About This Listing
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!
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. 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 Greeley Hill, Groveland and Coulterville. Or, if you want to dine in, full service grocery shopping is just a mile away. The kitchen has all the utensils, pots and pans, bowls and china you could need. 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 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. All linens and blankets are provided, along with bath towels. No telephone insures a peaceful atmosphere (you may use our land line for emergencies), and many cell phones don't work in Greeley Hill. You can, indeed, get away from it all.
Our daily rate 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.
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.
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.
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.
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, and your connection will slow to a snail's pace.
6. We have 2 cats who are not allowed into the cottage. They are friendly, but you probably won't see them.
7. Please do not put any paper products in the toilet except toilet tissue. Discard feminine hygiene products in the garbage.
8. There is a recycle bin on the back porch for all recyclables. They may be mixed together.
9. Do not put any garbage outside the cottage as it will attract animals and will end up scattered. Yes, we see lots of deer and the very occasional bear.
10. Television is used for DVD and video viewing only; there is no TV reception.
Dawn's Cottage is a find! Dawn and Jim balance a rustic location with artistic sophistication and personality that is hard to match. We loved discovering Dawn and Jim's art and learning about Dawn's father.
The two bedroom cottage is fully equipped with everything you need for your visit including a full kitchen with stove, refrigerator, kitchen equipment, coffee pots (french press and pour-over), and a huge library of guidebooks in the living room.
Although Dawn and Jim's directions are comprehensive and accurate, be aware that if you are approaching from Yosemite you have to turn left on Smith Station Road and then take an immediate left to stay on Smith Station/J132 or you end up back on CA-120 after awhile.
We enthusiastically recommend Dawn and Jim as hosts to anyone looking for a place close to Yosemite, Hetch Hetchy, or Cherry Lake that has real character and a homey atmosphere. It's about 45 minutes to the Yosemite Valley and a half hour to Hetch Hetchy.
Dawn and Jim made us feel welcome from their first email with tips on how to get there and what to look out for. When we arrived they welcomed us in-person and had some freshly ground coffee ready. The cottage itself is clean and cosy and we felt right at home. Thanks again to Dawn and Jim!
Dawn & Jim are really wonderful hosts. We stayed at the lovely cottage last week, they provided us all necessary information we need (such as reminded us that it would snow in Yosemite). The cottage is very clean, comfortable and full of art works. My in-laws, who traveled from Asia, enjoyed staying there very much. They are also very thoughtful by providing us the baby co-sleeper while they knew that we would bring our baby with us. Overall experience was great, we definitely recommend this place. Thanks Dawn & Jim, hope we get to stay again next year :)
Dawn and Jim are the friendliest hosts I've ever met. The cottage is absolutely cosy, it is a real home with plenty of books and their own artistic pieces. We had a great time!
We had an amazing time staying at Jim and Dawn's. The cottage is so cozy and we had a great time watching their Yosemite videos to prepare for our visit to the park, and enjoying the plethora of books and games supplied for visitors. It was warm and beautiful. Jim and Dawn were kind hosts who brought us freshly ground coffee and offered suggestions for places to eat and visit, as well as tips about Yosemite. I would love to come back and stay here again sometime. It is remote and peaceful with beautiful land and sky!
The cottage is charming. We stay there like staying at home. Jim and Dawn are very nice and hospitable. We all had very good experience and will definitely come back in future!
About the Host, Dawn & Jim
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.