The Carriage House is an original building of the estate, constructed circa 1930. Originally, it was used as a carriage house and stable. After the era of horse and buggy had passed, it was remade into a guest house. This charming unit now sleeps 4 people and has been a favorite amongst our previous guests. Private and cozy, this space gives you room to relax and truly unwind. The main room is a studio, with a king-sized bed, dresser, and seating area. The loft has two built-in twin beds. It also has a kitchenette and a bathroom with a large shower, and has been recently updated with a gas furnace, making it even more cozy and inviting. The Carriage House has a private entrance separate from the Manor, along with a large natural yard dotted with oak trees and stately Monterey pines. This secluded sunny enclave is nestled against a 1500-acre forested ranch. Enjoy the serenity of ancient moss-draped live oaks, wandering herds of Black-tailed deer, and laughing woodpeckers at the edge of a rare Monterey pine forest.
Greystone Manor has a rich history that dates back to the Californio Rancho period. Originally part of the Santa Rosa land grant, Greystone Manor was built on land that was purchased by Harry Jones in 1927, founder of Cambria Development Company and builder of Cambria Pines Lodge. Mr. Jones, along with his brothers Robert and Clement, subdivided the land into 12,000 lots, which were sold as vacation rentals. Robert Jones built the Manor in the late twenties or early thirties. Originally, this was a working ranch. The bell tower, which is currently inoperable, would call the workers in from the field to eat in the “mess hall,” in the main house.
Over the years, the Manor has had a variety of owners, each adding their own unique personality and distinctiveness to the property. A covered walkway, hitching post, and carriage house are reminders of the original builder’s vision. Built in the style of an American Tudor, the home was constructed with local Carmel stone, pitched roofs and twelve foot ceilings. The living room has a French chateau ceiling from Europe. Part of the original house has a vault, which is believed to have been built to keep the grant deeds secure.
In the sixties, two artists lived and worked here: noted oil painter Arne Nybak lived in the Main House while Phil Paradise, one of the leading lights of the California Watercolor Movement, lived in the Woodside Cottage at the opposite end of the property. The artists transformed the mess hall into a studio. On sunny days, they would often host showings by other local artists in the back courtyard as well as exhibiting their own works. Arne Nybak was also part of the curatorial staff at Hearst Castle, and he added an impressive custom, carved mantle which was gifted to him by Hearst. Additionally, Mr. Hearst had a Eucalyptus tree which had been struck by lightning on his property, which he gifted to the artists. This magnificent tree was split into two trunks, and can be seen from the front of the property. Since the thirties, this home was loved and lived in by several different families. By 2010, it had fallen into disrepair, when it was purchased by the inventor of the Bump-it. It was lovingly restored, and true to its roots, was transformed into a vacation rental. In the Fall of 2018, Greystone Manor will transition from a vacation rental into the owner's permanent residence. The Carriage House, which sits on the opposite side of the yard from the Manor, will become an independent vacation rental. This historic building, which once housed horse and buggy, was transformed into a charming, cozy cottage which is perfect for groups of 1 to 4 people. Greystone Manor has been the cornerstone of Pine Knolls for more than 80 years, and will continue to provide an indelible mark upon all who visit this beautiful property.
Allison and Ron Easley are the owners of Greystone Manor. They have been personally managing the property since 2016. Formerly an elementary school teacher, Allison currently enjoys homeschooling her two exuberant children and is very involved with the local homeschooling community. On clear nights, Ron can be found out in the yard, looking at the stars with his telescope. We enjoy meeting our guests from around the world and sharing our little slice of heaven here on the Central Coast.
Both owners were exceptionally easy to work with. They answered or addressed our questions/concerns in a timely fashion. They were both pleasant, courteous and helpful--and, most importantly, flexible. This was my best vacation rental experience because of the owners and their beautiful home. It is evident that they take great pride in providing a lovely, yet practical setting for vacation renters. - Kathryn L. 2/23/17
The Graystone Manor Team was excellent to work with and very responsive to our needs. - William L. 4/19/17
Allison was so amazing to work with. She met us at the property and gave us a history. Any time I contacted her I received an immediate response. - Theresa S. 7/12/17
The house exceeded our expectations by a long shot! It was not only beautiful but impeccably appointed. The owner's attention to detail was in evidence as we made our way through a lovely weekend. - Maria G. 12/13/17
Alison was a joy to work with! All emails and texts were responded to quickly. Her service and attention was above and beyond - like helping us out at the last minute with the delivery of the wedding garland. Thank you also for keeping the Christmas decorations and lights up for us while we were there - just added to the festive feel! - Jean B. 1/15/18
Thank you so much, Allison! You are so easy to work with and full of helpful suggestions to help us plan our trip! It was an absolute pleasure to stay at your home. - Suzanne B. 3/5/18