Plenty of light and a small settee at the end of the bed to share while having a glass of wine or just visiting with your loved one. Small but complete! The door leads to a private full bath with fluffy towels, hair dryer and more.
Our Water Wise front yard landscaping. Has grown up quite a bit since this photo was taken.
"R Friends" Casita, W/ Pool on site

2 guests

1 room

1 bed

1 bath

2 guests

1 room

1 bed

1 bath

Please set the number of adults.
Please set the number of children.
Ages 2 - 12
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Under 2
2 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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About this listing

R Friends Casita, house w/kit, bath, for 2 Adults, No pets. Traveling nurses discount. Cable/WIFI/pool. Groceries in your kitchen so you can make your own breakfast. Pool ( not always available and seasonal), Boating, Skydiving, Wine Country, May Air Balloon Festival, BMX, Zip line, and perhaps most exciting of all, The Rancho MV Riding Park/Blenheim Equisports Horse shows 40 minutes up the highway on the 74, us locals call The Ortega!


Cleaning Fee: £20
Security Deposit: £200
Weekly Discount: 10%
Weekend Price: £88 / night


The space

We have a very special place for Adults for getting away for an evening, the weekend or longer while being our guest at "R Friends" Casita. The Casita is a quaint, private house and garden with loads of personality! Not the only rental in town, just the best! OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE, PLEASE LET US KNOW WHEN YOU ARRIVE AND DEPART! We continue to experience our guests having arrived and we are not aware that they are here. And even more important, we wish to say Goodbye and Thank you! Sorry, No children, NO PETS. We offer flexible check in times, but if you will be here after 9pm, please let us know so we can expect you late and make the necessary arrangement. Please, unless otherwise arranged before hand, do not come after 10pm. We are less than 25 minutes from The Temecula. As a guest at "R Friends" Casita you will enjoy the gardens, the Seasonal Salt Water Swimming Pool and peace and quiet of the area. You will have a completely furnished small kitchen for your privacy includes all breakfast groceries for your convenience for a simple breakfast. Muffins, Homemade Honey Nut Dried Fruit Granola, fruit and or yogurt is most often included, and depending on your length of stay, items for a hot breakfast are also provided and our menu changes seasonally. Sorry, we do not offer laundry service for our guests, but can recommend a laundromat which offers wash and fold service just a couple of miles from our location. The space has central heat and air conditioned, is clean and very comfortable. A garden pond is just beyond the courtyard with frogs and fish, a very special setting. The Queen size bed is brand new and comfortably firm. All new furnishings and appliances. Flat Screen Television with cable. Of course, wireless internet at your fingertips. You will have your own private full bath for your privacy. The Casita does not have a lot of storage space but does have a closet for you to hang your clothing and a bench for your luggage. Perfect for only two people to enjoy each others company. Boat parking provided if needed. As a guest, you can use our beautiful Salt Water Pool and you may be able to book the use of our beautiful Wood Burning Pizza Oven, well in advance however, we will provide the pizza dough, firing and baking, and the baker for minimal fee of $60.00 for a party of 2! or if you invite family or friends, it is an additional fee per person. We are located in the County of Riverside, not in the City of Lake Elsinore, at the base of the Cleveland National Forest. However, our home is in a subdivision called Rancho La Laguna, one of the newest and perhaps the nicest in the area.
Please come and enjoy the SERENITY of "R Friends" Casita, it is located in an ever so peaceful ( very little if any noise at all) valley. Many of our city guests comment on just how quiet it is, just what they were looking for! We look forward to your visit! Meanwhile, just come for some Relaxation and Reflection! Oh, and in the evening, we have motion detection lights outside to guide you on the path to the backyard pool area for your safety. Again, we do not offer laundry service for our guests, but can recommend a laundromat which offers wash and fold service located at 31255 Riverside Drive next to Taco Bell/KFC, open 5am to 10pm.

