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Bailes Farm

· Fallbrook, San Diego, California
60 acres hosted by Christopher B.
2 lodging sites
Best glamping: 2nd place
Named one of the best Hipcamps to visit in 2023.
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Pets can be off-leash at this Hipcamp.
Private sites
98% of recent Hipcampers say the sites felt private.
One of the last remaining undeveloped parts of Southern California, De Luz Heights is located adjacent to the Cleveland National Forest, and the Santa Margarita River (just a few miles from the campsite). This 12-month flowing river is the only one in Southern California that has never been altered or dammed by humans, and features a state-managed hiking trail with many water holes along the way with clear, clean water to dip into. On my 60 acres, there are no roads going through or next to the property. My land is 13 miles from the Pacific ocean and enjoys a relatively mild yearly climate. Giant boulders provide topographical relief and offer platforms from which to enjoy the view of the nearby Santa Margarita Mountains. The valley views are filled with olive groves, vineyards, and horse ranches. The Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base is nearby, so you might hear some artillery in the distance on some occasions. The campsite embraces all the comforts of "glamping": a hot shower, composting toilet, beds with sheets provided, gas grill with a stovetop, pots and pans, kitchenware, a sink, picnic table, shaded deck, sofa, lounge chairs, and propane fire pit. The basics are provided: toilet paper, paper towels, purified drinking water, towels, sheets, cooking oil, etc. Campers need to bring their own blankets. I've created a network of hiking trails for especially fit hikers looking for a more rigorous hike than the nearby Santa Margarita River Trail. My trails lead through creek beds, over boulders, through rocky crags, with views of the Pacific ocean on a clear day. Hikers on my trails need to wear proper hiking boots with good traction. Sections of my trails will require bouldering with hands and feet. Expect to have fatigued quadriceps, some scrapes, and a sweaty hat brim. The campsite is accessible with a two-wheel drive vehicle; I drive a Kia Forte out there regularly. However, some tips when driving a two-wheel drive car: when going uphill on a dirt road, try to keep some momentum of about 12-15 MPH. If you stop and try to start again, your tires will spin out. If that happens, just reverse down the hill, and try it again with more momentum.
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Fallbrook, San Diego, California, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Payómkawichum (Luiseño) First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Christopher B.Joined in September 2020
300 ratings · 238 reviews
Dana L.
November 21, 2023
Hilltop Lodge Tiny House
Beautiful, and slightly flawed
Overall this was a beautiful spot with all of the necessities for our family. Chris’ spot was thoughtfully set up, the bed was super comfortable, and all of the appliances were in working order as a respite from the elements while still giving the vibe of being off the grid. Our only caveat was that the structure is built utilizing canvas walls and ceiling panels that shook violently in the wind throughout the night and early morning, making it difficult to enjoy a restful night sleep. Folks may want to be aware of this when deciding if it’s the right place for you.
Karen V.recommends
November 18, 2023
Hilltop Lodge Tiny House
A great experience!
We found this place to be very unique. It’s very secluded and private and yet close to the city. It’s a rustic cabin made up of many materials, such as brick, wood, canvas, glass and plastic. I’ve never seen a place so off the grid, yet they were able to provide the basic comforts of life; power for light, fridge, cell phone charging and warm shower, and an outhouse and kitchen sink. Our dogs were so happy but we were careful with them just in case since it’s a mountain top surrounded by nature. The sunset was the highlight but my favorite part? The book selection and introspective games.
Rebecca G.recommends
November 12, 2023
Hilltop Lodge Tiny House
Great place, has everything you need to Live simply and quietly for a few days.Just don't forget firewood!
Sarah D.recommends
November 5, 2023
Hilltop Lodge Tiny House
Great experience! Had the cutest outdoor kitchen and the best views! Towards the end we got comfortable with the drive up the dirt road and would definitely recommend to take a car that can take a bumpy and steep road!
Tanya A.recommends
October 28, 2023
Hilltop Lodge Tiny House
Most secluded hip camp yet!
This place was amazing. We loved the ruggedness and yet a very comfortable bed! This place is glamping at it's finest. If you are used to tent camping and just want an upscale experience... This is it! Had everything we needed, we just brought the food and beer and the fridge kept everything cold. This totally off grid experience is my new favorite quick get away!
D F.recommends
October 18, 2023
Hilltop Lodge Tiny House
Magical “Hilltop Lodge Tiny House”
Host Chris earns an A+ for his relaxing, safe beautiful, very comfortable, dog/kid friendly and private tiny cabin up high on a sunny, breezy hill with breezy outdoor kitchen, hot shower, comfy bed, new sheets, wood burning stove and 360 degree mountain to ocean views . My husband, son, dog and I felt like we had stepped into paradise , even though we were at most 20 minutes to quaint Fallbrook , maybe 35 minutes to the beach, 45 minutes to Legoland, a solid hour to Disneyland . It’s a mile of sort of rugged dirt road-any car could drive it if the driver follows the well written directions and watches the clear video owner Chris has thoughtfully prepared for guests-into his dreamy property in DeLuz (means of the light) canyon. You’ll need only your food,beverages, clothing ( warm days , cooler nights), sleeping bag/blanket, toiletries. He’s got sheets, towels, kitchenware, water, paper towels, tp, bbq, French press and percolating coffee makers(no coffee) , hammocks, patio couches and lava firepit outside, shampoo, dish soap. We enjoyed books and games from home and glad I brought flip flops for shower hotspot for Wi-Fi and disposable table cloth. This is guaranteed perfect camp experience for families, pets, or couples hoping to experience time far from families and pets. Friendly, mellow owner Chris is instantly available for hiking trail ideas or anything you may need. We’ve camped 50 years, and believe Chris has built the happiest,most relaxing and beautiful campsite!
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