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Bass Lake/ Yosemite -Fine Gold Retreat

Bedrooms 1
Space 480 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

Bass Lake/ Yosemite -Fine Gold Retreat

Hello we love to Host for Homeaway.

We are nestled just a few miles from Bass Lake and about 20 miles from the South Gate Hwy 41 Entrance. The Valley is 35 miles (approx. 1.5 hours). I suggest getting an early start because travel times greatly increase during holidays and summer months. Here, you will find a quaint private studio apartment that accommodates up to four people (two per bed). Currently there is one queen bed and one sofa bed (queen). The apartment has a full mini kitchen furnished with dinnerware, coffee maker, microwave and necessities to enjoy an indoor meal.

Outdoors you will find the property peaceful and inviting with gorgeous views of Goat Mountain. The back yard is spacious and opens up to a path that leads to our seasonal Fine Gold Creek. (Please note: we are currently under some landscaping construction)

If, after visiting Yosemite or Bass Lake you still need something to do, you can check out North Fork and Bass Lake’s local attractions. Just down the road from Fine Gold Retreat is beautiful Manzanita Lake. It is a perfect little lake with the most peaceful setting for fishing, swimming or just hanging out to feed the ducks. It even has built-in grills so you can BBQ a few hamburgers. Manzanita Lake is one of my favorite places. Trust me; you will not regret taking the time to visit this special place.

North Fork is also home to the Mono Indian Museum and an art gallery that hosts local mountain artists. North Fork has the best pizza and Mexican food restaurant you could ask for.

Fourth of July weekend is a busy time for North Fork and Bass Lake. The weekend of July 4th, North Fork hosts our annual Loggers Jamboree where professionals and amateurs alike can show off their logging and timber skills. The jamboree is preceded by our local (OK, maybe a little corny) 4th of July parade.

Finally, we mustn’t forget about one of the best Independence Day fireworks displays at Bass Lake. People from all over the world come to celebrate the freedom of our wonderful country.

More Details

Bret and Janel Nielsen
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2017

About Bret and Janel Nielsen

We started out as a young married couple moving to North Fork over thirty years ago. We love our area and are excited about sharing our mountain with you. We are a family of music, so don't be surprised if you hear a strumming guitar, or other acoustic instruments from time to time. We would love for you to join in if you are so inclined.

Bret and Janel Nielsen purchased this studio in 2005


North Fork Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 480 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Sofa Bed - 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • Bed and sofa sleeper each sleeps up to two people.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • pond
  • recreation center
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • water skiing


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Bass Lake/ Yosemite -Fine Gold Retreat
average rating of 4.8285713 based on 35 reviews

The property is in a beautiful setting and is well maintained.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our 2 night stay at the Finegold Retreat. We wished we could have stayed longer! Everything was clean, organized, and tastefully decorated. The bed felt like sleeping in a cloud. We felt completely at home and would love to return in the future!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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A beautiful, cozy, comfortable apartment with all your basic amenities.

  • 5 of 5

About 20 min from Bass lake and an hour and a half to Yosemite valley. To me this place was prime location and away from all the craziness of the valley. Janel and Bret were extremely accommodating and gave us great recommendations for local things to do. Will definitely be coming back here again in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Such a cozy place to stay (Feels like home!)

  • 5 of 5

Bret and Janel are awesome hosts! If you have anything that you need during your stay, just talk to them and they will always be there to help you out.

The cabin itself is very decent and clean. The decoration of the cabin is really exquisite and it really was an enjoyable stay for us during our Yosemite trip.

If you are manic in astrophotography, then this is definitely a place you don't wanna miss. I had taken lots of splendid photos of the Milky Way at night, where there is little light pollution.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our retreat near Yosemite

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Finegold Retreat near Oakhurst, CA. The location was good, being between Yosemite and Kings' Canyon National Parks. It was also very close to a beautiful lake, Bass Lake. Since there were three of us, it would've been nice if the bedroom area was a separate room-it only had a folding door. Also, it was difficult preparing meals in the tiny kitchen, but other than that we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The apartment was clean and had most everything we needed. The hosts were wonderful and very accomodating...we enjoyed meeting and talking with Bret & Janel!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Finegold Retreat while visiting Yosemite. It was very quiet and comfortable.

Tbe apartment was charmingly decorated and had everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We felt right at home!

  • 5 of 5

Bret and Janel are the best hosts ever & their apartment is perfect!!

We enjoyed a wonderful stay and can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Fresno Yosemite Internation Airport
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Oakhurst CA
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Fresno California
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Hwy 41
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
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Nearest Beach
150 Miles
Pacific Coast
Car: necessary

Be sure to check out Bass Lake andManzanita Lake


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $25
Additional Guest Fee $20 per person per night

Dogs live on the premiese but are not able to go near the apartment. The far side of the main house is the residential area for the owners and we ask that you veer away from that area for our privacy. Nielsen Road is a public access to a small neighborhood. The neighbors are very generous and friendly. To keep it that way, we ask that visitors respect the 15 mph rule while driving on the road.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.