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Front of the main house. Big pine and oak trees give shade in the afternoon.

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Last updated: 10/19/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Coulterville chateau / country house description

An Extraordinary Wilderness Adventure!

Welcome to your lovely ten-acre vacation spot in the foothills of Yosemite at Donkey Lane. If you are looking for a Wilderness Experience, solitude, sunshiny days and starlit nights in the pine woods with nature’s elements and all kinds of critters about then Yosemite Vista @ Donkey Lane is the destination for you. At 3500 feet we’re just above the snow mark but below the blizzard line atop a mountain ridge where you can see the sunrise and set without leaving the property. We’re 15 minutes from the nearest grocery store or gas station and 45 minutes (30 miles) as the crow flies from the Highway 120 and the northern entrance into Yosemite National Park.

Our vacation property can accommodate up to 6+ adults, 1 youngster in the main house and 5+ adults in the adjacent guesthouse. The main house has three bedrooms; master bedroom has a private full-bath while the two smaller bedrooms share a full-bath in the hall. The couch in the living room is big enough to easily sleep one. Floor mats and sleeping bags area available for the adventurous outdoors deck sleepers under the stars. Security deposit of $100 will be refunded within 14 days after your departure date (baring no deductions).

Main House for three nights $400.00
Security/damage & key deposit $100.00
Cleaning fee $80.00 and up
Garbage fee (many not apply) $30.00
Pet (dog) fee (per animal per night) $10.00

Guesthouse is only used for overflow to accommodate larger families, groups and their friends and will not be rented out separately.

Minimum price/stay is three nights at $400.00 adding $35.00 per each additional guest up to maximum occupancy within the main house. Four plus nights start at $120.00 per night up to five nights. Discount rate for weekly bookings start at $700.00 per week of 6-7 nights. Additional security, cleaning and garbage fees are negotiable but will apply.

*Note: Fees change according to dates, party size and unique requests. Pricing will also vary depending on season and demand. I recommend we negotiate if there is flexibility to do so?

The easy access entrance to the main house has an accommodating front porch that extends onto the south facing walkway to the back deck, which extends throughout the entire length of the back of the house. The back of the house faces due east and captures sweeping views of conifers, oaks and manzanita and the often snow capped majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains and Cathedral Range.

ACCOMMODATIONS: This home is privately owned and reflects the owners' individual tastes and requirements. Please be respectful of personal property and do not remove furnishings, kitchen items or private property.

Main house hallway entrance leads into the high ceiling living room and attached full amenity kitchen.

Kitchen includes:
Dinning room table extends to seat up to 10+ w/ bench
Easy access pantry and lots of kitchen counter top space
Double door refrigerator/ freezer
Full-top range & cooking stove
Full size microwave
Stocked cupboards, dishes, glasses, utensils, pots & pans
Coffee maker, teapot, toaster, rice maker & more

Living Room:
DVD / TV / CD Radio Stereo
(Internet provided at additioal cost)
Wood burning stove
Panoramic Views
Large couch & leather lounge chair

Master Bedroom:
Queen Size bed
Walk-in closet
Reading / study desk
Private sliding door onto rear deck
Separate / private full bathroom

Two Guest Bedrooms:
Queen & Full size beds (fold-out futon in side room)

Attached double car garage:
Complete workout gym

House comes with central heating and air conditioning.

Pets & Beasts: We are pet friendly both large and small, including access & accommodations to a corral for large dogs, horses and pack animals.

Our guesthouse is a fully equipped, separate living space with:
Full/shower bathroom, queen size bed, couch with a full size foldout bed, Leather lounge chair, dinette table & stools, double kitchen sink, Small refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven
Wood burning stove / AC

Note: Our water is “well water” pumped up from over 300 feet below the property. The water is safe for cleaning, bathing and drinking but has heavy minerals in it like iron, which at times can appear rusty in color and has a bitter taste. Washing white or light colored clothing in well water will deliver rusty result! The water is safe to drink but may take sometime to get used to. So, it is advised that you bring plenty of drinking water.

CHECK-IN /OUT: Plan to arrive after 2:00 p.m. Departure time is 12:00 PM, (Noon) sharp.

DAMAGES: I agree to properly use, operate and care for all furnishings, including electrical and gas appliances, plumbing fixtures, electronic home entertainment property, fireplaces, BBQs and all other items or whatsoever kind of nature provided to me during my stay for my convenience. I also agree to leave the home so that no extraordinary housekeeping will be required after my departure. I agree to both notify and reimburse the owners for all necessary and reasonable repairs, replacement for damage or destruction of property caused by my guests, and me or for extra cleaning required. We will notify you of the costs of damages or extra housekeeping within ten days after your departure.

