Explore the Central Coast from Portola Inn Guest House

Atascadero, California

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



  • Mountain View


  • Winery Tours
  • Museums
  • Zoo
  • Water Parks
  • Health/beauty Spa


  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Bird Watching
  • Ecotourism
  • Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Antiquing


  • Kayaking
  • Cycling
  • Mountain Biking
  • Hiking
  • Golf
  • Fishing
  • Swimming


  • Not Sure


  • Cleaned With Disinfectant
  • Minimum 2-day Vacancy Between Guest Stays
  • Check In And Check Out With No Person-to-person Contact
  • All Towels And Bedding Washed In Hot Water That’s At Least 60ºC/140ºF
  • High-touch Surfaces Cleaned With Disinfectant (like Countertops, Light Switches, Handles, And Faucets)


  • Enhanced Cleaning Practices


  • Not Sure


  • Rural


  • Laundromat
  • Hospital
  • Fitness Center


  • Necessary


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dining Table
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Toaster


  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered


  • Deck/Patio
  • Lawn/Garden
  • Fire Pit
  • Outdoor Furniture


  • Washing Machine
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Iron & Board
  • Heating
  • Paper Towels
  • Linens Provided
  • Basic Soaps
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Toilet Paper
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Clothes Dryer


  • Wifi Speed
  • Free Wifi


  • Television
  • Satellite/Cable


  • Emergency Exit Route
  • Fire Station Contact


  • Dining Area

Suitability Chkbox

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters


  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Deadbolt Lock
  • Exterior Lighting
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector


  • Smoke Detector


  • Historic
  • Family


  • Police Contact


  • Hospital Contact

Houses Rules

  • 04:00 PM
  • 11:00 AM
  • No parties/events
  • Smoking allowed
  • Pets allowed
  • Children allowed
  • Max occupancy: 4


Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

105 Reviews

    Wonderful place to stay

    5/5 Stayed Jul 14, 2022
    Submitted Jul 17, 2022

    My wife and I and our dog stayed three nghts during a heat wave. Very much appreciated the excellent AC. Sitting on the porch in the evening for wine and meals was great. The host, Tom, was very responsive and helpful. The guest house is on five acres that are beautifully landscaped. Anyone who stays should visit the garden and see th apricot trees planted in 1913. Very quiet. A great loction to explore and enjoy the central coast.

    Perfect Quiet Retreat

    5/5 Stayed Jul 3, 2022
    Submitted Jul 5, 2022

    From the moment I booked, Tom’s communication was spot on! I was greeted by family members when I arrived and then Tom gave me a tour of the property. I was then left alone to enjoy the beautiful, peace and quiet with my pup. Everything was wonderful. Thank you Tom and Peggy! Miles and I will be back!

    Great view, clean and comfortable!

    5/5 Stayed Jul 1, 2022
    Submitted Jul 12, 2022

    We had a lovely stay in the Portola Inn guest house. The property is beautiful and quiet with a great view. All of the essentials were provided and we didn't have any problems. Thank you!

    Cal Poly Graduation

    5/5 Stayed Jun 9, 2022
    Submitted Jun 16, 2022

    We usually stay in SLO but decided to stay a little farther out for graduation. The guest house at Portola Inn was a perfect get away from the craziness of SLO and all the people and activities. It had a kitchen so we could have prepared breakfast there and a great swing in the front where we could end the day with a glass of wine. Dog friendly and a great grass area for the dogs. We’ll be back to explore more of Atascadero and the nearby wine country!

    Quiet and Peaceful

    5/5 Stayed May 27, 2022
    Submitted Jun 2, 2022

    This was just what the doctor ordered. It was so quiet and peaceful with great views. The managers made check in so easy. I would stay again!

    One of the most pleasant property we have been!!

    5/5 Stayed May 13, 2022
    Submitted May 23, 2022

    The owner Tom, has a keen eye for beauty in every corner of his property. The only Guest House, is nestled in behind were events take place. With a beautiful views of robust trees, mountains and grass where we took some sun with our 4 legged Babies. Morning coffee in the porch seeing birds using the 2 turtle fountain was a delight! The beautiful property has well thought trails full of trees, flowers and plenty of places to sit and relax. We thank Tom and family for such a memorable time and well deserved R and R!! We will come back without hesitations.

    Cozy in the Countryside

    5/5 Stayed Mar 31, 2022
    Submitted Apr 6, 2022

    The guest house at Portola Inn was just what the doctor ordered! This place was absolutely stunning! We rejuvenated in the peaceful and private countryside while enjoying all that Atascadero had to offer! We walked the beautifully manicured grounds and felt right at home. Tom is a wonderful person! We enjoyed this place so much and can't wait to come back again :)

    Beautiful place, very relaxing

    5/5 Stayed Mar 13, 2022
    Submitted Mar 23, 2022

    The owner is awesome, very communicative and willing to help or make suggestions. He knows Atascadero. The property is amazing with plenty to do and beauty everywhere. Thank you for allowing us to stay here.

