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Featured on HGTV!! Artistic, Designer, walk to dinner, 5min beach, 10min dwntown

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,050 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2 + 1 child)

The Carriage House was hand selected by the show producers as one of the most unforgettable vacation homes in San Diego.

Originally built in 1913, it has original walnut floors and high beam ceilings. All of the artwork was custom painted by a local artist. The private deck is surrounded by old trees and perfect for outdoor dining. The bed has a Heavenly mattress, just like the Westin. The kitchen is set up for people who like to cook, including heavy pans and spices. The Carriage House is for people who want more than just a place to stay. It’s for those who want their home away from home to be part of the experience itself.

It’s located in the historic upscale district of Mission Hills. Several of San Diego’s top award winning restaurants are a short walk away. Coffee is one block, and is it’s an eclectic place without all the hype. But don’t worry, Starbucks isn’t that far either. The beach is 5 miles away. The San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, the Gaslamp Quarter, the airport, the San Diego Convention Center and Petco Park are all less than 10 minutes. Beach towels and chairs provided.

The Carriage House is one of the original vacation rentals in Mission Hills and we have hundreds of stellar reviews. But out of all of them, the one comment that keeps coming up again and again, is how our attention to detail reflects our love for the place. Proceeds from The Carriage House has helped many horses, including eight wild mustangs that were taken from their native land.

If you want to watch a short video about the TV show, see below. See you soon at The Carriage House!

Keywords: cottage, artist retreat, mission hills, bungalow, studio, horse, designer, carriage house, house

More Details

Susanne McCall
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Susanne McCall

We feel so blessed to be the owners of The Carriage House. Originally we set out with a goal of buying a vacation home to create a reliable stream of revenue for horse rescues. We couldn't believe it when we found an actual Carriage House. Most of these homes that used to hold the horse carriage and caretakers family have been torn down. Despite our full time, sometimes hectic jobs, we love meeting guests who stay at The Carriage House and have made lifelong friends. We feel like its not just us giving back to the horses but all of our guests who are part of this team. For those interested, we send letters with follow up stories on all the horses helped through donations of The Carriage House. What could be better than staying in an amazing place and helping rescue animals.

Why Susanne McCall chose Mission Hills

The Carriage House is influenced by our extensive travel and experience staying in boutique hotels. Being in Mission Hills, the most prominent area of San Diego, was a bonus for us when we found the property. We take walks when we are on vacation and loved the fact that our guests can stroll along under hundred year old trees. For us, the place we stay on vacation is part of the experience therefore no detail can be too small. Artistically, the Carriage House decor is focused on a modern worldly feel so that guests from all over the world will feel comfortable. This property is an important part of our goal in creating a reliable source of revenue for the purpose of saving horses. Your stay in The Carriage House directly benefits the lives of horses by providing hay, shelter, and medications. The fact that this home was originally a Carriage House, which held the carriage and was a living area for the caretakers makes it even more special to us. Our hope is that our guests return home from their vacation with their own Carriage House story to tell.

What makes this house unique

What we love about this place is how centrally located it is. It is literally close to everything. At the same time though, you get to get away from the hustle to your own oasis in a quite neighborhood. Walk to the local shops and have coffee. You'll find great restaurants less than one mile away. Actually our favorite restaurant in San Diego is called the Red Door and is so close you hardly need the car. Looking back, we used to sit at this restaurant and, over a few glasses of wine, discuss how we could start a business to fund horse rescues. I guess this house right around the corner was listening!!!!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Gretchen and I had a wonderful visit to the carriage house. The property is lovely. We hated to leave so much that we lingered as long as possible before our flight. We loved the house, the neighborhood and the city. Your directions were clear and your outline of places to visit and eat helped tremendously. We ate at Juniper & Ivy, The Red Door & Trust for dinners. Breakfast each morning at the Farmers Bottega and 2 afternoons at Balboa park wondering and sustaining ourselves at Prado.

Thank you again. We will be back.
Apr 2017
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Mission Hills House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1050 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Town ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size beds (1)
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Featured on HGTV!! Artistic, Designer, walk to dinner, 5min beach, 10min dwntown
average rating of 4.984252 based on 128 reviews

Very Kool, Very Kozy, & Very Kleen

  • 5 of 5

Thanks for the great stay. You obviously have put a lot of thought and personality into the decor and we really enjoyed ourselves!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great spot in Mission Hills

  • 5 of 5

This house is in a beautiful neighborhood. We walked to restaurants, groceries and down the hill to Old Town. You can easily get to all the attractions in San Diego. It’s a charming place in a very quiet, safe community. Thanks, Susanne and kudos for your work saving wild horses! Mary and Brian - Columbus, Ohio

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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  • 5 of 5

This cozy carriage house is in a great location. Very nice neighborhood. The host has been very helpful with recommendations on restaurants and things to do.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming cottage in the Mission Hills Neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

This the second time in 2 years we stayed at the Carriage House. It is perfect for two. Has everything you need, kitchen to fix a meal, comfortable king size bed, cozy porch and deck to make use of San Diego weather. It is close driving distance to the Zoo, Balboa Park (10 min.), down town, old town, the harbor, air port. Walking distance to coffee shops, wine bars, restaurants, grocery stores. The neighborhood has safe sidewalks, a wide variety of architecture and friendly neighbors out walking their dogs. The owners, Susanne and Elizabeth are very accommodating to what ever questions or needs. Super clean and cute!

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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This house is a gem!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful and unique place to stay in the quiet and convenient neighborhood of Mission Hills in San Diego. Beauty abounds everywhere you look in this home, many loving touches. Comfortable, peaceful, and welcoming. Parking right outside the door.

So happy I chose to stay here at the Carriage House!

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property was absolutely first class!!

  • 5 of 5

When my daughter and I arrived at your property, our jaws literally dropped at how awesome it was. We had looked forward to this birthday trip for so many months and this was the perfect start. We enjoyed every minute that we were there. I also volunteer for a horse program for children and veterans with disabilities, so loved noticing the horse themed decor. Thank you for providing us such a lovely place for our celebration.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
San Diego International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
All the happening places on Goldfinch
Nearest Ferry
3.4 Miles
Coronado Ferry
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Balboa Golf Course
Nearest Train
1.8 Miles
Old Town Transit
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
5 Freeway
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Mission Hills
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Ocean Beach

We are located in the historic district of Mission Hills. It's one of the oldest and most easily accessible areas you can stay in San Diego. It's a short neighborhood walk to great restaurants.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $100
Tax Rate 10.5%

Cancel anytime within 60 days and receive 100% refund no questions asked. Cancel within 30 days and receive a 50% refund or credit towards your next booking.
***Holiday and Special Events rates apply**
In order to confirm this reservation we require 50% of the total rental amount, and the remaining 50% 30 days prior to your arrival. Security deposit or Damage Protection Policy is required.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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