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1893 vineyard cottage at the gateway to Yosemite.

Bedrooms 3
Space 850 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 BR - 2 BRs sleep 2, 3rd sleeps 1, 1 full bath. Price includes cleaning fee.

Please note, our rental price includes cleaning. Our rental is a charming 1893 cottage in a 7 acre Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard.We are 1/4 mile off Hwy 140, 35 to 40 minutes to the El Portal entrance to Yosemite. The house is furnished in a Victorian style. A porch, large deck, and a great cedar tree provide delightful areas to relax & dine. For 1 or 2 couples, or a family, it is a great hideaway to return to after a day of visiting Yosemite, or the local attractions. We provide the making for a continental breakfast for your first morning, as well as a bottle of wine we make from our vineyard. Please note that the Sierra Foothills get virtually no rain from mid May until October. We also are Bug Free - enjoy bug-free evening on the deck, porch, or under the cedar tree.

In addition to seeing some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, while visiting Yosemite you make hike, swim, fish, or rent a raft for a lazy float on the Merced River. You can also white-water raft on the Merced River in the Merced River Canyon,, or take a rock climbing lesson. Mariposa is the southern end of the Sierra Gold Country and has a History museum, and the State Mineral Exhibit. Historic downtown Mariposa offers shopping, restaurants, and wine tasting.

PLEASE NOTE: $150 is for 2, $15/person for each additional person.

Our cottage is on an 80 area property. The cottage, our home, the caretaker cottage, and the vineyard are on a 14 acre parcel that is fenced in with a seven foot deer fence. We live on a paved County road 1/4 mile off Highway 140, the all weather entrance into the Park. When you leave our cottage to go to Yosemite, this highway takes you through the Merced River Canyon; where, depending on the season, you will see white water rafters, raging waters, beautiful fields of wild flowers, or lovely fall color. Yosemite's beauty can be seen in the towering granite cliffs, the spectacular waterfalls, the giant Sequoia and Ponderosa, and fields of wild flowers, or it can be a winter wonderland. When you visit the Valley, you may want to use the free shuttle buses to see all of the Valley sights. You can get off to walk to the base of Yosemite or Bridal Veil Falls, or perhaps to hike up to Vernal and Nevada Falls.

The Valley has Park Ranger programs, a museum, book store, and the Ansel Adams Gallery The Village Store is a grocery and variety store. Numerous food services are available from fine-dining at the Ahwahnee Dining Room to cafeterias at the Yosemite Lodge and Curry Village. You can go horse-back riding, or rent a raft to float lazily down the Merced River.

Since the Valley is a small part of a Park that is approximately the size of the state of Rhode Island, you may want to visit the Wawona Hotel and the Mariposa Grove of the Giant Sequoia at the south end of the Park. You may even want to play golf on the Wawona 9-hole golf course. If time allows, you could drive into the High Country. Take a picnic lunch, and drive to Glacier Point for a spectacular view of the Valley, Half Dome, and the towering peaks in the Back Country. Or you may drive up to Crane Flat and take the Tioga Pass Road, stopping at the various turnouts to see the northern part of the Park, and enjoy a picnic. You can stop at Tenaya Lake to enjoy the view while you picnic, sun bath, and swim in the icy cold lake. Tuolumne Meadows has limited food service, wonderful meadows to explore, and you may even want to dine at Tuolumne Lodge before returning to your retreat in the vineyard. Whether you take a drive toward Glacier Point or Tuolumne, you will fine many hiking trails.

Our cottage is on the edge of a wine grape-vineyard. We have 6 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, and 1 acre of Sangiovese wine grapes. We are not a bonded winery, but sell our grapes to wineries. We keep a small amount of grapes to make our own wine. Our grapes have been used to make gold-medal-winning wines in the price range of $15 to $45. Depending upon the time of your visit, you may see us pruning, training, or harvesting the grapes. If we are home during your stay (we usually will be), we would love to take you on a 'tour' of our vineyard.

If you chose to spend time locally, we have many interesting sights to visit. Mariposa is the southern end of the Sierra Gold Country. The California State Mineral Exhibit is a great stop to see some truly beautiful minerals. The Mariposa History Museum has a changing exhibit of the interior of 49er stores and houses. There is a gold-stamp mill that was used to crush gold ore, the first step in refining the ore. A tour of the County Courthouse, the oldest in California, is great fun. You can go gold panning, wine tasting, ride a zip line, play golf at three nearby 9-hole golf courses. Historic downtown Mariposa offers fun gift shops, numerous restaurants including California Cusine, Mexican, Chinese, Pizza,a Sports Bar, and more.

