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Lake House Outside of Yosemite

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

A 3.5 bedroom, 2 bathroom mountain house with 2 private decks and a private dock

A peaceful, private, pet-friendly lakeside Sierra Nevada retreat among the trees. This house is in the woods has a trail leading down a hill to a quiet corner of the lake. Relaxing in the chairs or the hammock on the two decks on the back of the house feels like being up in the trees, and there is usually some wildlife around.

In cooler weather, the 2 wood stoves make the entire house toasty and cozy. There is also a thermostat for central heating.

Upstairs there is a queen bedroom, a bedroom with 2 twin beds, a full bath, a living room with wood stove and stereo, a spacious kitchen, dining area, and access to the upper deck. Downstairs there is another queen bedroom with full bath, an entertainment room with DVD player/TV, a futon sofa that folds out to be a queen bed, and access to the lower deck, with bistro table/chairs and hammock. The futon is next to the stairs, which are open to the living room upstairs.

The house is a great base for exploring Yosemite National Park and the surrounding Sierra Nevada, but given the lake, the space, the nearby beaches and other amenities, and downtown Groveland, it's also a destination in its own right for family trips, birthday parties, romantic weekends, holidays, friend reunions, creative solitude, etc.

A well-equipped kitchen, BBQ on the deck, and dining table and chairs for up to 10 also make this house ideal for Thanksgiving or other group feasts.

More Details

Geoffrey Witek
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017

About Geoffrey Witek

I came to California 15 years ago, and immediately fell in love with the Yosemite area and set about looking for way to have a home base here. If you browse the bookshelves at the house, you'll get a sense of my travels and my interests from the overwhelming number of wildflower, mushroom, and wildlife field guides for California, my native New England, and my more temporary homes like Japan and New Mexico.

I work as a translator in San Francisco, but having this house allows me to keep one foot in the mountains, and to make frequent escapes from the SF fog to recharge my spirit by soaking up some beautiful natural surroundings.

Geoffrey Witek purchased this house in 2013

Why Geoffrey Witek chose Yosemite Area

Buying this house came about as a part of my long-time passion for exploring and sharing the beautiful Sierra Nevada and Yosemite National Park. I was splitting my time between San Francisco and Tokyo, while also working a few months a year as a backcountry hiking and mountain guide in Yosemite, and I found that when I had down time Groveland was where I wanted to be. The private dock on the lake closed the deal for me.

What makes this house unique

The house is close enough to Yosemite to use as a base for exploring the Park, but has all of the comforts of home--like a well-equipped kitchen and a washer/dryer--that hotels or tent cabins lack. Also, since the house is on Pine Mountain Lake and just a few miles from historic downtown Groveland, there is plenty to do right there without having to go very far.


Groveland House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , Attached to the downstairs queen bedroom.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Upstairs Queen - 1 queen
    Downstairs Queen - 1 queen , With attached bathroom and direct deck access.
    Upstairs Twin Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Futon Sofa Queen - 1 sleep sofa /futon , The semi-private TV room has a queen-size futon.
  • There are 3 private bedrooms, and the downstairs TV room partially closes off to form a 4th bedroom with a queen-size futon sofa. The house sleeps 8 in beds, and can accommodate more on air mattresses.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

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Lake House Outside of Yosemite
average rating of 4.3 based on 10 reviews
Cincinnati, OH

Average House

  • 3 of 5

Our family of 5 stayed in this house and spent a few days there at Pine Mountain Lake and a few days at Yosemite. The location is good, and the lake is nice, but this house was simply average, it's oddly layed out, most of the trees on the property had been cut down, and we had some issues with the house.

We kept the house clean and didn't have food laying out or anything, but each morning we'd wake up to ants in different locations of the house. The owner did not have anything on site to spray them, so we had to run to the store to buy some spray, and then the whole house had the wonderful aroma of ant killer. This went on for a few days and the homeowner then had a pest control guy come to the house and we had to get out of there for at least 3 hours.

The dock is nice to hang out on when the water is high enough, but it's a LOOOONNNGGG way down to the dock from the house and VERY STEEP! You pretty much have to drive down there by way of the gated access road. The dock was dirty and covered with spiders and webs. Once those were cleaned up, we spent some time and energy pumping up the inflatables and put the kids out on them, and they soon started to deflate because they had small holes in them.

