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WINTER SALE! $200.00 a Night plus Free Wine Tasting!

Santa Margarita, CA, USA
  • House1450 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 3 nights

3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths-Near SLO, Cal Poly, ZipLines, Beaches Plus Free Wine Tasting

PRESIDENTS WEEKEND PACKAGE SPECIAL: BOOK Three nights (Feb 16-19, 2018) for only $200.00 per night plus enjoy Complimentary wine tasting at Four local wineries. BOOK any other Four consecutive Nights and the 4th night is $100.00. BOOK 6 Nights and the 7th Night is FREE! Your stay will include free wine tasting passes to local wineries, too. To Book these Special Packages Please use the Contact Owner or Ask Owner a Question rather than the Book Now-Instant Reservation so that we can adjust your quote before you book your dates. Please contact us with any questions.

Located a short 10 minutes off the 101 Highway and only 20 minutes from downtown San Luis Obispo, Mission Plaza and Cal Poly, The Windmill House offers travelers a comfortable and relaxing place in the country to call home. The Windmill House is located in the quiet countryside outside of the historic town of Santa Margarita, tucked in a peaceful canyon of the Las Pilitas Valley. At 1,450+ square feet, the Windmill House sits on 4 acres surrounded by larger ranches and US Forest open space.

Fully furnished and equipped, The Windmill House can accommodate up to eight people in three queen size beds, a twin bed and a twin hide-a-bed. The large open concept living-dining room room has plenty of space for eight people to spread out on the comfy section sofa and love seat. The roomy kitchen has all the large and small appliances needed for a short or long term stay. The house comes with all linens, towels, blankets and pillows for a total of 8 people.

Outside there is ample off street parking for vehicles, campers and RV's. The large front yard has an L shape lawn shaded by an ancient Oak tree. The back yard has concrete patio areas with tables, chairs and umbrellas and a Weber charcoal grill. There is an elevated landscaped area with fruit trees and rock roses.

Complimentary wine tasting at several nearby wineries is available to all guests (over 21) of Rock Basin Guest Homes. Guests can sip and sample some of the area's World Famous vintages from the Edna Valley in SLO to the mountains of West Templeton to the rolling hills of Paso Robles.

The Windmill House at Rock Basin Ranch offers travelers some of the closest furnished housing to events and weddings at The Grace Maralyn Estate Gardens, The Pozo Saloon, Spanish Oaks Ranch, Santa Margarita Ranch and the Oyster Ridge Barn at Santa Margarita Ranch. Mission San Luis Obispo, The Jack House and Gardens, Grace Church, La Cuesta Ranch, Higuera Street Ranch, Loomis Ranch and Green Gate Farms are a short 20-25 minute commute from The Windmill House. Beautiful Santa Margarita Lake Park and the Zip Lines at Santa Margarita Ranch are a short 10 minute drive from Windmill House.

Call us for discounts on last minute bookings and packages.


Berenice Parsons

Member Since 2004
Premier Partner
This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.
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Calendar last updated:
Mar 20, 2018
About Berenice Parsons

Rock Basin Guest Homes Mission Statement: To be stewards of the land and its productivity while providing opportunities for guests to connect with the fruitfulness of the earth and the beauty and harmony of nature. I purchased the 4 acres the Windmill House occupies with the 80 acre parcel next door where I live with my two small dogs, Dotty and Penny, in 1979. I had the Windmill House built in 2003 and used it as a month to month rental for 1 year. After attending a class at Cal Poly University on Agri-Tourism, I realized there was an unfilled niche for my home in the vacation rental market. I joined VRBO in 2005 and have enjoyed much success and many satisfied and returning customers during my many years of operations. Book your next getaway at The Windmill House and see why so many of my guests book their next visit before checking out.

Berenice Parsons purchased this House in 1979

Why Berenice Parsons chose Santa Margarita

I converted The Windmill House from a month to month rental to a vacation rental to fill a demand for vacation rentals in a rural, country setting. Guests enjoy getting away from it all out here while only a short 20 minute commute from downtown San Luis Obispo and 30 minutes from the wineries of Paso Robles and area beaches and golf courses. For summer visitors, our fog free weather is a welcome change to the cold beach house rentals and our mountain elevation keeps us cool at night. Guests can enjoy complimentary wine tasting at nearby Soaring Hawks Vineyards and Ancients Peaks Winery in Santa Margarita and several other nearby wineries.

