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The Ranch - Your Best Camp in Borrego

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 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. Certain holidays and event dates will require a minimum stay and a departure following the holiday or a special event. If there's a conflict with your request, we will notify you immediately following your inquiry reservation.

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 this season is on the honor system and is $100. Please leave cash for the housekeeper in the fee box located on the chalkboard prior to leaving, unless you were quoted a different fee or paid in advance. 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, various apps offer Late Night programs that are rated X, subscription may be required. Our property features horseshoes, fire pit (bring firewood), playing cards, apple board checkers and backgammon. We also offer the Wii and Wii Udraw. 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 great restaurants nearby and is 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 4-wheel driven. You won't be disappointed with this rental.

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. A pack-n-play is also available. 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. There is also a VFW in Julian.

Book early for best season dates, rates for next year will be posted shortly. Reservation requests made more than six months in advance will first have to be quoted in advance or following a future seasonal request.

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 (bring charcoal), 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. Just leave the house clean with dishes and pans washed and put away. The housekeeper will wash the linen.

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.

RV hook up to electricity (50 amp receptacle) is $20 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!

We like to exchange homes for trips throughout the USA, Baja Mexico and Canada. If you have another location in mind, ask us about doing a swap.

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

Property Manager
Richard Heim
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Richard Heim

Retired home builder who loves to travel.

Richard Heim purchased this house in 2006

Why Richard Heim chose Borrego Springs

Great view in a quiet area.

What makes this house unique

The best winter get a way!

Guestbook comments from the manager

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: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • The Housekeeping fee is $100 and is to be left in the fee box.
  • 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
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • 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 Games ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. . 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 4.9714284 based on 71 reviews

Feels like home

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable. We loved the fire pit at night, it made it feel like we were camping. The long dinning table was perfect for everyone to sit down for meals. The beds were comfortable. The place is nicely decorated. Richard is super nice and responsive. We will come back here on our next Borrego jeeping adventure.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Best Camp in Borrego! Our house was inspired by a Frank L. Wright home I saw on the east coast several years back. From memory and a photograph I had, I designed this home and built it myself to fit our needs in Borrego. Concrete floors, galley kitchen, huge great room with a real wood type burning fireplace. There is no other pet friendly place like it in Borrego. Hope to have you back soon and those considering Borrego for the first time. Thanks, Rich
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Very Happy in Borrenga Springs

  • 4 of 5

Our group very much enjoyed our stay at this property. Richard Heim is very easy to work with and our visit went smoothly. We were at little taken aback with the no paper in the toilet requirement. Some in the group wondered why there was not RV toilet paper, which might take the concern for the septic system away.

We all found the accommodations wonderful. We would stay here again and we all loved the area and found a lot to do. Thank you Richard and family for sharing your house.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: All houses in Borrego are on individual septic systems and to properly maintain the tank and leech system, it is recommended to place waste paper in one of the bathroom containers. Thank you for helping to maintain our system.
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This property was great for our family.

  • 5 of 5

It was warm enough even in the cold and wind of Feb. The great room is a nice place to hang out and it is well appointed.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Borrego Springs, CA

Gorgeous inside

  • 5 of 5

Looks a bit plain from the pictures, but the house is really special inside. Lots of interesting things. Well equipped and comfortable. The owner was very helpful and understanding.

The animal sculptures around the valley are so interesting. And Borrego Springs is a certified Dark Sky Communiity, so star gazing is fabulous.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect place to escape for a while!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I really loved the property and the location. There was plenty of room to spread out and relax and the home was furnished and equipped perfectly. It is a few miles out of town which added to the privacy and quiet. Borrego Sorings is a place that everyone needs to experience at least once and Richard’s home completes the trip perfectly!

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We always try to please.
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Bellingham, WA

Great house for our first visit to Borrego Springs

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at The Ranch for our first 6 nights in Borrego Springs. It was a very comfortable house in every respect. The kitchen was well equipped and the furnishings were cozy and casual. The beds and linens made for excellent sleeping. There are many screened doors and windows in the house so there is wonderful air flow to keep the house cool and pleasant, day and night. There is a small but quite sufficient back yard that our Cardigan Corgi enjoyed thoroughly. The house is on the edge of a quiet little neighborhood and is situated such that the indoor and outdoor areas are private and sheltered. We were able to take evening walks from the house to a number of the metal sculptures for which Borrego Springs is known. Richard was very responsive when we made a couple of inquiries. We would definitely recommend this house to anyone visiting Borrego Springs.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Again, thanks to all who have stayed here and those who keep coming back. We enjoy sharing are special "Camp" with guests who enjoy the great outdoors and warm winters that Borrego offers. Thanks again. Rich
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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




Additional information about rental rates

Energy Use $15 + Tax
Amenties $15 + Tax
Pet Fee $15 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.0%

Please try to plan your stay so any departure date does not fall on a holiday. Please pick up after use and leave a neat and clean house. Dishes, pans, oven and other items used are to be washed and put away. Our County rental permit and Tax ID: 5-1702701-11

Manager'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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