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The Rumsey River Ranch




Welcome to the Rumsey River Ranch!  Founded in 1893, this vast swath of land with its historic home and outbuildings has got the character of an old western movie and the charm of a beautiful leading lady.  A visit to the ranch is like a walk down memory lane—it’s fully loaded with antique farm equipment and cars, a herd of collectables from the Ponderosa Ranch (Bonanza!), and tons more unique artifacts.  Easy to find and hard to leave, the ranch sits in the hills of western Yolo County down the end of a quaint country road meandering alongside the trickling Cache Creek.

The two-story home on the property, one of the first Sears and Roebuck Kit homes constructed in the Capay Valley, marries its late 1800s style with modern fixin’s—original redwood siding and fir beams paired with new sturdy framing and completely upgraded electrical.  Downstairs is the cozy kitchen with a copper ceiling, electric and gas stove; a quiet library, fancy living room with wood-burning stove, French doors, and antique chandelier; master bedroom and bath; and laundry room. Upstairs are 2 bedrooms and a bath with special views of the orchard and beyond.  Shaded by lazy Oaks, the huge wrap-around deck with a river rock wall—built from rock collected right there on the land!—and a brick patio provide the perfect setting for serene evening cook outs.

Adjacent the main home is the massive outbuilding with a full workshop and great room, the epicenter for a raucous good time.  Feed hungry ranch hands or vacationing guests at the diner-style kitchen.  Then them have them saddle up to the warm, solid wood bar for a frosty beverage under neon beer lights.  With the pool table, poker table, and spectacular stone fireplace, the great room is a refuge for large or small gatherings alike.

Also next door is the guesthouse—another nod to a rich Americana history.   It features a rock masonry hearth with wood stove, knotty pine walls and ceilings, and the perfect trinkets and relics for a nostalgic escape.

A second shop for housing the classic cars, tractors and equipment, and the original functioning barn complete the country spread.

The opportunity to own the River Ranch is like discovering a rare vein of gold—it doesn’t happen often!  It can be run as a hunting, dude, or cattle ranch; corporate retreat; wedding location; or family getaway.  No matter what, the new owner will slip into life here like sliding onto a perfectly fit saddle.

LOCATION: This spectacular hideaway Ranch is located at the north end of the Capay Valley near the town of Rumsey in the hills of western Yolo County.  A very quiet County Road 41A meanders on the east side Cache Creek and right to the majestic entrance to the Ranch. This recreational paradise is an easy one hour drive from downtown Sacramento and 2 hours from downtown San Francisco.


The beautiful Capay Valley is located on the west side of the Sacramento Valley in Yolo County, California. The Valley is around 30 miles long and is accessed from Highway 16 which heads west from Freeway 505 and meanders through the quaint towns of Esparto, Capay, Guinda and Rumsey as you drive north through the scenic valley. Home to organic farmers and orchards, there is an abundance of agriculture all through the valley. The Valley is located one hour west of the City of Sacramento, and two hours inland from the City of San Francisco.

The Ranch acreage totals 1,322.85 acres.

ZONING: AN Intensive Ag, and AX, Extensive Ag, the Ranch has an active Williamson Act Contract on it.

SOIL TYPE: The Ranch soils predominately consist of Rh Riverwash and CtD2 Corning Gravelly Loam in the lower flats near Cache Creek, and PfF3 Positas Gravelly Loam on all the hills. There are between 80-100 acres that can be developed to Olive orchards or vineyards.

TOPOGRAPHY: The Ranch goes from flat pastures and gently rolling along the banks of Cache Creek to very steep and mountainous hills throughout most of the property.

ROADS: There are miles of well maintained ranch roads, perfect for hours of horseback or ATV riding, to explore the beautiful canyons and valleys of the Ranch.

WATER: The home and outbuildings are supplied with water from a domestic well that is 130 feet deep. The pump was replaced 4-5 years ago and provides plenty of water for the homes, yard and shops.. The Ranch also fronts along Cache Creek which is a year round creek that flows the length of the Capay Valley, so swimming and fishing are right out your front door!  Riparian Water Rights to Cache Creek would also enable an owner to plant grapes or olive orchards on the Ranch.

Ranch Homes & Structures

MAIN RANCH HOUSE: The charming two story ranch home was constructed in the mid 1890’s and was one of the first Sears and Roebuck Kit homes to be constructed in the Capay Valley.  The 1,700 sq. ft. of living space also comes with a full basement. The house has two stoves, a library, living room, kitchen, laundry room, bathroom and master bedroom downstairs and 2 bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. The kitchen features an electric and gas stove, and a copper ceiling. The electrical service for the home has been updated and includes 220 Amp service. The home has the original redwood siding, a metal roof and a nice wrap around deck on three sides and a brick patio in the rear, with beautiful river rock wall construction around the deck.

GUEST HOUSE: The original guest house was remodeled and expanded in 1996 and consists of 1,050 sq. ft. with real slate floors, solid pine walls, a woodstove, bathroom with shower, and a metal roof.

GARAGE: The garage, shop, and great room are all contained in one building that was built from 1998-2001. The garage is 60’ X 60’ with concrete floors and metal sides and roof. This area is used for storage of the antique cars and trucks.

SHOP: This is the kind of shop that everyone dreams about owning. It is 40’ X 60” and has concrete floors, a metal roof and insulated walls. In addition to the pool table there is a sitting area with a couch and fireplace and a full restaurant kitchen for the hungry ranch guests. There are tool benches and work stations with all the tools one could possibly need for a day’s work on the ranch. Adjoining the shop is the spacious Great Room.

GREAT ROOM: The name says it all, what a wonderful place to unwind after a perfect day on the Ranch. The room is 40’ X 40’ with real slate floors, beautiful solid pine walls and open beams on the ceiling, a metal roof, insulated walls, a spectacular handmade river rock fireplace, and a full wet bar for thirsty guests! The spacious room can handle many guests in one sitting, and is the ideal room for large family gatherings, or corporate retreats.

SHOP # 2: This three sided shop is 40’ X 24’ with a concrete floor and metal roof and sides and is used for tractor and equipment storage.

BARN: This is the original barn on the Ranch and is in good condition, and is 38’ X40’ in size with metal siding and a metal roof and a concrete floor. The barn is adjacent to the Powder River corrals and loading chute, and has room for hay storage. Adjacent to the Barn is a full set of cattle working and shipping corrals. Cash to Seller. The owners are selling the Ranch along with all the improvements, and personal property to go with the sale of the Ranch.

The owners of the ranch have spent the last thirty five years collecting special treasures for this unique ranch. Their passion for collecting antique furnishings, cars, and western memorabilia is abundant as you can see the treasures that are in all the rooms of the houses, shop and great room. When the Ponderosa Ranch of the long running TV show “Bonanza” was closed many years ago the owners purchased the majority of the western antiques and old ranch equipment and set it up to be seen and appreciated on this Ranch, so you won’t find many collections of this magnitude in California. The Ranch has many different potential uses from a corporate retreat, dude ranch, a pig, deer, and turkey hunting ranch, cattle ranching, family recreational getaway, horse ranch, etc, the list is endless. Come feel the energy of the old west and the beauty of the hills of the Capay Valley!


The above information has been supplied by the Owner or by sources we deem reliable.  While we have no reason to doubt its accuracy, we do not guarantee it.