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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 $150 will be refunded within 14 days after your departure date (baring no deductions).
Main House for three nights $450.00 Security/damage & key deposit $150.00 Cleaning fee $120.00 and up Garbage fee $30.00 and up 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 $450.00 adding $40.00 per each additional guest up to maximum occupancy within the main house. Four plus nights start at $135.00 per night up to five nights. Discount rate for weekly bookings start at $790.00 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 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 completely furnished, 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, Heating / 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 minerals in it like iron, giving the water a bitter taste. The water is safe to drink but may take sometime to get used to.
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.
We have a large dog and two small parrots that travel with us. Our dog is indoor and outdoor. Her bed is in the garage.
Pets are not allowed on the furniture. Additional cleaning fees may apply. ...moreless
Let us know about it, so we can put a ramp at the front door. Wheelchairs might not fit into the bathrooms....moreless
3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11, Beds for 11
Master: 1 queen
Master bathroom and sliding door onto the deck, view...moreless
The attached garage has a Bowflex 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
Several table family games
Corn Toss outdoor game...moreless
40" TV. Reception might be sporadic sometimes...moreless
Three tree swings, plenty of trees and hills to climb. Toddler indoor toys....moreless
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From the desk looking east, 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
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
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.
Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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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
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.
Year Purchased: 2009
About the owner: The about us question??! Hmmmm.
My name is David Bach, originally from Rochester, N.Y. My partner of seventeen years Antonio Choy-Koo originally from Lima, Peru. We own a home in San Francisco, the Sunset District with our dog Bosque 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 Controller for a non-profit and I'm a Office Administrator.
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.
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 5-11 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.