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Near San Luis Obispo + Free Wine Tasting!

Berenice Parsons

Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Berenice Parsons

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Near San Luis Obispo + Free Wine Tasting!

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


San Luis Obispo House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5-6)

Warm days, fog free evenings and complimentary wine tasting at several nearby award winning wineries await you at the Vista House at Rock Basin. You can sip and savor some of the area's World Famous vintages from Edna Valley in SLO to the rolling hills of the West Templeton Gap to the Best Wine Region in the World...Paso Robles! Guests must be 21 years old to taste wine.

The Vista House at Rock Basin is a 1300+ square foot two bedroom vacation home in the picturesque Las Pilitas Valley of Santa Margarita, California. Located an easy 20 minute commute from San Luis Obispo and only 30-35 minutes to the beaches of Avila, Pismo and Morro Bay, the Vista House can sleep up to five visitors in beds. The spacious double master suite layout features a luxurious queen size bed in one master bedroom and the second suite is equipped with a queen size bed and a twin bed. A roll away bed is available for a sixth person staying in the house. The double master suite floor plan is perfect for two couples traveling together with the completely equipped full size kitchen, living and dining rooms in the middle of the house and the bedrooms on the opposite ends. Each bedroom has it's own bathroom with one bathroom featuring an elegant oval soaking tub and walk-in stall shower.

The front yard features concrete patios with plenty of outdoor furniture for relaxing and enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of the valley. The big Weber BBQ comes with charcoal, oak bark and lighter fluid supplied. The pastoral views take in the mountains, pond and orchard. Fresh fruit and herbs are available seasonally for guest's use and enjoyment.

Whether you are coming for work or pleasure, for Cal Poly events, Pozo Saloon concerts or weddings and events at Spanish Oaks Ranch, Santa Margarita Ranch or at The Grace Maralyn Estate, or just a simple get-away, The Vista House at Rock Basin offers you the very best vacation home accommodations close to all Central Coast attractions.

If your desired dates are showing as booked on our reservation calendar, please click on the link below to see availability for our second home next door, The Windmill House, listing #40846. Book both homes for groups up to 14 people and you receive a 5% rental discount.

Please Note For Groups of 5-6 People using the Instant Quote or Book It Now Button: Additional rent at $20.00 per night and additional cleaning fee of $25.00 will be added to your original quote after it is received. You will receive back an edited quote from the Owner before you can book online.

This is a NO SMOKING and NO PETS ALLOWED RENTAL. There is a $100.00 per night surcharge if you Smoke here or any Pets or animals with you.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Berenice Parsons (Owner)
Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english
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About Berenice Parsons

The property was purchased in 1979. In 2003 I donated the old cabin to CAL Fire for a training exercise. The Vista House is my new replacement home and was completed in early 2005. It sits on the old cabin site and has a spectacular view of the mountains, fields, pond and valley. I am please to share with my guests the abundant natural beauty of this unique setting where I live in harmony with the land, the animals and nature.

Berenice Parsons purchased this house in 1979

Why Berenice Parsons chose San Luis Obispo

The Vista House is my second vacation rental at Rock Basin. The Windmill House (#40846 on vrbo site) was so well received by vacationers, I decided to open the Vista House to guests, too. Both homes provide clean, modern conveniences in a quiet, rural setting that is a short 20 minute commute to downtown San Luis Obispo.

What makes this house unique

The beautiful and peaceful Las Pilitas Valley affords visitors a chance to really get away from 'it'. Nature is as close as a step outside with deer, coyotes, bobcats, turkeys, hawks, herons and a multitude of birds of every variety in abundance. Our rosy sunsets and starry nights are spectacular! The area is very popular with bicyclists because of the mountainous terrain and quiet country roads. Wine lovers can take advantage of our complimentary tasting cards and tasting the fruit of the vines in Santa Margarita, SLO, Templeton or Paso Robles. Book your stay soon and experience for yourself why we have become so popular!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Sometimes in San Luis Obispo County you can sleep in a vineyard, or at least next to it. Such is the case at Rock Basin Vineyards & Guest Homes in Santa Margarita, located off a vista-rich country road along which you can buy fresh eggs. A delightful retreat, you get an entire house to yourself, but you can wander the property, visit with the animals or just sit by the pond and watch the meadow grass ripple in the wind.

Quoted from "Tasting Away Again in Santa Margarita-ville" in the Santa Barbara Independent on 4/24/10
Apr 2010
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Near San Luis Obispo + Free Wine Tasting!
average rating of 4.967742 based on 33 reviews

Superb rental spot!

