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Yosemite Ranch Country Cottage/ Roundhat Horse Ranch

People2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 684 sq. ft.
Property type cottage

Overview

About the property

Cottage w/ Kitchen, Living Room, 1Bedrm sleeps 2, 1Bath - Ranch Immersion Exp.

If you want to detach from your everyday life and/or the crowds in Yosemite, a respite, a retreat to recharge at RoundHat Ranch is a natural remedy for you.

A RoundHat Ranch stay is a great addition to your Yosemite vacation experience. Located in the pastoral Catheys Valley, an area of large and small ranches, 2.7 miles off State Hwy 140 (the only all-weather route to Yosemite, and parallels the route of discovery of the Yosemite Valley along the Merced River Gorge by Indians, explorers, and miners).

The 'Cottage' is nestled within the ranch, having its own private fenced area. You can move about the ranch along the many tree-lined trails, seeing the animals, and taking in the sights, sounds, and feel of the ranch.

The Cottage has been designed, both inside and out, for an intimate and serene experience for its guests

The Ranch has a full-time owner/manager living at the Ranch Headquarters and can answer any questions you might have during your stay.

RoundHat Ranch has a no pets, no children, 1-2 ADULTS ONLY (21 and over) rental policy due to liability issues concerning the horses and other animals on the Ranch. The policy does allow us to not charge a Security Deposit.

From RoundHat Ranch, it is 3.3 miles to restaurant, gas, and convenience store at the Catheys Valley crossroads at Highway 140 and Hornitos Rd., then it is 10 scenic miles to the historic mining town of Mariposa, another 12 scenic miles later, you enter the spectacular Merced River Gorge (this is the beginning of your Yosemite experience) traveling along the river (Hwy 140) straight into Yosemite Valley. The Arch, West Yosemite Park Entrance (beginning of the Valley), is 45 miles from the ranch, but be advised the scenic beauty may cause you to stop, observe, or linger along the way, so, time to Yosemite Valley varies.

RoundHat Ranch Cottage is 1 bedroom with queen-size bed, 1 bath with shower, and additional outside shower.

There is outside the cottage, within the private fenced area, shade-cloth covered arbor patios, a roof covered all weather patio with double chair swing, cement table with inlaid chess/checker board, fountain, outdoor shower with stall and dressing area, propane BBQ, Chaise lounges, patio furniture all shaded by large mature Oak trees.

Inside the Cottage the 1 bedroom is appointed with things related to the ranch and Yosemite, and a Queen size bed w/ linens, blankets, comforter, futon chair/bed and ceiling fans.

The Cottage has Satellite TV, WiFi internet access, full bath w/shower with large multi-setting shower head, soap, towels.

The kitchen has microwave, refrigerator, 2 burner electric stove top, large kitchen sink, peninsula island cabinet, coffeemaker, some seasonings, cookware, utensils, plates, bowls, cups, and dining table.

Living room has sofa, love seat, captains chair w/footstool in Mission-style furniture, and ceiling fan.

The heating and air conditioning is a Fujitsu split system that both heats or cools to the set temperature and is very quiet.

There is some reading material and games.

The utility room has a washer and dryer, extra bathroom and kitchen supplies, and an ironing board, iron, and hair dryer.

More Details

Owner
Stephen and/or Gayle Saunders
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
23 July, 2017

About Stephen and/or Gayle Saunders

Owner/Managers - Stephen and Gayle Saunders are business owners, and Stephen was a building contractor, and together they built their dream ranch.

They have been owners, breeders, trainers, and show exhibiters of Peruvian Horses since 1989.

Stephen and/or Gayle Saunders purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Stephen and/or Gayle Saunders chose California

Catheys Valley has an almost pastoral quality with many large and small ranches. RoundHat Ranch is nestled at the foot of Guadalupe Mt. on gently sloping all-usable terrain, with several knolls giving 360 degree views. And the proximity to Yosemite Park made our decision to live here easy.

