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The Old Summit Schoolhouse on Peachy Canyon Road

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,060 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

2 bedroom/2 bath/2 acre property all to yourself w/ bocce ball, fire pit & porch

Built around 1890 and in service as a one room schoolhouse until 1943, the Summit Schoolhouse is truly a special place. Located on Peachy Canyon Road in the Willow Creek AVA, a main artery connecting many Paso Robles west side wineries, you get to enjoy the peace and quiet of the country, while still being only 15 minutes away from all that downtown Paso Robles and Templeton have to offer.

Soaring 11 foot ceilings, give the cozy space a large and airy feel, which includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms, laundry, great room and gourmet kitchen. Situated on two terraced acres, the outdoor area is dotted with several walnut trees and includes a flagstone patio, handmade wine barrel dining table with seating for 8, bocce ball court, fire pit, native landscaping and Adelaida stone walls. Grilling outdoors on the Weber Genesis E-310 gas barbecue allows you to enjoy a game of bocce ball while getting dinner ready at the same time.

The schoolhouse was carefully restored, keeping all improvements period specific to maintain the integrity of the 110+ year-old structure. At the same time, we were able to add complementary upgrades such as marble and Caesarstone countertops in the kitchen and baths, Viking range and dishwasher, paneled French door refrigerator, Thelin pot belly-style stove in the living room, Sony HD 3D flatscreen TV, American Leather brand sofa bed (no springs...this one is so comfortable!), Wi-Fi, Direct TV and vintage lighting.

Restoratively, we recycled the 110+ year-old redwood that was taken from the original siding of the house to accommodate the addition, and use it to construct the kitchen island, over-range vent hood, window cornices and various cabinet doors. The original board and batten style wall construction was maintained throughout the new addition space and the original wood-trimmed screens were modified to fit the repaired windows. The original windows with hand blown glass panes and restored rope pulls remain in the main part of the house.

The expansive porch has seating for four and is perfect for coffee or a glass of wine and waving to the frequent cyclers that take advantage of the connectivity of Peachy Canyon Road from downtown to Vineyard Drive. There is also a dry-farmed hilltop vineyard that provides for a great view of the vine cycle from Spring to late November. After which, the area is buzzing with the local walnut harvest.

This vacation rental is a licensed business within San Luis Obispo County. There is no smoking allowed anywhere on the property.

More Details

Jennifer Tesoriero
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Jennifer Tesoriero

My husband and I have been married for 15 years and along with our two children, reside in Orange County, California. Growing up, I vacationed on the Central Coast with my parents and grandparents and have continued the tradition with my husband, our college friends and now our kids.

Through all of our various phases of life, we have enjoyed many special times with family and friends from San Luis Obispo to San Simeon. The Central Coast, and specifically Paso Robles and our little schoolhouse, hold a special place in our heart.

Jennifer Tesoriero purchased this house in 2013

Why Jennifer Tesoriero chose Paso Robles

We love this property because of its historic charm and amazing location. Our family has vacationed on and enjoyed the Central Coast for over 30 years and feel so fortunate to now have a place to call our own.

Initially we had focused our search in and around downtown Paso Robles thinking we could never afford or be able to maintain the larger acreage properties out on the rural west side. So, when the opportunity to purchase the one-acre schoolhouse and the one-acre parcel behind it, we jumped. With the help of many friends, family and local network of business contacts, we completed the renovation/restoration a year later in August 2014.

Our family loves the location on the West Side because of its central location to many wineries, downtown Paso Robles and the coast. All of our personal favorite wineries are located no more than 15 minutes from our home and we continue to discover more favorites as the industry expands.

The home and its outdoor space offer such a relaxing respite from our busy work and school routine. Even if we only spend a weekend, we leave refreshed and ready to face the week ahead. Being that we can't spend as much time in Paso Robles as we would like is what spurred our decision to share this truly special place with others.


Paso Robles House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1060 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Primary guest must complete and sign rental agreement.
  • Quiet time after 10:00pm.
  • Please treat our historic home with the same respect you treat your own home. Thank you!
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , En suite in master bedroom.
  • Master bath includes a shower and a dual marble top reclaimed wood vanity. The guest bath includes a dual marble top reclaimed wood vanity and a bath/shower combo.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • King bedroom with pillowtop king; en suite bathroom and double doors to back deck. Queen bedroom with pillowtop queen. Sofa bed is queen-plus American Leather brand which is top of the line with no springs and very comfortable.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • festivals
  • library
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf


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The Old Summit Schoolhouse on Peachy Canyon Road
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews


  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough about how absolutely adorable this property’s by far the best vacation rental I have ever stayed in & that says a lot. Beautifully appointed & Beyond charming - only problem is...I don’t want to leave!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Debra- It was a pleasure to host you and your family! Had a lot of fun corresponding before and during your trip. Glad a good time was had by all and appreciate the kind words about our home. Hope to welcome you back soon. - Jennifer
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  • 5 of 5

The old summit school house is a wonderful place in every aspect. We could not have stayed in a more beautiful and tasteful place.

I hope I will have another opportunity to visit!