QUIET TIME: 10:00 pm to 8:00 am. Please respect these hours as sound does carry off the mountain, especially during warm/hot weather nights when the windows are open.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY: I agree to indemnify and save and hold harmless Donkey Lane Lodge near Yosemite and its' homeowners from any loss, liability, damage or cost I may incur due to my occupancy on your premises or from participation in any recreational activities during my stay.


Property Type

  • 1 story
  • Chateau / Country House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Alternative Lifestyle
          • Children Welcome:

            We just built a bunk bed in the rear bedroom, twin above, double below. ...moreless

          • Non Smoking Only:

            No Smoking anywhere at anytime!...moreless

          • Pets Considered:

            We have two large dogs and two small parrots that travel with us. Our dogs are outdoors only. Their beds are in the garage. Pets are not allowed on the furniture. Additional cleaning fees may apply. ...moreless

          • Wheelchair Accessible

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11, Beds for 11

          • Master: 1 queen

            Master bathroom and sliding door onto the deck, view...moreless

          • Front den: 1 queen

            Cozy, the blue room, closet, westward view...moreless

          • Rear bed room: 1 twin/ single, 1 bunk bed

            Full length sliding door mirror to closet, window, breeze...moreless

          • Guesthouse: 1 queen, 1 double, 1 twin/ single

            Guesthouse can sleep up to 5 adults, separate bath...moreless

          • Queen size Beds (3), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Child Beds (2) Floor mats and air mattress available, Baby Cribs (1) Playpen, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)...moreless

          Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

          • Master Bathroom: toilet, shower

            Really nice, spacious shower...moreless

          • Hall Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

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          • Guesthouse: toilet, shower

            Separate unit...moreless

          • Outside shower: outdoor shower

            Expected completer by April 2013...moreless

          Other Amenities

              • The attached garage has a Soloflex machine, workout bench and weights up to 75 lbs. Property can accommodate tent camping, R. V. parking for extra guests you might want to invite. Permission requires....moreless

              Entertainment

              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Music Library
              • Stereo
              • Television:

                (2)...moreless

              • Toys:

                Two tree swings, plenty of trees and hills to climb. Toddler indoors toys....moreless

              • Video Library

              Theme

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

              Attractions

              • Museums
              • Winery Tours

              Local Services & Businesses

                  • Groceries

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Boating
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Sledding
                  • Walking
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  Location Type

                  • Monument View
                  • Mountain View:

                    From the desk looking west, you'll see the Cathedral Range. The southern ridge to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Snow-capped for most of the year, supplies water to Yosemite Park and Central Valley....moreless

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Cross Country Skiing
                  • Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Hiking
                  • Hunting
                  • Ice Skating
                  • Kayaking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Mountaineering
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Rafting
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Skiing
                  • Snowboarding
                  • Snowmobiling
                  • Swimming
                  • Water Tubing
                  • Whitewater Rafting

                  Dining

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 10 people

                  General

                  • Air Conditioning:

                    Central Air Ceiling Fans...moreless

                  • Clothes Dryer:

                    Not available during summer months. Cloths lines however are! ...moreless

                  • Fitness Room / Equipment
                  • Garage:

                    Not for auto use...moreless

                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

                    By request, must notify owners....moreless

                  • Telephone:

                    Fee for out of area calls....moreless

                  • Towels Provided:

                    According to party size and needs...moreless

                  • Washing Machine
                  • Wood Stove:

                    This is a Wood Stove / Fireplace, excellent for heating the house and romantic evenings, wood fee may apply. ...moreless

                  Kitchen

                  • Coffee Maker:

                    Two for you heavy drinkers...moreless

                  • Cooking Utensils:

                    Completely stocked cupboards, dishes, glasses, utensils, pots & pans...moreless

                  • Dishes & Utensils:

                    Fully stocked kitchen including blender, rice cooker, slow cooker, dutch oven.......moreless

                  • Dishwasher
                  • Ice Maker
                  • Kitchen:

                    Home built 2004 (modern) Double sink w/ disposal Full-top range & cooking stove Coffee maker, teapot, toaster, rice maker & more Dinning room table extends to seat up to 10+ w/ bench Easy access pantry and lots of counter top space...moreless

                  • Microwave:

                    (2) Full size microwave...moreless

                  • Oven
                  • Pantry Items:

                    We have a community shelf that includes many pic-nick items, ketchup, mustard, salt & pepper, foil......... ...moreless

                  • Refrigerator:

                    Double door refrigerator/ freezer / ice maker...moreless

                  • Stove
                  • Toaster

                  Outside

                  • Balcony
                  • Deck / Patio:

                    Private, views, stargazing, kids camping place...moreless

                  • Lawn / Garden
                  • Outdoor Grill

                  Payment Type

                  • Discover
                  • Mastercard
                  • Visa
                   

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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Summer Rates
                  May 22 - Sep 7, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  $165
                  $1,040

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

                  My Standard Rate
                  3 night min stay
                  $150
                  $945

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest


                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees:

                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $100
                  • Cleaning $80 + tax
                  • Use of Guest House $50 + tax
                  • Pet Fee $30 + tax
                  • Garbage $50 + tax
                  • Tax Rate 11%

                  Notes:

                  Rates are based on two guests and only the main house. Please inquire for a quote via email, if your party is three or more guests or require the additional use of the guest house. Our rates are somewhat flexible based on your unique party and required accommodations.

