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Bailes Farm

99%
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· California
60 acres
2 sites
2 Lodging
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 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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Biking
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Horseback riding
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River, stream, or creek
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Hosted by Christopher B.Joined in September 2020
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243 ratings · 189 reviews
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Makela B.recommends
January 19, 2023
Hilltop Lodge Tiny House
Perfect camping date
We went on a super rainy and it still didn’t stop us from cooking outside, have a hot outdoor shower and have a great time. The tiny house was diy, rustic but cozy with a wood burning stove and the view was amazing. The road was pretty bad but only because of how heavily it rained that night. Almost everything we needed was there, just bring your favorite camping meals and toiletries some firewood and pack for the weather!
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Y S.recommends
January 8, 2023
Dome Home
Great view, awesome accommodations, and host provided quality service and communication. We’ll definitely be returning!
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Gillian N.recommends
January 2, 2023
Hilltop Lodge Tiny House
Cozy home with beautiful views
This was everything we needed and more for a little getaway to nature. Chris was very accommodating when we were having trouble booking and kind enough to give us extra firewood to stay warm. He even provided hiking trails near the home with markers along the way to the tops of hills. This little home filled us with so much happiness and beautiful views. A little spooky during a rain and wind storm, but kept us safe throughout it all! Definitely coming back!
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Katiana J.recommends
December 30, 2022
Hilltop Lodge Tiny House
Winter camping done right!
Tiny hilltop lodge was just what we were seeking. It was the easiest way we could camp in a remote rustic setting but keep warm at night with a tiny wood burning stove. We had a nice relaxing time and explored Chris’s property via the hiking trail he made (thanks Chris!) and drove to the Santa margarita river preserve and hiked the Santa margarita river trail. At night it rained and the sound of the rain on the tin roof and a crackling fire was so romantic! We were able to still cook dinner outside despite the rain since the kitchen is covered. The sunsets from the deck are beautiful and it was a trip highlight for sure! A few things to note for future travelers… chris does not charge a cleaning fee (yay) but that does mean you might need to clean the place and the dishes if the people before you didn’t really clean to your liking. Be sure to bring: Blankets Hand towels (Having a few dish rags is handy as chris provides larger bath towels but you’ll likely want dish rags in the kitchen to dry the dishes/hands/ and to grill). Firewood. (It was cold at night and we went thorough 3 bundles of wood for 2 nights). A cooler if you want things ice cold. (There is a mini fridge but it isn’t that strong and it pulls on the solar power so we just used our Yeti instead). We loved our stay and highly recommend this hilltop lodge!
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Stacey R.recommends
December 28, 2022
Hilltop Lodge Tiny House
I’ll be back!
Perfect get away! Secluded, cute place, quiet, great sunset and beautiful sunrise! Pups could run around during the day having a blast and at night were safe inside the fenced in kitchen area. Came in Chevy volt sedan which sits pretty low to the ground and did just fine following Chris’s instructions.
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Bradly H.recommends
December 13, 2022
Hilltop Lodge Tiny House
The perfect getaway
This is my favorite spot to stay. It’s my 4th or 5th trip out to his property and there will be plenty more. Chris makes it so easy to just go out there and enjoy your time in nature. He has pretty much everything you would need and even a little more. I use his locations as romantic getaways as well as fun adventurous over nighters with my young sons. I can’t say enough about this cabin OR this host!
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Stacy M.recommends
December 11, 2022
Hilltop Lodge Tiny House
Beautiful location with great views from all sides. My partner and I enjoy camping in any form - typically primitive. But when camping with any combination of our kids and dogs, it’s sometimes nice to glamp. Chris’ place was perfectly provisioned. Since we were there on a rainy weekend, we didn’t get to spend any time outdoors, but the covered out kitchen (with fresh and running water, propane grill, mini fridge and necessary accoutrement) we were able to prepare meals and enjoy the misty mountains and rain from indoors. As others have mentioned, Chris’ directions are super important- don’t count on GPS. Fortunately, there are signs for “hilltop” and “dome” at all the right spots. We didn’t have any issues getting in or out; even in the rain. We have a 4WD, but it wasn’t necessary. Be sure to clean up after yourselves to keep the place nice for the next campers! There are cleaning supplies in storage bins inside the tiny house. You can leave the sheets in the hamper (but we brought our sleeping bags….and slept on the SUPER comfy king bed) just take your trash out with you and leave the place better than you found it. We’ll definitely be back. Great find!
