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Yosemite Owls Nest Family Friendly and Privacy inside the Sierra Forest

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,100 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome


About the property

Sleeps up to 12 in 2100 Sq/ft Space & Privacy for Several Generations, Pets ok

Seeking a retreat to recharge while the family explores the forest? Nearby 40 acres of park-like walking meadows comes complete with year-round Whiskey Creek for fishing and crawdad catching. Endless miles of pristine hiking and mountain biking; ask your hosts for maps to the local trails. Enjoy boating and fishing in the nearby clear, waters of Bass Lake; or quiet swimming/fishing at Manzanita Lake

Check out our virtual tour if you want to see our luxurious rental room by room - click on the Virtual Tour link below the Owner's Info section."

Large Family friendly living area with separate areas to play cards or enjoy the 2 large flat screen TVs. Spread out in the roomy family room, or enjoy casual conversation in front of a cozy fireplace in the living room. Linger over dessert in the separate dining room or move outside to the covered patio with ceiling fans gently creating an evening breeze while you rest in the Hammock. The spacious deck overlooked by Whisky Ridge has a large barbecue, lots of comfy chairs and even a hammock for the ultimate dreamy nap. Early risers will enjoy watching the sun come up over the mountains or later on relaxing in the Adirondack chairs after a day of adventure. Don't forget your margarita or glass of wine while watching the lengthening shadows creep up the mountainside. Inside is an island kitchen with a gas stove and fully stocked chef's cooking paradise. When you are ready for bed the 3 bedrooms each have plush queen size beds with fluffy duvets and lots of different size pillows. The family room features a pull out daybed/trundle plus a full size futon with deep mattress. The two bathrooms have both showers and tubs; the Master has a deep tub and separate stall shower. There is a separate Utility room with washer and gas dryer to complete your mountain retreat including all the comforts of home.

Our fully approved Vacation Rental is operated with a Madera County Business License issued in the name "Yosemite Owls Nest". Your charges include the 11% Transient Occupancy Tax required by law which is paid to Madera County. This tax is included in the daily fee you are charged. There is also a 6% 'Service charge' by VRBO that goes directly to their company.


• No Smoking or Vaping (eCigarettes) is allowed inside our home, outside on our property or while walking on the roads. Wildfires are a constant threat and a quick eviction and/or deposit forfeiture will occur if any evidence of smoking or materials is discovered.

• This home is located in a quiet neighborhood and is only suitable for quieter groups.  Our rental agreement includes a no tolerance and eviction policy regarding excessive noise, occupancy and/or parties. 

• We allow only well-behaved pets that are approved in advance. They are never to be left alone in the home unattended. All evidence of their visit (feces, fur, stains, etc.) must be completely removed inside and outside before you depart.

• Please make sure you are comfortable with these policies before renting Yosemite Owls Nest. Deposit forfeitures and/or evictions are strictly enforced.

More Details

Chris and Marie Iden
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 March, 2017

About Chris and Marie Iden

Chris is a retired computer game developer (you can find his name on many of Sierra Online's adventure games - particularly the Kings Quest Series) who still enjoys coding to support Marie's real estate website. Marie helps visitors find the perfect home in the local real estate market. Specializing in working with future retirees looking for a less stressful area or perhaps finding a 2nd home to establish forever memories of family get-aways. Shown here are two of their grown children and their families, gathered to celebrate her birthday. Everyone enjoys visits where they rent a party barge on Bass Lake, fixing breakfast while paddling a rubber boat at Manzanita Lake, or playing volleyball on the court at the clubhouse. Truth be told - mostly everyone enjoys the idyllic restful mountains where each follows their personal freedom to explore.

Chris and Marie Iden purchased this lodge in 2005

Why Chris and Marie Iden chose California

We live in a nearby two story home and plan on spending the remainder of our lives in Cascadel Ranch. Your beautiful one story Vacation Retreat is perfect for our future and is a dream to anyone who cannot climb stairs or needs some use of a walker or wheelchair. The view is the same one we enjoy now -- take a look at the webcam and see for yourself why our personal goal is to live in this paradise forever.

