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The Ranch - Your Best Camp in Borrego

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, (sleeps 8 in 4 beds)

This is our second home and when we are not there, we would love to share it with you and your family or friends. Please take care of it as if it was your own. We often leave extra items in the pantry and refrigerator for your use.

Use instant book now to reserve your dates. We often get multiple requests, so instant book will get you an instant confirmation of your rental dates.

Our calendar is always up to date, so if you don't want to miss out staying here, use the instant book for immediate confirmation of your reservation. In case of multiple rental requests, the first paid request will automatically be confirmed.

The cleaning fee is on the honor system and is based as follows: $90 Whole house or $55 for house, master bedroom and master bath, or $65 for house, master BR and two bathrooms used. Please leave cash for the correct amount due in the cleaning fee box located on the chalk board prior to leaving, unless your receipt shows you paid in advance or were quoted a different fee. (Suggested fee for whole house is $90). Burn only compressed logs in the fireplace. Bring your own or buy one of ours for $5 each.

For the kids and teenagers we have TV channels just for them. For adults, HBO Now offers Late Night programs that are rated X. Our property features football, horse shoes, fire pit, playing cards, checkers and backgammon. We also offer, by advance request, the Wii and Wii U draw. If you have games bring them with you.

The Ranch, aka the Camp, is situated in the quiet desert valley of Borrego Springs on two acres of open area with several golf courses and just two hours to Sea World, Pacific Ocean, MCRD, Downtown San Diego, Fashion Valley Shopping Center and the San Diego Zoo. Across the street from the Ranch, are hundreds of acres of open space just waiting to be walked or licensed 4-wheel driven. You won't be disappointed with this rental....bring your horse if you have one.

Our Camp sleeps up to 8 in four beds plus two on a sofa sleeper. The large master bedroom suite has both a king and a double bed. The two other bedrooms have queen beds. Great place and location for a large get-together. BTW, you can use our clothes washer and dryer.

While in Borrego, visit La Casa Del Zorro, just a few blocks away, for their Music by the Pool, every Saturday, 7 p.m. to 10...No cover charge. Their cantina is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. You can also use their tennis courts and pool for a small day fee. Also, for our visiting veterans, American Legion Post 853 is just down the street and is open every evening in season. Don't forget to take the short drive up to Julian for some apple pie, about a half hour ride up the mountain from the house. They also have a VFW in Julian.

Book early for best season dates.

While here, consider visiting the Temecula Wine Country, about one hour drive away. Go horseback riding through the vine trails, wine tasting, hot air balloon and jeep rides or a self guided tour.

Our place can be Google Mapped at 3893 Pecos Dr, Borrego Springs 92004 and has three bedrooms (one king with a double beside it and two queen beds), one sofa bed, two bathrooms, linen, patio deck area, fireplace, wireless Internet access, fully equipped kitchen, coffee maker, blender, spices, gas stove range, microwave, side by side refrigerator with ice maker, air conditioning, blu-ray dvd player, flat screen internet TV. Additional amenities include board games, horseshoes, fire pit, charcoal grill, washer (provide your own laundry soap) and dryer, hair dryer and iron/ironing board. Please remember this is a smoke-free property inside. One medium pet dog welcome at a small fee to help with the additional cleaning cost. If a security deposit is required, it will show on the invoice, for most rentals we do not require a security deposit.

What You Need to Know:

Extra-person charges per night per person may apply and vary depending on occupancy.

Credit card or a Echeck payment is required when making a reservation with full payment within 45 days of arrival.

(house parties not allowed, unless all guests are paid guests)

Check-in time starts at about: 4 PM

Check-out time is: 10:45 AM to 11.

Local hotel tax of 8% added to invoices (San Diego County Tax Permit #5-1702701-11)

Pet enclosed fenced area is 36” high.

Additional RV hook up to electricity (50 amp receptacle) is $25 per day. (holding tank required)

Accepted payments USD: Major credit card or Echeck

If you are looking for a last minute escape from the hustle and bustle of life we have the escape for you!

When the rental is booked for only two guests, we expect the second bath and two small bedrooms will not be occupied requiring a linen change and cleaning. Use of additional bedrooms or beds will be deducted from the deposit or charged at the rate of $25 per night per bed.

We like to exchange homes for trips throughout the USA, Baja Mexico, Europe and Canada. If you have another location in mind, ask us. We also have a Penthouse Vacation Rental in the Mission Bay area of San Diego for additional consideration on exchanges.

We are members of Home Exchange . com (H.E.) and consider all Home Exchanges, especially for H.E. Balloons, let us know what you have to offer.

More Details

Richard Heim
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2017

About Richard Heim

Retired home builder who loves to travel.

Richard Heim purchased this house in 2006

Why Richard Heim chose Deserts

Great view in a quiet area.

What makes this house unique

The best winter get a way!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just wanted to thank all of you who have stayed here and those of you who have left your comments. I built this house in 2003/4. My wife and I always enjoy spending a few days here when we both have the time. We have no plans to sell this home, so it should be available for many more years as a great getaway place. Hope you enjoy it as much as we have had and come back soon. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are special times out here. Don't for the wildflower season!
Mar 2009
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Borrego Springs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • This is our second home, read all use instructions and be respectful and leave the house clean and neat on departure.
  • We have a variable cleaning fee rate, pay the housekeeper in cash appropriately for the portion of the house you have used.
  • Please rate your stay online and we will rate you for following house instructions.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 double , Double bed make up by guest
  • Super large master bedroom
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
Enclosed 36" high pet area. This has been a Smoke Free rental and thank you for keeping it that way. Recent reviews are limited due to a long term staying guest who just wanted to relax in quiet setting for a few years. We are back better than ever... and with lots of new improvements. Come join us and enjoy our ranch, you won't regret it.


