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Overview

Property Details

Updated: Apr 24, 2015
1 Bedroom sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom

RoundHat Ranch has a full-time owner/manager living at the Ranch Headquarters and can answer any questions you might have when you arrive.

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 Cleaning Fee nor 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, and is for 1-2 ADULT guests only,(21 and over).

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.

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
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

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.

Speaks:: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2015

36 Reviews

5
based on 36 traveler reviews

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Yosemite Ranch Country Cottage/ Roundhat Horse Ranch
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p497600vb
Bridgeport Gold Country / High Sierra
West Michigan
5

Excellent!

  • 5 of 5
Stephen and Gayle have done a fantastic job creating an oasis for visitors in the Yosemite area. The house has everything you could ever want or need, plus it's spotlessly clean. Additionally, the ranch was charming and it was enjoyable to watch animals. I loved the donkeys, but it was especially peaceful to sit on the patio and watch the hummingbirds.

This property is one of the best! We would definitely recommend it to anyone staying in the Yosemite area.
  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Yosemite Ranch Country Cottage/ Roundhat Horse Ranch
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p497600vb
Bridgeport Gold Country / High Sierra
5

Second time as great as the first

  • 5 of 5
Our recent stay at Roundhat Ranch was our second time. We liked the place so much the first time, we decided to come back a year later. The donkeys were still as cute as ever! We settled right in to all the wonderful charms of the place.

On this trip we also spent some time in Mariposa, based on the new business card collection taped on the bathroom door. Excellent resource! We never knew Mariposa had its own microbrewery! Excellent beers--and just a quick drive from the casita.

Steve has also improved the walking trails behind the casita, which allowed us to explore the gorgeous property a bit more. I sort of don't want to write this review, because we'd rather keep this amazing find all to ourselves! We'll be back for a third time for sure. On that visit, I'm hoping I get to meet my first baby mini donkey!
  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Yosemite Ranch Country Cottage/ Roundhat Horse Ranch
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p497600vb
Bridgeport Gold Country / High Sierra
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5

Country, cozy and with class!

  • 5 of 5
I had the pleasure of staying in the cabin for three nights. All the necessities are provided. The bed was very comfortable. The owners designed the cabin and it reflects their fine aesthetic. Only a scenic 45 minutes to Yosemite! The owners are great - very cordial and informative.
  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Yosemite Ranch Country Cottage/ Roundhat Horse Ranch
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p497600vb
Bridgeport Gold Country / High Sierra
Temecula, CA
5

Above and Beyond!

  • 5 of 5
Our stay at the ranch was perfect. We were welcomed, shown around, and felt completely at home. The cottage was extremely clean, beautifully furnished and decorated, and had everything we needed to enjoy our stay. We had an amazing trip and will definitely be back!
  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway
business
Yosemite Ranch Country Cottage/ Roundhat Horse Ranch
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p497600vb
Bridgeport Gold Country / High Sierra
5

idyllic getaway

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I had the pleasure to stay at the Roundhat Horse Ranch for three nights in late December and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The cottage is very cosy and had everything we needed after coming back in the evenings from hiking in Yosemite Park. The ranch has many beautiful horses and birds. It's a very calm and relaxing place in beautiful surroundings. The owners are very nice, friendly and accommodating. Overall, it was one of the most pleasant stays while traveling in California.
  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Romantic Getaway
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Yosemite Ranch Country Cottage/ Roundhat Horse Ranch
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p497600vb
Bridgeport Gold Country / High Sierra
5

Wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5
One of the nicest - overall - homeaway stays we've had. Property: beautifully kept horse farm with gorgeous views and friendly animals, 40+ acres, rental is very private - though owners are very accessible right on the property, quiet. Home: well decorated, immaculate, comfy bed, kitchen stocked with essentials, blankets and towels as needed, washer and dryer (perfect after hanging out with the animals or hiking through Yosemite), heat + air, outdoor shower;), games, magazines, publish-worthy hand-made guide book, cable, lovely outdoor area. Process: Gayle and Steve are great! Responsive to emails and appropriately (not overly) engaging. Just super nice and conscientious. No better place to stay if you are in the Yosemite area. (Picture: one of the welcoming residents!)
  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Location

From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

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

Availability

From $99 Per night

Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring/Summer/Fall
Mar 1 2015 - Nov 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
$145
$1,015
 
 
Fall/Winter
Dec 1 2015 - Jan 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
$125
$875
 
 
Valentine's Day Month
Feb 1 2016 - Feb 29 2016
3 night minimum stay
$99
$693
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$145
$1,015
 

Additional information about rental rates

  • No Security Deposit $0
  • No Cleaning Fee $0
  • Tax Rate 11.0%

RATE SPECIAL - Valentine's Day - February Month Special (2/1/15 - 2/28/2015) $99.00/night, 3 night minimum stay - contact us for pricing quote with tax included - No CLEANING FEE or SECURITY DEPOSIT required.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • cottage

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
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Rural

Attractions

  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

Floor Area

  • 684 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower, outdoor shower
  • Copper sink w/ granite top. Large shower head with varied settings.

Bedrooms

  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen-size bed, exterior door to outside with 4 large windows brings the outside indoors, ceiling fan, futon chair/bed, tables, all appointed with ranch and Yosemite decor.

Outside

  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...

Meals

  • Guests provide their own meals

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