The SpaceOur Niche is a sun filled just remodeled studio, very open and perfect for a couple who wants to be close to Yosemite but would love to walk or ride bikes (two are provided) to town. Large sunny space with a private screened in sun porch with BBQ and comfortable chairs to relax in. The Niche is a very large studio which is behind the main houses garage. There are no shared walls and the main home is occupied by one person. Guests will have to walk through a clean and well lighted (motion activated) garage to get to the Niche's private front door. Studio is raised above neighboring homes so has a lovely view of trees and distant mountains. Small well mannered dogs (under 20 lbs) considered. :-) House has AC unit, fire place and two ceiling fans. Dedicated Wifi, Top 100 Cable channels, 55 in. smart TV, Netflix and Pandora too! Guest AccessGuest have access to the attached covered porch and small yard surrounding hot tub. There is also a washer and dryer located in the far left corner of the garage. We do not supply laundry detergent. Interaction with GuestsAs much or as little as desired. :-) The NeighborhoodThis home is located in a quite, tree lined neighborhood within walking distance of Downtown Oakhurst. Only 10 miles from the Southern Entrance of Yosemite and 5 miles to Bass Lake. Getting AroundAll roads are paved and two bikes are also provided for guests to use during their stay.. :-) Other Things to NoteHome has a free standing wood stove, please only use if you are comfortable and familiar with them. A rental contract must be agreed to before confirming your reservation. by booking, you agree to the following:
RENTAL POLICIES for ALL NATURE'S PROPERTIES
About These Policies
Please rest assured that the following rules we ask you to agree on are not due to arbitrary reasons. They are due to either insurance rules and qualifications, county regulations or from past experience.
The maximum occupancy of the Property is strictly limited. Standard Guests rates allow for the number of people indicated reside in the Property for the rental period.
For Any additional people:
Extra Guests must first be approved by Landlord.
Additional charges per person may be applied prior to their arrival.
Once the rental period begins, additional people are not allowed on premises without prior approval, and is the sole responsibility of Guest.
As noted, People other than those in the registered Guest party may not stay overnight in the property unless previously agreed upon with the Landlord. If additional Guests are discovered, a fee will be charged for every additional occupant, or deducted from the Security Deposit prior to refund.
Guests can not and shall not sublet the property.
Nature's Nook / Nature's Niche: These are couples only cottages due to limited space.. infants 12 mo. or younger upon approval only.
Nature's Haven, Nature's Retreat, Nature's River, Nature's Paradise: This is a Child-Friendly property, based upon pre-approval.
Guest acknowledges that the properties are semi child-proofed and all efforts are made to provide a safe and hazard free home.. However, It is the Guest’s responsibility to monitor the activities of all minor children in their care or otherwise allowed into the home or onto the Property and premises.
Animals and Pets
Nature's Nook / Nature's Haven & Natures River walk: No animals or pets of any kind will be brought onto the premises.
(The home is intended to be an allergen-free environment. Therefore this includes animals of all kinds, except for legally mandated service animals.)
Nature's Retreat, Nature's Niche, Nature's Paradise: These homes do allowed for dogs, based upon pre-approved breed and size. Additional fees apply.
Check In time, Length of stay
• The Rental period begins at 4 pm on the Check-in date.
• The Rental period ends at 11am on the Check-Out date.
Exceptions or extensions must be approved in advance.
Call or e-mail us at least one day prior to your arrival to confirm your arrival time or to arranger earlier time.
• Minimum Stay: Each property's minimum stay is indicated in its listing. Longer minimum stays may be required during holiday periods.
• Guest agrees to comply with Check-Out Guidelines posted in house.
• Guests shall vacate the premises at the date and expiration time stated in this agreement.
Fees, Payments, Rental Rates, Check-out, Refunds, Cancellation, Contract Violation
• Cleaning Fee: Guests are charged a cleaning fee for the total visit..
• Reservation Deposit: To secure your reservation, a Deposit must be paid in advance.
• Security Deposit: A refundable security deposit must be paid prior to Check In.
