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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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 24, 2017

About Geoffrey Witek

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.

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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Lake House Outside of Yosemite
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

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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Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

Felt like a home away from home,

Surrounded by wildlife, saw 5 deer right off the deck, peaceful and relaxing, everything you need is there

30 minutes from east Yosemite gate, 75 minutes to Yosemite valley. Very nice home if you want to get away

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent experience

  • 5 of 5

This is exactly what we needed after a couple of days in San Fran. The serenity was incredible. We had 3 deer walk under the back porch while drinking coffee one morning. I know this will be our place to stay when we make it to Yosemite again.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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very pleasant

  • 5 of 5

Very pleasant stay. The owner is friendly and accommodating. The walk to the lake is very steep and long so don't expect to stroll out beer in hand to the lake. I would definitely stay again and recommend.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Anaheim, CA USA

Perfect Stay! Market/Downtown Groveland 5 minutes away. Yosemtie about 30 minutes! Lake acess!!!

  • 5 of 5

I booked this cabin for two families and a couple friends. It was a great size for all of us and we still had room to spare! It is a two story cabin wit a HUGE deck on each floor. We barley used the lower deck. Most of us hung out on the upper deck for better views and to BBQ. The inside of the cabin is decorated very nicely. It has plenty of pictures of Yosemite, several interesting pieces from around the world, new kitchen appliances, comfortable furniture, and plenty of books on the shelves. The owner also provided great quality soap and shampoo in the bathrooms. Though we went fully stocked, there were all the necessities supplied in the kitchen (sugar, flour, tea, etc.) which was a nice surprise. The heating worked very well, or if you prefer, there is a fireplace on each floor! We had a great time using them to set the mood. The windows were nice and large to be able to capture all the beauty of the outdoors. We were able to see plenty of deer, birds, and we think a couple of raccoons (not 100% sure lol). The only thing I would suggest for this cabin is more lighting for the driveway. It is very easy to miss at night, and can be difficult to maneuver when parking. Other than that, it fit our 2 SUVs and Van perfectly. The owner was also very helpful when we had questions, and seemed very nice over the phone. He made us feel more than welcome, and because of that, we will definitely be back!

THANK YOU!!!! :)

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • 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

Groveland House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
May 19 2017 - Sep 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $30
Cleaning $110
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 10.0%

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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