    A Great Getaway

    5/5 Stayed Mar 11, 2022
    Submitted Mar 13, 2022

    My wife and I had a fantastic weekend! Would definitely come back.

    Fantastic Stay

    5/5 Stayed Feb 19, 2022
    Submitted Feb 22, 2022

    Property is beautiful. Guest House is clean and well stocked. Tom and Peggy have a fabulous property and are tremendous hosts. We hope to stay here again in the future.

    Potola nn

    5/5 Stayed Feb 13, 2022
    Submitted Feb 20, 2022

    The property is as beautiful as the pictures. The quiet and peaceful environment is truly relaxing. We are looking forward to traveling there again. Beautiful area to walk and just relax.

    Cozy, quiet retreat

    5/5 Stayed Nov 18, 2021
    Submitted Nov 24, 2021

    This guest house was perfect for the quiet getaway we were looking for. The grounds were lovely with nice paths to stroll with our dog. The house itself had ample extra bedding and washer and dryer. We cooked a lot during our stay. The stove was very nice. The pans and utensils were a bit basic for what we needed but still worked out pretty well. The host, Tom, went out of his way to be helpful. He loaned us an Ethernet cable and gave us good recommendations for a local seafood market/restaurant. He was available by phone for most of our stay and got back to us pretty quickly to answer our questions. The location was a short drive to Morro Bay and SLO for the days we wanted to be out and about. There’s not a lot going on in Atascadero itself but there’s a cute downtown area with shops and restaurants that we enjoyed. Overall we had a wonderful stay and definitely recommend this property.

    Great for a Getaway!

    5/5 Stayed Nov 12, 2021
    Submitted Nov 18, 2021

    We stayed in the guest house for two nights, and we could not have had a better time! We were first greeted with a wonderful and warm welcome from Tom and then personally shown around the property. The guest house was quaint and had everything we needed for the stay! The property is absolutely beautiful and well-maintained. The Portola Inn is perfect for a quiet stay with friendly people on a lovely property. We would absolutely stay here again!

    Great and convenient

    5/5 Stayed Nov 5, 2021
    Submitted Nov 7, 2021

    Very simple guest house. We were up there for a wedding nearby. The host was very accommodating as we were planning to leave our dog there in a crate; we ended up just using dog mode with our car, but it was a good option to have in case.

    Amazing and Relaxing Place

    5/5 Stayed Oct 29, 2021
    Submitted Nov 7, 2021

    This was such a great place to stay for our visit!! The property, the Portola Inn, is immaculate, and the guest house was very clean and appropriately equipped when we arrived with our dog. We truly appreciated having access to the large property, and the beautiful grounds and landscaping, to walk and play fetch with our furry family member. There are plenty of large trees that provide shade and lots of greenery to enjoy while walking the trails on the large property! The house provides simple but comfortable accommodations, and the kitchen was well equipped and the house had plenty of sleeping accommodations for a one bedroom. The house is a minutes away from downtown Atascadero and a short drive from Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo, and also centrally located for visits to Morro Bay, Cayucos, and Cambria. It was a great place to call home base for our visit. Tom (his wife was away for the weekend) was a terrific host, and made sure to give us the personal welcome and touch, and he could not have been nicer, more helpful, and responsive. All in all, it was perfect for us and we hope we can visit a couple more times before our son comes home for the summer from Cal Poly SLO. If you're looking for a great place to relax and enjoy the property, this is the place for you!!

    Easy for families with young kiddos

    5/5 Stayed Oct 21, 2021
    Submitted Oct 24, 2021

    Loved staying here and look forward to coming back again!

    It's lovely

    5/5 Stayed Oct 15, 2021
    Submitted Oct 18, 2021

    Beautiful grounds and comfortable room. I would love to stay there again.

    Good Value

    4/5 Stayed Oct 1, 2021
    Submitted Oct 3, 2021

    Host was very gracious, area was very quiet, and good size cottage for 4 of us. It was a bit out-dated but overall had a good time & very good value.

    Atascadero Gem

    5/5 Stayed Sep 12, 2021
    Submitted Sep 26, 2021

    The location is perfect and we loved the privacy. Beautiful gardens to walk or sit in and lots of birds. We even had a deer greet us in the yard one evening and hummingbirds flit around the water feature near the front porch. The cottage is very clean and has a comfortable bed.

    Nice property with cute guest house

    5/5 Stayed Sep 3, 2021
    Submitted Sep 5, 2021

    Property was clean with comfortable bed and the property was big enough to explore . Trails to walk and discover. The outside deck was nice just to sit on and relax.

    Special Guest House

    5/5 Stayed Aug 9, 2021
    Submitted Aug 11, 2021

    The Portola Inn is a magical and special place. Tom and Peggy are gracious and respectful hosts. There are many numerous quiet and special spaces to sit and marvel under the treescapes, while a refreshing coastal breeze washes over the landscape. The Portola Inn is a wonderful retreat that is immaculately maintained. We didn't want to leave.

