About the property
- House2000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
Nature is calling. This charming 2000 square foot home sits on 160 acres east of Santa Margarita on a private gated ranch. The home is located in a valley and is surrounded by large rock formations, hills, oaks, and pines; lovely views from every window. There are several (hilly) hiking/riding trails, and a seasonal creek runs through the property. There is a horse corral and hitching posts if you would like to bring your horses. For a number of reasons this is not an appropriate site for a wedding.
The post and beam construction and custom woodwork throughout the home are breath taking. There are 2 master suites (each with a full bath) and a sleeping loft. A second loft overlooking the living room has a desk where you may set up your laptop and use the free WiFi. There is no cell service but a land line is available for your use. The vaulted ceiling living room has a gorgeous stone wood burning fireplace. The covered front porch is a great place to relax and watch the local wildlife (pretty much every critter that lives in this county could wander by) or to enjoy a glass of wine. You will enjoy cooking in the fully equipped kitchen and having your meals at the kitchen table where you can take in the lovely views. The laundry area is equipped with a utility sink, washer and dryer. Additional creature comforts: central air conditioning, AppleTV, DVD player, jetted tub. While the location is a little remote, there is a boutique winery Soaring Hawk (weekends by reservation) at the adjoining property, and it is only half an hour from many great places, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Templeton, Avila Beach, and Morro Bay. The home is about 6 miles from the little town of Santa Margarita, right off the 101 freeway north of the Cuesta Grade from San Luis Obispo. It has a gourmet restaurant, The Range, Ancient Peaks winery, ziplining, Dunbar brewery, Porch Cafe, Home Santa Margarita (features Joanna Gaines furnishings) and a few other spots for you to discover.
If just want to "chill" that works too!
Stephen Peterson and Karen Willer
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- May 24, 2018
About Stephen Peterson and Karen Willer
I was born in California and raised in the little (then) town of Turlock. After I went to college to be a materials engineer I moved east and spent the last 38 years as a patent attorney for a law firm in Washington DC. When I retired I wanted to come to the Central Coast and live on a ranch and bought Whisper Valley. I hunt (not in Whisper Valley), I am an amateur photographer, and restore old English and Italian motorcycles. I lived on the property for two years and met Karen who has a ranch in Creston. She is a retired high school college guidance counselor. We are now married and live on the Creston ranch, We stay in Whisper Valley often to visit the "wilderness."
Stephen Peterson and Karen Willer purchased this House in 2013
Why Stephen Peterson and Karen Willer chose Santa Margarita
Whisper Valley is a unique small valley in the Santa Lucia mountains. It is very hilly and steep, covered with Oak with a few pines. It has caves, cliffs and, while remote enough to be quiet and peaceful, it is only 17 minutes from town. There is so much wildlife in the valley it is rare that we don't see a deer, turkey, fox, coyote, or quail. The house is like a story book cottage with interior woodwork that is unique and beautiful.
What makes this House unique
It is the wilderness with the amenities that make being in the wilderness comfortable.
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Magical Get Away
Our little grouped loved our weekend away from busy LA. It was so lovely to be hidden away from the world in this little gem. Loved hiking around the property in the morning and playing cards by the fireplace at night. We hope to return again soon.
The gorgeous house is in the hands of the Mother Nature. Just perfect! Nothing to add, nothing to take away. Highly recommend it for an unbelievable experience.
Even better the second time around!
My husband and I had the pleasure of staying here during the summer a couple years back and fell absolutely in love with the house and surrounding property. We were lucky enough to visit in mid-March this year and loved the property even more, if that's possible. The property in the spring is breathtaking--brilliant green with signs of new life budding everywhere. Steve and Karen are wonderful, gracious hosts and went above and beyond to ensure our stay was enjoyable. We were lucky enough to see deer, wild turkeys (eight of them!), and lots of birds during our stay. If you're looking for a quiet retreat amongst the quiet and beauty of nature, this is the place.
Quiet remote getaway
Beautiful property and a comfortable, lovely house. We hope to return!
peace and solitude
Really enjoyed my stay. You have your own private valley. Excellent places to walk. Cabin was well stocked, clean and very comfortable. Saw lots of animals. We will return.
A true retreat
Our stay in Whisper Valley was everything it should be: quiet, outdoorsy, relaxing, and then, when the grandchildren arrived, it was fun. The house looks just like it does in the pictures and its placement provides you with a wonderful sense of being in nature (although with all the conveniences of a very comfortable home). The master bedroom suite is giant and offers a little seclusion from the rest of the activity in the house.
Stephen and Karen were great, accommodating hosts. When there was a problem with the propane heat, Stephen was immediately responsive and had it taken care of before the day was over.
Since we have family in the area, I know we'll be back.
While the property is an isolated valley in the Santa Lucia mountains, off a country road, it is 17 minutes from the small town of Santa Margarita and just over the Cuesta Grade from Cal Poly. While dress is informal, Santa Margarita has a world-class restaurant, The Range (closed Sunday and Monday and cash only). Dinner there for two with wine and dessert will break $100. There is a small boutique winery literally right next door, Soaring Hawk. Whisper Valley is 40 minutes from the Pacific Ocean, with beaches at Avila, Pismo, and Morro Bay. There is abundant wildlife on the property, all the species native to San Luis Obispo County except, Tule Elk and Pronghorn Antelope. Santa Margarita Ranch has winery and vineyard tours as well as a zip line adventure leaving from "downtown" Santa Margarita. As noted elsewhere, the property is located in the center of the Central Coast wineries with over 300 wineries in the county alone. Edna Valley and San Ynez valleys are about 30 minutes and 1 hour away respectively.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
The rural location means that all wildlife indigenous to this region lives on this property. Children are welcome however there are railings in the loft that are not childproof.