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Ann Hougham

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english

Mesa Del Sol Estate Retreat and Winery

44 Reviews
Bedrooms 7
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


California 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, intimate weddings. Weekly rentals are preferred, however call owner for other options. Owner is allowed one rental/week as per Monterey County Use Permit #286.

This private, historical estate encompasses 14 walkable acres in the heart of the Arroyo Seco Highlands looking out over the Arroyo Seco River Canyon and the Ventana Wilderness. 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 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. Guests are welcome to collect fresh eggs daily from our chickens. and harvest from the seasonal organic vegetable garden and numberous fruit trees. Kids will lovevbrunniing free on the large expanses of lawns, swinging on the swings and watching the wildlife at every turn. The front acreage is devoted to the organic vineyard, producing award winning wines, including Syrah, Zinfandel and Sangiovese and Grenache. A trout pond adds nutrients for our sustainable organic farming practices and fascinating wildlife viewing from the dock. 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. Owner is allowed one rental/week as per Monterey County Transient Use Permit #286.

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

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

Keywords: Estate Retreat and Winery, Group rentals, Events

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Ann Hougham (Property Manager)
Member since: 2008
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Ann Hougham

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

Ann Hougham purchased this house in 1998

Why Ann Hougham chose California

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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Mesa Del Sol Estate Retreat and Winery
average rating of 4.9772725 based on 53 reviews

WOW -- what an amazing property

  • 5 of 5

The house is everything listed and more. Sprawling, well-appointed, clean and perfect for large group gatherings. All the details are done right, such as plenty of linens, towels, basics in the kitchen. There are multiple outdoor grilling areas. The views are amazing. Ann is super cool. Pick this place -- you and your guests won't regret!

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stanford, CA

Wonderful getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Ann's place for a group retreat. It was lovely! We were a group of about 20, and the 2 houses provided plenty of beds for everyone. The grounds were beautiful -- during the day you could see sweeping views of the valley and at night we watched the stars from the dock by the pond. The property has also has several grills, a sound system, and plenty of outdoor seating. Overall, I would highly recommend for a relaxing getaway!

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Peaceful and Perfect for Any Event

  • 5 of 5

Mesa Del Sol is one of the most beautiful pieces of property in the Arroyo Seco/Carmel Valley area. It is the perfect place for a weekend retreat or small event. We were recently married at the property and are still getting compliments on the venue. The venue has a spiritual feeling to it - its a place to getaway and relax and enjoy the people you share it with.

The property is visually stunning with trees, historic home sites, a pool and vineyards. The large lawn can accomodate also any type of event - from a wedding to a family picnic. The tree and swing are perfect for capturing memories in and under!

We were able to accommodate the full wedding party at the venue, and we had enough space to get ready as well. The rooms were the perfect size and gave everyone their own space to get away if needed.

Its location, tucked into the end of Carmel Valley and Arroyo Seco is perfect for any type of event. The ameneties are site allow for renters to come in and not leave for the entire weekend, if they so choose. There are locations for vineyard walks and sunbathing and quiet, peaceful reflection. Its also a great place for families to enjoy time by the pool, cooking together in the beautifully appointed kitchen or BBQ area or playing horseshoes or bocce ball.

Ann is a gracious host with an amazing spirit and beautiful property. We would highly recommend this space to anyone.

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Spot for a Family Reunion!!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place for a large family reunion! Everyone congratulated me on such a find. And they all had a blast!! There was so much to do - relax and enjoy the views, hike, cool down at the pool, feed the chickens, prepare MANY meals in the kitchen, hang out at the bonfire, play bocci ball, etc. The property was perfectly sized for our large group and offered quiet spaces for those who needed a break from family festivities. We even set up tents on the beautiful lawn under the large tree for those of us who love camping. All the accommodations were clean and well kept. And the safari tent was awesome! I would love one for my future backyard or vineyard. The kitchen was stocked with all sorts of spices and kitchen ware. And so many different areas to hang out in! Ann was a perfect hostess even before we set foot on her property. She responded quickly to my requested dates and answered all of my emails during the weeks prior to our weekend stay. I am sure we will be returning!!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Coronado & Sacramento, CA, USA

A singular slice of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at Mesa del Sol with 15 family members ranging from 3 - 93 years old, from all over the USA, and every one of us had an exceptional experience. The setting was exquisite, the accommodations were varied -- but all tastefully homey -- and we couldn't have asked for a more peaceful location to disconnect from the rest of the world for a while. Whether playing in the pool or hot tub, strolling to the pond, collecting eggs from the chickens, or drinking (excellent!) wine on the terrace overlooking the canyon, we were able to immerse ourselves in the awe-inspiring physical setting and appreciate life at a vineyard. From morning bird watching to evening stargazing, our days at Mesa del Sol were rich with natural beauty. The house provided the perfect settings and facilities for everything from an intimate casual meal to a larger catered party, and harvesting fruits and vegetables from the garden added that "local" touch! There was enough space so that we felt able to spread out and not crowd each other, yet there were plenty of nooks and crannies where we could gather. Nearby activities included hiking and biking trails as well as wineries with tasting rooms. {Carmel-by-the-Sea is about an hour away (on a very winding road!).} We'd highly recommend this location for those who want to leave stress behind and spend time together in a unique corner of California. Although we left just days ago, we're already plotting to return as soon as we can. Truly exceptional!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
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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

Carmel Valley House Rental Rates

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Jan 1 2016 - Jan 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Tax Rate 10.5%

7 day rentals are $6,000 plus 10.5% tax. Summer season and holidays are held for 7 day rentals. Contact owner for other rental opportunities. Owner is bound by county permits to rent to one party per week.

50% deposit at time of booking the rest due at check in, $400 cleaning deposit and $100 dog deposit

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California 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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