What makes this cottage unique

To move about the entire property easily, the many pastures have tree-lined trails between. This allows guests to observe all the area and animals up close and in an almost parklike experience.

For those who like photography, there is ample inspiration. Varied wildlife can be seen daily.

The 'Cottage' is set within and yet apart from the ranch by its own privately fenced area, encompassing large mature Oak trees, shade-cloth arbor covered patios, fountain, all-weather covered patio, double chair swing,

and outdoor shower. All with an intimate view of the ranch and distant mountain, valley and meadow views.

The seasons at RoundHat Ranch are distinct and each has its own attractive elements, there are no weather related access problems to the ranch or to Yosemite Valley along Highway 140.

From RoundHat Ranch, it is 3.3 miles to restaurant, gas, and convenience store at the Catheys Valley crossroads, then it is 10 scenic miles to the historic mining town of Mariposa, another 12 scenic miles later, you enter the spectacular Merced River Gorge (this is the beginning of your Yosemite experience) traveling along the river (Hwy 140) straight into Yosemite Valley. The Arch, West Yosemite Park Entrance (beginning of the Valley), is 45 miles from the ranch, but be advised the scenic beauty may cause you to stop, observe, or linger along the way, so, time to Yosemite Valley varies.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Catheys Valley in Mariposa County

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 684 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Outdoor Shower
  • Copper sink w/ granite top. Large shower head with varied settings.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Queen-size bed, exterior door to outside with 4 large windows brings the outside indoors, ceiling fan, futon chair, tables, all appointed with ranch and Yosemite decor.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

Reviews

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Yosemite Ranch Country Cottage/ Roundhat Horse Ranch
average rating of 4.987805 based on 82 reviews
5

Fantastic stay near Yosemite

  • 5 of 5

The Roundhat Horse Ranch was a fantastic choice during our vacation to Yosemite for me and my significant other. We stayed at the cottage and drove to Yosemite each of the days that we stayed. While the drive was a little long (45 mins to an hour in light traffic), we did not mind it as the drive was scenic and we benefited from the secluded location of the cottage.

In terms of amenities, the cottage had everything we needed. We made breakfast, lunch, and dinner almost every day. Enjoyed the porch with warm coffee and tea in the mornings and evenings, and took in the landscape in complete privacy. In terms of the quality of the lodging, I honestly preferred the cottage to the top floor suite we stayed in at the Le Meridien in downtown San Francisco. The bed was very comfortable, the views incredible, and the property was very clean.

If you are looking for a quiet place to enjoy nature, then I recommend staying here. The drive is most certainly worth it.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Framingham, MA
5

A Feel of Tuscany in Northern California

  • 5 of 5

Roundhat Ranch will forever remain a special place in our hearts. From the moment we arrived until our departure we felt relaxed with every possible amenity we could need and more. Waking up in the morning and strolling around to greet the horses and donkeys, while sipping our coffee, was a great way to start the day. Then a visit from Steve, our host, who helped us plan out a terrific day at Yosemite. We could not have done it without his help and the use of his walking sticks! The cottage is immaculate and charming. The outside areas are beautifully decorated with views that can't be beat. In addition, it is only 20 minutes away from the adorable town of Mariposa where you can dine at excellent restaurants, get sandwiches to go, and find a full size grocery store. The drive to and from Yosemite is beautiful as well.

We highly recommend this property and hope that we will have an opportunity to return soon.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Loved the whole peaceful atmosphere. Perfect amenities. Generous supplies. Steve was great giving us tips on visiting Yosemite.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Peaceful stay.

  • 5 of 5

It is truly a wonderful property. So peaceful... little bunnies hopping around the patio and humming birds buzzing about the wisteria vines. The cottage is well appointed and very clean.

WiFi was reliable and it was a bonus to have a washer and dryer. We have stayed at many VRBO properties in the past and this one is at the top of our list.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Davison, Michigan
5

A piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

This was my second time staying here. It doesn't disappoint. It's peaceful, quiet, private, beautiful and the owners are so sweet, kind and give you your privacy while staying there.

