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!
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$10 / night after 2 guests|
|Check In:||12:00 PM (noon)|
|Check Out:||12:00 PM (noon)|
|Pet Owner:||Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)|
Had a great time staying with Lori. The room was wonderful and cozy; Lori is very accomodating and helpful. The house is about an hour from Yosemite Valley and provides a solid base camp for daily excursions into the park. We look forward to having the opportunity to visit again in the future.
This was my first time using AirBnB and because of Lori, my first time was great! I was a little worried about booking a room through AirBnB, but Lori's hospitality and her Birdsong Pony Retreat was really a great first experience for me.
Although she wasn't there to greet my family and I upon our check-in, she really made it easy to settle in. She was so polite and really hospitable. She did everything to make us feel comfortable. We had an issue with the hot water and that same day she had it fixed with a plumber. She let my daughter ride her pony, she gave us a few recommendations on where to eat, and about Yosemite, she was way better than a hotel staff. She was a concierge, a travel agent, a hostess, and room service all in one. She added to our remarkable weekend. Her place really does sleep 4 comfortably. Her property is so peaceful. It is definitely worth a second visit and if you are new to AirBnB, she is definitely worth your first time.
Great place for families with little kids!
the room was cozy, had a kitchenette and bathroom. enough room to stay comfortably for 4 people. Lori, Jay and their kids were really nice to us. they even brought us cookies on Christmas Eve night !
the animals in the farm made the stay even better ! the kids brought us around and showed us their miniature ponies, horses, goats, dogs and cats.
i would recommend this place if you love animals and you're visiting Yosemite !
1) STELLAR customer service - Lori and her husband Jay were immediately responsive to each and every phone call and request that I made, and they were extremely warm and courteous hosts.
2) Quality of Rooms - clean, bright, spacious living quarters (bedroom, kitchenette, bathrooms) that were fully stocked with all the necessities.
1) Cats - my fellow guests/friends are allergic to cats and the owner's cats are a constant (and at times intrusive) presence around the property, so beware if you are allergic! I should mention that although one cat snuck into both of our rooms, the hosts were prompt and courteous in vacuuming and thoroughly cleaning our rooms to remove any trace of cat hair.
2) Guidelines - there were several issues (how to access hot water in the shower, how to use Netflix, must avoid turning on the microwave and oven simultaneously or face power outage for both) that I needed to contact the hosts after the fact, when it would've been helpful for them to inform us upfront upon our arrival.
Thank you for your kind words, Gabe. We really enjoyed having you say with us. I apologize that the cats showed a little too much love your way. Many guests encourage their affection, and I think they don't understand when they are welcome and when they should stay out of the way. In the future, we plan on putting the cats completely away until guests who are allergic leave for the park. Again, very sorry and thank you for your understanding! We have created an info sheet on things like Netflix, we appreciate your suggestion. We have not had any power outages for the microwave and toaster oven before, I guess my husband Jay (who has his degree in electrical engineering) tries to preempt issues before they happen. We are upgrading the power on our electrical box just to stay ahead of the game, so that the wall that services the kitchenette part of the home can handle multiple appliance uses so future guests don't have usage restrictions. We truly appreciate your stay, and take your comments and suggestions gratefully, as we are always striving for a five star experience. Thank you again for being such great guests!
Great place and felt right at home! Highly recommend a stay at Lori's place!
Lori was a great host. She even rearranged some things so we could stay a day longer than planned, because we had incorrectly entered the date. We loved our weekend.
The Prentices were very friendly and helpful - our room was very comfy and a great value!! Had fun meeting the ponies and goats, too. Thanks so much!
Nice place closed to Yosemite park, good location if you are planning to visit the park and hike, as it is at 1 hour from park entrance. Lori and her family were nice and helpful. The place is also really closed to a shopping area with a big supermarket were you can find organic food.
Lori and her family were very friendly and accommodating. The guest room is very nice sized for a small family or couple. The location is great - very quiet and surrounded by nature. Close to town but feels very secluded. Short drive to Yosemite and all the area attractions. We loved it and will come back!