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New Straw Bale Home with Views of the Yosemite High Sierra!

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

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.)

Check out our profile below, and look at the calendar for booking availability. Call or email to hear more and make arrangements. We look forward to hearing from you.

Keywords: Straw Bale, Home, Yosemite, Yosemite Area, Mariposa , Midpines, Hilltop

More Details

Owner
Kathleen Pfeffer
Member since: 2007
Speaks english, german
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
27 May, 2018

About Kathleen Pfeffer

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

Why Kathleen Pfeffer chose Midpines

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.

What makes this house unique

Our hilltop is incredible for enjoying sunsets, sunrises, star gazing, wild flowers and bird watching all from the comfort of your private deck.

Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Midpines, California

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2) Each bedroom has a queen bed with private bath., Twin Beds (2) Both twin beds are located in the living room. The top one is an XL Memory foam mattress and serves as a comfortable place for naps during the day in a beautiful daybed bay window seat. Below the window seat is a second trundle twin bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • games - kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • patio
  • wooden decking
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • boating
  • horse riding
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Excellent Verizon coverage and ATT coverage is acceptable.

Reviews

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New Straw Bale Home with Views of the Yosemite High Sierra!
average rating of 4.9591837 based on 98 reviews
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5

All the comforts of home!

  • 5 of 5

What a treasure and so convenient to Yosemite. Exceeded all of our expectations, well stocked and up to date. Perfect place to return to after a day of exploring. Great restaurants and shops in maraposa, just 15-20 drive.

We would love to return to this house and explore more of this beautiful part of our country. Thank you Kathleen!

  • Review Submitted: 13/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful, clean, quiet and private

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 3 nights while exploring Yosemite. The valley is about an hour away but this house is so worth it. Beautiful, clean, quiet and private. We went to a grocery store 15 minutes away and this kitchen is stocked with anything you’d need to cook with which was helpful. The owner is super responsive and attentive to any needs. Would absolutely recommend it if you’re going to Yosemite or surrounding area.

  • Review Submitted: 09/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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High Quality Rental

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at numerous VRBO rentals all across the country. We think this rental is one of the top 2 rentals we have ever utilized. The home is very well designed, has high quality materials of construction, and the kitchen is very well equipped with good quality utensils. The owners obviously take pride in their rental property.

We stayed 7 nights while visiting Yosemite and was a welcome relief to the hustle and bustle of Yosemite during the day. The beds are comfortable and the location is quiet and calming. The layout provides individual space for people.

The usage of the straw bales made this place extremely energy efficient, Other design details go on to increase the natural efficiency of the straw bales for insulation value.

Highly recommend this place for rental if going to the area. Linda Stack and William Cook

  • Review Submitted: 25/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for appreciating and noting the pride that we take in our rental home. The use of strawbales offers many advantages including its superior energy efficiency, large 2-foot deep window seats for lounging and reading, a daybed with a twin xl memory foam mattress and excellent sound insulation, as well. We chose high-quality materials and finishes with sustainability in mind for our health and the health of the planet. We are pleased our home was a relaxing retreat after busy days of hiking in the Park.
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5

quiet, peaceful and beautiful views, but close to National Park

  • 5 of 5

The kitchen, dining and living room are open to the views of the hills and forest. From the living room you cannot see any other homes. You can hear an occasional car drive by, but otherwise only bird song and the wind. The beds were comfortable and the kitchen had everything we needed. The internet was down the first day we arrived, but the owner promptly fixed it the next day and it worked well. The owners were responsive to our questions about getting around the area due to a rainstorm and flood alert. We took the hikes they recommended nearby. Even without visiting Yosemite, our stay at the Straw Bale House was a vacation. We did visit the park twice after the flood alert and park closure was lifted. I've driven into the park from 3 access points and the Merced river entrance is the prettiest.

  • Review Submitted: 20/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful

  • Review Submitted: 14/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Property was very comfortable and remodeled in style!!! Accommodated our family perfectly!

  • Review Submitted: 01/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
189 Miles
San Francsisco (sfo)
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Merced
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
The Yosemite Bug
Nearest Beach
9 Miles
Briceburg
Nearest Point of Interest
Midpines, The Pride of the Sierra
Nearest Point of Interest
Mariposa, CA
Nearest Point of Interest
Yosemite Park Entrance/ Merced River
Nearest Point of Interest
Yosemite Village

Other Activities: kayaking, climbing, horseshoes, boating, wildlife viewing, wine tasting, health/beauty spa, shopping,

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Midpines, California

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Season
31 Mar 2018 - 21 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$278
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$26 per night, per additional guest
 
june
22 Jun 2018 - 23 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
AU$278
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$26 per night, per additional guest
 
High season
24 Jun 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$278
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$26 per night, per additional guest
 
July
21 Jul 2018 - 22 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
AU$278
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$26 per night, per additional guest
 
High season July
23 Jul 2018 - 7 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$278
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$26 per night, per additional guest
 
August
8 Aug 2018 - 9 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
AU$278
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$26 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season 3
10 Aug 2018 - 14 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$278
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$26 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall-Winter rate
15 Oct 2018 - 20 Nov 2018
2 night minimum stay
AU$232
 
 
Thanksgiving
21 Nov 2018 - 24 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$278
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$26 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter Low
25 Nov 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
AU$232
 
 
Winter Holiday Rates
21 Dec 2018 - 1 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
AU$278
AU$1,855
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$26 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter Rates
2 Jan 2019 - 14 Feb 2019
2 night minimum stay
AU$232
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$26 per night, per additional guest
 
Presidents Weekend
15 Feb 2019 - 17 Feb 2019
2 night minimum stay
AU$278
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$26 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter-Spring Rates
18 Feb 2019 - 30 Apr 2019
2 night minimum stay
AU$232
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$26 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
AU$278
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$26 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$132.49 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$331.22

Signed rental agreement due at time of reservation.
Rates are based on 4 guests. Additional guests are $20/night (6 guests maximum)

50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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