Quinn Cottage San Diego - a Charming Garden Retreat with Views

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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
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  • Pets considered:No
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Quinn Cottage San Diego
A Charming Garden Retreat

Our Quinn Cottage San Diego is a lovely, private retreat found on perhaps the most exclusive cul de sac street in the historic and affluent neighborhood of Mission Hills. Surrounded by breathtaking gardens with a nice deck offering stunning canyon and ocean views, Quinn Cottage encompasses the entire garden level of the main home and is completely separate and private. Even its lovely garden entrance is secluded from the main home and neighbors. Easy on-street parking is always available in our quiet residential area. The location is within walking distance to the Mission Hills village with coffee houses, restaurants, shops, parks, and the famous Old Town area of San Diego with its many attractions as well as central trolley station. Casual strolling or energetic jogging through our historic neighborhood is exciting in itself with its 19th Century mansions, classic Spanish haciendas, and early 1900 California bungalows. It is a paradise for the architecture or history buff as well as anyone who loves heritage houses.

This light, airy, newly remodeled retreat has an open living room, dining area, and kitchen with a plentitude of garden and canyon view windows. It is completely furnished with all the details of an inviting, cozy family getaway spot. Every room has large, sunny, garden view windows and many “European B&B” touches. The two bedrooms, one with a pillow top king bed and one with a trundle bed that serves as two singles or one king, have beautiful pillows and spreads, cozy comforters, and high quality bedding and linens. We also have a Pac’n Play, Bumbo, booster seat, and toys available for our rental guests with babies or toddlers.

The colorful, happy kitchen is fully equipped for cooking, dining, and entertaining with lovely dishes, table ware, bar ware, and linens. Even the gourmet cook will find the necessary appliances, cookware, bake ware, and utensils for any special meal or recipe. The pantry/laundry room has a washer and dryer, cleaning and laundry supplies, plenty of storage space, and a “beach kit” of picnic ware, beach chairs/towels/umbrellas, various sizes of coolers, boogie boards, a Frisbee, and sand toys. The pantry shelves are amply stocked with herbs, spices, oils, sugar, flour, coffee, tea, and much more for rental guests to enjoy. A gas barbeque is just outside the kitchen door in a lovely garden setting with table and chairs for outdoor dining or relaxing.

Quinn Cottage shares with the main house a spectacular deck with a large hot tub, cozy towels, its own dining table, and spectacular views of Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean, Point Loma, and the surroundings canyons. Visitors often view soaring hawks and many other bird species from the deck’s “tree house” location. Kids enjoy using the hot tub as a pool for playtime while adults savor sitting in the hot tub with a glass of wine or cup of tea to relax and rejuvenate. Enjoying a romantic candlelight dinner on the deck as you watch the sun set over the ocean is a total escape in itself. After dark, owls can be heard softly calling to one another from the nearby canyon’s Eucalyptus trees. The solitude is delicious. To add some romance and celebration, for much of the year rental guests can view the distant sky filled with Sea World fireworks, all from a cozy deck chair or the hot tub.

Gardening is our passion and hobby, and our large gardens, a Certified Wildlife Habitat, are well-known to the neighborhood. Enchanting the visitor with many secret “rooms” to explore and delight, the garden has whimsical pieces of “exterior art” as well as numerous spots to sit with a morning cup of coffee to watch the many hummingbirds, finches, and butterflies that inhabit the lush landscape. The tranquil surroundings include year round herb, vegetable, and salad gardens as well as numerous fruit and citrus trees. Many varieties of roses and other flowers bloom during all seasons. We enjoy sharing our garden’s vegetable and floral bounty with our rental guests.

Other amenities of this inviting retreat include family games, a library of adult and children’s books, magazines, movies, music, flat screened TV, DVD, an Ipod dock, wireless broadband internet, and maps and information for the San Diego visitor. We are life-long San Diego natives who enjoy helping our rental guests make the most of their visit, offering many ideas that create an experience beyond the usual. We pride ourselves in our hospitality, our respect for your complete privacy, and the pristine condition of this charming spot. You will feel very well taken care of at Quinn Cottage.