    Had Everything we Needed and More

    5/5 Stayed Aug 6, 2021
    Submitted Aug 10, 2021

    This property had all we needed, especially a full kitchen because we do like to cook our own food. We especially loved the outdoors - the view was expansive and very peaceful with all the huge oak trees, grassy area, hills in the distance and the sweet little fountain with the hummingbirds drinking from it. Very comfortable and appreciate the information about the property from the owner Tom. Thanks again!

    Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful!

    5/5 Stayed Jul 29, 2021
    Submitted Aug 1, 2021

    My daughter and I stayed for a long weekend on this property. We were greeted by the very gracious owner when we drove in, and made us feel very welcome from the start. We stayed in the guest house, but pretty much had the whole property to ourselves. The grounds are gorgeous, with lots of places to sit and relax and take in the very quiet and peaceful setting. We will definitely be coming back; I think this will be one of our favorite places to stay. Five stars to you, O'Malleys, we loved your place!

    Central Coast Trip

    5/5 Stayed Jul 23, 2021
    Submitted Aug 3, 2021

    Cottage was very comfortable for three people and is in a beautiful location with many mature trees. It is in a rural area but very close to everything you need including supermarkets, restaurants, drug stores, etc. Also close to beach and wine tasting.

    Portola Inn Guest House

    5/5 Stayed Jul 18, 2021
    Submitted Jul 20, 2021

    The property was lovely, serene and surrounded with nature’s beauty. We enjoyed our stay at the Portola Inn Guest House!


    5/5 Stayed Jun 28, 2021
    Submitted Jul 2, 2021

    Great spot. Bucolic. Nice property. Very relaxing.

    Pet friendly scenic Inn. Very peaceful and the owners were very kind and accommodating.

    5/5 Stayed Jun 16, 2021
    Submitted Jun 19, 2021

    I loved the view. It was perfect for what I needed and if ever in the area in the future I would definitely stay again.

    We had a great time!

    5/5 Stayed Jun 9, 2021
    Submitted Jun 14, 2021

    Wonderful place to stay with children and pets, the guest house is small but comfortable enough for my family, we brought a twin size inflatable mattress that fit perfectly in the bedroom next to the bed. We loved the location, there is a cute little zoo nearby right next to a park and a lake for the kids, wineries were also a short drive away and Morrow Bay was about a 25 minute drive away.

    Weekend Getaway

    5/5 Stayed May 29, 2021
    Submitted Jun 1, 2021

    Beautiful property, with all the amenities needed for a relaxing weekend, & a quick drive to Paso Robles.

    Easy, Charming, Comfortable, Clean, and Convenient

    5/5 Stayed Apr 23, 2021
    Submitted Apr 26, 2021

    Our recent stay in Atascadero at Tom's Guest House during our Paso Robles wine tasting weekend was terrific. Tom's communication before our arrival and in welcoming us to the property was excellent. We used the full kitchen to prepare meals. We also hoped to have access to an outdoor grill, and Tom was accommodating in providing that option for us. The listing's pictures give an accurate account of cleanliness, comfort, and the charming surroundings on the property. The location was convenient to wineries in Paso. Overall, we would be glad to come back for our next wine tasting weekend. Thank you, Tom!

    Nice Guest House

    5/5 Stayed Apr 6, 2021
    Submitted Apr 12, 2021

    Very serene location, easy to get to and had everything we needed. So nice to be able to travel with our two dogs who loved walking the property. We made some great memories on this trip!

    Our little hilltop paradise!

    5/5 Stayed Mar 25, 2021
    Submitted Mar 28, 2021

    Tom and Peggy’s Inn was more than expected. The setting and grounds were so lovely, and the Guest House roomy and comfortable. We made use of the big kitchen and my only suggestion for improvements was to add a few upgrades like salt, simple spices and oil, and a sponge. We would love to return, it was everything we had hoped for.


    5/5 Stayed Mar 9, 2020
    Submitted Mar 23, 2020

    Very nice clean guest house. Tom was great.


    5/5 Stayed Jan 17, 2020
    Submitted Jan 30, 2020

    We had a very nice time at this property. Just far enough away for peace and quiet and close enough to get to town for some fun.

    Lovely Cottage Getaway for our New Years Anniversary

    5/5 Stayed Dec 30, 2019
    Submitted Jan 1, 2020

    This Central Coast gem is in a lovely part of California, and a wonderful and picturesque place to stay. Easy access to central coast winery country (Paso Robles) and coastal wonders (Morro Bay). We enjoyed our stay very much.

    Great location

    5/5 Stayed Dec 27, 2019
    Submitted Jan 12, 2020

    The owner was very nice and our stay was wonderful. Therr is much to do including fishing, hunting, hikes, beaches are near by. I would (and did) HIGHLY RECOMMEND this property to friends and family.

    Excellent little retreat

    5/5 Stayed Dec 23, 2019
    Submitted Dec 25, 2019

    We were looking for a little get away with our little dog over the Christmas holiday. The Guest House was perfect. Felt like we were away from it all but were close to things when we wanted to be. Tom was a very gracious host.

