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Berenice Parsons

Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english

Near San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly, Free Wine Tasting and Low Summer Rates!

67 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

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3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 8...Near San Luis Obispo/Cal Poly

Located a short 10 minutes off the 101 Highway and only 20 minutes from downtown San Luis Obispo and Cal Poly, The Windmill Guest House offers travelers a comfortable and relaxing place in the country to call home. Complimentary wine tasting at several nearby wineries is available to all guests (over 21) of Rock Basin Guest Homes. 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 Guest Homes at Rock Basin Ranch are located in the quiet countryside of Santa Margarita. Tucked in a peaceful canyon off the main valley, the 1,400+ square foot Windmill House sits on 84 acres surrounded by BLM 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.

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. There is an elevated landscaped area with fruit trees and rock roses.

If the dates you desire show as booked on The Windmill House availability calendar, please click the link below to view listing #189213, The Vista House, our second guest home on this beautiful property. The Vista House can sleep up to six visitors.

The Guest Homes at Rock Basin Ranch offer 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 are a short 20-25 minute commute from Rock Basin Guest Homes.

Travelers can book directly with the Owner without incurring added booking service fees by call us at (805) 438-3590.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Berenice Parsons (Owner)
Member since: 2004
Call Owner
Speaks: english

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.


based on 67 traveler reviews

Near San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly, Free Wine Tasting and Low Summer Rates!
average rating of 4.970149 based on 67 reviews

lovely place

  • 5 of 5

Me and my family really enjoyed staying at B's house. The house is exteremly clean and comfortable. B is very friendly and we enjoyed meeting her. Highly recommend the house!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Armina and Family: Thank you for your post. I am glad to know you enjoyed your time time here at Windmill House as well as enjoying all the attractions the Central Coast has to offer. I look forward to having you all back again soon, Ms. "B".
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Pure California

  • 5 of 5

The Windmill House was the perfect base out of which to explore the San Luis Obispo area. We spent our days hiking (Reservoir Canyon Trail), at the beach (Avila Beach), wine tasting (Talley Vineyards) and exploring the fun college town of San Luis Obispo. After which we got to retreat to the Windmill House nestled in the hills of beautiful Santa Margarita - and even saw some wild turkeys right near by. The house was bright, clean and quiet - a wonderful place to relax and recharge.

Finally, from the initial email, Berenice was a pleasure to work with. She welcomed us warmly when we arrived and went out of her way to make sure that we were comfortable. Looking forward to our next visit!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bob and Family: Thank you for your review and for including some of the activities you and your family enjoyed during your stay. Avila Beach is with out a doubt one of the prettiest beaches in the County. As it is south facing and ringed by mountains to the north, Avila Beach is protected from the cold winds and summer fog that is so typical at many California beaches. The Reservoir Canyon Trail is another of our beautiful hikes through Sycamore forests along the shady banks of San Luis Creek. There are numerous trails through out the County from easy to very difficult. The soon to be opened Pismo Preserve, 900 acres of parkland on the hilltops overlooking Pismo Beach, will offer many miles of groomed hiking trails. Whether you are coming to the area for a vacation, wedding, business or just a weekend getaway, book your stay at one of the Guest Homes at Rock Basin Ranch for a memorable experience.
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Very nice home..!!

  • 5 of 5

It was a very nice time staying at this home. One of the most useful and important thing about this booking was, Owner was in touch with us throughout starting from Home Rent request to Check-out.

At the time of Check-in, Home was very clean. Everything was available as described in VBRO page of this Rental. Though we had some issue with connecting wifi to our couple iPhone devices (only), I will keep this upto our devices, NOT an issue with Home wifi. Kitchen, BedRooms, BathRooms are very well clean and equipped.

I recommend this Place.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mr. G and Family: Thank you for your review. I am sorry to hear that you experienced any difficulty with the WiFi connection. Guests usually only have to turn on their devices which will automatically connect to the Hughes WiFi system. As most cell phones do not work at Windmill House due to the surrounding mountains blocking the signal, I maintain both WiFi and a house land line phone for guests to use. As you did not mention having any problems with the system, I do hope you were able to communicate as needed. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the cleanliness of the house. I am proud of the job of my cleaning staff in providing guests with not only a clean and well maintained home, but a comfortable place to relax and enjoy some time quality time with family and friends. I look forward to your return visit soon.
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Our trip to Santa Mararita

  • 5 of 5

Our time at Windmill house was a perfect retreat!

After spending 2 weeks in LA we needed a quit and restful getaway to recharge after our daughters graduation. We picked the right place!

B had everything ready for us when we arrived. The house was welcoming, well appointed, large enough to to accommodate our family very comfortably and far from the traffic and noise of LA!

We took advantage of the Avika Beach Hot Springs, Avila beachside dining at Custom House (excellent food!), wine tasting at Ancient Peaks, horseback riding at Shangrila Rancg with Victoria and John, and just relaxing and breathing the clean air.

Highly recommend this place!

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and for including some of the activities you enjoyed while you were in he area. The Guest Homes at Rock Basin Ranch offer visitors not only a clean and comfortable place to stay, but also a quiet country atmosphere where a person can escape from the hectic pace of city living. I am please that you found here just what you needed for your family's weekend get away. I look forward to your return visit.
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Excellent family get away!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a great time at the Windmill House. It was clean and had everything we needed. It was quiet and relaxing - great back patio! We enjoyed barbecuing and playing horse shoes our first evening. It was a great base for all of us as we separated during the day to enjoy all the central coast area has to offer. We were pleasantly surprised by the wonder little community of Santa Margarita just down the road. We will be back!

  • Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Leslee & Family: I'm please to hear you enjoyed your weekend at Windmill House and that you made good use of the Weber grill and the horseshoe pit. I hope to see you back again soon for another visit to the beautiful Central Coast.
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Windmill House

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful house on a beautiful property! Well furnished and very clean. Enjoyed afternoon horseshoes in the back yard and a relaxing sunny morning on the patio with a visit from the Owner's dogs. Close enough to 101 for easy access to San Luis Obispo to the South and Paso Robles area wineries to the North.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Fellows: I'm thrilled to hear The Windmill House worked well for your guys get together weekend. Being only 10 minutes off the 101 freeway and a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life, The Windmill House offers visitors a comfortable alternative to the coastal Hotels and Motels. I'm happy, too, to hear you used the Complimentary wine tasting card I provide to all of my adult guests. I look forward to having you back 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

San Luis Obispo House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 14 2016 - Aug 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2016 - Sep 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
Sep 7 2016 - Nov 21 2016
1 night minimum stay
Nov 22 2016 - Nov 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 29 2016 - Dec 21 2016
1 night minimum stay
Christmas-New Years
Dec 22 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jan 2 2017 - Mar 30 2017
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee 5-8 people $115
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 discount for the cleaning fees charged for 4 guests. The lower rates ONLY apply to groups of four or less. If you are a group of more than four people, the higher rates will apply.

This property has an 8 person Maximum Occupancy. An occupant is anyone over the age of 4 staying in the house overnight.

Cleaning Fee: 1-4 Guests: $100.00 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.
2 night Minimum stay June 1 - September 1, 2016

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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Central Coast California House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1450 sq. ft.
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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • 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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