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Dawn's Rustic Cottage near Yosemite Park

SuperhostCOULTERVILLE, California, United States
Farm stay hosted by Dawn
4 guests2 bedrooms2 beds1 bath
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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!

The space
This lovely, 750 square foot 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. Yosemite, one of the world's most magnificent destinations, is close enough for fun-filled day trips. Your hosts are more than happy to share their extensive knowledge of the park, its amenities and its trails

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.

There are many cafes and restaurants in the adjacent communities of Groveland and Coulterville. 9 Diamonds BBQ is just down the street.

The kitchen has all the utensils, pots and pans, bowls and china you could need, along with a stove/oven and 11 cubic foot refrigerator. We will be glad to provide you with fresh-ground Peet’s coffee for you to brew.

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 land line telephone service to the cottage, insuring a peaceful atmosphere (you may use our land line for emergencies). Cell phone service is irregular here. AT&T has a new tower that covers part of Greeley Hill, including our cottage.

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.

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!

Other things to note
Yikes! Our grocery store suffered a catastrophic fire on Sunday, April 7. Greeley Hill currently has no store; the hardware store has limited groceries, like a convenience store. There is a good market in Groveland, 14 miles away. Please come prepared!

This is fire country! Seven 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.
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…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed, 2 floor mattresses

Amenities

Wifi
Fire extinguisher
Carbon monoxide alarm
Iron
Laptop-friendly workspace
Essentials
Private entrance
Free parking on premises
High chair
Pack ’n Play/travel crib

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COULTERVILLE, California, United States

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 nearest hiking trail to our property is the Ponderosa Trail, several miles from us by car.)The people here are very friendly and helpful, always willing to talk about the area.

Greeley Hill now has a BBQ cafe, 9 Diamonds BBQ, just 3/4 mile from our place!! Groveland, 14 miles away, is home of the world famous Iron Door Saloon, where locals and tourists meet for a good time. The Iron Door also features meals either in the bar or next door in the restaurant. It's open every day until 10 pm, later on weekends. Groveland also has many restaurants from fast food to California Cuisine dining.

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 and the Northern Mariposa County Historical Center.
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 nearest hiking trail to…

Hosted by Dawn

Joined in April 2012
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I live in Greeley Hill, Mariposa County, CA, 24 miles from the Hwy 120 entrance to Yosemite. I am a retired librarian, artist and published poet. My interests are many: art, literature, music, theater, visiting Yosemite (yay!), enjoying the outdoors, stargazing, traveling, and meeting new people.
I live in Greeley Hill, Mariposa County, CA, 24 miles from the Hwy 120 entrance to Yosemite. I am a retired librarian, artist and published poet. My interests are many: art, litera…
During your stay
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.
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…
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    House rules
    Check-in: After 3:00 PM
    Checkout: 11:00 AM
    Self check-in with lockbox
    No smoking
    No pets
    No parties or events