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Trabucco Gardens *Yosemite Gold Country Stargazing Retreat*

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Conveniently located off Highway 49 in California's Gold Country, on a historic parcel known as Trabucco Gardens.

During the Gold Rush days, Trabucco Gardens was a parcel of land cultivated as a vegetable garden, while Forty-Niners discovered gold in the area. The historic rock walls on property mark the perimeter where the garden once grew.

The joy of discovery continues here today. Now you can discover the vast riches our universe has to offer. Trabucco Gardens, located on 17 private acres, provides you with a grand opportunity to stargaze in privacy using high-end, easy-to-use instruments. The robotic GO-TO telescopes are provided during your stay, and are included in the rental cost. This open, rural stretch of Highway 49, which is considered 'above the fog and below the snow', provides you with many clear night opportunities, even in winter.

The Trabucco Gardens House, newly constructed in 2007, is well appointed and available year round. Mariposa, the county seat, which is 10 miles south, has many essential services, along with many wonderful dining, shopping, and historic sight-seeing experiences. Yosemite National Park's West entrance is located about 45 minutes away up Highway 140 from Mariposa.

We provide housekeeping service (not daily maid service), before and after your stay. Courtesy towels, coffee, tea, cocoa, popcorn, and guest soap are provided to welcome you on the day you arrive. Personal key code access provides you with convenience and security. Along with a fold-away sofa bed in the living room, a queen-sized inflatable Aero-Bed is provided for extra sleeping accommodations.

Because of the rural nature of the area, there is abundant opportunity for wildlife sightings, such as deer, wild turkey, coyote, bobcat, birds of prey, and perhaps an occasional bear. Seasonal creeks at the North and South ends of the property flow during winter and spring. Make sure to leave some time in your schedule during your stay for stargazing too.

Using the telescopes, beautiful views of the Orion Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy, Hercules Cluster, and many other deep sky objects are yours to behold. The telescopes offer a TOUR mode, which takes you to the best and brightest objects in the sky during your stay. Stargazing doesn't get any easier than this.

What on EARTH are you waiting for? Go mining in the INFINITE FRONTIER above! An inspiring adventure of discovery for the young and the young-at-heart is here at Trabucco Gardens.

NOTE: Please include a phone number with your inquiry in case our E-mail reply fails to reach you due to technical reasons. WE ALWAYS REPLY WITHIN A FEW HOURS.

Keywords: Cabin Home, Cottage, Yosemite Stargazing

More Details

Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018


Mariposa Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Half bathroom upstairs in master bedroom
  • 1.5 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 baby crib , 1 bunk bed
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sofa Bed, inflatable mattress bed, and (1) twin roll away
  • Queen size beds (1), baby cribs (1), sleep sofa or futons (1) located in living room, bunk beds (1) in kids room, queen inflatable mattress bed and (1) twin roll away bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Tripod-mounted robotic GO-TO telescopes provided for your stargazing pleasure. Includes eyepieces, accessories and written instructions.


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Trabucco Gardens *Yosemite Gold Country Stargazing Retreat*
average rating of 4.8778625 based on 131 reviews

My Experience was Magical

  • 5 of 5

From the time I booked the property until the time we arrived, the owner Mike was so accommodating and great at responding to any questions or concerns I had. You can tell from the time you book that he takes great pride in his property(and what a beautiful property it is!). The Cabin had absolutely everything we needed the whole weekend. even some toys,books, and games for the kids.The grounds keeper Alan came riding up on his horse one day to see if we needed anything (which was a treat for my 10 year old and 6 year old nephew) and they made it clear if we needed anything we could contact them. The only bad thing I can say is that I didn't have enough time to really explore the property and use the telescopes. We plan on making many trips in the future to Mariposa and Yosemite and staying at Trabucco Gardens. Thank you so much Mike, everything you did for me was out of this world and it made my trip everything I had hoped for! -Desiree

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Telescopes didn't work!

  • 3 of 5

While our overall stay was very nice there are a few things you should be aware of:

Master Bed: The fitted sheet had red stains, hairs and lint. We decided to put on another set of sheets. The first two that we pulled off the shelves were covered in dog hair. We were finally able to find two that looked fine and remade the bed.