Located just above Old Town and Presidio Park, Quinn Cottage is only five to ten minutes from the airport, Little Italy, Downtown and the Gaslamp District, the famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Sea World, Petco Park, the harbor, Fashion and Mission Valley shopping centers and golf course, and many beaches. It is just two minutes from freeways 5 and 8 for quick jaunts to La Jolla, Del Mar Racetrack, Torrey Pines golf course, Legoland, Wild Animal Park, and other north county locations. The border crossing into Mexico is only twenty minutes away. As already mentioned, many places of interest are within easy walking distance. The location could not be more perfect.

We welcome children and families in this non-smoking environment. Email (best option) or call us with requests for additional photos and any questions so we can help you begin planning your wonderful Quinn Cottage San Diego getaway. We also invite you to check out our other remarkable vacation properties: Pine Street Retreat, which is # 446156 at vrbo or #446156vb at homeaway and Quinn Cottage Orcas Island the San Juan Islands, which is #55482 at vrbo or #177374 at homeaway.

Keywords: Quiet,Romantic,Views,English Garden,Privacy,Hot Tub, Children,Zoo,Beaches,Sea World

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Property Type

  • 1 story
  • Cottage
  • 1000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Guest House
  • Guest House


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Children Welcome:

    Children love Quinn Cottage! They explore the magical gardens, enjoy water play in the hot tub, and feel cozy and at home in the lovely interior space. During summer months and over holidays kids are treated to a nightly Sea World fireworks display they can watch from the cottage deck. Mission Hills is filled with young families. Its walkable streets, safe parks within walking distance, and charming village of eateries and shops, make it perfect for kids and adults to experience this 'small town living.' Kids also love the perfect location -- a very short trip to all the main San Diego tourist attractions and beaches. Our seven grandchildren would tell your kids, 'You will LOVE the cottage!'...moreless

  • Limited Accessibility:

    There are no steps to enter Quinn Cottage from its driveway entrance and it is step-free inside. The interior doorways and bathroom can accommodate a walker or small wheelchair....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Quinn Cottage is smoking-free. However, rental guests are welcome to smoke in the numerous relaxing spots in the garden that have chairs, tables, and ash trays for that convenience....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Quinn Cottage is a pet-free environment....moreless

  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Convertible bed(s)


  • Bedroom 1: 1 king


  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

    The cottage has a Pac'N Play for babies....moreless

  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • The bathroom as a large, tiled stall shower with European shower head for bathing young children....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Private garden entrance used by rental guests only, spectacular English gardens, quiet and serene, stunning ocean and canyon views, gorgeous sunsets over the ocean, relaxing garden views from large windows in every room, beautiful historic neighborhood, walk to many attractions, safe, easy parking, helpful owners....moreless


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books:

    A remarkable collection of available books- sports, history, biography, fiction, non-fiction, classics, children's...moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    DVD player with TV...moreless

  • Games:

    Many family games and decks of cards...moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Arboretum
  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View:

    Mission Bay, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, and the sun setting over the ocean can all be seen from the cottage deck....moreless

  • Village
  • Water View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Lovely view to garden from the inside dining area as well as many pretty, romantic spots in the garden and on the view deck for outdoor dining with a variety of tables, chairs, and nice linens....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Full size dryer as well as a 'European-style' clothes rack for drying items outside in the sun and fresh air as desired....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Forced air unit dedicated to Cottage...moreless

  • Internet:

    Printer and computer paper supplied...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    Everything you need with lots of extra pillows, throws, and comforters -- all high quality and pretty...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Lovely view to gardens, very homey and comfortable...moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Lots of room for easy, safe parking and loading...moreless

  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone:

