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The River House: Get away from it all & Find your adventure

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom house with a view of the expansive lawn leading to the river

Spinning Wheel's backyard is the Stanislaus National Forest making it hard to believe you are only 1.6 minutes from Highway 120. This private, secluded getaway is an oasis of relaxation where the constant buzz of technology is absent. Spinning Wheel was built with the creative spirit at it's core.

Find your creativity, find your inspiration, find your voice, find your adventure

The basics:

* 2 bedroom with 2 queen sized beds located at opposite sides of the house

* 1 Bathroom with a tub/shower

* Washer and dryer in the house

* Full service kitchen

* 1 queen sofa bed

* 1 murphy credenza queen bed

* Wood burning stove in master bedroom

* Access to pool and hot tub with limited hours

There is a shared outdoor garden with a camp fire area, picnic tables, pool, and hot tub.

Keywords: House, vacation, Yosemite, Get Away, retreat, river ,scenic, rural, secluded, beautiful

More Details

Matthew and Britney Barsotti
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 March, 2018

About Matthew and Britney Barsotti

The Barsotti family begin vacationing at Spinning Wheel well before 1982. In 1982 when presented with the opportunity to purchase Spinning Wheel, there was no hesitation. Because of their love for the area they crafted a place where others could come and vacation as well. In 2013 Dharma and Eliote took over the property and are now the owners of Spinning Wheel Yosemite. Spinning Wheel Yosemite experienced a big forest fire in 2013 and as a result we had to rebuild this home. It's now a brand new vacation home with all the amenities of modern living while still in a beautiful forest environment.

Matthew and Britney Barsotti purchased this house in 1982

Why Matthew and Britney Barsotti chose Groveland

Unlike many other vacation properties in the area Spinning Wheel Yosemite offers a very private experience, being in the middle of national forest with no other neighbors for several miles. Each Home (there are 5 in total) is located far enough away from the other where you can feel both connected (if you are renting multiple properties) or private (if you are using one house). Many people come and enjoy staying on the property so much (hiking, BBQing, swimming, lounging by the river and pool, etc...) that they are happy to stay right here. And yes Spinning Wheel Yosemite is just a short drive to the Western entrance to Yosemite making it the perfect getaway just outside of the park.

What makes this house unique

The middle fork of the Tuolumne River runs through the property and holds a special place in our hearts. In the summer it provides a wonderful place to lounge and beat the summer heat. Not to mention the great fishing! And we are very secluded so no crowds or noise from the outside world

The homes have been individually crafted up to the last detail. Stones were hand selected and placed on many of the cabins and each one has a story. Much of the art within the cabins and on the property is made by one of the Barsotti's. Which helps to make Spinning Wheel Yosemite feel like a comfortable "home away from home" get away.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Groveland in Tuolumne County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • not only does the bathroom have all the typical amenities but it also has a washer and dryer as well!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Wood burning stove & French doors open to a covered balcony.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Convertible bed(s) - 2 Large Double Bed , 1 super comfy sofa bed, 1 super comfy murphy credenza
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • caving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
We have a swamp cooler in the River House (a natural air cooling system). In the summer it almost never needs cooling off because of the way the house is insulated. It has a naturally cool interior.


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(7 traveller reviews)

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The River House: Get away from it all & Find your adventure
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
San Diego

Bear House-River House-Amazing House!

  • 5 of 5

How can we not write a review for this place! It was amazing and we are planning to come back. Our kids (5 and 2) call the River House the Bear House due to the wooden bear statues everywhere, which they loved. My wife says the best part of our Yosemite trip was staying at the River House. This house has it all.... lots of space, stunning property, quiet and peaceful and of course the peacock! Patrick the caretaker of the site was helpful with getting our pilot light started and making sure the hot tub was heated.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ohio, USA

Unique / Great Experience

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the River House with a party of 7. (Beware, advertised price of River House is only for 2 people, I mistakenly thought it was for 8 people since it listed it slept 8 - additional price of almost $500.00 was needed for 5 extra people in our party)

We had 2 adults, 4 teenagers (18 & 20 year olds) and a 13 year old. We all enjoyed the property, the hosts, the animals and the location. We arrived around 3pm and were pleased to find the location very close to rainbow falls and immediately put on our suits to go do some cliff jumping - Enjoyed by all 7 of us!!

