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Friends Lodge in Yosemite, DISCOUNTS on stays <30 days out,3+BR,3BA, hot tub

Yosemite National Park, CA, USA
  • House2303 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps14
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights

3+ Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 14) , study, game room, WIFI, hot tub, huge deck


1) AAA ,AARP, Senior rates available

2) 7 nights for price of 6 (cannot be combined with other discounts)


A. For parties of nine persons or fewer, you may rent our home as a two bedroom unit. (One bedroom locked off.)

B. For parties of five persons or fewer, you may rent our home as a one bedroom unit. (Two bedrooms locked off.)

For rentals as a one or two bedroom unit, You have the further option of renting our home with one or two bathrooms. (One or two bathrooms locked off.)

Rentals as a one or two bedroom home will receive a substantial discount. Please inquire for specific rates.


We offer a beautiful two story, three bedroom, three bath home (2303 Sq. Ft.)with a large wrap around deck (1325 Sq. Ft.) that sits beside Chilnualna Falls Creek, which flows from the Lower Chilnualna Falls, about a 10 minute walk.

On the first floor, you'll find a complete, well-equipped Kitchen, a Dining Room with seating for 14, a complete Laundry, One Bedroom with two queen beds, a full Bathroom with Tub/Shower, and a spacious Living Room with a large (55") flat screen TV, DVD player, DirecTV service, including some premium channels. (Each of the three bedrooms also has a TV with DirecTV.) The Living Room also contains a Wood burning stove, for use in season. Firewood is supplied free. One of the two couches in the Living Room is a queen size hide-a-bed. There is an Adjacent Game Room with a Foosball table.

The second floor contains two Bedrooms as well as a Study. The back bedroom has a queen size bed and two extra length twins. There are two roll-a-way cots in the closet, as well. Next to the bedroom is the second full Bathroom. Further down the hall is the entrance to the Study, with a full size futon. At the front is the Master Suite with one queen size bed and with its own balcony and Bathroom.

The entire house has central air and central heat. There is an emergency backup generator which can power the entire house. Friends Lodge in Yosemite is also equipped with WIFI and multiple USB ports. Telephone service with calling to all 50 states as well as some foreign countries is provided at no additional cost.

The large Deck has a gas grill, hot tub, a privacy fence, and two tables, with umbrellas. Each table seats eight and there are multiple deck chairs. The deck overlooks the creek.

The deck is ideal for weddings and receptions and can accommodate up to 40 people.

Well behaved pets are allowed (up to two, an additional charge will apply). Owners are cautioned to keep their pets on leashes when outside per Park Service regulations and safety considerations.

In front, there is a two or three car concrete Parking Pad, which leads directly to the front door, by way of the deck, no steps.

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 our home's website for further information. www.FriendsLodge.com

Jim and Donna Freund (owners)

Property Manager

Jim Freund

Member Since 2007
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Calendar last updated:
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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, Donna in 1987. Donna has been the inspiration behind many of the improvements we've made to our home there. We have three grown children, Josh, Jess, and Jillian who were all born while we lived there, but we subsequently moved back to Wisconsin in 1994, for personal reasons. Our first grandchild, Penelope Peach, was born to Josh and Rose in 2015, and our second will be born in July of 2018. 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 is our first and true home together. 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 North Wawona

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. The first floor is accessible without steps.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
      • 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
      • River Room (1st floor, riverside)
        2 queens Wawona Room (2nd floor, riverside, master) : 1 queen; 2 twin, extra length Yosemite Room (2nd floor, front, master suite): 1 queen Note: 2 roll-aways in Wawona Room closet, 1 Portable crib (no charge) in River Room closet, 1 Queen size hide-a-bed in Living Room, Study 1 full size futon


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • First Floor Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower, River Room leads into 1st floor bathroom, also from hallway
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Features: toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, shower, Double sink granite top vanity; separate toilet chamber
      • 2 Complete bathrooms with shower / bath, toilet, sink, heat lamp, Master Bedroom Ensuite bathroom has shower, double sink vanity, water closet

