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Karen's country cottage was a great place to stay. The room was extremely clean with nice touches such as a microwave, stocked refrigerator, coffee, and of course the snack bar. Its in the perfect location if you want to visit wineries, the beach, and many great restaurants nearby. Karen was so sweet and made sure we had everything we needed. I can't wait to go back to this beautiful area. Thanks Karen and Ruby for a wonderful weekend!
Karen & Jim were great. The setting is very rustic, peaceful, and quiet. I arrived a day early and Karen refused my offer to pay for the extra day. Good luck finding any hotel chain sulking to do that. The mini fridge was full with everything from soda to juice to water to iced tea to milk (no kidding). She had many healthy snacks including apples. I am a so-called Gold Hilton Honors member and I get 2 free bottles of water when I check into hotels costing twice as much. You can see the difference. Karen & Jim are 2 of the nicest people you can ever meet. I dropped a shirt in the driveway one day Inc the way to work and Karen offered to make a 90 minute RT to Atascadero to bring in to me. Fortunately, I did not need to inconvenience them but I have no doubt that they would have brought it to me, asking nothing in return. And we all know the cost of gas these days. I was working and therefore cannot comment on local tourist attractions but I can comment on the breath-taking views of the Pacific as you drive down 101 and enter Pismo Beach area in the way to their house. The house itself is in a forested area. Karen and Jim have horses, at least two dogs, and a cat (I think) all equally friendly-actually I think the horses, and cat and did I mention goat, could care less. For me, this was more a retreat than a vacation and not only would I recommend staying there to others but I plan to stay there on my next retreat.
I don't think I can express how happy I was with the cottage as well as with Karen. She was/is an impeccable host.
The property is spectacular. I wanted to get away from the city but didn't want to stay in a mundane hotel room. Her place is just off the 101 fwy and hidden in the hills of central California. The property plays host to animals of all kinds. Horses, turkeys, dogs...etc. Her horses in particular enjoyed their carrot snack. The cottage is off of the main house and hosts a separate entrance. It is spacious and very quiet. The bed was very comfortable. Plenty of blankets, towels, and bathroom amenities. She has plenty of snacks and cold drinks of all kinds to enjoy at your pleasure. She even has a chalk board sign with the guests names to indicate where to park. Her attention to detail is unparalleled and she leaves nothing to question. Her directions to the property are extremely detailed and very easy to follow...Some could say its off the beaten path, but not more than a 7-10 min drive off the 101, and that is only because you are headed into the hills...can't exactly go 60 mph. Long story short, the place is perfect to get away from the city. Its a short drive to Morro Bay and Paso Robles. We drove to both and still had time to hang on the property and take a walk. Plenty of restaurants and stores located just off the exit for Karen's property, in case you left something at home. I really can't say enough how much I loved the place. I will definitely be back sooner than later.
Ok.It’s off the beaten path, slightly. That said, if you wish to experience the central coast in a rural setting, Karen’s Cottage is magical! From the moment that we arrived, Karen waiting on the porch, we knew that we had chosen the perfect place for our central coastal stay. The amenities that she provides: sodas, waters, gourmet coffee, containers filled with nuts, chocolates,and jelly beans! (to mention a few), echo the warmth we felt both of our nights. A perfect location to spend the weekend, especially if you’re attending a wedding celebration on the Central Coast! Thanks Karen.
Karen and Jim were great hosts. Immediately greeting us with warm smiles, making us feel right at home straight away.
Both Karen and Jim have great knowledge of the local area and excellent recommendations on things to do and places to eat. The space is of a reasonable size and very cosy.
And to our surprise Karen had left a tasty and diverse range of snacks.
Karen was a great host and made sure everything was taken care off before we arrived.
With a fantastic secluded location, this spotless clean completely detached guesthouse is a beauty, offering everything you need in the middle of the Central Coast Wine Country. Is very quiet, away of the city & traffic, and is surrounded by wild oaks and quiet nature on a large property managed by our lovely host Karen. She provides everything you need for your stay (plus healthy snacks, chocolates, great coffee variety and a fridge full of drinks!) and she will offer you complete privacy after that. There is a separate entrance and you are completely independent during your stay. We saw horses, deer and wild turkey during our stay on her property. Extremely close to the beach, wineries, and towns. We love it and we’ll be back.
Our host greeted us and made us feel relaxed and the country cottage was as described on the listing.
I loved staying with Karen and Jim! From the minute I arrived, they made me feel welcome and at home. They were the ultimate hosts and provided many extras in the room that were much appreciated - healthy snacks, cold drinks, toiletries etc...
The little house is ideal in terms of privacy, comfort and location. It was a 10-15 minute drive to beautiful sandy ocean dunes, vineyards and great, little towns to explore.
If you want a quiet, off the beaten path experience, this is the best place to stay!
We really enjoyed our stay on Karen and Jim's property. The private cottage located on their large acreage is detached from their main house, and has its own entrance past the Koi pond and through your own small garden. Very relaxing and quiet with great views of their large oak groves.
Upon our arrival we agreed that the pictures do not fully do the cottage full justice! It is a very cute and comfortable space... like a home away from home!
The room was well stocked with drinks and snacks including a nice touch of having several items made in the local area.
They provided great ideas for various local activities, attractions and restaurants to help us explore the local area.
Thanks for the stay Karen and Jim and look forward to seeing you again!
Karen and her group were exellent guest, the apartment was well careed, and in perfect conditions onece they check out.
Hope next time they visit my city they will choose one of my apartments again