LAGOON POOL & HOT TUB ON PRIVATE MOUNTAINTOP RETREAT

Laura Cyphert

Advertiser since 2007
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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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LAGOON POOL & HOT TUB ON PRIVATE MOUNTAINTOP RETREAT

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

Overview

Jamul House Rental Photos and Description

2 bedroom, 1 bath, sleeps 4 adults

Private mountaintop retreat on 10 acres with 360 degree views to the distant ocean and mountains. This is an ideal place for metaphysical reflections, newlyweds, writers, artists or romantic renewals. This location is not suitable for young children.

Daytime activities at 'home' may include relaxing in the hot tub, swimming in the pool, or sitting on one of the many giant boulders watching red tail hawks soar at eye level. At night you can watch shooting stars, or sit around the fire ring and watch the fire light dancing in the reflection of the pool. In the morning you may find yourself above the clouds. This is truly a place that must be experienced to understand.

While you may feel a million miles away from the city, if you decide to pursue more worldly activities, you are just 45 minutes from downtown San Diego, including the gas lamp district, world famous San Diego zoo, Sea World, and the beach communities. Or stay in Jamul and enjoy hiking, horseback riding and golf.

Pets welcome with approval in advance

Find us on Facebook: Search for Metaphysical Retreat. See nearly 100 photos and frequently asked questions.

Visit our Website: do a Google search for 'Metaphysical Retreat PRIVATE VACATION HOME. Experience the Extraordinary Jamul, California (in San Diego county)'

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1) What does metaphysical mean?

Metaphysical simply means that which is not physical. See a definition of metaphysical retreat from dictionary.com. Our retreat has attracted those from all faiths, from Christian ministers to shamans. Although furnished and stocked with books and videos that many 'new age' people would relish (such as on astral projection, astrology, natural remedies, etc), we are open to all those who seek a spiritual or private retreat.

2) Will I be sharing the retreat with anyone?

Just with nature. The rental has two separate living areas, and both are included in the rental. There are no other structures on the 10 acres.

3) How long does it take to drive there from the San Diego airport?

Typically 45 minutes, but if you arrive during rush hour, it may be longer. Middle of the night...and it may be faster.

4) How is the driveway? Do I need a 4-wheel drive vehicle or will I need to hike up a mountain?

The driveway is steep and curvy, and part dirt, part gravel, part concrete. We have never had a problem getting a standard vehicle up to the top, but if you have your brand new Porsche, this is probably not the place you want to drive.

5) I am afraid of heights. Will I have a problem there?

Probably yes. The house is perched on its own private mountaintop with many cliffs and ledges. Sometimes if feels like you are in an airplane, especially if you looking down at a sea of clouds with islands of mountaintops.

6) Are there rattlesnakes there?

Although I have never personally seen one on the property, one must always assume that in the backcountry of San Diego, there are rattlesnakes. If you have a dog, we recommend a leash and that you stay on pathways where you can see where you are walking.

7) What is the weather like 'this' time of year?

Here is my best guestimate based on my own personal observation. Weather subject to change, of course.

January - often showers and cold. Spend your time by the electric fireplace in the poolside bedroom, or enjoy the quiet.

February - unpredictable. Beautiful spring weather one day, cool the next. Everything is green and the lake is full. Some days are spent inside the clouds.

March - Ah, spring. Still cool, but the birds are building nests. Could rain.

April - More spring. The butterflies arrive. The birds have babies.

May - San Diego has May Gray, but no worries, you live above the clouds. Plan SD activities in the afternoon once the gray lifts.

June - San Diego has June gloom, but for you it is summer. Hot, with cool ocean breezes. Red tail hawks soaring at eye level.

July - Summer for all. Hot. Lots of time floating in the pool. Nights in the hot tub.

August - Just like July but more meteor showers. Not often rainy.

September - Just like July; some cooler nights, but not much. Lots of stars.

October - Weather can start to change, gets cooler, but the Milky Way seems SO close

November - Thanksgiving. Maybe some rain. Maybe sun. Toss a coin.

December - Cool and windy, or Indian summer... no telling what you'll get.

8) Is the pool heated? Can you swim in the pool?

