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Enjoy A Lovely Mountain Top Lodge, Overlooking Yosemite's Mountains And Peaks

Bedrooms 6
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

7 Bed, 7 Bath Lodge. Just 11 Miles From The Yosemite Entrance.

Located 11 miles from the Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite National Park, Lilliskog is nestled on a serene mountain top surrounded by the Stanislaus National Forest, Lillaskog Lodge is perfect for family reunions, larger parties and special events such as retreats, weddings, etc. It is a wonderful place to start new family traditions!

Lillaskog Lodge is located 11 miles from the Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite National park. Whether you are exploring Yosemite, entertaining family or hosting a large group, Lillaskog has something for everyone.

The 5000 square foot Lodge is styled with a Swedish flair borrowing from the family’s Swedish ancestry. The name Lillaskog (pronounced Lillaskoog) is Swedish for “Little Forest”.

After your day exploring Yosemite, BBQ on the patio or cook your family’s favorite dishes in our large, fully equipped kitchen. Relax in the spacious great room, or borrow a book from the loft library and curl up by the stone fireplace.

Lillaskog has free Wi-Fi and flat screen, satellite TV’s in the Great Room and all of the bedrooms.

The main floor of the Lodge is totally wheelchair accessible and consists of a large, fully equipped Kitchen and the Great Room with floor to ceiling windows and a stone fireplace. A piano is available in the Dining area adjacent to the Great Room, for those who are musically inclined. This floor has two bedrooms and three bathrooms one of which is fully wheelchair accessible. Surrounding the Lodge’s main level is a wheelchair accessible wraparound balcony so you can enjoy a sunrise over Yosemite and the sunsets over the Stanislaus National forest.

Our laundry facility is also located on the main floor.

The upper loft area features the library and a master bedroom suite with a private balcony and bath.

The lower level includes a bonus room which can be set up with 6 twin beds or as a conference/meeting room. The lower level also has three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

All of our bedrooms are appointed with soft, quality bed linens, individual climate control, irons and flat screen satellite TV’s.

Our bathrooms are stocked with big, soft, fluffy towels, hair dryers and complimentary soap, shampoo and conditioner. The Half Dome bathroom on the main floor is ADA wheelchair accessible with a removable elevated toilet seat and shower chair.

The grounds surrounding the Lodge have two lawn areas. The lower, larger lawn area features the Gazebo with an incredible view as the backdrop. This area is often used for weddings.

The upper lawn area is a favorite for watching the beautiful sunsets or roasting marshmallows over the fire pit. It is also adjacent to our large cobblestone area which can be set up with tables for outdoor dining for our large groups to enjoy. A wonderful spot for wedding receptions with beautiful views!

Swim or fish in the nearby Rainbow Pool, go whitewater rafting down the Tuolumne River. Hike the trails of Yosemite and take your own photographs of the natural treasures that you can only experience in Yosemite. Visit Bodie State Park which is a real old west ghost town or pan for gold in Historic Jamestown.

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William Charlson
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
July 26, 2017

About William Charlson

Lillaskog is the life dream of Bill Charlson, a retired park ranger and administrator.

In 1999 a forest fire on Pilot Ridge ravaged the area and the following winter the Charlson family bought the acreage that became Lillaskog. Borrowing from the family's Swedish ancestry, the name Lillaskog is Swedish for 'Little Forest'.

After the Pilot Fire, the land was salvage logged. When the Charlsons acquired the property they replanted twenty thousand baby trees, so the name 'Little Forest' seemed quite suitable. Bill also bought a small sawmill and began drawing up plans to build his dream Lodge. All of the dimension lumber, main support logs, framing and floors are milled from timber that came from the property.

Work halted briefly when in 2002 Bill was unexpectedly diagnosed with cancer. After undergoing extensive surgery and cancer treatments, Bill made a miraculous recovery and went back to work on the Lodge. After six years of hard work the Lodge opened as a Bed & Breakfast and has welcomed guests from all around the world.

