This place is fantastic. We stayed here for two weeks in late October & early November for our wedding. We were actually married on the back patio of the Ranch house. We also rented the adjacent Tennis estate to accomodate additional guests.
The house was amazing, but even more so, Bob, the owner of the place was a pleasure to deal with as well. Without going into great detail, needless to say he went way above and beyond any expectations we had as far as taking care of us. I had a good time talking with Bob and getting to know him and hear his stories from the various lives he has lived. We spent a good bit of time with him, and he offered advice on places to eat and places to see. He even gave a few of us horseback riding lessons.
The property is wonderful, and well-maintained, with spectacular panoramic views and great outdoor seating to take it all in. We were gathered nightly by the propane fire pits. One would think (and we did) that this place was in the middle of nowhere, but it really isn’t. You’re only about a mile from groceries, restaurants and whatnot. It was close to Legoland and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park (not the main zoo near downtown). Some of the crew, including my in-laws and parents went to nearby Temecula to visit the vineyards and had a blast. Nothing in San Diego county is centrally-located per se, but if you’re looking to visit different places in Southern California I can’t picture a more perfect place to come home to at the end of the day. An hour and half from Disneyland, 45 mins from San Diego Airport and Gaslamp, maybe half an hour to La Jolla. When our time at the house was over, my new wife and I took a few days and traveled up the highway one to Monterey and then finished the last week of our vacation in various hotels in San Diego. We stayed in some pretty nice hotels but all we kept thinking was how much we missed the Ranch house.
About half of our guests had never been to California, and some were skeptical of what all the fuss was about, but by the end of the trip, everyone said the had the time of their lives, and were blown away by how nice the two houses were, how picturesque SoCal is and how accomodating and friendly Bob was. Talking about this place in the past tense makes me very sad. We have intentions of coming back every few years to pay Bob a visit and spend some time in Southern California, our new home away from home.