Shanks' Lodge in the Woods

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Last updated: 10/17/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Nestled in the middle of 20 forested acres in Mariposa county, Shanks’ Lodge is private, quite and secluded.  A rustic feel awaits you as you enter this 3600 square foot 3 bedroom home.  An added sleeping loft allows this house to easily accommodate as many as 14 people.  It has booth a pool and an 8 person Marquis Hot tub!

In the Great Room, you’ll find a large wrap-around couch where you can enjoy the look and warmth of the wood stove.  The well-equipped kitchen has all the amenities to prepare even the most elaborate meals.  After a long day of fun-filled activities, drift into dreamland in one of the beautifully constructed hand-made log beds. Four bathrooms, all with showers and tubs give even large groups enough privacy and convenience. The large outside deck, with a barbecue grill, tables and chairs, overlooks the private pond and front acreage.  Hike throughout the property and appreciate the enchanting ‘old growth' oak trees, giant sequoias and ponderosa pines. For those with children, there is an adorable playhouse on the property. During the summer months, take a dip in the fenced-in pool with a picture perfect waterfall. For more entertainment, there is a basketball court, a horseshoe pit and a 60-inch flat screen HDTV with Apple TV, all the premium channels and a great music system. 

Guest Access:
The guests will have access to the entire house and 20 acres of property. This includes the laundry room, heated pool,  horseshoe pit, children's playhouse, fire pit, gas barbecue grill,  horse corrals (you are welcome to bring your horses),  hiking trails and private pond.  High speed Wifi so you can stay connected to the outside world if you want.  Otherwise, turn off those devices and listen to sound of the wind in the trees.

Guest interaction:
You will be greeted at the lodge by your host at check-in and shown around the property. At that time, we will be happy to recommend local activities and attractions. We will leave you with our contact information in case you have any questions or concerns.  Otherwise, you may enjoy the house to yourselves the rest of the time!

The Neighborhood:
Mariposa is a quaint historic town located 20 minutes away from the property. The town has wonderful restaurants and bars.  You'll find interesting shopping, including antiques and western/cowboy themed memorabilia.  

Getting Around
Located mid way between the towns of Oakhurst and Mariposa off Hwy 49.
In either town there are large grocery stores and restaurants.  

45 minutes away from with the El Portal or Mariposa Grove entrances to the magnificent Yosemite National Park.

30 minutes to Bass Lake, which is renowned for excellent fishing, hiking trails and warm waters.  Wake borders flock to Bass Lake throughout the spring and summer as do boater, water skiers, paddle boarders, wave runner enthusiasts and more. 

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Property Type

  • Lodge
  • 3600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 14

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Apple TV...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    Bass Lake Emerald Green Waters, Majestic Pines and Mother Nature…come see the beauty that is Bass Lake! Bass Lake is considered a 'warm water' lake with water temperatures reaching near 80 degrees...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    It's a wood Burning stove with a glass front ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heating and wood stove ...moreless

  • Internet:

    High Speed WiFi with an area mesh network that spans the property...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Plenty of parking...moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Nice large well equipped kitchen...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Top of the line 2 pump 8 person Marquis Hot Tub! Out of everything my family owns, this is my favorite possession!!! It is like having your own massage therapist. ...moreless

  • Private Pool

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 4.7
from 13 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 24 - Nov 27, 2016
3 night min stay
Low Season
Jan 2 - Mar 4, 2017
2 night min stay
$595 $695
Fri, Sat
Labor Day
Sep 1 - Sep 5, 2017
2 night min stay
Seasons Greetings
Dec 22 - Jan 1, 2018
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$695 $795
Fri, Sat

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Pet Fee $25
  • Cleaning $250 + tax
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Tax Rate 11%

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 10/17/2016
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65 Miles
Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Hitching Post
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
Sierra Meadows Country Club
50 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 49
1.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Triangle Road Cafe
55 Miles
Nearest Ski
Badger Pass
25 Miles
Nearest Beach
Bass Lake

Car: Necessary

Address for Shanks' cabin:

6080 Smithers Rd

Mariposa, CA 95338

From San Francisco: Come towards Mariposa, CA. Once you get to the town of Mariposa take CA-49 S for about 11 miles. Make a left onto Triangle Road. In 3 miles, make a right onto E Westfall Road. Make the next left onto Smithers Road.

Only 1/2 mile down the road you will see our driveway on the right, please do not go farther then a 1/2mile.

This is very important since it is easy to miss our driveway and the neighbors are getting a little upset.

Look for the Sign that says Smithers 6080 it will have a solar light on top of it. Then turn down the driveway and go to the first cabin on the left.

From Los Angeles/Fresno: Go towards Mariposa, CA. Once you get to the town of Oakhurst, take a left onto CA-49 North for about 15 miles . Turn right onto Triangle Rd. Then follow directions from above.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2014

About the owner: I am currently living in Mariposa near Yosemite. A breath taking area as many of you know. I was trained as a tradtional french chef. Some of my interests involve horseback riding, hiking, bee keeping and off roading.

Contact us

Speaks: english



  • View of the lodge from across the pond.

    View of the lodge from across the pond.

  • Deck for outdoor eating and barbecue grill overlooking the pond

    Deck for outdoor eating and barbecue grill overlooking the pond

  • Main Bathroom with a bath and shower

    Main Bathroom with a bath and shower

  • Front door

    Front door

  • 8 person Marquis hot tub

    8 person Marquis hot tub

  • Sleeping loft with queen bed and trundle bed.

    Sleeping loft with queen bed and trundle bed.

  • Long private entrance road.

    Long private entrance road.

  • Picturesque waterfall into pool

    Picturesque waterfall into pool

  • Entryway  bathroom with shower

    Entryway bathroom with shower

  • Kenmore Elite Washer and Dryer ..  just in case you get a little dirty :)

    Kenmore Elite Washer and Dryer .. just in case you get a little dirty :)

  • Master bathroom with jet tub.

    Master bathroom with jet tub.

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Monday, October 24, 2016

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