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Lagoon pool & hot tub on private mountaintop retreat

Laura Cyphert

Member since: 2007
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People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Laura Cyphert

Member since: 2007
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Calendar last updated:
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Lagoon pool & hot tub on private mountaintop retreat

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Jamul - Metaphysical Retreat

2 bedroom, 1 bath, sleeps 4 adults

Private mountaintop retreat on 10 acres with 360 degree views to the distant ocean and mountains. This is an ideal place for metaphysical reflections, newlyweds, writers, artists or romantic renewals. This location is not suitable for young children.

Daytime activities at 'home' may include relaxing in the hot tub, swimming in the pool, or sitting on one of the many giant boulders watching red tail hawks soar at eye level. At night you can watch shooting stars, or sit around the fire ring and watch the fire light dancing in the reflection of the pool. In the morning you may find yourself above the clouds. This is truly a place that must be experienced to understand.

While you may feel a million miles away from the city, if you decide to pursue more worldly activities, you are just 45 minutes from downtown San Diego, including the gas lamp district, world famous San Diego zoo, Sea World, and the beach communities. Or stay in Jamul and enjoy hiking, horseback riding and golf.

Pets welcome with approval in advance

Find us on Facebook: Search for Metaphysical Retreat. See nearly 100 photos and frequently asked questions.

Visit our Website: do a Google search for 'Metaphysical Retreat PRIVATE VACATION HOME. Experience the Extraordinary Jamul, California (in San Diego county)'

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1) What does metaphysical mean?

Metaphysical simply means that which is not physical. See a definition of metaphysical retreat from dictionary.com. Our retreat has attracted those from all faiths, from Christian ministers to shamans. Although furnished and stocked with books and videos that many 'new age' people would relish (such as on astral projection, astrology, natural remedies, etc), we are open to all those who seek a spiritual or private retreat.

2) Will I be sharing the retreat with anyone?

Just with nature. The rental has two separate living areas, and both are included in the rental. There are no other structures on the 10 acres.

3) How long does it take to drive there from the San Diego airport?

Typically 45 minutes, but if you arrive during rush hour, it may be longer. Middle of the night...and it may be faster.

4) How is the driveway? Do I need a 4-wheel drive vehicle or will I need to hike up a mountain?

The driveway is steep and curvy, and part dirt, part gravel, part concrete. We have never had a problem getting a standard vehicle up to the top, but if you have your brand new Porsche, this is probably not the place you want to drive.

5) I am afraid of heights. Will I have a problem there?

Probably yes. The house is perched on its own private mountaintop with many cliffs and ledges. Sometimes if feels like you are in an airplane, especially if you looking down at a sea of clouds with islands of mountaintops.

6) Are there rattlesnakes there?

Although I have never personally seen one on the property, one must always assume that in the backcountry of San Diego, there are rattlesnakes. If you have a dog, we recommend a leash and that you stay on pathways where you can see where you are walking.

7) What is the weather like 'this' time of year?

Here is my best guestimate based on my own personal observation. Weather subject to change, of course.

January - often showers and cold. Spend your time by the electric fireplace in the poolside bedroom, or enjoy the quiet.

February - unpredictable. Beautiful spring weather one day, cool the next. Everything is green and the lake is full. Some days are spent inside the clouds.

March - Ah, spring. Still cool, but the birds are building nests. Could rain.

April - More spring. The butterflies arrive. The birds have babies.

May - San Diego has May Gray, but no worries, you live above the clouds. Plan SD activities in the afternoon once the gray lifts.

June - San Diego has June gloom, but for you it is summer. Hot, with cool ocean breezes. Red tail hawks soaring at eye level.

July - Summer for all. Hot. Lots of time floating in the pool. Nights in the hot tub.

August - Just like July but more meteor showers. Not often rainy.

September - Just like July; some cooler nights, but not much. Lots of stars.

October - Weather can start to change, gets cooler, but the Milky Way seems SO close

November - Thanksgiving. Maybe some rain. Maybe sun. Toss a coin.

December - Cool and windy, or Indian summer... no telling what you'll get.

8) Is the pool heated? Can you swim in the pool?

