Chateau / Country House, 3 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 3 Baths. Sleeps up to eight
- english, spanish
About David Bach
The about us question??! Hmmmm. My name is David Bach, originally from Rochester, N.Y. My partner of seventeen years Antonio Choy-Koo originally from Lima, Peru. We own a home in San Francisco, the Sunset District with our dog Bosque and two cockatiels. The entire family goes to Donkey Lane as often as possible. Donkey Lane as we lovingly call the property (named after the street which is adjacent to Jackass Ridge) is an excellent get-a-way from the hustle and bustle of everyday city life. And if you are at all familiar with the micro-climate weather in the Bay Area here in SF it is often foggy especially along the coast. The mountain property offers relief and much desired sunshine during these cool and foggy summer days. Personally I have always been drawn to Yosemite, been coming to the park since 1978. I’ve hiked many of the Valley Trails, all the waterfalls, Half Dome on more than one occasion and the back country (Ten Lakes) numerous times. A friend and I got caught up in a June snowstorm atop Clouds Rest above Tanya Lake some years back. During our time together Antonio and I have had many an adventure into Yosemite, hiking to the top of Yosemite Falls (a 5-6 hrs round trip, we highly recommend), May Lake and from Glacier Point to the valley floor just to name a few. This said, owning land near Yosemite National Park is an honor and a dream come true! Occupation wise, Antonio is a Controller for a non-profit and I'm a Office Administrator.
David Bach purchased this House in 2009
Why David Bach chose Coulterville
Antonio & I must have looked at over a dozen maybe two dozen parcels in our quest to find a cozy, getaway piece of wilderness property. We needed to fall in love with it and it needed to be private and have pine trees. Well we hit the jackpot and some when we looked at this place. Immediately we both agreed that this place had dream-property potential and was going to be worth the investment. Staying on or at Donkey Lane is an adventure in it self. The weather changes throughout the year with sometimes frightening Sierra Nevada Mountain storms of wind, snow, rain and the summers dry heat. Sunrise and sets without leaving the property. It's lovely, ten acres, clean, peaceful and nestled in the woodlands atop a mountain ridge at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. And we're very close to Yosemite National Park. What's not to love? In 2012 we started the experience of renting our property to vacation travelers visiting Yosemite. It has had its challenges (people are unpredictable) and rewards (people can be charming, delightful) but most of all we feel Donkey Lane wants to be shared and not left idle. We take pride in ownership of Yosemite Vista @ Donkey Lane the house as well as the stewardship of the wonderful wilderness area on this mountaintop. We expect that our travelers will respect the property during their visit with the same regard. Thank you.
What makes this House unique
Spectacular views abound. We sit atop a mountain ridge where you can see the sunrise and set without leaving the property. Very Private! Very Beautiful! Best use of our property would be for family, friends or group of 5-7 people for stays of 5-7 days. Short visits won't allow you the necessary escape to unwind and savor the peaceful, tranquility of the wilderness.
Check-in: 2:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 pm
No Smoking anywhere at anytime!
Pets are welcome inside, but not on the furniture.
We just built a bunk bed in the rear bedroom.
Minimum age of primary renter:28
Please be quiet after 10:00 pm. Noise travels easily through the open areas.
Please use the appropriate bins for your trash. There is no trash and recycles pick up. They are transported to designated county facilities.
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
This is a wonderful, thoughtfully-designed, immaculate property.
This is a beautiful home and very nicely set up for visitors. You can look at the trees in the valley below from the porch. You can enjoy the trees close by from two chair set up near the house. You can watch spectacular sunsets from the driveway. We watched shooting stars from the back porch. The night sky is wonderful. I loved how clean the house was. The owners are caring, responsive and environmentally conscious. Thanks for a great stay.
Thank you Ingrid for your wonderful review, we appreciate it. Nevertheless, you and your party were great and very responsible guests. The house was left in great condition. Thank you for staying with us and hopefully you come back.
The house was peaceful and soul filling. The extra time to get to the tourist attractions was EASILY worth the evening and morning views and solitude of such a beautiful home. My wife and myself plan on returning!
Thank Brian for your wonderful comments, we appreciate them. Yes, Donkey Lane is a great place to relax and enjoy the view of the Sierra hills. We also appreciate that you and your party took care of the house and were clean and organized. We will love to have you back.
Great Property with View
After staying a week at this property, I can equivalently state that this is the nicest property I have rented through VRBO. Great view of the high Sierra's; very quiet and secluded. The house was immaculate and was very well furnished with everything you would need.
We appreciate your kind review Gretchen. It makes us feel great that guests like and enjoyed the property as we really do.
Great house and awesome views - just a little too far away from Yosemite. The owner was fantastic from start to finish!
Thank you Andy for your review and comments, we appreciate it! We always try to be better, but unfortunately we can’t get the house closer to Yosemite.
Thank you again!
Nice place, hard to get to.
I have nothing but good things to say about this property.It was a little hard to get to (on small winding dirt roads).... that, though, I should have expected and was charming after I figured it out. The owner did give good directions of how to get there.
Thank you Matthew for your nice comments. Glad that you and your party spent a great time at Donkey Lane. Yes, the roads are a little confusing, but we think it is worth once you get there. You're welcome to visit DL again!
Sad circumstance but owners are great about it
We were smoked out of our vacation like so many in the west, unable to go to this property because of a massive wildfire making the air unhealthy and closing some roads. Mountain camps full of children were being evacuated. The situation was extreme. David was wonderful and said we could rebook at another time. He was even the one who called me, rather than vice versa.
Our property is on ten acres atop a foothill mountain with plenty of walking space and two tree swings.
This geographic area of California had great western history known as GOLD COUNTRY MOTHER LODE. And it continues living up to its name. Gold prospecting remains very active in these parts. Mine claims are still filed and worked regularly. Panning for gold in the various riverbed/creeks is a growing recreational activity and can be quite an adventure in it self. An absolute must try while you are here!
If you are overtaken with Gold Fever you will be happy to know Gold Country has many waterways with numerous places for recreational gold panning. After all more then 80% of the gold in the Mother Lode is still yet to be found, this makes gold panning even more enticing!
Coulterville, CA intersection of HW 49 and HW 132 (the John Muir Trail) is the home of one of the last remaining and largest mines along this end of historic Highway 49er, Mary Harrison Mine. Visit the Trading Post, museum and infamous Hotel Jeffrey “Estab. 1852” while you are in town. There is also a public access swimming pool in Coulterville during the summer months.
And there are the beautiful, clear sky starlit nights! The nightly sky's at Donkey Lane are absolutely breath taking. Often when I wake-up at night I’ll wander onto the back deck or the front walkway and look up in astonishment at the nighttime star-show spectacular. Late July early August is meteor shower time.
Easy access to Yosemite National Park, Hetch Hetchy, Merced River, Lake McClure and Don Pedro, Rainbow Falls and other great daytime destinations await you.