Whether you love Hearst Castle or hate it, what’s not debatable is the charm of the surrounding towns like Cambria, Cayucos, and San Luis Obispo. Quirky, authentic, and just feet from the Pacific Ocean, these places are absolute must-sees if you’re coming in to see the castle so with that in mind, here are the best Airbnb homes near Hearst Castle. From houses with vineyards to ones with actual pubs, you won’t find more unique properties anywhere.
Granny Grounds – approx. $385 a night
We didn’t mean for this to be a retro list, but since that’s just sort of what this area is, we decided to just go for it! With a retro vibe and furniture to match, this two-bedroom Airbnb has a “Granny” or “Mother-in-Law” unit so if you’re bringing the whole family, you can have your space!
With enormous windows that let light flood in, this rental always feels sunny and bright. Like a lot of the rooms here, the kitchen is pretty retro, too, which means no snazzy appliances but fear not: this part of California is chock full of great places to eat. We urge you to try Taco Temple where the tacos are truly something to be worshipped. Definitely one of the best Airbnb homes near Hearst Castle.
Oak Shores – approx. $300 a night
Definitely one of the best Airbnb homes near Hearst Castle. This place is so retro that we wouldn’t be surprised if Jack, Janet, and Chrissy walked in at any moment. If they did, they wouldn’t have to go to the Regal Beagle for drinks, they could just help themselves to a drink at either of the two bars here.
They wouldn’t even miss the juke box because this house has one (it’s in the pool room in case you were wondering). There’s also a huge air hockey table (which, for some reason has two giant owls on it) as well as a ping pong table on the porch.
Located in the Oak Shores complex right on the banks of Lake Nacimiento, this Airbnb comes with a little mini-golf course, a boat dock and a huge playground.
The wood paneling, sunken living room, retro bathroom, and fabulous mid-century bunk beds (are those not incredible?), all lend to a feeling that you’re not quite in this century. Just be sure to tell Mr. Roper we said hi!
Retro Rooms – approx. $378 a night
Speaking of retro, this totes adorbs little ocean front, three-bedroom Airbnb looks a little like the house the Ricardos would have rented if they had gone to Cayucos. With a stairway right to the beach just one house away, they, or, you, can walk right down to the shore and with three bedrooms, everyone can have a little space when they come home.
You’ll be close to all kinds of wine tasting (we love the Hearst Ranch Winery), Morro Rock which, if you’ve never been there is breathtaking, and the gorgeous Montana de Oro State Park. This is the perfect place to surf, sail, or just have a swim! And by the way, if you’re bringing your own Little Ricky, there are tons of board games and even a piano to keep him (or her) occupied!
Turkey House – approx. $159 a night
We don’t want to say this house is perfect but it kind of is. With two bedrooms and one bath, this and a super-clean, organized aesthetic; the kind of place you’d love to come home to after a day at the beach.
And get this: if you have a dog, you can bring it! You’ll just have to be careful when it goes outside as there are tons of deer and even turkey around! Within the master bedroom, there’s a great little kids’ alcove so if you have a little one, you can easily keep an eye on them and give them a sense of independence at the same time.
There are even cute little hangers you can hang their clothes on! There’s also an adorable little garden as well as plenty of outside space for you to hang out, have a glass of wine, get the BBQ started, light the fire pit and wait for the turkeys and deer to come say hi!
Sunny and Happy – approx. $139 a night
If you don’t feel better after staying here, you might want to talk to someone. This studio is right on the waterfront and has a happy, beachy feel with bleached wood floors, white and turquoise walls, cute little yellow bicycles (which you can “rent” for free!), and even Compagnie de Provence amenities.
Just a ten-minute drive from Cambria, you can be having burger at Moonstone Bar & Grill in no time or tasting wine and listening to great outdoor concerts at Stolo Vineyards.
And while you’ll have a lovely continental breakfast here, don’t miss brunch at Robin’s where the food is hearty and very fresh. And if you own a dog under 40 pounds, be sure to bring them because for an extra $50, they can come!
The Pub – approx. $99 a night
OK, just remember we said that Cambria is a very, very quirky place. This little rustic cabin doesn’t have its own bathroom (you’ll have to use the one in the main house), but it does have its own pub.
Yes, we said pub. There is an outdoor shower and a “pee-only” camping potty but other than that, you’ll have to wait until morning if you want to use the facilities. You won’t have a big kitchen (just some filtered water, an electric tea pot, a French press and a small fridge), but you will have wifi and a flat screen TV.
There’s a wood stove to help keep you warm and will cool down easily when you’re ready to go out. One thing we think we can pretty much guarantee is that you’ll never stay in another place like this again!
Fog’s End – approx. $215 a night
If you’ve ever fantasized about owning your own vineyard, this Cambria Airbnb will help you tick that off your bucket list! With one bedroom and one bath, this adorable little cottage actually sleeps up to four people (one bedroom has a queen bed and then there’s a loft space with two twin beds).
On an eight-acre estate, you’ll have access to a bocce ball court, a horse shoe court and even a pool table. There’s a little kitchenette, light that just floods the entire place, and a distinct feeling of peace and quiet.
Best of all, you’ll be within walking distance of Cambria’s Main Street so if you want to imbibe a bit at dinner (and with all the great wineries around here there are a lot of local wines to taste), you won’t have to think twice about it.
Cayucos Cutie – approx. $225 a night
One of the best Airbnb homes near Hearst Castle. As the host of this Cayucos Airbnb says, you can lie in bed here and hear cows moo and seals bark. Sleeping up to six in its three bedrooms, this eclectic home has some really lovely features including a huge bathtub, a big open kitchen (with a built-in pizza oven, no less!), an adorable loft bedroom (with an electric keyboard if you want to practice your playing), endless natural light, an outdoor seating area, and lots of lovely plant life all over the place.
You’ll be minutes away from downtown Cayucos, a quick drive away from Hearst Castle, 40 minutes from Big Sur, and a hop, skip, and a jump from central California wine country!
We recommend fueling up on breakfast and GREAT coffee at Cambria Coffee Roasting Company where you’ll not only get great coffee but a wonderful feel for what it’s like to be a local here.