Destination Ranch Retreat 8BR/6b+ on 850 Coastal Acres W/Pool
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- Minimum stay:3-7 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
VRBO Bear stayed here: We found this property to be beary special Read review
Cayucos chateau / country house description
COTTONTAIL CREEK RANCH is the Ultimate Destination Vacation Retreat! 5000 square foot Luxury Custom Home/Executive Retreat with Five beautifully decorated Bedrooms all with private baths, #4 bedroom has 2 lofts with 2 twins and a double. Additional bedrooms are:
# 6 bedroom above living room with a queen bed
#7 bedroom is the hidden room on the entry level behind the bar with direct access to #6 bathroom
#8 Bedroom is the detached multi purpose room for a couple or dorm style/ has King or twins
The ranch is Suitable for the elderly to the infant. Something for everyone.
ourmet Kitchen,Bar, Den,Spa, detached multi purpose room(conference/game/work out)off the large patio area has ping pong and work out equip as well as a daybed available as a KING or 2 twins. The home has panoramic views of the beautiful private valley and a walk to the ridgetop takes in the entire Estero Bay.
Walk down the driveway to a 20 yd. 2 lane lap pool complete with spa and baja kid step.
Cottontail Creek Ranch raises cattle for their branded grass fed beef available through their website, avocados, oranges, and kiwis on 850 acres of rolling hills.
Trails for hiking and wildlife viewing, large pond with catch and release fishing and kayaking. Spectacular views of Pacific Coastline from ridge tops. Pipe corrals for horse owners who want to bring their own horses to ride on the ranch or nearby public trails at Cayucos Beach, Montana de Oro State Park, or National Forest in Pozo.
Horseback riding can be arrange with an independent wrangler.
The beach is just 12 minutes away and nearby attractions include Hearst Castle,Cambria, Big Sur Coastline, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, and San Luis Obispo area wine tasting. Shopping and Farmers Markets in Cambria, San Luis Obispo, Templeton,and Morro Bay. Great windsurfing, surfing, biking nearby. Scheduled air service, United Express, US Air and South West 35 minutes in San Luis Obispo.
Keywords: Luxury, Ranch,Executive Retreat/family, reunion/gatherings/20 guests/ Children and elderly welcome,pool,spa,farming, wine tasting, beach, Hearst Castle, fishing, running, hiking, photography, private, ranching, organic,conservation, avocados, oranges, ocean, private, estate,cows, sustainable,wine, ecological
- 5000 sq. ft.
- Chateau / Country House
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Private Chef
- Housekeeper Optional
We have a high chair, youth seat, pack and play. The rec room is a great play room with some toys and city play flooring. Badmitton, volley ball, kick ball and frisbee. Along with fishing. Bring your own fishing gear...moreless
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20, Beds for 20
Bathrooms: 6 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Pantry Items:
- Dining Area Seats:
- Catering Available
- Ice Maker
- Fitness Room / Equipment:
- Gas Fireplace:
- Linens Provided:
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Iron & Board
- Washing Machine
- Air Conditioning
- Clothes Dryer
- Detached multipurpose/workout/conference building with ping pong, weights, an eliptical trainer and double bed/futon couch. Satellite Networking/Surround Sound Stereo(Living room), 5 burner chef cook top, double electric convection/microwave ovens, Blenders, Coffee grinderd, toaster oven, 4/toaster, Cookware & Utensils, condiments, Separate Bar, Oakwood BBQ(wood provided), Fire Pit under the stars(wood provided), Cleaning service and child care available upon request for additional charge, Chef and Massage Therapist upon advance notice. Complete amenities page on cottontailcreek website...moreless
- Music Library:
- Satellite / Cable:
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Game Room
- Ping Pong Table
- Video Library
- Computer Available:
- Broadband Access:
- Dialup Access
Pool & Spa
- Hot Tub
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Deck / Patio
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Grill
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Ocean View
- Monument View
- Medical Services
- Fitness Center
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Pier Fishing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Surf Fishing
- Horseback Riding
- Eco Tourism
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Botanical Garden
- Live Theater
- Wildlife Viewing
- Massage Therapist
- Bird Watching
- Bird Watching, 2 sets of Horseshoes, Free standing basketball, tetherball, bocci ball, volley ball, games, - Horseback Riding Trails & Facilities available for horse owners, NEARBY, Hearst Castle(45 minutes), Beach, boogie boarding, Wine Tasting/Paso Robles(15 min), Wine Tasting/San Luis Obispo( 25 min, ) Tennis(15 minutes), Golf (25 min, ), Shopping(15 min), Swimming(15 minutes), Horse Rentals (30 minutes-60)...moreless
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VRBO Bear stayed here:
When my bear family and I arrived at the Cottontail Creek Ranch, we instantly felt at home!
