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Welcome to Your Lovely Ten-Acre Vacation Spot in the Foothills

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Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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chateau / country house
Minimum Stay
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About the property

Chateau / Country House, 4 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8-9)

An Extraordinary Wilderness Adventure!

Welcome to your lovely ten-acre vacation spot in the foothills of Yosemite at Donkey Lane. If you are looking for a Wilderness Experience, solitude, sunshiny days and starlit nights in the pine woods with nature’s elements and all kinds of critters about then Yosemite Vista @ Donkey Lane is the destination for you. At 3500 feet we’re just above the snow mark but below the blizzard line atop a mountain ridge where you can see the sunrise and set without leaving the property. We’re 15 minutes from the nearest grocery store or gas station and 45 minutes (30 miles) as the crow flies from the Highway 120 and the northern entrance into Yosemite National Park.

Our vacation property can accommodate up to 6+ adults, 1 youngster in the main house and 5+ adults in the adjacent guesthouse. The main house has three bedrooms; master bedroom has a private full-bath while the two smaller bedrooms share a full-bath in the hall. The couch in the living room is big enough to easily sleep one. Floor mats and sleeping bags area available for the adventurous outdoors deck sleepers under the stars. Security deposit of $200 will be refunded within 14 days after your departure date (baring no deductions).

Main House for three nights $480 and up

Each additional guest $20 per day and up

Security/damage & key deposit $200.00 and up

Cleaning fee $150.00 and up

Garbage fee $50.00 and up

Pet (dog) fee (per pet per night) $10.00

Guesthouse is only used for overflow to accommodate larger families, groups and their friends and will not be rented out separately.

Minimum price/stay is three nights at $480 adding $20 each additional guest per day up to maximum occupancy within the main house. Three plus nights start at $160 per night up to seven. Discount rate for weekly bookings start at $1,050 per week of 7 nights. Additional security, cleaning and garbage fees are negotiable but will apply.

Note: Fees change according to dates, party size and unique requests. Pricing will also vary depending on season and demand. I recommend we negotiate if there is flexibility to do so.

The easy access entrance to the main house has an accommodating front porch that extends onto the south facing walkway to the back deck, which extends throughout the entire length of the back of the house. The back of the house faces due east and captures sweeping views of conifers, oaks and manzanita and the often snow capped majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains and Cathedral Range.

ACCOMMODATIONS: This home is privately owned and reflects the owners' individual tastes and requirements. Please be respectful of personal property and do not remove furnishings, kitchen items or private property.

Main house hallway entrance leads into the high ceiling living room and attached full amenity kitchen.

Kitchen includes:

Dinning room table extends to seat up to 10+ w/ bench

Easy access pantry and lots of kitchen counter top space

Double door refrigerator/ freezer

Full-top range & cooking stove

Full size microwave

Stocked cupboards, dishes, glasses, utensils, pots & pans

Coffee maker, teapot, toaster, rice maker & more

Living Room:

DVD / TV / CD Radio Stereo


Wood burning stove

Panoramic Views

Large couch & leather lounge chair

Master Bedroom:

Queen Size bed

Walk-in closet

Reading / study desk

Private sliding door onto rear deck

Separate / private full bathroom

Two Guest Bedrooms:

Queen & bunk beds

Attached double car garage:

Complete workout gym

House comes with central heating and air conditioning.

Pets & Beasts: We are pet friendly both large and small, including access & accommodations to a corral for large dogs, horses and pack animals.

Our guesthouse is a completely furnished, separate living space with:

Full/shower bathroom, queen size bed, couch with a full size foldout bed, Leather lounge chair, dinette table & stools, double kitchen sink, Small refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven

Wood burning stove, Heating / AC

Note: Our water is “well water” pumped up from over 300 feet below the property. The water is safe for cleaning, bathing and drinking but has minerals in it like iron, giving the water a bitter taste. The water is safe to drink but may take sometime to get used to.

CHECK-IN /OUT: Plan to arrive after 2:00 p.m. Departure time is 12:00 PM, (Noon) sharp.

DAMAGES: I agree to properly use, operate and care for all furnishings, including electrical and gas appliances, plumbing fixtures, electronic home entertainment property, fireplaces, BBQs and all other items or whatsoever kind of nature provided to me during my stay for my convenience. I also agree to leave the home so that no extraordinary housekeeping will be required after my departure. I agree to both notify and reimburse the owners for all necessary and reasonable repairs, replacement for damage or destruction of property caused by my guests, and me or for extra cleaning required. We will notify you of the costs of damages or extra housekeeping within ten days after your departure.

