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“Top of the list for our Californian trip - if you want to learn how to do B&B, this is the University of Mariposa”

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Restful Nest Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 21 Mariposa B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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“Top of the list for our Californian trip - if you want to learn how to do B&B, this is the University of Mariposa”
Reviewed 24 September 2013

We booked this accommodation relatively late because our Groveland B&B cancelled due to the Rim Fire and we chose Mariposa as the next best option (which probably turned out to be a better option in the end). Restful Nest is about a 10 minute drive out of Mariposa which was a bit off-putting at first but actually turned out to be a boon - it's so peaceful out of town. So what was so good about this B&B?

It had a pool - how many B&B's have one of those? Given it was well over 90 in the shade this was a distinct bonus. Great but not the real reason why this gets 5/5.

The room was big and well-appointed. It had everything that we needed for our stay. There was no fridge in the room but a massive one on the premises which we were free to use. In fact we had the impression that we could use pretty much anything that was around the place. Still not why we gave 5/5 though...

Deer visit every day - Jon puts out hay for them to eat and the whole family come to tea. Deer aren't that rare in this part of the country but having them in your back yard is really great. Still not a 5/5 clincher though.

This is why...

Lois and Jon themselves - they were such brilliant hosts. It was, quite literally, like going to stay with your Ma and Pa (without the bickering) - a really easy going atmosphere and making everything very comfortable. They always had time to chat, they'd offer good advice about the area, and they were genuinely interested in their guests without being at all over the top. You can tell that they enjoy what they are doing and are totally committed to making sure you have a great stay.

And, of course, there was Breakfast - notice that it's with a capital B! This has already been described and my description can't really improve on what's already been written. A beautifully laid out table and there's something for everyone at breakfast time. You absolutely will not leave the table feeling anything like empty. I'd also point out that Lois asked us, on the first night of our stay, if there is anything we didn't eat. My wife told her that she doesn't like cinnamon - which is found in a lot of breakfast fare over here. Well done to Lois who left it out almost completely and, on the one occasion she did use it, she let my wife know.

Breakfast was fantastic, easily the best we'd had, and whilst Lois did her best to get the table cleared she did know who to target with her cajoling (mainly breakfast junkie blokes like me - ladies with a smaller appetite got off lightly).

And so to the "survival pack". Each morning after breakfast we were sent out with water (a cold and a frozen bottle), more fruit, muffins from the breakfast, and some trail mix. These were in a cooler pack on those days we were returning in the evening. It's a bit like being back at school when your mum gives you the packed lunch and it was very much appreciated. Basically speaking, there was no need to buy lunch (which is even more appreciated in Yosemite Park). Oh yes, we were also supplied with a small pair of binoculars because we didn't have any.

They went a little beyond the call of duty, though, because our first contact with Lois and Jon was actually at 10am on the day of our first night - long before we were checking in. We had been staying nearby the night before and simply called in, completely unannounced, to drop off our cases as we were off to Yosemite and didn't want them left on show in the car.

Firstly we were warmly welcomed and then, even though all Lois and Jon needed do was store the cases somewhere, they went straight into the kitchen, found some provisions for a day pack and then sent us on our way with those. They didn't need to do that and we certainly didn't expect it, but just couldn't help themselves because they are such great hosts - it's just what they do.

Without going into details there was another occasion, on our last night, where Lois and Jon showed great hospitality to us that was totally unexpected and very much appreciated. Sure this is Lois and Jon's business but it's also their passion and it really shows. They've spent years building this business and continue working hard to keep the standards high.

Over the course of 14 nights we visited 7 different accommodations - all of which have had a review - some were very good. This was the stand out top of the list for us, though, and the only one where I wouldn't hesitate to give them 5 out of 5.

There is absolutely no doubt in our minds that we will return to Restful Nest when we next visit Yosemite - in some respects it will be one of the reasons WHY we next visit.

Thanks Lois and Jon, you made a great holiday even better

Room Tip: Room 2 was excellent and the one I would book again.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

On arrival at the Restful Nest, we were welcomed by the owners Lois and Jon. Although they are not the youngest of age, they still are young at heart and make you feel at home right away. The room we had was spacious, clean and well kept, a good bed and a good shower.

When referred to the Certificate of Excellence, Lois glows with pride. If there were Michelin stars to be given for a breakfast, Lois and Jon would get all 3 stars in one go. Lois gets up early in the morning to prepare everything fresh. The table is nicely set, with luxury tableware. Guest are invited for breakfast by the bell 15 minutes before the show starts. A parade of fresh fruit, muffins, freshly baked bread, bacon strips, eggs or omelets, yoghurt, fresh juices and tea and coffee follow.
You must bring a good appetite, and, you must stand strong as Lois and Jon can be a bit forceful to eat some more, or at least empty your plate. With this breakfast you are assured to be hiking in Yosemite without craving for a snack. But if you do, they have made you a delicious healthy survival pack, with all the goodies that were left after breakfast.

We were hesitant to visit the Restful Nest because the smoke in Yosemite caused by the rim fire, but I am glad we did as the owners did not only open their house, but also their hearts to their guests. That in itself was worth the travel.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

We opted for the Restful Nest after a recommendation. Although we are strictly Hotel people we went with the recommendation. I am so glad we did as this 3 day stay was the most enjoyable and memorable part of our 16 day tour around California.

Lois and Jean are an incredible couple who make you feel like family from the outset. Their place is tranquil and beautiful with a natural calming atmosphere. We travelled with our 19 year old daughter and she loved the experience. We saw deer, foxes and many humming birds in the area immediately around the house and found you could lose hours watching these in their natural environment.

Lois's breakfast is not for the faint hearted as it a banquet fit for a king. The food is amazing and different every morning. We found that this breakfast would result in us not needing anything else until our evening meal. We did however manage to fit in the small packed lunch that Jean would put together every day.

Jean helped our planning for Yosemite and imparted some very helpful local knowledge that helped us get the most from our days visiting.

All in all I cannot recommend this place highly enough and don't worry if you don't usually do B&B, this is an amazing experience with a very sweet and caring couple. Thanks for everything.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

Me and my boyfriend were on a road trip which of course included Yosemite National Park and decided to try out the Restful Nest based on the reviews we read on TripAdvisor. We were warmly greeted right upon our arrival and shown to our room, which was rather big and very neat. Lois was quick to ask us if we had any special diets or anything we did not like to eat. My boyfriend is rather fuzzy with his food so I almost felt sorry for Lois when we told her about what he doesn't eat. In the morning we woke up to the smell of bacon and wandered upstairs hungry for breakfast and found huge amounts of fruit and berries and freshly baked muffin waiting. And that was just the starter! Clearly Lois had not fund it too difficult to cook stuff that both of us ate more than happily. There was so much food that Lois and John ended up packing heaps of it for us to have as lunch in the park. The friendliest service of all the 20 something hotels we visited on our trip, no doubt about it. I can highly recommend this place for anyone looking for a place to relax.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 May 2013

We went to Restfull nest for our 10th Anniversary with our boys, the owners are really accommodative and pleasant with kids.We all enjoyed the place,swimming pool and hot tub.Ms.Louis and Mr.John are very friendly and Breakfast was awesome,lots of dishes,mouth watering desserts which keep you filled ,you could skip your lunch, they also pack you cake and fruits for your picnic.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Upland, California
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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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London, United Kingdom
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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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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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