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Closest Home to Yosemite Valley on the Merced River

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Last updated: 08/19/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Yosemite National Park house description

YOSEMITE'S RIVER HOUSE (to receive an accurate quote, contact owner at 209-379-2458)...a newly re-modeled 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with a spectacular view of the Merced River. From its location close to Highway 140-- the 'All-Year Highway' to Yosemite National Park--you are only 5 miles to the Park boundary, and minutes to the incomparable Yosemite Valley. With a fully-equipped kitchen, 2 gas fireplaces, the ONLY private in-ground swimming pool among Yosemite area vacation rentals, and a large deck overlooking the river, YOSEMITE'S RIVER HOUSE is a year-round vacation destination from which to enjoy the sights, sounds, and recreational activities of the 'crown jewel of national parks'.

With 3 bedrooms and a sleeper sofa, YOSEMITE'S RIVER HOUSE can accommodate up to 8 guests. One bedroom has a queen bed, a gas fireplace surrounded by beautiful local rock, and a sublime river view. A second bedroom also has a queen bed, a pool view, and an adjoining full bathroom. The 3rd bedroom has a bunk bed, with a twin mattress on top and a double on bottom. A second full bathroom has been newly renovated in an Art Deco style. The kitchen has everything you'll need, and you'll love the view from the sink, watching the river roll by. The living room has ample comfortable seating, a stone fireplace with gas insert, a 42' HDTV, and DVD player. Wireless internet is also available.

The El Portal area has a fascinating history. The Yosemite Valley Railroad, which ran on what is now Incline road, operated from 1906 until 1942. Before Highway 140 was completed in 1926, the railroad carried passengers to El Portal, from where they would continue their journey to Yosemite via horse-drawn carriages, and later motor-coaches. On the return trip to Merced, the train carried sugar pine logs back to the sawmill.

YOSEMITE'S RIVER HOUSE is on Incline Road (the former railroad bed), a level, paved lane parallel to the Merced River. Because so few cars travel the road, it is ideal for walking, running, skating, and biking. Guests at YOSEMITE'S RIVER HOUSE can take advantage of a variety of seasonal activities in the area, including:

*river rafting, kayaking, and some of California's premier wildflower walks in the spring.
*swimming in the on-site pool and local swimming holes in the summer.
*downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing at family-friendly Badger Pass in the winter.
*trout and bass fishing in season.
*photography, hiking, bird and wildlife watching, rock hounding, and phenomenal star-gazing all year round.

Staying at YOSEMITE'S RIVER HOUSE is an affordable family vacation, especially when 2 families share the rental and food costs. Upon returning to the house after a day of fun activities, refresh by the pool or relax on the deck and listen to the soothing sounds of the Wild and Scenic Merced River. Cook outside on the gas BBQ, have a delightful meal outdoors, and savor your vacation at our unique location in El Portal, the Gateway to Yosemite.



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Property Type

  • 1 story
  • House
  • 1400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            we do not rent to vacationing students or singles under 25 years of age unless accompanied by a responsible adult...moreless

          • Children Welcome:

            no charge for children 2 years old and younger...moreless

          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Non Smoking Only

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 7-8

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

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          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

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          • Bedroom 3: 1 bunk bed

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          • Convertible bed(s): 1 queen

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          • Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) queen size sofa bed in living room, Bunk Beds (1) double mattress on lower, twin on top...moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Dining:

            large dining table indoors with a leaf to expand seating, outdoor dining table on the deck overlooking the Merced River....moreless

          • Cooking Utensils:

            all necessary pots, pans, and crock pot...moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            fully equipped; BBQ utensils provided...moreless

          • Catering Available:

            advance notice required please...moreless

          • Kitchen:

            fully equipped...moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:

            8...moreless

          • Stove
          • Oven
          • Coffee Maker
          • Toaster
          • Refrigerator
          • Microwave
          • Dishwasher
          • Ice Maker
          • Seating for 8 people

          Amenities

          • Parking Off Street
          • Air Conditioning
          • Linens Provided
          • Washing Machine
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Towels Provided
          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board

          Entertainment

          • Satellite / Cable:

            Dish Network Satellite service with high definition; Toshiba 42' TV...moreless

          • Books:

            many books about Yosemite and area history...moreless

          • Television:

            42' Toshiba HD television...moreless

          • DVD Player
          • Video Library

          Communications

          • Telephone:

            unlimited free call to anywhere in the continental U.S....moreless

          • Free Long Distance:

            Free to anywhere in the continental U.S....moreless

          • Internet
          • Wireless Internet

          Pool & Spa

              • Private Pool:

                newly resurfaced in-ground pool...moreless

              Outdoor Features

              • Lawn / Garden:

                beautiful lawns; comfortable, restful hammock...moreless

              • Deck / Patio:

                expansive deck overlooking the Merced River...moreless

              • Outdoor Grill:

                propane gas BBQ...moreless

              • Wood Deck
              • Outdoor Grill Gas

              Theme

              • Adventure
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions
              • Away From It All

              Location & View

              • Mountain View:

                stunning views of the Merced River Canyon...moreless

              • Waterfront:

                hundreds of feet of river frontage...moreless

              • Rural

              Activities

              • Museums
              • Mountain Biking
              • Fly Fishing
              • Ice Skating
              • Whitewater Rafting
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Rafting
              • Skiing
              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Hiking
              • Fishing
              • Swimming
              • Rock Climbing
              • Snorkeling
              • Kayaking
              • Snorkeling/Diving
              • Cycling
              • Snowboarding
              • Live Theater
              • Restaurants
              • Autumn Foliage
              • Forests
              • Waterfalls
              • Bird Watching
              • Walking
              • Sight Seeing
              • Scenic Drives
              • Horseback Riding
              • Wildlife Viewing
              • Photography
              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries
              • Medical Services
              • Mountaineering
              • Roller Blading
               

