What Our Guests Say...
We greatly appreciate guest feedback and use it to make the Ranch an even more special place. Almost all of our guests since 2013 have rated us 5 out of 5 stars and have written heartfelt reviews that make us so glad that we decided to open our home to other animal lovers. Here are some of the themes we've heard over the years:
“The D&P Ranch is ADDICTING!!!”
"Rented many homes ... this one was by FAR the best."
"Everything was perfect ... exceptionally clean and beautiful."
“Doggie Disneyland!” "Two Paws Up!"
“We had a very relaxing time ... and our four-legged family members are going to sleep for a week"
Kelly (May 2019)
My husband and I along with our two dogs, Gunner and Molly stayed at the ranch for 4 days. Troy was there to welcome us and show us around the fully fenced property! We have a reactive dog who needs slow introductions so Troy and Cody (resident lab) were very accommodating as we all took a hike around the property.
We found everything we would need at the house to stay and not leave for 4 days (we packed food) and they even left some snacks and local wine for us! We were able to participate in the feeding of the ranch animals and were even welcome to bring our dogs in to practice with them. Troy and Cyndi were so gracious to take the time to explain to us the feeding and care of the animals. They also helped us set up the dog agility training and gave us a few pointers!
We loved our stay as we had the time and space to practice with our pups. Troy and Cyndi were so accommodating with any of our needs and the house is really beautifully done! I would most definitely recommend staying here if you want to check out the area, spend time in the hills with your pups, and have a peaceful few days in gold country!
Anne (Apr 2019)
We had such a special experience at Harrell's Dog & Pony Ranch. We stayed for three nights and took our three kids, ages 7 (twins) and 13. The guest house that we stayed in was beautiful, comfortable and peaceful, we especially enjoyed the hot tub! Cyndi and Troy were amazing hosts--introducing us to all of the animals, getting us and the kids set up to walk the Llama's on the trails on the property and to horseback ride their lovable horses Amigo and Buddy--we got to ride them in the arena and on the trails. Our 7-year olds also got to ride and cuddle the donkeys. We all spent time holding the baby chicks and petting the chickens as well as helping retrieve the laid eggs every day (and eating them!). The kids got to help with the daily farm chores which included feeding all of the animals by hand and grooming the horses. All in all, one of our most memorable family trips, we definitely plan to go back in the future!
Emily (Mar 2019)
We stayed here with our two (almost three) year old twins and our two dogs - one of whom was a very old girl. Cyndi, Troy and Cody were amazing hosts and catered the visit perfectly for our younger children and older dog.
This was an amazing weekend. It was everything we wanted it to be and more. And I will cherish the memories we made that weekend forever, as we lost our dog last night, so this was the last trip we were able to take with her. Thank you, Harrell family for the wonderful memories.
Edward (Mar 2019)
Cindy & Troy are amazing hosts, that have taken care of everything you might need for a country getaway (and then some) on their absolutely gorgeous property. They are as dog-friendly as people come (our pup already misses playing with their lab Cody) and will make sure your dogs are truly treated just like guests. They're totally happy to leave you with some peace and and solitude or show you around the amazing farm, full of animals, trails and activities like basketball, dog agility, etc. The great amenities (truly comfortable bed, wonderful kitchen & bathroom, awesome views) combined with all the little, unique touches (such as farm fresh eggs or getting to feed a llama) at this wonderful farm easily make this one of the best places we've stayed. Can't wait to return.
Dovile (Jan 2019)
Wow!!! What an amazing place. the pictures do not do it justice. Its quiet and relaxing a real treat to get away from the city and traffic. We loved the hot tub with a beautiful view. The hosts are so friendly and wonderful as well. We loved how they also had a book of instructions and recommendations. Highly recommend!