Guest access

Upon arrival, after you get organized, please knock on our front door, if no answer, we are around back, please make an attempt to let us know you have arrived so you can be greeted accordingly and please say Good bye if it is convenient! Remember, do not plan on arriving after 10pm without our knowledge. We will make arrangements to work with you on your travel plans and arrival time. We like to personally thank you for your booking and please enjoy our pond, grassy area, garden courtyard with a private swing, and our seasonal salt water pool when applicable. (occasionally our family will be using the pool and / or the pool is being conditioned to correct salt saturation). In the evening, check out the fire pit, bring some marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate, we have the "sticks". (not available on "NO burn days")
"R Friends" Casita is located 1/2 mile from Lake Elsinore recreation area, 6 miles from BMX racing arena, 40 miles from Disneyland and about 60 miles from Los Angeles Downtown. Also, 18 miles to Temecula Wine Country, and Palm Desert to the south east is a quick 1.5 hours away. The coastal beaches are 40 miles west traveling along Hwy. 74 and San Diego is 70 miles south on Hwy. 15. Depending on traffic conditions, Disneyland is 1.5 hours away! The Rancho MV Riding Park/Blenheim Equisports Horse shows, is 40 miles over the "Ortega" The riding Park at San Juan Capistrano 30753 La Pata . All distances are approximate! See our detailed map with various points of interest noted.

Interaction with guests

Minimal interaction with guests except when Pizza Oven is reserved. Owners of the property are available for other information. We has 2 friendly dogs on property, are not allowed into the Casita at any time but may be out in our backyard, as it their yard too. They may greet you with more excitement than necessary, but are trained and well behaved pets!

The neighbourhood

Lake Elsinore is not considered a tourist destination or even a posh resort, however, when you ask just about anyone in Orange County, they probably learned to water ski on our lake. It is a very diverse socialeo-economic area and is considered a desirable family community. We are located minutes from the beautiful Temecula Valley and all of the activities it offers. Lake Elsinore is a small quaint town with a diverse ethnic populace. It is not usually considered a tourist destination, just a small town with a small lake. Our subdivision is 14 years new and is considered upscale for the area. See our Guidebook here on this site for points of interest, restaurants, and shopping, etc. Our neighbors are professionals and some like us who are retired moving here to get away from Orange County and many other LA area traffic and noise! At night it is very quiet and so peaceful! We love the beautiful Cleveland National Forest towering over our town, (for us locals -Laguna Mountains) with easy access to beautiful San Juan Capistrano Mission and Beaches of Orange County, using The Ortega Hwy or Hwy. 74. It is a quick and east 40 minute drive out to the coast. It is so very quiet especially at night, and you can sit outside and treat yourselves to a night of star gazing and satellite spotting! The Temecula Wine Country is a quick 25 minutes south on Interstate 15, and at certain times of the year, you may be able to book a Balloon ride over the beautiful Temecula Valley. In late May, The Temecula Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival happens. And, we have a Zip Line company close by and even a Paint Ball location. At the end of Lake Elsinore, you will be delighted to find the small airport in which you can book a Sky Dive, and or other air activities. Also, many of our guests take a Balloon ride up and over the Temecula Valley, a real treat! We also have adventurous hikes to waterfalls and rock climbing within minutes of our Casita. Or, how about treating you and your loved one to a day at the Glen Ivy Hot Springs and Spa just up Hwy 15, a few miles. Horse Back riding is also available in the area, as well as BMX racing. And the lake is awesome for boating, fishing and other water sports. At various times of the year, Lake Elsinore has premium boat racing events. Book "R Friends" Casita today for a quiet and or exciting home away from home today!

Getting around

Public Transit is available but most guests arrive in private cars. Bring your bicycle and a helmet if you want to bike down to Lake Elsinore for the afternoon.

Other things to note

"R FRIENDS" CASITA is geared for just 2 adults only. As photographed, our beautiful Salt Water Pool may be a welcome relief from the heat, and we will have pool towels available for you to use. The pool towels are supplied for our guests use and are located in the closet. When wet, guests hang towels on the hooks provided outside by the Casita entry. We supply soap and basic shampoo / cream rinse for your bath or shower and there is a portable hair dryer for you use. Please consider the dining area in the courtyard all for you to share a quiet breakfast or romantic dinner. Our rates are competitive however, during the summer months, our fees will reflect our Summer Vacation Rates, a bit higher but still very fair! NOTE: MONTHLY RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE BREAKFAST.

