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Minutes to Yosemite, 2bd/1ba, pet friendly, WiFi, close to food, shops & museums

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


Mariposa House Rental Photos and Description

The Z's Retreat is your 'home away from home' near Yosemite in Historic Mariposa

The Z's Retreat is our chance to share our wonderful historic town of Mariposa and our majestic 'backyard' which is Yosemite National Park. We were fortunate enough to find a house in town and began our project. We are very excited about sharing our quaint historic town with travelers! And of course our beautiful 'backyard'! Our home is fully furnished with a Queen bed in each bedroom. The bathroom features a tub/shower combo and a pedestal sink. The living room has comfy couches and a electric fireplace to give it that cozy feeling. The kitchen is complete with a stove/oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, coffee maker, blender, toaster, pots/pans, dishes/utensils, some spices and paper products. We provide a stack washer/dryer. There is a covered carport and ample parking. The backyard is fenced and we are animal long as your animal is friendly! The best part is a huge back deck to BBQ & picnic on in the evenings or enjoy your morning coffee on! The neighborhood is very quiet, so this is not the place for loud! It is the perfect place to come 'home' to after a day in Yosemite. But, please take the time to enjoy our town! The Visitors Center is is located at 5158 Hwy. 140. You can go to the website for info on local events as well as planning a trip to Yosemite.

There are plenty of restaurants to choose from within walking distance of the house. The courthouse is just a few blocks away as is the Museum, Post Office, and the Yarts bus stop to take you to Yosemite. Pioneer Market is also close by and you can find almost anything there!

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Cindy and John Zurilgen
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 1, 2016

About Cindy and John Zurilgen

We grew up in the central valley in the small farming community of Chowchilla, Ca. We were married in Aug. of 1982 and started our family in 1987. We now have 3 wonderful children. We decided to relocate to the mountains in 1999. We found Mariposa by chance and fell in love with the area and decided to raise our kids here. Two of our kids are off on their own adventures after graduating college and we have added two other wonderful people to our family. Our third child is finishing High School in 2015. We are very excited to provide a place for families to visit our wonderful historic little town as well as the vast beauty that is Yosemite National Park. Our photo is a rare shot on Christmas Day at Glacier Point when there was no snow! Dec.25, 2011. Our son Alec with Rebekah, Our daughter Ashlynn, Our daughter Aubriana with James, and us, Cindy & John.

Cindy and John Zurilgen purchased this house in 2012

Why Cindy and John Zurilgen chose Yosemite Area

To own a house in town was a rare opportunity to make our dreams of having a vacation rental come true. This house is located in the heart of Historic Mariposa with all its history and culture. A quiet neighborhood is a perfect retreat after being in Yosemite all day. Walk around town or just relax and enjoy the large deck in the back...your choice. Or spend a day exploring right here in Mariposa!

What makes this house unique

Close to Yosemite! Quiet, secluded, nice views over rooftops, older charm, which makes it feel comfy. Makes you go back in time just a little. Very close to many historic places. Check with our visitors center for all the local happenings. Lots of summer music at the Art Park, yearly events such as Butterfly Days, Mariposa County Fair, Carter Ranch Music Festival, Blazin' Hog BBQ and Zydeco Festival, Summer Fest (Suds and Sausage), Tomato Fest, too many to mention!

Guestbook comments from the owner

John & Cindy:

Just wanted to say Thank You for allowing me and my family to stay in your rental during our special time. Its such a beautiful place, so peaceful and serene. Morning coffee on the deck was wonderful. The view of the mountains from the deck is amazing. The kids loved playing games and sitting out at the table under the stars just talking and enjoying the peacefulness of the evening time. Its such a nice place and so full of character. We had such a great time. Actually, didn't want to leave. You are so kind and generous. I'm sure that all the families to follow will say the same thing. How could they not? Once again, thank you for sharing with us and all that you have done. This time will always hold a very special place in our hearts as well as you.