    Loved the Location & the Cottage.

    4/5 Stayed Nov 7, 2019
    Submitted Nov 22, 2019

    The bed in the bedroom was too soft, we did not sleep well The pull out couch was terrible. Our daughter slept on the floor.

    Great little place

    5/5 Stayed Oct 18, 2019
    Submitted Oct 25, 2019

    This is a great place to stay and explore the area!

    Nice and secluded

    4/5 Stayed Aug 15, 2019
    Submitted Aug 18, 2019

    My wife and I stayed at Tom and Peggy's property which was absolutely beautiful and very private, everything went well, when we go back we will definitely use the guest house again if it is available😄👍

    A hidden gem!

    5/5 Stayed Aug 9, 2019
    Submitted Aug 12, 2019

    Relaxation & hospitality wrapped up in an amazing get away. The gardens were just beautiful, and the hospitality of the owners wonderful. Can’t wait to com re visit!!!

    Idyllic home away from home

    5/5 Stayed Aug 1, 2019
    Submitted Aug 12, 2019

    This rental was exceptionally lovely... We are Cal Poly Alum and like to return to the area we came to cherish. But we do have certain requirements when traveling back to visit. This guest house was an ideal find...Great location, beautifully kept gardens and trees, quiet and peaceful, reasonably priced and the owners were very hospitable, a pleasure to engage with. We find it difficult to find a place that meets all our needs (affordable, allows dogs and choice location to the area beauty) in the SLO area, this place met and exceeded them all. We would love to return to stay again. Thank you Tom and Peggy for sharing your heritage home. The Swanson Family, Redding, CA August 2019 ps. we loved the old oaks, so loving cared for these past centuries.


    5/5 Stayed Jul 29, 2019
    Submitted Aug 2, 2019

    This place was so perfect for us. It was quiet, peaceful, and beautiful. I would definitely recommend all my friends to come and stay a few days and relax.

    Great and fun stay

    5/5 Stayed Jul 26, 2019
    Submitted Jul 29, 2019

    The guest house was great and we had a wonderful time. Our host was very helpful.

    Great place! Close to the lake.

    5/5 Stayed Jul 24, 2019
    Submitted Jul 27, 2019

    Tom was Awesome! Communication was great! Really great place to stay.

    Quiet and peaceful getaway

    5/5 Stayed Jul 20, 2019
    Submitted Jul 23, 2019

    We had the most relaxing time during our stay at this property. Tom was friendly and accommodating. I went with my husband and 2 year old daughter. We all enjoyed walking around the property. We saw deer, a fox, and squirrels. They have a super friendly and sweet dog. It is close to the beaches. The area was quiet and filled with beautiful tall trees and views of the mountains. The place was very clean and smelled fresh! We had the most amazing time and will definitely be back! Thank you Tom for your hospitality and for allowing us to stay at your property! Julissa

    Beautiful are

    5/5 Stayed Jun 8, 2019
    Submitted Jun 21, 2019

    Quiet and wonderful stay

    Central Coast hideaway

    5/5 Stayed Jun 5, 2019
    Submitted Jun 8, 2019

    Wonderful location, nice little cottage. set on a hill, lots of shade from beautiful old oaks and a nice afternoon breeze. Quiet, can't wait to return

    beautiful and Peaceful!

    5/5 Stayed May 24, 2019
    Submitted May 28, 2019

    Just an Amazing Location! lots of Green and trees! and close to everything! 15 minutes from SLO and 25 minutes from Morro Bay! great for kids to Run Around and enjoy Nature! Tom is Great! definitely Coming Back!

    Charming and Peaceful

    4/5 Stayed Mar 29, 2019
    Submitted Mar 31, 2019

    A lovely spot for a weekend visit. We woke to the birdies chirping happily under the gorgeous oaks... quite magical!

    Beautiful setting!

    5/5 Stayed Jan 19, 2019
    Submitted Jan 21, 2019

    Our kids moved to this area 2 1/2 years ago, and whenever we visit, we like to rent a place for ourselves. This one is usually booked, but we got lucky again so this is our second stay at the Portola Guest House. The setting is absolutely beautiful, and our little grandkids love playing and exploring in the yard. Tom is a wonderful host and does everything he can to make our stay comfortable. We will always look here first when we’re planning a trip to Atascadero!

    Beautiful location, warm hospitality

    5/5 Stayed Nov 26, 2018
    Submitted Jan 8, 2019

    We needed a place to stay for a month between selling our home in LA and moving in to our new home in Atascadero. We couldn't have found a more perfect property -- and host -- for our needs. This guest house is standalone and equipped with everything we needed for a lengthy stay -- fully stocked, washer and dryer, plenty of parking -- and sits on gorgeous acreage with oaks, well landscaped grounds, and carefully tended gardens. After a long and complicated move, waking up to a view of majestic oaks outside our deck made it all worthwhile. To top it off, we couldn't have asked for a better host. Tom was quick to welcome us, accommodating of our schedule, and happy to offer insights and suggestions about our new neighborhood. We hope to count him as a friend long after we've moved into our new home up the road.

