|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
California has cowboys, beaches and surfing, skiing, hiking and shopping all rolled into one beautiful state. Seeing Yosemite when you vacation in California is a must. For this vacation, expand your mind and enjoy a true California experience by staying in a straw bale home. Unlike those of big bad wolf fame, modern straw bale homes are warm and comfortable. They provide a unique place to rest your soul (and feet) after a day of discovering Yosemite.
Our newly constructed Yosemite Straw Bale vacation home is a wonder. While the straw bales provide incredible R-50 insulation, we are using passive solar heating for preheating our radiant floor heating system with an instantaneous hot water heater as a backup system. Our photovoltaic grid panels are naturally creating clean energy from the sun. We tested these techniques on our own home and perfected them in this vacation rental for your enjoyment. Made to feel like your private second home, design touches include a social kitchen with a granite slab bar height counter, finished dyed concrete floors, and cozy radiant floor heating. Sitting hilltop at 3000 feet elevation (914m), the house includes a private deck perfect for relaxing and enjoying the views. We are also honored to share with you, eight fine art prints by renowned Sierra photographer Howard Weamer.
The gates of Yosemite are a mere 35 minutes away* on a drive that follows the wild and scenic Merced River. (*Your drive may take longer as you stop to put your feet in the river or photograph the wildflowers along the way.)
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Keywords: Straw Bale, Home, Yosemite, Yosemite Area, Mariposa , Midpines, Hilltop
Kathleen and Alex moved to Midpines sixteen years ago to enjoy the natural beauty of the area and spend as much time in Yosemite as possible. Kathleen is an Architectural Designer and specializes in Straw Bale Home design. She is also very busy raising twin boys. Alex is a trained Engineer and teaches mathematics at the local public school.
Kathleen Pfeffer purchased this house in 2010
We chose to build a vacation rental on our thirteen acre hill top to allow family, friends and vacationers the opportunity to enjoy Yosemite and its surroundings.
Our hilltop is incredible for enjoying sunsets, sunrises, star gazing, wild flowers and bird watching all from the comfort of your private deck.
Yosemite is half way between my home in Phoenix and our daughter's home in Oregon, so we decided to enjoy the National Park for Thanksgiving. Our granddaughter is only 9 months old and we wanted to spend more quality time with her than you can get in a hotel. I found this lovely home on VRBO and it was perfect. The two bedrooms were very private, each with their own bathroom. The baby loved crawling on the stained, concrete floors and looking out the window from the window seat (which doubles as a trundle bed) in the living room. We brought a bunch of pre-cooked meals with us, so that all we had to do was heat them up, but all the tools we needed were available. The kitchen was super easy to work in and the big dining table was perfect for family meals and game nights. The view from the house was beautiful. We did not explore the area as we spent our days in Yosemite, but it looked like a lovely place to just hang out and the town of Mariposa is just a short trip down the road in case you forgot anything. If visiting the area, my family and I would happily stay here again.
This straw bale house is breath taking! We had a wonderful time hiking in yosemite and relaxing in this beautiful home! :)
Lovely well equipped character filled cabin with everything we needed for an amazing 3 night stay. Beautiful views, sunsets and sunrises from the balcony. Cabin was a perfect haven to come back to after a full day out in Yosemite.
The home was great so clean and interesting that it was made out of straw. We enjoyed our stay and the town of Mariposa, wish the roads to Yosemite NP were not so twisted and curved as it took awhile to get to the park even though miles wise it wasn't far. The home was perfect.
We enjoyed our stay in the Straw Bale House very much. It was a very quiet setting and just what we wanted for our "base camp" to visit incredible Yosemite. We also enjoyed Mariposa; highlights outside the Park included dinner at Savoury's Restaurant, the Casto Oaks Tasting Room, and a visit to the Butterfly Creek Winery. People in these and other shops we visited were very friendly and welcoming. The house was very comfortably furnished and clean. We appreciated the thoughtful design, and the efficiency of the straw bale construction at regulating the inside temperature. (The information provided on keeping the house cool during the day was helpful and accurate.) We are glad we got to experience a stay in this house!
From the first acknowledgement of booking this house I received communications regarding our stay and this beautiful home. I asked a few questions and was answered quickly and given good information. Upon entering the home for the first night, we were greeted to a lovely, cozy home with all the information for the electronics in the home, as well as area information all in a binder on the island. The home was very clean and had a lot of little extras such as spices and detergents. The 4 of us were very comfortable and looked forward to returning each night. We could have spent more nights there but had other areas to visit. Thank you for allowing us to share your beautiful home-and it is not just a house, we called it home!
Other Activities: kayaking, climbing, horseshoes, boating, wildlife viewing, wine tasting, health/beauty spa, shopping,
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$26 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||A$331|
|Cleaning Fee||A$132 + Tax|
Signed rental agreement due at time of reservation.
Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed.
Rates are based on 4 guests. Additional guests are $20/night (6 guests maximum)
CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations that are made more than thirty (30) days prior to the arrival date will receive 50% of rental in return. Cancellations or changes that result after the 30-day date will receiv