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Yosemite - Ultimate Privacy: 14 Acres of meadows & forest. Best location from SF

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Den, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 5-7)

The most relaxing and amazing location to stay during your next trip to Yosemite is The Secret Meadows Retreat.

This A frame home is situated on it’s own fourteen acres of meadows and forest. It features one bedroom plus a loft bedroom, large living room with sofas and wood burning fireplace.

Frequented by deer and other wildlife this is an exclusive experience being offered as a rental for the first time, on a trial basis.

Driving through three gates and 300 yards down it’s private driveway will bring you to the home and the first meadow.

This is an old homestead site with just a handful of nearby cabins, all of which are far enough away to provide you with complete privacy (except for the deer, birds, and other wildlife). Adjacent to and surrounded by thousands of aces of Stanislaus National Forest which can accessed by trails and old logging roads from the Retreat.

Located just 400 yards from Hwy 120, approximate five miles west of the Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite National Park, in the Hardin Flat area.

This is an incredible destination that may leave you content without even venturing into Yosemite Valley, even though the Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite is just another ten minutes down the 120.

Nearby horseback riding, river rafting and guided tours can be arranged.

The home is cozy, with one private bedroom with queen bed and TV, a loft with one double pillow-top queen and one full (plus an amazing view over the meadow), a dining room, fully stocked kitchen and a large, fourteen x twenty four foot, family room with a big wood burning fireplace, 42” flat screen TV on Dish Network, a desk with computer, and couches which can easily sleep two more.

Includes all appliances, a washer-dryer, hot water (strong pressure), central heating (plus a pellet stove in the dining room and the wood burning fireplace in the living room).

Keywords: Cabin, retreat, honeymoon, get-away, privacy, Yosemite, National Park,

More Details

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 29, 2017

Why The Owner chose Yosemite Area

I have been searching (and continue searching) for extradinary properties in the best natural locations.

Secret Meadows Retreat qualifies due to:

1) It's proximity to incredible Yosemite National Park

2) It's unsurpassable privacy, peace and quiet

3) The rarity of having fourteen privately owned acres of perfect meadows and forest

4) The variety of incredible activities which can be experienced in the immediately surrounding area

What makes this house unique

Watching deer graze in our meadows (seasonal)

Stargazing from our fire circle

On site or nearby horseback riding, whitewater rafting (seasonal), snowshoeing (seasonal), hiking, mountain biking, waterfall viewing, fishing, boating, cliff jumping (into Rainbow Pool - 1 mile), bird watching, horseshoes, volleyball or badminton plus much, much more.


Groveland House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • 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
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 and 1/2 bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (2), Full Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Ultimate privacy! Behind 3 gates and situated on 14 acres, including two meadows and a substantial old growth forest. No other cabins or people in sight. Badminton, darts, horseshoes, hiking trails and hammock. Just six miles / minutes from the main Yosemite entrance (Hwy 120 / the main route from S.F. Bay Area). 10 minutes to Merced Grove. Surrounded by thousands of acres of Stanislaus National Forest. Trails and no fences, so you can hike for miles right from the cabin! This is by far the most convienant location for those coming from the SF Bay Area or anywhere on the West. The driveway is just 1/8th mile from Hwy 120. About 45 minutes before you get to Yosemite "West". This property is for those seeking the Yosemite experience. It's basically a private park for your personal enjoyment. It's not for everyone. We only rent to people we speak with. No parties or unpleasant people anymore. This is a special location for special people to appreciate, enjoy and to build great memories.


Very Good! 4.2/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Yosemite - Ultimate Privacy: 14 Acres of meadows & forest. Best location from SF
average rating of 4.2272725 based on 22 reviews
Camarillo CA

Perfect Place to get away!