    What a sweet surprise! Private getaway with charm and lots of green around!

    5/5 Stayed Oct 24, 2018
    Submitted Oct 28, 2018

    Dogs and kids friendly! Huge property in the middle of wine county amongst mature oak trees. 20 minutes to Morro Bay, 10 to Paso Robles. Awesome zoo is right next to Portola road. Very accomodating hosts. You are gonna love it!


    5/5 Stayed Oct 19, 2018
    Submitted Oct 23, 2018

    My husband and I came with the grandkids and it was the perfect place for them to play safely. They loved playing in the grass area and taking short walks on the paths around the property. We were in the guest house--It was super clean and comfy. We definitely want to go back! Thanks so much to Tom and Peggy who were so kind and helpful!


    5/5 Stayed Oct 10, 2018
    Submitted Oct 15, 2018

    We really enjoyed our stay at the Portola Inn. Both Tom and Peggy were very gracious hosts. Tom was so helpful with everything including providing great information for local resources such as nurseries in the area, delicious restaurants, and even shopping! We especially enjoyed being able to take a morning stroll on the property. It's filled with fun vignettes and interesting rustic treasures artfully arranged throughout. One of the biggest highlight was the little turtle fountain trough at the base of the patio. It was visited by many beautiful birds in the morning including a brilliant Townsend's Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Anna's Hummingbirds, both Golden and White-crowned Sparrows, American Robins and more! It was an up-close treat for any birder. Thanks for making our stay in Atascadero so homey!

    Beautiful Setting

    4/5 Stayed Oct 4, 2018
    Submitted Oct 22, 2018

    The guest house is on an amazing property with giant oak trees, trails, and gardens. We had access to all the outdoor spaces. Our dogs loved it. The guest house is in the back where it is peaceful and no one is around. We enjoyed the patio in the evening. Great for a weekend get-a-way.

    Beautiful cottage on California's Central Coast

    5/5 Stayed Sep 11, 2018
    Submitted Sep 13, 2018

    We had a great experience staying at the Portola Inn Guest House. Tom was a wonderful host. The Guest House is a cozy one bedroom standalone unit on the property, with lots of mature trees and walking trails. This is a great pet friendly unit. Overall, an awesome place to stay.

    Beautiful property!!!

    5/5 Stayed Aug 31, 2018
    Submitted Sep 3, 2018

    I typically don’t leave reviews, but I had to for this one! Beautiful property and grounds, this house was everything we needed for a mini getaway! Clean and big enough for my family, we had a great time on the Central Coast and this house topped the cake! Thank you for letting us stay here and enjoy!!!

    Beautiful and quiet getaway.

    5/5 Stayed Aug 10, 2018
    Submitted Aug 12, 2018

    Very happy with stay and property

    The guest house was perfect for us and we enjoyed exploring the grounds and gardens.

    5/5 Stayed Jul 29, 2018
    Submitted Aug 12, 2018

    We really enjoyed our stay at this charming property. We had a last minute change in vacation plans and were lucky to find this gem! Peggy was a wonderful hostess!

    Beautiful Garden Cottage

    5/5 Stayed Jul 20, 2018
    Submitted Jul 26, 2018

    We were so pleasantly surprised with this property. My husband and I stayed here with our 3 young sons and it was the perfect location for our little ones to run around and explore. The gardens are majestic, we loved walking around every morning and watching a family of deer wander the grounds. The location is quiet and so very lovely, the photos do not do it justice. My boys felt so at home here everyone slept wonderfully. The house was fully equipped and clean. During our stay it was moderately warm (especially for us San Franciscans - 80 degrees), but since the house is shaded by tons of beautiful trees and there are several windows in the house, we got a wonderful cool breeze. Tom and Peggy were very welcoming and let us know when we stay next time they have some fun outdoor games the boys can play with. We were also able to catch the early evening lighting and got some wonderful pictures of our family on the property. I would highly suggest brining a good camera. We can't recommend this place enough, we will definitely be coming back. Thank you Tom and Peggy!

    Location is great for touring central coast

    4/5 Stayed Jun 29, 2018
    Submitted Jul 3, 2018

    This was a great spot if you want a convenient place to tour the central coast -- Paso Robles, Morro Bay, Cambria, etc. The decor is rustic and a bit dated for the price, but the full kitchen was great and had nice appliances. Overall, a good place to stay. The owners were friendly!

    Great place to stay.

    5/5 Stayed Jun 14, 2018
    Submitted Jun 18, 2018

    Owners very nice and helpful. Would stay here again.

    Lovely location, comfortable accommodations, friendly hosts

    5/5 Stayed Apr 25, 2018
    Submitted Apr 28, 2018

    Our dog loved the grounds

    Great place to stay and be relaxing

    5/5 Stayed Apr 13, 2018
    Submitted Apr 15, 2018

    Very friendly poeple

    Great place to stay, nice grounds, clean, host very responsive and helpful!

