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Minutes to Yosemite, 2bd/1ba, pet friendly, WiFi, close to food, shops & museums

Bedrooms 2
Space 840 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

The Z's Retreat is your 'home away from home' near Yosemite in Historic Mariposa

The Z's Retreat is our chance to share our wonderful historic town of Mariposa and our majestic 'backyard' which is Yosemite National Park. We were fortunate enough to find a house in town and began our project. We are very excited about sharing our quaint historic town with travelers! And of course our beautiful 'backyard'! Our home is fully furnished with a Queen bed in each bedroom. The bathroom features a tub/shower combo and a pedestal sink. The living room has comfy couches and a electric fireplace to give it that cozy feeling. The kitchen is complete with a stove/oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, coffee maker, blender, toaster, pots/pans, dishes/utensils, some spices and paper products. We provide a stack washer/dryer. There is a covered carport and ample parking. The backyard is fenced and we are animal long as your animal is friendly! The best part is a huge back deck to BBQ & picnic on in the evenings or enjoy your morning coffee on! The neighborhood is very quiet, so this is not the place for loud! It is the perfect place to come 'home' to after a day in Yosemite. But, please take the time to enjoy our town! The Visitors Center is is located at 5158 Hwy. 140. You can go to the website for info on local events as well as planning a trip to Yosemite.

There are plenty of restaurants to choose from within walking distance of the house. The courthouse is just a few blocks away as is the Museum, Post Office, and the Yarts bus stop to take you to Yosemite. Pioneer Market is also close by and you can find almost anything there!

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Cindy and John Zurilgen
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2017

About Cindy and John Zurilgen

We grew up in the central valley in the small farming community of Chowchilla, Ca. We were married in Aug. of 1982 and started our family in 1987. We now have 3 wonderful adult children. We decided to relocate to the mountains in 1999. We found Mariposa by chance and fell in love with the area and decided to raise our kids here. Two of our kids are off on their own adventures after graduating college and we have added two other wonderful people to our family. Our third child is attending college and is in her 2nd year. We are very excited to provide a place for families to visit our wonderful historic little town as well as the vast beauty that is Yosemite National Park. Our photo is a rare shot on Christmas Day at Glacier Point when there was no snow! Dec.25, 2011. Our son Alec with Rebekah, Our daughter Ashlynn, Our daughter Aubriana with her husband James, and us, Cindy & John.

Cindy and John Zurilgen purchased this house in 2012

Why Cindy and John Zurilgen chose Yosemite Area

To own a house in town was a rare opportunity to make our dreams of having a vacation rental come true. This house is located in the heart of Historic Mariposa with all its history and culture. A quiet neighborhood is a perfect retreat after being in Yosemite all day. Walk around town or just relax and enjoy the large deck in the back...your choice. Or spend a day exploring right here in Mariposa!

What makes this house unique

Close to Yosemite! Quiet, secluded, nice views over rooftops, older charm, which makes it feel comfy. Makes you go back in time just a little. Very close to many historic places. Check with our visitors center for all the local happenings. Lots of summer music at the Art Park, yearly events such as Butterfly Days, Mariposa County Fair, Carter Ranch Music Festival, Summer Fest (Suds and Sausage), Tomato Fest, Farm tour and Christmas home tour....too many to mention!

Guestbook comments from the owner

John & Cindy:

Just wanted to say Thank You for allowing me and my family to stay in your rental during our special time. Its such a beautiful place, so peaceful and serene. Morning coffee on the deck was wonderful. The view of the mountains from the deck is amazing. The kids loved playing games and sitting out at the table under the stars just talking and enjoying the peacefulness of the evening time. Its such a nice place and so full of character. We had such a great time. Actually, didn't want to leave. You are so kind and generous. I'm sure that all the families to follow will say the same thing. How could they not? Once again, thank you for sharing with us and all that you have done. This time will always hold a very special place in our hearts as well as you.


