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Beautiful Ranch Retreat in Nature Setting

Santa Margarita, CA, USA
  • Lodge0
  • Bedrooms15
  • Sleeps30
  • Bathrooms11
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights

Lodge, 15 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 10+ Baths, (Sleeps 30)

The Oak Creek Ranch is a secluded 163 acre property in a rural setting with a beautiful main Lodge and several accessory buildings.

Situated at approx 2,000 ft. elevation, the setting consists of rolling foothills and mature oak trees, rich with nature and wildlife. Groups can create their own personalized vacation stay from the many options available to them. The Ranch offers a full range of facilities and amenities to guests: gracious Lodge, beautiful outdoor amphitheater, large recreation barn, majestic swimming pool surrounded by mature oaks, poolside bar, yoga/exercise studio and much more. Whether you are interested in quiet relaxation or active exercise and recreation, there is plenty to do while staying at the Oak Creek Ranch Retreat, including scenic mountain walking and biking trails, swimming, wildlife viewing, star gazing, games and much more. It is a wonderful location for adults and children of all ages!

Located in the heart of San Luis Obispo County, the Oak Creek Ranch is close to a variety of recreational opportunities, ranging from fresh water or saltwater fishing, golf, antique shopping, wine tasting, dancing and concerts, to touring world-famous Hearst Castle.

The Ranch can accommodate groups from 12 guests to 30 guests. The main Lodge can sleep 20, the Barn can sleep 6 to 8, and the Pool Cottage can accommodate up to 3 more guests.

Keywords: private resort, retreat, estate,



Member Since 2009
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within one day
Calendar last updated:
Apr 11, 2018
About Owner

We have owned this beautiful property for more than 25 years. Our family has enjoyed family gatherings and group events here for a long time, and we are happy to share the opportunity with other groups so that they can experience the beauty and serenity of The Lodge at Oak Creek Ranch.

Owner purchased this Lodge in 1986

Why Owner chose Santa Margarita

We bought this property in the mid-80s. It was an old Campfire Girl’s camp that Campfire no longer needed. Jeff’s sister was a Campfire board member who introduced us to it. Early years were all vision and planning. We slowly began making improvements from 2000 to 2009. We have controlled every detail of the development and continue to work each time we are here to make it a little better. It enriches our lives to share this place with people, hoping that they leave with just a little more positive spirit. It is a wonderful place to just connect with people and nature in a world where those simple acts are challenging.

What makes this Lodge unique

The remote location and serene setting, along with the fact that rental groups have exclusive use of the entire property, make Oak Creek Ranch the perfect location for corporate retreats, family reunions and other intimate gatherings.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 15 Bedrooms, Sleeps 30
      • 5-Stars and Stripes Room
        1 king, 2 twin/ single, twins can be made into king; new wing, lodge, shared bathroo
      • 1-Glacier Park Bedroom
        1 queen, 1 twin/ single, main floor lodge, shared bath
      • 2-Cape Cod Room
        2 twin/ single, main floor lodge, shared bathroom
      • 3-Log Cabin Room
        1 twin/ single, main floor, shared bath
      • 4-Yellowstone Room
        1 queen, 1 twin/ single, Main floor lodge, shared bathroom
      • 6-Golf Den
        2 twin/ single, new wing, lodge, shared bath
      • 8-Vineyard Room
        1 queen, 1 twin/ single, upstairs suite w/ bathroom
      • 9-Yosemite Suite
        1 queen, upstairs suite w/ private bathroom
      • 7-Fox Hunt Room
        2 twin/ single, 2 twins can be converted to king, new wing, shared bath
      • 13-Cotes d'Rhone bedroom
        2 twin/ single, Barn bedroom with shared bathroom
      • 14-John Deere Room
        2 twin/ single, Bedroom in the Barn with shared bathroom
      • 11-French Country Bedroom
        2 twin/ single, upstairs bedroom with private bathroom
      • 12 - The Bunkhouse
        2 bunk bed, 2 bunk sets-twin on top,full on bottom, in the Barn,
      • 18-Cottage at the Pool
        1 queen, adjacent to Pool House, private bathroom
      • Cottage at the Pool
        1 twin/ single, twin size trundle bed in living room of Cottage, shared bath
      • 10-Northern Exposure Room
        2 twin/ single, upstairs room with private bathroom
      • Queen size Beds (5) in main Lodge , Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (9) total of 21 twin beds, Baby Cribs (1) one pak n play available, Bunk Beds (2)


