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Your Escape to the Clouds

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Outside view from Northwest side of house


Last updated: 01/15/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3-5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

San Luis Obispo house description

Enjoy solitude, peace and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and the ancient volcanic chain of the Seven Sisters from the hilltop of Bear Creek Ranch. Begin your retreat with a 3 mile drive along a red rock, winding road alongside Los Osos Creek, passing many a coast live Oak, Feijoa orchards, roaming Texas longhorns and wandering horses as you ascend the mountain to this exclusive getaway in the clouds.

The spectacular views and unique design of the home is a perfect getaway for a reunion, retreat, or family vacation.

Enter the contemporary 5 bedroom, over 4000 square foot Santa Fe style home with an eclectic private global art collection, antique and modern furniture, spacious rooms, numerous decks with views of the surrounding rolling hills, Pacific Ocean and ranch; professional kitchen stove, billiards table, outdoor infinity pool, jacuzzi, welcoming fireplace stocked with wood and find a basket of organic ranch grown fruits and vegetables in season awaiting your use. Upon your arrival to this refuge in the hills, start with a welcoming tour of the house, ranch tales and stories about the art collection as well as guidance to what activities there are on site and in the area.

The house itself boasts a wide variety of activities from a game of pool down the mysterious winding staircase in the wine cellar; a swim in the infinity pool overlooking the rolling central coast hills and Morro Rock in the Pacific Ocean or moments of relaxation in the jacuzzi, a game of basketball outside, a stroll around the surrounding hilltops, stargazing with telescope, a chance to read a book from the personal library or a warm evening by the fire.

There is Wi-Fi, hard line telephone for local calls and good cellular connections, should the need for outside connections arise, and there is a fully equipped laundry room, dishwasher, and a professional kitchen.

The kitchen itself is fully equipped with a professional 5 burner plus griddle and double oven propane Wolf stove, double sink, spacious refrigerator, freezer, and is perfect for those who love to cook.

There is also a weightroom in the garage with all the views, with fully adjustable bench press bar, medicine ball, pad for squats, nordic track, stationary bike, bow flex, bow flex pad and other mats, and a basketball court.

The Bedrooms:
The master bedroom: this spacious suite features a stunning private bathroom with dramatic shower views overlooking the seven sisters and ranch valley, private deck and California king sized bed, and private access to another rooftop deck and extra room.

The lower and upper guest rooms; Coast Live Oak and Manzanita both feature a private bathroom, outdoor balconies, California Kings, and views to swimming pool and to the Pacific Ocean.

The smaller bedrooms; Sage with a queen bed, and Bay with twins each have French doors to the outdoors and share a bathroom.

The Ranch:
The 650 acre ranch upon which skyhouse is located, is situated between the Pacific Ocean of Los Osos and San Luis Obispo, (a 30 min. drive from SLO and a 20 minute drive from Los Osos) in the Irish foothills at the very end of Clark Valley road. The ranch is a rugged, oak covered, hilly piece of land, with pockets (approximately 14 acres) of organic sub-tropical fruit orchards and fields (including feijoas, passion fruit, African horned melons, pepino melons, persimmons, Asian pears) and all organic unusual vegetable varieties including blue potatoes, tomatillos, blue and green corn, yacon and heirloom tomatoes. There are free roaming horses and Texas Longhorns and plenty of wildlife including: red-tail hawk, quail, owl, bobcat, coyote, raccoon, fox, wild boar, deer, the illusive mountain lion and the very occasional black bear.

While the biggest lure of Sky House is to relax in its serene surrounding with the awe-inspiring views, activities on the ranch include guided hikes along the 650 acre piece of land ranging from creek walks to hikes up to a manzanita lined ridge and guided agricultural tours of the organic farm with walks in the various orchards and fields.
Please indicate before or just upon arrival if you would for sure like a tour of the ranch so we can plan ahead. Otherwise, give a call during your stay to see if anyone has time to give a tour, or can manage a few visitors in the field during work hours, and possibly show you around elsewhere. (Tours are donation based, we recommend $5 per person)

Outside the ranch, activities in the central coast range from visits to the nearby beautiful state park of Montana de Oro (Los Osos), surfing in many a destination along the Pacific ocean (we can guide you as to where the surf in good and less trafficked and maybe even accompany you…), wine tasting amongst the rough 200 or so wineries of the area, elephant seal gazing in San Simeon, and tours of Hearst Castle, whalewatching off Morro Bay harbor, visits to the local farmers markets where we may be selling our own organic produce, site-seeing in the local beach towns of Los Osos, Morro Bay, and Cayucos and tours to San Luis Obispo with good dining in all of the above mentioned towns (we will gladly give recommendations).

