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Quinn Cottage San Diego - a Charming Garden Retreat with Views


Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Quinn Cottage San Diego - a Charming Garden Retreat with Views

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Mission Hills Cottage Rental Photos and Description

1000 sq ft, 2 Bedrooms (King and Trundle), 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4, sunny, spacious

Quinn Cottage San Diego

A Charming Garden Retreat

Our Quinn Cottage San Diego is a lovely, private retreat found on perhaps the most exclusive cul de sac street in the historic and affluent neighborhood of Mission Hills. Surrounded by breathtaking gardens with a nice deck offering stunning canyon and ocean views, Quinn Cottage encompasses the entire garden level of the main home and is completely separate and private. Even its lovely garden entrance is secluded from the main home and neighbors. Easy on-street parking is always available in our quiet residential area. The location is within walking distance to the Mission Hills village with coffee houses, restaurants, shops, parks, and the famous Old Town area of San Diego with its many attractions as well as central trolley station. Casual strolling or energetic jogging through our historic neighborhood is exciting in itself with its 19th Century mansions, classic Spanish haciendas, and early 1900 California bungalows. It is a paradise for the architecture or history buff as well as anyone who loves heritage houses.

This light, airy, newly remodeled retreat has an open living room, dining area, and kitchen with a plentitude of garden and canyon view windows. It is completely furnished with all the details of an inviting, cozy family getaway spot. Every room has large, sunny, garden view windows and many “European B&B” touches. The two bedrooms, one with a pillow top king bed and one with a trundle bed that serves as two singles or one king, have beautiful pillows and spreads, cozy comforters, and high quality bedding and linens. We also have a Pac’n Play, Bumbo, booster seat, and toys available for our rental guests with babies or toddlers.

The colorful, happy kitchen is fully equipped for cooking, dining, and entertaining with lovely dishes, table ware, bar ware, and linens. Even the gourmet cook will find the necessary appliances, cookware, bake ware, and utensils for any special meal or recipe. The pantry/laundry room has a washer and dryer, cleaning and laundry supplies, plenty of storage space, and a “beach kit” of picnic ware, beach chairs/towels/umbrellas, various sizes of coolers, boogie boards, a Frisbee, and sand toys. The pantry shelves are amply stocked with herbs, spices, oils, sugar, flour, coffee, tea, and much more for rental guests to enjoy. A gas barbeque is just outside the kitchen door in a lovely garden setting with table and chairs for outdoor dining or relaxing.

Quinn Cottage shares with the main house a spectacular deck with a large hot tub, cozy towels, its own dining table, and spectacular views of Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean, Point Loma, and the surroundings canyons. Visitors often view soaring hawks and many other bird species from the deck’s “tree house” location. Kids enjoy using the hot tub as a pool for playtime while adults savor sitting in the hot tub with a glass of wine or cup of tea to relax and rejuvenate. Enjoying a romantic candlelight dinner on the deck as you watch the sun set over the ocean is a total escape in itself. After dark, owls can be heard softly calling to one another from the nearby canyon’s Eucalyptus trees. The solitude is delicious. To add some romance and celebration, for much of the year rental guests can view the distant sky filled with Sea World fireworks, all from a cozy deck chair or the hot tub.

Gardening is our passion and hobby, and our large gardens, a Certified Wildlife Habitat, are well-known to the neighborhood. Enchanting the visitor with many secret “rooms” to explore and delight, the garden has whimsical pieces of “exterior art” as well as numerous spots to sit with a morning cup of coffee to watch the many hummingbirds, finches, and butterflies that inhabit the lush landscape. The tranquil surroundings include year round herb, vegetable, and salad gardens as well as numerous fruit and citrus trees. Many varieties of roses and other flowers bloom during all seasons. We enjoy sharing our garden’s vegetable and floral bounty with our rental guests.

