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“Fantastic house with loads of room and great views”
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Welcome to the Big Red House
Our back yard
Master Bedroom
Second Bedroom - 1 Twin, 1 Queen
Master bathroom
Comfortable seating
Living room fireplace
DVD Library
Kitchen
Living Room
Television and wet bar
Sofa Bed
Dining room
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Cambria, San Luis Obispo County, California

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Linda0032...
Sydney, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fantastic house with loads of room and great views”
Reviewed June 24, 2013 for a stay in January 2013
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Our family of 5 stayed at The Big Red House in January 2013 as we wanted to visit Hearst Castle nearby. The house was one of the best holiday rentals we’ve ever stayed in. The house itself is so spacious, the kitchen extremely well-equipped, and being January, the house was lovely and warm. It was also unbelievably clean! The proximity to Hearst Castle and the seal colony was brilliant, and it was so nice to come home to a cosy home at the end of a day’s sightseeing instead of a run-of-the-mill hotel/motel room. The kids loved the huge array of DVDs on offer. The views from the balconies of the ocean were beautiful, and it was so wonderfully quiet.
I note someone has said they felt it wasn’t very private with Elaine next door – we never felt that at all. Elaine’s house is next door, but at no time did we ever feel our privacy was compromised – Elaine couldn’t do enough for us, but absolutely kept her distance.
I would highly recommend anyone staying here – it really is a fantastic place to re-charge your batteries in readiness for more sightseeing!
The Davidson Family, Sydney, Australia

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Liked best: The bed in the main bedroom - most comfortable I've ever slept in
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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NorCalTea...
Northern California
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17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Excellent location for families and their pets.”
Reviewed June 20, 2013 for a stay in June 2013
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We stayed at the Big Red House to celebrate my parents' wedding anniversary. Our group included six adults, a teen, a baby, and a great Dane. In spite of the size of our group, we were more than comfortable. Although two adults had to sleep on the sleeper sofa, it is in a separate room with a door that closes for privacy.

The house has beautiful views of the ocean, which is a short walk for able-bodied people. (It is a fairly steep uphill walk on the way back, so someone with mobility issues might have trouble.) My husband even walked from downtown Cambria. There are also restaurants along Moonstone Drive that are walking distance.

The kitchen is well stocked with pans and appliances. There is a small gas grill next to the lovely patio area.

As other reviewers have stated, the house is filled with interesting artwork. There is a huge movie collection (not that we had time for movies). The collection included recent releases, popular movies, and quite a few independent films and classics. There was also a good selection of books and board games.

The backyard in not fenced (to allow deer to roam freely). At one point, we had a deer munching on shrubs only about two feet from our window.

I would absolutely go again and would recommend this house to friends. One caveat--there are lots of pretty (and fragile) things at toddler-level. If you are traveling with small children, you might need to take the time to toddler-proof a few rooms.

Liked best: Location, views, and dog-friendliness.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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barb3636
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
128 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“JUST PERFECT!”
Reviewed May 25, 2013 for a stay in May 2013
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We loved this rental - stayed for 10 days. It is close to town, ocean view in the distance and easily accessible to Moonstone Beach, Morro Bay, and San Simeon. The home is fully-appointed, fresh and clean, beautiful art, and comfortable - just move in!

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Liked best: Comfort!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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katerz
Los Angeles, California
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“AMAZING place to stay when visiting Cambria”
Reviewed June 24, 2012 for a stay in June 2012
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I found The Big Red House when I was looking for dog-friendly lodging so we could bring our labrador on vacation with us. What a treasure! This house is LOVELY, and the property owner couldn't be nicer or more accommodating. The house comes equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay, from fluffy blankets and pillows, to dishes and flatware, to menus for the local restaurants! Did I mention the beautiful ocean view?! Truly, every time we stay here, I have to pinch myself. Do yourself a favor, and book your next trip at The Big Red House.

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Liked best: I LOVE the view of the ocean from the upstairs terrace!
Liked least: I truly cannot think of one thing!
Travelling group: Family with Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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WIPuck
Marquette, Michigan
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Perfect 'home' environment away from home!”
Reviewed February 21, 2012 for a stay in November 2011
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We chose the Big Red House as the 'halfway' point between San Diego & San Francisco as we had children in both cities. It was more than perfect and Elaine, the proprietor, who lives in an adjacent home, was attentive to our every need.
The house is fully equipped - we made our Thanksgiving Day dinner there, and then fully used and appreciated the nearby hiking trails, proximity to the ocean (I discovered that I could walk to the boardwalk in just 5 minutes and see seals & an otter plus bird life in part of California's protected coastline!)
The Hearst Castle is just minutes north as is a CA State Park with hiking trails. The small town of Cambria has a nice grocery store and a coffee shop. There are multiple vineyards just east. There is plenty to fill one's days and a warm inviting 'home', with fireplace and a view of the ocean upon return. Plenty of parking, no traffic, and dogs are welcome.
The master bedroom has a spectacular view of the ocean plus its own deck, as well as having an additional deck off of the living room. Because the owner is a movie buff, you can plan on spending a considerable amount just perusing the collection of DVDs.
What's not to like?

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Third 'bedroom' was a den on the first floor. Bath was across the hall.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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kmorehous...
Alamo, CA
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Great location, good value, beautifully furnished”
Reviewed July 3, 2011 for a stay in June 2011
3
people found this review helpful

We loved Elaine's beautifully furnished home for the two of us, our two grandchildren and our two dogs. The kids loved the extensive collection of videos, we loved the beautiful view, furnishings and artwork. We also appreciated the ability to leave our dogs in the unit -- in our case the garage -- while we went out to places the dogs couldn't come.

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Travelling group: Family with Young Children
Your age range 50-64
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Bromsgrove
Reviewed May 31, 2011 for a stay in April 2011
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Liked best: Everything!
Liked least: Nothing!
Travelling group: Family (extended)
Your age range 35-44
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