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Near San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly--Free Wine Tasting and Low Off Season Rates!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,360 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

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

Warm days, cool fog free evenings,a peaceful countryside location and complimentary wine tasting at several nearby award winning wineries await you at the Vista House at Rock Basin Ranch. 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 spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath vacation home in the picturesque Las Pilitas Valley of Santa Margarita, California. Located only 10 minutes off Highway 101, the Vista House can sleep up to Six visitors Maximum. Downtown San Luis Obispo (SLO) is a short 20 minutes commute and the beaches are 30-40 minutes drive.

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. There is a twin hide-a-bed in the Living Room for the sixth guest. The fully equipped Kitchen, comfortable Living Room and open Dining area separate the two master suites.

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/Ancient Peaks Winery 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. Rentals of both homes can accommodate larger groups up to 12 people.

Call us for discounts on last minute bookings and package specials.

More Details

Berenice Parsons
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 24, 2017

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 Central Coast California

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 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 card for wine tasting at numerous award winning tasting rooms throughout the area.

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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Santa Margarita House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1360 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
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
  • 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 mountains.
  • 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 size bed in one master suite bedroom, Queen size Bed and one Twin bed in second master suite bedroom. Twin size pull out bed or sectional sofa for 6th guest in Living room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Yard
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(52 traveler reviews)

Near San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly--Free Wine Tasting and Low Off Season Rates!
average rating of 4.9615383 based on 53 reviews

Great getaway location!

  • 5 of 5

This house is very spacious and at a great location in the woods to get away from the hustle & bustle but at the same time not too far from downtown SLO. The host, B, was very friendly and thorough. She provided detailed driving directions, and in the home everything we need was thoughtfully prepared for. She even gifted us a free bottle of champagne and complementary wine tasting tickets to celebrate the New Years with! My friends and I had a blast over New Years weekend! I highly recommend this place!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tiffany and friends: Thanks so much for your review and for letting me know you enjoyed your time at Vista House. You and your group were very respectful in your use of the space, leaving the house tidy and undamaged. I look forward to hosting you again.
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peace and quiet perfected

  • 5 of 5

My wife, and toddler stayed here for two nights in December, and it was absolutely perfect place for our trip. We live in northern California and my family lives in southern California, so we needed a halfway point to meet. I wanted my grandparents to meet their great grandson, and many many years ago, my grandfather's family had a ranch in Santa Margarita. In the end this property was everything we needed: plenty of space for my son to run around both indoors and outdoors. Beautiful, spacious and comfortable interior of the house. Absolutely wonderful couple days in a secluded location with great scenery far away from all the noisy days of a major metropolis. Was tough to leave. Looking forward to coming back soon.

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dana and Family: I am so happy to know that you all enjoyed your stay at Rock Basin Guest Homes. I often host family groups like yours where some family comes from the North (Bay Area) to meet up with family from the South (LA-San Diego). My homes are large enough to accommodate groups up to 12 people in the two houses. Meeting half way is a practical and economical solution for a large get together. I hope to see you all back again soon.
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A Wonderful VRBO

  • 5 of 5

We (2 couples) had a wonderful stay at Berenice's home. The house was fully equipped -- Berenice has thought of everything to make your stay comfortable. And it was immaculate. The house's setting is rural, with fields, hills with interesting rock formations, a windmill. And peaceful -- so quiet there. So many stars at night. And so much to do -- we went to the Mission San Luis Obispo and Luna Red for lunch; The Front Porch for a casual dinner and music; wine tasting at the Soaring Hawk, Vintage Cowboy, Rotta, and AronHill (had a good lunch there). Berenice (B) was so helpful, answering our questions about the area and its history. She's delightful to talk to. And her 2 dogs are friendly and fun. I would highly recommend this VRBO.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Janet and Friends: Thanks so much for your review and for mentioning some of the place you enjoyed while you where here. I had guests this weekend who visited both Soaring Hawk and Vintage Cowboy wineries because of your review. They all had praises for both the wines and their tasting experiences. As you found, the Vista House is a convenient location for two couples, living in opposite ends of the State (Bay area and LA in your case), to meet and spend time together. Although my homes are in the quiet countryside, San Luis Obispo is a short 20 minute drive, the beaches and golf courses at Avila and additional 10 minutes. The Porch Cafe and Southern Crossings in Santa Margarita offer casual dining and The Porch has live music most Friday nights. The Range Restaurant is open for dinner Tues.-Sat. and offers a California cuisine menu featuring local lamb, chicken and elk as well as local and restaurant grown veggies. My dogs, Dotty and Penny, and I look forward to hosting your next get together.
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Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

The family loved staying at your Rock Basin house! We drove in late so it was already dark and with an unfamiliar road I was a bit intimidated but your directions were great. Living in the city we don't get to see stars very often so I was grateful for the dark night sky. Often our family vacations are renting a house, cooking and eating together and enjoying a slower pace and this was the perfect place for it. My mornings started with a walk, listening to the birds various chirps, the sound of the trees rustling or just the pure quiet. It's nice to not always be in the mix of things and this was the retreat we needed. The nice thing is being here felt like you were far from the bustle but in actuality SLO is only 15 minutes away and another 15 to the beach towns for a day visit! Since our son is at calpoly we will have many more opportunities to enjoy your hospitality B! Thanks!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aly and Family: Thanks so much for your heartfelt review. As you found, The Guest Homes at Rock Basin Ranch are well equipped and set up for short or longer term rentals. The location, though 10-15 minutes from the101 Freeway, is still close to SLO-Cal Poly and our famous Central Coast beaches. With your son at Cal Poly now, I hope that you will be back again soon for another family reunion.
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Love, love, love

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely lov d our stay. It was for only 1 night, but so comfortable and quiet. Would definitely stay again

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to know you had an enjoyable stay and a good time at the wedding at Santa Margarita Ranch. My Guest Homes are just a short 10 minute drive to Santa Margarita Ranch and Spanish Oaks Ranch, where many weddings are held. As you found it is much more comfortable in a spacious 2 bedroom house for a group of five than it is in two or three hotel rooms. And the cost is more affordable, too. I hope to see you back again for a longer visit.
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A clean, relaxing and comfortable place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 stayed here for 2 nights. The house is spotless with comfortable beds and a cozy feel. We enjoyed our morning coffee (complimentary local coffee provided) on the front porch both mornings as we watched hummingbirds and the beauty of the natural setting. Although a bit off the beaten path (25 minutes from Pismo), the serenity, space and amenities of home make it worth the short drive.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Santa Margarita House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $110
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 10.0%


Maximum Occupancy: 6. An occupant is anyone over the age of 4 years old staying in the house overnight.

Cleaning fee: $110.00 Monthly: $250.00 and up depending on length of stay

3 Night Minimum Stay for all Federal Holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Cal Poly Graduation.
1 Night Minimum Stay all other dates.

No Pets or Smoking Allowed. No Exceptions!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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