Other amenities of this inviting retreat include family games, a library of adult and children’s books, magazines, movies, music, flat screened TV, DVD, an Ipod dock, wireless broadband internet, and maps and information for the San Diego visitor. We are life-long San Diego natives who enjoy helping our rental guests make the most of their visit, offering many ideas that create an experience beyond the usual. We pride ourselves in our hospitality, our respect for your complete privacy, and the pristine condition of this charming spot. You will feel very well taken care of at Quinn Cottage.

Located just above Old Town and Presidio Park, Quinn Cottage is only five to ten minutes from the airport, Little Italy, Downtown and the Gaslamp District, the famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Sea World, Petco Park, the harbor, Fashion and Mission Valley shopping centers and golf course, and many beaches. It is just two minutes from freeways 5 and 8 for quick jaunts to La Jolla, Del Mar Racetrack, Torrey Pines golf course, Legoland, Wild Animal Park, and other north county locations. The border crossing into Mexico is only twenty minutes away. As already mentioned, many places of interest are within easy walking distance. The location could not be more perfect.

We welcome children and families in this non-smoking environment. Email (best option) or call us with requests for additional photos and any questions so we can help you begin planning your wonderful Quinn Cottage San Diego getaway. We also invite you to check out our other remarkable vacation properties: Pine Street Retreat, which is # 446156 at vrbo or #446156vb at homeaway and Quinn Cottage Orcas Island the San Juan Islands, which is #55482 at vrbo or #177374 at homeaway.

Keywords: Quiet,Romantic,Views,English Garden,Privacy,Hot Tub, Children,Zoo,Beaches,Sea World

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2015

About The Owner

We are life-long residents of San Diego and love our city and sharing it with others. We have been active in the business, entertainment, and museum communities of San Diego, so have lots of good advice about how to create a truly unique visitor experience here. We are passionate gardeners, creating beautiful and delightful surroundings for the cottage. Our pride in Quinn Cottage is obvious, so come and see it for yourself. We know you will love what you find!

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2004

Why The Owner chose Mission Hills

We moved our growing family to Mission Hills in 1983 and have raised our five children in this amazing neighborhood. We chose it for its 'small town' qualities: everyone knows one another, neighbors take care of each other as well as meet up for coffee, the community is vibrant, eclectic, and safe. Everyone walks here -- to work if possible, to shops and restaurants, to the park, and just for pleasure. After 28 years we still enjoy looking at the many, many beautiful homes on our streets. Mission Hills residents are helpful, friendly, and inviting. They are proud of their community and welcome visitors to it. Come and get the best of both worlds -- a village in the middle of urban San Diego. We also have the best weather in San Diego -- high enough to avoid the fog but the perfect elevation to catch the ocean breezes all year long. Living or visiting here is a pretty magical experience.

What makes this cottage unique

Quinn Cottage is more wonderful than the website photos can possibly show. Every room is charming, cozy, and relaxing. The surrounding gardens are striking. Watching a beautiful sunset over the ocean every evening from the deck is the perfect end to a day. While San Diego has many, many special tourist attractions, our rental guests look forward with pleasure to returning to their serene retreat after their excursions. Quinn Cottage is not just a place to stay -- it is a vacation in itself.

Guestbook comments from the owner

From the Quinn Cottage guest book:

"We are convinced if we looked up the word "hospitality" in the dictionary, a picture of Mary and Jeff Quinn would be right need for a definition! We have enjoyed so many things during our three weeks at Quinn Cottage: the fabulous gardens; a stunning bouquet left at our door for a special celebration; detailed written instructions and tips; help with an extra guest who visited; the morning paper; loan of a house phone to help solve an unexpected car problem; the "welcome" treats greeting us upon arrival -- all provided while giving us peace and privacy. We only have one complaint....we can't stay longer or, better yet, move in permanently! We are grateful for all the TLC and everything that gave us such an amazing Quinn Cottage stay."
Mar 2012
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Quinn Cottage San Diego - a Charming Garden Retreat with Views
average rating of 4.96 based on 34 reviews

Homey and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place, with the lush landscaping and great hot tub up on the deck with a panoramic view! The cottage interior is welcoming and quite comfortable and accommodated my husband and 2 grown daughters nicely. Away from the hubbub, but with close access to sightseeing activities. Thank you Mary and Jeff !

