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Avila Beach Cottage - Just Steps from the Best Beach on the Central Coast!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

A Historic Home & Your Beach Home By The Sea.

Relax in this spectacular historic beach house just steps from the water. Unique and still a Central Coast secret, Avila Beach, or ”AB” if you’re local, is always sunny and is pet friendly – like us! Book now and start a new lifestyle making Casa San Miguelito … your new beach home away from home!

This classic (built in 1896), three bedroom, one bathroom charming property is just a little over a block from the beach! Historic with a wide array of beautiful antique furniture, amenities include a stunning claw-foot tub, an authentic Gaffers & Sattler stove, and THE most luxurious queen beds and bedding – to add a touch of comfort and elegance to your escape from the hustle and bustle. While the beach is close, there are many things to do, including a nearby championship golf course, amazing mineral spas, local wine tasting, hiking and biking, the Central Coast Aquarium, the Point San Luis Lighthouse museum and more! Or you can choose to relax and cozy up with a glass of wine and a book in your front courtyard.

Casa San Miguelito is just a few steps from the Avila Beach Pier, and even closer to great restaurants and shopping, indulgent local ice cream, plus yummy wine tasting. On Fridays during the summer, you won't want to miss the Farmer’s Market that includes live bands, local cheese, lavender and pampering products, great tri-tip and fish tacos, and much more! Make Casa San Miguelito your Avila Beach destination for a weekend getaway, a week-long or month-long retreat.

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Sara Elena
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2018

About Sara Elena

¡Hola! All this is because three people love each other; Nathalie (our daughter who enjoys hiking, SCUBA diving and long walks to the refrigerator), Ara (Nat's dad loves the Oakland A's and Hunter S. Thompson) & Sara (Nat's mom feels there is just not enough wine in this world) so please meet our familia. We live in the back house, which is 'upstairs' (68 to be exact). We love to travel, food, wine and the outdoors, but most of all we love helping our guests explore and enjoy the Central Coast.


Sara Elena purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Sara Elena chose Avila Beach

Our dear guests say it best: "You can tell from the moment you walk in the front door that the owners have poured their heart and soul in making Casa San Miguelito a special place." And, we have. This is -- and continues to be -- a true labor of love. We are NOT a typical vacation rental: We want all our guests to feel special and a part of our CSM familia. Therefore, we try to make their experience an enjoyable, everlasting memory from the moment they receive their Official Welcome Letter, that details what you can expect, to the "Until Your Next Visit" thank-you note and special gift that lets each guest know how appreciative we are that they chose CSM for their special stay!

What makes this cottage unique

It's quite a funny story why we chose to buy this property because, as we share with each guest, we feel like Casa San Miguelito in Avila Beach really chose us! Like many of our guests, we didn't even know Avila Beach existed before a chance turn-off of Highway 101. The Beach Boys sang about Pismo Beach, but in our opinion, the real gem is Avila. Little did we know the tremendous support we would receive from the locals in watching us rehabilitate this beautiful beach cottage (mostly done by the three of us) and how living in this small, quaint community would remind us about being polite to everyone, putting your worries into perspective, taking time to breath in the fresh air ... and being grateful. Our sincere hope is that our guests, after meeting us and experiencing one of the last historical beach homes in AB, feel the same way! Fortunately, they do and that reminds us of why we chose this special part of paradise!


Avila Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The recently renovated bathroom features a recently restored claw-foot tub, a travertine vanity, spa robes, luxurious bathing and grooming amenities, such as a blow dryer, a flat and wand iron, a makeup mirror, natural light and storage, and plenty of rubber duckies for the child in all of us!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Our newly remodeled attic is now ready for two more guests!
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Featuring a handmade Aireloom mattress and a walk-in closet!
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Also, features a handmade Aireloom mattress with lux-linens!
  • Each bedroom features a handmade tufted mattress by the luxurious brand, Aireloom, who originated the handmade California mattress with its impeccable craftsmanship. The queen bed includes a low-profile box spring for accessibility. Each bedroom also features high ceilings, natural light, an elegant linen storage bench and plenty of closet space. And, for our pampered babies and toddlers, we even have a Pack n Play complete with luxurious linens to wrap your new baby or toddler in comfort for parents who want the best for their babies!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
We are around the corner from luxurious spa services, and just down the road from The Avila Bay Athletic Club and The Avila Beach Golf Resort. Moreover, this is home to some of the top California wineries and tasting rooms, and we are just a quick drive to the Edna Valley and Paso Robles wine country.


