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Spectacular Mountain-top Retreat Lodge, Sleeps 20 , Surrounded by Forest

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 399 m²
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Private Luxury Lodge Sleeps up to 20 people on 20 Acres of Mountain-top Forest!


Upper Meadow Lodge is the perfect place for a luxurious mountaintop retreat for 10 - 20 people.

The land here is truly special, as are the spectacular mountaintop views from every room in this gorgeous like-new home.

Here's what makes it truly special:

** Breathtaking Mountaintop Beauty **

The 200 year old Cedar tree circle that stands next to this home has been a site for reflection and healing for generations, from the native people of times past to our current gatherings. You will have a "mountaintop" experience every time you gaze out a window to see the far-reaching vistas, the ever changing tapestry of colorful clouds, hawks circling, and deer grazing in the meadow. Simply breathtaking views keep people coming back here year after year.

**Incredible Solitude and Privacy**

The house is surrounded by 20 private acres of Cedar and Oak forest and lush fern meadow. People describe the level of silence at night as healing in itself. Stargazing here is world-class, due to the lighting regulations that protect the nearby Palomar Observatory. Astronomers, bird-watchers, spiritually inspired people, and anyone needing to unwind will find this place an absolute treasure.


We had an enchanted evening under a blanket of stars. We felt a little closer to heaven up here. Kathy A.


**Luxury and Class**

Why settle for a place that feels like a "rental house?" The Lodge was intentionally designed to be a special place to gather by the O'Neill/Seaman family. Built in 2009, it boasts soaring ceilings, huge view windows, hard wood floors, a top-of-the-line kitchen, and elements of class and elegance throughout. It feels luxurious, yet everyone remarks how it feels like home. Our caretakers, Manda and Carson, take exquisite care of both home and land, so you can enjoy elegant details and an abundance of beauty.

**Ecology and Respect**

Eco-design elements abound, from the ultra-insulated SIPS-panel construction and top-end dual pane windows, to the use of reclaimed wood beams, natural stone, and permaculture-inspired landscaping surrounding the home. We removed the "smart-meter" and utilize eco-friendly clearing and cleaning to maintain a pristine environment. Those who are sensitive to such things will feel the dedication to ecological sustainability, energetic stewardship, and deep respect for the land here. And just wait till you taste the water - pristine, perfect water from our deep onsite well flows from every tap. You will want to bring some bottles to fill and bring home!


What a glorious place. The perfect place to have an inspired board retreat.

- Board of Directors, Avalon Springs


** Uniquely Designed for Groups**

Retreat leaders love this Lodge. They end up creating more retreats just so they can return here as often as possible! Groups feel special here. Twenty people can sleep comfortably in beds at the Lodge and in Fern Cottage. From the spaciousness of the spaces, to the comfortable beds, to the large hot tub under the stars, to the spa-quality natural soaps in the limestone showers and deep bathtubs, Upper Meadow Lodge is a perfect place to delight groups who come together with intention - to learn, to reconnect, to simply relax and unwind. Our onsite staff can be available to help with food preparation, and possibly bodywork and child care with some notice. We can also connect you with local catering contractors.

**Really? This is San Diego?**

People always remark at how unique this place is in all of Southern California! The lodge is just 90 minutes from San Diego, and maybe 2 hours from Los Angeles. Yet this forest feels lush, exotic, and primordial. Everyone always says, "This feels like Northern California" because of the richness of the landscape that is so different than the scrub oak forests of lower elevations. Yet Upper Meadow Lodge is the perfect home base from which to explore Southern California, including Disneyland, Legoland, Sea World, San Diego Zoo, The Wild Animal Park, Julian, Anza Borrego and Palm Springs deserts. Harrah's at Rincon, Pauma, Santa Ysabel, and Pala Casinos offer fine dining, gaming, and spa services nearby, and the shopping and dining of Escondido, Oceanside, and wine tasting of Temecula are just 45 minutes away.

**Everyone loves the Lodge**

You can bring your well-behaved pooch - yes!

Kids love exploring here, enjoying climbing around on the rocks, exploring the forest, and playing on the swing set (make sure to watch kids closely though, of course!).

There is a ramp making the lodge wheelchair accessible on the bottom level (Sundance Suite) as well as the main level with the kitchen and gathering spaces.

