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Lake House Outside of Yosemite

(6 Reviews)

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Last updated: 05/15/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-4 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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.


Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/15/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1400 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking inside the house, but smoking on the decks is fine. Please never toss butts off of the deck!...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Well-behaved pets are more than welcome, with a $30 additional cleaning fee. There are also dog-friendly trails that can be walked straight from the house....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    Unfortunately the house was built with stairs that make wheelchair access difficult....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10

  • Upstairs Queen: 1 queen


  • Downstairs Queen: 1 queen

    With attached bathroom and direct deck access....moreless

  • Upstairs Twin Bedroom: 2 twin/ single


  • Futon Sofa Queen : 1 sleep sofa /futon

    The semi-private TV room has a queen-size futon....moreless

  • 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....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Upstairs Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, shower


  • Downstairs Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, shower

    Attached to the downstairs queen bedroom....moreless


  • Books:

    Many books on natural history, plants and animals, and Sierra Nevada hiking....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Basic cable downstairs....moreless

  • Video Library:

    A handful of videos. I welcome suggestions!...moreless


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


  • Churches
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Lakefront:

    The house has a private dock on a quiet cove at the tail end of Pine Mountain Lake. There is a path from the house down to the dock, and a gated access road for reaching the dock by car....moreless

  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    The dining table has 8 seats, but can be extended to seat 10. There are extra chairs stored in a closet....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer:

    In addition to the electric dryer, there is a drying rack in the front closet. Towels or clothes hung on this rack on the deck on a hot summer day will dry very quickly while saving energy....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heating....moreless

  • Internet:

    Wifi provided....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    The housekeeper will make the beds before check-in and strip the beds after guests check out....moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    In addition to the paved driveway, cars may park toward the top of the driveway, off of the pavement. ...moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided:

    Towels are provided, but guests are expected to wash them and at least start the dryer cycle before check-out so that the cleaners can handle the linens before the next guests arrive....moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove:

    There is a wood stove upstairs and a wood stove downstairs....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Pots and pans, utensils, appliances, and basic spices are provided....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    I try to keep the kitchen stocked with basics like olive oil, salt and pepper, spices and sugar, but these items do run out so they may not be stocked when you arrive....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    New refrigerator with ice maker....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Upstairs deck, downstairs deck, and lakeside deck....moreless

  • Golf:

    Pine Mountain Lake has a beautiful golf course, for a fee....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Guests may use the canoe AT THEIR OWN RISK. Life vests are required and are available in the dock box....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Not exactly a garden, but the house is on 1 forested acre of land with some peaceful spots to sit....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Propane and tools are provided....moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Badger Pass, inside Yosemite National Park, and Dodge Ridge, in Pinecrest, are both about 1.5 hours away....moreless

  • Tennis:

    Tennis courts are available for a fee....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Inflatable lounges and toys are in the dock box, with a pump....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Pine Mountain Lake does have a free pool from June into October....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


from 6 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
May 19 - Sep 4, 2017
4 night min stay
$1,500 $3,600
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$1,000 $3,000

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $30
  • Cleaning $110
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Tax Rate 10%


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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Last updated: 05/15/2017
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150 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Francisco (PML also has a private airport)
3.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Iron Door Saloon
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
Pine Mountain Lake Golf Course
140 Miles
Nearest Train
Emeryville Amtrak
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
CA 120
3.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Various Downtown Groveland Restaurants
60 Miles
Nearest Ski
Badger Pass (inside Yosemite National Park)
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2013

About the owner: I came to California 13 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.

Why the Owner Chose Groveland, CA, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.

Contact us

Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/15/2017

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  • Dining and living rooms.

    Dining and living rooms.

  • Kitchen and dining room from the living room.

    Kitchen and dining room from the living room.

  • Living room and stairway to the lower level.

    Living room and stairway to the lower level.

  • Kitchen & Dining

    Kitchen & Dining

  • Private dock

    Private dock

  • Back decks

    Back decks

  • Upper deck

    Upper deck

  • Dining room table. This can be extended to seat up to 10 people.

    Dining room table. This can be extended to seat up to 10 people.

  • Upstairs twin bedroom (2 twin beds).

    Upstairs twin bedroom (2 twin beds).

  • Downstairs bedroom (doors close to separate from entertainment room)

    Downstairs bedroom (doors close to separate from entertainment room)

  • Entertainment room with queen-size futon sofa and wood stove

    Entertainment room with queen-size futon sofa and wood stove

  • Washer/dryer.


  • Dining area and doors to upstairs deck.

    Dining area and doors to upstairs deck.

  • Front of the house, driveway

    Front of the house, driveway

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Private deck and dock on lake, with 6-seat inflatable lounge.

    Private deck and dock on lake, with 6-seat inflatable lounge.

  • Deck above the dock

    Deck above the dock

  • Upstairs deck.

    Upstairs deck.

  • Upstairs deck in the trees.

    Upstairs deck in the trees.

  • Upstairs queen bedroom.

    Upstairs queen bedroom.

  • Upstairs bathroom.

    Upstairs bathroom.

  • Downstairs vanity and bathroom

    Downstairs vanity and bathroom

  • Downstairs deck with hammock and bistro set. Opens to bedroom and TV room.

    Downstairs deck with hammock and bistro set. Opens to bedroom and TV room.

  • Yosemite Valley, a short drive away.

    Yosemite Valley, a short drive away.

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Saturday, May 20, 2017

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