The hummingbirds are awesome and you can hear them all through the day. The donkeys love being loved on and the horses are great. If you love country living and ultimate privacy, this is the place to stay. It's a short drive to Yosemite and the town of Mariposa has everything you need. I highly recommend this place so much that I hope I can come back for a 3rd time soon! Like the heading says, it's a piece of heaven.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We recently spent two nights here while we visited Yosemite ( which was amazing!). We didn't get to spend much time at the cabin as we left early and got back after dinner, but the time we had here was great. Approaching the cabin from the highway for the first time can be slightly off-putting, as some of the homes in the area are rather run-down ( while others are lovely), but don't let it put you off, the cabin and the ranch grounds are immaculate. The interior of the cabin and the patio areas are just as nice as they appear in all the photos online ( maybe nicer, in person actually.) Sitting on the patio as the sun set, watching the hummingbirds flit about was very relaxing. We were chuckling a little ( in a good way) the first night we were there - the kitchen in this little cabin is better equipped than the $6000/week home we rented in Florida in March! Everything you need is there. Our host, Stephen, was friendly and helpful, gave us a good intro to the property and area, and then left us to enjoy our peace and privacy.

My only suggestion ( not complaint) would be in regards to the bed - a King size would be preferable, and some better pillows, or choice of pillows. Great spot, very quiet and peaceful, highly recommend it.

BTW, if you are looking to eat out, we had two excellent meals at Savoury in Mariposa.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Mariposa 11mi./Merced 29mi./Fresno-Yosemite Int'l
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Mariposa, Ca.
Nearest Golf
42 Miles
Sierra Meadows Golf
Nearest Train
27 Miles
AMTRAK - Merced Ca.
Nearest Motorway
2.7 Miles
California State Highway 140
Nearest Restaurant
15 Miles
The Oaks, Catheys Valley 3.3mi./ Town of Mariposa
Nearest Ski
68 Miles
China Peak/Badger Pass
Nearest Beach
28 Miles
Lake McClure/ Merced River
Car: necessary

Catheys Valley is in Mariposa County along State Highway 140 to Yosemite. It is an area of Oak Woodlands, Knolls, Hills, and Meadows, with the Sierra Mountains and Yosemite bordering to the east. Many old Chinese rock walls define old boundaries and are now historical preservation sites.

Catheys Valley has a rural ranching lifestyle of small and large ranches, the kind you see while traveling, and wonder how you can experience it for yourself.

RoundHat Ranch puts you into that experience, where you can get the sights, sounds, and feel of ranch living.

Nature is the attraction and the main activity with quiet,space, and privacy as amenities.

The sights can give inspiration to the photographer and nature lover, like it did to Ansel Adams and John Muir.

Less than one mile from RoundHat Ranch is 'The StoneHouse', where naturalist John Muir and President Theodore Roosevelt stayed while making Yosemite a National Park. During that time, a certain Hiram Walker was granted an original land patent for 40 acres, signed by then President, Theodore Roosevelt, and today, is RoundHat Ranch.

The seasons at RoundHat ranch are distinct, and each bring their own special experiences and views.

There are many boating and fishing lakes, streams, and rivers in the Yosemite foothills and mountains.

River rafting in the Merced River Gorge, a designated wild and scenic river, along Highway 140 into Yosemite, is popular late Spring to early Fall.

Of course, all things Yosemite are on the menu, and the Ranch affords a great respite after a day in the Park, away from the crowd.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Catheys Valley, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Spring/Summer/Fall
1 May 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
1 night minimum stay
£201
for 1 night
From
£141
 
 
Winter
1 Dec 2017 - 28 Feb 2018
1 night minimum stay
£192
for 1 night
From
£132
 
 
Spring/Summer/Fall
1 Mar 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
1 night minimum stay
£201
for 1 night
From
£141
 
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
£192
for 1 night
From
£132
 

Additional pricing information

No Security Deposit £0
Cleaning Fee £53.86 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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