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Palomar Vista Lodge - Luxurious Mountain Estate - Sleeps 16 Guests

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Space 3,700 sq ft
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

5 Bedrooms, 4 Full and 2 Half Baths, Sleeps 14-16

Palomar Vista Lodge is set on over 8 acres on the top of Palomar Mountain, with views to the skyline in San Diego on a clear day. Beautifully updated and decorated, there are five bedrooms and five bathrooms, plus a recreation room with pool table / ping-pong / poker table / bar / and a 2nd kitchen to make your stay enjoyable and memorable. In addition there is a beautiful outside deck of 1,500 sq. feet, a fire pit, Jacuzzi and outdoor barbecue, plus gorgeous lawns, butterfly gardens, and hiking trails and private relaxation spots right on the property that feature gorgeous views, and peaceful tranquility. Perfect for large families, large groups, or multiple families as the home provides large bedrooms with lots of privacy. Updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, over 3,600 sq. ft of interior living space, Palomar Vista Lodge will come to be your luxurious mountain getaway with friends and family for years to come. We are only 2 miles from the entrance of Palomar Mountain State Park, and 3 miles from the Palomar Observatory. In addition, we have 5 casinos within 20 miles if you want to enjoy some great entertainment, a great value meal, and take your chances at the tables or slot machines. Serving San Diego, Orange, and Riverside Counties, we are about an hour to an hour and a half from all points in Southern California, but you will feel like you are in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Peace and serenity awaits you at Palomar Vista Lodge.

Owner/property manager
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few days
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
17 September, 2018

About Owner/property manager

We are native Californians, and have enjoyed the beauty of Southern California for many years. Living in San Diego, we have many options for recreation, but there is nothing like getting up in the mountains and seeing the natural beauty of 100+ year old oak trees, observing the wildlife, playing in the snow in winter, and enjoying the undeveloped, majestic beauty of the Palomar Mountain State Park and Cleveland National Forest. We love it here on Palomar Mountain.

Owner/property manager purchased this chateau / country house in 2011

Why Owner/property manager chose Palomar Mountain

Palomar Vista Lodge was previously known as Celestial Gardens. A wonderful woman lived here and she had made every effort to enjoy and share with others the natural beauty of the property, including developing hiking trails, view points, and relaxing seating areas that showcased its wonderful character. We have tried to rekindle Colleen's spirit and vision for Palomar Vista Lodge, and our friends find it to be a true island in the sky, where your worries float away and your spirits are invigorated.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

We love the southern views, the large deck out back, the peace and quiet of a mountain home nestled amongst the trees, and the beauty of the wildlife we see on a daily basis. The home is large enough for multiple families, yet still feels comfortable and offers many options. Multiple decks, hammocks on the lawn and swinging from the oak trees, plenty of places to relax and unwind.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house rental in Palomar Mountain

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Powder room - main floor - toilet
    Main floor - kitchen area - toilet
    Hall bath - upper floor - toilet , bath with shower
    Master Bath - toilet , bath with shower , jacuzzi
    Hall bath - upper floor by Bunk Room - toilet , shower enclosure
    Queen Suite private bath - lower floor - toilet , bath with shower
  • Master Suite Bath with Jacuzzi tub/shower, Queen Suite downstairs with full tub/shower, Upstairs has two bathrooms, one with tub/shower, one with shower. Also two additional powder rooms.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Master Suite - 1 extra lg. double bed , Spacious with fireplace/seating area, and a private bath
    Queen Suite - lower floor - 1 large double bed , Spacious suite with private bath w/ tub and shower
    Queen Bedroom 1 - upper floor - 1 large double bed
    Queen Bedroom 2 - upper floor - 1 large double bed
    The Lounge - lower floor - 2 sofa bed/futon
    The Bunk Room - upper floor - 6 single bed
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (8)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • jacuzzi ...
  • botanical garden
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing


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Palomar Vista Lodge - Luxurious Mountain Estate - Sleeps 16 Guests
average rating of 4.923077 based on 39 reviews

A beautiful and comfortable home with a spectacular view.

  • 5 of 5

We were for a wedding and had relatives from all over to spend the weekend here. The house was extremely comfortable with every amenity. V enjoyable stay

  • Review Submitted: 16/09/2018
  • Date of Stay: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The house & property were amazing. House was clean and had everything we could need. The property is maintained well. Lots to explore and experience.

Property owner left a lot of helpful information regarding the house and area.

Looking foward to our next visit!

