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Champagne Kisses & Caviar Dreams ~ Pool, Spa, & 100-Mile Views

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

Chalet, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-4)

QUOTED RATES for 2017 BASED ON FOUR PEOPLE plus tax and fees. MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY is 4 guests (including children regardless of age). Rates are based on the time of year, plus cleaning fee, tax, pet fee if applicable and the security deposit. Please contact us BEFORE you click "Request to Book" or "Book It". We want to make certain we can meet your expectations.


DISCOVER THE SECRET…Indian Peak Ranch MountainTop Hideaway…exceeding expectations since 1995…

Congratulations...You found gold! As a recent guest said...We felt like how the '49ers must have felt when they discovered gold!

The area's best-kept secret, this gorgeous hideaway with million-dollar 100-mile views, is perched atop a mountain on a unique 122-acre ranch. This spectacular piece of paradise is perfect for a discreet ROMANTIC GETAWAY or HONEYMOON. Booked to only one party at a time--ideally 1 to 2 couples--you have the whole 1,400 sf hideaway to yourselves including the expansive decks, barbecue, private pool & hot tub, fireplace, and full kitchen. For those that are looking for a more active getaway, this property offers lots of acreage for off-trail hiking and exploring, birding and nature photography. You might also stumble upon one of the two historic gold mines on the property!

For additional photos, info, rates, pet policy, cancellation policy and map, please visit separate online site … Indian Peak Ranch

Please be aware that this hideaway is very popular due to many repeat guests that have been booking directly with us for over 20 years. But we welcome first-time guests - just give us a call or email to inquire.

To be put on the waiting list, please contact us. Phone call requests have first priority as availability is constantly changing. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT TENTATIVE RESERVATIONS DO NOT SHOW ON THE CALENDAR. TO CHECK ON AVAILABILITY visit our Indian Peak Ranch online site, or email to inquire. Please contact us BEFORE you click "Request to Book" or "Book It".



Centrally located between the Arch Rock Entrance and Southern Entrance to Yosemite National Park, and especially suited to those wanting to go to Yosemite National Park during the day, but desire to get away from the crowds in the evening. This facility has the distinction of being the only facility of its’ kind in Mariposa County – Home to Yosemite National Park. It is the only vacation home on agricultural-zoned land, thus surrounded by miles of wide-open space - mountains, rolling hills, creeks, valleys and unbelievable views in every direction.



• wood paneled walls

• high open beam and pine ceiling

• massive fieldstone fireplace (for use November - April)

• ample supply of firewood provided

• leather sofa and club-chair

• FM stereo receiver & ipod connection

• CD player

• stereo speakers inside and outside

• Satellite TV (flat-screen) and DVD player



• dishwasher / disposal

• electric stove top & oven

• refrigerator w/ ice-maker

• microwave oven

• toaster, blender, coffee maker & grinder

• pots and pans, dishes and utensils

• fresh linens



• wood paneled walls and pine ceilings

• large master bedroom w/ king bed, full sofa bed, flat-screen TV

• cozy second bedroom w/ queen bed

• one twin roll-away bed

• all beds with fresh linens

• one larger bath w/ combination tub / shower

• one smaller bath w/ small shower (more like a half bath)

• bathroom amenities and bath towels provided



• 1,900 sf redwood deck wrapping around the house with 100 miles of uninterrupted views

• all day sun and spectacular sunsets

• built-in BBQ (charcoal briquettes provided)

• outside eating area under a wisteria covered arbor

• 4 feet deep pool, perfect for cooling off during hot summer months

• hot tub, under a canopy of stars, for year-round use

• beach towels provided

• chaises and plenty of outdoor furniture.



• Free WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS for your laptop or tablet, but due to our location cannot be used for streaming movies.

• Cell phone reception atop the mountain for Verizon. And guests now say that several AT&T smart phones will work at the hideaway.

• Land-line phone available upon request (for use with your calling card)


* OTHER...

• Central air-conditioning and heat

• Use of Washer / Dryer (for stays of 7 nights or more),

• Non Smoking - no smoking in the house or anywhere on the property

• Not Handicap Accessible & not recommended for those with mobility issues, nor for those with a fear of heights (after all - it is a mountaintop! :-)

• Inappropriate for children under the age of 8, although we leave the decision to bring young children up to the individual. Please note that the charge for additional guests applies to children regardless of age.

• Paved half-mile driveway to the top of the mountain

• Check-in time varies based on the season; check-out time is 11am - no exceptions.

• Please be advised that a 4WD vehicle w/mud & snow tires (plus carrying chains) is required in order to visit the ranch from December thru March

• MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY is 4 - no exceptions.

