This place is so great we don't want to review it. We want it all to ourselves!
It is soooo quiet here. We're a couple city slickers, so the sound of construction equipment, trash trucks and helicopters is our unavoidable soundtrack. This Central Coast Retreat is so quiet your ears feel reversed-pressurized trying to hear any noise at all. Because the farmhouse is located up on a knoll, even a passing car sounds like a whisper.
The retreat is a lovely upstairs of a barn. Totally updated, hardwood floors, everything works great. The huge bed is super-comfy for binge-watching "House of Cards" deep into the night. The barn's downstairs is a dude's delight -- a pool table, workout equipment, and a bar (BYOB, of course). The wafting of the scent from the vintage cars parked downstairs may not be to everyone's liking, but we have gasoline in our veins and it was the sweetest perfume (none of the car-aroma reaches into the living quarters, in case you are wondering).
The couple, Sarah and Randy, live in the adjacent house and are totally cool. They keep to themselves and let you enjoy the silence. In fact, they had to come into the barn's downstairs to use an air compressor, and they were really apologetic for invading our space. Are you kidding me? No apology necessary! And when we needed a favor from them -- I needed to find a printer for some job-interview homework -- Sarah was totally cool with it. Great people.
A couple logistical items: It's a 10-minute drive into Templeton, which is no big deal unless you wake up your first morning and realize you don't have OJ, half-and-half or Bloody Mary mix. Stop at the Trader Joe's on the way in, so that you can just bask in the wonder that is this place when you awaken. Also, some VRBO places have laundry washers as part of the amenities; this one does not. Sarah and Randy say that it is available in their living quarters, but what kind of guest imposes on their host like that? Not us, so if you are staying more than a couple days, just pack extra underwear and socks, and you'll be fine.
Oh, and their puppies are super cute, but they're growing up fast!
In short: We. Love. This. Place.
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