QUIET TIME: 10:00 pm to 8:00 am. Please respect these hours as sound does carry off the mountain, especially during warm/hot weather nights when the windows are open.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY: I agree to indemnify and save and hold harmless Donkey Lane Lodge near Yosemite and its' homeowners from any loss, liability, damage or cost I may incur due to my occupancy on your premises or from participation in any recreational activities during my stay.

More Details

David Bach
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 5, 2017

About David Bach

The about us question??! Hmmmm.

My name is David Bach, originally from Rochester, N.Y. My partner of seventeen years Antonio Choy-Koo originally from Lima, Peru. We own a home in San Francisco, the Sunset District with our dog Bosque and two cockatiels. The entire family goes to Donkey Lane as often as possible. Donkey Lane as we lovingly call the property (named after the street which is adjacent to Jackass Ridge) is an excellent get-a-way from the hustle and bustle of everyday city life. And if you are at all familiar with the micro-climate weather in the Bay Area here in SF it is often foggy especially along the coast. The mountain property offers relief and much desired sunshine during these cool and foggy summer days.

Personally I have always been drawn to Yosemite, been coming to the park since 1978. I’ve hiked many of the Valley Trails, all the waterfalls, Half Dome on more than one occasion and the back country (Ten Lakes) numerous times. A friend and I got caught up in a June snowstorm atop Clouds Rest above Tanya Lake some years back.

During our time together Antonio and I have had many an adventure into Yosemite, hiking to the top of Yosemite Falls (a 5-6 hrs round trip, we highly recommend), May Lake and from Glacier Point to the valley floor just to name a few.

This said, owning land near Yosemite National Park is an honor and a dream come true!

Occupation wise, Antonio is a Controller for a non-profit and I'm a Office Administrator.

David Bach purchased this chateau / country house in 2009

Why David Bach chose Yosemite Area

Antonio & I must have looked at over a dozen maybe two dozen parcels in our quest to find a cozy, getaway piece of wilderness property. We needed to fall in love with it and it needed to be private and have pine trees. Well we hit the jackpot and some when we looked at this place. Immediately we both agreed that this place had dream-property potential and was going to be worth the investment.

Staying on or at Donkey Lane is an adventure in it self. The weather changes throughout the year with sometimes frightening Sierra Nevada Mountain storms of wind, snow, rain and the summers dry heat. Sunrise and sets without leaving the property.

It's lovely, ten acres, clean, peaceful and nestled in the woodlands atop a mountain ridge at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. And we're very close to Yosemite National Park. What's not to love?

In 2012 we started the experience of renting our property to vacation travelers visiting Yosemite. It has had its challenges (people are unpredictable) and rewards (people can be charming, delightful) but most of all we feel Donkey Lane wants to be shared and not left idle.

We take pride in ownership of Yosemite Vista @ Donkey Lane the house as well as the stewardship of the wonderful wilderness area on this mountaintop.

We expect that our travelers will respect the property during their visit with the same regard.

Thank you.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Spectacular views abound. We sit atop a mountain ridge where you can see the sunrise and set without leaving the property.

Very Private! Very Beautiful! Best use of our property would be for family, friends or group of 5-8 people for stays of 5-7 days. Short visits won't allow you the necessary escape to unwind and savor the peaceful, tranquility of the wilderness.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Welcome to Your Lovely Ten-Acre Vacation Spot in the Foothills
average rating of 4.9512196 based on 41 reviews

Just what we needed!

  • 5 of 5

We needed a quiet get-away and this amazing place was perfect. David's directions, information, suggestions, thoughtful touches and, of course, the property itself were all spot-on. The bed was so comfortable after wearing ourselves out exploring. We didn't try the new pizza place nearby but we took full advantage of the grocery store. We even enjoyed the tiny museum and visitor's center in Coulterville. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Our most memorable stay in CA

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful, comfortable home with amazing views. Felt like we were staying on top of our own mountain. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Beautiful, Quiet, Relaxing Home

  • 5 of 5

My family had a wonderful stay in this beautiful get-away. The home and guest house were perfect for our whole family. David was very helpful and answered all our questions promptly.