If you are me, and you require 85 degrees to swim, than no. I prefer to float on a lounger or swim in the hot tub. But if you are my husband, you love to alternate between the pool and hot tub. If you are a kid, or kid at heart, you'll be swimming. Most likely from July-September. Hot tubs always in season. (Of course, if you REALLY want it heated, we can heat it with the hot tub propane for 6 hours a day which will get it warm or less cold depending on the time of year; extra cost is $150 per day. Just ask.)

9) Who built that house?

The house was completed in 1992 and designed by architect David Klages, who studied under James Hubble; a renowned 'organic' architect. The philosophy of organic architecture is that structure should blend with and compliment nature, not overcome it. The house is small by design, and built into the boulders. See more about the Hubbell philosophy at Hubbell and Hubbell website

10) Can I have my wedding or special event here?

Possibly. Approved on a case by case basis. Event fees of $1,500 apply for events with up to 10 persons. Other restrictions apply. Inquire for more information.

11) Is the firepit propane or wood burning?

Propane. San Diego backcountry is prone to fires. No wood burning is permitted.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Laura Cyphert (Owner)
Advertiser since 2007
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Why Laura Cyphert chose Jamul

The first time I came to this retreat was a few months after a personal tragedy- in which we had lost our home and everything we owned in a wildfire. We were considering if we would rebuild or buy, when we came upon the retreat. Pictures can not capture the true energy of this magical place. The first time I visited the house, I was so profoundly moved that I climbed out onto a boulder by myself and cried. I have yet to fully understand my tears or my emotions. There was just something, (and still is something), so incredibly powerful about this spot on earth that goes far beyond the beauty of the house and the expansive views. The sun feels more intense here, the wind is stronger, the cold colder. The house feels energized and alive. Magical things happen there on a daily basis. Butterflies appear in great numbers. Red tail hawks circle above, or at eye level, or below. And then there are the changes within. I have found that no matter what my real world stresses are, when I am in Jamul, suddenly they lose importance. I have also discovered that whatever it is I am focusing my attention on while I am in Jamul, my thoughts begin to very quickly materialize in my “real” life. Don’t be surprised if when you come off the mountain, you feel unexplainably changed. Don’t be surprised if the coincidences in your life become suddenly more frequent, and if you start to see those things you focused on while in Jamul begin to take shape in your life. I know that the retreat was incredibly healing for us as we recovered from our own personal losses, and we are happy to be able to share its magic with others.

What makes this house unique

This property is one of its kind on the planet. Built by architect David Kleges, this example of organic architecture exemplifies the union of nature and structure. This is truly a one-of-its kind properties, and was included on the list of California's 'Coolest places to stay' - see the list here: http://gocalifornia.about.com/od/calodging/ig/California-s-Coolest-Places-to-Stay/

Guestbook comments from the owner

We discovered Jamul in April 2004 after we lost our home in the 2003 Cedar fires. Being in Jamul healed our spirits in such a powerful way, and made us remember the magick and wonder in everything around us. The mountain is covered with oak trees and boulders, and the energy is intense. When you visit Jamul, you are in for an experience.
Feb 2006
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Reviews

Reviews

4.7
based on 35 traveler reviews

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Lagoon pool & hot tub on private mountaintop retreat
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A happy couple

  • of 5
Three nights for my wife and I just flew by. The peacefulness has to be heard (or not) to be believed. Just a wonderful place to be with someone you love. Bring your camera and be prepared for a most wonderful experience. We will be back.
  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
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Aesthetically stunning

  • 3 of 5
Our first few days were spent in awe of the sheer beauty of our surroundings and the unique architecture of the house. The pool and spa are magnificent, and all views seem magical.

However, upon nightfall, we realised the entire lower level had no lights, save the bathroom and TV, and it took 8 days to get this partially repaired. As some others have mentioned, the conditions of the home and furnishings seem a bit run down and not what we would expect at this price. Traveling down uneven narrow outdoor stairs to use the bathroom in the middle of the night is not something to be undertaken half asleep. Doors, screens and are all in need of repair. We found the seating uncomfortable .