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Avila Beach Cottage - Just Steps from the Best Beach on the Central Coast!
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews

Just fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

What a great week we had, this is a great place to stay since it's so close to the beach and shops and restaurants, you cannot go wrong. The owners are just incredible and make you feel so welcomed.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Simi Valley, CA

Darling historical beach cottage

  • 5 of 5

This home is spotless with beautiful furnishings. Great location! Walking distance to the beach, shops, and restaurants. The owners are the best and their hospitality can not be beat. We will definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you soooo much, Jenee!!! We can't thank you enough for choosing us and these kind words about your stay at Casa San Miguelito and us. This was such a special weekend for us as well. We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you, your AWESOME hubby and your dear, Louie!!! So happy he loved his first time at the beach and especially Avila's Dog Beach!!! A very special thank you as well for sharing some of your anniversary time with us, going to dinner and sipping wine at Tolosa Vineyard! You both are AMAZING people and seriously can't wait for your next trip to AB and CSM with the boy's! Casa San Miguelito is, and will always be, YOUR BEACH HOME in Avila Beach!
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Aliso Viejo, CA

Charming beach cottage with amenities galore steps from Avila Beach- Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

This is the best VRBO I've ever rented! The beach house is historic, charming, beautifully decorated and appointed with all the amenities you need for the perfect beach get away. The owners welcomed us with wine and dog treats for our fur baby. They have thought of everything: welcome snacks, beach chairs, umbrellas, sunscreen, lap blankets, comfy beds, well-stocked kitchen, fresh flowers, coupons for local dining and activities (just to name a few.) The backyard has a breathtaking wall of colorful nasturtiums and has adirondack chairs, a bar-b-que and fire pits for use. The front courtyard is fenced in with table, chairs and umbrella and more adirondacks for relaxing. The owners are unobtrusive (they live high above the cottage) but are available for you if needed. They even sent champagne over to us when they heard our daughter got engaged! A full-service concierge style rental - we will come back again! We love Avila Beach (our favorite things to do are golf, dog beach, bike rentals to ride the Bob Jones trail, Avila Barn for olallieberry pie and cider, fresh fish market on third pier, wine tasting, tri-tip tacos at Avila Market, coffee at Kracken, bocci ball on the beach.) Five star rating for our stay at Casa San Miguelito!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Christine!!! We are so thrilled to have been your hosts and to have had the pleasure of meeting you and your wonderful family on this special weekend at Casa San Miguelito. The laughter and love from your family emanated from the house like warm sunshine itself! We have played host to wonderful weddings, honeymoons and Valentine's day getaways -- but this was the first engagement at CSM: We are sooooo honored! Your family is full of love, including your wonderful "fur baby" and it warms our hearts to see guests use the courtyards, walk to the beach and enjoy all Avila Beach and Casa San Miguelito have to offer. We are grateful that you let others know about our special little seaside escape and we look forward to having all of you back!!!
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Unique and welcoming place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Such a great find this place. Old original beach cottage wonderfully and carefully renovated by Sara and Ara who as well as being lovely people to deal with obviously take a huge amount of pride in their place. So many little touches really do make a huge difference. It's a 100 metres or so to a superb beach and was great having all the beach equipment and toys to borrow. Be there on a Friday afternoon to catch the farmers market. Will hopefully stay again one day.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Romantic Get-Away Perfection