Our guest groups range from very high-end corporate groups to family reunions crawling with squealing kiddos.

Everyone loves Upper Meadow Lodge!

We respectfully decline heavy-party groups, heavy drinking events and anything that will take a toll on the forest.

That way, the house remains elegant, and the forest remains pristine for the intentional groups we love to host!

Please contact Elaine if you have questions or want to book. And if you are a retreat leader who needs to see the place before you book, let us know and we will try to arrange a one-hour visit/tour of the Lodge. If you let us know you're a retreat leader, will can also invite you to our occasional open house days just for group leaders. Thank you!

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2008
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 27, 2017


Nearest Airport
62 Miles
San Diego
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Valley Center
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Nearest Beach
45 Miles
Car: necessary

Golfing in Valley Center & Temecula,Fishing at nearby Lake Henshaw or Doane Pond, Julian, Old Town Temecula, Wine Tasting Temecula, Hot Air Balloons Temecula, Harrah's, Pala, Valley View and Pauma casinos nearby, Beautiful Anza-Borrego desert one hour away, Palomar Observatory, about one hour to most north San Diego County Beaches.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation lodge rental in Palomar Mountain, California

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 399 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Guest Bath - toilet , Located on the main floor, easy access for groups
    Lavender Master Bath - toilet , tub , shower , Elegant Private bath for the Lavender Views Suite
    Upstairs Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , 3rd floor - Bath for the Mountain Rose & Cedar View Suites
    Bears' Lair Bath - toilet , shower , Across the hall from Bears Lair, accessible for groups too.
    Sundance Suite Bath - toilet , shower , Private bath for the Sundance Suite
    Fern Cottage Bath - toilet , shower , Private bath for the Fern Cottage
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bears' Lair Suite - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , (Two kings or 4 twin beds)
    Mountain Rose Suite - 1 king , 1 double , 1 twin/ single , King or Two Twins, Twin bed, Built in futon nook for 2 kids
    Cedar View Room - 2 twin/ single , Can have 2 Twins or King Bed
    Lavender Master Suite - 1 king , Master bedroom for 2 w incredible views, luxurious tub bath
    Great Room Fireside Bed - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Living room has a king size sleeper sofa next to fireplace
    Fern "Honeymoon" Cottage - 1 queen , Romantic cozy 200 Sq. Ft. detached cottage with bath
    Sundance Suite with Kitchenette - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Has Kitchenette, full bath, pvt entrance - King or 2 Twins
  • Main floor: Lavender Views Suite- Sleeps 2 - Private bath (King Bed) Bears Lair - Sleeps 4, in Kings or Twins Fireside Sofabed in the Great Room - sleeps 2 by the fireplace Upper Floor: Cedar Views Suite- Sleeps 2 - in King or Twins (shared full bath with Mountain Rose Suite). Mountain Rose Suite - Sleeps 4 - King or Two Twins, separate Twin bed, and one double platform bed (Shared full bath with Cedar View Suite) Lower Floor: Sundance Suite - Sleeps 4 - Private Bath - King bed or Two Twins + queen sofa sleeper (yes it is comfy ;) Detached Cottage: Fern Cottage - Sleeps 2 - Private Bath - Queen bed
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
Piano. Cedar Forest, Sledding, Horseshoes, Native American Artifacts, incredible Mountaintop Views. * Smart-Meter free zone!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation lodge rental in Palomar Mountain, California

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$1,929.9
Pet Fee C$64.33
Minimum Cleaning Fee C$385.98

Lodge pricing is $950 per night for Weekends (Thursday-Sunday night) and $750 for Weekdays (Monday-Wednesday). The property can sleep a total of twenty (20) people, including Fern Cottage. There is a three (3) night minimum for most dates with a five (5) night minimum for Easter, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Father's Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. All holiday bookings are at a minimum rate of $950 per night, regardless of day of the week.

A cleaning service fee will be added to final total. A $1500 Damage Deposit will be due one week prior to your check in date and will be returned to you after your stay, assuming no damage has been inflicted on the space.

Please contact us for additional information concerning special events or renting only part of the space. We do not host events with more than 40 people on the property, at any given time.

50% upon booking, Balance due 30 days before stay or 60 days before holiday stay.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.