This luxury ranch retreat is nestled among some of California’s most breathtaking rolling hills. The location beckons you to enjoy the outdoors and everything the Central Coast has to offer. Whether you like to hike, fish, horseback ride, surf, or just simply hang out and enjoy some of the most awe inspiring views this home has to offer, this is the place for you!
Our gracious hosts, Roger and Susan, made our arrival special in so many ways. From the beautiful fresh cut flowers in every bedroom to the delicious fresh fruit picked right from the ranch orchards to the awesome homemade cookies, no detail was overlooked. They took us on a tour of their 850 acre working ranch and we marveled at the incredible view overlooking the Estero Bay. The fresh air carried the fabulous scent of their orange orchards and flowers blossoming throughout the property. Plus, we were free to eat anything that was ripe and ready for picking on the grounds. We enjoyed lemons, oranges, avocados and fresh herbs. It was simply amazing! The fabulous surroundings, wide open spaces and views truly recharged our spirits.
The home itself rivaled the ranch’s outside surroundings. From the historical Monterey pine floors to the custom woodwork, this home really showcased the owners’ personality and artistic flair. Susan’s whimsical artwork and Roger’s intricate woodwork throughout the home exuded warmth. They truly put their hearts and hands into making sure that we felt right at home.
Cottontail Creek Ranch featured 5 luxurious bedrooms, each with their own personal baths. Everyone had their own personal space to retreat to and relax. The home’s floor plan was perfect for togetherness and included great family gathering spots like a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, spacious dining room as well as the large living room with its massive rock fireplace. Every room had an incredible view to enjoy. We spent evenings around the great fire pit or soaking in the steaming spa reminiscing about the day’s adventures. It was the perfect home for a reunion or celebration!
If you must venture away from this private paradise, Cottontail Creek Ranch is in close proximity to the vineyards of Paso Robles, fabulous seafood in Morro Bay, and the quaint coastal town of Cayucos. It’s also a convenient home base to launch an excursion up the coast to visit Hearst Castle or explore the craggy coast of Big Sur. We have not stopped talking about our visit to the California Central Coast and the Cottontail Creek Ranch.
Thanks Roger and Susan for a great stay!
The VRBO Bear
When you wake up in the morning and the sun rises and you hear the rooster down below at the farm, close to the pond, you really wonder where you are. You are surrounded by rolling hills slowly traversed here and there by dark cows. Hawks are circling high in the sky. Everything is peaceful. Still, you must be in a civilized world: below you there are straight lines of avocado trees. And, in the middle of them is the dusty trail by which you arrived yesterday, the only access from the outside world. The house where you stay is a modern, octagonal lodge built half way up the slope of a hill. It is open on all sides and completely surrounded by decks where you can sit in the sun or the shade as you please. All rooms have their personality. You can feel that they have been furnished by a real family ready to share its own memories and prized possessions. Now all the rooms are occupied by members of your family – or your friends. And this is how you start the day at the Cottontail Creek Ranch. In a moment, all guests will come together in the front room, which is the kitchen. Because from there, especially, one has a complete panoramic view of the ranch. The view goes all around, miles away, across the hills, to the horizon. It is yours. There are no buildings, no roads, no cars, no electric lines in this view. The only people who share this paradise with you are the tenants of the farm, far below. You would have to climb the hill above the house to realize where you are. From there, you would find the ocean to the West, and in the South, through the haze, you would see Morro Rock. There are a lot of things for everyone to do inside the house, on the ranch and nearby. This morning, some among us (the youngest) have insisted on going to the beach. A few others prefer to bike. A third group is going to visit the Hearst castle The elders are discussing a well-planned visit to vineyards around Paso Robles for wine tasting. And then… Then, tonight we shall gather around the antique barbecue and, later in the evening, around the campfire with marshmallows, among crickets, under a starred sky. After that, we shall surreptitiously take out the telescope we brought with us and sneak a look at planets and stars. The air is so pure and the night so dark that here we can discover celestial objects that we have never seen at home. John and Madeleine
- Guest John and Madeleine (Beverly Hills, CA, USA)
- Date of stay 06/16/08
- Review Submitted 03/08/09
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, sightseeing, people with disabilities, adventure seekers, families with young children, age 55+.