    Available if needed...moreless

  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    Everything you need including beach towels -- all high quality and pretty...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Full size washer and all laundry supplies...moreless

  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    large coffee maker with a timer...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Fully furnished with all cookware, bakeware, and utensils including a crock pot and food processor....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Lovely dining dishes, glassware, and full barware -- everything you would need or want to set a lovely table...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer:

    The freezer is more than ample for all family needs....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    A brand new kitchen is fully furnished with all the appliances and equipment needed for any meal preparation. Also the pantry is furnished with coffee, tea, sugar, flour, spices, oils, foil, plastic wrap, paper goods, and many other supplies. Lovely dishes, tableware , and barware as well as pretty table linens help you create a memorable meal presentation...moreless

  • Microwave:

    Full size over stove...moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Extremely well-stocked with many provisions for cooking and baking: coffee, teas, oils, sugar, sweeteners, flour, oats, popcorn, spices, herbs, foil, Saran wrap, baggies, paper goods....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Large refrigerator and freezer are more than ample for all family needs....moreless

  • Stove:

    Gas stove/oven...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio:

    The views from the private deck are stunning. The deck has a hot tub and dining area with a large umbrella and bench. Guests enjoy meals, hot tubbing, relaxing, and sunbathing as they look over the canyons out to Mission Bay, Mission Beach, and striking sunsets on the horizon. In the summer guests can watch the Sea World fire works every night. On July 4 guests can see four different fire works shows from their own comfortable deck chair....moreless

  • Golf:

    Many world class golf courses nearby....moreless

  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden:

    Large lawn area in the front yard with a tree swing and benches that kids love. Exceptional flower, rose, and vegetable gardens. Always one of the favorite parts of the Cottage for all guests....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas grill just outside the kitchen in a private patio and outdoor dining area surrounded by flowers and lush landscaping....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis:

    Public tennis courts in the neighborhood within walking distance at a beautiful park with play structures, walking paths, and lots of lawn for play....moreless

  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear:

    Many spots to rent all types of water gear nearby. Boogie Boards provided at the Cottage along with other beach gear....moreless

  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Large, on the deck with spectacular views....moreless

  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 4.9
from 32 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 19 - Nov 27, 2016
3 night min stay
Christmas/New Years
Dec 17 - Jan 1, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Cleaning fee $90 + tax
  • Tax Rate 11.05%


Discounts apply for a rental party of 1 or 2 during the low seasons.

Owner's cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 10/06/2016
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5 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Diego International
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Mission Hills Village - several
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
River Run
1 Miles
Nearest Train
Old Town Transit Center
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 8 and Interstate 5
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Mission Hills Village - several
100 Miles
Nearest Ski
Big Bear Mountain
6 Miles
Nearest Beach
Mission Bay/Beach

Car: Recommended

Mission Hills is in the heart of the historic and tourist districts of San Diego. It is immediately adjacent to Old Town State Park, Presidio Park, and Hillcrest. And it is only minutes to Sea World, the beaches, golf courses, downtown, the Convention Center, and the Gas Lamp District. It is a prestigious neighborhood of landmark historic homes. Balboa Park with its 20+ museums and the San Diego Zoo is just three miles from the Mission Hills Village.

The community's easy access to all freeways and public transportation put you minutes from all your tourist and business destinations.

Other Activities: Kayaking, Shelling, Wildlife Viewing, Rock Climbing, Health/Beauty Spa, Hot Air Ballooning, Shuffleboard, Miniature golf, Horseshoes, Racquetball


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: We are life-long residents of San Diego and love our city and sharing it with others. We have been active in the business, entertainment, and museum communities of San Diego, so have lots of good advice about how to create a truly unique visitor experience here. We are passionate gardeners, creating beautiful and delightful surroundings for the cottage. Our pride in Quinn Cottage is obvious, so come and see it for yourself. We know you will love what you find!

