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Lagoon Pool & Hot Tub on Private Mountaintop Retreat

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Last updated: 09/16/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Jamul house description

Private mountaintop retreat on 10 acres with 360 degree views to the distant ocean and mountains. This is an ideal place for metaphysical reflections, newlyweds, writers, artists or romantic renewals. This location is not suitable for young children.

Daytime activities at 'home' may include relaxing in the hot tub, swimming in the pool, or sitting on one of the many giant boulders watching red tail hawks soar at eye level. At night you can watch shooting stars, or sit around the fire ring and watch the fire light dancing in the reflection of the pool. In the morning you may find yourself above the clouds. This is truly a place that must be experienced to understand.

While you may feel a million miles away from the city, if you decide to pursue more worldly activities, you are just 45 minutes from downtown San Diego, including the gas lamp district, world famous San Diego zoo, Sea World, and the beach communities. Or stay in Jamul and enjoy hiking, horseback riding and golf.
Pets welcome with approval in advance

Find us on Facebook: Search for Metaphysical Retreat. See nearly 100 photos and frequently asked questions.

Visit our Website: do a Google search for 'Metaphysical Retreat PRIVATE VACATION HOME. Experience the Extraordinary Jamul, California (in San Diego county)'

1) What does metaphysical mean?
Metaphysical simply means that which is not physical. See a definition of metaphysical retreat from Our retreat has attracted those from all faiths, from Christian ministers to shamans. Although furnished and stocked with books and videos that many 'new age' people would relish (such as on astral projection, astrology, natural remedies, etc), we are open to all those who seek a spiritual or private retreat.

2) Will I be sharing the retreat with anyone?
Just with nature. The rental has two separate living areas, and both are included in the rental. There are no other structures on the 10 acres.

3) How long does it take to drive there from the San Diego airport?
Typically 45 minutes, but if you arrive during rush hour, it may be longer. Middle of the night...and it may be faster.

4) How is the driveway? Do I need a 4-wheel drive vehicle or will I need to hike up a mountain?
The driveway is steep and curvy, and part dirt, part gravel, part concrete. We have never had a problem getting a standard vehicle up to the top, but if you have your brand new Porsche, this is probably not the place you want to drive.

5) I am afraid of heights. Will I have a problem there?
Probably yes. The house is perched on its own private mountaintop with many cliffs and ledges. Sometimes if feels like you are in an airplane, especially if you looking down at a sea of clouds with islands of mountaintops.

6) Are there rattlesnakes there?
Although I have never personally seen one on the property, one must always assume that in the backcountry of San Diego, there are rattlesnakes. If you have a dog, we recommend a leash and that you stay on pathways where you can see where you are walking.

7) What is the weather like 'this' time of year?
Here is my best guestimate based on my own personal observation. Weather subject to change, of course.
January - often showers and cold. Spend your time by the electric fireplace in the poolside bedroom, or enjoy the quiet.
February - unpredictable. Beautiful spring weather one day, cool the next. Everything is green and the lake is full. Some days are spent inside the clouds.
March - Ah, spring. Still cool, but the birds are building nests. Could rain.
April - More spring. The butterflies arrive. The birds have babies.
May - San Diego has May Gray, but no worries, you live above the clouds. Plan SD activities in the afternoon once the gray lifts.
June - San Diego has June gloom, but for you it is summer. Hot, with cool ocean breezes. Red tail hawks soaring at eye level.
July - Summer for all. Hot. Lots of time floating in the pool. Nights in the hot tub.
August - Just like July but more meteor showers. Not often rainy.
September - Just like July; some cooler nights, but not much. Lots of stars.
October - Weather can start to change, gets cooler, but the Milky Way seems SO close
November - Thanksgiving. Maybe some rain. Maybe sun. Toss a coin.
December - Cool and windy, or Indian summer... no telling what you'll get.

