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

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


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

Kathleen Pfeffer
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 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.


Midpines House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • 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
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • 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 Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
Excellent Verizon coverage and ATT coverage is acceptable.


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New Straw Bale Home with Views of the Yosemite High Sierra!
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 92 reviews

Fantastic Home in a great location!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely enjoyed our time here! This beautiful home has plenty of room. It is well furnished, the living area was spacious, the open floor plan perfect for our needs. We loved how the well equipped kitchen. The short drive to Yosemite, surround sound, and access to a washer and dryer were a great bonus.

We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Amazing Straw House that WOWED us!

  • 5 of 5

We had no idea what a straw house was when we arrived. It looks like a typical home but it retains heat much better than the standard home. We loved the layout and the 2 large bedrooms with each having this very large attached bathrooms. Plenty of hot water to go around too!

The living area was very spacious and we loved how the kitchen was open and very well equipped for our cooking needs. The built in washer and dryer came in handy as well.

We loved how we had 7 deer and I buck come around every morning. They got so close you could have opened a window and touched them.

We grilled steaks out on the grill one evening...yummy!

I would highly recommend this place!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A beautiful house in a beautiful and peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

A most attractive house, very well equipped,most comfortable with lovely views. Great deck area and lovely surroundings

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Would absolutely stay here again!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, well appointed home. We had everything we needed and was perfect for us. Mariposa only a few miles away where you can go to grocery and great restaurants. Sunrise and sunsets were spectacular!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful home, great access to Yosemite!

  • 5 of 5

We all enjoyed staying at the New Straw Bale Home. The home was well furnished and the beds were very comfortable. Access to Yosemity was a relatively easy drive of about an hour to Yosemite Valley and the charming city of Mariposa was less than a half hour away. Would definitely stay there again when visiting Yosemite.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Beautiful, comfortable home with nice views

  • 5 of 5

So nice to return to this relaxing home after a full day of hiking!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Nearest Airport
189 Miles
San Francsisco (sfo)
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
The Yosemite Bug
Nearest Beach
9 Miles
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,


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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