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Private Bunkhouse at Half Moon Bay Coastal Ranch

Bedrooms 2
Property type guest house


About the property

Accommodates 4-6 with kitchen, living room and bathroom near the beaches

Walk out the door to ancient Redwoods or drive 10 minutes to pristine beaches. The Bunk House at Lobitos Creek Ranch is the perfect way to enjoy a family vacation in Northern California. Drive up a beautiful winding road to this secluded private getaway on a ridge above the Pacific Ocean and you’ll feel worlds away. From your bunkhouse, you are within an hour of top Northern California destinations from San Francisco to Silicon Valley to Santa Cruz. There are hiking trails on the Ranch for visitors. Custom guided horseback rides can be arranged for you. We are about 40 minutes from SFO and 15 minutes from charming Half Moon Bay with its many restaurants and shops.

Enjoy the newly remodeled Bunkhouse with a Cal King in the Master bedroom, and a Bunkroom with two twin beds. The couch in the living room-dining room folds out to a queen size bed. There is a kitchen, bathroom and living room with a wood-burning fireplace.

Amenities include WiFi connectivity, private parking, an outdoor picnic area with a grill and a basketball half court. It’s an ideal choice for a family of four.

With so many things to do in Northern California, planning your days can be a tough order. Adventures including: hiking, mountain biking, sea kayaking, sailing, deep sea fishing, golf and tennis are all close by. The wildlife viewing opportunities in the Bay Area are exceptional. From whale watching to birding, you won't be disappointed. The Bunk House at Lobitos Creek Ranch is only 25 minutes from the world heritage site at Año Nuevo State Park where from January to March the spectacle of hundreds of mating elephant seals is on display.

In October there is the renowned Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival where a 1900-pound pumpkin can easily tip the scale. From town it's only 45 minutes North to downtown San Francisco Take a cable car to visit Chinatown or a ferry to Sausalito, discover BART and whip over to Berkeley. It's no accident that Apple, Google, Facebook, Uber, Airbnb and many more call the Bay Area their home. After an exhilarating outing you will be ready to return to your cozy retreat in the hills.

Spend a day in Napa or Sonoma if wine tasting is on your list of destinations when visiting the Bay Area. Or make a day visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the galleries of Carmel. Travel about an hour and a half to the South along Highway 1, one of the most beautiful stretches of the California Coast, stopping at beaches along the way.

More Details

Steve Michelson
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

About Steve Michelson

Originally from New York I fell in love with the Bay Area while visiting in the late 1960's. I'm from a media family and have been a documentary filmmaker and film distributor in the Bay Area for over 40 years now and still going strong. Currently I run a non profit that supports the engagement activities around films on the environment, social justice, health and sustainability. I've travelled all over the world and have an extensive background in adventure travel. I've always felt the Bay Area was a perfect home base.

Steve Michelson purchased this guest house in 1974

Why Steve Michelson chose Half Moon Bay

There aren't many places in the world where you can live in a secluded and natural environment yet be as close to a major metropolitan center like the San Francisco Bay Area. The Bunk House at Lobitos Creek Ranch is surrounded by thousands of acres protected by land trusts, county and state parks. It is only minutes from unpopulated beaches, Redwood forests and fantastic vistas of the Northern California coast.

What makes this guest house unique

The weather on Northern California's coast is divine. All year round the temperature is moderate. The Bunk House is located at an elevation of 1000 ft. above sea level so it is not nearly as prone to fog as most properties by the beach. On hot days in the summer there is always a cool breeze. On cold days in the winter it can be warm and sunny. One would think they were in Idaho when at the Ranch. The rolling hills, the coastal fog, the vibrant sense of nature and wildlife are everywhere. From your base at the Bunkhouse you will also be able to venture out to enjoy the big city excitement, the culture and the humanity of the Bay Area.