  • 5 of 5

This house design was our favorite we've ever vacationed in!! Very bright, cheery, comfortable, and Bernice made it complete! Well equipped kitchen, comfort in every room! Soft, perfect beds, ample bedding, well pulled together, private, quiet, great doors and lighting for working or relaxing around the property. No big steps to drag luggage around in or groceries. bedrooms are on opposite house ends, so didn't have to tiptoe around our son sleeping.. Great bathroom lighting and spacious! This house is bigger on interior than the photos even look! Bernice is Wikipedia informative! Just a delightful lady, who we've adopted as another sweet Grandma for our son. She answered all our endless questions about the region and gave us as much space as we wished, yet chatted when we invited her over. She made our Christmas extra special and supplied the tree, for our non-traditional, first time ever away from extended family for a holiday! I walked twice daily along the road that leads to the rental place, with ease. Just so quiet in the area and beautiful nature abounds. Always saw turkeys, hummingbirds, squirrels and deer around. Bernice tends this area with all her heart and that just flows through all this house and nice garage! Penny the dog supplied fun for us and our son also..along with Clancy, the neighbor dog.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so very happy that your family enjoyed your stay for Christmas, 2014. The decorated pop up artificial tree was a last minute purchase when you mentioned your young son. I couldn't imagine him having Christmas without a little tree to make it extra special. Penny just loves having young kids here and she had as much fun with Hawkin and he had chasing her around. I hope to see you all back again when you need another escape from the cold Wisconsin winter.
North Hollywood, CA


  • 5 of 5

B was great to work with and was very accommodating. The house was clean and had everything we needed PLUS a roasting pan for our Thanksgiving turkey and a special welcome gift in our fridge! It was super peaceful which made for great sleep. B's dog Penny was very friendly and watched out for us. I can picture having a big family reunion or other event there as she has many tables and space. Would be esp great for guests who are in the area for events at Cal Poly. The town of Santa Margarita is super cute and I wish we would've had time to see Santa Margarita lake- (next time!). oh Yes- heading down toward town we saw turkeys, deer and a fox. didn't see a bear though!

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: CB and Family: Thanks so much for your informative review. The location is as you found, very close to SLO and most of the Central Coast's most popular attractions such as the beaches, Hearst Castle, the Missions in San Luis Obispo and San Miguel, wineries and golf courses. The quaint and historic town of Santa Margarita has several cafes, a top class restaurant, The Range, and great antique shopping. The headquarters for Margarita Adventures, with 4,000+ feet of zip line rides over the oak forests, cattle lands and vineyards of Santa Margarita Ranch as well as kayak tours on Santa Margarita Lake, is located in town across the street from Ancient Peaks Winery's tasting room. As you all saw there is no shortage of wildlife in our unique little Las Pilitas Valley. With the persistent drought in Calif. and the Salinas River about a mile down the road, there are always animals sighting. Some of our summer guests were lucky enough to not only see a young bear but also capture a couple of pictures on their phones. After 17+ years here, I finally saw not one but three bears in October. The mama bear was heading over the edge of the road into the creek bed so I only saw her big, black furry behind as she disappeared into the brush. Her two cubs were in the middle of the road. I made eye contact with both the cubs for a second, then they dashed off into the creek after mama. What a National Geographic moment it was! Penny and I look forward to hosting your family again for Thanksgiving or your next get away.
Fresno, CA, USA

Relaxing Getaway with a View

  • 5 of 5

Recently stayed at the wonderful Vista house with 3 other gals. As we started to follow the navigation off the 101, we thought we were going the wrong way since it was bit of a further drive then we expect however once we finally got there, we were pleasantly surprised. The house is very clean and large with extra large restrooms (perfect for 4 girls)! The grounds are nice with lots of little walking areas. The owner's dog, Penny, is the cutest thing you'll ever see, she loves giving kisses and would greet us every morning!

The house is closer to Santa Margarita rather than San Luis, however Santa Margarita is a cute small (very small) town with 2/3 places to eat and couple taverns. We loved the Antique mall!

Santa Margarita Adventures is right in town and we did the Zip Line tour, WOW! That place is awesome, really great people and the best time you'll have! Wine tasting is right across the street, yum.

Also, right next to the Vista house is an old bridge from 1917, neat to see and walk down.

All-in-all, we had a great time and would definitely stay again at the Vista house!

Our ages 25-45.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Melissa and friends: Thank you for your glowing review! Seeing all you wrote about Margarita Adventures zip line and ranch tour, antiquing and wine tasting, it seems you were only at The Vista House long enough to eat and sleep. I'm glad to know the accommodations suited your needs. Penny and I hope to see you all back again soon.

Barb C.

