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New Ensuite, Study- 2303 Sf by River in Ynp- Hottub, Sat, Wifi, 1025 Sf Deck

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Last updated: 03/21/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Sleeps:14
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

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

SPECIALS: (Discounts cannot be combined)
1) Sept 6th through Nov 17th , 3rd night is free
2) AAA or AARP rates with membership
3) 7 nights for price of 6
4) 50% off rental of wedding and event center with qualifying rentals

PLEASE NOTE, NEW ADDITION: We have just added 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, 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) 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.

Keywords: Friends Lodge, Friends' Lodge, Friends Lodge in Yosemite, Rental Home, Yosemite Rental Home, Yosemite Rental Cabin, Inside Yosemite, Wawona, Wawona Rental, Pets OK, Vacation home rental, rental Chalet, rental Retreat, Rental lodge, Big Trees Rental, Redwoods in Yosemite

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)

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Member since: 2007

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/21/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2303 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 14
  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome:

    Horseshoes, Foosball, and other games available....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    2 pets maximum. Must be house broken and well behaved. Extra charge of $25 / pet / night plus tax...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Hallway is about 36'. No handholds at this time....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 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...moreless

  • 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 ...moreless

  • 2nd Floor study: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Convertible futon is full-size...moreless

  • River Room - 1st floor, river side: 2 queen, 1 baby crib

    baby crib is in closet...moreless

  • 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...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 2


  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

    Double sink marble top vanity; separate toilet chamber...moreless

  • First Floor Bathroom : toilet, combination tub/shower

    River Room leads into 1st floor bathroom, also from hallway...moreless

  • 2 Complete bathrooms with shower / bath, toilet, sink, heat lamp, Master Bedroom Ensuite bathroom has shower, double sink vanity...moreless

Other Amenities

  • 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...moreless


  • Books:

    100+ paperbacks; hardcover and softcover books about Yosemite in Study...moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room:

    Foosball, board games, card games...moreless

  • Games:

    Foosball, Horseshoes, board games, card games...moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Dish Network. Also Hulu, CD player...moreless

  • Television:

    Dish Network. Also Hulu....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    Small collection of family videos, ...moreless


  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Churches
  • Coin Laundry
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Golf Course Front:

    Golf course in town about 2 miles distance....moreless

  • 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....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Wawona Dome Wawona Point White Chief Mountain Devil Peak Mount Savage Chowchilla Mountain Mount Bruce Devil Peak...moreless

  • 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....moreless

  • 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....moreless

  • Water View:

    See description under Waterfront...moreless

  • 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...moreless

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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Can accommodate up to ten at table, plus three at bar and two at side table ...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    Central air conditioning...moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access:

    Provided by AT&T. Both plug in and wireless...moreless

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Stacked washer / dryer...moreless

  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance:

    Free unlimited long distance within U.S. and several other countries....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    central heat...moreless

  • Internet
  • 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....moreless

  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking:

    Driveway pad. 2+ vehicles....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Driveway pad. 2+ vehicles....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Pad could accommodate RV/Boat/Trailer (can overhang driveway) Ask. Camping in RV is not permitted....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Telephones in kitchen, all three bedrooms, and study. Telephone jack by small table in dining room and in living room....moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    See Linens...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Stacked washer / dryer...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Throughout home and property....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Glass front. Free unlimited firewood (Fires not permitted during Summer due to fire danger)...moreless


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:


  • Dishes & Utensils:


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer:

    top refrigerator...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Plates, glasses, coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, stove, plenty of plates, glasses, bowls, pans, etc. etc....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    2nd floor facing front off of Yosemite room...moreless

  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio:

    Huge deck- over 1300 square feet...moreless

  • Golf:

    Available to the public about 2 miles away at the Wawona Hotel...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas (Charcoal available, ask)...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

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

  • Outdoor Hot Tub


Write a review 4.8
from 19 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mid Range/Value
Jan 3 - Apr 8, 2017
2 night min stay
$418 $537
Fri, Sat
Apr 9 - Apr 22, 2017
3 night min stay
Mid Range/Value
Apr 23 - Apr 30, 2017
2 night min stay
$418 $537
Fri, Sat
Mid Range
May 1 - May 25, 2017
2 night min stay
May 26 - May 29, 2017
3 night min stay
Mid Range
May 30 - May 31, 2017
2 night min stay
Jun 1 - Sep 4, 2017
3 night min stay
Mid Range
Sep 5 - Sep 30, 2017
2 night min stay
Mid Range/Value
Oct 1 - Nov 21, 2017
2 night min stay
$418 $537
Fri, Sat
Nov 22 - Nov 25, 2017
3 night min stay
Mid Range/Value
Nov 26 - Dec 21, 2017
2 night min stay
$418 $537
Fri, Sat
Dec 22 - Jan 2, 2018
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $75 + tax
  • Damage Waiver-or deposit $39
  • Pet Fee $50 + tax
  • Tax Rate 11%


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 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: 03/21/2017
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75 Miles
Nearest Airport
Fresno Yosemite International Airport
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Wawona Hotel
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
Wawona Hotel
95 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak Station, Merced, CA
21 Miles
Nearest Motorway
California Highway 41
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Wawona Hotel
18 Miles
Nearest Ski
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.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 1987

About: Maybe thirty 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.

Why Wawona, CA, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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, 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.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/21/2017

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Guestbook comments from the property manager

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  • Front of Friends Lodge in Yosemite

    Front of Friends Lodge in Yosemite

  • New Deck facing South, showing two tables seating 6 each, hot tub & BBQ

    New Deck facing South, showing two tables seating 6 each, hot tub & BBQ

  • View from Deck, Chilnualna Falls Creek

    View from Deck, Chilnualna Falls Creek

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Game Room

    Game Room

  • River Room (1st floor, river side - 2 Queens)

    River Room (1st floor, river side - 2 Queens)

  • Dining Room, table  seats 10, bar, seats 3, small side table (not shown) seats 2

    Dining Room, table seats 10, bar, seats 3, small side table (not shown) seats 2

  • Wawona Room- 2nd floor, river side - 1 queen, 2 XL twins

    Wawona Room- 2nd floor, river side - 1 queen, 2 XL twins

  • Study, upstairs- reading area

    Study, upstairs- reading area

  • Study- River side dormer

    Study- River side dormer

  • Yosemite Room - Master Bedroom with Queen Bed- and Master bathroom

    Yosemite Room - Master Bedroom with Queen Bed- and Master bathroom

  • Master Bathroom with twin sink granite top vanity, shower & toilet room

    Master Bathroom with twin sink granite top vanity, shower & toilet room

  • New Deck facing NorthEast, hot tub in background

    New Deck facing NorthEast, hot tub in background

  • New Deck Facing SouthWest, showing two lounge chairs and post light

    New Deck Facing SouthWest, showing two lounge chairs and post light

  • Chilnualna Falls Creek

    Chilnualna Falls Creek

  • Living Room and Game Room

    Living Room and Game Room

  • Downstairs Bathroom (looking into River Room)

    Downstairs Bathroom (looking into River Room)

  • Laundry (looking into Dining Room)

    Laundry (looking into Dining Room)

  • Kitchen, dining room, small side table

    Kitchen, dining room, small side table

  • Upstairs Common Bathroom

    Upstairs Common Bathroom

  • Study with full-size convertible futon

    Study with full-size convertible futon

  • Study, Front dormer

    Study, Front dormer

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Master Bathroom Shower with Dormer window

    Master Bathroom Shower with Dormer window

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This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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