|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
In the rolling hills of Elfin Forest, this breathtaking 5 acre totally private luxury resort nestled among horse ranches just 40 minutes North of San Diego is perfect for a family getaway, reunion or corporate retreat, although Above The Clouds is no longer hosting weddings or receptions.
You won't want to leave 'Above The Clouds', a serene gated 7000 sq. ft. resort with panoramic views from every vaulted ceiling room from the Native American Medicine Wheel in the courtyard to the library to the gourmet kitchen and master suite overlooking the infinity pool and waterfalls.
Enjoy the beautiful open living space with custom Mexican luxurious furnishings, 3 fireplaces, music system throughout and radiant heated stone floors.
The sound proof, state of the art Blu-ray theater is equipped with leather recliners, seating for 12, a kitchen, dvd and music library, Wii and computer Internet access.
The beautiful, serene library with hundreds of books, meditation garden, and a fully equipped gym with wet and dry sauna are just the beginning of the amenities.
The pocket doors melt into the walls, opening 3 sides of the house to merge the gourmet kitchen and dining room with the outdoor BBQ kitchen and lanai with a fireplace. You cannot tell where the indoors ends and the outdoor begins with point-to-point glass meeting the vaulted continuous roof line. The gourmet kitchen comes fully equipped with spices, oils, condiments, bar ware, linens and all the basics.
The roofed lanai with comfortable seating and dining areas overlooks a 60,000 gallon saline pool - your own private water park with grotto, 40' luge slide, 15 person jacuzzi with river, waterfalls and beach entry. Enjoy a drink at the swim up bar or at the fire pit while hot air balloons drift over the clear, clean sky at sunset.
This resort home uniquely feels cozy with just 2 to 4 people or comfortably accommodates a group of 24.
Private chef, full gourmet catering, limo service, massage, yoga and meditation can be made available to you for your stay at Above The Clouds.
We have access to a full array of premium resources and services to further enhance your Above The Clouds retreat experience.
The main master suite has a romantic fireplace, sitting area, and private access to the outdoor jacuzzi and pool. The marble master bath with towel warmer, jetted tub, and walk in closet has a stunning indoor/outdoor shower. The master suite level is complete with a fully equipped gym with free weights, elliptical, weight resistance training equipment, flat screen DVD/TV and sound system - all the bells, balls, whistles and barbells you could want to stay in shape plus a beautiful dry or wet sauna that comfortable seats 10-12.
Above The Clouds is uniquely open and spacious, yet cozy and private.
There is a 2nd master suite downstairs on the theater level with 2 additional beautiful, luxurious comfortable bedrooms with full baths and private entrances. There are 2 more bedrooms that accommodate 8.
How does it get even better than this?
If you find it possible to leave, you can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and off road bikes right from the property.
You'll be just minutes from Sea World, San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, LegoLand, the Del Mar Horse Racing Track, Downtown San Diego, PetCo Park, The San Diego Convention Center, Gas Lamp Jazz District, Temecula wine tasting, museums, live theater, Scripts Aquarium, paragliding off the ocean cliffs and an endless list of entertainment and fine dining. Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm, sky diving and the ferry to Catalina with it's new zip line are all about an hour away.
Some of the best surfing in the world is just 15 minutes from the house with beautiful beaches for beach combing, kayaking, jet skiing, water skiing, scuba diving, boogie and paddle boarding. There is para-sailing, hot air ballooning golf, tennis, lakes, rock climbing and some of the best shopping in the world. The possibilities are infinite.
We provide the resources to access all of this and more, Above The Clouds also comes equipped with surf boards, boogie boards, mountain bikes; beach chairs, snorkel gear, and coolers to chill your wine and beer to head for the beach!
Above The Clouds is an amazing experience for everyone who visits. There is a peaceful magic in the comfortable luxury of this magnificent resort home once experienced will be remembered for a lifetime.
We bought the land in 2000 as newly weds and custom built this dream home with the intention that it enhance the lives of every person who visits. We would love to share our very special resort home with you.
Above The Clouds easily accommodates a luxury vacation for 1-4 couples or families, a 12-24 person girlfriend getaway or corporate retreat.
There are 2 master suites with walk in closets and full baths, 2 additional bedrooms with queen size beds and queen size sofa sleepers in each bedroom and full baths. There are also 2 additional rooms available with 2 queens a bunk with a single and a double and 2 additional single beds. The bedrooms comfortably sleep 16 plus an additional 5 people can be accommodated if you fill every bed. Plus there are 2 Queen airbeds and a pack and play for an infant or toddler.
We have more photos and more information about the area and what you can experience here in North San Diego County.