The Security Deposit is refunded within 7 days of check-out if Property is completely left in its original condition, and provided no deductions are made due to damage to the property or furnishings, dirt or other mess requiring excessive cleaning, or any other cost incurred by Landlord due to Guest’s stay.
• Tax: The County requires collection and payment of an 11% (eleven percent) tax on all transient occupancies.
• Payments: All payments are processed online with credit card unless other arraignments have been made.
All funds must be received 7 days prior to your reservation date.
• Other Fees and Fines:
Guest shall pay for any damage done to the premises over and above normal wear and tear.
Guest shall pay for any excessive cleaning due to abnormal use.
Guests shall pay for maintenance and repairs should the premises be left in a lesser condition.
Guest agrees Landlord shall deduct above fees and fines from the security deposit prior to refund, and may charge Guest’s credit card for costs above that amount.
• Cancellations and Refunds:
If Guest wishes to cancel a reservation, the rental rates will be refunded as follows:
100% if cancelled 30 days or more prior to the Check-in Date
50% if cancelled 8 – 29 days prior to the Check-in Date
0% if cancelled less than 7 days prior to the Check-in Date
(This does not include Security deposit or cleaning fees, which will be refunded in full.) Partial refund may apply if home is able to be re-rented.
Security deposit refunds are returned via credit card used within one week of check-out.
There shall be no refunds of rents due to shortened stays or ruined expectations because of weather conditions.
There shall be no refunds of rents because of shortened stays or ruined expectations due to Guest’s work and family emergencies or other commitments.
We occasionally experience power and wife outages and other shortages beyond our control. We report outages as each occurs. No refunds or compensation will be given for any outages.
All Refunds are subject to transaction fees from credit card or other financial agencies, and we are not responsible for covering these transaction costs.
• Violation: Should Guests violate any of the terms of the rental agreement, the rental period shall be terminated immediately.
No payments will be refunded.
Guests waive all rights to due process if they fail to vacate the premises upon termination of the rental period.
Provisions and Accommodations
• Property manager or Landlord is available by phone for any questions or concerns you may have during the hours of 8am-9pm unless there is an emergency. Please call, not text, for any after hour emergencies. Phone # provided once reservation is confirmed.
• Property comes complete with most everything you need. Landlord provides reusable towels, pillows, blankets, sheets; kitchen utensils, plates, cooking wear; and other common items. One-time use goods such as toilet paper, soap, dish detergent, laundry soap, and shampoos are also provided.
• There is no daily housekeeping service. Linens and bath towels are included, but daily maid service and fresh linens are not provided in the rental rate.
Please do not take bath towels or linens outside the home.
Rules, regulations, limitations
• NO Smoking: All homes are Smoke Free, Neither is the use of any other tobacco products (cigars, chew, etc.) or smoking products or devices. No exceptions. Violation will cause a $200 credit card charge.
Parking is limited to guest vehicles. Vehicles are to be parked in designated parking areas only. Parking on the road is not permitted. Any illegally parked cars are subject to towing; applicable fines/towing fees are the sole responsibility of the vehicle owner.
Guest is cautioned not to leave trash outside because it attracts animals.
Please deposit all trash in trash bins provided (located in Garage)
Do NOT have any outdoor fires from June 1st to Late September (or first heavy rains) . Not even the smallest “campfire.” The surrounding area is very dry and fire danger is at an all-time High.
Guns and all firearms are expressly not permitted at or in the Property.
Fireworks and other hazardous materials shall not be used in or around the property.
• Abide by all Laws:
Guest shall use the premises only in a careful and lawful manner.
Guest shall use the property for legal purposes only. Other use, such as but not limited to, illegal drug use, abuse of any person, harboring fugitives, etc. ; shall cause termination of this agreement with no refund of rents or deposits.
• Parties are NOT ALLOWED!
Violation of this section will trigger a $250 credit card charge.
Guests are provided with Internet access through password-restricted WiFi.
Do not provide password to non-guests.
Do not download illegal content.
