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SLO Countys Finest Destination Luxury Ranch Retreat/8BR/7b/Pool/Tennis/Airstream

Bedrooms 8
Space 5,000 sq ft
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights


About the property

Country House, 8 Bedrooms/7 Baths optional glamping in our new Airstream

COTTONTAIL CREEK RANCH - Is the SLO County's finest Vacation Rental/ retreat. Perfect location for privacy, wine tasting, beach combing and all outdoor activities.

COTTONTAIL CREEK RANCH is the Ultimate Destination Vacation Retreat! 5000 square foot Luxury Custom Home/Executive Retreat with Five beautifully decorated Bedrooms all with private baths, #4 bedroom has 2 lofts with 3 twins.

Additional unique bedrooms are:

# 6 bedroom above living room with a queen bed and dormer window

#7 "bbb" bedroom is the hidden room on the entry level behind the bar with direct access to #6 bathroom

#8"Casita" Bedroom is the detached multi purpose room for a couple or dorm style/ has a King Murphy bed and Double Futon

+ a small bathroom with shower.

The ranch is Suitable for the elderly to the infant. Something for everyone.

Gourmet Kitchen, Bar, Den, Spa, detached multi purpose room(conference/game/work out)off the large patio area has ping pong, tv viewing, poker table along with the sleeping accommodations. The home has panoramic views of the beautiful private valley and a walk to the ridgetop takes in the entire Estero Bay from Hearst Ranch to Montano de Oro.

Walk down the driveway to a 20 yd. 2 lane lap pool complete with spa and baja kid step.

Cottontail Creek Ranch raises cattle for their branded grass fed beef available through their website, avocados, oranges, and kiwis on 850 acres of rolling hills.

Trails for hiking and wildlife viewing, large pond with catch and release fishing and kayaking. Spectacular views of Pacific Coastline from ridge tops. Pipe corrals for horse owners who want to bring their own horses to ride on the ranch or nearby public trails at Cayucos Beach, Montana de Oro State Park, or National Forest in Pozo.

The beach is just 12 minutes away and nearby attractions include Hearst Castle, Cambria, Big Sur Coastline, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, and San Luis Obispo area wine tasting. Shopping and Farmers Markets in Cambria, San Luis Obispo, Templeton,and Morro Bay. Great windsurfing, surfing, biking nearby. Scheduled air service, United Express, US Air and South West 35 minutes in San Luis Obispo.

Keywords: Luxury, Ranch,Executive Retreat/family

reunion/gatherings/20 guests/ Children and elderly welcome, pool, spa, farming, wine tasting, beach, Hearst Castle, fishing, running, hiking,biking, photography, private, ranching, organic, conservation, avocados, oranges, ocean, estate, cows, sustainable, wine, ecological, conservation, wildlife, historical, family owned and operated

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Member since: 1999
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2018

About susan

Susan, Owen, Ruben and Cat planting new Avocados, 2013.

I have a great family(wonderful grandchildren). They all help out at the ranch and love it as I do. We are lucky to have passionate staff to stand alongside.

I love the central coast and all the possibilities. I love that the ocean is just over the hill. Some days I can smell the sea..and zip down for a coastal run, kayak, or boogie board.

Mostly I love this land and feel honored to have spent my life nurturing it.

What a life.

My husband Roger and I have been lucky enough to live our dream and raise our family here.

Although he has passed we feel his presence everywhere!

susan purchased this chateau / country house in 1999

Why susan chose Cayucos

How did we get started in the Vacation Rental business? Our family had been living on Cottontail Creek Road on the Magetti Ranch since 1977. In 1999 when the adjoining property came on the market. We wanted to expand agriculturally which we immediately did by adding more avocados, more cattle and oranges to the ranch. That left the question, what do we do with this extraordinary Cottontail Creek Ranch home built in 1978? Our goal is sustainability and the vacation rental does that as well as fulfills the home's destiny by entertaining tourists from around the world. The house truly combines luxury and homeyness while the views beckon you outdoors. We feel that Cottontail Creek Ranch is the perfect location for sharing this part of old California with others. The byproduct of this has been meeting wonderful people while connecting them to the land.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

