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Beautiful Large Home with 10 BDR Wine country, sleeps 28+, Perfect for Families

Bedrooms 10
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Private Home, 10 Bedrooms +6 baths, Sleeps 28+ 80 Acres Other (See Description)

Weddings - YES! Retreats - YES! Family Reunions - YES! Holiday Celebrations - YES!

• Great for Workshops, Non-profit & Corporate Retreats, Family Reunions & Weddings (ask about wedding rates)

• 6,000 sq ft Hacienda / 2 floors

• 10 bedrooms, Convertible Den, sleeps 26+

• Large kitchen with commercial stove & 2 refrigerators

• Large dining area

• Large living room with open wood burning fireplace

• Yoga Studio (700 sq ft)

• Secluded valley surrounded by oak forest with hiking trails

• Peaceful & serene views of nature and wildlife

• Nestled between vineyards and wineries

• Walk to 4 wineries and tasting rooms; Turley rated in the top 12 in the world!

• Halfway between LA & SF -- 3 miles from highway 101

• Short drive to Hwy 1; Ocean, Beach towns, Hearst Castle & gateway to Big Sur

• Lots of space – inside & out

• Large outdoor gathering spaces; BBQ, volleyball, badminton & ping pong

• Pool (Seasonal)

• Local Hot Springs nearby

At Dancing Deer, the 6,000 square foot Hacienda boasts 10 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, and sleeps 26: 18 twin beds + 4 queen beds + couch queen pull-out.

ADD the Cozy Cabana, a cute cabin right next to the Hacienda for an additional 2 guests (ask about discounted rates for the Cozy Cabana with your reservation)

* Also, 5+ additional sleeping mattresses available upon request *

The Hacienda commands a hilltop, affording those who stay here a fantastic view of our own valley and the rolling acres of Dancing Deer that we're so happy to share.

The house is beautiful and remarkable. A large and lovely estate-style home, outfitted to accommodate your large group. You will enjoy the fully equipped gourmet kitchen with two refrigerators, a commercial quality gas stove, and all the cookware, small appliances, dinnerware, silverware, glasses & utensils you would expect.

There is a media room/library with a 50-inch large screen flat HD TV, VCR, DVD player, and Dish Network Satellite Receiver with 500 channels, as well as many bookshelves filled with options for your reading pleasure.

Wireless internet is provided.

Enjoy fabulous hiking through our oak forest on woodland trails and along tree-lined roadways - all without ever leaving the privacy of the property. Or venture farther and enjoy beaches, wineries, Hearst Castle, Spanish missions, hot springs, restaurants and shopping - everything from charming, locally owned and run shops to outlet stores are easily reachable by car.

The property is owned by a non-profit organization and is located in a private valley near the ocean close to Cambria, Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo on California’s gorgeous central coast mid-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco. We are located in an area of wineries and estate homes, close to everything but with very serene privacy. That rare privacy combined with convenience to all amenities is one of the reasons we chose to establish Dancing Deer right here. It's so very peaceful and beautiful and just a wonderful place to connect, unwind and rebuild.

As rental space for your retreats, workshops, meetings & gatherings, Dancing Deer provides the perfect environment for many types and sizes of gatherings and activities.

We aim to support family bonding and celebration. This is a place meant to foster community while supporting practices to help restore and enhance the earth’s own systems.

Discounts for non profit organizations and guests staying more than 5 nights.

Ask us!

Please call us: Maria Bucaro - Manager Guest Services, (805) 434-3200. I am happy to answer your questions regarding the property. We look forward to having you join us!

• Please check our OTHER LISTING on the same property # 268289 * sleeps 16+ guests * totally separate and private, yet within walking distance of the Hacienda. Ask about the nearby Fawn Hill Barn (2,000 sq ft) The perfect place for weddings, including the Shady Oaks Amphitheater – separate fee.

Keywords: large, rental, house, Templeton, farm, private, gathering, workshop, group, wine country, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Cambria, central coast, wedding, family reunion, event barn

More Details

Property Manager
Maria Bucaro
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

About Maria Bucaro

This property is owned and operated by the Center for Reuniting Families, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

On November 15, 1994, the The Center for Reuniting Families was incorporated as a non-profit educational organization with the following purpose:

To establish and maintain programs providing both teen-oriented and adult assistance to educate and encourage choices that are positive for the individual, family, community and for the greater stewardship of the earth through experiential exercises and to develop a teaching institution disseminating educational material to the public.

In addition to our core goals, at Dancing Deer Farm we provide a venue and shared resources to other non profit organizations who address the challenges of creating ecologically and economically vibrant and healthy families and communities. Through these collaborative efforts, CRF is a center for education, research, and demonstration to develop strategies for a sustainable future.