When the Rim Fire started in August 2013, staff and guests had to flee the raging fire. The firefighters made a special effort to save the Lodge, as Bill has been such a good steward of the surrounding forest. The Lodge was saved and opened up for the firefighters battling the blaze as a place to shower, eat and get a few hours of sleep. It also served as a command post during the fire.

The aftermath of the fire was devastating. Bill lost 30 acres of 14 year old trees and 5 acres of market size timber.

After the early March storms in 2014, Bill started planting 1700 tree seedlings. Bill also installed 1½ miles of drip tubing to water over a 30 acre area.

Bill is currently logging and milling the salvaged lumber with plans for new construction.

In January 2014, the Lodge reopened and is now available for family's to gather and explore Yosemite. Lillaskog also hosts Weddings, Corporate & Spiritual Retreats and Reunions.

William Charlson purchased this lodge in 2000

What makes this lodge unique

The main floor of the cabin is wheelchair accessible and consists of a large, fully equipped kitchen and the dining area with beautiful views. The great room features a floor to ceiling stone fireplace, flat screen TV and entertainment center. The great room and dining area have floor to ceiling windows with stunning views!

There are also two bedrooms on this floor, Bridalveil and Half Dome, with three bathrooms (one of which is fully Handicapped accessible). A piano is available for those who are musically inclined.

The upper loft area contains the library and the master bedroom, El Capitan. The bathroom has an antique claw foot tub with a halo shower.

The lower level includes a Bonus Room with 6 twin beds. There are three other bedrooms, Bodie, Tioga, and Mono. There are also three bathrooms.

Surrounding the cabin is a wheelchair accessible veranda so you can enjoy a sunrise over Yosemite and the sunset over the Stanislaus National Forest.


Groveland Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 24
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • El Capitan - In room bath - toilet , tub , shower , Clawfoot soaking tub & Halo shower
    Bridalveil - In room bath - toilet , tub , shower , Clawfoot soaking tub and overhead shower
    Half Dome - Private across hallway - toilet , tub , shower , ADA, Handicapped equipped bathroom
    Tioga - In room bath - toilet , tub , shower
    Bodie - Private bath across hallway - toilet , shower
    Mono - In room bath - toilet , tub , shower
    Off the Kitchen - toilet , shower
  • Our Bathrooms are stocked with big, soft, fluffy towels, hair dryers and complimentary soap, shampoo and conditioner. The Half Dome bathroom on the main floor is ADA wheelchair accessible with a removable elevated toilet seat and shower chair.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • Bodie - 1 queen , Bathroom across the hall. Room for a rollaway bed.
    Mono - 1 queen , Queen bed, in room bath & shower
    Half Dome - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , ADA, Handicapped equipped bathroom
    El Capitan - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , In room bath with clawfoot soaking tub & Halo shower
    Bridalveil - 1 king , In room bath with clawfoot soaking tub and shower
    Tioga - 1 king , Cal King bed with room for a rollaway. In room bathroom.
    Bonus Room - 6 twin/ single , Bonus room can set up with 6 twin beds or conference room
  • All of our bedrooms are appointed with soft, quality bed linens, individual climate control, irons and flat screen satellite TV’s.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


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A wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We gathered with old friends -- five couples -- for a wonderful stay at Lillaskog Lodge Lillaskog is large, comfortable, and just beautifully situated. We loved the large and well-equipped kitchen, the comfortable living room and dining area, the many spacious bedrooms, the delightful decks, the grounds, and the fabulous views, sunsets, and sunrises. We explored and hiked in Yosemite every day and also took a dip in Rainbow Springs, right nearby. We'd all love to come back for another stay at Lillaskog. Diane and Bill were easy to work with and warm and welcoming.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Great location, beautiful view, spacious property.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Lillaskog Lodge as part of business trip, while we were filming in Yosemite. The lodge is about 2 hours from Glacier Point and proved to be a good home base for our crew. The lodge was clean and very well equipped.

The communication leading up to our stay was great - very timely, kind and consistent. Both Diane and Bill were so hospitable, providing us with information about surrounding day trips as well as answering many questions about the property.

Our only complaint was the lack of central air conditioning - something we probably should have anticipated but caught up by surprise. They do have several fans and some of the bedrooms have individual units.