'So much to Do or NOT, Close to everything the Central Coast has to offer' is what I tell potential guests. If you choose to venture out and leave the ranch the first wine tasting room is 15 minutes away and the beach is 12 minutes the opposite direction. The climate is moderate with a marine influence without a lot of fog and the extreme heat of inland, ' JUST RIGHT'! Staying at the ranch can be restful and quiet or full of activity, your choice. The location of our home makes it easy for our guests to enjoy the great outdoors without leaving the house, the patios and porches. You can also fill your days with hiking, walking and biking the property then take off for some wine tasting and beach activities or drive to Hearst Castle for a tour and the Big Sur Coast. We share any fruit and vegetables that are ready for harvest. We normally have oranges, lemons and limes all year long. Seasonally we have avocados, herbs and artichokes from the edible landscaping. It is a great to live off the land.


Cayucos Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , Radiant heat
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , radiant heated floor
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , shower , Radiant heated floor
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Floor heat
    Bathroom 6/ entry/ mud room - toilet , shower
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1/Master - 1 king , 1 murphy bed , double by request
    Bedroom 2/Barnwood room - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , double
    Bedroom 3/Garden - 1 queen , private bath
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , 3 twin/ single , 3 twins total lofts above
    Bedroom 5/Sunrise - 1 queen , deck off the bathroom
    Bedroom 6/Library Loft - 1 queen , Loft above living room via spiral staircase above living roo
    #7/BBB room/off #6 bath - 1 double , entry level access to 6th bath and bar/ private/no window
    Bedroom 8/Casita - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 10 feet from the the house and has a small bathroom/
  • King size beds (4) #1, #2, #4 , #8 multipurpose room, Queen size Beds (3) #3,5 and Library loft, Double Beds (1) Loft in #4 has 3 twins in loft Casita King and Double and 2 ,pack and plays upon request
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Living room has large High definition flat screen television with Surround Sound Stereo, Satellite networking, Den, TV/VCR/DVD satellite networking, Master Bedrm#1 Flat screen plasma TV/dvd/ satellite networking, Fully Equipped Kitchen, 5 burner cook top, dbl, electric ovens, Microwave/convection, Blenders, Coffee grinders, Double coffee pots Separate Bar, Linens &towels provided plus Spa Towels, Oakwood BBQ & Fire Pit, (wood provided), Detached Multipurpose Room/fitness area with weights and yoga mats, ping pong or conference room, Cleaning service, Child Care, Massage Therapy, Chef and Personal Trainer available upon request for additional charge, complete amenities page on cottontailcreek website/Pool house at pool has elliptical workout machine. Across from the pool is the new tennis court and basketball hoop.


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average rating of 4.970588 based on 34 reviews
Canyon Country


  • 5 of 5

There are tweleve of us ladies, we're a Bunco group that has been together for years. We take a weekend trip in February each year. Our criteria is specific, we need at least 6 bedrooms, and 5-6 baths. Comfort is important, we're decades past winging it on couches and standing in line for a bathroom. Susan, and her Cottontail Ranch, provided the perfect experience for our trip. The house was wonderful, with a large, open kitchen, dining, and den area for us to gather. A nice living room, and two large master suites were upstairs. Downstairs three comfortable bedroom/bath situations waited off the den, and another, small bedroom was off the kitchen. There's also quirky lofts, a treasure trove for a house full of kids. And finally, a game room, just outside the back door, with additional sleeping space. Decks surrounded the house, overlooking this beautiful ranch, filled with cows, avocados, and citrus trees. The house and setting itself made the weekend perfect, but what made it remarkable was Susan and her hospitality. The table was lovely, set for all twelve of us when we arrived-- that's never happened in any house I've rented in the past 15 years. Susan, who obviously is proud of her ranch--and rightfully so-- offered to give us a tour of the property, amazing, and so much fun. The trip was full of lovely surprises and the warmest hospitality. We planned on scouting around some, but Cottontail Ranch was so enchanting we ended up staying at 'home', eating in (the kitchen was fully equipped) and playing games. Thanks so much, Susan, for the best girls weekend ever- we will be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So many blessings: To have guests like these wonderful women enjoying Cottontail Creek Ranch, inside and out. These gals were icing on the cake!! Having the privilege in this life to share and take care of a place like such as this.
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The ranch

  • 5 of 5

When you wake up in the morning and the sun rises and you hear the rooster down below at the farm, close to the pond, you really wonder where you are. You are surrounded by rolling hills slowly traversed here and there by dark cows. Hawks are circling high in the sky. Everything is peaceful. Still, you must be in a civilized world: below you there are straight lines of avocado trees. And, in the middle of them is the dusty trail by which you arrived yesterday, the only access from the outside world.