    5/5 Stayed Apr 6, 2018
    Submitted Apr 8, 2018

    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)

    5/5 Stayed Nov 24, 2017
    Submitted Nov 26, 2017

    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 !

    5/5 Stayed Nov 21, 2017
    Submitted Nov 25, 2017

    Great location, to everything ! Peaceful !

    A relaxing setting on a beautiful property.

    5/5 Stayed Oct 20, 2017
    Submitted Oct 23, 2017

    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

    Lovely, clean cottage in quiet and convenient location.

    5/5 Stayed Aug 12, 2017
    Submitted Aug 15, 2017

    Enjoyed our stay. Convenient location (if driving 15-20 minutes isn't a problem) to beach, horseback riding and great wineries.

    Beautiful setting!

    4/5 Stayed Jul 21, 2017
    Submitted Aug 5, 2017

    This is a beautiful and private setting. It is very comfortable for a couple. There are beds for 5 people, but only comfortable accommodations for 2. The couch bed and single are not conducive to a comfortable night. Tom and Peggy are lovely and the grounds are a treasure!

    Quiet, peaceful retreat

    4/5 Stayed Jul 7, 2017
    Submitted Jul 12, 2017

    It was a beautiful property with lovely landscaping. Nice place, quiet, with a lot of trees and birds. I recommend it for anyone who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can sit on the patio for hours and enjoy the ambiance, or drive to Morrow Bay in 20 minutes where it's 20 degrees cooler. It was hot the weekend we visited, but Tom and Peggy did everything they could to accommodate us. They are a lovely couple. Would definitely come back again...

    Our first time stay in June 2017

    5/5 Stayed Jun 9, 2017
    Submitted Jun 14, 2017

    My family and I enjoyed our stay, Beautiful grounds, my boys enjoyed exploring. Tom was very nice and we appreciate the time he took in allowing us to check in early. Our family and I can't wait to visit again real soon!

    As Nice As It Looks

    5/5 Stayed Apr 7, 2017
    Submitted Apr 21, 2017

    My boyfriend and I stayed here for a weekend and wished we could have stayed longer. The grounds are absolutely beautiful. The house, which sits at the back of the property, has a view from the top of the hill looking down on oak trees, fields of grass, the works. The house was larger than I expected with a walk in closet in the bedroom where we could keep our bikes. The kitchen was fully equipped and even came with complementary coffee and tea, the good kind. The house is very private. We never saw anyone there. I would definitely stay here again.

    Beautiful, serene, private and pet friendly.

    5/5 Stayed Mar 17, 2017
    Submitted Mar 21, 2017

    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.

    Can't wait to return

    5/5 Stayed Mar 1, 2017
    Submitted Mar 15, 2017

    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.

    Ideal getaway

    5/5 Stayed Dec 30, 2016
    Submitted Jan 14, 2017

    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.

    Guest House gushing

    5/5 Stayed Oct 28, 2016
    Submitted Nov 13, 2016

    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!

    Peaceful and comfortable guest cottage in country yet accessible setting.

    5/5 Stayed Sep 16, 2016
    Submitted Sep 18, 2016

    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.

    Cozy, comfortable guest house

    5/5 Stayed Sep 2, 2016
    Submitted Sep 10, 2016

    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.

    Great little spot

    5/5 Stayed Aug 13, 2016
    Submitted Aug 26, 2016

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


    5/5 Stayed Jul 8, 2016
    Submitted Aug 4, 2016

    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.

    Relaxing and beautiful!

    5/5 Stayed Jul 3, 2016
    Submitted Jul 8, 2016

    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

    Pretty comfortable

    4/5 Stayed Nov 20, 2015
    Submitted Nov 27, 2015

    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.

    Family getaway with the grandkids.

    5/5 Stayed Sep 25, 2015
    Submitted Sep 27, 2015

    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!


    5/5 Stayed Aug 2, 2015
    Submitted Aug 10, 2015

    We loved our days at Portola Inn. We already have nice memories from it. The place is beautiful. Our daughter particularly enjoyed feeding the goats and is already asking to go back. Tom was very attentive and we really enjoyed talking to him. We definitely recommend his place. We hope we will be able to see them again.

    No Fireworks... Yeah!

    5/5 Stayed Jul 3, 2015
    Submitted Jul 8, 2015

    My wife and our 4 doggies stayed over the 4th of July weekend to get away from the fireworks but got much more that that. The pictures don't do the property justice, its secluded overlooking the backside of the valley and hills. Really close to town and with all the amenities from home. Morro bay is just a quick drive down to the coast. Lovely weekend, next time we'll stay longer.

    wonderful stay

    5/5 Stayed Mar 27, 2015
    Submitted Apr 8, 2015

    My husband and I had a lovely weekend at the Portola Inn Guest House. Tom was an excellent host and greeted us on our arrival with a bottle of wine. The grounds were secluded and beautiful. Close to town but still felt like we were in the country.The guest house kitchen was well equipped and the bed was very comfortable. We look forward to our next visit!

