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Starlit Chalet on Yosemite's Doorstep—3,800' High —10 Forested Acres

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In a Sierran forest ... silence ... incomparable beauty ... a billion stars

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Last updated: 07/11/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Mariposa chalet description

Starlit evenings perfect for romance. A dance floor. Stargaze from the deck. Look, there's Orion! Folks love no neighbors' lights and no traffic noise. And breathing pure air and drinking sweet, non-chlorinated water. The chalet is a comfortable base from which adventurous families launch serious explorations of Yosemite and the Sierra. Days begin with animated fly-ins of wild doves, stellar jays, dark-eyed juncos, grosbeaks and hummingbirds who come to enjoy birdseed. Guests watch happily from comfortable chairs in the Great Room. Squirrels join the party. Sometimes, wild turkeys and gray foxes. Deer cross the meadow. After Mother Nature's morning shock and awe, the bell sounds; time to peek through another window at one of America's richest historical periods. We head for Gold Country Mariposa to enjoy the California Mining and Mineral Museum, the History Museum, visit one of our state's oldest newspapers, and tour California's oldest active courthouse. Amazing!

Explosion of Beauty–Everywhere:
You don't have to wait 'til you arrive at Yosemite to be captured by nature's splendor. Starlit Chalet is in the middle of a lush Ponderosa Pine, Oak and Incense Cedar forest and there is a constant explosion of beauty outside every window. Put on your walking shoes, walk down the hill to the mailbox, turn right onto Jerseydale Road and walk up to the CDF Station. Drink in the trees, the meadows, the quiet, the extravagant display in every direction. And, when the sun comes up, get the birdseed from the pantry, sprinkle it generously along the deck railing and watch the joyful ballet of feathered and furried friends.

Star-gazing–Cooking Fun:
The only lights to distract at night emanate from the moon and billions of galaxies that populate a vast window to the Southern Sky. The starry majesty of the heavens crowns towering Ponderosa Pines. All seen most nights from the redwood deck circling half the chalet. You don't need a Hubble telescope to enjoy the nightly parade of the universe’s celestial extravagance – our star chart and binoculars will do the job just fine. The spacious kitchen includes custom cabinets and many appliances. The inviting tile bar connecting the kitchen and dining area is a great place to gather during meal preparation and cheer on the cook. And if the cook is willing, throwing a few steaks on the barbie may be the perfect preparation for tomorrow's Yosemite hike or tonight's star party.

Dance Floor–Sandy Beaches: Your willing host, Paul, has hiked the Sierra Nevada for 20 years and can answer your questions about hiking trails. Paul also teaches Argentine tango for beginners. Se habla tango! The Great Room's comfortable seating can easily be moved to create dance space when the sun goes down. Bring your CD's and dancing shoes and enjoy your favorite dances with your favorite partner as the stars twinkle overhead. Set a romantic mood with the dimmable track lights. Feet sore from dancing all night? Relief is just 20 minutes away at Briceburg on the Merced. Cold water and sandy beaches for tired feet. A perfect place for swimming, picnics, hiking, kayaking, fishing and seeing wildlife. In May and early June, white-water rafting is available.

Keywords: chalet, 10º cooler in summer heat, mountain home, Yosemite lodging, secluded, private, child friendly, family vacation, honeymoon, Yosemite National Park, vacation home, mountain luxury, hideaway, Arch Rock, romantic, Mariposa, Butterfly Creek Winery, exceptionally clean, mountain bikers, hikers, white water rafters

Property Type

  • Chalet
  • 1600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome:

            High chair, portable crib. Free lodging for 6 & younger....moreless

          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

          • Bedroom 1

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          • Bedroom 2

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          • Bedroom 3

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          • Convertible bed(s)

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          • Queen size Beds (1) Surrounded by 3 lovely windows to the forest. Sleep in silence! Dresser and large closet for luggage and all your clothing, Double Beds (1) Dresser and walk-in closet for luggage and all your clothing. Lovely view of forest., Twin or Single Beds (1) Dresser and walk-in closet for luggage and all your clothing. Lovely view of forest., Child Beds (1) Portable Crib for infant, Baby Cribs (1) Portable Graco crib, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Double futon in Game Room...moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen:

            Great kitchen! Spices. Appliances include: convection microwave, blender, Foreman grill, slow cooker, Lalanne juicer, bread machine, rice cooker, waffle maker, a hot air popcorn popper and a hand-mixer....moreless

          • Cooking Utensils:

            Includes barbecue tools, stainless steel cookware, lots of dishes and flatware, casseroles, bowls, everything!...moreless

          • Dining:

            Large table in Great Room seats 8, smaller table in Game Room seats 4...moreless

          • Pantry Items:

            All paper products including coffee filters. Spices, wax paper. ...moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            Lots of plates, pots, silverware, everything!...moreless

          • Toaster
          • Dishwasher
          • Ice Maker
          • Freezer
          • Stove
          • Oven