House Rules
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 2PM - 8PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

Please indicate how many guests in your party. Otherwise I will only provide breakfast groceries for 1 person. NO DRUGS. No Smoking inside the Casita, but you may smoke out by the pond. When applicable, pool hours are 10 am to 8 pm. Please no glass out by the pool! Please no children and NO PETS. Unless other wised discussed, no check ins after 10pm. Please check with us about having additional guests to enjoy the pool. Pool towels provided and can be found in the Casita closet. Please hang wet pool towels on hooks located on wooden screen outside Casita door. Also, you are welcome to use the outside pool barbecue kitchen to grill you dinner, just let us know beforehand. And don't forget to ask about using the firepit! Please, have a great time!
We have worked very hard to deliver a clean, well designed place for you to relax and enjoy, and expect that "R Casita Es Su Casa"!
Please be respectful of our property as we will be very respectful of your privacy. Thank You for considering booking "R Friends" Casita! You will not be disappointed! Again, please no glass ( I know this is difficult when you love your Beer in bottles as we do, but buy beer in cans for drinking beer out by our pool!) And please be prepared, bring SUNSCREEN and a HAT! It is hot out here during the Summer months,
Be WATER WISE! Our water is very expensive out here and of course, you know we are in a drought! When you leave the Casita for any length of time, please turn off air conditioner or heater and lights! For your safety, please leave your porch light on if you go out in the evening! Thank you!

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Gordon User Profile
April 2017
This property is a gem! Melody and Dale are fabulous and went above and beyond for us and our extended family who were also in town. The property is serene and calming or lively and inviting. You set the tone! Ann Marie and I loved our stay. Thank you once again!
Melody User ProfileMelody is a superhost.
Response from Melody:
Oh my, you are so kind and your comments mean a lot to us! We will meet again either in Arizona or in our back yard! Thank you for leaving everything so clean and neat, even the pool area! Bye for now! M
April 2017

Beth User Profile
April 2017
This place is amazing. Beautiful gardens, pond, the porch swing; sitting outside sounds like listening to a nature sounds meditation CD. We felt so comfortable and relaxed! We were able to explore the surrounding areas but also come back and barbecue on our own little patio. It is a home away from home. Melody and Dale were very gracious hosts. Highly recommended!

Marina User Profile
April 2017
My husband and I have a lovely stay at R Friends Casita. It is a beautiful space located in a scenic, quiet neighborhood. Melody is a wonderful and gracious host. She has it decorated so sweetly and it has everything you need for a comfortable stay. We even used the BBQ to cook up some kabobs on our first night. Melody also provided everything we could want for a delicious breakfast: eggs, bacon, muffins, melon, yogurt and her delicious homemade granola. It was the perfect relaxing and cozy getaway we were looking for. We topped it off with a visit to Glen Ivy Hot Springs, just a short 15 min. away. I would recommend R Friends Casita to anyone passing through. I'd also recommend staying at least a couple of nights to really enjoy all it has to offer; garden, pond, pool, fire pit, and my favorite, the porch swing.

Federick User Profile
March 2017
This location was perfect for my family and I. The place felt so welcoming, charming, warm, and with great attention to detail. Believe me, Melody & her husband made us feel loved and treated us like their own family. You will love your stay!

Christine User Profile
March 2017
My fiancé and I LOVED our stay. No regrets. Very sweet. Just as described! :)
Melody User ProfileMelody is a superhost.
Response from Melody:
I need an address to send your shoes. Thanks, M
March 2017

Trisha User Profile
March 2017
I enjoyed my stay on my way down to San Diego and Mexico so much that I stopped and stayed another night on my way back up to NorCal! Really just a perfect spot to stop for a night or even for a week. Enjoyed everything about my stay and about the house - I didn't want to leave. Great experience and great people!

Trisha User Profile
March 2017
Adorable little cottage/guest house. Excellent value. Melody is nice and helpful and has thought of everything you could need - even left food for breakfast/snack. All-in-all, great stay; will definitely be back!
Melody User ProfileMelody is a superhost.
Response from Melody:
Great! See you on Tuesday, if you arrive late, no problem, the keys will be on the iron gate. Thanks again, M
March 2017

Lake Elsinore, California, United States · Joined in February 2015
Melody User ProfileMelody is a superhost.

I am a retired Interior Designer, owner of By Design Interiors on the Island of Kauai. My husband and I were both high school teachers in San Diego in the 70's and 80's and moved to Kauai in the mid 80's. We have 3 daughters and 3 grandchildren. We love being Grandparents and just adore our "Gbabies"! We enjoy traveling everywhere and have been to Fiji, Europe, Mexico and many states nationwide.

Our life motto: It's not where you go or what you do, it's who is beside you that counts!

We have enjoyed being Airbnb hosts as Hospitality is something that comes very natural for both of us.

Most important is our faith and our favorite Bible verse is " I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me" Philippians 4:13.

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