Rustic elegance for your destination weeken… – vrbo gas pump emoji

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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.

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.

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.