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Shanks' Lodge in the Woods

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday lodge in Yosemite National Park - Shanks' Lodge in the Woods

Secluded mountain lodge, sleeps up to 14, near Yosemite. A paradise in the woods

Nestled in the middle of 20 forested acres in Mariposa county, Shanks’ Lodge is private, quite and secluded.  A rustic feel awaits you as you enter this 3600 square foot 3 bedroom home.  An added sleeping loft allows this house to easily accommodate as many as 14 people.  It has booth a pool and an 8 person Marquis Hot tub!

In the Great Room, you’ll find a large wrap-around couch where you can enjoy the look and warmth of the wood stove.  The well-equipped kitchen has all the amenities to prepare even the most elaborate meals.  After a long day of fun-filled activities, drift into dreamland in one of the beautifully constructed hand-made log beds. Four bathrooms, all with showers and tubs give even large groups enough privacy and convenience. The large outside deck, with a barbecue grill, tables and chairs, overlooks the private pond and front acreage.  Hike throughout the property and appreciate the enchanting ‘old growth' oak trees, giant sequoias and ponderosa pines. For those with children, there is an adorable playhouse on the property. During the summer months, take a dip in the fenced-in pool with a picture perfect waterfall. For more entertainment, there is a basketball court, a horseshoe pit and a 60-inch flat screen HDTV with Apple TV, all the premium channels and a great music system. 

Guest Access:

The guests will have access to the entire house and 20 acres of property. This includes the laundry room, heated pool,  horseshoe pit, children's playhouse, fire pit, gas barbecue grill,  horse corrals (you are welcome to bring your horses),  hiking trails and private pond.  High speed Wifi so you can stay connected to the outside world if you want.  Otherwise, turn off those devices and listen to sound of the wind in the trees.

Guest interaction:

You will be greeted at the lodge by your host at check-in and shown around the property. At that time, we will be happy to recommend local activities and attractions. We will leave you with our contact information in case you have any questions or concerns.  Otherwise, you may enjoy the house to yourselves the rest of the time!

The Neighborhood:

Mariposa is a quaint historic town located 20 minutes away from the property. The town has wonderful restaurants and bars.  You'll find interesting shopping, including antiques and western/cowboy themed memorabilia.  

Getting Around

Located mid way between the towns of Oakhurst and Mariposa off Hwy 49.

In either town there are large grocery stores and restaurants.  

45 minutes away from with the El Portal or Mariposa Grove entrances to the magnificent Yosemite National Park.

30 minutes to Bass Lake, which is renowned for excellent fishing, hiking trails and warm waters.  Wake borders flock to Bass Lake throughout the spring and summer as do boater, water skiers, paddle boarders, wave runner enthusiasts and more. 

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Tchukon Shanks
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 October, 2016
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About Tchukon Shanks

I am currently living in Mariposa near Yosemite. A breath taking area as many of you know. I was trained as a tradtional french chef. Some of my interests involve horseback riding, hiking, bee keeping and off roading.

Tchukon Shanks purchased this lodge in 2014


based on 13 holidaymaker reviews

Shanks' Lodge in the Woods
average rating of 4.6923075 based on 13 reviews

Beautiful place, great location,quiet,a nice place to get away from it all!!!

  • 5 of 5

We were very pleased with our experience, everything was very organized,clean,all that we needed for a great time. The owner came by to make sure that everything was up to our satisfaction, great place,we would highly recommend this for a large group because there is plenty of space,Mariposa is close by,nice little shops and places to eat!!

Thank you!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful , clean and well equipped home

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed at this beautiful home for 4 days . We could not have been more comfortable then we were . The house is so spacious and it has everything you need for a family getaway . My kids love the pool and did not want to come back . Tchukon was within a text away for anything we might need . We will definitely stay here again .

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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I loved the house, and the pond out front is great for taking a boat out in the early morning!

