Unique private rooms/Camping

House - Private room · Rachel Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, United States

The Space

Even if my calendar seems 'full' for your target date get in touch anyway, we can often handle more than the site indicates.

TOT taxes are collected upon arrival. Our pricing is based on beds/rooms used. One bed in one room is $70. Additional people are $10 each if using the same room.

Camping with your own gear is $25/person or $35/couple.
If you state your needs (beds and rooms needed) when contacting us we can reduce the flurry of emails!

Sustainability and conservation are hallmarks of our lifestyle
here. Tight showers are very critical for conservation.

This unique property is charming to those with eclectic tastes. Very quiet neighborhood yet just a 15 minute walk to the middle of downtown. We have private rooms (not large!) for singles, doubles and we can even accommodate kids and pets; and there is camping, either on our lawn or decks in back. Most of our beds are firm, comfortable foam padding on wood; you'll be sleeping on clean custom tie-dyed sheets made (by us) for Earth Day. Sunset views to the west and our most elegant of the Seven Sisters Mountains is superb.

We are a short walk to downtown with food and drink available nearby in the historic RR district.

We have three small dogs and a cat, all friendly.

This place is rustic, funky, artistic and a work in progress. There are some loose ends, a few weeds sharing the large and semi wild garden, and projects in progress. A few Daddy Longlegs and some other harmless spiders keep the fly population down. This is not an antiseptic, sterile environment. We don't have fifty pillows on the bed to drive you nuts, we have one pillow/person.

We practice respect for the planet and real conservation of resources to reduce our carbon footprint. At no loss to creature comfort we urge all our guests to respect our desires to offer a unique experience while consuming less in the process- in that way you honor yourself, your hosts and our Earth that gives us everything we have.

We also have BBQ facilities and plenty of wood if you desire to cook and eat here in that manner. High-speed wireless is available as well as a small archery range with three bows and many arrows if you want to sharpen your zen skills.

SLO is a special place at the very top of Southern California with great weather and many cultural events and outdoor activities that include hiking, biking, ocean thingies like surfing, tanning and dune exploring. There are streams and lakes as well, one lake right in town! We have one of the few drive-in theaters (The Sunset) left in the USA (marvelous swap meet there early Sunday mornings). We have the only solar powered theater in the USA (The Palm Theater) that runs foreign films and the few quality American made films. Our historic Fremont theater is a fantastic 1100 seat Art Deco movie house from 1942 where first run movies and many live events are held. The town is alive with many locally owned coffee places (don't go to Starbucks!!!) and independent restaurants (avoid corporate chains).

There is the ever-present wine industry with all its fluff and circumstance and our famous Thursday night Farmers Market that brings 35,000 people to the center of town. Lots of art galleries and the ever present mindless shopping for those with too much money.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 4
Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Price: $350 /week
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • The pictures don't do it justice. This is a magical little patchwork oasis nestled in an unassuming foothill street, stitched together over the years with a lot of love, humor, and good vibes. Every component of the house and grounds has a story; the result is eclectic, enigmatic, charming. It takes a certain type of person to appreciate the down-to-earth communal atmosphere... if you're that type, you will love every second here. It's a refuge from the external world..

    The property sits at the base of a plateau'd hill with a gorgeous view of the surrounding town--go through the very back gate and hoof it through the tall grass, a meadow with benches and trees awaits at the top. It's so worth it. Down the street, a red bridge leads you across the tracks to town, a pleasant walking distance to shops and restaurants.

    We loved talking to Pete. He is one of those rare people who embodies the definition of "chill". Everyone we met during our time at his house was kind and personable.

    The cat is a lot more chubby and friendly than her picture would suggest... if you are a cat person, she alone is worth the stay :)

    April 2014
  • This WAS a very unique spot in SLO. Pete was kind enough to stay up and help us get settled otherwise we'd never figured it out. He was very communicative in the booking process and fun to chat with. The house and grounds were filled with interesting art. His 2 dogs were sweet and the cat finally showed up to see us off.
    My personal ratings 1-5
    Neighborhood 4
    House 5
    Room 3
    Bed 2
    Cleanliness 3
    Overall comfort 3
    Host 5
    Parking 5
    Price in relation to experience 3

    April 2014
  • So like every review mentions, this is a very unique place and different than most people are used to. I very much enjoyed the place and how secondhand items were used to furnish the house and the yard. Pete's place has character to it and I would stay there again. We stayed in a fairly large room with two beds and slept like a rock. Pete was friendly and so were the dogs he had there as well. Wish we had another night to stay there.

    March 2014
  • We camped in Pete's beautifully sculpted and landscaped yard. Pete was very welcoming and gave us a tour of the town, including coffee shop and community garden. We enjoyed talking with him about the area and meeting his dogs.

    February 2014
  • We had a great time staying with Pete. He's spent decades creating a unique and artistic home and we had a wonderful time exploring his creations in his yard. The accommodations were great and he couldn't have been nicer!

    February 2014
  • As a first timer with air bnb we didn't know what to expect. However, staying at Pete's dreamy abode exceeded any expectations we could have possibly had. Pete is a kind soul. We enjoyed every minute in his house, the late night chats and snacks, communal vibes, and Eco-friendly atmosphere. He even picked us up from the Amtrak station. Pete is an absolute gem and his home is a definite must of you are in San Luis! We will for sure be back!!

    January 2014
  • I really can recommend this place. The host was really really nice and cooperative and helped us with everything. The room was also perfect. We slept in a small room with a awesome view over the city. It was really nice to stay at this wonderful area.

    January 2014
  • Staying at Pete's exciting home in SLO was the perfect way to spend a night off the 101. He had lots of great ideas for nearby hikes, be sure to ask if you're staying in SLO for a bit. Sally Loo's across the railroad bridge is a great wholesome breakfast spot.

    January 2014
  • Friendly host, very creative and interesting space. Beds were as described and sufficient. Good price and pleasant walk to downtown. As a previous reviewer said, definitely not a sterile hotel atmosphere. Would stay again.

    December 2013
  • Pete and his home are funky cool and comfortable, not for the sterile hotel crowd! We loved his 'mi casa es su casa' approach and felt right at home in his garden, with his sweet kitty and doggies. His home is on a lovely hillside, with a view of town and an easy walk in. We'll definitely return, and for a longer stay!

    December 2013
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Cal Poly, SLO. BSME long ago.
Socially liberal, blue collar person with intense love for most dogs and other critters. Somewhat travelled (Europe, Mexico, Japan), speak a little Spanish and Japanese. Passionate conservationist, artist, sort of jack of some trades. I am pretty much a vegetarian and have simple culinary tastes. I get a lot of joy working my land and doing artistic projects.
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