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Dude Ranch near Bay Area

People9
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Group rentals, travel to the country with friends and family

You aren't just renting a house, you're booking an authentic country getaway. The Bar SZ Ranch is a genuine working family ranch. A few days here will immerse you in a lifestyle that we love to share with others. Enjoy horseback riding, roping, hayrides, skeet and trap shooting, archery, seasonal creek walking, and hiking. And when the sun goes down, relax as a rancher would with a BBQ, bonfire, and epic star gazing.

This house is extremely unique as it is located on a very historical property in the heart of San Benito County. The property is home to what was once the art studio of world famous painter, Thomas Kinkade. It was also once home to the world famous cow horse Doc Bar. The house sits in the middle of an active horse pasture, allowing you to wake up to horses grazing outside your window! Picture windows throughout the house allow for breath taking views across the entire ranch. It is truly an amazing place to get away, relax, and rejuvenate.

The grounds are home to thousands of native birds and animals. We are just 10 minutes from the Pinnacles National Park which offers world-class hikes, rock climbing, and outdoor educational classes. The ranch is located 40 minutes from a town with shopping and restaurants.

*Note: We have 2 other houses and 2 glamping horse stalls if you need to accommodate a larger group, just search Bar SZ Ranch.

More Details

Property Manager
Tim & Michelle Borland
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2017

About Tim & Michelle Borland

Tim and Michelle and their 3 kids are dedicated to the success of Bar SZ Ranch. They live on this working ranch and maintain operation while maximizing the comfort and satisfaction of their guests. They love the idea of sharing such a fun way of life with people who ordinarily don't get to experience country living.

The business idea started after inviting hundreds of friends and family to come stay. Everyone raved about the adventure and would invite themselves back. There aren't many opportunities like it which makes them a unique gem in the country.

Come and meet Tim and Michelle and their children and experience life on a ranch for yourself. As they like to say to their guests, you can do as much as you want, or if preferred, do nothing at all.

Tim & Michelle Borland purchased this house in 2014

Why Tim & Michelle Borland chose California

It does a body good to get out in the country, take a deep breath, and relax. There is no traffic, noise, or people, just quiet country living that will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated.

What makes this house unique

Unique Country Experience

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Paicines in San Benito County

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • There are 2 bedrooms that each have a queen size bed, the 3rd bedroom has five twin beds.
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • festivals
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • Rock Climbing

Reviews

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average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews
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Awesome! !

  • 5 of 5

Bar SZ ranch is like a hidden treasure. Words can't describe the beauty that exists here. The owners Tim and Michelle are very gracious and put their heart and soul into making your experience memorable. 

Coming from Los Angeles, it's quite a drive. The drive is worth it.  To get the most out of it you need to stay 3 or more nights to feel relaxed.  There was plenty of time to do all the ranch activities and to just sit on the porch to veg.  My kids would be gone for hours and we wouldn't even worry about them. The activities consist of shooting, horseback riding, feeding the animals, gathering eggs etc...

Before checking out from the ranch, we already booked for next year.  People are discovering this treasure, so you need to reserve in advance. I've read all the other  reviews and they are all true. 

  • Review Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A little bit of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

Bar SZ ranch is like a hidden treasure. Words can't describe the beauty that exists here. The owners Tim and Michelle are very gracious and put their heart and soul into making your experience memorable. 

Coming from Los Angeles, it's quite a drive. The drive is worth it.  To get the most out of it you need to stay 3 or more nights to feel relaxed.  There was plenty of time to do all the ranch activities and to just sit on the porch to veg.  My kids would be gone for hours and we wouldn't even worry about them. The activities consist of shooting, horseback riding, feeding the animals, gathering eggs etc...

Before checking out from the ranch, we already booked for next year.  People are discovering this treasure, so you need to reserve in advance. I've read all the other  reviews and they are all true. 

  • Review Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The most authentic country living experience for the entire family.

  • 5 of 5

Our first impression of Bar SZ Ranch was the warm welcome from Tim and Michelle, owner and operator of this haven nestled almost at the end of a country road meandering through beautiful golden hills. Meeting them felt like coming home. Tim and Michelle are both personable, engaging, warm, and more than willing to share their knowledge and experience to ensure that you get the most out of your experience on the ranch.

We arrived late in the afternoon, just in time to participate in a variety of delightful chores (to us, city folk) that are required to wrap up a day on the ranch. Under the gentle and competent guidance of a team of ranch helpers, my 11 and 12 year old brushed down horses, helped put away horse riding equipment, got to feed a number of farm animals (Jack, the calf, was a hit), all the while being entertained by young, rambunctious kittens eager to steal the lime light.

The following morning we went horse riding with Michelle and several of her helpers. It struck me that for Tim and Michelle, the ranch wasn't just about giving their guests the opportunity to experience something like horse riding or a hay ride or shooting at targets. They invite young and old to become the center of the activity, patiently teaching everything you need to know to become far more than simply a spectator. Having the opportunity to actually feel part of the ranch and ranch life, is a rare privilege for many of us who are trapped in a city routine.

We stayed at the Cabin, the smallest of the three homes available for rent. It had everything we needed and more. We opened every window and every door to take in spectacular views of the mountain range lining the edge of the ranch and beyond. The scene and colors changed constantly throughout the day and from day to day, depending on the light. Most of our time at the Cabin was spent out on the patio, enjoying morning coffee or an evening barbeque. During the day, we gravitated towards the barn (for us, the heart of the ranch) with its wide variety of farm animals - bunnies, young kittens including a litter of two week old kittens, goats, turkeys, ducks, dogs, of course, horses.

If you're a runner, don't forget your running shoes. You have a choice of paved or dirt roads. If you enjoy hiking, the sky is the limit - quite literally. Yes, the Pinnacles are close, but honestly? We didn't want to leave. We will be back, next time with friends. The experience is just too good not to share.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
90 Miles
San Jose International

The Bar SZ Ranch is a genuine working family ranch. A few days here will immerse you in a lifestyle that we love to share with others. Enjoy horseback riding, roping, hayrides, skeet and trap shooting, archery, seasonal creek walking, and hiking. And when the sun goes down, relax as a rancher would with a BBQ, bonfire, and epic star gazing.

Google Bar SZ Ranch and scroll to the bottom for a full list of Local Attractions.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Paicines, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
USD
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£776
for 2 nights
From
£310
 

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £155.12
Pet Fee £77.56
Damage Deposit £387.8

Nightly rate includes 6 guests. Additional guests will pay $50/person per night.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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