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Large 3 Bedroom Home Near SLO, Cal Poly, ZipLines-Low Rates & Free Wine Tasting

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,450 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths-Near SLO, Cal Poly, ZipLines, Beaches-Low Summer Rates

OFF Season Special! BOOK any Three nights (including Holidays) and the 4th night is 1/2 price ($125.00). BOOK 6 Nights and the 7th Night is FREE! The Owner will adjust your quote to reflect the discounted rated for your stay. Contact me with any questions.

Located a short 10 minutes off the 101 Highway and only 20 minutes from downtown San Luis Obispo, Mission Plaza and Cal Poly, The Windmill House offers travelers a comfortable and relaxing place in the country to call home. The Windmill House is located in the quiet countryside outside of the historic town of Santa Margarita, tucked in a peaceful canyon of the Las Pilitas Valley. At 1,450+ square feet, the Windmill House sits on 4 acres surrounded by larger ranches and US Forest open space.

Fully furnished and equipped, The Windmill House can accommodate up to eight people in three queen size beds, a twin bed and a twin hide-a-bed. The large open concept living-dining room room has plenty of space for eight people to spread out on the comfy section sofa and love seat. The roomy kitchen has all the large and small appliances needed for a short or long term stay. The house comes with all linens, towels, blankets and pillows for a total of 8 people.

Outside there is ample off street parking for vehicles, campers and RV's. The large front yard has an L shape lawn shaded by an ancient Oak tree. The back yard has concrete patio areas with tables, chairs and umbrellas and a Weber charcoal grill. There is an elevated landscaped area with fruit trees and rock roses.

Complimentary wine tasting at several nearby wineries is available to all guests (over 21) of Rock Basin Guest Homes. Guests can sip and sample some of the area's World Famous vintages from the Edna Valley in SLO to the mountains of West Templeton to the rolling hills of Paso Robles.

The Windmill House at Rock Basin Ranch offers travelers some of the closest furnished housing to events and weddings at The Grace Maralyn Estate Gardens, The Pozo Saloon, Spanish Oaks Ranch, Santa Margarita Ranch and the Oyster Ridge Barn at SM Ranch. Mission San Luis Obispo, The Jack House and Gardens, Grace Church, La Cuesta Ranch, Higuera Street Ranch, Loomis Ranch and Green Gate Farms are a short 20-25 minute commute from The Windmill House. Beautiful Santa Margarita Lake Park and the Zip Lines at Santa Margarita Ranch are a short 10 minute drive from Windmill House.

Call us for discounts on last minute bookings and packages.

More Details

Berenice Parsons
Member since: 2004
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 21, 2017

About Berenice Parsons

Rock Basin Guest Homes Mission Statement: To be stewards of the land and its productivity while providing opportunities for guests to connect with the fruitfulness of the earth and the beauty and harmony of nature.

I purchased the 4 acres the Windmill House occupies with the 80 acre parcel next door where I live with my two small dogs, Dotty and Penny, in 1979. I had the Windmill House built in 2003 and used it as a month to month rental for 1 year. After attending a class at Cal Poly University on Agri-Tourism, I realized there was an unfilled niche for my home in the vacation rental market. I joined VRBO in 2005 and have enjoyed much success and many satisfied and returning customers during my many years of operations. Book your next getaway at The Windmill House and see why so many of my guests book their next visit before checking out.

Berenice Parsons purchased this house in 1979

Why Berenice Parsons chose Santa Margarita

I converted The Windmill House from a month to month rental to a vacation rental to fill a demand for vacation rentals in a rural, country setting. Guests enjoy getting away from it all out here while only a short 20 minute commute from downtown San Luis Obispo and 30 minutes from the wineries of Paso Robles and area beaches and golf courses. For summer visitors, our fog free weather is a welcome change to the cold beach house rentals and our mountain elevation keeps us cool at night. Guests can enjoy complimentary wine tasting at nearby Soaring Hawks Vineyards and Ancients Peaks Winery in Santa Margarita and several other nearby wineries.

