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78 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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Chasah913
Frankfort, Illinois
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“STOP LOOKING & START BOOKING!”
Reviewed 15 July 2014 for a stay in June 2014
11
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Fellow Travelers: Stop Right Here...The Search is Over! The House that Ruza Built is an Ideal Vacation Retreat for almost all of us kindred spirits. My Wife & I had the Good Fortune of renting this Home for 14 nights, June 7-20, 2014. We couldn't have been more pleased! You may find a property with more luxurious appointments. You surely can find larger properties--if you need a monster sized place. There are countless more expensive rentals! In our opinion, you will be hard pressed to find a NICER or BETTER lodging for your stay in "Yosemite."

Location! Location! Location! Isn't that what the realtors say? Located in Fish Camp, The House that Ruza Built is approx. 1 1/2 miles from the South Entrance to the Park. (Nearer the gate than Tenaya Lodge) From our door to the Valley Floor, about a 35min. drive on a winding road thru primal forest & glacier polished cliffs. No matter how many times we made the round trip...We never tired of the sublime beauty of the drive! The House is also an easy 20min. or so commute to "civilization." Thirteen miles from Fish Camp, Oakhurst boasts 2 large, modern, reasonably priced grocery stores, a Dollar Store, (Perfect for those lotions, liquids, & sprays that didn't make the quart bag on the flight as well as other forgotten essentials) a variety of places to eat, (If you decide not to cook) pharmacies, banks, and cheap gas!

The House: Two Floors. Knotty Pine Interior. Attached 2 car garage.
Upstairs: Open Floor Plan...Kitchen, Dining area, Great Room, Spacious Deck, 1/2 Bath, Foyer, & garage. Vaulted ceilings with fans. Recessed lighting. Dark, rich, wood plank floor. Original works of art grace the walls.

The rear of the house literally shares its' property line with the Sierra National Forest. My minds' eye sees some of the tallest ( Certainly in excess of 100') and some of he biggest (Forget trying to wrap your arms around them) evergreens in that cool, dense growth surrounding the deck, mere feet-to-yards off the railing. Imagine what a pleasure it is to enjoy breakfast in the cool,brisk early morning calm and peace...Filtered sunlight peeking thru the branches with only the sounds of wildlife and the hushed conversation with your Loved One breaking the silence! Nice? Very Nice!!
Likewise, at the end of a long, busy day the welcome sight of what we began to refer to as "home" always lifted our spirits, reviving our flagging energy. The prospects of a chilled glass of wine from Butterfly Creek or an ice cold beer and a home cooked meal on the deck, utter collapse onto the comfortable, cozy Great Room furniture, or a long, soothing HOT shower as late afternoon slipped into twilight each had their own particular appeal!

Downstairs: 3 Bedrooms, 2 Full Baths, Large Washer & Dryer, 2nd deck with Hot Tub.
Master Bedroom: King size bed. Comfortable, firm mattress. Recliner. TV. Granite floor tile and vanity top with mirror. Private tub-shower combo. Separate, private commode.
Bedroom 2: Queen sized bed. Comfortable, firm mattress. Recliner. Bunk bed.
Bedroom 3: 2 Bunk beds.
Ceiling fans, bedside table & clothes storage in all bedrooms.

Amenities: Most, if not all the comforts of home.
Clean! Clean! & More Clean! Inestimable value.....So much appreciated!!
Renter controlled Central Heat & A/C.
Kitchen: Granite Island & counter tops. Family sized Fridge/Freezer. Large Microwave. Gas cooktop/oven combo. Dishwasher. Mr Coffee & Toaster. Serviceable pots, pans, utensils, plateware, etc. Well-seasoned, large cast iron skillet. Center Island sink/food prep, dish wash area with counter seating for 3. Large, clean Weber gas grill with seating and table for 6 on deck.
Eating Area: Large, Oak table seats 6. Extra leaf available, if needed.
Great Room: WiFi. Dish TV. Gs Fireplace. Two comfy couches, recliner, magazine & end table.

Management: Accessible. Responsive. Concerned. Your Advocate...Not your Adversary.
The on-site Property Manager as well as the Owner are best and easily reached via text message. Phone signals in the mountains can be "spotty" at either end depending on location & thus may not be returned as quickly.
The Property Manager, responsible for the smooth day to day Operation & Maintenance inside & out is to be especially COMMENDED for the outstanding care & service He provides! During your stay, why not invite him over for a cup of coffee or a meal? We did. No regrets! A carpenter
by trade, this handy, multi-talented individual helped build the house and is a wealth of useful information about the area....if only you will take the time to ask?

Neighbors: We think--Part of the charm of the property were our "neighbors" on either side. Private Homeowners close enough for us to know there was someone near enough in case of emergency but far enough away so as not to disturb each others' privacy. Who would have ever thought?