Overall - we would definitely stay again and recommend this location to others!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
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Grandpa 21

  • 4 of 5

It's a wonderful and beautiful cabin. The owner is very nice and very generous. Most of everything is included, even paper plates, and napkins. The only thing you need is food and clothes. Thank you so much William!!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Beautiful backdrop for our wedding

  • 5 of 5

We got married over the weekend with a small group of family and friends. Diane and Susan were so sweet and accommodating. We had our ceremony by the gazebo and a nice reception under the patio lights with tables set up outside. We utilized the BBQ grills to feed everyone. We had our family stay at the lodge with us so everyone could drink and relax. It was gorgeous. The photographer said it was great lighting and backdrops for our photos. The grounds are well maintained and clean and plenty of room for everyone. The kids enjoyed the chickens and ducks and the satellite tv while the adults mingled and enjoyed drinks and karaoke, and the fire pit. It's really a perfect setting for a wedding. We'd love to come back as a family and stay again. It was wonderful being able to accommodate lodging for our families on site.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
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  • 5 of 5

We recently had a wedding at Lillaskog lodge. To say it was magical would be an understatement. The Lodge has an ambience of it own.

Our daughter and new son had planned to get married at Bridal Falls in the park. What lead us to Lillaskog was that there were no hotel rooms left in the park. Rev Autry Nassar did the honors at the wedding. In talking with him, I realized just how luck we were to have found Lillaskog. He talked about the weddings he does in the park, how they never go off on time - the lack of parking for the wedding party and guest. The crowds, the lack of privacy and intimacy.

Lillaskog is Beautiful! It's quiet, serene and intimate. It's off the road 3/4 of a mile, so you are all alone, peaceful. It has beautiful views and the grounds around it are beautiful.

Our daughter and new son had the coordinates of the lodge engraved on their rings- that's how special this place is.

The staff at Lillaskog were very nice and bent over backwards to help. Many of our friends told us that this was the best wedding they had ever been to.

We kept it simple for the wedding dinner and had Taqueria Sonora do tacos, rice, beans and salad. They were very professional and all of our friends raved about the food. (Sergio (209) 737-3503

My daughter wanted a small cake decorated with succulents and cupcakes. Simply Delish in Sonora did a fabulous job. Vonnie (209) 533-1177 specializes in cream cheese frosting ( must be refrigerated till an hour before cutting) . Everything was wonderful!

We had wedding bouquets, wrist coursages, and boutonnière done by Mountain Laurel Florist in Sonora (209) 532-9533. They did a great job!

We purchase bulk flowers from the Trader Joes in Modesto to do the

vases on the table. The girlfriends and I had a good time putting these together.

Lillaskog is the complete package! They have chairs, tables, linens, dance floor and out door heaters for rent. The kitchen has two refrigerators, two ovens, two sinks and food prep areas. They have three barbecues . We also had the rehearsal dinner at the lodge.

We were able to do a very comfortable wedding, with out breaking the bank in the most wonderful setting. It puts a smile on my face every time I think about it. We plan to go back to Lillaskog and do an anniversary reunion!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Amazing house with amazing view( A perfect dream house)

  • 5 of 5

Amazing house with amazing view( A perfect dream house)

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Pine Mountain Lake
Nearest Barpub
12 Miles
Iron Door Saloon
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Pine Mountain Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 120
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Iron Door Saloon and Restaurant
Car: necessary

11 miles from the Yosemite National Park gate! Less than 2 miles to Rainbow Pool. White Water Rafting company right across Hwy. 120. Golf Course 12 miles from the Lodge.

What to do in Yosemite

By Bill Charlson, Owner of Lillaskog Lodge

Many guests at Lillaskog are visiting Yosemite for the first time and often ask what they should try to do and see. This is often with a limitation that 'We only have one day, two days, etc'. I have been exploring Yosemite for over 49 years and there is so much to do and see that one could not do it all in a lifetime, but as a retired park ranger I like to tell them about the things they must see and do to get the most benefit from a short stay.

