Dawn's Cottage near Yosemite Park

House - Entire home/apt · Fiske Rd, COULTERVILLE, CA 95311, United States
Dawn & Jim

Dawn's Cottage is a lovely, two bedroom house in rural Greeley Hill, California, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We are near Yosemite National Park, and in the middle of Gold Rush country. The elevation is just right, and the population is friendly!

Your host, Dawn & Jim
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Dawn's Cottage is a lovely, two bedroom house in rural Greeley Hill, California, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We are near Yosemite National Park, and in the middle of Gold Rush country. The elevation is just right, and the population is friendly!

The Space

A lovely, rustic cottage in rural Greeley Hill is just 25 miles from Yosemite National Park. You'll love the rural atmosphere both inside and out. The two bedroom house features knotty pine walls throughout its interior and a full kitchen, while the view from the front porch looks over Bean Creek Preserve, the largest pristine meadow in Mariposa County. You're surrounded by lofty pines and black oaks and the stars at night show an array of dazzling lights unequalled at lower elevations. You never share the cottage with anyone else; your hosts live in their own house right next door.

You can get away from it all or fill your days with activities. 2 local natural pools; each features a waterfall: while 7 miles down the hill in Coulterville is a municipal pool (open summer only) just right for family activities. This is Gold Country with its rich history; you might want to try your luck at gold panning. And then there's Yosemite, one of the world's most magnificent destinations, close enough for fun-filled day trips.

There are many cafes and restaurants in the adjacent communities of Greeley Hill, Groveland and Coulterville. Or, if you want to dine in, full service grocery shopping is just a mile away.

Your hosts are both artists; Jim is a retired art professor and Dawn is a published poet. Artwork abounds in the cottage and around the grounds. The 5 acre property features nearly 3 acres of woods to stroll and admire the views. Or break out your paints and sketch the scenery.

Back inside, you may watch movies or videos about Yosemite's attractions, connect to the internet via wi-fi or just stretch out on the master bedroom's queen size bed. The second bedroom features a double bed-sized futon, while two folding single futons are just right for children. No telephone insures a peaceful atmosphere, and many cell phones don't work in Greeley Hill. You can, indeed, get away from it all.

Our daily rate of $119 for up to 4 adult guests includes 11% Mariposa County Transient Occupancy Tax. Bring your family; the cottage can accommodate up to 6 people if at least 2 of them are children.

If you stay 6 nights, the 7th night is free!

Guest Access

Five acres of mixed farm/forest perfect for wandering or painting, with magnificent views across the meadow. Please be aware that this is open, uneven ground with slopes and gopher intrusion in places; watch your step!

Interaction with Guests

We enjoy hearing where our guests have gone and what they've done, but understand the need for privacy. We will only interrupt our guests' stay for business related issues; otherwise we stay as unobtrusive as possible.

The Neighborhood

Greeley Hill is a wonderful, rural area with meadows and pine/cedar/oak forest. There are many walking trails in the national forest that lies immediately adjacent to private land. The people here are very friendly and helpful, always willing to talk about the area.

We are located on the historic John Muir Trail, the road he took to Yosemite. Did you know Muir herded sheep through Greeley Hill on his way to the high country? Coulterville, 7 miles down the hill from us, is home of the John Muir Geotourism Center, the Northern Mariposa County Historical Center, and the famous Claim Jumpers Re-enactors' shootout.

Getting around

We can give you directions to the Art Farm from just about anywhere; email us for specifics. Ample parking is right here on the farm. There is no public transport to or in Greeley Hill.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $714 /week
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • Dawn's cottage was perfect for our needs as we made our visit to Yosemite. We enjoyed the quiet, peaceful surroundings as well as the comfortable cabin. Dawn and Jim were particularly helpful in providing directions as well as helping us with our Yosemite visit. They even ground some fresh coffee for us and provided some breakfast items, which we really appreciated as we were trying to get an early start in the morning. I would recommend this listing to anyone looking for a quiet, clean, and comfortable place to stay on a Yosemite visit.

    July 2014
  • Great stay with wonderful friendly hosts. Yosemite is nearby, but the local area is also worth exploring; had a great day in Coulterville. Plenty to keep the kids entertained in the house as well.

    June 2014
  • Donna and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The cottage is cozy, comfortable, and charming. It's tastefully furnished and the walls are adorned with some of the art created by the talented hosts; lots of interesting books and information about Yosemite as well.
    It's located in a beautiful setting; quiet and serene, and all the privacy you would need.
    Dawn and Jim are really nice, and happily answered all questions concerning Yosemite.
    Can't wait to return.

    June 2014
  • Wonderful, beautiful, & comfortable place to stay close to Yosemite. Jim & Dawn are very kind & considerate. Dawn gave some herbal tea for my daughter caught a cold. Their information helped us look around Yosemite. Especially Ahwahnee restaurant was awesome place to have lunch. They reminded me of my parents living in Korea. If my daughter were not sick, I could talk a lot with them & learn wisdoms of life from them. I wish I could be back here someday even after returning to my home country. Hope that God bless them, be healthy & happy. I can't forget Jim's farewell with shaking hand.

    June 2014
  • Great place to get away! Tucked away in the woods about an hour-hour half from Yosemite. You have your own kitchen so you can prepare food.

    June 2014
  • We had a fantastic stay at Dawn and Jim's cottage. Their welcoming and friendly personalities made us feel at home. They gave us recommendations that allowed us to make the most of our two day trip to Yosemite. We practically took every piece of advice and couldn't have been more pleased. We spent most of our free time admiring the peaceful surroundings and looking through the cottage's mini library. Make sure to ask them any questions you may have--they are extremely knowledgable and are more than willing to help you in any way they can! *A bonus* they gave us fabulous coffee to use with the french press. We both agreed, staying at Dawn and Jim's cottage was a highlight of our trip out west. Many thanks to the best hosts!

    June 2014
  • We had a great time staying with Dawn and Jim. They gave us info on some off the beaten track places to visit in Yosemite that helped us avoid the crowds, and we had some incredible hikes. The reading material in the house is impressive. The minerals in the tap water were a little strong for our taste, but as they supplied drinking water, this was no problem. The cottage is very quiet and comfortable, and we slept better there then anywhere else during our California trip. I would highly recommend Dawn's cottage as a place to stay.

    May 2014
  • It was a nice, quiet getaway!

    May 2014
  • The place of Dawn & Jim is in convenient location for visiting Yosemite or rafting down Tuolumne river. The cottage is very cozy, clean, and quiet. Jim also helped us with our car battery! Great stay, would repeat and recommend.

    May 2014
  • Everything was exactly as expected from the other reviews. The cottage was great for my friends and I, and Jim and Dawn were very friendly!

    May 2014
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Jim: C. K. McClatchy High School, Art Center College of Design, CSU SacramentoDawn
Owners, Dawn & Jim's Art Farm
We are both artists. We live in Greeley Hill, Mariposa County, CA, 24 miles from the Hwy 120 entrance to Yosemite. Dawn is a retired librarian, artist and published poet; and Jim is an artist, retired art director and emeritus professor of art. Our interests are many; art, literature, music, theater, visiting Yosemite (yay!), enjoying the outdoors, stargazing, traveling, and meeting new people.
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