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dallas, TX


  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at the Schoolhouse with another couple for four nights in late October and it was perfect! Without a doubt one of the best VRBO properties that we have ever rented. The renovation of this property was done the right way - the finish inside and out is terrific and would be admired by any craftsman. One never knows if the pictures on the website are the real deal, but in this case they provide a true representation of the house. It has a fantastic, well-stocked kitchen, great bathrooms, very comfortable beds, a wonderful patio area with a gas fireplace, BBQ grill and bocce ball court. A view of a vineyard across the road during the day and the Milky Way spreading across the sky on a clear night - WOW. And a couple of nice neighbor dogs that will come and greet you from time to time. I can usually find something to ding a house on, but not this one. Jennifer is wonderful to work with, extremely prompt in getting back to you, provides a wonderful compendium of favored wineries, restaurants and other activities - you can tell she loves the place. We will make every effort to go back to the Schoolhouse, and hopefully this review isn't so glowing that we can't get in.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bob, You are very kind with your thoughtful review of the time you spent at our home. We really work hard to keep it in the nice comfortable condition we like it to be when we stay with our family. The beautiful/quiet country setting and clear night skies are both something we miss on a daily basis! We are so glad a good time was had by all and can't wait to welcome you back. Sincerely, Jennifer and Anthony
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  • 5 of 5

Everything and more. Prepare to not want to leave this gem of a home! Our girls getaway at The Schoolhouse far exceeded our high expectations. We hurried back from wine tastings to enjoy it. The home is fully loaded with high quality furnishings, comfy beds, and luxurious linens. The well stocked kitchen with top notch kitchenware was appreciated to create lovely meals. The outdoor entertaining area is beyond fabulous. The property and home are immaculately maintained. We loved and took notice of the attention to detail...old schoolbooks, chalkboards in each room (fun whimsical touch), lovely bath products, board games. The owner Jennifer was a dream to work with...responding promptly and professionally. She provided us with detailed recommendations for wineries to visit. For a magical and memorable Paso experience, book the Old Summit Schoolhouse. We can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Debbie and Friends- We wanted to thank you for the sweet and detailed sentiments about the schoolhouse. So glad that our property was able to add to the fun of what was already such a fun group. We hope you will visit us again for your next trip to Paso! Sincerely, Jennifer and Anthony
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Orange County, CA

Best Ever!

  • 5 of 5

This house is quaint and gorgeous! The surrounding area is perfect and private! The history of the school house is awesome! The chin up bar from the 1800's is a spectacular sight! The renovation is beautifully done...modern but still holding onto the old school house feel! We went to a concert and enjoyed the great wine tasting. We felt so comfortable and right at home! The gal who takes care of the house and the upkeep does an amazing job! I can't say enough about this place! It came with everything you can think of. Like everyone else who has stayed here...we will be back, too!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really appreciate the kinds words about the character and quality of our home, as we take both aspects to heart. Glad you had a fun stay and enjoyed the bits of history that still remain. And yes, our caretaker is the best - we will pass your sentiments along. Sincerely, Jennifer and Anthony
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What a find!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the school house -- great interior and the perfect outdoor area. We started each day with coffee on the front porch and ended each day with wine by the fire pit and playing bocce. The house is very well appointed -- authentic decor and well supplied with all the basics. Staying near the vineyards added to our experience. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kathy - We love our home for all the same reasons you mentioned and appreciate you sharing about your fun stay. Hope to welcome you back soon. Sincerely, Jennifer and Anthony
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Hunter Ranch Golf Course
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Amtrak Station Paso Robles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Highway 46 West
Nearest Beach
28 Miles
Moonstone Beach, Cambria
Car: necessary

Our home, the Old Summit Schoolhouse, is located on Peachy Canyon Road in the Willow Creek AVA, which is a main artery on the rural West Side connecting many of the best wineries in Paso Robles. Within a 5 to 15 minute drive of our home, you will several amazing wineries, including Villa Creek, Law, Thacher, Opolo, Denner, Jada, Shale Oak, Jack Creek, Brecon Estate, Oso Libre, Hammersky, Halter Ranch, Adelaida, Tablas Creek, Calcareous and many other vineyards just beyond. Be sure not to miss Pasolivo Olive oil for a different type of tasting experience!

From our home, downtown Paso Robles is about a 15-20 minute drive. There, you will find the city park located between 11th and 12th Streets which serves as the centerpiece to several fun shops and great restaurants. Also located around the park are many tasting rooms, if you wish to continue your exploration of Paso wine. Depending on your taste, we are happy to provide dining suggestions.

Just down the way on 13th Street is the Paso Robles Children's Museum, which is housed in the old volunteer firehouse. Complete with the original pole and vintage rig, there are lots of educational and playthings for your little ones to enjoy. The museum includes a physical science center, grape stomp, toddler farm, theater area, market, air ball room and creation station, to name a few. Check out their site at for hours, admission and special events calendar.

Easy dining options if you have little ones: Odyssey World Café, Papi's, Berry Hill Bistro, Fish Gaucho, Paso Robles Inn Steakhouse and Taproom Restaurant at Firestone Brewery. If the kids are good, reward them with a visit to Powell's vintage candy shop!

The nearest retail is also about a 15-minute drive where you will find Trader Joes, Pier 46 Seafood, J&R Meats (lots of great items for the grill), Target, OSH, Pier 1 Imports, Michaels and various other stores. A bit further into town, you will find an Albertsons, Kohls, Walmart and Smart & Final. The towns of Atascadero and Templeton are about a 20-minute drive from the house and offer additional retail outlets, shops and restaurants.

If you wish to explore the coast for a day, our home is located exactly 30 minutes from the intersection of 46 West and Hwy 1. From here you can head North to Cambria, Moonstone Beach, San Simeon (Hearst Castle) and Big Sur. Heading South will take you to Cayucos, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, Avila Beach and Pismo Beach. Our family has enjoyed over 30 years of vacationing up and down the Central Coast and have many fond memories in each of these quaint towns. If you choose to stay with us, please don't hesitate to ask for suggestions on where to eat, shop and play on this very scenic route!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Deposit $500

Holidays and Special Event weekends may have higher rates and require a nightly minimum. Discount available for stays of seven nights or more.

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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