Half Moon Bay Guest House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • guest house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surfing


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Private Bunkhouse at Half Moon Bay Coastal Ranch
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews

Best Half Moon Bay getaway

  • 5 of 5

Great find! Great host and great place to stay! Perfect for a larger family. Plenty of room for that 3rd or 4th child. The host went way out of his way to show us around the property. He let my kids help feed the cows and the horses. They loved it! They also loved the basketball goal! Great views and trails around the house. It was great to have a local guide to all the beaches and places to eat. Can't wait to come back and stay a bit longer!!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So cool to see how kids love the Ranch. Often cooped up in a car for most of the day they really get to unwind here. I also love having help to feed the animals. They really connect with all the wildlife here.
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Los Lobitos. Beautiful ranch among rolling green hills above the coast.

  • 5 of 5

We greatly enjoyed our stay at the Bunkhouse at Los Lobitos Ranch. The accommodations were wonderful. Great area to hike up hills for views of the ocean and green valleys below. The owner Steve Michelson was a gracious host who has owned the property for 44 years. He is a fountain of information about the history of the area and all the different hikes one might do from the ranch and up and down the coast. He took us on a hike, introduced Ruby the cat and Heidi the dog and we met a wonderful artist and friend Rebecca Holland who lives on the ranch. We would definitely stay there again. Jeanne and Bob Tribe

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Having world travelers like Jeanne and Bob discover our area is always wonderful. Coming from Sacramento they figured out how to beat the heat and enjoy themselves in the cool ocean breeze we have flowing through here.
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Shingle Springs, CA

Wonderful Weekend Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, along with another couple recently had the opportunity to stay at Lobitos Creek Ranch and can't say enough about the owner Steve and his beautiful ranch hidden in the bucolic hills above Half Moon Bay. The home is rustic and comfortable and we enjoyed the beautiful vistas afforded us while basking in the sun during the day and enjoying each other's company around a true ranch style fire pit in the evening. In addition, there are cattle and horses on the property which add to the adventure! Steve is a genuine, kind host, who most definitely had our best interests at heart. We feel relaxed and rejuvenated and can't wait to return. Thank you Steve!

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Chrissy, perfect description of life on the Ranch when folks want to unwind. I still find it hard to believe that we are in the center of the Bay Area and yet can still offer this wonderful Ranch lifestyle. Thanks for feeding the horses and cows also. That was a big help.
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The small little bunkhouse was perfect for our girls night out. It was relaxing and stress free.

  • 5 of 5

Steve has great hospitality! The bunkhouse is great and away from all the city. You can definitely relax stress free here.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I really enjoy the effect the Ranch has on families, especially if they haven't spent time together in the country for a while. It's a different pace here. You feel it through the cows and horses and all the birds at the Ranch. You live it when you notice the light, the mist and the quiet of this place.
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Exceeded our expectations!

  • 5 of 5

I don’t usually write reviews; but after the amazing experience I had, I could not take this opportunity to write about Lobitos Creek. Having never stayed in an Air B&B before, I didn’t know what to expect, and after this experience I’m hooked. Not only do I plan to use Air B&B’s from now on instead of hotels (whenever possible); but I can’t wait to go back to Lobitos Creek. It was in a beautiful location, I was able to take my dog, which is a big factor when choosing a place to stay. The place was clean and being able to cook in a nice kitchen was a plus. It was just minutes from the beach, and the sun rise and views from Lobitos Creek were amazing. The owner was very accommodating and made you feel like your stay at his B&B was important to him and he wanted it to be a good experience for you. I can’t wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We so enjoyed having you and glad that you appreciate the magnificent views and beach proximity. I hope to see you again soon.
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Pueblo, USA

Owner is great

  • 5 of 5

The owner is a stand up guy. Saved my trip. House was nice also

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's especially rewarding when families come together here at the Ranch and enjoy the kind of quality time in nature that they may not have otherwise.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
The Mountain House
Nearest Ferry
33 Miles
San Francisco
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
The Ritz Carlton
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Cal Train San Mateo
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Highway 1 Pacific Coast Highway
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Original Joes
Nearest Ski
200 Miles
Lake Tahoe
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
San Gregorio Beach
Car: necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $50
Pet Fee $25

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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