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The Ranch - The Best Camp in Borrego

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 5 nights

About the property

House, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, (sleeps 8 in 4 beds)

This is our second home and when we are not there, we would love to share it with you and your family or friends. Please take care of it as if it was your own.

Our calendar is always up to date, so if you don't want to miss out staying here, use the instant book for immediate confirmation of your reservation. In case of multiple rental requests, the first paid request will automatically be confirmed.

The cleaning fee is on the honor system and is based as follows: $40 for house and one bedroom and bath used plus $20 for each additional bedroom used. Please leave cash for the correct amount due in the cleaning fee box located on the game table prior to leaving, unless your receipt shows you paid in advance. (Suggested fee for whole house is $80).

For the kids and teenagers we have TV channels just for them. For adults, HBO Now offers Late Night programs that are rated X. Our property features basketball, football, horse shoes, fire pit, playing cards, checkers and backgammon. We also offer, by advance request, the Wii and Wii U draw and we have the Xbox One S for your use with limited games. If you have games bring them with you. If you expect to use one or both of the video games, request three days in advance that they be setup for your rental stay.

The Ranch, aka the Camp, is situated in the quiet desert valley of Borrego Springs on two acres of open area with several golf courses and just two hours to Sea World, Pacific Ocean, MCRD, Downtown San Diego, Fashion Valley Shopping Center and the San Diego Zoo. Across the street from the Ranch, are hundreds of acres of open space just waiting to be walked or licensed 4-wheel driven. You won't be disappointed with this rental....bring your horse if you have one.

Our Camp sleeps up to 8 in four beds plus two on a sofa sleeper. The large master bedroom suite has both a king and a double bed. The two other bedrooms have queen beds. Great place and location for a large get-together.

While in Borrego, visit La Casa Del Zorro, just a few blocks away, for their Music by the Pool, every Saturday, 7 p.m. to 10...No cover charge. Their cantina is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. You can also use their tennis courts and pool for a small day fee. Also, for our visiting veterans, American Legion Post 853 is just down the street and is open every evening in season. Don't forget to take the short drive up to Julian for some apple pie, about a half hour ride up the mountain from the house. They also have a VFW in Julian.

Book early for best season dates.

While here, consider visiting the Temecula Wine Country, about one hour drive away. Go horseback riding through the vine trails, wine tasting, hot air balloon and jeep rides or a self guided tour.

Our place can be Google Mapped at 3893 Pecos Dr, Borrego Springs 92004 and has three bedrooms (one king with a double beside it and two queen beds), one sofa bed, two bathrooms, linen, patio deck area, fireplace, wireless Internet access, fully equipped kitchen, coffee maker, blender, spices, gas stove range, microwave, side by side refrigerator with ice maker, air conditioning, blu-ray dvd player, flat screen internet TV. Additional amenities include board games, horseshoes, fire pit, charcoal grill, washer (provide your own laundry soap) and dryer, hair dryer and iron/ironing board. Please remember this is a smoke-free property inside. One medium pet dog welcome at a small fee to help with the additional cleaning cost. If a security deposit is required, it will show on the invoice, for most rentals we do not require a security deposit.

What You Need to Know:

Extra-person charges per night per person may apply and vary depending on occupancy.

Credit card or a Echeck payment is required when making a reservation with full payment within 45 days of arrival.

(house parties not allowed, unless all guests are paid guests)

Check-in time starts at about: 4 PM

Check-out time is: 10:45 AM to 11.

Local hotel tax of 8% added to invoices (San Diego County Tax Permit #5-1702701-11)

Pet enclosed fenced area is 36” high.

Additional RV hook up to electricity is $35 per day. (holding tank required)

Accepted payments USD: Major credit card or Echeck

If you are looking for a last minute escape from the hustle and bustle of life we have the escape for you!

When the rental is booked for only two guests, we expect the second bath and two small bedrooms will not be occupied requiring a linen change. Use of additional bedrooms or beds will be deducted from the deposit or charged at the rate of $25 per night per bed.

We like to exchange homes for trips throughout the USA, Baja Mexico, Europe and Canada. If you have another location in mind, ask us. We also have a Penthouse Vacation Rental in the Mission Bay area of San Diego for additional consideration on exchanges.

More Details

Richard Heim
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2017

About Richard Heim

Contractor, retired

Richard Heim purchased this house in 2006

Why Richard Heim chose San Diego County

Great view in a quiet area.

What makes this house unique

The best winter get a way!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just wanted to thank all of you who have stayed here and those of you who have left your comments. I built this house in 2003/4. My wife and I always enjoy spending a few days here when we both have the time. We have no plans to sell this home, so it should be available for many more years as a great getaway place. Hope you enjoy it as much as we have had and come back soon. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are special times out here. Don't for the wildflower season!
Mar 2009
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Borrego Springs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 double , Double bed make up by guest
  • Super large master bedroom
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
Enclosed 36" high pet area. This has been a Smoke Free rental and thank you for keeping it that way. Recent reviews are limited due to a long term staying guest who just wanted to relax in quiet setting for a few years. We are back better than ever... and with lots of new improvements. Come join us and enjoy our ranch, you won't regret it.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(47 traveler reviews)

The Ranch - The Best Camp in Borrego
average rating of 4.9787235 based on 48 reviews

Girls Trip 14

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at this home. The owner bent over backwards to provide us with everything that we needed to make our stay most comfortable. The house is a great layout. We would definitely come back and stay at this house again.

