A Labrador's Paradise

It's always a challenge to find a vacation rental or hotel that allows dogs but is still nice enough that I would want to spend the money to stay there. I'm pretty picky about cleanliness and nice linens (high thread-count sheets and soft towels are non-negotiable, in my opinion). Plus, we needed a place that could comfortably hold our family of four, plus my mother-in-law, who flew in from Nashville--and, of course, Cabana.

cabana sitting on a driveway in front of a green and white sign that says Seven Oaks RanchWe were going to San Luis Obispo to visit CalPoly as a future college option for my daughters, and affordable pet-friendly places seemed really hard to find in that area. Seven Oaks Ranch to the rescue!

a large tan colored house with green trim and a large green sun umbrella, lots of chairs on the decks and around the houseThere is a 3-bedroom house and a 5-bedroom house on this 350-acre property. We actually rented the 3-bedroom house, but since no one had booked the 5-bedroom house, the owners let us have it for the same price as the 3-bedroom. So, for just a little bit more than the cost of a single hotel room (where we would have been cramped and totally on top of each other), we had a HUGE and luxurious house to spread out in. Come on, Cabana will give you a little tour of the house.

attractively furnished living room with large overstuffed green couches, cabana is sitting over on the side of the photoThis is the living room, with cushy new couches and a large flat-screen TV (not pictured). They actually had 3 flat-screen TVs in the house, plus tons of books and DVDs, games, and a pool table. No one could say they were bored or had nothing to do here!

long dining room tables with chairs all around, large picture windows run the length of the wall, cabana is sitting in front of the tableThe dining room had seating for 14 people! It would be a great place for a large family reunion. There was also a library, five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a huge kitchen, and two outdoor decks.

picturesque view of the owners' green and white home from a distance, with pond in the front, dried grasses blowing in the foreground of the photoBut as nice as the house was, it was what was outside the house that made it such an incredible place to stay. The owners, a wonderful and thoughtful couple, also live on the property, but other than them, we had the place to ourselves--although we did share it with hundreds of tiny frogs, squirrels, chipmunks, deer, snakes, and wild foxes (we saw two little foxes and they were so cute!). We were told there were also bears and cougars sighted on the property--but fortunately, we didn't cross paths with them!

closer view of the pond, with cabana swimming through the shallow endYou can be sure that Cabana loved having her own pond to swim in! What more could this water-and-mud loving Labrador want?!

close up of Cabana, wet from swimming, half of her head is darkened with silty mudOn our first day there, Cabana decided to disguise herself with mud. She reminds me of a border collie with half of her face darkened like this.

my husband and daughters rowing a little rowboat in middle of the pondThe humans also got to enjoy the pond.

rearview shot of my husband and daughters riding a golf cart, my older daughter is driving, younger daughter is sitting on the rumble seat in backAnd our daughters had a blast taking turns driving this golf cart all over the property. We tried to take Cabana for a ride on it--but she was having none of that. As soon as the motor revved, she was out of there.

cabana standing on crest of a hill, with expansive and beautiful green rolling hills spread out behind herAnd of course, Cabana and I loved our morning hikes, exploring different paths throughout the property each day. There was so much to do that we couldn't do it all. We'll definitely have to go back to Seven Oaks Ranch someday soon!

Sierra Rose  – (July 13, 2010 at 11:24 AM)  

Wow!! Amazing fantastic place! What a find :) Beautiful spot! Thanks for posting about Seven Oaks Ranch!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

JackDaddy  – (July 13, 2010 at 12:10 PM)  

Well that does look great! I'm always looking for nice places that will allow dogs!

Raiser Erin  – (July 13, 2010 at 12:55 PM)  

That sounds like a wonderful place to stay! It looks like Cabana had a lot of fun. :) And I believe you're right. If there is no comfy towels I don't stay at the hotel. :)

Heather and Ellie  – (July 13, 2010 at 1:42 PM)  

Beautiful! Looks like Cabana would love to life the life of a ranch dog--as long as she could come in the house :) Living a life of leisure....she's a happy girl!

Kari in WeHo  – (July 13, 2010 at 4:50 PM)  

oh my gosh what a great place to visit!

Lisa, Ellie and Hosta  – (July 13, 2010 at 5:45 PM)  

WOW - that's a great place! Looks like a fabulous vacation.

Erin and Co.  – (July 13, 2010 at 7:43 PM)  

I'm Jealous! tHat looks like fun!!

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