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Fabulous Destination Home

15 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Lake Hodges House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms , 5 Baths, Sleeps 8

Our property is a very relaxing tranquil place to enjoy the amazing views and spend a very peaceful vacation. Please look for the link just below owner information for our video.

*There is no longer a Cat that lives at the home as of 3/2015

The Property sits on over an acre that backs up onto parkland which is part of the San Dieguito River park with miles of trails surrounding beautiful Lake Hodges.

Enjoy the music system throughout the home with an endless music selection from Pandora and Rhapsody or use your ipod in the docking station.

The home itself is entirely custom with such design amenities as sand-blasted floor etchings, widespread arches & niches along with custom furniture throughout and wall murals in the kitchen, dining room and one bedroom, faux-finished walls throughout, bringing a sense of warmth, peace & calm throughout. The custom kitchen has lofted beam ceiling with a large roof skylight, large island with sink & seating for 4, 6-burner gas cook top, oven, double sink, and rolling cutting board. There is a 30 ft round entry turret entrance with a winding staircase to the second floor master suite, a den & office with balcony . Nearly all ceilings are 10 ft or more and many are lofted with sand blasted beams.

There are great outdoor living spaces which include the covered patio with gas barbecue, sink, refrigerator, serving area, and pizza oven. A covered Lanai on the lakeside with hanging bench swing for watching sunsets. The courtyard with its fireplace & fountain is surrounded by the entry turret, dining room with bi-fold doors, kitchen, and the art studio/guestroom, all is beautifully landscaped for a peaceful experience .

Best of all, the home was designed to capture the magnificent views of Lake Hodges and the mountains behind. The kitchen, the family room, the living room, the master suite and deck, the office, two other bedrooms, and the patio all capture the views. The home sits on a quiet culdesac and the neighborhood is great for walking or running.

We look forward to renting this property to you; we are sure that the whole experience will be superb. More pictures upon request.

Keywords: Mediterranean Villa with Breathtaking Views

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2016
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About The Owner

The owners are transplanted mid-westerners who met and married in San Diego County. We bought our lot after being blown away by the views from the property. We finished building our home in 2002 and now are happy to share the experience with others who can enjoy everything our home and location have to offer.

The Owner purchased this house in 2004

Why The Owner chose San Diego

North San Diego County is uniquely situated to allow renters to visit many attractions, both here in San Diego and in Los Angeles County, in addition to the peace and restfulness of the property itself. We are within easy driving distance to the Wild Animal Park, the beach, La Jolla, the Del Mar Racetrack, the Temecula wineries, the San Diego Gas lamp Quarter, Disneyland, Universal Studios, and even Malibu.

What makes this house unique

Our location as 40 miles of trails for hiking & biking You can also rent a kayak or power boat along with fishing on the lake.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We've been truly blessed to stay in your fantastic home. It's truly been an honor to be here. Your home is breathtaking, and the italian theme only added to the magic of the villa-like wonderland. Everyday was an adventure, and there was never ending discoveries on the grounds. The meandering trails were quaint and loved the fountains with all kinds of birds including hummingbirds which we don't get to see where we are from. This was our 12th year of family trips and this was the most memorable for many reasons. A major one which is the beautiful home it self. We have stayed on the beaches of Ventura, on the lake at Big Bear and even on the beaches in Hawaii but the combination of Views, weather, home, grounds, plants, pool etc is Unbeatable! For health reasons this could be one of our last family gatherings but we hope & pray it won't be the last time we get to stay here.

Thanks again and hope to see you for another great trip to paradise.
Jul 2015
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Fabulous Destination Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

Lovely holiday home!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five adults(from England) spent 2 weeks at this lovely house. We arrived late in the evening, so were very grateful for the essential food items left for us by Lea. The house and facilities were first class and the views stunning! An ideal location for amenities and sightseeing.

Overall an excellent holiday!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible house and view, pool to die for!

  • 5 of 5

Wow, what a wonderful house. We spent 4th of July week there and loved it. We hardly left. It was fantastic for us, our two small children, and two sets of grandparents. Everyone had their own space. We loved the pool, the hot air balloons rising over the hills, and the four fireworks shows see from a far. Also, Lea and John went out of their way to make our stay great. They showed us how to use all of the goodies in their house, and even brought us a tea kettle, which the house did have, but now does. You will not be disappointed if you book this house. Wonderful house and wonderful people who rent it.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our family vacation at your home was priceless!!

After touring the San Diego area, taking in some wineries, playing golf, and experiencing some great eateries, ending our days by your pool with a drink and background music while watching the sun set was paradise on earth.

Lea and John, thank you so much for opening up your home to us for the too-short-of time we were visiting California. Your hospitality was genuine and the expansive size of your home accommodated perfectly the eight of us. We honestly could get "lost" in your home! We never got bored with your backyard playground, and every day we looked so forward to getting back "home" after sightseeing so we could kick off our shoes and relax.

If we are fortunate enough to travel to the San Diego area again, your home will be our go-to home!

Thank you again for making our family vacation an unforgettable one!