**Do not use Bit Torrent clients or any peer-to-peer networking tools. this program will instantly upload and become active once wifi code is entered on your device. Please delete program before entering pass word or DO NOT USE this device. Bit Torrent is primarily used for illegally downloaded programs and will create an instant piracy violation = 100% loss of your security deposit
Guests are responsible for violations of copyright of other access/downloading of off-limits material on the Internet.
• Good Neighbors: Guests shall be good Neighbors, and behave in a civilized manner and shall be good neighbors respecting the rights of the surrounding property.
Guests shall not create noise or disturbances likely to disturb or annoy the surrounding neighbors.
Creating a disturbance of the above nature shall be grounds for immediate termination of this agreement and Guests shall then immediately vacate the premises.
Quiet hour starts at 10 PM to 8 am.
Please be courteous when using the Hot Tub after quite hours
Guest will not cause or allow any undue noise, upon registration of a call or complaint of same to police department, agent or Landlord will automatically have the right to give the Guest notice to vacate without legal action.
• Security: Guest must close and lock all doors when away from the property for any amount of time.
• Cleanliness: Guest shall maintain the premises in a good, clean, and ready to rent condition except for average use of premises
Keep the property and all furnishings in good order.
Only use appliances for their intended uses.
• Do not cook fish or otherwise very spicy or pungent food indoors — nothing that the next tenant would notice! (Outdoor gas grill is provided.) Guest is responsible for any pots and pans damaged during their use.
** • Power Conservation: Utilities are included in the rental price. However:
Guest agrees that Air Conditioning shall not be set below 75 degrees, heat shall not be set above 78, and the fan setting shall be “Auto.”
Doors and windows shall be closed when either heat or air conditioning is in operation.
Temperature will be further regulated when guest leaves property for the day. (Don’t leave the house cooled to 75; 85 is cool enough to be made comfortable again as soon as you return.) We strive to provide very fair pricing on all homes, high, unnecessary utility bills cause us to have to raise our rates, which we would hate to do.
• Water and Septic:
The property is on an effective septic system — however, it will clog if improper material is flushed.
DO NOT FLUSH anything other than toilet paper.
This specifically means no sanitary napkins, tampons, other feminine products, or baby wipes, etc.
If it is found that such products have been flushed clogged the plumbing, you could be charged all fees incurred to repair.
• Check Out Procedures: Individual rentals may have variations, but overall:
Do not strip beds; simply make it clear which were used, if applicable.
Place all damp or wet towels either in bathtub, laundry basket or on washer.
Leave the home much as you found it: no food on the counters, furniture placed back in original state etc.
Turn off Air Conditioning/heating before leaving.
Ensure all entry doors are locked behind you has you leave and windrows closed.
Landlord Access and Inspections
• The Landlord or management and its agents have the right to enter and inspect the premises without prior notice at any time to enforce the terms of this agreement. This includes entering to turn of air conditioning or heating if left on high while guest is away.
• Guest shall also allow Landlord access to the property for purposes of repair. Landlord shall exercise this right of access in a reasonable manner and with prior communication to the Guest.
• Hot Tub is maintained between each guests stay and will be treated every 2 - 3 days on extended stays or upon guests requests, typically in the morning.
Advisories and indemnification
• Hot Tub
Use at your own risk. Landlord is not responsible for injury or loss of life associated with its use.
It is the Guest’s responsibility to learn about safety precautions, warning signs of water conditions, and safety procedures concerning use of the hot tub. Guest agrees to have a responsible adult supervising minors while they use the hot tub. Guest is hereby notified that the hot tub can be dangerous and Guest accepts fully the risks involved. Guest is further responsible to adhere to the rules posted next to the hot tub.
No children under the age of 12 permitted in hot tubs at any time unless accompanied by parent who assumes all liability and risks incurred.
When using the hot tub, remember there is a certain health risk associated with this facility. Use at your own risk.
The Hot tub is sanitized, refilled and chemicals replenished prior to your arrival; therefore, it may not be warm until later that evening. If you plan to use the night of arrival, increase the temperature to no more than 102° as soon as possible.
