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Business Class Amenities & Homespun Elegance

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Space 10,200 sq ft
Property type chateau / country house


About the property

House, 7 Bedrooms, 8+ bathrooms

Nestled in a rustic valley in Northern San Diego County, Rancho Magdalena offers a serene country escape with all the comforts of a luxury resort. The sprawling 48-acre estate owned and operated by the Swick family offers the perfect venue for calm relaxation or family fun.

Rolling hills and pastoral farmland provide a picturesque backdrop for the 12,000 plus square-foot, seven bedroom residence (Master under a separate fee).

The ranch provides boundless opportunities for recreation: from its salt water pool/spa/sauna/water slide, to its tennis, sand volleyball, bocce ball, trampoline, horseshoe pits, tetherball, shuffleboard and racquetball courts, to its grand indoor theater. We have meeting/social rooms for adults and those young at heart: including a pool table, table tennis, indoor shuffleboard, and more. Our ranch offers a charming, peaceful atmosphere for your next event or getaway. Rancho Magdalena captured our hearts, and we are confident that you will love it here, too.

These photos only begin to describe what you can expect from your stay at Rancho Magdalena. The views are spectacular, and the relaxed atmosphere serves to bring you and your family or business associates closer than ever thought possible! With a limitless supply of activities and nearby attractions, you will be begging us to stay longer; most guests do.

We are also proud to announce that the entire ranch is now powered through solar panels, thus we are doing our small part to preserve our beautiful surroundings.

Please note that we no longer allow events, such as weddings and the like.

Keywords: Estate, Resort, Conference, Retreat, Italian, Spanish, Paradise

More Details

Thom Swick
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 13, 2018

About Thom Swick

Thom & Magdalena Swick are owners and operators of a number of successful businesses. They have operated a Tax & Financial services firm for 33 years; a commercial building and management company, along with corporate creation and educational services firm. Their 3 children attended MIT, Boston College and Emerson College.

Thom Swick purchased this chateau / country house in 2009

Why Thom Swick chose Valley Center

A trip to Rancho Magdalena is a return to an idyllic setting worlds away from the fast pace of daily life. Driving to the ranch, you encounter rolling hills, dirt roads and fresh-grown fruit stands reminiscent of days gone by. The house sits atop a hill with a 360-degree view of the estate. We grow our very own crops on our 48 acres, including guavas, pomegranates, avocados, and navel and Valencia oranges. Whether you’re relaxing by the pool, having dinner on the patio, or standing on one of our balconies, there are endless gorgeous views of the picturesque landscape at Rancho Magdalena for you to enjoy.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

LOCATION: 48 acres of spectacular rolling hills, valleys and vistas. Rustic gardens, fruit trees for the eating & fresh juices. 4 miles of dirt road to walk or run.

OUTDOOR FEATURES: Large pool/spa with bar, grotto, water slide, and lounge area. Floral gazebos for outdoor eating and socializing. Patio entertainment area with beautiful statues. Racquetball (Wally ball, hand ball), Bocce ball, Basketball, Tetherball & Shuffleboard courts. Horseshoe Pits, playground and a hillside Trampoline deck, Balconies surrounding the home with an outdoor fireplace.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Themed rooms: Gold, Mission, Moroccan, Nautical, Venetian, & the Bamboo Room in this 12,000 plus square foot home; most with their own bath. 2 nearby 5 bedroom homes with full facilities.

CULINARY AMENITIES: Large state of the art kitchen with breakfast nook. Two sets of refrigerators and freezers, wine cooler. Formal dining room. Outdoor dining area for up to 250 guests.

ENTERTAINMENT: Egyptian themed state of the art Theatre with multiple-landings, Reclining sofa recliners and a 16x9 foot screen with stage. Karaoke & DJ equipment. Table tennis, pool table, Indoor shuffleboard, air hockey & foosball. Outdoor fire pits.

SOCIAL AREAS: Grand Living Room with gothic travertine fireplace. Great room with grand piano, bar area and fireplace. Outdoor balcony with outdoor fireplace.


