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Trabucco Gardens *Yosemite Gold Country Stargazing Retreat*

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Conveniently located off Highway 49 in California's Gold Country, on a historic parcel known as Trabucco Gardens.

During the Gold Rush days, Trabucco Gardens was a parcel of land cultivated as a vegetable garden, while Forty-Niners discovered gold in the area. The historic rock walls on property mark the perimeter where the garden once grew.

The joy of discovery continues here today. Now you can discover the vast riches our universe has to offer. Trabucco Gardens, located on 17 private acres, provides you with a grand opportunity to stargaze in privacy using high-end, easy-to-use instruments. The robotic GO-TO telescopes are provided during your stay, and are included in the rental cost. This open, rural stretch of Highway 49, which is considered 'above the fog and below the snow', provides you with many clear night opportunities, even in winter.

The Trabucco Gardens House, newly constructed in 2007, is well appointed and available year round. Mariposa, the county seat, which is 10 miles south, has many essential services, along with many wonderful dining, shopping, and historic sight-seeing experiences. Yosemite National Park's West entrance is located about 45 minutes away up Highway 140 from Mariposa.

We provide housekeeping service (not daily maid service), before and after your stay. Courtesy towels, coffee, tea, cocoa, popcorn, and guest soap are provided to welcome you on the day you arrive. Personal key code access provides you with convenience and security. Along with a fold-away sofa bed in the living room, a queen-sized inflatable Aero-Bed is provided for extra sleeping accommodations.

Because of the rural nature of the area, there is abundant opportunity for wildlife sightings, such as deer, wild turkey, coyote, bobcat, birds of prey, and perhaps an occasional bear. Seasonal creeks at the North and South ends of the property flow during winter and spring. Make sure to leave some time in your schedule during your stay for stargazing too.

Using the telescopes, beautiful views of the Orion Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy, Hercules Cluster, and many other deep sky objects are yours to behold. The telescopes offer a TOUR mode, which takes you to the best and brightest objects in the sky during your stay. Stargazing doesn't get any easier than this.

What on EARTH are you waiting for? Go mining in the INFINITE FRONTIER above! An inspiring adventure of discovery for the young and the young-at-heart is here at Trabucco Gardens.

NOTE: Please include a phone number with your inquiry in case our E-mail reply fails to reach you due to technical reasons. WE ALWAYS REPLY WITHIN A FEW HOURS.

Keywords: Cabin Home, Cottage, Yosemite Stargazing

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Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
25 March, 2017


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Mariposa in Mariposa County

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Half bathroom upstairs in master bedroom
  • 1.5 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Cot , 1 Bunk Bed
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Sofa Bed, inflatable mattress bed, and (1) twin roll away
  • Queen size beds (1), baby cribs (1), sleep sofa or futons (1) located in living room, bunk beds (1) in kids room, queen inflatable mattress bed and (1) twin roll away bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Tripod-mounted robotic GO-TO telescopes provided for your stargazing pleasure. Includes eyepieces, accessories and written instructions.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(101 traveller reviews)

Trabucco Gardens *Yosemite Gold Country Stargazing Retreat*
average rating of 4.90099 based on 101 reviews

Very peaceful and great opportunity to be close to nature!!!

  • 4 of 5

If you want peace and privacy this is the place. Time to reflect on yourself and close to nature.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
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Los Angeles, CA

It was absolutely stunning. Our stay couldn't have been better. The property had everything!

  • 5 of 5

We are extremely happy and satisfied with our stay. The property had everything, which made the whole experience worry free. Thank you for your hospitality. The view was amazing aswell

  • Review Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Weekend stay

  • 5 of 5

Nice place. We enjoyed our stay. Very relaxing and quiet. Loved being in the country again. My granddaughter was out walking all over.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Third Stay Is a Charm

  • 5 of 5

Third time staying here, third time we had to leave wishing we could stay longer. I have yet to find a better home and/or better deal so close to Yosemite than Trabucco. A home that is secluded like this one, yet so close to one of America's greatest attractions, and for the price that you'll pay to stay here is very hard to beat. We had a moon-less final night here so the star-gazing, albeit cold, was really fantastic. If you live in a city you really do forget how many stars there are out there and there are fewer and fewer places in California where you can go to see the cosmos. Trabucco is one of those places.

