A Unique, Private , Close-In, Family Friendly,11 Acre Estate
Mary F. Holmes
About Mary F. Holmes
Mary Holmes is a recently retired professor emeritus of Child Development and a mother of 3, grandmother to 7, She has a life long devotion to children's interaction with nature and believes that is the basis for healthy child development. Born into a large Appalachian family, Mary enjoys entertaining family and friends, traveling and spending time developing the butterfly vivarium along with other outdoor projects. Inviting others to share in her special hilltop retreat is another way she hopes to support families spending time together.
Mary F. Holmes purchased this House in 1996
Why Mary F. Holmes chose Jamul
Jamul is a great area, country quite yet city close. Jamul is San Diego county's closest rural commute. Most folks don't know about Jamul and don't realize it's only 20 minutes from downtown San Diego. See a complete aerial video of the property right here on our site.The video button is located next to the main house photograph on our VRBO website >
What makes this House unique
Folks will enjoy the many unique aspects of this family retreat, whether it's all the green trees, nearby wildlife, distant views of San Diego or the one of a kind butterfly enclosure. Convenience ,comfort and value we have it all. Watch the video here and on our VRBO web site see the complete 11 acre country estate just 20 minutes from down town San Diego. We are 1 mile from the new Jamul Hollywood Casino We're sorry, but due to parking constraints we can not accommodate weddings, receptions or events resulting in excess of 20 people.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - Children are very welcome Children are very welcome
Max guests: 14
Minimum age of primary renter: 30 - responsible party must be at least 30 years old responsible party must be at least 30 years old
Just what we needed!
This charming house was just the escape we needed. It was very spacious, stocked with everything we could need, clean and comfortable, with a well-kept pool and spa. The tortoises, chickens, and butterflies delighted my kids and made it unique and magical. Mary, the owner, was sweet and helpful. We had a wonderful 4 days and will definitely come back again!
A wonderful retreat
We stayed at the property for a whole week in May so that our boys can take a break from their home-school daily routines. To be honest, I was leaning towards properties at La Jolla while my wife fell in love at first sight with this property. It turns out that my wife is absolutely right, this time. Mary was a wonderful hostess. We started texting each other before our visit and she met us there to give us a tour on our first day. After that, she always responded to our inquiries right away. It is always reassuring when you have a host/hostess that is very responsive. The property itself is a gem. On top of the pool area which my boys enjoyed every day, everyone loved feeding the turtles and walking to the chicken coop to pick up fresh eggs. The interaction with turtles and chickens is what draws my wife to this property in the first place and it is why she loves her time there so much. I think it really served as a brief retreat for her during this tiring times when she has to deal with two energetic young boys all day long.
The ideal place for a getaway
The home was spacious, comfortable, beautifully decorated, and had everything we needed and wanted. The property was very lovely with a pristine pool, butterfly atrium, orange trees, lovely views, and lots of areas to sit, relax, and enjoy.
Great location and host
Our trip included two families and 11 people staying at this house and we were very comfortable. The floor plan is open with plenty of entrances for easy access to all the property has to offer. We enjoyed everything from hiking, to swimming, to the butterflies, chickens, and tortoises. The area is about 25 minutes from downtown San Diego, so very much away from the noisiness of the city but still just minutes from grocery stores, movie theater, etc.
The host greeted us at check-in for a tour of the home and came again at check-out to say good-bye. She was very friendly, helpful, and genuinely wanted us to enjoy our stay. I would highly recommend this rental and hope to return again sometime myself.
Healing, beautiful place!
The home is so lovely, with it's tasteful decor, terra-cotta tile and flowing floor plan with room for everyone. The hostess provided us with fresh flowers in almost every room and the kitchen was stocked with everything we needed to whip up our Christmas meal for our family! The view was breathtaking and the walks around the property were so soothing. Everything was wonderful!
Although Jamul is a large geographic area we are located close in at the Rancho San Diego edge, just 22 miles from downtown San Diego,10 miles from downtown La Mesa 19 miles to downtown Chula Vista, 9 miles to downtown El Cajon. We are metropolitan San Diego's closest rural retreat. Click the "video" tab next to the large property photograph on our VRBO site to see a bird's eye views of the entire estate. (Home away site does not have Video) Due to parking constraints we can not accommodate weddings, receptions or events in excess of 20 guests. Please do not submit those requests at this time .