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Explore the Central Coast from Portola Inn Guest House

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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.

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Tom and Peggy O'Malley
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2017

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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Atascadero Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • 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
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofas (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
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • 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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(31 traveler reviews)

Explore the Central Coast from Portola Inn Guest House
average rating of 4.967742 based on 32 reviews
Whittier, CA

Beautiful, serene, private and pet friendly.

  • 5 of 5

We recently returned from our 3 night stay. It's a great location for wine tasting in Paso Robles and visiting Cambria. We took our 2 dogs and they enjoyed the large yard and trails. The location is very private on top of a hill surrounded by beautiful oak trees. The kitchen had everything we needed. Tom and his wife are very friendly and down to earth. Excellent find! Looking forward to visiting again soon.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles

Can't wait to return

  • 5 of 5

The guest cottage was set privately in the back of the property, with a magnificent view of the rolling hills. There was nothing quite like enjoying a glass of local wine on the private deck, watching the sun set behind the hills. The glow it left in the sky was indescribable. Not only is the location perfect for visiting the wineries, but we found a fabulous Mexican restaurant at the bottom of the street, (Marina's Kitchen) and ate there twice during our stay. The hosts were delightful, and extremely respectful of our privacy. We have definitely found our new "go to" place, and could not have been happier with the cottage.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ideal getaway

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Guest cottage over New Year's this year. It was one of the best locations we have stayed. The cottage looks out over a view of a majestic, towering oak tree and rolling hills uninterrupted by lights or buildings. The hosts greeted us upon arrival and the place was spotless and comfortable with every ammenity needed. The bed was a slice of heaven after a full day of seeing the sights and the kitchen gave us plenty of room to have two friends to dinner and all enjoy the serenity. I look forward to renting it again when it's warmer weather so we can sit on the amazing front porch and soak in the view.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Guest House gushing

  • 5 of 5

The Guest House provides a quiet comfortable home base for our family when we visit Central Coast/Paso Robles area. The location is convenient to the varying areas our travels take us. Our most recent trip was the 4th or 5th time we chose Portola Inn.

Pictures simply cannot capture the magnificent exterior views, when the sun crests over the hills in the distance.

The Inn provides a venue for weddings and other celebrations, and the grounds contain a garden as well as paths and trails that our dogs LOVE. Many of the decorative items throughout the property are 100+ years old, which add to the rural feeling.

But, as rural as it seems, the house is about a mile from highway on-ramps and commercial areas, which can come in handy.

The proprietors are pleasant people who are there when you need them, and not when you don't.

Inside, the open space split between the living room, kitchen, and dining area is more spacious than we really need. All kitchen needs are covered if you want to cook something, and the dining table is large.

The bedroom's queen bed is waaaay more comfortable than you expect.

The bath entrance is on the hallway, not the bedroom, which is good for larger groups. The full size washer and dryer could also be life-savers, I imagine, although we have never used them.

The setting is comfortable, the wifi and all other features work; the house provides everything you could need for a comfortable visit.

We will return in 2017!

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful and comfortable guest cottage in country yet accessible setting.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful stay as we moved our son into college at Cal Poly. Very charming accommodations. Tom and Peggy were accommodating and friendly. We will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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Nearest Point of Interest
Charles Paddock Zoo

Atascadero Veterans Memorial, Charles Paddock Zoo, Galaxy Theater, Local Farmers Markets, Wine Tasting

We are located just 15 minutes from the California Mid State Fair and 20 minutes from Morro Bay.


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 19 2017 - Sep 8 2017
2 night minimum stay
Fall/ Winter
Sep 9 2017 - May 18 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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