We live in Arroyo Grande, CA on 4 acres. Happily married 27 years with two grown children, 2 horses, 50+ chickens, dogs, cats, fish & birds. We love connecting with people :)
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Laura and Ben maintain quite a sacred space. Loved staying in the water tower and was fortunate enough to participate in a beautiful drum circle the evening I spent there as well. LOVED the animals (especially the whimsical Black cat). Hope to return again in my travels.
Laura and Ben have an absolutely stunning property! We stayed at the water tower for one night and fell in love with how quaint and full of character their entire property is. From the 6 and 1/2 cats (inside joke), 2 dogs and the free range chickens that roam the property to the adult sized swing set and sea saw you are sure to feel like a kid again. We loved staying at this gorgeous, one of a kind resort and would love to come back the next time we are in the area. Thanks Ben and Laura for an amazing experience!
Simply put, this is one of the greatest experiences that we've had. Our hosts, Laura and Ben, could not have been nicer or more accommodating! Their creativity matched their kindness. We are already looking forward to returning for another visit.
I had a woderful time in the watertower. Everything was very comfortable and clean. Laura and Ben are very nice hosts. I got vety good information of the area and restaurants. I enjoyed the beautiful garden, the nice dogs and cats and the stunning view. I can recomend to stay here!
The downstairs room with the double bed was cozy and had all the essentials. Laura is a thoughtful and laid back host. We arrived after dark in the rain and she left the light on for us in the room and the bath house which has both indoor and outdoor showering options. The breakfast closet is stocked with coffee and tea and was a lovely detail. The property is really uniquely decorated and has a view down to the ocean. A lovely stopover if you are in the area!
We loved the Water Tower and the Bath House and the outdoor shower and the fire pit and the remarkable attention to detail. Laura and Ben were both warm and welcoming, as was the entire menagerie of animals (especially Fluffy Cat!)
Staying with the Doty's was the highlight of our trip to America, and that's saying something because we stayed in some wonderful places. They were so accommodating and kind, we were only there for one evening but left feeling extremely relaxed. The tent was very clean, with a really comfortable bed and lots of blankets. The real highlight though was the rest of the place - we sat around the campfire, had a picnic in the outdoor kitchen area, met the cats, chickens, horses and made friends with the other guests over a few beers while listening to the frog ribbeting!
There are so many thoughtful and accommodating touches in this place, from the local maps in the bathroom to the outdoor coffee and oatmeal station - it was fantastic. We had a really wonderful time, thank you so much for sharing your home with us.
Staying in the water tower was fantastic from start to finish. Ben and Laura were ready to greet us when we pulled up, and were prepared with umbrellas for us in the rain. The room is charming (as are their dogs and cats), and the entire property was welcoming and cozy. We loved how everything was made by hand, and had a blast exploring. We especially loved sitting with Ben and Laura by the firepit, sharing beers, and listening to Ben and Laura's stories (as well as sharing our own). They were a wealth of information about the surrounding areas, offering advice about food and various activities. The bathhouse, outdoor shower, and breakfast cabinet were particularly delightful. We will definitely come back in the future (with our ten kids and one dog). :) Thanks so much for a wonderful time.
-Phil and Kristin
Wow, just Wow. I couldn't have imagined a better first Airbnb experience. Laura and Ben are fantastics hosts and made us feel very welcome when staying on their little ranch. The water tower was charming and cozy, the perfect little retreat for weary travelers. The water tower was just the tip of the iceberg though, the rest of the property is an eclectic accumulation of creative genius. It was so fun to explore the ranch and hear the stories behind all the installations. One of the highlights was playing on the adult sized teeter-totter and swing set during the sunset (which they have a spectacular view of). I only wish I could have stayed longer!
This place is wonderful! Pictures are accurate, hosts are friendly and helpful, chickens, dogs, cats are very nice. We stayed here in March, so we pretty much had the area to ourselves...I'm sure there's multiple people when the weather warms up. If you want a "farm environment" at a GREAT price, this is the perfect place.
Laura and Ben were so nice! They also host on airbnb and we compared how we feel about doing this. Felt like we were old friends, not new acquaintances. They were quiet, very communicative, clean, interesting and all around perfect guests! Hope to see them back here again!
Laura and her sister were great guests. They were very friendly, respectful,and kept our tent facilities very clean. We would welcome them back for a visit anytime.
Once again we so enjoyed having Laura stay with us, she has become part of our family and we were so happy to celebrate her success in the course she has been taking in Northbrook. Laura, look forward to seeing you back in Park Ridge, if not we will certainly come to CA to stay at your Airbnb! Highly recommend Laura to all Airbnb hosts.
It was wonderful welcoming Laura back to our home, she has now become a good friend. As always Laura was very tidy and leaving early each morning especially over the weekend, very considerate to not wake us! Although in future she may stay with her newly made friends at the hotel where she was attending a training in the area, we look forward to meeting up with her during these visits. Good luck Laura and keep in touch!
Laura was a wonderful guest to host, friendly, outgoing and very soon part of our family, even taking the dog Ziggy for a walk one evening! She left both bedroom and bathroom spotless. We are so happy that Laura has chosen to stay with us again on her return visit to the Chicago area later this month, this time more as a friend than a guest.
Highly recommend Laura to all airbnb hosts.
Laura was a perfect guest. She communicated well with me regarding her stay. She showed great respect for my home. I would definitely recommend her as a guest and look forward to her return in the future!
Laura and her husband were friendly and easygoing guests. Highly recommend.
Laura's stay with us too brief - it would have been nice to be able to chat longer. She's an interesting, friendly person and an easy guest.
Laura is one of those genuinely nice people who is also interesting and fun to be around. She was quiet and clean, gone most of the time, and cleaned up after herself. We did have an enjoyable evening watching old Dean Martin episodes (which she brought with her, along with fresh eggs from her chickens). I highly recommend her.
Laura is personable, thoughtful and was lovely to have staying in my house. She is very self-sufficient, and appreciative of anything that is done for her. I highly recommend her.
Laura and Ben are amazing hosts to 4 acres of land overlooking the coastline in arroyo grande. they are both creative and love their place which shows in every aspect. All animals friendly, fun and entertaining. You will enjoy the pond, outdoor kitchen, fireplace and loads of artistic nitches on the property. You can't find a better host for your outdoor adventure. I highly recommend their place for traveling on the central coast. Patrice
Who wouldn't love an ocean view, green grass, flowers and the comfort of nature all around? The weather is always so nice and the hospitality is wonderful. This is a getaway for relaxation or adventure and there's so much to do at the central coast. The camp site is open and away from the house, so there is privacy. There's a campfire at night and S'mores to be made! Pet friendly is a major plus! Laura and Ben truly have a heart for greeting new people and making them feel welcome.