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Starlit Chalet on Yosemite's Doorstep—3,800' High — Silent! Secluded!! Stars!!!

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Last updated: 04/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Chalet
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Chalet, 3 Bedrooms + Futon bed, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

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 by 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.

Star-gazing–Cooking Fun:
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.

Keywords: chalet, cooler in summer heat, mountain home, Yosemite lodging, secluded, private, child friendly, family vacation, honeymoon, Yosemite National Park, vacation home, mountain luxury, hideaway, Arch Rock, romantic, Mariposa, Butterfly Creek Winery, exceptionally clean, mountain bikers, hikers, white water rafters
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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

Property Type

  • Chalet
  • 1800 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Children Welcome:

    High chair, portable crib. Free lodging for 6 & younger....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Sorry, we love dogs butr our beautiful polished-bamboo dance floor can't tolerate scratches. Dogs can be boarded in Mariposa during your visit....moreless

  • Smoking Allowed:

    Absolutely no smoking in the chalet, on the decks or within 20 feet of the chalet. Smoking is permitted in one area, 20 feet from the front entrance....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    However, most of the living area, including a bathroom and dining area, is on the first floor....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Convertible bed(s)


  • 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

Other Amenities

  • 2 stereo systems, one in the Game Room, one in the Great Room, additional TV & dvd player in Master bedroom. 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


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books:


  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Stereo:

    In Game Room & Bluetooth in Great Room...moreless

  • Television:

    46' Smart WiFi TV with AppleTV, including Netflix + Internet. HBO, CBS, etc. can be accessed by using your subscription codes...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Nature, Oldies and some Contemporary...moreless


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


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach:

    State campgrounds with beaches 20-25 minutes from the chalet...moreless

  • Beachfront:

    Sandy beaches on Merced River 25 minutes away....moreless

  • Downtown:

    Mariposa Gold Country - Old Town 18 minutes away...moreless

  • Mountain:

    We're 3,800' up the side of a mountain ridge - bring your cameras - dramatic landscape!...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    The chalet sits on a mountain ridge at 3800' in the middle of a Sierran forest. Sunrise paints the forest in magical light. Stunning view of southern sky open to billions of galaxies....moreless

  • River:

    The Wild and Scenic Merced River provides beaches, hiking, kayaking, and a spectacular commute to Yosemite....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Large table in Great Room seats 8, smaller table in Game Room seats 4...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    There is air-conditioning. Also, the chalet is at 3,800' so it is naturally cooler than Mariposa which is at 2,500'...moreless

  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heating but rarely used in summer....moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    We also provide all paper products: napkins, coffee filters, towels, facial tissues...moreless

  • Living Room:

    The 3-story high Great Room is a mountain joy!...moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone:

    Always iffy in the mountains....moreless

  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Plenty of parking on our private driveway....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Our driveway, leading off of Wild Dove Lane, is private, once you enter the gate....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Parking only, no hook-ups....moreless

  • Shampoo
  • Telephone:

    Local calls. To use long distance: install Skype on your computer or use telephone cards....moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Includes HE laundry detergent....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Good Wi-Fi, including Smart TV with AppleTV...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Pellet stove is available during winter months....moreless


  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Includes barbecue tools, stainless steel cookware, lots of dishes and flatware, casseroles, bowls, everything!...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Lots of plates, pots, silverware, everything!...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    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

  • Microwave:

    New with convection...moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    All paper products including coffee filters. Spices, wax paper. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Spacious, includes ice maker...moreless

  • Stove:

    Modern gas stove....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    Both loft bedrooms share a balcony deck....moreless

  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio:

    Large deck wraps around the Great Room...moreless

  • Golf:

    2 golf courses in Oakhurst, 1 in Yosemite at Wawona...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    A meadow below the deck up to the tree line...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    A swimming pool in Maripos + sandy beaches on the Merced River at Briceburg, 20-25 minutes away....moreless



Write a review 4.9
from 35 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
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Peak Season
May 1 - Sep 30, 2017
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Cleaning $135 + tax
  • 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:

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Last updated: 04/25/2017
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60 Miles
Nearest Airport
Fresno Yosemite Airport (FAT)
12 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Mariposa Old Town
17 Miles
Nearest Golf
Sierra Meadows Country Club - Oakhurst - 30 min.
50 Miles
Nearest Train
Merced Amtrak & Fresno Amtrak
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 140 & Triangle Road
12 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Mariposa - fast food to fine mountain dining
30 Miles
Nearest Ski
Badger Pass - idea: YARTS bus to Yosemite shuttle
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
Briceburg on Wild & Scenic Merced River

Car: Necessary

Gold-panning, Zipline, Argentine tango lessons (when Paul is in town), 3 golf courses in area, including one in Yosemite


Owner info

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 Mariposa, 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!

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Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

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  • A dramatic setting on the side of Footman's Ridge.

    A dramatic setting on the side of Footman's Ridge.

  • Vernal Falls. A doable hike for most.

    Vernal Falls. A doable hike for most.

  • A luxurious queen in the master suite.

    A luxurious queen in the master suite.

  • Cozy loft bedrooms ... with a balcony looking out on cedars and ponderosa pines

    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!

    Twin beds can be joined in this loft bedroom for a couple ... or not. Balcony!

  • Loft balcony ... another way to look at the beauty

    Loft balcony ... another way to look at the beauty

  • The Bell tolls ... another perfect day begins in your mountain chalet.

    The Bell tolls ... another perfect day begins in your mountain chalet.

  • Turkey Heaven!

    Turkey Heaven!

  • An intimate dinner on the deck with good friends as the day begins to fade

    An intimate dinner on the deck with good friends as the day begins to fade

  • Half Dome is everywhere ... this photo by your host

    Half Dome is everywhere ... this photo by your host

  • Starlit Chalet … your mountain estate … from the entrance gate.

    Starlit Chalet … your mountain estate … from the entrance gate.

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This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Thursday, April 27, 2017

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