Cowboy up!!! Julian Ranch Retreat and Mountain Escape

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Last updated: 10/23/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Designed and built new only 6 years ago by the owners, this mountain retreat features modern accommodations. This 2+ bedroom/1 bath cottage, sleeps 6, and is the perfect get-away for relaxation and enjoyment. The Cottage includes a full kitchen, dining area, living room, fireplace and ample parking. The interior is tastefully decorated with western ranch décor.

Guests will enjoy residing on this spectacular 40-acre private ranch, located within a gated neighborhood of thirteen large estates and ranches. Enjoy stately oak trees, clean mountain air, crisp clear nights, hikes around the property and spectacular sunsets. You may see wildlife--deer, foxes, bobcats and turkey wandering around the property -- hawks soaring above. Beautiful sunrises begin each day. Find a special spot to enjoy the dramatic sunset. Later, dark night-skies bring blankets of stars out, showcasing constellations and shooting stars.

On property, hike around the private 40-acre oak-covered ranch, pay a visit to the owner's barn next door to meet local barn residents...paint horses Sky and Tardy, and their sidekick Jack, the pony. Off-property, enjoy all the nearby region has to offer including hiking, winetasting, fine dining and shopping in the historic town of Julian.

Historic Julian was founded in 1870. After the American Civil War, in 1869, A.E. 'Fred' Coleman, a former slave, was crossing over what is now known as Coleman Creek, just west of Julian. Seeing a glint of gold in the stream bed, he climbed down from his horse to investigate. Having had previous experience in the gold fields, he retrieved his frying pan and began panning the sands of the creek. He established the Coleman Mining District and was its recorder and also began the mining camp called Emily City later renamed Coleman City. Learning of the find, others rushed to the district and tried to trace the gold to its source. On February 22, 1870, the first 'lode', or hard rock, mining claim was filed in the Julian area. Since February 22 was President George Washington's birthday, the mine was named the Washington mine. Soon hundreds of anxious men and families were rushing to Julian to stake their claims. Julian experienced a gold rush and became a tent city overnight. In April 1870, the area's first saw mill was set up and Julian began to take on a more permanent structure. Attempts to build rival mining towns at Coleman City, Branson City and Eastwood were defeated. Owners of the Cuyamaca rancho Land Grant claimed (the Cuyamaca Land Float) Julian and its mines were within the Rancho boundaries. In 1873, the courts ruled that the Rancho did not include Julian and the mines. While the miners were trying to wrestle the gold from deep within the earth, James Madison brought a wagon load of young apple trees up into the mountains. The fruit trees flourished in the clear, fresh air. Apples are still a big product in Julian, many of which are used for making the world-famous Julian apple pie.

Check local websites for festivals and events. Some of the local attractions:

Gold Mine Tours
Eagle and High Peak Mine
End of C St, Julian, CA 92036

Smith Ranch - Julian Train & Gold Mine
Julian, CA

Witch Creek Winery
2000 Main St, Julian, CA 92036

Blue Door Winery
Tasting room in the heart of Julian.
2608 B Street, Julian, CA 92036
(760) 765-0361

J. Jenkins Winery
A family owned winery located in a picturesque valley overlooking Volcan Mountain.
1255 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA 92036
(760) 765-3267

Julian Hard Cider
Our 1670 Colonial American recipe is handcrafted and made from one ingredient...the worlds finest, freshest, hand-picked apples.
4468 Highway 78, Julian, CA 92036
(760) 765-2500

Menghini Winery
Drive down a two-lane country road leading you to the local winery where you can bring a lunch and sample a variety of locally produced wines.
1150 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA 92036
(760) 765-2072

Nickel Beer Company
We have 12 draft taps of house beer and serve tasters, pints, pitchers and sell beer to go in 32 oz and 64 oz growlers. Our large outdoor beer garden is dog friendly.
Our tasting room is located just 1/2 mile east of Julian.
1485 Hollow Glen Road, Julian, CA 92036
(760) 765-BEER

Horseback Riding
Kenner Ranch Riding, Discovery and Development Center
17550 Harrison Park Road, Julian, CA 92306

William Heise County Park
4945 Heise Park Road, Julian, CA 92036

Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve
Farmer Road outside of Julian, Julian, CA 92036
760 765 1065

Cedar Creek Falls (permit req'd)
Palomar Ranger District Office
1634 Black Canyon Road
Ramona, CA 92065
Ph: 760-788-0250

California Wolf Center
Behind the KQ Campground on Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036

Fishing and Boating
Lake Cuyamaca
15027 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036

Afternoon Tea
Julian Tea & Cottage Arts - Tea is served daily in a charming turn-of-the-century home. Afternoon Tea consists of finger sandwiches, scone with whipped cream, homemade jam and dessert.
(760) 765-0832
2124 Third Street

Apple Pies
Apple Alley Bakery - Serving a variety of homemade apple pies, pastries and cookies. Lunch menu includes potpies, calzone, soup, sandwiches and salad.
(760) 765-2532
2122 Main Street