Steve (Jan 2019)
We decided last minute to head up to the mountains for the long weekend, and wanted to bring our dog. Only a handful of dog-friendly places were available, and in our experience sometimes dog-friendly can mean they accept dogs somewhat grudgingly. Not so with Cyndi and Troy (and their dog Cody) who gave a warm welcome to all of us to their beautiful spot in the foothills. The house is beautifully appointed (there was really nothing missing) and there are an amazing range of other facilities on the ranch including some trails that we enjoyed exploring, and farm animals that we enjoyed meeting (in a safe environment for our dog to check them out too). We were only there for a couple of nights and didn't want to leave. We hope to be back before too long.
Best vacation ever! (Oct 2018)
Staying at the Dog & Pony Ranch was the most magical vacation ever. The ranch is picturesque and the perfect place for nature loving (and animal loving) travelers. The beautiful guest house was well maintained and well stocked with the necessities needed for a vacation. Cyndi and Troy are gracious hosts allowing access to this ranch as well as providing insight and recommendations for the area. We have already recommended the Dog and Pony Ranch to friends and family and plan to return as soon as possible!
Spacious, well appointed, quiet and entertaining (Oct 2018)
The Dog and Pony Ranch was better than expected: Our room had everything we needed, it was very clean, there was a hot tub right outside our front door, and the place was so peaceful and quiet.
Our hosts were wonderful (Troy and Cyndi), showing us around the property, allowing us to feed their horses, llamas, cows and chickens and generally making us feel right at home. They could not have been more gracious, especially considering this is a working ranch.
The location is a 30 minute drive to some of the best wineries in California, not only because the wines were generally pretty great, but the crowds were minimal, prices were reasonable and the scenery was outstanding.
We will be returning here, at some point, hopefully soon.
Perfect (Jul 2018)
Cyndi and Troy at Dog & Pony Ranch are the perfect hosts. We (two humans, two dogs) spent the weekend lazing about the ranch, cooking delicious meals, playing with the animals, and generally enjoying the time away from our normal lives.
The accommodations are well-appointed: the bed is comfortable, towels are soft, and the kitchen has all the tools you could need. Cyndi fielded all of our questions about the kitchen and was super helpful before we arrived (we planned to do a lot of cooking while we were there) and we were at want of nothing during our stay.
We also spent a good amount of time with our hosts: exploring the property, feeding the animals, and riding their horses, Buddy and Amigo. If you've never had a chance to interact with or ride a privately-owned, well-loved and cared for horse, these two are a wonderful first experience.
Cyndi also managed to document all of the animal encounters such that we were able to enjoy the animals and not concern ourselves with pictures. The candid photos we have from her camera were a delightful and wholly unexpected perk.
We greatly enjoyed our time at Dog & Pony and look forward to returning at some point in the future.
Amara (Jun 2018)
Cyndi and Troy are so kind and generous, this is the perfect place to stay with your WHOLE family!
Wonderful stay at the Ranch (May 2018)
The property far exceeded our expectations, it is truly stunning. Troy and Cyndi are wonderful hosts, nothing was too much trouble. We loved meeting the animals, walking the lamas and riding the horses. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to go back there very soon.
We loved the Dog and Pony Ranch! (Apr 2018)
We highly recommend the Dog and Pony Ranch. We had such a good time. The house is beautiful, the surroundings gorgeous and Cyndi and Troy, the hosts, are the best! They were so helpful and we enjoyed their company so much we now have new friends in California. A perfect vacation!!
A little bit of wonderful! (Mar 2018)
This was an experience we will never forget. The opportunity to enjoy the beautiful surroundings with our big dogs was a joy for all four of us......we can't wait to get back.
From walking the llamas to playing with the Dexter cows......watching our little girl dog fall madly in love with the horses and eating those magnificent fresh eggs for breakfast......
it was all food for the soul.....
Doggie paradise, for real! (Mar 2018)
Everything about our long weekend stay was wonderful. Our dog loved the dog door, pond, horses, and most of all resident Lab, Cody. We loved the space, the trails, views and sunsets, fresh eggs, and most of all owners Cyndi and Troy Harrell. Can't say enough good things about the Dog and Pony Ranch!