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from 3 nights at this amazing little gem of a property. At first I was concerned because coming from Southern California, I had booked a cabin north of Yosemite....but I am so glad I did. The drive each day into the valley (only about 40 minutes) was calming and beautiful. The cabin is literally 10 minutes from the Big Flat Yosemite gate. We stayed there with another family and there was plenty of room for everyone. Each night after exploring Yosemite, we would return to the cabin and drink hot chocolate by the fire and watch the 20 to 40 deer grazing right outside the huge windows. The beds were very comfortable and there was enough hot water in the morning for 4 adults and 2 teens to shower (and all still be toasty warm). There was plenty of room to sprawl out and find private places if you needed alone time to read or write. We did not get cell phone service, so no calls, no texts and no emails (this was great for us...gave us a mandatory four days off of work)...but you should be prepared for it. I believe Dan said there was computer hook up...but we didn't bring our laptops. He also has a landline phone and long distance calls are covered. We just gave that number out for emergencies. We can't wait to visit again. After staying here, I can't imagine staying anywhere else when visiting Yosemite.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Verizon and Sprint cell and data signals come in strong. I hope you can return soon, Maryellen - Dan
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Great Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for New Years for a few days. The location was beautiful, very isolated and private which was awesome because we stayed up late a few nights. It was in the middle of the forest, you really feel have no service out there which made it perfect for a family trip. The cabin had wifi if needed but i didn't share that with my family, we can all use a little break from social media.

The cabin was nice and cozy, it was a little dirty but nothing major. The furniture can use a little update. The beds were comfy and there was plenty of blankets. Heater works perfectly! It is an old cabin so using the toilette and showers was a bit difficult as we only had very little water. Overall it was a great place, we enjoyed it very much. The owner responds very quickly and made the booking very simple and easy. Will definitely stay here soon.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best part was location

  • 3 of 5

I have to say we were taken back to the 60s, and 70s... The cabin was interesting at best and location is the only reason they can get such a high rate. Outdated, dusty and sticky floors. We had high hopes for this cabin after reading the reviews but it wasn't at all what we expected. The property had a couple of fun outdoor amenities but they weren't useable, volley ball/ bat mitten areas the grass was knee deep & no equipment. The hot tub, 2 side panels were off and motor/ wiring were exposed so it looked like it was being worked on and the bottom was green- scretchy & dangerous. The lighting was very odd and dark- random switches all over the house and you have no clue what they go to and the lights that did work weren't very bright. ALL windows have to stay open- NO AC, common for the area. While we love sleeping with the windows open we weren't comfortable leaving them open while we were gone. So every night when we returned it was a pocess to get the house cool enough to sleep especially upstairs which was a hot box till 10-11. The frigerator door and front door don't shut properly. The frig door pops open constantly and isn't very cool. The basement wash room was flat out scary and gross. Burn holes in living room carpet and dead bugs on tables (didn't even look like it was cleaned from people before). We are totally fine with retro/ mismatched decor but bottom line the place wasn't kept up, cluttered and felt super over charged for what we got. Experienced world travelers and traveling with 6, 7 and 10 year old children hiked yosemiti daily.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Update: A heat exchange unit has been installed, which really helps with keeping the house cool in mid-Summer. The hot tub is not and was not listed as an amenity, and yes, it was being repaired at that time. Original Response: We are of course disappointed to hear that you didn't like the decor, but happy that you did love the location, which is, of course, the most important element. The location is the reason we purchased this property, because it's basically an extrodinary "find" to get fourteen acres and a nice home in this incredibly beautiful setting just six minutes outside Yosemite National Park. We've had a very busy Summer, with The Retreat booked practically evey night since mid-Spring, but we had a down day last week and I had the cleaning company go through the cabin with a fine tooth comb. We replaced some items, like comforters and such, and they did a very deep cleaning. While it's challenging to keep the property in tip-top condition during this very heavy useage period, that is no excuse. I'll be visiting the property myself within the next week to make sure everything is in great shape. Of course it's challenging to keep a home cool when it's closed up all day during a heat spell, but the shading from the pine tree canopy helps and there are a couple of tricks, such as cracking the top floor windows and running a fan to push the hot air out. As Jennifer inferred, when the home is occupied and windows are open it is comfortable, because we have a large celining fan, great cross breezes from the meadow and portable fans (if needed). Fortunatley most of our guests really love the property and have a great experience. Please see the other 2015 reviews. Dan
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Yosemite Vacation Cabin