Perhaps you will want to spend some time at your cottage, relaxing under the Cedar tree, on the porch, or the deck. You can spend hours watching the Hummingbirds and Orioles feeding at our bird feeder. There are many other birds to watch such as Bluebirds, Barn Swallows, Robins, and Red Tailed Hawks. Be sure to allow plenty of time to view the night sky. On a moonless night the Milky Way is truly unbelievable. You may be lucky and see a meteor shower, or the Moon rise or set. We also have spectacular sunsets.

We live in a house in the vineyard, approximately 300 feet from the cottage. There is also a caretaker living on the property. We will respect your privacy; however we, or the caretaker will be available to answer any questions you may have, and give you suggestions on what to see and do.

More Details

Cliff and Mary Lou Gardner
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Cliff and Mary Lou Gardner

Mary Lou was born and raised in Yosemite Valley, and knows the Park extremely well. Cliff is a retired aerospace project manager. Mary Lou and Cliff were married in Yosemite in 1966. They retired to the property in 1997.

The property the cottage is on was bought by Mary Lou's parents in 1959. Mary Lou and Cliff took over the property in 1989, and planted the first 5 acres of the vineyard in 1992. They retired to the property in 1997, and built a house in the middle of the vineyard. They have used the cottage as a guest house every since. Now they have decided to share this special place with others.

They sell all of their grapes, except enough to make a couple barrels each year.

Why Cliff and Mary Lou Gardner chose Mariposa

We have spent weekends and vacations in this cottage since we were married. Mary Lou's parents built a house on the adjoining property and retired there in 1971. All four of our children first stayed in it when they are 6 to 8 weeks of age. It was a very special place to visit Grandma and Grandpa.

When Mary Lou's parents had the property, they raised a few head of cattle, so the grandchildren got to help with the roundup and branding. Now they help us make our wine, including stomping the grapes! Our Grands think that is great fun.


Mariposa Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • River
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • All bed and bath linens are upgraded.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
We have high chair available.


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1893 vineyard cottage at the gateway to Yosemite.
average rating of 4.9344263 based on 61 reviews

Stunningly cute "old time" cottage in an idyllic spot

  • 5 of 5

It felt like our own home from home. So restful to return to after a days hiking. The property could not be better placed, 45mins from Yosemite valley and 5mins from historic Mariposa.

Cliff and Mary-Lou are wonderfull and helped out with the best local place to eat out.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved meeting you are are very happy you felt so at home in the cottage. We want all who stay there to feel that way.
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Our Visit to Marisopa and surrounding area.

  • 5 of 5

We were greeted by Cliff and Mary Lou with a warm welcome. The 1893 cottage was beautiful. We enjoyed walking around the grounds and seeing the vineyard. The cottage is full of charm. I would highly recommend the cottage.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for submitting a review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in our cottage, and wondering the vineyard.
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Lovely place!! Charming and peaceful!

  • 5 of 5

At the and of our roadtrip through the west of the USA we stayed at this lovely house in Mariposa. Close to Yosemite. We loved it so much that we stayed a day longer, enjoying bbq-ing at the porch under the stars and listening to the crickets. During daytime the garden is a lovely place to relax in the shadow under a tree. We also liked it that there are no noises of airco's. It's cool at night and every room has a ceiling fan. Cliff and Mary Lou are very kind and let you feel so welcome. Love to go back some day!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect escape after a long hike in Yosemite

  • 5 of 5

Cliff and Mary Lou's quaint cottage was a charming, comfortable escape after hiking all day in Yosemite. We enjoyed our meals out on the deck, overlooking the vineyards and sipping on their homemade wine. Mary Lou even baked us fresh scones, which were a delicious treat! The cottage is about an hour outside of the entrance to Yosemite Valley, and the drive in along Highway 140 was breathtaking. Mary Lou even provided maps of the Valley, highlighting her favorite spots along the river to rest or have a picnic, which we were able to check out during our visit. We all enjoyed our stay and would stay again in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for giving us a review! We love to hear renters experiences. Our goal is make all our renters stay as pleasant as possible! I
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Peaceful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Well appointed and nice welcoming treats!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are certainly happy that you had a good stay in our cottage. Thanks for your review. Mary Lou and Cliff
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Perfect getaway !

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous stay at the cottage, the location was perfect and so tranquil. Cliff was so welcoming and had lots of great info and the extra touches made it more special.

We wish we could have stayed longer and hope we can return again soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 11.0%

Maximum # of guests is 5.
Stay for 7 nights and get the 7th night for free.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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