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The Ranch - Your Best Camp in Borrego
average rating of 4.9827585 based on 59 reviews

5 stars are not enough!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at this spacious, comfortable, fantastic house! When we look for a base camp for our hiking trips, location and price are the top priorities. Extras are not as important because we don't spend a lot of time there. Well, this place has all the things we never knew we were missing--a patio, cactus garden, fenced yard, firepit and 2 bathrooms! The pictures don't do it justice. Everything was very clean, and the kitchen was well equipped.We had no trouble with the wifi, although we didn't use it much. The location is perfect--easy access to town but far enough away from the lights that we could locate constellations without using the telescope. The beautiful Anza-Borrego desert and hiking trails are right there. We had a great time and hope to return!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Price is always important, but when you get quality, location and price, wow, that should be six stars.
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Great house and everything we wanted and more!

  • 5 of 5

THe house was immaculate when we got there and it had everything we needed to have an amazing weekend. Thank you!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Desert Oasis

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a 3 day weekend at this lovely home. I really can't say enough about it. The home has everything you need for all of your vacation comforts. The kitchen is well-stocked for meals (actually nicer than our kitchen here in San Diego!) The main living space is wonderful for hanging out after your day exploring Borrego. You can see that the owner takes great pride in this home - from the photographs and art on the walls, the rustic furniture pieces and decor, gaming table, board games and books, to the walking sticks and fire pit in the backyard for late night s'mores. It has all the charm and comforts you would want in a vacation house. There wasn't a thing missing. We were a party of 2 and our mutts, so we only used the Master bedroom and bath, which has the most comfortable mattress we've felt in a long time. Serious deep sleep for us both! The other bedrooms, we peeked into, were beautifully decorated and equally inviting. If you have more people coming, this home would be a great getaway as well. The location is a quiet and peaceful neighborhood, perfect for walking your dog in the morning. I am 100% returning to this home in the future. Thank you, Richard. We love your place! It was a perfect stay for our 11 year Anniversary.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks. Come back again.
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Well-stocked and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

The house is large and comfortable, a welcome respite from the heat. It's far enough away from town for stargazing, but close enough for easy access to restaurants and shopping. The kitchen is well-stocked, the beds are comfortable, and the entertainment system has many, many options. This is a great house and wonderful value. We will definitely stay here again when we come back out to explore the desert. Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: See you next time. Alway nice to have valued guests.
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We'll be back!

  • 5 of 5

Our three day visit to Anza Borrego was perfection. The wildflowers were at peak bloom and we loved staying at The Ranch. Given that town was very crowded due to the Superbloom, we appreciated that The Ranch was out of the fray, yet still close enough to easily access restaurants and all the sights. The house is scrupulously clean, very comfortable, and well appointed. We liked that we could use just one bedroom and bath and not have to pay the cleaning fee for the whole house. Beds were comfortable. While we didn't use the kitchen extensively, it appeared that there was everything we'd have needed to cook and serve full meals. It is clear that the place has been outfitted thoughtfully and lovingly.

We look forward to doing more hiking in this beautiful area and will look no further for accommodations than this.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the detailed review.
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Great house. Great stay for a family.

  • 5 of 5

We had 6 adults and 2 young children. Great location. Everything was clean. Fenced backyard was great - we brought a small dog. Wanted to use the fire pit, but didn't get around to it. Wifi was a bit spotty, but house was very friendly and useful for our family. Will stay again.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wifi has always been hit and miss in Borrego. We subscribe to one of the higher plans, but that doesn't seem to work any better. The fire pit is awesome, sorry you didn't get a chance to roast some marshmellows. See you next time.
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Palm Springs and SAN
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
American Legion Post
Nearest Ferry
75 Miles
San Diego
Nearest Train
75 Miles
San Diego
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Carlee's Rest and bar
Nearest Beach
75 Miles
Mission Bay
Car: recommended

The Camp: rustic ranch type house, three bedrooms, greatroom, dining for 8-10 at the large hand made ranch table, fire pit,, corral, fireplace, open space, walking trails and much more. At The Camp it's like being camping on an open desert range without the tent. Sitting around the campfire, roasting marshmallows, looking for satellites, falling stars and counting the planets. The Milky Way, show it to the kids. Bring the pet too...everybody loves this place.

See shooting stars, world famous sculptures and Palm Canyon. All just minutes away. Stay here for less and drive to the coast of San Diego. We also have 'The Penthouse' rental near Mission Bay in San Diego. Considering staying at both of our places.

Other Activities: Wildlife Viewing, Rock Climbing, Basketball Court, Shopping, Boating, Biking

Golf: Several golf courses to choose from


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $15 per person per night
Pet Fee $10

The cleaning fee is on the honor system and starts at $55 for house and one bedroom and adjoining bath. The whole house is a minimum of $90, depending on group size. Fees will be prorated per day for rentals over 9 nights. Please leave the correct amount due, in CASH, in the cleaning fee box. Our County rental permit and Tax ID: 5-1702701-11

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.

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