Owner response: Dear John, Madeleine ,Pierre, Elizabeth, Carolyn, Pak, and Marteen The pleasure was ours as well. We love your telescope too!! We look forward to seeing you this summer for your 3rd year at Cottontail Creek Ranch Susan and Roger
Cottontail Creek Ranch
Cottontail Creek Ranch
It was the perfect spot for our family to gather together in celebration of Ted's BIG birthday. The ranch is so beautiful with such picturesque landscape and vistas. The house interior is appointed attractively and has a warm feeling. The kitchen and dining area worked well for fourteen people. We were blessed with fabulous weather which meant the pool, spa, badminton, fire pit, and hikes were enjoyed by all! We look forward to a return visit to Cottontail Creek Ranch!
- Guest Chris (Redlands, Ca)
- Date of stay 10/18/13
- Review Submitted 10/27/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers.
Owner response: So great having you and definitely look forward to your next visit. Susan
CTC Company Retreat
CTC Company Retreat
Our stay at the ranch was truly unforgettable. The owner personally greeted me with fresh out of the over cookies and took time to show me around the property step by step. We checked every inch of the house to make sure everything was working and in place. I rented the house for a work strategy meeting that started out over the weekend with our families and morphed into a business meeting. For the family portion we cooked dinner at the house, relaxed, swam, visited, played games then the final day took a wine tour followed by a catered dinner at the house. For the sales meeting we used the more than adequate room that already had screen's, white boards, note pads, etc... Everything we needed. This was followed by another amazing catered dinner and of course fun times around the fire pit. The staff was amazing and treated us like family. We will be planning another trip to CTC Ranch. I hope if you are reading this review you take my word for it, come to CTC ranch you won't regret it. It's got whatever you need trust me.
- Guest Chris (Fresno,CA )
- Date of stay 09/14/13
- Review Submitted 09/25/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sightseeing, adventure seekers, families with young children, age 55+.
Owner response: Thanks for the fabulous review and for being great guests. Hope to see you back soon Susan
Thank you so much for the outstanding hospitality! My 13 person group has stayed in multiple large houses and this was by far the best --comfortable beds, incredible views, with gourmet and high end amenities that were all up and running. The hot tub was comfortable and ready to go, the heating was perfect, the kitchen was well-stocked with great utensils and appliances (which is great since we love to cook!). The property itself is just beautiful with incredible vistas, hiking, and great inspiration for our yoga class. Our amateur photographers were busy capturing the ambiance throughout the stay. There was a great authentic oak wood grill, the firepit was all set up for a beautiful campfire experience, and the warm cookies, farm fresh eggs, and recipie support for the ranch ground beef from our hostess put the entire experience over the top. Thank you from our entire well-rested group!
- Guest The foodie crew (Berkeley, CA USA)
- Date of stay 02/26/13
- Review Submitted 03/01/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sightseeing, people with disabilities, adventure seekers, families with young children, age 55+.
Owner response: Fabulous guests. Enjoyed meeting and greeting them. Hope they will return and try out the pool, Susan
All the other reviewers have it right -- and it is no surprise that 17 of 17 reviews (so far) have given it 5 out of 5 stars. 100 out of 100 stars would be a more accurate measure. We found the property while looking for a place to host a small family gathering that would be a halfway-point between those of us from Southern California and those from up North. The location was exactly right, and as so eloquently described in the other reviews, unbelievably beautiful and perfect in every detail. Our group consisted of 7 adults and 4 children (ages 3, 4, 9 and 12) and there was more than enough room for everyone. The house was spacious and laid out in such a way that our early-rising and energetic youngsters didn't disturb some of us old trolls who wanted to sleep in a little. I should also mention that it rained for much of our stay, and that didn't detract from our enjoyment of the property in the slightest. In some ways it even enhanced the beauty and tranquility. Because of the short, winter days and our busy schedule of events, this trip went much too fast. I'm looking forward to returning to the Cottontail Ranch with my family again and again. I've rented vacation properties from VRBO and other similar organizations, and there's always a small amount of uncertainty when trying out a new place. Please let me assure you that this is as perfect a rental I've ever experienced, that more than exceeds any expectations built up by the glowing reviews or beautiful photos.
- Guest Alex (Malibu, CA)
- Date of stay 12/15/12
- Review Submitted 01/31/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, families with young children.
