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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 located in a quiet neighborhood of wonderful historic Mariposa, CA. It has great views of the hills over the rooftops and being built somewhere around 1947, it has an older charm that makes you feel like you have stepped back in time. It is under an hours drive to our majestic 'backyard' which is Yosemite National Park. The home is fully furnished with cozy Queen beds in each of the 2 bedrooms. The bathroom features a tub/shower combo, a pedestal sink and an ample supply of soft towels. The living room has comfy couches and an electric fireplace to give it that cozy feeling. We have a collection of DVD's or you can hook up your streaming device.

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 and detergent. 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, have a glass of wine in the evening or enjoy your morning coffee on! You can stroll just a few blocks to the historic Mariposa Courthouse, our wonderful museum, Y.A.R.T.S. bus stop, the Visitors Center, groceries, restaurants, shops and pubs. It is the perfect place to come 'home' to after a long day in Yosemite. Go to the website for info on local events as well as planning a trip to Yosemite:

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Cindy and John Zurilgen
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This VRBO 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:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

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 Mariposa

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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
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 ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 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


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Minutes to Yosemite, 2bd/1ba, pet friendly, WiFi, close to food, shops & museums
average rating of 4.9102564 based on 79 reviews

Cozy, Clean and great location

  • 5 of 5

Cindy and John are amazing hosts. We were pleasantly surprised with all the amenities in the home, it is very well equipped. On top of that our Golden puppies were super happy with the fenced in yard. The home is beautifully decorated to reflect the essence of Yosemite and Mariposa. The location is immaculate for a day trip to Yosemite and also to all the nice restaurants and shops in the area. Thank you Cindy and John for hosting us. ThIs was a very memorable vacation for us. We look forward to returning soonđź‘Ť

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy and clean

  • 5 of 5

Great location, excellent hosts, it has all the amenities you may need.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

Z's retreat was welcoming (treats for dog and humans)! Kitchen was super well-equipped with clean and non-scratched up pots and pans. Fluffy towels and comfortable beds to come back to after a day's hike. Our dog loved the fenced back yard - room to run around like crazy. The patio with LED lights was well used by the teenagers, as they sought privacy.

There were many trails in and around Mariposa, with Yosemite only an hour and a bit away - along Rte140. Definitely recommend Z's retreat.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very clean and cozy cottage

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable, quiet and relaxing

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hope you can come again!
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San Juan Capistrano, CA

Perfect Yosemite Getaway Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We rented this 2bd cottage for a Thanksgiving trip with our parents. It is the PERFECT cottage. Cindy has thought of everything and really appointed this charming home well. The back patio is perfect for a BBQ, reading a magazine and having a drink. Gated yard for the little dog we had as well. Inside is clean, comfortable and very cozy. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner and many meals in the cute kitchen. Pioneer Market and Mariposa Museum is a short 5 minute walk across the street for shopping and super quick walk to the adorable town for quaint shops and additional dining. No traffic to Yosemite National Park will take you about 40 minutes, but it is a beautiful drive. Highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Erika for the great review! You picked the perfect time to come to beautiful Yosemite! It is not as busy in the winter months. Glad you were able to enjoy our little town of Mariposa as well! Please come again!
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Great base for exploring Yosemite

  • 5 of 5

3 of us stayed for 3 days in October. Communication with Cindy and John was very good and checking in and out straightforward.

The place is very nice, being comfortable and well furnished.

Mariposa is friendly little town with good restaurants and bars. We particularly liked Savoury's and the 1850 restaurants and the Hideout bar.

This place is a great base for exploring Yosemite. I would thoroughly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed our little town! You found the Hideout! Coldest beer in town. Merriam, the owner of Savourys is mother to Jake, the owner of 1850! Both great restaurants! Come again!
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Wonderful dining experience! Owner Mariam is always there with a welcome smile and a wonder...
Happy Burger
Huge menu of almost anything you could want. Great prices. Awesome family diner! Just 2 bloc...
Mariposa Pizza Factory
Rebuilt one year after it burned down in May of 2012. Back and better than ever! Great pizza...
Pioneer Market
You can find just about anything in our wonderful local Market. It is clean, and includes a ...
Yosemite Ziplines & Adventure Ranch
Tons of fun and wonderful people running the place!
California State Mining and Mineral Museum
What a great exhibit! We are fortunate to have this. So much history!
Mariposa Coffee Co
Yummy coffee! So many flavors to choose from!
Charles Street Dinner House
Great food! Nice atmosphere! Great night out!
Miners Roadhouse 140
Now called Miners Roadhouse 140. Great family restaurant! From breakfast to dinner. Nice ope...
Sugar Pine Cafe
Great food! Family friendly. Baked goodies are awesome!
High Country Health Foods & Cafe
Very large health food store and a wonderful place to eat. Check it out!
Castillo's Mexican Food
Great Mexican food! Nice outdoor area in the Spring/Summer.
Pony Expresso
Fresh roasted coffee and so many choices!
The Alley
Great wines and craft beers. Outdoor area with occasional entertainment.
1850 Restaurant
Awesome food and great burgers. Nice little bar...just a short walk from The Z's Retreat.
Mariposa Take N Bake Pizza
Great pizzas made up for you to take 'home' and bake to enjoy on our beautiful deck!
Mariposa County Arts Council
Definitely check here for any 'happenings' you wouldn't want to miss! Great Art Gallery abov...
Yosemite Ale Werks
The Hideout Saloon
Cold Beer! Fun little beer and wine bar to check out!
For all your gaming fun! Check this place out!
Jantz Bakery
Wonderful baked goods! Also yummy sandwiches!
Mariposa County Parks & Rec
Zorba the Greek of Mariposa -- CLOSED
Yummy Gyros and Falafals!
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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $85
Pet Fee $20
Damage Deposit $150

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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