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Lovely Equestrian Estate in Ahwahnee Riverbend Area

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Last updated: 07/07/2014
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  • Minimum stay:6 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Ahwahnee estate description

People call the Ahwahnee Riverbend Area spectacular, we call it Shangri-La. Ross and I chose these beautiful mountain meadows for the weather and location. Our meadow is warm in the winter and cool in the summer at 2000' elevation, we are rumored to have the best year round weather in this area. It really is amazing and truly Warm and Wonderful.
Wait ‘til you see the house, check out the photos! There are private gates and a Redwood lined driveway entrance and separate exit for trucks, boats, and horse trailers.
We can accomodate 8 adults and the rental is $500 per night (see 'fees' for cleaning and tax cost), minimum 6 nights and the 7th night is free. Particulars are available within this listing under 'Rates'.
The house is 4800 sq ft (7 1/2 acres) of beautiful. The kitchen is really big with lovely grey quartzite counter tops and easy to use appliances and ample counter space to cook.
The laundry room is big with new washer, dryer and there is plenty of room for food in the walk-in pantry.
The house has four bedrooms. Two are full suites (one Cal King, one Queen) with private entrance bathrooms (one suite can have TWO private entrance bathrooms) and both have private entrance/exit from the house. The Master has a fireplace (gas and wood, usable in winter). The second King has a lovely view of the meadows and bathroom is across the hall. The fourth bedroom is a queen and has a private entrance. Our capacity at this time is eight people. We have four bedrooms and 3 ½ bathrooms.
There are three flat screen TV’s (all have DVD). One in the Master Suite (45”), really big one in the den (52”), and the third (36”) is in front of the fireplace in the living room. You have satellite, movies and can start a show in one room and finish in another. We even have a small work out room. It has a TV with DVD for our library of movies and shows. If you need high speed Internet there is wireless.
If you calculate roof size of house, barn, horse shelters, pool house, garage, breezeways, patio, porches (all covered), two well houses (plenty of water) there’s 10,000 sq ft of Malibu Blue roof on our lovely ranch style estate.
The pool is quite large with easy access and open entrances from two rock stairways. It's about 40,000 gal and Jacuzzi (heats up fast) is about 400 gal. The natural rock waterfall is almost one story high and the deck around the pool has plenty of room for our four umbrellas and seating. One huge umbrella partially covers the pool for our sun-sensitive guests. The Jacuzzi has a (November to March only) fire pit (propane) that is easy to use and wonderful to sit and talk. Our motto is ‘Sit Long, Talk Much’.
We are less than five miles from a rockin’ mountain village (Oakhurst) with 20 great restaurants, a full multi screen cinema, microbrewery, and Raley’s grocery; famous for quality markets in Bel Aire and Knob Hill. There are numerous art galleries, retail stores, and farmer’s markets. We are ½ mile from Hwy 49 and very accessible. Our little paradise sits almost in the middle of the front (Oakhurst) and back (Mariposa) gates to Yosemite National Park. Yosemite is too beautiful for words. You can ride a narrow gage logging train, see Glacier Point, Bridleveil Falls, or just wander the glories of nature. Now THAT is truly spectacular.
If you like water sports, 12 miles away you can play at Bass Lake (four more large lakes are less than an hour away) in season water skiing, boating, fishing (rod + fly) and a classy restaurant and bar with patio overlooking the lake and boat dock. The lake is beautiful because spring rain makes it clean, crisp, and clear.
We are just 1 mile South on Hwy 49 of the hottest Cowboy bar in two counties with bands, dancing, big screen TV for sports, great food and tons of local ‘color’.
We are less than a mile from ‘Open Range’ where cattle and their calves graze along the road and we have a working cattle ranch two miles away where you can watch real cowboys (and cowgirls) sort and rope cattle during the season.
You can pan for gold (good luck) a half mile away at a secluded riverside park. We’re walking distance from a darling nine hole golf course with restaurant, bar, and a real Chef. (ooh, yummy…he sure can cook!) Also, available for special events at Rivercreek Golf Course or privately). There is an 18 hole golf course about four miles away. The meadows in this area are lovely and perfect for all season activities as you see from the photos of the estate.
If you are road weary travelers, couples wishing an exclusive get-away (rarely see neighbors, they are some distance away), best friends that just want to ‘chill’, or crave to wander the mountains with your equine pet (we have maps)—This is the place for you.
Summer is fun and winter is exciting here at Ahwahnee Riverbend. Snow at 2000 feet elevation usually only lasts until 10am when the sun comes out, which makes travel much easier. But no worries! There is usually plenty of snow in the ‘Snow Play’ area up in the Nat’l Forest, 12 miles up the mountain. People love to snow shoe, sleigh ride, cross-country and sled. You can trail ride all year long, summer in the mountains, winter down on the flats. You can 4-wheel drive, Yosemite Zip, horseback ride, golf, hike, bike, ride the railroad, work cattle, ski (both kinds), swim, sight-see, shop, browse art galleries, eat, play, and love.
This is our home. We left LA, found Ahwahnee and never looked back. One of our best friends already bought a place here and another best buddy is looking for property. What does that tell you? We love it, our horses love it, EVERYBODY loves it, you will, too. This is a beautiful area and a super place to stay.
Give a call, the phone rings right into our house and it is an 800 number, too.
Louisa and Ross Weddle