8) Is the pool heated? Can you swim in the pool?
If you are me, and you require 85 degrees to swim, than no. I prefer to float on a lounger or swim in the hot tub. But if you are my husband, you love to alternate between the pool and hot tub. If you are a kid, or kid at heart, you'll be swimming. Most likely from July-September. Hot tubs always in season. (Of course, if you REALLY want it heated, we can heat it with the hot tub propane for 6 hours a day which will get it warm or less cold depending on the time of year; extra cost is $150 per day. Just ask.)

9) Who built that house?
The house was completed in 1992 and designed by architect David Klages, who studied under James Hubble; a renowned 'organic' architect. The philosophy of organic architecture is that structure should blend with and compliment nature, not overcome it. The house is small by design, and built into the boulders. See more about the Hubbell philosophy at Hubbell and Hubbell website

10) Can I have my wedding or special event here?
Possibly. Approved on a case by case basis. Event fees of $1,500 apply for events with up to 10 persons. Other restrictions apply. Inquire for more information.

11) Is the firepit propane or wood burning?
Propane. San Diego backcountry is prone to fires. No wood burning is permitted.

Property Type

  • House
  • 800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Non Smoking Only
          • Not Suitable For Children
          • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
          • Pets Considered
          • Wheelchair Inaccessible

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

            part of downstairs studio; this bedroom is not private...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

            private poolside bedroom...moreless

          • Downstairs living area has open floor plan. Bedroom does not have a privacy door....moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          Other Amenities

              • Salt water pool and hot tub House is Not suitable for children due to the Many ledges and cliffs....moreless


              • DVD Player
              • Books
              • Books For Adults
              • Music Library
              • Television
              • Satellite / Cable
              • CD Player


              • Romantic
              • Away From It All


              • Restaurants
              • Coin Laundry
              • Zoo
              • Forests

              Leisure Activities

              • Walking
              • Eco Tourism
              • Bird Watching
              • Horseback Riding
              • Sight Seeing
              • Gambling Casinos
              • Outlet Shopping
              • Scenic Drives
              • Photography

              local services and businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Massage Therapist
              • Groceries

              Location Type

              • Rural:

                Better than rural - endless miles of undeveloped natural landscape with a sea of mountaintops to the distant Cuyamacas and distant mountains of Mexico. ...moreless

              • Mountain View:

                360 degree views from your private mountaintop...moreless

              • Mountain:

                Set on top of its own private 10 acre mountaintop...moreless

              sports and adventure activities

              • Fishing
              • Cycling
              • Swimming
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Snorkeling

              catering options

                  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 4 people


                  • Heating
                  • Wireless Internet
                  • Iron & Board
                  • Telephone
                  • Air Conditioning
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Activities Guide
                  • Alarm Clock
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Paper Towels
                  • Local Restaurant Guide
                  • Toilet Paper
                  • Internet
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Parking


                  • Stove
                  • Dishes & Utensils
                  • Grill
                  • Cooking Utensils
                  • Blender
                  • Pantry Items
                  • Stove
                  • Dishwasher
                  • Refrigerator
                  • Freezer
                  • Oven
                  • Microwave
                  • Coffee Maker
                  • Toaster


                  • Terrace
                  • Balcony
                  • Beach Towels
                  • Outdoor Grill Gas
                  • Patio
                  • Porch / Veranda
                  • Outdoor Grill
                  • Deck / Patio
                  • Lawn / Garden

                  Pool / Spa

                  • Outdoor Hot Tub
                  • Private Pool
                  • Jacuzzi
                  • Outdoor Pool
                  • Hot Tub


                  Write a review 4.7
                  from 34 traveler reviews
                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Fall 2014
                  Sep 8 - Jan 4, 2015
                  5 night min stay
                  $2,100 $6,300
                  Winter (Low Season)
                  Jan 5 - Feb 28, 2015
                  2 night min stay
                  $200 $275
                  Fri, Sat
                  $1,225 $3,650
                  Spring (Mid Season)
                  Mar 1 - Apr 30, 2015
                  2 night min stay
                  $300 $325
                  Fri, Sat
                  $2,100 $6,300
                  Summer (High Season)
                  May 1 - Sep 6, 2015
                  4 night min stay
                  $2,100 $6,300
                  Fall (Mid Season)
                  Sep 7 - Jan 3, 2016
                  2 night min stay
                  $250 $275
                  Fri, Sat
                  $1,750 $4,850
                  My Standard Rate
                  5 night min stay
                  $2,100 $6,000
                  * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                  Additional information about rental rates