Patrick was great to talk to and set up a campfire one evening complete with guitar music and singing.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the River House in April. We were very pleased with our experience. It was wonderful to sit on the porch and listen to the river rushing by. Yosemite National Park was what went on vacation for but we chose to spent several days on the property because it was so relaxing. Peter, Deb, and Tony were all very helpful during our stay. Our favorite dining experiences were The Iron Door Saloon in Groveland and Kate's Teahouse in Columbia. We enjoyed daily visits from the beautiful peacock that lives on the property.

  • Review Submitted: 31-May-2012
  • Date of Stay: April 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mountain view, ca

Perfect stay for a family

  • 5 of 5

We can't say enough positive things about our stay at the River House. Our two young children had a great time exploring the river, playing in the play area, using the hot tub, looking for Allen the peacock, roasting mash mellows, and searching for newts. The house was perfect for our family of four. Tony was beyond helpful with anything we needed. Deb and Peter were helpful with suggestions of things to do in the area. Renting bikes in yosemite and visiting Columbia were highlights. We look forward to coming back in the summer to enjoy the warm river and pool. Thanks again for a great stay!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Apr-2012
  • Date of Stay: April 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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United States

Wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay! Tuolomne Riverfront Hosue is peaceful and quiet. It was a great place to retire to after an adventurous day at Yosemite National Park. We won't forget the lovely grounds, pool, hot tub, and Alan the peacock! Thanks for having us and we will sure be back again.

-Berkeley visitors

  • Review Submitted: 08-Apr-2012
  • Date of Stay: May 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hurst, Texas

Wonderful Relaxation After A Day At Yosemite

  • 5 of 5

We recently were pleased to stay at "The Cottage" at the Spinning Wheel compound. For the three nights we were there, we were able to relax, cook our own meals on the BBQ and enjoy the pool and spa. After a long day of exploring Yosemite and all its beauty (and crowds), it was very nice to drive back to our "home" at the Spinning Wheel, enjoy a glass of wine and get recharged for the next day. Peter and Deb welcomed us as family and offered a few tips on exploring the area and Yosemite. "The Cottage" is a small one room facility with a detached bathroom building, but it has everything that two people need for a comfortable, relaxing stay. The grounds are well landscaped and adorned with many wood carvings, mostly done by Peter's son Matt. We had a wonderful stay and will definitely try to stay there again when we return to the area.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2011
  • Date of Stay: July 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
140 Miles
Oakland, CA International Airport
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Iron Door Saloon
Nearest Golf
17 Miles
Pine Mountain Lake Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1.6 Miles
Highway 120
Nearest Restaurant
15 Miles
Iron Door Saloon
Nearest Ski
48 Miles
Badger Pass
Car: necessary

We are only 1.5 miles off of hwy 120. Visit our website to see our www.spinningwheelyosemite.com, for complete properties including 4 other houses (all listed on VRBO): Hetch Hetchy House, River House, Sun House, and the Crescent Cottage

You can:


* Get immediate information on availability

* Get immediate quotes

* View our complete property.

We have 5 houses total (all listed on VRBO): The Sun House, The River House, The Crescent Cottage, The Chaw'se House, and The Hetch Hetchy House.


Iron Door Saloon - one of the oldest in California

Rainbow Falls

Cherry Lake

Hetch Hetchy Resevoir

O'Shannnessey Dam

Lake Eleanor

Yosemite National Park

Many Many Hiking Trails (see our website for more information)


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Groveland, Gold Country / High Sierra

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £28 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £68.6 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%


2 Nights Minimum
3 Nights Minimum during Holidays

**Winter weather you will need chains for your vehicle or 4 Wheel Drive

50% of Total Due at Booking, Remaining 50% due by 14 days prior to check-in

$250 damage/booking deposit

Cancellation charge:
prior to 60-days: $250
After 60-days, forfeits full deposit
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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