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The Spotted Owl Chalet on Palomar Mountain

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 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:
April 26, 2018

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 Palomar Mountain

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.


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 4.918919 based on 37 reviews
San Diego

Amazingly Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

To say we didn’t want to leave is an understatement! We wanted to purchase the property. Jim and Teresa have an AMAZING cabin, the rustic decor so inviting and reflects the simplicity that we were looking for. The hospitality was exceptional and Teresa answered questions when they arose.... we are already planning our next trip over and we just left. Thank you again!!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: That is so sweet Thelma. We are happy you loved it. Come back anytime. If we ever decide to sell it we will let you know! 😏? thanks for being terrific guests.
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San Diego

A wonderful weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

I really loved our time spent at the Spotted Owl. The cabin is beautiful and has everything you need for a few days away (except for food of course). The hosts were very helpful and responsive. I can't wait to come back in the future and I do not hesitate to recommend this rental to others!

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A truly special cabin in Palomar Mountain

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was just blissful, and we can’t wait to return. We had a few inches of snow upon arriving and it snowed our last night, our kids played nonstop outside with the sleds and in the fort out back. Indoors we played board games, watched movies, and got toasty next to the awesome wood stove. Oh yeah, and the amazing jacuzzi tub upstairs was so relaxing. This place does not disappoint!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kara! So glad the kiddos had fun! Also thanks for leaving the place immaculate. Please come again.
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Amazing Time!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was amazing! It has everything we needed to make our trip fun! I would highly recommend this property and this sight. We are looking forward to renting this place again.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay. We are definitely looking forward to hosting your family again soon.
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Wonderful hideout to relax and renew.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have pretty hectic schedules and we were looking for a spot to relax for a few days at the end of the year, away from it all. As soon as we opened the door we felt immediately unplugged and at home. Clean and charming, the chalet was equipped with all we needed. As the Sun came down the temperature dropped quickly, so we started a fire in the main heater using a few logs found on the property (fire-starters and lighter were ready by the heater). About an hour later it was perfect: toasty temperature, comfortable couches, a glass of wine, a good book, and our two dogs. For those who have dogs, I'd recommend walking them before Sunset. We have a young Schnauzer that likes to run off and since the property is not fenced we used a bench found on the deck as a barrier. It worked perfectly. Also, my mobile carrier is T-Mobile and I had perfect reception but no Internet, which is exactly what I wanted. The Spotted Owl was perfect for us, it is private and secluded but close enough to the main street that you don't need an oversized truck, or even a 4WD, to get to it. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Diego, CA

Amazing Place with Great Ammenities!!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was everything we hoped it would be. Jim and Teresa even responded on Christmas Eve without hesitation to a few questions my wife and I had. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking to have a relaxing weekend in the mountains.


  • Submitted: Dec 25, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $150

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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