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Ranch History

The Ranch was originally the stage coach stop between Ojai and Ventura. The coach would avoid the steep Arnaz grade by coming on San Antonio Creek and then come up Creek Road. The original bunk house and part of the carriage barn still stand.

In the late 1880's Jose de Arnaz owned hundreds of acres in the area and built a small school for local children. He was proud to claim that was he was living in "Genteel Poverty".

During the 1960's the ranch was home to Doc & Marge Spears. Both avid horsemen, they ran the horse rental program at the Ojai Valley Inn while Marge taught most of the Ojai Valley youth to ride safely. In 1980, siblings Stephen Granville Lee and Catherine Lee, purchased the ranch and worked on the property so Stephen could train polo ponies and Catherine could advance with her interest in dressage.

Over the last 20 years many families have enjoyed learning equestrian skills while training with some well known professional trainers. BLM mustangs have been calmed and ridden under saddle here, foals have been born and older horses have enjoyed their final years here.

Named after Granville E. Lee, beloved father and adventurer,  
Rancho de Granville is a clean safe place to enjoy horses and the equestrian lifestyle in a quiet and beautiful setting.    

Please call for information about our well appointed and private guest house, so that you and your horses can enjoy quality time together.       

Owner, Catherine Lee, working on her property
A few of the lucky horses, enjoying some of the shade.

Granville Lee, riding and loving it !
 Mr. Granville Lee, Dad, - Riding and loving it !

Please feel free to contact us for a tour, or to check availability:

Our phone:  805.649.5558
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