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Knarly Oaks River House - Private Spa with View, River Front in Yosemite

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"And a River Runs Through It"...Come stretch out and relax in our beautiful two story, 2300 square foot, three bedroom, three bathroom house with reading room, game room, dining room and living room on 1.7 very private acres.  We've have beds to easily sleep 14 in five seperate rooms in comfort [see pictures], all within the wonderful community of Mariposa.

Located five minutes off of Highway 49, all county maintained paved roads and driveway to River House.  The all year East Fork of the Chowchilla River runs across the bottom of our property, where you can fish (California fishing laws apply), pan for gold (it's yours), dip your toes to cool off, or just enjoy the soothing river sounds and spectacular view from the private spa on our second story deck.  We're about 45 minutes from the South Park Entrance (Hwy 41)  and an hour to the All Weather Entrance (Hwy 140) when traffic is light.  We’re fifteen minutes from the historical town of Mariposa, where you’ll find the California State Mining and Mineral Museum, the Mariposa Museum and History Center, many restaurants, and a couple really great gift shops.  We are twenty minutes from the town of Oakhurst, and thirty minutes from the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino. We’ve provided a loose-leaf notebook to tell you all about the local sites and restaurants. 

Deer and wild turkeys like the river and are present every day on the property even when we bring our dogs.  Of course you are bound to spot tree squirrels and perhaps a chipmunk, raccoon, or gray fox.  Hawks, turkey vultures, finch and hummingbirds frequent the trees.  Kick back and enjoy the show our wrap around, two stories, 1200 square foot deck or from our private outdoor spa.  

The River House

The top floor has the wrap around upper deck, kitchen, living room, master bedroom with king bed, queen room with queen bed, reading room with king bed, and a full bathroom and master ¾ bathroom.  The bottom floor has enclosed lower deck, garage, bunkroom with 4 bunk beds and double futon, game room with queen sofa bed, and ½ bath (sink and toilet only).

The upper wrap around deck has the spa outside the master bedroom sliding glass door, propane barbecue and picnic table outside the living room sliding door, swing and chairs to relax in by the dining room sliding door.  Relax to the sounds of the river and enjoy the fantastic view.

The kitchen is stocked with dish, glass and flatware sets of 12.  There is stoneware set and a plastic ware set (for outside use).  There are pots and pans for cooking, along with a rice cooker/steamer, microwave oven, blender, hand mixer, toaster, waffle maker, coffee maker and coffee bean grinder.  The refrigerator is equipped with filtered ice and cold-water dispensers.  You’ll be happy to know there is also a dishwasher.  

The dining room tables seats ten along with four additional barstools at the kitchen counter.

The living room has an awesome slate fireplace, 41" HDTV, satellite/HBO and Blue-Ray player, sofa, recliner and nice view.

The bottom floor has lower deck with wicker furniture enclosed by insect netting, garage with 220V RV hookup, washer, dryer, iron and ironing board, bunk room with two bunk beds (4 twin beds) and double futon, game room with queen sofa bed, 31” HDTV, satellite/HBO, Blue-Ray/DVD player, Wii, mini fridge, and a half bath (sink and toilet).

We stock paper products, soap and shampoo.  

Our current phone service does not have an option to go to voicemail prior to ten rings if we are unavailable.  We thank you in advance for your voicemail patience.

Let us be the home base for your Yosemite Vacation!

Kim & Keith

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house rental amenities

Six person spa with awesome view off the master bedroom

Fully equipped gourmet kitchen, with stove, oven, dishwasher, microwave, and refrigerator with filtered chilled water and ice maker

High speed WIFI Internet, and USB cell phone power cable

40 inch High Def TV in upstairs living room, with HD Satellite and Blue-ray/DVD/Netflix player

31 inch High Def TV in downstairs kids game room, with WII, HD Satellite and Blue-ray/DVD player

High thread count sheets

A new energy efficient washer and dryer. Iron and ironing board

A 2-quart and a 60-quart ice chest

A good supply of beach towels

Board games, DVDs and Books

BBQ (propane fueled)

64 oz Growler from our local handcrafted Prospectors Brewing Co. to bring beer home

Four gold mining pans

220 V RV hookup in garage 


activities and attractions in Yosemite High Sierra/Gold Country

Yosemite National Park

White water rating in the Merced River

Mono Lake

Sugar Pine Railroad

Water sports at Bass Lake

California State Mining and Mineral Museum

Fish or pan for gold in our river

Wine tasting at the Butterfly Creek Winery

vacation rental rates

All rates based on a maximum of 4 guests, no pets
   Rent for parties over 4:
      Additional $25 per guest per night for rent

$125 cleaning fee for a maximum of 4 quests
      Additional $10 per guest per stay cleaning fee

11% county tax on the rent and cleaning fee

Fully refundable $400 security deposit

Increased cleaning fee of $20 for pets, plus additional fully refundable $100 ($500 total) security deposit

Peak Season: May through August, including all major Holidays, 3 night minimum stay.

$250 per night.

Mid Season:  September, October, April, 2 night minimum stay, excluding all major Holidays.

$225 per night.


Off Season:  November through March, 2 night minimum stay, excluding all MLK and Presidents Day weekends.

$175 per night.


We will wash all linens and towels, empty trash, empty clean dishwasher, and clean bedrooms and bathrooms. Guests are expected to leave all other areas as clean as they found it within reason.  Please leave used beds unmade and used towels on hooks in bedrooms and bathrooms to help out cleaning crew expedite the cleaning process (we have extra sets of everything so they can grab used laundry and wash off site, and still have extras for your stay).

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Top things to do in Yosemite
  • Visit Glacier Point
  • Picnic at the Wawona Tunnel
  • Horseback Riding
  • Valley Sightseeing from Tram or Bycycles
  • Raft on the Merced River
Top things to do on a budget
  • Mariposa Museum & History Center
  • California State Mining and Mineral Museum
  • Visit Mariposa Coffee Company
  • Visit Local Wineries
  • BBQ or Cook with Spectacular 2nd Story View
Top things to do with a family
  • Enjoy View and Soothing River Sounds from Deck or Spa
  • Pan for Gold in our All Year River
  • Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad
  • Merced River Recreation Area
  • Enjoy our Book, DVD and Game Collection

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Just what we needed!

Review submitted: April 1, 2014   Date of arrival: March 17, 2014

My family enjoyed our stay at Knarly Oaks. The home is comfortable, well-stocked, and had more than enough room us to stretch out in after a long day of hiking. We anticipate staying at Knarly Oaks again!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers, pet-friendly, sight seeing

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Beautiful home, pefect stay

Review submitted: October 8, 2013   Date of arrival: October 4, 2013

Exactly as described in the ad, very spacious home, the hot tub and the barbecue are great after a hike in the park!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, sight seeing

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First trip to Yosemite

Review submitted: July 13, 2013   Date of arrival: July 6, 2013

We were delighted with our stay at the River House. We had 3 generations (ages 77 - 25) stay for the week and everyone found their own special place to relax in the house. Everything was exactly as described. As this was our first time in Yosemite, and for some, in California, it was nice to have everything spelled out for us. We knew exactly what to expect and were delighted with our choice to stay at the River House! We were extremely pleased!

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, pet-friendly, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Owners response: Thank you for you comment that the House was exactly as advertised. We do pride ourselves that we are completely honest with what we provide. We are very grateful for your review and your approval.

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