|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.