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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
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 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.


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
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(51 traveler reviews)

1893 vineyard cottage at the gateway to Yosemite.
average rating of 4.9215684 based on 51 reviews

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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We love this cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We have visited 3 times now and each time we want to stay longer.

The cottage is lovely and peaceful. Wonderful place to relax. Good for star gazing too.

Cliff and Mary Lou are lovely people and very accommodating.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always so happy when you and your family return to the Cottage for a holiday! We try to make the cottage child friendly, especially since our Grandchildren stay there too. Looking forward to having you stay again.
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Golden in Mariposa Vineyard

  • 5 of 5

We are so glad to have found this listing on VRBO. We felt comfortable from the first moment we picked up the key and stepped into the cottage. We arrived on our wedding anniversary and were greeted with a delicious bottle of wine from the vineyard grown grapes and breakfast items for the next morning. You can see & feel the pride of ownership & family history that exudes from this special home. We bought groceries from the Pioneer Market up the street from Burger King so we could have breakfast and dinner at the cottage and pack our picnic lunches for the daytime adventures. Having condiments in the fridge and foil/plastic baggies available was a big help. Grilling on the back deck and looking at the stars was the perfect end to each day of travelling around Yosemite, Nelder Grove & Museums & town of Mariposa. We could even see the Milky Way which we don't get a chance to see at home in the city lights of Philly. You can get a great night of sleep with the windows open (or not) as the temperature dips. Thanks to Cliff & Mary Lou, amazing hosts, for allowing guests to spend time in this ideal spot. We loved every minute of our stay! Sheila and Jerry C.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your comments! We really enjoyed meeting you two. We love sharing the Cottage with guests while they are visiting the area. We neglect to describe our charming town of Mariposa. We have some excellent restaurants, and fun. Interesting shops. Thanks again for your comments. Cliff
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Absolutely wonderful stay - everything absolutely perfect from start to finish

  • 5 of 5

My wife, 22 year old daughter and I stayed in this cottage on Labor Day weekend - we did not realise this when we booked (we are from England) - the consequence of this being that Yosemite was absolutely full of people and cars in the good weather (but this did not detract from our one great day in the park). Cliff and Mary Lou are absolutely perfect hosts who are friendly, 'warm' and give great hints about visiting Yosemite and the local area (we visited Cliff's favourite beach in Yosemite which was wonderful). Great communication from them before and after we had booked. We personally returned our keys to them and had a great conversation about the area, their wonderful house, straying into discussions about our families (ask Cliff about the Hubble telescope!). The cottage is wonderfully situated in the grounds of their vineyard - tranquil, beautiful and a great place to 'take things easy' on the porches and in the rocking chairs - except we didn't allow ourselves enough days/time to greatly benefit from this. The cottage has a great sense of history and we loved how Cliff and Mary have kept most of the original features with enough modern features/tech to make it a great place to stay (even has wi-fi). The cottage was 'airy' and cool even in the summer heat - we Brits don't worry about air conditioning! Our welcome pack/breakfast was a great thought with this including a bottle of wonderful wine from the vineyard and homemade scones and jam. The unexpected bonus of visiting on Labor Day was that we visited the Mariposa County Fair - our first USA county fair visit. Mariposa has a long history and has a 'great 'feel'. Hopefully we can return to the cottage and to Yosemite and spend much more time taking things easy rather than part of a long, busy, road trip.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Kent, WA

The 1893 Vinyard Cottage is an oasis of peace and relaxation.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is just a few miles out of Mariposa on the highway to Yosemite's east entrance but it felt like we were in some other world - beautiful property, deer and birds and butterflies, gracious "hands-off" hosts, and a sweet little house that made us want to just sit on one of the porches and relax rather than get in the car to explore the region. Cliff and Mary Lou are special people and they know how to make their guests comfortable by providing all the essentials plus several special touches - a bottle of their wine, freshly picked strawberries, and a yummy loaf of apple bread to name a few. We strongly recommend this VRBO experience to anyone.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you all had a great visit to Yosemite, and felt at home in our cottage. Thanks for staying with us.
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Jasper, GA

Felt Like Home

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we walked in the door, we were home. Like visiting grandma's house. The cottage is located in a vineyard off the main road that leads from Mariposa to Yosemite. The property was quiet and beautiful - the house itself clean, comfortable, and well appointed. Our hosts, Cliff and Mary Lou, were perfect. The drive into Mariposa was only a few minutes (less than 5 miles) and the road to Yosemite was gorgeous - taking 30-45 minutes from the cottage to the entry gate. We've stayed all over the country for our annual "girls trip" and this ranks at the top of our list for being even better in person than it looked in pictures online. It was great to wake up to sun shining on the grape vines as we drank our coffee on the back porch and coming back every night to such a warm, welcoming cottage after spending the day exploring Yosemite. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and highly recommend this cottage.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so happy to meet you all, and that you had such a great time. You all were great fun for us to meet. W must say that during your stay, you really saw Yosemite!
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Mariposa Cottage Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

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.

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