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YOSEMITE~~PRIVATE INDOOR POOL/HOT TUB/pool table/ping pong/WiFi/2 bd+2 ba

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Unique home:Private indoor pool/outdoor hot tub/2 Bedroom + 2 bath, 5 guests max

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INDOOR POOL HEATED MARCH THRU SEPTEMBER ONLY: 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 78 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! Or, come home after a long day of hiking in Yosemite Valley, for a relaxing soak in your Jacuzzi hot tub.

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 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.

DECKS: There is a large Weber propane BBQ located on the back deck (hot tub deck) and a combination propane & charcoal BBQ 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 back deck (off the pool room) with picnic table & hot tub, Adirondack & chaise lounge chairs.

NEWLY ADDED: 3 Person Jacuzzi Hot Tub on back deck off pool room.

RESTAURANTS: 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, 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, 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 & spring 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, with another 45 minutes drive down into the valley (drive may take longer depending on the season). 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.

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.

CHUKCHANSI CASINO is 20 miles south of Oakhurst off Highway 41 for great gaming, entertainment and buffets.

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, distillery, 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

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Maureen Lucero
Member since: 2008
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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 or families. 760.815.1837

Maureen Lucero purchased this cabin in 2011

Why Maureen Lucero chose Oakhurst

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, brewery, distillery, 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 78 degrees. Pool is unheated October through February and water temperatures usually never gets any warmer than 50 degrees. We have also just added a 3 person Jacuzzi hot tub summer of 2017.

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

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
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 5
  • 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
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • veranda
  • wooden decking
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • 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
  • fitness centre
  • 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. 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 pitcher, cook books


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YOSEMITE~~PRIVATE INDOOR POOL/HOT TUB/pool table/ping pong/WiFi/2 bd+2 ba
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 26 reviews

Truly amazing.

  • 5 of 5

Could not have asked for more , relaxing breath taking views. As I was reading blue prints on the front porch a herd of deer walked through the yard. It is a must stay location.

  • Review Submitted: 09/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Best!! Close to everything! Unique beautiful property that has everything ..

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 5 days in early Nov 2017 .. couldn’t say more about the comfort and amenities. Close to Yosemite, Bass Lake, gold rush towns etc. we chilled on the multiple decks .. hot tub, read by the wood stove... Great Wifi and tv/music

Hosts were the best.. can’t wait to go back!!

  • Review Submitted: 10/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The pictures don't do this place justice!

  • 5 of 5

You know the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words? In this case, seeing it in person spoke volumes. There a so many little quirky details that take days to discover. We hope we can visit this home again and again. It was the most relaxing vacation for our third anniversary. We spent the majority of the time in the home, pool and game room. This is what vacation is all about. We had several visits from the deer and they never overstayed their welcome! I have been on several vacations and this by far is the most memorable. I want to thank Maureen and Steven for their wonderful hospitality and hope to visit the same time next year!

  • Review Submitted: 16/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything you need and more...

  • 5 of 5

My spouse and I stayed at Maureen's and Steve's Oakhurst home for 5 nights. It was the best location for going to all the places we planned to visit. The home was very comfortable & clean. It had everything we needed. Great Wifi and cable tv when we wanted to watch some tv. The house was very spacious. Every day when we'd get back from our day trips, we'd eat our dinner out on the north deck while watching family of deer and squirrels. We'd play pool in their game room, then go for a swim and then jump into the jacuzzi for the ultimate relaxation. Thank you Maureen & Steve for being great VRBO/HomeAway owners! :-)

  • Review Submitted: 04/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceeded expectations! Highly recommended!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 5 stayed at this property in August for 6 nights. We were welcomed with a generous supply of thoughtful extra food and drink items. Also included were soaps, an array of kitchen cupboard essentials including oils and sauces. So kind. Our children absolutely loved the swimming pool and the hot tub. We also enjoyed playing pool. This amazing and interesting home has a real ranch feel. There are numerous verandas on which to sit and relax. Very helpful, detailed guides on the area we provided We enjoyed visiting Nelder Grove and Yosemite. Locally (within 5 minutes drive) there are sufficient and good-sized supermarkets to stock up supplies. This is a real gem of a place and I would love to stay there again if given the chance. Maureen (owner with Steven) was extremely accommodating and within telephone reach if we had a question. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 02/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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I got to let my grandkids experience some of the great things I got to do growing up in the midwest.

  • 5 of 5

Thanks to Maureen for making her home so warm and inviting. From barbecuing and being able to cook anything in the well stocked kitchen,

To the game room and pool to use any time of day. We also enjoyed cocktails on the front porch.

  • Review Submitted: 13/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
The Attic
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Sierra Meadows
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 41/49
Nearest Restaurant
1 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), Jacuzzi hot tub, ping pong, pool table, horseshoes, bean bag toss, 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:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
1 Mar 2018 - 4 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
5 Sep 2018 - 15 Nov 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee AU$67.37 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$336.83
Cleaning AU$181.89 + Tax

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

  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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