The house where you stay is a modern, octagonal lodge built half way up the slope of a hill. It is open on all sides and completely surrounded by decks where you can sit in the sun or the shade as you please. All rooms have their personality. You can feel that they have been furnished by a real family ready to share its own memories and prized possessions. Now all the rooms are occupied by members of your family – or your friends. And this is how you start the day at the Cottontail Creek Ranch. In a moment, all guests will come together in the front room, which is the kitchen. Because from there, especially, one has a complete panoramic view of the ranch. The view goes all around, miles away, across the hills, to the horizon. It is yours. There are no buildings, no roads, no cars, no electric lines in this view. The only people who share this paradise with you are the tenants of the farm, far below. You would have to climb the hill above the house to realize where you are. From there, you would find the ocean to the West, and in the South, through the haze, you would see Morro Rock.

There are a lot of things for everyone to do inside the house, on the ranch and nearby. This morning, some among us (the youngest) have insisted on going to the beach. A few others prefer to bike. A third group is going to visit the Hearst castle The elders are discussing a well-planned visit to vineyards around Paso Robles for wine tasting. And then…

Then, tonight we shall gather around the antique barbecue and, later in the evening, around the campfire with marshmallows, among crickets, under a starred sky. After that, we shall surreptitiously take out the telescope we brought with us and sneak a look at planets and stars. The air is so pure and the night so dark that here we can discover celestial objects that we have never seen at home.

John and Madeleine

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2009
  • Stayed: June 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear John, Madeleine ,Pierre, Elizabeth, Carolyn, Pak, and Marteen The pleasure was ours as well. We love your telescope too!! We look forward to seeing you this summer for your 3rd year at Cottontail Creek Ranch Susan and Roger
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Santa Clarita

Fabulous Place for Family Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

First of all, Susan was a wonderful host, she always answered my emails and phone calls within minutes. She was able to accommodate all of my requests and went out of her way to take care of all of our needs.

The house is absolutely gorgeous, very well-maintained. You can tell that Susan loves this house and all the property around it. We were met in the kitchen with a huge bowl of freshly-picked oranges and avocados! There are various little ornaments and trinkets around the estate, done tastefully, showing a true love for the place. Everything was very clean, and we did not find any disrepair on the 850 acres. We enjoyed talking to Susan and reading various articles about the ranch and Chopper. Such a fantastic story!

What we loved most was that for our family of 18 never had to leave, except to buy food. There were so many things to do at Cottontail Creek Ranch. We enjoyed the Bocce ball, horseshoes, two jacuzzies, swimming pool, endless walking/running trails (some are NOT for the faint of heart!), ping pong, board games, gorgeous fire pit, an enormous kitchen that’s large enough to accommodate several “chefs”, lounge chairs on the patios to sit outside at night and enjoy the zillions of stars. It was such a relaxing place, so quiet, so lovely.

Susan offered to take us in her truck to the “ridge” where she described the hills around the property and told stories of the land, her family, the history, the conservancy. It was so interesting, and such a wild ride! Breathtaking views to the ocean, Cambria, Morrow Bay. Well-worth the experience.

All in all, I heartily recommend the Cottontail Creek Ranch for an event for a large number of people. You will be so impressed with the serenity and peacefulness that will surround you.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful property wtih lots of on site activities. Located on an operating ranch

  • 5 of 5

The property was perfect for a 90th birthday party. Our group had 17 adults from Northern Cal and Southern Cal, a good spot in the middle. The property is in excellent condition and offered a large location for lots of adults. Spent most of the time at the property using the pool, corn hole game, hiking, bocci ball, etc. One day took a bus on a winery tour and visited Summerwood and Niner, great lunch at Niner. This place was better than it looks on line. Thank you Susan for a wonderful stay. Bob K.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: And I thank you and your family for being great guests and loving the ranch, Susan
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Relax Refresh Reenergize

