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New Straw Bale Home with Views of the Yosemite High Sierra!

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

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

California has cowboys, beaches and surfing, skiing, hiking and shopping all rolled into one beautiful state. Seeing Yosemite when you vacation in California is a must. For this vacation, expand your mind and enjoy a true California experience by staying in a straw bale home. Unlike those of big bad wolf fame, modern straw bale homes are warm and comfortable. They provide a unique place to rest your soul (and feet) after a day of discovering Yosemite.

Our newly constructed Yosemite Straw Bale vacation home is a wonder. While the straw bales provide incredible R-50 insulation, we are using passive solar heating for preheating our radiant floor heating system with an instantaneous hot water heater as a backup system. Our photovoltaic grid panels are naturally creating clean energy from the sun. We tested these techniques on our own home and perfected them in this vacation rental for your enjoyment. Made to feel like your private second home, design touches include a social kitchen with a granite slab bar height counter, finished dyed concrete floors, and cozy radiant floor heating. Sitting hilltop at 3000 feet elevation (914m), the house includes a private deck perfect for relaxing and enjoying the views. We are also honored to share with you, eight fine art prints by renowned Sierra photographer Howard Weamer.

The gates of Yosemite are a mere 35 minutes away* on a drive that follows the wild and scenic Merced River. (*Your drive may take longer as you stop to put your feet in the river or photograph the wildflowers along the way.)

Check out our profile below, and look at the calendar for booking availability. Call or email to hear more and make arrangements. We look forward to hearing from you.

Keywords: Straw Bale, Home, Yosemite, Yosemite Area, Mariposa , Midpines, Hilltop

More Details

Owner
Kathleen Pfeffer
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 23, 2017

About Kathleen Pfeffer

Kathleen and Alex moved to Midpines sixteen 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 boys. Alex is a trained Engineer and teaches mathematics at the local public school.

Kathleen Pfeffer purchased this house in 2010

Why Kathleen Pfeffer chose Yosemite Area

We chose to build a vacation rental on our thirteen acre hill top to allow family, friends and vacationers the opportunity to enjoy Yosemite and its surroundings.

What makes this house unique

Our hilltop is incredible for enjoying sunsets, sunrises, star gazing, wild flowers and bird watching all from the comfort of your private deck.

Amenities

Midpines House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2) Each bedroom has a queen bed with private bath., Twin Beds (2) Both twin beds are located in the living room. The top one is an XL Memory foam mattress and serves as a comfortable place for naps during the day in a beautiful daybed bay window seat. Below the window seat is a second trundle twin bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Excellent Verizon coverage and ATT coverage is acceptable.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
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New Straw Bale Home with Views of the Yosemite High Sierra!
average rating of 4.9534883 based on 86 reviews
5

Excellent

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay. The bedroom was cozy and open floor plan helpful in the kitchen. We saw quail and jack rabbits and turkey around the area. The sunrise over the deck was beautiful

Many thanks

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Baton Rouge, LA
5

Beautiful and Well-Appointed Home

  • 5 of 5

Though cut short by the evacuation due to the recent wildfire in the general area, our stay at the straw bale home was wonderful. It is beautifully-appointed and modern, with all of the comforts of home. The location is private and sitting on the deck late-afternoon looking out at the gorgeous view was a perfect way to end a day spent at Yosemite. Kathleen and her property manager, Lisa, went above and beyond to ensure we were well-taken care of throughout the very unusual situation with the Mariposa wildfire, and we were very appreciative of that.

This home is a very special and peaceful place, and we would love to have the opportunity to visit again in the future. Thank You, Kathy & Lisa!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gadsden alabama
5

We truly enjoyed our stay at the straw bale home

  • 5 of 5

The house was very nice, nicer than I was expecting and there is plenty of room. They had everything stocked that you could want. I'm very particular about my beds and these were all very comfortable even the window seat/ bed. There is no air conditioning, which wasn't too big of an issue however the bedrooms were a little warmer than I like at bedtime. A fan would have been great. The rest of the house stayed cool. Surround sound was a nice touch, however I never could get the Netflix off of Spanish. I never called to ask either, I just watched other things. The ride into yosemiti isnt far, but does take awhile because of the curvy roads and traffic getting in, mostly though getting out. Another thing which is small but was nice, there are plugs everywhere. Wherever you sit you can plug in something. We loved the kitchen and the beautiful concrete floors. The view out of the windo is spectacular and there was always one of us in that window seat. I highly recommend this home.

Thea keller

Gadsden Alabama

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Very relaxing home from home

  • 5 of 5

Excellent place to stay. Superb views, well equipped and very relaxing. There is so much to do around Marisa and,Yosemite - something for everyone.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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5

Beautiful and comfortable house in a spectacular setting!

  • 5 of 5

Peacefull and well-appointed house close to Yosemite Park.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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4

Nice

  • 4 of 5

Nice house. Great location. Paved road would be nice.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
189 Miles
San Francsisco (sfo)
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Merced
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
The Yosemite Bug
Nearest Beach
9 Miles
Briceburg
Nearest Point of Interest
Midpines, The Pride of the Sierra
Nearest Point of Interest
Mariposa, CA
Nearest Point of Interest
Yosemite Park Entrance/ Merced River
Nearest Point of Interest
Yosemite Village

Other Activities: kayaking, climbing, horseshoes, boating, wildlife viewing, wine tasting, health/beauty spa, shopping,

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Additional Guest Fee $20 per person per night
Damage Deposit $250

Signed rental agreement due at time of reservation.
Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed.
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 receiv

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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