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Rustic Elegance for Your Family Vacation, Private Wedding, Or Memorable Event

Bedrooms 9
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
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About the property

Two Beautiful Homes with Rustic Barn and Tasting Room on 80 Acres of Foothills

Higuera Ranch is the perfect destination for your family vacation, private wedding, or memorable event! Guests will be greeted by the sounds of a peaceful stream, and calmed by the sights of grazing animals and vineyards. Two large homes can sleep up to 24 friends or entertain up to 200 guests around the Pool, inside the Rustic Barn, and on the 80 acres of foothills. Before your event begins, unwind in our charming Tasting Room or enjoy a quiet picnic in the Olive Grove. Only 5 minutes from downtown San Luis Obispo and 10 minutes from beautiful Avila Beach, there are many local attractions for you to enjoy. Higuera Ranch defines Rustic Elegance!


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Kristin Pinter
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2017

About Kristin Pinter

The owners of Higuera Ranch work in the agricultural industry while living in the Central Valley, and enjoy relaxing while in beautiful San Luis Obispo! Their children range in age from fifth grade to college graduates. We look forward to helping families create many years of memories!

Kristin Pinter purchased this house in 2014

Why Kristin Pinter chose Central Coast

Higuera Ranch is a place of peace and tranquility! Although we are five minutes from downtown SLO, families can enjoy the beautiful foothills at the ranch. When you choose Higuera Ranch, our house becomes your home. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

What makes this house unique

There are many benefits to hosting your event at Higuera Ranch! Although we are close to downtown SLO, the foothills create a backdrop and privacy. In other words, no curfew!

We want you to bring dreams to life at Higuera Ranch! There are no specific label requirements for the Tasting Room, and we encourage you to feast on anything from home-cooked meals on the BBQ to caterers to food trucks. Be creative!

Our outdoor adventurers will also enjoy the ranch! With over 80 acres to explore, you will be able to take breathtaking photos. Brides can even stage their engagement photos previous to the big event!

Higuera Ranch: Choose Joy

Guestbook comments from the owner

The home was beautiful! Plenty of space for 8 kids (ages 0-7) to run around on the perfectly manicured lawns. Then it was a quick zip down the water slide into a very refreshing pool. The adults could admire the hillside views while enjoying a beverage or three. The house itself was spacious as well. Plenty of living space to be shared. Appliances and such were simple to use. Even an extra fridge in the mud room to store extra food and drinks. Chris was very kind and helpful. He was quick to clear up all the leaves that had blown into the pool the night before. Answers to any questions we had were just a text message away. We had planned to visit downtown and a few beaches during our stay, but given how perfect Higuera Ranch was, everyone voted to just stay and enjoy the property! The only time we left was to get coffee! All of our party has already started talks of making this an annual trip...
Sep 2015
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Rustic Elegance for Your Family Vacation, Private Wedding, Or Memorable Event
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 26 reviews

Silveira Wedding Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Going to keep this short because if you just visit this place once, you'll see what I'm talking about. The entire ranch is an amazing place in itself. The two beautiful homes we stayed in are truly dream homes. Chris, the manager, who we have become friends with over the past year, made our entire experience there very relaxed and he was very helpful in all aspects. The reception venue (barn and olive grove) worked out perfect, and you can have an amazing dinner either inside or outside making it less stressful when worrying about weather. We received so many compliments on our wedding about how fun and relaxed it was, and a lot of that had to do with how everything is set up and ran there at the ranch. Wish we could go back every weekend. Thanks Kristin

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your kind words mean so much to us! You are welcome to stop by and enjoy a picnic when passing through San Luis Obispo. Keep making those memories!
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The most spectacular venue for a wedding here on the central coast

  • 5 of 5

We chose to make this not only a

Wedding event but a mini vacation stayed here 5 nights and so glad and blessed we did !!! We have lived here on the central coast for our entire lives and knew one day this area would be where our children were married !! As luck would have it this

Venue popped up as I was researching places in our area on vrbo and it was completely perfect for our family it happened to be the weekend of our grandmothers birthday which made this even more special it was tranquil in the mornings peaceful the houses were well equipped and just stunning !!!! I would not change one

Thing ! Chris was very helpful during our stay and was attentive to anything we needed ! Kristen was very organized and everything fell into place for us . We truly thank Kristen and Higuera Ranch for

Making this one of the most memorable weeks of our lives !!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Prayers answered, Stephanie! Thank you for sharing your special weekend with the ranch...
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Amazing venue for a wedding

  • 5 of 5

What an incredible place for a wedding! The ranch is beautiful, the houses are comfortable, and Chris and Kristin are extremely helpful. We spent four days at Higuera Ranch (Thursday-Sunday) and used nearly every part of the ranch: the lawn by the houses for a rehearsal dinner, the tasting room for a wine tasting, the olive grove for our ceremony, the vineyard and fig tree for a cocktail hour, and the barn for reception. I would recommend this as a wedding venue and as a house rental.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so excited to see pictures from your lovely Wedding Weekend, Callie and Jon! Such a wonderful group of family and friends. Thank you for starting your forever at Higuera Ranch!
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Outstanding Property for vacation or special occasion!

