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Midpines, The Ponderosa House - Close to Yosemite

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


About the property

Accommodations: House, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath (Sleeps up to 6)

The Ponderosa House is ideal for a relaxing mountain get-away or the perfect accommodation for exploring nearby Yosemite National Park. The Ponderosa House makes a wonderful retreat that is peaceful and relaxing in a beautiful foothill setting. It is perfectly situated for quick access to Yosemite, white water rafting on Merced River, wildlife viewing, wildflower viewing, skiing Badger Pass, or just enjoying the Sierra Nevada foothills.

The Ponderosa House comfortably sleeps up to 6 with all the comforts of home. Two bedrooms with queen size beds and one bedroom with a double size bed.

The living room, dining room and kitchen are light and airy. The house is tastefully decorated with many Yosemite themed photos. Wireless DSL is available for those needing to be connected. Washer and dryer is ready for those requiring fresh clothes. There is plenty of free parking on site.

The gourmet kitchen is open and spacious with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, and completely stocked with cooking and baking tools. There is plenty of counter top space to prepare for your day’s adventure.

Outdoor space includes propane BBQ, hot tub, and al fresco dining seating to enjoy the wonderful natural surroundings. The Ponderosa House has abundant open green space.

Dogs are welcomed but there is a $25 per dog fee. No dogs are allowed to stay in the house unattended.

The gorgeous drive through the Merced River Canyon brings you to Yosemite National Park. The Ponderosa House is conveniently located in the community of Midpines close to the Highway 140 corridor. The Yosemite National Park boundary is a 25-mile drive along the “all weather highway” which follows the Wild and Scenic Merced River (37 miles to Yosemite Village). The gold rush town of Mariposa is only 10 miles to the west. Merced is 45 miles, and the Fresno airport is a 90-minute drive. The Merced River Recreation Area (Briceburg) is less than 8 miles away.

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Renea Kennec
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
June 27, 2017


Midpines House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(88 traveler reviews)

Midpines, The Ponderosa House - Close to Yosemite
average rating of 4.8863635 based on 88 reviews

Ponderosa review

  • 5 of 5

Four of us using all three bedrooms stayed three nights at the very clean, very comfortable Ponderosa House during the third week of June 2017.

The kitchen is easily spacious enough and stocked with a full set of pans and utensils one would need to cook even a large meal. The gas grill outside is very useful too.

The two vegetarians and two omnivores among us easily combined efforts to cook two breakfasts prior to leaving early for Yosemite, and three delightful dinners, one after our initial arrival in the early evening and two after returning from the park, about an hour's drive each way.

In the evening, we relaxed and conversed while sitting or reclining on the very comfortable leather sofas. The art on the walls and room decorations add to the feeling that one is indeed at home.

Although the temperature reached 100 degrees those days, shade keeps the interior heat of the home low enough so the window air conditioners are quickly effective upon returning from a day at Yosemite.

Twice I sat on the front porch as the sun set, enjoying a glass of red wine while listening to the fading birdsong and taking in the fragrance of the myriad plants all around me. Later at night, we stepped outside to view the stars, so bright compared with city views of stars.

Introducing my daughters to Yosemite while the waterfalls are bursting was a bucket list thing for me. Staying at the Ponderosa House made this trip better than I could have possibly imagined.

In the past I've stayed at Yosemite Lodge inside the valley. From now on, I'll seek to stay at the Ponderosa House when going to Yosemite.

Peace, privacy and comfort outweigh the convenience and constant activity that comes with staying in the valley.

The hour drive each way is well worth the experience, especially for those with particular diets who prefer to prepare their own food.

I highly recommend the Ponderosa House to all readers of this post.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time staying at your house. It was our family's first time to Yosemite and staying here made the trip even more memorable. Beautiful, clean kitchen with a lot of counter space and living area. We enjoyed listening to the birds in the birdhouse outside, the hot tub and sitting among the wildflowers outside. Our kids loved the game closet too. The bottle of wine was a nice welcome, thank you!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place for a get away!

  • 5 of 5

A great place near Yosemite.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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awesome homebase to Yosemite!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the Ponderosa House. Getting in and out of Yosemite was easy (about ~1 hr drive during weekdays) and the scenic drive along the Merced River was great. The house gets amazing amount of natural light, which helps you to wake up and brighten your mood -- we often had to double check to make sure that lights were not on (that's how bright it would get!). The rooms were clean and spacious, and the kitchen was just AMAZING. We brought some basic condiments and seasoning (i.e. oil, salt, & pepper) but there are some leftover condiments from previous people that we also helped ourselves to. Although we did not get to use the hot tub, we certainly wish that we could've used it! We are definitely planning on staying here the next time we come to Yosemite!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Immaculate, serene retreat with countless charming touches!

  • 5 of 5

First off, the house; The Ponderosa House is so beautiful, well maintained, charming and comfortable. The home felt immaculate. The gorgeous hot tub was pristine, the yard was breathtaking (not just the trees and landscaping but the entire aesthetic.) We couldn't have been happier. The kitchen is stunning and well equipped and each bedroom has the most charming touches. A closet chock full of games and puzzles was great, and the beds were so clean and comfortable.

Location; Midpines was about a 10 min drive from Mariposa, and you will need to plan on picking up any food or doing any dining there. Midpines is quite rural (but the night sky looked like outer space!) The road leading to the house is a little rugged but the sense of relief you'll feel when you pull up to the Ponderosa House is immediate!

Yosemite; The 45-50 min drive to Yosemite is gorgeous!! The rapids in the Merced River were spectacular, as were the rocks, foothills and valleys. HOWEVER...please don't make our mistake of underestimating the traffic and parking fiasco. It is crazy-or at least was during our visit. We arrived later in the day to retrieve our prepaid Green Dragon Tour tickets forty minutes before the 1pm departure and never found parking in time. One hour of driving in slow to stalled traffic lines before finding a parking spot. Aside from that, Yosemite is absolutely stunning and incredible.

Overall, this home was a perfect retreat to add to our amazing trip. We take away lifelong memories of Yosemite and the Ponderosa House!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable mountain retreat

  • 5 of 5

Stayed a few days to see Yosemite with two kids and the grandparents. Everyone had a wonderful time. The drive to Yosemite Valley is about one hour, depending on where exactly you're going. Every detail of the place welcomed visitors, and we would highly recommend it to others.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Nearest Airport
42 Miles
Fresno Yosemite International Airport
Nearest Golf
27 Miles
River Creek Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 140
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort
Nearest Ski
46 Miles
Badger Pass Ski Resort, Yosemite
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Merced River Beaches
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Midpines House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet Fee $25
Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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