San Diego Weddings and Unique Portraits

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Gnome House!

Steve and I had a wonderfully relaxing mini vacation a couple of weeks ago at the Shadow Mountain Ranch bed and breakfast in Julian, CA. And the best part? We got to stay in the Gnome House!!

The Gnome House was custom-built to look like the stump of a tree, perfectly located with beautiful views of some of the surrounding conifers at Shadow Mountain Ranch.
The front door was custom carved...

The round Gnome bedroom, equipped with Gnome hats on the bedposts. :)
Yes, that very cool rock sink is built to look like a stone creature and that is a rock waterfall behind it!
The house also had a round living room, a third of which was covered with windows looking out at the beautiful trees. An extremely relaxing spot to sit and have a cup of tea while sketching or reading a book.

And what would a Gnome house be without Gnome occupants in the garden?

Steve, the youngest of the Gnomes, practices his Gnome face.
The rest of the ranch was absolutely beautiful...the first night we were there was clear and we were able to enjoy a stunning sunset; on the second day a romantic mist draped across the mountains.

There is even a chapel on the ranch which people can rent out for services such as weddings or memorial services.
Here is one of the Summer room, the Treehouse!
I just loved the old mossy oak this platform house was built around.
Interior view.
One of the other rooms, a quaint cottage-style house
The main house had a great entertainment room if you wanted a bit more space to socialize with other guests.
And what would a bed and breakfast be without food? Our hosts served a delicious breakfast both days and on Saturday provided a delightful tea. :) I would also highly recommend the company of our hosts Jim and Tracy, who were wonderful to talk to and went out of their way to make our experience a great one. Can't wait to go back! :)

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