  • 5 of 5

Four great friends (2 from Louisiana and 2 from Oregon) met here for part of an annual get together and spent three wonderful days at this little hidden gem. We thoroughly enjoyed the house, the surroundings, Penny and Bea. Would definitely return and highly recommend. Be sure and dine at The Range in Santa Margarita!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Barbara and Friends: I am so happy to hear all of you found The Vista House to be what you wanted and expected. The weather was perfect for sitting out on the front patio for breakfast and for enjoying an evening of wine, BBQ and conversation. Penny and I look forward to seeing you back again for another visit soon.
Redondo Beach, CA, USA

Mother's Day Roadtrip

  • 5 of 5

A lovely home away from the crowds - perfect for peace, quiet, and relaxation... but also close enough to a lot of great activities! During our weekend here, we hiked at Santa Margarita lake, explored the tidepools at Montana de Oro, watched (and smelled) the elephant seals, sampled Brown Butter cookies, feasted on BBQ at the SLO farmers market, and tasted at a few wineries.

The home was spacious, clean, and well-kept. The two ducks in the pond and the numerous bunnies provided ample entertainment while drinking coffee in the mornings and winding down in the evenings. But Penny (Berenice's dog) stole the show - her daily visits were the highlight of my stay!

Thanks, Berenice, for your hospitality!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Serene and Refreshing!

  • 5 of 5

I highly recommend this peaceful retreat. It was great for bike riding and just

relaxing. My family enjoyed bonding time together. We appreciate nature but we also like the best of both worlds so yes, the best thing of all was that there was "wi-fi" too!

The owner Bernice was very friendly and welcoming she has an adorable dog named Penny.The sofa in the living room was very cozy, the beds were comfortable with extra pillows available, the kitchen was spotless and very organized. It was very well stocked with all of he basic needs we had enough paper towels, trash bags, dish soap,toilet paper.The appliances were very updated and of well known brands easy to use.The patio furniture was very practical an functional complete with a bar B Q grill for sunny days or night time star gazing.

Bernice was very informative and mostly because she was a great host, we were able to enjoy our stay. The highlight of our mini vacation was that we went horseback riding at Shangri La Ranch there we met Victoria and Robert who enjoy what they do they were very professional but very friendly.They took us on a trail of the beautiful scenery by offering horseback riding tours of Santa Margarita. We got to see behind the scenes picturesque landscapes, it was really worth it. Our family of 5 will be returning for another mini vacation for our home away from home for more beautiful adventures and precious memories.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your family's time on the beautiful Central Coast was well spent exploring by foot, bike and horse back. The folks at Shangri La Ranch do an excellent job of matching rider to horse and including their guests in the entire experience from saddling to riding to learning about the flora, fauna and history of the Santa Margarita Lake Park area. Their 4-5 hour trail ride of the Park is a popular trip for folks as well as the zip line tours conducted by Margarita Adventures at nearby Santa Margarita Ranch. I look forward to seeing you all back again for another visit.


Nearest Airport
25 Miles
San Luis Obispo
Nearest Barpub
7.5 Miles
Santa Margarita Tavern
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Chalk Mountain, Atascadero
Nearest Train
20 Miles
San Luis Obispo
Nearest Restaurant
7.5 Miles
The Range, Santa Margarita
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Avila Beach, Pismo Beach
Car: necessary

Bird & wildlife watching, stargazing, vineyard tours and a quiet, clean country home await you at The Vista House at Rock Basin Vineyards in Santa Margarita, California ~ 1/2 way between LA and San Francisco. Hiking, boating, fishing & horseback riding are as close as Santa Margarita Lake Park, 10 minutes away. Fine dining, wineries and antique shopping await you in the charming, historic town of Santa Margarita. Now open on Santa Margarita Ranch...over 3,000' of zip line in four sections take you flying over vineyards, pastures and oak forest! Ticket price includes wine tasting at Ancient Peaks Winery, a history and geology tour of the 14,000 acre ranch and flying the zip lines. Contact Margarita Adventures (805) 438-3120 for more information.


Rates & Availability

From $250 Per night

San Luis Obispo House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 21 2015 - Sep 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee 1-4 people $120
Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes PLEASE NOTE: Quoted rates are for up to 4 guests. For all groups of 5-6 guests, your quote will be adjusted by the owner to reflect the additional rent and cleaning fees charged for more than 4 guests. Please read below.

Add $25.00/night for 5-6 people Max Occupancy 6 people.
An occupant is anyone over the age of 4 staying in the house overnight.

Cleaning fee: 1-4 Guests $120.00 5-6 Guests $135.00

2 Night minimum stay.
3 Night minimum stay for all Federal Holidays, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years

No Pets or Smoking Allowed. No Exceptions!

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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San Luis Obispo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1360 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , This bathroom also opens to the laundry room.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , Oval soaking tub with window views to vineyards.
  • Bathroom #2 has a grab bar next to the toilet and in the shower stall. Guests to provide their own shampoo, soap and other toiletries.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Comfy Queen size pillow top Sleigh bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Queen & twin bed in second bedroom.
  • Queen bed in one master suite bedroom, Queen size Bed and one Twin bed in second master suite bedroom. Roll away bed or sofa available for 6th guest.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Yard
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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