      • 11 Bathrooms
      • Cottage at Pool bathroom
        toilet, shower, stall shower and toilet in Pool Cottage
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, off main lodge room
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, shower, off of main lodge room
      • Bathroom 4
        toilet, shower, stall shower and toilet in Vineyard bedroom
      • Bathroom 5
        toilet, shower, stall toilet and shower in Yosemite Suite
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, adjacent to main room of lodge
      • Bathroom 7
        toilet, shower, stall shower and toilet in French Country bedroom
      • Bathroom 8
        toilet, shower, stall shower and toilet in downstairs hallway
      • Bathroom 9
        toilet, shower, stall shower and toilet in Barn
      • Bathroom 11
        toilet, shower, stall shower and toilet in Barn
      • Bathroom 6
        toilet, shower, stall shower and toilet in Northern Exposure bedroom

        Location Type

          • Mountain
          • Mountain View
          • Rural


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Internet
                      • Air Conditioning
                        A/C in lodge, cabin, cottage at the pool and pool house bar. Evaporative coolers in Barn.
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Broadband Access
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Computer Available
                      • Fireplace
                      • Firewood
                      • Fitness Room / Equipment
                        yoga studio
                      • Gas Fireplace
                        gas fireplace in cabin, and in Pool Bar.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        heating in the lodge, cabin, cottage at pool, barn and pool bar.
                      • Alarm Clock
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Macintosh Computer
                      • Mobile Phone
                      • PC
                      • Shampoo
                      • Telephone
                        phone available in the lodge
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet
                        WiFi access throughout the main Lodge room. WiFi also available in the cabin.
                      • Wood Fireplace
                        stone fireplace in main lodge


                          • Grill
                          • Blender
                          • Coffee Grinder
                          • Coffee Maker
                            3 coffeemakers in lodge, 1 in cabin, 1 in pool cottage
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            fully equipped for groups of up to 30 guests
                          • Dishwasher
                            one in lodge kitchen
                          • Freezer
                          • Catering Available
                            variety of catering options upon request.
                          • Kitchen
                            (3) Lodge includes 2 full refrigerators, 2 oven/ranges, large grill, service for 35 center island, great for large groups. Small kitchens in cabin, and in pool cottage.
                          • Microwave
                            (2) one microwave in the lodge, and one in the pool cottage.
                          • Oven
                            2 ovens in lodge, 1 in cabin, 1 in cottage at poolo
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                            2 in lodge, one in cabin, one in cottage at pool, 1/2 refrigerator in poolhouse bar.
                          • Stove
                            2 full oven ranges in lodge, 1 in cabin, 1 in cottage at pool
                          • Toaster


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 35 people


                                  • Ping Pong Table
                                  • Books
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Foosball
                                  • Games
                                    lots of board games, puzzles
                                  • Games for Kids
                                  • Piano
                                  • CD Player
                                  • Radio
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    (2) in Lodge and Sage Hill cabin
                                  • Stereo
                                  • Television
                                  • Toys
                                  • VCR
                                  • Video Library


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Gazebo
                                        gazebo at the amphitheater.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Propane bbq available
                                      • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                      • Patio
                                      • Wood Deck

                                        Pool / Spa

                                          • Outdoor Pool
                                          • Private Pool
                                            huge 40 x 55 ft swimming pool, heated seasonally.


                                              • marina
                                              • winery tours
                                              • zoo

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • boating
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • massage therapist

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • cycling
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • fly fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • mountaineering
                                                          • swimming

                                                            House Rules

                                                            Check-in: 1:00 PM

                                                            Check-out: 2:00 PM

                                                            Cancellation Policy

                                                            100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                            42 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            Epic property in a gorgeous outdoor setting

                                                            Michael T.

                                                            Words cannot describe how awesome this place is...5 stars is not even close to enough! It's impossible to choose which aspect of the place is the most impressive: the various houses with their distinct charms and great decorations, the property itself with seemingly endless trails and perfect sunset views, or the complete privacy of it all.

                                                            My group was here for 3 days celebrating a college reunion...if we didn't have wives and kids to get back to I think we would have unanimously agreed to stay here forever! Plenty of beds to accommodate large groups, fun times playing games in the yard during the day and in the huge open barn at night, and legendary star-gazing after hours. The kitchen is professional grade...we had lots of fun cooking meals together and sitting around the dining room table telling stories.

                                                            Dottie was helpful throughout the rental process and always friendly when we spoke. I can't recommend this place enough for your next large getaway with family and/or friends! My group certainly hopes to stay here many more time over the years. Truly a special and unforgettable place. Thank you!!!

