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Featured on HGTV!! Artistic, Designer, Walk to Dinner, 5 min beach, 10 min dwntn

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Besides the film crew of HGTV, The Carriage House has touched hundreds of people with its charm and amazing energy. It was hand selected by the TV show producers as one of the most unforgettable vacation homes in San Diego. Here is the link to one of our advertisements.

We’ve had tons of great reviews, but the one comment that keeps coming up is how our attention to detail reflects our love for the place. Since the beginning, our goal with The Carriage House has always been to provide a place that is not just your run of the mill, but part of the vacation experience itself, and to utilize a portion of the proceeds to help unwanted horses. We’re going on five years now, and have helped many horses including eight wild mustangs that were taken from their native land. Because of guest like you, those eight horses now roam thousands of acres in Idaho.

Something else we like to provide is, after you confirm your reservation, we send you a hefty welcome packet that contains lots of local advice on restaurants and places to visit.

The Carriage House was originally built in 1913 and still showcases the dark mahogany floors, antique doors, and gorgeous tall wood beam ceilings. It's located in one of the most sought after areas in San Diego, the historic Mission Hills District. Formerly a home for the horse groom's family, The Carriage House, was recently remodeled by a local architect who transformed this gem into a spacious one bedroom/one bath that is now perfect for anyone who appreciates modern comfort and artistic design.

Features include a king sized signature Heavenly Bed with amazing pillows and linens. Custom lighting that was imported from Morocco to perfectly fill the home with ambiance. WIFI is available as well as two Smart TV’s. Storage is provided in the walk-in closet and there is also an additional sitting room that can be closed off for privacy. The home offers a washer/dryer, central heat/air conditioning, and a kitchen set-up for a chef that includes copper pans, spices, and (of course) a gas stove.

Most guests like to dine outside on the private outdoor patio. It's one of those experiences where soft light, a BBQ grill, and a few glasses are all you need.


Walk to the local restaurants, only half a mile away. It's a lovely stroll through the neighborhood of 100 year old trees.

Take a five-minute Uber to Old Town for authentic Mexican food and dancing.

Venture just four miles away to the famous downtown Gaslamp district where you will find entertainment, theater, live music, movies, and shopping.

Walk around the corner for morning coffee at the local bakery/coffee shop.

Schedule a massage or take a yoga class just three blocks away.

Throw the beach towels in the car (supplied) and head to the beach about 10 minutes away. We can assure you, at the end of the day you will appreciate coming home to a quiet neighborhood away from the crowds.

More Details

Susanne McCall
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

About Susanne McCall

We feel so blessed to be the owners of The Carriage House. Originally we set out with a goal of buying a vacation home to create a reliable stream of revenue for horse rescues. We couldn't believe it when we found an actual Carriage House. Most of these homes that used to hold the horse carriage and caretakers family have been torn down. Despite our full time, sometimes hectic jobs, we love meeting guests who stay at The Carriage House and have made lifelong friends. We feel like its not just us giving back to the horses but all of our guests who are part of this team. For those interested, we send letters with follow up stories on all the horses helped through donations of The Carriage House. What could be better than staying in an amazing place and helping rescue animals.

Why Susanne McCall chose Mission Hills

The Carriage House is influenced by our extensive travel and experience staying in boutique hotels. Being in Mission Hills, the most prominent area of San Diego, was a bonus for us when we found the property. We take walks when we are on vacation and loved the fact that our guests can stroll along under hundred year old trees. For us, the place we stay on vacation is part of the experience therefore no detail can be too small. Artistically, the Carriage House decor is focused on a modern worldly feel so that guests from all over the world will feel comfortable. This property is an important part of our goal in creating a reliable source of revenue for the purpose of saving horses. Your stay in The Carriage House directly benefits the lives of horses by providing hay, shelter, and medications. The fact that this home was originally a Carriage House, which held the carriage and was a living area for the caretakers makes it even more special to us. Our hope is that our guests return home from their vacation with their own Carriage House story to tell.

