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Retreat in Restored 1920s Logwood Cabins

Bedrooms Studio
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Retreat in Restored 1920s Logwood Cabins

The beautifully restored logwood cabins at Happy Holler were originally built in the 1920's on 2 acres surrounded by century old cedar and birch trees. Nestled in the pines of Palomar Mountain (San Diego), the Happy Holler grounds include 3 cabins that can comfortably sleep 13. Bring tents and increase your party size up to 20.

Disconnect from the city (no cable or internet) and enjoy a variety of indoor and outdoor games, including: DVD collection, book collection, board games, horseshoe, cornhole, giant Jenga, Foosball and more. Light up a wood-burning fire in the interior or exterior fireplace. Sit on the hammock at night, or relax in our wood-burning hot tub (additional fee), looking up directly at the big dipper, with no city light obstructing the view!

Welcome to Happy Holler, where the atmosphere is relaxing, the activities never ending.

More Details

Nicolas Biancamano
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2018

About Nicolas Biancamano

Mountaineer, world traveler, university professor

Nicolas Biancamano purchased this cabin in 2014

Why Nicolas Biancamano chose Palomar Mountain

It reminds me of home! One of the only places in San Diego you can find snow in the winter!

What makes this cabin unique

Wood burning hot-tub

Century old cedar and birch trees




Palomar Mountain Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Outside tree bath - toilet , shower , Exterior shower. Closed in winter.
  • Bathroom 1 in main cabin. Bathroom 2 in middle cabin. No bathroom in top cabin. Exterior bathroom built inside a tree.
  • Studio, Sleeps 13
  • Middle Cabin - 1 queen , Private cabin with one queen bed and one full bathroom.
    Main Cabin - 2 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , One large sleeping room with 2 beds and a sofa. Full bath.
    Upper Cabin - 2 twin/ single , 3 bunk bed , Trunk with 2 twins; bunk with twin over full. No bathroom.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering


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average rating of 4.611111 based on 18 reviews

Great location

  • 5 of 5

These cabins were amazing. There were so many annuities it the stay so easy.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderfully peaceful

  • 4 of 5

Had a fabulous time here. It was unseasonably cold so while I brought bug spray, it was completely unnecessary. Picked up dog poop that was about a week old that wasn't from my dogs when I got there (turned out one of the people two lots over let their dog run lose to do his business and another simply had no control over her puppy when it got loose). The middle cabin was very cold even with the heater on but an additional blanket took care of that -- and the cabins are well-stocked with additional pillows and blankets. VERY comfortable beds. The kitchen could use more light over the sink for washing dishes. The rock shower in the main cabin is delightful. Note, there are NO blinds or curtains in the main cabin (except for next to the dining table) which isn't a problem in terms of privacy because there are no other cabins close enough to peep, but if you want to sleep in while you're on vacation, it's very tough. Would be nice to have something to darken the main bedroom. I was up at 5:45 every morning (which is when I get up for work anyway, but I like to sleep in until 7:00 during days off). But overall, it was peaceful, beautiful, and relaxing. Limited TV channels, but a good supply of books and movies and games. I had cellular service (AT&T) at the cabin and on the roads (not while hiking so download your trail maps before you leave the cabin) but the locals told me Verizon users often do not on the mountain. The hot tub looked great although we did not use it. Oh, one more thing to note: the Palomar Mountain State Park only allows dogs on the paved road, not on any of the hiking trails. They are allowed only on a single fire road in the park which is not well-shaded so could be an issue in the summer. The Observatory Park Trail, however, is nicely maintained, with good tree cover and is in the national forest, so does allow leashed dogs. 4.6 miles from trailhead which is inside a campground to the observatory parking lot. Mother's Kitchen, a vegetarian fare restaurant nearby, has wonderful baked treats. Oh, just remembered, one more word of warning: when you get there and make the turn onto the dirt road, follow Nick's directions. Someone put an orange "detour" arrow on the big tree where the road forks pointing you to the left. That road deteriorates and becomes impassable without an SUV made for off-road travel. There is NOTHING won't with the road to the right so ignore the "detour" sign.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An adventure land filled with good vibes

  • 5 of 5

Awesome spot to get away with friends and detach from life for a minute. Loved the hot tub as well as the main cabin. Nic takes pride in maintaining his property and is there to take of things if need be. We lost power to the main house and Nic had an electrician out on a Saturday night to fix it! I highly recommend to anyone who wants a good time. :)

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great camping spot

  • 5 of 5

Lots of outdoor games provided. Beautiful landscape. Tv in main cabin. 3 cabins, very nice outfit fire area. Will be back

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to getaway

  • 5 of 5

We brought a group of friends out for a weekend retreat to help us all disconnect from the busyness of life and Happy Hollar was the perfect place. We had plenty of space to play, the cabin had just the right amenities for us to make it an amazing experience for everyone. We loved all the little details from the bathroom in the hollowed out tree, to the wood-fire hottub. Nic and his team were very responsive to our questions leading up and during the event. Just one thing, as of this review the site says sleeps 20, the correct number is sleeps 13 with 7 beds.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for our Young Adult Church Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We used Happy Holler for a church retreat last year and wanted to come back. Perfect location from San Diego—not too far, but feels remote. Nic is very responsive, friendly and helpful. In the past year, he has put more work into the place, with planters, a finished hot tub area, and mulch which looks nice and keeps the dust under control. Place looked great! It is definitely rustic, not posh—but that's exactly what we were looking for. Having multiple common areas both inside and out is great for coordinating group meetings and being able to spread out a bit. The addition of a bug-zapper is really helpful, but bring bug spray. A good bit of bees, too—so beware if you are allergic. Looking forward to returning next year!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $88 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $100
Wood-burning hot tub $70 + Tax

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Wood jacuzzi is $60 additional per stay. Access to main cabin is for all reservations from 1 to 6. Middle cabin is open for reservations of 7 guests or more. Uppen cabin is open for reservations of 9 guests or more.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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