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Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Considered

          Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, Beds for 10-16

          • Bedroom 1


          • Bedroom 2


          • Bedroom 3


          • Bedroom 4


          • Bedroom 5


          • Loft


          • King size beds (3) 3 Rooms with California Kings; one room has an additional pull-out twin mattress, Queen size Beds (1) 1 Bedroom with Queen size, Twin or Single Beds (2) One bedroom has twin beds, side by side. The loft over the master suite has 3 twin beds, plus one extra twin mattress....moreless

          Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms

          Other Amenities

              • Private library


              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Pool Table
              • Stereo
              • Television
              • VCR


              • Churches
              • Live Theater
              • Restaurants
              • Winery Tours

              Local Services & Businesses

                  • Fitness Center

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Horseshoes
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Walking
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  Location Type

                  • Mountain View
                  • Ocean View

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Basketball Court
                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Hiking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Sailing
                  • Snorkeling/Diving
                  • Surfing
                  • Swimming
                  • Wind-Surfing


                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Covered Parking
                  • Garage
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Parking Off Street
                  • Telephone
                  • Washing Machine
                  • Wireless Internet
                  • Wood Fireplace
                  • Wood Stove


                  • Catering Available
                  • Cooking Utensils
                  • Dishwasher
                  • Ice Maker
                  • Kitchen
                  • Microwave
                  • Refrigerator


                  • Balcony
                  • Deck / Patio
                  • Outdoor Grill

                  Pool / Spa

                  • Private Pool:

                    Please note that this pool is NOT heated....moreless



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                  from 15 traveler reviews
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                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Off Season
                  Jan 20 - Apr 30, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  Peak Season
                  May 1 - Sep 30, 2015
                  5 night min stay
                  My Standard Rate
                  5 night min stay

                  Additional information about rental rates


                  • Cleaning Deposit $750
                  • Tax Rate 12%


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                  Last updated: 01/15/2015
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                  20 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  San Luis Obispo
                  20 Miles
                  Nearest Train
                  Amtrack in San Luis Obispo
                  9 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  Cayucos (one of many)

                  Car: Necessary

                  Native plant and herb walks


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 1984

                  About the owner: The Swift Family lived permanently at Sky House for fourteen years and the three children were born and raised here on Bear Creek Ranch. The son is busy developing an organic muesli company in San Luis Obispo out of his passion for health and fitness. As he is a local resident, you may be greeted by him at Sky House. One of the daughters is studying law in Portland, Oregon and tending to her backyard as she would on the ranch with fruit trees and a flock of chickens. The other daughter is working on her masters in writing and living part time in the Black Hills of South Dakota, spending her afternoons hiking amidst bison instead of the famililar long horn cattle that roam the ranch. The family often enjjoys the old ranch headquarters at the end of the valley. The parents reside along the Pacific shoreline in the neighboring town of Cayucos. Our long-term vision is for the ranch to be self-sustainable ecologically and economically. Sharing the cherished Sky House is part of this process. Apart from our dedication to and love of the ranch, we are collectively passionate about issues ranging from conservation of biodiversity to the rights of indigenous peoples and rural farmers. When not here, we are likely to be somewhere else on this planet working in the context of these issues or embracing different places and cultures.

                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                  Sky House at Bear Creek Ranch has an incredibly unique location on the ranch, in its own realm on the top of the hill with some of the most dynamic views in SLO county. One can sit and enjoy the view, swim in the pool or wander the trails around the ranch and even visit the fields and orchards. One can go into town, to Morro Bay, Los Osos or San Luis Obispo, which are really all just around the corner, a mere 20-30 minute drive. Yet once back on the hilltop one will feel secluded and free from the bustle of town, so close but so far below. Sky House is an incredible mix of contrasts available to enjoy.

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                  • Outside view from Northwest side of house

                    Outside view from Northwest side of house

                  • View from infinity pool

                    View from infinity pool

                  • View of living room from other angle

                    View of living room from other angle

                  • center view of living room

                    center view of living room

                  • The lower bedroom "Coast Live Oak"

                    The lower bedroom "Coast Live Oak"

                  • The Master bedroom

                    The Master bedroom

                  • Front entrance to house

                    Front entrance to house

                  • View looking into living room from kitchen area

                    View looking into living room from kitchen area

                  • alternate view of living room toward kitchen area

                    alternate view of living room toward kitchen area

                  • View from deck

                    View from deck

                  • The upper bedroom "manzanita"

                    The upper bedroom "manzanita"

                  • View from master bathroom shower

                    View from master bathroom shower

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                  Date last modified - Thursday, January 29, 2015

                  $850 - $950 per night (USD)
                  Minimum stay: 3-5 nights
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