This Review: We hope you find this commentary useful in your decision making process as we have found the reviews of others beneficial to us. For any reader who may wonder?....
Prior to booking our stay we were complete and utter strangers to all parties having any connection with it's rental. Strangers Nevermore! We simply must come "home" again to
The House that Ruza Built.....
So do what we did!
Avoid the Heat, Crowds, Traffic Congestion, High Prices & Cramped Quarters of the Valley.
STOP LOOKING & START BOOKING
The House that Ruza Built for a GREAT vacation experience of your own.
We think you won't regret it.
Charles & "Bea" H. Frankfort IL

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Liked best: Please read my review...Then you decide
Liked least: What's not to like?
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
30 Jul 2014
Thank you Charles and Bea for such a detailed recap of your stay and the house's features....I trust this will be beneficial to many of The House That Ruza Built future guests !!
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Labuelita
Mariposa, California
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Treetop Treasure”
Reviewed 5 May 2014 for a stay in May 2014
5
people found this review helpful

Once in awhile you find a spot that conjurs up all the best memories of favorite holidays and makes a new one...Ruza's House is just that place! It is a magical little oasis in Fish Camp with all the amenities of home. The tasteful pine and granite interiors with spacious, well-stocked (cooking, serving features) kitchen, entertainment center, bedrooms and extras like spa, steam shower and WiFi were wonderful but add that to hanging out on the deck which cantilevered out in the treetops, and you have the ultimate little hideaway. Ruza's is well situated to drive into Yosemite Park, Bass Lake and Oakhurst. It makes you feel like you're visiting relatives that know how to make you feel comfortable....there are special touches that you just don't find everywhere. We'll be booking again for another fun time with friends.

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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MojoDeTer...
San Diego, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Five Star Accommodations, Tree Top Views, Artisan Paradise.”
Reviewed 5 May 2014 for a stay in May 2014
5
people found this review helpful

There are few places in the world that match the splendor and beauty of Yosemite, and if you're heading to the park, there is no better vacation home than the House that Ruza Built. Conveniently located near the south Park entrance, and nestled in the trees, the home offers privacy, serenity and forest views. When you enter the home, the spacious great room, high ceilings and five-star furnishings are simply elegant. The tree top and pine forest views from the two decks are captivating. We rented the home for a four-day retreat - four women and a child - and it was quite a treat! The three bedrooms and great room are appointed with local artwork, books, and nice touches everywhere that make this house a home. Just down the road is a world-class resort, for food, drinks and merriment. Inside, the kitchen is fully appointed with a full-sized refrigerator, ice maker, stove, dishwasher, and all the pots, pans and wares for entertaining in style. Satellite TV's in the master suite and great room, good Wi-Fi connectivity, washer/dryer, central heat and air, a hot tub, and even a steam shower. We were so thrilled to have found this gem on tripadvisor. The House that Ruza Built is a dream home, filled with love, art and soul. We hope to return every year.

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Liked best: The house is filled with love - original artwork, books, and a doll collection.
Liked least: The road to the driveway is a little tight - fine for small-medium vehicles, but don't bring an RV or big truck.
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Families with young children
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cornishbl...
castro valley
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Lovely Home In the Fragrant Pines”
Reviewed 19 April 2014 for a stay in April 2014
3
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I hadn't been to Yosemite in many many years and received an invitation to stay at this lovely family home in Fishcamp last week with friends who had rented it. The house is very comfortable, large with all mod cons. Good for families vacationing together. I was prepared to do without Wi FI - and was pleasantly surprised to find fast Wi-Fi and a dish for many TV channels. I enjoyed watching the birds from the deck. The open kitchen and living room is nice because meal preparation does not take you away from the family. There is a very engaging care-taker named John who came by to say hello. If you want more from your vacation than hotel living this home is for you. Side note : The Tenaya Lodge is just down the road and has both casual and fine dining options.

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Liked best: The quiet location and welcoming family atmosphere
Liked least: The road up to the house is a bit narrow.
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
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triceucla
Los Angeles, California
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great Location and house”
Reviewed 1 April 2014 for a stay in March 2014
2
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The House that Ruza Built is an excellent place to stay while visiting Yosemite. We did not want to stay in the valley this time, and this house is about as close as you can get, just three miles from the Yosemite entrance and 45-60 minutes to the valley, depending on traffic. Scott, the owner, is very accommodating, and John, the caretaker, goes above and beyond (did a free little car repair for us, spent a lot of time shoveling the long driveway). The house has a lovely upstairs with a big fully equipped, modern kitchen and living area with a TV (something you can't get in the valley). The Internet connection was seamless and fast. The downstairs bedrooms have really excellent mattresses, and there is also a hot tub that runs all the time. The setting is beautiful.

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Liked best: Very attractive and well-appointed house
Liked least: That super-slow car ahead of us one day we were driving to Yosemite Valley
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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