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Spanish Style Villa, Pool, Walk to Beach, Romance & Charm!

Bedrooms 4
Space 4,005 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 4 large sunny bedrooms with bathrooms ensuite.


Beautiful architectural design and decor combine with a fabulous location for an ideal holiday with family and friends. There is nothing more romantic than strolling down to the beach to watch the sunset, and returning to enjoy drinks by the pool. The large rooms, garden, pool, and location near beach and village - make this the ideal holiday retreat.

Casasol is located near south Windansea Beach in an exclusive neighborhood. Unlike some La Jolla homes in the hills where there are no sidewalks and it is difficult to walk, the homes in this area are perfect for walking, jogging, or riding our bikes through the neighborhood to the beach or restaurants and coffee houses nearby.

Casasol is a designated historic property. Today it is restored and modernized, but filled with the same charm and character that the architect gave La Jolla's famous La Valencia Hotel: carved stone benches, leaded glass windows, hand-crafted tiles; high beamed ceilings; carved walnut paneled dining room, tile and wood floors throughout. (Click on the link below to see large scale images.)

Enjoy the romance and charm of the house, during dinners alongside the pool or in the large dining room with a table which seats up to 12, for a quiet dinner party. The modern kitchen with breakfast nook is designed for cooking together. The house is equipped with everything you need to play, picnic, and enjoy the beaches, from folding chairs, coolers, to toys and bikes. The family room with flat screen has an adjacent cabana bath for changing for the pool. Exquisitely furnished, with the best linens, a gourmet eat-in kitchen with travertine floors, granite and Corian surfaces, Casasol will provide a holiday in style and comfort. A wood burning fireplace is equipped with a gas starter, and a pile of firewood is available. We provide two additional folding beds, and a Graco crib for additional sleeping arrangements.


House Layout:

The 4000 sq ft. home includes three large sun-filled bedrooms upstairs, each with their own bathrooms, and a bedroom/study downstairs with its own bathroom, and a family room (sofa couch) with its own bathroom.

Bed configuration:

Upstairs Beds:

Master Bedroom 1: California King -- sleeps 2

Master Bedroom 2: Cal King -- sleeps 2

Adjacent Study/Sleeping Porch: Folding Bed can be placed here. – sleeps 1

Twin Bedroom: Twin beds- sleep 2

All of the upstairs bedrooms are very large, and are furnished with down comforters in the winter, and excellent quality linens.


Bedroom/Study with double/full bed and an adjacent bathroom. -- sleeps 2

8 adults maximum, with 10 occupants maximum.

Quiet neighborhood, quiet get-togethers, only.


Private Backyard:

Surrounded by a wall and 60’ tall trees and a garden, the pool is about 50 feet in length and is 9 feet deep at the deep end.


Kid friendly beaches: Within a few minutes walk is a beach for wonderful tide pooling and exploration. A few minutes into the village, and any day you can watch the seals play at the Children’s Pool.

No smoking is permitted in the house.

Keywords: Charm, Romantic, Luxurious, Historic, Beach, Pool

More Details

Shona McArthur - Barry Bielinski
Member since: 1998
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2018

About Shona McArthur - Barry Bielinski

Your hosts are an art historian and a retired airline captain. They are international travelers. The home is a designated historic property. The home and garden were featured in the 2002 La Jolla Historical Society's Home and Garden Tour.

Shona McArthur - Barry Bielinski purchased this house in 1993

Why Shona McArthur - Barry Bielinski chose Lower Hermosa

If you enjoy expansive, sunny, and the relaxing feel of a beautifully designed home - this is the place for you. The feeling is romantic early California-Spanish, with colorful Bougainvillea spilling over the walls, tiles, stone and leaded windows. Bring out lunch and drinks and enjoy them by the large pool; or pack up snacks and drinks and head a few minutes down to watch the ocean at the beach. We are minutes into the village and fine restaurants of La Jolla - and the bars and hot spots of Pacific Beach.

What makes this house unique

The home has been restored to its former beauty, and furnished with antiques and furniture that maximize comfort and enjoyment. You have a kitchen equipped for the gourmet cook. The kitchen is a cook's delight, with cozy table for eating across from a new LED flat screen... Picnic and beach gear for outings...Complete wireless WiFi access.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Lower Hermosa in La Jolla

