Spectacular Mountain-Top Retreat Lodge, Sleeps 20 , Surrounded by Forest(18 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Property type:Lodge
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
About the Property
Private Luxury Lodge Sleeps up to 20 people on 20 Acres of Mountain-top Forest!
The land here is truly special, as are the spectacular mountaintop views from every room in this gorgeous like-new home.
Here's what makes it truly special:
** Breathtaking Mountaintop Beauty **
The 200 year old Cedar tree circle that stands next to this home has been a site for reflection and healing for generations, from the native people of times past to our current gatherings. You will have a "mountaintop" experience every time you gaze out a window to see the far-reaching vistas, the ever changing tapestry of colorful clouds, hawks circling, and deer grazing in the meadow. Simply breathtaking views keep people coming back here year after year.
**Incredible Solitude and Privacy**
The house is surrounded by 20 private acres of Cedar and Oak forest and lush fern meadow. People describe the level of silence at night as healing in itself. Stargazing here is world-class, due to the lighting regulations that protect the nearby Palomar Observatory. Astronomers, bird-watchers, spiritually inspired people, and anyone needing to unwind will find this place an absolute treasure.
We had an enchanted evening under a blanket of stars. We felt a little closer to heaven up here. Kathy A.
**Luxury and Class**
Why settle for a place that feels like a "rental house?" The Lodge was intentionally designed to be a special place to gather by the O'Neill/Seaman family. Built in 2009, it boasts soaring ceilings, huge view windows, hard wood floors, a top-of-the-line kitchen, and elements of class and elegance throughout. It feels luxurious, yet everyone remarks how it feels like home. Our caretakers, Manda and Carson, take exquisite care of both home and land, so you can enjoy elegant details and an abundance of beauty.
**Ecology and Respect**
Eco-design elements abound, from the ultra-insulated SIPS-panel construction and top-end dual pane windows, to the use of reclaimed wood beams, natural stone, and permaculture-inspired landscaping surrounding the home. We removed the "smart-meter" and utilize eco-friendly clearing and cleaning to maintain a pristine environment. Those who are sensitive to such things will feel the dedication to ecological sustainability, energetic stewardship, and deep respect for the land here. And just wait till you taste the water - pristine, perfect water from our deep onsite well flows from every tap. You will want to bring some bottles to fill and bring home!
What a glorious place. The perfect place to have an inspired board retreat.
- Board of Directors, Avalon Springs
** Uniquely Designed for Groups**
Retreat leaders love this Lodge. They end up creating more retreats just so they can return here as often as possible! Groups feel special here. Twenty people can sleep comfortably in beds at the Lodge and in Fern Cottage. From the spaciousness of the spaces, to the comfortable beds, to the large hot tub under the stars, to the spa-quality natural soaps in the limestone showers and deep bathtubs, Upper Meadow Lodge is a perfect place to delight groups who come together with intention - to learn, to reconnect, to simply relax and unwind. Our onsite staff can be available to help with food preparation, and possibly bodywork and child care with some notice. We can also connect you with local catering contractors.
**Really? This is San Diego?**
People always remark at how unique this place is in all of Southern California! The lodge is just 90 minutes from San Diego, and maybe 2 hours from Los Angeles. Yet this forest feels lush, exotic, and primordial. Everyone always says, "This feels like Northern California" because of the richness of the landscape that is so different than the scrub oak forests of lower elevations. Yet Upper Meadow Lodge is the perfect home base from which to explore Southern California, including Disneyland, Legoland, Sea World, San Diego Zoo, The Wild Animal Park, Julian, Anza Borrego and Palm Springs deserts. Harrah's at Rincon, Pauma, Santa Ysabel, and Pala Casinos offer fine dining, gaming, and spa services nearby, and the shopping and dining of Escondido, Oceanside, and wine tasting of Temecula are just 45 minutes away.
**Everyone loves the Lodge**
You can bring your well-behaved pooch - yes!
Kids love exploring here, enjoying climbing around on the rocks, exploring the forest, and playing on the swing set. (make sure to watch kids closely though, of course!)
There is a ramp making the lodge wheelchair accessible on the bottom level (Sundance Suite) as well as the main level with the kitchen and gathering spaces.
