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Bison Lodge For Quiet Contemplation, Comfort & Modern Conveniences/Wifi & Pets

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,650 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Large Property With 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, W/balcony, Trees & Bird Watching

This property is best suited for family with children and/or pets, especially when you and family are interested in accessing Julian with modern conveniences and comfort. Please notice that we are provisioning this property for 6 -persons maximum, exceptions may be possible on a case-by-case basis.

Located only 5 minutes from downtown Julian, Bison Lodge provides a quiet, romantic getaway for couples and families. The property was completely remodeled a few years ago, with the notion to open up the living spaces to allow for quiet contemplation. The Bison Lodge offers two master-suite bedrooms and a third office/bedroom located downstairs. These three bedrooms provide privacy and charm, sleeping up to 6 people. Each room is uniquely decorated with a specific theme and ambiance and tastefully appointed for your comfort. The large fenced yard is ideal for children, outdoor dining and stargazing.

More Details

Property Manager
Barbara Schor
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2018

About Barbara Schor

After years of working out of home, George and Caroline purchased this home so they can have the room to breath. We currently live in San Diego, with our two dogs. We have managed to sneak their pictures into the photos. Long-Tail is NOT a bird loving JRT. Yoda is the small friendly terrier mix. Both of them are rescue dogs. We often tell our friends that we are working like the dogs, while the real-dogs are having the good life.

Barbara Schor purchased this house in 2015

Why Barbara Schor chose Julian

This is a beautiful house. If you are looking for a place to restore your energy and perspective, this is the place to be. The balcony will put you amongst the trees, perfect for bird-watching. We are frequented by red-crown wood peckers, blue-jays, humming birds, oriels, finches, and more. The balcony has water and feeding stations for these visitors.

The house is open, spacious and up-to-date. If you can't leave your work alone, the WiFi will provide you access to the outside world. Just a few minutes away, you have access to downtown Julian with shops, restaurant, and all the activities. In addition to apple pies, we also like the chicken pot pies from the Julian Apple Pie.

The exact history of Sam the bison is not clear. We understand he may actually be a lady-bison due to her small size. Sam was already living in the house when we made the purchase. Sam was not for sell. After the prior owners moved to their new home, they learned that their new house did not have a ceiling high enough for Sam to be comfortable. This is how George and I got the chance to bring Sam back to the Lakeview property.

Why this property? We just love this cabin. This cabin is built with cedar wood planks inside and out. With the tasteful furnishing, beautiful artworks and a balcony amongst the trees, you will be transported to a calming place. We hope you will enjoy this house as much as we do.

What makes this house unique

This is a property with solid construction, perfect for family gathering. Some of the seldom seen posters/prints on display were collected from museums in Europe. The water and feeding stations on the Balcony draw many feathered visitors. In the morning, you can throw a handful of peanuts out from the balcony, and the blue-jays will thank you.

Guestbook comments from the manager

I cannot tell you how much we enjoyed staying in your lovely home! It is so tranquil and quiet that we didn't want to leave this morning. And although my husband and I had a wonderful time, that was nothing compared to the fun our two Cavaliers had! They ran and played ball (I have one of those orange chuckers that saves my arm) and they ran until they were exhausted. We took them for long walks around the neighborhood and all the way up into the hills behind the house. We must have lots in common because you have many of the same books that I have and even some similar art work. I felt so at home!

We will be in contact again, as we would like to return during the summer.

Thank you for the gift certificate to Julian Pie Company (that has got to be the best apple pie ever!) and the bottle of wine, not to mention the snacks that saved me from starvation when we first arrived.
Mar 2018
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Julian House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2650 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • There are absolutely no outdoor fires allowed
  • The deposit is fully refundable as long as there is no evidence of undisclosed pets or outdoor fires & furniture is put back in place
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Upstairs Master Bedroom - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Eastern King Size Bed, Memory Foam/Gel Mattress
    Downstairs Master Bedroom - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Eastern King Bed with Memory Foam/Gel Mattress
    Guest Bedroom - 1 queen , Queen-size Futon Bed
  • The two master bedrooms are spacious and beautiful. Each of the master bedroom is complete with its own bathroom. Each master bedroom has a king-size bed and a full-size futon couch to accommodate small children. The office/bedroom has a queen size futon bed. This property allows maximum 6 people, including children. We will make some exceptions to accommodate small children from time to time but you will need our permission.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • festivals
  • library
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
Julian is centrally located to the Cleveland National Forrest (15 minutes) and Anza Borrego desert (30 minutes). There are many beautiful hiking trails off the Sun Rise Highway in the Cleveland National Forrest. A trip to visit Anza Borrego desert is a must, especially after the spring rain when the desert is in bloom. Don't forget to visit the California Wolf Center. My favorite is to stay-in, cook dinner with the family, then watch an old movie together.