    Very Pleasant place to stay

    5/5 Stayed Nov 7, 2014
    Submitted Nov 10, 2014

    We hope the Guest House is available for our next trip. We were visiting wineries and stayed two nights in the clean house which was ready for us as promised. The surroundings are serene and private. The images sell it short; the house is plenty comfortable for staying several weeks. The grounds have a real diverse garden and footpaths to follow around it with a lot of interesting features throughout the site. We got to meet Tom and his family, which added to the charm for us. The bed was more comfortable than we expected. Everything worked. We no longer take for granted that the water gets hot quickly, the outlets all have power, the windows close all the way, etc. We were very happy with the accommodations. Our two small dogs loved it as much as we did.

    Home away from home

    5/5 Stayed Jul 3, 2014
    Submitted Sep 5, 2014

    We stayed here with our three young children for the holiday weekend and were thrilled with the property. The place was lovely and the children enjoyed the nature that was right outside the guest house. They rode their bikes on the paved driveway outside the guest house and picked apricots from the garden to munch on. The property gave us great access to Morro Bay for the fireworks festivities and Paso Robles for a quick visit to our favorite winery. I highly recommend this vacation home and will plan on another trip here during the winter months.

    Gorgeous with birds!

    5/5 Stayed Feb 28, 2014
    Submitted Mar 5, 2014

    My husband and our dog just spent four lovely, quiet nights in a spectacularly private setting at the guest house. We looked out upon the largest, most beautiful oak tree we have ever seen. For birders, this is a bit of heaven. Tom and Peggy have planted a wide variety of trees, shrubs, flowering plants and edibles throughout the grounds and the birds were enjoying the banquet. From the hawks and merlins overhead, to the sapsuckers and acorn woodpeckers, the California Towhees to the ever calling oak titmouse, you will delight in vast array of birdlife. What a treat!

    We love this place!

    5/5 Stayed Oct 4, 2013
    Submitted Oct 12, 2013

    This was our second visit It is a special property with so much beauty serenity & privacy A Lovely place to unwind relax & walk among magnificent 100 year old Oaks The owners are extremely friendly & go out of their way to make you feel welcome, help with any questions, etc. The proximity to both Paso Robles & the coast is perfect As far as the accommodations - it is really nice & comfy Beautiful bed linens comfortable mattress Nice towels, nice shower, nice kitchen Just can't say anything remotely bad about this place! We intend to return again


    5/5 Stayed Jul 3, 2013
    Submitted Jul 9, 2013

    We stayed several nights at the guest house at the Portola Inn during the summer. The guest house and surrounding property are absolutely charming. Tom is a great host -- accommodating and very friendly, and had plenty of local recommendations for us. The guest house is peaceful, restful and very private. Highly recommended.

    Quiet and cozy

    5/5 Stayed Oct 31, 2012
    Submitted Apr 28, 2013

    I stayed in the guest house on this property for 6 months while I was in the area for work. I have no complaints. The house was perfect for me and my dog. It is quiet and secluded and although the owners lived on site they gave me my privacy.

    Great place!

    5/5 Stayed Oct 25, 2012
    Submitted Nov 2, 2012

    My stay at the Portola Inn guest house was fabulous! It's such a cute little place and in a great location. The owners were very nice and we enjoyed talking with them about Atascadero. I would definitely stay there again.

    Great Place!

    5/5 Stayed Aug 24, 2012
    Submitted Sep 4, 2012

    Our family of 5 stayed at Portala Inn Guest House for two nights, It was very comfortable, clean and plenty of room. Very affordable, great location....feels like you are out in the middle of no where with all the conveniences right out the driveway. Great location and great alternative to the expensive accommodations in Paso or SLO. Owners were great and so flexible with some last minute changes! We own and operate a Bed & Breakfast in Seward, AK and we highly recommend Portola Inn Guest House!

    Why would you ever go to a hotel?

    5/5 Stayed Apr 27, 2012
    Submitted Apr 30, 2012

    Such a beautiful place to relax and unwind! Tom and Peggy were wonderful hosts. Fresh-baked goodies awaited our arrival. The grounds surrounding the cottage were so peaceful. Sitting on the couch looking out the windows all you see are oak trees and birds. No traffic sounds! Perfect tranquility! We brought our six-year old child (who has special needs) with us, and she loved roaming the grounds. The swing was her favorite spot! We had no worries about her safety, as the grounds are gated and private. That enabled US to relax! Cal Poly daughter drove up for a night and asked me Mom, how did you find this place? She loved it and so did we. We'll be seeing Tom and Peggy regularly throughout the next several years, while our daughter is in collge! Thumbs up!

    Family history weekend

    5/5 Stayed Mar 24, 2012
    Submitted Mar 31, 2012

    4 of us plus our blind beagle shared a wonderful weekend stay. Tom, Peggy, and their friend had helped us research the family home from the Colony days in Atascadero. Their guest house was the perfect place to relax, talk, and share memories after our hours in the Colony House Museum. The kitchen had everything we needed and the space gave us all the room 4 adults needed. The grounds are a delight to walk through; the quiet atmosphere surrounding the property was wonderful. And I can't say enough about the host's help with area and family history as well as the kiwi coffee cake. We hope to return sooner rather than later.

