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“California charming; sparkling clean; a great cottage!”

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Yosemite Vacation Homes
Reviewed 5 October 2017

I stayed 5 nights in Doe's Cottage in September 2017. I used it as a base camp to hike in Yosemite. The house is sparkling clean and is a very charming California-type cottage. It comes complete with a small patio, a private driveway, and a garden where you can use herbs for your home cooked meals. It was the perfect oasis for me to relax after spending a long day hiking in Yosemite.

It was easy to make arrangements via email and the cottage was exactly as advertised. I had one question while I was there and it was simple and easy to contact the owner. The bed (one of two) was very comfortable and I rested well each night. The kitchen has a full-size fridge and electric oven. There was a tea kettle, pots and pans, and all the usual utensils (including a wine opener). The cottage will quite easily sleep 4 (or more if you improvise). There are two separate bedrooms, a large living area, a separate dining room and separate kitchen, and a small bathroom. The bathroom is quite narrow, but since I was the only one in the cottage it was fine.

There is no internet but wi-fi is available in many nearby cafes. The cottage is about an hour away from the Yosemite gate, so keep this in mind if you are using it as a base to explore YNP.

Would I rent again? Yes, in a heartbeat. It really was a comfortable and comforting place and I loved the organic feel.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled solo
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Thank Sue H
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Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

We have spent 4 nights at the Clouds Rest cabin which is perfect for a couple, or 2+1. Almost everything has been said about this chalet, but let me summarize. It's a very well appointed small house, with ALL what one needs to self-sustain (of course one has to buy a groceries). The owners take care of everything, including guides, maps, etc etc. Kitchen is well appointed, so are bathrooms. King sized be is very comfortable. The surrounding is very quiet and picturesque - one can actually see the Half Dome and El Capitain of course. Ability to be within the park, even if it's 15 minutes ride to the Valley, is invaluable. The cabin was clean and in general very good condition. I will very much recommend this cabin to anyone who values independence, silence and relaxation far from annoying crowds. Well done Noreen! Thanks again for great hospitality.

Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank arturstankiewicz
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Reviewed 7 October 2016

We cannot find Yosemite Resort Homes (Cedar) / River House on TripAdvisor, so selected the site that seems appropriate. Booked our travel through their phone service and got the River House. Ideal location for a family of 12 to 15 to stay for a few nights. Close to the river so the kids had a great time. Drive to the house was easy. House was clean and well equipped.

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  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Thank Darshana5
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Reviewed 21 November 2015

We spent three memorable nights here in early November 2015. Our visit coincided with the first snow storm which resulted in the closure of the Tioga Pass and Glacier point roads, thus curtailing our hiking options, but also meant we had plenty of scenic, dusted peaks to photograph and Yosemite’s Valley largely to ourselves. Over the course of the next two days we enjoyed a couple of hikes and caught sight of a number of animals including two black bears and a coyote before returning to our comfortable cabin each night.

We couldn’t have picked a better cabin. El Capitan View met all our needs and exceeded our expectations. Located in Foresta, inside the park, it’s far from the hustle and bustle of the Valley, some 20 minutes drive away. In fact, Foresta is probably the best location from which to explore Yosemite. A handful of modern cabins overlook a scenic meadow with a couple of historic, restored barns. The surrounding vegetation was incinerated in 1991 but is coming back despite the drought and the lack of large trees does mean more views.

El Capitan View is set higher than most other homes and therefore benefits from the best vistas. You can glimpse the eponymous peak from one of the upstairs bedrooms. It’s accessed via a short stretch of unpaved track which shouldn’t pose a problem for most cars and is surrounded by fewer cabins which were uninhabited while we were there as was the campground at the end of the road so we never saw another person and heard very few passing cars. Having walked down to the main Foresta hamlet, I found El Capitan to be the best location in terms of views and privacy.

The amenities are first class too, all mod cons and more. The cabin comes with three bedrooms; two bathrooms/toilets (one on each floor); a fully equipped kitchen with a huge fridge, microwave, oven, dishwasher and table (another table is located in the sitting area) and an array of pots, pans and an impressive food supply (more than the basic foodstuffs most people are used to finding in rental cabins); as well as a vaulted-ceilinged living room with a gas fire to cozy up to, TV and a selection of DVDs, books and games. A large bedroom completes the ground floor which is ideal for those unwilling or unable to climb the stairs, which are quite narrow and steep. Outside there are two patios, one covered, the other a real sun trap; an outdoor gas BBQ and a treed garden.