  • 5 of 5

Higuera Ranch was the optimal location to host our extended family group for a long Cal Poly graduation weekend. We had about 25 people stay on the property (including our friends in their fancy RV), and we hosted a really fun party in the rustic barn for 60 people. The property is spectacular and better than the pictures online. It includes: 2 large 4-bedroom homes, a 1-bed guest cottage, beautiful swimming pool/spa with water slide, a rustic barn with tables/chairs for 100+, and a wine tasting bar in a separate building. The on-site caretaker, Chris, was helpful in answering questions before & during the weekend, and even moved two antique cars to the barn entrance for us to provide party ambiance. Kristin, the owner/booking contact, was very helpful with local contacts and creative party ideas. The kitchen in the main house was well suited to host a party with butler's pantry, 2 fridges, Viking range and storage. I polled our guests, and they appreciated the very comfortable beds, the warm pool/spa/waterslide, the barn location that allowed for a perfect party, and the opportunity to hangout away from busy downtown SLO.

Only drawbacks we encountered were a need for signage on the freeway to help guests find the place (we made signs & put them up) and a lack of toiletries in the bathrooms (bring your own).

Overall, a perfect weekend! Thanks Kristin & Chris.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for celebrating your daughter's exciting graduation at Higuera Ranch, Petra! We also appreciate your wonderful description of the ranch and our amenities. You are correct - the photographs cannot capture the beauty!
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Great Girls Trip!

  • 4 of 5

Twelve mature (well, most of the time- Lol!) women visited this mostly wonderful property for our annual girls trip in February. The property was amazing, perfect for a wedding, with two homes; The farmhouse would be perfect for the bride's family and the second home, just a short walk away, would be great for the groom and his guests. There's also a small guest quarters over the garage which would serve for the bride/or couple. I/we spent quite a bit of time imagining how you could take the property and create the perfect wedding.

However, to be honest, I should share a few downsides. The property could use some maintenance to keep it in the best condition -though I can only imagine the difficulties in maintaining a large rental. We had a problem with mice. We trapped one in the bathroom and called the property manager for help. A few well placed traps before our arrival would have probably done the trick. As always it seems, bring your own knives if you plan on cooking. Rentals knives are dull.

On the whole it was a great trip.

P.S. Downtown SLO was a wonderful afternoon shopping/dining stroll. Don't miss it!

Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words, Lee! Happy to hear you enjoyed a fun girls' getaway at the ranch. Your words of wisdom were helpful to future guests - updates have been made!
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Mixed Family Weekend Getaway With a Wedding Sprinked In

  • 5 of 5

We hosted a four-day family weekend for our newly combined family who traveled from as far as Louisiana in mid-April. Sprinkled into the fun was a wedding ceremony & reception with about 80 guests. Higuera Ranch was the perfect location for us to host such a unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience for us (the newlyweds) and everyone who joined us. Kristin was helpful and thoughtful from the moment we walked onto the property to view it all way to days after we'd left the ranch. The onsite manager Chris was also very helpful and a had friendly "hello" whenever we ran into him on the property or had to call him for support.

We utilized practically the whole property including the two permanent houses, the barn, the fire pit at the main house, RV parking and the shooting range. The remote location made it feel as if we were on our own little island but just a short drive from the "real" world with Costco & grocery stores. Kristin has beautifully furnished and decorated both houses mixing country chic with all the comforts of home.

As for the wedding, Higuera Ranch is a perfect blank template for anyone who doesn't want the cookie-cutter banquet hall. The rustic barn has the look but all the stability one wants when hosting loved ones. We went simple and focused on the food and fun but there is so much that can be done with such a beautiful and basic venue. We were also the first rain wedding ... and boy did it rain. Chris' advice on table placement worked out perfect and at night with the gas fire pit raging our guests didn't even mind the light rain that was still falling. Additionally, Kristin's suggested vendor list was a goldmine of quality companies.