Please give us a call to discuss your vacation or retreat and if Above The Clouds is not the perfect fit, we would love to help you explore the area.
The video was made for you by Sailesh Ranchod, a guest attending a seminar at Above The Clouds. Sailesh loved the expansive energy of the property!
Keywords: luxury estate, resort, San Diego vacation, Rancho Santa Fe, Elfin Forest,vacation rental by owner, vacation home rental, getaway, view, private, horseback riding, hiking, villa, retreat,
Randy Smith is a local custom home builder and Deb is an entrepreneur who loves to cook, write and entertain. We have 3 wonderful kids, a great dog and are blessed with a life filled with love, great health, wonderful friends, family and extended family. We love to scuba dive, ski and explore the world when we are not at home in Elfin Forest.
Deb Smith purchased this estate in 2000
We love Elfin Forest and the magic of the privacy and beauty of Above The Clouds.
We found the land one magical day exploring North San Diego County in 2000 and immediately bought it.
We'll never forget standing on the land that day, feeling the energy, looking down at the wild sage at our feet and the incredible view of mountains, horse ranches and ocean. We looked into each others eyes and said simultaneously 'This is it'.
Our talented architect incorporated every amenity we could think of and designed a resort home that fits into the land like it grew out of the mountain.
Randy is a custom home builder and over four years we developed the land bringing in the water, utilities and road. Deb designed the door, chose all the stone, fixtures and interior design and conducted Native American ceremonies to further bless the land.
Above The Clouds earned it's name over time with too many experiences of serene, magical mornings watching the rivers of morning ocean fog drift into the canyon, reaching just to the base of the house, but never further. The fog always burns off to the perfect mild sunny San Diego weather. The hawks soar overhead as the humming birds dip their beaks in the waterfalls and we feel like we are truly above it all, even the clouds.
Above The Clouds is the perfect retreat resort home where you can escape your earthly bounds. We love to share it with family, friends and VRBO guests.
We have another home in Elfin Forest and love being available to meet our guests and make sure their stay is perfect.
Meditate or read in the big leather chair in the library with panoramic views.
Relax over a sunset toast watching hot air balloons drift over the breathtaking view. Drink deep the clean fresh air.
Relax in front of the living room fireplace while someone plays the baby grand piano... hand your friends one of the instruments you'll find in the library closet and make music! There’s chess in the game closet and comfortable leather chairs awaiting the masters among you.
Push back the beautiful custom Mexican furnishings, put your favorites on the whole house music system and dance on the stone warm floors. Summer? Turn on the poolside speakers and dance under the stars, while guest enjoy the swim up bar, fire pit, 40' slide & jacuzzi.
Head for the theater, select a movie from the great dvd collection, pull the wine from the rack, or beer from the frig, pop the popcorn and recline in the leather chairs for a full immersion entertainment experience.
Step outside the master suite to the jacuzzi overlooking the incredible view and 60,000 gallon pool/playground.... romantic for 2 or 24.
Have a pizza making party on the huge granite island in the gourmet kitchen. There's plenty of room for the finished masterpieces in the double Dacor ovens.
Open the pocket doors on three sides of the house, throw your favorites on the grill, light the outdoor fireplace, turn up the whole house music system and kick back under the stars - no city lights, noise or immediate neighbors!
Cleanse in the hot sauna, rinse off in the outdoor stone shower, then wrap yourself in a towel from the towel warmer....sheer luxury.
Hike, horseback ride or bike from Above The Clouds' private gate. Explore Dry Creek Reserve and Conservancy, Harmony Grove Spiritual Retreat, the local nurseries, farmers markets, lavender and flower fields.
Thank you so very much for the wonderful welcome you gave our family on July 29. We all enjoyed the lovely fresh flowers and the many "goodies" in the basket.
From our first sighting of "Above the Clouds" nestled against the hillside and winding our way up to the front courtyard, we knew we were going to have a week set apart from the noise and busyness of our daily lives. All of our family loved the beautiful, peaceful, quiet setting with the wonderful colorful landscaping and the breath-taking panoramic view of the valleys around it.
The gorgeous pool and spa got lots of use. It's at the top of the kid's favorite spots. We were awed by the quality of the workmanship throughout the house and the many special amenities available. There were many memories and lots of pictures made. The kitchen is always a gathering place for our family and we loved having such a wonderful open space to enjoy with easy access to the patio and grill area. Thank you for having the ice cream maker. It works well.
All of our expectations were fulfilled and we will each have smiles whenever we think about our stay at Above the Clouds.
We had booked The Clouds for Juneof this year, however we had a family situation arise that caused us to have to cancel our reservations. We received a full refund for our deposit promptly within a week of canceling. Very pleased with the service.
