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Unique custom home close to Yosemite - 2 night minimum in Mariposa

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vacation rental description

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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Last modified on 07-17-2014 at 12:55 AM.

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Kathy Rufo

house rental amenities

  • Property Type
    • house
    • floor area 2180 sq. ft.
  • Meals
    • guests provide their own meals
  • Theme
    • away from it all
    • family
    • historic
    • romantic
  • General
    • heating
      • Radiant floor heating! Fireplace for ambiance and the joy of having a fire.
    • washing machine
      • New large capacity front loading
    • clothes dryer
      • New large capacity
    • hair dryer
    • fireplace
    • linens provided
    • towels provided
    • parking
      • Off street parking for three vehicles
    • internet
      • DSL connection with WiFi
  • Kitchen
    • stove
      • Five burner stove
    • oven
      • Double oven
    • microwave
    • dishwasher
    • coffee maker
    • toaster
    • dishes & utensils
      • Table setting for 12 people
    • kitchen
      • Fully Equipped with pots and pans, baking and cooking tools, Crock-pot, Toaster, Coffee Grinder, Electric Coffeemaker and blender.
  • Dining
    • dining area
    • dining
  • Bathrooms
    • 2 bathrooms
    • bathroom 1: toilet, jetted tub
    • bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower
  • Bedrooms
    • 3 bedrooms, sleeps 10, beds for 6-10
    • bedroom 2: 1 double
    • bedroom 3: 1 double
    • master bedroom: 1 queen
  • Entertainment
    • television
      • 46' HDTV in den
    • dvd player
      • Blu-ray player with a small video collection. Video rental available in town.
    • satellite / cable
      • Satellite dish
    • games
      • Twister, cribbage, chess, cards
    • toys
    • stereo
      • Sonos wireless internet radio system
  • Outside
    • outdoor grill
      • Gas barbecue grill
  • Suitability
    • pets considered
    • wheelchair accessible
      • Vehicle access to the front door, single story home, 28' width access to toilet and shower.
    • minimum age limit for renters
      • Renters must be a minimum of 25 years old.
    • children welcome
    • smoking allowed
      • Smoking is allowed outdoors in designated areas only

activities and attractions in Mariposa High Sierra/Gold Country

  • Attractions
    • churches
    • library
    • winery tours
    • restaurants
    • museums
  • Leisure Activities
    • bird watching
    • scenic drives
    • walking
    • sight seeing
    • wildlife viewing
    • antiquing
    • shopping
    • horseback riding
  • 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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vacation rental rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:

Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
Nov 26 2014 - Dec 3 2014
4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/New Year
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 1 2015
4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit $250
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.
Tax Rate 11.0%

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

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traveler reviews for this mariposa house rental

perfect get-away

Review submitted: June 18, 2014   Date of arrival: June 12, 2014

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 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!!!

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, pet-friendly, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 0 / 0



Review submitted: June 9, 2014   Date of arrival: May 30, 2014

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.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


A dream home in a great location

Review submitted: May 22, 2014   Date of arrival: May 16, 2014

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

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Mariposa vacation rental

This vacation rental has been listed since 05/15/2013.