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A Travel Writer's Hideaway - Urban Sophistication/Rural Charm

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Luxury and privacy among the Oaks.

Enjoy a five-star experience in this gorgeous contemporary home surrounded by stately oaks and undulating vineyards.

Creekside Cottage is a professionally decorated, architect-designed private haven of peace and luxury built in 2015. We lived for almost five years internationally in vacation rentals, and we translated our first-hand knowledge of what travelers want into a haven of peace and tranquility in the heart of California wine country.

All of the beautifully designed rooms feature dramatic walls of windows with access to the comfortable, well-appointed terrace and welcoming garden.

You'll enjoy high-end appliances, hardwood floors, gorgeous granite countertops in baths and kitchen, abundant lighting, a snazzy electric fireplace, excellent mattresses, luxurious linens, and comfortable new contemporary furnishings. There's even a large coffee table on the patio that houses a gas firepit for chilly evenings.

Superb wi-fi service and television reception will keep you in touch with the world when you need to be.

You will unwind after a day of wine tasting or sightseeing on 29 acres of wooded privacy, yet you'll be just 1.5 miles from Trader Joe's, trendy restaurants, concerts, wine events, and much more!

Relax in a sophisticated retreat and return to your busy life revived and refreshed!

Our home is wheelchair accessible. Master bath has a huge roll-in shower and private toilet, and all doors are 28" wide.

Take a moment to check out what our guests have to say about Creekside Cottage. We're sure you'll agree!

More Details

Lynne and Tim Martin
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 17, 2018

About Lynne and Tim Martin

We traveled for almost five years without a home base, living in HomeAway/VRBO properties internationally. Lynne wrote the best-selling Home Sweet Anywhere, How We Sold Our House, Created a New Life, and Saw the World about our adventures. It's now published in eight languages!

We now travel often speaking to groups about travel and the joys of postponing nothing!

sWe packed this house with every amenity we longed for as we traveled. It's minimalist but wildly comfortable with gorgeous linens, brand new appliances, heavenly beds and furniture, total privacy, high ceilings, big windows and a commodious outdoor room where we can enjoy the nature all around us. We want to share all this peace, comfort and beauty with you when we hit the road now and again! We are certain you'll love it! For a few days, a few weeks, or even longer, it can be YOUR Home Sweet Anywhere.

Lynne and Tim Martin purchased this house in 2015

Why Lynne and Tim Martin chose Templeton

Creekside Cottage is unique. It's on a gorgeous country lane covered with an arch of oaks. There are no neighbors nearby, and the simple facade belies the dramatic interior, where fifteen-foot ceilings and huge windows embrace a magnificent stand of old California oaks. Resident deer, squirrels and hundreds of birds are our only neighbors. And yet, Trader Joe's is 1.5 miles away. There are 200 wineries in the area, and the beach is twenty minutes away. This is the perfect place for one or two couples to get away and enjoy the magnificent central coast!

What makes this house unique

Our home is wheelchair accessible. The master bath features roll-in shower and accessible private toilet. Doorways are 28" wide.

You can enjoy a day of touring wineries or the area's other attractions and retreat to your private oasis for a completely relaxing, romantic evening! You'll receive a signed copy of Home Sweet Anywhere when you arrive! It's just the thing for you to read on a sun-dappled lounge by the creek!

Visit our website, to see more photos!


Templeton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Deluxe lighting, heated tile floor, separate toilet room.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Deep soaking tub, heated tile floor, great rural view.
  • Master bath is dramatic, with fifteen-foot ceilings, heated tile floors, uniquely beautiful granite countertops, a built-in dressing table and a separate smaller vanity. The enormous shower features a rain shower plus a hand-held adjustable shower head, and the toilet is housed in its own room behind a pocket door. There is original art to enjoy and a lighted make-up mirror to help you look your best. Fluffy linens and dimmable lights will make you want to shower often!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , A smaller version of bedroom one. Gorgeous views. Privacy.
  • Master - excellent memory foam platform bed, enormous windows with sliding door access to patio. Spectacular views of garden and forest, dramatic drapes 132" high, hardwood floor, luxurious linens, and excellent art.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • tennis
We built this house for ourselves and our guests. After almost five years living internationally in vacation rentals, we used all we know about the comfort, convenience and privacy guests are looking for. Every surface, furniture and appliance is a cut above the ordinary, and total privacy and quiet make Creekside Cottage the perfect place to relax!


