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Newly Renovated Charming Vintage Cottage Retreat – Private on 40 Acres

22 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in Mariposa - Cottage Retreat

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

Cottage Retreat is the new sister property of 2 Bedroom Valerian Retreat - winner of 50 five star reviews (vrbo 462086 - 3 miles away on route 49. In fact, together the two cabins located near each other are perfect for a large family reunion.)

The Cottage Retreat is charming with a century old history. While fully maintaining the charm of its history, the cottage has been brought into current times with all the modern conveniences.

In the cottage you’ll find all the amenities you will need in this newly renovated (September 2015) 3 bedroom cozy cottage with 2 full baths. When you walk into Cottage Retreat, you won't find the musty stuffiness, typical of many vacation rentals. There is all new vintage furniture. The modern kitchen has all new solid stone surface counters and is decorated to look and feel like an old style farm house. The cottage decor is professionally done to feel comfy with great function. There are 3 flat screen tv's, wi-fi and some cell services that work well (Verizon has been two or more bars). The cottage can sleep 8 comfortably. There are two outside sitting areas - one is a front porch looking into the forest and the other belongs to the master bedroom with its own private deck to sit, allowing some private time. A bbq and picnic table are set in the woods along with a rock fire pit. The outside area is large and level, making it a great place for kids to play, ride bikes and explore nearby.

The living room, dining area and kitchen are all open, allowing you to enjoy watching your favorite movies or shows and to stay warm with the fireplace in the cooler months. We have central air-conditioning and heat for your comfort any time of the year and an all new easily accessible laundry area easily accessible. Here is another nice unique feature - you won't be bothered while trying to sleep by creaky floorboards or people walking above - the downstairs master bedroom has no second floor above it.

Your new home is a two story farm house cottage with pine accents from the natural surroundings. You’ll find two bedrooms upstairs and 1 bedroom downstairs with its own bath. Natural materials were used to accent the home’s history lending to its warmth and the charm of times gone by. Look and you’ll see wood in the home that's 100 years old. The floors upstairs are original, but reworked during the special renovation.

Set on 40 acres, the property will invite you to take hikes and enjoy the forested and scenic views. You can see the sierras from locations on the property. Peace and quiet are the best things you’ll notice when you stay at the cottage. The cottage is set back just off the main route 49 and is half way between two entrances to Yosemite Park. You’ll want to sample both easy but different drives into Yosemite - either via the west entrance with hwy 140 along the valley floor beside the Merced River or via the south entrance with hwy 41 through the Sierra mountains.

Come and visit. You won’t want to leave.

The Cottage Retreat is a great starting location for day trips to many points of interest:

1. To Yosemite west entrance –

Go north on route 49 to reach the arch rock highway 140 entrance that takes you through the historic town of Mariposa and along the valley floor of the scenic Merced River canyon. It is a beautiful drive which will take you about 45 minutes to an hour to reach the park. There are many places along the road to stop and enjoy the wild and scenic river. This area is known for spectacular wild flower viewing.

2. To Yosemite south entrance –

Go south on route 49 to reach Oakhurst - a larger town with many services, dining and shopping options. In Oakhurst, you will turn off to highway 41 east to wind your way up the mountain into Yosemite Park through the quaint little village of Fish Camp and Wawona – both places of many interests. Near Wawona is the must see of the Mariposa Grove of giant redwoods. As you drive further toward Yosemite just after the tunnel, be sure to pull off to see the spectacular view of the Yosemite valley from above.

3. Bass lake is located fifteen minutes from Oakhurst. It is a hopping place during the warm weather for water sports and just catching some sun and a picnic for the day. Bass lake offers water sports rentals, shops, casual as well as fine dining options. 'Ducey's on the Lake' is a favorite restaurant.

4. There are 3 local golf courses just minutes away: Sierra Meadows, River Creek and Wawona, the latter is just inside Yosemite.

