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Mesa Del Sol Estate Retreat and Winery

Ann Hougham

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 7
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Mesa Del Sol Estate Retreat and Winery

Bedrooms 7
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Carmel Valley House Rental Photos and Description

House, 7 Bedrooms plus safari tent, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 15-20)

The perfect setting for a memorable family reunion, get away with friends, birthday and anniversary celebration, corporate retreat or artisan adventure. This private, historical estate encompasses 14 walkable acres in the heart of the Arroyo Seco Highlands looking out over the Arroyo Seco River Canyon. Once the site of an early California health retreat and a stage stop the Estate sets the stage for an unforgetable get away. The entire property has been lovingly restored recently; including gourmet country kitchen, lush ornamental gardens, 55' pool with diving board and large open social areas, with several updated outdoor BBQ areas.

Located on a mesa above the Arroyo Seco River with magnificent views in every direction of the surrounding mountain wilderness. Expansive organic vegetable garden provides fresh food. Guests are welcome to collect fresh eggs daily from our chickens. Kids will love watching the wildlife in the trout pond. The front acreage is devoted to the organic vineyard, producing award winning wines, including Syrah, Zinfandel and Sangiovese. Our wines are available for tasting and sales. Huge ancient oak stands among vast lawns and ornamental gardens will remind you of the history within these golden hills, quintessentially Californian. Teddy Roosevelt once stayed here, we're hoping you will too!

Available all year. Every season has it's beauty. Ask about Winter Rates.

Owners and staff available to help plan the event of a lifetime.

For more pictures....bedroom layout....etc. visit us on our Facebook page: Mesa Del Sol Estate Retreat & Winery

Keywords: Estate Complex.....main house, 2 guest houses, safari tent, large pool, and lots of space to run

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Ann Hougham (Property Manager)
Member since: 2008
Call Manager
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Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
May 25, 2015

About Ann Hougham

Vineyard and winery owner. Two daughter, both married with babies.

Ann Hougham purchased this house in 1998

Why Ann Hougham chose Carmel Valley

Serendipity led me here and serendipity has held me as caretaker :-)

What makes this house unique

It's the most beautiful land I've ever encountered. I feel fortunate to be it's steward.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Mesa Del Sol is magnificent in it's majesty and peaceful solitude. I truly loved being there. I can't remember being in a place so full of awe. I was and still am truly captivated as I never had the opportunity to sit with a landscape so vast under a perfect sky where nothing really moved but the shadows and the wind. ..words cannot express the sense of space ... I will never forget the sky, the tress, the rocks and earth....the sound of waking birds and the winding river. I was transported and at peace.

I never wanted to leave Mesa Del Sol. I lord the big living room and perfect kitchen..the amazing lazy Susan table and the perfect swing. Before leaving I lingered to the last minute and before I left walked the grounds in silent wonder for a final look. Each tun I saw something I missed before. A chair, a sign, a rock formation, numerous small details. Everything so tasteful and comfortable in it' surrounding s. Please know you efforts have not gone unnoticed. We had a wonderful time. I am eternally grateful I found Mesa Del Sol and had the opportunity to meet you. You have created the perfect retreat.
Jul 2013
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Bedrooms 7
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Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Mesa Del Sol Estate Retreat and Winery
average rating of 4.9736843 based on 47 reviews

Great Stay - would Love to come again!

  • 5 of 5

This place is amazing - would love the chance to come back again. Stunning views and a lovely property. The rooming arrangements work really well, with lots of separate spaces.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Stunning Property, Incredible Group Experience

  • 5 of 5

We booked this property for a 40th birthday property in which we had couples coming from across the United States and we wanted to give them a uniquely California experience. This totally satisfied that goal: everything from the spectacular views and the preserved, ranch-style home, to the pool, hot tub and chickens, to the fantastic trails nearby left people breathless. We had a range in the type of guests that flew in, from formal couples to avid backpackers, and the accommodations satisfied everyone. One of the things that makes this property so special is the wonderful common space combined with the vast areas for privacy. The kitchen has its own wing, which means people can wake up at 6am and get started on coffee or breakfast and it doesn't impact the rest of the guests. (The kitchen is well-stocked and I say that as professional cook.) If you're like us and have guests coming from out of town, I advise bringing warm jammies and slippers, plus layers for night. San Jose is the ideal airport to fly into and guests should allow at least two hours to get to the house from there. All-in-all, it was a stunning experience and we would repeat it again in a heartbeat. The photos don't nearly do this property justice!

