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Petfriendly Wilderness Retreat in San Diego Backcountry

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luxury safari tent in fenced compound on private ranch in San Diego county


Last updated: 07/11/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Julian cabin description

Located in one of the most beautiful, least traveled areas of San Diego County, this unique accommodation was created by a artisan contractor couple with comfort and privacy in mind while offering a close to nature experience. It is a 16x20 fireproof safari tent on a 16 x 33' deck with handcrafted railings, furniture and details. The tent cabin has full kitchen designed for people who like to cook , a spacious bath with clawfoot tub, queen size bed with heated mattress, gas fireplace and deck that overlooks Oak Grove Valley. There is a small TV with DVD player and WIFI, ceiling fans inside and on the covered porch. New Hot tub on the deck as well as 2 chaise lounges and dining set for alfresco dining. The deck is designed to keep your pets in if you do not want them to have access to the yard area which is totally fenced with no-climb wire. It is suited for 2 people and is located on a private ranch in which the owners preside. Our motto is 'you won't see us unless you need us' and we value our guests privacy so we leave them alone unless needed. Pets are welcome but because of deck elevation, it is not suitable for young children.
The tent cabin opens to the outdoors at each end for views of the chaparral forest and can be closed during bad weather or evening. This exposure to nature has a wonderful relaxing effect and the japanese call it 'shinrin-yoku' which translates to 'forest bathing', or being surrounded by a forest environment. It may not seem like therapy but forest bathing has been shown to improve mental and physical health. Studies have documented reduced stress, lower blood sugar, better concentration, diminished pain, improved immunity and even anti-cancer effects.
The main draw to this area is it natural beauty, remoteness, privacy, abundant hiking and biking trails, leash free dog trails and winery's.

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 480 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Massage


              • Pets Considered:

                pets welcome.....safari tent is in it's own fenced compound and there is trail access off the property...moreless

              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
              • Not Suitable For Children:

                deck elevation and drop off make it unsafe for young children...moreless

              • Non Smoking Only

              Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub


              • bathroom is very cozy with clawfoot tub, rainshower head, toilet, sink , cotton towels , candles, flowers and private views out to Mt. Palomar should you desire to roll up side of tent for open air bathing experience...moreless


              • DVD Player
              • Video Library:

                small video library of some classics, old westerns, dramas...moreless


              • Historic
              • Tourist Attractions
              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities


              • Autumn Foliage
              • Forests
              • Winery Tours

              Leisure Activities

              • Paddle Boating
              • Antiquing
              • Bird Watching
              • Gambling Casinos
              • Horseback Riding
              • Photography
              • Scenic Drives
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking

              Location Type

              • Rural
              • Mountain View

              sports and adventure activities

              • Fishing
              • Hunting Small Game
              • Cycling
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Hiking
              • Hunting
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Mountaineering
              • Paragliding

              catering options

                  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


                  • Dining:

                    Dining alfresco on deck overlooking Oak Grove Valley...moreless

                  • Dining Area


                  • Internet:

                    wifi provided but no computer...moreless

                  • Fireplace:

                    beautiful , functional propane fireplace for cool nights...moreless

                  • Heating:

                    propane fireplace...moreless

                  • Linens Provided
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Parking
                  • Living Room


                  • Kitchen:

                    great kitchen, stainless cookware, microwave, stove with oven, coffee maker, recipes for pizza, teas, coffee, popcorn, silverware and everything you need to cook great meals...moreless

                  • Refrigerator
                  • Stove
                  • Oven
                  • Microwave
                  • Dishes & Utensils
                  • Pantry Items
                  • Coffee Maker


                  • Outdoor Grill:

                    charcole grille with pizza oven attachment...moreless

                  • Deck / Patio
                  • Lanai / Gazebo
                  • Lawn / Garden:

                    no lawn but large fenced yard for pets...moreless

                  Pool / Spa



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                      2 night min stay

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                      • Tax Rate 8%


                      We will consider one night stays during the week or last minute availability for $185. Your final payment is due two weeks before your stay. If you cancel after that, your deposit will be refunded less $50 cancellation fee.

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                      Last updated: 07/11/2014
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                      • Palomar Mountain National State Park

                      • Old Town Temecula

                      • Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

                      • Palomar Observatory

                        "They have tours but call first to be sure of when they are offered."

                      • Temecula Olive Oil Company

                      • Temecula Lavender Co

                        "wonderful lotions and items made from Old Town, Temecula"

                      • Shadow Mountain Vineyards

                        "Warm atmosphere and hosts and good wine. Established in 1945, this is the oldest vineyard a..."


                        "These folks are real friendly,often have live music and is gathering place for locals. Dogs..."

                      • Warner Springs Gliderport

                      • Julian Pie Co

                        "This is a must stop for pie lovers......right next to Don's Market in Santa Ysabel"

                      • Julian

                        "Touristy but quaint......lots of shops and restaurants, pet friendly places to eat, great pi..."

                      • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

                      • County Line BBQ & Cafe

                        "This is the nearest restaurant to Camp Ribbonwood and they serve great bbq and local wines"

                      • Don's Market

                        "market that has good deli section for picnics.....also has produce and just about anything e..."

                      • Dudley's Bakery

                        "great bakery and deli....a stopping place since we were kids "

                      • Santa Ysabel General Store

                        "This San Diego landmark was recently restored by SOHO and has become a gateway to our beauti..."

                      • Warner-Carrillo Ranch House

                        "Another fantastically done historical restoration project by SOHO which was an adobe built i..."

                      • Wine Country Trails by Horseback

                        "This comany will take you for a winetasting of wineries on the Temecula Wine Trail......Lu..."

                      • Sierra Roble Winery and Vineyard

                        "The newest family run winery in the neighborhood which offers a variety of red wines (for no..."


                      Car: Necessary

                      This area offers abundant trails for hiking and biking, 2 wonderful family run winerys within 5 miles and several more within 20 miles. The historical mining town is major tourist attraction with lots of shopping and restaurants. Fishing in one of the lakes within 40 minute drive......Lake Hemet, Diamond Lake or Henshaw. World renown sky gliding center within 10 minute drive.


                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 2011

                      About the owner: Lane and I are artists/craftsman/contractors who love nature, hiking, animals and working with our hands. We get a bang out of creating spaces, transforming ugly to beautiful and providing a place for people to unwind.

                      Why the Owner Chose Julian:
                      We looked for a long time to find a place that was semi remote that would be good setting for wilderness vacation rental and that had a fixer house on it. We found this 10 acres with adobe home built in the 40's, an old walnut grove and knew it was the one because of the beautiful view of the valley, it was surrounded by nature rather than neighborhood and it bordered on Cleveland National Forest land. We spent 2 years restoring/remodeling the house, putting in fruit trees and garden and in January 2013, came up with the safari tent concept as a vacation rental.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
                      Total privacy, fenced compound for your dogs, gorgeous view and incredible night skies. The tent opens at each end during the day and close it at night. Surrounding yourself with nature and it's sounds have a very relaxing effect that you cannot get in a walled in structure. The Japanese call this 'shinrin-yoku' which translates to forest bathing, or being surrounded by a forest environment which has been shown to improve mental and physical health.

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                      • luxury safari tent in fenced compound on private ranch in San Diego county

                        luxury safari tent in fenced compound on private ranch in San Diego county

                      $165 per night (USD)

                      1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 2

                      View calendar: Updated 07/11/14
                      Minimum stay: 2 nights
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