  • 5 of 5

Everything was as expected upon arrival. A relaxing retreat, perfect to return to at the end of a busy day in Yosemite. The cabin's layout provides plenty of space to lounge and unwind both inside and out. We slept 6 with room to spare and the full bath and a half suited our needs. Beds and couches were comfortable for sleeping. Secret Meadows Retreat is truly a peaceful place. The owner was very helpful and quick to get the Wi-Fi functioning when we contacted him.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to submit a review, Alice and Tom. It's great that you found everything to be in great condition upon your arrival. We try very hard to make sure that's the case. It's also great that you were able to appreciate and enjoy the tranquillity and natural beauty surrounding Secret Meadows Retreat. Places like this are very rare and are meant to be enjoyed. Some of our guests have told us they just stayed at The Retreat the whole time and had a great experience without even venturing into Yosemite National Park! We hope you can return soon - Dan
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Rustic and Relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

Secret Meadows Retreat is a cozy cabin with beautiful views and close to Yosemite! We appreciated and enjoyed the peace and beauty of Yosemite, then returning to a cabin with full kitchen, TV and spacious couches, wifi, hot showers and very comfortable beds.

I would definitely recommend to family and friends and stay here again!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're delighted you had a great time at Secret Meadows Retreat. Hosting nice people such as you and your family is the rewarding part of this business. As you noted, this is a great desitnation for those who enjoy and appreciate the magnicent beauty of Yosemite, and those looking for their own private part of this wonder. We are looking forward to having you back, along with your friends and relatives.
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Eugene, OR

Beautiful Yosemite Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This cabin truly is a secret meadow retreat close to Yosemite National Park. The property is large and beautiful, with open meadow space, tall pine trees, big wooden deck, hammock, tranquility, nature etc. The cabin itself has a rustic and cozy feel to it, surrounded by beautiful trees and with a nice view of the meadow. It has everything you would need, including comfortable beds, wi-fi, family room with TV. It was ready for our arrival, and we felt right at home. We spent time in the park, and with the proximity to the valley floor were able to come back to the cabin and relax in the evening, even after a nice full day in Yosemite. There is plenty of room to spread out, so it's a great option for families, or a group of friends. We spent a long weekend here this April with friends, and are returning in October to have our wedding there, and we couldn't be more excited. The owner has been helpful, attentive to detail, and honest - not to mention willing to help make our special day perfect. We really recommend this place!

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad that you had a great time at Secret Meadows Retreat but we are more proud that you elected to hold your wedding here. Undoutedly The Retreat will gain more positive karma, to add on with the hundreds of past guests who've had happy times on this land. You and Richard are the type of people we love to host, and we hope you get to return to the location of your weddings many times over the years. Dan
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Pine Mountain
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
The Iron Door
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Pine Mountain Lake
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Highway 120
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Evergreen Lodge
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Badger Pass
Car: necessary

Half Dome, Rainbow Pool (cliff jumping), Tuolumne River (rafting)


Rates & Availability

Groveland House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mar 31 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
May 30 2017 - Jun 14 2017
2 night minimum stay
Mid-Summer 2017
Jun 15 2017 - Aug 20 2017
2 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2017
Aug 21 2017 - Sep 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
September 2017
Sep 5 2017 - Oct 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $600
Cleaning $90 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

Weekends Only are Plus 20%
Minimum night stays are for weeknights. Weekend dates require longer minimum stays, and vary depending on time of year, how far in advance, and other factors. Check with owner for details.
Holidays and special events: Inquire with owner for pricing.

Owner'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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