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Luxury Home on 400 Acre Ranch

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Chateau / Country House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 10 max)

Custom built English Tudor style home located on a 400 acre ranch. This secluded ranch borders Cal Poly State University property and is situated 2.3 miles from Highway 1 on a part paved/ part all-weather gravel road. The house has 4 bedrooms and 3 baths and sleeps 8-10 with a king, 3 queens and 2 twin beds. It has hardwood floors and granite counter tops. The kitchen is fully equipped and has an adjoining sitting area where guests can relax on a couch, enjoy the expansive view and chat with the chef while he or she prepares meals. The library is stocked with an eclectic collection of books. The home has high speed satellite internet access and good cell phone reception. There are 2 HD flat screen TV's (the downstairs TV is 47') connected to a satellite dish which provides premium channel programming. Each TV has a DVD player with a selection of titles. The living room, with its mahogany paneling, leather couches and piano arrayed before a magnificent fireplace, is reminiscent of a British gentleman's club or hunting lodge. Outside, the patio and garden have ample seating with both a wood-burning Santa Maria style bbq and conventional propane grill for your outdoor cooking experience. During the wet months, the outdoor fire pit is ideal for roasting hotdogs, marshmellos or just sitting around the fire under the stars.

Mike Kirschner, one of the owners' sons, lives in the stable building located approximately 100 yards downhill from the main house and is available to answer questions or help guests with any problems that may arise during their stay.

Guests are encouraged to bring their hiking boots and binoculars. The ranch is surrounded by rural Cal Poly property with its extensive system of dirt roads on which one can literally bike or hike for miles. For a more adventuresome and secluded experience, guests are welcome to explore the ranch itself which is home to deer, turkeys, coyotes, raptors and other native animals and birds. Those energetic enough to hike to the top of the ridge above the house will be treated to a spectacular view of Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo in the valley below and the Pacific Ocean ten miles distant.

Whether you are visiting this area to sample its world-famous wines and restaurants, to explore its pristine coastline or simply to relax and unwind, you'll be glad you selected the Stenner Creek ranch as your home away from home during your stay.

Keywords: Luxury Home, Ranch, Cal Poly, Wine Country, quiet, Secluded, Wildlife, Affordable, Mountain Biking, Hiking

More Details

Chuck Kirschner
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 9, 2017

About Chuck Kirschner

Our family has lived in San Luis Obispo since the mid- 1950's and we purchased this ranch in the early 1970's. After retiring from his medical practice, our father built his dream house on the ranch and moved there to raise British White Park Cattle. We have decided to offer the property as a vacation rental because of its unique character and ideal location near the City of SLO.

Chuck Kirschner purchased this chateau / country house in 1970

What makes this chateau / country house unique

The single most striking aspect of the property is the serenity one experiences while there. The only sounds you're likely to hear are the wind in the oak trees, cawing crows, squawking bluejays, the occasional scream of a hunting red-tail hawk , maybe a coyote in the evening and the distant sound of a train as it makes its way up or down Cuesta Grade. The outside world feels very far away even though, in reality, the City of SLO is just a short five minute drive away.


San Luis Obispo Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Adjoins Downstairs Master Bedroom
    Downstairs Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Stand-Alone Bathroom
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower , Adjoins Upstairs Master Bedroom
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Kids Room - 2 twin/ single , This small upstairs bedroom has 2 twins and a dresser
    Downstairs Master Bedroom - 1 king , Master Bedroom with adjoining Bathroom
    Upstairs Master Bedroom - 1 king , Master Bedroom with adjoining Bathroom
    Upstairs Bedroom 2 - 2 queen , Bedroom with tv and mini pool table
  • 1 King size bed 3 Queen size Beds 2 Twin/Single Beds
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
2 Hammocks Picnic Ice Chests A few low-end bikes on site. for Guests ' use. Bring your own helmets to insure a good fit.


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Luxury Home on 400 Acre Ranch
average rating of 4.9347825 based on 46 reviews

Awesome House

  • 5 of 5

This is a gorgeous home close enough to SLO but isolated enough that you have your own space in the beautiful hills.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great family getaway

  • 5 of 5

Plenty of room for our whole family and gathering places in several rooms.. Well stocked kitchen. The backyard design was a nice touch. Liked the filter water dispenser. A great retreat and room to take walks and see area wildlife.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful location

  • 4 of 5

The house was lovely. Had a few indoor critter issues that kinda creeped us out but I guess that is to be expected in such a remote location

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home !

  • 4 of 5

We loved our stay. The home is beautiful. My group all had a great time.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great home in the country

  • 5 of 5

The house, the views and the property are phenomenal. It is country living minutes away from the campus of Cal-Poly. The home has so much charm and is well equipped that made our stay that much nicer. The remote location allows for the viewing of a lot of wild life that includes, all kinds of birds, wild turkey's and deer.

To get to the house, part of the drive is on a gravel road, which is not a problem as it is a good road. It was just a surprise not being prepared for this in advance. However, this adds to the charm and there is no traffic noise or other city noise that you hear from the property. It is country living that is truly a few minutes from down town SLO.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful tutor style home on a 400 acre ranch. very unique and private

  • 5 of 5

Our family gathered here for my Son's 30th birthday and Easter weekend. There are three large rooms downstairs, so the grandkids could be watching a video, while we enjoyed talking in the next room and still watch them. It has a big open kitchen/dinette area and beautiful china dishes. There are two tables and plenty of chairs. I appreciated the fresh flowers on the table and the orchid stem in the kitchen window when we arrived. The fireplace was ready to light and there is a piano tuned beautifully near the fireplace. We roasted s'mores our last night outside where they have a fire pit. Everyone enjoyed the green hills and the sunset. I liked the fact that we were far away from the busy SLO downtown but that it only took ten min to drive there. We went to the Thursday night farmer's market to buy veggies and had a nice lunch at Flour House in their outside patio near the creek. It opened one yr ago and has the thin crust Italian pizza and a delicious dessert with Nutella. We hiked around the property, read outside on lounge chairs, and played games. The kids were entertained watching all the lizards outside the front door and we saw a deer, some quail, hawks and squirrels. The kitchen and bathrooms have granite counter tops and they leave you some soap, lotion, shampoo. The towels were thick and large. I never talked to or met Chuck or his son because we didn't have any problems. The kitchen has tons of pans and utensils and pantry items. We had to buy pepper though. There were 4 bikes but we didn't use them. I slept downstairs and the bed was comfortable. I like that the light switches were labeled. That helped. You may think the rooms are too dark but you need to find the right light switch to brighten it up. I loved the sconces on the walls going up the stairs and in the living room. It was a great place to gather with my three children, their spouses, and my granddaughters. The house was very roomy with ten people in it. It is definitely a place for family to gather. Thank you Chuck!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
San Luis Obispo
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
San Luis Obispo
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Dairy Creek Golf Course
Nearest Train
5 Miles
San Luis Obispo
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
San Luis Obispo
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Morro Bay or Avila
Nearest Point of Interest
Cal Poly Poultry Unit Parking Lot
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Old Farmhouse/Barn
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Pet Fee $100

To book the house, Guests must complete the rental agreement and provide the security deposit ($500 for those without pets; $600 for those with pets). Payment in full is due 4 weeks prior to arrival.
Rental rates are subject to change without notice and until the time the reservation has been completed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.