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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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
Nancy and Denis
The Guest House provides a quiet comfortable home base for our family when we visit Central Coast/Paso Robles area. The location is convenient to the varying areas our travels take us. Our most recent trip was the 4th or 5th time we chose Portola Inn.
Pictures simply cannot capture the magnificent exterior views, when the sun crests over the hills in the distance.
The Inn provides a venue for weddings and other celebrations, and the grounds contain a garden as well as paths and trails that our dogs LOVE. Many of the decorative items throughout the property are 100+ years old, which add to the rural feeling.
But, as rural as it seems, the house is about a mile from highway on-ramps and commercial areas, which can come in handy.
The proprietors are pleasant people who are there when you need them, and not when you don't.
Inside, the open space split between the living room, kitchen, and dining area is more spacious than we really need. All kitchen needs are covered if you want to cook something, and the dining table is large.
The bedroom's queen bed is waaaay more comfortable than you expect.
The bath entrance is on the hallway, not the bedroom, which is good for larger groups. The full size washer and dryer could also be life-savers, I imagine, although we have never used them.
The setting is comfortable, the wifi and all other features work; the house provides everything you could need for a comfortable visit.
We will return in 2017!
Wonderful stay as we moved our son into college at Cal Poly. Very charming accommodations. Tom and Peggy were accommodating and friendly. We will definitely return.
The Portola Inn Guest House was a wonderful place for us to stay during our visit to Atascadero. Tom and Peggy, our welcoming hosts, offered to provide whatever we needed to make our stay enjoyable. Tom led us on a very informative tour of the grounds, detailing the history of the Inn. We loved the view from under the canopy of oak tress. We felt like we were miles away from our busy lives, and appreciated every minute of it. We will definitely stay there again.
The location was beautiful and the back house was exactly what we were looking for.
We enjoyed our stay at the Portola Inn. We had everything we needed and were VERY comfortable. My favorite part was when I woke up in the morning I would sit with my coffee and listen to the frog fountain and enjoy the view from the table in the dining area.
We stayed 3 nights at Tom and Peggy's guest house and enjoyed ourselves immensely!! Everything was perfect! We especially enjoyed picking the ripe apricots from the trees and our daughter picked blackberries every day. We arrived a day after a wedding and the owners thoughtfully placed the fresh flower bouquets on the front porch, on the kitchen table and out in the gazebo. We enjoyed coffee under the huge oak trees and saw some dear one morning. Definitely a hidden gem in Atascadero! Very clean with comfortable beds and nice linens. We highly recommend it and will definitely stay here if we are ever out this way again! Joel and Tammy from Brighton CO
Atascadero Veterans Memorial, Local Farmers Markets, Wine Tasting
We are located just 15 minutes from the California Mid State Fair! Local Shuttles are available.
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2 night minimum stay