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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:
July 19, 2017

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 San Diego County

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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

The Gnome Home at Shadow Mountain Ranch!
average rating of 4.7894735 based on 21 reviews

Very cozy and quaint. Wonderfully whimsical.

  • 5 of 5

Little light on hot water in the shower. Maybe because it's a waterfall :) and comes out fast. Conserve and plan on being efficient if there are 2 people showering.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We love this place. Hope it's sale will not change this marvelous ranch!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Diego, California

Unique, quaint, unforgettable place

  • 5 of 5

Need to see it to believe it! The property is beautiful with many little surprises through out. The Gnome House was beyond expectations. It had a wonderful sitting area with a large bedroom, bathroom, and WATERFALL shower. Close to all the small towns, including Julian. Hot tub, horse shoes, and all the sitting areas made this place a joy to stay at. Hopefully will be returning soon. Only comment would to bring your own DVDs that you would like to watch, for there is no cable and only a VCR and DVD player with a collection of DVDs as well.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Super cute and whimsical

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with my husband and we had sooo much fun. It is the perfect place to go for a cozy romantic weekend!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Such a unique and fun getaway!

  • 4 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay at the Gnome home. I think it's important for people to recognize that there is no cooking inside the cottage, but we did have access to a lovely shared kitchen. Everyone who has seen our pictures has asked about the place. An unexpected pleasure was the Highland shaggy cows on the property. We enjoyed watching them and one came to the fence for a bit of a head scratch. A lovely getaway. The entire property would be a terrific family reunion site.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property in Julian, very close to Main Street.

  • 4 of 5

Love the gnome decor. Heater worked well during a snow and rain filled night. Rustic and charming, I deducted one star for the old squeaky bed, but overall I would recommend this place to my friends and family.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Julian Cottage Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

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.