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Awesome place!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently returned from a really nice San Diego vacation that was greatly enhanced by staying at this lovely home. It is situated on a hill in an upscale, safe, walkable neighborhood. From the street you can see the water. The apartment is the entire lower floor of the home and it is beautiful, spacious, comfortable, well furnished and stocked with anything that you could possibly require including toiletries, paper products, spices, batteries, San Diego info., etc. etc. The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking complete meals. The professionally landscaped yard is gorgeous, encompassing several levels with brick walkways, benches, statues, tables and chairs, in addition to the beautiful flowers, plants and trees. The location is ideal being close to tourist areas as well as the airport. Mary, the owner, is very nice, organized, responsible and made checking in and out simple. My deposit was refunded immediately upon returning home. Needless to say we highly recommend this home. You should hope that it is available for your dates.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Just as nice the second time

  • 5 of 5

We returned to Quinn Cottage for a short (4 night) stay. Still love the location, the comfort of the house, and the hospitality of Jeff and Mary. We encountered travel delays on the way in and had an early morning flight on the way out. Mary and Jeff were extremely generous in helping us, making sure we could get in easily at 3:30am and then out at 4:00am 3 days later. The house is very clean, well-maintained, and truly an enjoyable place to stay.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Bolton, CT

A Very Special Place

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Quinn Cottage for only 3 nights and wished it could've been longer. We were looking for a central location so that we could explore the San Diego area and were not disappointed. Mary was tremendously helpful prior to and upon our arrival. Communication through emails/texts was timely and informative. The cottage itself is quaint, comfortable and fully stocked (the pictures don't do it justice)! The gardens are amazing and we had a lot of fun photographing the flowers and various garden nooks and crannies.

We were able to enjoy Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, Old Town San Diego, Coronado Island, Balboa Park, the Farmers Market in Old Town, The San Diego Safari Park and the Mission Hills area of San DIego (on foot and by car). We ate at Cafe Coyote in Old Town and Cucina Urbana in Mission Hills and really liked both restaurants. The location is easily accessible to all of these areas.

We would highly recommend Quinn Cottage (and can't wait to return)!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
rancho cucamonga

Super Quaint

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a quaint cottage overlooking the coast this is the place. We took the amtrak train in to Old Town San Diego and the cottage was an $8.00 cab drive up the hill and it was amazing. The cottage had everything we needed plus recommended sights and tourist attractions. The owners were very polite and the gardens were also very nice to wake up to. We hiked down the hill each day to catch the trolley to everywhere and the daily walk was so nice we refused to call a cab. If you like a view, and even a hike or two, plus a small pitching wedge golf course this is the perfect place. Thanks for a great trip. Heather & Ray

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Highly Recommended Mission Hills Garden Retreat

