We stayed at the cottage. Based purely on the amenities I would have given this a 4, but the owners here really have a love for their property and treat guests well. That difference made me give this place a 5. It started with the hanta virus outbreak in Yosemite. Because we were traveling with a small child, we were concerned about the property and wrote the owners. They addressed our concerns with patience and thoughtfulness (hurray for the cats on the property!) and we were not disappointed by the cleanliness of the cottage. The cottage itself is small, with a full kitchen, washer and dryer, and master bed, and upstairs there are 3 additional bedrooms in a loft (access by an external stairs). It was perfect for our intergenerational family of 5. The cottage was nice and cozy, charmingly decorated, and had a variety of DVDs and VHS (no satellite reception on the TV). Everything was very clean, and we enjoyed making our evening dinners. The cottage does not get the breakfast from the main house. They have wifi in the main building but most mobile phones are in a dead zone here.
The property itself is very beautiful, though somewhat of a distance from the Yosemite Valley floor (1 hour) and from downtown Grovesland (20 minutes). There are horses on the property, The main house is quaint and the grounds rustic and relaxing. Grovesland itself is small but it has a supermarket, liquor store, some o.k. restaurants and a small playground for the kids. Given the hanta virus outbreak, we were very happy to be staying outside of the national park.
The owners welcomed us warmly and answered all of our questions about the area. But mostly importantly, we left behind some western photos we had taken at a nearby ghost town. The owners made sure that they got to us safely. Service makes a difference, and I wouldn't hesitate to come here again. The cottage layout is ideal for families.
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