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              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Peak season
              Apr 1 - Oct 31, 2014
              2 night min stay
              $345

              Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest

              Peak Season 2
              Apr 1 - Oct 31, 2015
              2 night min stay
              $345

              Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest

              My Standard Rate
              2 night min stay
              $250

              Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest


              Additional information about rental rates

              Fees:

              • Cleaning fee: $125
              • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
              • Tax Rate 11%

              Notes:

              Base rates are for 2 guests, $35/night for each additional guest;

              Holiday rates: $360/night for 2 guests, $35/night for each additional guest. No charge for infants 2 year old or younger. Children older than 2 years old are charged the $35/night extra guest fee.


              Cancellation policy:

              100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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              Last updated: 08/19/2014
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              Location

              2 Miles
              Nearest Motorway
              Highway 140
              3 Miles
              Nearest Barpub
              Cedar Lodge, Yosemite View Lodge
              35 Miles
              Nearest Ski
              Badger Pass
              2 Miles
              Nearest Restaurant
              Cedar Lodge, Yosemite View Lodge

              Car: Necessary

              The renowned Hite Cove wildflower trail is 10 minutes away, a train exhibit is in El Portal, massage therapy is available by appointment.

               

              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 2007

              About the owner: We have lived in the area for almost 40 years. Harvey is a local real estate agent and woodworker, and Jo Ann is a physical therapist. We have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, a 1 great-grandson. Our knowledge of the area can help our guests have a memorable Yosemite experience.

              Why the Owner Chose Yosemite National Park:
              Located on one of the few parcels of private property in the Yosemite area, this house has many benefits that have made it a successful vacation rental. The location is very close to Yosemite, the Merced River flows right by the house, and the private in-ground pool are just a few of the features that our guests have loved.

              The Unique Benefits at this House:
              The waterfalls of Yosemite flow into the Merced River, which guests can view from the deck of our home. In the summer, our pool provides a welcome relief after hiking in the Park. In the spring, the hills are alive with an array of dazzling wildflowers. The house is a 45 minute drive from Badger Pass, a family-friendly ski area.


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              Speaks: english

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              Photos

              • Enjoy gorgeous mountain and river views while visiting or dining on the deck

                Enjoy gorgeous mountain and river views while visiting or dining on the deck

              • Craggy peaks rise high above the river view from the deck

                Craggy peaks rise high above the river view from the deck

              • Wood floors, cozy couches, giant armchair, local art and books, DVD & HDTV

                Wood floors, cozy couches, giant armchair, local art and books, DVD & HDTV

              • Queen bed with private bath and views of the pool and mountains

                Queen bed with private bath and views of the pool and mountains

              • Living room and fireplace beyond the dining table and breakfast nook

                Living room and fireplace beyond the dining table and breakfast nook

              • View the river, visit friends & family while preparing meals in the open kitchen

                View the river, visit friends & family while preparing meals in the open kitchen

              • Dreamy view of the Merced River and surrounding mountains from kitchen window

                Dreamy view of the Merced River and surrounding mountains from kitchen window

              • Hammock in the peaceful shade with views of house, pool, and mountains

                Hammock in the peaceful shade with views of house, pool, and mountains

              • Sunset view of the pool and surrounding gardens

                Sunset view of the pool and surrounding gardens

              • Pool furniture and lounges with curtained canopy and amazing mountain views

                Pool furniture and lounges with curtained canopy and amazing mountain views

              • River rafting trips down the Merced River available during spring & early summer

                River rafting trips down the Merced River available during spring & early summer

              • Large deck with two dining tables, BBQ, and big views of river and mountains

                Large deck with two dining tables, BBQ, and big views of river and mountains

              • Walk, bike, or skate along the historic YV railroad bed next to the Merced River

                Walk, bike, or skate along the historic YV railroad bed next to the Merced River

              • Fireplace of river rock in cozy living room with views all around

                Fireplace of river rock in cozy living room with views all around

              • Queen bed, private door to deck, fireplace, and views of the Merced River

                Queen bed, private door to deck, fireplace, and views of the Merced River

              • Single bunk above, double below. Room has built-in dresser&closet, mountain view

                Single bunk above, double below. Room has built-in dresser&closet, mountain view

              • Artisan breakfast nook invites in morning light and beautiful river views

                Artisan breakfast nook invites in morning light and beautiful river views

              • View of kitchen and dining area with river views and local art on the walls

                View of kitchen and dining area with river views and local art on the walls

              • View from open kitchen to dining and living area, with local art on walls

                View from open kitchen to dining and living area, with local art on walls

              • Rest on the hammock in the shade after an active day of touring Yosemite Valley

                Rest on the hammock in the shade after an active day of touring Yosemite Valley

              • Lush green growth surrounds the pool a few steps from the back door of the house

                Lush green growth surrounds the pool a few steps from the back door of the house

              • Stunning spring wildflower displays along the Merced River canyon

                Stunning spring wildflower displays along the Merced River canyon

              • Watch or join a river raft trip down the beautiful Merced River

                Watch or join a river raft trip down the beautiful Merced River

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              Date last modified - Thursday, June 19, 2014

              $250 - $345 per night (USD)
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              3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
              Sleeps 8

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