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STYLISH AND ROMANTIC--GREAT LOCATION! Staying in this Frank Lloyd Wright style home will make you feel you are living your getaway in special style. Designed and built by a man who used to push off the Firefall in Yosemite, the Mountain House is a wonderful blend of simplicity and artistic style, with rock, glass and wood to set the mood. Those who love Yosemite and the mountains will love this small and unique house.
Although located near the heart of Oakhurst, the setbacks, size and location of the property make it feel remote and private, with towering trees, a seasonal creek and wildlife and birds to entertain you out the dramatic windows. Yosemite National Park entrance is only 16 miles away, so you can enjoy it's wonders during the day and return to Oakhurst to sample the variety of restaurants (ranging from 5 star to pizza), enjoy the wineries and art galleries, shopping, zip line, golf courses, historic attractions or gambling at nearby Chukchansi Casino. Bass Lake and Sierra National Forest also offer a wide range of water sports, hiking, picnicing and other recreational opportunities, and are less than 10 miles from the house.
Simple in construction and design, the house has a peaceful and unique feel that will make your stay extra special. Large windows cover one entire wall, looking out over towering oak trees and the creek. An indoor garden graces the hallway, and a rock fireplace enhances the living room. Lighting fixtures accent the rock and fine art on the walls. Natural and open, this house surprises and pleases those who spend time here.
A small but fully functional kitchen is partially open to the dining room and living room, making food preparation easy if you decide not to use one of Oakhurst's many restaurants. The master bedroom has a wonderful king sized Temperpedic bed, lovely windows and nice wooden furniture including a desk. The (very) small second bedroom has a fold out couch to make a double bed and a nice big window to let the sun shine in. The bathroom has a tub/shower combo, and is equipped with handrails for safety and ease. Wifi, 42' TV with cable reception, dvd/vcr players, games, guide books, herbs and spices, nice linens, and a new air conditioner are among the amenities here.
This house was built by a long term Yosemite National Park resident and it has stayed in the Yosemite family for 40 years. Art and photography by Yosemite artists hang on the walls, and a fabulous binder filled with local knowledge about the park and surroundings will be available to help enhance your visit.
This house is wonderful for two people, although it can sleep another couple or child in the fold out double bed in the very small second bedroom. The house is not appropriate for young children.
Our bird feeder will become a favorite view out the windows as you enjoy watching a variety of birds just outside the main room. You will also see deer, raccoon, grey squirrels and other wildlife on a regular basis....moreless
You will enjoy our wonderful information binders as well as guide books. Feel free to borrow from our library during your visit, but please leave our books behind for others to enjoy....moreless
cards/board games/paints/other fun things to use while you are here...moreless
Loads of CDs for various tastes, from classical to international, country to pop, old and new rock and roll....moreless
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Rates are subject to change until verified. County taxes and cleaning fee not included in rate quote.
Additional persons (above 2): $25/person/night
Fifty percent required to secure reservation
Full payment required 30 days in advance
All guests must be registered. $50 fee/nite for any unregistered guest.
Cancellation Policy: No refunds if cancelled within 30 days of stay unless we can rebook, then 10% fee. Any other cancellation results in 5% processing fee.
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Variety of bars and a winery are available in town
2 courses in Oakhurst (plus Wawona/Yosemite)
Hwy 41--primary route to Yosemite from the south
Oakhurst restaurants--range: 5 star to fast food
Yosemite's Badger Pass, CA's oldest ski resort
Bass Lake for watersports/picnics/sight seeing
The home is located near the center of the town of Oakhurst, which has a variety of services, and is within easy driving distance (1/2 hour or less) to Yosemite National Park, Bass Lake, Chukchansi Casino, Sierra National Forest, and Mariposa. The house is only 16 miles from Yosemite's south entrance, an area famous for a stunning grove of Giant Sequoia and historic Wawona. Visit Glacier Point on your way to Yosemite Valley! Enjoy golf, wineries, historic parks and districts, shopping, art galleries, 5 star restaurants and spas, a movie or zip line, or perhaps visit old mining and Native American sites if you want to take a break from the wonders of Yosemite. Or just relax in this stylish home, watching the birds and the changing light in the trees.
About the owner: This house was designed and built by my father, who started working in Yosemite when he was 17. My mother also worked in the park while in college, and returned with my father to have two of their three children born in the park. I have continued to live in the Park, but I inherited the house in 2010, and my husband and I have worked on it the last four years to update and recondition it. My husband Darell and I have lived and worked in Yosemite a combined total of over 70 years, so coupled with my parents, the essence of Yosemite runs deep in this house.
Why the Owner Chose Yosemite National Park: The location of this house is a wonderful balance--in town, but quiet; near the park, but with the amenities of a city; closer to services, but with wilderness just a short distance away.
The Unique Benefits at this House: This house is chronicled in the museum archives of Yosemite National Park due to the unique status of the owners. Insider information about the park is provided for your use. This house will provide a memorable setting for a trip to the park and foothill towns and amenities nearby. Every day is beautiful here, and all four seasons are classically represented. There is something for everyone to do here or nearby. It is near the heart of a modest town, on the edge of a forest, on the boundary of one of the greatest parks in the world. What a great location!