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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:
April 19, 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
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(41 traveler reviews)

Luxury Home on 400 Acre Ranch
average rating of 4.97561 based on 41 reviews

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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  • 5 of 5

The perfect get away if your into beautiful scenery, spending time with family, and peace and quiet!!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Lovely secluded home

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed here for our daughters wedding at Santa margarita ranch. Absolutely beautiful. Owners were very flexible and accommodating. Very cozy beds, 3 bathrooms and fully stocked kitchen allowed us to entertain family after wedding. Beautifully furnished. Felt like a bed and breakfast. Warm and inviting.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Place for a Birthday Surprise!

  • 5 of 5

My family rented this lovely home to surprise our Cal Poly student for her birthday. It was the perfect location - close to campus, but yet still rural enough to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. The home was very clean and comfortable - plenty of space for the 8 of us, plus our dog. We saw deer and wild turkeys on the hillside in the afternoon and the large stone fireplace in the living room was perfect on the cold windy evenings. The owners made sure we had everything we needed and even set up the fireplace before our arrival so all we had to do was light the match. I believe there is a trail that connects the ranch to the cal poly campus near architecture graveyard, but we didn't get a chance to explore that this time. I highly recommend this vacation home especially for families with students at Cal Poly!

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fairytale Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a fantastic stay here over the Christmas holiday. Chuck and family had set up a Christmas tree for us which was so sweet and indicative of the beautiful and thoughtful touches throughout the home. It's akin to staying in a homey hunting lodge in England...but with vistas similar to Tuscany. The huge fireplace was a showstopper and there was plenty of firewood and kindling for us to use so we could have a fire every night. The grounds were gorgeous and every window has a beautiful view. Great bathtub in the guest/downstairs bedroom for soaking after a long hike or walk on nearby beach. Was a terrific spot to have our dog - he was wiped out every day from long walks on the property/hillside and also the beach. We cooked some great meals and enjoyed the library, books and games. Didn't have any issues, but communication with Chuck was very good before/after our stay. If you're looking for a place that feels like you've really gone somewhere (and yet, only 7 minute drive to drugstore/grocery/food) to relax with family or friends, this is it! Can't recommend highly enough.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It is as nice as it looks!

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful and comfortable home. It is wonderfully private and peaceful, and well suited to entertaining, in that you will want to cook and socialize with your group right where you are staying. Although it is a mile or so up a country road, partly dirt, the road is well maintained and the minor inconvenience is more than made-up for by the amazingly beautiful and quiet location. We used it as a base for the bride's family during her wedding weekend, and it was perfect. This home feels like a home, not a rental. Chuck is great and his son is minutes away in case you have any question. The bathroom configuration is a bit odd, but did not end up being a big deal at all. You will like this place.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • 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

San Luis Obispo Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $250 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

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.

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