Stayed here at the end of June 2013, great resort, super staff and very well maintained, super quality and very clean. We were RCI timeshare exchangers and swapped into a 2 bed semi detached 'house', with 2 bedrooms (king and twin), lounge pull down bed, main bathroom and a downstairs wc and sink. The kitchen was fully equipped with large American fridge freezer. There was also a washer and dryer. I understand that some of the units have an ensuite rather than the huge ( and useless to us) walk in closet that we had. If there are more than 2 of you I would recommend requesting a unit with 2.5 baths rather than 1.5 baths for more privacy. For 2 adults we had lots of space, for 4 adults it would be fine, for 6 then I think it could be a bit too snug.
We wanted to use this as a base for Yosemite to keep costs down as accommodation is the park is very expensive and we drove in most days to go hiking. However for those folk wishing to do the same then be aware that whilst the south gate at Mariposa is about 13 miles away, they are very long miles as the road is very winding with lots of twists, as is the road down to Wawona and Yosemite village. So as a rule of thumb it took us 35 minutes to get to the south gate and about 1 hour and 10 minutes to get to the valley floor or to Glacier Point. Areas further north like Tioga and Tuolumne meadows are about 2 and a half hours drive from bass lake.
The staff at the resort are great, really helpful and nothing too much trouble. There is a great pool which you can do laps in and a fantastic huge hot tub which is actually hot- great after a days hiking. Overall we had a great stay, bass lake is a pretty place, seems to be mainly vacation homes and oakhurst is a medium sized town with supermarket etc.
The only slight criticism I would have is as has been mentioned by another reviewer which is that the units have recently been redecorated and they have used very dark colours so the houses are a bit dark, but that is a minor criticism.
In terms of travel then due to flight availability from the UK we flew in and out of Las Vegas- which unless you really want to I would not recommend at all as it is approx 9 hours of solid driving mostly through very hot desert - in June it was 120 degrees - not much fun and Las Vegas is a horribly busy place to drive through. Fresno is the closest airport followed by San Francisco.
One final tip- if you are planning to hike from June to September take bug repellant- we did not and got badly bitten even at 8-10,000 feet, and the mozzies ate through our clothes - did not realise until it was too late. We did some great hikes and would recommend this resort as a base if you can cope with the driving in and out of the park on the winding roads.
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