We spent a day in Yosemite, a Saturday, and while slightly busy the crowds were nothing when compared to what you'll find in the summer. Sure access to the high country is limited but seeing the valley in winter is something that should not be missed. Last summer when we went to Yosemite we couldn't even find parking at Tunnel View, this time we had practically half the lot open for our choosing. The views with the snow capped Half Dome and the ice encrusted Bridalveil Falls were amazing. Don't let the fear mongering media scare you from visiting Yosemite in the winter, aside from one road being worked on the whole valley was open and nearly people free. Using Trabucco as a home base to explore Yosemite, the caverns, and rivers and lakes in the area is a no brainer.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Struck gold in Gold Country at Trabucco Gardens

  • 5 of 5

It is always difficult to expose one's discovery of greatness but it's unrealistic to think it will not be discovered anyhow. I think good people can encourage, embrace and sustain these treasures just as prior reviewers guided us to this beautiful property - Thank You!

This property is truly intended for those that want peace, remoteness, outdoor scenery, distance from the crowds and without losing an ounce of suburban comfort. The 2 Bdrm, 1.5 Bath., kitchen, Liv. Rm. cabin is extremely well thought-out and from an interior perspective is not a cabin at all. It is contemporary in style and amenities, very well kept and CLEAN! The unit is well heated, with a ceiling fan to break up the dryer air in the foothills, comfortable furnishings and appliances like home. A welcome basket of snacks welcomed us upon arrival and after a long drive. Clean and newer linens and blankets were provided and the only thing I'd recommend to remember to bring are beach towels for daily excursions.

The 17 acres are fenced from surrounding neighbor properties and offer a nice area to stroll and discover running creeks on both sides (we visited in Feb. '17), beautiful vegetation (lots of oak trees), deer, hawks, bats and other wildlife passing thru.

As for "Location", we found this property to be a great hub for daily outings. Up CA49 we discovered this winding hillside road with far off views into the horizon and across canyons. It took us through small historical villages (Coulterville, Bear Valley., and to CA120 to Groveland - a less direct entryway to Yosemite from the N.) and approx. 1.5 hrs. out, to the charming town of Sonora. To the south from the property CA49 took us into Mariposa in 10 minutes to a very friendly town and grocery store (plus simple restaurants and supply stores). Here CA49 intersects with CA140 for a direct route heading NE to Yosemite valley along the Merced River (approx. 1 hr.).

Every day on our trip was a paradox for us - what option was time best spent? Relax at the property and enjoy the tranquility, shades and colors of the day and sunsets on the covered porch, OR set out for daily excursions a short drive away.

Fortunately, our trip allowed for time doing both. Our weather was likewise adventurous and extreme (heavy rain/snow/wind) so we were only able to imagine coming back to experience the incredible star gazing apparatus/equipment offered to guests with thorough instructions on how to safely handle and enjoy.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
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Beautiful and peaceful place

  • 4 of 5

This place was very beautiful and peaceful. It is a good distance from Yosemite so we were able to hike all day in the park and come back to enjoy a relaxing evening. Everything was labeled so we knew where to find things.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Mariposa, Gold Country / High Sierra

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring Rate
1 Mar 2017 - 31 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Summer Rate
1 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
September Rate
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Fall Rate
1 Oct 2017 - 27 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
28 Nov 2017 - 28 Feb 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

• $99 WINTER RATES VALID DURING WINTER MONTHS - Includes holidays within those dates
• PET POLICY: A $25.00 Pet Cleaning Fee Applies / Maximum Pet Weight 40 lbs

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Fresno Yosemite International
Car: necessary


Partner Offers

Portable wifi hotspot

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