Light-filled Spacious Cabin with Large Deck on 7 Wooded Acres near Yosemit
About Cindy Charles
I recently retired and live part-time in San Francisco and part-time at another more rustic cabin outside of Groveland, near by Yosemite Oaks Mountain Home. I love to fly fish and spend time outdoors hiking, birdwatching, and canoeing. I also like to cook and bake in my free time so know the importance of having a great kitchen!
Cindy Charles purchased this House in 2015
Why Cindy Charles chose Groveland
I love the Sierras and especially the Yosemite area. I have been coming here since I was a kid and enjoy fishing and exploring the area.
What makes this House unique
This house has a really great feeling since it has so many windows and is on a quiet and peaceful piece of wooded land right off Highway 120. There are lots of nice old oak trees as well as pine and cedar trees. The town of Groveland is only 3 miles away and has a selection of nice restaurants, a great grocery store and various community activities. If you seek a place to stay in the mountains which is close to Yosemite National Park, but also very close to town, and want to avoid the congestion of the high density development of Pine Mountain Lake in Groveland, then this is the place for you!
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Here is a list of simple rules and suggestions to ensure you have a pleasant stay. With your help and cooperation, Yosemite Oaks will be a clean, pleasant and enjoyable place for your stay and for future guests. Smoking The house is strictly non-smoking indoors at all times. Because of the extreme fire danger during the summer months, absolutely NO smoking is allowed either indoors or outdoors from April 1st to November 15th. When outdoor smoking is allowed, use appropriate ashtrays; do not damage outdoor furniture. Always make sure cigarettes are completely extinguished and never dispose of cigarette butts in the woods, on the ground or under the decks. Water The water supply for Yosemite Oaks is supplied by a well, is filtered, but it is not unlimited. The water heater is on at all times, but it may take a few minutes for the hot water to reach the kitchen and upstairs bathrooms since the heater is below the house. Please help us conserve water by taking short showers, not leaving faucets running and reusing towels. Please make every effort to be water wise at all times. Pets No pets are allowed at Yosemite Oaks. This policy is enforced to keep the home free from damage and to maintain an allergy safe environment for future guests. Any violations of the no pet rule will be assessed an additional cleaning fee of $150. Extra Guests or Large Groups Yosemite Oaks is a very quiet and peaceful retreat, please help us keep it that way. Large groups and/or parties are not allowed and please limit exterior noise after 9pm. The maximum number of guests staying at Yosemite Oaks is 5 unless previous arrangements have been made. Extra guests that have not been pre-approved will be charged a $100 per night fee per person. Garbage and Recycling There are separate containers for garbage and recycling. Please sort items into the proper receptacles. The silver container in the kitchen is for garbage and the blue container is for recycling. Garbage pickup is limited and there is no pickup for recycling so please make every effort to reduce waste. There are trash cans in the garage when the kitchen can is full. Make sure all garbage is securely bagged and placed in the cans. Please help protect wildlife - never leave any garbage or food waste outside the house at any time. Kitchen The kitchen is stocked with a full complement of high quality cooking equipment. Please help us keep it that way by not damaging pot pans or utensils. Coffee filters and dish towels are located in the kitchen drawers. Dishwasher soap is located under the kitchen sink and laundry detergent is located in the cabinet above the washer. Extra trash bags are on the shelf in the closet under the stairs. If you need to empty the kitchen trash can during your stay, please place the full and closed trash bag in the garbage can in the garage. Please take your recycling with you when you leave. All dishes need to be washed and the dishwasher loaded and run before leaving on the last morning of your stay. Leaving unwashed dishes or damaging kitchen equipment will result in an additional charge. Heating, Cooling & Stove Please turn off all lights when leaving for your outings and at the end of your stay. Yosemite Oaks is a passive solar home. In the summer, carefully lower the shades on the sunny side of the house in the morning to block the sun and keep the house cool. The house has an evaporative cooler and the control switch is on the wall below the stairway in the dining area. It is very efficient, but will work best if you leave several upstairs windows slightly open (they have screens to prevent insects from entering). In the winter, carefully raise the shades on the sunny side of the house in the morning and enjoy the natural light and warmth. The heater is located next to the front door. To turn it on, just slide the knob to the right to 70 degrees and it will come on within five minutes or so. Please be patient—it takes a few minutes to warm up when you first turn it on. A fan will blow out the heat and the house heats up in a short time. Please do not set the heat above 72F and remember to set it back to 50F (left side of temperature gauge) when you are leaving. Do not place objects on top of heater or allow children near the heater when it is in operation. The stove in the living room has a decorative electric log which is operated by remote control. It does not provide heat; turn on the heater in the living room as explained above. Linens, Bedding and Towels Extra pillows, blankets and a few towels can be found in the master bedroom closet and in the