"With our 14 yr old, 11 yr old, and our labradoodle along for a winter Road Trip, we had high hopes for a great time at the Vineyard House, using it as a staging area for Yosemite and environs like Badger Pass for snow fun. The anticipation for a great time was heightened by the very informative and helpful communications with proprietor Kirsty, who is a patient and knowledgeable host. When we arrived, we found the house was impeccably put together, with details that make this property far above the VRBO norm. Everything from the kitchen equipment to the linens to the hot tub to the comfy furniture are all first rate, high quality, and well thought out for guests' enjoyment. The house was incredibly comfortable and charming in every respect. We did less exploring than we first planned after our first day in Yosemite, choosing to enjoy the local surroundings and relax at the house as well as go on nearby hikes. Kirsty and her team have done a remarkable thing with the house, and even the most picky or discerning visitor would be well satisfied with every aspect of the facilities and the appointments. There is a lot to do in the area, and the guidebooks and suggested activities that are found in the house literature were VERY helpful. We did great hikes found in the guidebook, noting one of them being very good for dogs, too (I forget the name but it's in the book, noted, as are others from other guests' experiences). The kids enjoyed every aspect of the stay, as did we. The location is beautiful, with plentiful birds around the house to watch, a big swing to use while enjoying the view, and the patio and several sitting areas all over the property were very inviting for a few moments of quiet reverie. And still, the WiFi is there when you want to check back into the other reality you left behind, and the satellite television worked great. There were many little details that we noted as very thoughtful and clever to make things just perfect, but my suggestion is for people to go find them for themselves and have a great time at Vineyard House. We hope to return in the Fall or even again for a winter trip, and would choose this property above anything else in the area or in most of California!
Guest: Summer visitor
Date of Stay: December 2014
Review Submitted: January 23, 2015