About the property
- Cottage684 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum StayNone
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, replete with Outdoor Shower for added relaxation.
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.
Stephen and/or Gayle Saunders
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- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- May 24, 2018
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 Catheys Valley
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.
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Fantastic stay near Yosemite
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.
Even more beautiful in springtime!
This was my second visit to Roundhat Ranch; the first was last summer during a record heat wave. This visit in early May was perfect - with temps ranging from a morning low early in the week of 37, to an afternoon high later in the week in the mid-80s. The cottage is wonderfully comfortable for any temperature, with a great climate control system and ceiling fans.
The ranch is gorgeously green in springtime, with all of the wildlife enjoying the temperate weather. We loved the brand-new propane grill and cooked many of our meals on it. The house itself remains as comfortable and functional as our previous visit, with Steve just a phone call away if we needed anything (but we didn't, since they'd already thought of almost everything... the one exception would be a flashlight for power outages, since there were two while we visited).
Thank you again for a wonderful stay!
Paradise! Roundhat Ranch is beautiful in every way!
We give this vacation rental the highest of all possible ratings. The cottage is lovely - spotless, beautifully decorated, comfortable and equipped with everything we needed and more! It is quiet, spacious, private and located on the most lovely ranch, a short drive to Yosemite and to all the area offerings. The owners are so helpful and wonderful. We will absolutely book this again when we return to California, and will recommend it to all our friends. Thank you, Gayle and Steve, for making our stay so memorable!
We loved it.
The place was fantastic, quiet and very homey.
The owners were great also. The grounds were neat and clean. The cottage was fantastic. Very roomy , cozy and the deco was just what you would expect at a horse ranch. I would recommend it to everyone.
This place is Heaven on earth!
On arrival there was a wow factor. This place is Heaven on Earth! We were shortly greeted by Stephen who is the most wonderful hardworking man. The place was beautifully clean and comfortable in surreal surroundings. We felt safe and chilled. We had everything we needed and more! I spent my birthday having a lovely bbq on the patio listening to the wiildlife. Yosemite is only a short drive with easy roads and the most spectacular views that you would not get if you actually stayed in Yosemite. Yosemite is quite busy so if you want to peace and tranquillity then stay here. You will not regret it. Stephen and Gayle are the most wonderful people. We have stayed in many Airbnb but not VRBO and this place is by far the best. Please look no further and book. Thank you so much for letting us stay. Like I said, Heaven on Earth.
Peaceful, relaxing stay in a well-equipped cottage
We would definitely stay here again. The quiet, scenic area was refreshing to come home to after a hectic day with tourists in Yosemite. Wild turkeys, squirrels, and rabbits along with the horses and donkeys provided plenty of country charm to the beautiful cottage. The big screen tv came in handy for my husband to watch his March Madness game, and I enjoyed the access to movies and the internet. The laundry and cooking facilities were great, and the chocolates were an unexpected treat. Best of all, the hosts, Steve and Gayle were informative, friendly, and welcoming. Steve gave us tips on where and how to go in Yosemite ( for instance, go on the left trail, we took the right by mistake) and what roads to get out of northern Calif. if you what a quiet place without hordes of people, this is it.
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.