Dated, Dark, & Dingy sums it up. While the cabin boasts a fabulous location, it has been years since it has been updated and deep cleaned. The location was perfect and overcame some of the deficiencies given the time of year and traffic in/out of the park. However, the levels of dust compounded how aged and worn the all the furniture and bedding appeared. For some travelers not having AC in the summer may be a factor, however each night it cools down sufficiently.
The cabin was beautiful, charming, well provisioned. The children had a wonderful time and so did we. it's a 30 min driver to Yosemite valley.
Points too improve:
1. there was a power outage, which left us with no way to heat the cabin (there was a fireplace, but no wood), no way to light the cabin and no way to cook food (tough with kids).
The Yosemite West guys provided us with a duralog and some sticklights, but a lot can be improved on that. I would expect at least for emergency light to be available and some firewood (to be used only in such cases - that's fair). A gas cooker or a generator would be even better. I can imagine that getting a serious power outage in a snow storm could be very bad.
Another point - garbage had to be thrown in a special dumpster which iis nowhere near the cabin bu next to the registration office - i.e. drive it in your car everyday to throw it away. why can't a dumpster be provided to the cabin?
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Stayed at the Log Home for 3 nights - there were nine of us in total. The house was in good condition when we arrived. Kitchen had everything we needed: coffee maker, toaster, microwave, plenty of dinnerware and plates. Plenty of towels in the bathrooms. No shampoo - so bring your own. Also - while there're 2 bathrooms, there's only 1 shower in the downstairs bathroom - so taking showers after hiking all day took a while for all 9 of us. Overall, a good experience.
Face it - accommodation in Yosemite is pricey. This is more affordable than many but be careful that you might not get all you expected. The house has many rooms but not all will be unlocked for you - you might think you booked 4 or 5 bedrooms but if the rental says 3 then that's how many are unlocked. Also, if you are staying more than the 3 night minimum you might want a washing machine & dryer - I never found any so I guess they're not available.
So if you book this knowing that, it's fine. Yosemite West is about 20 minutes outside the main valley. That eats up a bit of time and gas each day. Many YW properties are surrounded by other similar ones, but this one isn't - it's on the edge of the development with steeply sloping forest behind. It's very quiet and you feel as much in the woods as any city-loving English family could want. (If you stay in the valley be prepared for a sensation of being packed into your hotel or campsite).
Parking area is big enough for any car but up a steep slope which our SUV had absolutely no problem with.
We stayed in a heatwave, when the mesh-screened windows needed to be left open to try to keep the temperature down at night. No problems with wildlife or insects! Décor is OK - it's not new but it's fine. Satellite TV doesn't have a huge number of channels but it works. Be aware that in most of the valley there is no cellphone signal or wifi which is fantastic if you want to escape work for a few days - go to the Valley's Deli for wifi.
I'd stay here again but would phone to get the rooms clear (and to ask where to get any washing done).