Starlit Chalet on Yosemite's Doorstep—3,800' High — Silent! Secluded!! Stars!!!
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Property type:Chalet
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Starlit evenings perfect for romance. A dance floor. Stargaze from the deck. Look, there's Orion! Folks love the privacy, quiet ... no traffic noise. And breathing pure air and drinking sweet, non-chlorinated water. The chalet is a comfortable base from which adventurous families launch serious explorations of Yosemite and the Sierra. Days begin with animated fly-ins of wild doves, stellar jays, dark-eyed juncos, grosbeaks and hummingbirds who come to enjoy birdseed on our deck. Guests watch happily from comfortable chairs in the Great Room. Squirrels join the party. Sometimes, wild turkeys and gray foxes. Deer cross the meadow. After Mother Nature's morning shock and awe, the bell sounds; time to peek through another window at one of America's richest historical periods. We head for Gold Country Mariposa to enjoy the California Mining and Mineral Museum or the History Museum, visit one of our state's oldest newspapers, and tour California's oldest active courthouse. History is alive in Mariposa!
Explosion of Beauty–Everywhere:
You don't have to wait 'til you arrive at Yosemite to be captured by nature's splendor. Starlit Chalet is surrounded mountain landscape, Ponderosa Pines, Oaks and Incense Cedars. There is a constant explosion of beauty outside every window. Put on your walking shoes, walk down the hill to the mailbox, turn right onto Jerseydale Road and walk up to the Sierra National Forest Fire Station. Drink in the trees, the meadows, the quiet, the dramatic terrain of the Chalet, the extravagant display in every direction. And, when the sun comes up again, get the birdseed from the pantry, sprinkle it generously along the deck railing and watch the joyful ballet of feathered and furried friends.
The only lights to distract at night emanate from the moon and billions of galaxies that populate a vast window to the Southern Sky. Our forest recently got a haircut to make it more healthy so, for the first time, we can see a tiny glow of lights from the B&B nearby but they don't affect the starry majesty of the heavens, all seen most nights from the redwood deck circling half the chalet. You don't need a Hubble telescope to enjoy the parade of the universe’s celestial extravagance – our star chart and binoculars will do the job just fine. The spacious kitchen includes custom cabinets and many appliances. The inviting tile bar connecting the kitchen and dining area is a great place to gather during meal preparation and cheer on the cook. And, if the cook is willing, throwing a few steaks on the barbie may be the perfect preparation for tomorrow's Yosemite hike or tonight's star party.
Dance Floor–Sandy Beaches: Your willing host, Paul, has hiked the Sierra Nevada for 20 years and can answer your questions about hiking trails. Paul also teaches Argentine tango for beginners. Se habla tango! The Great Room's comfortable seating can easily be moved to create dance space when the sun goes down. Bring your CD's and dancing shoes and enjoy your favorite dances with your favorite partner as the stars twinkle overhead. Set a romantic mood with the dimmable track lights. Feet sore from dancing all night? Relief is just 20 minutes away at Briceburg on the Merced. Cold water and sandy beaches for tired feet. A perfect place for swimming, picnics, hiking, kayaking, fishing and seeing wildlife. In May and early June, white-water rafting is available.