All of the Doyle Family
May 2013
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Mariposa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 840 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Tub/shower combo with Fluffy towels.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Both bedrooms provide a queen bed, dresser, and closet. Linens provided.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(51 traveler reviews)

Minutes to Yosemite, 2bd/1ba, pet friendly, WiFi, close to food, shops & museums
average rating of 4.9607844 based on 52 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The house had everything we needed, even a cooler that we took our lunch in to Yosemite:) the yard was perfect for our dogs:) you can walk to all the restaurants and shops:) We highly recommend this charming home:)

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming, clean and comfy!

  • 5 of 5

We felt right at home while we were staying at this property. Cindy and John have provided everything you need for comfort, including the little things like soap and plastic baggies. The house is within a short walking distance of restaurants and the local grocery store. It is nestled amongst a quiet neighborhood, which made for great sleeping conditions. We would definitely stay here again!!

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our #1 priority is to make you feel at home and provide the little things! So glad you enjoyed your time here and we do hope you can come again!
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Cozy & Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

This property is perfect if you want a comfortable place to relax and rest after spending a day in Yosemite. Cindy and John's home is fully equipped with everything you need. They go the extra mile with movies, coffee, an extensive game closet and plenty of linens and towels. I would highly recommend their property to anyone that wants an unfussy, comfortable and cozy place to unwind after a long day of hiking. It took us about 45 mins to an hour to get into Yosemite Valley from their home.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed the quiet relaxing neighborhood. The drive in to Yosemite is a nice one. Some construction at this time makes it a little longer, yet it is still under an hour. For those that don't want to drive, there is the YARTS bus stop just a few blocks away.
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Perfect cottage for our family of 4

  • 5 of 5

We decided to stay in Mariposa and make day trips to Yosemite. Z's Retreat was perfect for our needs. The cottage was very clean, cozy, and had everything that we needed. Since we don't have pets, we don't usually book a place that allows them because we are afraid that there might be residual pet hair or odors. I am super picky and can see and smell just about anything, and I could not tell a pet had ever been on the property. Cindy was a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend Z's Retreat to all! Thanks to Cindy and John for sharing their property with us.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. We do take particular care in cleaning after a pet owner has stayed. We are picky about that too, but also wanted to provide a pet friendly home since a lot of people bring their pets to Yosemite.(Minimal carpet is a plus!)
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Comfortable & cozy, convenient location close to Yosemite

  • 5 of 5

I really enjoyed my visit. My puppy had a great time too. The Z retreat is very dog friendly. The house was clean and homey. It is decorated nicely, not too fancy & overdone. I enjoyed sleeping in the bird room. Very quiet, slept great!

The drive to Yosemite was beautiful & I thought it was not that far to drive.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you and your pup had a good time! We hope you can come again!
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This is a great place to stay who wish to visit Yosemite

  • 5 of 5

I like to thanks for Cindy and John to providing us very good house to spend our holidays. We were very happy about every thing.It is a very convenient place to stay who plan to visit to Yosemite.

Rohan and Family

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you enjoyed your stay! Thanks for choosing The Z's Retreat and please come again!
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Yosemite International Airport, Fresno, Ca
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Miners 140 Roadhouse
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Sierra Meadows and Ahwahnee
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Merced AmTrak/or catch YARTS bus in Mariposa
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Miles
Highway 140 and Highway 49
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
1850 and Happy Burger
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Badger Pass, Yosemite National Park
Car: recommended

The Z's Retreat is located in the small mountain community of Mariposa, Ca. Just outside Yosemite National Park There are many things to explore in Mariposa. We have wonderful museums, a historic courthouse, art galleries, eateries, coffee, tea, wine, & beer spots. There are lots of community events that you can enjoy. Please explore our town. We are also just a 35 min. beautiful river canyon drive to Yosemite National Park! A convenient bus schedule is available at the website. The bus stop is walking distance from the house. We are Pet Friendly and offer free WiFi! Come enjoy the personal touches of a home away from home. We offer everything except your food!


Rates & Availability

Mariposa House Rental Rates

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Peak Season
May 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $85 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $150
Pet Fee $20
Tax Rate 11.0%

Due to scammers trying to overpay and receive 'money back', we except secure online payments only! Credit card, E-check and Paypal.
Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice. Pets are considered and must be approved by owner.
Pet Fee will be added.
Cancellations must be made 30 days prior to check-in date for a full refund.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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