  • 4 of 5

Everything about this house was great. The pool with the diving board is awesome for those hot days and the Jacuzzi keeps it fun at night. Basketball is fun too, but it's only a half court facing the house so you have to make sure the ball doesn't rebound and hit the windows. Inside the home there's plenty of cookware and utensils for all meals as well as a large fridge in the kitchen and one in the garage. The TV had a tendency to freeze so we couldn't really use Netflix, but the Direct TV worked perfectly fine for when we did want to watch something. There's also a bluetooth sound system under the TV that sounds awesome! There's ample parking space, but if you have a low car the dirt road up to the house can be a little brutal. The only complaints I have about the house was the privacy issues I had with a couple of the bathrooms. The bathroom with a bathtub in the master bathroom is very open to the outside and the toilet is right next to the deck so anyone outside can see what you're doing in that bathroom (there are privacy curtains on one side, but they're very thin and you can easily see through them). The other bathroom that's in the hallway near the other bedrooms also had an issue with the lock. You can push the lock in, but it will still open from both sides. Other than that I loved this house and I would come back again! Just make sure you stock up on food and water while you're in town because it's an hour round trip to the grocery store and back.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceeded all expectations!

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 4 adults & 10 children (10months, 2, 6, 9, 10, 13, 13, 14, 15, 17) ... We never left the property for 5 days & not a single child was ever bored. They most enjoyed the boat/kayaks on the pond, the diving board in the pool, jacuzzi & basketball court. We all enjoyed evenings together roasting marshmallows in the fireplace while watching movies. The kitchen is stocked with every appliance/dish/pot/pan/utensil imaginable & cooking for the masses in it was pure joy. We plan to be back every year. You definitely won't regret booking this amazing home away from home...

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Campbell, CA

Beautiful serene place for our family reunion!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I just stayed at the lodge this past weekend. A get together for our nanay's 92nd bday and reunion. We had a wonderful time at the lodge..and the house is just beautiful. It was very quiet and the lodge has everything you need! The hammock was quite popular for chilling and reading a good book and likewise we all really enjoyed the pool. We will come back soon! Thank you so much. The owner is very nice.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
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Tomales, California

Good for large groups

  • 4 of 5

Our joint family of 13 people, including 6 children aged 5-13, plus 2 dogs, had a wonderful stay here in July. Some highlights were the kids' cabin which the girls transformed into a cafe, the pool, and the loft. The spacious kitchen and dining area accommodated us all well. Tchukon and his father, Richard, went out of their way to make our stay comfortable, even bringing over some items we needed, such as a blender! Unfortunately, there were lots of mosquitos, and the location was more remote than we'd realized. Also, 2 bathrooms are off the master bedroom, so they weren't easily accessible. The good news about the remoteness though was the lovely peace and quiet! We would definitely recommend this property to large groups and families with young children.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Nearest Barpub
13 Miles
Hitching Post
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Sierra Meadows Country Club
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Highway 49
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Triangle Road Cafe
Nearest Ski
55 Miles
Badger Pass
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Bass Lake
Car: necessary

Address for Shanks' cabin:

6080 Smithers Rd

Mariposa, CA 95338

From San Francisco: Come towards Mariposa, CA. Once you get to the town of Mariposa take CA-49 S for about 11 miles. Make a left onto Triangle Road. In 3 miles, make a right onto E Westfall Road. Make the next left onto Smithers Road.

Only 1/2 mile down the road you will see our driveway on the right, please do not go farther then a 1/2mile.

This is very important since it is easy to miss our driveway and the neighbors are getting a little upset.

Look for the Sign that says Smithers 6080 it will have a solar light on top of it. Then turn down the driveway and go to the first cabin on the left.

From Los Angeles/Fresno: Go towards Mariposa, CA. Once you get to the town of Oakhurst, take a left onto CA-49 North for about 15 miles . Turn right onto Triangle Rd. Then follow directions from above.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday lodge in Yosemite National Park, Yosemite

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
24 Nov 2016 - 27 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low Season
2 Jan 2017 - 4 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Labor Day
1 Sep 2017 - 5 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Seasons Greetings
22 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £21
Cleaning £206 + Tax
Property Damage Protection £49
Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday lodge in Yosemite National Park in Gold Country / High Sierra

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Jacuzzi , Bidet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Loft - 2 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

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