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Your Escape to the Clouds

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Loft, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 10-16)

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.

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.

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 self- guided hikes along the 650 acre piece of land ranging from creek walks to hikes up to a manzanita lined ridge and self-guided tours of the organic farm with walks in the various orchards and fields. Please 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), 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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More Details

Bear Creek Ranch
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 12, 2018

About Bear Creek Ranch

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 has a law degree and lives in Portland, Oregon tending to her backyard as she would on the ranch with fruit trees and a flock of chickens. The other daughter also has a law degree and is passionate about the environment having enjoyed time in the Black Hills of South Dakota, spending her afternoons hiking amidst bison instead of the familiar long horn cattle that roam the ranch. The family still enjoys the ranch which to this day is owner occupied at the far end of the property.

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.

Bear Creek Ranch purchased this house in 1984

What makes this house unique

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.


Los Osos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • 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
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • 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.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Private library


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

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Your Escape to the Clouds
average rating of 4.882353 based on 17 reviews

Beautiful, tranquil, and great for a group escape

  • 5 of 5

We've been to the Sky House two years in a row with a group of friends and always look forward to the experience. The kitchen makes for a fabulous cooking atmosphere; the hot tub overlooking the hills is spectacular; and the views are in general unbeatable. If you're looking for a place to unwind, escape, and connect with people, we can't recommend it highly enough!

  • Submitted: May 24, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Spectacularly lovely views - we couldn't make up our minds whether to love the ocean side view or the rolling green hill view - so en group, moved several times so as to take in both. The house is eclectically perfect in it's art, layout, comfort and necessaries. It feels both fancy and homey all at once. The small things like the star jasmine planted on the patio for the scent; the cute touches like the art-wire unicorn on the wall...and the kitchen had all the things! There was absolutely nothing to complain about and so many things to cheer about. Can't wait to visit again!

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Place!

  • 5 of 5

This is an amazing place, all of us love here! Thanks for the owner share this great place with the world, hope we could back here again soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Place to Stay!

  • 5 of 5

Our Skyhouse stay was wonderful! We had a full house, but everyone was able to spread out and have his/her own space. The views are amazing! The only negative is the 3 mile dirt road - be prepared to have your car be covered with dust - but in the end it is worth it! The property is well maintained, the kitchen is great - we celebrated our daughter's graduation from Cal Poly - perfect place to stay if you want to be away from it all. Also - dog friendly!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Barbara, CA USA

Excellent Stay, As Always! Faster Internet now and Amazing New Grill!

  • 5 of 5

This is the fifth time I have used this location for a gathering of 8-11 scientists from across California,

and it remains a highlight for all of us every time. The friendly and helpful owners continue to upgrade the amenities as well, including a faster internet connection and an awesome grill. We have found it a perfect location for the science sessions we do during the day in the main living room, the cooking and dining in the evening, and the hot-tub for ending the day. The hiking is great and very accessible. Our first-time participants are simply blown away by the location and the wonderful house; those of us who are returning feel a state of calm and relaxation upon arrival. We take full advantage of the whole house, including the beef grown on the ranch. Can't wait for my next escape.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2013
  • Stayed: April 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles

Absolutely Stunning!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

This house is heaven on earth!!! We were expecting a beautiful home with stunning views, but The Sky House is simply mind blowing! This is the kind of place you never forget. The house is spotless and completely equipped with anything you could possibly need. The beds are incredibly comfortable and all of the art work around the house is stunning, we especially loved the Wire Unicorn in the living room. They provide an information book on all of the art in the home, which makes for great morning coffee reading material. There are so many places to enjoy and things to see on the property, both inside and outside, you won’t have any reason to leave! John, the owner, is lovely and incredibly helpful without being overbearing (those of you who rent frequently may know the type). If you’re debating renting this home or not, book it now! You will not regret it!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2013
  • Stayed: April 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
San Luis Obispo
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Amtrack in San Luis Obispo
Nearest Beach
9 Miles
Cayucos (one of many)
Car: necessary

Native plant and herb walks


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Yurt Usage $200
Excess Propane Usage $100
Cleaning Deposit $750

Yurt available for $200.00 a night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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