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Luxurious, Artistic, Designer Carriage House - 5 Min to Gaslamp, 10 Min to Beach

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

SPECIAL UPDATE: The Carriage House is being featured on HGTV!! The show is being filmed so we’ll let you know when it airs! We are making some upgrades to the decor and are excited for our regulars to come back and see the new changes. Thank you everyone for your amazing reviews and being a part of this amazing The Carriage House!

Make your vacation unforgettable by staying in a spacious, newly remodeled historic Carriage House located in the most desirable area of San Diego, the historic Mission Hills District.

Originally built in 1913 as a building for the horse carriage and caretakers family, this wonderfully inviting home was remodeled by a local architect/design team to include the finest of luxury modern living while capturing the artistic detail using period antiques and custom artwork. This spacious one bedroom/one bath home is perfect for artists, writers, world travelers or anyone who appreciates a home that is itself a living work of art. All of the amenities have been carefully planned and selected for your comfort. Features in this home include a king sized signature HEAVENLY BED and HEAVENLY PILLOWS purchased directly from the Westin, hardwood floors, exquisite linens, gorgeous raised mahogany wood beam ceilings, French doors, restored antique decorative doors, soothing water feature, custom lighting imported from Morocco, flat screen TVs, mood lighting, WIFI, Internet Ready Blue Ray player which allows you to access your personal HuluPlus or Netflix account, IPOD docking station, custom walk-in closet, an additional sitting room with incredibly comfortable chairs for reading or watching TV, separate laundry area with washer/dryer, central heat/air conditioning, and professionally designed landscaping including organic herbs for cooking. The kitchen is set-up for anyone who loves to cook including heavy-duty cooper pots and pans, basic spices, gas stove, microwave, and dishwasher. The large outdoor deck is completely private and has lighting on timers with an outdoor gas BBQ grill, accentuating it as a wonderful space for outdoor dining all year round.

But the best part of all is, the owners of The Carriage House are passionate about helping horses and believe in respecting the circle of life for the horses that once lived on the property therefore 10% of all proceeds will be donated to non-profit horse rescues.


Choose from some of the best restaurants in town, less than one mile away.

Walk three blocks to The Mission Hills Nursery, the oldest plant nursery in San Diego established in 1910.

Take a five-minute cab ride to Old Town for authentic Mexican food.

Stay in and read or watch TV in bed to the peaceful sound of the water feature or the silence of the majestic old trees.

Join the famous Mission Hills Garden Walk and meet new people while getting a first hand tour of this architecturally unique and affluent neighborhood.

Open the numerous windows and doors in the sunroom to create a feeling of being outdoors yet inside reading or watching TV.

Enjoy a glass of wine or beer at the English pub table or dine outdoors on the spacious deck under the stars.

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

Walk just a few block for morning coffee at the local bakery/coffee shop and stop to shop for gifts, get a massage, take a yoga class or pick up some food items at the neighborhood market on your way home.

Throw the beach towels in the car (supplied) and drive ten miles to the beach. At the end of the day you get to come home to a spotlessly clean quite house away from the crowds.

And of course, don’t miss the opportunity for food, music, and local produce at the Mission Hills Farmer’s Market every Wednesday. Experience local San Diego.

Keywords: Private House, Retreat, Charming, Boutique, Horses, Mission Hills, Hillcrest, San Diego, University Heights, Del Mar

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  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016
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About The Owner

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 The Owner chose San Diego County

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!!!!


based on 92 traveler reviews

Luxurious, Artistic, Designer Carriage House - 5 Min to Gaslamp, 10 Min to Beach
average rating of 4.9891305 based on 92 reviews

Perfect stay!

  • 5 of 5

The hospitality of the owners and beauty of this place was incredible! Location was perfect. Whenever we come back to San Diego, we will stay here again for sure!!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Perfect week in San Diego

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a terrific week in San Diego and in no small part was it due to our stay at the Carriage House. The location was very central to everything we wanted to do and Mission Hills was a great area to walk around or go out to dinner. Susanne was a wonderful host and was always available for questions. The Carriage House is not big but they have manage to make it feel much larger than it is, and they've packed it with a lot of charm. It beats staying in a hotel hands down. I heartily recommend it.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Honeymoon Hideaway!

  • 5 of 5

My Sweetheart and I were very blessed to have been able to stay at the Carriage House for our Honeymoon weekend in San Diego!

It truly was an oasis for us at the end of each wonderful day of activities we enjoyed in the area!

We couldn't even imagine anywhere that could have been a better choice for our stay!

It was absolutely lovely in every way!

We highly recommend the Carriage House to anyone desiring a peaceful, private, completely charming location for their stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lucky Find

  • 5 of 5

This intimate carriage house is amazing... well equipped, aesthetically pleasing, comfortable and convenient placed. If and when we have the chance to return to San Diego this would be the first place on our list. Surprising private in this walking neighborhood. The outdoor table couldn't be a better place to have morning coffee or a romantic evening dinner. Well thought out spaces in this tiny and exceptional clean home, each unique. Bed was extremely comfortable after a long day at the zoo or on the Midway. Beautiful plants in and around this home. Many thanks to the owners and the thoughtful welcome basket, along with checking-in to make sure everything was perfect. It was, thank-you for sharing this space for two and giving back to a worthy cause.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Well-maintained, great location, perfect for a couple

  • 5 of 5

It was a perfect place to sit and relax after a day of touring San Diego - comfortable chairs inside and out. A nice re-creation of the era of the "Carriage House" with momentos at many places to spark the imagination. A wonderful king-sized bed and well equipped with all that one would need to prepare meals if wanted. Location is great with easy access and a quiet neighborhood within a residential area. Recommend it highly.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint, comfortable, quiet

  • 4 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay and appreciated the quirkiness of the house. The owners clearly put a lot of thought into ensuring we had everything we needed and more. This is a perfect location for visiting the city - it's central to all of the "must sees" in San Diego. I would definitely recommend it to others.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Additional information: Location By Downtown, Old Town, Hillcrest and Ocean Beach, Old Town.


Rates & Availability

Mission Hills House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 26 2016
4 night minimum stay
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Dec 23 2016 - Dec 26 2016
4 night minimum stay
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New Year
Dec 30 2016 - Jan 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Winter season
Jan 2 2017 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Valentine's Day
Feb 10 2017 - Feb 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
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President day
Feb 17 2017 - Feb 20 2017
4 night minimum stay
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Apr 14 2017 - Apr 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
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Mother's Day
May 12 2017 - May 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
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Memorial Day
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
4 night minimum stay
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July 4th weekend
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 11.05%

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.

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Mission Hills House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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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