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The Sun House: Romance, Relax, & Get away from it all!

Groveland, CA, USA
  • House800 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

House, 1 Bedroom + Library, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

The bright and decorative Sun House has an artistic high open ceiling, a Zen atmosphere and a king bed.

Accommodating 2-4 people, like a suite, there is adjacent sleeping space, with a trundle bed in the historical book library and a desk.

Find your creativity, find your inspiration, find your voice, find your adventure


marble bathroom with shower

a hot tub spa


Full service kitchen (with refrigerator, stove/oven, toaster and microwave oven)

Outside barbeque facilities

Camp fire area

Extensive gardens

With ceramic suns set in it's custom stone exterior, and the cedar and travertine lined meditative interior, the bright and decorative sun house has all you need to relax and enjoy our sierra getaway.

Accommodating 2-4 people, The Sun House has a king size bed in the main living area along with a library that has a custom redwood desk and a trundle, day bed. We also have a flat screen tv, dvd player and a dvd library.

In addition to the marble bathroom with shower, there is a full service kitchen with refrigerator, stove/oven, toaster and microwave oven. Outside we have a BBQ for all your summer grilling needs( each house has it's own BBQ). And just in front of The Sun House is our communal pool and hot tub. But before 10am and after 5pm the pool is exclusively for The Sun House.

We also have large gardens and lawns to play games and explore not to mention that we are in the middle of national forest so there is quite a bit of hiking that can be done right here at Spinning Wheel Yosemite. The Tuolumne river is also just 100 yards away and is great for fishing and swimming.

You might not be surprised but we feel we must let you know, the internet is not a feature that we boast about out here. Being tucked away in the National Forest internet access is technically available, but it is limited, unreliable, and slow (and when we say slow we mean very slow). Basically you can check you email at our airstream business center.

So come on out, relax, read a book, watch a movie, play some games, look for the wild life and unwind at Spinning Wheel Yosemite!


Matthew and Britney Barsotti

Member Since 2008
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About Matthew and Britney Barsotti

The Barsotti family begin vacationing at Spinning Wheel well before 1982. In 1982 when presented with the opportunity to purchase Spinning Wheel, there was no hesitation. Because of their love for the area they crafted a place where others could come and vacation as well. In 2013 Dharma and Eliote took over the property and are now the owners of Spinning Wheel Yosemite. Spinning Wheel Yosemite experienced a big forest fire in 2013 and as a result we had to rebuild this home. It's now a brand new vacation home with all the amenities of modern living while still in a beautiful forest environment.

Matthew and Britney Barsotti purchased this House in 1982

Why Matthew and Britney Barsotti chose Groveland

Unlike many other vacation properties in the area Spinning Wheel Yosemite offers a very private experience, being in the middle of national forest with no other neighbors for several miles. Each Home (there are 5 in total) is located far enough away from the other where you can feel both connected (if you are renting multiple properties) or private (if you are using one house). Many people come and enjoy staying on the property so much (hiking, BBQing, swimming, lounging by the river and pool, etc...) that they are happy to stay right here. And yes Spinning Wheel Yosemite is just a short drive to the Western entrance to Yosemite making it the perfect getaway just outside of the park.

What makes this House unique

The middle fork of the Tuolumne River runs through the property and holds a special place in our hearts. In the summer it provides a wonderful place to lounge and beat the summer heat. Not to mention the great fishing! And we are very secluded so no crowds or noise from the outside world The homes have been individually crafted up to the last detail. Stones were hand selected and placed on many of the cabins and each one has a story. Much of the art within the cabins and on the property is made by one of the Barsotti's. Which helps to make Spinning Wheel Yosemite feel like a comfortable "home away from home" get away.


