|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
This 100 year old, recently remodeled and renovated family farm house sits behind a small vineyard where the original San Juan Bautista Mission vineyards were planted over 200 years ago. It is adjacent to the San Andreas Fault! The home is very clean and comfortably appointed with family pieces.
The two bedrooms are each beautifully furnished with comfortable queen beds and cozy quilts. The large eat-in kitchen has new appliances and lots of counter space where you can create your own gourmet meals. (Perfect for couples who enjoy cooking) Guests can pick veggies and herbs from the garden, in season, and enjoy oranges from the large tree in the back yard.
There are two large living areas for quiet conversation, reading, watching TV or playing board games.
The guest house is not suitable for small children. Well mannered children, 10 years and older, are welcome. No pets are allowed.
Jon and Juanita both grew up in this area and have lived adjacent to this property since their marriage in 1966. They are involved in the local community with their long-time participation in many organizations that benefit the area.
They have owned several businesses during the course of their time here. Most recently, they manufacture and distribute a fantastic line of Mansmith's Gourmet Seasonings, available online and in their Outlet Store located on the property. This is a real family effort, as their son has taken on the popular BBQ Catering business started by father and son.
Jon and Juanita now keep their BBQ cooking skills sharp by participating in BBQ Competions.
One of their newest interests is the small vineyard that they planted in 2009 in front of the guest house. Mission Vineyard Merlot is now a reality. BBQ and Wine, what a concept!
J. Mansmith purchased this farmhouse in 1960
Jon's parents bought this property, a former chicken ranch, in 1960 and remodeled the already 50+ year old farmhouse for their residence. Jon grew up here and has many fond memories of this wonderful area and his family home. When we inherited the property in 2002 it became a rental, however, after a few years the house was in need of extensive repair.
Through the renovation process we became very attached to this wonderful old home where Jon's parents had hosted their family and friends for many years. We thought, 'wouldn't it be fun to share this home and this historic area with lots of other people.'
As with any home that has been remodeled and renovated several times in its, now, 100+ years, 490 Mission Vineyard Road boasts elements of several eras. It is not stuck in any one time period, but shows its charming evolution.
We have kept the warmth that Jon remembers while adding a few modern conveniences. We have used family pieces, accumulated over several years to furnish the rooms. We hope you will feel comfortable and at home here.
This property has ideal weather no matter what the season. It is never too hot nor too cold in this San Juan Valley. You can always sit out on the front patio to enjoy the tranquill beauty of the Gabilan Mountains and the peacefulness of the vineyard with a glass of wine or a cold beer. The location is central to hundreds of nearby activities, events, historic sites and geologic phenomena. We are adjacent to the San Andreas Fault! San Andreas Fault on Mission Vineyard Road.
We booked this rental simply because it was one of the only ones available close to the venue for the wedding we were in town to attend, so we arrived with zero expectation beyond being an improvement over staying in a hotel room. We were so pleasantly surprised from the moment we pulled in the drive! This house is IMMACULATE! (Seriously, the cleanest house we have ever booked.) The decorations are adorable and so welcoming... a little like walking into a beloved relative's home. The Mansmith's have thought of everything. The house is surprisingly spacious for a two bedroom. The town of San Juan Bautista is charming. The food options were wonderful. The location was close to town and a beautiful starting point for long walks in the country. We ended up wishing we had more time to just enjoy the house. A very pleasant find. We will be back and highly recommend this inviting home!
It is just a short walk, or bike ride, into town where you can tour the San Juan Bautista Historic State Park and Mission San Juan Bautista, spend time browsing in the many quaint shops and dine in the great restaurants. Take pictures of the town chickens, which are a source of much debate among the locals.
*****There are great hiking opportunities just outside the door: the De Anza Trail head, ½ mile away and Fremont Peak a little further on up the road are two favorites. Or just relax on the outdoor patio overlooking the vineyard and beautiful Pagen Hill, where the first padres placed their cross. There is also a secluded back patio where you can barbecue or picnic. Also on the property is Mansmith’s BBQ Outlet store where you can shop for gourmet seasonings and gift packs.
*****This charming home can be your homebase while exploring this beautiful, historic area.
*****Each year San Juan Bautista hosts several street festivals; arts and crafts shows, car shows, barbecue competitions and antique fairs. The Mission has its annual fiesta and the State Park celebrates with Living History Days each June.
*****El Teatro Campesino has a handful of comedies and dramas each year as well as some wonderful productions during the holiday season. There are also many musical events staged at the Old San Juan Bautista Misssion.
*****Hollister, CA in San Benito County is the earthquake capital of the world. Pick up a walking tour map of the historic downtown area. You can see evidence of earthquake movement on the some of the city streets.
*****Attend a real rodeo, the Saddle Horse Show and Parade is held each year in June. This has been a San Benito County tradition for 80 years.
*****Enjoy the Hollister Wine Trail through the Cienega Valley, 5 wineries with tasting rooms.
*****There are three golf courses in San Benito County and several more in the Gilroy area.
At the southern tip of San Benito County you can explore the newest national park, The Pinnacles. More great hiking and rock climbing.
*****Just 20 minutes to the north is Gilroy, the famous garlic capital and home to the Gilroy Garlic Festival each July. Try their garlic ice cream!
*****The Gilroy/ Morgan Hill area is home to 25 wineries.
*****Historic downtown Gilroy, a walk down memory lane, is where you will find several antique stores.
*****Major shopping can be found at the Premium Outlet Center in Gilroy, over 145 stores.
*****In 45 minutes you can be at the Pacific coast. The Monterey Bay area, from Big Sur to Santa Cruz, is a fantastic place to explore. Don’t miss beautiful Pebble Beach and 17 Mile Drive and all that the area has to offer.
*****Do a lot, or do nothing at all, make yourself at home in our home!
Fees And Taxes
Reservation deposit of $200.00 is due within 5 days of booking. This deposit converts to a security/damage deposit upon arrival. The deposit is not applied toward the rent; however it is refundable within 14 days of departure providing there is no damage to the home per the signed agreement.
There is a cleaning fee of $100.00 and tax of 7.5% on the rental fee of $200.00 per night.
An advance payment equal to 50% of the rental rate is required 30 days before arrival. The advance payment is applied to the rent. Payments are VISA or Mastercard only. The balance of the rent is due 14 days before arrival date.