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Yosemite - Ultimate Privacy: 14 Acres of Meadows & Forest. Best Location from Sf

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Last updated: 04/28/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:7
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Den, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 5-7)

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,
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Member since: 2007

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/28/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 7
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome:

    It's an incredible place for children...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking inside and especially outside due to the fire hazard...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility

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


  • Stereo:

    Harmen Kardon with surroundsound...moreless

  • Television:

    Two TV's including a 42" flatscreen in living room. The second TV is in the downstairs bedroom DISH satellite TV...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Variety of DVD's including several children's movies...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • 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:

    Sawmill Mountain, with miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking...moreless

  • Rural:

    Surrounded by our privately owned meadows and old growth forest, with no neighboring structures in sight....moreless

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


  • Air Conditioning:

    Heat exchange unit...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Great fireplace in living room. Fire circle outside (but not during fire season)...moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Bench, weights...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Gas central heat, electric baseboard heaters, pellet stove, fireplace...moreless

  • Internet:

    Hughesnet Satellite , top level wi-fi router for use outdoors...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Fireplace, 42" flatscreen TV, Harmon Karden surroundsound, DISH, desk, printer / scanner, two leather sofas, Lazy Boy, second dining table...moreless

  • Parking:

    Ample parking...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    The works...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Oven, range, microwave, dishwasher. Fully equipped with pots, pans, plates, utensils and everything you should need for Thanksgiving dinner....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator:

    Two standard refrigerators (one in basement)...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Incredible view of our privately owned the meadows and forest...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    14 acres of meadows and forest. Surrounded by thousands of acres of National Forest...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 4.2
from 22 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mar 31 - May 25, 2017
2 night min stay
$295 $354
Fri, Sat
$1,500 $4,000
Early Summer 2017
May 30 - Jun 14, 2017
2 night min stay
$325 $390
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$2,112 $7,500
Mid-Summer 2017
Jun 15 - Aug 20, 2017
2 night min stay
$360 $400
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$2,340 $8,000
Late Summer 2017
Aug 21 - Sep 4, 2017
2 night min stay
$325 $390
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$2,112 $7,500
September 2017
Sep 5 - Oct 1, 2017
2 night min stay
$275 $330
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,650 $4,950
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $600
  • 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.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/28/2017
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20 Miles
Nearest Airport
Pine Mountain
15 Miles
Nearest Barpub
The Iron Door
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
Pine Mountain Lake
0.25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 120
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Evergreen Lodge
20 Miles
Nearest Ski
Badger Pass

Car: Necessary

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


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

Why the Owner Chose Groveland, CA, USA:
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 House:
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.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/28/2017

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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

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This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Friday, April 28, 2017

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