In vino veritas and, in truth, wine is an almost magical drink. Of that, you probably don’t need to be convinced. Less well known, however, is the power of wine to create unforgettable vacation experiences. The best of these involves not just drinking the libation, but exploring its origins.
Temecula is the jewel of Southern California wine country. A hilly land between San Diego and Los Angeles, it is an excellent destination for any type of trip. The region has over 50 active vineyards, but wine is by no means the only attraction. The scenery itself is simply stunning. In addition to this, the area has more than a dozen golf courses and is also a center for equestrian and hot air ballooning activities. The old town is full of fine restaurants and shops catering to the upscale visitors to the area. The Casino Pechanga is another attraction. It hosts a constant stream of events and concerts as well as gaming tables of all kinds. There are even a few breweries that challenge established wineries to their game and some of the best beaches in the state are just an hour away.
Rightly so for such a desirable location, Temecula is home to many beautiful rental properties in the form of opulent villas and rustic cottages on vineyard land. To make your decision-making process easier, here is a list of eight Vrbo rental homes in Temecula.
Paradise vacation area
$1,395.00/avg per night
Large groups looking for larger-than-life experiences should consider this great area as the location for their unforgettable trip to the heart of Southern California wine country. The desirable elements of the property are too many and enticing to fully consider. They do, however, include incredible outdoor space, opulent furnishings, and a large art collection that seeps beyond the designated gallery space to encroach on every corner of the grounds. The estate consists of two buildings which can be rented separately. Small amounts of grapes are grown on the property so guests can admire the remarkable process that produces such enjoyable drinks.
Bathrooms : ten
$1,035.00/avg per night
Relax and enjoy the finer things in life (wine, of course, but also so much more) at this large French villa in Temecula. This is the perfect place to enjoy the (fermented) fruits of the land. The outdoor space is suitably luxurious. It has a large swimming pool (with waterfall and waterslide), hot tub, daybeds, and an abundance of lounge chairs. The interior is equally awe-inspiring, from the towering, whirling wrought-iron staircase to the spacious bed and bathrooms. Despite the large size of the villa, no space has been overlooked. Each room and all of the many common areas and work spaces are furnished and decorated with rich ornaments.
Bathrooms : 8
French country house
$432.00/avg per night
Given the country’s strong associations with wine culture and culture, it’s no surprise that many California winemakers have adopted elements of the French style into their wine country homes. This Villa is a fine example of the trend. The interior is dominated by immaculate swathes of white, from the furniture to the walls. The property has inviting outdoor spaces with verandas, games, a hot tub, a classic Bel Air lamppost, and views of nearby vineyards (which, along with hiking trails, are a 5-minute walk away) . The land also adjoins an orange orchard.
Bathrooms : 2
$822.00/avg per night
There are times in life when everything in the world falls into place. Moments like this are known to happen when, wine in hand, you gaze out at the mountains above and the vineyards below from the comfort of an infinity pool. These are the gifts offered by Villa Vigna, a luxury house in wine country. With awe-inspiring views on all sides, lavish decor, and fantastic wine to be found all around, guests are hard pressed not to enjoy their time in Temecula. The property has a variety of rooms and is suitable for any type of gathering.
Bathrooms : 4
The big Blue
$930.00/mo per night
The vast wine-covered hills of Temecula can certainly be enjoyed up close, where you can stop and smell the grapes, but the view from above is even grander. For those who do not want to sleep in a hot air balloon, the grandiose panoramas of The big Blue are a suitable substitute. The villa is situated on a 5 acre property on top of a hill. Enjoy the view from the pool, 15-person hot tub, swim-up bar, or wrap-around balcony. The outdoor space is undoubtedly the highlight of the property, but the interior is nothing to scoff at. Apart from a few beautiful wooden beds, the furniture is generally contemporary. The home features five bedrooms (each with nothing smaller than a queen), a sleek contemporary kitchen, and four full bathrooms.
Bathrooms : 4
Elegant barn on a vineyard
$300.00/avg per night
Wine lovers always know where to get their next bottle, whether it’s their own cellar or the local distributor. Guests staying at this new barn-like structure just step outside their front door to find grapes growing on the surrounding hills. Trees bearing other fruit not intended to be made into wine are even closer. The space is essentially a studio, complete with a king-size bed, a sparkling bathroom with a freestanding tub, and an equipped kitchenette. There is also an outdoor area with a fire pit and grill. Four other similar structures are on the 4-acre property. The local grape is Tempranillo, but many others are found in the other wineries in the area (which have over 50), all of which can be reached after a short drive.
Bathrooms : 1
Namaste Farm Cottage
$315.00/avg per night
Wine isn’t the only industry in Temecula. The agricultural scene is much more diverse than that, made up of fruit growers and ranchers. An example of the latter is Namaste Farm, an active farm with a Cottage available for hire. The farm is filled with sheep, peacocks, horses and chickens and has been featured on the Nat Geo Wild TV show shear madness. Guests are free to explore the grounds and observe the timeless practice of herding. You can even bring your own horses and enjoy the many equestrian trails in the area (well-behaved dogs are also welcome). The gite is a cozy studio with quirky antiques and decorations. There is a bed in a loft with lush oriental decorations and a Murphy bed for additional guests.
Bathrooms : 1
Del Vino Country House
$404.00/avg per night
Enjoy the joys of the wine region of this charming cottage. The building sits on a 3 acre vineyard which means the grapes are not only blooming on the surrounding hills but also in the front yard. Syrah is grown on the property, but every variety and vintage imaginable is available from the many producers and vendors in the area. The house has three comfortable king beds, a beautiful outdoor area with a hot tub, and a full kitchen. More humble than most large villas in Temecula, this cottage is nonetheless a great way for a couple or small group to experience life among the vineyards.
Bathrooms : 2
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