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Beautiful Ranch Retreat in Nature Setting

Bedrooms 15
Space 6,000 sq ft
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Lodge, 15 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 10+ Baths, (Sleeps 30)

The Oak Creek Ranch is a secluded 163 acre property in a rural setting with a beautiful main Lodge and several accessory buildings.

Situated at approx 2,000 ft. elevation, the setting consists of rolling foothills and mature oak trees, rich with nature and wildlife. Groups can create their own personalized vacation stay from the many options available to them. The Ranch offers a full range of facilities and amenities to guests: gracious Lodge, beautiful outdoor amphitheater, large recreation barn, majestic swimming pool surrounded by mature oaks, poolside bar, yoga/exercise studio and much more. Whether you are interested in quiet relaxation or active exercise and recreation, there is plenty to do while staying at the Oak Creek Ranch Retreat, including scenic mountain walking and biking trails, swimming, wildlife viewing, star gazing, games and much more. It is a wonderful location for adults and children of all ages!

Located in the heart of San Luis Obispo County, the Oak Creek Ranch is close to a variety of recreational opportunities, ranging from fresh water or saltwater fishing, golf, antique shopping, wine tasting, dancing and concerts, to touring world-famous Hearst Castle.

The Ranch can accommodate groups from 12 guests to 30 guests. The main Lodge can sleep 20, the Barn can sleep 6 to 8, and the Pool Cottage can accommodate up to 3 more guests.

Keywords: private resort, retreat, estate,

More Details

Dottie Nelson
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 11, 2018

About Dottie Nelson

We have owned this beautiful property for more than 25 years. Our family has enjoyed family gatherings and group events here for a long time, and we are happy to share the opportunity with other groups so that they can experience the beauty and serenity of The Lodge at Oak Creek Ranch.

Dottie Nelson purchased this lodge in 1986

Why Dottie Nelson chose Santa Margarita

We bought this property in the mid-80s. It was an old Campfire Girl’s camp that Campfire no longer needed. Jeff’s sister was a Campfire board member who introduced us to it. Early years were all vision and planning. We slowly began making improvements from 2000 to 2009. We have controlled every detail of the development and continue to work each time we are here to make it a little better.

It enriches our lives to share this place with people, hoping that they leave with just a little more positive spirit. It is a wonderful place to just connect with people and nature in a world where those simple acts are challenging.

What makes this lodge unique

The remote location and serene setting, along with the fact that rental groups have exclusive use of the entire property, make Oak Creek Ranch the perfect location for corporate retreats, family reunions and other intimate gatherings.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our group LOVED Oak Creek Lodge and hopes to return in greater number some day! We cooked, we ate, we swam, we played bocce, we had a craft table in the dining room that was occupied with one or more of us most of the weekend. We hiked the property, had lunch on Sunday at the Pozo Saloon where we regrouped after 5 of us hiked the Rinconada Trail (woof!). I did a little watercolor sketch of the barn while sitting on a bench in a nice shady spot. You must be SO PROUD of the ranch.
Jun 2014
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Santa Margarita Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 2:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • 1.In the late Spring and Summer, absolutely no fires permitted outside, except in the portable propane barbecue. Fire danger is extremely high then.
  • 2. If furniture has been moved and not returned to its original location, a surplus cleaning fee will be charged for furniture moving.
  • 3. When using the pool, all children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. A responsible adult must be present at all times.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Macintosh Computer
  • Mobile Phone
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 35 people
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , adjacent to main room of lodge
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , stall shower and toilet in Vineyard bedroom
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , stall toilet and shower in Yosemite Suite
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , stall shower and toilet in Northern Exposure bedroom
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower , stall shower and toilet in French Country bedroom
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , shower , stall shower and toilet in downstairs hallway
    Bathroom 9 - toilet , shower , stall shower and toilet in Barn
    Bathroom 11 - toilet , shower , stall shower and toilet in Barn
    Cottage at Pool bathroom - toilet , shower , stall shower and toilet in Pool Cottage
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , off of main lodge room
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , off main lodge room
  • 15 Bedrooms, Sleeps 30
  • 1-Glacier Park Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , main floor lodge, shared bath
    2-Cape Cod Room - 2 twin/ single , main floor lodge, shared bathroom
    3-Log Cabin Room - 1 twin/ single , main floor, shared bath
    4-Yellowstone Room - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Main floor lodge, shared bathroom
    6-Golf Den - 2 twin/ single , new wing, lodge, shared bath
    8-Vineyard Room - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , upstairs suite w/ bathroom
    9-Yosemite Suite - 1 queen , upstairs suite w/ private bathroom
    10-Northern Exposure Room - 2 twin/ single , upstairs room with private bathroom
    13-Cotes d'Rhone bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Barn bedroom with shared bathroom
    14-John Deere Room - 2 twin/ single , Bedroom in the Barn with shared bathroom
    11-French Country Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , upstairs bedroom with private bathroom
    12 - The Bunkhouse - 2 bunk bed , 2 bunk sets-twin on top,full on bottom, in the Barn,
    18-Cottage at the Pool - 1 queen , adjacent to Pool House, private bathroom
    Cottage at the Pool - 1 twin/ single , twin size trundle bed in living room of Cottage, shared bath
    7-Fox Hunt Room - 2 twin/ single , 2 twins can be converted to king, new wing, shared bath
    5-Stars and Stripes Room - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , twins can be made into king; new wing, lodge, shared bathroo
  • Queen size Beds (5) in main Lodge , Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (9) total of 21 twin beds, Baby Cribs (1) one pak n play available, Bunk Beds (2)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • marina
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • swimming


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Beautiful Ranch Retreat in Nature Setting
average rating of 4.9761906 based on 50 reviews

Epic property in a gorgeous outdoor setting

  • 5 of 5

Words cannot describe how awesome this place is...5 stars is not even close to enough! It's impossible to choose which aspect of the place is the most impressive: the various houses with their distinct charms and great decorations, the property itself with seemingly endless trails and perfect sunset views, or the complete privacy of it all.