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Member since: 2011
- 1800 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome:
- Pets Not Allowed:
- Smoking Allowed:
- Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
- Queen size Bed (1) Surrounded by 3 lovely windows. Sleep in silence! Dresser and large closet for luggage and all your clothing, Double Bed (1) Dresser and walk-in closet for luggage and all your clothing. Lovely view and deck. Twin or Single Beds (1) Dresser and walk-in closet for luggage and all your clothing. Lovely view and deck. Child Beds (1) Portable Graco crib. Sleep Sofa or Futon (1) Double futon, 2 windows & closet in Game Room...moreless
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- A Yamaha keyboard is available (please ask) and songbooks, as well, 2 stereo systems, one in the Game Room, one in the Great Room, Master bedroom/bath has separate vanity area with 2 basins, shower has assist bar, Mariposa town park has a children's playground, a swimming pool, and 2 tennis courts, The Bell on the deck was created by a Carmel artist - a lovely way to wake up, Mariposa Yosemite Airport is just north of town, YARTS operates a bus service from Merced Amtrak to Mariposa to Yosemite....moreless
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Game Room
- Games For Kids
- Music Library:
- Video Library:
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Autumn Foliage
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Mountain View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Cross Country Skiing
- Equestrian Events
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Ice Skating
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Water Skiing
- Water Tubing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Seating for 12 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Basic Soaps
- Broadband Access
- Ceiling Fans
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Laundry Soap
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Mobile Phone:
- Paper Towels
- Parking Off Street:
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine:
- Wireless Internet:
- Wood Stove:
- Coffee Grinder
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Ice Maker
Great kitchen! Spices. Appliances include: convection microwave, blender, Foreman grill, slow cooker, Lalanne juicer, bread machine, rice cooker, waffle maker, a hot air popcorn popper and a hand-mixer....moreless
- Deck / Patio:
- Lawn / Garden:
- Outdoor Grill
- Outdoor Grill Gas
- Wood Deck
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 27 - Sep 30, 2016
3 night min stay
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Cleaning $120 + tax
- Refundable Damage Deposit $250
- Tax Rate 11%
4th Night Discount: Peak Season - $100 / Off Season - $50
Children 6 & under FREE
International credit card charges will be deducted from deposit at end of stay
2-night minimum stay available: add $100
Owner's cancellation policy:
Policy available by contacting owner when booking
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Gold-panning, Zipline, Argentine tango lessons (when Paul is in town), 3 golf courses in area, including one in Yosemite
Year Purchased: 2001
About the owner: Se habla español. I spend my time traveling, writing, and producing documentary videos to help make the world a better place for children. Nature and photographing it are big interests. And when I'm at the chalet, hiking twice weekly with a local hiking group. Life is good! And I take being your host very seriously. I and my professional staff spend a lot of time making sure the chalet is clean, safe, comfortable and … spectacular.
Why the Owner Chose Yosemite National Park, CA, USA:
On my very first visit, I was stunned by the beauty of Yosemite and this entire area. That reaction continues today. This is one of the most beautiful areas on the planet and being able to share it with friends and family for so many years has given me a lot of joy. Now I get to share it with new friends, my guests. And what guests we have! From all over the world ... and all in love with nature. These are the folks who are going to save the planet!
The Unique Benefits at this Chalet:
Being so close to the beauty of Yosemite and the Sierra National Forest is everything! And at almost 4,000' elevation, our cooler chalet is a great plus in Mariposa's warm summers. I love to hike, enjoy good food and curl up on my favorite chair in the Great Room with a good book. Just being quiet in the presence of nature's majesty can be very healing. And being surprised by a deer or the whirring wings of a humming bird ... or looking up at night and seeing a billion stars ... all quite wonderful. And, when the mood strikes (and it often does) slipping a tango CD into the stereo and moving slowly across the dance floor as the music invades every pore of my body ... aaaaahh. What a wonderful world!
- Primary: (209) 379-4343 (California, USA)
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In a Sierran forest ... silence ... incomparable beauty ... a billion stars
The Great Room - 12 Great windows to the marvels of the Sierra. Dance floor!
Complete, beautiful, well-organized kitchen for a master chef
46-inch Sony Smart TV with Wi-Fi, Netflix and Internet, Stereo, DVD's, Games
Chess anyone? Or a 1,000-piece puzzle? Or Wi-fi? Or a good book? Or a magazine?
A luxurious queen in the master suite.
Dressing room of the master suite
Cozy loft bedrooms ... with a balcony looking out on cedars and ponderosa pines
Twin beds can be joined in this loft bedroom for a couple ... or not. Balcony!
The center of it all. Half Dome in Yosemite. Magnificence in granite. Awesome!
Half Dome is everywhere ... this photo by your host
Starlit Chalet … your mountain estate … from the entrance gate.
A dramatic setting on the side of Footman's Ridge.
Warm kitchen only steps from great dining. Poster of Paul doing Argentine tango!
Sharing elegant meals, always in view of nature's splendor ... aaaah
Vernal Falls. A doable hike for most.
The Bell tolls ... another perfect day begins in your mountain chalet.
The loft beckons ... a print by Diego Rivera ... soft beds ... a cozy bath
The loft bathroom with its inviting tub ... another peaceful place
An intimate dinner on the deck with good friends as the day begins to fade
Loft balcony ... another way to look at the beauty
Dewey Point. A strenuous hike ... but worth it!
This listing was first published here in 2011.
Date last modified - Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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