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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 an hour
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
22 February, 2018

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 Mariposa

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
  • 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 , 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

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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average rating of 4.9418607 based on 86 reviews
5

A place we call HOME, built ground up by the family!

  • 5 of 5

We are amazed by the effort that went into building this house from an empty plot of land. The love that went into designing and decorating it into a HOME, that the owner is proud to share with travelers across the globe. It is well equipped and comfortably decked out for long stay.

Love the sunset where we sipped wine on the rocking chair and couch.

Love the fire place where we played cards.

Love the jacuzzi tub where we soaked by the candle lights.

Love the loft bed where we lazed to enjoy a book.

Love the kitchen where we cooked hearty meals.

Love the hospitality of Al who gave us history of the house.

Love the safety of the place where we didn’t figure how to lock up properly in our first 2 nights.

  • Review Submitted: 02/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Peaceful remote and every convenience

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here! The beds and bathrooms are highest quality and it is a lovely Deluxe rental. There are views from every window, and a light-filled Hideaway Loft up a ladder for that teenager looking for their own space. With the First Rate kitchen and maintained herb garden it makes for a magical getaway Within an easy Drive of Yosemite. Stop in Mariposa tourist center for information on some fabulous local hikes just a few miles from the house.

  • Review Submitted: 01/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful home with beautiful views

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the Oak Meadows home. It is a beautiful, well kept, comfortable and cozy home with beautiful views. There was more than enough room for eight adults. This home has everything you need and more for a comfortable stay. The tankless water heater was a huge plus for me, as eight of us were able to get ready in the morning quickly without running out of hot water or having to time the showers.

We stayed for 4 nights so we did a lot of cooking and barbecued on one night as well. The kitchen is well stocked with all of the necessities.

Yosemite National Park is very close and we went there for a couple of hikes. But, I have to say, that we enjoyed the house and property so much that we made it a point to spend more time there hanging out and relaxing more than we would have if we would have stayed at a hotel. My family and I agree that it was one of our best trips ever. The owners take extreme pride in their home and it shows. I highly recommend this home. Thanks for a wonderful stay, Al!

  • Review Submitted: 22/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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!

  • Review Submitted: 19/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 13/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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.

  • Review Submitted: 25/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Mariposa, California

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Memorial Day
25 May 2018 - 28 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$417
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$32 per night, per additional guest
 
July 4th
3 Jul 2018 - 5 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
AU$417
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$32 per night, per additional guest
 
Labor Day
31 Aug 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$417
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$32 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving
21 Nov 2018 - 25 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$417
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$32 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas/New Year
22 Dec 2018 - 1 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
AU$417
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$32 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
AU$353
From
AU$385
Fri,Sat,Sun
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$32 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$320.63
Cleaning Fee AU$128.25 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

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 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
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