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“Excellent location to explore Yosemite”
The House That Ruza Built
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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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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Yosemite National Park, California

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samt72
Hampton, Victoria, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent location to explore Yosemite”
Reviewed 24 February 2014 for a stay in January 2014
3
people found this review helpful

This well equiped house has a great rustic feel. Our family, three boys 8,10.12 loved spending all day at Yosemite National park then coming home and relaxing in the spa before sitting by the fire and relaxing. The house is well equiped with 3 bedrooms and a kitchen with all appliances needed.
Our boys also enjoyed the rope swing attached to a tree behind the house.
The owner was a joy to deal with and made our stay easy and enjoyable.

Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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bkpktom
Sacramento, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Warm, Cozy, Quiet and Comfortable”
Reviewed 20 February 2014 for a stay in February 2014
3
people found this review helpful

If you are looking for a warm, clean, comfy cabin in the woods that won't the bank to relax with family and friends, this might be the place for you. The interior wood work (floor, ceiling and walls) gives the place such a relaxed feeling and the split level design is perfect. All the bedrooms are downstairs with the entire upstairs space used as a common area.

If you are looking for a house to rent 5 minutes from the park, this is not the place for you. Its about a 45 min drive to park, which means you are away from the traffic and spending your time in a very quiet environment.

We will for sure be renting this house again in the future.

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Liked best: Everything. Felt like a warm cozy cabin in the woods.
Liked least: Nothing. Hot tub was a bit tricky to learn how to heat (Googled it to figure it out), but was by no means a show stopper.
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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buffalo96...
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Our Diamond in the Rough”
Reviewed 1 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013
4
people found this review helpful

Beautiful, comfortable, great for star gazing from lanai, spacious, peaceful home located in the middle of the woods. If you haven't experienced a place like this while on vacation this is the place to be. You get more than what you pay for, very reasonable.

We made an excellent choice to spend our stay. You couldn't find a better person than Scott,(owner), easy to work with and knowledgeable about any question you have.

2 miles out from the south entrance to Yosemite Nat'l Park made it easy to visit the park as often as we wanted including short drives to Bass Lake, Mariposa, Oakhurst town etc. Sauna & steam bath perfect to have after a days outing.

Excellent weather didn't need a/c or fireplace. We had all the comforts of home right here. Great place to spend the day to relax when we decided to do nothing except to bar-bq, tell jokes, laugh, sing, have cocktails and dance hula on the lanai surrounded by tall lush trees. Short walk to the fish camp general store for last minute stuff.

We enjoyed ourselves so much we'll be back. Thank you for the house Ruza built.

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Liked best: Location, peaceful, clean, spacious, large washer & dryer, wi-fi, dishwasher
Liked least: When we had to leave
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 65+
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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ClareGT
London, England, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A quiet haven only a short distance from the Yosemite National Park”
Reviewed 22 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013
4
people found this review helpful

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The House that Ruza Built. The location was excellent, close enough to the Yosemite National Park (2 miles to the South Entrance) but away from the crowds. The house is spacious and quiet, with a well-equipped kitchen, good laundry facilities and Wi-Fi - all essential when travelling with teenagers. It was spotlessly clean throughout. Our only disappointment was the non-working gas grill and no outside table to allow us to eat outside.

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Liked best: The location and space.
Liked least: No outside table and non-working gas grill.
Travelling group: Teenagers
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Katharine...
Half Moon Bay, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fantastic Home”
Reviewed 13 July 2013 for a stay in July 2013
6
people found this review helpful

We stayed here a week and loved this place. Close enough to Yosemite Valley for daily trips and loved coming home to it. Very spacious, completely equipped with everything we needed and spotlessly clean. WiFi, flat screen TVs upstairs and down, lovely library of books and games. Would come back to this house in a heartbeat. The home has a lovely family back story as well. Ask the owner about the incredible Japanese doll collection he has displayed in the living room.

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Liked best: Nice large bathroom downstairs.
Liked least: We could have had 8 more people with us.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
12 Jul 2013
thank you Katherine for taking the time to write a review and we look forward to having you and Chuck back as our guests again in the future..Scott
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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 7 July 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.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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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 16 May 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.
Recommended for:
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