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Tom and Peggy O'Malley

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

Explore the Central Coast from Portola Inn Guest House

26 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-5)

Explore California's Central Coast from Atascadero's Portola Inn, minutes from scenic Hwy. 41 and historic Hwy. 101

Enjoy top of the hill views from the Guest House of a 1920's Mediterranean estate in the oak-studded foothills of the Santa Lucia Coastal Range between Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo & Paso Robles.

Walk through vintage orchards and garden paths bordered by seasonal foliage native rocks, historic recreations, water features and fireplaces.

On display are many historic items showing life in the area from different time periods. See some of the artifacts from the original Colony Holding Company blacksmith shop. Attend some of the many events held in The Carriage House that is filled with historic pictures and artifacts related to carriages.

Keywords: Guest House

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Tom and Peggy O'Malley (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Tom and Peggy O'Malley

Talk about local history with the current owners, Peggy and Tom O'Malley, who were both born in Atascadero. Tom grew up next door in a house built by his father in the 1940's. Tom's first job was working in the 'Colony Orchard' at the historic home right next door. The main house was built for Harry and Minnie Peterson in 1927 by Russell Pysher, the brother-in-law of Minnie Peterson. He was also the head carpenter at the Huntington Hotel in Pasadena for most of his career. Harry was one of the first businessmen in Atascadero and Minnie was a local artist. Some of her work is now on display at this home along with paintings of local scenes painted by Tom's grandmother, mother and other local artists. Ironwork in the living room and dining room was created by Edward Trinkeller, a craftsman who worked on Hearst Castle. Peggy and Tom continue the tradition of using local craftsmen to faithfully restore, maintain and expand their home. For example, local artist Mark Greenaway created the many wayfinding signs in use around the property.

Tom and Peggy O'Malley purchased this cottage in 1995

Why Tom and Peggy O'Malley chose Central Coast California

We bought this property as our family home in 1995 because of its beautiful location and interesting local and personal history. We love living in Atascadero as well as being close to so many great places to explore: To the north we have; Hearst Castle - 45 min., Cambria/Cayucos - 35 min., Morro Bay - 20 min., Paso Robles - 10 min., Historic Templeton - 5 min. To the south we have; San Luis Obispo/Cal Poly - 20 min., Avila & Pismo Beaches - 30 min., Los Olivos, Buelton,Solvang - 1 hour & 15 min. We are also located about 1/2 hour from several lakes: Nacimiento, San Antonio, Santa Margarita, and Lopez. Because of our interest in California History we are pleased to be close to three of the original California Missions; San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, San Miguel de Archangel, and San Antonio de Padua.

What makes this cottage unique

Enjoy a peaceful hilltop with abundant wildlife. It is especially relaxing to watch the quail, deer, and squirrels.

If you would like to have a family picnic or BBQ ask us about reserving a picnic or BBQ area at no extra cost.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Tom and Peggy,

Thanks! The property is just beautiful. It was perfect for our stay and Cal Poly graduation celebration. Tom, thanks for the extra efforts to see that all the little things were available to us. The coffee was most welcomed.

We enjoyed our stay as did our guests.

Thanks again,

Nancy and Denis
Jun 2010
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based on 26 traveler reviews

Explore the Central Coast from Portola Inn Guest House
average rating of 4.9615383 based on 27 reviews

Cozy, comfortable guest house

  • 5 of 5

The Portola Inn Guest House was a wonderful place for us to stay during our visit to Atascadero. Tom and Peggy, our welcoming hosts, offered to provide whatever we needed to make our stay enjoyable. Tom led us on a very informative tour of the grounds, detailing the history of the Inn. We loved the view from under the canopy of oak tress. We felt like we were miles away from our busy lives, and appreciated every minute of it. We will definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great little spot

  • 5 of 5

The location was beautiful and the back house was exactly what we were looking for.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Portola Inn. We had everything we needed and were VERY comfortable. My favorite part was when I woke up in the morning I would sit with my coffee and listen to the frog fountain and enjoy the view from the table in the dining area.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing and beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 3 nights at Tom and Peggy's guest house and enjoyed ourselves immensely!! Everything was perfect! We especially enjoyed picking the ripe apricots from the trees and our daughter picked blackberries every day. We arrived a day after a wedding and the owners thoughtfully placed the fresh flower bouquets on the front porch, on the kitchen table and out in the gazebo. We enjoyed coffee under the huge oak trees and saw some dear one morning. Definitely a hidden gem in Atascadero! Very clean with comfortable beds and nice linens. We highly recommend it and will definitely stay here if we are ever out this way again! Joel and Tammy from Brighton CO

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pretty comfortable

  • 4 of 5

Our family of four spent pretty comfortable three nights at Portola Inn guest cottage. The cottage has most of the nessesaties, but is rather basic. The property is gorgeous with lots of beautiful oaks trees, very private. The cottage unfortunately had a really persistent unpleasant smell, which have mostly had gone away after a couple of days, but sort of marred the initial impression of the property. The washer and dryer was a plus as well as a very nice size bathroom. I would consider staying here again.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were very sorry to hear that one of our guests had less than a perfect stay. We were out of town ourselves otherwise we would have personally greeted them upon arrival as we usually do. We do have someone on call close by to help with anything needed. I wish our guests had called us, as we would have done anything possible to resolved their requests. We will make sure someone is always available to address and resolve any need. We will update our information sheet so that this information is as clear as possible for the future. We have not been able to identify the cause of the unpleasantness our guests described for part of their stay but we will continue to look for answers. We seek to provide a relaxing and enjoyable stay for all of our guests.
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Family getaway with the grandkids.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the Guest House. Met up with our grandchildren (ages 7 and 9) from Arroyo Grande. The guest house fit five of us comfortably. It was clean and the beds were comfy with 100% cotton sheets. The grandkids are convinced there is a ghost lady in the upstairs window of the Blacksmiths house! Thanks Tom!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Nearest Point of Interest
Charles Paddock Zoo

Atascadero Veterans Memorial, Local Farmers Markets, Wine Tasting

We are located just 15 minutes from the California Mid State Fair! Local Shuttles are available.


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Atascadero Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Lazy Boy couch and chair in the livingroom convert to a double bed and twin bed. Linens provided
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Walking trails, gardens, orchards,picnic tables, swing, sitting areas, fire pits.

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