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Dude Ranch near Bay Area

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Group rentals, travel to the country with friends and family

You aren't just renting a house, you're booking an authentic country getaway. The Bar SZ Ranch is a genuine working family ranch. A few days here will immerse you in a lifestyle that we love to share with others. Enjoy horseback riding, roping, hayrides, skeet and trap shooting, archery, seasonal creek walking, and hiking. And when the sun goes down, relax as a rancher would with a BBQ, bonfire, and epic star gazing.

This house is extremely unique as it is located on a very historical property in the heart of San Benito County. The property is home to what was once the art studio of world famous painter, Thomas Kinkade. It was also once home to the world famous cow horse Doc Bar. The house sits in the middle of an active horse pasture, allowing you to wake up to horses grazing outside your window! Picture windows throughout the house allow for breath taking views across the entire ranch. It is truly an amazing place to get away, relax, and rejuvenate.

The grounds are home to thousands of native birds and animals. We are just 10 minutes from the Pinnacles National Park which offers world-class hikes, rock climbing, and outdoor educational classes. The ranch is located 40 minutes from a town with shopping and restaurants.

*Note: We have 2 other houses and 2 glamping horse stalls if you need to accommodate a larger group, just search Bar SZ Ranch.

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Rebekah Paullus
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Rebekah Paullus

This ranch is extremely unique as it is located on a very historic property in the heart of San Benito County. It is known around the world as the Legendary Doc Bar Ranch, which was home to the famous cow horse Doc Bar.

There is an art studio which once belonged to the world famous painter Thomas Kinkade and sits upon a beautiful and quiet hill that overlooks the valleys and mountains of the ranch. Picture windows allow for breathtaking views across the entire house. It is a truly amazing place to get away, relax, and rejuvenate.

The grounds are home to thousands of native birds and animals. We are just 10 minutes from the Pinnacles National Park which offers hiking, rock climbing, and outdoor educational classes. The ranch is located 40 minutes from a town with shopping and restaurants.

Rebekah Paullus purchased this house in 2014

Why Rebekah Paullus chose Paicines

This is a working ranch and we welcome you to enjoy all aspects of ranch life with us (as much as you would like)! There is a managing family who lives on the property should you need anything. They are extremely happy to assist with anything from starting camp fires, to barbequing on our large outdoor grill, or helping you experience the working side of the ranch. We want everyone's experience to be unique and suited to their personal desires. We really enjoy sharing all that this magnificent ranch has to offer!

What makes this house unique

It does a body good to get out in the country, take a deep breath, and relax. There is no traffic, noise, or people, just quiet country living that will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated.


Paicines House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master with a King bed, Guest suite with a King bed, and a loft with six twin beds.
  • Books
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Pool Table ...
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • festivals
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • rock climbing


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(7 traveler reviews)

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Dude Ranch near Bay Area
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

What an AMAZING experience !!!

  • 5 of 5

Our weekend at SZ Ranch was PERFECT !!!

We were 2 families with 6 children (ranging from 9 to 2 years old), sharing the Art House. The house is beautiful, what an amazing view to wake up to!!! It is fully facilitated (all we needed to bring was food). It was so comfortable and spacious. We had some guests over on Saturday and we all fitted comfortably in the house.

Tim and Michelle are very nice and hospitable couple. They accommodated our every need and were more then happy to help with the animals (explaining and activity wise) and hiking around the area.

Our children were happy to roam free in nature and learn about farm life, as were we.

The place is very peaceful and quiet, we enjoyed the fresh air and endless nature (hiking was fun).

We highly recommend this place - great house, wonderful people, amazing nature and endless fun.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family get away

  • 5 of 5

With family members living far apart, it was a good environment to catch up and get to know new members. There are many things to do, so every one could enjoy themselves. Good place to learn how a ranch works is you have never been on a ranch before. House is spacious and has all the facilities. No tv, but is not needed. Good internet. Great hosts.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Palos Verdes, CA


