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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.
The Knolls at RoundHat offer views of surrounding Hills and Mountains, Valley and Meadows....moreless
RoundHat Ranch sets on several knolls overlooking Valley and Meadow views at the foot of Guadalupe Mt. in the pastoral Catheys Valley along State Highway 140, the Western entrance to Yosemite. ...moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Hunting Small Game
Seating for 4 people
Fujitsu split heating and air. Set temperature and it both heats and cools to desired setting and is very quiet....moreless
Fujitsu split heating and air. Set temperature and it both heats and cools to desired setting and is very quiet...moreless
Spring/Summer/Fall Mar 1 - Nov 30, 2015 2 night min stay
Fall/Winter Dec 1 - Jan 31, 2016 2 night min stay
Valentine's Day Month Feb 1 - Feb 29, 2016 3 night min stay
My Standard Rate 2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
No Security Deposit$0
No Cleaning Fee$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.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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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.
Year Purchased: 2001
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.
Why the Owner Chose Yosemite National Park: 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.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: 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.