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Maureen Lucero

Member since: 2008
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Speaks english

YOSEMITE~~PRIVATE INDOOR POOL/pool table/ping pong/badmitton/cornhole toss/WiFi

15 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Photos and Description of this Oakhurst holiday cabin

Private home/2 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-6) on 2 private acres


On November 11 there is no charge to get into the park

Nestled near the end of a cul-de-sac on a quiet, private drive is our inviting 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 story home which beckons you to come inside. Finally, you have arrived at MORNING STAR RANCH, where you cannot help but feel relaxed & rejuvenated the minute you step through the front door. Now, where to start and what to do...

SUMMER: Of course you've come to see Yosemite Valley, but after a busy day in the valley come home & spend time swimming or napping by your own PRIVATE INDOOR POOL (heated to 76 degrees maximum March through September only). Hot summers in the Sierras average mid to high 90's or more, so stay with us and be COOL!

SPRING/FALL/WINTER: Come see the beautiful spring flowers, changing fall foliage in & around Yosemite, winters' snow in Yosemite for skiing at Badger Pass 45 minutes away, sledding at Goat Meadow Recreation Area, or sleigh rides & ice skating at Tenaya Lodge 10 miles away. Then come home to relax. Occasionally Oakhurst will get a dusting of snow in winter which will not stay on the ground for long as we are at 2400 foot elevation. During the winter you are required to carry tire chains or cables when you visit Yosemite Valley.

TWO BEDROOMS + TWO BATHROOMS: Morning Star Ranch is comfortably furnished for family fun or a romantic couples get-away. King-sized memory foam mattress in the ground floor bedroom & a Queen-sized pillow-top mattress in the small, cozy, isolated upstairs bedroom. The upstairs game room also has a full-sized sofa bed.

ENTERTAINMENT: Besides the 42' HD surround sound TV in the living room, there are TV's in each bedroom & game room. All the electronics you might miss while being away from home are provided: DVD player with surround sound & VCR player and wireless WiFi internet access. There is a phone for all local calls.

KITCHEN: You will have access to every necessary appliance needed to prepare your meals & snacks. There is a large Weber propane BBQ & Weber charcoal BBQ located on the front deck off the living room. Enjoy your summertime meals al fresco on the comfy outdoor furniture on the living room deck overlooking the Sierra mountains or the large deck off the pool room with large tented Pergola, picnic table, Adirondack & chaise lounge chairs. When you're not in the mood to cook, dine out at any number of excellent area restaurants. Choose from American, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Italian, BBQ, or 5 star European-style dining (world famous Erna's Elderberry Restaurant) & more all located less than 5 minutes from home.

YARD: There is a horseshoe pit, badminton set, bean bag toss & croquet set for you to use. Also two picnic benches are conveniently located on the property.

GAME ROOM=YEAR-ROUND FUN: Upstairs in the loft you will find a full-sized POOL TABLE/PING PONG TABLE. Listen to music while you enjoy a game of pool, ping pong, chess, darts or backgammon. Of course, you could just sit & relax and enjoy a DVD, CD, video, book, puzzle or board game & unwind from your days' adventures. Some of our previous guests have even canceled additional day-trips back to Yosemite just so they could spend their extra time enjoying all the fun-time activities available at our property!

GROUNDS: Take leisurely walks around our 2-acre property at 2400 foot elevation, which is scattered about with large granite boulder outcroppings, listen to the babbling seasonal creek in winter or whispering cedar, pine & oak trees. Be on the alert for grazing deer, covey of quail or sprinting foxes. Spend sun-kissed days & star-lit nights in a quiet locale that is destined to become your home-away-from home.

YOSEMITE~YOSEMITE~YOSEMITE!!! Begin your Yosemite adventure at the Mariposa Grove of giant redwoods located at the south entrance to Yosemite 20 minutes away on HWY 41. Or take the 60 mile drive up HWY 49 to the all-weather Scenic HWY 140 which winds along the beautiful Merced River & into the western Arch Rock entrance to Yosemite. On your way to Yosemite on Highway 41, visit the historic Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railway (spring & summer) with its' old-fashioned narrow-gauge steam engines. Take a ride on 'The Logger', pan for gold, stay for lunch or dinner & enjoy their entertainment. Horseback riding stables are also close by & new to the Oakhurst area is a zipline tour.

