Ranch Experience/Walking Trails/Private Cottage near Yosemite Park West Entrance
Stephen and/or Gayle Saunders
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.
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Great place to stay for a Yosemite visit!
Steve and Gayle were great hosts and the property was stunning! So glad we spent our time there!
Great place, incredible host
Incredible property, a true ranch experience. The guesthouse is beautiful, clean, spacious, and only an hour away from Yosemite valley. As for Stephen, he is a thoughtful and generous host who’s willing to share his invaluable knowledge of the area.
The little cottage was amazing! The owners were super friendly and informative about the surrounding area. The donkeys were pretty awesome too! Wish we had more time there!
Unique and relaxing!
Very clean and comfortable lodging. Extremely quiet and unique ranch site. A great experience for a different style of retreat. We truly enjoyed it.
Great getaway spot near Yosemite
We absolutely loved our stay at RoundHat Ranch Cottage. There were many great amentities, but we really enjoyed having a grill for the nice outdoor weather. We would definitely stay there again if given the chance!
Perfect For romantic getaway!
My girlfriend and I stayed at the cottage for her birthday getaway while visiting Yosemite. The place is very romantic for a couple need to unwind. We have a wonderful stay the owner is very friendly the cottage is really clean and comfortable the views outside are breathtaking the owner is friendly and helpful. Thank you for sending the clothes we left there.
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.