The Best Airbnb Vacation Rentals Available in SLO County California

For those looking for a getaway this summer, San Luis Obispo County is a treasure trove of vacation rentals.

From vineyards to beaches, there’s something for virtually every type of traveler.

But for those looking for something truly special, a quick Airbnb search reveals some interesting local gems. To help you consider your vacation plans, The Tribune has compiled a list of some of the most unique rentals available this summer and beyond.

From a renovated lifeguard tower to a European-style castle, here are the eight most unique local vacation rentals available in SLO County this July.

Mid-Century Home in Downtown SLO

Location: San Luis Obispo

Cost: $650 per night

The description: Located near downtown San Luis Obispo, this “charming mid-century homewas designed and built in the 1960s by the owner’s father, according to the listing. The entire home is paneled in redwood, giving it a unique retro look. cork flooring and a built-in fireplace. A deck wraps around the building, which is surrounded by tall redwoods, and a seasonal stream runs nearby. The house has an eight-guest limit, so be sure to pack your vintage duds for the perfect “Mad Men” inspired photo shoot.

Replica Wild West Village with Horse

Location: Arroyo Grande

Cost: $237 per night

The description: Want a less traditional homestay option? Look no further than this “western village” in Arroyo Grande. A miniature replica of a Wild West town, the Airbnb includes several small, custom-built living spaces, according to the listing. Stay in the master bedroom, which features a large jaguar mural above the bed, or the bunk house, which offers overhead views of the trees. Be sure to say “hello” to Mac, the horse that lives on the property; do not feed it without the permission of the owners.

Pismo Beach Watch Tower and Child-Friendly Boathouse

Location: Arroyo Grande

Cost: $299 per night

The description: If other vacation rentals appeal to adults, this one single rental in Arroyo Grande is for kids – and the young at heart. A converted Pismo Beach lifeguard tower serves as a treetop fort and bedroom next to a house filled to the brim with beach decor. A giant play area, fire pit, and outdoor shower feature prominently outside, while inside the main building there’s a full kitchen and bathroom, plus a queen bed. and a sofa bed. There’s also an adjoining art shed with space to do crafts or make snow cones.

Small rustic houses with a view of the cliff of Paso Robles

Where: Rio Del Sol, Paso Robles

Cost: $241 a night for a small house, $133 a night for a micro small house

The description: If you’re looking for a rental with character, Rio Del Sol has several options for travelers at its 11-acre Paso Robles property. The micro tiny house nicknamed Dream Catcher is perched atop “some of the tallest cliffs in Paso Robles,” according to the owner, and offers stunning 360-degree views. Meanwhile, a “funkadelic” small three story house features a wall of glass bottles, a bookcase and two bridges. There are also several animals on the property, including cats and a miniature pony.

French Chateau and Carriage Shed in SLO

Location: San Luis Obispo

Cost: $1,021 a night for Castle, $216 to $233 for suites at Carriage House

The description: If you ever want to stay in a French castle, Noland Castle is the place to be. Nestled among the hills of San Luis Obispo, the private estate offers rooms in the main building, known as the castle, and in the coach house. The castle has three master suites and is decorated with murals, hand-painted domed ceilings and antique furniture imported from Europe, according to the listing. It also includes a large lawn that can accommodate events for up to 200 people at an additional cost. The Carriage House offers individual suites for guests, all with views of the castle.

Tropical Glamping at Arroyo Grande Guesthouse

Location: Arroyo Grande

Cost: $240 per night

The description: Camping meets luxury with the Serenity Tropical Glamping site in Arroyo Grande. The guest suite rental includes a new canvas cabin with views of 10 acres, plus a tropical pool and hot tub. The safari-style tent has wooden floors and is equipped with electricity, a queen bed and a queen sofa bed with memory foam mattress, a heated fireplace, a machine with white noise and a television. Outside there is a hammock, fire pit and gas fire pit, perfect for relaxing in the sun or enjoying some s’mores at the end of the day. The host also offers a shuttle from the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport.

Winery Bungalow in Oldest Dairy Farm in SLO County

Location: San Luis Obispo

Cost: $247 per night

The description: When you book the Montgomery Vineyard Bungalow, you are staying at the oldest dairy farm in San Luis Obispo County. According to the listing, the “one-of-a-kind accommodations” feature eclectic decor including antiques and Hollywood memorabilia, while exterior views stretch across the vineyard and hills beyond. Nearby, a dairy barn has been converted into a concert hall for music-loving visitors. A stay at the bungalow also comes with a complimentary bottle of wine straight from the vineyard.

Modern home with 360 degree views of SLO hills, ocean

Location: San Luis Obispo

Cost: $495 per night

The description: Looking for a panoramic view of SLO County? A modern hillside retreat above San Luis Obispo, Sanctuary on Sunset Ridge features 40 acres of ocean views. With floor-to-ceiling glass in every room, these views are visible from the entire rental. And the outdoor deck is perfect for sunrise yoga or spotting local wildlife.

Know of a list of truly unique vacation rentals in SLO County? Contact journalist Kaytlyn Leslie at [email protected], and he could be included on The Tribune’s list.

This story was originally published July 7, 2022 10 a.m.

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Kaytlyn Leslie writes about business and development for the San Luis Obispo Tribune. Hailing from Nipomo, she also covers city governments and events in the South County area, including Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach and Grover Beach. She joined The Tribune in 2013 after earning her journalism degree at Cal Poly.

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