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Lagoon Pool & Hot Tub on Private Mountaintop Retreat

(67 Reviews)

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Last updated: 05/26/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

2 bedroom, 1 bath, sleeps 4 adults

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.

1) What does metaphysical mean?
Metaphysical simply means that which is not physical. See a definition of metaphysical retreat from dictionary. 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.

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Member since: 2007

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/26/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 800 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • 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


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


  • Away From It All
  • Romantic


  • Coin Laundry
  • Forests
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Mountain:

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

  • Mountain View:

    360 degree views from your private mountaintop...moreless

  • 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

Sports & Adventure Activities

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


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


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

    Satellite internet and wifi...moreless


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


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

Pool / Spa

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


from 67 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$300 $325
Fri, Sat
$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

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Last updated: 05/26/2017
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28 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Diego Lindberg Field
8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
25 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Downtown San Diego
25 Miles
Nearest Train
Downtown San Diego
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 94
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Rancho San Diego -various
30 Miles
Nearest Beach
Coronado Beach

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, CA, USA:
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'.

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Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/26/2017

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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

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