About the property
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- Minimum Stay2 nights
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
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- May 24, 2018
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 Atascadero
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.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Lovely location, comfortable accommodations, friendly hosts
Our dog loved the grounds
Great place to stay and be relaxing
Very friendly poeple
Great place to stay, nice grounds, clean, host very responsive and helpful!
Spent 3 day weekend exploring the area Atascadero is a nice town, went to Morro Rock the elephant seal rookerie and lots of hiking along beach and some ate parks
Quiet guest house with adjacent yard. Great for smal dog(s)
Nice retreat from busy motels/hotels. It was perfect location and size for are two small shelties with private grass area. Nice short trails to take dogs for a walk.
Private and far enough away from the main inn. Cozy and comfortable, great "direct tv" connection with two large flat screens, one in bedroom & one in living room. Kitchen area with nice size table for eating. Atascadero down the country road, Paso Robles(10miles away)& scenic Morro bay not that far. Great location for wine tasting. If you stay for any long vacation time there is a washer & dryer for your convience. Interior is modest but I would imagine it is easier that way to keep clean and accommodate for dog people. We totally appreciated the fact we could bring are dogs along for a brief get away. All in all very satisfied!
It's a very special place !
Great location, to everything ! Peaceful !
A relaxing setting on a beautiful property.
Tom is quick to respond to any questions or needs. We had trouble with the wifi, but didn't really need it. Very convenient access for our visits to our CalPoly student. The cottage is comfortable and the grounds are charming. Thank you Tom and Peggy
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.