Maria Bucaro purchased this house in 2007

Why Maria Bucaro chose Templeton

Dancing Deer Farm isn't just another place to stay. With the focus of our non profit work, visitors can quickly feel the healing, calming and supportive energy that infuses this property. We encourage everyone who walks this land to be healthy, happy and respectful, and when that is done, you can't help feeling all of those things within yourself! It is our intention to have all of our guests leave our property feeling better than when they came.


Templeton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Cancelation policy: A full deposit, less $150 administrative fee, will be refunded if cancellation is made more than 4 months in advance of your date.
  • If cancelation is made less than 4 months out, the deposit is forfeit. If we are able to re-book the property, your deposit will be returned.
  • Quiet time is at 10:00 PM - please talk to me if you have questions about music for events No outside fires
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • 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
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 28 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Upstairs Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Upstairs Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , ADA accessible
    Upstairs Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Downstairs Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Downstairs Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Downstairs 1/2 bath - toilet
  • 5.5 + detached pool bathroom
  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 30
  • Robin Room - 2 twin/ single , Upstairs bedroom
    Woodpecker Room - 2 twin/ single , Upstairs bedroom
    Chickadee Room - 1 twin/ single , Upstairs bedroom
    Nuthatch Room - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Upstairs bedroom
    Junco Room - 2 twin/ single , Upstairs bedroom
    Jay Room - 2 twin/ single , Downstairs bedroom
    Flicker Room - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Downstairs bedroom
    Hawk Room - 1 queen , 3 twin/ single , Downstairs bedroom
    Towhee Room - 2 twin/ single , Downstairs bedroom
    Sparrow Room - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Downstairs bedroom
    Media Room with pull-out - 1 queen , Sofa is convertible to a queen bed
  • Queen size Beds (4), Twin or Single Beds (18), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • swimming
  • tennis
Close to beaches, wineries, Hearst Castle, Spanish Missions, hot springs, restaurants and shopping: everything from charming locally owned businesses and farmer's markets to outlet stores.


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Beautiful Large Home with 10 BDR Wine country, sleeps 28+, Perfect for Families
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

Very clean, great layout for large groups!

  • 5 of 5

This place is fantastic for large groups. We do an annual staff retreat at the Hacienda home in the Dancing Deer, and will keep coming back. The rooms are spacious and the common areas can host large group meetings. The home is very clean and well laid out. The staff are friendly and helpful. This place is great!

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sacramento, CA

Homey with a Fantastic View!

  • 5 of 5

Maria and Dancing Deer hosted our 9th Annual Christmas Reunion and we loved our stay! There were 26+ of us and we were comfortable! There are lots of things to like about Dancing Deer. Most importantly, it feels like coming to a home and not a rental. We pushed all the tables together to make one long table so that we could all eat together. The kitchen has plenty of counter space for prepping meals and the dual fridges can hold plenty of food. It is also nice having a bed for each person and there are plenty of bathrooms. Towels are provided and they are the soft, fluffy ones! In addition, there are wonderful amenities at the house such as ping pong and volleyball. Our favorite amenity though had to be the wood fireplace. We had a blast making peppermint s’mores! The fire was also a fantastic spot to sit next to when exchanging gifts. It made for a very quintessential Christmas. I think the only thing missing from this house is a piano. While we did bring our own keyboard and a couple guitars, a piano would have completed the homey vibe. My only suggestion is that they put up a larger/better lighted sign at the entrance. We did have a couple guests who missed it when arriving at night.

Maria is a fantastic host and responds very quickly to any questions or concerns. She greeted as upon arrival and came back to wish us farewell. Her assistant, Christopher was just as helpful. He took care of us in the evenings and at night. We called him a couple times for extra firewood and some paper towels. Before we left, Maria and Christopher asked for feedback on the property. We pointed out a couple minor maintenance issues, which they took care of immediately. They really strive to provide an exceptional stay.

To top it off, the views on the property are stunning! Breakfast on the balcony is a must!

Some misc. notes:

1) All the rooms come equipped with space heaters, but it can still get a little cool at night. Bring long pjs or an extra blanket if you get cold easily.

2) There is a projector screen in the house. Ask about renting a projector.

3) Talk with Maria about recommendations for the local wineries. She was even able to provide us with a couple complimentary wine tastings coupons.

4) The kitchen is fully stocked with pots and pans, plates, cups, and utensils. However, it is not stocked with seasonings so remember to bring your own salt, pepper, and olive oil! Also, there is a coffee pot, but you need to bring your own coffee.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property is in a spectacular location and is a great place for a large family gathering.

  • 5 of 5

The house features a very large kitchen that opens into a dining area and attached living room. This makes it great for socializing while people are cooking or eating. The other amenities are quite basic, including mostly twin beds and shared bathrooms. This is consistent with the cost, given the prime location - literally walking distance to two wineries. Expect spectacular views of sunrise and nearby open space from the kitchen.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco

Incredible Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our startup held a retreat to celebrate a new round of investments, and this was the perfect location. Maria was very helpful in the weeks leading up to our trip- she sent floorplans, maps of the property with suggested hiking and camping spaces, and gave some great tips. 100% would book the property again, and would recommend to anyone looking for a peaceful location for their event. Our team was exactly 30 people, and there was more than enough space to sleep, eat, and play :)

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words! Your team was a pleasure to have here at Dancing Deer!
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A terrific spot for our August family reunion!