I would definitely stay here on our next visit to Yosemite.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Couldn't be better

  • 5 of 5

Very comprehensive information given prior to arrival. Extremely clean, well furnished and comfortable house. Unbelievable views all around. A feeling of true peace. To BBQ under a starlit sky is wonderful and will be remembered always. For anyone coming to Yosemite from the UK (or anywhere else for that matter) I would highly recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Pure Heaven

  • 5 of 5

First class arrivals details provided. Absolutely terrific location. Ideal for an "away from it all" break. The views are superb. Everything in the house is in great condition and provides highly comfortable accommodation. If you want to BBQ under a starlit sky then this is for you. Memories to treasure. Thank you so much.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Beautiful Home with a Great and Peaceful VIEW!

  • 5 of 5

It is hard to put into words on how wonderful our stay was! It was everything described and more.

The view from the back deck was amazing!!! It was peaceful and very relaxing to able to sit out on the deck in the morning and evening and drink coffe. The house was fully equipped with all we needed for our stay. There were even movies and games for the kids when they were not playing on the AWESOME tree swing or playing with Abby a VERY sweet and friendly neighbor dog. Our beds were super comfortable and I think that was the best sleep I have ever had outside my own. The owners were super nice and concerned that we arrived ok. The drive to the house if you are not used to winding roads can be a little tricky but well worth it and after couple of days it was old hat. We used this house as our base for traveling to Yosemite National Park. It was not the closest location but it was the best and most comfortable option for our family of 5. I would definitely return if we are ever in the area again!

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  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
157 Miles
San Francisco International Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Magnolia Saloon / Hotel Jeffrey / Coulterville
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Highway 132
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Greeley Hill Cafe / Greeley Hill
Nearest Point of Interest
Town of Coulterville
Nearest Point of Interest
Yosemite National Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Greeley Hill
Car: necessary

Our property is on ten acres atop a foothill mountain with plenty of walking space and two tree swings.

This geographic area of California had great western history known as GOLD COUNTRY MOTHER LODE. And it continues living up to its name. Gold prospecting remains very active in these parts. Mine claims are still filed and worked regularly. Panning for gold in the various riverbed/creeks is a growing recreational activity and can be quite an adventure in it self. An absolute must try while you are here!

If you are overtaken with Gold Fever you will be happy to know Gold Country has many waterways with numerous places for recreational gold panning. After all more then 80% of the gold in the Mother Lode is still yet to be found, this makes gold panning even more enticing!

Coulterville, CA intersection of HW 49 and HW 132 (the John Muir Trail) is the home of one of the last remaining and largest mines along this end of historic Highway 49er, Mary Harrison Mine. Visit the Trading Post, museum and infamous Hotel Jeffrey “Estab. 1852” while you are in town. There is also a public access swimming pool in Coulterville during the summer months.

And there are the beautiful, clear sky starlit nights! The nightly sky's at Donkey Lane are absolutely breath taking. Often when I wake-up at night I’ll wander onto the back deck or the front walkway and look up in astonishment at the nighttime star-show spectacular. Late July early August is meteor shower time.

Easy access to Yosemite National Park, Hetch Hetchy, Merced River, Lake McClure and Don Pedro, Rainbow Falls and other great daytime destinations await you.


Rates & Availability

Coulterville Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
May 20 2017 - Sep 10 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 17 2017 - Dec 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Xmas 2017
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 5 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
If Guest House is Added $100 + Tax
Garbage $50 + Tax
Cleaning $150 + Tax
Pet Fee $30 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Rates are based on two guests and only the main house. Please inquire for a quote via email, if your party is three or more guests or require the additional use of the guest house. Our rates are somewhat flexible based on your unique party and required accommodations.

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Coulterville Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Really nice, spacious shower
    Hall Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Guesthouse - toilet , shower , Separate unit
  • 3
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 queen , Master bathroom and sliding door onto the deck, view
    Front den - 1 queen , Cozy, the blue room, closet, westward view
    Rear bed room - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Full length sliding door mirror to closet, window, breeze
    Guesthouse - 1 queen , 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Guesthouse can sleep up to 3 adults, separate bath
  • Queen size Beds (3), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Child Beds (2) Floor mats and air mattress available, Baby Cribs (1) Playpen, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
The attached garage has a Bowflex machine, workout bench and weights up to 75 lbs. Property can accommodate tent camping, R. V. parking for extra guests you might want to invite. Permission requires.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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