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Century Old Farmhouse at the Flying Caballos Ranch

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Last updated: 04/20/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

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About the Property

5 Bedroom, 2 Bath Farmhouse (Sleeps 10-12)

Once owned by the Madonna family, this turn of the century farmhouse and 100 acre ranch combines old world artistry with modern amenities. The Flying Caballos Ranch is located in the rolling hills of Edna Valley, minutes from wine country and downtown San Luis Obispo.

The historic 5-bedroom, 2-bathroom farmhouse can accommodate up to 12 guests (2 queen beds, 3 double beds, and 2 daybeds). There are two bedrooms and one bathroom located downstairs and three bedrooms and one bathroom located upstairs. Each bedroom is unique and has been decorated with the utmost attention to detail. The farmhouse features a full vintage kitchen, two separate dining areas, and a cozy living room equipped with TV, sound system, and wifi.

The expansive grounds surrounding the farmhouse offer breathtaking views of Islay Hill and Edna Valley. The backyard features two outdoor restrooms and showers, a large wood bbq, fire pit with lounge furniture, an elevated Redwood hot tub, built-in dance floor, antique bistro lighting, and an outdoor sound system.

The Flying Caballos Ranch is the perfect place for a getaway with friends & family and also serves as an incredible spot to host your private celebration such as a family reunion, graduation party, corporate retreat, or wedding. Please inquire about rates for hosting a private celebration during your stay, which are booked and facilitated by our onsite Property Manager.

The Flying Caballos Ranch offers several other historic homes that are available to rent. Please be sure to check out our other properties on the ranch (#228164, #228510)

The Flying Caballos Ranch was originally owned by the Alfred Madonna family in the early 1900's and encompassed several hundred acres, operating as a dairy farm. The Madonna's grew their own vegetables, vineyard, and orchard. They hunted deer and fished for salmon, all on the ranch. Currently, the ranch consists of approximately 100 acres with horse and cattle grazing, a year-round creek, and unobstructed views of Edna Valley and Islay Hill.
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Member since: 2008

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/20/2017

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 12
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Downstairs Bathroom #1: toilet, shower


  • Upstairs Bathroom #2: toilet, tub, shower


  • Outdoor Restrooms & Showers: toilet, outdoor shower

    2 outdoor restrooms and showers located in the backyard....moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    There are two separate dining spaces that can accommodate up to 12 guests. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub


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Relaxing on the porch of the restored ranch house in San Luis Obispo 03/15/2010

VRBO Bear stayed here:

Why hibernate when you can escape to San Luis Obispo’s lush landscape for the winter? To escape my “cabin fever,” I decided to gather some friends and head to California’s Central Coast. The Flying Caballos Ranch House was perfectly suited for our weekend getaway. From the moment we ambled through the white picket fence, the bright yellow exterior greeted us like a burst of sunshine.

The turn-of-the-century ranch house was enchanting while its modern appliances offered all the creature comforts. The architectural details, renovations, wall colors, furniture, and linens gave us the feeling of being transported back-in-time without getting stuck in a time warp. From bright and cheery to soft and dim, the room’s lighting options were adjustable creating a warm, glowing ambience akin to oil lamps. Each of the five bedrooms was fitted with crisp white linens under plush comforters. We were grateful that one room provided a toddler bed to keep our little one nearby. The home was casual in its décor, allowing us to truly kick our feet up and relax.

Within minutes of arriving, we were all eager to get outside and explore. A lush green manicured lawn with plenty of seating and a beautiful view, offered a relaxing spot to linger and catch up. An outdoor grill complete with a large table for dining provided the perfect place to cook and socialize outdoors. Beyond the picket fence, we discovered a scenic natural landscape with tall willowy grasses, a covered bridge (reminiscent of those in Bridges of Madison County) and a pasture of horses. By ringing the large iron bell, you could signal the horses to come over and visit. A long leisurely walk led to the bottom of a hill with a hiking trail leading up. It was perfect for anyone desiring a physical challenge.

Although there were many attractions in the surrounding towns, the desire to stay put and enjoy this comfortable home kept us on the property for most of our stay. It was the perfect opportunity to reconnect!

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3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • Cleaning Fee $250
  • Tax Rate 12%


The Refundable Security Deposit of $1,000 is required to secure your reservation and the remaining balance is due 30 days from your arrival date. Refundable Pet Security Deposit is $500. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Checks, and Cash. A signed agreement is required for all reservations.

Holidays are booked at Peak Season rate with a 3 night minimum (New Year's, Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas). Cal Poly Graduation Weekend requires a 5 night minimum in all of the homes or 3 night minimum with option of onsite Graduation Party (additional fee).

For more information on rates for hosting a private celebration during your stay, please contact our Property Manager at 805.704.9634 or

Manager's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/20/2017
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0.6 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport
4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Downtown San Luis Obispo
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Laguna Lake Golf Course
3 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak Station - SLO
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Downtown San Luis Obispo
9 Miles
Nearest Beach
Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, Shell Beach

Car: Recommended


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Calendar last updated: 04/20/2017

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  • Flying Caballos Ranch Farmhouse

    Flying Caballos Ranch Farmhouse

  • Vintage Kitchen

    Vintage Kitchen

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • 3/4 Bathroom

    3/4 Bathroom

  • Bedroom #2 (Double)

    Bedroom #2 (Double)

  • Bedroom #3 (Double)

    Bedroom #3 (Double)

  • Upstairs Bathroom (Full Bath)

    Upstairs Bathroom (Full Bath)

  • Bedroom #5 (Queen & Child Bed)

    Bedroom #5 (Queen & Child Bed)

  • Outdoor Restrooms & Showers

    Outdoor Restrooms & Showers

  • Fire Pit w/ Lounge Furniture overlooking Islay Hill

    Fire Pit w/ Lounge Furniture overlooking Islay Hill

  • Please inquire about hosting your private celebration at our ranch!

    Please inquire about hosting your private celebration at our ranch!

  • Please inquire about hosting your private celebration at our ranch!

    Please inquire about hosting your private celebration at our ranch!

  • Vintage Kitchen

    Vintage Kitchen

  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Bedroom #1 (Queen)

    Bedroom #1 (Queen)

  • Staircase


  • Bedroom #4 (Double)

    Bedroom #4 (Double)

  • Day Bed (located in upstairs hallway)

    Day Bed (located in upstairs hallway)

  • Entry to the Flying Caballos Ranch

    Entry to the Flying Caballos Ranch

  • Expansive Backyard

    Expansive Backyard

  • Elevated Redwood Hot Tub

    Elevated Redwood Hot Tub

  • Please inquire about hosting your private celebration at our ranch!

    Please inquire about hosting your private celebration at our ranch!

  • Please inquire about hosting your private celebration at our ranch!

    Please inquire about hosting your private celebration at our ranch!

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This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Friday, April 21, 2017

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