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Labor Day at Yosemite - Ultimate Privacy: 14 Acres of Meadows & Forest Nr Gate

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Last updated: 10/11/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

The most relaxing and amazing location to stay during your next trip to Yosemite is The Secret Meadows Retreat.

This A frame home is situated on it’s own fourteen acres of meadows and forest. It features one bedroom plus a loft bedroom, large living room with sofas and wood burning fireplace.

Frequented by deer and other wildlife this is an exclusive experience being offered as a rental for the first time, on a trial basis.

Driving through three gates and 300 yards down it’s private driveway will bring you to the home and the first meadow.

This is an old homestead site with just a handful of nearby cabins, all of which are far enough away to provide you with complete privacy (except for the deer, birds, and other wildlife). Adjacent to and surrounded by thousands of aces of Stanislaus National Forest which can accessed by trails and old logging roads from the Retreat.

Located just 400 yards from Hwy 120, approximate five miles west of the Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite National Park, in the Hardin Flat area.

This is an incredible destination that may leave you content without even venturing into Yosemite Valley, even though the Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite is just another ten minutes down the 120.

Nearby horseback riding, river rafting and guided tours can be arranged.

The home is cozy, with one private bedroom with queen bed and TV, a loft with one double pillow-top queen and one full (plus an amazing view over the meadow), a dining room, fully stocked kitchen and a large, fourteen x twenty four foot, family room with a big wood burning fireplace, 42” flat screen TV on Dish Network, a desk with computer, and couches which can easily sleep two more.

Includes all appliances, a washer-dryer, hot water (strong pressure), central heating (plus a pellet stove in the dining room and the wood burning fireplace in the living room).

Keywords: Cabin, retreat, honeymoon, get-away, privacy, Yosemite, National Park,


Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 5-7

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Ultimate privacy! Behind 3 gates and situated on 14 acres, including two meadows and a substantial old growth forest. No other cabins or people in sight. Badminton, darts, horseshoes, hiking trails and hammock. Just six miles / minutes from the main Yosemite entrance (Hwy 120 / the main route from S.F. Bay Area). 10 minutes to Merced Grove. Surrounded by thousands of acres of Stanislaus National Forest. Trails and no fences, so you can hike for miles right from the cabin! This is by far the most convienant location for those coming from the SF Bay Area or anywhere on the West. The driveway is just 1/8th mile from Hwy 120. About 45 minutes before you get to Yosemite "West". This property is for those seeking the Yosemite experience. It's basically a private park for your personal enjoyment. It's not for everyone. We only rent to people we speak with. No parties or unpleasant people anymore. This is a special location for special people to appreciate, enjoy and to build great memories....moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Botanical Garden
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Coin Laundry
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Big Game
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Free Long Distance:

    Unlimited US long distance...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central gas heating. Get's very toasty very quickly....moreless

  • Internet:

    Satellite internet and wi-fi for general internet use (no games, movies or facetime please)....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Large 14' x 23' family room with two comfortable leather sofas, 44" flatscreen TV, DVR, surround sound, desk with a printer and, last but not least, a big fireplace....moreless

  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Inquire for details...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Cordless phone, so you can be outdoors....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace:

    Firewood provided....moreless

  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker:

    Coffee, filters, sugar and cream provided...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Everything you need...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Enough for seven people...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck


Write a review 4.2
from 21 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall / Winter
Oct 5 - Nov 22, 2015
2 night min stay
Nov 23 - Nov 29, 2015
4 night min stay
Nov 30 - Feb 25, 2016
2 night min stay
Feb 26 - May 19, 2016
2 night min stay
Memorial Day Weekend
May 20 - May 23, 2016
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Cleaning $90 + tax
  • Tax Rate 10%


Weekends Only are Plus 20%

Minimum night stays are for weeknights. Weekend dates require longer minimum stays, and vary depending on time of year, how far in advance, and other factors. Check with owner for details.

Holidays and special events: Inquire with owner for pricing.

Cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 10/11/2015
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20 Miles
Nearest Airport
Pine Mountain
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
The Iron Door
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
Pine Mountain Lake
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Evergreen Lodge

Car: Necessary

Half Dome, Rainbow Pool (cliff jumping), Tuolumne River (rafting)


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

Why the Owner Chose Yosemite National Park:
I have been searching (and continue searching) for extradinary properties in the best natural locations. Secret Meadows Retreat qualifies due to: 1) It's proximity to incredible Yosemite National Park 2) It's unsurpassable privacy, peace and quiet 3) The rarity of having fourteen privately owned acres of perfect meadows and forest 4) The variety of incredible activities which can be experienced in the immediately surrounding area

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
Watching deer graze in our meadows (seasonal) Stargazing from our fire circle On site or nearby horseback riding, whitewater rafting (seasonal), snowshoeing (seasonal), hiking, mountain biking, waterfall viewing, fishing, boating, cliff jumping (into Rainbow Pool - 1 mile), bird watching, horseshoes, volleyball or badminton plus much, much more.

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  • View of house from fire circle

    View of house from fire circle

  • NW Quadrant

    NW Quadrant

  • Front half of Family Room (24' x 14')

    Front half of Family Room (24' x 14')

  • Large Kitchen With Breakfast Nook

    Large Kitchen With Breakfast Nook

  • Upstairs Loft

    Upstairs Loft

  • 2nd Bath (1/2 bath)

    2nd Bath (1/2 bath)

  • Loft, double Pillowtop Queen

    Loft, double Pillowtop Queen

  • Fireplace, Family Room

    Fireplace, Family Room

  • The Neighbors. Deer in Upper Meadow, April

    The Neighbors. Deer in Upper Meadow, April

  • View from deck May 2015

    View from deck May 2015

  • Exterior View of Cabin, February 2010

    Exterior View of Cabin, February 2010

  • View of the upper meadow from the double pillow top queen on the loft.

    View of the upper meadow from the double pillow top queen on the loft.

  • Badminton Court

    Badminton Court

  • Wood Burning Fireplace

    Wood Burning Fireplace

  • Accomodating Dining Area attached to Kitchen

    Accomodating Dining Area attached to Kitchen

  • Dining Area - Stairs to Loft

    Dining Area - Stairs to Loft

  • Living Room with Leather Sectional

    Living Room with Leather Sectional

  • Loft, Full

    Loft, Full

  • Downstairs Bedroom, with Pillowtop Queen

    Downstairs Bedroom, with Pillowtop Queen

  • Upper Meadow, evening, August

    Upper Meadow, evening, August

  • Bathroom 1, with tub

    Bathroom 1, with tub

  • Lower Meadow, February

    Lower Meadow, February

VRBO #175829

This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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