|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
SPECIALS: (Discounts cannot be combined)
1) Sept 6th through Nov 17th , 3rd night is free
2) AAA or AARP rates with membership
3) 7 nights for price of 6
4) 50% off rental of wedding and event center with qualifying rentals
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)
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
|Cleaning Fee||$75 + Tax|
|Damage Waiver-or deposit||$39|
|Pet Fee||$50 + Tax|
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.