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Beautiful Lake View Home at Lake Hodges / Safari Park & Novel Attractions Close

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Home on Lake Hodges /Best San Diego Location Available/2 bedroom 1 bath

The 'Del Dios ' Lake House

Our Lake House is in a very unique one of a kind community...... it's called Del Dios aka "Valley of God"on the west shore of Lake Hodges, San Diego Co, city of Escondido, California. "This is a fun place to live and excellent for relaxing"

In October we had a large wedding and reception for our son In the lower yard, everyone loved it.

Congratulations Joel & Angela!

"See pics of our newly upgraded yard scape"

About our Lake House

We are the only vacation home at Lake Hodges. the waters edge is only about a couple of hundred feet away. This is very unique for anywhere in San Diego Co.... Our 1000sf craft style home has two bedrooms and sleeps up to 4 adults 2 children, decks overlook the valley, lake and local mountains. Lake Hodges is abound by miles and miles of trails (the famous coast to crest trail runs through it); Del Dios is a noted destination for runners, cyclist, hiking, trail biking, equestrians, fishing, boating, sunset walks or just picnics at the lake shore. Guests say they feel far away from the everyday hustle but love being within minutes of the main city, major shopping centers and malls. The Lake House is a perfect get away and excellent for families, couples and professionals. Few houses are on our street, they are far apart and although the neighbors are friendly, they keep to themselves. Our yard is enjoyable, fenced and large. This is truly a great place to de-stress, relax and re-energize.

Where is it?

Lake Hodges in North Co. San Diego....

Major malls, supermarkets, restaurants and breweries are within minutes. Down Town Escondido has everything and is a 5minutes away. Attractions like the San Diego Safari Park to Sea World to Legoland are a quick and easy drive. Del Mar Thoroughbred Racing & Novel Attractions, Polo field, equestrian shows, local beaches, dog beach and Interstate-5 is 15 minutes away and it's only a few minutes to Hwy 15, Rancho Santa Fe is less than 5 minutes drive. Local golfing and driving ranges are a few miles, Torrey Pines Golf Course is 20 minutes. Disneyland will take about 75 minutes, local mountains and casinos like Harra's & Valley View Casino take about 40 minutes, Lake Henshaw is 35 min. Palomar Observatory less than an hour and snow in the local mountains is around 45mi, skiing is available it will take 3hr to Big Bear, its 327mi to Mammoth Lakes, the desert is 1hour drive and Historic town of Julian is 1hr drive. Down Town San Diego and all it has to offer is less than 30min drive. Museums are local or visit Balboa park about 30 min highway drive. Down town Escondido offers dining and nightlife. Walk to the local restaurant it's a renowned Mexican style cantina just off the lake.

Whats there to do?

Take a hike and visit "Potato Chip Rock", Elfin Forest, Olivenhein Reservoir, or explore Lake Hodges and the miles of trails for hiking, biking and horse back riding . Lake Hodges is a destination for many different enthusiast like bird watchers, anglers, wind surfers, boaters, kayaking and explorers. Scroll our site for many more destinations and their distances .....there are a lot of great places to visit , have fun!

The Lake House is convenient and very comfortable, it is equipped with typical amenities and has central heat and very cold AC. There is a queen bed in one room and double in the other, they're comfortable and the rooms good size. The couch doubles as a queen bed. The house is well maintained and always professionally cleaned. Parking is on site or street side and laundry is on site. We have many good books for when the outdoor adventure is over. For others, the high speed internet, wi-games, blue ray & movies, 42' lcd screen tv or one of the board games will keep you entertained.

The California style kitchen and huge skylight are an inviting integration of entertainment to kitchen areas. The bathroom is deco and functions well, it has a full bath and shower. Decks are off the kitchen and side yard where there's also a bbq. Our yard is large, groomed and fully fenced in. Most pets are welcome.

The lake is on of the larger bodies of water in San Diego Co. and you can enjoy the many activities it has to offer, like boating, fishing, wind surfing they also rent boats at the docks.

We know there are many vacation homes to choose from but few will leave you that euphoria and longing to come back. Our house is open to anyone looking for that place where we all love to be.

As owners we are very proud of our lake house and we promise we'll strive to make your stay at The Lake House the best time it can be. We'd love to hear from you to plan your next vacation soon...


