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Rustic Luxury On Historic Cambria Avocado Farm / Goat Dairy

Bedrooms 6
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 16

The Big House features a large central, open concept chef's kitchen and family room which is flanked by 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. We also have a large game room with billiards, bumper pool, and ping pong. Our outdoor jacuzzi is perfectly positioned for stargazing up at the Milky Way– since the house is tucked away from nearby towns, the visibility of the night sky is truly unforgettable. Our front and back patios allow you to either soak up or avoid the sun as you prefer with privacy, peace and quiet.

In addition to staying in the Big House, guests will be allowed to walk around our 740 acre estate ranch. We have 8 large orchards predominantly planted with avocados, but peppered with rare subtropical fruit, including passion fruit, mangoes, and lots of coffee.

More Details

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About The Owner

I run our avocado farm and goat dairy! When I am not working in the orchards or the pasture, I love kayak fishing in the kelp beds and wine tasting along HW46!

The Owner purchased this house in 1979

Why The Owner chose Cambria

This farm was founded by my grandfather in 1979, and he established our orchard and developed the ranch. After graduating college and briefly working in technology, I chose to move down to the farm to take over operations.

What makes this house unique

Our 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 its Elephant Seals, or sampling the delicious wines of the Central California Coast, you are only a short drive away.

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
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • 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 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
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • 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
  • golf
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Rustic Luxury On Historic Cambria Avocado Farm / Goat Dairy
average rating of 4.962963 based on 55 reviews

Great property

  • 4 of 5

We were there only for a weekend. It is a very well maintained property . What we loved most was the game room . So many options for all ages .

I would highly recommend this property. The owner is very prompt and thorough in her responses to queries.

Thanks again for the great stay.


  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This house is beautiful and beautifully kept. It is clean and well maintained inside and out.

  • 5 of 5

Renting this house was a good experience. The owner was pleasant and prompt returning emails. The kitchen is a dream and the game room wonderful. We spent time in the jacuzzi late at night so that we could enjoy the fabulous starry sky. The views are truly wonderful from all sides of the home. It is very peaceful and serene with no traffic or city sounds.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A truly special place.

  • 5 of 5

Everything about the big house is outstanding. Every room looks out on glorious views to the ocean, hills and mountains. We spent the most incredible weekend celebrating a milestone birthday with 6 couples and including several children. The house has everything we could possibly need and more. We had evening ping pong tournaments, sat out late under the milky way, soaked in the hot tub after an afternoon hiking up above the house, and shared wonderful family style dinners at the enormous table in the great room. We even found an orange juicer for our breakfast! Unquestionably, a place to come back to.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very spacious and private!! Amazing location!! Excellent views!! Best sunsets!!

  • 5 of 5

The house is very spacious, private, modern and fully equipped! Breathtaking views on all sides including views of the ocean and a picture-perfect view of the sunset! The owner is very friendly and has even given us a late check out option at no additional cost!

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family Reunion in Cambria

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time! The house is spacious, clean and beautiful. The views in every direction are gorgeous. Hosts are friendly and courteous. Highly recommend this vacation spot!

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great family hangout

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous views, comfortable huge house with all the amenities. Amazing sunrises/sunsets.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Robin's Restaurant
Main Street Grill
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 20 minutes to downtown Cambria.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Cleaning $400 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 12.0%

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.