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Premium Custom Home close to Yosemite

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 202 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Experience this unique 3 bedroom home. Sleeps up to 10 in comfortable beds.

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

Owner
Kathy Rufo
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2017

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

Amenities

Mariposa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 202 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • 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 ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • 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

Reviews

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Premium Custom Home close to Yosemite
average rating of 4.9397593 based on 83 reviews
California
5

Peaceful beauty

  • 5 of 5

What a perfectly charming home situated in a peaceful location with wonderful sunsets on display. We wanted for nothing. The House that Al Built is a masterpiece!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing stay. The house is stunning. The owner Kathy and caretaker Mike were so nice and accommodating. Can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Eclectic and beautiful home in natural setting

  • 5 of 5

Well appointed dwelling that invited us outside. Interesting and environmentally sensitive architecture. Quaint town about 45 minutes from Yosemite. Very helpful assistant onsite.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Awe inspiring great care went into designing, building, and furnishing this home to maximize comfort

  • 5 of 5

Honestly the house was absolutely lovely but what left the biggest impression was Mark the caretaker of the home. He was beyond gracious not only was he there to greet us in the wee hours of the morning with a smile on his face. He answered any questions about the property and what sites to see. Inside there was a handy binder that he went through with all sorts of information including where to buy groceries. He let us know that if we needed anything to give him a call and he truely meant it and made you feel comfortable doing so. The small town Mariposa where the property is located is wonderful. It is a small historic mining town with plenty to do there is panning with a local on his property as well as several amazing museums. You can also take a stroll through town or stop by the Merced River to cool down the family. All in all it is the perfect location from Yosemite where you can have a variety of activities to do!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lansing, Michigan
5

What a GEM

  • 5 of 5

You know the vacation home was something special when you are still talking about it with friends and family two weeks after the stay. I have stayed in many homes thru VRBO but never anything like this. It had so many amazing features and spared nothing in the kitchen or living rooms or bathrooms, etc. The two outside porches were a favorite for my kids. We would sit out front after a long day in the park and relax then head to the back of the house and BBQ and sit around for hours. The kitchen was fabulous and much better equipped then my own. Even to the point of all the containers to hold leftovers. . . they thought of everything. We like the town of Mariposa but did not spend much time there as we spent full days in Yosemite. And while the drive to the entrance of the park was long (just under an hour), it was a beautiful drive that we did for a full week with no complaints. Mike was perfect friend and property manager and came instantly thru when the propane tank was empty during one of our cook outs. He provided great guidance and friendly advice and was a treat to share some time with as well.

We had 5 adults on this trip and all have lots of room and spaces for quiet time as well.

We will definitely come back to this home, what a gem!!!

Kevin and family - Lansing MI

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

pictures cannot do this property justice!

  • 5 of 5

Words cannot describe how truly amazing this place is. The location is perfect to access the best road into Yosemite along the scenic Merced river. Mike and Keta are the perfect hosts and his knowledge of the area is invaluable as you go to explore the park. Mike, you made our stay a special one, many thanks!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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Map

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Fresno - Yosemite Airport
Nearest Train
37 Miles
Merced
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning (1-5 guests) $100 + Tax
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/per night (2 pet limit). The Refundable Damage Deposit is increased to $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. Pets are not permitted on any furniture including beds. Any cost incurred to clean or repair furniture/bedding will be deducted from the Damage Deposit.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made more than 60 days prior to the arrival date will incur no penalty,
except for a $50.00 cancellation fee.

Cancellations that result in a shortened stay, or are made within 60 days of the arrival
date, forfeit the reservation fee. The damage deposit, cleaning fee and all taxes will be refunded.

Cancellations resulting from fires; storms or other natural disasters will not be entitled to
any refunds. Trip insurance is advised.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund