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'CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' - Winter Special $199 per night . . . WEEKLY RATES!

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Beautifully Renovated 3 Bed/3 Bath MAIN HOME or Separate 1 Bed/1 Bath GUEST HOME


Our Main Home is a contemporary 3 Bed/3 Bath Cabin-like House that sleeps a maximum of 8 guests.


a) If you have up to 8 GUESTS, simply reserve the Main House.

b) If you have 8 GUESTS and wish to have bedrooms for everyone, then reserve the Main House AND the Guest House.

c) If you have 10 GUESTS, reserve BOTH houses.

To see the Guest House Calendar and availability, go to vrbo,com/1204838


Guests will have access to the entire 2300sf Main Home and 3/4 acre garden.


The Guest House is a separate 450 sf residence with separate living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom. It has a separate entrance and its own private sitting area and BBQ area should it be occupied by other guests.

We are Close to Lake Hodges, Safari Park and 20 minutes to Coast . It is just 30 minutes from downtown San Diego. Tastefully Furnished. Gourmet Kitchen, Pool/Jacuzzi/Outdoor Firepit/Private Gardens. We have Mountain Views and we are very close to Lake Hodges where you can enjoy Hiking, Mountain Biking, Fishing and Picnicking.

Each bedroom have their own bathrooms and the Master Suite is extremely spacious. Reduced pricing for 3 nights+

This home is a labor of love and 22 years in the making! Sue & I have raised our two daughters here and in 2014 finally finished the renovations. We have turned it into the contemporary home we envisioned when we bought the property in 1991 and yet it has all the charm of a home well lived in! Despite being in a semi-desert locale, our home is an oasis - it is a well established natural and green habitat. The "back 40" is a fun place for the kids to explore, grab an orange and meet the neighbors horses!

There is parking for at least 6 cars.

More Details

Peter Ritchie
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 12, 2018

About Peter Ritchie


Sue and I met in 1979 when I was traveling through California on my way to New Zealand to visit my parents. I had been away from home for 4 years attending University in Belfast, N. Ireland. I hitch-hiked from San Francisco and met a fellow Englishman who was visiting his girl-friend in Los Angeles. She turned out to be Sue's friend "Apple" and in a blind date scenario I met my future wife at Santa Monica beach. We married in 1981 and moved to New Zealand where our two daughters, Katie & Tessa were born. We moved back to California in 1991 and have lived in our home since 1993.

Besides New Zealand and Australia, we have traveled to many places in the USA and also England, France, Spain, Italy, Turkey and Greece. We also love to visit Kauai as often as we can !

We are both healthy people who enjoy exercising and sports but also great local Mexican food, craft beers and local wine. I played soccer extensively but have now found a love for LAWN BOWLS. I plan to have my own lawn bowl green in the back 40 in the near future where guests can enjoy a great social game with family and friends!

Sue & I have stayed in a variety of vacation rental homes/B&B's and always enjoy the stories from our fellow travelers - we hope we will have a chance to hear yours!

Peter Ritchie purchased this house in 1993

Why Peter Ritchie chose Felicita

This was a great property for our children to grow up in. They loved the spaciousness of the grounds and climbed just about every tree in it to the top! We saw the potential to modernize the house and started the first project with a pool in 1996. Since then and multiple projects later, we can honestly say it has been a "labor of love" and one we hope you will enjoy too during your stay.

What makes this house unique

Our home is located on a cozy seven house street that gets its name from Tanya and Tamara (the two daughters of the original street developer.) All the neighbors are very friendly and they are a good mixture of long-time and mid-time residents. We have slowly risen to be the longest tenured residents on the street but do not be afraid to knock on a neighbor's door for any assistance during your stay - they are that helpful!


Felicita House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Rates shown are for a maximum of 8 Guests in the Main Home To reserve the Guest House too, go to
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Guest Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Guest Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Master Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
  • Visitors have access to the Guest Bathroom 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Guest Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Guest Bedroom 2 - 2 double
    Master Bedroom/Den Area - 1 king , 2 queen , Queen Futon in Master and Premium air mattress in Den
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Guests will have access to the entire 2300 sf home and 3/4 acre garden. We do have an on-site 'host' Rick, (separate living house, separate entrance, etc) Rick will do all he can to make sure you are well taken care of, if I am unable to get to the property in any emergency situation. There are two outside seating areas that guests will have access to - pool and side yard.


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'CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' - Winter Special $199 per night . . . WEEKLY RATES!
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 76 reviews

Holiday in paradise!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second Christmas staying in Peter’s beautiful home. Everything is incredibly well appointed and thought out, and Peter was impressively responsive and checked up to make sure everything was to our liking. The addition of the beach equipment was such a lovely touch since our last visit. We can’t wait to stay there again!

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lisa - so glad you and your family had another enjoyable holiday at the house . . . and have a Happy New Year! Regards, Peter
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Loved It!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved the house! We did not want to leave. Pool and Spa were great. Everything was very simple operate. Great location. Would love to stay again.

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mission Viejo

Fantastic Location, House and Grounds

  • 5 of 5

We wanted a nice house in the Escondido area for a family extended weekend trip. We were looking for a place that was near the breweries/ wineries and also near the Wild Animal Park and could comfortably hold six adults. It also had to have a nice outdoors area for relaxing. This place fit that perfectly!

We really enjoyed the patio, pool and spa for evening relaxing and watching the beautiful sunsets. We barbequed one night and the BBQ and kitchen was everything that we could have wanted. The bedrooms were spacious and each couple had their own bathrooms. The girls went for lunch, massages and spa treatments at Rancho Bernardo Resort, which was less than 6 miles away.

If you are looking for a great space to stay while visiting the Escondido area, we highly recommend this place!

The Newkirk Family

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Gerry - many thanks for your generous review. It was a real pleasure to host you and your family. Come back again soon! Regards, Peter
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The property was beautiful, clean and well equipped!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time staying at this house, and would highly recommend it! The location was great for our needs, the amenities were fantastic, and the house/grounds were very well maintained- we would for sure go back!!

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house for a relaxing weekend

  • 5 of 5

House was stocked with everything needed to enjoy our stay. Pool was perfect. Great time. Thank you Peter!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet, well appointed place. Owner has done a great job of making all feel welcome!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely home with beautiful landscaping and pool that will make you want to stay longer. Close to mall, grocery store and parks. When we return to California again, we will book this home again!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
San Diego
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
The Vineyard
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Interstate 15
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
18 Miles
Car: necessary

Our home is conveniently situated only 30 minutes to downtown San Diego, 20 minutes to the Coast, 15 minutes to the San Diego Safari Park, 5 minutes to Interstate 15 and Westfield Mall and 2 minutes to beautiful Lake Hodges where you can hike, bike, kayak, boating and fish.

If you enjoy craft beer, you must take a tour and a sample a pint of your favorite at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens. They also host family movie nights during the week in the summer time. If a glass of Chardonnay is your preference, visit Orfila Winery - both Stone & Orfila are only minutes away.

If you like to skateboard, the internationally renowned Escondido Skate Park is just 5 minutes away and while the kids are skating, you can visit the amazing Nikki de Saint Phalle's "Queen Califia's Magical Circle" in Kit Carson Park. for events, dining, arts, etc.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 8.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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