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

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 111 m²
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 a few hours
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
26 June, 2017

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 Yosemite Area

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:
  • 111 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • 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

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(79 traveller reviews)

New Straw Bale Home with Views of the Yosemite High Sierra!
average rating of 4.962025 based on 79 reviews
5

Great house and views

  • 5 of 5

The house was very comfortable and very clean. Enjoyed the mountain view from the deck.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Thumbs up!

  • 5 of 5

I'm from the Seattle area and my son lives in New York city. The Straw Bale Home was a delight and met our needs perfectly. We have somewhat different sleep schedules so it was great that we each had separate bedrooms and baths to which we could repair without disturbing one another.

Everything about the home was delightful and as advertised. Unlike other short term rentals I've experienced, what you see in person is actually as good as and often better than what you see in the photos. The location is beautiful, quiet, and quite private. We rarely saw a neighbor and the couple times we did, folks gave us a friendly wave hello.

The Straw Bale Home is a great advertisement for VRBO, and I'd definitely recommend it for those who want to visit Yosemite and/or the area surrounding Midpines.

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Better than expected.

  • 5 of 5

Location was perfect. The accommodations provided were excellent. I would certainly stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A peaceful and relaxing stay

  • 4 of 5

The Straw Bale Home was just what my husband and I wanted--quiet, private, close to Yosemite, with a view of nature. Kathleen made the registration, check-in/check-out process, and her availability, if we needed help, smooth and easy. Her modern home was simply but yet very nicely decorated with a well stocked kitchen. It was clean and the care put into the home was evident. Loved all of the windows which made you feel apart of the outdoors--we even got to see a few deer one morning across of the front driveway. There was plenty of vegetation surrounding the property which on one hand was nice to look at, but a bit overgrown due to the much needed rains. Also, because of the rains, Yosemite was spectacularly beautiful with so much water all around making the hour drive to the valley floor gorgeous. We would have loved to have spent more time on the large deck but it was a bit cold. We were glad that we had good WI-FI service and internet t.v which we were able to access movies through our personal Netflix account. At first I thought that we would be able to watch regular T.V. but was glad we did not because we did not need that distraction.

All in all it was a pleasant, peaceful, and relaxing stay surrounded by nature. Thank you Kathleen.

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Lovely and comfortable home with beautiful scenery

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful views! The location was perfect for us. The house is lovely and well appointed. We very much enjoyed our time here.

  • Review Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Peace in the midst of green landscape.

  • 5 of 5

The house was carefully designed and was surrounded by a nice green view. The decorations brought some nice touch to the character of the house. We enjoyed the several paintings around the house. The living room was spacious and all the amenities were perfect to make our stay as comfortable as our home.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your visit and that it gave you the feeling of being at home. Spring is the best time to enjoy our lush green surroundings with wildflowers and spring bird songs. The paintings that are referenced are actually photographs taken by Yosemite Park legend, Howard Weamer, who has been the the winter hut keeper at Ostrander Lake Ski Hut for the past 43 years! You can find his art work at: http://weamerphotography.fotomerchant.com/galleries/fine-art-images. He is the photographer of the well known photo "Storm Light on Half Dome" taken from one of my favorite hikes on Sentinel Dome. Sentinel Dome is an easy hike just before you reach Glacier Point with spectacular views of the iconic Half Dome and El Capitain.
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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:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Fall-Winter rate
15 Oct 2017 - 21 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$234
 
 
Thanksgiving
22 Nov 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$281
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$27 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter Low
26 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$234
 
 
Winter Holiday Rates
22 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
A$281
A$1,873
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$27 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter Rates
2 Jan 2018 - 15 Feb 2018
2 night minimum stay
A$234
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$27 per night, per additional guest
 
Presidents Weekend
16 Feb 2018 - 18 Feb 2018
2 night minimum stay
A$281
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$27 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter 2018
19 Feb 2018 - 30 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
A$234
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
A$281
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$27 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$334.45
Cleaning Fee A$133.78 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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