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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

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

Owner
Kathy Rufo
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
17 August, 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

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Mariposa, California

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
  • 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 , bath with shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , jacuzzi
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
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:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • 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
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

Reviews

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Premium Custom Home close to Yosemite
average rating of 4.935065 based on 77 reviews
5

Beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Oak Meadows during our summer trip to the Yosemite area. The house is beautiful, clean, and quiet. It was a lovely retreat, and Mike was so helpful to have on site!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house, perfect to visit Yosemite

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay! Beautiful house, lovely area and perfect location for visiting Yosemite. Mike was so nice and helpful and went out of his way to make our stay comfortable. I would stay here again for sure, I highly recommend the Oak Meadows House.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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BEST HOUSE EVER

  • 5 of 5

I wanted to take this house home with me. It was the best Home Away house we have ever stayed in and we didn't want to leave. It is every inch as nice as the pictures, even more so.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property was beautiful and well equipped!

  • 5 of 5

This house was the perfect get-away for me and my wife. And Mariposa is such a nice town. We had such a great time, and everywhere we went there was a beautiful view. Definitely recommend staying at the Oak Meadows House!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome property and home!

  • 5 of 5

A great location for visiting Yosemite National Park every day- about an hour's drive (~35 miles) on decent mountain roads (not steep and scary like some of the other routes!). The house is well kept with nice little touches to make it special and "like home." The property manager was friendly and attentive to any needs we had! Highly recommend it as a great place to stay for a Yosemite vacation!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of the Oak Meadows House. It is especially rewarding to read "like home" in your comments. Our entire staff strives to have all of our guests feel this comfortable. Please come again, Al Palisca
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NIce place

  • 4 of 5

House was very nice and well appointed. Beds were comfortable. House was spacious and did not feel cramped. Appliances were nice. Kids loved the loft. The herb garden was really neat.

I can only think of a few negatives. The gas powered tankless water heater did not function too well. The shower hot water stayed hot for about 25-30 seconds before becoming luke warm for about 25-30 seconds. This cycling of hot and luke warm water results IMHO an unsatisfying shower. I think the unit was not powerful enough to really keep up the supply of hot water. Or maybe this has to due with a setting of the hot water heater (cycling the gas on and off to heat the water as it passes through the tankless unit).

If you are a light sleeper, you may find the air conditioning unit a tad noisy. But, this may be nit-picking

The other negative may actually be a positive for others. But for me, having the owner living next door, meeting you upon check-in, and seeing you off at check out is kind of a drag and felt obtrusive to me. Having used VRBO for numerous vacations, I prefer owners to be accessible (but not living next door).

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your stay. I'm so sorry that the water heater malfunctioned during your stay resulting in a less than satisfactory shower. We strive to have all the features at the Oak Meadows House functioning at 100% and depend on our guests to notify us of any deficiencies so we can respond ASAP. Thank you for notifying us about this problem. A repairman has been called to repair the water heater. We consider the on-site Property Manager as a major benefit to our guests by providing exceptional security, 24-hour maintenance, a wealth of up-to-date local information and Concierge services. Thank you again for your review and helping us to provide the very best service for our guests. Al Palisca
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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

Cleaning Fee A$126.11
Additional Guest Fee A$31.53 per person per night
Pet Fee A$31.53
Damage Deposit A$315.27

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

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made