A Historic Home & Your Beach Home By The Sea.
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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. ¡Salud!
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!
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Cal Poly Alumni Weekend
This cottage was absolutely perfect in every way! Great location, very clean, and lot's of room outdoors to enjoy the weather.
Definitely coming back to CSM !
The property was like a home away from home. I loved all the little touches . Everything was done with great love. The location was perfect. Sara and Ara were so helpful. Chilled beverages waiting when we arrived. Parking was perfect. A brewery and Wine tasting a block away.
They even went all out to decorate for our Cal Poly Graduate. Balloons and chocolates and decorated donuts. It made it soooo special and much appreciated. Next time we will go for at least a week as four days was not enough to do everything we wanted too. It is a great location only 10 minutes to Whole foods , Trader Joes and Cal Poly and Friday night farmers market was a blast right in Avila.
Historic Cottage, Attentive Hosts
Updated Design-Focused Cottage just 5 minute walk to the beach. Location is ideal to restaurants and stores on beachfront, no need to drive to eat if you don't wish. Make sure to eat at Custom House in patio and Ocean Grill (salmon/brussels sprouts awesome). We visited with our dog Brook, she was welcomed with dog bowls, etc., and her own supply of treats for the next 5 days. Front/backyard fenced to keep her safe from wondering.
Patio in front to do some people watching, patio outback for quiet time. Terraced backyard is given love and care; parking in front so no hassle to find a parking space.
Close to wineries: we enjoyed Kelsey Vineyard, Autry Cellers. Within a few miles, a must visit is Avila Valley Barn: farmland with goats, ponies, sheep, chickens; produce, country market goodies.
Thank you so much for this wonderful and thoughtful review, Diane! Clearly, you and your hubby (and your very sweet Brook) had the best time here in Avila Beach! We are SO happy to read about all the wonderful places you visited, and that you liked the heartfelt care that we give to our special beach cottage -- and to our special four-legged pampered guests that also stay at CSM! Seeing you two relaxed and enjoying all the cottage and Avila Beach have to offer warms our hearts and is the reason we do this. Thank you again for choosing CSM for your stay this month -- we can’t wait for your next visit!
Charming, Immaculate Home by the Sea
We had a wonderful stay in Sara Elena, Ara, Nathalie and Jamie's historic cottage, which is beautifully decorated and has special little touches around every corner. Our family has been visiting Avila Beach since our kids were very little, but this was our first time staying in Casa San Miguelito. We loved it! It was so nice to be in a comfortable, cozy house rather than a hotel and we felt very welcomed (including our dog!). Plus, we had a place to store our surfboards, and they had all the other beach equipment we needed! Being steps away from fabulous restaurants, shops and a gorgeous, dog-friendly beach are what we love about the area.
We can’t say enough about you and your entire family, Ulla!!! Thank you again for choosing CSM and your lovely words in this AMAZING review!!! It truly means everything to us that we made you feel right at home and, especially, that dear Daisy felt welcomed. She is simply a cutie and we are SO happy she loved her peanut butter snackies! A special treat for us was seeing that CSM was now an Official Surf Shack! We loved knowing that you and the entire family were enjoying Avila Beach’s waves every day! Also, thank you for taking such great care of CSM, sending us the image of how much fun you and the family were having, your daughter’s beautiful “Thank You” art, and Hang Loose chalk drawing! A true talent! Please know we can't wait to have you and the entire family back soon and that CSM will ALWAYS be YOUR Surf Shack -- Cowabunga!!!
Adorable, clean, and walk to the beach, shops, and restaurants!
We have never done this before so we were a little nervous. But once we pulled up to the house with such a warm welcome, we were so happy! We brought our son and our dog too! Sara had the red carpet rolled out for our dog Toby. Treats, water bowls, bed. The house was so cute! Very bright and had everything we needed! Towels, sand toys, chairs, and so much more! We spent four glorious days here. Everything was in walking distance! So convenient! We will definitely be going again to the fabulous CSM!!! I highly recommend you go too!!
You are WAY too kind, Dina!!! You have no idea how much this review means to us. And, thank you again for choosing CSM for this special stay in December and taking such great care of CSM! It was so much fun hosting you and your dear Toby! He was simply adorable, just like the rest of the family! We are so happy you loved the cottage and Avila Beach! Please know we can't wait to have you and the entire family back soon! Consider CSM as YOUR beach home -- ALWAYS!!!
DREAM BEACH HOME! Couldn’t have asked for more :)
I honestly don’t know where to begin. I am a nanny who booked this incredible beach home for a high profile family from LA. They wanted a family getaway that was unique and that’s exactly what they got! I spent WEEKS looking for the perfect beach house and was starting to panic when nothing looked good enough for them. The beach homes I was finding were far from the beach, or far from restaurants, or looked super rundown and tacky. God answered my prayers when I stumbled upon this beautiful safe haven. The interior design was so peaceful, cozy and welcoming. The location couldn’t have been better! Literally the shortest 1-2 blocks to the most stunning quiet beach, delicious restaurants, a park, aquarium, wineries, shopping and coffee/smoothie shops! I booked it instantly! Then Sara (Wonder Woman/ Ángel ) called me within thirty minutes of booking it and made sure I knew all I needed to know and wanted to know what we needed to make our stay extra special. It was mind blowing how personal and caring she was!
Throughout the trip Sara and Ara were not only the kindest owners ever, but they constantly made sure we had everything we needed! From toothbrushes, restaurant recommendations, boogie boards and fire pit necessities for s’more making :). Not to mention the sparkling lemonade and welcome basket with gourmet snacks!
The four kids (2 boys and 2 girls) ranging from 9-15 all had something to do! Their energy changed when we arrived there. It felt lighter and happier, we were blown away. It’s liberating being in such a quiet, sweet and safe town. During our stay we went ATV riding, saw a phenomenal show at The Great American Melodrama, went to Port San Luis, Avila Valley Barn, Bubblegum Alley, the San Luis Mission, and the beach of course! It’s rare all four kids enjoy the same activities but they all did!
I’m totally rambling in this review but I can’t put into words how magical and lovely this weekend getaway was! Something about this gorgeous home and Sara and Ara providing concierge service while treating us like we are family friends was just so special and unlike anything we’ve ever experienced! It’s like something you never knew you needed nor wanted until you’ve had it! ;)
If you are looking for a special or healing beach/weekend getaway for your family, BOOK it. I promise you won’t regret it! We can’t wait to come back and make it a tradition! You truly get what you pay for (and more) at Casa San Miguelito! :)
It's fair to say that Casa San Miguelito is a labor of love for us, even more so with Mandi Poppins! Yes, that is officially your new nickname! Because every day is a holiday with Mandi! We seriously can't thank you enough for this AMAZING review!!! You are the most dynamic and positive force we've ever met and your warmth enlightens every room you enter -- we feel so grateful that you found us and chose Casa San Miguelito for your extended familia! Even though you are a Central Coast local, we want to thank you for valuing our insights and recommendations and for making us feel like part of your extended familia, what a special gift! A special thank you for your attention to detail in making sure the cottage was clean, organized, and for treating our home with such great care! We very much enjoyed the whole familia and you definitely set the tone for a perfect family-fun getaway! We must say, it's lovely to have our efforts appreciated, but even more so when it comes from such a kind, caring and sweet person that understands that some businesses come from the heart; and Mandi, you will ALWAYS have a place in our home...and our hearts. Please come back soon!
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.