Tricia, Doug, Brendon, Jenna, Kerri, Anne, Shannon, Brian

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

......With the glorious Lake Hodges as a permanent backdrop, this is a luxury...well groomed estate! The grounds are pristine, the decor has an old-world feeling with comfortable furnishings and warm colors.....but it's the views that'll show you why all the fuss.....the backyard is a haven for outdoor living.

Thanks Lea , your home was the perfect fit for our Christmas holiday.....will return in the near future,

Anita and Tom

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Breathtakingly beautiful, wonderful owners to work with, all-around positive experience

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had the pleasure of staying at the property this past August, and it was amazing from the moment we pulled into the driveway. Lea takes great pride in a friendly and informative welcome - after arriving after a long day of travel, we were delighted to see snacks and home-baked goodies waiting for us, as well as a personal tour of the property that was insightful and helpful. There were four of us and one toddler, and we never felt crowded, each with our own bedroom and bathroom.

Major positives of the home that is by far the best in the area (as far as luxury appeal, where it sits in the neighborhood, and scenery) besides the obvious included a deluxe, easy-to-use sound system that you could personalize and control in all areas of the house, dimming lights throughout every room and pool, state-of-the-art kitchen and appliances, wonderful landscaping and areas to read/relax throughout the property, and location was perfect (just far enough away from it all, but still within a few miles of anything you would need). The neighborhood was quiet, peaceful and a great place to just wander around - there are a lot of trails for hiking, and it is also a great home to just roll out of bed and be able to go on a great, challenging (uphill mostly) morning run. The decor (including a piano, a few fireplaces, a great media room, and personalized touches) was nothing short of classy, beautiful, and very appropriate for a luxury home. Well-thought through amenities included fully stocked beauty supplies (nail polish selection, organic shampoo and conditioners, lotions, etc.), necessities (paper towels, paper plates, well-stocked kitchen with blender and all tools, etc.), spices, and cleaning supplies. Additionally, the owners are so friendly and great communicators, and they made it clear they would be at our disposal if we ever needed them for anything (which, we actually did not need them for anything anyway!).

We will certainly return here and are already missing it, even though we only have been away for less than two weeks! We had looked at several different properties in the area to compare and are so happy we had the privilege to enjoy this property. As a well-traveled family, we have stayed at five-star properties around the world and would rate this home as top-of-the list for sure - you won't regret booking this property!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Fabulous Home Indeed, and so hard to leave!

  • 5 of 5

4 adults plus 2 teens (ages 18 & 14) enjoyed a wonderful stay at Lea & John's magnificent home in southern CA. The house is gorgeous, spacious, extremely well-appointed & perfect for a quiet, relaxing visit in lovely weather w/ tremendous views. We definitely look forward to renting this home again. It was very hard for us to leave.

Lea met us at the home upon arrival to show us around. She is so friendly & helpful with info about the home, neighborhood & nearby restaurants/shopping. She was available by phone/text before & throughout our visit; extremely responsive regarding any question. John also stopped by during our visit to check in & see if we needed anything. He is also extremely friendly & helpful. We really liked meeting both of them.

Ambiance/vibe: You enter to a pretty courtyard w/ seating and outdoor fireplace, music playing indoors and out. Thoughtful touches are throughout the home: fresh flowers, fruit from the orchard, homemade bread & sun tea. She also provided some chips & salsa in case we wanted to settle in and enjoy immediately. All the spaces are welcoming & beautiful but not so precious you feel uncomfortable. You feel completely at home here.

Amenities: You will want for nothing! The grounds & home were so spacious you could find spots inside or out to spend some private/quiet time to yourself. There were also spots where we gathered as a group: indoor dining (formal & casual), outdoor patios in front & behind plus pool side. Top-of-the-line EVERYTHING: kitchen appliances, outdoor furniture, comfortable beds, pool toys, wetsuits. Beds are comfy, plenty of towels, showers are well-stocked with shampoo, conditioner, soaps & body wash. Lovely Master bedroom w/ its own terrace, private bathroom w/ huge double shower plus 3 other bedrooms & a TV room w/ sleeping pads & sectional. The sound system & TV’s are impressive. Kitchen is truly a chef's delight w/ every appliance large & small. The patio has a wonderful grill & pizza oven. We enjoyed visiting w/ their cat (we love pets & she was in just 1-2 rooms).

Location: The house is on a hill w/ truly magnificent views & is in a quiet neighborhood; close enough for sightseeing (beaches, SD) but it is it VERY hard to leave the house. We picked fresh fruit daily from trees on the property & enjoyed birdwatching. Sunsets are hard to put into words. We joked you just could not take a bad picture at this house. We are grateful to Lea and John for opening their home to us.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
San Diego
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
16 Miles
Del Mar Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Orfila Winery
Nearest Point of Interest
Wild Animal Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Cordiano Winery
Car: necessary

The Safari Park is only 8 miles away.


Rates & Availability

Lake Hodges House Rental Rates

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Dec 18 2016 - Jan 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning fee $200

We take personal and cashiers checks only. We do not do money wire transferring. Our $1,000 damage protection deposit required is fully refundable within 10 days of your stay.
Tax is included in the weekly fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Lake Hodges House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , bidet , Master Bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , Hall bathroom
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • upstairs Den - 2 floor pads for sleeping and a L shaped couch
  • There are 4 bedrooms: King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (3)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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