• The person that signs the guest agreement must be the one that pays and stays during the timeframe. We do not allow third party transactions.

• Please inquire about our pet policy as some restrictions apply.

For more information about accommodations, availability, rates, policies, guest comments, Frequently Asked Questions and additional photos please visit our separate IndianPeakRanch online site - click on the link below.

Copyright © 2006-2017 Indian Peak Ranch - All rights reserved.

Keywords: 'Yosemite National Park', 'Yosemite Vacation Home', 'Yosemite Hideaway', 'Yosemite Rental', 'Yosemite Rentals', Luxury, Cabin, Pool, Spa, Views, Hiking, Birding, Rotary Club

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Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
December 21, 2016

About The Owner

Professionally, Duane and Barbara are both in the field of architecture. Barbara is also a birder and had been trapping and banding hawks for the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory in the Marin Headlands for over 13 years before moving to the Yosemite area. She is now a USGS Master Hummingbird Bander and has over 15,000 records in her database. Duane, a transplant from southern Oregon by way of the bay area, grew up on a farm and had a desire to get back to working with the land as well as woodworking, which has become his passion. They now love sharing this special piece of paradise with guests worldwide.

Duane and Barbara have been volunteer fire lookouts for the US Forest Service for 18 years. They know the lay of the land and are more than willing to share their knowledge of the local topography. Duane is also an active member and past president of the Mariposa Rotary Club. He would be pleased to have you join him for an early morning breakfast meeting, if you need a make-up session.

The Owner purchased this house in 1995

Why The Owner chose Yosemite Area

The owners, Duane and Barbara, bought the ranch in 1995, after vacationing there for more than 7 years. They fell in love with the ranch from day one and had written a little note in the guestbook –-- “if you are ever interested in selling, call us”. As Duane likes to say – “it was really meant as a compliment”. But low and behold, the previous owner did call on Valentines Day in 1994 and asked if they would be interested in purchasing the ranch. After giving it some thought, they decided that they could indeed “give it all up” and move to the country. Thus they took ownership in March of 1995, and as they say, the rest is history. They have been greeting guests from all over the world since 1995.

Duane and Barbara have traveled extensively, but feel lucky to call the Sierra Foothills home. They continue to find Yosemite magical no matter what time of year. Recently they were hiking in Yosemite on a remote and less-traveled trail and were lucky to find themselves sharing the forest with a Great Gray Owl, the largest owl found in North America. This rare sighting was a moment to treasure.

What makes this house unique

The guesthouse at the ranch, known as the Yosemite Hideaway, is the original home on the property. Built in 1979, this jewel has a long and colorful history. Once you have stayed at the ranch, you will never forget it. As a recent Australian guest said – “it is a place that will stay with you forever”. It is truly that special and that magical. It is hard to describe what makes this place so special. Perhaps it is the incredible views or the solitude that words cannot describe. Honeymoon couples invariably arrive atop the mountain and quickly shed tears of joy for having found this place. This mountaintop hideaway is lodging like no other. Whether you think of it as a luxury hideaway or personal resort, it is truly unique.

Of special note...this property is an official USGS scientific hummingbird research site. The owner is a Master Hummingbird Bander and is currently working on a population genetics study with the University of California at Davis. Currently she is taking a break from banding, but you will still see lots of hummingbirds at the ranch. They go through over 800 pounds of sugar each year just to keep the hummers happy!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We know you do not ask your guests to post online reviews, so we will write in your guestbook and share with those that are lucky enough to stay here. We just want to thank you so much for sharing this special piece of paradise. Our stay really has been beyond all expectations - the incredible views, the wildlife, the hot tub under the stars, the decor and warmth of the house. We have stayed at many vacation homes through the years and nothing compares to this. This is more than a vacation home - it is a destination. What an amazing place! It is obvious that you take great pride in making this place feel like home. We feel so fortunate that we were here to observe you band hummingbirds - really the highlight of our trip. We still find it hard to believe that hummingbirds remain so calm when being handled. We loved Yosemite and your recommendation to hike Sentinel Dome was great advice - what a view! We hope to return next year so you can expect a call from us when we return home. All our best, Peggy and Jeff...