    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, one cal king in studio main room
      • Library
        1 queen, 2 twin/ single, the library has a day bed that can be 2 twins or one queen
      • cal king in main studio and a day bed in the library with trundle that can turn into a queen


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, marble bathroom
      • marble bathroom with marble countertop and marble shower

      Location Type

        • Mountain View
        • Rural
        • Water View
        • Waterfront


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


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Heating
                      The in wall heating system is excellent.
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Parking
                    • Parking Off Street
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                    • Towels Provided


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Kitchen
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          gas oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          coffe and sugar
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                          gas stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Books
                                  we have a large reading library
                                • DVD Player
                                • Television
                                • Video Library
                                  we have a large dvd library


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      every house has a weber charcoal grill. Come equipped with the first round of charcoal


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Communal Pool
                                              Communal Hours are noon - 5pm. October through Memorial day the pool might be closed (depending on weather for the season)
                                            • Shared Hot Tub
                                              Communal Hours are 6pm-9pm. October through Memorial day the Hot Tub might be closed (depending on weather for the season)

                                              Onsite Services

                                                • Massage


                                                    • churches
                                                    • library
                                                    • museums
                                                    • playground
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • ruins

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • photography
                                                        • antiquing
                                                        • boating
                                                        • eco tourism
                                                        • gambling casinos
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • horseshoes
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • shopping
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • sledding
                                                        • walking
                                                        • wildlife viewing

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • laundromat
                                                            • massage therapist

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • mountain biking
                                                                • basketball court
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • equestrian events
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • fly fishing
                                                                • freshwater fishing
                                                                • golf
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • ice skating
                                                                • jet skiing
                                                                • kayaking
                                                                • cross country skiing
                                                                • mountain climbing
                                                                • mountaineering
                                                                • rafting
                                                                • rock climbing
                                                                • skiing
                                                                • snowboarding
                                                                • spelunking
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • water skiing
                                                                • water tubing
                                                                • whitewater rafting


                                                                    • The Sun House is a cozy, secluded, romantic getaway. Enjoy the pool and hot tub, peruse the gardens, stargaze or take in the mountain views. Extensive lawns for outdoor sports, and river access for swimming, hiking, and fishing. Rainbow Falls Picnic area & waterfall/swimming hole 5 min drive from Spinning Wheel (Rainbow Falls)

                                                                      14 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      Our perfect little hideaway

                                                                      Evette A.Los Angeles

                                                                      If you want to get away and relax then this is your spot! Beautiful grounds, cozy little romantic sun house for 2 and lovely caretakers who made us feel very welcomed. The house was clean and comfortable, didn't use the pool or Jacuzzi because the weather was cold and there were lots of little bugs buzzing around (I think it's because of the season) but both were very clean and well maintained. Good distance to a near town and up to the national park, the drive is so beautiful that we didn't care. Loved it and can't wait to go back!

                                                                      Beautiful little house and gorgeous pool in gorgeous setting

                                                                      michele e.

                                                                      We stayed at The Sun House for three days at the tail end of our trip through Kings Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite, and boy did we pick the ideal spot to unwind and relax after all the activities in the national parks. The charming Spinning Wheel Sun House, with it's gorgeous, pristine pool and hot tub, and lovely gardens all around, is set in a truly idyllic setting. Our kids slept in the side room, "the library", which thought was great fun, and we all enjoyed perusing the interesting books in there. Our kids had a ball with all the swimming, and playing with the gentle dogs who quietly guard the property. We even had a peacock make a few surprise appearances strutting around the pool.

                                                                      The kitchen had most everything we needed and we enjoyed grilling on the charcoal grill and having dinner by the pool each night. We all enjoyed the house and pool so much we didn't even make it down to the river until the last day. The couple who take care of the property, Patrick and Heather, were very helpful and friendly.

                                                                      This is a phenomenal property set in the incredible Sierra wilderness and we truly hope to come back next year, and will consider having friends/family join us and rent out the other cottages on the property. It's a terrific setting for a family reunion.

                                                                      Fantastic family time very close to Yosemite

                                                                      nessa p.