Master Bath: The toilet seat lid was up and the toilet appeared to have been used and not flushed adequately.

Downstairs Bath: We were looking for more bath towels. We found them in the dryer but everything was only about half-dried. We ran the dryer to finish but the towels we used smelled musty.

Owner's response - "I'll be forwarding the housekeeping issues to Mikayla. She is new at doing the housekeeping. I'll make sure she understands our cleaning procedure. I will be having a personal discussion with her soon."

Telescopes: This was the main reason we chose this property. We were looking forward to using the telescopes. We successfully set everything up in the observatory, were able to target our star in the finders scope, but could not get the focal adjustment for the eyepiece to work properly. We tried a number of eyepieces and only had fuzzy success with the 7.5mm but could never get a sharp focus with it and only black field with all the other eyepieces.

Owner's response - "The observatory may need a mirror collimation - I will check it when I'm there."

We got the NexStar5 running in the house but after the keypad said it found Vega it locked up and we couldn’t operate it anymore with the keypad. Even powering it off and unplugging it wouldn’t get it to reset. If it had worked we were confused as to just how and where one would use it outside (power source, stable surface??) It didn’t seem like a good idea to balance it on the porch rail.

Owner's response - no comment

The tripod mounted scope has it’s mount adjustments stripped out. We could sight just fine, but when you tried to tighten it up it couldn’t and would shift.

Owner's response - "I'll check the tripod telescope. Sounds like the tripod may be damaged and needs replacing."

While we enjoyed our vacation, we would probably not have chosen this house if we had known the telescopes would not be available. The information in the listing felt misleading. Because of the issues with housekeeping we would not choose to stay here in the future.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A must have!!

  • 5 of 5

Very easy place with directions. Awesome place, very spacious, and awesome local spots with nice people. Very amazing stay would def recommend.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Song-do, Incheon, South Korea

Ideal Yosemite Base

  • 5 of 5

Trabucco Gardens was EXACTLY what we were looking for as a base to explore the Yosemite Valley which is about 40 min. or so away. The cabin itself is very spacious, rustic, and clean. We especially enjoyed the fire place and coffee out on the porch in the mornings. The grounds surrounding the cabin are peaceful and very beautiful, and we also appreciated how it is close enough to the town of Mariposa for restaurants and grocery shopping yet removed enough for that country feel. We also took advantage of the grill on our last evening -- charcoal supplied which was a nice touch.

All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Trabucco Gardens. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a cabin experience just outside of Yosemite.


William Link


  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sacramento CA

Perfect getaway!!

  • 5 of 5

Staying at the cabin was perfect getaway. It's peaceful and secluded yet close to restaurants and stores. The telescopes are really fun and super cool. Mike was more than accommodating and we look forward to visiting soon.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Quaint property with Thoughtful, Personal Touches/ Just an Hour Drive to Yosemite

  • 4 of 5

There is much to appreciate about this property: Quiet setting and coziness, the telescopes and abundance of stars, close proximity to town while maintaining it's quiet seclusion, the gift basket of goodies provided by the owner, the spices, coffee, tea, cocoa and such provided in the kitchen, the lanterns & flashlights placed by the door for use on the property, safety lights which activate upon proximity to home, the detailed instructions provided online and on the property for various things such as the washer/dryer & telescopes & TV remotes and more. The owner quickly answered our one phone call about the observatory handle ("lift up" like the written instructions, not "pull out" like the label above handle). My only issue was the master bedroom mattress felt like I was sleeping on a board and I'm usually fine with firm mattresses otherwise I would definitely give Mike and his vacation rental 5 stars. Thanks, Mike.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We’re sorry to hear the mattress didn’t feel comfortable during your stay. We provide a premium pillow-top mattress in the master bedroom and it was recently replaced in May 2017. It is a medium grade firmness so it should be suitable for most guests.
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Fresno Yosemite International
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25

• $99 WINTER RATES VALID DURING WINTER MONTHS - Includes holidays within those dates
• PET POLICY: A $25.00 Pet Cleaning Fee Applies / Maximum Pet Weight 40 lbs

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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