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Bison Lodge For Quiet Contemplation, Comfort & Modern Conveniences/Wifi & Pets
average rating of 4.939394 based on 36 reviews

Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I had the most relaxing stay here. My two dogs were so happy with all the gated areas for them to roam and explore. I felt at ease that my dogs were safe and secured. The house had all the amenities that you could ask for. It was spacious and beautifully decorated. It offered many outside seatings to relax and enjoy the nature that surrounds the place like the garden, the balcony, and the backyard. It was centrally located to town and hiking trails. It was the perfect getaway for all of us.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous house!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful, peaceful visit in this gorgeous, quiet home. We loved every part of the decor and custom design of the house. The beds, sheets and linens were soft and comfortable. The yard was perfect for our small dog. We will definitely be back to visit again.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lori and family - Thank you so much for your kind review. We really appreciate it. We are very pleased the four-paw visitor is happy with the gardens. Please come back to visit us soon. Warm regards, Barbara (property manager) and Caroline (owner).
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Quiet, cozy and peaceful and great for the dogs

  • 5 of 5

We loved it and it was exactly what we were looking for. Thank you for all the amenities. We definitely plan on coming back.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear April and family - Thank you for your generous review and we appreciate it. Please come back soon. Warm regards, Caroline, the owner.
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Beautiful Alpine Lodge

  • 5 of 5

My family was fortunate to stay in this lovely and extraordinary alpine home. The property is well appointed offering many amenities such as comfortable family gathering areas, a large, well stocked kitchen, and beautiful outdoor areas for relaxing. This is definitely a repeat visit property! Thank you Bison Lodge!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Elizabeth and family - Thank you for the generous review. We really appreciate it. Please come back soon. Warm regards, Caroline, the owner.
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A place to breathe....

  • 5 of 5

My family spent a lovely weekend at the Bison Lodge. The home is more beautiful and inviting than the photos portray. The kitchen is a cook's dream with top of the line everything including the pots & pans and knives. We took advantage of the outdoor seating area and spent priceless time relaxing to the sounds of nature. The host left goodies for us that really made us feel welcome. Will definitely book this place again!

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Belinda - Thank you so much for the very kind review. We really appreciate it. Please come back soon and we are looking forward to your return. Warm regards, Barb
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  • 5 of 5

BEAUTIFUL home in a quiet & peaceful area not too far from the town of Julian. Very roomy, GREAT kitchen & upstairs master bedroom. The living room was very comfortable with a big screen TV & two electric, reclining chairs connected to a large, angler sofa. Very spacious outside deck. I loved taking my dog for a morning & early evening walk in the BEAUTIFUL & peaceful surroundings. I would rate this home A- 1, five stars, first class!!!

Jeff H.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jeff - Thank you so much for the "above and beyond" review. We are delighted that you are pleased. We are glad that you liked the wonderful kitchen. Please come back soon. Warm regards, Barbara, your property manager P.S. It is good to know that the dog had a good time also. There are plenty to bark at in the neighborhood.
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Lindburg Field, San Diego
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Down Town Julian
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Down Town San Diego
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Highway 8
Nearest Train
70 Miles
Down Town San Diego
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Highway 78/79
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Down Town Julian
Nearest Beach
55 Miles
Ocean Beach
Car: necessary

Within a few miles from the Bison Lodge, the Cleveland National Forest with some of the most beautiful hiking trials is at your disposal. The downtown Julian, offers an array of restaurants, shops and horse-carriage rides. Near-by the historical gold mines, wineries, and world famous apples pies are also available for your enjoyment.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Pet Fee $50
Refundable Damage Deposit $250

The vacation renter must be 25 or older to book this rental. We reserve the right to decline reservations.

We ask the perspective vacation renters to respect our capacity of 6 people (adults & children). There is an extra fee of $50 per guest for the 7th and 8th guests. We will not accept reservation for more than 8 people.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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