Danner/Cohen Family

  • Review Submitted: 25/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The Palomar Vista Lodge is amazing in every way and has become our preferred lodging spot when we visit Mt Palomar. The house is spacious, well kept and equipped with everything you will need whether you are bringing a large group or simply your family. The land surrounding the house and the views from the house truly provide for the perfect getaway. My personal favorite was sitting in the hammock overlooking the pond and city, it was so peaceful. The owner also took a personal interest in making sure we had a wonderful, comfortable stay. I can’t wait to return and hope to do so soon! Thank you Palomar Vista Lodge for the memories we were able to create!

  • Review Submitted: 14/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Barbara, California

Incredible Home and Amazing Location!!!

  • 5 of 5

What an incredible home and amazing location. The home was filled with all the right amenities. Beautifully thought out. Easy to keep clean. We all slept wonderfully and would stay here again in a heartbeat. With the fantastic patio and view we felt like it was a private retreat. I would HIGHLY recommend this property.

Thank you so much for allowing us to stay!


  • Review Submitted: 19/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lakeside, California

Wonderful in every way!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 4 days over Christmas with our grown kids, grandkids and great grandkids. The layout suited multi-generations perfectly. The game room downstairs was a big hit and having 2 kitchens a real plus. We hung out around the gas fire ring on the deck and enjoyed the breath taking view. Since the property is 8 acres it's easy to find some solitude if you need it. We watched deer drinking from one of the 2 ponds on the property. We actually brought more cooking equipment th a we needed, they had everything including a crockpot and nice cookware. There were plenty of plates, glasses of every kind and flatware. I really can't say enough about it. The owner and manager were excellent to work with and very accommodating. This is one Christmas that will be long remembered.

  • Review Submitted: 28/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We had extended family (12 adults and one child), staying for a wedding at Bailey's Resort. Every one loved the Palomar Vista Lodge. The deck, the views of the valley, the hot tub, game room, the ponds, the whole place could not have been better.

  • Review Submitted: 10/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
San Diego International Airport
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
CA State Hwy 76
Nearest Restaurant
15 Miles
Several restaurants
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
La Jolla, Del Mar, Torrey Pines, Pacific Beach
Car: necessary

Palomar Vista Lodge is ideally located on the summit of Palomar Mountain, just 2 miles from the entrance of Palomar Mountain State Park, and just 3 miles from the World Famous 200 Inch Hale Telescope at the Palomar Observatory opened in 1948. Come explore some of the most beautiful hiking trails and natural beauty in Southern California, as well as one of the premier astronomy locations in the world. You will marvel at the beautiful surroundings during the day, and enjoy spectacular star-lit evenings by night. One of most famous views is the Milky Way Galaxy. During the Summer, on every clear night you can see the Galaxy you live. Several different Meteor showers, at about 1 per month can be seen during the Summer. The Milk Way is so close during the Summer that it feels as if you can reach out and touch it. From April through November, depending on if we have snow on the ground, the Palomar Observatory gives tours of the World Famous 200 Inch Hale Telescope. On most Saturdays and Sundays you can walk or drive to the Observatory and buy tickets for one of their tours. Tickets can be purchased in the gift shop after 10:00am. Doanes Pond in located in State Park several miles from the Lodge. You can spend the day fishing, hiking and having a picnic right next to the pond. Hiking- We have many different hiking trails on Palomar. Spend the day hiking one of our great trails and come back to the Lodge to relax in the Jacuzzi under the Starry Night's sky.

Areas to visit around Palomar Mountain:

Julian, California is a beautiful mountain village that is well known for its gold mining history, delicious apple pies, fine dining, and lots of great shops. Julian is about a 45 minute scenic drive from the Palomar Vista Lodge.

Lake Cuyamaca is near Julian and provides great fishing and boating, with all the gear you need.

Lake Henshaw is a beautiful high-altitude lake which provides boating and fishing, only about 20 minutes down the road.

If you like Casinos, there are 5 casinos with great gaming, food and drink within 30 minutes of the Palomar Vista Lodge.

In Valley Center, about 25 minutes away:

Bates Nut Farms- Beautiful country setting offering picnics and great things for the kids, Raw Nuts, Roasted/Salted Nuts, Dried Fruit, Candy, Sugar Free Candy, Glazed Fruit, Snacks & Misc. Items, Gift Packs, Gift Certificate.

The possibilities are endless, or you can just relax and enjoy the beautiful mountain environment at Palomar Vista Lodge, with all the comforts of home.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday chateau / country house around the Palomar Mountain

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee Minimum AU$275.54
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$2,066.55

Holiday weekends require a 3-night minimum stay. Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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