Most Wonderful Place for a Family Vacation! (Feb 2018)
What a weekend! We spent a 3 nights with Cyndi and Troy and their beautiful family of horses, chickens, dogs, llamas, cows, and even a cat! We brought our twin 5 year old daughters and our 16 year old daughter, and they had the most wonderful experience they could have ever imagined! In fact, when we left, the twins asked to come back for their birthday. We always go to Disneyland for their birthdays, so we asked if they would rather come back here or go to Disneyland this year and the vote was unanimous ... come back to the Dog and Pony Farm! We weren't surprised though because we all felt this way!
Cyndi and Troy were very kind and loving to our girls and took the time to show the girls how to care for animals and thought of such creative ways to keep everyone engaged (despite the large age difference in our girls ages). They even welcomed our twins into their home as the girls chased Cody and Hannah through the doggy doors. It felt like we were spending the weekend visiting family!
The property is beautiful and even these stunning photos don't do it justice. The views are incredible and the sunsets are like no other. Cyndi took us on a hike around the property, which someone could spend the entire day exploring - and ensured she made every experience for the girls a fun and learning opportunity. The animals are all kind and loving and loved having us around. They were very gentle with the girls. We do not have animals of our own, but by the end of the weekend, it felt like we had a whole farm that belong to us, as Cyndi, Troy and their wonderful family of animals were so welcoming.
We loved our stay at the Dog and Pony Farm and will definitely be making a return visit!
Danielle (Nov 2017)
We came here after having our first child (3 months old at the time) to give our first daughter (our dog Ruby) a vacation and some much needed attention since the new addition to the family. Cyndi was the most gracious host and wanted to make our stay the best possible. The place was super clean and cozy and this new mom utilized the spa bath in the place every night - along with the complimentary wine in the welcome basket. We hiked the property with our pitbull and baby every day and viewed the awesome sunsets from a nice little picnic table just a quick jaunt from the cabin. We were able to feed the horses, llamas and chickens and expose our little one to these new creatures. There are so many hikes and things to do in the area that we just didn't get to that we will be back. That said - not leaving the property we had the most relaxing mini vacation with our little one.
Such an amazing getaway! (Oct 2017)
My fiancé booked the Dog and Pony Ranch as a surprise birthday getaway. We have a playful GSD, so as you can imagine it can be difficult to find an amazing spot that allows pets. When I was (finally) told where we would be going, I could not have been more excited. Cyndi and Troy were AMAZING hosts. We were advised to evacuate our home the night before our trip due to the wildfires in Sonoma County and we reached out to Cyndi and Troy to see if it would be possible to come a night early. I don't think words could express how grateful we were for them allowing us to coming early. The property and hiking trails are gorgeous and the house was so cozy. I have to say, it might have been more of a vacation for our dog - he was in heaven the entire time and we could not have been more relaxed. Troy and Cyndi did not miss a beat when they designed their rental. If you are looking for a relaxing getaway with your pet - the Dog and Pony Ranch is perfect! We cannot wait to come back! Cyndi and Troy, thank you so much for being so kind to let us come early and making us feel so welcome. We will never forget it.
Wonderful, relaxing get-away... (Sep 2017)
My husband and I, along with our two corgis, had a great time at the ranch. Cyndi and Troy have thought of everything - from a beautiful well stocked house with all the amenities to dog bowls, kennels, towels and treats for the dogs. The house was very clean and comfortable, the sunsets were spectacular, the trails well groomed for nice morning walks with the dogs, and the peace and quiet was restorative. We enjoyed visiting their animals too. Highly recommended!
Wonderful, warm and inviting house! (Aug 2017)
We love this house! It’s a living work of art. The beautifully done concrete floor, and the all the wonderful woodwork including the staircase, the granite in the kitchen, the woodwork on the vaulted ceilings, all of it is amazing. The house is stunning but still manages to be inviting. That’s a difficult balance to find. Oh, and on top of all that it’s perfectly suited for large dogs.
I’m so glad you open your house to renters. This was a one of a kind experience. We spent lots of time playing ping pong, foosball, and petting the horses. Our giant chocolate lab of course loved the pond.