If you are me, and you require 85 degrees to swim, than no. I prefer to float on a lounger or swim in the hot tub. But if you are my husband, you love to alternate between the pool and hot tub. If you are a kid, or kid at heart, you'll be swimming. Most likely from July-September. Hot tubs always in season. (Of course, if you REALLY want it heated, we can heat it with the hot tub propane for 6 hours a day which will get it warm or less cold depending on the time of year; extra cost is $150 per day. Just ask.)

9) Who built that house?

The house was completed in 1992 and designed by architect David Klages, who studied under James Hubble; a renowned 'organic' architect. The philosophy of organic architecture is that structure should blend with and compliment nature, not overcome it. The house is small by design, and built into the boulders. See more about the Hubbell philosophy at Hubbell and Hubbell website

10) Can I have my wedding or special event here?

Possibly. Approved on a case by case basis. Event fees of $1,500 apply for events with up to 10 persons. Other restrictions apply. Inquire for more information.

11) Is the firepit propane or wood burning?

Propane. San Diego backcountry is prone to fires. No wood burning is permitted.

More Details
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Laura Cyphert (Owner)
Member since: 2007
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Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
20 April, 2015

Why Laura Cyphert chose Jamul

The first time I came to this retreat was a few months after a personal tragedy- in which we had lost our home and everything we owned in a wildfire. We were considering if we would rebuild or buy, when we came upon the retreat. Pictures can not capture the true energy of this magical place. The first time I visited the house, I was so profoundly moved that I climbed out onto a boulder by myself and cried. I have yet to fully understand my tears or my emotions. There was just something, (and still is something), so incredibly powerful about this spot on earth that goes far beyond the beauty of the house and the expansive views. The sun feels more intense here, the wind is stronger, the cold colder. The house feels energized and alive. Magical things happen there on a daily basis. Butterflies appear in great numbers. Red tail hawks circle above, or at eye level, or below. And then there are the changes within. I have found that no matter what my real world stresses are, when I am in Jamul, suddenly they lose importance. I have also discovered that whatever it is I am focusing my attention on while I am in Jamul, my thoughts begin to very quickly materialize in my “real” life. Don’t be surprised if when you come off the mountain, you feel unexplainably changed. Don’t be surprised if the coincidences in your life become suddenly more frequent, and if you start to see those things you focused on while in Jamul begin to take shape in your life. I know that the retreat was incredibly healing for us as we recovered from our own personal losses, and we are happy to be able to share its magic with others.

What makes this house unique

This property is one of its kind on the planet. Built by architect David Kleges, this example of organic architecture exemplifies the union of nature and structure. This is truly a one-of-its kind properties, and was included on the list of California's 'Coolest places to stay' - see the list here: http://gocalifornia.about.com/od/calodging/ig/California-s-Coolest-Places-to-Stay/

Guestbook comments from the owner

We discovered Jamul in April 2004 after we lost our home in the 2003 Cedar fires. Being in Jamul healed our spirits in such a powerful way, and made us remember the magick and wonder in everything around us. The mountain is covered with oak trees and boulders, and the energy is intense. When you visit Jamul, you are in for an experience.
Feb 2006
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Reviews

4.7
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Lagoon pool & hot tub on private mountaintop retreat
average rating of 4.7380953 based on 43 reviews
Louisiana
5

Awesome!!

  • 5 of 5

Celebrate 25yrs together here, was just what we needed away from 5 kids and life in general.

We could relax and be adults, something we haven't been able to do in quite a while.

We stayed in the hot tub, pool was too cold, and never left the property to sight see, the surrounding area from the mountain top was enough.

Wish we had more that 2 days, was hard to come back home.

Have recommended this little place to friends and family that I think need an adult holiday.

Thank you for this little gem in the rough!

The Guidry's

  • Review Submitted: Mar 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Upper Preston, Washington
5

We're Planning Our Next Stay!

  • 5 of 5

This place is unbelievable! Not too far from the San Diego airport. Jamul is a pretty small quiet town, enough places to go grocery shopping and eat out. The house is beautiful. The pool is awesome! Too bad it was too cold to swim in January. Therefore, we will be returning this summer! We can't get this place out of minds!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Beautiful, relaxing place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful, relaxing place to stay just outside of San Diego! My wife and I spent 4 nights here and we can't say enough good things. Very private but with a big open feel and great views in all directions. The pool and hot tub are amazing! Although it was too cold to swim while we were there, it was nice to lounge in the hot tub with the beauty of the pool and mountains all around us...and to have it all to ourselves! Very relaxing and private, but only a beautiful 30-45 min drive down the mountain to all the attractions in SD. We recommend Filippi's Pizza Grotto on the way into town! We had a great pizza there one night!

