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BEST venue on the internet at this price point. This enchanted, historic residence and the surrounding grounds were laid down in 1895 at the center of a lemon orchard. The lemon orchard is gone but the 126 year old mansion remains -fully restored to its 1895 grandeur inside and out. The house is situated on a hill top that provides stunning views making for a PERFECT event backdrop. The surrounding and spacious (2 acre) gardens and lawns will impress -towering 126 year old trees hem in the property and provide privacy. The interior of the house is fashioned beautifully with art and furniture, including bar and pool table + multiple elegant seating arrangements for photos. Your wedding photographer will love this place as much as you do. Natural light photographers will love the evening light as it filters through the trees. Experience this magnificently fashioned piece of San Diego County's ranching history -almost none of which still exists now. Accolades: - This venue has hosted dozens of weddings and events. This historic site has been a wedding venue for over 120 years. -House has been featured in San Diego Home and Garden magazine. -House was architected by Irving Gill (noteworthy student of Frank Lloyd Wright). -Trees were planted by Kate Sessions 126 years ago (botanist responsible and famous for her work in Balboa Park). -House is featured in multiple books on architecture. -House has been featured in commercials for national brands such as TRX and Tradlands. -House has featured in an episode of CBS' hit show MISSION UNSTOPPABLE. Perfect for: - Weddings. - Baby showers. - Events - Birthday parties - Reunions Rundown: Please read the entire rundown. We offer free scouts of the location and encourage you to book a free walk through. There is a second house on site that is available to the bride and her maids during their wedding preparation (dressing, makeup, hair, etc.). This second house is a $49 per hour additional option. Use of this house allows the bride to maintain distance from wedding guests and the groom. Ask us about this second house during your walk through. We offer overnight stay packages that include both houses and the entire two acre site. Our packages include: 3 day/2 night stays. 2 day/1 night stays. If interested, ask us about our overnight packages to see what we offer. We consider any person on site a guest; meaning, caterers, bartenders and servers are to be considered in your head count. For events that will have between 35-75 guests, we ask your guests to park offsite, 3 blocks away from our location. Our staff will then shuttle your guests to the site. Our shuttles remain available during the entirety of your event to take guest to and from the venue to the parking lot. Our $99 per hour event rate is for weddings and events that are up to 25 people (including event staff of any kind) and are booked "as is"; meaning, there will be no deliveries or caterers. If your event/wedding will have deliveries of things like seating, dj equipment, caterers, etc, the cost increases to $200 per hour, no exceptions. We offer 25 wedding seats and a wedding arch at no additional cost. Free, on-site parking space is available for up to 6 vehicles. Ample street parking is available. For weddings and events that will have between 35-50 guests, we ask your guests to park at an off-site location located three blocks from our venue. Our staff will shuttle your guests to and from the venue. Our shuttles remain available during the entirety of your event to take guests to and from the site. Our photos were taken during certain times of day during the spring. The lighting is subject to change with the seasons. If you would like to replicate the lighting from one of our pictures, please message us and we will inform you as to what time of day works best. Our bedrooms have been closed due to COVID. The expansive remainder of the house remains open and available. The bedrooms are open and available if you book an overnight stay. Christian Host Credit to (Instagram handle) Pdmedia619_photo for the 13th picture listed above (woman in between Bougainvillea blossoms). David, the photographer of this image, does wonderful work. Notes: 2/11/2021 Spring is right around the corner! The days are getting warmer and the garden is blooming gorgeously. The days have recently been clear and stunningly beautiful. The natural light has been wonderful between noon and sunset recently. The birds in the many trees and hedges on site are making their songs heard by the dozens. Their songs lend a magical element to a lovely ambiance. There have been several red tail hawks present during the day and hooting owls at night. Very soon butterflies will emerge and complete the scene. Spring is an excellent time to host your production or event here. We look forward to seeing you! 3/11/2021 Our garden is blooming spectacularly. The first rose blooms of the season have emerged and are adding a beautiful flair to our outdoor areas. Butterflies have begun to pop up and will will continue to do so in greater numbers as Spring progresses. Birds are perched on nearly every branch of our more than 30 mature trees. Our hanging garden is flush with flowers. I could go on forever, but will summarize by saying that now is an excellent, excellent time to book this site. We look forward to seeing you. 4/27/2021 Our garden is looking spectacular right now and the days are still cool and very pleasant. All of our flowering plants are fully in bloom and there are bursts of color everywhere. Our site has hosted several weddings this Spring and they have gone wonderfully. Now is a great time to book this site. We look forward to hosting you! Thanks for reading.
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Guests may cancel their Booking until 7 days before the event start time and will receive a full refund (including all Fees) of their Booking Price. Guests may cancel their Booking between 7 days and 24 hours before the event start time and receive a 50% refund (excluding Fees) of their Booking Price. Booking cancellations submitted less than 24 hours before the Event start time are not refundable. Learn more
Carlos I. booked a video shoot for 10 people
The location was amazing. Christian was great and extremely informative. We got the best shots of our shoot based on the info he gave us regarding sunset times and locations within the house. Looking forward to shooting here again!!
Anna V. booked a music video shoot for 10 people
Amazing property. Beautiful - especially in the morning and sunset. Very clean and Christian was so accommodating to our production needs. Thank you!
Nicola K. booked an outdoor wedding for 50 people
This hill top estate is absolutely beautiful! I am a wedding planner and so happy that I stumbled upon this property for my couple who was planning a small wedding during COVID. I only wish it was bigger so I could recommend it to all of my couples! Christian and his father were great and very helpful throughout the planning process and on the day of the wedding. This is the perfect, intimate, outdoor wedding venue.
Tajianna O. booked a video shoot for 10 people
Christian is amazing!!! He is very kind snd helpful. He got our production team well acquainted with the space. Very welcoming and accommodating. Definitely trying to think of another project idea to have an excuse to come back and film something else here again! The space is absolutely beautiful and versatile! ✨
Brittany F. booked a photoshoot for 2 people
Such a beautiful house and Christian was so amazing and even gave us a little history of the house ! 10/10 I plan on booking this house in the near future (: my photoshoot here went great and the pics were un real with the garden background .