All of the Doyle Family
May 2013
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(40 traveler reviews)

Minutes to Yosemite, 2bd/1ba, pet friendly, WiFi, close to food, shops & museums
average rating of 4.975 based on 41 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Couldn't have been better. From the prompt response to the easy check-out it couldn't have gone more smoothly. The property is just as described and comes with everything one needs for a comfortable stay. We were there for a weekend of hiking in Yosemite and we chose the right property. We drove into the park both days and returned in time to shower and stroll into town for dinner. The house is conveniently located just a couple of blocks from the main road but on a quiet street with no traffic noise. The bed was extremely comfortable and coffee was provided in the morning. An excellent choice when visiting the area.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review! It depicts exactly what we strive for! Glad you enjoyed it and we hope you will stay at The Z's Retreat on your next visit!
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Comfortable and Close to all we needed

  • 5 of 5

My parents and my wife and 18 month old son enjoyed 3 great nights here, and it was almost perfect. We were in the heart of Yosemite in about 30 minutes, but we also loved being in Mariposa where we walked to and from the main street and had a short drive to the grocery store and other stores. I have a great picture of my dad looking out the front window before he said, "I'm just wondering how long it would take me to climb that mountain." From that you will know that there is a beautiful view of the foothills of the Sierras from house. Beds were comfortable and most of the kitchen amenities were perfect.

My 3 recommendations are:

1) Bring your own pillow. The pillows used are fine, but they are wrapped in plastic under the cover. This makes you happy that it is easy to clean, but a little warm on the face.

2) Bring your own knives. The knives provided reminded me of the cheap ones I had in college, which is to say they work, but not without a lot of work from you. We were able to go by Ace Hardware and pick up a few new ones. I acknowledge that this is also part of my own pickiness.

3) You may want a stool for moving your stool. The toilet is a little tall, so for kids or ergonomic bowel movers, you may want to bring your own small step stool.

Three very minor issues but ones that I hope will make sure you enjoy your time at the Z's as much as we did.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, our pillows are covered for cleanliness, but it is not quite "plastic" just polyester. And our knives are adequate for most kitchen jobs. In our defense, Acorn squash is quite a task for most knives. As for the toilet, we will look in to a step stool for children and... :) We hope you can come again and enjoy Yosemite and Mariposa! We enjoyed meeting you and your sweet family!
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Great experience close to Yosemite.

  • 5 of 5

Small house with great amenities. Perfect place to relax after Yosemite. Very clean with a lot of special touches for their guests.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We had hoped that just a few special touches would make it just a bit more personal for our guests. Homey and Comfy is what we were looking to achieve! Come again!
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Clean, convenient house not too far from Yosemite

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Z's Retreat! The house was big enough for 4 adults. The deck was amazing. All the extras, like treats Cindy & John left for us, and the DVD library, were great. The cooler was loud, but it definetly cooled the whole house down quickly & we were able to sleep comfortably by turning it off when we went to bed. The ceiling fan in one bedroom made a clicking noise, but it wasn't a big deal. The house was clean, close to town/the grocery store, and about an hour from the entrance to Yosemite.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay! Good news! New ceiling fan in the bedroom!
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Truly Enjoyable

  • 5 of 5

We really had a wonderful time during our stay at the Zurilgen's vacation home. Upon our arrival we had important information available to us to make our stay comfortable. In addition to a well kept home there were movies available to us as well as table games that the children enjoyed. Our terrific experience at Yosemite National Park was enhanced by our stay at the Zurlingen's retreat.

Thank you,


  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you had a good time. We would love to have you back any time!
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Cozy, clean, and convenient

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time visiting the Z's retreat, the house is very clean, has a great outdoor space, and it's walking distance to shops and restaurants, as well as a short drive to Yosemite.

We had a wonderful time and look forward to visiting again.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Please do come again! Glad you enjoyed it!
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Yosemite International Airport, Fresno, Ca
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Miners 140 Roadhouse
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Sierra Meadows and Ahwahnee
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Merced AmTrak/or catch YARTS bus in Mariposa
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Miles
Highway 140 and Highway 49
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
1850 and Happy Burger
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Badger Pass, Yosemite National Park
Car: recommended

The Z's Retreat is located in the small mountain community of Mariposa, Ca. Just outside Yosemite National Park There are many things to explore in Mariposa. We have wonderful museums, a historic courthouse, art galleries, eateries, coffee, tea, wine, & beer spots. There are lots of community events that you can enjoy. Please explore our town. We are also just a 35 min. beautiful river canyon drive to Yosemite National Park! A convenient bus schedule is available at the website. The bus stop is walking distance from the house. We are Pet Friendly and offer free WiFi! Come enjoy the personal touches of a home away from home. We offer everything except your food!

Rates & Availability

Mariposa House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Off Season
Oct 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $85 + Tax
Pet Fee $20
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 11.0%

Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice. Pets are considered and must be approved by owner.
Pet Fee will be added.
Cancellations must be made 30 days prior to check-in date for a full refund.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Mariposa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 840 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
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  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Tub/shower combo with Fluffy towels.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Both bedrooms provide a queen bed, dresser, and closet. Linens provided.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
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  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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