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Cowboy Up!!! Julian Ranch Retreat and Mountain Escape

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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About the property

Private 2+ Bdrm cottage--working ranch near historic gold-mining town of Julian

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

More Details

Kent & Toni Aden
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
January 12, 2017

About Kent & Toni Aden

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.

Kent & Toni Aden purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Kent & Toni Aden chose San Diego County

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.


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Cowboy Up!!! Julian Ranch Retreat and Mountain Escape
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 12 reviews

Great escape, thanks!

  • 4 of 5

Great first time in Julian, thanks for welcoming us! Weren't able to get hot water everything was perfect :)

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2016
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Orange, CA

Lovely Time: Quiet and Restorative!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our two younger girls enjoyed a two-night stay at the ranch last weekend! It was so quiet and beautiful! We loved taking a morning hike, and the girls loved checking in on Jack, the pony. Since we live on a busy street in Orange County, this was a much-needed respite. We also enjoyed snuggling up and watching a DVD with a fire crackling in the fireplace. The two-bedroom retreat is well-decorated, clean and up-to-date. We also enjoyed the rocking chairs on the front porch. A lovely home and lovely time indeed!

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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Quiet and relaxing!

  • 4 of 5

Fantastic getaway! Perfect place to reconnect as a couple... we might even bring the kids next time... or maybe not! Clean, great service and beautiful scenery!

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2016
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Beautiful!!!! Cabin large property

  • 5 of 5

We I was looking for a place out in the country I was concern that it will only have the essentials. Especially because I was bringing my little one and the weather here in San Diego was really hot but once we arrive to the property it was perfect it had Ac. Fans It is nicely decorated. The towels. And the sheets they all smell clean I will definitely come back. We enjoy the views the wild animals, So relaxing . Just doing nothing. Enjoying nature.

It is so closed to everything and jet so peaceful. Away from the city notice. It's closed to the lake. And the little town of Julian.!!!!!!!we love it. !!!!! Thanks.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Charming, peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have asked for anything better to fit our families needs. Everything we needed was provided and the kids had an awesome time exploring the area. The cottage was neat and CLEAN!! We will definitely be coming back :)

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Beautiful cabin with horse barn next door

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for a wonderful weekend and for being so diligent with any questions or concerns we had. The cabin is decorated so nicely and quite spacious considering there was 5 of us. The boys have very fond memories of feeding the horses.

The location of the cabin is terrific for catching a quick bite to eat at the local pizza place or trying a bit of wine/hard cider tasting, which is out the gate and to the left. We ordered a pizza driving through Romona and it was ready for pick up just before we arrived at the cabin.

We drove the 20 or so odd minutes up to the top of laguna and played in the snow. We are looking forward to return in the near future and perhaps have some snow at the cabins footsteps.

The cabin is complete with just the right cooking utensils. I brought up a crock pot which is great if you've been out all day having fun. Bring your own ground coffee and there is a full size coffee pot. There are plenty of towels, beds are very comfy and the cabin is warm and cozy...just perfect.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2016
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Nearest Airport
56 Miles
San Diego International Airport
Nearest Motorway
Highway 78
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
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.


Rates & Availability

Julian Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter 2016/17
Dec 5 2016 - Mar 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum 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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Julian Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The bathroom has a tub/shower combo, sink and toilet.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Living Room - 1 double , Fold-out sofa
  • 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.
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
Great hiking on and near property

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