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