Our guest groups range from very high-end corporate groups to family reunions crawling with squealing kiddos.
Everyone loves Upper Meadow Lodge!
We respectfully decline heavy-party groups, heavy drinking events and anything that will take a toll on the forest.
That way, the house remains elegant, and the forest remains pristine for the intentional groups we love to host!
Please contact Elaine if you have questions or want to book. And if you are a retreat leader who needs to see the place before you book, let us know and we will try to arrange a one-hour visit/tour of the Lodge. If you let us know you're a retreat leader, will can also invite you to our occasional open house days just for group leaders. Thank you!
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Member since: 2008
- 4300 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Private Chef
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Children Welcome
Non Smoking Only:
If we find cigarette butts around the property after your rental, you will be charged an extra cleaning fee. Fire danger is very high, and cigarette butts are not welcome on the land. If you must smoke, do it outside and bring your butts back to dispose safely in the trash. Be extraordinarily conscious about ashes, cinders, and all fire dangers....moreless
Up to 2 dogs allowed - Additional Pet fee of $50.00 per dog applies. Please bring only well-behaved house-trained dogs who are medicated to remain flea-free. Dog-created damage will result in damage fees, of course....moreless
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20, Beds for 20
- Main floor: Lavender Views Suite- Sleeps 2 - Private bath (King Bed) Bears Lair - Sleeps 4, in Kings or Twins Fireside Sofabed in the Great Room - sleeps 2 by the fireplace Upper Floor: Cedar Views Suite- Sleeps 2 - in King or Twins (shared full bath with Mountain Rose Suite). Mountain Rose Suite - Sleeps 4 - King or Two Twins, separate Twin bed, and one double platform bed (Shared full bath with Cedar View Suite) Lower Floor: Sundance Suite - Sleeps 4 - Private Bath - King bed or Two Twins + queen sofa sleeper (yes it is comfy ;) Detached Cottage: Fern Cottage - Sleeps 2 - Private Bath - Queen bed...moreless
Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Away From It All
- Bird Watching
- Gambling Casinos
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Freshwater Fishing
- Hunting Big Game
- Hunting Small Game
- Dining Area
- Seating for 20 people
- Clothes Dryer
- Free Long Distance:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Parking Off Street
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
Current on-site manager is skilled at providing personal, intentional meals for your small group or family. You can do the shopping, bring the ingredients, and arrange for onsite caretaker to help....moreless
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Ice Maker
- Pantry Items:
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $1,500
- Pet Fee $50
- Minimum Cleaning Fee $300
- Taxes Not included
Lodge pricing is $950 per night for Weekends (Thursday-Sunday night) and $750 for Weekdays (Monday-Wednesday). The property can sleep a total of twenty (20) people, including Fern Cottage. There is a two (2) night minimum for most dates with a three (3) night minimum for Easter, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Father's Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. All holiday bookings are at a minimum rate of $850 per night, regardless of day of the week.
A cleaning service fee will be added to final total. A $1500 Damage Deposit will be due one week prior to your check in date and will be returned to you after your stay, assuming no damage has been inflicted on the space.
Please contact us for additional information concerning special events or renting only part of the space. We do not host events with more than 40 people on the property, at any given time.
50% upon booking, Balance due 30 days before stay or 60 days before holiday stay.
Manager's cancellation policy:
Policy available by contacting manager when booking
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Golfing in Valley Center & Temecula,Fishing at nearby Lake Henshaw or Doane Pond, Julian, Old Town Temecula, Wine Tasting Temecula, Hot Air Balloons Temecula, Harrah's, Pala, Valley View and Pauma casinos nearby, Beautiful Anza-Borrego desert one hour away, Palomar Observatory, about one hour to most north San Diego County Beaches.
