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Country Home Near San Luis Obispo 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

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 1,450+ 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 and Santa Margarita Ranch. Mission San Luis Obispo, The Jack House and Gardens and Grace Church in downtown San Luis Obispo, La Cuesta 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.

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More Details

Berenice Parsons
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 20, 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:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • 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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average rating of 4.9534883 based on 86 reviews
Rockford IL

Just loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Our family really enjoyed our short stay at this home. It was very clean, tidy, comfortable and roomy. We loved that it was out in the country ... quiet and beautiful ... and the short winding road to the house was pretty and fun. And it was still close enough to SLO to be convenient. Bereniece was very helpful to make sure we had everything we needed. We were sorry to have to leave so soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear A and Family: Thanks so much for letting me know you all enjoyed your brief time here. I heard you had flight and freeway delays getting here for the wedding you were attending, so I am sorry you didn't have a little more time to spend enjoying the property and the area. Perhaps on your next visit.
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We love the beautiful Windmill House!!

  • 5 of 5

We were so happy with our stay at the Windmill House last weekend! My daughter’s wedding took place at the Oyster Ridge Barn at Ancient Peaks Winery just minutes from the house, which made it so convenient. There were 6 of us in our family and we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful, spacious, lovely and enjoyable home. Berenice was so wonderful. She was very attentive to our needs and made sure everything was perfect. We could not ask for a nicer host! In addition to putting 2 delicious bottles of champagne in the refrigerator, she also was kind enough to mail my son’s pillow that he left at the house after our stay. And to top it off, the house is located in such a beautiful area that we were mesmerized by the gorgeous scenery. We will always be grateful for such a fabulous experience. We definitely recommend staying at the Windmill House. You won’t regret it! Thank you Berenice for everything!!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nomi and Family: Thank you so much for your review. It makes my heart so happy to know I was able to provide your family what you wanted in a clean, spacious home close to your wedding site. I am blessed to be able to share my small slice of paradise with travelers like yourselves. Whether you are here for a wedding, a vacation, work or play, a short term or long stay, the Windmill House is the perfect place to call your home away from home.
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Clean, Quiet Home close to everywhere we needed to be

  • 5 of 5

Me and my family really enjoyed staying in B's country home. We were here for a wedding at Santa Margarita Ranch and stayed an extra night so we could explore the area. I wish we had booked a week! Santa Margarita Lake Park is so beautiful and very quiet as no power boats are allowed on the Lake. We got up early to take the first zip line ride of the day and had a blast shooting over the vineyards and oak forests. Can't wait to come back for a longer stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: G and Family: I enjoyed hosting your fun group and I am happy to know you enjoyed the zip line rides. They really are a blast as you said and the lesson in the history and geology of the spectacular Santa Margarita Ranch plus the wine tasting is well worth the trip. A day a Santa Margarita Lake Park is a great way to relax and recharge as the Park is so beautiful and quiet. You can rent kayaks, canoes and small fishing boats or hike the many trails that meander around the lake. I look forward to having you all back again soon.
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Amazing for a surprise birthday party!

  • 5 of 5

The house is pretty big and well equipped, much more than I was expecting. The owner Berenice was very open and helpful to any questions that we had. Her dogs are really cute and friendly too. This is a great location for hiking, wine tasting, or if you just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of every day life. Unfortunately there's limited wifi, but there's direct tv available, so that was nice. The bathtub in the master bedroom is amazingly for any couples looking for a romantic getaway :)

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jessica and Friends: Thanks so much for your review; I'm happy to know that you enjoyed the oval tub as well as your weekend birthday get together. Thanks to your input about the wifi, I have upgraded the modem as well as the router so guests can now enjoy 5th Gen speed from Hughes Net. I look forward to having you all back again soon.
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Wonderful graduation weekend!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Berenice for making our visit so magical! Your rental is so clean, cool in the heat, and well equipped. We loved the wonderful graduation dinner you suggested under the beautiful oak tree. It was everything that we hoped it would be.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: James and Kris: Thanks so much for your heartfelt review. It's much appreciated as was your invitation to join your family for a glass of champagne in celebration of your son's Cal Poly Graduation. You were wise to book a year in advance as CP's June Graduation is without a doubt the busiest time of the year for finding temporary housing. I look forward to having you back again soon for a vacation visit.
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A beautiful home in the beautiful countryside of santa margarita

  • 5 of 5

We loved the windmill house. Bernice came over on Saturday to see if everything was ok which is was. She is very friendly and very hospitable . She left us two bottles of champagne which we enjoyed in Saturday morning mimosas . Thank you Bernice so thoughtful of you! All of my family was happy staying at this house for my nephews wedding. He was married at greengate ranch and winery in San Luis Obispo . The drive was 25 minutes from the house to the venue..We had our grandbabies with us and it was nice to have a house versus a hotel to stretch out in and relax before we headed to the wedding on Saturday afternoon. We have no complaints about this house it was very quiet and peaceful surrounded by beautiful scenery. She left the lights on for our arrival. Although we didn't have time to tour the winery or surrounding sites of santa margarita it truly was the perfect place to spend with my family for my nephews wedding! If we ever have another wedding in the San Luis Obispo area we will be back to rent this lovely home. A five star from all of us!!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Susan and Family: Thank you for your glowing review. After having guests post only four star reviews due to issues with the internet/WiFi, it's nice to know that all systems were working as expected during your stay. You mentioned that this was your first experience renting a vacation home and as you found, a home can be much more affordable than renting multiple hotel rooms. Renting through a reliable site like VRBO-Homeaway gives you the peace of mind that you will receive the home you rented with the amenities as listed. I always answer inquiries and reservations promptly and when possible, I call the renter so they know that they are working with and renting from a real person and not being scammed. I look forward to hosting your family again soon.
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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!


Rates & Availability

Santa Margarita House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 30 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Labor Day WeekEnd
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 6 2017 - Nov 21 2017
1 night minimum stay
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 28 2017 - Dec 21 2017
1 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
1 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2018 - May 23 2018
1 night minimum stay
Memorial Day Weekend
May 24 2018 - May 29 2018
3 night minimum stay
May 30 2018 - Jun 13 2018
2 night minimum stay
Cal Poly Graduation
Jun 14 2018 - Jun 18 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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


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.

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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