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Old farming equipment


Kitchen quarters


The screened patio and front of the adobe

As it was, back in the day

The front porch

Screened porches on each end of the house

Food shed, old foundation and rebuilt school/church

Original 1868 foundation in foreground. 1924 rebuilt church and school


The outer courtyard

Arbors to the garden fountain

Lush backyard and gardens

Servant's quarters and ranch service yard


Interesting succulent bush/plant


Owners of the Rancho Guajome Adobe

Cherub fountain in the inner courtyard

Bright Bougainvillea in the inner courtyard

Inner courtyard


Is this incredible or what?! Passion Vine

Passion Vine in the courtyard. Don't ya love it Marsha?!

A different perspective - very unique

Passion Vine. The color first caught my eye, my favorite

Rosicrusian Fellowship

We visited the Rancho Guajome Adobe today. It was built in the 1850's and sat on 2200 acres of Rancho Guajome. Two Native Americans from the Mission San Luis Rey (we are visiting on Wed) received Rancho Guajome as a land grant from the Mexican governor in 1845. They sold it to a Los Angeles merchant, who gave it to his sister-in-law, Ysidora Bandini, as a wedding gift. Very generous wouldn't you say! The adobe ranch house was built by Ysidora's husband, Col. Cave Johnson Couts. It represents one of the finest examples of the traditional Spanish-Mexican one story hacienda with an inner-outer courtyard plan. Today it is well kept and preserved and a beautiful piece of history. It is both a State and a National Historic Landmark. In 1973 the County of San Diego purchased 557 acres of that parcel for the Guajome Regional Park that we are currently enjoying our stay.

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