Owner response: Great to see everyone enjoy the ranch and take such care at the same time. I am hoping all my winter guests will return to swim in my pool and discover another season at the ranch. Happy New Year to all, Susan
A Wonderful Retreat
A Wonderful Retreat
Every now and then we plan a getaway with our family and close friends. While our destinations have varied over the years, they have always offered some remarkable likenesses. Consistently, they have offered peace and tranquility, beautiful vistas and views, spacious and comfortable accommodations, large kitchens and tables to all gather around for community meals, and sources of great wine not too far away. And, hosts that are both welcoming and caring, without a hint of intrusiveness. These are all the characteristics that we experienced at Cottontail Creek... and then some. From the moment we passed through the gate, passed the orange trees and avocado grove, and climbed the hill to the ranch house, we knew it was special. The house easily accommodated our large group and it was so easy to feel comfortable, that we immediately fell into extreme modes of relaxation. One can spend the day just fading into the easy pace and feel the stress and tension of everyday life fall away. Breakfast looking out over the orchard, watching the cattle grazing on the hillside. Evenings spent relaxing in the hot tub and sipping extraordinary wines while conversing by the side of the fire pit. Sleeping in the comfort of the fine linens that adorn every bed. Only to awaken to doing it all over again. This is what welcomes one to this amazing ranch tucked away on the vastness and beauty of the hundreds of acres of peaceful rolling hills. Away from the urgency of our everyday lives, with our family and close friends. This place is absolutely beautiful and is simply, tough to beat.
- Guest Edgar (Colorado)
- Date of stay 07/11/10
- Review Submitted 08/20/10
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, girls getaway, sightseeing, adventure seekers, families with young children, age 55+.
An Amazing Weekend!
An Amazing Weekend!
A relaxing, energizing, peaceful and exciting ranch weekend that can't really be translated into words! But, I will try: Susan and Jim Lyon are incredible people who truly know what it is to vacation. You won't find better people to accommodate your every need! Just this past April, a surprise 50th Birthday celebration worked out quite well for our group of 16 family and friends. Susan's recommendations of local produce, baked goods, fish, wineries, and meat were exceptional. (The Cakery is awesome, as is Pianetta Winery). They know what's good---so you can be assured that Cottontail has all the right amenities you'll need! Some highlights: We had a wine-tasting AT the ranch... Hiked every day and every night at dusk'... Rode our bikes everyday... Picked the juiciest oranges, and ate the freshest eggs we've ever had... Fished and played volleyball... watched the amazing sunsets and shadows on the mountains... Relaxed by the fires (both indoor and out!)... Hot tubbed in the crisp hours of the night... Slept in quite comfortable beds with the softest linens... ALL THIS---in an amazing location---more than half the group NEVER LEFT THE RANCH DURING ENTIRE WEEKEND! Those who traveled did take a morning drive to the awesome Hearst Castle, then proceeded to rush back for our great BBQ lunch... and so much more... As I said, I can't really do this place, our hosts and the amazing location justice by explaining to you. But I will say this: COTTONTAIL RANCH is the perfect stay for any vacation! I know I run the risk of sounding like a cheesy commercial. but believe be---CTC Ranch is very special We'll be looking forward to making this a yearly thing! Tony G.
- Guest Tony G. (Los Angeles)
- Date of stay 04/23/10
- Review Submitted 05/07/10
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sightseeing, tourists without a car, adventure seekers, families with young children, age 55+.
The Ranch House
The Ranch House
This house is simply a place you don’t want to leave. In August 2009 we had 10 women enjoying the house at Cotton Tail Creek ranch for my bachelorette weekend. We bar b-qued, hiked, had cocktails on the patio where everywhere you turn is an astounding view. The house is beautifully decorated, comfortable and has everything you need. We had the most memorable and hilarious weekend. Susan is a wonderful host. She spoiled us with her homemade cookies that go perfectly with coffee in the morning while you sit and realize again just where you are. Just writing this makes me ready to head back there. All of us highly recommend this house for any kind of get together. Thank you Susan and Roger for such a spectacular place to stay, Kelly
- Guest Kelly - bride to be (San Luis Obispo, CA)
- Date of stay 09/05/08
- Review Submitted 10/06/09
I highly recommend staying at Cottontail Creek Ranch, it is spectacular! I have stayed there twice now and I am already planning the next trip back. The house is fantastic and the land around is magical. You never run out of great outdoor activities. But once you get there you may just want to stay put and enjoy the beautiful house. Susan and Roger are amazing hosts. They made our visit more enjoyable, which I didn’t think was possible!
