UNIQUE CUSTOM HOME CLOSE TO YOSEMITE - 2 NIGHT MINIMUM

Kathy Rufo

Speaks english
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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UNIQUE CUSTOM HOME CLOSE TO YOSEMITE - 2 NIGHT MINIMUM

Mariposa House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Custom Home Close To Yosemite and Mariposa.

This newly constructed custom home is just 45 minutes from Yosemite and 1 mile from the historic gold rush town of Mariposa.

Comfortable and clean, my house will accommodate 6 people in bedrooms and up to 10 people total.

It has an easy living, open floor plan with plenty of space to visit, enjoy meals together, or just rest up from the day's adventures.

Historical downtown Mariposa is 1 mile away. Visit the California State mineral museum, or the State's oldest operating courthouse. There are ample shopping opportunities, a variety of restaurants and many excellent antique stores and boutiques.

Public transportation (YARTS) from Mariposa is a convenient, stress-free way to travel to Yosemite. Bus fare includes admission into the park.

This is my home.

With the help of family and friends, I cleared the land and built the house. I have lived in it for the last three years while finishing up the landscaping.

I am visiting friends and relations in Europe this summer and fall, and am making my home available to travelers to the Yosemite area while I am traveling.

The house has been gone over from top to bottom to ensure your stay is pleasurable and trouble free.

New, high quality linens, towels and tableware await your arrival.

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Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed

Kathy Rufo

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2013
Speaks english

My Name is Al Palisca. My son, brothers and I developed this land and built this house. It is my home.

I moved here from Pennsylvania in 1978 to explore and enjoy Yosemite National Park. I worked for the National Park Service in Yosemite for 27 years, married and raised two children here and just love it!

Kathy Rufo purchased this house in 2005

Mariposa is a wonderful place to live, work and play. The weather is fantastic and there are many outdoor activities close at hand.

The slower, rural nature of Mariposa County is appealing in a wholesome and fulfilling way.

Come and unwind, relax and feel the peacefulness of the rural lifestyle while you explore Yosemite and the surrounding area.

My older brother Mike has agreed to be the caretaker, greeter and maintenance person and stays in the studio apartment behind the adjacent garage/shop. Mike is also available to help with whatever you might need during your stay, be it driving directions, or recommendations on what to see or where to dine.

This plans for this house was originally designed by David Arkin and Anni Tilt as a 4 bedroom Straw Bale house. it was constructed in Mill Valley, California in 2000 and was named 'Natural Habitat'.

I purchased and modified the plans to allow the house to be built into the hillside here in Mariposa. The Straw Bale walls were replaced with insulated concrete walls that could withstand burial in the earth and the size increased slightly.

The following description of the house is from the Healthy Home Plans website.

'Natural Habitat is featured in the newly released book, 'The New Strawbale Home', received the Western Home Award from Sunset magazine, and was featured in Real Simple Magazine. This stunning and inspirational strawbale family home does not isolate its residents from one another or from the surrounding environment. The architects, David Arkin & Anni Tilt, a husband and wife team, conceived of and designed this home to give the residents a sense of being at home in nature.

This four-bedroom home is a showcase of environmental innovations, beginning with its modest size. The smaller claim on resources of all kinds is where building green really begins. At 1,860 square feet, it is 470 square feet smaller than the average new American house, yet it feels open and unconfined and more than big enough for a family of five. The kitchen, living and dining areas share one generous space with differing ceiling heights, from an intimate 8 feet to a lofty 16 feet, to define each area. While compact, the floor plan still includes a variety of intimate spaces - a separate entryway, a laundry room, and a window covered office alcove behind the kitchen - providing private places to retreat to.'

This house is simply a joy to live in with beautiful and abundant natural light filling the living space.

The surrounding land is peaceful and private, yet only 1 mile from the town of Mariposa, where you will find everything you need for your stay.

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Reviews

5
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Unique custom home close to Yosemite - 2 night minimum
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Mariposa Yosemite Area
United States
5

PERFECT GET-AWAY

  • 5 of 5
We picked this gem as a get-away/starting point for our family of 7, including my god-child from Germany. It was a perfect choice, since this house is very airy and roomy and had enough space for us all, especially those 4 teenagers. The pictures you see on the website are very accurate - the house has a very modern, yet folksy kind of touch. It is super clean, and, very important, the beds are comfy; the kids especially liked the bed in the loft. They have changed the outdoor area and now there is a table and BBQ (much better, I think, than a fancy heating element....it was still warm at night anyway).
The kitchen is very well equipped (even with sandwich bags, foil, spices, etc) and we prepared all our meals there and also used the grill outside for a BBQ. The property is huge and you can go for a little hike/walk from here. My husband, who is a runner, went up those windy back country roads to exercise himself and our dog.
You will be greeted and taken care of - if you like - by the property manager Mike, who is super helpful and knows the area very well. He lives in a separate unit but on the same property with his very friendly dogs. One day the coffee maker broke and he immediately took care of this and even offered us freshly brewed coffee from his kitchen!
The drive to Yosemite is about 1 h, but a scenic one. We did not mind the distance. Mariposa has a well sorted supermarket, post office and a few restaurants. I wished we could have stayed longer.
The owner, Kath Rufo, is also super easy to work with. She is very professional, has a super fast response time and is a very friendly and helpful person.
So this was an overall super great experience. We have been doing VRBO for over 8 years and this was by far the overall most pleasant experience. You won't regret booking this property and staying there!!!
  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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5

