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INSIDE YOSEMITE NAT'L PK 2303 sf 3+BR, 3BA 1325 sf deck- hot tub WIFI, GAME RM

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,303 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Home: 3+ Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 14) NEW:STUDY/3RD BATH


1) AAA or AARP rates with membership

2) 7 nights for price of 6

3) 20% off room rate until March 22

4) Third night free until March 22

Large (55") smart TV in living room, TVs in all bedrooms. Direct TV throughout.

We have added a third bathroom and a Study with a convertible full-size futon. More pictures will be posted in the near future.

Our family-friendly home close to the Merced River's South Fork (Actually IN Yosemite) is beautiful in every season. Chilnualna Falls Creek runs a few feet beyond our back yard. Comfortable and welcoming - pets OK - with every amenity: Satellite TV in living room (55" TV) and all three bedrooms, Game room (foosball), Hot tub, Full laundry and Full kitchen, Wireless Internet (DSL), Generator, Linen service, Central heat and Central air conditioning. Spend evenings on the huge deck (suitable for large groups up to 40 people) BBQing on a gas grill & relaxing under the stars in the hot tub. Let the river lull you to sleep. Enjoy a hike to nearby Chilnualna Falls, the Swinging Bridge, the Meadow Loop Trail, or follow the many trails which lead throughout Yosemite's 1000+ square miles. Snowshoe, snowboard and ski at Badger Pass, see Yosemite Valley & the Giant Redwoods, enjoy fine dining & play golf at the historic Wawona Hotel, go horseback riding, enjoy Ranger walks and talks, and visit the Living History Center or the town's well-stocked library, buy whatever you need at either of the two general stores, and stop and talk with the locals - including Park and Concessionaire personnel and retirees- friendly and seldom in a hurry. Swim in the river or the beautiful, quiet and secluded swimming spots cut out of the rock by Chilnualna Falls Creek. Relax in the simple and welcoming atmosphere of our small and unique town which is a true community, not just a collection of homes for rent.

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I would be happy to help you reserve our home over the phone if you like or answer any other questions that you might have. Call 866-638-8669. You may also check out our personal site which has more details and a link to rent our home. Please see the links and video section of this listing.

Jim and Donna Freund (owners)

More Details

Property Manager
Jim Freund
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About Jim Freund

Maybe forty years ago I felt that I should live in Yosemite National Park. At the time, I didn't know if that was even possible, short of being a ranger. I consulted with a real estate agent and found out about Wawona, which is an inholding - that is, it is completely surrounded by Yosemite National Park.

Since that time, every other aspect of my life has revolved around Wawona in some way. It is like a solid center which remains, while everything else changes.

Apart from buying property and buildling on it there, I have had a pretty normal life, or kind of, anyway. I grew up in Highland Park, IL, a suburb of Chicago. I went to school there and later continued at the University of Chicago. Along the way, I met and married my wife, we have three children who are grown up. Throughout all the changes, we have returned to our Wawona home time and again and will do so until we live there once more. That is our goal, no matter how long it takes.

It would be a pleasure to share our home with you, along with the attraction of Wawona and the rest of the Park. I would love to hear what you find meaningful in that experience and if it is a place that you might want to explore further.

Jim Freund purchased this house in 1987

Why Jim Freund chose Yosemite National Park

Quite a few rental homes in our community are a bit crowded in- but not ours. Our nearest neighbor is about 50 feet away. They are rarely in house, and we have also installed a privacy fence on our deck. On the other side of the home is a little used Park Service garage, and to the rear, Chilnualna Falls Creek.

What makes this house unique

Our home offers accommodations for large parties (beds for 16, although county regulations permit only 14); all amenities (full kitchen, full laundry, deck, hot tub, gas barbeque, satellite TV in the living room (55" TV) and all three bedrooms, free national and many international locations telephone service, free unlimited wood for wood burning stove in season, game room with Foosball, etc., and pets allowed. Downstairs is accessible without steps.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We thoroughly enjoyed your home. We celebrated by daughter's 30th birthday. There was 10 in our party and we had our golden doodle with us. Your house held all of us really well. We loved the fact we were towards the end of the housing area. Well equipped kitchen. Also really enjoyed the master suite. We loved the deck and promised we would use the deck more next visit. You have a lovely cabin/home. We would love to use it again.
Oct 2017
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Yosemite National Park House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
Floor Area:
  • 2303 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • River
  • Ski-In ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Double sink marble top vanity; separate toilet chamber
    First Floor Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , River Room leads into 1st floor bathroom, also from hallway
  • 2 Complete bathrooms with shower / bath, toilet, sink, heat lamp, Master Bedroom Ensuite bathroom has shower, double sink vanity
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Convertible bed(s) - 4 queen , 4 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , 2 sleep sofa /futon , 2 twin roll-a-ways; 1 full-size futon; 1 hide-a-bed/couch
    Master Bedroom, ensuite - Yosemite Room-2nd floor, front - 1 queen
    Wawona Room- 2nd floor river side - 1 queen , 2 double , 2 cots in closet of this bedroom
    2nd Floor study - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Convertible futon is full-size
    River Room - 1st floor, river side - 2 queen , 1 baby crib , baby crib is in closet
  • Queen size Beds (4) Wawona Room (2nd floor, riverside, master) : 2 queens Yosemite Room (2nd floor, front): 1 queen River Room (1st floor, riverside): 1 queen, Double Beds (2) Yosemite Room: 2 Double beds, Twin or Single Beds (1) Two roll-aways in Wawona Room closet, (1) Portable crib (no charge), (1) Queen size hide-a-bed in Living Room
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
Inside Yosemite National Park, Chilnualna Falls Creek in back of home, soothing sound of running river, Two major trailheads to Yosemite high country and points in between, including Lower Chilnualna Falls, about 10 minutes walk from our home, generator, small library, central heat, air conditioning


