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Closest Home to Yosemite Valley on the Merced River

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Last updated: 05/02/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

YOSEMITE'S RIVER HOUSE (to receive an accurate quote, contact owner at 209-379-2458 or e-mail to hholland@inreach.com)...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

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

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

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • 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

Entertainment

  • Books:

    many books about Yosemite and area history...moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

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

  • Television:

    42' Toshiba HD television...moreless

  • Video Library

Theme

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

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Forests
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    stunning views of the Merced River Canyon...moreless

  • River:

    Our house overlooks the Merced River...moreless

  • Rural
  • Waterfront:

    hundreds of feet of river frontage...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting

Dining

  • Dining:

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

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    2 gas fireplaces; 1 in living room, 1 in bedroom...moreless

  • Free Long Distance:

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

  • Gas Fireplace:

    (2) one in living room, one in bedroom...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    forced air heating...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    ample seating...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone:

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

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Catering Available:

    advance notice required please...moreless

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

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

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    fully equipped; BBQ utensils provided...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    fully equipped...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    expansive deck overlooking the Merced River...moreless

  • Gazebo:

    9' x 11' gazebo in pool area...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    9' x 11' gazebo by the pool...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    beautiful lawns; comfortable, restful hammock...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    propane gas BBQ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    newly resurfaced in-ground pool...moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
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

Standard pricing
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: $345/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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Location

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

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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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
  • Response time Within 12 hours
  • Response rate 90%
  • Calendar last updated 05/02/2015
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