What makes this house unique

What we love about this place is how centrally located it is. It is literally close to everything. At the same time though, you get to get away from the hustle to your own oasis in a quite neighborhood. Walk to the local shops and have coffee. You'll find great restaurants less than one mile away. Actually our favorite restaurant in San Diego is called the Red Door and is so close you hardly need the car. Looking back, we used to sit at this restaurant and, over a few glasses of wine, discuss how we could start a business to fund horse rescues. I guess this house right around the corner was listening!!!!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Gretchen and I had a wonderful visit to the carriage house. The property is lovely. We hated to leave so much that we lingered as long as possible before our flight. We loved the house, the neighborhood and the city. Your directions were clear and your outline of places to visit and eat helped tremendously. We ate at Juniper & Ivy, The Red Door & Trust for dinners. Breakfast each morning at the Farmers Bottega and 2 afternoons at Balboa park wondering and sustaining ourselves at Prado.

Thank you again. We will be back.
Apr 2017
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Mission Hills House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Town ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size beds (1)
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Featured on HGTV!! Artistic, Designer, Walk to Dinner, 5 min beach, 10 min dwntn
average rating of 4.983871 based on 125 reviews

Charming cottage in the Mission Hills Neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

This the second time in 2 years we stayed at the Carriage House. It is perfect for two. Has everything you need, kitchen to fix a meal, comfortable king size bed, cozy porch and deck to make use of San Diego weather. It is close driving distance to the Zoo, Balboa Park (10 min.), down town, old town, the harbor, air port. Walking distance to coffee shops, wine bars, restaurants, grocery stores. The neighborhood has safe sidewalks, a wide variety of architecture and friendly neighbors out walking their dogs. The owners, Susanne and Elizabeth are very accommodating to what ever questions or needs. Super clean and cute!

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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This house is a gem!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful and unique place to stay in the quiet and convenient neighborhood of Mission Hills in San Diego. Beauty abounds everywhere you look in this home, many loving touches. Comfortable, peaceful, and welcoming. Parking right outside the door.

So happy I chose to stay here at the Carriage House!

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property was absolutely first class!!

  • 5 of 5

When my daughter and I arrived at your property, our jaws literally dropped at how awesome it was. We had looked forward to this birthday trip for so many months and this was the perfect start. We enjoyed every minute that we were there. I also volunteer for a horse program for children and veterans with disabilities, so loved noticing the horse themed decor. Thank you for providing us such a lovely place for our celebration.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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aesthetically pleasing, clean, comfortable retreat in a safe, walking friendly neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

The Carriage House is perfect for two. It was clean, well-appointed, and pleasing to the eye. Full of plants, carefully chosen decorative objects, and all of the conveniences that make for a comfortable stay, it provided a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of the urban world. The surrounding neighborhood was full of good restaurants, historic homes, and interesting shops--all within easy walking distance. Our stay there was nurturing and memorable.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely eclectic rental.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful place in a very quiet neighborhood. You will be amazed with the home and decorating. The bed was very comfortable. There was so much to discover. The patio was perfect for evening drinks. When the bugs start to bite, just go into the inside patio and enjoy TV and drinks. You will feel like you are outside! Many places to walk to for shopping, eating and adult beverages. Susanne was very understanding when we had to cut our trip early because of a family medical issue. We would definitely rent again. The fact that some of your cost goes to rescuing horses is a plus.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely home

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I really enjoyed our stay. The home is very charming and was plenty of room for the two of us. The kitchen was one of the best outfitted we've had in a rental, including little things like a balloon wisk and kitchen shears that we've not had at other places. It was also nice that they had some spice mixes and a bit of coffee and supplies. We were not driving, but the location was very convenient for us, as we were able to easily make ride share trips, and even used the public bus a few times. All in all we were really happy to have been able to stay here during our time in San Diego.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
San Diego International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
All the happening places on Goldfinch
Nearest Ferry
3.4 Miles
Coronado Ferry
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Balboa Golf Course
Nearest Train
1.8 Miles
Old Town Transit
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
5 Freeway
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Mission Hills
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Ocean Beach

We are located in the historic Mission Hills area of San Diego. It's one of the oldest and most easily accessible areas you can stay in. It's a short neighborhood walk (about half a mile) to great restaurants.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 10.05%

Cancel anytime within 60 days and receive 100% refund no questions asked. Cancel within 30 days and receive a 50% refund or credit towards your next booking.
***Holiday and Special Events rates apply**
In order to confirm this reservation we require 50% of the total rental amount, and the remaining 50% 30 days prior to your arrival. Security deposit or Damage Protection Policy is required.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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