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Shanks' lodge is the ultimate home in the woods for large groups.

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,600 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Secluded mountain lodge, sleeps up to 14, near Yosemite. A paradise in the woods

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.  For your enjoyment, the house has both a private pool and an 8 person 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. During the summer months, take a dip in the fenced-in pool with a picture perfect waterfall. Unwind in the 8 person jetted hot tub all year long. 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, solar 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. 

More Details

Tchukon Shanks
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About Tchukon Shanks

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.

Tchukon Shanks purchased this lodge in 2014


Mariposa Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Max. adults: 14
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , jetted tub , bidet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Loft - 2 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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


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Shanks' lodge is the ultimate home in the woods for large groups.
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Best vacation ever

  • 5 of 5

The house is super complete, an oasis of tranquility . We did hikes, barbecues , rested a lot. Highly recomended .

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Washington DC

Beautiful house! Spacious and immaculately clean!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house! Spacious and immaculately clean! The pool was amazing. Owners were very responsive and instructions were clear. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, IL

Absolutely Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

I rented this home to host my daughter's wedding. Not only did we use the lodge as event headquarters, our core family of 9 +kids stayed at the lodge. It far exceeded our expectations! So many rooms for family to comfortable stay in. The wedding was held down by the pond and the backdrop was magical! The pool kept all happy throughout the weekend. We are from out of town, and along with this beautiful lodge, the Mariposa & Oakhurst area catering, bakery & florist did an amazing job helping with what we had imagined become a reality. It was the perfect place to celebrate life & love.

Emily Nolan

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Shanks' lodge is an awesome place to stay near Yosemite

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with a group of 10 people at Shanks lodge, and fit quite comfortably. The house is well designed with everything you need for a great vacation, spacious common area, large dining room table, large patio, basketball hoop, pool, and hot tub. Tchukon was very kind and immediately responsive when we told him about the dishwasher and hot tub issues we had. I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again :)

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco

Perfect Winter Get Away!

  • 5 of 5

I booked Shanks Lodge to celebrate a winter birthday celebration and was overjoyed with the home, the property grounds and the hospitality of the owners.

Tchukon was a delight to work with and exceeded every expectation of a property owner. He was very responsive and has an incredibly pleasant and upbeat demeanor, which made me love Shanks Lodge all the more.

The property itself is a dream! The expansive deck overlooks a beautiful meadow and large pond with gorgeous trees, birds and even duck family. I can only imagine how gorgeous this place is in the warmer months! Our group went on a lovely hike in the woods and stumbled upon a secret garden, which was a pure delight to experience. The back of the house boasts a massive hot tub and pool, which was a delight to take cold plunges in to invigorate oneself.

The inside of the house feels a home with its tastefully decorated rooms, and the kitchen beaconed us to congregate and create warm and satisfying meals with its modern appliances and open floor plan.

The livingroom, loft and multiple bedrooms were perfect for our large party, and everyone awoke happy and well rested from the super cozy beds.

We loved everything about Shanks lodge and will absolutely be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful place, great location,quiet,a nice place to get away from it all!!!

  • 5 of 5

We were very pleased with our experience, everything was very organized,clean,all that we needed for a great time. The owner came by to make sure that everything was up to our satisfaction, great place,we would highly recommend this for a large group because there is plenty of space,Mariposa is close by,nice little shops and places to eat!!

Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Nearest Barpub
13 Miles
Hitching Post
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Sierra Meadows Country Club
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Highway 49
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Triangle Road Cafe
Nearest Ski
55 Miles
Badger Pass
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
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.




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
Cleaning $250 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.