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Paul Weiss

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english, spanish

Starlit Chalet on Yosemite's Doorstep—3,800' High — Silent! Secluded!! Stars!!!

34 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Yosemite National Park Chalet Rental Photos and Description

Chalet, 3 Bedrooms + Futon bed, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Starlit evenings perfect for romance. A dance floor. Stargaze from the deck. Look, there's Orion! Folks love the privacy, quiet ... no traffic noise. And breathing pure air and drinking sweet, non-chlorinated water. The chalet is a comfortable base from which adventurous families launch serious explorations of Yosemite and the Sierra. Days begin with animated fly-ins of wild doves, stellar jays, dark-eyed juncos, grosbeaks and hummingbirds who come to enjoy birdseed on our deck. Guests watch happily from comfortable chairs in the Great Room. Squirrels join the party. Sometimes, wild turkeys and gray foxes. Deer cross the meadow. After Mother Nature's morning shock and awe, the bell sounds; time to peek through another window at one of America's richest historical periods. We head for Gold Country Mariposa to enjoy the California Mining and Mineral Museum or the History Museum, visit one of our state's oldest newspapers, and tour California's oldest active courthouse. History is alive in Mariposa!

Explosion of Beauty–Everywhere:

You don't have to wait 'til you arrive at Yosemite to be captured by nature's splendor. Starlit Chalet is surrounded mountain landscape, Ponderosa Pines, Oaks and Incense Cedars. There is a constant explosion of beauty outside every window. Put on your walking shoes, walk down the hill to the mailbox, turn right onto Jerseydale Road and walk up to the Sierra National Forest Fire Station. Drink in the trees, the meadows, the quiet, the dramatic terrain of the Chalet, the extravagant display in every direction. And, when the sun comes up again, get the birdseed from the pantry, sprinkle it generously along the deck railing and watch the joyful ballet of feathered and furried friends.

Star-gazing–Cooking Fun:

The only lights to distract at night emanate from the moon and billions of galaxies that populate a vast window to the Southern Sky. Our forest recently got a haircut to make it more healthy so, for the first time, we can see a tiny glow of lights from the B&B nearby but they don't affect the starry majesty of the heavens, all seen most nights from the redwood deck circling half the chalet. You don't need a Hubble telescope to enjoy the parade of the universe’s celestial extravagance – our star chart and binoculars will do the job just fine. The spacious kitchen includes custom cabinets and many appliances. The inviting tile bar connecting the kitchen and dining area is a great place to gather during meal preparation and cheer on the cook. And, if the cook is willing, throwing a few steaks on the barbie may be the perfect preparation for tomorrow's Yosemite hike or tonight's star party.

Dance Floor–Sandy Beaches: Your willing host, Paul, has hiked the Sierra Nevada for 20 years and can answer your questions about hiking trails. Paul also teaches Argentine tango for beginners. Se habla tango! The Great Room's comfortable seating can easily be moved to create dance space when the sun goes down. Bring your CD's and dancing shoes and enjoy your favorite dances with your favorite partner as the stars twinkle overhead. Set a romantic mood with the dimmable track lights. Feet sore from dancing all night? Relief is just 20 minutes away at Briceburg on the Merced. Cold water and sandy beaches for tired feet. A perfect place for swimming, picnics, hiking, kayaking, fishing and seeing wildlife. In May and early June, white-water rafting is available.

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More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Paul Weiss (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english, spanish

About Paul Weiss

Se habla español. I spend my time traveling, writing, and producing documentary videos to help make the world a better place for children. Nature and photographing it are big interests. And when I'm at the chalet, hiking twice weekly with a local hiking group. Life is good! And I take being your host very seriously. I and my professional staff spend a lot of time making sure the chalet is clean, safe, comfortable and … spectacular.

Paul Weiss purchased this chalet in 2001

Why Paul Weiss chose Yosemite Area

On my very first visit, I was stunned by the beauty of Yosemite and this entire area. That reaction continues today. This is one of the most beautiful areas on the planet and being able to share it with friends and family for so many years has given me a lot of joy. Now I get to share it with new friends, my guests. And what guests we have! From all over the world ... and all in love with nature. These are the folks who are going to save the planet!

What makes this chalet unique

Being so close to the beauty of Yosemite and the Sierra National Forest is everything! And at almost 4,000' elevation, our cooler chalet is a great plus in Mariposa's warm summers. I love to hike, enjoy good food and curl up on my favorite chair in the Great Room with a good book. Just being quiet in the presence of nature's majesty can be very healing. And being surprised by a deer or the whirring wings of a humming bird ... or looking up at night and seeing a billion stars ... all quite wonderful. And, when the mood strikes (and it often does) slipping a tango CD into the stereo and moving slowly across the dance floor as the music invades every pore of my body ... aaaaahh. What a wonderful world!

Reviews

4.9
based on 34 traveler reviews

Starlit Chalet on Yosemite's Doorstep—3,800' High — Silent! Secluded!! Stars!!!
average rating of 4.852941 based on 34 reviews
5

Great place to stay and visit Yosemite.

