Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Fabulous Destination Home

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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.

*Please note there are no parties allow at the property.

*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 music 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 sharing our property with you; we are sure that the whole experience will be superb. More pictures upon request.

Keywords: Mediterranean Villa with Breathtaking Views

More Details

Lea & John
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 2, 2017

About Lea & John

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.

Why Lea & John chose Escondido

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
  • 1 of 5


Lake Hodges House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • please note...Anyone coming to visit has to be lists on liability policy
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
  • limited accessibility ...
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
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater 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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

100% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Fabulous Destination Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews

Wonderful stay in a beautiful house!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in this beautiful house overlooking Lake Hodges was wonderful. The house description is very accurate and everything was as expected and the owner has great communication and will help you quickly if you have any issues or questions. My kids absolutely loved the pool to the point where we had trouble pulling them away from the house to take advantage of all of the other things the area has to offer. It was an easy trip to Lego Land and into the city of San Diego. I should mention that my favorite attraction in the area is the San Diego Zoo Safari Park that is only a few miles from this house. If you go there splurge for the tickets to the safari tour through the African plain (it is an expensive add-on to your visit, but it is the highlight).

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Would come back in a heart beat

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in this villa. The view and grounds were spectacular and simply took our breath away. The home had everything we could want - from great bedding, to a hot tub, to an outdoor pizza oven. My 94 year old grandmother found every seat in the house to be comfortable. The owners left us home made brownies and were absolutely charming during every written or in person interaction. This jewel in the hills of Escondido was perfect for my family.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
3 0

Absolutely amazing house and owners!

  • 5 of 5

A truly magnificiant place to stay. As three couples and a solo, we all had our own space and fully equipped washroom. The kitchen, group areas, patio, pool, gardens and scenic views were all spectacular. Our family made life-long memories in our week's stay. This piece of paradise will be sadly missed.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
3 0

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
Did you find this review helpful?
3 0

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
Did you find this review helpful?
3 0


  • 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
Did you find this review helpful?
3 0


Nearest Airport
30 Miles
San Diego
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
The Mall and in that area are many restaurant
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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $200
Refundable damage deposit $1,000

We also take personal and cashiers checks if you would like to skip the service charge to use a credit card, just note that you would like to pay by check in your inquiry. We do not do money wire transferring. Our $1,000 damage protection deposit required is fully refundable within 10 days of your stay.
* Sat to Sat booking in the summer only
Tax is included in the weekly fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

You might like these similar properties