Property Type

  • 1 story
  • Estate
  • 4400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Smoking Allowed:

            Allowed on patios, outside with prior notice and polite consideration of open windows, ashtrays, etc....moreless

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            23 years old and/or with parents; older teenagers with parents, only....moreless

          • Pets Considered:

            Horses only and guidelines followed...moreless

          • Not Suitable For Children
          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Events Allowed

          Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

            suite w/private bath and entrance/exit from house...moreless

          • Bedroom 3: 1 king

            View of front meadow, bathroom across the hall...moreless

          • Bedroom 1: 1 king

            Master Bedroom has seating area and walk-in ...moreless

          • Bedroom 4: 1 queen

            large bed with bathroom across the hall...moreless

          • Master Bedroom (#1) is a full suite with seating area, large bathroom, walk-in and big tub. There is also a private exit/entrance to the outside. ...moreless

          Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

            dbl sink, entrances fm Master+Guest Bedroom, private privye...moreless

          • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower

            double sink, private privy, private exit, and walk-in closet...moreless

          • Bathroom 4: toilet

            w/sink off laundry room; has private privy...moreless

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower

            Master Bath has double sink and private exit to outside...moreless

          • All have private toilets within the bathrooms and all have double sinks except the one off the laundry room. The private exit outside for the guest bedroom (#2) is easy access to the backyard and the pool. The Master has private exit to back yard and toward back pasture and woods....moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            help yourself to anything but my china and if you want to use it, just ask. It is full set from the 1930's, hand painted....moreless

          • Dining:

            table, chairs and hutch are solid oak wood and very comfortable. Really lovely and china in closet is for your use....moreless

          • Pantry Items:

            few things, help yourself...leave what you wish or use what you need....moreless

          • Refrigerator:

            sub zero with freezer drawer below and spare fridge in garage....moreless

          • Kitchen:

            large kitchen with grey quartzite countertops...moreless

          • Coffee Maker:

            works great, 10 cup, has delay and clock...moreless

          • Microwave:

            matches ovens below and works great...moreless

          • Toaster:

            works great, four slice...moreless


          • Heating:

            works fast in all three heat zones of the house. The kitchen has floor heaters so when it hits temp, you can turn the big heater off, please....moreless

          • Fitness Room / Equipment:

            Few fitness items, bicycle, AB lounger, ballet beam, and fitness 'Rider' to warm up for riding or a good stretch....moreless

          • Air Conditioning:

            Three sections throughout area of the house. Works fast and needs to be turned off when not using it, please....moreless

          • Fireplace:

            usable with permission only, we supply the wood and only during winter November to March....moreless