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I really enjoyed having them at Mesa Del Sol. They were a group of friends that went thru grad and med school together and their partners. It was rewarding, as always, to hear their voices wind down and relax in this place of great beauty.
Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii

Family Reunion in the perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Mesa Del Sol provides one of the most peaceful, spirit filling, environments you can imagine. This property under promised and over delivered. Our Thanksgiving Family reunion was beautiful, we felt like we were at home in this beautiful property. We had 12 adults and 3 children and 2 dogs that enjoyed every spot possible. The main house provided a kitchen filled with all that we needed to have a Turkey, Ham and Prime Rib, along with all of the side dishes to make a perfect Thanksgiving meal. The 15 of us ate at truly unique and special outdoor setting, a table large enough to seat us all with a built in rotating center section. Put the food on it, the wine and everything else and spin it to what you want and enjoy. Our rooms were all comfortable, the heaters kept the chill out and the beds provided us all restful sleep. The main house living room with the spectacular fire place was such a great gathering place for all of us, everyone had a place to sit and the dogs were happy in front of the fire. Our small ones had great fun going to the chicken coop feeding the chickens and then of course checking for eggs, their greatest discovered treasure was that the eggs were really warm. We had cocktails under this gorgeous tree out on a beautiful lawn watching kids learning how to play croquet and the dogs were entertained chasing balls. Each adult found peaceful spots to sit in a lounge chair and enjoy the sun on their faces along with enjoying an ever changing view. The safari tent was used for a peaceful nap, a little too cold to sleep at night but a great daytime nap location. The hot tub was enjoyed in the evening, what a nighttime view along with the warm relaxing water. We had crafting moments utilizing the outdoor areas and we all had a place to create our memories of our family reunion. One of the highlights of our stay was having the owner Ann come and provide us a tour of her vineyards teaching us about the history and the many different grapes they grow organically. The tour ended with a delicious wine tasting, the wines were spectacular, and of course we all had to have some to take home with us. Ann is generous with her knowledge and sharing of this property. She made every part of our stay here a time to remember. We couldn't have asked for anything more, except how to figure out not to leave and how how we can return in the summer months. Thank you Ann. Aloha from The Stewart Families and The Ishimoto Families

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
San Jose, CA

Beautiful everything

  • 5 of 5

Mesa Del Sol was the perfect destination for us. We had a group of 20 people and everyone had a place to sleep without feeling cramped. The property is huge and beautiful! Ann did a great job to keep Mesa del Sol in its original vintage ranch character, and I loved everything about the decor and amenities.

There are bathrooms everywhere, which was very convenient. And the kitchen has two stoves (one huge viking stove) that made life so simple when it came to cooking for everyone. Mesa del Sol also has two bbq spots, one by the kitchen and another near the pool with a nice big courtyard and basketball/bocci court.

I have to say, everyone had something to do at Mesa Del Sol so we were entertained the whole time!

There is no Cel reception at the property, but there was a landline we could use and internet that served its purpose for sending messages and streaming pandora.

Overall, we had a great time, the property was amazing and our weekend was a huge success.

Thank you, Ann!


