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New Ensuite, study- 2303 sf by river in YNP- hottub, sat, WiFi, 1025 sf deck

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,303 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

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

SPECIALS: (Discounts cannot be combined)

1) AAA or AARP rates with membership

2) 7 nights for price of 6

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.

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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)

More Details

Property Manager
Jim Freund
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 11, 2017

About Jim Freund

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.

Jim Freund purchased this house in 1987

Why Jim Freund chose Yosemite Area

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.

What makes this house unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you so much for letting us stay! We loved Yosemite so much, and hiking was very fun! Thank you again for letting us stay!
Aug 2014
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Wawona House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2303 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • River
  • Ski-In ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Double sink marble top vanity; separate toilet chamber
    First Floor Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , River Room leads into 1st floor bathroom, also from hallway
  • 2 Complete bathrooms with shower / bath, toilet, sink, heat lamp, Master Bedroom Ensuite bathroom has shower, double sink vanity
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 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
    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
    2nd Floor study - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Convertible futon is full-size
    River Room - 1st floor, river side - 2 queen , 1 baby crib , baby crib is in closet
  • 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
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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
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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

New Ensuite, study- 2303 sf by river in YNP- hottub, sat, WiFi, 1025 sf deck
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 48 reviews

Simply perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Friends Lodge in Yosemite was the ideal place for our trip to Yosemite! We look for a couple of things when we travel - is it as advertised, is it the right location to be a base, and is it easy to do. We've done VRBO several times now, and this scored top marks on everything!

We fell in love with the lodge from the photos, and the pictures represent exactly the comfort, set-up, and wonderful atmosphere of the lodge. From the deck overlooking the creek to the large kitchen table/sitting area (both favorites of ours), it was exactly what we had hoped to find. It fit our large group with ease. And the location...

Well, it couldn't get any better. In Yosemite National Park, as close as you can get to the valley floor without staying in one of the lodges there (which would have split up our larger group), easy drive to Glacier Point, and not a bad trip at all to Tuolumne Meadows and the north side (it is on the other side of the valley floor, but what a beautiful drive it is!). With the local market, we could pick up anything we needed. And we loved just hiking down the creek to the river and exploring too!

And the owners were so prompt and personable in answering our questions. It could not have been a more seamless or enjoyable transaction. Customer service was excellent to let us get everything straightened away well in advance, including late arrival.

Not only would we most highly recommend it, we can't wait for an opportunity to come back! We loved it!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great cozy home

  • 5 of 5

My family and I really enjoyed our stay. The home is great we couldn't have asked for a better place. We will definitely come back and try to book this location. Jim and Donna are great they made sure to follow up and confirm that we had a great time. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This was the third cabin I had rented in Yosemite for a family vacation, and it was my favorite. I looked at several cabins before committing to this one and emailed a few owners. With the news reporting vacation rental scams on TV, my first concern was showing up at a cabin and finding it already rented to someone else. Some owners didn't bother to reply, but James emailed me right away and allayed that concern. My second concern was that the cabin would not be big enough for 11 people. It is huge and perfect for large groups. Everyone was happy with their sleeping accommodations and with the size of the cabin. The kids loved the foosball table and the adults loved the enormous deck and hot tub. My only complaint was that our stay was not long enough.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great group stay!

  • 5 of 5

This was an ideal place for our group to gather before and after a challenging Yosemite Valley hike. James has everything we needed to accommodate our crew of couples and singles with beds, rooms and all the bedding/towels, etc. Hanging and eating on the large back porch suited our group well. James was more than accommodating to make sure our trip went well, even navigating us in by phone when we first arrived.

We cant wait until next year, highly recommend for your next large group outing.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Retreat - great for kids, a little secluded, hiking nearby

  • 5 of 5

I rented The Friend's Cabin for a winter weekend with a group of friends. The home was perfect for us. Plenty to do for everyone - hot tub, fussball, TV, cooking, or hiking. There are waterfalls and several trail heads within easy walking distance. We had dogs and small kids and the house accomodated them easily. Anything we needed (extra TP and towels) was easily gotten at the rental management office. The folks running the office were very friendly and responsive. The cabin is in the park, so it was only 45 min from Badger Pass even with some icy conditions. There was little snow at Wawona's elevation when we were there but it can get snowed in occasionally. The cabin owner is so friendly and kind we felt so welcomed. All of us decided we would try to make this a regular event at The Friend's (Freund's) Cabin!

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Getaway Spot

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 9 which includes our children and grandchildren stayed at the "Friendly Cabin" in January and we simply loved this place. It is in a secluded location overlooking a creek and the home inside is just wonderfully decorated with all sorts of mementos that make it a home and not just a rental cabin. The furniture was comfortable and the beds the same. It was extremely clean. We love Yosemite and our family has been going there for over 30 years and we have stayed at several places up there, but this cabin was just the best. The owners care about the quality of your stay and the staff took great care of us. We will be returning to this cabin in the future.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Fresno Yosemite International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Wawona Hotel
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Wawona Hotel
Nearest Train
95 Miles
Amtrak Station, Merced, CA
Nearest Motorway
21 Miles
California Highway 41
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Wawona Hotel
Nearest Ski
18 Miles
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.


Rates & Availability

Wawona House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 23 2017 - Apr 27 2017
2 night minimum stay
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Apr 28 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mid Range
May 30 2017 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mid Range
Sep 5 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Mid Range/Economy
Oct 1 2017 - Nov 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mid Range/Economy
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Damage Waiver-or deposit $39
Cleaning Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

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 if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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