All in all it was "the best wedding ever" (from many of our guests) and one of the best family vacations. I highly recommend Higuera Ranch to anyone who wants a memorable weekend stay with or without the big party.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our most creative couple! Who wouldn't love three receptions? SO fun... Thank you for your kind words, Sabrina and Davey! So thankful you could be one of our "firsts with a smile." Please stop by the ranch next time you are driving through San Luis Obispo!
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Car: recommended

With San Luis Obispo as your backdrop, the opportunities are infinite. SLO provides the perfect jumping off point for a county rich with diverse experiences. Shopping for artisan creations, savoring farm to fork dining, sipping specialty wines, hiking up one of the local peaks, or lying on a sun kissed beach are all within reach. The possibilities are endless!


Rates & Availability

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Changeover Day: Wednesday
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 24 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 12.0%

Wedding Package: Additional Event Rates Apply

We are very excited to create the perfect setting for your event! At Higuera Ranch, we require a three-night minimum stay to book the property during a Wedding Weekend. This will allow you to enjoy your rehearsal in the Tasting Room, invite friends for a day of event preparation in the Main House, and create memories with your ceremony in the Olive Grove and reception in the Rustic Barn. After your special day, provide a wonderful brunch by the pool. It's the perfect weekend!

Your group of up to 200 guests will have freedom to enjoy all 80 acres of beautiful Higuera Ranch! The following is included in a three-day weekend event AT AN ADDITIONAL EVENT RATE:

Main House, Sleeps 12: 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms,
Guest Home, Sleeps 9: 4 bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms
Additional Suite Above Main Garage, Sleeps 3: 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom

Outdoor Pool Entertainment Area with Heated Pool, Waterslide, Spa, and Built-In Grill
Fitness Room

Rustic Barn with Bar, Loft and Patio
Tasting Room with Two Finished Bars, Bathroom Included

Olive Grove for Ceremony or Reception
Large Open Grass Area with Foothills for Backdrop
Historic Higuera Tree for Romantic Setting

Professional Bocce Ball and Horseshoe Pit
Firepit and Fountains for Guests to Enjoy

Mobile Wedding Arch for Ceremony
Shade Structure on Patio

Electricity for Personal Use
Bistro Lighting in Rustic Barn and Higuera Tree

Wine Barrels for Decor and Serving
Chairs and Tables for up to 200 Guests

No Catering or Beverage Restrictions; Kitchen Available for Food Preparation
Complimentary Vendor List
Vendor Preparation and Storage Space

No Overnight Curfew
Onsite Parking

Complimentary Engagement Photo Session (photographer not included)
On-Site Ranch Manager and Event Security

In addition, we require a refundable damage deposit and liability waiver based on the number of guests in attendance. PLEASE INQUIRE ABOUT ADDITIONAL WEDDING EVENT RATES!

Transient Occupancy Tax No.: 6003416

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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San Luis Obispo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
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  • Hair Dryer
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  • Iron & Board
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  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 24 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower
  • Main House Master Suite: Downstairs, One King, Full Bathroom Bedroom 2: Upstairs, Two Doubles (Shared Full Bathroom) Bedroom 3: Upstairs, Two Queens (Shared Full Bathroom) Bedroom 4: Upstairs, King (Shared Full Bathroom) Honeymoon Suite King Bed, Full Bathroom Guest Home Master Suite: One King, One Twin, Full Bathroom Master Suite: One Queen, Two Singles, Full Bathroom Bedroom 3: Queen (Shared Full Bathroom) Bedroom 4: Single Bed (Shared Full Bathroom)
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 8 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 9 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single
  • Main House Master Suite: Downstairs, One King, Full Bathroom Bedroom 2: Upstairs, Two Doubles (Shared Full Bathroom) Bedroom 3: Upstairs, Two Queens (Shared Full Bathroom) Bedroom 4: Upstairs, King (Shared Full Bathroom) Honeymoon Suite King Bed, Full Bathroom Guest Home Master Suite: One King, One Twin, Full Bathroom Master Suite: One Queen, Two Singles, Full Bathroom Bedroom 3: Queen (Shared Full Bathroom) Bedroom 4: Single Bed (Shared Full Bathroom)
  • Books ...
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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Additional guests welcome in their personal Recreational Vehicle or Tent for an additional $25 per RV/tent, per day! Please request designated camping area for additional guests. Maximum length is 35 feet, maximum weight is 6 tons. Preferred Vendor List for catering available upon request. Higher rates apply for use of Rustic Barn, Tasting Room, or Outdoor Venue. Please inquire about special rates for your wedding or special event at Higuera Ranch!

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