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Kathy Rufo

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

Premium Custom Home close to Yosemite

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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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 now a culinary herb garden for our guests to add fresh flavor to their meals, and an organic vegetable garden to browse. (No promises, seasonally dependent)

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

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Kathy Rufo (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

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 Yosemite Area

Mariposa is a wonderful place to live, work and play. The weather is fantastic and there are many outdoor activities close at hand. The Oak Meadows House is located in the town of Mariposa which sits in the wintertime sweet spot being above the fog and below the snow.

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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(59 traveler reviews)
Premium Custom Home close to Yosemite
average rating of 4.9322033 based on 59 reviews

wonderful stay in Oak house Meadows in Mariposa

  • 5 of 5

We arrived late after a very long and busy journey from San Francisco and received a warm welcome from Mike the property manager,who lives right next door .He was able to give us a tour of the property and show us how everything worked .The house was beautiful, so clean and comfortable ,well organised and has everything you can need.

We loved the kitchen area and open plan living , we had lovely organic products to use and could access the herb garden and vegetables .

Mike would come and check we were okay and our son looked forward to his visits with his dogs Kita and Bobby,who were very friendly.

We would have liked to stay for longer ,as mariposa was a lovely town with lots of shops and restaurants and a big supermarket.

The house was about a 45 minute drive away from Yosemite , on a straight road , very quiet with superb views and thoroughly relaxing.

The owners have been a joy to book with, professional and efficient and helpful.

I can thoroughly recommend this beautiful home to all future renters.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Best holiday rental ever!

  • 5 of 5

I really don't know where to start! We have stayed in many rental homes over the years, but never one as amazing as this. Firstly as others have said, Mike is a warm lovely, friendly host who is there if you need him, but is not if you don't! The house and kitchen in particular was so well equipt, with so much attention to detail. Plenty of everything you could ever need. Great barbecue and adjacent herb and vegetable garden. Beds very comfy, linen good quality. I could go on.... One word of warning, if any of your party suffer travel sickness make sure you have medication. The road to Yosemitie is very challenging for them!

If you are looking to book this house, do not hesitate. It is the best ever!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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GREAT property! Loved the house.

  • 5 of 5

I can only say great things about our stay. Mike was wonderful and we enjoyed visiting with him each evening on the front porch. The beds were very comfy, the linens and other home supplies were perfect. Only stayed 3 nights and we all agreed we could have stayed much longer!

Enjoyed fresh herbs and tomatoes from the kitchen garden. No a/c, but the swamp cooler kept the house very cool, even in 108 degree weather!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Everything about our visit went smoothly from reservation to deposit refund and everything in between. Kathy was very quick to respond to my multiple emails and Mike was a friendly and helpful host. The property itself was gorgeous and so well supplied! We didn't want for anything. We stayed there from July 13-16 with my husband's brother and his family and with my in-laws. Everyone had plenty of their own space to relax in after spending our days inside Yosemite and the property provided beautiful common areas for us to gather and share each other's company. We unanimously recommend this cabin retreat for anyone looking for a VRBO in this area.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Beautiful peaceful home!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved staying at this house! We were in town for a wedding and upon arriving were immediately bummed we couldn't enjoy this place longer than 2 nights. We were greeted by Mike who was so nice and helpful. You can tell he and his family take great pride in this home and it shows in every perfect detail. The beds were so comfy, bathrooms emmaculate and there was much more space than we had originally thought. We absolutely would recommend this place to anyone coming to the area and we're really hoping we can come back for a longer stay soon!! Thank you so much Mike and Kathy!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing stay!

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing stay! We just had a large family gathering in this wonderful home. Room for all and wonderful open space for the family to gather for meals and fun. Mike, the host, was wonderful. He even walked our dog when we were gone for the day to Yosemite and dogs are not allowed on the trails. Could not recommend more highly!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Mariposa Pizza Factory
" Rebuilt after a fire, The Pizza Factory is now opened again! Best pizza in town!"
"Fine dining excellence!"
Happy Burger
"Casual dining with the best burgers. Try the buffalo burgers"
Pioneer Market
Deli Garden Cafe
"Best Deli sandwich"
High Country Health Foods & Cafe
"Great folks and cafe as well as a health food store."
Salvador's Mexican Restaurant
Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Fresno - Yosemite Airport
Nearest Train
37 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Mariposa House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 27 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/New Year
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Cleaning (1-5 guests) $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 11.0%

Our rates are based on 4 guests. Each additional guest is $25.00 per night at time of booking.

Cleaning Fee of $100.00 is for 1-5 guests staying. An additional charge of $50.00 will be added for 6-10 guests staying.

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.

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Mariposa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2180 sq. ft.
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • 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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