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'Library in the Sky' - Cabin with National Forest Backyard

(108 Reviews)

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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-12)

Please click on "Travelers' Reviews" button at the top of this page to see my guests' unedited comments on their stay.

Our remarkable Mi-Wuk Village "cabin" (as it's called, though it has 1600 square feet) is 15 miles east of Sonora on Highway 108 in the heart of the Western Sierra Nevada at 4400 foot elevation. Two large bedrooms, plus sprawling downstairs. Visitors complain they have trouble leaving the deck, since the cabin directly borders and dramatically overlooks the Stanislaus National Forest--our 'backyard'.

We've had hundreds of visitors over the past twenty years and six guest books full of their joys and discoveries. The house is very warm, friendly, well-equipped, quirkily aesthetic and clean, but please know that our family and guests use it extensively, so don't expect a pristine showplace home.

The cabin is equipped with outdoors hot tub,wireless broadband, fireplace, washer and dryer, DVD/VCR (basic TV reception!), full kitchen, piano, pingpong table, dartboard, foosball table, a jillion books, guidebooks galore, and lots of kids' and nature art. The house is technically on 2/3 acre but is actually on many thousands of acres since it is perched on a hill bordering and overlooking the national forest. There are unobtrusive neighbors on adjoining side lots but the backyard vista is completely natural... and accessible. There is a wonderful feeling of privacy and solitude. Deer, birds and even, once, a bear have been spotted in our yard!

A 90 minute hike (of some steepness) takes you to a gorgeous nook of the North Fork of the Tuolumne River. Many other mountain treats are available within short car ride. Dodge Ridge Ski Resort (and cross-country trails) and Leland Snowplay (sledding) are 13 and 16 miles respectively up the road, with other sledding closer still. The Sierra in summertime offers wonderful fishing, hiking, lake (or pool) swimming, river rafting, bicycling etc. Yosemite is a scenic 90 minute drive from the cabin. There are local tennis and golf facilities easily available too.

Keywords: Cabin

Owner

Member since: 2005

Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 02/19/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Suitability

  • Children Welcome:

    Our kids spent a lot of their younger years at the cabin and their videos, games, and books remain, plus Foosball, dartboard, and ping-pong....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 8-12

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • spinet piano

Entertainment

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    large library of kid friendly videos...moreless

Attractions

  • Cinemas
  • Restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    The Stanislaus National Forest *is* the backyard. We are perched on a hillside above it. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace

Kitchen

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio:

    guests have complained about inability to leave the deck and carry out their previous plans......moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$165 $190
Fri, Sat, Sun

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $8 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • cleaning $100

Owner's cancellation policy:

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


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Owner info

Year Purchased: 1995

About the owner: I am a nonprofit administrator (TechSoup Global) and my wife is a filmmaker, artist and writer. We live in SF and enjoy the cabin as often as we can. Our favorite activity is hiking the many trails and watching the dogs run free.

Why the Owner Chose Mi-Wuk Village, CA, USA:
In my younger days I backpacked extensively throughout the Sierra and, once married and with spawn, we started renting cabins. We did it so often, we decided it made more sense to try to own one, with the idea of creating our idea of a comfortable, homey and a little quirky place to escape to. We started renting to friends, asking them to take care of it as if it were their own. They did, and made it better, and the idea of creating a high value, share-able retreat where guests were trusted to be responsible, gathered steam.


Contact us

Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 02/19/2017

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Photos

  • Sunset from deck

    Sunset from deck

  • Woodsy Cabin

    Woodsy Cabin

  • Hot tub under the stars (photo doesn't do justice to view!)

    Hot tub under the stars (photo doesn't do justice to view!)

  • master bedromm

    master bedromm

  • living room

    living room

  • deck table and view

    deck table and view

  • Wood fireplace with insert and blower. Toasty!

    Wood fireplace with insert and blower. Toasty!

  • spinnet tuned 7/16

    spinnet tuned 7/16

  • pine tree growing through the deck

    pine tree growing through the deck

  • the neighborhood

    the neighborhood

  • the neighborhood

    the neighborhood

  • sweet cabin

    sweet cabin

  • Snowhouse

    Snowhouse

  • kitchen

    kitchen

  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • kids' room

    kids' room

  • old rocking chair will get you!

    old rocking chair will get you!

  • The Mighty Men of Foosball

    The Mighty Men of Foosball

  • Foosball and Piano combo

    Foosball and Piano combo

  • the neighborhood

    the neighborhood

  • the neighborhood

    the neighborhood

VRBO #66633

This listing was first published here in 2005.

Date last modified - Sunday, February 19, 2017

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