Welcome to the Goatel Yurt Retreat on Mt Madonna! This cozy yurt is located at our wilderness ranch on the top of Mt Madonna, where we offer Original Goat Yoga and Goat Happy Hour for the great San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas. Get ready for a high mountain adventure that includes steep hillsides, dirt roads and all the excitement mother nature has to offer! Each nig
Welcome to the Goatel Yurt Retreat on Mt Madonna! This cozy yurt is located at our wilderness ranch on the top of Mt Madonna, where we offer Original Goat Yoga and Goat Happy Hour for the great San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas. Get ready for a high mountain adventure that includes steep hillsides, dirt roads and all the excitement mother nature has to offer! Each night booked includes 60 minutes of daily Goat Happy Hour. Goat Happy Hour can be turned into Original Goat Yoga for an additional fee. The Yurt sleeps up to five people and includes a woodstove for cold days and AC for hot days. Enjoy a wrap around deck with views over both sides of the mountain, including views of the redwoods, Gilroy, the Pinnacles, Watsonville, Monterey Bay and Mt Carmel. Enjoy hiking on local roads and at nearby Mt Madonna Park. Spend the day at local beaches, just 30 minutes drive down the mountain. Property owners live in lower section where animals live. The Yurt is adjacent to an RV which can be rented together or may be rented by other guests. The Yurt and RV have a shared entrance and parking area. Book our RV retreat at the same time for larger groups and receive an extra 10% off! Free electric vehicle charging - see rules for more details.
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2 nights
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
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I absolutely loved my stay at the Goatel. It was the perfect getaway that included wonderful views, adorable goats, friendly hosts, and a super clean place to stay. I hope to return for another stay very soon. My family and I had a wonderful time!
We absolutely loved our weekend in the Yurt! The views from the deck (and the shower) never get old. You also have many kitchen amenities for easy-ish cooking, and plenty of comfy sleeping options. And, of course, you get to spend some time with some adorable goats!! Lucy and Lil were very flexible, and were there to give us a warm welcome! Definitely recommend.
Beautiful and peaceful experiences
The Goatel yurt experience was fantastic! The views are incredible. We watched a family of quails feeding all around the deck for days. We loved watching the fog roll in across the mountains and listening to the “redwood rain”. The visit with the goats was a unique and entertaining amenity, for sure.
The yurt is delightfully decorated and well-equipped. The bed is super comfy memory foam. We enjoyed heating with the wood stove.
This is a great place! The space is so cute & usable. The deck was awesome to hangout on morning, noon, or night -> views are awesome! My favorite was the view from the shower! The space was equiped with everything I needed. The host was super nice & really down to earth & personable & accomodating w the goats. Goat hapoy hour was really great, my 3 yr old especially loved it!
I loved staying at the yurt. Lucie the host was very nice. The yurt was modern and very clean. The view from the yurt was incredible and the goats were very friendly. I would 10/10 go back.
A full nature experience
This place is amazing. The views are otherworldly. We enjoyed our time there. Here is our take on the experience.
The Yurt has a lot of amenities like a shower and full refrigerator.
Well stocked house (has extra chairs, tables, dishes, basic spices, hot plate, toaster oven, Instapot, utensils, linens, cleaning items)
They provided A/C, a heater, and down comforters for heat/cold. We never used more than the comforters but it was great knowing we had a backup given we have two kids under 10.
The beds are comfortable and the large array of pillows is amazing.
The yurt screened windows have outside tent covers you can zip down at night so you don't get the really cold air inside.
There are 5 outside chairs on the balcony. These are great for just sitting and watching the sunset.
The view is unmatched. The sounds too. It doesn't get better.
They put up some extra fencing around the porch area because we have small kids and this was good for a safety measure. It wasn't pretty but it made it safer.
-You REALLY need an SUV/Jeep (4 wheel drive) for the long dirt road to the property. I think it almost 3 miles long.
-There are gates with locks on them. They are periodically locked and so we were locked into the property for over an hour and missed our scheduled plans for the day. Ask for the code to the gates when you arrive.
-They have plenty of items in the house but oddly missing some basics too. They don't have any bathroom friendly cups for the sink area (all are thin glass fancy glasses for the kitchen). They don't have any full sized glasses, only small mugs and short half glasses.
-This could be a pro too (it was for us). There is no TV in the Yurt.
-The Yurt's shower has clear shower curtains and windows open to the outside on all sides. I felt a bit exposed taking a shower. Also, the shower bars are not super strong so keeping the curtains closed is not possible always. We just used it for rinsing off but taking a full proper shower might disappoint some. Again, for us-- it worked out fine.
The Goat Happy Hour is a very simple thing. You walk down an extremely steep pathway (only 1 of the 4 of us could make the path to the goats). You are shown to the goats enclosure. You sit and leave when you want. The goats aren't free roaming so they just nibble at you and then go away. It isn't a typical highly interactive animal experience. Again, for us, this was fine too. But some might book just for the goat experience and I think that might be the wrong idea.
The road I can't stress enough. You really need 4 wheel drive. We could only go a couple of miles an hour without one and much of the last part of the road is single lane. It is dicey and tricky to navigate. We will take our SUV next time. Also, make sure to come and go during full light hours. I don't know how you would navigate it at night at all. Stick to the daylight hours.
Mountain Lions and rattlesnakes are common in the area. Stick to the trails and be aware to stay safe.
There is a camper within 200' of the yurt. It was unoccupied during our stay. Not sure if it is ever occupied but it is VERY close to the yurt if it was occupied-- you could hear them talking. When we woke up, there were a couple of the work staff sitting around a table outside the yurt near the camper having a morning coffee. It was a bit strange to think we were all alone up there to wake up to three people having coffee outside the front door of the yurt.
Groceries and shops are about 35 mins drive away in Watsonville and Gilroy.
They are very family friendly. Bring your kids.
In the end, we LOVED our experience. I think you need to be flexible and open minded. It is worth every cent spent, even if things didn't always go so smoothly. We have recommended it to several others and our friends are booking it up. Book your stay before it is all booked up. This is more than a vacation, it is an experience!
My friends and I had a wonderful stay at the Goatel Yurt! Somewhere between glamping and a traditional vacation rental, the yurt had a lot of amenities to offer (including an InstaPot!) and was a nice place to reconnect with travel buddies after a year of being stuck at home.
The views are absolutely incredible, the hosts were kind and accommodating, and the goats were hilarious! The walk down to the goats wasn't too far, but it was fairly steep, so make sure to wear appropriate footwear and don't forget your rescue inhalers! Also, make sure to wear grubby clothing you don't mind getting dirty and/or chewed on when meeting the goats as a few of them like to nibble on shoelaces and shirt hems! Definitely an experience we'll remember!