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Near San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly, Free Wine Tasting & Wildflower Special Rates!

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 8, Near SLO, Cal Poly, Beaches, Free Wine Tasting

WILD Flowers are here! Thanks to plentiful winter rains, the hues of white, pink, purple, red, yellow and green are beginning to carpet the valleys and hillsides. Stay Three Nights for only $1600.00/night + taxes, cleaning and booking fees for up to six guests. A bottle of local champagne, use of ice chest and picnic basket and directions to flowers are included with your stay. Only bookings of Three or more nights from 3/29 to 4/04/17 and 4/18 to 04/29/17 will qualify for the reduced rates. Your quoted price will be adjusted by the Owner to the package price.

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 of Santa Margarita,tucked in a peaceful canyon of the Las Pilitas Valley. At 1,400+ 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 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 up to 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 and Santa Margarita Ranch. Mission San Luis Obispo, The Jack House and Gardens and Grace Church in downtown San Luis Obispo and La Cuesta Ranch on the North side of SLO are a short 20-25 minute commute from The Windmill House.

Call us for discounts on last minute bookings and packages.

More Details

Berenice Parsons
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 26, 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 The Vista House and the vineyards are located 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 leaving.

Berenice Parsons purchased this house in 1979

Why Berenice Parsons chose Central Coast California

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. 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 Guest Homes are 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.


Santa Margarita House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1450 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 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.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Bicycles ...
  • 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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(76 traveler reviews)

Near San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly, Free Wine Tasting & Wildflower Special Rates!
average rating of 4.9736843 based on 76 reviews

The property was amazing. ! Clean, roomy and above all felt like hiome! Beautiful scenery!!!

  • 5 of 5

It was a great property! Fit perfectly for our sons rehearsal dinner BBQ! We had a great time, B was so accomodating and was so great about letting us host a party there. The house had everything we needed and more! Next time going back to relax!!!💕it!!

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peace and quiet await you

  • 5 of 5

We just got back from a relaxing weekend at the Windmill house. We were initially nervous about the location being so far out in the country but after a day of sightseeing in Morro Bay or downtown SLO, we all looked forward to getting back to our quiet home away from home. The house could not have been more comfortable for my family (age ranges from 3 to 68). We came out to visit my daughter who attends Cal Poly. Would definitely stay here again. Berenice was a dream to work with.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lisa and Family: Thanks so much for your review. As you found, the short 20 minute commute to Cal Poly-SLO is a small trade off for having a well equipped country home with space for a family group of eight. You picked a great weekend, too, as we were having a break in the winter rains. I look forward to your next visit.
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The Windmill House

  • 5 of 5

We celebrated our 45th Wedding Anniversary on this trip we made to be out away from the hustle and bustle of the city life and The Windmill House met our expectations completely!! Vineyards are nearby, we drove a few minutes north and there are so many to choose from. We drove over to the coast on Hwy 46 to Cambria to see the famous elephant seals and the Hearst Ranch Zebras😀򐀠Saw lots of deer and turkeys!!

Beautiful lovely home so well decorated and super clean!!! We will return absolutely!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Doug and Christine for you review. I'm happy to know that Windmill House provided you with a perfect country get away spot. My location is just far enough away from the city hustle and bustle to provide a respite from city life, yet only a 20 minute drive to all the city activities and conveniences. As it rained everyday during your three night stay, I look forward to seeing you both back when the weather is sunny and bright. The wildflowers will be spectacular this spring since we are finally getting much needed rains.
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Great house in the country

  • 5 of 5

We just got back from a delightful weekend. We were in town for my son's graduation from Cal Poly. While the house is definitely out in the country it was a quick 20 minutes from Cal Poly. First of all, Berenice....she is a wonderful host. She was welcoming and informative from our first contact. The rental process is so easy because of Berenice. I wish all owners were as easy as Berenice!

Next, the was perfect for my family. It is well equipped and in excellent condition. We found the beds to be very comfortable. There are plenty of towels, pillows, blankets, etc. The layout of the house was very comfortable.

I would highly recommend staying at this property. It was truly lovely.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jen and Family: Thank you so much for your kind words. I am happy to know I made the rental process smooth and easy for you. I try to keep things simple, respond to all requests immediately and keep my rental homes in good repair. I look forward to seeing you all back again soon.
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Birthday celebration

  • 5 of 5

My group of 5 had a great time celebrating by birthday in and around Santa Margarita. Our stay at the Windmill House was more than comfortable. The house was inviting, and "B" was very accommodating. While in town, we went wine-tasting at a few places, including one near the house - Soaring Hawk, which was a gem of a find (thanks B!). We also went on a Zip Line tour at Margarita Adventures. I would highly recommend them for newbies or experienced Zippers! All-in-all, we had a great time and when I return for more fun, I'll check out the Windmill House or the other house on the property!

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Elaine and Pals: Thank you for your review and for letting others know what you enjoyed about your birthday get together at the Windmill House. We are blessed to have such a friendly group of folks running nearby Soaring Hawk Vineyards, which is literally around the corner from Windmill House. Margarita Adventures runs the zip line rides across the expansive oak forests and vineyards at Santa Margarita Ranch. Their pick-up point for the zip lines is a short 10 minute drive to town and wine tasting at their Ancient Peaks Winery is included with the zip line tour. I look forward to having you all back again soon.
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Nice clean getwaway

  • 5 of 5

Very nice home in the rural area of San Luis Obispo. Owner Berenice was always on hand to see what she could do to make our stay great!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Happy to hear that both families enjoyed your stay and I hope to see you all back again soon.
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Rates & Availability

Santa Margarita House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jan 2 2017 - Mar 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
Wildflower Special
Mar 29 2017 - Apr 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
Apr 5 2017 - Apr 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
Wildflower Special
Apr 18 2017 - Apr 26 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Weekend
May 25 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
May 30 2017 - Jun 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Early Summer
Jun 20 2017 - Jun 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
Independence Day
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jul 5 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 6 2017 - Nov 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 28 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas-New Year's
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
Winter, 2018
Jan 3 2018 - Mar 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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

PLEASE NOTE: Quoted rates are for 5-8 guests. For Groups of Four or Less guests, your quote will be adjusted by the Owner to reflect a cleaning fee of $95.00 for 4 or less guests. The lower rates ONLY apply to groups of Four or less. If you are a group of more than four people, the higher cleaning fee will apply.

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: 1-4 Guests: $95.00 5-8 Guests: $115.00 Monthly: $250.00 or more based on the length of stay.

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

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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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!


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