What makes this House unique

The Windmill House is clean and well maintained with all the modern conveniences including WiFi and Satellite TV. Guest are supplied with oak bark and charcoal for the Weber BBQ, foil, ziplocs, paper towels and toilet paper so you don't have to bring these bulky items with you. Seasonal fresh herbs grow from March - October in the garden and the fruit trees in the backyard provide fresh peaches, nectarines and plums. The Guest Homes are some of the closest housing for visitors to Santa Margarita Lake Park or events at Santa Margarita Ranch, Spanish Oaks Ranch and the Pozo Saloon. Book your stay now and enjoy the luxury of a true home away from home for your next vacation.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen, 1 twin/ single, Twin size hide a bed sofa in the Living Room
      • Queen size Beds (3) Pillow top mattresses...very comfy! One twin bed in third bedroom. Twin size sofa sleeper in the Living Room.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1-Master
        toilet, tub, shower, Oval soaking tub
      • Bathroom 2-Hallway
        toilet, combination tub/shower

        Location Type

          • Mountain View
          • Rural


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Living Room
                        Large sectional sofa, love seat with twin hide a bed, rocking chair, 48" wall mounted flat screen TV. Beautiful Hickory hardwood floors.
                      • Air Conditioning
                        Digital control thermostat
                      • Garage
                        Oversize double garage with room of all of your toys
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Digital control thermostat
                      • Internet
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                        100% cotton linens and comforter covers
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        Gas (LPG)
                      • Parking
                        Two car garage and plenty off street parking available.
                      • Parking Off Street
                        Ample off street parking
                      • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                        Off street parking for RV's, travel trailers or motorhomes.
                      • Telephone
                        (4) Local and local toll calls are FREE. Some cell phone will not get a signal here due to our mountain location.
                      • Towels Provided
                        100% cotton towels provided
                      • Washing Machine
                        Detergent and softener sheets provided
                      • Wireless Internet
                        FREE WiFi service available.
                      • Free Wifi


                          • Kitchen
                            New Avonite (like Corian) counter tops, Stainless Steel sink and faucet, new major appliances and Hickory hardwood floors are included.
                          • Catering Available
                            Many top quality caterer's are available close by.
                          • Cooking Utensils
                            Pots, pans, kitchenware, knives, cutting boards and many accessories not found in most rental homes.
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            All included with your rental
                          • Dishwasher
                            Dishwasher detergent included
                          • Ice Maker
                          • Coffee Maker
                            SLO Roasted coffee and Filters provided. Tea bags, too!
                          • Microwave
                            Built-in over the Range
                          • Oven
                            Digital temperature control for accurate cooking.
                          • Pantry Items
                            Stocked spice cabinet. Ziploc bags, foil and trash bags privided
                          • Refrigerator
                            Full size with ice maker
                          • Stove
                            Five burner gas stove with broiler
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Lovely Hickory hardwood floors and a table that can seat 6. There are three bars stools at the eating bar.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • Books
                                    Small Library of paperbacks
                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                    Small DVD movie library
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    Satellite TV with Free WIFI connection.
                                  • Television
                                    One 48'" flat screen in the Living room...32" flat screen in Master bedroom and Second bedroom. DirecTV programming.
                                  • VCR


                                      • Bicycles
                                        We do not provide bicycles, but bring your own for some of the most scenic back road riding in the area.
                                      • Boat
                                        Boating and fishing available on Santa margarita lake, 10 minutes from Windmill House.
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Covered front porch and patios. Large patio in back yards. Gravel patio in side yard. Outdoor table, chairs, umbrellas & chaises provided
                                      • Golf
                                        Many top rated courses within 30 minutes commute time.
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        Rentals available through Margarita Adventures at Santa Margarita Lake Park...10 minutes away.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Large front lawn. Smaller back lawns. Seasonal fresh herbs in the garden.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Weber BBQ with charcoal and oak chips provided.