GREAT

  • 5 of 5
Our visit centered around hiking in Yosemite. We were 3 couples in our 50's. The house is wonderful. The pictures do it justice for the most part, however, the loft is a bit tricky. I would only recommend it for a teenager. Access is by a sliding ladder, which is really cool, but not for "mature" adults who may need to visit the restroom in the middle of the night. :) The only minor complaint would be the bed size. The beds were very comfortable, but a double bed for two people is not the best scenario. Mike the property manager was, as stated in other reviews, most helpful and so pleasant. A great guy. We learned a lot about the area and Yosemite from him. The house is clean, the kitchen well stocked and the area is relaxing. We had coffee and pastries at Pony Expresso one morning. Great coffee in our opinion, and we are pretty opinionated about coffee! We had green smoothies at the High Country Health Food Store and bought some groceries there as well. They also fixed us delicious sandwiches for our hike that day. The grocery store, Pioneer Market, was adequate but not what we were expecting. We ate dinner at Savoury one night in Mariposa. We enjoyed ourselves, but honestly the best evenings were when we cooked or grilled ourselves and just relaxed at the house. We spent a couple hours our last day in town shopping. It is a quaint little town with shops unique to the area which gave it a distinct personality. We would and have already recommended this property! It was a great vacation.
  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Mariposa Yosemite Area
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
5

A DREAM HOME IN A GREAT LOCATION

  • 5 of 5
After hunting for a nice modern property within a reasonable distance to Yosemite National Park (as other reviewers have said, many properties in the area look overly dated) I found this one and booked instantly! We stayed there for 3 nights on the last part of our honeymoon, and all I can say was that it was the nicest home we've stayed in. Mike (the property caretaker) was the nicest guy you could hope to meet. We were late getting in and he greeted us and showed us what we needed to know about the place. He was not intrusive, and was very helpful on advising us of things to see and do in the local area.
It’s hard to describe the atmosphere up there, but it’s just idyllic. Very peaceful and calm, we felt completely relaxed the whole time we stayed there.
The house is quite simply stunning. It has so many nice modern features, is very clean, modern and inviting. The furnishings were all top quality, as other reviewers have said no expense was spared here, it really is a premium property. We did not want to leave at the end of our trip!!
It's a perfect distance from Yosemite park, (roughly 42 miles I think), but the drive is so scenic the time flies when getting there. It's also got a great town (Mariposa) a stone’s throw away, with restaurants, a couple of gas stations and a supermarket.
All in all would not change a thing, the only regret is we didn’t book this place for longer! We will most certainly be back, and thanks again to Mike!
Chris & Jo
  • Submitted: May 22, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Mariposa Yosemite Area
Orange County, CA
5

FANTASTIC HOUSE

  • 5 of 5
We had the best time on our trip to Yosemite. The communication was great before we arrived and Mike, the property manager was so helpful and nice upon our arrival. Everything was new and clean and worked great. The house was perfect for our family. The kitchen is well stocked and we ate most of our meals there. So close to Yosemite and Mariposa is a cute little town that we loved exploring. I really can't say enough great things about the rental. I would stay there again in a heartbeat and have already recommended it to friends.
  • Submitted: May 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Unique custom home close to Yosemite - 2 night minimum
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Mariposa Yosemite Area
5

BEAUTIFUL PLACE, PERFECT LOCATION, WONDERFUL HOSTS

  • 5 of 5
Lovely property, great view, the owner let our 2 year old son ride on his back hoe. It was an hour ride to Yosemite, but Mariposa was so nice, we only ended up going there for one day.
  • Submitted: May 14, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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Mariposa Yosemite Area
Los Angeles, CA
5

ARCHITECTURAL DREAM HOME

  • 5 of 5
This carefully thought out property is simply magical. Surrounded by nature with lots of natural light filtering in and lots of elements of nature inside the home make it so welcoming, relaxing, and a place you will not want to leave. The property owners have created an environment that allows people to enjoy time away. Some of the elements that show you the property owner cares: top notch bedding that is SO comfortable. Top notch kitchen utensils and appliances. Audio system that allows you to pipe in music to finish off the ambiance of your choice. It truly is a unique property just a few minutes outside of the town of Mariposa with access to a number of restaurants, markets, and entertainment. Great place to relax after a day in Yosemite park. I cannot wait to return to this magical place.
  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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Mariposa House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 26 2014 - Dec 3 2014
4 night minimum stay
$300
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas/New Year
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 3 2015
4 night minimum stay
$300
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$250
From
$275
Fri,Sat,Sun
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250.00
Cleaning Fee $100.00 + Tax
Pet Fee $25.00 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%
Notes Our rates are based on 4 guests. Each additional guest is $25.00 per night at time of booking.

Pets are considered and if approved will be charged a Pet Fee of $25.00 per night. The Refundable Damage Deposit of $250.00 will be increased to $500.00.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Mariposa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2180 sq. ft.
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Heating ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Stove ...
  • Oven ...
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen
Entertainment:
  • Television ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Games ...
  • Toys
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • winery tours
  • restaurants
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • rafting
  • fly fishing
  • ice skating
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • mountain biking
  • cross country skiing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • rock climbing
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