          Amenities

          • Air Conditioning:

            The chalet is protected by tall trees and gets direct sunlight only 5-6 hours a day so it naturally cool in summer. There is air-conditionong....moreless

          • Linens Provided:

            We also provide all paper products: napkins, coffee filters, towels, facial tissues...moreless

          • Wood Stove:

            Pellet stove is available during winter months....moreless

          • Living Room:

            The 3-story high Great Room is a mountain joy!...moreless

          • Parking:

            Plenty of parking on your private driveway....moreless

          • Heating:

            Central heating but rarely us in summer....moreless

          • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

            Parking only, no hook-ups. Shaded....moreless

          • Covered Parking:

            Covered by trees! Lots of shade....moreless

          • Washing Machine:

            Includes laundry detergent....moreless

          • Iron & Board
          • Hair Dryer
          • Towels Provided
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Parking Off Street

          Other Amenities

              • A Yamaha keyboard is available (please ask) and songbooks, as well, 2 stereo systems, one in the Game Room, one in the Great Room, Master bedroom/bath has separate vanity area with 2 basins, shower has assist bar, Mariposa town park has a children's playground and 2 tennis courts, The Bell was created by a Carmel artist - a lovely way to wake up, Mariposa Yosemite Airport is just north of town, YARTS operates a bus service from Merced Amtrak to Mariposa to Yosemite....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Television:

                46' Smart WiFi TV with Netflix + Internet...moreless

              • Stereo:

                In Game Room & Bluetooth in Great Room...moreless

              • Video Library:

                Nature, Oldies and some Contemporary...moreless

              • Music Library:

                Tango music + some Contemporary...moreless

              • Satellite / Cable
              • Game Room
              • Games

              Communications

              • Telephone:

                Local calls. To use long distance: install Skype on your computer or use telephone cards....moreless

              • Mobile Phone:

                Always iffy in the mountains....moreless

              • Wireless Internet
              • Broadband Access

              Pool & Spa

                  • Communal Pool:

                    No pool but sandy beaches on the Merced River at Briceburg are only 15-20 minutes away....moreless

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Balcony:

                    Both loft bedrooms share a balcony overlooking cedars, Ponderosa pines...moreless

                  • Golf:

                    2 golf courses in Oakhurst, 1 in Yosemite...moreless

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    Large deck wraps around the Great Room...moreless

                  • Wood Deck
                  • Outdoor Grill Gas
                  • Outdoor Grill

                  Theme

                  • Romantic
                  • Family
                  • Away From It All
                  • Historic
                  • Sports & Activities
                  • Tourist Attractions
                  • Adventure

                  Location & View

                  • Mountain View:

                    The chalet sits on a mountain ridge at 3800' in the middle of a Sierran forest. Sunrise paints the forest in magical light. View of southern sky open to billions of galaxies....moreless

                  • Beachfront:

                    Sandy beaches on Merced River 20 minutes away....moreless

                  Activities

                  • Live Theater
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Medical Services
                  • Equestrian Events
                  • Kayaking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Water Tubing
                  • Laundromat
                  • Whitewater Rafting
                  • Tennis
                  • Cycling
                  • Rafting
                  • Hiking
                  • Fishing
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Racquetball
                  • Mountaineering
                  • Swimming
                  • Basketball Court
                  • Hospital
                  • Groceries
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Restaurants
                  • Museums
                  • Cinemas
                  • Churches
                  • Library
                  • Playground
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Autumn Foliage
                  • Forests
                  • Waterfalls
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Antiquing
                  • Boating
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Walking
                  • Shopping
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Golf
                   

                  Reviews

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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Peak Season
                  May 23 - Sep 1, 2014
                  2 night min stay
                  $285

                  Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

                  My Standard Rate
                  2 night min stay
                  $195

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest


                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees:

                  • Pet Fee $25 + tax
                  • Cleaning + $10each over4 $100 + tax
                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
                  • Tax Rate 11%

                  Notes:

                  1 Week Discount: Peak Season - $100 / Off Season - $50

                  Children 12 & under only $10 per night

                  Holiday Weekends: 3 night minimum


                  Cancellation policy:

                  Policy available by contacting owner when booking.


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                  Last updated: 07/11/2014
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                  Location

                  60 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Fresno Yosemite Airport (FAT)
                  50 Miles
                  Nearest Train
                  Merced Amtrak & Fresno Amtrak
                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  Highway 140 & Triangle Road
                  10 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  Briceburg on Wild & Scenic Merced River
                  12 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Mariposa
                  30 Miles
                  Nearest Ski
                  Badger Pass
                  17 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  Oakhurst
                  12 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Mariposa

                  Car: Necessary

                  Gold-panning, Zipline (new), Argentine tango lessons (when Paul is in town), 3 golf courses in area, including one in Yosemite

                   

                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2001

                  About the owner: Se habla español. I spend my time traveling, writing, and producing documentary videos to help make the world a better place, especially for children. And nature photography. And when I'm at the chalet, hiking twice weekly with a local hiking group. Life is good! And I take being your host very seriously. I and my professional staff spend a lot of time making sure the chalet is clean, safe, comfortable and spectacular.

