About this listing
Birdsong Creek Pony Retreat is a cozy, affordable large bedroom and small eating area with kitchenette (not full-sized). Guests tell us how they love our friendly horses, goats, cats, dogs & chickens. Shared wall with main home, private apt & entry.
Birdsong Creek Pony Retreat is a family-friendly, way to visit the Sierras and have your fill of mountain life in a completely private apartment that shares walls with our main house. Come pet our two ponies, visit with our new filly (baby girl horse), gather chicken eggs, or splash in the seasonal creek and catch tadpoles. This large bedroom has a private entrance, attached bath, kitchenette with toaster oven and coffee maker, WiFi access (very reliable but not 100%- we are in the mountains!), Netflix, a queen bed and full-sized futon. Relax on the patio, bordering the back end of the agricultural department at Yosemite High School, and walk onto campus to enjoy their gigantic pool with great kiddie area. Just a mile from the closest grocery store, feel far enough away to experience peace, but close enough to town to quickly pick up something you forgot at home. We have two outdoor dogs that occasionally bark to protect our animals. We pay close attention to them. They are a couple hundred feet from your room, and you have double-paned glass doors.
Bass Lake was voted Best Lake by Sunset Magazine, and is down the road about 6 or 7 minutes. You can rent a boat to fish or wakeboard, swim in the warm water, or make sand castles on the plentiful beaches. The southern entrance to Yosemite National Park is about 25 minutes away. Yosemite is a premier destination for rock climbers, and has spectacular waterfalls. It boasts lots of opportunities for families to get involved with rafting, nature programs and group campfires.
Birdsong Creek Pony Retreat is located on a safe dead-end street, and kids can jump across the creek to a well-maintained walking path. We hope to see you around here soon!
Guests access their private apt and a shared backyard. The deck off the main home and side by the garage is private.
Interaction with Guests
We try to greet guests as they arrive, however sometimes schedules do not allow. We have a lock box out for those times when were are not here upon arrival (or if arrival is very late.) We are pretty good at gauging if guests want space or would like interaction, but the best way to make sure you're happy is for you to communicate with us. We don't want to be seen as taking up your private time, and we also want to be available to answer questions in person, text, email or phone to help you make the most of your stay. Our children LOVE playing with other children, but they are also told they are to be invited to play so they don't inadvertently interfere with family time. Our children are instructed they are NEVER allowed in a guest's room, even if your child asks them to come inside and play, so please have your children play outdoors with our children if they wish. We try to be available if guests want to interact with the animals, again if schedules allow since sometimes guests can't easily predict how long they will stay at the park. Petting, brushing is all welcome, feeding the animals owners need to be with you.We ask all guests to enforce that our animals will only be touched in a gentle, loving manner. We don't chase our chickens, don't play rough with our dogs, don't allow pulling of ears etc. and because of it we have nicely behaved, loving animals. We try really hard to be approachable, and respectful of your space.
California is in the worst drought in 126 years, though even with less green landscaping than usual, we believe it to be the most beautiful place we know. Our neighborhood is a small town of about 13,000 people. There are two large grocery stores, a movie theater, a few pharmacies and plenty of modern conveniences. There are many trailheads a short drive away, and the stars are especially bright being away from large city lights at night.
There is a taxi service, but no public transportation. Our home is about a half mile away from a small grocery store- close enough to walk.
Other Things to Note
Please do not book our room if any of the guests are allergic to cats. We ask kindly that our guests do not leave the door open, (we are in the mountains and there are wild animals here, sometimes mosquitoes depending on the time of year.) We strongly discourage our lovely cats from being inside the room, and guests' understanding of that will help us greatly. If guests would like to love on the cats outside, we know what that's like since we are animal lovers too, and we genuinely appreciate your kindness towards our pets. Please consider we live where there are owls hooting, coyotes howling, (seasonal) creeks babbling, and it is most important to us that you have a very comfortable night's sleep which is why I mention it.
NO smoking. Members of our family have severe asthma problems. Absolutely NO smoking. Well-mannered pets OK with additional security and cleaning. Pack and Play available on request. Please visit the ponies anytime, however an owner must be present if you would like to go into the fenced area. Carrots and apples are OK to feed the ponies anytime with owners present. Owners must be present if minors are to feed the animals. Kindly do not leave the door unlocked or open. Our cats would love to snooze in your room, and while it may be all right with you, it is against our rules to invite the cats inside. The guests right after you may not want a can meowing to come in! We truly appreciate your feedback and will work with you to make sure you have a comfortable stay.