The sun really shines almost everyday on the top of the hill. Located just 5 miles from the I-15 freeway; a short drive up a country road to the top of the mountain to get away from the city noise. Centrally located to all San Diego has to offer, beaches, the World famous Zoo, Legoland, even Disneyland is only 1 1/2 hours away. Safari Park is a 15 minute drive. This is horse and wine country as the avocado groves disappear and vineyards are sprouting everywhere. There is a nearby winery that serves authentic Italian food. The home is 4 bedroom 5 bath and sleeps 8. Over 4000 square feet of comfort and entertainment. Every extra large bedroom has it's own private bath, and one extra! Our waterfall spool (small pool) overlooks the valley and has a nice large BBQ/Bar area with sun room and TV. Inside is a pool table and 60 ' wide screen TV. The kitchen is extra large with stove/oven microwave refrigerator and warming drawer. The table that seats 12 and a breakfast bar for casual dining. All bedrooms have queen beds, private baths and a view. There is a separate guest bath and also a separate laundry room. The grounds are lovely and the setting is peaceful for your relaxing family vacation. Our rates are cheaper than 2 hotel rooms, your family will be very comfortable with many amenities not available at hotels or many resorts.
- Chateau / Country House4000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay5 - 7 nights
Luxurious 4 Bedroom 5 Bath Comfy Non-Smoking Home On 8 Mountain Top Acres.
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- Jul 14, 2018
About Shannon Fitzmaurice
We are retired and enjoying traveling in our motorhome. We live close by at a retirement golf community and love to spend time with our grandchildren. Opening up our home to guests has been a fun retirement adventure, we have met so many nice families and truly enjoy managing our own property. Please come for a visit soon.
Shannon Fitzmaurice purchased this Chateau / Country House in 2003
Why Shannon Fitzmaurice chose Escondido
This is a dream home because it is quiet and relaxing with incredible views and open space. We love the country but can be at the 3 story indoor mall, golfing, bowling or a restaurant within 15 minutes! We love to actually hear the birds sing and watch them through the windows at the bird feeders. Watching red tail hawks soar at eye level view of the back deck, or the Great Blue Heron fish from the pond. We would love to share this little piece of Heaven with you.
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
Look out over the valley from the back patio or enjoy a dip in the spool to cool off. Challenge your family to a game of pool, ping pong or push your kids on the swing. No reason to leave to have a good time but all attractions are within an hour drive. You can be shopping at a very large indoor mall in 15 minutes! If you don't feel like cooking walk across the street to the winery and let them serve you and enjoy their beautiful outdoor patio and wood fire pizza! There are many nearby golf courses, movie theaters and entertainment opportunities that San Diego has to offer. We are 45 minutes from downtown San Diego. We have a large play structure for the kids and a 9 hole putting green with sand trap! Play bocce ball, ping pong or corn hole. Lots to do, or do nothing, read a book on the patio and admire the views to the ocean. Enjoy the peace and quiet of the country.
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Beautiful property & very nice owners.
Our crew had a great time staying at this property. The Fitzmaurices were very accommodating & very pleasant to deal with. We would love to stay there again if the opportunity arrises.
Fabulous home in a wonderful location
Really enjoyed our stay, celebrating our nephews wedding at the "castle" nearby. The facilities at the house were first class, and we loved the wonderful views over the valley, groves & vineyards. John & Shannon's neighbour - Bill, was an absolute star & brought us freshly squeezed orange juice, and took us for walks arounds the groves each morning.
Private oasis with a gorgeous view!
We recently had the pleasure of staying at this lovely, well kept and very private estate home. Three couples and three preschool (3, 4, & 6) aged boys for a week together for a mini-reunion over the 4th of July, and we never felt crowded or cooped up. There are so many things to do, both inside and outside, that we never wanted to leave the house. We were able to spread out in the four large BRs, with enough privacy for everyone. The master BR is huge, with a seating area, an adjacent outside area, huge bathroom, trundle and crib. It does face east however, so in the summer, the room is fairly bright in the early morning.
The kitchen and dining areas are fully equipped (including many pantry items and staples) with everything you need to prepare meals, from breakfast and snacks, to full dinners. There's also an outdoor kitchen area (next to the "spool") with a huge propane grill, running water, small frig, etc. The washer & dryer were great too with the little ones.
The owners have included fully stocked game cabinets and garage storage, for both indoor and outdoor games and sports equipment. If you're bored here, you're just not trying! Yet, you can sit out peacefully on the deck or on the porch for hours on end watching the scenery and just be still and be surrounded by the sounds of nature. The boys loved the playscape and putting green and the "spool", and the adults loved the deck area overlooking the valley for sunset and morning coffee, the pool table and outside activities, and the spool too. There's outdoor seating in several areas, depending upon if you want shade or sun, and which scenery you want to face. The views are absolutely stunning all the way around the house.
The owners did a great job of providing info on how to run all of the lights, a/c, tv/dvd, timers, "spool" features, gates and locks, etc.
It's on a private gated road about 15 minutes off of I-15, just south of Escondido and north of Carmel Mountain area for convenient shopping. There is a winery across Highland Valley Road that has pizza, cheese plates, salads, etc., but not much other food in the immediate area. We stayed in every night -- watching the sunset and cooking on the grill was the highlight of the day.
The owners were lovely to deal with from start to finish. Shannon was a wonderful help recommending "to do's" with the little ones and understanding our needs as multi-generational extended family. We'd love to come stay with them again.
Picturesque Views, Fabulous House & Fabulous Hosts
The house is located on a hilltop with beautiful 360 degree views. It is very comfortable, superbly furnished and really well cared for with every possible home-game option one can think off ... including a very fun 9-hole mini-golf putting course. It is clean and the outdoor landscaping is excellent. We had a wonderful time there with our six children and hope to return in the future. The owners couldn't be more helpful and pleasant. A 5-star rating for sure!!
A vacation we'll never forget!
We so enjoyed our stay at your beautiful home. Everything was fantastic, from the inside to outside. Shannon & John were great. We hope to come back. Karen & Jim Koons
This home is amazing.
We stayed for one week and had a great experience. Were were five adults and twin six month old grand daughters. Our son and his family had just returned from being stationed in Okinawa for three years so you can imagine what a joy it was for us to be together in an unbelievable residence. Shannon was wonderful to work with. We had booked it, then canceled, then had to call back and book it again as my son was scheduled to be moved from Esconido to Chula Vista to Miramar. The Fitzmaurices were completely understanding and even turned down a one month rental because they had committed to us.
I won't detail all of the benefits, just read all of the other reviews and I will confirm that everything stated in them is correct. One change is that Buddy the dog is deceased which is unfortunate. Living there must have been dog heaven for him. John told me the oranges would be the best we have ever had and he was correct. Finally, I would have sat on the deck and enjoyed the view the entire week, but I had grand daughters to spoil.
If you have the opportunity to stay here take it.You will not be sorry.
We are in the hills above San Pasqual Valley. Only 1 1/2 hours to the snow Julian or 2 hours to Big Bear for skiing. 40 minutes to the beach for all water sports San Diego has to offer. Many trail systems nearby, hiking, biking and mtn biking. Shopping 15 minutes to a 3 story large indoor mall with bowling and many eateries. We are centrally located to all that San Diego has to offer. We will leave the light on for you!
Additional information about rental rates
Rates are "WEEKLY" for 6 persons. Extra person is $25 per night over 1 year old. 100% refundable deposit ($500)cancellation 30 days prior to reservation. 50% refundable ($250)15 days prior to reservation Monthly rentals require a $1,000.00 deposit. Holiday rates may apply of $200 additional charge. Thank You