What makes this lodge unique

Quiet privacy and seclusion on nearly 3 acres close to Yosemite, Bass Lake and Oakhurst. You are only 45 minutes from Costco, Lowe's, Imax theater, endless choice of restaurants, 24 hour paramedic staffed ambulances with a world renowned trauma center hospital nearby. Cal State Fresno. Fresno Yosemite International airport. We enjoy our comfortable, relaxed lifestyle with all the amenities of a large city available in less than an hour's drive. Centrally located between northern and southern California where it is only a 3 hour drive from San Francisco or 4 hours from Los Angeles; a place where all your family and friends can quickly join you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We appreciated all the details you put into the house. We would definitely consider returning. Thank you!
Sep 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday lodge in Cascadel Woods in Madera County

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 12
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • resort ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • 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 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bedroom Bath - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Deep soaking tub and separate stall shower. Forest View.
    Guest/Hall Bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Roomy area with DUAL pedestal sinks. Hairdryer, shampoo
  • Both bathrooms provide roomy well lit areas with more than ample lighting, space and mirrors.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Connecting bathroom with deep tub and stall shower.
    Family Room - 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Daybed with separate trundle. Full size futon
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , Lodge decor private location distant from family activities
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Cowboy Decor. Cozy Duvet
  • Both the large Deer and Cowboy bedrooms provide separation and quiet respites away from the main Living Areas. Sleep until noon or turn in early; you will appreciate the peace and quiet of this home and surrounding forest. Bedside lights and a rocking chair to curl up with a book or just relax and watch the birds in the trees. There is a Pak-n-Play available for a small child.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Original French trail-head used to take cattle to the gold miners from the San Joaquin Valley to Mammoth began in Cascadel Ranch. Historic apple trees with apples available in season. Blackberries available in season. Nearby Mono Indian museum. Acorn grinding holes in rocks at the top of the cascades. Lots of history to explore. Horseback riding and zip line available a short drive.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(48 traveller reviews)

Yosemite Owls Nest Family Friendly and Privacy inside the Sierra Forest
average rating of 4.7291665 based on 65 reviews

Great fun!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time and will be back soon. That's for the hospitality and being available with great advice about the snow!

Dave and Mary

  • Review Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We hope to welcome you back again vet soon. Marie and Chris
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Amazing stay at the Owl's Nest!

  • 5 of 5

The Owl's Nest is a beautiful home. It is tucked away and has a lovely view. It is well stocked and spacious. We found it to be conveniently located for hiking, biking, shopping at antique stores, visiting Yosemite or Bass lake, and going to the casinos. There were basic groceries available just down the hill and larger stores within 15 miles. The hosts left a binder filled books and maps of the area that were very helpful when deciding what to do. The layout of the house is perfect for two small families or parents that want some space from teens. The property is pet friendly and provides lots of great walking paths for dogs.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had fun staying at the Owl's nest. The house is clean and well-equipped. We spent the nights sitting by the fire and playing games (they have lots of board and card games in one of the closets). There are owls pillows and statues all over the place which gives it character. The house is kid proof and dog friendly with a fenced backyard.

Chris and Marie were very responsive and accommodating to our last mins plans.

We will definite come back :)

  • Review Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sara, you and your family were the Guests that all Owners hope to welcome to their home. We appreciate your care of our home; your dogs were well behaved causing no extra cleaning. We hope your drive home was uneventful; please come enjoy Yosemite Owl's Nest again soon. Marie and Chris
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Wonderful Undiscovered Treasure

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I recently spent a short stay at Yosemite Owls Nest, it was spectacular. The house and property were perfectly appointed, easy to access, beautiful. Everything was setup upon arrival, including the wood stove, it only needed to be lit. It has all the luxury amenities you would want in a home away from home, but still felt cozy and cabin like. Instant hot water, great kitchen that was very well equipped and fabulous views from the back porch. We will certainly spend more time here, longer next time for sure. I can imagine the winter hear would be wonderful. Anyone who wants to spend some affordable and magnificient time in the Yosemite valley, should stay here, no questions asked. Until next time...

