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Grandma's Attic at Shadow Mountain Ranch!

Bedrooms 1
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

One Bedroom, One Bathroom Unique Couple Retreat

Travel back to simpler times in Grandma's Attic. Its garden motif will surround you in comfort as you look out across the oak forest below. The warm atmosphere feels like going home to visit grandma. A cozy seating area features a TV and gas-burning stove, and the bathroom features a jacuzzi tub sure to make grandma envious! Enjoy a warm cup of coffee and the stunning nature of Julian on the private balcony.

Grandma's Attic is one of four lovely rooms located at Shadow Mountain Ranch. It has been a favorite of many guests after many years. If you are interested in seeing our other unique rooms, please visit our website:

While in the town of Julian, enjoy antiquing and shopping, but don't forget to stop and look at the museums or have a slice of our famous Julian Apple Pie.

Only a couple minutes drive away is the William Heise State Park which offer exciting opportunities for those seeking adventure. Enjoy hiking, cycling, and walking around in the gorgeous Julian country.

For those seeking to visit various historic towns, Shadow Mountain Ranch is perfectly situated. The ranch is approximately five minutes from downtown Julian, ten minutes from Wynola, fifteen minutes from Santa Ysabel, and thirty minutes from Ramona. Shadow Mountain Ranch allows each guests to enjoy the peace and quiet of the Julian mountains, but offers the convenience of being close to town, so guests don't miss a thing.

Put up your boots and stay a while, we're glad to have you.

More Details

Property Manager
Shadow Mountain Ranch
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Shadow Mountain Ranch

'FIND A NEED AND FILL IT has been a guiding principle for both Loretta, my wife of 65 years, and myself. When I retired from my career as a teacher and school administrator and she retired from her career as a nurse, rather then have me drive her to work and play golf until time to bring her home, we looked around to see what needs we could find. Loretta quickly saw a need for overnight housing since Julian was rapidly becoming a center for tourism. Bed-and-breakfast was such a new concept in California that our friends asked if we were going to serve breakfast in bed. Nobody knew much about how to proceed so we just opened our doors and started. To say that it was an instant success would be an understatement. There was a very real need, and both of us, having spent most of our lives in professions that served people, were ideally suited to it.

Why Shadow Mountain Ranch chose Julian

This rental has everything one is looking for when searching for a unique getaway. Being situated on ten acres allows for seclusion and privacy, along with the tranquility we often seek. The marvelous details of the room ensures that our guests will receive a remarkable experience.

What makes this cottage unique

The creative details of this property is what sets it apart from the rest. Our most requested room never disappoints guests with new surprises at every turn. Find peace, serenity, and relaxation at this scenic ranch. When feeling adventurous, embark on various adventures in our nearby towns to see what the country life is about. We invite you to find your dream mountain vacation at Shadow Mountain Ranch.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We celebrated our first anniversary here at Shadow Mountain Ranch 29 years ago and we're happy to be back today for our 30th. This is such a special place full of love and peace from the lovely surroundings and most importantly the beautiful people. Thank you Tracy and Jim and Loretta, we missed you, but feel your presence all around
Mar 2011
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Julian Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing


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Grandma's Attic at Shadow Mountain Ranch!
average rating of 4.642857 based on 16 reviews

Nice place

  • 5 of 5

Quite + beautiful place

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A secluded gem in the middle of paradise

  • 5 of 5

If you like the Madonna Inn, then I think you’ll appreciate the themes, artistry, and attention to detail that Grandma’s Attic - which is one of several themed rooms in Shadow Mountain Ranch - offers. I found this place completely by accident when looking for a place to stay for a last-minute trip to Julian. Grandma’s Attic was within my price range and it looked like a place that my wife would enjoy. Didn’t expect that I’d enjoy it just as much. The room was beautifully decorated, with an amazing bathroom. Reservations were easy to make, and it was incredibly easy to find the place and get situated. We saw other cars around, but we only saw a couple of other people who worked there. It felt like our private little vacation home, with incredible views of the rest of the ranch, and it was only a couple of miles from the touristy parts of Julian. I had a little trouble finding the spa, but we found it immediately after a very friendly conversation at the number they provided. All in all, it was a magical gem of a place to stay. I had always thought of Julian as a nice little day trip, but if if one of these rooms at Shadow Mountain ranch is available the next time we head over, we’ll definitely be staying for a night or two.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing getaway

  • 4 of 5

The property is beautiful, lots of interesting things to look at, very quiet. Not as secluded as some of the places I’ve stayed in Julian, given that you are sharing the area with other guests. I thought the hot tub was going to be private and it wasn’t, but still great to have on site. There was no table in our room to play games on, but the outdoor seating areas worked well and the kitchen downstairs had a nice table when it got too dark and cold to play outside. The room was nice, great water pressure in the shower, and it was quick enough to get into town.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place to Stay in Julian!

  • 5 of 5

Charming little vista of unique "cottages" placed at various heights on a hillside...with little surprises that obviously took a lot of time and creativity to put together. Our stay at Grandma's attic, snuggled high among the trees, was perfect for a Fall weekend in Apple Country. Highly recommended (and we have stayed at 40+ room rental places in several countries).

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome themed stay with a classic ranch feel

  • 5 of 5

Made friends with some horses and long horns and had an awesome time at the ranch. I would go back

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We love the hot tub! We love the cattle and horses! Most of all love the story behind the ranch! My boyfriend and I have stayed here multiple times and love everything about it 😃

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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shadow mountain ranch is located in the scenic coastal mountains back of San Diego in pine and oak forest. Once an Apple Orchard itI ' is now a small cattle ranch with Scotch Highland capital and horses. Three of the four rooms look out on the pasture to see the animals grazing peacefully. It was a very successful bed-and-breakfast as a single entity for 29 years before converting to vacation rentals, so check the reviews for all of the rooms.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Damage Deposit $50

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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