- Guest Holland2 (Westlake Village, CA)
- Date of stay 05/28/09
- Review Submitted 05/28/09
Totally worth it!!
Totally worth it!!
We had the pleasure of staying @ Cottontail Creek in Sept 9-12, 2005. We were there with 3 generations - Ages 70 - 10 yrs. To be able to sit a a table with all 20 of us was a blast. We all had an amazing time and remains one of our family's fondest memories. There is something for everyone...fishing, kayaking, the beach is close, the hills are beautiful, evening fireside chats our on the patio... the list goes on. Susan also lined up some fabulous chefs & massage therapists. She's got great connections if you want to add any type of amenity. It was such a treat! The attention to the details that Susan puts into the entire property is amazing. The home is so beautifully decorated and felt so welcoming. We all fit comfortably too. We loved it!! You will too.
- Guest DiepFamily (merced`)
- Date of stay 01/01/08
- Review Submitted 03/09/09
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sightseeing, tourists without a car, pet owners, adventure seekers, families with young children, age 55+.
Owner response: What a testament to this family planning a memorable wonderful outing that all ages could enjoy. To be a part of this last vacation for one of the family members was beyond expression. Susan and Roger
|Dates||Nightly||Wknd Night||Weekend||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
3 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Sep 2 - May 31
3 night min stay
Jun 12 - Aug 28
7 night min stay
Dec 19 - Dec 25, 2013
7 night min stay
|New Years Weekd
Dec 26 - Jan 2, 2014
8 night min stay
|4th of July
Jun 28 - Jul 4, 2014
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
1/2 base rent due to book
Balance due 30 days prior to arrival
Additional Fees and Taxes:
9% Bed Tax
2% Land Conservation Donation(Tax deductible)
Refundable $700.00 security and cleaning deposit
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Year Purchased: 1999
About the owner: Sons Kristopher and Michael with Susan and Roger sitting on the future floor of their Cottontail Creek Ranch house vacation rental. It is like walking on liquid carmel corn! The tree was planted in front of our home place in 1911 by Mary Magetti and was 90 feet tall when it finally had to come down. Very sad but also we are reminded of all the shade it gave us over the years. Now it is show cased in our Cottontail Creek Ranch Home as flooring, bar top and moulding.
Why the Owner Chose Cayucos:
How did we get started in the Vacation Rental business? In 1999 our family had been living on Cottontail Creek Road on the Magetti Ranch for 20 years when the adjoining property came on the market. We wanted to expand agriculturally which we immediately did by adding more avocados, more cattle and oranges to the ranch. That left the question, what do we do with this extraordinary Cottontail Creek Ranch home built in 1978? Our goal is sustainability and the vacation rental does that as well as fulfills the home's destiny by entertaining tourists from around the world. The house truly combines luxury and homeyness while the views beckon you outdoors. We feel that Cottontail Creek Ranch is the perfect location for sharing this part of old California with others. The byproduct of this has been meeting wonderful people.
The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
'So much to Do or NOT, Close to everything the Central Coast has to offer' is what I tell potential guests. If you choose to venture out and leave the ranch the first wine tasting room is 15 minutes away and the beach is 12 minutes the opposite direction. The climate is moderate with a marine influence without a lot of fog and the extreme heat of inland, ' JUST RIGHT'! Staying at the ranch can be restful and quiet or full of activity, your choice. The location of our home makes it easy for our guests to enjoy the great outdoors without leaving the house, the patios and porches. You can also fill your days with hiking, walking and biking the property then take off for some wine tasting and beach activities or drive to Hearst Castle for a tour and the Big Sur Coast. We share any fruit and vegetables that are ready for harvest. We normally have oranges, lemons and limes all year long. Seasonally we have avocados, herbs and artichokes from the edible landscaping. It is great to live off the land.
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View from kitchen/dining room to the bar and den
Bedroom #5 Sleep in our antique 4 poster queen bed and watch the sunrise
entrance level patio
View from the ridge behind the house towards Cayucos and Morro Bay
Living Room and Library Loft/more pictures & info. at website
Den (computer, piano and tv/dvd) leading to 3 bedrooms and laundry room
#2 Barn wood room with King luxury custom bed
Barn wood Bathroom
view from the spa
Alpine Glow at the fishing pond
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