We’ve never rented a cabin so well equipped nor one so well maintained and spotless…. which is probably the reason for the abundance of rules which I admit did worry me a little and made me even more careful than usual. Then again, I don’t know how the owners, Doe and Chris, who were very helpful during our email exchange prior to the trip, dare to rent out such a pristine property to short term guests, who haven’t always been considerate judging by the list of desecrations catalogued over the years.

Their rates are also some of the lowest in Foresta, not to mention Yosemite and they don’t charge a cleaning fee (all the more reason to leave the place as you found it), unlike most of the competition. El Capitan View is superb value for money and offers unrivalled Foresta views and privacy inside busy Yosemite.

We highly recommend the place and wouldn’t stay anywhere else should we return to Yosemite.

Tips: stock up on provisions in Groveland whose store offers a surprising variety of produce and was better than the one in Yosemite Valley, especially for organic food; make sure you carry snow chains in the winter months as you might not be allowed inside the park without them; try to get to the cabin before dark as it can get very dark in Foresta (our Garmin GPS worked a treat thankfully).

  • Stayed: November 2015, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank wucie
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Reviewed 20 October 2015

Our family of 2 grandparents, 2 sons and wives, and 2 grandchildren really enjoyed Alpenglow Chalet, despite picking the weekend when El Nino made his first visit with an incredible tempest in the middle of the night (we were snug and warm, though!) One of us who'd never seen Yosemite was awed by the Valley shrouded in clouds and rain, and revealed under glowering skies the next day (with three times as much water in the waterfalls!). The rest of us loved renewing our acquaintance with one of the wonders of California, as well as the pleasures of Foresta, including the up-close-and-personal Foresta Falls. Our grandchildren enjoyed the books supplied with the house, and the adults enjoyed making lavish family meals in the well-equipped kitchen. It's very pleasant to enjoy a day in the Valley or the high country and come back to your own place with lovely views and a sky full of stars.

Stayed: October 2015, travelled with family
Thank armchair_no_more
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Reviewed 23 August 2015

If you want a cabin not a hotel; for just two people or a small family; and inside the park, then Cloud's rest has GOT to be it. My wife and I loved the setting, being so close to Yosemite valley but off the tourist track- the overwhelming silence when we sat out on the veranda was just lovely. The 'cabin' - it's actually a beautifully constructed wooden house - is a delight in and out. Primarily aimed at two, it's still extremely spacious- the ground floor has a large, well equipped kitchen diner, spacious sitting room (small book and DVD library, TV and DVD player, plus internet) and a utility closet with washing machine and dryer. Upstairs has a large double bedroom with an additional single bed, a spacious shower and bathroom and large storage room. The facilities, décor and ambience are all wonderful in the cabin; it's clearly a labour of love for the owners rather than purely just an income generator. Our only niggle - a small one - was the wireless internet which was very often slow and unreliable. This was nothing more than a niggle for us, but if you're some 24/7 business person, it might be critical (but if you can't switch off from work, what's the point in hiring this sort of place at all?!).

If you want your own delightful, superbly equipped, self-service cabin for two or a small family that offers both solitude from and yet immediate access to the valley, then I can't see how this could be beat.

  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank LordFlasheart
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Reviewed 23 July 2015 via mobile

We stayed there 3 night in July. The location was very good. Not far from the velly but still 20 minutes drive in a curvy road. It is a fully equipped apartment in a two store building. Every thing we needed was there to use. The apartment is very beautiful. Every little thing there gives you the importation of a esthetic clean treatment. We loved retur ing every evening. Sitting on the porch drinking coffee in the sunset. The Wi fi worked good 2 first nights but disappeared what there was someone in the apartment down stairs on the third night.
If we will visit yosemite once more we will do our best to stay in suits sun shine.
Thank you Barbara! !!!

Stayed: July 2015, travelled with friends
2  Thank yoramafek
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Address: Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park, CA
Region: United States > California > Yosemite National Park
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Ranked #12 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Yosemite National Park
Price Range: $169 - $625 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
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Offering unique vacation homes and cabins that are located inside the entrance gates of Yosemite National Park.With long lines common now almost every day from April to October at the entrance gates you can beat the crowds by staying inside Yosemite Park! ... more   less 
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