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Courtney L.recommends
December 11, 2022
Dome Home
Thumbs up!
A wonderful experience! The location was super isolated and private, the dogs were free to run wild, and we could blast our music as loud as we wanted… everything we could have wanted was provided… oh and the beds were tempur pedic!! GET OUT!
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Christian P.recommends
December 9, 2022
Hilltop Lodge Tiny House
Love what they've done here, very thoughtful design and build. Place has more than enough amenities to call it glamping. 360 picturesque views. You can catch the sunset looking out from the bed. Camp Pendleton is nearby and heard what seems to be training. Pretty cool as we do have an appreciation for that. Host is very nice and accommodating, all info we needed was provided. The road does get rough going to the place. Easy enough for my Forester but might be questionable for sedans. Will definitely be booking again.
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Karthik G.recommends
November 30, 2022
Hilltop Lodge Tiny House
Nice getaway close to city
Place was beautiful and secluded with fabulous views of sunset! Chris was great! Helped us with detailed navigation as roads and Google maps were a bit sketch!
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Alma V.recommends
November 29, 2022
Hilltop Lodge Tiny House
Best little get away
All we have to say it didn’t disappoint. much needed time off and we got there the place was clean and cozy. We did take extra blankets to set outside and enjoy the sunset. Chris was amazing very sweet. We are definitely going back.
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Todd L.recommends
November 28, 2022
Dome Home
It was absolutely terrible.... that we couldn't stay longer! We lived the dome and the memories we made there! Everything was provided that we could possibly need. We eill definitely book again!
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Saeid B.recommends
November 27, 2022
Dome Home
The dome is a well set up structure in the middle of the most beautiful and peaceful environment. The address might be a bit confusing but Chris made sure we have all instructions to get there safely. We enjoyed the beautiful sunset and sunrise with a small campfire we had set up. The amenities are more than what you expect from a secluded camp in the middle of boulders! We will be back for sure!
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Chelsea Y.recommends
November 27, 2022
Dome Home
Amazing stay
Everything was perfect! The dome was very comfortable and we had everything we needed. Had a truly one of a kind experience with an amazing view. Especially loved the fence around the area for our pup to run around freely. Thank you!
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Heather M.recommends
November 12, 2022
Dome Home
He has created a truly awesome and unique space that is private and beautiful. His driving directions were very helpful and we had no issues finding it. We will definitely be returning.
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Hariharan R.recommends
November 11, 2022
Hilltop Lodge Tiny House
Hilltop lodge is the perfect place if you would like beautiful views and weather with perfect mountain stays. I happened to stay there with fabulous views.
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Teka K.recommends
November 4, 2022
Dome Home
Camping for 4 + a 🐶!
Felt very secluded and the bed setup was comfortable and ideal for a family of 4. Host has really thought of everything! Lots of games, kitchen necessities & great lighting. If you have T-mobile, there is no cell service or wifi access so make sure you screen shot his maps and directions which are excellent directions 👍🏻. We brought our 27lb puppy and she was able to sneak under the fence in multiple spots.
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Kevin C.recommends
November 3, 2022
Dome Home
Best glamping place
It's a really beautiful place. The owner Chris is so kind. I travel a lot and it's one of the most beautiful places I really recommend it !!!
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Noah P.recommends
October 30, 2022
Dome Home
Such an excellent stay at the Dome Home. You can tell Christopher put a lot of thought into it; so much attention to detail and it has everything you might need. It’s well kept and the bed was comfy. Would 100% stay here again.
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James O.recommends
October 24, 2022
Hilltop Lodge Tiny House
Serenity!
Excellent property! We enjoyed 2 nights of serenity surrounded by the mountains and sounds of birds. The cabin stayed warm and the bed was soft as feathers! Our dog loved the safe encloser and room to run around. We will definitely be back!
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David F.recommends
October 20, 2022
Dome Home
Really special spot, remote enough to be very peaceful and equipped with enough things to enjoy a hot shower and a nice grilled meal. Chris was responsive and very helpful with directions.