Lynn & Paul

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Lynn & Paul
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, portuguese, russian, italian, dutch, swedish, greek, czech, danish, norwegian, polish, hungarian, finnish, mandarin, Foreign Language translated by goggle only!
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About Lynn & Paul

Our Lake Hodges home was the first single family home my husband and I purchased in 1990. Raising two of our three boys in the home was the best upbringing I could have given them. The Del Dios area is truly a unique place that I could let my children explore nature, canoe, kayak and fish with their friends. In 2001 my third son was born and we had to make a decision to remodel or add onto our cute and quaint lake home. We decided to move 1 mile away on the other side of the lake because taking away the integrity of the home was not an option. Our plans are to move back to the lake home once our youngest son moves off to college. Both my husband and myself grew up in San Diego area and attended college here as well. We are excited for this opportunity to open our house up for guests to experience what we have been able to have in this home.

Lynn & Paul purchased this cottage in 1990

Why Lynn & Paul chose Del Dios

Before we had children we purchased a condo in Solana Beach. When our first son was born we decided that it was time to buy a home. My husband was driving his motorcycle and stumbled upon the community of Del Dios "Valley of the Gods". Because of the excellent weather and of course the lake, it felt right. The small town, it's vicinity and a country feeling was so appealing, it wasn't long before we found our home in the community. At first, we were torn about leaving the beach area but soon became impressed with the total appeal. We lived there for 16 years before making the decision to move where we now, still in Del Dios.

What makes this cottage unique

Seasonal rates ...

From Beaches to Del Mar race track to the San Diego Safari Park to Disneyland to Mexico, the Lake House is the most centralized location available, the house is great too.

The house is half way up a gentle sloping road. It is one of three homes on the street. The living room has 4 giant picture windows that look out to the lake with mountains as the backdrop. It's about 60 yards to the lakes shore with trails that I have walked my dogs, biked, and jogged more times than I can count over the years. Although it is not a large home, it has an open feeling with the kitchen flowing into the living room. We have three decks that surround the house. One of which is off the kitchen which makes a great place to have your morning cup of coffee or watch the moon at night light up the lake. Over the years the other two decks have provided us excellent places to have family barbecues and gatherings. I have done lots of gardening throughout the years in our large yard, where we have a nice area for children to play in. Over the years we have added many different plants and trees that make for a lovely walk through the yard. We have also built a large kennel for pets which will suit visitors with pets needs when your out on adventures.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My husband and I stayed there with our children and two small dogs. We took advantage of the amazing trails around the lake and took the kids for a boat ride around the lake, it was beautiful. We enjoyed or time spent at the Safari Park, San Diego Zoo, Lego Land, Sea World, Disneyland and of course the beaches. They were convienantly located from the house. My husband and I even enjoyed an evening out at the "California Center for the Arts" and saw a play. We would highly recommend this house, and will definitely stay here next time.
Oct 2013
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Del Dios Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:30 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Full shower/bath
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , sleeps 2
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Full sleeps 2
    Common - 1 twin/ single , The bed is a double baffle air bed, please inquire
  • This home has 2 bedrooms, 1 is a master bedroom with a very comfortable queen and the other is a guest room with a double bed, there is also a very conformable full size Double Baffle-Air Mattress.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • luaus
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Additional some other services are by special request and appointment only, customary fees will apply Del Dios is acclaimed to have the best weather in all of San Diego County, there are about 300 clear days a year temperatures are typ. in the 70-80s. Most of the area is causal attire and normally shorts and a t-shirt are all you will need, however fine dining, plays, and concerts are minutes away. The central vicinity of Del Dios. makes movies, ice skating, horse races, beaches, mall shopping and many other activities easily accessible, hwy 15 is minutes and Interstate 5 about 15 minute drive. The lake offers, fishing, boat and kayak rentals. The house is steps from the famous Hernandez Hideaway Mexican restaurant and one of San Diego's Co. best bass and catfish fishing lakes. Barbecue off the deck, as the moon rises and glimmers off the lake, at dawn the sun crests between two mountains creating a one of a kind. Rates may vary and are subject to change without notification


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average rating of 4.866667 based on 16 reviews

Great house with giant fenced back yard

  • 5 of 5

My family and I enjoyed our stay at the home in Del Dios. The owners were very receptive and easy to communicate with. The house was located perfectly, close to our relatives in Escondido and San Marcos, but secluded enough to feel like we were truly on vacation. We went for a couple of walks along the nearby lake. The back yard is fully enclosed- perfect for dogs. The home interior is clean but furnishings are a bit out of date. We recommend this house and would return ourselves. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great lake house with an amazing backyard!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here and loved the location! It's minutes from the lake which has many trails which were great for our dogs! It's also about 20 minutes to Solana beach where there are many dining and shopping options. I would highly recommend this place. The backyard is beautiful!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you had a great vacation, enjoyed the yard and this very special area. The location is perfect for anyone trying go to many different destinations. It would be great to have you back in the future. Thanks Lynn & Paul
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  • 5 of 5

