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Hilltop Mansion with Stunning View of North County

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths2
Space 8,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 7 Bedrooms, 9 Baths, (Sleeps 16-20)

This is the California lifestyle at its best. On a hilltop 15 miles inland from the beach is our home 'El Refugio'. Our home boasts 8500 sq. ft. of living area all surrounded by spectacular views of Fallbrook and the distant mountains. On a clear day you can see the ocean. Fallbrook is known for its perfect weather, boasting 300 day plus of sunshine, warm days and cool nights. Fallbrook is home to numerous golf courses and Temecula is 15 minutes north with golf, horseback riding, gaming casinos and wine tasting. Oceanside harbor is a 17 mile drive, and downtown San Diego is less than a 50 mile drive. In between the two is the San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, Sea World, and countless golf courses and beaches. We are also a 90 minute drive to Disneyland and other Los Angeles attractions.

The home compliments the beautiful surroundings with its circular architecture, large vanishing edge pool with a 50 foot water slide, and views from every room. Enjoy entertaining either indoor in the living room, family room or recreation room, or outdoors around the pool, or on the circular deck. Watch a movie in the 13 seat movie theater, or on the 60" HDTV in the recreation room, or the 65' HDTV in the family room, all with awesome surround sound. Whole house sound system thru out the house. Every bedroom has a private bath. All baths are accented with granite counters and lots of tile and stone. Downstairs is a 1000 sq. ft. circular recreation room with pool table, large screen TV with video and gaming, lots of seating and a wet bar. Next to the recreation room is a 400 sq. ft. movie theater with fixed seating for 9, and big bean bags for 4 more. The theater has a 120" screen and a 7.2 surround sound system. We have over 200 movies available. The recreation room opens to the pool area. The salt water pool is lagoon style with a 50 foot infinity edge and 50 foot slide into a splash pool. The solar pool heating keeps the pool 80 degrees plus from June thru October. Summer pool temp is usually 85 degrees. There is a gas pool heater if the sun isn't shining. The large spa spills into the pool. The entire property is powered by an extensive grid-tied solar PV system, which provides all the electricity used during the year. We also have a 40 amp 240 volt charging station for Tesla vehicles. The house is kept cool by 5 separate A/C systems if it gets hot out.

The heart of the house is the huge circular great room with 20 foot open beam ceiling and gourmet kitchen complete with breakfast nook. The kitchen has granite counter tops and all the latest appliances including a Miele built-in Coffee Machine, 4 ovens, a warming oven, three refrigerators, two dishwashers, a Viking stove, a separate Viking wok, and a view that makes cooking fun. The great room has a fireplace and spectacular views. The formal dining room seats twelve, and opens to the formal living room with fireplace. All these rooms open on to the 1000 sq. ft. circular patio, and did I mention the view.

Quality features throughout the house include 3 car garage, extensive use of marble, granite, and other natural stones. Downstairs on the pool level are 3 bedroom suites, two with a king, and one with a queen and a twin/trundle. On the main level is the master bedroom suite with a king, the second bedroom suite also has a king. Upstairs are two bedroom suites, one with a king and a queen, the other with a queen. Two queen air beds can be set up in several of the bedrooms or in the recreation room. The house is completely furnished and kitchen is well appointed.

We personally manage our property, and we are local so we can deal with most situations within a day. We are available but not intrusive. We have been catering to family reunions for the last 6 years, and we have thought of everything to make them fun for the whole family. There are lots of games to play, and we provide chairs, coolers, and other beach stuff.

Experience the California lifestyle at it's best.