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4005 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Ouiet Hours - 10pm to 9:00am. This is a quiet neighborhood. ( Bachelor or bachelorette parties, or similar, are prohibited.
  • SPECIAL RESIDENCE: It's our pleasure to share a romantic, charming home that has taken much care to create. Thank you for treating it with care.
  • CANCELLATION: 90 days prior to summer rentals (6/15-9/3)or 60 days non-summer forfeit payments, unless we are able to find an alternate renter.
Location Type:
  • near the sea ...
  • resort
  • village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Master en suite - Toto washlett/shower/sink - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2nd en suite - toilet , tub and shower - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 en suite - sink - toilet , combination tub/shower - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 5 - Downstairs for bedroom & kitchen toilet , tub - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 4 - Cabana/Family Rm downstairs toilet/sink/shower - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , This Bathroom/Shower can be entered directly from pool/patio
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • (1) Master Suite - California King - upstairs - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    (2) West Master Suite - California King - upstairs - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    (3) King or Twin Bedroom - Upstairs - 2 Single Bed , Twins can be pushed into King
    (4) Full/Double Bedroom Downstairs - 1 Double Bed
    (5) Sun Porch Upstairs Off West Bedroom - 4 Child Bed , 1 Cot , Can accommodate child's bed +crib
  • There are four beds that can be placed into the large bedrooms to accommodate children.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Casasol is a historically designated home, built in 1929-30.


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Spanish Style Villa, Pool, Walk to Beach, Romance & Charm!
average rating of 4.978261 based on 46 reviews

Fun, family vacation with children and grandchildren.

  • 5 of 5

Shona and Barry's home worked perfectly for our two daughters, sons-in-law, and their two infants and one toddler. The bedrooms (each with it's own bath) were spacious and fully stocked. The kitchen had everything we could have wanted as we cooked in about half the time and ate outdoors. The outdoor space was the best part of the property for us as the 2.5 year old loved the pool. We also enjoyed walking through the lovely neighborhood to the beach and Bird Rock for coffee and the juice bar. There were plenty of nice eateries close by and other activities for the men to enjoy. A great time at a great property.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Cindy for your wonderful comments. Best wishes for your dear family. Shona
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Great family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We rented this lovely villa for a vacation with our children and grandchildren. Everyone loved it! The house has a historic charm with modern functionality.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing home, gorgeous pool, fantastic hosts!

  • 5 of 5

Let me start by saying we have rented many vacation rentals and hands down this is the best one yet! Shona and Berry started our trip off with a thoughtful basket of goodies that included gifts for each of the kids, a bottle of wine for us, a thoughtful letter, and several sightseeing books with great suggestions and ideas of things to do. Alicia met us at the house and gave us an informative tour and showed us all the ins and outs. We even got in a little early! This house has it all; from every spice and kitchen gadget you can think of, to the softest robes we've ever used. There were even toiletries in each bathroom for us to use! And the pool... Wow! We paid the extra money to have it heated and at the end of May it was definitely necessary (the weather was cooler than usual). The backyard is a little slice of paradise with a lemon tree and lots of beautiful plants, flowers and bouganvilla in full bloom. Although the house backs up to a busy street the large shrubbery and trees give the yard lots of privacy and it never bothered us. The home is centrally located to many attractions. Downtown La Jolla is less than a mile down the street and an easy walk, "beach" access is 3 blks away, Pacific Beach and Mission Beach are a 10-15 minute drive, and downtown San Diego is only a 20 min drive. The only suggestion we have is to upgrade the furniture in the family room (tv room). The couch in there is a little uncomfy and musty smelling. Thank you for sharing your home with us! You made our visit to San Diego enjoyable and one we will never forget.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The house was beautiful, comfortable and had everything one needed. Truly terrific and the owners were helpful, generous and friendly

  • Review Submitted: 22-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic large home with pool and close to Windansea beach

  • 5 of 5

Shona and Barry have set up their lovey home so well for guests. I have never seen hosts go to such lengths to make sure the guests are comfortable, happy, and have everything they need. They even left activity books for our children upon arrival - so generous! The pool area is wonderful - great place to relax. We enjoyed the location of the home too - so nice to be able to take a stroll or a bike ride down to Windansea beach. We also appreciated all of the recommendations they made for restaurants in the area. Thank you, Shona and Barry.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Familial bliss with exceptional hospitality

  • 5 of 5

Shona and Barry redefine hosting.

They're incredibly thoughtful (cribs, beds for kids, toys, follow up calls, easily accessible) and warm.

The house was so lovely and in a terrific area of La Jolla with plenty of nearby places of interest without the hustle of the daily crowd or tourists.

We will return!


K and R

  • Review Submitted: 28-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
San Diego (SAN)
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Torrey Pines Golf Course - Public
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Highway 5
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Car: not necessary

San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Legoland, all nearby.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Lower Hermosa, San Diego County

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
July-August 2019
1 Jul 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
December Holidays
26 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £229.44 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £229.44
Property Damage Protection £45.12

Pay with "eCheck" at check out and receive a $100 discount! Or, pay by credit card.
TIMING - Saturday to Saturday rentals preferred.
POOL is heated by a solar blanket; surcharge if gas heater is used (varies from $200 summer to $400 winter).
Please communicate directly with us at, or 858-922-5162, to confirm pricing and details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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