|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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This luxury, fully containted apartment is part of a main cabin built in 1898 during the glory days of the Madera Sugar Pine Lumber Company, the largest, most successful lumber operation west of the Mississippi. Part of what was originally the MSP Paymasters Office it is located approx. 7 miles north of Oakhurst on highway 41 and just 5 miles from the southern entrance into Yosemite National Park. Elevation is 4500 ft. so when it's 100 degrees in the valley, it's about 75 here at Sugar Pine. Apartment is approx. 400 square feet and is totally furnished. Includes a new queen log bed, futon, full bath, kitchen with stove, refrigerator, microwave, ceiling fan (which you'll probably never need). Use of BBQ and very large patio area with towering pine trees. as the patio ceiling. Old historic Lewis Creek runs in front of the cabin. This creek was used to provide water to the 56 mile flume that took the cut lumber down to Madera during the production years (1898-1931). During that time it was the longest flume in the world. Beautiful area for fishing, hiking and taking in the beauty of old Sugar Pine. The property is only 1 mile off highway 41. This historic structure provides total privacy and luxury. A romantic glimpse into the past glory days of the Madera Sugar Pine Lumber Compay and Yosemite awaits.
Born and raised in Bakersfield. Went to Bakersfield College where I played in the Junior Rose Bowl Game in 1959.Graduate of Fresno State. Taught high school and coached football and baseball for 16 years then on to other things. Commercial builder, winery owner and have been in the insurance business since 1985. Banjo player in a bluegrass band and finally just an old 'mountain man'. Have spent 15 years totally remodeling property. I have tried to keep the outside exactly as it was 'back in the day' while modernizing interior. This has been a labor of love for me.
Terry Hill purchased this studio in 1998
This cabin was purchased by my uncle Dean Cook in 1931 when the lumber company closed down during the Great Depression. He had been the sales manager and when the company shut down and he purchased the entire 400 acres and about 15-20 cabins used by the lumberjacks during production days. The main cabin he kept for himself and turned it into personal residence. Originally, it was the old MSP Paymaster's Office. I have been coming up to this cabin since I was born in 1940. I have a picture of my mother on the front porch taken in 1935 so you can see this has always been in the family. When my uncle died, it was taken over by his son (my cousin). After he and his wife died, I purchased it from the estate. My second cousin lives at the top end of the meadow. This is a delightful place and very dear to me.
Aside from the family connection there are many great things about the property. Even though this was the center of the logging operation, you would never know it today. Sourrounded by huge pine and cedar trees on all sides, there is plenty of room. Property sits on 1.9 acres with Lewis Creek running in front. Very cool in the summer and very quiet. A place where you can totally relax and unwind. You will have the use of a great patio, BBQ and all the sourrounding beauty you can handle. On the hill in back of the patio, I have even recreated the old 'Yosemite Firefall' in the form of a flume that runs down the hill to the patio. Fishing is good and stocked weekly. You are close enough to Bass Lake, Yosemite, old Mariposa, Oakhurst and other areas to have plenty to do or if you choose, just to relax and enjoy the splendor of Sugar Pine.
Terry is a great host and met us at the door when we arrived. The cabin met our needs for the 2 days we were there and had everything we needed. The outside patio was very nice and it was relaxing after a day in Yosemite. We got back to the cabin after dark on th first day and he again greeted us to make sure we were ok. Terry cooked a BBQ for us on th second night...it was delicious and very much appreciated.
Terry's family has owned the old Sugar Pine Lumber Mill property since the 1930's. His cabin and adjoining loft and patio were originally the 1898 Paymasters' cabin for the mill and the original vault is now part of the living room and a well stocked wine cellar! Pieces and pictures of this history are abundant on the property.
The bed was great, Terry was a generous and helpful host. He even Bar-B-Qued for us one evening!
The property is about ten minutes South of Fish Camp and about 15-20 minutes from the South Yosemite Valley entrance. We enjoyed our stay!
We were very pleased with our stay at Terry's. The guest room is above a detached garage, a few steps away from the main house, and so quite private. The bathroom and its shower are a bit small, but perfectly adequate. There is also a two-burner stove and an under-counter refrigerator, so we could have fixed our own dinners if we wanted, but we chose among good local restaurants every night except the first, when Terry invited us join him and his visiting daughter and granddaughter for dinner. The room was clean and the bed was comfortable. We slept with the windows open for ventilation; it gets quite cool by dawn. The road is right under the windows, but there is almost no traffic after dark.
The location, about a mile up a side road off Hwy 41, is easy enough to find using gps or a map program, but might require a good eye for signage if you're just working off a paper map. The south gate of Yosemite is another 15 miles or so north on Hwy 41, and then you have 25 or 30 miles of driving through the park to get to Yosemite Valley and the main tourist areas, but every mile has spectacular views.
Very nice. Terry is a great guy, and makes GREAT RIBS!! 10 minutes from Yosemite and 15 minutes from Oakhurst. Priced the same as a glorified tent in Curry Village. Bed is comfortable. Futon works, nice bathroom, small fridge. He even did our laundry! Great!
There is no cable TV, no TV at all. Actually, I didn't miss it.
I did have a lot of problems getting cell service and internet. Also, the blinds let in light in the morning. It was daylight before 6 AM! Could be great if you want to get up early to get to Yosemite early to beat the traffic and get a parking spot in Yosemite Valley.
Overall, a great stay and definitely worth it.
Good: The place is very cozy, with nice amenities. It is in a really beautiful location, not far from the park. The host is very friendly.
Bad: The bedding is not comfortable. The queen mattress is old and hard; you can feel the springs through the worn out padding. The futon couch was so rickety that it rocked back and forth if anyone laid on it. We ended up just pulling the mattress off and having our kids sleep on the floor.
Also, part of our damage waiver was retained over damage sufficiently minor that I did not notice it. It probably did exist, as the host seems like an honest person. But just be really careful with the place if you want to keep your damage waiver
This is a cool apartment over the garage. The owner is really friendly and even made dinner for us. His dog is really nice to. While he was available if you needed him and while he made dinner for us he was very respectful of our space. We also arrived really late but we kept him up to date that we were going to be late. We got in at 1 am and he still got up to meet us. The area is awesome access for the park. Also, there are some good hiking trails within walking distance of this place. I would definitely recommend staying here. I know I will next time I am through that part of the country.
Located in Sugar Pine which was the headquarters of the Madera Sugar Pine Company, the largest lumber operation west of the Mississippi. The company operated from 1898 to 1931 when it closed down due to the great depression. Beautiful wooded area about 4500 in elevation. Many place to hike and is also a very short 10-15 minute drive to Yosemite. Try to take the old log train ride. Much fun and information about the old days. Next to the train is the best steak house in the area - the Narrow Gauge Inn.
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2 night minimum stay
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