdams

Living full-time at Wildrose Station for nearly a decade was paradise! As a single woman I felt very safe and could really relax after a long day/night around many people at the Mono Inn roadhouse. I am thrilled to be able to share this place with special guests who enjoy the solace of wide open spaces, away from populated areas. It's an ideal writer's retreat. I used to ski in and out of the house in winter up the 1/2 mile driveway, take memorable walks with my dogs around the Bodie Hills and canyons. Many fond memories.

SJAdams purchased this farmhouse in 2000

Why SJAdams chose Lee Vining

It had the right vibe---a peaceful, warmth, gemuetlichkeit. You will understand once you've stayed there.

What makes this farmhouse unique

This house is quiet, well-lighted, serene, off-grid, with solar-power, a back-up generator, passive solar design allowing amazing warmth in winter. Outrageous views and sense of peace. The house has contemporary appliances and furniture. So much to say. Please check out the other website 'monolakeranch' for more detailed information and photos. Pet considered.

Thank you!


Lee Vining Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • No weapons, including guns and bow/arrow for recreational use.
  • No Campfires allowed.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In
  • Ski-Out
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Spacious bathroom with skylights, tub, shower, heat
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , A roll in shower is available
  • The Master Bathroom (Bathroom 1) in the hallway next to the master bathroom has a tub with a circular shower. Both forced air heater and the wall vented heater provide plenty of warmth & comfort.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master bedroom - 1 king , New king bed & mattress, forced air heat, wall heat, views
    West bedroom suite - 2 twin/ single , Two twin beds with down duvets, forced air heat, bathroom
    Loft - 1 queen
  • The Master Bedroom has a king size bed with down comforter and reading lights. There are views from bed out the window south to the lake and east towards the White Mountains. Solace. Also, from bed, you can see the twinkling of stars blanketing the skies. Your choice for a natural early morning sunrise, or not.There is comfortable heat for winter. During the summer the cool high desert nights offer amazing cross breezes.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Pet considered. Queen futon in loft, handicap accessible with exception of loft, for more photos visit Our other property can be viewed at


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Mono Lake home, near Bodie, Lee Vining, Yosemite, Mammoth Lake Monthly Rental
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Soothing and comfortable place

  • 5 of 5

The Wildrose station is an amazing place, with one of the best views I had from an accommodation in my entire life. Of course, the house is isolated and if you are looking to go out and get dinner every night at a new restaurant, you shouldn't go to mono Lake in the first place. If you are looking for place that feels like home, comfortable (with all the cooking appliances you would need) but transported in an environment that makes you feel connected with nature, this is the place! While I have not met Sarah, I can say that she was a charming host. She gave all the information prior to our arrival and was there when we needed to contact her. We want to go back!

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Paul, for your thoughtful review. I do hope to have you and your wife back to Wildrose Station again one month soon. Warmest wishes, Sarah
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San Francisco

Can't wait to return

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I had wanted to spend more time around Mono and I can't imagine a more perfect place for it. As others have mentioned, the setting and views are unbelievable, and the quiet is almost unimaginable (for a city dweller, anyway). We scuttled plans for a few day trips just so we could spend more time at the house. Lots of great walks and bike rides right there; wonderful birds and wildlife... couldn't ask for more. (Getting zoomed by nighthawks while enjoying dinner was a high point!) It was absolutely perfect.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi S, I hope you return one month soon too. (:
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Cape Cod, MA

Exquisite Quiet, Great Access to hiking, House was perfect

  • 5 of 5

The two of us were immediately won over to the house and location from the website description and were not only not one bit disappointed but found everything to be even better that we'd expected. In fact it was so wonderful for us to be in the house and on the terrace that we hardly wanted to budge. The house was well kept, clean, stocked with necessities and extras that are often not part of rental properties. The library kept us up at night and entertained over morning coffee. It was easy living for a week in a completely off the grid, solar house and the lack of that little high pitched squeal from the electrical wires in standard US homes was part of the magical silence that we so adored. We ate at the Tioga Gas Mart and had a great meal, otherwise pretty much ate at home. Lee Vining Market is excellent. Hiked Saddlebag Lake and Lundy Canyon but didn't quite make it to Bristlecone in the White Mountains to the East. Next year. Great ranger station on 395 in Lee Vining. Mono Lake is super weird and strangely beautiful with easy walks. A visit to Bodie brought the reality of the "ghost town" down to earth with the history of gold and silver that swept through CA.

This was one of our most memorable and enjoyable trips for its combination of serenity and access to great activities. Can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2010
  • Stayed: September 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: See you soon...thank you!
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4 0
san diego, ca usa

Perfect spot– scenery, silence, open space

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place for those that love the outdoors and are looking to get away from the bustle. The setting is spectacular and the house takes full advantage of it, with large windows all around. Spend (lots of!) time on the patio and you'll have the advantage of open space, as if you were camping out, but with the ease of home. Rustic style but with modern features, the house is well-equipped and all works well; the owner is easy to work with. Plenty of good hiking, from the Bodie Hills, just behind, to the Sierra, a short drive away. And, of course, lots to explore around the Mono Basin. Highly recommended for those that dont need conveniences/night life right near by.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2010
  • Stayed: July 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's been so long, but thank you for sharing your experience! (:
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Goleta, CA 93117

Extraordinary and unique.

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Wildrose Station was truly exceptional. It is one of the most memorable places at which we have ever stayed. Everywhere you look- inside or outside- it is beautiful: unbelievable views without another house in sight, sun streaming through the windows, and exquisite, comfortable furnishings. The home is equipped splendidly with everything you might need. The library is amazing. No wonder we didn’t ever want to leave the house! When we did tear ourselves away, the Sierra trails were within easy access, and so was the marvelous Mono Market in Lee Vining. The peace and quiet of the house, the utter silence except for bird calls, and the setting are marvelous. We could not have wished for a better get-away, and we cannot wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2010
  • Stayed: October 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Ann. (:
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Mammoth Lakes
Nearest Barpub
17 Miles
Lee Vining
Nearest Golf
60 Miles
Mammoth Lakes
Nearest Train
130 Miles
Reno, Nevada
Nearest Restaurant
13 Miles
Mono Inn atMono Lake
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
June Mountain
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
June Lake
Car: necessary

Birdwatching, four-wheeling, ghost town, archeology, wild horse viewing in area equestrian set up available at other home.

There are hot springs in the Bridgeport area.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $50

Rates subject to change until confirmed with deposit and personally supplied housing agreement.
Pets considered.
Please note that the house is available as a monthly (31 day) vacation rental for $3600.
Rates available for other lengths of stay upon request.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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