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Large, Country Getaway Near Hearst Castle! Great For Big Groups and Events!

Bedrooms 6
Space 4,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

5 Bedroom, 4 Bathroom - Additional space - Sleeps up to 16!

The Big House as we call it, features a large, open concept chef's kitchen and family room with 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. There is a large game room with billiards, bumper pool, and ping pong. Our outdoor jacuzzi is perfectly positioned for stargazing and the view from the top of the ranch is out of this world. Our front and back patios are spacious and you'll have privacy, peace and quiet in the country.

In addition to staying in the Big House, guests will be allowed to hike around parts of our 740 acre working ranch. You can also schedule a formal tour of Stepladder Creamery during your stay- just book the tour on our website if you're interested!

*Please note, this home does not have Air Conditioning

More Details

Jill Hammond
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2018

About Jill Hammond

This property boasts a fully-functioning, family-owned goat dairy and creamery as well as acres of avocados and tropical fruit. The views are spectacular and you'll find serenity and privacy at this home away from home.

Jill Hammond purchased this house in 1979

Why Jill Hammond chose Cambria

The farm was founded by Jack's grandfather in 1979. He established the orchard and developed the ranch. After graduating college and briefly working in technology, Jack decided to move down to the farm to take over operations and started the creamery operations.

What makes this house unique

This ranch has the perfect climate and access to all that the Central Coast has to offer, but adds a level of privacy and luxury unavailable almost anywhere else. Whether hiking on the ranch, strolling Main Street in the charming town of Cambria, visiting nearby Hearst Castle and San Simeon's Elephant Seals, or sampling the delicious wines of the Central California Coast, you are only a short drive away. We look forward to hosting you!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have had a great tradition of taking our family for a Thanksgiving retreat each year---this year was the best location ever!! The great people who own the Stepladder Ranch are wonderfully easy to work with and they care about their visitors; waiting for each family was a gift bag containing delicious avocados grown on the ranch. The Ranch provided lovely grounds as seen from the multi-windowed house and a superior view of the Pacific Ocean was a wonderful added bonus. Of course, the best part of property was the house itself. The pictures don't begin to do justice to the house---it is magnificent! Each room is decorated with vintage pictures of the ranch and memorabilia of its history. The kitchen is equipped for every need; and facilities include 2 each of refrigerators and dishwashers, 3 sinks and everything needed for our large family Thanksgiving dinner. We will definitely return to the Stepladder Ranch; in fact we are considering renting it for our company Christmas party as the helpful owners have caterers that they recommend for such an event. Each of our 4 generations was impressed and they all had a superior vacation.

Recommended for: Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with
Nov 2014
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Cambria House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • North Master - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    South Master - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    West Hallway - toilet , combination tub/shower
    East Hallway - toilet , shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • North Master - 1 king
    South Master - 1 king
    West Twin - 2 twin/ single
    Bunk Room - 2 bunk bed
    East Twin - 2 twin/ single
    Office - 2 sleep sofa /futon
    Gameroom - 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Large, Country Getaway Near Hearst Castle! Great For Big Groups and Events!
average rating of 4.969697 based on 67 reviews

Amazing Trip!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, well maintained home. The amenities were more than expected. The perfect place to chill and relax. Both the home & the views were exactly what was pictured on the website and then some.

Jill Hammond was truly a pleasure to deal with, her response to any questions we had prior to, during and after the trip was immediate.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
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Famiy Magic

  • 5 of 5

We celebrated our 60th anniversary and my 80th birthday. We fed a crowd and the large kitchen and warming trays made it easy. The ample storage for everyones things

made a big difference.

I like the quiet beauty of the place. The children loved the goat tour. Overall loved it.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An absolute Dream

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful weekend with our family here at the “big house”!

Everything about it is amazing!!

Walking in, the house gives the best impression, it is so gorgeous and the space is so wonderful for a group to hangout together.

I don’t think our kids ever left the well stocked game room, maybe just to go in the hot tub =)

Everything in and around the home is in great condition, you can tell it is all very well cared for and maintained.

We will definitely recommend Step Ladder Ranch!

We also took the tour at the goatfarm and that was super fun and informative, and we loved sampling the cheeses.

Thanks again! We hope to be back again! Jennie and Gil

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Getaway in a Spectacular Setting

  • 5 of 5

The house is spacious, well appointed and easily accommodated our large family of 11, with kitchen facilities that could handle twice our group. It sits atop a hill with a spectacular view of both the surrounding farmland and of the Pacific Ocean. It was by far the best choice we had with proximity to the beach, hiking trails, the Hearst Castle, and other attractions in the Cambria area. We wish the tour of the farm (goats and creamery) could be expanded to include a broader visit of the entire property (at least for people renting the Big House) and recommend that the price structure be amended to discount the cost charged for small children.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful venue!

  • 5 of 5

Our business team picked this house for their annual retreat. There were 10 of them who stayed at the property. All the amenities shown in the picture are real. They had a great time and got the work done. It was a true retreat for them. Thank you Michelle and Jill for answering my emails right away.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and spacious home for a family get together. Great views too.

  • 5 of 5

We had a weekend family birthday celebration and the house was a perfect place to have our get together. The kitchen is enormous and there is plenty of room to eat and relax. Everyone had an enjoyable and memorable stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
San Luis Obispo
Nearest Barpub
9.3 Miles
Nearest Train
45 Miles
San Luis Obispo
Nearest Restaurant
9.3 Miles
Nearest Beach
5.2 Miles
San Simeon Creek
Car: necessary

Our ranch is located 5.2 miles up San Simeon Creek Road off of the Hwy 1, just 15 minutes to the beach (5.2 miles) and 18 minutes to downtown Cambria!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning $300 + Tax

All rates are based on a 12 guest visit. We can accommodate up to 16 guests with an extra guest charge of $75/guest/night. Children are counted as guests. Please inquire about applicable day use charges and limits for visitors who are not overnight guests. Extra Day use guests by permission only and subject to a charge and limits.

The Big House at Stepladder Ranch proudly offers a 5% discount on nightly rates to any repeat customers who wrote a positive review about your listing on VRBO.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made outside of 90 days of the Check-in date will lose the entire deposit. For cancellations made inside of 60 days, you will lose the entire deposit & final payment. Note - this is our own personal policy that is different from VRBO.

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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