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“Best and most Friendly B&B we have ever stayed”

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Restful Nest Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 21 Mariposa B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Upland, California
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“Best and most Friendly B&B we have ever stayed”
Reviewed 13 May 2013

My wife and I spend three nights to celebrate both our birthdays and my wife's 5 yr anniversary being cancer free. The name says it all, we spent a Restful time Nested in the beautiful foothills just outside Yosemite and the small peaceful town of Mariposa. Our host Jon and Lois made our stay feel like we were home with family. The setting of there B&B is fantastic. It is just 10-15 mins from Mariposa and about an hour from Yosemite but only sounds you could hear were the occasion Wild Turkey talking to his girl friend or the covey of Quail in the bushes on this 10 acres oak tree covered retreat.
Our room was decorated in a western ambiance, very spacious and clean with a private bath and TV. The pool is large and nice with a Jacuzzi hot tub. But the breakfast we had each morning were unbelievable. Jon and Lois do not hold back on the culinary delights. You wake up to the smell of fresh baked breads and pasteries. Fresh cut fruit and a special blend of French Roast coffee and then comes the main breakfast. If you leave the table hungry its you own fault! There is plenty of wild life from the beautiful foxes, and grazing deer that we saw, to the numerous hummingbirds feeding from Jon's bird feeders, all while relaxing and conversing with our hosts and their other guests on their expansive balcony.

Would we go back and stay at the Restful Nest - In a heartbeat

Thank you Jon and Lois for a memorable visit to your home.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 April 2013

We were looking for a place to stay that was good for visiting Yosemite National Park. The Restful Nest is about an hour's drive from there but it was certainly worth staying there! We booked it based on TripAdvisor reviews and, although the email communication was a little haphazard, we weren't disappointed. (It's probably easier to phone to make a booking, rather than use the website.) It certainly lives up to its name (Nest) as there were many interesting birds around (including hummingbirds).

In terms of access, the Restful Nest is quite remote. Furthermore, some of the local roads have been closed to general traffic relatively recently so your GPS might not direct you accurately. The chances are, you'll be coming from highway 140. Look out for Yaqui Gulch Road and drive along it until the crossroads. Then take Buckeye Road (almost opposite on the crossroads) until you see Buckeye Creek Road on the left (we initially confused the two road names). Take Buckeye Creek road and the Restful nest is just beyond the unpaved area, by which time you can't miss it. It's about a 10-minute drive to Mariposa, the nearest town, which has some restaurants, petrol stations and convenience stores.

Probably the best way to describe the stay was like visiting your grandparents. Lois and Jon were incredibly welcoming and gave plenty of information about the surrounding area (things to do, where to eat, etc.). They event leant us snow chains for the car, which are required in Yosemite Park if the conditions are very snowy. We couldn't have felt more welcome. They also have a cat (worth noting if you're allergic).

We originally booked room 1 but were offered a choice because of a cancellation, so we opted for room 2. Both rooms were very large with en suite facilities. The decoration was a little bit twee but the rooms were clean and comfortable (the double bed was gigantic). There was really fast Wi-Fi, which was excellent as there is no phone signal in the area (we used Skype to make calls).

The grounds have a swimming pool and hot-tub, which is great after hiking in the park all day. It's a good idea to tell Jon and Lois beforehand if you want to use the latter, as the chlorine really builds up if the cover isn't removed far enough in advance.

Finally, the biggest asset was the three-course breakfast. Expect to take an hour to eat it and be prepared to eat a lot! Lois gets up a t 5 a.m. to cook/bake everything fresh. I've never seen such a varied spread! We started with yoghurt, which was followed by ample fresh fruit. Then there were many hot options. If you don't finish everything, they pack it up for you to take for lunch, which was very welcome when hiking through the park. They even offered us dinner, but sadly we'd already booked a restaurant.

Overall, I couldn't recommend this place enough! Whether visiting Yosemite National Park, or not, just stay here!

Room Tip: We viewed rooms 1 and 2. 2 was definitely the nicer one.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Reviewed 25 October 2012

My wife and I spent two nights at the Restful Nest in mid October 2012. We were attracted to the B and B by the positive reviews on Trip Advisor and were not disappointed. Our accommodation was fine. We stayed in the guest house which was very quiet and comfortable albeit a little dated in decor. But what made our stay a memorable and most enjoyable one was the hospitality and friendliness of our hosts, Lois and Jon. As previous guests have noted, our breakfasts were superb in both quality and quantity but we also greatly enjoyed sitting and eating breakfast with our hosts and the stimulating and informative conversations we had with them and other guests. We also enjoyed the rural location, 5 miles from the town of Mariposa and having deer coming to feed in the morning.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 8 October 2012

I found this amazing place through trip advisor and it was definately the best decision of our trip. It's about 8 mi from Mariposa but absolutely fantastic property including a large pool and a nice and hot jacuzzi which can be used until 10 o'clock - really nice after a day of traveling. We stayed at the guest house which is quite spacious and can probably accomadate kids as well with a neat little balcony in front of it. But the best is definately the hosts: Lois and John really made us feel at home. You can feel that it is their dream come true to run this b&b. Words can never be enough, try it yourself! I can only recommend this place for anyone who really wants a true American experience with amazing people to stay here. Btw: Breakfast is just incredible, words can't do it justice! It was by far the best we had our whole US trip.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Northumberland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 October 2012

What a delightful place ,having done a road trip with my friend this place was absolutely the best scenery ,landscape beauty i can not put into words.Lois and Jon-Pierre were absolute stars ,have never met such friendly hosts they are an asset to the place.I loved every minute from getting stuck in the swinging tyre to the deer ,foxes getting fed.Even a packed luch when we went out the next day i recommend staying here and wished we had more time here.I will have memories for life staying here with two lovely people .The Restful Nest is a must stay.

Room Tip: Any room has a lovely view
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Camp Verde, Arizona
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

This Bed & Breakfast Looks extacly like the pictures on the internet. Lois & John are wonderful people & you are treated like royality! You are served with a 3 course homemade meal for breakfast that is AWESOME Lois gets up at 5am to make you this beautiful breakfast. This is truley a wonderful setting for a Bed & Breakfast the view of the Sierra Nevada foothills & the all the wild life. I wish we lived closer we would go there to stay for views & their hospitality WOW!
Thank you Lois & John for a wonderful time & God Bless,
Barbara & Jim

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

A true home away from home, like staying with relatives that you actually enjoy being with and who love to feed their guests. The view of the Sierra Nevada foothills from our downstairs room, overlooking the pool and spa, the view from the deck and breakfast room, the oak-covered acres of land of this deer and fox haven, all conspired to keep us out of driving into Yosemite Valley one day of the five that we were there. We were glad that we took Jon Pierre's suggestion to visit Butterfly Winery that day, Just the drive on rural back roads, with changing views with each turn of the road made it worthwhile, not to mention the bottles of wine we took home.

Room Tip: A small B&B with not a bad room. Accept with confidence any room that is available.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Restful Nest Bed and Breakfast
Address: 4274 Buckeye Creek Rd, Mariposa, CA 95338-9458
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Region: United States > California > Mariposa
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Ranked #1 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Mariposa
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