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Lagoon pool & hot tub on private mountaintop retreat

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

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.


1) What does metaphysical mean?

Metaphysical simply means that which is not physical. See a definition of metaphysical retreat from dictionary. 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.

More Details

Laura Cyphert
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2017

Why Laura Cyphert chose San Diego County

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'.

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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Excellent! 4.6/5 -
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Lagoon pool & hot tub on private mountaintop retreat
average rating of 4.625 based on 65 reviews
San Diego

True to photos

  • 5 of 5

Such a beautiful, unique peaceful property. Comfortable kitchen, bedding, and great views all around. There was a wind and rain storm when we were there so we did not use the pool, fire pit, or hammock. Maybe another time. We would come back. You have to go outside and down stairs to the main house to use the bathroom if you are the couple staying in the poolside bathroom, although there is a sink. A great retreat!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chula Vista

The perfect weekend getaway!

  • 4 of 5

This was the perfect place to getaway from the busy city life. This magical retreat gave me clarity and peace of mind. A beautiful place where I could just relax and enjoy the views of mountain tops, nature, sunsets and giant clouds. My boyfriend and I can't wait to go back and have another wonderful weekend getaway together.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Everything was just as expected. Had a little trouble with key but property manager was available to resolve even at 10pm. My fiance and our pups will be back soon!

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Phoenix, AZ

Amazing Views and Property...but a Non-Functioning Hot Tub!

  • 2 of 5

First off, 5 stars for the views and the setting - this is truly a magical place that I couldn't wait to visit based on the pictures, so I absolutely hate having to write such a negative review!

My disappointment lies in the main selling feature of the house, the hot tub, was non-functioning during our stay! The lagoon pool is absolutely beautiful, but freezing cold (would expect a little heat when you pay this much to stay at this property), so we were excited to look at the stars while sitting in the hot tub each night...only to find that the heat didn't work upon firing up the hot tub when we arrived. According to the welcome book, the pool company visits each Friday between 12-4pm and we checked in at 4pm on Friday only to have a non-functioning hot tub that we had to discover ourselves. I would think the pool company would be checking to make sure it functions before leaving each Friday - very disappointing! The outside grill was filthy and we found a mouse inside - yuck! The indoor grill top on the stove had dead moths and spiders underneath as if it hadn't been cleaned in weeks. We definitely left the place cleaner than we found it!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We spent 3 nights at the mountaintop retreat in Jamul. What a most unique, beautiful, and relaxing location! The architecture is pure art, flowing into the natural stones. The hot tub heats up super quick, and we enjoyed it a lot. The pool was chilly for our Florida blood in September but very refreshing. The kitchen was very well appointed with everything we needed. Sunsets were out of this world, a free show every night :)

Would love to return again.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Wonderful Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

This was a awesome place to stay. It was August so it was very hot, it took awhile for the air-conditioning to cool down the house. The pool felt fantastic, we only used the hot tub heater once. It heats up quickly and very hot!! The upstairs room was given to our kids because I was afraid to use the stairs outside to go to the bathroom at night. The downstairs room open to living room and kitchen. Very comfortable beds, plenty of towels and plenty of stuff in kitchen for cooking. We did grill both nights with the awesome view it was just perfect. The driveway was a challenge if you have a small low riding car we had a truck so it went up easily but no way we could turn around so had to back down, That was not so fun. Overall I highly recommend the house. Thanks to the owners

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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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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Pet Fee $50
Damage protection policy ($1500) $49

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Jamul House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • 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 ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 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.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • 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
  • 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
Salt water pool and hot tub House is Not suitable for children due to the Many ledges and cliffs.

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