      Location Type

        • Golf Course Front
          Golf course in town about 2 miles distance.
        • Mountain
          Our home is in the town of Wawona, in the Southern part of Yosemite National Park, about four miles beyond the entrance at the South Gate. Two major trailheads lead from Wawona to the high country and the entirity of Yosemite (about 1000 square miles). Altitude changes bring dramatic changes in forestation and ecosystems. It is a pristine community offering both wilderness and the amenities of a small town.
        • Mountain View
          Wawona Dome Wawona Point White Chief Mountain Devil Peak Mount Savage Chowchilla Mountain Mount Bruce Devil Peak
        • River
        • Ski-In
          Skiing (cross country and downhill) as well as snowboarding available at Badger Pass- about 50 minutes away, also inside Yosemite National Park.
        • Village
          Wawona is a very friendly resort town, populated by retirees, Park Service and Concessionaire personnel. Library, 2 general stores, School K-8, Pioneer History Center. Ask about Fine Dining and Golf.
        • Water View
          See description under Waterfront
        • Waterfront
          Our home is on Chilnualna Falls Creek, just beyond the rear property line. Upstream is the Lower Chilnualna Falls waterfall, downstream is the confluence with the South Fork of the Merced Wild & Scenic River with Chilnualna Falls Creek


            • Family
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                      Beds made when you arrive. Can drop off used linens and towels for new ones as needed at office (no charge). Leave used linens (no need to make beds) upon departure.)
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Broadband Access
                      Provided by AT&T. Both plug in and wireless. USB ports throughout home and bedrooms
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Stacked washer / dryer
                    • Firewood
                    • Free Long Distance
                      Free unlimited long distance within U.S. and several other countries.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      central heat
                    • Internet
                      WIFI throughout house
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Central air conditioning
                    • Living Room
                      55" Wall mounted flat screen Smart TV with DirecTV, premium channels, DVD player,2 couches, including hide-a-bed, recliner, 2 coffee tables, wood burning stove, adjacent Game Room with Foosball.
                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Local Maps
                    • Parking
                      Driveway pad. 2+ vehicles.
                    • Parking Off Street
                      Driveway pad. 2+ vehicles. Parking in area off property has not been a problem. Parking is always available at manager's office.
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      Pad could accommodate RV/Boat/Trailer (can overhang driveway) Ask. Camping in RV is not permitted.
                    • Telephone
                      Telephones in kitchen, all three bedrooms, and study. Telephone jack by small table in dining room and in living room. Cordless telephones throughout.
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                      Yes. See Linens
                    • Washing Machine
                      Stacked washer / dryer
                    • Wireless Internet
                      Throughout home and property.
                    • Wood Stove
                      Glass front. Free unlimited firewood (Fires not permitted during Summer due to fire danger)


                        • Freezer
                          Top door refrigerator, large
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Coffee Grinder
                        • Coffee Maker
                          12 cup
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Mixing bowls, hand mixer, measuring cups and spoons, pie pans, cake pans, broiling pan, cupcake pans, whisks, steak knives & various carving/cutting knives, colanders, tongs, roasting pan.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Sufficient for 14+ guests. Including serving plates & bowls, plates, mugs, water glasses, juice glasses, wine glasses, silverware, serving utensils, grilling utensils, corkscrews, & pitchers.
                        • Dishwasher
                          Dishwasher Detergent provided.
                        • Blender
                        • Kitchen
                          Well-stocked kitchen, Dish soap, Blender, cookie sheets, crock pot, pizza pan, very large to very small pots & pans, local cookbook No food, condiments, paper towels or napkins provided.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          Gas. Self-igniting, timer, automatic turn on
                        • Refrigerator
                          Upright. Plenty of space.
                        • Stove
                          Gas, four burners. Self-igniting.
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster
                          Four Slice, can accommodate a bagel


