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The Gnome Home at Shadow Mountain Ranch!

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

One Bedroom, One Bathroom Unique Couple Retreat

Looking for a whimsical mountain retreat? Our iconic Gnome Home has you covered. The unique forest gnome motif was inspired by artist and sculptor Tom Clark. Step into this mushroom-shaped abode to discover a charming seating area with panoramic views, a quaint bedroom, and a one of a kind bathroom. The interior of the room contains authentic stonework with breathtaking detailing.

The Gnome Home is one of four lovely rooms located at Shadow Mountain Ranch. It has been a favorite of many guests and continues to be the most requested room after many years. If you are interested in seeing our other unique rooms, please visit our website:

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Shadow Mountain Ranch
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 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 owner

Thank you so much for the most wonderful weekend we've had in a very long time .It was such a treat. I feel like I'm in a fairy book land. Not only are the surroundings absolutely gorgeous, but Tracy and the other guests were absolutely wonderful . It doesn't get any better. We can't wait to come back
Sep 2012
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Julian Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
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
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • This one of a kind bathroom features a waterfall shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • sound/bay fishing


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The Gnome Home at Shadow Mountain Ranch!
average rating of 4.83871 based on 33 reviews
Thousand Oaks, California

So cute and cozy

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful city near by and the gnome house was just so cute and cozy

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This review is for the Manzanita

  • 5 of 5

We were scheduled to stay at The Gnome Home, but due to a heater issue were invited to stay at the Manzanita cottage, which is much larger than The Gnome Home, and it has a sort of country/ranch theme. We had a very nice, relaxing stay on the property. It was so, so quiet (the neighbors could be noisy but it wasn't often and didn't bother us inside) and had everything we needed, as we prefer to have privacy and don't need any resort-type amenities. The property is one mile away from Julian and Wynola. Just the perfect distance from the main road -- not very far but far enough.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gnome awesome as ever! silence, off season week night. Miss meeting the family and other guests.

  • 5 of 5

Legendary legacy former B&B.

Still great vision of Jim and Loretta.

A time macine for our 30th aniv.; we first stayed in Gnome on our 3rd aniv.

As VRBO, more of glamping. Gnome is so well built, that not only the theme is immersive, but still looks snd feels like new.

The waterfall shower is better than a natural hot waterfall in whiterock canyon Arizona. The small wood stove is big on heat, and the half length oak splits are perfect. We used a Kindle candle, full heat in short order. Room heat powerful propane forced air, strong and quiet. We found that a 5 pac of led flickers set a warm mood while marking shower step, bench, flow rock. Big strong c bat candle on sink mirror shelf. Your nice subtle 'fresh forest' real candle on the hutch set aroma of pine and cedar, with just right light for night moves. Sad to find the second roll of TP was a serious downgrade. From the best, to 600 grit sandpaper. Be careful opening the microwave, the push type latch slides the whole unit back. This could upset a pot of hot coffee on the loose tray on top. Really wanted to ask owner about history of SMR, and details of Gnome.

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful and charming little place. We had a very good relaxing time and will definatley come back again!!!!

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gnome house

  • 5 of 5

Me and my wife got away from the city and we found peace and quiet and just love it went in town and met a lot nice people too look forwarded to it again if their was 10 stars it would have gotten that

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice accommodations. Lovely property.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay, truly enjoyed the gnome home. Would highly recommend a stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $50
Cleaning Fee $50

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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