  • 5 of 5

We city folks arrived to Tim and Michelle's beautiful, visually stunning ranch property and like other reviewers have said, did NOT want to leave. The "Artists Studio," sitting in a valley of golden hills, along a winding picturesque country road, was perfect for our group of 10, with plenty of group or private spaces to hang out. The peaceful back deck on the house underneath a giant oak was were we ate our meals, played board games, and just took in the fresh air, punctuated by the sounds of an occasional cow lowing from across the valley. In the distance, we might catch the faint sound of a horse whinny. Yes, really! At night, a virtual canopy of millions of stars had us speechless. We strolled over to the main ranch house and happened upon a delightful yet probably typical day-on-the-ranch tableau. In the clean, spacious, covered horse arena, Michelle was teaching six 10 year old girls about how to teach your horse to walk. In the barn, Michelle and Tim's daughter was fresh from the county fair that morning with her own lamb (to me, this lamb looks like a GIANT SHEEP, bigger than a large dog) that she would care for during the year. As she stroked her lamb, she patiently stood and answered all of our questions about life on the ranch, animals, and going to school in a one room school house down the road. Tim was working with a couple of ranch hands moving wood in a tractor. Yup. A REAL farmer's tractor, just like in the story books. Everyone works hard but will stop what they are doing to make sure you have all you need and answer any of your city-kid questions. Meanwhile, the lamb escapes. I want to panic. The work hands deftly steer their horses so as to corral the lamb without frightening it. Tim lopes over, picks up his lasso, spins it, and has the lamb gently captured as his young daughter expertly slides in from behind the lamb and grabs its leash.... bridle?? Does it get any better? Oh yes it does! At night, we again stroll to the main house after hearing rumors of roasted marshmallows being available. 6 or 8 young ranch hands are sitting around the campfire. Tim and Michelle are out on an anniversary date. Before we know it, these young kids are playing guitar and singing for us. They each tell how inspirational Tim and Michelle have been in their lives. We sing along under the stars. What a magical place. We realize that all weekend, we never logged in to check our emails. THAT says it all. Book this place. You won't regret it!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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WOW. Amazing place!! Like a dude ranch but more activities. Pinnacles short drive away.

  • 5 of 5

What a great experience. The people who run this place - Tim and Michelle - are fantastic hosts. Their kids live on the ranch with them and they are great hosts too. This ranch only recently started allowing guests to stay overnight which probably explains why there are so few reviews.

This ranch is like a Dude Ranch where you can sleep over, and learn about all things related to ranch life, including riding horses, saddling them, brushing them, feeding them, learning to throw a lasso rope, and driving cattle. We had a great experience horse back riding. We learned how to prepare the horses and saddle them for the ride. After the ride, we learned how to take the riding gear off and wash down and brush the horses. We got to do a "cattle drive" moving them from one fenced area to another. Felt like a scene from City Slickers.

You also can shoot guns They have flying clays or targets to shoot at. They also have archery and other activities. We sat out at our own campfire right outside our house, roasted marshmallows and watched the stars. There also is a fire pit in a larger group area where you can meet other guests and the family that runs the ranch.

This ranch is the closest place I know of near Pinnacles National Park where you can stay overnight. 8 mile drive from the ranch. But we were so busy at the ranch, we hardly had time to visit the Pinnacles.

Prices are more than reasonable. What a great experience for the whole family - you will do and learn things you can't do anywhere else.

The Ranch is also a wedding venue and a place for family reunions and corporate events. I hope to plan a family reunion there in the near future. Nothing else like it that I know of so close to the Bay Area.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and relaxing setting, incredible views, activities for adults and kids

  • 5 of 5

This was a great getaway, but close enough for a relaxed weekend. My wife and two kids (ages 12 and 14) came here for a few days and didn't want to leave. The ranch is nestled in a narrow valley with beautiful views in all directions. The artist's studio has this huge wall of windows that look out across the valley, so you can just sit back and take it all in without leaving the couch. But when you want some fun activity, there are so many options, horseback lessons and trail riding, hayrides to the back country, clay pigeon shooting, and even a nice local hike up the hills with a spectacular view including Pinnacles national park. Of course, Pinnacles is just minutes away and if you have not visited, it's a must see too. But I would agree with other reviews that you could spend a whole week here relaxing, riding, and enjoying the other activities on the ranch. The family that runs the ranch is very welcoming and always available if you need something. The one recommendation I would make is to be sure to bring all the food and drink you want if coming just for the weekend -- the closest real shopping is at least 30 minutes away and you'll not want to break up your stay with a shopping trip.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA

Came for Pinnacles. Left loving the Farm.

  • 5 of 5

What an experience it was! We came for Pinnacles, but by the end of our vacation, that was the least exciting item on our itiniary. There was of course the horse back riding. We never actually expected our kids (and myself) to love it so much. By the end of the stay, my daughter did 4 sessions. I should now worry about how to continue their new-found love after returning home.

There were also the many cats our girls temporarily adopted. Oh, the multitude of tea parties & “baths” they had to endure for a few table scraps.

But by far the biggest surprise were the owners – Tim, Michelle, and their 3 adorable kids – just how friendly and accommodating the were. First, this is the first time we’ve been to a vacation rental where the owners engaged us on such a personal level. We loved how they showed us the barn and all the animals. Then, there were the on-demand horse-back riding lessons. I don’t think such a thing exists anywhere else! We also great conversations about all sorts of aspects of farm life. I learned quite a bit of the business aspects of it.

We’re definitely going to be back soon and recommending this vacation to our friends and family.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
San Jose International
Car: necessary

We have a full list of local attractions, google Bar SZ Ranch for additional information.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Additional Guest Fee $50 per person per night
Damage Deposit $500

Nightly rate includes 6 guests. Additional guests will pay $50 per person per night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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