  • 5 of 5

It was all I had dreamed of as a grandma to have everyone there (except one family who couldn't come). You were wonderful, the weather with delicious breezes was perfect, and we loved all the gathering spaces both in and and outdoors. We only would have changed the temperature of the ocean! I am glad to hear the was left in great shape, since Doug and I had to leave the earliest. I will be happy to review it on VRBO. Thank you again, Maria. For our next reunion in two years, I am even thinking we should come back, although some of us would like to try another part of the west. The pool, the 3-picnic table/ 2 pingpong table area, the lovely verandas outside nearly every room, the spacious and beautifully appointed kitchen, enclosed patio and yoga/playroom for younger kids (which younger adults loved for early morning exercise), the easy access to multiple beaches and the pool and playground at Shamel Beach, charming Cambria, the gazebo, the nature walks, the deer and wild turkeys at dusk, the teepee area---there was more to do and explore than we had time to do. Our family reunion of 11 adults and 11 children all loved it. I only wished we adults could have had evening access to the smaller private therapy pool, which I assume was somewhat heated---or you might consider adding hot tub somewhere on the property. Nonetheless it was a delicious week for us all.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best accommodations for our annual family reunion

  • 5 of 5

Our family has a reunion every year somewhere in California. When it was just 3 generations (my parents, my sibs, and their kids) it was challenging to find space in a great location with enough space and enough to do for all ages. Now we are spanning 4 generations and new families with new accommodations and activities needs. In the past, we have had to rent a couple houses to get the right amount of space, rooms, and bathrooms. This year, with a stroke of luck, I stumbled upon Dancing Deer Hacienda. Of all the places we have stayed over the last 30+years, this place was the best. We could all be under one roof without feeling like we were on top of each other. The bedrooms were nice and comfortable, many having a patio to walk out onto. There are many common spaces and living areas so that people can congregate inside and outside. The place was clean and well maintained. The pool, while not the biggest or most luxurious, has amazing views of the property with it's golden hills, beautiful oak trees, and majestic hawks flying overhead. It's a great place to hangout, float around, read, have water gun fights, etc, and has shades that can be pulled overhead to filter out the strong sun. The place is built for the BBQ party with many outdoor decks and spaces and a state of the art BBQ. Additionally, there are trails and walks on the property. While many in our crew went to the coast, visited wineries, went into Paso Robles to tool around, I was totally content to stay on the property and read, swim, go for walks, visit with my family. This was THE best vacation spot for our reunion, and I hope to be returning next year with the full crew. Thank you, Maria, for creating this great venue.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
28 Miles
San Luis Obispo
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Paso Robles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Paso Robles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Pier 46
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Car: recommended

With the coast only a 30-minute drive away, you can easily visit the beach for surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, and parasailing in Morro Bay, Cayucos or Cambria. And just north of that, visit the elephant seals and Hearst Castle in San Simeon!

If you are here during the summer months, the Mid State Fair in Paso Robles is always a favorite activity, and easy to get to at only 8 miles away! Head south 30 minutes into San Luis Obispo for more central coast fun, including hiking some of the Seven Sisters of San Luis Obispo - our famous peaks of volcanic remains!

We have hot springs just a few miles away, and on site healing practitioners offering a variety of healing modalities, so if you'd like to ensure your stay is relaxing and rejuvenating, we've got you covered!

And if you like good food and good wine - this is the destination for you! With nearly 200 wineries in the county (two are directly across the street from us!), and a farmer's market almost every day, your taste sensations will be pampered and nourished! You are even encouraged to visit our 1-acre organic garden, talk to our farmer interns, and sample some of our seasonal harvest.

If lake activities are your thing, it is a short drive to several area lakes: Santa Margarita, Nacimiento and San Antonio. Enjoy fishing, camping and boating activities!

Take some time to appreciate our state's history with visits to some of the original California missions - Mission San Antonio de Padua, Mission San Miguel Arcangel, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and Mission La Purisima Concepcion are all within driving distance.

Come let us show why some have called this the Happiest Place in America!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $375 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

**Cancelation policy:
• A full deposit, less $150 administrative fee, will be refunded if cancellation is made more than 4 months in advance of your date of stay.
• If cancellation is made less than 4 months and we are not able to “re-book” the property, the deposit will be forfeit.

*Holiday rates may be higher. This is a basic quote. We offer some discounts and additional fees, depending on your event. This quote is only for an estimate of what the costs are. To get an accurate estimate for non-profits, weddings, or multiple events please contact us through VRBO.

**Rates are based on 16 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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