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Ponderosa Log Cabin Sleeps Six Max.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

A True Log Cabin Nestled In The Forest

Restful. Relaxing. Romantic.

Dreaming of slipping away to an enchanting log cabin in the middle of a beautiful forest? The owners designed and built the cabin from cedar logs milled on the property. It could be a movie set! Have you ever watched Bonanza? It was filmed on the Ponderosa in Northern California. This is Palomar Mountain's 'Ponderosa' where Little Joe, and all the rest would feel right at home putting their feet up at this charming log cabin.

Extremely private, you access the property through a locked gate and travel a paved road a mile and a half to the cabin. If you are looking for privacy, you have found it!

Step into the old west! The great room is open to the kitchen with a welcoming wood stove that you really appreciate when the snow is falling. There is a big dining table to gather 'round for meals or for old-fashioned fun when you get those games out. The younger set might enjoy sitting at the counter that is a slab of cedar from the property.

The kitchen is fully stocked for you with everything you should need for cooking and serving your meals. Stove, oven, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, crock pot, beautiful new set of cookware, all you need to cook and serve your meals. Step out on the patio and a new propane barbecue is waiting.

The walk-in level has the large master bedroom with a very comfortable queen bed also a full bath with a tub and shower. Upstairs is a game and sleeping room with another queen bed, two twins, and a sofa. A 42 inch TV DVD player, high speed internet and a telephone. Since this is such a remote location most cell phones don't work so you're all set just in case you need to dial out or check your messages.

Lots of room to roam in the wide open spaces. Look out to the next ridge and you can see the world famous observatory, and High Point Fire Lookout. Originally built in the 1930's it was recently restored and now back in operation.

A wonderfully inviting tree swing is waiting for kids of all ages, and a very creative picnic table also made with cedar from the land. Horse shoes are fun to be played by all.

It is a star-gazers dream with our dark sky making the stars seem so much closer here on the mountain top.

The Ponderosa is a nature-lovers paradise with deer, wild turkeys and lots of wildlife and wide variety of birds that also call this twenty acres 'home'. Are you a photographer? You will love it here.

We have several field trips to local farms to see horses, sheep, goats, chickens, spinning and weaving, coffee roasting and carving and much more! The owners/story tellers make it a delightful 'step back in time'.

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Our first guests over Thanksgiving left notes before we opened this website:

“Thank you so much for opening your wonderful cabin for us. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here in the cozy cabin on your beautiful property. You really created something amazing, and we marvel at the craftsmanship that went into this cabin! Just a gorgeous, peaceful place! We hope to be back some day! All the best to you, Birte and Jim and Kids”

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We had such a great time in the Mountains. Thank you for taking the time and sharing all the information. We visited Cecelia's farm. Such nice people and great experience. Kids had so much fun there. Getting warm, fresh eggs right from the chicken's nest was the best experience for Adam. Thank you, Katerina, Robert, Adam and Lucas

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We're looking forward to doing our very best to make your time at the Ponderosa a wonderful holiday as a treasured memory forever!

More Details

Property Manager
Wilma Roberts
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, dutch
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Wilma Roberts

The owners visited Palomar Mountain on one of their first dates. They fell in love with the mountain, and each other, and discovered the land shortly before they had their two children. Designing and building the lodge was their first project. Looking out the living room off the deck, they have seen on some occasions the Palomar Observatory opening it's window to the stars.

Why Wilma Roberts chose Palomar Mountain

The Ponderosa with the Lodge and now two cabins, is such a wonderful way to share family time with their now-grown children and grand kids. The have many happy memories sharing the forest, it's animals and the beauty of the Four Seasons with family and friends. They cherish the many weekends away from the hectic life of the city work, telephone and television.