Thank you again!
Amazing home and views! (Aug 2017)
We loved this home so much! The house is gorgeous and the views are amazing. Everything is so well though out. I brought my boys and we never left the property. The hike around the property was a good workout and we loved the basketball court and all the fun things to do in the game room. It was such a relaxing long weekend. We are so happy that the Harrell's shared their beautiful new home!
Mary (Aug 2017)
We had such a great time at Dog & Pony Ranch! Beautiful house, beautiful location, wonderful host. We especially enjoyed stargazing from this property, it felt like we were on top of the world!
Guest Book Reviews
Joey, Chris, Ireland, Olive and Mayhem (May 2019)
Your have built an amazing and wonderful place. Thank you for sharing it with us. Not everyone is thrilled to rent to 3 Great Danes! Ireland, Olive and Mayhem ran to their hearts content, and Mayhem went swimming for the first time. She jumped right in like she was born to it. I hope our next visit she can swim with Cody. The peaceful place is heaven on earth. Thank you for sharing it with us!
Tiffany, Rich & Gunnner (Apr 2019)
Thank you so much for sharing your ranch with us. The only part that we don't like is the leaving part!! We will definitely be back & hopefully Gunner won't break into your house (Cyndi's note: we don't mind when dogs want to come visit us!). We will continue to share our experiences with others (where else can you go horseback riding, walk llamas, visit the snow & keep the pup busy!)
See you soon & thank you!
Shinan, Pernell, Bee, Zoe, Mini (Mar 2019)
Although we were only here for a short period of days, it was an incredibly relaxing couple of days. We've loved our time here and can really tell every part of the house was made with love. There's so much detail and care in every corner of the house that really makes us wish we were permanent residents (I've never seen our dogs so happy either).
Bee keeps waiting by the gate for Cody to show up. And I think Mini and Zoe get jealous! It was really cute seeing them run around together until Cody went in the doggy door, which basically stopped our dogs in their tracks! Looking forward to our trip back. And I hope you guys enjoy your new additions to the family (chicks & mini donkeys)!
Bradley, Christy, Teyha & Remington (Feb 2019)
Thank you so much for your hearts and your passion behind your beautiful home and ranch. This little piece of Heaven is just that, Heaven! The freedom for all of us to enjoy, relax, and have fun has been amazing. This momma heart is so full being able to see our puppies fully experience the joy of being free! Our hearts are overflowing with joy! thank you so very much! May the blessings from Heaven continue to shine upon this place!
P.S. The snow was the icing on the cake - the puppies loved it! And thank you Cody!!! You are such a good boy!
Luyi, Yilong, and Odin (Dec 2018)
Thanks for everything!! This place is beyond amazing. We had so much fun and enjoyed absolutely every minute of it. It was such a great experience to feed the (live)stock with instructions from Kelly (petsitter). She is so nice. Our stay here definitely made our Xmas so memorable.
Thanks again. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season. We will for sure come back soon! Happy holidays! Woof!!
Mary, Matt and 5 Retrievers (Dec 2018)
Thank you for your wonderful "horsepitality"! Oh, that was bad, LOL! We really enjoyed experiencing your fantastic property and getting to know Cody, Llorenzo, and all the other (animals). I believe we will have chickens before long.
Once again, your place is amazing and thank you for putting in the effort so we can all enjoy it. Cheers!
Tiffany, Rich, and Dubs (Oct 2018)
Thank you for sharing your home & ranch with us. Staying here & becoming part of your lives has been a memorable vacation that we will never forget or be able to thank you for!!! We appreciate all the time and knowledge that you shared with us.
Thank you for allowing all the memorable "animal" moments - horseback riding, llama walks, nightly feeding, etc.
I know the three of us would love to return. We had a wonderful time & Dubs became a barn dog within a few days. He loved playing with Cody & Chrissy (foster dog) whether in the yard or running throughout the property.
It is going to be difficult to leave and we will definitely come back. Thank you again.
