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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.