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Premium Custom Home close to Yosemite.

People10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 2,180 sq ft
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
Al Palisca
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
16 August, 2018

About Al Palisca

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.

Al Palisca purchased this house in 2005

Why Al Palisca chose World

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

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the World around the

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2180 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • 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 ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • 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:
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
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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Nothing lacking-Marvelous!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at this beautiful home. Mike was the perfect host and made it possible for us to see as much of the park as we could, despite the forest fires. His courtesy and experience - in anything we needed - was amazing and so appreciated. A nicer guy you'll never meet!. The scenery is truly breathtaking and worth the trip, as beautiful as the Grand Canyon, only different! There was, as mentioned, one drawback and that was the fires and loss of life of one firefighters, on the Ferguson Fire, while we were there. We thank and send our prayers to all those brave personnel who are giving so much for the protection of others! If you want a nice place to say, with great help, close to the North Entrances, which were closed while we were there, you will love this beautiful home. Any questions, the contact numbers for this home will be most helpful, I know that! Thanks, Mike! Steve

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

Loved this home!! Hospitality was great. Would diefinitly stay again. Wished we could have stayed longer

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Perfect Fit!

  • 5 of 5

This home filled all of our needs. First, we had a group of nine, three different families. With three bedrooms and a loft, everyone had a place to sleep. Second, the area was close enough to the Merced River and Yosemite that we had plenty to do during the day. Finally, the gourmet kitchen and living room were connected which made it a great space for hanging out while someone cooked. Mike was around to answer questions and provide suggestions for daily activities.

Here are some memorable specifics...

It was hot during the day (July) but the a/c kept it cool inside.

TV was in a separate room so no one turned it on. :)

The property is designed inside and out to encourage exploring. There are lots of plants, books, and interesting detail to entertain you.

Yosemite is about an hour away. If you are climbing Half Dome you will leave before sunrise and return after sunset. I suggest leaving the cook at the house all day and tell him/her to have dinner ready at nine.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home to spend time with family and friends

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful home in a beautiful location. There are three comfortable bedrooms and inside and outside dining areas. The kitchen is wonderful. Mike, the caretaker, was helpful and made sure we had what we needed. It is about an hour scenic drive from Yosemite.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay so much! The house and gardens were perfect! Thank you, Mike, for all your recommendations and for sharing Kita with us (we missed our doggies so we adopted her for a few days)!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house with all the little details

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful and comfortable and clean, this house was perfect for our family of 6 adults. The attention to detail for travelers was much appreciated and included plenty of shelves and counter space, suitcase stands, and plenty of everything - from towels to spices to plates. Well stocked kitchen in terms of pots and pans, silverware, spices and cooking oil. Lovely and quiet area. We also really enjoyed using the grill and appreciated Mike's advice to see Glacier Point and "go all the way left". The house is about a 50 min drive to Yosemite. We highly recommend this house!

  • Review Submitted: 14-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

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

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house around the World,

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Labor Day
31 Aug 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
£922
for 3 nights
From
£279
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving
21 Nov 2018 - 25 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
£922
for 3 nights
From
£279
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas/New Year
22 Dec 2018 - 1 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
£922
for 3 nights
From
£279
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£557
for 2 nights
From
£236
From
£257
Fri,Sat,Sun
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £193.13
Cleaning Fee £77.25 + Tax

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

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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