Valley Center Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Catering available
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 10200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 70
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Renter must keep noise and music reasonable during Renter's entire stay, especially between 10 pm and 8 am on each day of occupancy.
  • Be respectful of the environment, we are proud that the entire ranch is solar powered!
  • White pets are allowed, please be aware the rural nature of our location may provide inherent dangers for pets left outside for long periods of time.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wood Fireplace
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Jungle Bathroom - toilet , shower , FOR: Jungle Bedroom and Victorian Bedroom
    Theatre - toilet
    Pool Spa - toilet , shower , Includes: Water closet, 2 separate shower rooms, + sauna
    Nautical Bedroom Private - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Guadalupe's Gold Private - toilet , shower , Handicap Accessible
    Moroccan Bedroom Private - toilet , tub , shower
    Mission Bedroom Private - toilet , tub , shower
    Master Bedroom Private - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
  • SUMMARY: Main Home: Full Bathrooms (7), Half Bathroom (1)
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 70
  • MAIN: Guadalupe's Gold Room - 1 king , Handicap accessible with private bathroom and garden
    MAIN: Jungle Bedroom - 1 queen
    MAIN: Victorian Bedroom - 1 queen
    MAIN: Nautical Bedroom - 1 queen , Attached private bathroom + private entrance
    MAIN: Moroccan Bedroom - 1 king , Attached private bathroom + private entrance
    MAIN: Master Bedroom - 1 king , Attached private bathroom, entrance, and balcony
    MAIN: Mission Bedroom - 1 queen , Attached private study and bathroom + private entrance
  • Rancho Magdalena offers luxury accommodations for a large variety of groups. With seven exquisitely decorated, themed rooms in the main house, the ranch can comfortably accommodate any family or group with 20 people or more; even the theatre can sleep a large number of guests. The master suite (available under a separate agreement only) is 1300+ square feet, with a California King Canopy bed, a spacious balcony, a hammock for enjoying beautiful views, and his-and-her Jacuzzi tubs. SUMMARY: Main Home: King size beds (3), Queen size Beds (4) Available: Cots (24), Baby Cribs (1), Comfy Couches, additional guest rooms nearby (10)
  • Air Hockey
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 20 garden chairs
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Private Pool ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • racquetball
  • swimming
  • tennis
Rancho Magdalena was built as the ultimate retreat. Beyond the main house's many amenities, the property also boasts professional Racquetball, Bocce Ball, Basketball, Shuffleboard, Tennis, Sand Volleyball Courts; along with Teatherball, playground, horseshoe courts, etc. and outdoor dining space for up to 250. The house offers a massive, state of the art theatre and a jam-packed game room for all ages. The Ranch also enjoys natural water and solar power. All of these amenities and attractions sit nestled within 48 acres of farmland with fruit available for picking by our guests!


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average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Superb For An Intimate Family Reunion - 32 people, 4 nights, so many rooms, so much to do, excellent

  • 5 of 5

We recently had our first ever family reunion. There was a total of 32 of us (17 adults, 4 teenagers, 11 kids age 1-9). Utilizing the two guests houses, everyone had a room (the kids loved the bunk beds). We stayed for 4 nights and ate most of our meals in the estate (we hit the Costco in Temecula on the way down from L.A.). The kitchen in the main house is perfect for large groups with plenty of seating and tables outside.

There is so much to do here (pools, trampoline, movie theater, etc.) that our biggest problem was when we planned events away from the house (San Diego Zoo Safari and the Midway Aircraft Museum), nobody wanted to leave.

I highly recommend paying a little extra to have some of the ladies come and do some housekeeping and prep in the kitchen during your time there. We bought carne asada at Lilac Foods and they helped prepare an incredible taco dinner for a fraction of the cost of going out. The homemade salsas were amazing.

The stadium seating in the huge theater is perfect for getting the whole group together. And the game room is just ridiculous. Probably stayed up too late every night because there was so much to do.

I highly recommend this enormous palatial estate. Friendly people. Extremely clean. We couldn't have asked more for our first family reunion. If I can convince everyone in my family to fly in from all over the country again, we'll definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Westlake Village, Ca

Great Family Reunion Venue

  • 5 of 5

We recently held a family reunion at Rancho Magdalena that included 23 family members of which half were children ranging in age from 8 years old to 17 years old. The main house is beautiful - we marveled at the architectural details, both inside and out. And we appreciated the lovely interior decorations, amenities for entertainment, and convenient kitchen facilities where the family gathered for their meals.