Malcolm, Chris, Michael, Kyle & Evan (Aug 2018)
This was such an amazing vacation spot for us. We loved the beauty of the ranch. The trees, trails and animals were awesome. It is so quiet and peaceful. Your house and guest quarters are so lovely. Everything is well thought out. The decor is so fun and the accommodations are immaculate.
Ekko and Blink (2 yr-old Labs) just loved it here. They could run free. They especially liked the pond and the turkeys.
The boys had a great time watching football. Perfect for college-age guys who love sports.
We hope we can come again and will definitely tell everyone about your wonderful place.
Harry, T, & Caesar (Jun 2018)
Thank you so much for the opportunity to spend 9 nights in your lovely home! We greatly appreciate your generosity and patience with our boy, Caesar Augustus! He met his fitness goals on his Whistle 3 Tracker every day!
Thanks also for letting us spend time with your animals! Harry really enjoyed walking the llamas! The view and the weather were spectacular, and we enjoyed exploring the nearby towns and lake. The fact that you are so close to Swingles' Meats is also a plus!
We look forward to seeing you again later this year! Thanks for making Harry's 75th birthday one to remember!
Wendy & V'Ger (May 2018)
Had a marvelous time hiking, meeting the family (including all the animals), visiting Jackson and Sutter Creek. This is truly an amazing place for both people and their dogs. V'Ger and I hope to come back soon. Thank you for sharing your home.
Dawn, Ian & Ryan from UK (May 2018)
Dear Cyndi & Troy, We have had a wonderful week in your beautiful home. Thank you so much for letting us stay here. It was great to spend time with you and your amazing animals. Cody & Hannah are such stars. We love the delicious eggs. We will be back!!!
Brigid & Teddy (Apr 2018)
Cyndi & Troy, Thank you for sharing your home, humor, and wisdom about animals. Teddy and I had a fabulous time. I learned so much! Hope to see you again soon.
Tony & Lu (Mar-Apr 2018)
Cyndi & Troy, With all our hearts (all four), Thank You! You have created an environment that blessed the soul and we are so grateful, and we leave here much the better for coming.
Your joy is infectious and your "mini" ark is like Disneyland for animal lovers. We will be back! Cee Cee and Blue have never been happier.
Iain, Melissa & family (Feb 2018)
Thank you so very much for making our family part of yours this weekend. We made the most wonderful memories and can’t wait to start planning our return trip! Your animals are all so beautiful with such unique personalities and it’s obvious they are very well-loved and taken care of. We were so honored to be able to help you take care of them and love them! You are a wonderful host and hostess. Although we don’t have animals of our own (with the exception of guinea pigs), I’ve spent this weekend feeling like we had a whole beautiful farm of animals. Thank you for this most wonderful experience! All expectations were surpassed!
Mikkin & Priyanka (Jan 2018)
Coming to the Dog and Pony Ranch had us very excited but little did we know that it would surpass all our expectations!! Your place is fantastic for dogs and humans! 60 acres of paradise for Munchkin (who has never been happier). And thank you so much for being such warm and gracious hosts. We loved every minute of it! The list is so long but here goes – the amazing fresh farm eggs, the awesome barn tour by Troy and then with Cyndi the next day, meeting and feeding Tio, Amigo, the curious llamas Llorenzo and Zuni, the cattle Betty and Wilma (who we were the first to meet), the chickens and gathering fresh eggs, long hikes, picnics, Munchkin swimming at the pond, dessert and smores by the fire pit, and the most special of all riding Amigo with Cyndi :) Phew that was a lot of stuff and I’m sure I’ve missed a few. But most of all I think it’s the two of you that make this place so special! Thank you so much for sharing it with the world! We will definitely be back soon. Thanks again for everything!
P.S. Munchkin says “can I take Cody home??”
Angel and family (Dec 2017)
Thank you so much for the perfect Christmas getaway. We are so happy to have found the most amazing human/dog Shangri-La. Awesome!!!
