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Falling Cedar Cabin-Quiet, Romantic, Surrounded by Trees

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Sleeping Loft,with queen bed & 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Quiet one bedroom with sleeping loft (there is a ladder to access the loft, children under 10 are not advised to sleep in the loft), tucked away the among the trees on majestic Palomar Mountain. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and relax in front of the fire or sit on the outside deck and watch the stars this is the cabin for your weekend getaway. The cabin is rustic on the outside but as you walk thru the door you enter into a cozy living room with all the modern conveniences, such as a flat screen television (has an antenna, you get a few channels, no satellite, if you have Apple TV bring with you) a full kitchen with granite counter tops, Viking stove and microwave. Everything you need to make a gourmet meal.

At the end of a long hike relax and soak in a hot bath with everything you need; towels, shampoo, conditioner, bath gel. Go to bed in one of the 2 queen size beds under a down comforter, fresh linens and soft pillows for a restful sleep. Or you may want to fall asleep in front of the crackling fire in the living room.

Travel farther up the road to visit the Palomar Observatory, open to the public daily. Fish at Done Pond in the State Park. 2 NIGHT MINIMUM

Keywords: Quaint. Quiet. Tranquil. These words don't even scratch the surface of Falling Cedar Cabin and its environment. Buried deep in the slopes of Palomar Mountain, this cabin is a respite from everyday life. Let the surrounding trees and wildlife nurture you outdoors while the cabin soothes and stills you on the inside where amenities abound, providing tender ease and comfort. Once the glowing embers in the wood-burning stove warm your bones after a long healthy hike, you won't want to leave. The cabin sleeps 4 comfortable, we have 1 bedroom (queen bed) and 1 sleeping loft w/queen bed (see photo of loft)

At this time we are not allowing our door fires.

Just to let you know that a Prius can not get down the dirt road to our cabin. Please call if you have any questions

More Details

Mary Jo
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Mary Jo

My husband and I found the cabin in 2000, it had been neglected for over 20 years. As a general contractors ,my husband, Don had a vision of what the old 1930's cabin could become. We added glass tile back splash in the kitchen, granite counter tops, refinished the original hardwood floors and added comfortable furnishings, all the amenities you need to have a wonderful vacation. CHECK IN AT 3:00 AND CHECK OUT AT 12:00

Mary Jo purchased this cabin in 2000

Why Mary Jo chose Palomar Mountain

I have been traveling to Palomar Mountain since I was a child. My family camped at the State Park every year. The State Park has great hiking trails. My family was so happy when we bought the cabin, now we will be able to have family reunions on the mountain again.

Our cabin is situated in the back country of Palomar on 3 acres, very quiet, great for naps and bird watching. I'm sure you will enjoy our cabin and the Mountain as we have for many years.

What makes this cabin unique

Our cabin is located off the main paved road on a private dirt road. Our dirt road has been regraded and surfaced. I drive a Volvo S40 and have no problem getting in and out(always drive slowly on dirt roads). If you are coming to stay in Nov. you should have an all wheel or 4 wheel drive, just in case it rains or you get some snow. Our property is off the beaten track and that is why people enjoy it. The Cabin is a Very Quiet place to be. While you are there enjoy Hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, deers walk thru the property, watching the stars at night of the deck, worm yourself in front of the wood burning stove, travel up the the historic Palomar Mountain Observatory (Hale Telescope)

Guestbook comments from the owner

My wife and I wanted to write you to tell you how much our family enjoyed staying at your cabin last weekend. We really enjoyed the peace, quiet and solitude, and our daughter loved the breeze in the trees, the wind chimes, and the sounds of the birds. It was exactly what we hoped it would be, and we can definitely see ourselves visiting again and again. Like we wrote in the are lucky to have such a place, and we feel blessed that you share it.
May 2016
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Palomar Mountain Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Enjoy the Large deep tub, for a good soak after a long day of hiking. Amenities in bathroom: Shampoo, Conditioner and body wash and lots of towels, wash cloths and hand towels. Bathroom floor Quartz and travertine
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Room with a view
    Loft - 1 queen , Loft bedroom, cozy and comfortable
  • Bedroom 1 has a queen size bed with large windows, closet, dresser and slay bed with a very comfortable mattress. You can lay in bed at night and watch the stars from the window. We have a sleeping Loft with a comfortable queen size bed. There is a ladder to the loft (please be aware that children under 10 should not sleep due to the ladder they have to climb, check out the photos of the loft)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
Our cabin is tucked away in the woods off a dirt road. It is very private and quiet. There are many places to hike. You are a few miles from the State Park. At the state you can go hiking and fishing at Done pond. You will need a fishing license.


