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Lovely Equestrian Estate in Ahwahnee Riverbend Area

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Last updated: 07/01/2015
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  • Minimum stay:4-6 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

We are now accepting reservations for only four nights. We always include the 7th night at no charge so you can leave anytime on the 7th day or the morning of the 8th day. More details are further down in the description and amenities for our beautiful estate.
People call the Ahwahnee Riverbend Area (one of the Gateways to Yosemite) 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 ( fee for cleaning $300- Vat/Tot tax 11%), minimum 4 nights but with 6 nights the 7th night is included at no charge. We do run 'specials' so always check the 'special rates'. There is no charge for horses or dogs. 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, and walk-in pantry and complete laundry room.
The house has four bedrooms. Two are full suites (one Cal King, one Queen) with private bathrooms (one suite can have TWO private bathrooms) and both have private entrance/exit from the house. The Master has a fireplace (usable in winter). The 3rd + 4th have Kings and a lovely view of the meadows (1 has private entrance/exit). Our capacity at this time is eight adults, children are welcome. We have four bedrooms and 3 ½ bathrooms.
There are three flat screen TV’s. One in the Master Suite (45”) has Netflix, 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. Our dvd library of movies and shows is fairly large. If you need high speed Internet there is wireless and wifi almost everywhere on the estate.
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 500 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 for 20 people. 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 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. 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 pets (we have maps)—This is the place for you.
Summer is fun and winter is exciting here at Ahwahnee Riverbend, Gateway to Yosemite. 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 and dog 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.
800-459-8429 or you can call my cell number 310-874-2552 Can't wait to hear from YOU.
Louisa and Ross Weddle


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Property Type

  • Estate
  • 4000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

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

  • Children Welcome:

    The pool is all natural rock that cannot be fenced, very large, and out of site of the house. Children would need to swim and be 10yrs or older with their own pool or advanced swimming lessons. We have a pool alarm available for people with younger children....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Dogs are on approval and not left alone in the estate. Horses are welcome with guidelines followed and insurance in place....moreless

  • Smoking Allowed:

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

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

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 king

    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

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


  • Games:

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

  • Satellite / Cable:

    250 channels on Satellite and Netflix...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Yes, thru sound bar in Den...moreless

  • Television:

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

  • Video Library:

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


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


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Golf Course View:

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

  • Mountain View:

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

  • Resort:

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

  • Village:

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Big Game
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Ski Privileges Optional
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

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

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

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

  • Clothes Dryer
  • 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

  • Hair Dryer
  • 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

  • Internet:

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

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room


  • Coffee Maker:

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

  • 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

  • Dishwasher:

    does a good job...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

  • Stove:

    gas four burner...moreless

  • Toaster:

    works great, four slice...moreless


  • Boat:

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

  • 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

  • Kayak / Canoe:

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

  • Lawn / Garden:

    huge and it includes large pastures....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    awesome bbq grill and a complete patio to use it...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

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

  • Water Sports Gear:

    sailing, boating, swimming, fishing, etc also about 15 minutes from here....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub:

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

  • Private Pool:

    deep on one end, (no diving), shallow on the other. This area is not fenced and easily accesible with no gates. Depending on the time of year and the season it can be heated....moreless



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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 1 - Sep 25, 2015
4 night min stay
Nov 22 - Nov 30, 2015
6 night min stay
$3,000 $11,000
Christmas + New Year's
Dec 16 - Dec 31, 2015
6 night min stay
$3,000 $11,000
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
$3,000 $11,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • Cleaning $300
  • 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 will try to charge a flat fee of $1,000 for weddings and no additional charge 'per guest'. I think a wedding with 100 guests is just about maximum for this estate and of course, only the overnight guests will use the house.

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Last updated: 07/01/2015
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45 Miles
Nearest Airport
Fresno Yosemite Airport
1.7 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Hitchin' Post
0.05 Miles
Nearest Golf
Rivercreek Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Train
Narrow Gage Scenic Railway
0.6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 49 Golden Chain Highway
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Rivercreek Golf Cafe
10 Miles
Nearest Ski
Waterski 10miles/Snowski

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

hike, bike, ride, swim, jacuzzi


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 calm, 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 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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  • House and front lawn from pasture #5

    House and front lawn from pasture #5

  • Main Estate House from our private road 'Riverbend Lane'

    Main Estate House from our private road 'Riverbend Lane'

  • Tree Lined Driveway Winter

    Tree Lined Driveway 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 into Master Bath

    Master Bedroom into Master Bath

  • Master Bath Shower and Tub

    Master Bath Shower and Tub

  • Lovely Large Kitchen w/quartizite counter tops

    Lovely Large Kitchen w/quartizite counter tops

  • The Happy Couple

    The Happy Couple

  • Pool area from fenced woods  above.

    Pool area from fenced woods above.

  • Meadow w/Golf Course in distance

    Meadow w/Golf Course in distance

  • Christmas 2010

    Christmas 2010

  • Bedroom 4

    Bedroom 4

  • Den


  • Backyard


  • Bedroom #2

    Bedroom #2

  • 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

  • newly remodeled granite bathroom off main+guest with access to both bedrooms.

    newly remodeled granite bathroom off main+guest with access to both bedrooms.

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