  • 5 of 5

After 40 years of staying with family, friends and in hotels when visiting San Diego, we elected to stay at Quinn Cottage for 7 nights at relatively short notice to attend a family wedding. It is everything that Mary and Jeff and other visitors say it is. The listing was very accurate, for which we were thankful. We were drawn to the promise of a well-supplied kitchen (even if we didn't do much more than cook breakfast), a washer/dryer with detergent supplied (we had everything in carry-on luggage including our clothes/shoes for the wedding so we planned to do some wash), a king-size bed with nightstands and lamps, and comfortable living room furniture. As it turned out, there was excellent lighting throughout the cottage and the couch was extremely comfortable both for sitting and for an insomniac up reading in the middle of the night (good lighting again). Mary was always very responsive to our inquiries - the initial ones about dates and rates as well as follow up ones during our stay. She takes delight and pride in the property and provided helpful information about the neighborhood and San Diego. Quinn Cottage offered us many comforts and conveniences - leisurely morning coffee on the deck with beautiful views from Point Loma up to La Jolla (we did have some great weather), an extremely comfortable bed for sleeping late if we wanted, nice strolls through the neighborhood to Espresso Mio or through the "secret" gate to the Presidio, easy access to I-5, I-15 and I-8 to drive to family, close to the airport, lovely gardens to enjoy, etc. If Jeff and Mary are in the main house, they do not use the "shared" deck so it seems like it is just yours; if they are renting out Pine St Retreat, those guests can use both a separate private deck and the shared deck. But there are also many places to sit in the gardens. We would recommend this property to anyone. It is perfect for a couple - or perhaps a couple with younger children - the single bathroom might be cramped for larger groups (but the upstairs Pine St Retreat has 2 bathrooms). In fact, we liked it so much that we hope to return next winter for a longer stay and have our bicycles and golf clubs with us. All things considered, this is truly one of the nicest vrbo's that we have stayed in (9 in the last 2 years).

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
5 Miles
San Diego International
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Mission Hills Village - several
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
River Run
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Old Town Transit Center
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Interstate 8 and Interstate 5
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Mission Hills Village - several
Nearest Ski
100 Miles
Big Bear Mountain
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Mission Bay/Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Quinn Cottage
Nearest Point of Interest
Mission Hills Farmers Market
Nearest Point of Interest
Numerous Restaurants and Shops
Nearest Point of Interest
Old Town State Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Presidio Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Hillcrest Village
Nearest Point of Interest
Balboa Park
Nearest Point of Interest
San Diego Zoo
Nearest Point of Interest
Sea World
Nearest Point of Interest
Mission Beach and Amusement Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Mission Bay Park
Nearest Point of Interest
San Diego International Airport
Nearest Point of Interest
Little Italy
Nearest Point of Interest
Horton Plaza
Nearest Point of Interest
Gaslamp District
Nearest Point of Interest
San Diego Convention Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Seaport Village
Nearest Point of Interest
Riverwalk Golf Course
Nearest Point of Interest
Fashion Valley Shopping Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Mission Valley Shopping Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Transportation Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Espresso Mio
Car: recommended

Mission Hills is in the heart of the historic and tourist districts of San Diego. It is immediately adjacent to Old Town State Park, Presidio Park, and Hillcrest. And it is only minutes to Sea World, the beaches, golf courses, downtown, the Convention Center, and the Gas Lamp District. It is a prestigious neighborhood of landmark historic homes. Balboa Park with its 20+ museums and the San Diego Zoo is just three miles from the Mission Hills Village.

The community's easy access to all freeways and public transportation put you minutes from all your tourist and business destinations.

Other Activities: Kayaking, Shelling, Wildlife Viewing, Rock Climbing, Health/Beauty Spa, Hot Air Ballooning, Shuffleboard, Miniature golf, Horseshoes, Racquetball


Rates & Availability

From $195 Per night

Mission Hills Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer: June through Labor Day
Jun 1 2015 - Sep 7 2015
3 night minimum stay
Nov 20 2015 - Nov 29 2015
3 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Years
Dec 18 2015 - Jan 3 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200.00
Cleaning fee $90.00 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.05%
Notes Discounts apply for a rental party of 1 or 2 during the low seasons.
Half of the rental fees plus the security deposit is required at reservation. The final payment is due 30 days before the rental period begins.
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Mission Hills Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The bathroom as a large, tiled stall shower with European shower head for bathing young children.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , The cottage has a Pac'N Play for babies.
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Private garden entrance used by rental guests only, spectacular English gardens, quiet and serene, stunning ocean and canyon views, gorgeous sunsets over the ocean, relaxing garden views from large windows in every room, beautiful historic neighborhood, walk to many attractions, safe, easy parking, helpful owners.

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