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"See Across California"

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38 reviews
· Sonora, California
2672 acres
1 site
1 Glamping
We do not know the history very well. Fires have ravaged the country there for years and left many of the hills in recent secondary brush growth from the last fires. Up on top of the property where you drive in, pastures and older oaks are established. The old homestead cabin and root cellar are pre 1900, but the property has lots of 1849+ gold rush stream mounds and mines which we do not know much about at all. We purchased the ranch in 2001 from a Swiss rancher, Otto Gilser who had the property from the 1950s. There are acorn grinding pits in the big rocks below the frog pond from the first nation people who first lived there. Bob and Zane McDow, who lease the grazing rights and live on the property are the real deal, incredibly colorful locals, great story tellers with a ton of hilarious and hair raising tales to tell. Bob is a cowboy who still can do it all, raises cattle, horses, goats, ropes, brands and rides, hunter and fisherman, bulldozer sculptor, chain saw master, master house, cabin, barn, fence, gate, water systems builder, and a hard drinker, dancer and partier... he knows Yosemite and the back country like no other. Bob still runs cattle on 6-9 ranches at once and moves them with the feed. Bob and Zane are treasures and if you get to have a conversation with them you are lucky!
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Sonora, California, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by John P.Joined in January 2017
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33 Ratings · 38 reviews
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Ellie B.recommends
April 26, 2022
The Cabin at the Old Homestead
Tranquil peace of ranch heaven
What can I say about John's Homestead ranch? After moving our stay several times due to the pandemic, we finally got to stay at the ranch only a few miles from Groveland. We loved it! The land was vast, the cabin was stunning and fully equipped and the beauty of the landscape with views across Yosemite. We loved hiking to cocktail ridge and were even lucky to see deer roam free on our last day. It was beyond all expectations and we loved meeting Bob and hearing his stories. Would highly recommend and hopefully we'll be back soon.
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Vanessa L.recommends
November 28, 2021
The Cabin at the Old Homestead
Cozy, clean, peaceful and beautiful location
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Faysal S.recommends
October 7, 2021
The Cabin at the Old Homestead
Always great staying here
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Faysal S.recommends
September 28, 2021
The Cabin at the Old Homestead
Love staying here has become our favorite place to getaway, highly recommended!
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Selinda M.recommends
August 30, 2021
The Cabin at the Old Homestead
Just perfect 👌
The cabin was absolutely wonderful! It was so charming and had everything we needed. We could feel the care that was put into the place. Making coffee and going out to say hi to the horses was my highlight! John was a very kind, communicative, and attentive host. We would definitely recommend this place!!
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Samuel S.recommends
July 15, 2021
The Cabin at the Old Homestead
Had a great time at The Cabin at the Old Homestead! Was pleasantly surprised by the amount of fans and even AC unit when we arrived, it was 100+ outside. Great little kitchen and big bed, along with a wonderful shower for after our hikes. The outdoor hang out was perfect in the morning before it got too hot. John was super quick and helpful with all my questions. Highly recommend walking up the ridge to watch sunset, was blown away by the view and tranquility out there. Great midway point on way to Yosemite.
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Kristina A.recommends
February 28, 2021
The Cabin at the Old Homestead
Perfect stay
Perfect setting to get away and enjoy the quiet peace on the ranch. Looking forward to returning.
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Vanessa L.recommends
November 29, 2020
The Cabin at the Old Homestead
Idyllic cabin
Gorgeous, clean, private and serene as ever. Love this spot.
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Rob V.recommends
November 24, 2020
The Cabin at the Old Homestead
This was an amazing place to stay on our way back to the Bay Area from Yosemite. It exceeded all of our expectations. My daughter loved feeding the horses and seeing cows, deer, chickens and turkeys wandering around. We can’t wait for our next stay here.
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Rosie H.recommends
November 8, 2020
The Cabin at the Old Homestead
We could not have asked for more from this place. The whole property is pure magic and both my husband and I fell completely in love with it. Can’t wait to be back!
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Nicky A.recommends
July 27, 2020
The Cabin at the Old Homestead
Wonderful stay and what a nice place to get away from it all!
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Nathan R.recommends
June 1, 2020
The Cabin at the Old Homestead
Wonderful place to get away
Beautiful, comfortable, amenity-rich cabin on a spectacular piece of land. Be sure to drive or hike up the nearby ridge just west of the cabin for one of the best sunsets you'll ever see in California. We can't wait to come back.
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Jenna B.recommends
October 18, 2019
The Cabin at the Old Homestead
AMAZING!!!
Book RIGHT NOW! From our own private farm to the sunset on the property, the cozy and sparkling clean house. It was everything we wanted and more. The drive into Yosemite was a nice drive and coming back here to relax was the perfect end to a long day of hiking. Cannot recommend this place more.
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Faysal S.recommends
September 16, 2019
The Cabin at the Old Homestead
Amazing private cabin!
Love this place been staying here for the past three years and will continue!
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Brian K.recommends
September 3, 2019
The Cabin at the Old Homestead
Wow! What an incredible place! The cabin itself is comfy and has an overabundance of amenities (milk frother! great toiletries! cooking supplies!). The deck and outdoor bar were a great place to unwind after a day of hiking in Yosemite and enjoy the stars. The property itself is beautiful. We enjoyed visiting the horses and watching the sunset from the ridge. We're hoping to stay again in the future!