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Can accommodate up to ten at table, plus three at bar and two at side table. Note: Child's highchair straps to a regular chair and is located in the downstairs bedroom closet.
                            • Dining Room
                            • comfy seating for 10 people


                                • Games
                                  Foosball, board games, card games
                                • Books
                                  100+ paperbacks; hardcover and softcover books about Yosemite in Study and Living Room
                                • DVD Player
                                • Foosball
                                • Game Room
                                  Foosball, board games, card games
                                • Books for Adults
                                • Games for Kids
                                • Radio
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Direct TV. Also Hulu, DVD player
                                • Television
                                  55" Wall mounted flat screen Smart TV with DirecTV, premium channels, Hulu, all three bedrooms have televisions.
                                • Video Library
                                  Small collection of family friendly videos


                                    • Balcony
                                      2nd floor facing front off of Master Suite.
                                    • Barbecue
                                    • Beach Chairs
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Huge deck- 1300+ Sq. Ft., 2 tables with umbrellas, each seats 8. Two lounge chairs, & several other chairs & side tables. Deck overlooks Creek. 40 person limit, ideal for wedding & receptions.
                                    • Golf
                                      Nine hole golf course. Available to the public about two miles away at the Wawona Hotel. Fine dining also available here.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Gas (Charcoal available, ask)
                                    • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                    • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                                    • Wood Deck


                                        • wheelchair accessible
                                          Our home is NOT ADA approved, however, no steps up (or down) are required to enter the first floor. Here are some relevant widths: Front door: 36” Hallway leading to bedroom and bathroom: 38 ½ “ Both doors leading to bathroom: 29” Opening to toilet section of bathroom: 39” Toilet “cubby” (surrounded by walls on left and right): 36” Please call us for further details and pictures if desired. 866-638-8669

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Hot Tub
                                              Circular hot tub on deck accomodates 4 adults. Wonderful at night under a canopy of stars.
                                            • 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

                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • cross country skiing
                                                            • equestrian events
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • ice skating
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • 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, and Alder Creek Trail, Small local library, School house with Playground (available for use), two small local markets, Pioneer History Center, Historic Hotel with fine dining, Golf Course, many scenic local walks including Swinging Bridge, Meadow Loop Trail, Local historic cemetery, Local swimming holes along Chilnualna Falls Trail, Seasonal Ranger talks, Mariposa Grove of Giant Redwoods (reopens, June 2018), local post office, gift shop, gas station.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  29 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  It was amazing!

                                                                  Kirk A.

                                                                  This cabin exceeded our expectations. There was plenty of space for our group and despite the huge storm that came we were able to stay comfortable inside. The property is not that far of a drive to Yosemite Valley. We didn't get to do as much since the storm made road conditions harsh but we knew we had a comfortable place to come back to. We wish we brought swimming attire to jump in the hot tub. Thanks for the great hospitality.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks for your very kind and positive words about our home. You are the perfect guest- and make our offering our home to visitors to Yosemite National Park so worthwhile.

                                                                  Great house in great location

                                                                  Tamara G.Morgan Hill, CA

                                                                  Home had good amount of space/beds and great location!

                                                                  Nice quiet getaway

                                                                  quan h.

                                                                  The owners are very prompt in responding to our inquiry about renting their home. They are exceptionally nice and friendly. The home is spacious, homely, and clean. The Chilnualna Falls hiking trail, which is nearby, is very beautiful.We loved the experience.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  We certainly appreciate your kind words about our home. Our guests' experiences and comfort are our most important reason for offering our home. Hope you will stay in our place again. You would always be very much welcome.

                                                                  Amazing 3br/3ba cabin in Yosemite Nat'l park

                                                                  Linda p.

                                                                  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

                                                                  Our favorite cabin in Wawona.

                                                                  Robert G. P.

                                                                  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.

                                                                  great weekend cabin

                                                                  Julissa Y.

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

                                                                  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.


                                                                  Yosemite National Park, CA, USA

                                                                  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.


                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  Tax Rate

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

                                                                  29 Reviews
                                                                  Wonderful 4.9/5
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