Year Purchased: 2009
About: **** (Photo of Carson and Manda, our on-site managers and caretakers of the land. We love them and just know you will, too!) **** Hi There - my name is Mellissa, and my cousin Elaine and I manage the Lodge for the family. My dad is Bob O'Neill - a retired San Diego judge, ever a scholar, and mystic-minded guy. Mom and Dad bought this land in 2000 through serendipitous circumstances (the best kind ;). Dad had always wanted a cabin in the forest. And he had made a hobby of looking at land-for-sale whenever and wherever we went a'traveling, but he wouldn't buy until he found the perfect place. One day, Mom and Dad had the feeling that they just needed to drive up Palomar Mountain. So they did. And through a surprise run-in with an old acquaintance (the guy used to be my dad's bailiff in his courtroom, actually), they got connected to take a look at this land that was not even on the market. But when they "met" the huge 200+ year old Cedar tree that anchors an ancient sacred tree circle on the land, they *knew* they were home. Our neighbors, the Bailey family, agreed to sell this precious parcel to my folks because they also just *knew* that it was supposed to go to them. For some years we camped on the land, we prayed on the land, and we played on the land. And in 2009, Dad finished construction of his masterpiece - Upper Meadow Lodge. The family lovingly cared for and decorated the lodge, and began to welcome groups - mystic Catholic retreats, family reunions, shamanic spiritual gatherings, and other groups who respected and enjoyed this beautiful place. Manda and Carson had been friends of mine since 2005, and they moved in at the end of 2015 to take over the care-taking of the lodge. They are amazing! They are spiritual, kind, intelligent, and hold deep expertise and experience with permaculture, hospitality, and conscious land stewardship. Come see what we've built; you're going to love it as much as we do!
Why Palomar Mountain, CA, USA:
We wanted to be within an hour and a half of our dream lodge and to have our own well with magnificent pure artesian water. We wanted to build a home that was big enough to hold our extended family, grandkids and comfortable enough so we would all feel like we could put up our feet and relax, both indoors and out. We decided to make the building Eco friendly to include a minimum of 8' of insulation and the best lighting and window systems. The views were so spectacular that every room had to take advantage and patios and decks were fashioned to serve each area of the home. The great room had to feel snug and homey whether there were two or twenty guests and the kitchen had to have professional ovens, lots of burners, a large griddle, and lots of counter top for community cooking fun. We got our dream and lots of friends have felt the immediate peace and relaxation, the joy of nature just being here.
The Unique Benefits at this Lodge:
The largest cedar circle on the mountain is just outside our kitchen door and Native Americans have considered the circle sacred. You'll have to experience this energy to understand. But suffice to say it is way better than TV, Facebook, or even your favorite church building! One can sit in the extra large Jacuzzi and soak up the cedars with a million stars overhead and shooting stars almost every night. Walks through the forest, sledding, a dog friendly wonderland brings our guests back year after year. You are looking at our beautiful photos, and reading our words about Upper Meadow Lodge. But we encourage you to stop for a minute and *feel* what your heart says about this place. Because the one thing we hear over and over is "Wow it is SO much more beautiful than I could have ever imagined." It is a special place that draws just the right people. If you are feeling drawn, come. You will not be disappointed.
- Secondary: 619-985-5947
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View of the Lodge from the Fern Meadow.
The Great Room has open beam ceilings and lots of room to gather.
View from the front door with dining and kitchen on the left and living on right
The breakfast nook is a perfect spot for your morning coffee.
The Lavender Suite is the Master with plenty of room and a large bathroom. King.
The Lavender Suite boasts a large bathroom with a soaking tub.
Bear's Lair, looking out onto the back deck.
Rose Suite is versatile, sleeping up to 5 comfortably. Shares bathroom w Cedar.
Sundance Suite has it's own bath & can be 1 King or 2 Twins, with sleeper sofa.
The Sundance Suite bathroom.
Fern Cottage is a cozy space with a Queen bed and it's own bathroom.
Stunning Mountain Views!
View of the Lodge from the driveway.
Stunning fireplace offers the room warmth and comfort on a snowy eve.
Gourmet kitchen with professional stove.
Living room sofa turns into a King-sized bed by the fire, with spectacular views
Beautiful light and views in The Lavender Suite
Bear's Lair: can be arranged with King or 2 Twins. Bathroom across hall.
Cedar View: can be 1 King or 2 Twins. Bathroom shared with Rose Suite.
Rose Suite is versatile, sleeping up to 5 comfortably. Shares bathroom w Cedar.
Sundance has it's own entrance and requires guests to climb no stairs to access.
Hot Tub for 8, with the best stargazing, very close to Palomar Observatory
The oak forest is a great place to gather outdoors.
This listing was first published here in 2009.
Date last modified - Friday, February 24, 2017
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