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Ashley H.recommends
August 20, 2019
The Cabin at the Old Homestead
AMAZING little cabin in the middle of a large cattle ranch. I almost don't want to write a review because it's such an amazing place. It feels authentic and charming while still having style and creature comforts -- air conditioning, amazingly soft towels, great bed. The outdoor space is adorable, though we didn't get to use it much. We used this as a jumping off point for some Yosemite hiking, and while it was a bit far for that (about 1.5h into Yosemite Valley), we would absolutely come back just for the escape from the city. One note - the listing here says no wifi, though there were signs for wifi login on the wall in the cabin (but when we tried to log on, it didn't seem to work), so perhaps it's intermittently available? LTE worked for us for any internet needs.
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David R.recommends
June 9, 2019
The Cabin at the Old Homestead
A very well-appointed cabin on a beautiful ranch. Particular highlights for us were the sunset views from the top of the hill, the friendly horses on the property, and the great collection of books about Yosemite and the area. We also enjoyed taking in the live music at the Iron Door Saloon, and the coffee & plans at Mountain Sage in nearby Groveland.
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Karolina B.recommends
June 4, 2019
The Cabin at the Old Homestead
Paradise on the ranch
This cabin was absolutely top-notch in terms of comfort: well-stocked kitchen and bath, comfy bed, and a nice shady front porch for taking in the views and life around the ranch. We spent our first evening just wandering the property, catching a sunset on the hill, and getting acquainted with the horses. :) We used this as our base for exploring the Yosemite Valley and the drive was about an hour to the main visitor center parking. Would love to stay again soon!
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Marivic V.recommends
May 20, 2019
The Cabin at the Old Homestead
Staying at the Cabin in the old Homestead was a unique and one of a kind experience. To have a vast space to roam and explore the ranch, surrounded by nature , the privacy you want and the amenities you need to relax and enjoy the cabin..It was a nice and romantic place to be with your love one.. Also the small town is close by with quaint vintage stops to see.. Thanks to John, the host., Bob and Zane which we never got the chance to meet but made the cabin welcoming.. We would love to come back and experience a little bit of Western Life again..
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Virginie D.recommends
May 18, 2019
The Cabin at the Old Homestead
Unique stay close to Yosemite
The cabin met all of your expectations and even more. We could not have wished spending a better stay in the Yosemite area. Thank you John for preserving such a cozy and unique place.
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Phillip L.recommends
February 19, 2019
The Cabin at the Old Homestead
Peaceful Ranch Life
The cabin is a truly incredible place to stay. Every detail has been given careful thought and every amenity you can think of provided. Highlights included feeding the horses, exploring the ranch, cooking in the fully stocked kitchen and getting warm and reading in the giant plush bed. We got extremely lucky as it snowed lightly all Saturday during our stay (apparently pretty rare!) making the cabin feel even cozier. We did not want to leave. Would highly recommend!
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Vanessa L.recommends
November 25, 2018
The Cabin at the Old Homestead
Perfect location, beautiful cabin, and oh so cozy!
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Kyle J.recommends
November 5, 2018
The Cabin at the Old Homestead
This was an incredible experience! From the easy check-in and host interactions to the beautiful, cozy and comfortable cabin. It is a perfect getaway on a private and secluded ranch, with the sweetest horses nearby. The town is close and easy to get to markets and a few local restaurants if you prefer to eat out. We cooked dinner at the cabin (great amenities!) and watched shooting stars by the fire pit. It took us about 40 minutes to visit Yosemite, the perfect day trip. We will definitely come back!
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Kenneth T.recommends
May 1, 2018
See Across California
Great views of the surrounding area. We camped out on top of a hill right next to the parking area. It was perfect for star gazing with my telescope. This place has beautiful seenary.
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Raphael S.recommends
April 9, 2018
See Across California
Beautiful views and sunset. Walk can be as little as a few hundred feet or as much as a half mile. Very convenient right off the highway to Yosemite.
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Heidi H.recommends
April 2, 2018
See Across California
This is beautiful, remote tranquil camp. I hiked in a bit and camped in a lovely clearing at the end of the ranch road up that looked east over the mountains. The sunrise was fantastic. John was a very communicative host and his directions to the site were simple to follow - also, for the motorcyclists out there, all paved roads to the site so no problem getting in. Overall a nice experience.
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Vanessa L.recommends
March 27, 2018
The Cabin at the Old Homestead
Peaceful, 5 star, cozy, and it had everything! I will return for sure!
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Faysal S.recommends
September 18, 2017
The Cabin at the Old Homestead
One word, AMAZING!!!!!
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Patricia G.recommends
September 18, 2017
See Across California
I didn't have much time here, just needed a crash pad for my tent during a last-minute trip to Yosemite, so I went to site 7, nearest the parking spot, and enjoyed the sunset before having a very peaceful and solitary night's sleep under a starry sky. The only noise was a symphony of crickets. From the other photos, looks like a cool place to check out if I had the luxury of more time.
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Reede D.recommends
September 12, 2017
See Across California
Beautiful place to stay!
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