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I are not very outdoorsy people per se.. and to be honest, even tough we live in Los Angeles, we hardly ever visit the beaches. This is mostly in part because beaches in LA tend to be crowded. We were looking to go to a relaxing, quiet and beautiful beach town and Avila Beach was just that. We decided to stay in Casa San Miguelito because of its proximity to the beach. The beach is one block away. The hosts greeted us with an incredible bottle of Rose and shared their love for Avila beach. Everything was crisp, clean and fresh for us. Did I mention the delicious wine? They recommended a wine shop down the block called Alapay. We bought a case of their champagne to bring home. Everything about this place was wonderful. My husband and I had the best of time here. I took a hot bath sipping on my wine, while my husband and sat on the terrace writing taking in the sun. Just writing this review makes me go back. Will recommend Casa Miguelito to anyone and will stay here again. This is the most romantic little beach cottage ever.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Awwwwwww!!! Thank you Bricia for your beautiful and kind words about our special cottage!!! We are so appreciative that we could make your stay so refreshing and relaxing. We especially loved hearing about how much you enjoyed the original claw foot tub with a glass of wine! Those types of moments are exactly what we want our guests to experience. We also loved knowing that you enjoyed Alapay so much you took some home with you! Please know that Casa San Miguelito is, and will always be, YOUR BEACH HOME in Avila Beach! Come back soon!
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  • 5 of 5

This magical location seemed like a short drive from Los Angeles. The whole Central Coast was lovely and especially verdant after all the rain this year. This was not our first visit to Avila Beach, but it was our first time staying in this community. So much nicer than Pismo or even Morro Bay. We were warmly welcomed by the lovely proprietors, Sara and Ara. They are such genuine and caring people; they did whatever they could to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. Casa San Miguelito is a charming home, and had all the amenities we could ask for. We were encouraged to bring our 2 dogs. Bowls, leashes etc. were provided. The dogs especially enjoyed the sun room and back garden with "Machu Picchu." We were able to easily walk to the beach/bay where there were plenty of choices for dining. We ate a lot of very good fresh fish, and all the restaurants personally knew Sara and Ara, and treated us as special guests. One restaurant on the pier had windows looking into the water from the tables, so that we could see birds and sea lions while eating. We were only able to stay a few days but it felt like a week. We also drove a few miles up to Morro Bay to see otters and various birds. The hiking along the San Luis creek was very nice as well.

Can't wait to go back!!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for these kind words about your stay at Casa San Miguelito in our Casa Journal and on this site! It seemed the time just flew -- and are so glad you were able to bring your pampered little ones to enjoy dog-friendly Avila Beach as well! We can't say enough about the yummy pastries you brought us as a host gift! Wow... deeeelish!!! Thank you again for choosing CSM (and, of course, the yummy pastries!). We look forward to your next visit real soon!!!
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Nearest Airport
9.3 Miles
San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP)
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Mr. Rick's
Nearest Golf
0.8 Miles
Avila Beach Golf Resort
Nearest Train
9.9 Miles
San Luis Obispo (SLO) Train Station
Nearest Motorway
2.7 Miles
U.S. Highway 101
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Custom House
Car: necessary

Avila Beach is a small beach and historic beach town where nearly everything is just steps away -- great restaurants, great shops, and great activities like water sports, championship golfing, biking and hiking! There are spas and pampering salons, fresh-fish and farmer's markets, summer concerts, places to visit like the lighthouse or aquarium, and the absolute best collection of wine-tasting rooms of any beach town anywhere.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $300
Pet Fee $250
Damage Insurance $99

- Rates & Fees are subject to change due to Peak vs. Nonpeak dates, number of people with use of the attic bedroom, cleaning with 5-6 people, Holiday's, Central Coast/Cal Poly special events, or inclusion of pets.
- Our Pet Fee is a per-pet fee and is based on breed, age and weight. It is a fee, rather than a deposit, and therefore, is non-refundable. Pet Fee (less than 26 lbs) $250, (26-50 lbs) $300 and (51+ lbs) $350.
- Major Holiday Reservations require 5-night minimum at higher Holiday Rate.
- There is an Event Fee (i.e., outside guests on property), depending on the type of event, ranging from $500-$3,500 (depending of month and event).
- Our Cleaning Fee is a fee, and not a deposit, therefore, it is non-refundable.
- CSM only accepts VRBO's Damage Protection which is also non-refundable (by VRBO), but it covers up to $5000 (see above for more details).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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