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Catherine M.recommends
September 27, 2022
Hilltop Lodge Tiny House
Beautiful views, very functional space. One can tell Chris has done a lot of work to make this hipcamp a great experience. We are already talking about going back. Perfect for a couple (with a dog), close tho Santa Margaita River that gave us hood access to hiking and cooling off in the river. Thank you Chris for the directions and video.
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Justine B.recommends
September 26, 2022
Dome Home
Off Grid Glamping
Love it. Love it!! First of all Christopher is very quick to respond and communicates well! Second, his off grid glamping site is wonderful. You will do some off roading to get to the location! You will find yourself in a very relaxing place hidden in the mountains. I don’t hear the busy city! You can see the stars at night!!! That alone made it worth it! But camping was so easy when Chris already had everything set up for the guest! Awesome experience. Looking forward to going back :)
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Ashley N.recommends
September 25, 2022
Hilltop Lodge Tiny House
Awesome stay!
Chris has such an awesome set up. He thought of everything. I was worried when we saw it was supposed to get in the 90s during our stay but the lodge gets such a great breeze it was perfect. I think that bed was the most comfortable bed I’ve slept in so it was a huge upgrade from our normal tent camping.
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Amelia H.recommends
September 19, 2022
Dome Home
We loved Dome Home!
We had such a great time staying at the Dome Home! It was exactly as described, and made for a very comfortable stay. Definitely make sure you're there for sunset--the view is gorgeous! We also appreciated the privacy--you could see Christopher's other hip camp property in the distance, but that was it. The kitchen is well stocked with lots of dishes and basics and the grill works great--we were able to make a really nice dinner. The propane fire pit puts off a lot of heat, and there are lots of great spots to sit. We brought our sleeping bags and pillows, although there were sheets and pillows there too. The outdoor shower and composting toilet were clean and easy to use. We loved the twinkle lights at night too. We would definitely stay again! If you're not comfortable driving on slightly rough dirt roads, you might not like the drive in, but we were totally fine in our Subaru. Christopher was extremely communicative with us the entire time, which was great. The town of nearby Fallbrook is very cute--we enjoyed a local beer and wood fired pizza at The Mill and stopped by the Santa Margarita Preserve. Temecula is close by too, so lots of options to enjoy.
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Jennifer C.recommends
September 18, 2022
Hilltop Lodge Tiny House
Great place to getaway
We had a fabulous time! Loved all the amenities. All the fun of camping but it also has an amazing king bed and plenty of places to hang out! Can't wait to go back!
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Jake G.recommends
September 11, 2022
Dome Home
Perfect local weekend getaway! Had some rain and sunshine but was still a comfortable and fun stay during both types of weather. Shower and toilet were easy enough to figure out. Kitchen had everything we needed. Had fun with our jeep on the way in and out. Our dogs had a great time too! Hope to come back with some friends some day! *Highly recommend hiking the Santa Margarita trail
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Bret A.recommends
September 11, 2022
Hilltop Lodge Tiny House
Chris was great with communication. This was a great spot for the annual guys camping trip. As we have gotten a little older we’ve grown to appreciate amenities such as a comfortable bed and shower :) Location was Secluded and a bit off the beaten path and genuinely felt like we were “out in the sticks” Could not have asked for a better trip!
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Ala G.
September 6, 2022
Dome Home
Serene, Beautiful, Warm and Remote
Overall, the Dome Home included incredible views, a unique experience, and provided the ability to explore an area of Fallbrook I would never venture into otherwise. The descriptions were all accurate and the provisions were adequate. Beds were very comfortable. The challenge of recommending to people I know, and is that they would never be able to navigate those roads without GPS (which doesn’t work). You really need a strong sense of adventure and directions… and definitely don’t do it at after sunset (like we did). The owner does warn about the heat in summer months and it is intense. So trying to leave/return to cool off is hard with the roads, distance, and other available activities. Reserve this for cooler months and you’ll have a enjoyable, serene, beautiful experience! And follow the owners directions and driving video to a T!! Owner is super helpful and responsive.
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Leila S.recommends
August 15, 2022
Hilltop Lodge Tiny House
What a nice way to relax and recharge in beautiful and serene surroundings! It was quiet, with openness and a rustic feel but with conveniences for a comfortable stay. We loved it and would definitely like to return.
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