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A Travel Writer's Hideaway - Urban Sophistication/Rural Charm
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

A piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

Creekside Cottage is a piece of heaven. The house is ideally located, providing easy access for day trips to the beaches, vineyards, and beautiful towns of Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, and neighboring communities. As wonderful as all of those destinations are, however, we couldn’t wait to get back to the Cottage. The house, both the interior and the outdoor living space, is luxuriously appointed and extremely comfortable, and the setting is amazing. It was fantastic to have windows in nearly every room, and even better to be able to step into what felt like a magical backyard. With wine in hand and in our choice of comfy outdoor furniture, we delighted in drinking in the sights and sounds of the old oak forest around us. The mule deer were a special treat as evening approached. On top of everything else, Lynne and Tim could not have been better hosts, going out of their way to accommodate our schedules and providing perfect instructions for everything in the house. We wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh, thank you so much for your kind words. We love to make our guests happy! We're thrilled that you enjoyed Creekside Cottage as much as we do. BTW, you were the perfect guests who treated our home as your own. Please come back to see us again!
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Orange, CA

Beautiful slice fo heaven

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful little treasure of a place on a gorgeous road. We loved sitting by the fire pit in the back, listening to Alexa play all our favorite songs and enjoying friends. The place was the perfect size for two couples, beautifully appointed and comfortable. We also loved walking the road in the early morning, watching deer, a pack of wild turkeys and lovely birds go about their morning routine. Great location for winery tasing. We look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Lynne. It makes us happy to hear that people are enjoying our Creekside Cottage as much as we do. You were the perfect guests Come back soon!
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  • 5 of 5

Peaceful, private scenic location overlooking an oak wood.

Ideally located for visiting the many vineyards and breweries in the area as well as lovely walking, we especially enjoyed the zip lining in Santa Margarita (I had lots of trepidation’s before-hand but it’s a great day out, not to be missed and I would do it again!). It’s also convenient for easy shopping and the restaurants and cafes in Templeton.

It really felt like home from home, the cottage is tastefully decorated, extremely comfortable and very well equipped with everything we needed.

Overall we had a very happy New Year staying here, and would love to visit again during the summer time.

Thank you Lynne and Tim for letting us share your home.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful house surrounded by nature

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our every minute of our stay. The house is very comfortable (especially the reclining leather chairs in the living room!) and the outdoor area is stunningly beautiful. The fire pit was fantastic. The large kitchen island was wonderful for cooking. Lynne was incredibly kind throughout the rental process. She and Tim have thought of everything you could ever want in a beautiful rental house. We had a wonderful time, and hope to return at some point again next year.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review, Jill. We love ❤️ making our guests happy. You get a five-star guest rating for treating our home with care. Please come back soon!
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Houston, TX

Perfect Place to Stay While Wine Tasting

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Creekside Cottage! The house was perfect for two couples and we were greeted by wine and cheese upon our arrival. This house was beautifully appointed with every amenity we could possibly need. The owners manual was the most comprehensive we have ever seen with instructions and pictures to go with every electronic and kitchen gadget there was. The beds were comfortable and the kitchen was really fun to cook in. We enjoyed getting up in the morning and watching the enormous mule deer roam the property. This place is conveniently located to all of the wineries and many nearby dining opportunities. Our only disappointment was not getting to meet the owners in person! We would definitely stay here again if we are in the area.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tucson, AZ

Simply wonderful

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we've stayed at this property though hopefully not the last. It's easy to get to, not far from the freeway, yet completely tucked away in the woods, above a stream, surrounded by deer, wild turkeys and more. We travel with another couple, so the split floorplan is perfect with two master suites. The back of the house is glass, looking out onto a patio where a fire pit awaits. As a cook, I love the kitchen. As wine tasters, we love the area. We always feel welcome, like Lynne and Tim are friends who have opened their home to us, which – of course – they have. Simply wonderful. Simply perfect.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, thank you, thank you! What a perfectly wonderful review! You make us strive even harder to make our treasured guests happy. Please come back for your third visit soon!!!
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
San Luis Obispo
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Hunter Ranch
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
California Highway 101
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
McPhee's Grill
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Car: necessary

There are 200+ wineries in the Paso Robles area, many with world-class reputations. Our tiny town of Templeton offers a Trader Joe's market, and upscale restaurants and boutiques in a gentrified country setting. We are twenty minutes and a spectacular scenic drive away from the beaches at Cambria. There is a small zoo just minutes away, two local multi-screen cinemas, car festivals, wine festivals, olive oil festivals, concerts in the park, big-name live concerts at wineries and the Mid-State Fair in Augusts. Paso Robles, just ten minutes away, boasts a huge water park, antique and boutique stores, and sophisticated restaurants and bars There's even Uber service if you want to indulge in frivolity!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Pet Fee $20
Damage Deposit $500

Rates are subject to change until confirmation. Not suitable for children, pets, or more than four adults.

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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