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Retreat in Restored 1920s Logwood Cabins

Bedrooms Studio
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 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:
October 18, 2017

About Nicolas Biancamano

Mountaineer, world traveler, university professor

Nicolas Biancamano purchased this cabin in 2014

Why Nicolas Biancamano chose San Diego County

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
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 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 20
  • 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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(14 traveler reviews)

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Retreat in Restored 1920s Logwood Cabins
average rating of 4.571429 based on 14 reviews

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: Sep 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: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great space to relax and unwind amongst the trees

  • 5 of 5

Very fun and funky place, the wood burning hot tub was a hit, and the space is perfect for sitting outside enjoying nature.

It's pretty rustic and be ready with the bug spray, lots of flys and a few mosquitoes, and don't expect a fancy cabin, this falls somewhere in between camping and glamping (glamour-camping).

Great spot within a bunch of trails or just a quick drive up to the observatory. The host was very accommodating and helpful with questions.

We had a wonderful time and hope to be back soon.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My expectations were high, having heard great reviews from a personal friend. Happy Holler did not disappoint. The amenities were top notch, especially the wood-fire jacuzzi! I look forward to my next trip, and would recommend it to anyone looking to "unplug" for the weekend.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Getaway!

  • 4 of 5

What a great retreat! Great accommodations and very relaxing! I highly recommend this cabin!

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely property and cabin

  • 4 of 5

We loved the property and the cabin. The only drawback was that I received a call from the caretaker the day of our arrival. It had snowed. He suggested we hike into the property. We had food for three days and my 73 year old mother. I told him this and he still said we should hike in or risk getting stuck. We were able to get in with chains but had great difficulty getting out three days later, even though it hadn't snowed since our arrival. The driveway is very steep. It would have been nice if the road had been plowed .....

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $80 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $100
Wood-burning hot tub $70 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.0%

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

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