If you have just one day you have to visit Yosemite Valley. To get there, on the way from the Big Oak Flat entrance to the valley, watch for the turnout that comes right after the road junction to Foresta. This is where you get the first view of Half Dome and El Capitan to take pictures. This overlook is one of those vistas that must have amazed people for centuries the first time they get a glimpse of Yosemite.

You will then come to a junction at the bottom of the grade when you first get to the Merced River. This is Highway 140. You should turn left to head into Yosemite Valley. In just a little ways you will cross a bridge that goes across the Merced River and the road becomes one way. Just a little way past this point is a delightful spring and a turnout on the right-hand side of the road. This is called Fern Spring and is historically revered as a sacred place by the Indians.

When you get to the turnoff to Highway 41, you should take it, and go to the parking area at Tunnel View for more pictures. It is only a few minutes and this is one of the views of Yosemite that is worth it. The vista at tunnel view is a great view of El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Falls, Cloud's Rest and Sentinel Dome.

The next stop I recommend is the parking area at Bridalveil Falls or along the road below Bridalveil. If you are inclined to walk a little, it is an easy hike to Bridalveil Falls. There are fantastic views of the Falls and El Capitan, and often it is possible to watch the rock climbers high up on the face of El Capitan.

Further on there is another wide spot in the road with lots of room for parking and good views of Yosemite Falls. At the end is the little church which is the oldest building in Yosemite Valley.

If people would like a short hike I recommend that they park in the parking area at Curry Village and take the shuttle to the trail head at Happy Isle. From there it is a moderate walk to Vernal Falls. If you would like more of a hike I recommend you take the mist trail to the top of Vernal Falls. Then I recommend that you take the shuttle to Yosemite Village, the Visitor's Center, the Museum, and the Ansel Adams Gallery.

Folks often want to know where to eat in the park and about special programs, ranger talks, and tours. When you pass through the kiosk at the park entrance they will give you a newsprint publication titled Yosemite Today. It is loaded with information about what is going on in the park during the time period it covers.

One thing that people often really enjoy is a breakfast or lunch at the Ahwahnee Hotel Dining Room. The dinners are pricier and there is a dress code requesting gentlemen to wear jackets and neckties in the evening, however, breakfast and lunch are not too bad. You can wear regular tourist’s clothes, and for $15.00 to $25.00 you can get a nice meal in a 5 star dining setting in the very best of the grand old national park hotels! That is value for your money and an especially great experience if you only have one day in the park.

Another possible short hike in the valley is a walk to Mirror Lake. The walk is gentle and there are great views of Half Dome because you are directly below it. You can make a longer loop past Mirror Lake as well if you like. There is a bridge that crosses over the creek a couple of miles above Mirror Lake.

There is a newly renovated trail system to Lower Yosemite Falls. This is a must for the one day visitor. The quality of the trail, the design, the planning that went into this is befitting for one of our nations greatest natural treasures, the tallest waterfall in North America. There has even been special attention given to making it wheelchair accessible, so it can be enjoyed by people with limited mobility.

Now if anybody did all of the above, that’s a pretty full day in Yosemite Valley.

If you have two days, you have to go to Glacier Point. You get a whole different view of the valley and breathtaking views of the high country. There are opportunities for great panorama photos. If you would like to hike a little, then Sentinel Dome and Taft Point should be included. I'm always fascinated by the fissures at Taft point. These are crevasses in the granite that go for hundreds of feet deep.


Rates & Availability

Groveland Lodge Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Standard Rate
Mar 17 2017 - Aug 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Nightly Rate
Aug 22 2017 - Aug 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
Standard Rate
Aug 23 2017 - Nov 5 2017
2 night minimum stay
Fall - Winter 2017
Nov 6 2017 - Nov 20 2017
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week 2017
Nov 21 2017 - Nov 27 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter Rate 2017 2
Nov 28 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas 2017
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 1 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
Cleaning fee $300
Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 10.0%

An advance deposit equal to your first night stay, + a room tax of 10% will be charged at the time of booking. The remaining balance is due 30 days prior to check-in date. There is also a $300.00 Cleaning Fee.
The standard Lodge rental rate is based on 18 Guests.
We charge $25.00 per person, per night over 18 guests.
Please call for information: 408 509-7918

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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