Whisper Valley, Rustic Country Retreat

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Last updated: 10/25/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

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 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, and a few other spots for you to discover.
If just want to "chill" that works too!

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Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 5-6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Loft over bedroom 2: 1 double


  • Please note by looking at photos that Bedroom 2 (queen bed) and the Loft (double bed) are in the same room, limited privacy. The Loft overlooks Bedroom 2. The ideal set up is for 4 adults and 2 children in the loft....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms


  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys:

    An assortment of childrens toys are under the stairs...moreless

  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Festivals
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • 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:

    Service for 6, lots of pots, pans, bowls, etc....moreless

  • Dishwasher


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Christmas Holidays
Dec 16 - Jan 3, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$1,800 $6,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $25
  • Cleaning Fee $125
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500


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.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 10/25/2016
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23 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Luis Obispo
15 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Dunbar Brew Pub
20 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak San Luis Obispo
16 Miles
Nearest Motorway
US 101
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
The Range
29 Miles
Nearest Beach
Avila Beach

Car: Necessary

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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2013

About the owner: 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."

Why the Owner Chose Santa Margarita, CA, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
It is the wilderness with the amenities that make being in the wilderness comfortable.

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Speaks: english



  • The house at Whisper Valley

    The house at Whisper Valley

  • Living room, loft with desk area

    Living room, loft with desk area

  • Stairs to lofts. Door on left is entrance to the bed in the loft over bedroom 2.

    Stairs to lofts. Door on left is entrance to the bed in the loft over bedroom 2.

  • Loft with desk area and WiFi

    Loft with desk area and WiFi

  • Master Bedroom, King Bed

    Master Bedroom, King Bed

  • View from jetted tub, bathroom 1

    View from jetted tub, bathroom 1

  • Double bed in loft above bedroom 2.

    Double bed in loft above bedroom 2.

  • Kitchen and eating area

    Kitchen and eating area

  • View through the laundry area and side entry to master bedroom

    View through the laundry area and side entry to master bedroom

  • Back of house

    Back of house

  • More rocks!

    More rocks!

  • One of the neighbors

    One of the neighbors

  • The front porch

    The front porch

  • Wood-burning fireplace

    Wood-burning fireplace

  • Living area, loft, kitchen

    Living area, loft, kitchen

  • Bathroom 2, double sinks, toilet and shower

    Bathroom 2, double sinks, toilet and shower

  • Bathroom 1, double sinks, jetted tub, shower, vanity

    Bathroom 1, double sinks, jetted tub, shower, vanity

  • Second bedroom with loft

    Second bedroom with loft

  • Kitchen


  • Loft office

    Loft office

  • Topographic map of Whisper Valley

    Topographic map of Whisper Valley

  • Rocks, one of hundreds on property

    Rocks, one of hundreds on property

  • One of the trails

    One of the trails

  • Hilltop view

    Hilltop view

VRBO #730962

This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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