                  • Damage protection policy ($1500) $49
                  • Pet Fee $50
                  • Taxes Included

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                  Last updated: 09/16/2014
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                  28 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  San Diego Lindberg Field
                  25 Miles
                  Nearest Ferry
                  Downtown San Diego
                  25 Miles
                  Nearest Train
                  Downtown San Diego
                  8 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  Highway 94
                  30 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  Coronado Beach
                  8 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  8 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Rancho San Diego -various

                  Car: Necessary

                  Jamul is a small, rural community located in the mountains 45 minutes east of downtown San Diego and the beach communities. Translated in Indian to 'a place where antelope go to drink water,' Jamul ranges in elevations of 993 feet to 3,660 feet (at the peak of the mountain).

                  Other Activities: star-gazing, metaphysical reflections


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2004

                  Why the Owner Chose Jamul:
                  The first time I came to this retreat was a few months after a personal tragedy- in which we had lost our home and everything we owned in a wildfire. We were considering if we would rebuild or buy, when we came upon the retreat. Pictures can not capture the true energy of this magical place. The first time I visited the house, I was so profoundly moved that I climbed out onto a boulder by myself and cried. I have yet to fully understand my tears or my emotions. There was just something, (and still is something), so incredibly powerful about this spot on earth that goes far beyond the beauty of the house and the expansive views. The sun feels more intense here, the wind is stronger, the cold colder. The house feels energized and alive. Magical things happen there on a daily basis. Butterflies appear in great numbers. Red tail hawks circle above, or at eye level, or below. And then there are the changes within. I have found that no matter what my real world stresses are, when I am in Jamul, suddenly they lose importance. I have also discovered that whatever it is I am focusing my attention on while I am in Jamul, my thoughts begin to very quickly materialize in my “real” life. Don’t be surprised if when you come off the mountain, you feel unexplainably changed. Don’t be surprised if the coincidences in your life become suddenly more frequent, and if you start to see those things you focused on while in Jamul begin to take shape in your life. I know that the retreat was incredibly healing for us as we recovered from our own personal losses, and we are happy to be able to share its magic with others.

                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                  This property is one of its kind on the planet. Built by architect David Kleges, this example of organic architecture exemplifies the union of nature and structure. This is truly a one-of-its kind properties, and was included on the list of California's 'Coolest places to stay' - see the list here:

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                  • View from poolside bedroom

                    View from poolside bedroom

                  • Aerial view of retreat home

                    Aerial view of retreat home

                  • upstairs room with a partial view of pool

                    upstairs room with a partial view of pool

                  • View from downstairs balcony

                    View from downstairs balcony

                  • Statue of Mountain Lion against a sunset.. above the house on a look out

                    Statue of Mountain Lion against a sunset.. above the house on a look out

                  • take a nap above the clouds

                    take a nap above the clouds

                  • View from upstairs poolside bedroom

                    View from upstairs poolside bedroom

                  • Kitchen.. natural pine cabinet and earthy granite countertops

                    Kitchen.. natural pine cabinet and earthy granite countertops

                  • Spring flowers

                    Spring flowers

                  • Private mountaintop

                    Private mountaintop

                  • upstairs balcony

                    upstairs balcony

                  • View from the hot tub

                    View from the hot tub

                  • Lagoon pool with bridge, and house size REAL boulders inside the pool.

                    Lagoon pool with bridge, and house size REAL boulders inside the pool.

                  • Path outside kitchen door

                    Path outside kitchen door

                  • Dining area

                    Dining area

                  • View from house.. sunset above the clouds April 2012

                    View from house.. sunset above the clouds April 2012

                  $200 - $325 per night (USD)

                  2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 4

                  View calendar: Updated 09/16/14
                  Minimum stay: 2-5 nights
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