Getaway To The Country

Nestled in the majestic hills of San Benito County

You know it feels great to really get away from it all.  But, where can you go?  Come discover the Bar SZ Ranch.  Located two hours south of San Francisco, just a few miles from the Pinnacles National Park east entrance. 

A Real Working Ranch

The Bar SZ Ranch is a genuine working family ranch

Help gather farm fresh eggs from the hen house for breakfast while bunnies and kittens scamper around the grounds. If you are an early riser, meet up with a farm hand to feed the horses and cattle. Brush and saddle your own horse or get expert help from the staff. Relive the joy of an old fashioned hayride in our backcountry. Looking to improve your shooting skills? Practice skeet and trap shooting on our private range.


You can do it all, or better yet, do nothing. Relax and enjoy a crackling fire. Maybe toast a few marshmallows with the kids, tell ghost stories, or just sit back and experience world-class star gazing. The Bar SZ Ranch is the place for you, your friends, and family to create a lifetime of memories.

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Choose from any of our three comfortable guest homes. From the spacious 3,000 sq/ft private hilltop home overlooking the gorgeous San Benito Mountains that inspired the landscapes of world-renowned artist Thomas Kinkade, to a small and cozy 1,500 sq/ft cabin with breathtaking views of open pastures and picturesque barns. The houses are all fully furnished with linens provided. Bring your own food to prepare in our fully furnished kitchens or grill your favorite cut over an outdoor BBQ. There is plenty of room for RV parking and horse trailers. We also have two glamping units located in the newly remodeled Doc's Quarters.


Warning: Adults at play

We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything, than when we are at play.
— Charles E. Shaefer

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Individual House Rentals

Each of our houses can accommodate an intimate group of two or a gathering of ten.  Regardless of which house you choose every guest is offered a unique country experience.   

Family reunions - company Retreats

You may rent multiple homes or the entire ranch.  Enjoy evening campfires and relax under the stars after a long day of roping, hiking, shooting, horseback riding, archery, barbecuing, and much more.


Weddings are exclusive and include full use of the ranch for the weekend.  Your guests will immerse themselves in the ranch lifestyle while celebrating a weekend full of activities custom created by you.

Bar SZ Vacation

We appreciate the photos, videos, and reviews that our guests share with us.  This video was produced by one of our many regulars who enjoys treating his family to an authentic country vacation.

Produced by: John Borland

Featured Review

Just returned from a 5 night family reunion with 26 people. Ages for the 14 kids were 4 months to 12 years. If you are looking a plush and relaxing vacation, go to the Ritz. If you want to ride horses, climb boulders (at Pinnacles National Park 10 minutes away), milk a goat, chase a chicken, line dance, BBQ, watch movies under the stars, shoot lots of guns (safely!), walk a pig, play with cats and bunnies, have a campfire, do archery, feed chickens, brush horses, and tons more, this is your place! My adult children were so sad we had to leave. 

When we were planning our reunion we looked up 'dude ranches'.  They were soooo expensive for such a large group.  This is a terrific alternative - close to the Bay Area, cost effective, and so much fun.  We cooked our own food - but we preferred it that way.  You will read a lot about Tim and Michelle Borland, all of it is true.  These are genuine people who will do anything for you to have a good experience.  Their 3 children (oldest is 12) are adorable and so helpful.

There are 3 guest houses on the property - we rented the two biggest and the Doc Bar quarters for the older boys (Doc Bar is a famous horse now deceased).  Houses are not luxurious, but clean and very comfortable.  Plenty of usable group interaction room.  It was super hot while we were there and the A/C was fine, we were always comfortable.  Filtered hot and cold water is provided at no charge anytime you need it.  Filtering is done in a state of the art central filtering system, put in large plastic bottles and delivered to the cabin whenever needed and placed into the dispenser by Tim.

Two large fire pits (one in the common area and one at the Ranch House) made for lovely evening devotionals.  They provide the wood and set it up for you.  We tried to narrow down the one single highlight of the trip - impossible.  But one of the best was the evening trail ride with the horses.  It comes with training by Michelle (a horse training expert) in the riding pavilion followed by a beautiful ride as the sun sets.  Upon returning to the pavilion we were able to get the horses to gallop.  The team of summer intern college students were so great as well.  Ten guests per ride is about the limit, we had two rides with our large group.  They also had a special afternoon session for the little ones - lots of careful attention.

Tim has a compelling past as a distance runner (google him), and a great personal story of struggle and faith.  We had him over one evening for our devotional and he was generous with his time and inspiration.  Just don't get him talking about foam rolling. :)  One of the great experiences was in setting up the finances.  They did so much for our trip - from letting us use the really big BBQ, setting up the carnival games for the kids, setting up the archery, that I wondered how much more the add-ons were going to be.  Nothing!  Yes we knew about the shooting and horse expenses, but that is pretty much it - no nickel and diming.  We had such a great experience - thank you Tim and Michelle!

- Steve & Marilyn