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Falling Cedar Cabin-Quiet, Romantic, Surrounded by Trees
average rating of 4.952381 based on 66 reviews

Absolutely beautiful cabin that is off the beaten path and surrounded by trees.

  • 5 of 5

Amazing cabin that is secluded and surrounded by trees. When you walk out on the deck you feel as if you are truly one with nature. Highly recommended for a weekend getaway or week vacation!!!

  • Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. The cabin is a very special place. So glad you enjoyed your stay
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Altadena, CA

Comfortable retreat in the woods

  • 5 of 5

I so enjoyed my stay in this beautifully appointed small cabin in the woods. Gorgeous setting. Everything you need. Very comfortable bed. And, for me (someone who likes to bath), a surprisingly comfortable bath in a small space. Rest and recover. Great wifi (streamed music and movies). Lovely fireplace (which I did not use in our unseasonably warm fall). My only critique is this is a bit off the beaten path which is wonderful as a retreat but preferable (not essential in dry weather) to have an all wheel drive vehicle.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy and Isolated

  • 5 of 5

Don and Mary Jo have a wonderful little cabin on Mt. Palomar. Very comfortable furniture and nice appliances so you can cook anything you want. Large frig. It is about a 10 minute drive to the Observatory. There are several hikes nearby of varying difficulty. The cabin is surrounded by trees. Neighbors are up the hill, but you can't see them or any other houses. Very isolated and quiet. If you are looking for a remote cabin away from it all this is the place.

If it rains or snows you would need a 4WD vehicle as the road leading to the cabin is loose dirt as of November 2017. We took our Honda CRV and it was fine as the road was dry. Overall a really nice place.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The falling cedar cabin was a perfect weekend getaway for my girlfriend and I. It's very cozy and secluded so it is ideal for anyone trying to escape the rat race for a little bit. It has a kitchen with everything you need to cook your own meals which we made good use of. But my favorite part was the patio deck where we could watch the sun set and listen to the sounds of the forest. There are plenty of good hiking trails nearby but we mostly just enjoyed lounging in the cabin all weekend. A great place for couples or families.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at the cabin. We know that all of us need to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. This is the place to relax. Thanks Mary Jo Funkhouser
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Romantic getaway

  • 4 of 5

We had an amazing weekend in this remote cabin under the stars. I'm glad we made it before dusk and brought a vehicle that could navigate the unpaved drives with such detailed insructions. Though warm at first, the cabin cooled once the windows were opened and the evening breezes blew through. The kitchen was well stocked and we enjoyed the beautiful stove and espresso maker. The bed was very comfortable and linens fresh and new. Though we weren't able to get any satellite service during our stay, we enjoyed the quiet. Thank you both for sharing your home with us.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lori am so glad you had a wonderful time at Falling Cedar Cabin. I will go through my Instructions, I know we show that we have the internet but the television is conected to an antenna. I'm so sorry for the he confusion. I hope you will come again
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Great getaway for the whole family

  • 5 of 5

My wife, step son and out dog had a great time at the cabin. Great to getaway from the city for a while without losing any of the comfort.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
San Diego airport
Nearest Barpub
16 Miles
Lazy H
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Lawrence Welk
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Mother Kitchen
Nearest Beach
40 Miles
Car: necessary

There are many hiking trails on Palomar Mountain and around our cabin. You can go Fishing at Done Pond in the national park with a fishing license. The hiking is endless in the park. The Palomar Observatory is perhaps the world's most famous astronomical observatory. Since the 1930's it has been, and continues to be, a center of astronomical research.

Be sure to visit the Observatory.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $20
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 8.0%

There is a cancelation fee of $50.00 due to the charges from the credit card companies and VRBO charges me cancelation fees

Book 2 nights $320.00 & Refundable Damage plus a pet cleaning fee 20.00 if you bring a dog. There is an 8% Vacation rental City tax only on the nightly rate. Refundable Damage Deposit of $250.00 will be refunded 7 days after your departure thru VRBO.
VRBO charges you the Renter a booking fee, this is thru VRBO and I do not have any control over that fee it goes directly to VRBO.

7 nights $980.00 a weekly rate of $140.00 (no other discounts applied) plus your Refundable Damage Deposit $250.00 and the 8% Vacation Rental City Fee

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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