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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 - 30 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 seven year old 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 know 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 gambling, golf, horseback riding, and wine tasting. Oceanside harbor is a 17 mile drive, and downtown San Diego is a 47 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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Steve Herr
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
July 14, 2017


Fallbrook House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 8500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 24
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • 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
  • Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Off bedroom4.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Off bedroom2.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Off bedroom 3.
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , Off bedroom 6 with walk in closet.
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Off bedroom 5. Walk in closet.
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower , Off bedroom 7.
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , Off Family Room.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , bidet , Master bath with walkin closet.
    Bathroom 9 - toilet , Lower level powder room.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Private bath, desk, TV, and balcony. On main level.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Private bath, TV, and balcony. On upper level.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Private bath, and office setup. On upper level.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , Private bath, TV, and private patio. On lower level.
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Private bath, TV, and access to pool. On lower level.
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen , Private bath, TV, access to pool. On lower level.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master Bedroom with bath, TV and balcony. On main level.
  • 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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(30 traveler reviews)

Hilltop Mansion with Stunning View of North County
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews

Absolutely Perfect!!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We were lucky enough to have spent a week in this beautiful Hilltop Mansion in Fallbrook ! Our entire family of 21 had plenty of room. The house felt so comfortable and offered everything you need to relax and enjoy. The pool & slide & hot tub were a BIG HIT. The game room, the sauna, the views, the decor, the balconies, the kitchen.....I could go on forever!! The owner was very easy to work with & he took time to provide instructions for the use of all the house gadgetry. The instructions were clear and communications were open to any assistance needed. We absolutely LOVED IT!!!!!! Thank You Steve for allowing is to enjoy our wonderful family vacation in your beautiful mansion!! We would go there again in a heartbeat!!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A perfect family reunion spot!

  • 5 of 5

Steve's property was a perfect fit for our family reunion. We loved the privacy that came with each bedroom having its own bathroom. Also, the well-stocked kitchen, the fantastic pool and waterslide, the gorgeous views and sunsets. The location is great, not too far from San Diego, Oceanside, many restaurants, markets and wineries. Everyone in our clan, with a range in ages between 24-94, loved the house and this vacation. We have a reunion every 2 years, and this rental was TOPS!!! Thank you, Steve and Tammy.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

El Refugio, is magnificent, the property exceeds all expectations! The entire family of 14, enjoyed the many amenities and can't wait to go back. Beautiful views, well equipped home. The host Steve is amazing, responsive, informative, a wealthy of knowledge about the local area and recommendations on local restaurants and groceries.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great for our Family Reunion!

  • 5 of 5

Wow!! This place was simply fantastic and easily accommodates all ages. We had 20 family members stay in this beautiful home, and each of us had plenty of space. The home felt like a vacation by itself, but we also enjoyed the home's proximity to Temecula, Oceanside, San Diego, Lake Arrowhead, and Los Angeles.

The views and the area are simply stunning!

The pool, slide, and hot tub were amazing hits and well enjoyed by everyone.

The kitchen is well stocked and easily accommodates preparing and serving food for a large group.

The media room was loved by all, but especially the teenagers.

The pictures don't even do the home justice; it is even more magnificent than they show!

The owner is very gracious and hospitable. He takes great pride in his property, and it shows. He takes care of every detail.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Reunion Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Extraordinary property that was perfect for our family reunion. It had everything we needed or that we could imagine needing.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My family and friends that were with us loved the house and pool. There was a lot of space, the house had a wonderful view and everyone had fun in the pool. The kids loved the movie room and so did the adults .

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • 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

Fallbrook House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
May 20 2017 - Sep 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 18 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2018
May 26 2018 - Sep 15 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 18 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
30 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning $500 + Tax
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.
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