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New Straw Bale Home with Views of the Yosemite High Sierra!

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

California has cowboys, beaches and surfing, skiing, hiking and shopping all rolled into one beautiful state. Seeing Yosemite when you vacation in California is a must. For this vacation, expand your mind and enjoy a true California experience by staying in a straw bale home. Unlike those of big bad wolf fame, modern straw bale homes are warm and comfortable. They provide a unique place to rest your soul (and feet) after a day of discovering Yosemite.

Our newly constructed Yosemite Straw Bale vacation home is a wonder. While the straw bales provide incredible R-50 insulation, we are using passive solar heating for preheating our radiant floor heating system with an instantaneous hot water heater as a backup system. Our photovoltaic grid panels are naturally creating clean energy from the sun. We tested these techniques on our own home and perfected them in this vacation rental for your enjoyment. Made to feel like your private second home, design touches include a social kitchen with a granite slab bar height counter, finished dyed concrete floors, and cozy radiant floor heating. Sitting hilltop at 3000 feet elevation (914m), the house includes a private deck perfect for relaxing and enjoying the views. We are also honored to share with you, eight fine art prints by renowned Sierra photographer Howard Weamer.

The gates of Yosemite are a mere 35 minutes away* on a drive that follows the wild and scenic Merced River. (*Your drive may take longer as you stop to put your feet in the river or photograph the wildflowers along the way.)

Check out our profile below, and look at the calendar for booking availability. Call or email to hear more and make arrangements. We look forward to hearing from you.

Keywords: Straw Bale, Home, Yosemite, Yosemite Area, Mariposa , Midpines, Hilltop

More Details

Owner
Kathleen Pfeffer
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
June 29, 2017

About Kathleen Pfeffer

Kathleen and Alex moved to Midpines sixteen years ago to enjoy the natural beauty of the area and spend as much time in Yosemite as possible. Kathleen is an Architectural Designer and specializes in Straw Bale Home design. She is also very busy raising twin boys. Alex is a trained Engineer and teaches mathematics at the local public school.

Kathleen Pfeffer purchased this house in 2010

Why Kathleen Pfeffer chose Yosemite Area

We chose to build a vacation rental on our thirteen acre hill top to allow family, friends and vacationers the opportunity to enjoy Yosemite and its surroundings.

What makes this house unique

Our hilltop is incredible for enjoying sunsets, sunrises, star gazing, wild flowers and bird watching all from the comfort of your private deck.

Amenities

Midpines House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2) Each bedroom has a queen bed with private bath., Twin Beds (2) Both twin beds are located in the living room. The top one is an XL Memory foam mattress and serves as a comfortable place for naps during the day in a beautiful daybed bay window seat. Below the window seat is a second trundle twin bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Excellent Verizon coverage and ATT coverage is acceptable.

Reviews

Exceptional! 4.9/5 -
(80 traveler reviews)

New Straw Bale Home with Views of the Yosemite High Sierra!
average rating of 4.95 based on 80 reviews
4

Nice

  • 4 of 5

Nice house. Great location. Paved road would be nice.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great house and views

  • 5 of 5

The house was very comfortable and very clean. Enjoyed the mountain view from the deck.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Thumbs up!

  • 5 of 5

I'm from the Seattle area and my son lives in New York city. The Straw Bale Home was a delight and met our needs perfectly. We have somewhat different sleep schedules so it was great that we each had separate bedrooms and baths to which we could repair without disturbing one another.

Everything about the home was delightful and as advertised. Unlike other short term rentals I've experienced, what you see in person is actually as good as and often better than what you see in the photos. The location is beautiful, quiet, and quite private. We rarely saw a neighbor and the couple times we did, folks gave us a friendly wave hello.

The Straw Bale Home is a great advertisement for VRBO, and I'd definitely recommend it for those who want to visit Yosemite and/or the area surrounding Midpines.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Better than expected.

  • 5 of 5

Location was perfect. The accommodations provided were excellent. I would certainly stay here again!

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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4

A peaceful and relaxing stay

  • 4 of 5

The Straw Bale Home was just what my husband and I wanted--quiet, private, close to Yosemite, with a view of nature. Kathleen made the registration, check-in/check-out process, and her availability, if we needed help, smooth and easy. Her modern home was simply but yet very nicely decorated with a well stocked kitchen. It was clean and the care put into the home was evident. Loved all of the windows which made you feel apart of the outdoors--we even got to see a few deer one morning across of the front driveway. There was plenty of vegetation surrounding the property which on one hand was nice to look at, but a bit overgrown due to the much needed rains. Also, because of the rains, Yosemite was spectacularly beautiful with so much water all around making the hour drive to the valley floor gorgeous. We would have loved to have spent more time on the large deck but it was a bit cold. We were glad that we had good WI-FI service and internet t.v which we were able to access movies through our personal Netflix account. At first I thought that we would be able to watch regular T.V. but was glad we did not because we did not need that distraction.

All in all it was a pleasant, peaceful, and relaxing stay surrounded by nature. Thank you Kathleen.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Lovely and comfortable home with beautiful scenery

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful views! The location was perfect for us. The house is lovely and well appointed. We very much enjoyed our time here.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
189 Miles
San Francsisco (sfo)
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Merced
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
The Yosemite Bug
Nearest Beach
9 Miles
Briceburg
Nearest Point of Interest
Midpines, The Pride of the Sierra
Nearest Point of Interest
Mariposa, CA
Nearest Point of Interest
Yosemite Park Entrance/ Merced River
Nearest Point of Interest
Yosemite Village

Other Activities: kayaking, climbing, horseshoes, boating, wildlife viewing, wine tasting, health/beauty spa, shopping,

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Rates & Availability

Midpines House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Fall-Winter rate
Oct 15 2017 - Nov 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
$175
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
$210
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter Low
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
$175
 
 
Winter Holiday Rates
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
$210
$1,400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter Rates
Jan 2 2018 - Feb 15 2018
2 night minimum stay
$175
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
Presidents Weekend
Feb 16 2018 - Feb 18 2018
2 night minimum stay
$210
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter 2018
Feb 19 2018 - Mar 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
$175
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$210
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Signed rental agreement due at time of reservation.
Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed.
Rates are based on 4 guests. Additional guests are $20/night (6 guests maximum)

CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations that are made more than thirty (30) days prior to the arrival date will receive 50% of rental in return. Cancellations or changes that result after the 30-day date will receiv

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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