                                                                      We stayed at Sun House in August 2012. If we have an opportunity to return to Yosemite, we would love to stay at Sun House. The setting was beautiful. The river provided hours of fun to our adolescent children. We enjoyed the pets--especially the peacock. We took many photos on the property itself. This is a picturesque spot that has been cleverly designed and executed. Delightful details abound--the carvings on the porch posts, lots of outdoor art and charming buildings. There are other guests on the property, but it still seemed private. The owners and the maintenance person on the property were helpful and thorough. Our first VRBO experience made us eager to try VRBO again

                                                                      Owner's Response:


                                                                      It makes us so happy to see how much you enjoyed the property. Thank you for sharing your experience with others. We hope you can come back soon!



                                                                      My parents have always taken us to places all over the US on vacations, but we always camped. Now that I'm older, I decided to treat them and my kids to a bit of luxury. This was a perfect stay. Very close to the entrance to the park and perfect setting. Creek on the premises. Pool. Peacocks. Super nice management in the main house on location. We stayed on a different house than this is for, but I can't find that one listed. All properties on site were just perfect. Super relaxing and fun for all. Well worth the cost for such a great setting.

                                                                      The Sun House

                                                                      We just returned from a 3 night stay in the Sun House. Its truly a beautiful peaceful place. A day or every afternoon there is needed. The pictures don't do it justice.

                                                                      Take some time to stop by the swimming spot on the main road just over the bridge. We ate in Groveland one evening. However bring food, once you are there you wont want to go far.

                                                                      The park is about 50 minutes away.

                                                                      The only issue we had was the fridge was quite noisy at night when it came on, but possibly it was because otherwise everything was so quiet.

                                                                      We loved this place.

                                                                      Beautiful home, natural setting

                                                                      HallieLanghorne, PA/USA

                                                                      Wow! We just returned from a 2 week trip to California and when I asked my kids the best part, I had a unanimous agreement that the Sun House rocked! We have 2 boys (ages 10 and 13). They slept in the library (twin and trundle). There is a king size bed in the main room. The house is lovely. The setting is amazing. After spending a day in nature we felt we should not return to smelly motel room. We were so happy we chose the Sun House. We were greeting each morning with the owners pet peacock (Alan). The river was fun to explore. The owner (Deborah) and her cousin Tony were extremely hospitable and very helpful regarding the park and things to do in the area. The grounds are beautiful and they are decorated with natural art work (all done by family members). The drive to the Yosemite entrance was about 7 miles. The drive to the valley was about 25 miles. That part was rather long. One day we just stayed at the house and went to Rainbow Pools (nearby). Some tips... make sure you stock up on groceries in Groveland before you get to the house. There is no shopping nearby. Make sure to get to the house before dark each day. It's up a dirt road which could be hard to find in the dark.

                                                                      If you love nature (and comfort), Spinning Wheel is the place for you!


                                                                      Groveland, CA, USA

                                                                      You can: * BOOK ONLINE * Get immediate information on availability * Get immediate quotes * View our complete property. We have 5 houses total (all listed on VRBO): Sun House, River House, Crescent Cottage, and 2 others under construction. Attractions: Iron Door Saloon - one of the oldest in California Rainbow Falls Cherry Lake Hetch Hetchy Dam Lake Eleanor Yosemite Many Many Hiking Trails (see our website for more information)

                                                                      Rates & Availability

                                                                      Additional information about rental rates

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                                                                      Additional Guest Fee
                                                                      Tax Rate

                                                                      * 2 Nights Minimum, 3 Nights Minimum on Holidays **Winter weather you will need chains for your vehicle or 4 Wheel Drive**

                                                                      *50% of Total Due at Booking, Remaining 50% due by 14 days prior to check-in Cancellation charge: *prior to 60-days: $250 *After 60-days, forfeits full deposit *Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice $250 damage/ booking deposit

                                                                      14 Reviews
                                                                      Wonderful 4.9/5
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