Location: I would say the house is in a perfect spot. It’s about forty minutes to the Yosemite Valley or Glacier Point. If that seems like a long way, it really isn’t. Things are spread out here. If you don’t know what to do while you’re here definitely drive up to Glacier Point. It is the easiest high point that you can drive to. There is a four mile trail from there down to the Yosemite Valley but you’re going to have to get back up to your car. We caught a park ranger guided tour that went about a mile down that same walk. Ranger John was full of information but not boring or overly scientific. He gave you just enough science to let you know he knows what he’s talking about. He was touched by the area while training nearby in the Marines. We found him and Glacier Point outstanding. You’ll want to check out some waterfalls that are conveniently located all around the Yosemite Valley. Most of them are a short walk from the paved drive.
House: There are four bedrooms: two on the second floor and two on the third floor with bathrooms between each. The beds, all queens, are comfortable, and the bathrooms are roomy each with dual sinks, and separate garden tubs and showers. The kitchen is stocked with a toaster, blender, coffee pot and microwave. There is a standard pots and pans set and set of dishes and flatware. It was adequate for our purposes.
A few things I would pass on about the house:
1. There is no cell phone service here and no cable TV. No matter, they have a small library of DVDs and a closet with games. We came with a hard drive full of movies and the high def TV worked great from computer to screen with an HDMI cable we brought. If you are coming here for TV, you made a mistake. Being disconnected from the internet and any outside news was good for us and the kids. The house is equipped with a hard line phone, so we were able to contact anyone we needed to.
2. We needed linens (sheets and towels) and apparently that is not included which seemed a little weird to me as I have rented vacation houses many times with everything included. They charged us $75 which we didn’t shy away from, as we weren’t about to bring our own across the country on a plane. We were disappointed they only provided a bath towel and wash cloth a piece for our eight people. More disappointing was the lack of any hand towels or bath mats. It would have been nice to have a few towels to take to a nearby swimming hole.
3. This property depends on the prior guests to clean up after themselves. The house was in reasonable shape when we arrived, however it did not seem as if the floors were cleaned prior to our arrival. It was tolerable for us and it would not stop me from staying here again.
Overall the house was outstanding for us, and I would recommend it. It had a modern feel with the layout and amenities. I hope they remedy the linens thing which is really the only thing we had any compliant on. We only spent a couple of days here, but we could have easily spent a week enjoying the area.
The location of the house and modern design
The lack of towels after paying $75 for them
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Aug 6, 2012
Thank you for your honest review Andy,
I apologize for the linen and cleanliness situation. We have address the linen situation by buying more linens (Towels, hand towels, bath mats, comforters and sheets) to accomodate more people. We have also purchased all new comercial cleaning supplies to make the cleaning easier for guest. The home is usually swept and mopped before guest arrival unless someone else is checking out on the same day.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.