Owners response: While it is true that we do not solicit reviews, we welcome reviews. However, we continually hear that most people want to keep this place a secret so that they will be able to get a reservation again and again.
Oct 2011
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(33 traveler reviews)

Champagne Kisses & Caviar Dreams ~ Pool, Spa, & 100-Mile Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 34 reviews

Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

When we booked our stay here, the property sounded too good to be true. It turned out that it was Better than we thought it would be. The owner's pay attention to all the details that made our stay here an awesome experience. We left late for our days at Yosemite, and came back early because we wanted to revel in the marvelous home. The views are indeed spectacular. Listening to and watching the hummingbirds was facinating. Watching the stars while in the hot tub was sublime. Writing about it cannot capture the serenity and beauty of this wonderful property and owners.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Far from the crowd but amongst the stars

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful place to escape to, if you love nature and enjoy nights under the stars viewed from the comfort of the perfect house, this location is for you. There is plenty of information available from the owners and supplied in the house about nearby attractions - Yosemite Park being one of the main attractions.

The house is very comfortable, welcoming and wonderful cooking facilities are all you could need - particularly if you enjoy doing BBQs overlooking a gorgeous sunset in the valley.

Bedrooms are lovely too, choose either one and you will have wonderful views to wake up to in the morning. I highly recommend staying and I would love to come back and visit any season of the year.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

This hideaway is a five star accommodation like heaven on earth. The amazing house with its wonderful designed rooms an details, everything so clean and cosy. The fire place, the barbecue we had on the veranda - the evenings with a glass of wine watching the humming birds visiting the place. The unbelievable view over the area from the very top of the hill. The sunset over the valley while sitting in the hot tub or lying in the hammock! And the lovely pool and great flowers!

We loved everything so much, we didn´t want to leave - and we´ll come back for sure!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Los Angeles, CA

Cozy yet sophisticated

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time on the mountain. Everything far exceeded our expectations particularly the spectacular views. The master bedroom is huge and the kitchen is updated and well equipped. After a day of hiking in Yosemite it was great to return to the ranch and just kick back and soak in the hot tub. We highly recommend staying at this special place. We hope to return.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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San Francisco, CA


  • 5 of 5

My only fear in giving this a well-deserved 5-star review is that we won't be able to get a reservation when we want to return. This is hands down the best vacation home we have ever rented. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute at the ranch. The views are stunning and the hummingbirds are amazing. The house was immaculate and the kitchen well equipped. The driveway is a kick! To our great hosts - thanks for sharing your special place. We will return hopefully in the not-so-distant future.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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Santa Barbara, CA

What a Gem!

  • 5 of 5

Breathtaking views! And when they say "away from the crowds", they mean it! This is a perfect spot for two couples wanting to spend time together. The bedrooms are large and the living area cozy. The kitchen is updated and is well equipped and had everything we needed. But the real gem is outside and on the decks. We simply could not believe the views. We cannot wait to return.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
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Yosemite National Park, ranch is centrally located between 2 Park entrances

Fresno International Airport, about a 1-1/2 hour drive from the ranch

Pioneer Market in Mariposa, about a 25 minute drive from the ranch

Raleys and Vons grocery stores in Oakhurst, about a 35 minute drive from the ranch

Convenience Store and gas station, about a 15 minute drive from the ranch


Rates & Availability

Mariposa House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar - Oct, up to 4 guests
May 1 2017 - May 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Holidays, up to 4 guests
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mar - Oct, up to 4 guests
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet(1) Fee $25/nt - ask $0
Some Discounts - ask $0
Cleaning Fee $140 + Tax
Damage Deposit-see note $0
Tax Rate 11.0%

Rates based on time of year, # of nights, + cleaning fee, tax, pet fee & security deposit .

Tentative reservations do not show on the calendar - Please inquire BEFORE you click "Request to Book" or "Book It".

Rates for 2017 are for up to 4 people.

When you use the HA/VRBO platform for booking, a $300 damage deposit (aka security deposit) needs to be paid separately via PayPal before we will accept the reservation within the 24 hour timeframe imposed by HA/VRBO.

Please be advised that we allow only one responsible party of record - the person that makes the reservation is the person that pays, signs the Guest Agreement and stays during the timeframe.

Ask about our pet policy - there is a pet fee and an increased security deposit - some restrictions apply.

FOR CANCELLATION POLICY, VISIT our IndianPeakRanch online site, or contact us BEFORE you click "Request to Book" or "Book It". The cancellation policy noted below is incorrectly noted by HA/VRBO. It should read…100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date, less a $50 cancellation fee.

Rates subject to change without notice.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Mariposa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Kitchen
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Second Bedroom - 1 queen , plus 1 rollaway bed
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , plus 1 full sofa bed
  • Please note: Maximum occupancy is 4. Rates noted are based on up to 4 people. The hideaway is ideal for 2 couples.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool
Please visit separate online site for all features this property offers - search for IndianPeakRanch. For exact location and map, please visit IndianPeakRanch online site…

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