Why the Owner Chose Mission Hills, San Diego, CA, USA:
We moved our growing family to Mission Hills in 1983 and have raised our five children in this amazing neighborhood. We chose it for its 'small town' qualities: everyone knows one another, neighbors take care of each other as well as meet up for coffee, the community is vibrant, eclectic, and safe. Everyone walks here -- to work if possible, to shops and restaurants, to the park, and just for pleasure. After 28 years we still enjoy looking at the many, many beautiful homes on our streets. Mission Hills residents are helpful, friendly, and inviting. They are proud of their community and welcome visitors to it. Come and get the best of both worlds -- a village in the middle of urban San Diego. We also have the best weather in San Diego -- high enough to avoid the fog but the perfect elevation to catch the ocean breezes all year long. Living or visiting here is a pretty magical experience.

The Unique Benefits at this Guest House:
Quinn Cottage is more wonderful than the website photos can possibly show. Every room is charming, cozy, and relaxing. The surrounding gardens are striking. Watching a beautiful sunset over the ocean every evening from the deck is the perfect end to a day. While San Diego has many, many special tourist attractions, our rental guests look forward with pleasure to returning to their serene retreat after their excursions. Quinn Cottage is not just a place to stay -- it is a vacation in itself.

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Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Sunny Living Room with Garden Views

    Sunny Living Room with Garden Views

  • Fully stocked kitchen with china cabinet

    Fully stocked kitchen with china cabinet

  • Master Bedroom with King Bed, Garden View, and Private Entrance

    Master Bedroom with King Bed, Garden View, and Private Entrance

  • Second bedroom with trundle bed, garden view windows, and private entrance

    Second bedroom with trundle bed, garden view windows, and private entrance

  • Hot Tub on shared 'Treehouse' Deck with Ocean and Canyon Views

    Hot Tub on shared 'Treehouse' Deck with Ocean and Canyon Views

  • Private garden entry to Quinn Cottage

    Private garden entry to Quinn Cottage

  • Secluded Garden Retreat

    Secluded Garden Retreat

  • One of many garden sitting areas

    One of many garden sitting areas

  • Sample of cottage's neighborhood historical homes

    Sample of cottage's neighborhood historical homes

  • Walk to neighborhood Pioneer Park for picnics and play (incl play structure)

    Walk to neighborhood Pioneer Park for picnics and play (incl play structure)

  • Walk to Presidio Park trails and gardens

    Walk to Presidio Park trails and gardens

  • Walk to Old Town State Park, historical landmarks, eateries, shops, gardens

    Walk to Old Town State Park, historical landmarks, eateries, shops, gardens

  • Kitchen with island bar seating

    Kitchen with island bar seating

  • Dining/game table with lovely garden views

    Dining/game table with lovely garden views

  • Master King bed with beautiful linens

    Master King bed with beautiful linens

  • Vintage dressing table by master bedroom and bath

    Vintage dressing table by master bedroom and bath

  • Sunset Deck Dining with Ocean and Canyon Views

    Sunset Deck Dining with Ocean and Canyon Views

  • Quinn Cottage private front door entry

    Quinn Cottage private front door entry

  • Secret Garden Path

    Secret Garden Path

  • Path to a garden retreat

    Path to a garden retreat

  • Walk to Starbucks as well as numerous other coffee houses in the neighborhood.

    Walk to Starbucks as well as numerous other coffee houses in the neighborhood.

  • Walk to the Presidio, Father Serra Museum, beautiful park grounds, views

    Walk to the Presidio, Father Serra Museum, beautiful park grounds, views

  • Walk to Presidio Park trails, picnic areas, gardens, and historical monuments

    Walk to Presidio Park trails, picnic areas, gardens, and historical monuments

  • Walk to Heritage Park in Old Town, San Diego's finest Victorian homes/museums

    Walk to Heritage Park in Old Town, San Diego's finest Victorian homes/museums

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Date last modified - Friday, October 21, 2016

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