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • wheelchair inaccessible

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • jetted tub
                                                Large oval soaking tub in Master bathroom

                                                Onsite Services

                                                  • Massage


                                                      • live theater
                                                      • arboretum
                                                      • churches
                                                      • cinemas
                                                      • festivals
                                                      • health/beauty spa
                                                      • library
                                                      • botanical garden
                                                      • marina
                                                      • museums
                                                      • playground
                                                      • restaurants
                                                      • water parks
                                                      • winery tours
                                                      • zoo

                                                        Leisure Activities

                                                          • paddle boating
                                                          • antiquing
                                                          • bird watching
                                                          • boating
                                                          • eco tourism
                                                          • horseback riding
                                                          • horseshoes
                                                          • beachcombing
                                                          • scenic drives
                                                          • shelling
                                                          • shopping
                                                          • sight seeing
                                                          • walking
                                                          • whale watching
                                                          • wildlife viewing

                                                            Local Services & Businesses

                                                              • ATM/bank
                                                              • groceries
                                                              • hospital
                                                              • massage therapist
                                                              • medical services

                                                                Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                  • pier fishing
                                                                  • basketball court
                                                                  • deepsea fishing
                                                                  • fishing
                                                                  • golf
                                                                  • hiking
                                                                  • hot air ballooning
                                                                  • jet skiing
                                                                  • kayaking
                                                                  • mountain biking
                                                                  • paragliding
                                                                  • parasailing
                                                                  • cycling
                                                                  • racquetball
                                                                  • rock climbing
                                                                  • roller blading
                                                                  • sailing
                                                                  • sound/bay fishing
                                                                  • surf fishing
                                                                  • surfing
                                                                  • swimming
                                                                  • tennis
                                                                  • water skiing
                                                                  • wind-surfing


                                                                      • Enjoy quiet, peaceful surroundings in a comfortable, clean vacation home far from the maddening crowds.

                                                                        House Rules

                                                                        Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                        Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                        Cancellation Policy

                                                                        100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                        97 Reviews


                                                                        Latest reviews

                                                                        Home away from home

                                                                        Julia C.

                                                                        With having a family of six, our options are usually limited. This place was perfect. We all had space and were able to relax. The oldest had a room to herself and the littles had a room for them. The beds were comfortable and literally fell asleep within minutes of laying down. It was very clean and quiet. I was glad we were in a spot that I didn't feel like we were intruding on others. We would definitely stay here again when time allows.

                                                                        Perfect for a weekend of wine tasting!

                                                                        Corey S.

                                                                        A small group of us went wine tasting for the weekend, and we had a great time staying at this house! It was private, quiet, and the perfect size. And Berenice is so easy to work with! Thanks for having us!

                                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                                        Hilary and Corey: So happy to hear you enjoyed you short weekend stay at the Windmill House. I look forward to hosting you all again for your third visit to wine country.

                                                                        Excellent Home for 2/3 Families with Kids

                                                                        Sadashiv B.

                                                                        This is a awesome place within Mountains of Santa Margarita. Good for families who want to have a quiet time and enjoy their couple of days of vacation. It is a safe place to stay and near to all the points like Pismo Beach, Sand Dunes, solvang ( about 1.5 hrs drive ) , SLO etc.

                                                                        We had fun and enjoyed staying at this place.

                                                                        The owner of this house was very kind and helping and know how to take care of residents here.

                                                                        I would definitely recommend this place and would be looking forward to stay in future if we plan to visit here.

                                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                                        Sadashiv Families: Thank you for your kind words and review of your stay. I am happy to know you and your extended families enjoyed your time here over the Thanksgiving weekend. As you found, the Windmill House is convenient to all the popular attractions on the Central Coast...beaches, hiking, wine tasting and beautiful Santa Margarita Lake Park is less than 10 minutes from the house. I look forward to hosting you all again for another visit soon.

                                                                        Perfect Family Getaway

                                                                        Erica R.

                                                                        Our family, along with my sister and her family, stayed at the home while in town for our niece'a wedding at Oyster Ridge. It was perfect! 8 slept comfortable and there was plenty of room to spread out. The home is extremely clean - much cleaner then many hotels. We're looking forward to our next stay!