5. During the winter months you can travel to badger pass to enjoy downhill and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

6. Many of the communities have many other activities throughout the year! On local websites you can find events like festivals, the arts and wineries to explore. Mariposa has a zip line and river rafting in the summer, as well as horseback riding on forested trails.

7. Mariposa has its own airport just 10 minutes from town and 20 minutes from the cabin. Car rentals are available at the airport with advance reservations.

8. Fresno international Airport is about 1 hour and 15 minute drive to the cabin.

Cottage Retreat is owned by Cottage Retreat LLC.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Michelle Oldson
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
26 October, 2016
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About Michelle Oldson

I was brought up on the east coast with four seasons. Later moving to southern California, I had the good fortune to travel to Mariposa and Yosemite during the winter season to find a truly unique splendor. I decided that this was where I would get in touch with nature.

Michelle Oldson purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Michelle Oldson chose Yosemite

This property is unique as it sits so quietly and privately surrounded by 40 acres of forest and fields at 3200 feet. Yet easily accessible from Route 49 only a mile away.

What makes this cottage unique

Bring a book and get ready to enjoy the peace and rustic beauty from one of the two large decks overlooking the woods. This home will take you back a century with the original design elements and redone materials, while maintaining the up-to-date conveniences.


based on 22 holidaymaker reviews

Newly Renovated Charming Vintage Cottage Retreat – Private on 40 Acres
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews

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  • 5 of 5

Its rare to find a cabin that is this private, clean and well laid out.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5 Star property !!

  • 5 of 5

We were so impressed with the standard and location of the property we have already recommended to friends and family,

the cottage was so clean and welcoming and everything you would need was available and even a few treats from Michelle, such effort had been put into the cottage you could tell Michelle cared about her visitors, I would highly recommend if you are on a bit of a road trip like we were to make this a definite stay, thank you, Michelle,.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this cabin as a base for our recent visit to Yosemite. It was clean, comfortable cozy, and very relaxing. Having laundry facilities after a day of hiking in the park was really nice. The drive to the Valley Floor is 60-90 minutes but the scenery is so beautiful it's not really inconvenient. We found everything we needed for an enjoyable stay and more. Our hosts thought of everything. I'd definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

This was such a wonderful experience. The cabin itself is gorgeous, with wonderful matte furniture that really gave it a cozy, comfortable feel. I'd recommend this place to anybody - it's close to Yosemite and offers a great escape.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful renovated cabin near Yosemite

  • 5 of 5

My wife and four kids loved this cabin. Very quiet and peaceful spot nestled with wildlife including deer and jack rabbits. Not much going on around the cabin but I knew that going in. We spent two days in Yosemite and it took 90 minutes up 140 and 2 hrs up 41 to reach valley area parking. Beautiful drives make it seem a lot shorter. Bass lake is a cool spot and only 20 mins from cabin. John Hughes "Great Outdoors" was filmed here. Kids loved it as we rented a boat and they tubed. Owners did an amazing job renovating this cabin and everything is brand new. We used the grill every night and wifi kept my kids connected with their social media and gaming obsessions. Yosemite is an amazing National Park. We hiked the mist trail to beautiful Vernal Falls and then drove up Glacier Point to see the falls from a distance. Great spot and we hope to return someday.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Such a great Cabin!

  • 5 of 5

We were very sad to leave this great cabin. We stayed 3 days and used the cabin as our base to Yosemite. It was so nice to come back from the super busy park to this quiet retreat! We sat out every night late on the covered porch and listened to the silence. The cabin itself is SUPER clean, well stocked, and beautifully decorated with new everything inside of a century old structure. We can't wait to return.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Mariposa Airport
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
River Creek Course
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Route 49
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
52 Miles
Badger Pass
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Mariposa, Yosemite

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Fall - Oct 2016
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Thanksgiving - 2016
23 Nov 2016 - 27 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Holiday Season - 2016
16 Dec 2016 - 9 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £12 + Tax
Cleaning £102 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £204
Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Mariposa in Gold Country / High Sierra

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Private connected to Master bedroom
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Daybed with 2 twins and put together for large queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting

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