My family had a very good time at the lake house. It is very comfortable. The location was great for everything also. The owners are extremely helpful and gracious. We will be back for sure.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Love your dogs..... Glad your stay was excellent. You're welcome back anytime. Thanks Paul & Lynn
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Wonderful peace and quiet

  • 5 of 5

This house is the perfect vacation house. We loved the view of the lake and the fantastic decks and landscaping. Close to beaches and shopping yet you feel like you're in the country. can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's great to hear back from guests that have taken advantage of the area. There is a lot to see and enjoy here. Glad you had a wonderful vacation. We appreciate your comments and look forward to having you back in the future. Thanks Paul & Lynn
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  • 5 of 5

I had an amazing stay in this beautiful and cozy house. It is in a great location for all occasions, the town of del Dios is peaceful but still just a short drive to all of San diegos main attractions. The owners take great care of the property, they keep it very clean and offer a full kitchen, dishwasher, and a laundry washer and dryer. I really loved my stay here and recommend it to anyone who wants to see San Diego or even people who are here for business and need a longer stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello TR The house is a perfect retreat for getaways, relaxing and guests like you who love outdoor activities and like to experience different venues. Our location makes it so easy to experience the best San Diego has to offer and it''s uniqueness and tranquil setting allow for a most relaxing vacation. The house is very welcoming. Thanks for the excellent review. It was great having both of you as guest at our Lake House and we look forward to having you back sometime soon.
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Amazing Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

My son and I rented this home for a Spring Break vacation. The area is gorgeous- beautiful lake and mountain views with winding, hilly roads. The area is away from the hustle and bustle and you have a real sense of peace/serenity. The house is quaint and cute- 2 bedroom with modern amenities and comforts. Everything was very clean and we felt at home. There is a nice new BBQ grill, 3 patios for enjoying the amazing weather, fishing poles for the short walk to the lake, and a kayak, as well as satellite TV for unwinding in the evenings. It was a 30 minute drive to San Diego, but only 10 minutes into Escondido to access local shops, movies, mall, etc. We are from Texas and have never been to this area, so we were tourists and toured the USS Midway, the San Diego Zoo (amazing!!), offshore charter fishing, Tijuana, SeaWorld, and the local favorites, all within a short drive. The owners are extremely attentive and overall great people. I would definitely recommend this rental to a small family or couple looking to have some serenity but still close enough to enjoy what the city, beaches, and other attractions have to offer nearby.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for being our guest, we love it when the area is a focal point of your stay. Hope to see you soon. Lynn & Paul
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Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Palomar 15mi/SD Intr. Airport, Lindberg Field
Nearest Barpub
Hernandez Hideaway 1-2min walk
Nearest Ferry
28 Miles
San Diego Down Town / Oceanside 20mi
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Vineyard Golf Course 4mi /Torrey Pines Golf 25 mi
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Sprinter 4mi / Solana Beach - Amtrack (12mi)
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Hwy 15 - 4mi / Interstate 5 - 12 mi
Nearest Restaurant
Hernandez Hideaway Restaurant 1-2 min walk
Nearest Ski
118 Miles
Big Bear 118 / Mammoth 367 mi / Palomar Mt 40mi
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Solana Beach / Del Mar 13 miles/Torrey Pines 15mi
Car: recommended

' Its rare when you find a place you fall in love with'

Sue K. 2013

With about 300 sunny days a year, nestled in the local mountains of North County San Diego is a quaint community on Lake Hodges in Del Dios. Neighbors of like minded artist, musicians, adventures and entrepreneurs, create a very special environment and town not only to visit but also, to live in.

We think, location is the key to an excellent vacation and accessibility makes all the difference in the world. Our house is the only rental steps to Lake Hodges it is the perfect location to vacation and create a home base for the many other attractions.