Thank you!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2009
  • Stayed: Oct 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Camp

  • 5 of 5

Great location for our getaway purpose. Located in a quiet neighborhood and close to all. Especially liked the close golf courses and great restaurants. Beautiful house with all the amenities you would expect for a home away from home. The inside reminds me of a Frank L. Wright house! Stained concrete floors and the high ceilings. For sure, we'll be back.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: See you next time. Thanks.
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Carlsbad, CA

Enjoyable Getaway House!!!

  • 5 of 5

I go out to Borrego often mostly for cycling and photography--I'm usually by myself--with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths the house was probably overkill for space--but was worth it for the amenities and the price!!! I've stayed at Ram's Hill numerous times which I like. But I've noted that the cellular reception in many areas at Ram's Hill is not that great and most houses don't have that great of wifi which I need for work while away....where this house has great wifi connection and great cellular connection and the best TV system I've seen at a VRBO house. The location is quiet-gets little traffic in the area and is minutes away from "central Borrego"! Also house is very clean! Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is a large house, but feels like home for one or 10. There are many people from the San Diego area that come out to our place for just a few nights. This is a great getaway for locals and there pets. It's like having a second home for most returning guests. See you soon.
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San Diego, CA

Clean, cozy, and updated!

  • 5 of 5

The home is very nice - clean, great layout, updated bathrooms/kitchen - the pictures don't do it justice! The kitchen and bathrooms have everything you need. The owners are super flexible and accommodating - they let us check out late since no one was coming until the next day. Price is definitely a great deal for how nice the home is.

We will definitely be staying again!

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoy your stay. See you next time.
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Terrific Place

  • 5 of 5

Stayed 3 nights in December 2016, the house is very open, up to date, comfortable. In a neighborhood but very quiet. Had a great time using the fire pit. Enjoyed the views of the mountains from the kitchen and living room has a nice telescope. TV was great no problems with the wifi and close to town. Would love to go back

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for using our second home. We try to furnish it with what most guests expect to find in there own home. Come back soon.
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Great, well maintained base for exploring Anza-Borrego State Park

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I and our dog were hoping for a quiet, relaxing holiday and found The Ranch to be the perfect solution for our needs. We wanted to explore Anza-Borrego State Park and knew that staying in Borrego Springs would be the best option to do so. There was a chance some friends from LA and their 10 year old daughter might join us and they did for a few days, so we needed the extra space The Ranch offered. It is very fairly priced and we felt like its management is being handled in a very friendly and human way, unlike some vacation rentals that are managed by impersonal or aloof property management companies.

The Ranch is a custom home with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a large living area. The kitchen is well stocked and had everything we could have ever needed. All of the appliances are modern and the house is in excellent condition. The decor is tasteful and very comfortable. We really enjoyed being able to sit in the backyard at night and stargaze. The bedding is all higher quality than expected and care was taken to provide us with everything we needed.

The owner has done a great job making guests feel welcome and has emphasized the The Golden Rule in terms of his expectations that guests treat the Ranch as if it was their own home and take care of it as they would at home. As former B&B owners with plenty of horror stories of bad guests not doing so, we embraced this philosophy and hope others will do so in order to fully appreciate just how nice the property is.

There is a huge TV and it is connected to more than enough options to satisfy anyone really in need of their technology fix while on vacation. There are several local guides and resources to utilize for trip planning and despite going to Anza-Borrego before, we found little known hikes and scenic adventures we hadn't seen before.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Palm Springs and SAN
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
American Legion Post
Nearest Ferry
75 Miles
San Diego
Nearest Train
75 Miles
San Diego
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Carlee's Rest and bar
Nearest Beach
75 Miles
Mission Bay
Car: recommended

The Camp: rustic ranch type house, three bedrooms, greatroom, dining for 8-10 at the large hand made ranch table, fire pit,, corral, fireplace, open space, walking trails and much more. At The Camp it's like being camping on an open desert range without the tent. Sitting around the campfire, roasting marshmallows, looking for satellites, falling stars and counting the planets. The Milky Way, show it to the kids. Bring the pet too...everybody loves this place.

See shooting stars, world famous sculptures and Palm Canyon. All just minutes away. Stay here for less and drive to the coast of San Diego. We also have 'The Penthouse' rental near Mission Bay in San Diego. Considering staying at both of our places.

Other Activities: Wildlife Viewing, Rock Climbing, Basketball Court, Shopping, Boating, Biking

Golf: Several golf courses to choose from


Rates & Availability

Borrego Springs House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mar 11 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $8 per night, per additional guest
May 22 2017 - Sep 1 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $8 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $10 + Tax
Utilities, WiFi, HVAC $45 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.0%

The cleaning fee is on the honor system and starts at $40 for house and one bedroom. $20 for additional bedrooms. Please leave the correct amount due, in CASH, in the cleaning fee box on the game table. Our County rental permit and Tax ID: 5-1702701-11

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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