About this listing
Dawn's Cottage is a lovely, 70 year-old two bedroom cottage in rural Greeley Hill, California, in the 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!
This lovely, rustic cottage in rural Greeley Hill is just 25 miles from Yosemite National Park. You'll love the country 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. A famous local swimming hole, Rainbow pools, 14 miles away, features a waterfall: while 7 miles down the hill in Coulterville is a municipal pool (open summer only) just right for family activities. You can also go rafting through the famous Class 4+ rapids on the Tuolumne River. Four different companies offer these trips; ARTA, OARS, All-Outdoors and Sierra Mac all have websites, you must reserve space on their rafts ahead of time.
This is Gold Country with its rich history; you might want to try your luck at gold panning. Along Maxwell Creek in Coulterville is a good spot. Or you may visit Sonora, the Queen of the Southern Mines, 34 miles away. Bear Valley, the sleepy former home of John C. Fremont, is 22 miles the other way on the road to Mariposa, the capital of our county. We are just off Highway 132, the Historic John Muir Trail. 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 Groveland and Coulterville. Or, if you want to dine in, full service grocery shopping is just a mile away. Please note that the local grocery market closes at 7 pm in the summer and 6 pm in the winter.
The kitchen has all the utensils, pots and pans, bowls and china you could need, along with a stove/oven and 4 cubic foot refrigerator. We will be glad to provide you with fresh-ground Peet’s coffee for you to brew in the provided coffee press.
Your hosts are both artists; Jim is a retired art professor and Dawn is an artist and 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.
At night you can admire the array of stars. There are no street lights in Greeley Hill to take away from the celestial display. Have you ever been chased by a moon shadow? Only by getting away from the lights of the city can you appreciate the splendor of a moonlit night!
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. All linens and blankets are provided, along with bath towels. There is no telephone service to the cottage, insuring a peaceful atmosphere (you may use our land line for emergencies). Most cell phones don't work in Greeley Hill, Verizon seems the only supplier that has service in a few spots. You can, indeed, get away from it all.
Please keep in mind that the cottage is 70 years old, and some of the infrastructure is 70 years old, too. Electricity and plumbing have been upgraded and have passed a county safety inspection. The bathtub is always a problem; you may notice some staining. Rest assured we have done our best to eradicate stains. Our plumber says the only way to replace the bathtub is to take the old one out through the exterior wall, a major project.
Bring your family; the cottage can accommodate up to 6 people if at least 2 of them are children. Our daily rate includes 11% Mariposa County Transient Occupancy Tax.
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
As long time residents, we are happy to share our knowledge about local places to see and places to go. We are happy to share all this information with you; just ask.
We enjoy hearing where our guests have gone and what they've done, but understand the need for privacy. We will only interrupt your visit for business related issues; otherwise we stay as unobtrusive as possible.
Other things to note
This is fire country! Five years ago the Rim Fire came within 4 miles of Greeley Hill. Outdoor fires and barbecues are banned this summer, and we ask that you only smoke on the cottage's front porch. In fact, outdoor smoking is banned this year in Mariposa County, including on private property. The front porch is a safe place to smoke.
1. Check in starts at 3 pm, and check out by 11 am the last day of your stay. Please try to arrive before 9 pm. Going to be late? Call us or email. Cell phone service is spotty east of Waterford.
2. There is no smoking inside the cottage. An ash receptacle is provided on the front porch for your convenience. Please be careful; see below.
3. Outdoor fires are not allowed. We live in a high fire danger area. If you start a forest fire you will be responsible for any fines.
4. No pets allowed except service animals.
5. Please limit internet downloading as there is a daily limit of 250 Mb, and your connection will slow to a snail's pace.
6. Please do not put any paper products in the toilet except toilet tissue. Discard feminine hygiene products in the garbage.
7. There is a recycle bin on the back porch for all recyclables. They may be mixed together.
8. Do not put any garbage outside the cottage as it will attract animals and will end up scattered. Yes, we see lots of deer, raccoons and the very occasional bear.
9. Television is used for DVD and video viewing only; there is no TV reception.
Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 24 hours of your trip and the first night is non-refundable.
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.