At the end of the our stay, we partially refunded at our request, for the inconvenience for our week in the dark, but were both left feeling disappointed overall in our experience at this property. I think the owners love their retreat, fair enough, but when charging guests, everything should be in top condition at this price range.

Overall, lovely, but needs updating and better amenities and maintainance.
  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Santa Ana, California
5

Simply magical!

  • 5 of 5
This was our 2nd time staying here and we enjoyed it just as much as last time! What a special place! Probably one of my favorite spots on earth. You will not find a better place to relax, unwind and just do absolutely NOTHING. While the pool was still very cold, we certainly spent lots of time in the hot tub, relaxed in the hammock, roasted marshmallows at night and enjoyed the beautiful nature surrounding the house (including the frogs that come visit at night.) I do suggest you bring all your groceries before you head up the steep road to the house, since you are not going to want to leave even for a minute. Thank you for sharing this piece of heaven with us! Until next time...
  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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Stanton, Texas
5

A true gem!!

  • 5 of 5
We fell in love with this retreat just by looking at the pictures!! Real life was even better...the view is awesome, the pool area, while it was a little chilly for swimming was such a beautiful area to sit in. We woke up several mornings to a solid wall of clouds(fog) all around the house and it made it seem almost mystical. Highly recommend for couples as a getaway from reality. Can be in downtown San Diego in 25-35 minutes. Only issue is there is about a 50 yard area of driveway that you need to have at least a small suv to traverse otherwise you will probably drag.
  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Maryville, TN
5

Better Than Expected

  • 5 of 5
Spent an incredible weekend here with my wife and another couple. Upon arrival, we walked around almost in a dream ... this place is simply indescribable. The sunrises, sunsets, stars at night, hawks during the day ... everything was perfect for our stay.

We met a friend on Sunday -- a beautiful white dog. He was a big boy, looked like a young Marmaduke! So friendly, he just sat around with us by the pool all morning. If you happen to see him, he loves french toast.

Couple of neat things in La Mesa. Le Mesa Food Fest Fridays on University Avenue is worth the drive down. Also, the Friday afternoon Farmer's Market is incredible.

Overall, we highly recommend. If you are going to stay here, don't overbook activities that take you away from the place. Stock up on supplies before you go up and forget about the world for awhile!

Gary & Rhonda Stinnett
Randy & Stephanie Shults
  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
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Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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5

Slice of heaven

  • 5 of 5
This is a beautiful and unique property and exceeded expectations. What a spot to reconnect.
  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
28 Miles
San Diego Lindberg Field
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Downtown San Diego
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Downtown San Diego
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Highway 94
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Rancho San Diego -various
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Coronado Beach
Car: necessary

Jamul is a small, rural community located in the mountains 45 minutes east of downtown San Diego and the beach communities. Translated in Indian to 'a place where antelope go to drink water,' Jamul ranges in elevations of 993 feet to 3,660 feet (at the peak of the mountain).

Other Activities: star-gazing, metaphysical reflections

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Jamul House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Fall 2014
Sep 8 2014 - Jan 4 2015
2 night minimum stay
$300
From
$350
Fri,Sat
$1,850
$6,300
 
 
Winter (Low Season)
Jan 5 2015 - Feb 28 2015
2 night minimum stay
$200
From
$275
Fri,Sat
$1,225
$3,650
 
 
Spring (Mid Season)
Mar 1 2015 - Apr 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
$300
From
$350
Fri,Sat
$1,950
$6,300
 
 
Summer (High Season)
May 1 2015 - Sep 6 2015
4 night minimum stay
$300
$2,100
$6,300
 
 
Fall (Mid Season)
Sep 7 2015 - Jan 3 2016
2 night minimum stay
$300
From
$350
Fri,Sat
$1,850
$4,850
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$300
From
$350
Fri,Sat
$2,100
$6,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Damage protection policy ($1500) $49

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Amenities

Jamul House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , part of downstairs studio; this bedroom is not private
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , private poolside bedroom
  • Downstairs living area has open floor plan. Bedroom does not have a privacy door.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
Notes:
Salt water pool and hot tub House is Not suitable for children due to the Many ledges and cliffs.

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