                  Thank you


                  Cancellation policy:

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


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                  Last updated: 10/19/2014
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                  Location

                  • Town of Coulterville View on map

                    Gold rush era town. Population 115. The historic Jefferey hotel was established in 1851 and entertained the likes of John Muir and President Teddy Rooselvet.

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                  • Yosemite National Park View on map

                    Yosemite National Park 120 Route entrance is 45 minutes from Donkey Lane Vista. A pleasant drive takes you through extraordinary views of the country side in the Sierra.

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                  • Greeley Hill View on map

                    Town of Greeley Hill on Route 132 above Coulterville and just 5 miles from our property. Grocery Store and gasoline available here. Left onto Fiske from R132 goes to Donkey Lane, continuing on R132 brings you to R120 & Yosemite

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                  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.

                   

                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2009

                  About the owner: The about us question??! Hmmmm. My name is David Bach, originally from Rochester, N.Y. My partner of fifteen years Antonio Choy-Koo originally from Lima, Peru. We own a home in San Francisco, the Sunset District with our two dogs (Buster and Tanq) 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 Chief Financial Officer for a non-profit and I'm a Career Coach.

                  Why the Owner 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? This is our first year 2012 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.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
                  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 5-10 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.


                  Contact us

                  Speaks: english, spanish

                   

                  Photos

                  • Front of the main house. Big pine and oak trees give shade in the afternoon.

                    Front of the main house. Big pine and oak trees give shade in the afternoon.

                  • South side of the main house.

                    South side of the main house.

                  • Back porch of the house with east view of mountains

                    Back porch of the house with east view of mountains

                  • View east from our deck of snow cap mountain range , YOSEMITE N.P. 30 miles away

                    View east from our deck of snow cap mountain range , YOSEMITE N.P. 30 miles away

                  • Summer picnic table and BBQ grill in the front of the main house driveway

                    Summer picnic table and BBQ grill in the front of the main house driveway

                  • After a winter storm

                    After a winter storm

                  • Fireplace and leather chair in living room of main house

                    Fireplace and leather chair in living room of main house

                  • Dining area and kitchen in main house, open space leads to living room & hallway

                    Dining area and kitchen in main house, open space leads to living room & hallway

                  • Master bedroom private bath in main house

                    Master bedroom private bath in main house

                  • Bunk bed in the rear bedroom has double matt bottom and single matt on top.

                    Bunk bed in the rear bedroom has double matt bottom and single matt on top.

                  • Guest house kitchenette / dining area

                    Guest house kitchenette / dining area

                  • Merced River which flows from Yosemite Park, a 30 minute day-trip drive off R49

                    Merced River which flows from Yosemite Park, a 30 minute day-trip drive off R49

                  • Another view of the front of the house on a summer afternoon.

                    Another view of the front of the house on a summer afternoon.

                  • Guest house and the wood shed on the back. Buster is enjoying the shade.

                    Guest house and the wood shed on the back. Buster is enjoying the shade.

                  • Your chair here at Donkey Lane Vista!

                    Your chair here at Donkey Lane Vista!

                  • West south vista from back porch of main house

                    West south vista from back porch of main house

                  • Big oak in lower meadow of the property. The second and highest tree swing

                    Big oak in lower meadow of the property. The second and highest tree swing

                  • Road next to house after winter storm

                    Road next to house after winter storm

                  • Living room couch faces the wood burning stove.

                    Living room couch faces the wood burning stove.

                  • Master bedroom, queen bed, walk-in closet with private bath, deck access

                    Master bedroom, queen bed, walk-in closet with private bath, deck access

                  • One of two guest bedrooms in our three bdrm, two bath home.

                    One of two guest bedrooms in our three bdrm, two bath home.

                  • Separate Guesthouse, sleep up to 5 one of three available beds and bath/ shower

                    Separate Guesthouse, sleep up to 5 one of three available beds and bath/ shower

                  • View from the lower meadow vista. view of Central Valley.

                    View from the lower meadow vista. view of Central Valley.

                  • Highway 49 south of Lake McClure, just north of Merced.

                    Highway 49 south of Lake McClure, just north of Merced.

                  VRBO #389896

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                  3 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 11

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