    President's weekend

    5/5 Stayed Feb 17, 2012
    Submitted Feb 20, 2012

    This is our 2nd stay at the guest house. The place is lovely, inside and out, and the setting is perfect for our dog. The guest house faces the rear of the property that is secluded and private yet the location of the Inn is only a few min. from town. Tom and Peggy are warm and friendly hosts who can tell you everything about the area. They showed us their newly restored B&B with a gorgeous master suite that we hope to stay at the next time.

    Cute and private guest house

    5/5 Stayed Sep 2, 2011
    Submitted Sep 6, 2011

    My boyfriend and I stayed at the guest house for 3 nights over Labor Day weekend and had a really relaxing time. Peggy and Tom have were extremely nice with helping us book the place and the welcome muffins were delicious! The house is quiet and private and conveniently located near the 101 and grocery stores via a short drive. One note: the wifi connection is spotty at best so don't expect too much online access though it was probably good at preventing us from trying to work over the weekend :) Cell service is good though (I have Verizon).

    A scenic and peaceful Cottage

    5/5 Stayed Jun 10, 2011
    Submitted Nov 28, 2011

    We came up for my sons Cal Poly graduation and wanted to avoid all the chaos and traffic in SLO. We got what we wished for and then some. This place is a gem! We loved the grounds and the country feel, plus it's just a short scenic drive down to campus. I would recommend this for any occasion, it was perfect!

    Nature's Refuge

    5/5 Stayed Aug 13, 2010
    Submitted Oct 29, 2010

    I was thrilled when my friend from Atascadero told me about the Portola Inn. In the past I have stayed at the local hotels which I found too sterile & impersonal, just places to sleep. The Inn, however, is a cherished refuge, a place to wander the grounds, sit and reflect, a place of incredible natural beauty. My sister's family and I stayed over a three day weekend. The cottage was roomy and comfortable. The grounds around it exquisite. Towering oaks and the sounds of a stream greeted us. I loved seeing the wildlife! We saw quail, heard frogs and admired lizards. Leaving the grounds, my nieces and I were surprised by a mother deer & her two fawns. We were delighted! The owners, Tom & Peggy, went out of their way to make us feel welcomed and comfortable. Such lovely people! I would recommend this rental without reservation.

    Very enjoyable

    5/5 Stayed Jul 5, 2010
    Submitted Jul 27, 2010

    We - a family of 4 with 2 kids (9 and 12yr) and our 4 yr old yorkie poo, had a fantastic 5-day stay at the guest house in July. Exactly the kind of place we were looking for: a beautiful and peaceful setting among oak trees...only a short drive from Morrow Bay, SLO and Cambria/Hearst Castle area. The hosts, Peggy and Tom were wonderful - they went out of their way to make sure we had a comfortable stay: from providing homemade apricot muffins on our arrival, to setting up the outdoor fireplace for us to enjoy. The guest house was clean and very comfortably furnished, and stocked with enough videos and games to keep the family entertained after dark. We look forward to our next visit here!!

    Hidden treasure

    5/5 Stayed May 29, 2010
    Submitted Jun 2, 2010

    Portola Inn....what precious memories we now carry with us. This trip couldn't have started any sweeter than with your warm welcome of your home made peach cake. Serene, beautiful, and charming. Just a few ways of many to describe your property. From the quaint little gardens hugging the sides of the drive way leading to the house, to the peaceful private picnic area where you can hear the calls of the Quails. Almost didn't feel the need to leave the property. The open kitchen area made it that much easier for us food enthusiasts to perform our cooking skills all at the same time. For all you lovers of nature and outdoors activities, this is an ideal place to stay. With options of trails for short night walks under the stars and nearby beautiful windy roads for a scenic bike ride. Thank you for being available to us whenever we had a question or needed anything. We will back, soon!

    Just what we were looking for.

    5/5 Stayed Apr 5, 2010
    Submitted Apr 10, 2010

    We were looking for a quiet place where we could bring our two little dogs. We found the guest house very clean, quiet, and comfortable. There is a small fenced back yard for the dogs, and a nice area to walk them. The Portola Inn is close to town and is accurately portrayed by the pictures. It is located within a 20 minute drive of several award-wining wineries. There are amazing oak trees on the property, and lots of flowers and manicured lawns. We saw deer most mornings. There is a small park-like area with a swing, barbeque, and picnic tables. We enjoyed a bottle of local wine out there with some smoked salmon, cheese and crackers that we bought at a Trader Joe's that's about 5 miles away. The super nice proprietor gave us great advise on where to eat, although the guest house has a full kitchen. We especially liked the folks at the Haven, where we ate hot sandwiches and drank wonderful wine from local wineries. We found Atascadero to be a community of friendly people. The guest house is not fancy, but we gave it an excellent rating because it exceeded our expectations and was exactly what we needed.


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