Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Benson Ranch. It was exactly as pictured, and we echo many of the other reviewers' nice comments and just have a few things to add.
First of all, the people who own and manage this property could not be nicer or more accommodating, and that is a huge improvement over so many rental properties. They are welcoming, generous and share the kitchen basics so you do not have to buy a pound of sugar in order to have a few tablespoons which is actually extremely helpful.
The house has been described elsewhere adequately; the decor is somewhat dated but to us it signaled that it was a true family house where, as long as you were moderately careful, you could enjoy the house and not feel like you had to be on guard every moment as the children played.
The garage was an unexpected surprise; it had a pool table, a pingpong table and more sports equipment than even our active four little boys could find time to use.
I would have (given the option) rated this property as 4.5 stars. While the house is very comfortable, it is also very dated. The pool was too cold for us adults and we were cautioned that heating it would cause a substantial dent in the wallet. We chose not to exercise the heating option.
The garden with fresh kale and swiss chard (and even a few strawberries) was a delight, but to our city-bred grandchildren, the egg hunt in the chicken house every morning was a true highlight.
One activity that our family thoroughly enjoyed was taking a 1/2 hour drive to Torrey Canyon State Preserve, parking at the top of the big hill (after you enter the preserve at the beach level) and doing the wonderful hike down to the cliffs above the beach. Amazing views and a great hike with kids. We timed it so that we were down and back to enjoy the spectacular sunset and then headed to Torrey Pines Lodge in the Grill Room for dinner.
I would recommend this property to a friend, a relative and even strangers!