  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Versatile retreat venue

  • 4 of 5

I spent a long weekend here with 8 close friends celebrating my 50th birthday. Everyone had a wonderful time! I chose this place because I was looking for a unique venue with a certain "vibe" that would accommodate a group up to 14. This property fit the bill very well. The property exudes a stunning "Old California" beauty and, as others have noted, is even lovelier than pictures depict. The main house and cottages are not by any means posh but have a rustic, authentic charm and are very comfortable. I heard no complaints about beds or pillows, and we are all "sleep princesses!" Indoor communal spaces are more graciously sized than pics suggest. The master BR in the main house is huge and gorgeous. Sleeping accommodations for a very large group will work best for folks who are comfortable sharing beds (or in some cases separate beds in same room). The two cottages lend themselves well to small families or couples who want privacy. Several from our group remarked that it would be fun to come back for either family reunions or several close couples with kids vacationing together. Would also be glorious for small wedding. The property is so big and has so many different seating/gathering areas (both indoor and outdoor), all accommodating a minimum of 8 people, that entertaining a large group is easy. The kitchen is nicely equipped for churning out big meals, and the grilling area steps away is equipped with both very large gas and charcoal grills (for purists).

There is lots to do right on the property, in a low key way. Visiting chickens, pond and walking the vineyard were favorites. You'd need to get creative with older kids. They were harvesting grapes during our stay, and we were welcomed to watch and photograph. Ann and her vineyard staff were very conscientious about respecting our privacy, and let us know when to expect them (they came once, briefly). There is, however, a noisy neighbor just on the other side of the Cowboy House. Bummer to be awakened by hammering noises at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday!

One thing potential guests should know is that this property is quite isolated. It's a good hour to Carmel, and 25 min to the closest market. Bring all your provisions!! Internet was virtually impossible, even connected to the router. None of our phones worked, though 2 were able to send/receive texts home.

Overall, it's a beautiful, unique, comfortable, well-run place to unplug, unwind and enjoy the company of family and friends.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As this was my first non 5 star review I'd like to respond. The ladies were lovely and just here for 2 nights. They arrived late on Friday evening, went wine tasting in Carmel Valley for the day on Saturday and departed Sunday....which was a great deal of coming and going. Mesa Del Sol is a retreat that is perfect for exactly that. It's a destination in itself to gather with friends and family, business associates and such and leave your cars and cell phones idle and be present. Day trips are encouraged and enjoyed on longer stays. The WiFi is a satellite system that allows for checking emails. Texting works for some cell servers if you sign into the WiF but cell service ceases to exist 6 miles down the canyon. Apologies about the hammering.....not quite sure what that was about :-) Ann


  • 5 of 5

After looking for a year for the perfect setting for our 50th wedding anniversary celebration and family gathering of 23 including 10 children, we found Mesa Del Sol. It was absolutely perfect in every way. It is a beautiful site, very well maintained and totally portrays the love of its owner, Ann, who was a delight to work with and very accommodating. It was very relaxing and totally fun for a large group. The large pool and spa were a plus. We played many games in the large grassy areas. The round lazy susan table was a hit too for gatherings. We could go on forever about our great experience at Mesa Del Sol. Oh yes, we did wine tasting there, and the wine made at Mesa Del Sol was fantastic! We all wanted to stay longer and hope to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


5 miles up Arroyo Seco Rd. is the Arroyo Seco Recreation Area with off road hiking and biking and lots of water fun. Wine Tasting opportunities near by abound (along with private wine tasting and vineyard tours at Mesa Del Sol).


Rates & Availability

From $1,000 Per night

Carmel Valley House Rental Rates

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Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100.00
Tax Rate 10.5%
Notes 50% deposit at time of booking the rest due at check in, $400 cleaning deposit and $100 dog deposit
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Carmel Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • 2 in main house, 1 in Cowboy House, 1 in Stonehouse bedroom, 2 at the pool, 1 for vineyard worker
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , sitting room with small couch
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , 1 double , Stone House bedroom
    Bedroom 7 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Cowboy House Double in bedroom and single in living room
    Safari Tent - 1 double , On the Cliff. Cold in winter
  • Queen size Beds (4), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (3), Child Beds (1) Play-n-Pak
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
incredible birding, stargazing, beautiful vegetable and ornamental gardens, awe-inspiring mountain and river vistas. Kids of all ages are find something to do here.....swings, chickens and trout to feed. Take your family and friends to a place where it's all right here.

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