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            So glad it worked out for your group!!! The property has a lot to offer the various different groups who choose to rent from us, and I'm glad it struck a chord with you. We would love to have you back again any time. Thank you for your kind words, and for treating the property so well!!!

                                                            very comfortable!

                                                            Joan H.

                                                            Very comfortable spacious stay. The nature was beautiful and I enjoyed my stay!

                                                            Relaxing and well-equipped venue for tech retreat

                                                            Teri C.Boston, MA

                                                            I recently organized a 21-person tech retreat for web developers and designers, and the Lodge at Oak Creek Ranch was the perfect venue for relaxation and conversation! We spent our days in group discussions, and we could easily fit the full group in the spacious lodge room or spread out to the porch, dining room, and barn loft for smaller breakout sessions. WiFi signal was strong in all of the shared spaces so attendees could get work done as needed. We all fit nicely at the two large tables in the dining room (which also has a whiteboard and corkboards), and our caterer was thrilled with the spacious and well-equipped kitchen.

                                                            Guests loved spending evenings relaxing around a campfire in a fire pit that sits on a patio between the lodge and the barn (firewood provided!). We hosted morning yoga classes in the studio above the pool bar (mats included!). The group enjoyed a sunset hayride to a scenic viewpoint not far from the ranch, and we spotted plenty of wildlife throughout the weekend. The pool was ginormous and would be fabulous in warmer months.

                                                            Dottie, the owner, was an absolute gem. She provided detailed documentation on sleeping arrangements so I could pair up roommates before the event, and it was clear from her questions and advice that she's worked with all sorts of groups from business retreats to family reunions. As an event organizer, I was thrilled to find all the nuts and bolts provided - linens, dishes, toiletries, cleaning supplies, etc - with instructions on where to find things we might need during our stay. This was by far the best experience I've had with a rental property, and I would highly recommend the Lodge at Oak Creek Ranch to others!

                                                            Fabulous Family Reunion

                                                            We just held a big family reunion of 21 adults and 12 children of all ages at Oak Creek Lodge. The property is beautiful and the main lodge was perfect for all the gatherings and group meals. There was plenty of room for everyone and yet it was easy to find a place to get away if that was what you wanted. Bedrooms were very quiet even with a lot of people in the house. Kitchen was large and we used it heavily as we did all our own cooking. The pool was a big gathering place for all as was the Barn. We took advantage of the property for hikes and exploring. We spent 4 days together without leaving the property and everyone had a great time! We would highly recommend Oak Creek Ranch for large gatherings in a beautiful setting.

                                                            Beautiful cozy country family reunion

                                                            Mia F.

                                                            20 of my closest family members took over the Lodge for our annual reunion. It was excellent! The main living room was the perfect hang-out spot where everyone could be together or split off into smaller groups to catch up. We sat by the fire and played games. We had plenty of space for us all to dine together. The kitchen was large and great (we brought our own caterer.) Folks also really enjoyed going on walks and even driving out to Morro Bay. It was really nice to be in the country by ourselves in a comfy environment. It was a bit chilly to take full advantage of the outdoor hanging out, but we had a truly lovely time.

                                                            Oak Creek Lodge is wonderful

                                                            Robin V.

                                                            What a wonderful weekend away from the rest of the world. We rang in my 40th birthday with a group of ladies. The grounds were amazing to hike around on and you are on your own little paradise. We stargazed each night. We cooked meals paired with wine from tasting in the Paso Robles area and sat down for a seated dinner each night. I will be dreaming of the long griddle stove for months now and the meals that we prepared on it. We left for the day on Saturday for wine tasting (about a 45 minute drive to where several are located in a row.) There is a winery right down the road but sadly we did not get back in time to see it or the local saloon. We plan on returning in the summer with our bikes for a stay so we can also get use of the massive swimming pool that is on site.

                                                            The place is so large that you can either spend time together or if you have ones in your group that love to relax away from the energy of a large crowd.

                                                            Dottie was fabulous to work with and responds to any questions right away via email or by phone. One of the best house owners/managers that I have rented from. It would be a great place to host a family reunion.


                                                            Santa Margarita, CA, USA

                                                            Oak Creek Ranch is located in the heart of the Central Coast Wine Region, between Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo. In addition to wine tasting, there are a variety of recreational opportunities, ranging from fresh water or saltwater fishing, water sports, golf, hiking, and concerts to touring world-famous Hearst Castle.


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                                                            one turn-over day required between rental groups.

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