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INSIDE YOSEMITE NAT'L PK 2303 sf 3+BR, 3BA 1325 sf deck- hot tub WIFI, GAME RM
average rating of 4.8846154 based on 57 reviews
Birmingham, AL

Simply perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Friends Lodge in Yosemite was the ideal place for our trip to Yosemite! We look for a couple of things when we travel - is it as advertised, is it the right location to be a base, and is it easy to do. We've done VRBO several times now, and this scored top marks on everything!

We fell in love with the lodge from the photos, and the pictures represent exactly the comfort, set-up, and wonderful atmosphere of the lodge. From the deck overlooking the creek to the large kitchen table/sitting area (both favorites of ours), it was exactly what we had hoped to find. It fit our large group with ease. And the location...

Well, it couldn't get any better. In Yosemite National Park, as close as you can get to the valley floor without staying in one of the lodges there (which would have split up our larger group), easy drive to Glacier Point, and not a bad trip at all to Tuolumne Meadows and the north side (it is on the other side of the valley floor, but what a beautiful drive it is!). With the local market, we could pick up anything we needed. And we loved just hiking down the creek to the river and exploring too!

And the owners were so prompt and personable in answering our questions. It could not have been a more seamless or enjoyable transaction. Customer service was excellent to let us get everything straightened away well in advance, including late arrival.

Not only would we most highly recommend it, we can't wait for an opportunity to come back! We loved it!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing 3br/3ba cabin in Yosemite Nat'l park

  • 5 of 5

Relaxing, spacious cabin surrounded by redwoods in Wawona (Yosemite Nat'l Park). Family/pet friendly cabin includes extra large bedrooms, game room with foosball table and board games, TV's, wood stove, cute kids hideout space, washer/dryer, dishwasher. HUGE deck with hot tub. Very secluded location overlooking creek

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our favorite cabin in Wawona.

  • 5 of 5

Our family has stayed in this cabin for many years. We have tried 5 or 6 others over the years, but always prefer this one when we can get it. Great secluded location near the river/creek that runs though Wawona. Very close to hiking trails. Wel updated cabin with all the amenities you could want. Luxury living in a secluded beautiful area.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great weekend cabin

  • 5 of 5

house was great, and one of the best things it had was the foosball table.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. Our guests' comfort and enjoyment in our home is of the utmost importance to us. You and y our party would be most welcome at Friends Lodge in Yosemite any time.
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The Perfect Yosemite Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

The home (I can't call it a cabin) was magnificent. We have been staying at the Redwoods off and on for 35 years; while our children were growing up, we would go there every Thanksgiving. In all the lovely homes we have stayed in, Friends' Lodge surpasses them all for amenities, space, comfort, and just the feel of being in a place that is so lovingly and comfortably appointed. Friends of ours and their family stayed in a smaller home, so we all did the cooking and the dining in this one. There was plenty of room for the 10 of us.

We always come prepared with many of our own kitchen appliances, utensils, and wine/champagne glasses. We were pleasantly surprised to find that this kitchen was extremely well stocked (even with a microplane for zesting lemons!) Leave your wine glasses at home.

The weather was unseasonably warm, so we had lunch on the spacious deck and enjoyed the sounds of the water rushing past. The outdoor furniture is comfortable and practical. There is a large hot tub that is regularly maintained.

Friend's Lodge has become our go-to house for all future visits to The Redwoods at Yosemite.

P.S. Nothing to do with the home, but be sure to pack plenty of paper towels. They used to be, but are no longer supplied by The Redwoods, and can get pricey at the local Pine Tree Market.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous house and location!

  • 5 of 5

Just perfect for our family vacation and had all the amenities for the 12 of us to be comfortable! Football table and hot tub were a hit! The large kitchen made cooking family meals a breeze plus ample seating for eating and playing games!! The outside deck was amazing for lounging and the bedrooms were spacious and comfy! Thank you for providing the perfect house for our family vacation!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Fresno Yosemite International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Wawona Hotel
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Wawona Hotel
Nearest Train
95 Miles
Amtrak Station, Merced, CA
Nearest Motorway
21 Miles
California Highway 41
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Wawona Hotel
Nearest Ski
18 Miles
Badger Pass
Car: necessary

Living History Center, Easy hikes: Waterfall: Chilnualna Falls, Swinging Bridge, Friendly community, Library, ungraded school (K-6), Ranger talks, two general stores

Nearby, in Fish Camp, fine dining, snow play area, additional horseback riding, old logging railroad dinner and rides, campfire songs

Oakhurst, about 35 minutes away, has many restaurants, melodramatic theatre, movie theatre, etc.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75 + Tax
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Damage Waiver-or deposit $39
Tax Rate 11.0%

Pets (up to 2): $25/pet/night + tax
Please call for an exact pet quote.

(Children under 6 aren't counted towards total number of guests.)

A seven nights for the price of six discount is available. This is figured
at the rate(s) for the first six nights; the seventh night (without regard
to rate class) is free.

A senior discount or AAA discount is available.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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