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Closest Home to Yosemite Valley on the Merced River

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7-8)

YOSEMITE'S RIVER HOUSE (to receive an accurate quote, contact owner at 209-379-2458)...a newly re-modeled 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with a spectacular view of the Merced River. From its location close to Highway 140-- the 'All-Year Highway' to Yosemite National Park--you are only 5 miles to the Park boundary, and minutes to the incomparable Yosemite Valley. With a fully-equipped kitchen, 2 gas fireplaces, the ONLY private in-ground swimming pool among Yosemite area vacation rentals, and a large deck overlooking the river, YOSEMITE'S RIVER HOUSE is a year-round vacation destination from which to enjoy the sights, sounds, and recreational activities of the 'crown jewel of national parks'.

With 3 bedrooms and a sleeper sofa, YOSEMITE'S RIVER HOUSE can accommodate up to 8 guests. One bedroom has a queen bed, a gas fireplace surrounded by beautiful local rock, and a sublime river view. A second bedroom also has a queen bed, a pool view, and an adjoining full bathroom. The 3rd bedroom has a bunk bed, with a twin mattress on top and a double on bottom. A second full bathroom has been newly renovated in an Art Deco style. The kitchen has everything you'll need, and you'll love the view from the sink, watching the river roll by. The living room has ample comfortable seating, a stone fireplace with gas insert, a 42' HDTV, and DVD player. Wireless internet is also available.

The El Portal area has a fascinating history. The Yosemite Valley Railroad, which ran on what is now Incline road, operated from 1906 until 1942. Before Highway 140 was completed in 1926, the railroad carried passengers to El Portal, from where they would continue their journey to Yosemite via horse-drawn carriages, and later motor-coaches. On the return trip to Merced, the train carried sugar pine logs back to the sawmill.

YOSEMITE'S RIVER HOUSE is on Incline Road (the former railroad bed), a level, paved lane parallel to the Merced River. Because so few cars travel the road, it is ideal for walking, running, skating, and biking. Guests at YOSEMITE'S RIVER HOUSE can take advantage of a variety of seasonal activities in the area, including:

*river rafting, kayaking, and some of California's premier wildflower walks in the spring.

*swimming in the on-site pool and local swimming holes in the summer.

*downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing at family-friendly Badger Pass in the winter.

*trout and bass fishing in season.

*photography, hiking, bird and wildlife watching, rock hounding, and phenomenal star-gazing all year round.

Staying at YOSEMITE'S RIVER HOUSE is an affordable family vacation, especially when 2 families share the rental and food costs. Upon returning to the house after a day of fun activities, refresh by the pool or relax on the deck and listen to the soothing sounds of the Wild and Scenic Merced River. Cook outside on the gas BBQ, have a delightful meal outdoors, and savor your vacation at our unique location in El Portal, the Gateway to Yosemite.

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More Details

Owner
Harvey Holland and Jo Ann Belforte
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
40%
Calendar last updated:
July 25, 2017

About Harvey Holland and Jo Ann Belforte

We have lived in the area for almost 40 years. Harvey is a local real estate agent and woodworker, and Jo Ann is a physical therapist. We have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, a 1 great-grandson. Our knowledge of the area can help our guests have a memorable Yosemite experience.

Harvey Holland and Jo Ann Belforte purchased this house in 2007

Why Harvey Holland and Jo Ann Belforte chose California

Located on one of the few parcels of private property in the Yosemite area, this house has many benefits that have made it a successful vacation rental. The location is very close to Yosemite, the Merced River flows right by the house, and the private in-ground pool are just a few of the features that our guests have loved.

What makes this house unique

The waterfalls of Yosemite flow into the Merced River, which guests can view from the deck of our home. In the summer, our pool provides a welcome relief after hiking in the Park. In the spring, the hills are alive with an array of dazzling wildflowers. The house is a 45 minute drive from Badger Pass, a family-friendly ski area.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We've been to Yosemite many times. Your house was the best place we have stayed in. Everything we needed for Thanksgiving was here. We have been coming since 1968, and Yosemite is the best national park in the U.S. Thanks for everything.
Nov 2013
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Amenities

El Portal House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • River ...
  • Rural
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) queen size sofa bed in living room, Bunk Beds (1) double mattress on lower, twin on top
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting

Reviews

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Closest Home to Yosemite Valley on the Merced River
average rating of 4.9615383 based on 135 reviews
5

Wonderful home and incredible hostess!

  • 5 of 5

The Yosemite Valley rental is an extremely comfortable, well-appointed home with everything travelers need to feel at home! Instructions, guidance and supplies are provided and the home was extremely clean and well-kept. I can't say enough about Jo Ann and her kindness and generosity. She lives a few miles away and was available to us at a moment's notice. We had a mishap with our rental car and she went far above and beyond ordinary kindness to help us get a replacement. Meeting Jo Ann was an absolute pleasure and bonus of our trip to this gorgeous area! Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A wonderful retreat away from the crowded village.

  • 5 of 5

We just stayed at the River House for the 4th of July and I can't express how impressed we were with this tucked away beauty. The first thing we noticed when we walked in, is how big the house is; the pictures don't show the overall size. The property was very clean and landscaped nicely. Everything worked, including the AC, it was 102 degrees one day and the house was nice and cool inside.

With the huge amount of snow they got in the mountains this year, the Merced River was strong and beautiful and considering the house sits right next to it, it made the stay even better.

I could really go on and on about the property, I'm a pretty tough critic when it comes to accommodations and I just don't have anything bad to say about this place; we had an amazing time. The instruction book in the house spelled everything out in an easy to read manner.

I highly recommend this place if your looking for somewhere to stay near Yosemite, we are already discussing our next trip.

Thanks for helping to make our trip a fabulous one.

Ken and Kelley

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing location and great house!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our trip here! It was really hot, so we spent a lot of time enjoying the pool! Definitely recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing house/setting/location. Loved this place and Yosemite.

  • 5 of 5

We liked the patio and grill. House is well organized and the owners have every detail prepared in the home. Perfect stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ideal for our Yosemite vacation

  • 5 of 5

This lovely house on the river was perfect for our Yosemite vacation. Very convenient to Park and groceries, etc in El Portal. The house was wonderfully clean and conveniently laid out. Pool and deck are just as beautiful as the photos indicate. Owners were both available and responsive, though we did not need to contact them during our visit. We would definitely stay here again. Kay Edwards

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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5

Best house to stay at just outside Yosemite.

  • 5 of 5

The house is well appointed for a short or long stay.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Cedar Lodge, Yosemite View Lodge
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 140
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Cedar Lodge, Yosemite View Lodge
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Badger Pass
Car: necessary

The renowned Hite Cove wildflower trail is 10 minutes away, a train exhibit is in El Portal, massage therapy is available by appointment.

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Rates & Availability

El Portal House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
high season
Apr 1 2017 - Nov 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
$360
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season
Nov 2 2017 - Apr 1 2018
2 night minimum stay
$275
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
 
HIGH SEASON
Apr 2 2018 - Oct 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
$395
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$275
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning fee: $150
Tax Rate 11.0%

Base rates are for 2 guests, $35/night for each additional guest;
Holiday rates: $345/night for 2 guests, $35/night for each additional guest. No charge for infants 2 year old or younger. Children older than 2 years old are charged the $35/night extra guest fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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