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

Bedrooms 3
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 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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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

We'll pay your entrance fee to Yosemite! Elegant home with view of Half Dome
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

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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Starry Nights

  • 5 of 5

The home is extremely comfortable and we loved having the pool on the hot August days! Mary has thought of everything and was always very quick to respond to any question I had from the time of booking to check out. The starry nights are amazing and we even saw several shooting stars during our stay! My kids even loved the Disney movies and figuring out how to work a VHS ;) I would absolutely stay again.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review and for mentioning the Disney VHS tapes and small TV with built-in VCR that we have placed in one of the upstairs bedrooms. It's a throwback to when our adult children were small and an historical contrast to the ranch's lightening fast and robust internet plus Direct TV with a DVR. Good to know that the next generation can appreciate it! Mary
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  • 5 of 5

We were a family of six adults who enjoyed three all too short days here and none of us wanted to leave. The swimming pool combined with the view was pure serenity. The house is very well stocked and the beds are comfortable. We enjoyed the spacious veranda of an evening and took in the amazing star show with even a couple of shooting stars!! The peace and quiet is constant with only the odd cockerel crow or cricket chirps to break it. You really do feel completely away from it all with beauty all around. The drive to the house is on an unmade road but not difficult or long. Mariposa is only ten minutes away and is very quaint with some lovely restaurants and antique shops.The swamp cooler works well if you leave doors open, meaning privacy for the upstairs bedrooms that are opposite each other is compromised at night. Photos cannot convey the beauty of this location, nor can words. You need to go see for yourself.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the fabulous review. I could just say "thank you," but a bit more information about the swamp cooler could be helpful. The connection with the outside is the great advantage of the swamp cooler over air conditioning. It keeps the house cool by circulating air that has passed by a wet surface inside the swamp cooler on the garage roof. Please leave bedroom doors and windows partially open in the rooms you wish to cool. For privacy upstairs you may want to close the bedroom door, use the ceiling fan and leave the window fully open. Downstairs check to see that the 2 small living room windows, the window above the wall furnace, and both kitchen windows are open about 6”. We like it better than air conditioning!
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  • 5 of 5

We were all very happy with the property we rented. It was beautiful, clean, and had everything we needed. Everything was organized.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for commenting on the organization. We strive to keep "the ranch" uncluttered and organized in such a way that guests can easily find what they need. Thanks again for choosing Merry Posy Ranch!
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed at the ranch during our vacation to Yosemite. The house was very clean and comfortable. We had everything that we needed and more. Our kids enjoyed the pool and the high speed internet. The upstairs bedrooms are very spacious and gave the kids a place to hang out.

The kitchen and living room have a nice layout. And I really enjoyed the large bedroom and bathroom downstairs. All the beds were very comfortable.

The view was unbelievable. I enjoyed sitting out on the porch and enjoying the scenery of the mountains in the distance. The property is very peaceful and relaxing.

Mary was very quick to answer my questions and provided very clear information.

I highly recommend staying here. You will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love to hear that you and your family enjoyed your stay. Thanks for a review that points out the best features of Merry Posy Ranch, the view, the pool and the comfort. Mark and Mary
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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

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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.

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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.
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 ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
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.

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