My group was here for 3 days celebrating a college reunion...if we didn't have wives and kids to get back to I think we would have unanimously agreed to stay here forever! Plenty of beds to accommodate large groups, fun times playing games in the yard during the day and in the huge open barn at night, and legendary star-gazing after hours. The kitchen is professional grade...we had lots of fun cooking meals together and sitting around the dining room table telling stories.

Dottie was helpful throughout the rental process and always friendly when we spoke. I can't recommend this place enough for your next large getaway with family and/or friends! My group certainly hopes to stay here many more time over the years. Truly a special and unforgettable place. Thank you!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad it worked out for your group!!! The property has a lot to offer the various different groups who choose to rent from us, and I'm glad it struck a chord with you. We would love to have you back again any time. Thank you for your kind words, and for treating the property so well!!!
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very comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable spacious stay. The nature was beautiful and I enjoyed my stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston, MA

Relaxing and well-equipped venue for tech retreat

  • 5 of 5

I recently organized a 21-person tech retreat for web developers and designers, and the Lodge at Oak Creek Ranch was the perfect venue for relaxation and conversation! We spent our days in group discussions, and we could easily fit the full group in the spacious lodge room or spread out to the porch, dining room, and barn loft for smaller breakout sessions. WiFi signal was strong in all of the shared spaces so attendees could get work done as needed. We all fit nicely at the two large tables in the dining room (which also has a whiteboard and corkboards), and our caterer was thrilled with the spacious and well-equipped kitchen.

Guests loved spending evenings relaxing around a campfire in a fire pit that sits on a patio between the lodge and the barn (firewood provided!). We hosted morning yoga classes in the studio above the pool bar (mats included!). The group enjoyed a sunset hayride to a scenic viewpoint not far from the ranch, and we spotted plenty of wildlife throughout the weekend. The pool was ginormous and would be fabulous in warmer months.

Dottie, the owner, was an absolute gem. She provided detailed documentation on sleeping arrangements so I could pair up roommates before the event, and it was clear from her questions and advice that she's worked with all sorts of groups from business retreats to family reunions. As an event organizer, I was thrilled to find all the nuts and bolts provided - linens, dishes, toiletries, cleaning supplies, etc - with instructions on where to find things we might need during our stay. This was by far the best experience I've had with a rental property, and I would highly recommend the Lodge at Oak Creek Ranch to others!

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco

Fabulous Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

We just held a big family reunion of 21 adults and 12 children of all ages at Oak Creek Lodge. The property is beautiful and the main lodge was perfect for all the gatherings and group meals. There was plenty of room for everyone and yet it was easy to find a place to get away if that was what you wanted. Bedrooms were very quiet even with a lot of people in the house. Kitchen was large and we used it heavily as we did all our own cooking. The pool was a big gathering place for all as was the Barn. We took advantage of the property for hikes and exploring. We spent 4 days together without leaving the property and everyone had a great time! We would highly recommend Oak Creek Ranch for large gatherings in a beautiful setting.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cozy country family reunion

  • 5 of 5

20 of my closest family members took over the Lodge for our annual reunion. It was excellent! The main living room was the perfect hang-out spot where everyone could be together or split off into smaller groups to catch up. We sat by the fire and played games. We had plenty of space for us all to dine together. The kitchen was large and great (we brought our own caterer.) Folks also really enjoyed going on walks and even driving out to Morro Bay. It was really nice to be in the country by ourselves in a comfy environment. It was a bit chilly to take full advantage of the outdoor hanging out, but we had a truly lovely time.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oak Creek Lodge is wonderful

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful weekend away from the rest of the world. We rang in my 40th birthday with a group of ladies. The grounds were amazing to hike around on and you are on your own little paradise. We stargazed each night. We cooked meals paired with wine from tasting in the Paso Robles area and sat down for a seated dinner each night. I will be dreaming of the long griddle stove for months now and the meals that we prepared on it. We left for the day on Saturday for wine tasting (about a 45 minute drive to where several are located in a row.) There is a winery right down the road but sadly we did not get back in time to see it or the local saloon. We plan on returning in the summer with our bikes for a stay so we can also get use of the massive swimming pool that is on site.

The place is so large that you can either spend time together or if you have ones in your group that love to relax away from the energy of a large crowd.

Dottie was fabulous to work with and responds to any questions right away via email or by phone. One of the best house owners/managers that I have rented from. It would be a great place to host a family reunion.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
SanLuis Obispo, California
Nearest Train
35 Miles
San Luis Obispo
Nearest Beach
45 Miles
Pismo Beach, Morro Bay
Nearest Point of Interest
Lodge at Oak Creek Ranch
Nearest Point of Interest
Pozo Valley Wine Tasting Room
Nearest Point of Interest
Ancient Peaks Winery
Nearest Point of Interest
TheRange Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Margarita Lake
Car: necessary

Oak Creek Ranch is located in the heart of the Central Coast Wine Region, between Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo. In addition to wine tasting, there are a variety of recreational opportunities, ranging from fresh water or saltwater fishing, water sports, golf, hiking, and concerts to touring world-famous Hearst Castle.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning fee $350
Tax Rate 10.0%

Quoted rate is based on minimum guest size of 15 guests. Add $110 per night for each additional guests above 15.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.