Julian Pie Company - Locally owned family business specializing in apple pies and cider donuts. Some 17,000 trees provide apples for pies at our Julian and Santa Ysabel locations.
(760) 765-2449 or (760) 765-2400
2225 Main Street, Julian or 21976 Highway 79, Santa Ysabel

Mom’s Pies - Through the front window, watch Mom’s bakers lovingly prepare pies and baked goods for you. Steaming soups and sandwiches served on freshly baked whole-wheat buns.
(760) 765-2472
2119 Main Street

Art Galleries
Banner Queen Gallery - Artwork by Robert Freeman and Julian artists. Open Fridays through Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m.
(760) 765-2168
36766 Highway 78, P.O. Box 575, Julian, CA 92036

Falcon Gallery - Limited edition prints books, jewelry, home accents and gifts. Our children’s room features educational supplies and books.
(760) 765-1509
2015 A Main Street

Santa Ysabel Art Gallery - Exhibiting regional contemporary and traditional artists in all media with emphasis on California style plein air painting and local artist James Hubbell. Located in historic and picturesque Hillyer house.
(760) 765-1676
30352 Highway 78, Santa Ysabel

The Skagen Ranch Studio - Housed in a historic barn, the Skagen Ranch Studio offers fine art from Africa, India, Romania and other countries around the world. Please call for directions.
(252) 671-3727
P.O. Box 1557 Julian, CA 92036

R & B Bicycle Club - Bicycle events in the beautiful San Diego County back country. Both road and mountain bike events. Presently we offer four events per year.
Electric Bicycle Tours are now available Click Here for more information.
(760) 765-1598

Lake Cuyamaca - Open 7 days a week from 6 a.m. until sunset. Fishing permits - $6 for adults - $3.50 for kids (8 through 15) You will need a California State Fishing License if you are 16 years of age or older. Motorboat rentals - $40 all day - $30 after 1 p.m. Rowboats - $15 all day - $12 after 1 p.m.
(760) 765-0515 (877) 581-9904
15027 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036

Camel Dairy
Oasis Camel Dairy - PRODUCTS: Hand-crafted camel milk soap, lotions and camel milk chocolate.
VISIT: Tours, camel rides and events. Located between Ramona and Julian on Highway 78.
(760) 787-0983
26757 Old Julian Highway, Ramona, CA 92065

Carriage Rides
Main Street Carriage Company - Historic 15 minute narrated tour of downtown Julian on a horse-drawn surrey. Corner of Main and Washington. (760) 504-2360

Desert & Town Tours
California Overland, LLC - Adventure calls! Explore the Anza-Borrego desert on 2 and 4 hour tours, overnight camping trips or full 30+ hour excursions aboard ex-military troop carriers. Private jeep tours also.
(866) 639-7567, (760) 767-1232
1233 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 92004

David Lewis Historic Tours of Julian - Guided tours, Julian history, Julian Cemetery History, Black History, and custom tours.
P.O. Box 32, Julian, CA 92036

Enthrall, Inc. - Provides Julian 1870s Gold Rush Tours and field trips, town site guided tour, Eagle Mine tour & lunch.
(760) 782-9202

Thomas Norman Stephan
I will provide the public with prospecting opportunities, by taking groups, families and school children looking for gold , dressed as period prospector.
(760) 445-2023

Downtown Julian
Julian Historical Society
2133 Fourth Street, Julian, CA
(760) 765-0683

Julian Cider Mill
2103 Main Street, Julian, CA 92036

The Bird Watcher
2775 B Street, Julian, CA

The Candy Basket
2116 Main Street, Suite 2B, Julian, CA 92036
(760) 765-0785

Country Village Yarn West / Kat’s Yarn & Craft Cottage
2112 Fourth Street, Julian, CA 92036

Pistols & Petticoats
2116 Main Street, Julian, CA 92036
(760) 765-1744

Julian Market and Deli
2202 Main Street, Julian, CA 92036
(760) 765-2606

Dons Market/Meats
30250 Highway 78,Santa Ysabel, CA 92070
(760) 765-3272

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome:

    Due to the ranch environment, strict adult supervision is required....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Unfortunately it is not possible to bring pets to the ranch due to safety issues the horses on property....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    Single-story home; has 3-steps front and back to enter. Roads are gravel and uneven in places....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Living Room: 1 double

    Fold-out sofa...moreless

  • Bedroom 1 features a King bed, ample closet and French doors which open onto the front porch. Bedroom 2 features a Queen bed and ample closet. The living room has a fold-out double sofa-bed....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • The bathroom has a tub/shower combo, sink and toilet.

