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1893 Vineyard Cottage at the Gateway to Yosemite

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3 bedrooms
1 bathroom
5 guests
2 nights minimum
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PLEASE NOTE: we have just listed on this site. You can review our outstanding reviews on HomeAway 967560. Our rental is a charming 1893 cottage in a 7 acres Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard. We are 1/4 mile off Hwy 140, 35 to 40 minutes to the El Portal entrance to Yosemite. 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 tre...PLEASE NOTE: we have just listed on this site. You can review our outstanding reviews on HomeAway 967560. Our rental is a charming 1893 cottage in a 7 acres Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard. We are 1/4 mile off Hwy 140, 35 to 40 minutes to the El Portal entrance to Yosemite. 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. PLEASE NOTE: $175 nightly rental is for 2, $15/person for each additional person. 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 in the Valley. You can also white-water raft 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. Our cottage is 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. 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 hike up to Vernal and Nevada Falls. The Valley has Park Ranger programs, a museum, bookstore, 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. 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 Glacier Point, the Wawona Hotel, or and the Merced Grove. If time allows, you can 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, sunbath, 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. If you take a drive toward Glacier Point or Tuolumne, you will find many hiking trails. 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. 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. 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. 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, or play golf. Historic downtown Mariposa offers gift shops, and numerous restaurants including California Cusine, Mexican, Chinese, Pizza, a Sports Bar, and more. There is also an excellent Health Food Store and Restaurant. You can 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 More
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Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:March 2016
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Reviewed September 9, 2019

We used it as our base for Yosemite for two days - very convenient. The cottage was so comfortable and beautifully appointed, we were wanting for nothing. The hosts were both incredibly welcoming and helpful - we loved the scones on arrival, and the recommendations...More

Date of stay: August 2019
Thank madelinecc
Cliff G, VR Owner at 1893 Vineyard Cottage at the Gateway to Yosemite, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2019

We are very happy you enjoyed staying in our cottage while you were visiting Yosemite! It made us happy we were able to contribute a memorable memory of your visit to the USA.

Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Due to forest fires we were unable to come to the cottage. Cliff, the owner was extremely helpful, responding quickly to our concerns and giving us good advice. We were so disappointed that we were not able to visit but are really looking forward to...More

Date of stay: August 2018
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Cliff G, VR Owner at 1893 Vineyard Cottage at the Gateway to Yosemite, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2018

We are so sorry we didn’t get to meet you. This fire was poorly managed by the U. S. Forest Service. They finally began fighting it aggressively. We hope you will be able to visit Yosemite in the near future.

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Reviewed July 17, 2018

A fabulous cottage in a quiet location close to amenities in Mariposa, within easy reach of Yosemite . The owners Cliff and Mary-Lou were extremely friendly and welcoming and provided us with useful information about visiting Yosemite valley. They provided many extras including homemade scones...More

Date of stay: July 2018
Thank Caroline H
Cliff G, VR Owner at 1893 Vineyard Cottage at the Gateway to Yosemite, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2018

Thanks for your review. It is such a joy to us to be able to share our cottage while you are visiting Yosemite.

Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

The Cottage was comfortable for us and our 2 adult kids. It is located in a beautiful setting with good local restaurants near by. We used this location while visiting Yeosmite, it is about 45 minutes to the park gates. The only downside is no...More

Date of stay: July 2018
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Cliff G, VR Owner at 1893 Vineyard Cottage at the Gateway to Yosemite, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2018

We sometimes forget to remind guests to open all of the windows. No matter how hot we get breeze in the afternoon. The nights get quite cool, most guest say they have to pull up a blanket in the middle of the night.

Reviewed August 27, 2017 via mobile

We had a great 3 night stay in this beautiful situated, well-furnished and spacious cottage. On arrival it was exceptionally clean and there was a bottle of wine and scones waiting for us which was a nice surprise. We had lovely evenings sitting on the...More

Date of stay: August 2017
Thank RobertH7981
Cliff G, VR Owner at 1893 Vineyard Cottage at the Gateway to Yosemite, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2017

Thanks so much for your comments. We hope all of our renters feel at home, had a great visit to Yosemite, and relaxing evenings on the cottage deck.

Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Stove
Grill
Suitable For Children Under 5
Fishing Nearby
Refrigerator
Long Term Rentals (Over 1 Month)
Highchair
Towels Provided
Freezer
Private Yard
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cable/satellite TV
Iron
Ceiling Fans
TV
Corporate Bookings
Hiking Trips
Parking
Microwave
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Balcony
Mountain Views
Linens Provided
Horse Riding Nearby
Wi-Fi
Internet Access
Watersports Nearby
Terrace
Toaster
Patio
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