Overall, not a great experience staying at this house. It's a decent place to stay, but there are much better offerings in the Pine Mountain Lake community.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice house

  • 3 of 5

I'm giving it 3 stars due to the fact that the house is not on the lake you have to walk down a huge hill which has no stairs just dirt and rocks, not safe at all. The gas grill was dirty and greesy half broken, tv had only 4 basic Chanels and non working DVD. My impression was that the house stands next to a private dock and we never used it because it's impossible to walk down. You can drive down and enter through gate but that's a headache. Very dangerous to go down to the deck. Other than that house was clean.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful Perfection!

  • 5 of 5

Quiet and peaceful, perfect vacation. Close to everything we wanted to do. Property was very well kept. I would go back in a heartbeat. Located on a little cove that was great for swimming and fishing. Owner is great, answered all questions promptly. The photos are accurate, as is the listing. I can't say enough what a good time we had. Perfect!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enjoyable trip with a few issues.

  • 3 of 5

For the most part we enjoyed our stay. There were a few problems - wrong code given to us for the key lockbox; air conditioning not working during 100 degree heat; BBQ catching on fire because of dirty grease pan; but the owner was very responsive to our inquiries and complaints and was able to resolve the issues. The house was nice and the location convenient to our trips to Yosemite. Pine lake was fun for swimming and canoeing with our family.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for a Yosemite vacation

  • 5 of 5

This house was exactly as advertised and perfect for exploring Yosemite. It was about a 30 minute drive to the entrance of the park. The lake level was very low behind the house and it is very steep down to the dock, but it was only a few minutes drive to a very nice public beach that had a nice dock and slide for the kids to swim. The owner was very responsive when we needed to call and fixed a small issue promptly. Overall a very comfortable home. I would stay here again if in the area and would recommend it.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Livermore, CA

Peaceful getaway with family and friends

  • 4 of 5

I was looking for a "lake house" where the kids could play in the lake while not having to leave the house. NOT the case with this rental as the lake is a bit off the back side of the rental and so many trees in between that you can't see the lake from the back decks. Being in this drought also made the water level so low that the stagnant lake finger behind this property was not in swimming condition. The ramp to the dock was so steep that we never went down for fear of not getting back up easily. We ended up driving to the local beach area which was nice.

Things that we liked about this property:

House was clean and orderly.

The games and puzzle on hand (kept kids and adults happy).

Reading materials to look at.

Enough area for two families (of four) to have their own "space."

VERY peaceful area and loved the hammock on the back deck. Never saw or heard a neighbor.

BBQ was very clean and easy to use. We grilled two out of the three nights.

Having a canoe and inflatables to use down at the dock (although we didn't).

Daily visits from deer.

Showers supplied with all-in-one soap (although we brought our own).

Local grocery store is close and well stocked.

Yosemite is close enough that we did a day trip into the valley.

Geoff (owner) very easy to communicate with and prompt with his replies.

Things to be aware of:

Spiral staircase narrow and steep (not great for young children or elderly)

10am check out time, which is on the early side especially when we are requested to wash and dry all towels before leaving.

There were no food storage containers for left overs.

No pillows for futon.

Unexpected parking permit needed to be purchased upon entering the gated neighborhood (owner let us know a few days before showing up)

Overall, I give this 4 stars because although it was not my ideal "lake house," it worked out and both families had a good time. The pros outweighed the cons :-)

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
150 Miles
San Francisco (PML also has a private airport)
Nearest Barpub
3.5 Miles
Iron Door Saloon
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Pine Mountain Lake Golf Course
Nearest Train
140 Miles
Emeryville Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
CA 120
Nearest Restaurant
3.5 Miles
Various Downtown Groveland Restaurants
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Badger Pass (inside Yosemite National Park)
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Pine Mountain Lake Marina Beach
Car: necessary

The house is about 30 miles from the gate of Yosemite National Park, surrounded by the Stanislaus National Forest, in the historic Mother Lode Gold Country region, and not far from the Foothills Wine Region.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $110
Additional Guest Fee $10 per person per night
Pet Fee $30
Damage Deposit $250

Guests will need to purchase car passes on arrival at the Pine Mountain Lake security gate.
Passes are $25 per vehicle.
There is an additional $30 fee for each person over the 8-person basic capacity.
Well-behaved pets are welcome, but there is an additional $30 cleaning fee for pets.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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