Other Amenities

  • Great hiking on and near property


  • DVD Player


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Festivals
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    View of distant hills and mountains...moreless

  • Rural:

    Beautiful rolling hills with rock outcroppings and oak trees...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    No covered parking, plenty of adjacent surface parking on gravel ...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    in barn...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:


  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Paper good, plastic wrap, foil and baggies...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Full size refrigerator/freezer....moreless

  • Stove:

    Propane gas stove...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Covered porch & Rockers, small table & chairs...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill


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from 9 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall 2016
Sep 18 - Dec 4, 2016
2 night min stay
Winter 2016/17
Dec 5 - Mar 1, 2017
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Cleaning Fee $55


Guests must acknowledge and accept the risks of being on a working ranch property, including the hazards of rough terrain, gravel roads, farm equipment, farm animals, wildlife, and rattlesnakes, for example. NO PETS under any circumstances due to horses. Owner employs a full-time ranch manager who lives on part of the ranch. Owner has a part-time residence on the property and may or may not be on the property. This is a working ranch. Ranch chores are preformed by Owner, Ranch Manager and other contractors from time-to-time. This includes barn chores, horse maintenance and exercising, and occasionally tractors, chainsaws, weed whackers, farm vehicles and power tools. Horse riding is not included.

Owner's cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 10/23/2016
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  • Julian

    "Visit the old gold mining town of Julian, a trip back into the old west! Enjoy horse drawn c..."

  • Julian Pie Company

    "Just like grandma made it!"

  • Julian Hard Cider

    "A unique twist on hard cider. Locally made."

  • Julian Mining Company

    "Fun for the kids!"

  • Julian Cafe & Bakery

    "Local grub. Great owners and nice location right in the middle of main street."

  • The Julian Grille

    "Romantic setting and upscale dining."

  • Julian Apple Days Festival

    "Fun for all."

  • Jeremy's On The Hill

    "Farm-to-table from young local chef. Great dining ambiance."

  • Romano's Italian Restaurant

    "A bit of Italy comes to the mountains. Casual Italian dining."

  • Bailey Barbecue -- CLOSED

    "In the mood for good BBQ? Entertainment on most weekend nights."

  • Wynola Pizza and Bistro

    "Great local pizza, pasta, salads and appetizers. In an old barn with live entertainment-chec..."

  • Witch Creek Winery Tasting Room

    "Fun wine tasting and colorful hosts. Located right in downtown Julian."

  • Menghini Winery

    "Local winery. Tasting room and vineyards."

56 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Diego International Airport
Julian, CA, USA
Nearest Motorway
Highway 78
0.25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Jeremy's on the Hill

Car: Necessary

City close-country quiet location. Take a hike, visit an old gold mine, stroll the streets of Julian, shop for antiques and go wine tasting...then retreat to the country quiet of Lonestar Ranch. This property offers all the serenity of the country, yet only 2-miles from downtown Julian.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2001

About the owner: The owners were raised in Nebraska and Texas and dreamed of bringing a little bit of the South and Midwest to California. The land was purchased in 2001 and the 5 buildings on the property were built in 2004/5. The end result was the creation of a spectacular mountain retreat to enjoy with friends and family, a place where their kids could unplug, build forts and make mud pies. The owners primary residence is in Coronado and they spend part-time on the ranch. The owner's daughter rides horses competitively throughout the nation, and the entire family enjoys the opportunity to get away, spend time with their horses and decompress away from their normal daily routines.

Why the Owner Chose Julian, CA, USA:
The owners searched for a year to find the perfect land, and spent 5-years planning and building the ranch. Building sites were selected after camping and experiencing the site. The gated community offers additional seclusion, yet is within minutes of fine dining, shopping and wineries are nearby.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Escape the hectic freeways and step back in time. Hike at sunset with wild turkeys, grazing deer and golden sunlight streaming through the oak trees. Enjoy 40-acres of peace and quiet, yet be close enough to go out to dinner 5-minutes away.

Contact us

Speaks: english


  • Sunrise over the pasture

    Sunrise over the pasture

  • Living Room/Fireplace

    Living Room/Fireplace

  • Dining area (6)

    Dining area (6)

  • Queen Bedroom

    Queen Bedroom

  • Entry


  • Cottage at Lonestar Ranch

    Cottage at Lonestar Ranch

  • Barn


  • Oaks at Lonestar ranch

    Oaks at Lonestar ranch

  • Lonestar Ranch

    Lonestar Ranch

  • Cozy Cottage

    Cozy Cottage

  • Sunset


  • Dining/Kitchen area

    Dining/Kitchen area

  • Entry Road

    Entry Road

  • Living room with sofa-bed

    Living room with sofa-bed

  • Kitchen


  • King Bedroom

    King Bedroom

  • Barn


  • Barn Interior

    Barn Interior

  • Lonstar Ranch

    Lonstar Ranch

  • Sunset with fog rolling in

    Sunset with fog rolling in

  • Sunset at the Cottage on Lonestar Ranch

    Sunset at the Cottage on Lonestar Ranch

  • Aerial view

    Aerial view

  • Downtown Julian

    Downtown Julian

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Monday, October 24, 2016

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