About the property
- House1200 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights
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
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 24, 2018
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 Midpines
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.
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Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:30 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
All the comforts of home!
What a treasure and so convenient to Yosemite. Exceeded all of our expectations, well stocked and up to date. Perfect place to return to after a day of exploring. Great restaurants and shops in maraposa, just 15-20 drive.
We would love to return to this house and explore more of this beautiful part of our country. Thank you Kathleen!
Beautiful, clean, quiet and private
We stayed here for 3 nights while exploring Yosemite. The valley is about an hour away but this house is so worth it. Beautiful, clean, quiet and private. We went to a grocery store 15 minutes away and this kitchen is stocked with anything you’d need to cook with which was helpful. The owner is super responsive and attentive to any needs. Would absolutely recommend it if you’re going to Yosemite or surrounding area.
High Quality Rental
We have stayed at numerous VRBO rentals all across the country. We think this rental is one of the top 2 rentals we have ever utilized. The home is very well designed, has high quality materials of construction, and the kitchen is very well equipped with good quality utensils. The owners obviously take pride in their rental property.
We stayed 7 nights while visiting Yosemite and was a welcome relief to the hustle and bustle of Yosemite during the day. The beds are comfortable and the location is quiet and calming. The layout provides individual space for people.
The usage of the straw bales made this place extremely energy efficient, Other design details go on to increase the natural efficiency of the straw bales for insulation value.
Highly recommend this place for rental if going to the area. Linda Stack and William Cook
Thank you for appreciating and noting the pride that we take in our rental home. The use of strawbales offers many advantages including its superior energy efficiency, large 2-foot deep window seats for lounging and reading, a daybed with a twin xl memory foam mattress and excellent sound insulation, as well.
We chose high-quality materials and finishes with sustainability in mind for our health and the health of the planet. We are pleased our home was a relaxing retreat after busy days of hiking in the Park.
quiet, peaceful and beautiful views, but close to National Park
The kitchen, dining and living room are open to the views of the hills and forest. From the living room you cannot see any other homes. You can hear an occasional car drive by, but otherwise only bird song and the wind. The beds were comfortable and the kitchen had everything we needed. The internet was down the first day we arrived, but the owner promptly fixed it the next day and it worked well. The owners were responsive to our questions about getting around the area due to a rainstorm and flood alert. We took the hikes they recommended nearby. Even without visiting Yosemite, our stay at the Straw Bale House was a vacation. We did visit the park twice after the flood alert and park closure was lifted. I've driven into the park from 3 access points and the Merced river entrance is the prettiest.
Property was very comfortable and remodeled in style!!! Accommodated our family perfectly!
Other Activities: kayaking, climbing, horseshoes, boating, wildlife viewing, wine tasting, health/beauty spa, shopping,
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Signed rental agreement due at time of reservation. Rates are based on 4 guests. Additional guests are $20/night (6 guests maximum) 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.