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Petfriendly Wilderness Retreat in San Diego Backcountry

Bedrooms 1
Space 480 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Private Luxurious Safari Tent in fenced compound with Hot Tub

Located in one of the most beautiful, least traveled areas of San Diego County, this unique accommodation was created by a artisan contractor couple with comfort and privacy in mind while offering a close to nature experience. It is a 16x20 fireproof safari tent on a 16 x 33' deck with handcrafted railings, furniture and details. The tent cabin has full kitchen designed for people who like to cook , a spacious bath with clawfoot tub, queen size bed with heated mattress, gas fireplace and deck that overlooks Oak Grove Valley. There is a DVD player, dvd library, WIFI for light internet use ( no streaming or downloading of music or videos is allowed), ceiling fans inside and on the covered porch. Hot tub on the deck as well as 2 chaise lounges and dining set for alfresco dining. The deck is designed to keep your pets in if you do not want them to have access to the yard area which is totally fenced with no-climb wire. It is suited for 2 people and is located on a private ranch in which the owners preside. IF YOU CHOOSE TO BOOK DURING WINTER OR SUMMER MONTHS, KEEP IN MIND TEMPS CAN RANGE FROM 20 TO 106 AND THE SHELTER IS A TENT....NO AIR CONDITIONING AND FIREPLACE DOES NOT KEEP THE TENT WARM WHEN IT GETS MUCH BELOW 50. THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS IF YOU DECIDE YOU DONT LIKE THE WEATHER BUT HAVE 7 DAYS BEFORE YOUR STAY TO CANCEL.

Our motto is 'you won't see us unless you need us' and we value our guests privacy so we leave them alone unless needed. Pets are welcome but because of deck elevation, it is not suitable for young children.

The tent cabin opens to the outdoors at each end for views of the chaparral forest and can be closed during bad weather or evening. This exposure to nature has a wonderful relaxing effect and the japanese call it 'shinrin-yoku' which translates to 'forest bathing', or being surrounded by a forest environment.

The main draw to this area is it natural beauty, remoteness, privacy, abundant hiking and biking trails, leash free dog trails and winery's. Here is link of places of interest nearby:


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More Details

Laurie Roberts
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Laurie Roberts

Lane and I are artists/craftsman/contractors who love nature, hiking, animals and working with our hands. We get a bang out of creating spaces, transforming ugly to beautiful and providing a place for people to unwind.

Laurie Roberts purchased this cabin in 2011

Why Laurie Roberts chose Warner Springs

We looked for a long time to find a place that was semi remote that would be good setting for wilderness vacation rental and that had a fixer house on it. We found this 10 acres with adobe home built in the 40's, an old walnut grove and knew it was the one because of the beautiful view of the valley, it was surrounded by nature rather than neighborhood and it bordered on Cleveland National Forest land. We spent 2 years restoring/remodeling the house, putting in fruit trees and garden and in January 2013, came up with the safari tent concept as a vacation rental.

What makes this cabin unique

Total privacy, fenced compound for your dogs, gorgeous view and incredible night skies. The tent opens at each end during the day and close it at night. Surrounding yourself with nature and it's sounds have a very relaxing effect that you cannot get in a walled in structure. The Japanese call this 'shinrin-yoku' which translates to forest bathing, or being surrounded by a forest environment which has been shown to improve mental and physical health.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Review Details:

Property: Camp Ribbonwood


I would live here if they'd sell it to us. ;) Perfect view, perfect blend of amenities and rustic. They literally thought of EVERYTHING. And the bed was heated to top it off. My husband got this as a surprise for me for our 2 yr. anniversary and it was everything we needed it to be. Thank you SO much!!

Author Location: San Diego

Date of Stay: 2017-02-11

Rating: 5
Jun 2017
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Warner Springs Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 480 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
  • bathroom is very cozy with clawfoot tub, rainshower head, toilet, sink , cotton towels , candles, flowers and private views out to Mt. Palomar should you desire to roll up side of tent for open air bathing experience
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , cozy heated bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • swimming


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Petfriendly Wilderness Retreat in San Diego Backcountry
average rating of 4.984375 based on 67 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Me and my boyfriend visited Camp Ribbonwood for our 3 year anniversary. The location and the tent are even BETTER in person! We couldn't believe all the incredible details that Laurie and Lane put into this place. They really have thought of EVERYTHING! It is warm, welcoming and has everything you need for a secluded and relaxing getaway. We hiked and also visited a couple local wineries - which were equally warm and welcoming. I highly recommend Camp Ribbonwood and will 100% be going back as soon as I get the chance!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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A special piece of my heart!

  • 5 of 5

No place like this! I could live here! So special.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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idyllic cozy retreat

  • 5 of 5

although there are nearby attractions (hiking, wineries & gliding) we used our stay to relax, unwind and rejuvenate. We found it even more entrancing than the pictures show and will definitely go again. One night of our stay the wind blew the tent around a bit and although we were snug as can be inside I'll take ear plugs next time just in case. Hosts were lovely.

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Peaceful, perfect quite place with just the right amenities

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were stressed from work, and this was the perfect place to get away, take our 2 dogs and just relax. We're not super outdoorsy people so rugged camping wasn't what we were looking for. This was perfect. Love the grill, love the hottub, love the bathroom and mini kitchen... and love the heated mattress. The only missing things were the couple of food items that we forgot to bring ;) Laurie was very nice, helpful and responsive too. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Safari oasis!

  • 5 of 5

Very relaxing and comfortable experience and the hosts were very nice and thought of everything!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Perfect respite!

  • 5 of 5

Great place to rest and relax. Love the open air style of the tent. You're outside, but not. Our city doggie loved adventuring in the fenced in area. Hot tub at night is magical. We attempted pizza and did pretty well. Just what two, stressed out worker-warrior women needed.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Car: necessary

This area offers abundant trails for hiking and biking, 2 wonderful family run winerys within 5 miles and several more within 20 miles. Vail Lake is 20 minute drive and offers great fishing, beaches, hiking, swimming and dogs allowed. The historical mining town is major tourist attraction with lots of shopping and restaurants. Fishing in one of the lakes within 40 minute drive......Lake Hemet, Diamond Lake or Henshaw. World renown sky gliding center within 10 minute drive.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 8.0%

We will consider one night stays during the week or last minute availability for $185. Your final payment is due two weeks before your stay. If you cancel after that, your deposit will be refunded less $50 cancellation fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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