  • 4 of 5

Our group of 12 friends (6 couples) thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Cottontail Creek Ranch. Susan was a pleasure to work with and she was very accommodating. The description of the home and property is accurate but doesn't begin to describe the warm and relaxing atmosphere. Each of the couples had privacy with their own bed/bath (fresh flowers from the garden!) but there was also room for everyone to gather, visit, play games, cook and dine. The home was clean and the kitchen had everything needed for all the cooks in the group. We were welcomed with a beautifully set table as well as a large bowl of fresh oranges for squeezing in the orange press and a bowl of yummy avocados. We split cooking duties and on the night the ladies cooked the guys were in the upstairs loft that opens onto the lower main living area watching football on tv. It was great because we were separate but could still interact with them. When the guys cooked the ladies headed out to the detached game room for ping pong tournaments. There is also an extra fridge, poker table and plenty of comfy seating for spectators. And it was right off the patio so we could watch the guys slaving over the bbq!

The property has a beautifully maintained swimming pool and tennis court as well as plenty of space for hiking and exploring. The fire pit was the perfect place to gather. Jose is the care taker and was always available but not intrusive.

The property is rural so be prepared for a little drive on a narrow unlighted road with roaming cattle and wildlife. Our group opted to stay in after dark but that just added to the fun. It does get very dark on the property in the evening so the tennis courts and pool are not available, but Jose brought us a great light for "after hours" bocce near the fire pit.

The group also enjoyed shopping in Morro Bay and SLO, antique shops, wine tasting, and olive oil tours.

We would highly recommend a stay at the Cottontail Creek Ranch

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you again for being great guests and loving our slice of heaven. Hope to see you back soon, susan
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Simply fantastic

  • 5 of 5

As fantastic as Cottontail Creek Ranch looks in this listing, the reality is even better. Start with the house: generously sized, with enough bedrooms and bathrooms to house a small army, and a nice big kitchen in which to play around. There are plenty of fun books around, a cozy living room set around a fireplace, a piano, and everywhere a lovely view of the valley. We hardly used the casita (because we were outside most of the time), but it makes for a great space to stay up late when the rest of your peeps have tucked in.

How about the outdoors? Well, if you're a walker, there are 850 acres to walk. That's, like, a mile in every direction. If you're a swimmer, you have a lovely pool. If you're a tennis player, the court is lovely - and if you're not, there are plenty of racquets and balls provided so you can pretend you are. There's a bocce court, a fire pit, and a basketball hoop. My friends and I set up two bands worth of music gear on the patio and jammed to our hearts' content.

And lastly, Susan, our host. Generous, caring, helpful, pleasant, and friendly. She made everything easy for us, arriving and departing.

This was our first time at CTC, and I'm certain it won't be our last. It's an amazing place, a true California experience. I can't recommend it enough.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review. It was a pleasure having you all at the ranch. Our hopes are always that the ranch surpasses all guests expectations including the time to fall in love with the land. Until the next time, Susan and my crew
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
San Luis Obispo
Nearest Barpub
9 Miles
Cayucos and Morro Bay
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Morro Bay
Nearest Train
22 Miles
San Luis Obispo or Paso Robles
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Cayucos/Highway 1 and Highway 46
Nearest Restaurant
9 Miles
Cayucos and Morro Bay have fabulous restaurants
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
San Luis Obispo Airport
Nearest Point of Interest
Hearst Castle
Nearest Point of Interest
Paso Robles Wine Country/Wine Tasting
Nearest Point of Interest
Edna Valley Wine Tasting Region
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: necessary

Fire PIt to sit under the stars/Bird Watching, Double Hammock for those who just want to kick back, 2 sets of Horseshoes, Free standing basketball, tetherball, games, Horseback Riding Trails & Facilities available for horse owners, NEARBY, Hearst Castle(45 minutes), Beach, boogie boarding, Wine Tasting/Paso Robles(15 min), Wine Tasting/San Luis Obispo( 25 min, ) Tennis(15 minutes), Golf (25 min, ), Shopping(15 min), Swimming(15 minutes)Horse Rentals(30 min


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

security/clean deposit $700
management fee(3%) $200

All rates are based on a 1-10 guest visit. All extra guests are charged $45/guest/nt, day or visit with a maximum of 20.
Including children. No more than 8 cars

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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