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More Details

Steve & Tammy Herr
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018


Fallbrook House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 8500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 24
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Master Royal Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , bidet , Master bath with walkin shower, closet, 2 sinks, bidet, tub
    Pond Suite Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , In the Pond Suite
    Sunrise Suite Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , In the Sunrise Suite
    Sunset Suite Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , In the Sunset Suite
    Island Suite Bathroom - toilet , shower , In the Island Suite with walk-in closet
    Pool Suite Bathroom - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , In the Pool Suite, access to outdoor shower, walk-in closet
    City Suite Bathroom - toilet , shower , In the City Suite with walk-in closet
    Entry Half-Bath - toilet , In the entry area, off of the Living and Family Rooms
    Downstairs Half Bath - toilet , Lower level powder room in the Theatre Entry
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • Pond Suite - 1 king , Private bath, desk, TV, and balcony. On main level
    Master Royal Suite - 1 king , Master Royal suite with bath, TV and balcony. On main leve
    Sunrise Suite - 1 king , 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Private bath, TV, and balcony. On upper level.
    Sunset Suite - 1 queen , Private bath, and office setup. On upper level.
    City Suite - 1 king , Private bath, TV, and private patio. On lower level.
    Pool Suite - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Private bath, TV, and access to pool. On lower level.
    Island Suite - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Private bath, TV, access to pool. On lower level.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna
  • jetted tub ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Hilltop Mansion with Stunning View of North County
average rating of 4.9722223 based on 36 reviews

Simply The Best

  • 5 of 5

They have thought of everything! A gorgeous home, amazing infinity pool, ping pong, pool table, movie theatre, dream kitchen with the best coffee machine on the planet, beautiful rooms nicely decorated, spectacular mountain views, wrap around balcony. You'll never want to leave. We sure didn't!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect house for a large family reunion.

  • 4 of 5

The Hilltop Mansion served as a perfect retreat for our family reunion. There was plenty of room for the 14 of us. We were three generations and there was enough to do to satisfy each of us. Everyone loved the movie theatre and it was a great space to escape to after a day of swimming. Our kids loved the two story water slide on the side of the house.that bought you into an amazing pool. Our family loved walking the labyrinth across the drive. The house was so large, one of our little ones got lost after making a wrong turn. The furnishings could use a bit of updating. We loved the little town of Fallbrook and took a half day trip to nearby Temecula. We would highly recommend this home for any large group.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to provide a review and for your feedback! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay at our home and very much appreciate your idea to update the furnishings. As a result of your feedback, we have upgraded our furnishings including gorgeous leather power recliner sofas and chairs in the Family Room. All the best to you and your family in 2018. Sincerely, Tammy & Steve Herr
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the property was well maintained

  • 5 of 5

The house was wonderful. Room enough for 13 adults and 5 1/2 children. The kitchen of course was the hub of the house which had everything you needed. The pool was maintained 3 time a week. We had a great week.

Note:The trash/green/recycle maybe should be identified because the people before us had put the trash in the green bin and it didn't get picked up.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This house is not only beautiful, but welcoming and friendly! We had 6 families who came for a baseball tournament and added days on to enjoy the house. The owner was very hospitable and made us feel so comfortable in his home. This house is all it says and more!!! We not only recommend this, but hope to come back again!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A place to get away and relax

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 18 (age 2-75) loved our stay at El Refugio. The pictures don't do the house justice inside or out. We loved having all of the big spaces to gather as a group while having plenty of privacy in the nice bedrooms. The pool was amazing. The house had everything we needed from a kitchen with every tool you can think of, stacks of pool towels, and coolers to take on side trips. Thanks to the Herr family for making the house so welcoming and comfortable.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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AMAZING property

  • 5 of 5

This house was an incredible location for our family reunion. It is so spacious and comfortable that we (over 20 of us) never felt crowded. It was great to have a bathroom with each bedroom and there were so many large gathering spaces - the family room, rec room, living room, and perfect kitchen with huge island. The piano was a nice touch and the kids enjoyed performing a recital for the grownups one night. Young and old(er) also loved the movie theater. And the multiple washing machines and dryers came in very handy since we had many wet towels every day from our adventures in the pool.

The photos don't do justice to the outdoor space. The infinity pool and hot tub are gorgeous, with a stunning view, and the patio space around the pool is very large and accommodating. The kids were thrilled with the water slide.

We took a few day trips to Carlsbad, La Jolla, and LA, but it was hard to leave the house...

The owner is very helpful and welcoming and made us feel at home. We can't wait to come back to this wonderful house some day!!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
San Diego Internation
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Pala Mesa
Nearest Train
18 Miles
Oceanside Harbor
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
18 Miles
Oceanside Harbor
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $500 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 8.0%

The advertised weekly rate of $2,893 is only available during the off season by renting a whole month.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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