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We'll pay your entrance fee to Yosemite! Elegant home with view of Half Dome

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Chateau / Country House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-6)

Merry Posy Ranch's nightly rate includes cleaning fees, sheets, towels for pool, bath and kitchen for up to 6 guests. "The Ranch" is a 10-acre rural property with a view of Half Dome and the Clark Range in Yosemite, swimming pool, labyrinth, and spacious deck. It is a quiet, private getaway with Direct TV, WiFi and incredible stargazing. Fully equipped kitchen and new appliances, one covered parking space. Three bedrooms each with a queen bed, one foldout sofa-bed plus a single futon.

Keywords: retreat, family vacation,

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Mary Ripma
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 21, 2017

About Mary Ripma

We are a couple who enjoys sharing our well-located property with others.

Mary Ripma purchased this chateau / country house in 2011

Why Mary Ripma chose Yosemite Area

We chose Merry Posy Ranch because it is a wonderful getaway house.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Merry Posy Ranch is an ideal place to relax, reflect, and rejuvenate then visit Yosemite National Park and Mariposa!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Mark and Mary Ripma's unique home is perfectly situated for its view - not many homes are within viewing distance of Half Dome and Clouds' Rest! Five years ago the house was a "fixer-upper", but today the Merry Posy Ranch is a secluded and quiet haven for family and guests.

The Ripmas have given the 80's-style three bedroom house new life with hardwood floors, an inviting kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and a Cretan meditation labyrinth reminiscent of Chartres Cathedral. With the spectacular views, porches designed for relaxation, a welcoming pool, and star gazing at its best, Merry Posy Ranch is a wonderful getaway for all.
Mar 2016
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Mariposa Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Enjoy the view!
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Upstairs bathroom has shower, downstairs bathroom has shower-tub combination, outside shower behind garage
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds: 2 queen beds upstairs, 1 queen bed downstairs, Queen Sofabed in living room, single IKEA futon, Baby Cribs (1) Covered portable crib
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Labyrinth for meditative walking, fenced yard for dog and children, 2 porch swings, pool toys, regulation size horseshoe pit.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

We'll pay your entrance fee to Yosemite! Elegant home with view of Half Dome
average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews
Fort Worth, TX

Wonderfully Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We spent 5 nights at the Merry Posy Ranch and could not be more satisfied. Everything we needed was provided and the accommodations were excellent. The view of the mountains was beautiful and we spent many hours relaxing on the porch. Being from Texas, we needed a break from the heat and the weather did not disappoint. We enjoyed the cool early June weather and even had snow on one morning. The Ranch is perfectly situated to access both Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. We are so pleased that we chose Merry Posy Ranch.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words and for being super guests! Mark & Mary
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Total Relaxation

  • 5 of 5

The Merry Posy Ranch was perfect! We are a family traveling with 4 young children to Yosemite and were delighted to call Merry Posy Ranch our home during our trip. The owners truly delight in their property and communicate with us about every detail of the stay. For instance, the grass was not cut yet when we got there (for which we would have not even noticed), but the owner was very concerned and even scheduled the yard men to come when we were not there as to not interrupt our stay. The location is great, about 45 minute drive into the Yosemite entrance along the beautiful Merced River. The owners do pay your entrance fee. You are about 10 minutes from Mariposa, which has a great grocery store and lots of restaurants. The house itself is very remote with breathtaking views. It has EVERYTHING. We went swimming, BBQ'd, played horshoes, played games, enjoyed coffee on the extremely clean deck every morning. The house itself is also immaculate and has everything to meet your needs. The swamp cooler works as the AC and cools the house down fantastically on the warm summer days. Parking in the garage is also a big perk. I just can't say enough about this great property. Should we return to Yosemite, this is definitely where we would stay again.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay

  • 5 of 5

Perfect description. Everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to hear that! Thanks Kari. Sincerely, Mark and Mary
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Richmond Va

Gratefully in Mariposa

  • 5 of 5

We loved the ranch, it was comfortable, relaxing, and peaceful after the hectic days at Yosemite. The kitchen was stocked with all of our needs and we found the ranch warm and inviting. The hugh wrap around porch was fantastic. The swings and rocking chairs were used by everyone. The only disappointment was not being able to use the pool, the water was still to cold. We had a small issue with unlocking the house but quickly resolved with 1 call to the owner. We would love to come back!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Picturesque Vacation Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We loved this house! We stayed over Labor Day weekend, and felt very at home and comfortable. The Ripmas thought of everything. The house was clean and well-maintained. We loved taking a dip in the pool after the long drive from LA. The views from the porch are amazing.....and the porch itself was so fun! My kids and I spent time swinging on the swing, and our family enjoyed breakfast on the porch. Thanks for a wonderful stay...we hope we'll be coming back soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We hope so too! Mark & Mary
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Very comfortable family accommodation that as well appointed

  • 5 of 5

The homeowners are very accommodating and easy to work with. The home suits the need for a family vacation near the Yosemite area very well. I would highly recommend staying at this location.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the 5-star review. Mark and I very much appreciate the chance to share Merry Posy Ranch and the Yosemite area with considerate travelers such as you and your family.
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Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Savoury's Restaurant
Nearest Golf
50 Miles
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Sierra Sunrise Cafe
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Yosemite's Badger Pass
Car: necessary

Incredible stargazing, regulation horseshoe pit (horseshoes provided), classical labyrinth for meditative walking


Rates & Availability

Mariposa Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 11.0%

50% rent required to hold reservation, balance of payment including tax payable 60 days before check-in
Should you fail to utilize this confirmed reservation, Merry Posy Ranch retains all funds received as liquidated damages unless it is re-rented at the same rate for the same time period. If the latter occurs, we retain only a $100.00 administrative fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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