Do not stand on the hot tub covers. Hot tub covers are for insulation purposes and are not designed to support a person or persons. They will break and you may be charged for replacement.
Remember when not using the hot tub, leave cover on so hot tub will stay warm.
Guest is advised that the property contains a gas grill, and will seek help from management if the proper operation of such item is not fully understood. Accidents from use of the gas grill are the responsibility of the guest, not the Landlord.
• Fire extinguisher, alarms
The property has a fire extinguisher installed in or near the kitchen area, the exact location of which will be indicated in your rental agreement.
These fire extinguishers were fully charged at last inspection. It is the duty of the Guest to inform management immediately should the fire extinguisher become less than fully charged.
Guest agrees to use the fire extinguishers only for true emergencies.
The property has fire alarms installed and they are believed to function properly at the time of rental. Tenant will notify management without delay if a fire alarm “chirps” or has a low battery condition.
The property has a carbon monoxide detector installed on the property it is believed to function properly at the time of rental. Tenant will notify management without delay if the alarm “chirps” or has a low battery condition.
Guest shall see to their own security while in the property by locking doors, windows, etc. when it’s prudent to do so.
Valuable items left behind by Guest will be held for the Guest and every reasonable effort will be made to contact the Guest for return. If items are not claimed for longer than 1 month they shall become the property of the Landlord. The Landlord shall not be held liable for condition of said items.
• Cable, Internet, etc.
Cable TV is provided and service level has been chosen by the Landlord.
No refund of rents shall be given for outages, content, lack of content, or personal preferences with regard to cable TV service.
• Wireless internet is provided as a convenience only and is not integral to the agreement.
No refund of rents shall be given for outages, content, lack of content, speed, access problems, lack of knowledge of use, or personal preferences with regard to internet service.
No refunds will be given in the event of rainstorm, snow or any other act of nature. Mountain roads can be curvy and steep and there is limited snow removal in the neighborhood. However, the main roads are well maintained. We highly recommend four wheel drive and/or chains during the snow months. We do not refund due to road conditions.
Release of Responsibility and Liability, Legal Rights
The Property is privately owned.
The Landlord is not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occurs while on the premises or its facilities, [[or from use of the spa]].
The Landlord is not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the guest.
By accepting your reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premises or others whom they invite to use the premises.
Guest releases Landlord of all responsibility for any negligence/accidents or there of that could be possibly incurred during Guest’s stay, including Guest’s friends, family, or other people allowed into the home or on the premises.
Guest agrees to not file any claim, action or lawsuit against Landlord, its representatives or agents, for costs or damages arising from Guest use of the property.
Guest hereby acknowledges using the Property for the purpose of short-term rental in “as is” condition, at Guest’s own risk.
All Guests, Guest’s friends, family, or other people allowed into the home or on the premises, shall hereby indemnify and hold harmless the Landlord against any and all claims of personal injury or property damage or loss arising from use of the premises regardless of the nature of the accident, injury or loss.
Guest agrees to indemnify and save harmless the Property, its Landlord, managers, representatives. Employees, and neighbors from any and all liability, negligence on the part of either party, loss, damage, injury or death resulting from the use of the property, its fixtures, or contents.
Guest agrees to be held liable for all actions of Guest, Guest’s friends, family, or other people allowed into the home or on the premises, whether they be registered or unregistered occupants, at all times, and by doing so hold harmless Landlord, its managers, representatives or employees, from any and all claims arising from their guest’s use of the property.
Guests expressly recognize that any insurance for property damage or loss which the Landlord may maintain on the property does not cover the personal property of Guests, and that
Guests should purchase their own insurance for Guests and Guests if such coverage is desired.
In case suit shall be brought by Landlord for failure to vacate said premises, or for the recovery of the provisions of this agreement, or for any obligation of Guest arising under this agreement, the Landlord shall be entitled to recover all of the costs in connection there-with, including but not limited to reasonable attorney fees, whether or not the action proceeds to judgment.
Guest agrees that legal conflicts will be handled by binding arbitration, and show be carried out in Madera County, California.
Many thanks, Terri