The place was clean and ready for us upon arrival. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook meals including a grill outside on the patio. They even have satellite TV. Of course we never would have turned it on but we did stay over Super Bowl Sunday, so we had to watch a little of the big game!

Cindy and Laura were great to work with and always respond quickly to any questions. Check in/out was easy and well managed even though we arrived late at night.

Highly recommended to anyone looking to get away! We certainly will be coming back in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
4

On top of the world!

  • 4 of 5

It's been almost a year, but I can still remember how wonderful my experience was over all. Upon a generous agreement with the owners I got to have both my small informal wedding and honeymoon at this retreat. All of my guests proclaimed they've never seen anything like this place and how it really enhanced the special day. A short honeymoon with my husband here was just amazing. So relaxing, with all that solitude we were able to really enjoy ourselves as newlyweds.

Pros: 360 degree spectacular views, that only get better when you can see all the stars and moon out (no light/city pollution here). The lagoon makes for a beautiful backdrop, although it was too cold for us to use. Lovely heated hot tub, huge shower. Angles of the house provide excellent sunlight. Very quiet, great for anyone who needs that solitude. The hammock, perfect for lounging, staring up at the stars.

Cons: We found both beds and the couch to be firm and a bit uncomfortable, and I did find it hard to get restful sleep. But I made up for that by taking catnaps in the hammock. The shower knobs stopped working 3 days into our trip, but one of the owners came within an hour to fix it. The hot tub stopped working on our last day, don't know if it was out of propane, but we had plenty of use out of it so that didn't bother too much. The road is quite narrow and a bit scary at night. Some of the structure of the place is old and slightly run down, but honestly this isn't a 5 star hotel, and if you're truly enjoying the retreat in all its glory, there's no reason why that kind of detail should really be a problem.

Looking back at my wedding photos, with my anniversary just days from now, I am overall very pleased with our experience. The only reason I might not return is due to the beds just being too firm for me to feel rested. Other than that, I would love to come back here some day, perhaps in the summer so we could swim in the lagoon.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

AMAZING STAY IN PARADISE

  • 5 of 5

This house and its location is paradise! Our stay couldn't have been more perfect and the owners and Cindy, were so helpful. We felt so comfortable and welcomed, thank you so much! We will definitely be booking this house in the summer so we can take advantage of the beautiful pool.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Mountain Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Awesome views with a lot of privacy. A thirty minute ride into San Diego. State parks near-by and an endless amount of roads and paths to hike on. Nothing better than coming back to a hot tub. There is a fabulous pool but it was too cold to swim in while we were there. Definitely a return location.

Very cooperative/helpful staff...always there if you need them :)

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Location

Nearest Airport
28 Miles
San Diego Lindberg Field
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Downtown San Diego
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Downtown San Diego
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Highway 94
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Rancho San Diego -various
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Coronado Beach
Car: necessary

Jamul is a small, rural community located in the mountains 45 minutes east of downtown San Diego and the beach communities. Translated in Indian to 'a place where antelope go to drink water,' Jamul ranges in elevations of 993 feet to 3,660 feet (at the peak of the mountain).

Other Activities: star-gazing, metaphysical reflections

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Prices for this holiday house in Jamul, San Diego County

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Spring (Mid Season)
1 Mar 2015 - 30 Apr 2015
2 night minimum stay
$649
for 2 nights
From
$300
From
$350
Fri,Sat
$1,999
$6,349
 
 
Summer (High Season)
1 May 2015 - 6 Sep 2015
4 night minimum stay
$1,249
for 4 nights
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$300
$2,149
$6,349
 
 
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7 Sep 2015 - 3 Jan 2016
2 night minimum stay
$649
for 2 nights
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$300
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$350
Fri,Sat
$1,899
$4,899
 
 
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Pet Fee $50
Damage protection policy ($1500) $49

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Jamul in San Diego County

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , part of downstairs studio; this bedroom is not private
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , private poolside bedroom
  • Downstairs living area has open floor plan. Bedroom does not have a privacy door.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
Notes:
Salt water pool and hot tub House is Not suitable for children due to the Many ledges and cliffs.

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