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The House That Ruza Built
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76 reviews
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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HappyCamp...
Ventura, California
1 review
“Location, location, location!”
Reviewed 11 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

Our stay at the House Ruza Built exceeded all my expectations! Scott replied to my inquiry immediately and gave me price quotes along with a wealth of information and history about this very special house. Once we arrived, my kids were blown away by how awesome the house was inside. It was furnished beautifully and with just the right amount of necessaties. The rooms were roomy and the kids were very excited to pick their beds and sit in the unusual chair in living room. We cooked most of meals in the very nicely appointed kitchen and there plenty of amenities in the kitchen to make it feel like home but more special.
John was there to give plenty of local information and we heeded his advice and went on a hike that was simply amazing. He knew all the in and outs of the park and he was truly a jack of all trades.
The house is just a few minutes from the front entrance to Yosemite and after a long day of hiking it was nice to get out of the park and be back to base camp so quickly.
The house has a very colorful and interesting history and that in itself was really a treat to know about and feel apart of it by being there.
I'd recommend this house to anyone traveling to Yosemite looking for a place that just feels good at the end of the day or in the morning while sitting on the deck overlooking the pines. We took our German exchange student and I know one of the memories he will always keep of America was the amazing weekend in Yosemite and the very special stay in the House that Ruza Built. Thank you!

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Liked best: It was all fantastic.
Liked least: Stay was too short!
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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mm26143
Orange County, California
2 reviews
“Amazing views and location”
Reviewed 29 November 2015 for a stay in November 2015

Coming from a "first time" person who rented a home online, I was totally nervous. I went strictly based on the reviews and as soon as I opened the front door, I knew we made the perfect choice. The owner, Scott, answered any email I sent asking about details, things to do, etc.. His home is lovely and in an amazing location - only 2 miles from Yosemite entrance. We were so lucky that we had about 6 inches of snow a few hours after we arrived. A real treat for the family. Would I come back? Absolutely! I highly recommend this home! We had the best Thanksgiving yet!

Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
1 Dec 2015
thank u for adding to our reviews on the house and we look forward to your future visits to enjoy beautiful YOSEMITE during the other three seasons !!!
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ElleryCV
Charleston, South Carolina
1 review
“Best cabin rental!”
Reviewed 1 November 2015 for a stay in December 2014

This review is nearly a year late.
After driving cross country from South Carolina, my husband and I spent our honeymoon in this charming cabin. It was divine. We loved waking up in the comfortable king size bed and drinking espressos by the fire. After long days spent hiking in Yosemite, it was a treat to come home and relax in the hot tub while admiring and snow-capped trees. This cabin is peaceful and tucked away on a quiet mountain only five minutes from Yosemite's south entrance (so convenient!!). We love The House That Ruza Built! Watching the snow fall from the top level porch is one of my fondest memories!

I highly recommend it to families and couples seeking a romantic getaway. It is clean, comfortable, and aesthetically appealing (the wood flooring and walls are beautiful!). There's nothing bad to say about this cabin - the thing i liked least was having to say good-bye!

I am so grateful to the wonderful owner who was very hospitable, helpful, and welcoming. Thank you again.

With love,
Joel and Ellery

P.S. Our orchids bloomed in late September! It was such a sweet reminder of our honeymoon, your lovely home, and beautiful Yosemite!!

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Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway People with disabilities
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Large groups
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Management Response
1 Dec 2015
thank u Ellery and Joel....we appreciate your comments even a year later !!!....look forward to your return visit hope the orchids keep blooming !!
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Nancy M
1 review
“yahoo for yosemite!”
Reviewed 17 October 2015 for a stay in October 2015

The rental is gorgeous and very private. Beautiful view and very spacious. John is very helpful with tips to make yosemite easier for hikers of ages. House has everything you could possibly want and then some. Would definitely stay here again. We celebrated our 20th anniversary here!

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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SHCreview
Los Angeles, California
1 review
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“a hidden gem right outside of Yosemite”
Reviewed 8 October 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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This is a beautiful, spacious, and serene house that has all the amenities to comfortably accommodate our family of 5 adults, 2 toddlers and 2 infants. We stayed here the week of August 24th. We cooked most of meals here since it was so nice to eat out on the deck surrounded by the beautiful scenery. Scott, the owner, responded to all my questions and requests very promptly and was very generous with information to help me better plan my trip. The property manager, John, is super knowledgeable about the ins and outs of Yosemite and he recommended us where to go sightseeing to make the most of our trip with our young kids. The housekeeper, Sheryl, was really pleasant and hospitable. They all manage this property with great care and professionalism and made us feel right at home. We love our Yosemite trip because they have made it so easy and comfortable for us. This place is just minutes from the south entrance of the park and about a 15-20 minutes drive into the city of Oakhurst where you can find many restaurants, grocery stores, and cheap gas. We would definitely love to stay here again in the future.

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Liked best: kitchen was very clean and has all the cookwares that we needed and plenty of bedrooms/beds/ and bathrooms for everyone to use and the nice deck and roomy garage.
Liked least: dust underneath the bed when we had to move one of the queen bed against the wall so the baby doesn't roll down.
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Families with young children Large groups
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