cabinet in the other bedroom and in the cabinet at the top of the stairs. Help to conserve water by reusing your towels. Please do not put wet towels on the wood floor as it will damage the finish. Please do not use towels for makeup removal or any use which will cause them to be stained or damaged. TV & DVD Player The TV is set up to play DVDs and is not connected to cable or satellite due to all the surrounding trees in the area. There is a basket with a variety of DVDs or you can rent DVDs at the Red Box located at the Miner’s Mart gas station in Big Oak Flat. Cell Phones & Internet? Cell phones generally work here for calls and Verizon is the best carrier. You might be able to get Internet on your phone at the house to do simple things like check email, but service could be intermittent. WIFI is not yet available in this area due to all the trees! Groveland has several cafes with free WIFI: Firefall Coffee and Dory’s Tea Shop. Groveland Library in town has free WIFI. Miscellaneous Please remove muddy shoes or boots before entering, there is a convenient bench located at the front door. Be careful when using the electric outdoor grill and keep children away while cooking. Please let us know about any safety or maintenance issues that occur during your stay. Do not flush any sanitary products down toilets as they damage the septic system. Do not let children near the heater while it is in operation. Please do not use any candles anywhere in the house or on the deck. Clean up any broken glass or dishes immediately so as to avoid injury. Do not use the garage for vehicles and do not disturb tools or supplies. When you leave, please remember to: • Lower the window shades in the living & dining room. - Turn off heater/air cooler/electric log. • Wash all the dishes used/Run the dishwasher if needed. • Please leave used bath towels in the bathrooms- don’t leave wet towels on the wood floors. • Please leave the house as you found it- that includes putting the furniture back in place-- in order to avoid extra cleaning fees. • Place key back into the lock box outside on the porch wall. What to do if you need help: • Call Cindy at either 415-860-0070 (cell) or (209) 962-7925 (usually at this number on weekends) • Call Tim Hutchins at (209) 379-2746 or (209) 769-5534 (cell). Tim lives locally and knows the house. • While we will do our best to respond as soon as possible, please don’t call us after 10:00 pm at night or before 6:00 am in the morning.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Great getaway near Yosemite
Beautiful cottage in quiet backwoods near Yosemite with all the amenities you’ll need close to Groveland with quaint cafes and restaurants
Quiet and relaxing with great park access
We were two couples looking for easy access to Yosemite and this place delivered exactly what we needed. It is in a quiet, peaceful location but is close to 120 (just a half hour from the Big Oak Flat entrance) and only 5 minutes from Groveland which has a handful of restaurants, gas, and a mini-mart. The place looks exactly like the pictures. It is decorated in a simple rustic style and is comfortable, clean, and well-equipped. We were given very clear directions with pictures of what to look for so we had zero problem finding the place or getting inside. It was delightful to walk in to such a lovely retreat and be able to immediately relax on the huge deck and unwind from the drive from the coast. The bedrooms are large, the mattresses comfy, towels are placed at your fingertips, and both couples had their own bathrooms plus another (with laundry) on the main floor.
We arrived right at check in time on the first day and still had time to drive in to Merced Grove, check out the giant Sequoia trees, and get back to make a delicious meal on the grill and enjoy it on the deck. The kitchen had everything we needed - supply your own salmon and wine and you are all set!
We headed for Yosemite Valley the next day, departing at 6:30 AM to ensure an 8AM arrival and good parking. This enabled us to swing back to the car to pack a picnic lunch and take longer hikes to avoid some of the crowds. We also really enjoyed the open air valley tour with the ranger that is hosted by the Yosemite Valley Lodge - reservations ahead required. Again, we made it back to the cabin with time to head to a restaurant in Groveland for dinner. You can't beat the access of this sweet cabin!
Finally, there was very little to do when we left other than load the dishwasher and lower the window shades. We stripped the beds just to be helpful and put the trash out in the garage. If your group is four people this is a perfect place to retreat to after a long day of hiking in Yosemite. Enjoy!
We fully enjoyed our one week stay in your house which was perfect for us (2 adults and an 18 year old) and provided a quiet retreat from the busy July in the main Yosemite Valley; watching the deer, bucks, shooting stars and the milky way from the lovely deck; and good access to hiking trails in the more "off the beaten path" area of Yosemite Nat Park.
Great lodge feel close to Yosemite National Park; wonderful back deck for relaxing after long days in the Park; well-equipped for my family; very smooth check-in.
Yosemite Oaks is a beauiful and tranquil place, perfect to relax and enjoy nature and wildlife and very centrally located for easy access to Yosemite, Sonora Pass and numerous other local places of incredible beauty. The owner Cindy is a pleasure to deal with and she responds in a timely manner to any questions you may have. The house and grounds are very well appointed and maintained and you can really feel the care that has gone into making sure your stay at the house is enjoyable and memorable. It is one of our favorite places to stay.
The house was just as pictured. The check in process was smooth. The house was clean. The location was great. All good!