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Bass Lake/ Yosemite -Fine Gold Retreat

North Fork, CA, USA
  • Studio480 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum StayNone

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.


Bret and Janel Nielsen

Member Since 2013
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Calendar last updated:
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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


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Sofa Bed
        2 sleep sofa /futon
      • Bed and sofa sleeper each sleeps up to two people.


      • 1 Bathroom

          Location Type

            • Mountain View
            • Rural


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      laundry service available upon request for a small fee.
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Parking
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      laundry service available upon request for a small fee.


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Kitchen
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Television


                                    • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                    • wheelchair accessible
                                      We are still working on the entry for wheelchair accessibility.


                                        • 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

                                                    • hiking
                                                    • cycling
                                                    • fly fishing
                                                    • freshwater fishing
                                                    • golf
                                                    • fishing
                                                    • hunting
                                                    • mountain biking
                                                    • mountain climbing
                                                    • mountaineering
                                                    • water skiing

                                                      House Rules

                                                      Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                      Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                      100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                      39 Reviews


                                                      Latest reviews

                                                      Beautiful, well maintained, nice scenery, super peaceful

                                                      Daisy P.

                                                      Had a great honeymoon experience thanks to Bret and Janel. Very friendly and made us feel very comfortable. Would definitely recommend to a friend and do it again(:

                                                      Wonderful retreat

                                                      Jim U.Crystal, MN

                                                      The Finegold retreat is perfect for an older couple of small family visiting the Yosemite area. It is much larger than pictured and has all the amenities you could want or need. It is wonderfully quiet and we saw deer several times.

                                                      The kitchen is well supplied with utensils and cooking equipment.

                                                      We had a wonderful time and did not want to leave.

                                                      Bret & Janelle were wonderful and gracious hosts.

                                                      I gave them 5 stars only because I could not give them more.

                                                      Relaxing in comfort

                                                      Carol H.Roseville, MN

                                                      We had a wonderful 5 nights at the Finegold Retreat. The place is really cute and comfortable with everything we needed. It was away from all the hustle and bustle of the cities. We were close enough to visit Yosemite, King's Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. Bret and Janel were helpful the couple of times we needed them. We highly recommend this jewel in the mountains.

                                                      Great space, great people

                                                      Lupine R.

                                                      We really enjoyed our stay - the space was newer and nicer than it appeared in the pictures. The location was also perfect for Bass Lake - and not too far away from Yosemite. Janel and her family were so friendly and helpful - we had a great experience!

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

                                                      Andrew P.

                                                      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!

                                                      A beautiful, cozy, comfortable apartment with all your basic amenities.

                                                      Elise M.

                                                      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.


                                                      North Fork, CA, USA

                                                      Be sure to check out Bass Lake andManzanita Lake

                                                      Rates & Availability

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                                                      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.

                                                      39 Reviews
                                                      Wonderful 4.8/5
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