          • Garage:

            probably not...maybe in winter. No need for it most the time....moreless

          • Parking:

            tons of parking...moreless

          • Linens Provided
          • Towels Provided
          • Washing Machine
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Living Room
          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board

          Other Amenities

              • The golf course is very close by and has a Chef available, as well as the beautiful location for parties and events. The working cattle ranch near by is available when they are having activities and we can usually get you an invitation to watch. It is a private ranch and wonderfully exclusive. There are several excellent caterers locally with meeting places and buildings. ...moreless


              • Video Library:

                bunch'a cool movies we have collected over the years...moreless

              • Games:

                Dart Board, Basketball (half court) in parking area...moreless

              • Television:

                three flat screen TV's (a TV in #4, too)...moreless

              • Satellite / Cable:

                Just about everything but pay-per-view....moreless


              • Internet:

                wireless available almost everywhere on estate. If you need a real computer, just let us know. ...moreless

              Pool & Spa

              • Private Pool:

                deep on one end, (no diving), shallow on the other. This area is not fenced and easily accesible with no gates....moreless

              • Hot Tub:

                this is a full jacuzzi that has a complete change of water to the pool, every morning...moreless

              Outdoor Features

              • Deck / Patio:

                four porches and a patio outside the kitchen. Pool has large seating area....moreless

              • Golf:

                very close, right across street. Clubhouse is 1/4th mile away....moreless

              • Bicycles:

                just one in the work out room but it is an outdoor bike....moreless

              • Ski & Snowboard:

                also cross-country courses about 12 miles away....moreless

              • Boat:

                numerout places, closest is about 10 miles...moreless

              • Water Sports Gear:

                sailing, boating, swimming, fishing, etc...moreless

              • Lawn / Garden:

                huge and it includes large pastures....moreless

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                at the lakes and up in the Park...moreless

              • Outdoor Grill


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

              Location & View

              • Village:

                4.7 miles from quaint village of Oakhurst with only 13,000 population but a dozen great restaurants....moreless

              • Golf Course View:

                About 150yards away is the back hole of Rivercreek Golf Course...moreless

              • Resort:

                Yosemite National Park, Bass Lake and several others in area...moreless

              • Mountain View:

                Panorama from Estate to the South and East...moreless


              • Churches
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Golf Privileges Optional
              • Hunting Big Game
              • Hunting Small Game
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Mountaineering
              • Ski Privileges Optional
              • Water Tubing
              • Whitewater Rafting
              • Golf
              • Tennis
              • Rafting
              • Fly Fishing
              • Kayaking
              • Water Skiing
              • Jet Skiing
              • Swimming
              • Wind-Surfing
              • Cycling
              • Mountain Biking
              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Skiing
              • Snowboarding
              • Snowmobiling
              • Hiking
              • Fishing
              • Sailing
              • Equestrian Events
              • Fitness Center
              • Medical Services
              • Marina
              • Playground
              • Winery Tours
              • Restaurants
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Cinemas
              • Live Theater
              • Museums
              • Ruins
              • Bird Watching
              • Eco Tourism
              • Gambling Casinos
              • Paddle Boating
              • Scenic Drives
              • Walking
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Boating
              • Sledding
              • Wildlife Viewing
              • Antiquing
              • Horseshoes
              • Horseback Riding
              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist
              • Hunting
              • Rock Climbing


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              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Nov 21 - Dec 4, 2014
              6 night min stay
              $3,500 $14,000
              Christmas + New Year's
              Dec 5 - Jan 14, 2015
              6 night min stay
              $3,500 $14,000
              My Standard Rate
              6 night min stay
              $3,500 $14,000
              * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

              Additional information about rental rates


              • Cleaning $300
              • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
              • Tax Rate 11%


              Special Events are prior approval and overnight maximum of 8 remains firm. Your guests (with approval) are a five hour day rate of $25 or less depending on the occasion and number of people. We love weddings!

