We live in Arroyo Grande, CA on 4 acres. Happily married 27 years with two grown children, 3 horses, 50+ chickens, dogs, cats, fish & birds. We love connecting with people :)
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If words could be in the form of pictures....you would all understand the magnitude of how wonderful Ben and Laura are! My fiance and I have been there three times now- we have averaged every four months and we seriously plan on averaging every four months for as long as they do airbnb! We love it! This time we showed up to a GIANT painted "Congratulations Chloe and Tim" sign...we are recently engaged and were treated like family! We made pizzas on the wood oven outside and celebrated with our hosts and the other airbnb guests. I am not describing a crazy party, but rather the most ideal camp fire situation....we had all the necessities and comfort of home due to the amazing kitchen and bathroom facilities; however, we got to celebrate our engagement outdoors with the two sweetest strangers I have ever met! Every time we come to the ranchette, Ben has built something new and spectacular. You never know what new beautiful architecture you will find or what new loving pet might come hang out with you at the campfire :) We have never been treated with such hospitality, kindness and generosity....the ranchette is a must see, but more importantly- the hosts are a must know!
Believe the hype! We had the pleasure of staying with Ben and Laura and it was nothing short of amazing. They are so accommodating and just a great couple to spend an evening with. They made us feel welcome from the moment we drove up on their place until we had to move on to San Diego the next day. Their place is such an interesting collection of buildings and settings that you probably will be inspired to create the same atmosphere at your home (as I was). Never have a hesitation about staying here. I wish I could give higher than 5 stars. We will be back again!
Laura's barn has an incredible location. It was the perfect stop for our road trip through Cabrillo highway from San Francisco to LA. We got to her barn really late (past 10pm) and we're glad she was still very welcoming and lead us to our tent. The tent was really nicely prepared.. Carpet, huge air bed, battery operated lamp and flashlight and lots of blankets The only thing we didn't anticipate was our low tolerance for cold as we froze through the night despite the abundant supply of blankets. Quick tip for winter campers, sleep with thermals on and thick socks. We'd love to go back on a warmer season.
Laura and her husband are very kind and thoughtful hosts. The water tower is small, but it is very cozy and comfortable. The property is like an adult playground, complete with an adult swing set and seesaw! There were little treasures,winding pathways, and waiting adventures around every corner. We were very impressed with the property and the hospitality, and we will definitely go back there again :)
This is a great place to stay! Beautiful green yard, comfy bed, friendly animals to hang out with, and the view was wonderful. Very relaxing, would definitely stay again!
Thank you, thank you to Laura and Ben! What a magical place and we felt right at home! The bath house is absolutely amazing, we can't wait to build one of our own. :) I will recommend a stay at your cozy farm to all of my friends and my husband and I will definitely be coming back! Thanks again!
I absolutely loved my stay here. The water tower was small, yet comfortable and warm. It was really everything I needed to take me away from the daily grind and help me relax. The property was quirky and unique in the best way possible. So much to explore and so many pictures to be taken. I will be back again the next time I visit the property.
The water tower and our entire stay far exceeded any of our expectations going in. We thought we'd be roughing it a little bit but the room is really cute and comfortable. Even in February we didn't need extra clothes or to turn on the space heater. The bed might be a little short for you if you're over 6 ft tall, but we fit fine.
But mostly what was great about it was the experience. When we arrived the Dotys were having a movie night with friends around their awesome outdoor kitchen/bonfire area and welcomed us in. It was easy to feel right at home with them and all their wonderful animals. If you are a dog or a cat lover you will have at least one friendly furry friend to play with.
When you wake up, there's a beautiful view of the ocean over the dunes in a break through the trees right out the water tower door. Then they have a little pantry for the guests with french press coffee and tea.
It's fun to explore the property and see all the buildings and art that Ben has made. It really makes you want to get creative with your own space!
If you're looking for a great stop on your way up the PCH, this makes a perfect one.
Fun place to stay. The water tower is exactly as described. It's right off Hwy 1, which could potentially be a bit noisy, but once you're in the water tower, you don't hear much of that. The bed is comfortable and we slept really well. The bath house is really cute and clean and has a great shower.
Ben and Laura did a great job fixing up this tent into a little cabin. Carpet, raised platform and good airbed. The shower and bath are well siituated with free coffee, tea, oatmeal -- it was a great stopover on my bike tour on the coast.
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.