                  Why the Owner Chose Mariposa:
                  On my very first visit, I was stunned by the beauty of Yosemite and this entire area. That reaction continues today. This is one of the most beautiful areas on the planet and being able to share it with friends and family for so many years has given me a lot of joy. Now I get to share it with new friends, my guests. And what guests we have! From all over the world ... and all in love with nature.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Chalet:
                  Being so close to the beauty of Yosemite and the Sierra National Forest is everything! And at almost 4,000' elevation, the coolness of the chalet is a great plus in Mariposa's warm summers. I love to hike, enjoy good food and curl up on my favorite chair in the Great Room with a good book. Just being quiet in the presence of nature's majesty can be very healing. And being surprised by a deer or the whirring wings of a humming bird ... or looking up at night and seeing a billion stars ... all quite wonderful. And, when the mood strikes (and it does, often) slipping a tango CD into the stereo and moving slowly across the dance floor as the music invades every pore of my body ... aaaaahh. What a wonderful world!


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                  Speaks: spanish, english

                   

                  Photos

                  • In a Sierran forest ... silence ... incomparable beauty ... a billion stars

                    In a Sierran forest ... silence ... incomparable beauty ... a billion stars

                  • The Great Room - 12 great windows to mountains .. forest .. stars. Dance floor!

                    The Great Room - 12 great windows to mountains .. forest .. stars. Dance floor!

                  • Complete, beautiful, well-organized kitchen for a master chef

                    Complete, beautiful, well-organized kitchen for a master chef

                  • 46-inch Sony Smart TV with Wi-Fi, Netflix and Internet, Stereo, DVD's, Games

                    46-inch Sony Smart TV with Wi-Fi, Netflix and Internet, Stereo, DVD's, Games

                  • 6:30 am - Sometimes, early risers get to see a fox cub. Sometimes.

                    6:30 am - Sometimes, early risers get to see a fox cub. Sometimes.

                  • As light fades through 3 windows, the sleigh bed beckons in the master suite

                    As light fades through 3 windows, the sleigh bed beckons in the master suite

                  • The loft beckons ... a print by Diego Rivera ... soft beds ... a cozy bath

                    The loft beckons ... a print by Diego Rivera ... soft beds ... a cozy bath

                  • The loft bathroom with its inviting tub ... another peaceful place

                    The loft bathroom with its inviting tub ... another peaceful place

                  • An intimate dinner on the deck with good friends as the day begins to fade

                    An intimate dinner on the deck with good friends as the day begins to fade

                  • Mornings from the deck ... best time of the day

                    Mornings from the deck ... best time of the day

                  • Wild turkey hen ... stealing the show by stealing the birdseed

                    Wild turkey hen ... stealing the show by stealing the birdseed

                  • Half Dome is everywhere ... this photo by your host

                    Half Dome is everywhere ... this photo by your host

                  • We're so pleased to welcome you to the magic of the Sierra

                    We're so pleased to welcome you to the magic of the Sierra

                  • Warm kitchen only steps from great dining. Poster of Paul doing Argentine tango!

                    Warm kitchen only steps from great dining. Poster of Paul doing Argentine tango!

                  • Sharing elegant meals, always in view of nature's splendor ... aaaah

                    Sharing elegant meals, always in view of nature's splendor ... aaaah

                  • Chess anyone? Or a 1,000-piece puzzle? Or Wi-fi? Or a good book? Or a magazine?

                    Chess anyone? Or a 1,000-piece puzzle? Or Wi-fi? Or a good book? Or a magazine?

                  • The Bell tolls ... another perfect day begins in your mountain chalet.

                    The Bell tolls ... another perfect day begins in your mountain chalet.

                  • Dressing room of the master suite

                    Dressing room of the master suite

                  • Cozy loft bedrooms ... with a balcony looking out on cedars and ponderosa pines

                    Cozy loft bedrooms ... with a balcony looking out on cedars and ponderosa pines

                  • Twin beds can be joined in this loft bedroom for a couple ... or not. Balcony!

                    Twin beds can be joined in this loft bedroom for a couple ... or not. Balcony!

                  • The center of it all. Half Dome in Yosemite. Magnificence in granite. Awesome!

                    The center of it all. Half Dome in Yosemite. Magnificence in granite. Awesome!

                  • Remembering the day ... by candlelight

                    Remembering the day ... by candlelight

                  • Loft balcony ... another way to look at the beauty

                    Loft balcony ... another way to look at the beauty

                  • Driveway to Starlit Chalet and the Sierra Nevada ... your mountain home waits

                    Driveway to Starlit Chalet and the Sierra Nevada ... your mountain home waits

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                  Date last modified - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

                  $195 - $285 per night (USD)
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                  3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 8

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