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Recently Renovated Jewel of a Cabin - Private on 5 Acres

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Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Rustic, Yet Newly Renovated. Just What You Were Looking For!

When you arrive at this recently (April 2013) renovated, very private cedar cabin hideaway, you will find yourself away in the woodlands, but perfectly located halfway between both Yosemite entrances – so you can experience the unique beauty of each! Easy access summer and winter.

So very cozy for a much needed retreat from stresses of daily life and the city.

This rustic and very comfortable cabin has all the comforts of home plus more!

You don’t have to settle for a musty older cabin. Valerian Retreat is a two bedroom, two bathroom retreat that features updated everything! (If you need a three bedroom, take a look at my newly redone Cottage Retreat - vrbo 754978. In fact, together the two cabins located near each other are perfect for a large family reunion.)

Valerian Retreat is newly furnished. The new kitchen has granite counter tops and new appliances with all you will need to prepare meals … or not. We have installed 2 flat screen TV's with satellite for your enjoyment after you return from the park. There is also WiFi for Internet or a 'working' holiday.

Cozy bedrooms and open floor plan with woodland view everywhere you look.

You can sit outdoors on the patios and enjoy great sunset evenings most seasons. Dine indoors or outdoors and take walks around the grounds to enjoy nature.

This location is a great place to retreat to after a busy day with the crowds of summer in Yosemite. The cabin is set back along a charming winding driveway on five quiet acres with nothing to hear but the birds and the breeze through the large oak trees that make for special shade. (Yet, you have the best of both worlds, because a convenience store, small restaurant and gas station are just a mile away. You might want to ask how far other rustic cabins are from picking up that quart of milk. :-)

The cabin is also the perfect hideaway in the fall, winter and spring. When it snows, the property, with its special setting, is usually covered with only a lighter layer of snow allowing easier access, while still providing our guests with that inviting and beautiful snowscape.

Valerian Retreat is the sister property of 3 Bedroom Cottage Retreat (vrbo 754978 - less than 4 miles away)

You can’t get much closer to both picturesque Yosemite entrances than with this private hideaway (hidden from other homes) that is just off the main north-south Route 49. It's a great starting location for day trips to many points of interest:

1. To Yosemite North Entrance –

Go North on Route 49 to reach The Arch Rock Highway 140 entrance that takes you through the historic town of Mariposa and ALONG THE VALLEY FLOOR of the scenic Merced River Canyon. It is a beautiful drive which will take you about 45 minutes to an hour to reach the park. There are many places along the road to stop and enjoy the wild and scenic river. This area is known for spectacular wild flower viewing.

2. To Yosemite South Entrance –

Go South on Route 49 to reach Oakhurst - a larger town with many services, dining and shopping options. In Oakhurst, you will turn off to Highway 41 East to wind your way UP THE MOUNTAIN into Yosemite Park through the quaint little village of Fish Camp and Wawona – both places of many interests. Near Wawona is the must see of the Mariposa Grove of giant redwoods. As you drive further toward Yosemite just after the tunnel, be sure to pull off to see the spectacular view of the Yosemite Valley from above.

3. Bass Lake is located fifteen minutes from Oakhurst. It is a hopping place during the warm weather for water sports and just catching some sun and a picnic for the day. Bass Lake offers water sports rentals, shops, casual as well as fine dining options. 'Ducey's on the Lake' is a favorite restaurant.

4. There are 3 local golf courses just minutes away: Sierra Meadows, River Creek and Wawona, the latter is just inside Yosemite.

5. During the winter months you can travel to Badger Pass to enjoy downhill and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

6. Many of the communities have many other activities throughout the year! On local websites you can find events like festivals, the Arts and wineries to explore. Mariposa has a Zip Line and river rafting in the summer, as well as horseback riding on forested trails.

7. Mariposa has its own airport just 10 minutes from town and 20 minutes from the cabin. Car rentals are available at the airport with advance reservations.

8. Fresno Yosemite International Airport is about 1 hour and 15 minutes drive to the cabin.

Valerian Retreat is owned by Cottage Retreats LLC.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Michelle Oldson
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2016
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About Michelle Oldson

I was brought up on the east coast with four seasons. Later moving to southern California, I had the good fortune to travel to Mariposa and Yosemite during the winter season to find a truly unique splendor. I decided that this was where I would get in touch with nature.

Michelle Oldson purchased this house in 2012

Why Michelle Oldson chose California

This property is unique as it sits so quietly and privately surrounded by 13 acre and 60 acre parcels on each side. Yet the main north-south road and a convenience store are only a mile away.

What makes this house unique

This unique glass fronted home was professionally renovated, decorated and furnished to perfectly suit the peaceful rustic setting.


based on 59 traveler reviews

Recently Renovated Jewel of a Cabin - Private on 5 Acres
average rating of 4.983051 based on 59 reviews

Beutiful and cleane property

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I love it here. The property is beautiful, clean and quiet. The cabin is between Oakhurst and Mariposa, and just an hours drive from all the hiking trails and Yosemite National Park. We especially loved how peaceful and quiet the property was, So if this is what your looking for, this cabin is for you. We are already planning out next trip.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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An Amazing Place

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have been more pleased or comfortable at this great place in the Yosemite area. It was like being in a quiet location for a restful retreat. The land and surrounding area where the home is located is spectacular and the location for a visit to Yosemite National Park is great. Our group of four people had a great time touring the area and then in the evening when we returned from the day's activities we enjoyed this warm and comfortable home. Thanks so much. We would definitely return.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Charming and tucked away cabin

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed three nights, but wish it could have been more. It was very cozy and recently renovated, well stocked with cookware, lots of land surrounding the property. It's between two of the entrances to Yosemite, so we drove to each, and it was about 45 min - 1 hour to get there, depending on traffic. We grilled out when we got home and watched the stars at night. If you stay, make sure to do hang out in the back and do some star gazing. Everything was clean and Michelle offered suggestions for local activities. It was perfect!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We Loved It

  • 5 of 5

Cute cabin with tons of privacy, peace and quiet. Michelle does the best job of providing details prior to the stay. About an hour drive to Yosemite Valley but the drive is beautiful so we didn't mind. The cabin is nicely stocked and we ate in every night just to enjoy the location after long days in Yosemite. Great grill on the patio with comfortable outdoor furniture. The laundry room is very clean, organized and came in handy. Wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Great Getaway Location

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend the location. Hope to come back again sometime soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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A Great Vacation Spot!

  • 5 of 5

This house was everything I hoped for and more! The quiet setting, modern updates, comfortable furniture, and pet-friendly atmosphere made it ideal for me and my dogs. After road-tripping to California from Wisconsin, I was very grateful for these comforts. I was also grateful for the lovely laundry room! My cousin and brother joined me at the cabin, and there was plenty of room for the three of us.

Since this was my first time exploring Yosemite, I didn't realize that the 45-minute drive to the gate was just the gate to get into the park. It took us quite a while longer to get to the Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Grove, and Glacier Point--the three park locations we visited. Part of this was the driving, part of it was the summer crowds--which are just part of the deal with one of our most beloved National Parks, especially during the summer.

Despite the drive to the park (which is scenic, as mentioned in another review), I would definitely rent this cabin again. It's easy enough to plan for a day at the park, and so nice to return to this quiet setting with all the amenities. Thank you so much for the lovely vacation destination!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Mariposa Airport
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
River Creek Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Sportsman Cafe
Nearest Ski
57 Miles
Badger Pass
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Bootjack House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall - Oct 2016
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving - 2016
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
Holiday Season - 2016
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100 + Tax
Pet Fee $15 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 11.0%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1112 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , with its own bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting

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