Our family just completed 10 N-parks in 20 days. Rauch Ranch was our home base for Yosemite. Our family of 5 (2 teens and a 9 y/old) fit easily in their rental home on the ranch. Our kids loved their dog Spit immediately, and set to trying to catch fish and explore. Lesli was a wonderful hostess in every way. Great communication before, during, and after our stay. She was ready and supplied our every need. We found the ranch with no problems and found the directions/time frames accurate from both the Wawona and East Yosemite gates.
The rental was beautifully decorated, very clean, well stocked with cookware for cooking our meals, had beautiful views, and lacked nothing honestly! We loved it!
We ended up staying and having a "ranch day" instead of going into Yosemite and it was a highlight of our trip. Our kids shot clay pigeons, rode a horse, chilled in their rooms, we toured the winery, and we had a ball exploring Mariposa. (about 15 min. away) We loved Happy Burger!
Wonderful memories! Thanks Lesli and Mike! If only Indiana wasn't so far away!
Lesli is a great host and long time area resident. We had two adults and three teens and we fit well into the house. As owner says, the GPS does not accurately find the entrance via the address so be careful if arriving at night. Beautiful farm and ranch area, good staging for ride into Yosemite.
It's a nice place to stay near Yosemite and away from the hubbub of Yosemite crowed. I spent two days there with my husband, mom, sister, her husband and a 5 years old baby. We all liked it overall. It is a comfortable place for 6 people to stay. The beds and matteresses however need quite a bit improvements since they seem to be very old, and very springy. The house has only one bathroom/toilet which is a small issue when 6 people need to use it.
One thing that bothered us, especially my 62 years old mom and the baby is there have been hundreds of rabbit holes around the house and we were welcome by a snake as soon as we reached. The snake went into a rabbit hole. Lesli told that the previous week they spotted a rattle snake underneath the deck. So our baby and Mom could never really go outside the house. Lesli did try to fill up a few holes but nobody can fill up few hundred holes on her own in half a day. We were asked to keep our doors closed all the time so that snakes don't enter the house. This kind of stopped us from enjoying the surroundings. Me and my husband probably would like to stay there again because we are not afraid of snakes. But not with my mom and the baby or anybody who have limited reflex.
I still will give it four stars because Lesli acted promptly when we complained about the rotten smell in the kitchen. She changed the gas stove immidiately. She came over past 10 in the night to deal with some of the logistic issues. This was very assuring. Thanks to Lesli for this.
The ranch and Lesli were perfect for our family weekend getaway. The house is comfortable and Lesli's hospitability is abundant. Would definitely recommend this place to friends and family.
If you enjoy beautiful countryside and very friendly people, this place is a GREAT rental!! We had a wonderful time!! The cottage is spotlessly clean, and very cozy. The hostess is extremely helpful and friendly....MANY THANKS!!! The nearby town has great restaurants, and it is a pleasant/beautiful drive to Yosemite. We recommend this Historic Ranch without reservation!!!!