BASS LAKE!!! Bring your fishing pole or boat (or rent one at the local marina) & spend a glorious spring or summer day on pristine Bass Lake 5 miles away--picnicking, swimming, fishing & enjoying water sports--or venture out to any number of nearby lakes.

MORE FUN!!! Take a day-trip up Highway 49 to explore dozens of old gold rush-era towns. Visit the charming & historic town of Mariposa 40 minutes northwest: visit a working stamp mill with old mining equipment, historic museums, buildings, carriages & wagons.

SHOPPING/DINING (all less than 5 minutes from the house): Shop Raley's Supermarket in Oakhurst--the best stocked food store, deli & bakery in town. You will also find other nearby conveniences such as Vons Grocery Store, Grocery Outlet Bargain Center, CVS & Rite-Aid Drug Stores, various fine-dining & fast food restaurants including South Gate Brewery & Cafe, pizza parlors, 5-screen movie theater, Starbucks, gas stations & more.

WHAT'S BEST: Remember, EVERY season of the year offers something new & exciting to see or do in and around Yosemite. Make your vacation dollars count--welcome home to Morning Star Ranch & enjoy your stay.

Fresno 45 minutes~Merced 1.25 hr~Modesto 2 hr~Monterey 3 hr~Oakland/San Jose/Sacramento 3 hr~San Luis Obispo 3 hr~San Francisco 3.5 hr~Napa Valley 4 hr~LA/Orange County 4.5 hr~San Diego-6 hr

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Maureen Lucero (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Speaks english

About Maureen Lucero

Check out our other vacation home in Oakhurst with private OUTDOOR POOL & hot tub---perfect for hot Sierra summers. Sleeps a maximum of 6 guests. The one bedroom cabin will sleep 4 guests and detached studio apartment will sleep 2 guests. Visit homeaway #306013 for more info. Rates are the same as this listing and is perfect for 2 couples.

Maureen Lucero purchased this cabin in 2011

Why Maureen Lucero chose Yosemite Area

Our family loves to explore beautiful Yosemite Valley and its' surroundings, but we wanted to be away from the crowds after a busy day visiting there. It is an hours' drive to the floor of Yosemite Valley from our home--and a beautiful drive at that!.

You will find that amenities in Yosemite Valley are sparse, but the town of Oakhurst (which is less than 1 mile from our home) has everything you could possibly want--from grocery stores, restaurants, movie theaters, gas stations and much, much more.

What makes this cabin unique

After three successful years of running our Morning Star Ranch vacation rental in the nearby town of Ahwahnee, we decided to purchase a different vacation rental--this time in Oakhurst.

While this Oakhurst vacation home offers many of the same fun amenities that the previous rental had, we feel that this Oakhurst home offers our guests a very unique feature that no other rental property near Yosemite Valley can--a private INDOOR pool for spring & summer swimming only (March through September) & heated to 76 degrees. Pool is unheated October through February and water temperatures never gets any warmer than 55 degrees.

Come stay at Morning Star Ranch in Oakhurst to RELAX and UNWIND from your hectic lifestyle. Enjoy the stress-free surroundings on our 2-acre property: no traffic, no people, no noise--except the country-kind--quiet!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Yosemite Valley, Lewis Creek Trail. We really enjoyed the house--better than we hoped for!
Apr 2012
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based on 15 traveller reviews

YOSEMITE~~PRIVATE INDOOR POOL/pool table/ping pong/badmitton/cornhole toss/WiFi
average rating of 4.866667 based on 17 reviews

Everything you need

  • 5 of 5

This place is spacious and nearby many natural escapes. Great for a group hangout. Very clean and homely.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Experience!

