Cottontail Creek Ranch in Cayucos California
Cottontail Creek Ranch Cayucos San Luis Obispo California Working Cattle Riding Lodgings Accommodations
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Hosts: Roger, Susan, Kristopher and Michael Lyon

Guestrooms: 5 (20 guests max)

Address: 2005 Cottontail Creek Rd., Cayucos, CA 93430 USA

Telephone: (805) 995-1787

Fax: (805) 995-1159

Activities/Attractions: Hike to the ridgetop and take in a sunset with an ocean view overlooking the entire Estero Bay. From the ridge top you can see Point Bucheon, Cayucos beaches, Cambria all the way past Hearst Castle ... or hike to the fishing pond where a kayak awaits. In actuality, the ranch is just 15 minutes from both the premier Paso Robles wine region and surfing off the quaint beach town of Cayucos.

Visit Famous Hearst Castle or Big Sur up highway one and return to your own Private Paradise. Or take a drive into San Luis Obispo for a fabulous Thursday Farmers Market. There are farmer's markets 6 days a week in the neighboring towns of Paso Robles, Cayucos, Cambria, Templeton, Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande.

And try the wine tasting in the Premier Paso Robles Wine Region.


"Thank you again for your incredible hospitality. Our 5th annual Minister's Prayer Retreat was exceptional as always. We are all so grateful for your generosity and kindness to us. Cottontail Creek Ranch is the ideal location for all of us--We always come away from here refreshed and renewed. Our time this year was very fulfilling. We had lots of time for prayer and sharing plus plenty of recreation. Thank you so much for stopping by on Tuesday evening. It was a wonderful treat to get to know both of you better and to hear some of the behind the scenes stories regarding the Hearst Ranch conservation. We have been praying for both of you, especially during that process."

"We are so excited that we happened upon your ranch. It was perfect for a weekend away. You have created such a lovely retreat. We only wish we could stay longer....The fire pit was awesome and flowers and surrounding gardens beautiful. The table you set for us was so welcoming and made our dinners extra special. We'd love to tell more people about it but then it might be too booked and we won't be able to stay. We hope to see you again very soon."

"Cottontail Creek Ranch was the "best", the "favorite" family vacation yet! The site and accommodations superb; the graciousness of Susan and Roger fabulous. Wonderful memories to be carried in our hearts for years to come!"

"We say every year that we cannot recreate this experience ... but we do for 5 years and now are looking forward to our sixth! Loved the new bathrooms, the bathrobes, patio and always your warm welcome. Our parents (90 &91) literally live every year for this experience and while they are here, they are happier and healthier. Thank you for letting that happen!"

"Our group had a fabulous time. Thank you to Roger and Kris for their hospitality and sharing their beautiful property. We came for the wine but we are coming back for the ranch."


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" ... We could not have been more delighted with our vacation and do hope to come back. Ted and I are also thinking of where we might want to move when we retire and the Central Coast just about blew us away (we wouldn't be retiring for a while...but it's fun to think about). I also have fantasies about a second career (I'm an epidemiologist) in something related to horticulture and your orchards and the landscaping around the ranch gave me much to think about."

General Information: Cottontail Creek Ranch in Cayucos, California is a family-owned ranch on 850 acres of rolling hills with seasonal creeks, fishing ponds, fruit orchards - raising avocados, cattle and oranges. The 4200 sq. ft. luxury custom built ranch house has 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, and 2 lofts. Cottontail Creek Ranch invites you to experience the wide open spaces of the Central Coast and our California Western Heritage.

  • guest suites are private
  • featuring king to queen size beds
  • private bathrooms (plus an additional bathroom)
  • phenomenal views of our private valley and hillsides from every room
  • decks, outdoor spa and fire pit
  • living room has redwood open-beamed ceilings and a beautiful large local rock fireplace
  • gourmet kitchen (fully stocked)
  • coffee grinders
  • dining room, bar and den are connected open areas and are accented by specially milled Monterey pine floors
  • every room is uniquely decorated with antiques and/or hand built furniture and art work from local craftspeople and artists
  • detached multipurpose fitness room/playroom/breakout/yoga room with Ping-Pong, elliptical trainer, weights, and bench

Payment Accepted: Cash or check.

Rates: (Prices quoted in US Dollars).

$995/night
$5450-6400/week


"From the minute we stepped into your lovely ranch home, we started talking about our next trip to Cottontail Creek! Thank you so much for the beautiful getaway. The ranch was absolutely beautiful, not to mention spacious and extremely well equipped! We all had a fantastic time and are definitely planning on coming back next year. I think our only complaint was that our visit was too short, so plan on seeing us for a few more days next year! Susan, thank you also for taking the time to give us a tour of your ranch. We really appreciated it and loved all the views."

"Fabulous! We couldn't have had a better time. Everything was perfect - even the Coyote Barbershop Quartet–such harmony and rhythm. We'll look forward to a rematch shortly."

"Thank you for a wonderful vacation. You were such warm and generous and gracious hosts. Our days were so memorable, we think of moving to Cayucos or at least returning soon... We had a blast."

"Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful home with us "city slickers". We are all so enamored with your ranch and your hospitality. We have no idea how all those empty wine bottles got into you recycle bin. Probably someone snuck in at night and put them there? See you next year!"