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“Beautiful, spacious property w/ all the comforts...”
The House That Ruza Built
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78 reviews
The House That Ruza Built
front door entry
living room area of Great Room
kitchen area of Great Room
dining area of Great Room
kimono cabinet
king bed in master BR
steam shower in master BR
queen bed in 2nd BR
bunkbed in 2nd BR
two bunkbeds in 3rd BR
top deck with gas BBQ and table
2nd deck with hot tub
view from top deck
view of house from ground level
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Holiday Rental House -
3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Yosemite National Park, California

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tzubrock
Troy, NY
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Beautiful, spacious property w/ all the comforts of home. . .and more!”
Reviewed July 7, 2013 for a stay in June 2013
7
people found this review helpful

This is a very well-maintained and lovely property. Although we're a family of only three, it was wonderful to have so much space in which to spread out and relax. Having a fully equipped kitchen, 2 1/2 baths, dishwasher and washer/dryer made life easier after exhausting days in the park and the steam shower and hot tub offered much-appreciated relief to our aching muscles.

We unfortunately visited during an unusual heat wave with temps in the low 100's, so we didn't get to enjoy the decks as much as we might have otherwise. We relied on the A/C for relief and it stopped working on day two. Owner Scott was extremely responsive and problem was taken care of within a few hours. . .couldn't have asked for a more accommodating response.

It's true that the property isn't ideally situated if you plan to spend a lot of time in the valley. . . two of our three days required hourlong drives coming and going to the valley and to trailheads near Glacier Point (third day was spent at Mariposa Grove, a mere stone's toss away). But we enjoyed the drives---saw lots of wildlife and passed some terrific lookouts along the way---and were happy to trade off a bit of extra driving for the comforts this property offered. But if you don't like driving and you're interested in spending a lot of time in the valley, you might want to be closer to El Portal.

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Liked best: Views, hot tub, 2 1/2 baths, fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, spacious, great accommodation and owner provided excellent directions and information.
Liked least: Air conditioning failure; spotty wi-fi connection
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Robinadam
LA
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Gorgeous House and Place to Stay”
Reviewed May 16, 2013 for a stay in May 2013
9
people found this review helpful

This house will exceed your expectations. The insides are spacious and the place is beautifully decorated. It's great to have a beatifully appointed kitchen so that you don't have to run to restaurants. The forest setting is spectacular and the air smells so clean. It's a bit of a drive to the Yosemite Valley floor each day, but other than that, this is a wonderful choice.

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Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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ClanM04
Rivendell
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“This is our home away from home”
Reviewed April 26, 2013 for a stay in September 2012
9
people found this review helpful

We love this home! We have gone two years in a row and I am writing this before I book our third. The property is quiet and private away from the hustle and bustle of Yosemite itself but close enough that we enjoy going in everyday. We are a family of nine with many teenagers at the moment and we can all spread out and relax there is so much space. We looked into this on a lark to compare with two rooms in a hotel. There is no comparison! The owners have all the amenities of a hotel in a home setting. The owners were so helpful and friendly. They provided us with all the information we needed. We bring the food Yosemite provides the fun! If you are reading this review don't pass this rental up you won't regret your stay!

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Liked best: That it is so well kept up and the notes all around explaining things
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Families with young children Large groups
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Carmel
Reviewed March 30, 2013 for a stay in February 2013
5
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Tarokun86
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Exceeded my expectations!”
Reviewed November 2, 2012 for a stay in October 2012
5
people found this review helpful

This cabin was awesome, it felt like I was walking into a model home! Super clean, fully stocked, just a wonderful experience overall. I proposed to my girlfriend in Yosemite and this place served as a great home base, it's class and character served to help to make our engagement that much more memorable. Also, there are several personal touches in the decorations throughout the cabin that really makes it stand out from the other cabins.

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JEGfamily
Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great place to stay”
Reviewed August 28, 2012 for a stay in July 2012
5
people found this review helpful

The House that Ruiza built worked very well for us. We had 4 adults and one child, and the space was great. The house was well stocked, comfortable, and the location was excellent. It's close to the south entrance. We had a lovely trip and this house helped make it!

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Liked best: The space and the location
Liked least: The hot tub was a bit smelly
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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Thegrands
Tucson, Arizona
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A dream come true”
Reviewed August 2, 2012 for a stay in July 2012
10
people found this review helpful

The house that Ruza built is a beautifully conceived, designed, planned and newly constructed "cabin in the woods" in Fishcamp, CA a small town, 2 miles from the Southern entrance to Yosemite national park. We took our 7 grandchildren there for 3 days, 4 nights and were delighted with the accommodations and the reasonable price. Scott, proud owner and manager, couldn't have been nicer or more helpful to us - we had some problems with the television reception and with the hot tub which he attempted to work out with us on the phone. The only disadvantage of the house is its distance from Yosemite Valley. We were unaware that the South entrance to the park is an hour from the Valley, and that is with minimal traffic. It made for some very long days driving back and forth. Nonetheless, we had a wonderful memorable trip and our family time in the house, watching the Olympics, stargazing, reading, sharing and playing games hold some of our best memories.

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Liked best: Beautiful house, wooden floors, modern appliances, excellent quality mattresses and bed coverings, leather sofa and chairs. Top notch
Liked least: Disappointed that the hot tub was not functioning properly and one TV wasn't getting local channels
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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