              I recently seperated the tax and cleaning fee out of the rental fee as it appeared to confuse people but has not changed with a county tax of 11% and fairly standard cleaning fee of $300.

              Cancellation policy:

              100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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              Last updated: 07/07/2014
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              45 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              Fresno Airport
              10 Miles
              Nearest Train
              Narrow Gage Scenic Railway
              0.6 Miles
              Nearest Motorway
              Hwy 49 Golden Chain Highway
              1.7 Miles
              Nearest Barpub
              Hitchin' Post
              10 Miles
              Nearest Ski
              Waterski 10miles/Snowski
              1 Miles
              Nearest Golf
              Rivercreek Golf
              0.5 Miles
              Nearest Restaurant
              Rivercreek Golf Cafe

              Car: Necessary

              visit Yosemite, pan for gold, browse art galleries, 4-wheel drive, zip line, river rafting, ride narrow-gage railroad and enjoy a working cattle ranch


              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 2010

              About the owner: We are happy, healthy couple. We hail from the midwest but in Calif for almost 40 years. We both lived in Germany in the 70's and love to visit there. We ride our quiet mares, Fritzie and Kelly all over the mountains as the trails are well groomed fire trails that are incredible. They wander in the mountains, around lakes and past historic views that cannot be reached by car. We have ridden most our lives and are still amazed at the diversity of this area. When we aren't riding we are total tourists in our beautiful backyard, Yosemite National Park.

              Why the Owner Chose Ahwahnee:
              The house is unique and beautifully laid out. The grounds have ample room for our horses and the meadows circle the house so the horses can watch you all day long; and they do. Their 'tv' is their humans playing in the pool. They just can't get enough of it. Little odd to look out the high round window in the master bath and they're watching you..strange but you'll get used to it. They are curious children. Even without horses this estate is very calming, easy and comfortable. The first year we were treated to a white Christmas. It was the icing on the cake. Ross and I will be here for the rest of our lives.

              The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
              If you want to stay home the kitchen is perfectly set up with just about everything a cook/baker would want. There is a large front meadow and porches just about everywhere. You can swing and watch horses graze out the front, enjoy the view from the tables at the pool, or sit at the table and chairs outside the kitchen where there are lights, a fan and a pass-through window for food and drinks. Talk about lazy?

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              Speaks: english

              Guestbook comments from the owner

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              • The Happy Couple

                The Happy Couple

              • Tree Lined Driveway Winter

                Tree Lined Driveway Winter

              • Meadow w/Golf Course in distance

                Meadow w/Golf Course in distance

              • Bedroom 4

                Bedroom 4

              • Den


              • Backyard


              • Bedroom #2

                Bedroom #2

              • Bathroom #3

                Bathroom #3

              • Master Bedroom into Master Bath

                Master Bedroom into Master Bath

              • Master Bath Shower and Tub

                Master Bath Shower and Tub

              • Pool area from fenced woods  above.

                Pool area from fenced woods above.

              • Christmas 2010

                Christmas 2010

              • Front Stairway Winter

                Front Stairway Winter

              • Living Room + Front Door

                Living Room + Front Door

              • Fireplace in Living Room

                Fireplace in Living Room

              • Pub Room overlooking Pool

                Pub Room overlooking Pool

              • Bathroom #2

                Bathroom #2

              • Bedroom #2 w/private entrance to bathroom + back yard

                Bedroom #2 w/private entrance to bathroom + back yard

              • Master Bedroom w/fireplace and several exits

                Master Bedroom w/fireplace and several exits

              • Master Bath w/private exit

                Master Bath w/private exit

              • Little place, not too far away

                Little place, not too far away

              • Lovely Large Kitchen w/quartizite counter tops

                Lovely Large Kitchen w/quartizite counter tops

              • flowers everywhere

                flowers everywhere

              VRBO #485890

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              This listing was first published here in 2013.

              Date last modified - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

              $525 per night (USD)

              4 Bedroom / 3.5 Bathroom
              Sleeps 8

              View calendar: Updated 07/07/14
              Minimum stay: 6 nights
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