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“Homestead Oasis”
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Homestead Cottages
Ranked #1 of 4 Ahwahnee B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
San Francisco, California
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Homestead Oasis”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

On my birthday in March , I decided to revisit the spectacular Yosemite National Park. I booked a 3 night stay at the Homestead Cottages in Ahwahnee. Words are not enough to describe the glorious wonder of the grounds. Arriving 5 hours late , we were greeted by a very welcoming lady who showed us to our fully-equipped cottage. It was spacious and decorated with indian decor. The log bed was very soothing to my exhausted body. Upon waking up and venturing outside to see what the area looked like in the light, my breath was taken away by the spectacular land that was designed by God. The lush green trees , the perfect natural placing of every rock and the sound of the birds and the rolling brook. The Homestead Cottages is the place to stay when peace and beauty with friendly stafff are what is needed for the body, mind and soul.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

We arrived to be warmly greeted by Cindy and Larry who were very helpful in providing us with detailed information about Yosemite National Park, getting around town, where to shop, buy chains for our rental vehicle, anything we needed.

The accommodation was fantastic, just like home... we picked The Homestead based on TripAdvisor reviews and can assure anyone looking for a "base" to explore Yosemite that this is a fantastic location.

When we returned from our daily outings the cottage had been cleaned and our supplies topped up... but unlike in a hotel it didn't feel like someone had moved all your stuff around - Cindy and Larry are very discrete hosts.

Our 21 month old son had a great time running around their property - plenty of room for him to stretch his legs, and we never felt like we were bothering anyone.

5 stars, highly recommended - can't stress how happy we were to choose The Homestead!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

Where do I start? The Homestead Cottages have to be one of the best located and homely types of accommodation we have ever encountered. We chose it because of the great recommendations we saw on Tripadvisor and Booking.com.
As good as those recommendations are, the reality was so much better.
The Homestead Cottages is located in Ahwanhee and is about 10 minutes from Oakhurst which has everything else you need. Oakhurst is the gateway to the south entrance to Yosemite National Park.
On arrival, it was a great pleasure to meet Cindy, Larry, Decca (Lab) and Dexter (Cat). They all came to greet us at the Office.
The layout of the accommodations has been well thought out and there is an element of privacy in built. Parking, wifi and direct tv included too.
The room itself was so clean and well appointed [Thanks Tess] it was like being at home! The bed, bedding and towels were of a very high standard and soaps and shampoo etc provide, home from home indeed.
Our hosts provide you with fresh orange juice, cereal and fruit daily as well as the usual tea and coffee. Fresh milk and your choice of muffin is also provided in room.
Cindy and Larry also provide you with a folder of places they themselves recommend and you can take it with you during your stay. You just can't get this level of service and attention to detail in the big hotels!!!!

The night sky is something to behold in this part of California. Seats are provided for you to sit out and watch the sky above, heavenly. I think there is a BBQ too!
Raleys supermarket is my favourite, it has everything including a deli which sells Dagwood sandwiches! Ideal for taking a packed lunch into Yosemite
We allow our thoughts to drift back to our time at the Homestead, truly a fantastic place. By the way, in September it was between 88-93, nice and warm as was the welcome.
The Homestead Cottages are outstanding and you will not be disappointed in any way!!
Thanks Cindy and Larry for making our stay special.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Modesto, California
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

This IS our 'fav' get-a-way place to shut out all the clamor of life! Sounds pretty dramatic, but really... The proprietors (& owners) Larry & Cindy have everything set up for a completely relaxing stay. They are both very friendly (their dog 'Spice', too) and yet never intrusive. Individual cabins enhance privacy and peaceful quiet. We like to sit outside on the porch bench, sipping a mocha, and watch for red-headed woodpeckers and finches dance in the trees; coyotes and deer; and an occasional bellow of some cattle off in the distance. Yeah, sounds too good to be true...all true!

Room Tip: All are super clean and cozy! Our favorite it the Garden Cottage...just cuz' it's our usual...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Encinitas, California
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

Cozy cabins, perfectly appointed!
Cindy and Larry were the best hosts. Fireplace was easy to use you just flip a switch!! Cottage was stand alone and very quiet. Cute and comfy. Waterfall showerhead! Highly recommend. Living room and room much larger than expected.

Had a wonderful time in Yosemite.

Room Tip: Garden Cottage is perfect.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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san francisco
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

We rented the Ranch cottage, with two bedrooms, a gas fireplace and a very decent kitchen. Everything was cozy and immaculate. We brought our own dinner and had a Thanksgiving feast; the kitchen had everything we needed, although a serving bowl or 2 would be a nice addition to the inventory.
We had a few small issues which were take care of immediately, but the main reason I am not giving the Homestead a full 5 stars is because of the breakfast. For a place listed as a B&B it is underwhelming to say the least. The coffee they provide is terrible- if you need a decent cup in the morning, bring your own. The muffins are overly sweet and a terrible way to start a day of hiking, otherwise there is some granola and a couple of bananas and apples. Nothing really wrong here, and it didn't matter much to us- we still had a 5-star experience overall. I would definitely go back.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Perth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

We stayed in the Star Gazing loft for 4 nights. Had a great time and didnt want to move on .
Great breakfasts; a far too comfortable bed and everything you could need for self catering. So much better equipped than many places. Lots of good local information - a big help when home is Scotland! The world is a big place but we we ever came back to the Yosemite area we would stay here.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Homestead Cottages
Address: 41110 Road 600, Ahwahnee, CA 93601-9625
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Location: United States > California > Ahwahnee
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Ahwahnee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Homestead Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
30 Minutes from the South entrance of Yosemite National Park. Private, luxury, romantic and family friendly cottages located on 40 wooded acres close to the southern entrance of Yosemite National Park. Each cottage has 1 or 2 bed rooms that can accommodate 2-6 guests and includes a fully equipped kitchen, a romantic bedroom with a queen size bed, a cozy living room with a queen size sofa sleeper, and a spacious bathroom. Complimentary WiFi. Free continental breakfast is provided in your cottage. ... more   less 
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