What makes this cabin unique

Right now only the log cabin is available. Soon the owners will have the Ponderosa 'School House' Cabin ready for guests too. Please stay tuned. Thank you for your interest in the peaceful, privacy of the Ponderosa!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Our families had a blast! The toys were perfect for Blake and he really enjoyed the drum. The swing was a fun little bonus!
Jun 2014
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Palomar Mountain Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bathroom has good storage, a bathtub and shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom Loft - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Upstairs loft w/queen bed, 2 twins, & 42' TV for DVD's.
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Comfortable Queen bed in large room. Willow reading chairs.
  • The large master bedroom is on the walk-in level. A comfortable queen bed with lovely linens is waiting for you. Some vintage furnishings and rustic willow chairs.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Would you like to go to a local farm and buy fresh eggs or organic coffee? See chickens, sheep, goats & a loom room for spinning. Cecilia sells fresh eggs, yarn from her sheep and be sure to ask about her goat cheese and milk. Glenn is our Palomar Roaster. He roasts coffee, carves cedar, and has farm animals who love to have their pictures taken. Have fun! Like a massage at the cabin? How about a guided nature walk? A visit to the Observatory and see the interesting museum? 20 miles of hiking trails are waiting for you in the State Park. Fish at Doane Pond or take a boat out on Lake Henshaw. The view from Boucher Lookout is absolutely spectacular to the islands and beyond. Mother's Kitchen is waiting to serve you, and you will enjoy browsing our General Store. Sleds are waiting for you when we are a Winter Wonderland. Just ask and I'll forward lots info with links for interesting area attractions, places to eat & more!


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Ponderosa Log Cabin Sleeps Six Max.
average rating of 4.8055553 based on 50 reviews

Charming, authentic and truly relaxing. Vintage cabin craftsmanship with modern creature comforts

  • 5 of 5

Perfect weekend getaway for our family of five. We enjoyed the snow outside and the warm fire inside. Very clean, well maintained and fully stocked. Games, books, WiFi, toys, utensils, firewood, inspiration... just a great place with everything you’ll need but the food, fun and sense of adventure. We will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved our stay at the Ponderosa!

  • 5 of 5

The two of us and our pup had a blast staying here. The weather was great, the cabin was cozy and private - just what we were looking for. Looking forward to our next stay. Thanks for everything.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Fall and Winter are especially great times to visit the Ponderosa. You can get a touch of the changing colors fallen leaves and crisp evenings in Southern California. Hopefully we'll see some snow in Jan/Feb/Mar too! Thank you very much for your nice words - I am glad you enjoyed your stay!
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A Little Slice of Heaven

  • 4 of 5

Ponderosa was a cute cabin. Warm on chilling days. The upstairs loft was cozy and comfortable. Only suggestions are to clean the windows, stock the kitchen with coffee and include more items in the kitchen like alumunim foil, olive oil etc.; more basic cooking items. All the fire wood was appreciated. We'll be back!! Thank you.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great getaway

  • 5 of 5

if you want to experience the gorgeous night sky and charm of the mountains in custom-built cabin, this is perfect choice. well-appointed home is nestled 6,000 ft on Palomar Mtn, in picturesque wooded, natural setting. perfect artist or writer escape. wood burning fireplace in main area keeps you toasty warm. modern shower and good plumbing ensures a refreshing experience. walking to nearby neighbors who make cheese and fresh goats milk is fun. great place to enjoy nature and feel free.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Above and beyond

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is much more than I expected and the surrounding area and grounds are very nice, We were pleasantly surprised by the wildlife sightings. There are birds and deer to see if you get lucky as we did. The kids had a grand time this weekend. Great memories were made. Thanks for the hospitality and recommendations Wilma and Brendan.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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"Heavenly" cabin

  • 5 of 5

We slept during the day (fans kept it nice and cool) and star gazed all night (persead meteors--patio faces NE perfect quadrant). Quiet private awesome. For those whose partners are TV fans and who usually have to surrender the living room know that the TV is in a big loft upstairs. I had no idea what a difference that makes

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Please ask for a link for 'Fun things to do from the Cabin' info to all that Palomar and the local area have to offer. (It will be posted here real soon!)

Step-back-in-time, old fashioned, family fun. A chance to listen to the quiet enjoying the beauty of our well-kept secret on Palomar Mountain.

You'll love it here. That's a promise!




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning $75
Pet Fee $75
Tax Rate 8.0%

Monday - Thurs $175.00 per night w/2 night min. Friday & Saturday $200.00 per night. 8% tax, $75.00 for cleaning, and a $250.00 refundable damage deposit. Holiday Rates apply for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years weeks with 3 night minimum at $225.00 per night. $75.00 per/pet fee for up to two dogs & you bring their blankets, beds, protect the furniture, and clean up after them.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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