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The Spotted Owl Chalet on Palomar Mountain

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bath with upstairs master suite.

This beautifully restored A frame is perfect for a romantic getaway or a family retreat. It's a birder's paradise on the new deck that overlooks the one acre fern meadow surrounded by tall Cedars and Firs. You can cook your meals in the fully equipped modern kitchen or on the camp fire pit using our cast iron Dutch oven and camp fire utensils. There are 3 bedrooms with King, Queen and Full sized beds. two full bathrooms. One has a whirlpool tub.

Jim & Teresa McCarthy
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2017

About Jim & Teresa McCarthy

We both live and work in San Diego County. We love it here in beautiful Southern California. We have 6 children and a bunch of grandkids too! Some of our favorite things to do are hiking, bird watching, star gazing and cooking. We get to do these things every time we're on the mountain.

Jim & Teresa McCarthy purchased this chalet in 2013

Why Jim & Teresa McCarthy chose San Diego County

We had often visited the local mountains when our children were growing up and decided to get a piece of it for ourselves. We wanted it to be close enough so we could use it frequently. It takes us just over an hour to drive to it from our house. We also wanted to be able to make memories there with our children and grandchildren.

What makes this chalet unique

What we love about Palomar mountain is the clean mountain air and the quiet sounds of nature. When we first walked up on the deck and looked out into the meadow, a pair of woodpeckers swooped down from a tree and into the fern. There were towering postcard picture perfect Firs and Cedars all around. We knew we had to have this cabin. *The spa tub and King sized bed in the master suite didn't hinder our decision.


Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Mother's Kitchen
Car: necessary

This property is just a couple of miles from the World famous Palomar Observatory and Palomar Mountain State Park.


Palomar Mountain Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Stackable washer/dryer in downstairs bathroom
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Master bedroom is on second story. There is a master bath.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
AT&T and Verizon cell phone service is good at most locations on the property. You must climb a small flight of stairs to get into the home.


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The Spotted Owl Chalet on Palomar Mountain
average rating of 4.8965516 based on 29 reviews

Well appointed and exceptionally comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

The Spotted Owl Chalet delivers a spacious, well appointed, and very comfy retreat in a densely wooded community very near the County park. Every need has been anticipated for warmth, (wood stove, firewood, heaters, quilts/blankets, fire pit, scrap wood), toiletries are available, basic first aid, every kitchen appliance and tool along with dry spices in abundance, family games, and plenty of privacy. The jetted bath was a treat in the cool evenings! We hope to return for a snowy adventure when the kids can toboggan down a just-their-speed slope on the side of the house! Many thanks for a lovely stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy, comfortable, relaxing! The perfect place to get away from it all!!

  • 5 of 5

The perfect place for our family getaway! Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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A relaxing get-away!

  • 4 of 5

The Spotted Owl Chalet is a great place to get away from the noise, large numbers of people, and busyness of everyday life. The cabin was equipped with a large array of spices, teas, DVD's, CD's, books, reading nooks, and outdoor choices. There was a fire pit with nice chairs away from the house, a stack of wood, metal skewers for roasting marshmallows, a rope swing for kids, two picnic tables, and a playhouse in the woods. At night, the stars came out with the moon, which made for a relaxing setting on the front porch, with an array of seating. The loft had a king-sized bed with a heated mattress, which was very comfortable, and a bathroom with a tub and shower. There were two bedrooms downstairs underneath the loft. One had a queen-sized bed with a heated mattress pad and the other had a double bed, both next door to a bathroom with a beautiful shower. Plenty of room for a family with kids. There were toys for kids to play with and books to read and kid-friendly DVD's. Dogs were welcome, too. We enjoyed sitting around reading, eating, and visiting Palomar Observatory. The only negatives to this chalet were the lack of internet, cable, a view, and a couple of things that did not work in the upstairs bathroom. The owners were extremely responsive and answered any questions we had quickly. They even went as far as to provide coffee beans on short notice, which made a very positive impression on us. We really enjoyed our stay there and would definitely recommend it highly.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mary Lou, We are glad you enjoyed your stay. We love it whe,n the kids discover the hidden play house. Our grandkids helped design and build it a couple of years ago. Although we are glad to tell our grandkids that there is no internet, we are hopeful we can get service soon. We hope you come back soon. Warm regards, Jim and Teresa
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cabin and well stocked. Owners are great and thought of everything . Stayed there for a quiet July 4th and got what we needed. Thank you once again Teresa and Jim

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Mike and Lisa. We will always be happy to have you again.
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Cozy Cabin

  • 5 of 5

The family loved it!!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Brian, We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We would love to host you again.
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Charming cabin, clean and well cared for.

  • 4 of 5

well appointed and i highly recommend !

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mike, Your thoughtful communication was so appreciated. Sorry you had to experience the unusually hot weather we had last weekend. We hope you can come back again sometime. Teresa and Jim
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
cleaning fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 8.0%

Rates subject to change until time of booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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