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Explore the Central Coast from Portola Inn Guest House

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-5)

Explore California's Central Coast from Atascadero's Portola Inn, minutes from scenic Hwy. 41 and historic Hwy. 101

Enjoy top of the hill views from the Guest House of a 1920's Mediterranean estate in the oak-studded foothills of the Santa Lucia Coastal Range between Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo & Paso Robles.

Walk through vintage orchards and garden paths bordered by seasonal foliage native rocks, historic recreations, water features and fireplaces.

On display are many historic items showing life in the area from different time periods. See some of the artifacts from the original Colony Holding Company blacksmith shop. Attend some of the many events held in The Carriage House that is filled with historic pictures and artifacts related to carriages.

Keywords: Guest House

More Details

Owner
Tom and Peggy O'Malley
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2018

About Tom and Peggy O'Malley

Talk about local history with the current owners, Peggy and Tom O'Malley, who were both born in Atascadero. Tom grew up next door in a house built by his father in the 1940's. Tom's first job was working in the 'Colony Orchard' at the historic home right next door. The main house was built for Harry and Minnie Peterson in 1927 by Russell Pysher, the brother-in-law of Minnie Peterson. He was also the head carpenter at the Huntington Hotel in Pasadena for most of his career. Harry was one of the first businessmen in Atascadero and Minnie was a local artist. Some of her work is now on display at this home along with paintings of local scenes painted by Tom's grandmother, mother and other local artists. Ironwork in the living room and dining room was created by Edward Trinkeller, a craftsman who worked on Hearst Castle. Peggy and Tom continue the tradition of using local craftsmen to faithfully restore, maintain and expand their home. For example, local artist Mark Greenaway created the many wayfinding signs in use around the property.

Tom and Peggy O'Malley purchased this cottage in 1995

Why Tom and Peggy O'Malley chose Atascadero

We bought this property as our family home in 1995 because of its beautiful location and interesting local and personal history. We love living in Atascadero as well as being close to so many great places to explore: To the north we have; Hearst Castle - 45 min., Cambria/Cayucos - 35 min., Morro Bay - 20 min., Paso Robles - 10 min., Historic Templeton - 5 min. To the south we have; San Luis Obispo/Cal Poly - 20 min., Avila & Pismo Beaches - 30 min., Los Olivos, Buelton,Solvang - 1 hour & 15 min. We are also located about 1/2 hour from several lakes: Nacimiento, San Antonio, Santa Margarita, and Lopez. Because of our interest in California History we are pleased to be close to three of the original California Missions; San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, San Miguel de Archangel, and San Antonio de Padua.

What makes this cottage unique

Enjoy a peaceful hilltop with abundant wildlife. It is especially relaxing to watch the quail, deer, and squirrels.

If you would like to have a family picnic or BBQ ask us about reserving a picnic or BBQ area at no extra cost.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Tom and Peggy,

Thanks! The property is just beautiful. It was perfect for our stay and Cal Poly graduation celebration. Tom, thanks for the extra efforts to see that all the little things were available to us. The coffee was most welcomed.

We enjoyed our stay as did our guests.

Thanks again,

Nancy and Denis
Jun 2010
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Amenities

Atascadero Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofas (2) Lazy Boy couch and chair in the livingroom convert to a double bed and twin bed. Linens provided
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes:
Walking trails, gardens, orchards,picnic tables, swing, sitting areas, fire pits.

Reviews

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average rating of 4.911111 based on 46 reviews
5

Beautiful Garden Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We were so pleasantly surprised with this property. My husband and I stayed here with our 3 young sons and it was the perfect location for our little ones to run around and explore. The gardens are majestic, we loved walking around every morning and watching a family of deer wander the grounds. The location is quiet and so very lovely, the photos do not do it justice. My boys felt so at home here everyone slept wonderfully. The house was fully equipped and clean. During our stay it was moderately warm (especially for us San Franciscans - 80 degrees), but since the house is shaded by tons of beautiful trees and there are several windows in the house, we got a wonderful cool breeze. Tom and Peggy were very welcoming and let us know when we stay next time they have some fun outdoor games the boys can play with. We were also able to catch the early evening lighting and got some wonderful pictures of our family on the property. I would highly suggest brining a good camera. We can't recommend this place enough, we will definitely be coming back. Thank you Tom and Peggy!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Location is great for touring central coast

  • 4 of 5

This was a great spot if you want a convenient place to tour the central coast -- Paso Robles, Morro Bay, Cambria, etc. The decor is rustic and a bit dated for the price, but the full kitchen was great and had nice appliances. Overall, a good place to stay. The owners were friendly!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

Owners very nice and helpful. Would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Lovely location, comfortable accommodations, friendly hosts

  • 5 of 5

Our dog loved the grounds

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
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5

Great place to stay and be relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Very friendly poeple

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
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5

Great place to stay, nice grounds, clean, host very responsive and helpful!

  • 5 of 5

Spent 3 day weekend exploring the area Atascadero is a nice town, went to Morro Rock the elephant seal rookerie and lots of hiking along beach and some ate parks

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
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Map

Nearest Point of Interest
Charles Paddock Zoo

Atascadero Veterans Memorial, Charles Paddock Zoo, Galaxy Theater, Local Farmers Markets, Wine Tasting

We are located just 15 minutes from the California Mid State Fair and 20 minutes from Morro Bay.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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