What a wonderful time we had at this stunning home....We held a family Reunion there all five of my children their spouses and children 22 in whole! The children lived in the pool and theater room. Plenty of space to gather together and yet lots of privacy too. My grandchildren want to move there. We would go again in a heart beat.
What an amazing place! We had a family reunion here with people coming in from North Carolina, Colorado, and Northern California....and everyone loved it!! There is so much to do at the house it was hard to get out the door to see Sea World, the zoo, etc! Kids wanted to stay and play in the pool rather than go elsewhere! Relaxing days spent lounging/reading by the pool, making dinner in the beautifully appointed kitchen (with wonderful music surrounding us from the speakers), and watching movies in the theater downstairs. We also never went hungry thanks to the AMAZING gift basket Deb brought over upon our arrival. Not much else to say except we all want to return next year to the same house and same wonderful hosts! If I could give it 6 stars I would!
We knew that our stay at Above the Clouds would be fantastic but it exceeded our expectations. The beauty surrounding the house is breathtaking as is the beauty of the rooms, the furnishings, the pool, the grounds, the movie theatre......
There was bright sunshine each day with a constant light breeze flowing around and through the house. We never had a more enjoyable and relaxing vacation? Because of all the beauty we only left the house a few times (the local hiking trails and attractions were fantastic as well).
We had a wedding rehearsal party for 60 people one evening. I enjoyed the looks on the faces of every guest as they entered the house. "Wow" and "unbelievable" were the most frequent responses.
It truly was a vacation of a lifetime for this large family from Philadelphia. A huge thank you to Deb and Randy for their genuine and affirming hospitality and for giving us and others the opportunity to experience their unbelievably beautiful house!
While planning our wedding, my priority was to pick a place that would allow our family to make lifelong memories…a place that would allow us to spend quality time together and bond. Above the Clouds was perfect (and, as you can see from the pictures, absolutely beautiful)!
We spent mornings together sipping coffee on the wrap around porch while enjoying the fresh air and gorgeous landscape. Our afternoons were spent together by the pool (relaxing by the waterfall and enjoying our favorite music via the house sound system), and evenings by the fire pit or in the family room around the fireplace. We had family joining us from Ohio, Nebraska, Indiana, and Arizona, and it could not have been a more perfect wedding.
Although it has been two months since our stay, everyone keeps saying how much they miss it and what a perfect place it was! Above the Clouds was designed for fellowship, and that is exactly what our family experienced. Deb and Randy are two of the warmest and most gracious hosts you will ever meet, and I am so thankful they shared Above the Clouds with our family.
Planning a wedding is probably the biggest undertaking I have ever done. Planning it from afar made it just slightly more tricky. So many details, one major one... VENUE! As soon as I figured out the type of setting I wanted (intimate home in San Diego) I quickly started to scour vrbo.com. Much to my surprise, not many places are available that are of adequate size and quality or let you throw a wedding. I had narrowed our search down to 4 before making the trip out to see them all in person.
The first one we saw was "Above The Clouds". You can imagine what I wanted to say once we saw how amazingly beautiful it was... "We will take it!" But I had to see the rest before I said that. Plus, once I saw ATC I thought "Well geez, maybe they will all be this spectacular!" The rest were pretty great but it really was a no-brainer. The feeling more than anything was what made the decision for us to choose ATC.
We had originally seen the home in October so when we showed up May 2nd, we were absolutely blown away at how insanely beautiful the grounds looked!! Everything was in bloom! I almost thought they had re-landscaped for us:) It was so perfect and picturesque for our wedding.
We rented the house for several days in order to have a vacation slipped in with the wedding. We were able to entertain family and friends and have everyone enjoy the house with us for a few days. I am so glad we did that. The house is plenty big enough to have enough room to hang out and enjoy the many ammenities it has to offer.
Randy and Deb are just the sweetest people and have done an amazing job designing, building and maintaining such a gorgeous estate. I recommend this place to anyone! We have talked about renting it out again for family reunions.
This is a place all my guests and we will remember forever!
Wine Tasting & Winery Summer Jazz Program and Palomar Observatory are just 20 minutes away, Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, and sky diving are about an hour away and Sea World, Lego Land, San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, museums, live theater and San Diego sites and events are all within 35 minutes. 20 Minutes to Palomar Airport private charters, helicopters and small commercial jets. Long Beach Ferry to Catalina and their new zip line is a little over an hour away.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
May 30 2015 - Sep 12 2015
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$1,000.00|
|Notes||Please inquire for rates for more than 12 Guests. Cleaning Fee is $400.|