What makes this house unique

The Windmill House is clean and well maintained with all the modern conveniences including WiFi and Satellite TV. Guest are supplied with oak bark and charcoal for the Weber BBQ, foil, ziplocs, paper towels and toilet paper so you don't have to bring these bulky items with you. Seasonal fresh herbs grow from March - October in the garden and the fruit trees in the backyard provide fresh peaches, nectarines and plums. The Guest Homes are some of the closest housing for visitors to Santa Margarita Lake Park or events at Santa Margarita Ranch, Spanish Oaks Ranch and the Pozo Saloon. Book your stay now and enjoy the luxury of a true home away from home for your next vacation.


Nearest Airport
23 Miles
San Luis Obispo
Nearest Barpub
7.5 Miles
Santa Margarita Tavern
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Atascadero Chalk Mountain
Nearest Train
18 Miles
San Luis Obispo
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
7.5 Miles
The Range in Santa Margarita
Nearest Beach
28 Miles
Avila Beach or Morro Bay
Car: necessary

Located on Rock Basin Ranch, Las Pilitas Road, 2.8 miles East of W. Pozo Road in Santa Margarita, California.....Star Gazing, Bird and Wildlife watching, Vineyard Tours, Hiking, Fishing Boating and Horseback riding at Santa Margarita Lake Park, Wine tasting, Zip Lining across historic Santa Margarita Ranch, Antique shopping, Art galleries and fine dining all await visitors to The Windmill House.....Or you can just kick back, relax & enjoy the peaceful harmony & atmosphere of our quiet coastal valley!


Santa Margarita House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1450 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1-Master - toilet , tub , shower , Oval soaking tub
    Bathroom 2-Hallway - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Twin size hide a bed sofa in the Living Room
  • Queen size Beds (3) Pillow top mattresses...very comfy! One twin bed in third bedroom. Twin size sofa sleeper in the Living Room.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • 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
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Enjoy quiet, peaceful surroundings in a comfortable, clean vacation home far from the maddening crowds.


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Large 3 Bedroom Home Near SLO, Cal Poly, ZipLines-Low Rates & Free Wine Tasting
average rating of 4.9574466 based on 94 reviews

Beautiful quiet retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful side trip to the Windmill house with our 5 children. We were visiting California from Connecticut. We were looking for a place that would allow us simple access to Hearst castle, beaches, and countryside. The home was very clean, had everything we could possibly need for food preparation, and had a great yard for the children to play in. The internet worked perfectly for us, our cell service (Verizon and AT&T) was a little spotty, but we were able to make calls through wifi without any problem. The children were very happy with all the channels they found on the 3 TVs (that gave my husband and I time to enjoy the patio). We loved the outdoor tables, wildlife (bunnies, frogs, lizards,squirrels), horseshoe pit, and peaceful atmosphere. Miss "B" is incredibly thoughtful and made us feel welcome (as did her 2 sweet dogs). We would definitely come again. The pictures truly do not show how great this place is!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Phoebe and Family: Thanks for your review and for choosing the Windmill House for your family's California country experience. I'm happy to know the house provided all the features your family needed and that you were able to relax and enjoy the peaceful quiet of my natural setting. While the house is on a large ranch in the countryside, it's just 20 minutes to San Luis Obispo, 30 minutes to most of the beaches and a little over an hour commute to Heast Castle. I look forward to hosting your next visit to the West Coast.
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Perfect Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our family, along with my sister and her family, stayed at the home while in town for our niece'a wedding at Oyster Ridge. It was perfect! 8 slept comfortable and there was plenty of room to spread out. The home is extremely clean - much cleaner then many hotels. We're looking forward to our next stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Erica and Family: I'm happy to know you and your family found The Windmill House for your stay to attend your cousin's wedding at the Oyster Ridge Barn at Santa Margarita Ranch. Windmill House offers the closest housing to the Oyster Ridge event site and as you found, it is quite spacious for a group of eight people. Compared to the cost of hotel rooms, it is very affordable as well. Although the location is in the countryside, it's only 20 minutes to San Luis Obispo and 25 minutes to Paso Robles, Morro Bay and many of the areas most popular beaches. I look forward to hosting you family again soon.
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Great property, remote location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for two days while attending a wedding and it was great.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jule and Friends: Glad you enjoyed your short stay at the Windmill House. While the country location is away from town, it is only 10 minutes from the 101 freeway and another 10 minutes on the freeway to San Luis Obispo-Cal Poly for a total 20 minute commute. The trade-off for the short commute is a modern, spacious three bedroom, 2 bath house that can accommodate up to eight visitors at a rate ($250/night) that is less than comparable sized licensed rentals in the San Luis Obispo area. Many visitors enjoy the peace and quiet of a country setting as well as the star filled dark night skies.
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We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for a great weekend in the country. We were in town to attend the Atascadero Greyhound Athletic Hall of Fame event. My husband was inducted into the 12th class. The location and property were perfect for our party of 6. The property was clean, well equipped, comfortable, with plenty of room, and the location was picture perfect. We will definitely be back to enjoy the Central Coast again. Thanks.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jennifer and Family: Thank you for your review. I'm happy to know the Windmill House provided your family group with the space to spread out and relax during your stay. The extra large back yard with two big patio table and chair sets worked well for your evening BBQ, too. I look forward to hosting your return visit soon.
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Excellent Stay