We rented some of the bedrooms in the guest houses, also, and found that living space to be comfortable and lovely, decorated with a more modern flair.

The outlying area is beautiful. We enjoyed taking hikes around the property and seeing the growing oranges and avocados. And everyone loved the pool and dining on the patio in the evenings.

There was plenty of things to do to keep the children occupied. They really enjoyed the trampoline outside and the games available in the game room indoors. They especially enjoyed the theater with the large comfortable chairs. This probably was their favorite spot for gathering and having fun.

We appreciate the ease in booking this venue and obtaining information from the owner, Thom, who was generous in his willingness to help in all aspects of renting the house. And manager, Maria, was very personable and capable in everything she did. She was totally available to us and explained things in detail so that we did not have any problems knowing how to operate within the premises. She's a real jewel and made the stay that much more comfortable for us.

In summary, everyone enjoyed their stay at Rancho Magdalena and it's a place that we would recommend to anyone looking for a venue such as this. We, too, would love to visit, again.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Encinitas, CA

Great Place for a Family Reunion or Business Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Rancho Magdalena for our annual retreat for the past few summers and have thoroughly enjoyed it. The main house and guest houses are spacious and comfortable and the amenities are terrific. The large kitchen makes it easy to prepare and enjoy your own food. The landscaping and fruit trees are beautiful, offering a serene, relaxing atmosphere.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Rental!

  • 5 of 5

I have a large family with a number of grandchildren. It is hard for us to find a house large enough to accommodate all of us. We stayed in this beautiful spacious home for a week and loved every minute of it. The kids loved the movie theater, the swimming pool, and the tennis court. The adults loved the patio with tables to set up and enjoy meals outside, the views, and the fact that the house is large enough that we didn't feel like the children were on top of us at all times. Perfect place for large gatherings. Maria was kind and very helpful with any need. We loved it!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Monica, CA

Great place for a big group of friends

  • 5 of 5

Spent 2 nights here with a group of 25 friends...we had a blast. Plenty of activities, the house was very well stocked for cooking/playing/etc, and Maria was very helpful in making sure we had everything we needed. Would definitely recommend this...and will be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great for families!

  • 5 of 5

Five different Norwegian families in age range from 12 and up spent one glorious week at Rancho Magdalena. We self cater on our one week get together, and facilities for this was outstanding. The grounds and the main house offers so much to do our kids had trouble choosing. Prior to finalizing rental agreement we had many questions, each and everyone answered precise. The kids were put up in the guest houses, while the adults used the mainhouse as their quarters. This worked very well for our group.

We have been vacationing together for many years in Europe - always a blast. Coming to Rancho Magdalena certainly was a very good addition to our vacation memories, even though we probably will be staying in Europe the next years given the long trip from Norway. Thank you for a most memorable place and stay!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These families were a fun group! We really enjoyed having them stay with us; we only regret that we couldn't have stayed a little longer to spend more time with them. They would always be welcome back and we do look forward to their next visit.
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San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park
Gaslamp Quarter
Keys Creek Lavender Farm
The Yellow Deli
We eat here all the time! Gorgeous seating areas and delicious hearty food.
Harrah's Resort Southern California
Old Town Temecula
Valley View Casino and Hotel
Bates Nut Farm
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Nearest Airport
52 Miles
San Diego International Airport
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Canyon Grille Restaurant & Bar
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Castle Creek Country Club
Nearest Train
11 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
15/78, 76, or 79
Nearest Restaurant
1.6 Miles
The Yellow Deli
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Car: necessary

Rancho Magdalena is nestled in a valley of lush farms and orchards, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, with clear starry skies at night and views for miles during the day. At Rancho Magdalena and beyond, you can't miss a wide range of outdoor and recreational activities, great opportunities to reconnect with the beautiful California landscape. Along Keys Creek Road you'll find the adorable and yummy Yellow Deli and the beautiful Keys Creek Lavender Farm, where you can have a lavender-infused tea service and pick up lavender products galore. Within 15 miles you'll find Pala Casino & Spa, Casino Pauma, Harrah's Rincon Hotel & Casino, and Valley View Casino & Hotel, so you're never too far from a great restaurant, casino, or club. And the San Diego Wild Animal Park is a can't-miss attraction!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $600
Refundable damage deposit $500

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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