                                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                                        Erica and Family: I'm happy to know you and your family found The Windmill House for your stay to attend your cousin's wedding at the Oyster Ridge Barn at Santa Margarita Ranch. Windmill House offers the closest housing to the Oyster Ridge event site and as you found, it is quite spacious for a group of eight people. Compared to the cost of hotel rooms, it is very affordable as well. Although the location is in the countryside, it's only 20 minutes to San Luis Obispo and 25 minutes to Paso Robles, Morro Bay and many of the areas most popular beaches. I look forward to hosting you family again soon.

                                                                        Great property, remote location

                                                                        Jule H.

                                                                        We stayed here for two days while attending a wedding and it was great.

                                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                                        Jule and Friends: Glad you enjoyed your short stay at the Windmill House. While the country location is away from town, it is only 10 minutes from the 101 freeway and another 10 minutes on the freeway to San Luis Obispo-Cal Poly for a total 20 minute commute. The trade-off for the short commute is a modern, spacious three bedroom, 2 bath house that can accommodate up to eight visitors at a rate ($250/night) that is less than comparable sized licensed rentals in the San Luis Obispo area. Many visitors enjoy the peace and quiet of a country setting as well as the star filled dark night skies.

                                                                        We loved it!

                                                                        Thank you for a great weekend in the country. We were in town to attend the Atascadero Greyhound Athletic Hall of Fame event. My husband was inducted into the 12th class. The location and property were perfect for our party of 6. The property was clean, well equipped, comfortable, with plenty of room, and the location was picture perfect. We will definitely be back to enjoy the Central Coast again. Thanks.

                                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                                        Jennifer and Family: Thank you for your review. I'm happy to know the Windmill House provided your family group with the space to spread out and relax during your stay. The extra large back yard with two big patio table and chair sets worked well for your evening BBQ, too. I look forward to hosting your return visit soon.


                                                                        Santa Margarita, CA, USA

                                                                        Located on Rock Basin Ranch, Las Pilitas Road, 2.8 miles East of W. Pozo Road in Santa Margarita, California.....Star Gazing, Bird and Wildlife watching, Vineyard Tours, Hiking, Fishing Boating and Horseback riding at Santa Margarita Lake Park, Wine tasting, Zip Lining across historic Santa Margarita Ranch, Antique shopping, Art galleries and fine dining all await visitors to The Windmill House.....Or you can just kick back, relax & enjoy the peaceful harmony & atmosphere of our quiet coastal valley!

                                                                        Rates & Availability

                                                                        Taxes and fees are additional

                                                                        Additional information about rental rates

                                                                        Cleaning Fee
                                                                        Tax Rate

                                                                        Check-in time is 4pm or later. Check-out time is 11 am. Early check-in or late-check-out requests will be honored whenever possible, based on availability of the property. Check-in before 1 pm may require a payment of a partial night's rent. This property has an Eight (8) person Maximum Occupancy. An occupant is anyone over the age of 4 staying in the house overnight. Do Not Rent this house if your group is more than Eight (8) people. Cleaning Fee $120.00/nightly-weekly Monthly: $250.00 or more based on the length of stay. Refundable Damage Deposit-Nightly/Weekly: $500.00 Monthly: $750.00 3 night Minimum stay on all Federal Holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Cal Poly Graduation weekend. You are responsible for all damages and missing or broken items. NO loud parties or noise after 11 pm or before 9 am. NO events are allowed at this property. NO PETS ALLOWED. A $250.00/night surcharge will apply if you bring any animal onto the property. Service animals with certified paperwork from a nationally recognized organization are exempt from this rule as is required by Law. DUE TO EXTREME HIGH FIRE DANGER, NO SMOKING IS ALLOWED ON THIS PROPERTY. Smoking of Medical and Recreational Marijuana is NOT ALLOWED. SMOKING IS ONLY ALLOWED INSIDE YOUR PERSONAL VEHICLE AND ALL SMOKING DEBRIS (matches, ashes, butts) MUST BE CONTAINED INSIDE YOUR VEHICLE. There is a $250.00 surcharge for smoking on or inside the property.

                                                                        97 Reviews
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