Just off the kitchen deck of the Lake House, the higher distant mountains are a backdrop for the local mountains which create the basin for Lake Hodges. While here you can visit Mt Palomar, Historic Julian or Laguna mountains for the day. Mt Israel is just out the back door ' Del Dios (aka 'Valley of the Gods') is our location and "yes it's great". Lake Hodges is one of the larger bodies of water in San Diego, Co, it's a renowned bass fishing lake and water sport range from kayaking to boating to wind surfing (check schedules). Lake Hodges is nestled between Rancho Santa Fe and Escondido, CA. You'll enjoy kayaking, boating or just picnicking on the shore. From around the world travelers frequent Lake Hodges, not only its world class fishing but also for the excellent terrain to mountain bike, horseback ride, hike. Cyclist who bike Americas roadways ofter have come for special events. Form Del Dios Highway to the beaches Torrey Pines, to Palomar Mountain there all amazing rides worthy of the elites. Del Dios is also on the route of the Coast to Crest trail which is a 55 mile trail from Del Mar to Julian, jog, hike it or horse back works. Diversify terrain makes Del Dios, the fresh air make this an excellent area for triathlon training.

Truly a hidden gem, the Lake House is in one of the most central areas for recreation in all of San Diego County. Situated within minutes of Downtown Escondido, the North County Fair (one of San Diego's largest indoor malls), beautiful beaches, the San Diego Safari Park, Del Mar Race Track, Balloon Tours from Del Mar and Temecula Valley, the Escondido Center for the Arts, Olfina Winery, great golfing at the Vineyard, eclectic dining, and the original Stone Brewery all are very very close.

Conveniently located near many leisure activities, we are only 18 minutes away from Del Mar and Solana Beach. Other beautiful San Diego beaches like Ja Jolla and Torrey Pines are only a few more minutes south. The San Diego Safari Park, and Rancho Santa Fe, the World Famous Torrey Pines Golf Course, are a mere 25 minute drive. Local Golf is just a few minutes drive. The Wave water park, La Costa Spa, Down Town San Diego and Qual Comm Stadium. We are only 30 minutes away from Sea World, Casino Resorts, Belmont Park (featuring the west coasts oldest wood roller coaster), the San Diego Zoo, Seaport Village, Petco Park, the infamous retail shopping of district La Jolla and Linberg Field. There are many destinations about an hour away, from Mexico, to Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knotts Berry farms, Knox Berry Farm, and Mid-Evil Times. For the adventurous we have many terrific bike trails that surround the lake and if you plan on going further we are located near Palomar Mountain ( home of the world famous 'Hubble Telescope'), Cleveland National Forest. If you like apple pie Julian is the spot. If you wish to explore the desert for wonderful dirt bike and off-roading adventures we are about an hour from Anza-Borrego State park and Borrego Springs.

Within steps are Lake Hodges and San Diego's famous Hernandez Hideaway. There is no better location to enjoy all San Diego has to offer not just part of it.

There are always local events taking place and Escondido sponsors many family oriented events.

The Lake House is within minutes, whether it's the fourth of July fireworks in town or Lights on the Bay you'll have made an excellent choice to stay at The Lake House. On Tuesdays visit down town Escondido's farmers market.

All this and a great clean, efficient house to stay at.......

The Lake House may sleep up to six, has a fully equipped kitchen, one bath, two bedrooms, AC, fire place, great scenery and large yard, some pets are allowed and children are certainly welcome.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Move Out Prep/Cleaning $125
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 8.0%

If your pet is approved: The pet fee is $20 per pet per night max of $175pr month and an additional $300 deposit may be required. Upon owner approval and acceptance of booking, the pet requirements must be accepted and strictly enforced. (see rental and pet agreement). Payment shall be made prior to check in.

Rates are for two adult guests. Additional fees to guests may apply
If applicable international fees will be applied
Credit card fee of 2.9% of rent of total billing may be applied

Credit card fees will apply, international fees will apply, other chargers may be required ie; including but not limited to, excessive utilities & internet, movie rentals , damages, late chk out. Must be 21 yrs w/driver valid drivers license & credit card. Standard rates are for 2 adults and 2 children, terms and rate subject to change without notification. Other terms and conditions may apply. Internet is limited and not intended for streaming, gaming or other excessive usage, upgraded internet can be made available and will be charged accordingly.

Utilities (water/electricity/internet) are limited to $150 per month or $5 pr night, and will be charged accordingly. Maid service is required reservations of thirty night or more every two weeks (for two guests-the cost is $50 each service, four guests $75 each service, paid by guests upon service)

Should anything be accidentally broken, ruined or removed guests are required assist and to notify owners when this happens so an insurance claim can be made, failure to do so may effect the refundable deposit. All guests must be pre-registered.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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