  • 5 of 5

I enjoyed my time at this rental! The activities made available were much appreciated. There were countless board games, pool table and ping pong table. The views from the balconies were awesome. It is conveniently located near scenic hiking trails, as well as grocery stores. The owners were extremely polite. I look forward to visiting this well maintained location again in the future!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Morning Star Ranch is #1 !!- Beautiful & Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Morning Star Ranch was absolutely spectacular. The rooms were spacious, comfortable and very clean. This ranch was a home away from home. The amenities: pool table, ping pong, surround sound speakers and WiFi definitely was a plus. Gorgeous view - I would highly recommend Morning Star Ranch to all my friends and family. Thank you Maureen and Steve !!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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San Marcos, CA

Morning Star Ranch is the exception to the rule!

  • 5 of 5

Where to start? I have stayed at 2 other mountain rentals in the last year and they pale in comparison to Morning Star Ranch. I give the other places a 1-2 star rating. Inside: This place is an entertainers' delight—it provides EVERYTHING you need or want. Very comfortable to sleep in, and boy was the whole place CLEAN! Thank you for that Maureen and Steve. Outdoors: The grounds have magnificent beauty and it was quiet and serene. The touch of snow just before we left made it even more special. I highly recommend Morning Star Ranch. Thank you Maureen and Steve for having a place that is THE exception to the rule. I (we) hope to return again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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This place has everything!

  • 5 of 5

Such an amazing time! This beautiful home has everything you could want and more, lots more. Perfect location. The indoor pool was perfect. Maureen and Steve heated it for our kids and they loved it. Tons of games, movies, activities, and cooking stuff. My little dog came along and there were even dishes and a leash for him. We will definitely come back!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco Bay Area

Morning Star Ranch is unbelieveably gorgeous!

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough nice things about Morning Star Ranch and their owners, Maureen and Steve. If you are looking for a beautiful, cozy, fun, relaxing, very interesting and eclectic place to stay, Morning Star Ranch is the place to go. We plan of making many visits to Morning Star Ranch in the future. We highly recommend it. Thank you Maureen and Steve for having such an amazing property to rent while visiting the Yosemite area.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Roman's Bar
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Sierra Meadows
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 41/49
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Badger Pass
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Bass Lake
Car: necessary

Why stay in an expensive hotel room & eat all your meals out? MORNING STAR RANCH offers our guests more privacy, value & recreational activities on-site for their vacation dollar than any other rental home near Yosemite. Compare all the activities we provide with any other property & you will see that we have the most fun here for your vacation dollar--you will save money! Our guests will be happily OVERWHELMED with all our home has to offer them & you too will enjoy any number of the following fun-time activities: your own private indoor pool (swimmable in summer only), ping pong, pool table, horseshoes, croquet, chess, darts, books, games, DVDs, CDs, TVs with satellite, computer with DSL internet connection. We provide you with all your bedding, towels, spices, soap & paper products so you do not have to bring them with you on your vacation. What more could you want? Relax, go for a summer swim or walk the property--enjoy all the country 'noise' and visiting 'critters'.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cabin in Oakhurst, California

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
6 Sep 2016 - 17 Nov 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
18 Nov 2016 - 27 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
28 Nov 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
17 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
1 Mar 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning A$178 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit A$329
Pet Fee A$66 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

See our other vacation home with an OUTDOOR POOL & HOT TUB: Sleeps 6 guests maximum, same rate, etc

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in Oakhurst, California

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • water cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , downstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , upstairs
    Bathroom 3 - shower enclosure , in pool room
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 sofa bed/futon , Located in upstairs gameroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , Located in downstairs bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , Located in small upstairs bedroom
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • DVR
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • games - kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • video player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • veranda
  • wooden decking
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Iron, ironing board, hair dryer, curling iron, beach towels, clock radios, flashlights, numerous maps & books on Yosemite & Gold Country, restaurant & visitors guide, games, puzzles & books, all paper products & soaps Wide assortment of movie & concert DVDs as well as childrens' video cassettes/VCR Margaritaville margarita blender, espresso/cappuccino maker, coffee grinder/maker, bread maker, rice cooker, toaster, toaster oven, electric hand mixer, waffle iron, George Foreman grill, panini grill, spice rack, tea kettle, PUR filtered water pitchers, cook books