The SpaceWelcome! The most unique and exciting encounter you will find are all the exotic and domestic farm animals. We have three sizes of horses, a mini donkey, mini Zebu steer, goats, bunnies, guinea pigs, cats, dogs, chinchillas, parrots, chickens, a mini sheep, and a mini pig, each with a unique personality and habits. I have a bachelors in animal science and am happy to share my knowledge and animals with you during your stay. Most of the animals are very friendly and love to be petted and brushed, and will eat right out of your hand. Guests are welcome to take pictures and brush the animals or just relax inside or on the porch. I hope you love the ranch as much as I do, it really is a dream come true.
For travelers not familiar with Madera Ranchos, we are centrally located between Fresno and Madera. It is about an hour drive to Yosemite National Forest, where you will find gorgeous waterfalls and breathtaking views. Bass Lake is beautiful and both Bass Lake and Millerton Lake have jet ski and boat rentals. Forestiere Underground Gardens is about 15 minutes away and is amazing, an underground mansion hand-built by one man. Down the street from the gardens is the Fresno Chaffee Zoo. I enjoy going to the zoo, the animal enclosures are clean and the staff is friendly. Cat House on the Kings is about a 50 minute drive but worth it for cat lovers. It is California's largest no cage no kill adoption center, home to over 800 cats, as well as some dogs and goats. Riverpark shopping center in Fresno is about 15 minutes away and has lots of shops and fine dining. We do have tasty, but not fancy restaurants in Madera Ranchos, less than 6 minutes from my ranch. The Madera Wine Trail includes 12 local wineries, many of which offer free wine tasting. Fresno Tower district is about 25 minutes away and has many art galleries and a very colorful vibe. If you are in town to find your next furry companion, I can put you in contact with many wonderful animal rescue groups :) Guest AccessGuests have a private bedroom with a full bed. A 32" flat-screen TV is provided in your room with a Roku with Net flicks on it. If traveling with a group of three I have a twin mattress I can set up in the room for the 3rd person. If traveling with a group of 4, 5 or 6 people, please also book my other guest room "Animal Lovers Dream". A full bathroom that is shared between both guest bedrooms. The outside patio has a BBQ which you are welcome to use and chairs overlooking the animals. It's the perfect spot to sip coffee and watch the sunrise. I make coffee each morning and tea is always available. Interaction with GuestsI am friendly and home most weekdays, although I respect a guests privacy. Weekends Chris will be home if you have any questions or need assistance. The NeighborhoodRural country setting, chickens and horses in the backyard, but only a 5 minute drive to restaurants, a bakery, gas stations, and shops. Getting AroundYou will need your own car. We are 6 miles off highway 41 and 7 miles from freeway 99. There is free off street parking available in the driveway. Other Things to NoteNo laundry facilities available.
PONY RIDES available for guests who weigh 65 pounds or less for $20 a ride.
Please note while I welcome calm well behaved children, the house is not child proof nor do I have any baby furniture. Children must be supervised at all times.
Additionally check in is 3pm. If you want to check in later that is fine up to 10PM, but please let me know in advance so I can be sure to be home. Early check in is not possible. Check out is 11AM.
Fun actives while staying at the ranch with estimated driving time and cost.
* Yosemite National Forest - 1hr 15min $30 per car
* Cat Haven and Kings Canyon National Forest - 1 hour to Cat Haven $12 adults $8 children. From Cat Haven 20 mins to Kings Canyon $20 per car
* Cat House on the Kings - 50min FREE
* Boat Rentals at Bass Lake and Millerton Lake - 45 min (cost varies)
* Madera Wine Trail - 5 min to first winery FREE
* Forestiere Underground Gardens -20 min $15 adults $7 children
* Fresno Chaffee Zoo - 25min $7 adults $3.50 children $5 parking
* Riverpark shopping center - 15 min
* Town of Madera Ranchos - 5min
* Fresno Tower District - 25 min
* The Island Water Park - 20 min $30 adults $20 Children
* Pony Rides - $20 (65 lbs weight limit)
* Brushing the animals at the ranch- FREE