  • 5 of 5

Me and some of my friends come back to SLO about once a year to meet up and this is the second time we've stayed here. The house is roomy (three bedrooms, pull out couch) and is really nice. There was a heat wave (over 100 in SLO) and it was really nice to have central air! Berenice is always super accommodating and helpful. There's free Winery coupons provided and we took advantage of those and had a really nice Saturday. It's been awesome both times we've stayed, would definitely suggest it!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jordan: Great to see you and your Cal Poly grad friends back again for your annual reunion. You were smart to book early for the 3 day Labor Day weekend as I have been booked every weekend this summer. Thank you travelers! It's too bad the weather was so untypically hot and humid during your visit. 105 in San Luis Obispo was record setting on Sunday as was the rain that followed on Sunday night into Monday. I'm happy to know that you all enjoyed your time together regardless of the weather. I look forward to hosting your group again next year.
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Great home 💜

  • 5 of 5

This is a sweet home located just outside Santa Margarita. It's quiet, clean and cozy. Loved the owners dogs too!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Debbie and Family: Thanks for your review and for letting me know you enjoyed the food from the Taco Truck in Santa Margarita town on Friday night. The Truck is a local favorite found in front of either Dunbar Brewery or the Range Tavern on weekends. It's another dining option for our little town with two cafes and a dinner restaurant. I hope to have you back for a longer stay next time.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning fee $110
Tax Rate 10.0%

Check-in time is 4pm or later. Check-out time is 11 am. Early check-in or late-check-out requests will be honored whenever possible, based on availability of the property. Check-in before 1 pm may require a payment of a partial night's rent.

This property has an Eight (8) person Maximum Occupancy. An occupant is anyone over the age of 4 staying in the house overnight. Do Not Rent this house if your group is more than Eight (8) people.

Cleaning Fee $110.00/nightly-weekly Monthly: $250.00 or more based on the length of stay.

Refundable Damage Deposit-Nightly/Weekly: $300.00 Monthly: $750.00

3 night Minimum stay on all Federal Holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Cal Poly Graduation weekend.

You are responsible for all damages and missing or broken items. If you take it, you will pay for it. All additional charges must be settled before check-out.

NO loud parties or noise after 11 pm or before 9 am. Respect our neighbors and take the party inside after 11 pm. NO events are allowed at this property.

A minimum resurfacing fee of $150.00 will apply to remove any scratches, dings, knife marks or burns from the Acrylic counter tops. Use the cutting boards provided or the built-in wooden chopping block by the stove for all cutting and chopping and the trivets and hot pads under hot pots and pans.

Please remove foot wear if they have metal bottoms or cause black heel marks. There is a minimum resurfacing fee of $250.00 for the floors.

NO PETS ALLOWED. A $250.00/night surcharge will apply if you bring any animal onto the property. Service animals with certified paperwork from a nationally recognized organization are exempt from this rule as is required by Law.


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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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