  • Review Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sometimes someone leaves a review that makes your heart smile -- this is one of them! You will always be treated as favored guests by us! Marie and Chris
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We loved the place

  • 4 of 5

Or stay at the Owl's Nest was just perfect. My two girlfriends (who live in LA) and I (who live in the Bay Area) met up in the middle (of California) for a weekend getaway with our kids. The kids all had a space, we grownups each had a space and the common living areas provided for great meeting places for everyone or as smaller groups. The rooms were fun and perfect for each of us. The outdoor space was beautiful and made us feel as though we were in the middle of nowhere (which was what we were going for). The kitchen provided everything we needed, the location of the house was prime to Bass Lake, which is where we travelled to for our full day there and we fully enjoyed ourselves. All in all, we'll be going back, but we want to stay longer and bring more people because 12 sleeping in the space, rather than 8 seems the way to go. It's a house that can be used and enjoyed thoroughly. (And this isn't a reflection of the house, but we sure would have loved a hot tub. I keep saying this just because I like an activity in the house where I am staying to entertain myself in the down time that also provides respite and relief, but the house really was perfect.) The house was clean and well-maintained. I would definitely recommend this to friends and families. The listing description is accurate and informative. The hosts were personable and helpful.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Leonnora and we look forward to welcoming you again soon! Marie and Chris
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The property was really nice. Very comfortable and get like being at home

  • 4 of 5

The house was terrific. Plenty of space and comfort for everyone in our party. The location of the house was perfect too. We were close enough to Bass Lake and Yosemite to be able to get to both very easily in a short amount of time.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking such good care of our home and we hope you come back again soon. Marie and Chris
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday lodge in Cascadel Woods, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Off Season
3 Mar 2017 - 25 May 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add £49 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2017
26 May 2017 - 10 Sep 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add £49 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £44 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £100
Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Tax Rate 11.0%

Rates are for 9 Guests total. Additional Guests will be charged at the rate of $50 per night per guest.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Yosemite International
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Buckhorn Saloon, Duceys Bar & Grill
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Sierra Meadows Golf Course
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Amtrak Stop in Madera, Full Station in Fresno
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
Highway 41
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
La Cabana Mexican Food, Pizza Factory
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Badger Pass in Yosemite
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Bass Lake
Car: necessary

Wake to the quiet of a 3 acre mountain top retreat. Enjoy the fresh scent of pine trees and bear clover. Sip your morning coffee from your quiet, private deck. Go for a walk in the meadow and watch the squirrels scurry through the trees. If you are quiet, a mother deer and her twin fawns may sneak up for a closer look at their new visitor. Once your family is awake you can jump into your car for a look around the wonders of the nation's premier National Park. In Yosemite Valley you can bring your binoculars to see climbers tackling world famous rock walls like Cathedral Dome. You can expect to see coyotes in the meadows, deer and possibly a bear or raccoon watching you nearby. Save time to visit the Yosemite Park Museum and enjoy the history of this magnificent natural landmark.

Another experience not to be missed is launch your own watercraft or rent a speedboat or party barge (use your 20% off coupon that we provide) to enjoy the warm water at Bass Lake. Bass, trout and Kokanee salmon are caught in Bass Lake and the surrounding streams.

Your base at Yosemite Owls Nest sits in the historic Cascadel apple ranch surrounded on all 4 sides by the Sierra National Forest. Maps of hiking and biking trails are provided with directions for you to picnic next to Whisky Creek in the park-like walking meadows. A volleyball is provided for the court located at the clubhouse.

No matter whether you came for an extended quiet rest in your own 'private summer camp' or prefer to spend your days exploring the Sierra Mountains, your hosts will help you discover all these mountains have to offer.


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