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1893 vineyard cottage at the gateway to Yosemite.

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Space 850 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

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

Owner
Cliff and Mary Lou Gardner
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 13, 2017

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 Yosemite Area

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.

Amenities

Mariposa Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • 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 ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • 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
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
Outside:
  • 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
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
We have high chair available.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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1893 vineyard cottage at the gateway to Yosemite.
average rating of 4.928571 based on 56 reviews
5

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: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Blissful stay

  • 5 of 5

The Gardners are a beautiful couple who have created a peaceful atmosphere not only in their sweet cottage but in the surrounding vineyard. Staying at their cottage will give you cool nights, fresh air, millions of stars at night--you'll sleep like a log. You must set aside time simply to enjoy a morning or afternoon sitting on one of the cottage's porches, reading, chatting, watching the hummingbirds and butterflies. In other words, while Yosemite is probably your goal, the Gardner's cottage will provide its own lasting memories.

Thanks to all you do Cliff and Mary Ann, from John and Norm of Louisville.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind words. We do hope that visitors fine our cottage a great place to relax after an adventure in the Park.
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5

Good Vibrations

  • 5 of 5

Place felt good and was relaxing and a break from routine.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We hope all our renters feel as you did! Thanks so much.
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1. Stay at the Vineyard Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Whatever you are looking at doing in this area, put this cottage at the top of your list. From the beautiful sunsets over the vineyard, to the brilliant show of stars each night, to the hummingbirds zooming in and out and fighting over the feeder, this was the perfect retreat for us. To enjoy the stars, birds, and the vineyard, there were plenty of chairs and trees for the boys to set up their hammocks. The drive to Yosemite is amazing along the roaring rapids of the Merced River. We used 3 entrances to the park, and this one is the best! Do not stay anywhere else. It was only about 40 minutes to the entrance. When this road was closed due a rock slide, we were able to use a day to explore the Mariposa area. We found the Nelder Grove of giant sequoias. It was amazing. We also enjoyed Savoury's for dinner and Sugar Pine Cafe for breakfast. There are several grocery stores and fruit stands nearby. The kitchen is very well stocked with condiments, coffee, filters, pots and pans. The welcome at the cottage when you arrive is a huge bonus! Scones and a bottle of wine. My husband and I would love to come back just to enjoy the vineyard life. You will love your stay here.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your comments! You certainly hit all the top spots in the area. We only rent from May 1 to September 30. Then our cottage is available for our family and friends. We hope that our renter feel at home, in the cottage, as our guests. We hope you are able to stay with us again. Regards, Cliff
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Relaxing Lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful stay in 1893 cottage. After 4 busy days of hiking, the cottage was our respite for our weary selves. Cliff and MaryLou are gracious hosts who make you feel right at home. They gave us tasty scones and a bottle of their private wine. They even brought us some local strawberries. The house is so sweet and we loved eating in the porch and watching the hummingbirds and orioles. We trekked thru the vineyard and loved the views. There's no AC but that is no problem. Wonderful beeezes come thru the windows and we slept with the windows open and loved the fresh air. We would highly recommend to anyone and would certainly visit again when we come back to the area.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review. You pretty much hit the highlights of want we hope are guests are able to enjoy at our cottage while they are visiting Yosemite.
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5

Perfect nature getaway

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, serene, relaxing

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very happy you found our retreat to come home after touring Yosemite.
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Rates & Availability

Mariposa Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$175
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $15 per person per night
Damage Deposit $200

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

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