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Premium custom home close to Yosemite - 2 night minimum

Kathy Rufo

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Kathy Rufo

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2015
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Premium custom home close to Yosemite - 2 night minimum

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

Overview

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.

Upscale, comfortable and clean, the Oak Meadows House will accommodate 6 people in bedrooms, 2 in the sleeping loft and 2 more in the TV room for 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.

The Oak Meadows House is designed from top to bottom as a 'green' building.

It has a passive solar design that was built into the hillside complete with radiant floor heating. The electricity is produced by photo-voltaic panels and the grey water is distributed to the landscape.There is a convenient recycling center in the kitchen, and the kitchen green waste are composted to improve the garden's soil health.

Recycled redwood was used to create shade trellises to mellow the summer sun on the east side of the house.

There is a culinary herb garden available to our guests, and possibly some fresh vegetables from the garden. (No promises, seasonally dependent)

We are intent on creating a peaceful, relaxing and healthy space for you to enjoy while visiting the wonders of Yosemite National Park.

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.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Kathy Rufo (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2015

About Kathy Rufo

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

I moved to California 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!

I currently live in Prague, Czech Republic for 6-months of the year, and am making my home available to travelers to the Yosemite area while I am away.

Kathy Rufo purchased this house in 2005

Why Kathy Rufo chose Mariposa

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 brother Mike is the on-site property manager, greeter and maintenance person for the Oak Meadows House. He lives in a separate studio apartment on the land with his two friendly dogs.

His presence provides exceptional security, and a knowledgeable local person to help with whatever you might need during your stay, be it driving directions, maintenance needs, or recommendations on what to see or where to dine.

What makes this house unique

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

I 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.

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

'Natural Habitat is featured in the book, 'The New Strawbale Home', received the Western Home Award from Sunset magazine, and was also featured in 'Real Simple Magazine'. This stunning and inspirational 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

Why HomeAway

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

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Premium custom home close to Yosemite - 2 night minimum
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews
5

Family of five

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at this unique house in a quiet setting. Would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Al's beautiful custom home in Mariposa and would defiantly go back! The house was clean and well appointed. The heated floor made the home very cozy and inviting. Al was friendly yet unobtrusive. This house is a real gem. We usually stay in the park when we go to Yosemite but wanted more room for our family of 6. It was just a short 40min drive to the park. The house was simply perfect for us!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

California's Gold!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for a long Thanksgiving weekend with my husband, 6 month-old daughter, and my in-laws. I was concerned at first about how much space there would be and if we were all going to be in each other's way but it was not a problem at all. Plenty of room to escape. The house is beautiful and very well maintained. It has all the amenities you need and the location is perfect. It's quiet and the dark nights are perfect for star gazing.

The house is exactly how it looks in the picture but even better in person. The warmed floors helped to make the place feel very cozy. The kitchen has everything you need to make a Thanksgiving dinner so I'm pretty sure most people won't have a problem cooking in it.

There is plenty to do near the house. We took a day trip to Yosemite (only about an hour to the valley) on Friday and checked out several museums in Mariposa on Saturday. We had wanted to see the giant gold nugget that is in the rock and gem museum (thanks to the late Huell Howser for the tip!). It did not disappoint!

I definitely recommend staying here. We would all love to go back. Thanks, Al, for opening up your beautiful home and sharing it with us.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Colorado
5

Very Comfortable House

  • 5 of 5

My parents, wife, and I stayed in this house for a week and went to Yosemite and surrounding areas during that time. The house was VERY comfortable. The kitchen is well laid out. We cooked breakfast and dinner every night. We were allowed to use some herbs from the garden as well. There is a large open area in the main part of the house, which was great for relaxing after the long days, sometimes next to the fire. The house has patios on either side which were great for sunsets/sunrises. This house was very "green" as it uses solar, and is well insulated. Maintained the same temp day or night. Bedrooms were quite and cozy.

Groceries, gas, etc. are about a mile from the house. The caretaker (Mike) is a really nice fellow, and was very friendly and helpful.

I wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Perfect Yosemite House!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful vacation we had! This house was the perfect place to stay during our visit to the Yosemite National Park. The house itself was very clean, well maintained, had all the necessities, and was a very comfortable place to rest your feet after a long day of hiking. The house is located up on a hill in a small, but quaint town. This town offers many little shops, restaurants, and bars to explore. Their local grocery store was well stocked and everyone was very friendly.

The property manager, Mike, was extremely helpful, polite, and went out of his way to ensure our stay was perfect.

We are definitely planning another trip to Yosemite and are looking forward to staying at this house once again!

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Phoenix, Az
5

Outstanding!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this beautiful home for an entire week. The house is amazing. It has an open, airy feeling with great natural light. The kitchen was very well stocked with everything you need to prepare meals. The town of Mariposa is only about 1 mile away and they have a great grocery store. We drove to Yosemite every day and enjoyed the 45 minute drive to the park. It was very nice to come home each day from long hikes and know that a relaxing atmosphere awaited us. It's just a very comfortable home with great decor in a very quiet location. Mike was awesome and we had him over for dinner one night. He knows the entire history of the home and gave recommendations of things to see in Yosemite. Overall a great time!!

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Map

Pizza Factory
" Rebuilt after a fire, The Pizza Factory is now opened again! Best pizza in town!"
Savoury's Restaurant
"Fine dining excellence!"
Happy Burger Diner
"Casual dining with the best burgers. Try the buffalo burgers"
Pioneer Market
River Rock Inn & Deli Garden
"Best Deli sandwich"
High Country Health Foods
Salvador's Mexican Restaurant
Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Fresno - Yosemite Airport
Nearest Train
37 Miles
Merced
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

From $275 Per night

Mariposa House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Easter 2015
Apr 1 2015 - Apr 6 2015
3 night minimum stay
$325
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Memorial Day 2015
May 22 2015 - May 25 2015
3 night minimum stay
$325
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Independence Day 2015
Jul 3 2015 - Jul 5 2015
3 night minimum stay
$325
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Labor Day
Sep 4 2015 - Sep 7 2015
3 night minimum stay
$325
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$275
From
$300
Fri,Sat,Sun
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
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 pet/night. There is a two pet limit. The Refundable Damage Deposit is $500.00. The cleaning fee for guests with pets will be $150.00. We ask that pet owners provide all supplies for their pets including bedding/food dishes.

Cancellation Policy

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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:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

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