4 Agricultural College Students from Japan (Dec 2017)
We had a good time!! Thank you very much!!
Steve & Carissa & family (Nov 2017)
Thank you for sharing your dream with us and our family. Spending time with our family was great, but doing it here was even better. This place was beyond anything we could have imagined for our fur kids. You made us feel so welcome, it was like staying with family. The human kids enjoyed the animals, while the fur kids enjoyed everything else. We can’t wait to share our experiences & pictures with everyone we know. Until next time.
Billy & Ashley (Oct 2017)
Our words will never do justice for how much we appreciated Cyndi and Troy’s hospitality. We were advised to evacuate from our home in Sonoma – Northern CA – and contacted Cyndi and Troy to see if we could come a day early. This was such an amazing getaway during a stressful time for us. Our GSD had such a great time with Cody and for a short time we were able to truly relax from the home town chaos. We hope to visit again in the near future. Cyndi and Troy, we had such a wonderful time visiting with you both and enjoy your property.
Mary Ann, Mike, & Nick (Oct 2017)
Wow! Such an amazing 3-day weekend with so many unexpected wonderful adventures! And firsts for our family :) From feeding llamas & chickens to holding a chicken.
The best heart-warming event was Cody’s acceptance of our Riley. We all held back tears that our boy made a friend to play with and enjoy being off leash. And of course, Riley being the water dog he is LOVED the pond – we could barely keep him out. He will be exhausted for days.
The guest house is perfectly appointed so we felt completely at home to settle in cooking and relaxing in the evenings. The sunsets, quiet and comfort after our time outdoors felt so soothing.
Cyndi and Troy – thank you so much for all the special memories and letting us get to know you both a bit and share your piece of paradise with us. We will definitely be back!
Bob & Jerri-Lynn (Sep 2017)
Thank you for a nice getaway. Mulligan and Sam don’t want to go home. Sam found a deer on our last morning! This was just what we needed.
Joe & Charlotte (Sep 2017)
Thank you for the wonderful hospitality! We really enjoyed our stay – you have thought of everything… for us and our fur friends. The peace, quiet and beauty of your home was just what we needed. Looking forward to seeing you again.
Jan & Dwight (Aug 2017)
Dwight, Duke & I loved our stay! Very comfortable, well thought-out, and most of all RELAXING! Thank you. We have learned how to play ping-pong (and Duke has learned not to touch those balls!). 2 suggestions: a robe hook in the bathroom would be convenient, and a couple of can cozies to keep our beer cold sitting in the heat (NOTE: these have been added thanks to helpful guest suggestion!). Thanks for everything!!
Jason & Vanessa (Jul 2017)
Thank you for such wonderful hospitality – we all had a lovely time! Rex really needed a break from his ruff life back in the Bay Area. He truly enjoyed his dog-cation with our getaway. His buddy Banjo became a professional ball-fetcher in the pond. The boys played and relaxed to their hearts content. Thank you for all the wonderful goodies and even leaving two dishes for each pup.
Dolores, Paul, Kiki & Rico (Jul 2017)
Had a wonderful and most importantly relaxing time. Thank you for all the special touches for humans and doggies!
Chris & Tom (Jul 2017)
We loved every minute of our stay here. It was very hot so we made good use of the pond! Love the grounds, the home – it was all I hoped for and more. Hope to be back soon!
Wen & Susan (Jul 2017)
Thank you for a wonderful stay. Our shepherds had so much fun - one dog learned it was really fun to dive in from the edge, another who had never swam – swam!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful and beautiful home, so relaxing & everything was right there for us! Tio & Amigo and llamas were amazing – so sweet!! This is the ultimate dog and pony ranch, we cannot wait to come back. God bless folks like you who do this for people & dogs!
Kat & Craig (May 2017)
We had an amazing and exhausting weekend. Your house and property are beautiful and it was the perfect place to host our wedding. Our friends had nothing but great things to say about the beautiful venue. Dora will miss the space (and Cody) for sure. We hope to return for an anniversary in the future!