  • 5 of 5

Paul's place is very comfortable and quiet. Located outside Mariposa, it is within a 1 hour drive of Yosemite. All the conveniences of home are there. Paul is a very personable and interesting person. We really enjoyed chatting with him when we arrived, and he made us feel so welcome. I would highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great place, great views and great host!

  • 5 of 5

Excellent cabin! Excellent views!We stayed for three nights. The cabin is really neat, and well maintained. The bedroom upstairs has an attached deck with really pleasant views. It felt serene to just lie in the bed and look at the view outside. The kitchen has all the pots and pans and other things you might need during your stay. So overall it was a very pleasant experience for us.

Paul is an amazing host, one of the nicest souls I have come across till date! He joined us for the cheesecake I prepared to celebrate my husband's birthday, and gifted us a book he has authored. He even agreed to pose for a quick selfie with us. Paul, we have really fond memories of our stay at your place. Thanks! We would love to go back!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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5

Beautiful place, everything we needed, super peaceful!!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a great time at Starlit Chalet. Paul is super friendly and help us with everything we needed. We went to Yosemite and it is very close by. We also had dinner at Mariposa town. One day we stayed the whole day at the cottage just reading and relaxing. It was AMAZING. Excellent place to stay. Thank you so much Paul.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Awesome place to live near Yosemite National Park

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Starlit Chalet was the best part in our trip.Everything is so well organized.It is perfect for a family trip.The location is also very near to the park and you could easily acess it.The kitchen is well equipped and everything thing is clean and spotless .

The best part of it is Paul lives near to the house and he is always there to help you out if you need anything.Paul is a great person and he helped us so much.It was really nice to talk and know him. I would highly recommend people to book this property if they want a nice stay near the park.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a great group to begin our season with! It's such a pleasure to offer my home to people who love nature and it seems to me that people who care deeply about nature also care about each other. A great gift is shared with each new guest and I'm privileged - and grateful - to be part of the sharing. Thank you.
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5

Great little home in quiet location

  • 5 of 5

We loved the Starlit Chalet. Quiet, comfortable, and close to Mariposa for dining and drinking. The only drawback is that it's an hour drive to Yosemite. We had hoped it was a bit closer, but nonetheless enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Another great guest! Sadly, you can't be "close to Mariposa for dining and drinking" AND Yosemite at the same time. That's why we put the Wild and Scenic Merced River in between, so our guests could enjoy the short commute (I drive it in 45 minutes) amidst the springtime explosion of wild flowers. Added benefit: we're equally distant between the Arch Rock and Wawona entrances. Come again, we'll leave a light on.
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Nearly Perfect

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place for a small group looking to stay near Yosemite. The owner is friendly and has great attention to little, but thoughtful details.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kind guests who love nature bring out the best in me!
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Fresno Yosemite Airport (FAT)
Nearest Barpub
12 Miles
Mariposa Old Town
Nearest Golf
17 Miles
Sierra Meadows Country Club - Oakhurst - 30 min.
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Merced Amtrak & Fresno Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Highway 140 & Triangle Road
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Mariposa - fast food to fine mountain dining
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Badger Pass - idea: YARTS bus to Yosemite shuttle
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Briceburg on Wild & Scenic Merced River
Nearest Point of Interest
Briceburg Recreation Area
Nearest Point of Interest
Mariposa
Nearest Point of Interest
Bootjack Gas
Nearest Point of Interest
Oakhurst
Nearest Point of Interest
Yosemite South Entrance
Car: necessary

Gold-panning, Zipline, Argentine tango lessons (when Paul is in town), 3 golf courses in area, including one in Yosemite

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Rates & Availability

Yosemite National Park Chalet Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Peak Season
May 27 2016 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$299
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$279
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $130 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 11.0%

4th Night Discount: Peak Season - $100 / Off Season - $50
Children 6 & under FREE
International credit card charges will be deducted from deposit at end of stay
2-night minimum stay available: add $100

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Amenities

Yosemite National Park Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • River ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Bed (1) Surrounded by 3 lovely windows. Sleep in silence! Dresser and large closet for luggage and all your clothing, Double Bed (1) Dresser and walk-in closet for luggage and all your clothing. Lovely view and deck. Twin or Single Beds (1) Dresser and walk-in closet for luggage and all your clothing. Lovely view and deck. Child Beds (1) Portable Graco crib. Sleep Sofa or Futon (1) Double futon, 2 windows & closet in Game Room
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
A Yamaha keyboard is available (please ask) and songbooks, as well, 2 stereo systems, one in the Game Room, one in the Great Room, Master bedroom/bath has separate vanity area with 2 basins, shower has assist bar, Mariposa town park has a children's playground, a swimming pool, and 2 tennis courts, The Bell on the deck was created by a Carmel artist - a lovely way to wake up, Mariposa Yosemite Airport is just north of town, YARTS operates a bus service from Merced Amtrak to Mariposa to Yosemite.

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