|Property type||chateau / country house|
Nestled in a rustic valley in Northern San Diego County, Rancho Magdalena offers a serene country escape with all the comforts of a luxury resort. The sprawling 48-acre estate owned and operated by the Swick family offers the perfect venue for calm relaxation, family fun, or an elegant event.
Rolling hills and pastoral farmland provide a picturesque backdrop for the 12,000 plus square-foot, six bedroom residence. With an additional 10 bedrooms available nearby, the ranch can comfortably accommodate 50 guests or more overnight.
The ranch provides boundless opportunities for recreation: from its salt water pool/spa/sauna/water slide, to its tennis, sand volleyball, bocce ball, trampoline, horseshoe pits, tetherball, shuffleboard and racquetball courts, to its grand indoor theater. We have meeting/social rooms for adults and those young at heart: including a pool table, table tennis, indoor shuffleboard, a WI station, an infra-red sauna, and more. Our ranch offers a charming, peaceful atmosphere for your next event or getaway. Rancho Magdalena captured our hearts, and we are confident that you will love it here, too.
These photos only begin to describe what you can expect from your stay at Rancho Magdalena. The views are spectacular, and the relaxed atmosphere serves to bring you and your family or business associates closer than ever thought possible! With a limitless supply of activities and nearby attractions, you will be begging us to stay longer; most guests do.
We are also proud to announce that the entire ranch is now powered through solar panels, thus we are doing our small part to perserve our beautiful surroundings.
Keywords: Estate, Resort, Conference, Retreat, Italian, Spanish, Paradise
Thom & Magdalena Swick are owners and operators of a number of successful businesses. They have operated a Tax & Financial services firm for 32 years; a commercial building and management company, along with corporate creation and educational services firm. Their children attend MIT, Boston College and Emerson College.
Thom Swick purchased this chateau / country house in 2009
A trip to Rancho Magdalena is a return to an idyllic setting worlds away from the fast pace of daily life. Driving to the ranch, you encounter rolling hills, dirt roads and fresh-grown fruit stands reminiscent of days gone by. The house sits atop a hill with a 360-degree view of the estate. We grow our very own crops on our 48 acres, including Mexican and Asian guavas, pomegranates, baby blue and silver dollar Eucalyptus, several varieties of Australian Wax Plants, avocados, and navel and Valencia oranges. Whether you’re relaxing by the pool, having dinner on the patio, or standing on one of our balconies, there are endless gorgeous views of the picturesque landscape at Rancho Magdalena for you to enjoy.
Feature Summary Location: 48 acres of spectacular rolling hills, valleys and vistas. Rustic gardens, fruit trees for the eating & fresh juices. 4 miles of dirt road to walk or run. Outdoor Features: Large pool/spa with bar, grotto, water slide, and lounge area. Floral gazebos for outdoor eating and socializing. Patio entertainment area with beautiful statues. Racquetball (Wally ball, hand ball), Bocce ball, Basketball, Tetherball & Shuffleboard courts. Horseshoe Pits, playground and a hillside Trampoline deck, Balconies surrounding the home with an outdoor fireplace. Bow flex Revolution & weight lifting equipment. Accommodations: Themed rooms: Gold, Mission, Moroccan, Nautical, Venetian, & the Bamboo Room in this 12,000 plus square foot home; most with their own bath. 2 nearby 5 bedroom homes with full facilities. Culinary Amenities: Large state of the art kitchen with breakfast nook. Two sets of refrigerators and freezers, wine cooler. Formal dining room. Outdoor dining area for up to 150 guests. Entertainment: Egyptian themed state of the art Theatre with multiple-landings, Reclining sofa recliners and a 16x9 foot screen with stage. Old style popcorn, cotton candy & snow cone machines. Karaoke & DJ equipment and Disco lighting. Infra-red sauna. Card and board games, table tennis, pool table, WI station, Indoor shuffleboard, air hockey & foosball. Outdoor fire pits. Social Areas: Grand Living Room with gothic travertine fireplace. Great room with grand piano, bar area and TV area with fireplace. Outdoor balcony with outdoor fireplace.
I have a large family with a number of grandchildren. It is hard for us to find a house large enough to accommodate all of us. We stayed in this beautiful spacious home for a week and loved every minute of it. The kids loved the movie theater, the swimming pool, and the tennis court. The adults loved the patio with tables to set up and enjoy meals outside, the views, and the fact that the house is large enough that we didn't feel like the children were on top of us at all times. Perfect place for large gatherings. Maria was kind and very helpful with any need. We loved it!
Spent 2 nights here with a group of 25 friends...we had a blast. Plenty of activities, the house was very well stocked for cooking/playing/etc, and Maria was very helpful in making sure we had everything we needed. Would definitely recommend this...and will be back!
Five different Norwegian families in age range from 12 and up spent one glorious week at Rancho Magdalena. We self cater on our one week get together, and facilities for this was outstanding. The grounds and the main house offers so much to do our kids had trouble choosing. Prior to finalizing rental agreement we had many questions, each and everyone answered precise. The kids were put up in the guest houses, while the adults used the mainhouse as their quarters. This worked very well for our group.
We have been vacationing together for many years in Europe - always a blast. Coming to Rancho Magdalena certainly was a very good addition to our vacation memories, even though we probably will be staying in Europe the next years given the long trip from Norway. Thank you for a most memorable place and stay!
The property has everything you could possibly want. Great home for adults and children. It was clean and well stocked. The owner and staff were great to work with. We had a fabulous time.
Our small church of 65 people stayed at the lovely Rancho Magdalena for an All-Church Retreat. It was the perfect setting with luxurious accommodations. The property was clean and the grounds were well maintained including an abundance of citrus trees. The amenities were endless and the views were gorgeous. Visiting nearby Lavender Farm was an added bonus. Additionally, the property owner and event coordinator were great to work with. The event coordinator, Maria, went well above and beyond the call of duty while we were there. I would definitely recommend this property to anyone.
We held our corporate retreat here. It was an amazing experience. Thom was super helpful and really opened up all areas of his property to us. There was so much for our staff members to do with playing games, swimming, watching movies in the movie theater, hiking on the property etc. Inside of the property felt a bit like a museum with all of the gorgeous art that packed all the rooms.
It was the perfect weekend!
Rancho Magdalena is nestled in a valley of lush farms and orchards, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, with clear starry skies at night and views for miles during the day. At Rancho Magdalena and beyond, you can't miss a wide range of outdoor and recreational activities, great opportunities to reconnect with the beautiful California landscape. Along Keys Creek Road you'll find the adorable and yummy Yellow Deli and the beautiful Keys Creek Lavender Farm, where you can have a lavender-infused tea service and pick up lavender products galore. Within 15 miles you'll find Pala Casino & Spa, Casino Pauma, Harrah's Rincon Hotel & Casino, and Valley View Casino & Hotel, so you're never too far from a great restaurant, casino, or club. And the San Diego Wild Animal Park is a can't-miss attraction!