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Sacred Mountain Retreat - Julian, CA

52 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Half Baths3
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Main Cottage, Carriage House, Rustic Barn (6 bedrooms/3 full baths/2 half baths)

*Please note if you receive automatic quotes from VRBO please disregard those quotes. Our quotes are based on package prices as stated through information that will be sent to you once inquiry is received.

Sacred Mountain Retreat is located in historic Julian, CA and situated on 8 serene acres next to its sister property SACRED MOUNTAIN PRIVATE RANCH VRBO # 731357 encompassing an additional 53 majestic acres. SACRED MOUNTAIN RETREAT is for intimate gatherings, reunions and get togethers for up to 35 - 50 guests. All automatic quotes generated are for residence packages only...(max 16) Please request a custom quote for wedding packages, retreats and gatherings. We offer SACRED MOUNTAIN PRIVATE RANCH for larger Weddings and events accommodating up 50 -125 guests. SACRED MOUNTAIN PRIVATE RANCH includes a picturesque Reception Courtyard, lush Wedding Meadow and Romantic Honeymoon Cottage. For more details please view VRBO # 731357.(When SACRED MOUNTAIN RETREAT is combined with SACRED MOUNTAIN PRIVATE RANCH it becomes part of the Wedding Package )

SACRED MOUNTAIN RETREAT an enchanting peaceful sanctuary within walking distance of the quaint, historical town of Julian. The private, gated estate provides intimacy and tranquility for those that feel the need to escape from every day life and surrender to nature at its best. The multiple gathering places invite you to feel fully in the presence of one another.

Sacred Mountain Retreat offers majestic views of Volcan Mountain, our own 'Valley of the Moon' and unparalleled stargazing. This property takes you back to a more peaceful time and place.


The charming, ivy covered main cottage is comprised of three bedrooms and two bathrooms. There are hardwood floors and French windows throughout. The cottage has a sunny, fully equipped Viking kitchen with solid cherry countertops and a large European farm sink. The living area offers down-filled seating and a wood burning stove. The sumptuous master suite has a California King bed, separate sitting area and a private spa tub. All natural materials and white, crisp Egyptian cotton sheets ensure a peaceful nights rest. The bright and airy secondary bedroom has two full beds and ample closet space. The third bedroom has a queen bed and French doors that open out onto the enchanting, secret garden.


Steps away from the main cottage is a vine covered, two-story carriage house. The individual suites are fully equipped with refrigerators, coffee makers and half baths. The downstairs unit has a fantastic four-poster queen bed, farmhouse table, and private patio. The Zen inspired upstairs unit boasts a King bed and private sitting area.


The Wine Country inspired rustic barn is a treasure. An open floor plan, centered by a custom-made, solid Californian walnut table, invites you to dine with friends and family. The Viking kitchen is well equipped and a wood-burning fireplace is featured in the sitting area. The wraparound deck with stunning views of our “Valley of the Moon” and Volcan mountain is ideal for stargazing, yoga or just hanging out. A spiral staircase accesses the bedroom upstairs, which has a California king bed and a queen bed.


A long, private driveway, canopied by low hanging pistache trees, is your access to the gated property. There is a large Brazilian, rosewood deck in front of the main cottage with expansive vistas across the meadows to Volcan Mountain, encouraging guests to relax and enjoy the serenity. This private residence also provides a 40 foot saline pool and spa, Smith & Hawken teak furniture and a secluded entertainment area with barbeque. Half way up the stairs to the main deck there is a pool house, which has a stainless steel refrigerator/freezer, farmhouse sink, serving area and bathroom. Outside the pool house is an incredible outdoor rain head shower. The middle tier is home to the pool and an expansive, sweeping lawn area, flanked on one side by a grape and wisteria covered pergola. A custom-made iron & rustic wood dining table underneath seats 14 guests. The seasonal organic vegetable garden is in front of the sweet playhouse and wild French lavender bed. The lower tier has a horse barn, corral and sheltered pathways that meander through the ancient oaks. Abundant wildlife such as deer and wild turkey share these pathways with you.

Sacred Mountain Retreat sits on 61 majestic acres that offers many hiking trails where you will come across stunning plateau’s, spectacular vistas and sweeping views of the surrounding mountains all the way to the coast.

Holidays are very special at the Ranch, please inquire about our holiday rates.

We welcome you to Sacred Mountain Retreat.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Marti Montbleau (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english


based on 52 traveler reviews

Sacred Mountain Retreat - Julian, CA
average rating of 5.0 based on 52 reviews

Best family get-a-way

  • 5 of 5

Close to San Diego, just outside of Old Julian lies this amazing retreat. The place was immaculate, with every conceivable amenity available to us. We had 12 people in our party and yet we never felt crowded and everyone had something to do. There are so many hidden garden spots or quiet corners to curl up and read a book and just relax.

Our favorite spots were the pool area and the main dining deck. Between those two areas we had a blast with a lot of fun in the pool and great meals on this deck. The main house has surround sound with speakers outdoors, so listening to your favorite music is as simple as plugging in your phone and listening to your playlist.

Every bedroom has amazing bedding, the kind you want to sink into and not come out. Everyone had wonderful restful sleeps the entire weekend. The kitchens have everything you could need, all you need to do is bring your food and your appetite. I even found French Press to make my favorite coffee. The owner is so kind, she had filled bowls with fruit for our enjoyment, she had also supplied potatoes, onions, garlic and a host of condiments and extras. I have never been so pampered by a hostess. The towels for our showers and for around the pool were thick and luxurious and wonderful. She had provided robes in each guest room so that you really feel like you are a spa or luxury resort.

There are 3 buildings, the main house which has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen and a jacuzzi tub. There is the 2 story guest house, that has 2 bedrooms and 2 half baths. Then there is the barn house, which has a HUGE entertaining area, a mini kitchen, a loft bedroom (with multiple beds) and one bathroom. The views from this house are amazing, I kept waiting for bison to come walking across the plains, that didn’t happen, but I did see Wild Turkeys with their chicks, rabbits, squirrels, wood peckers and a host of other birds. A few things you should be aware of if you choose to come here, you WILL be driving on dirt roads, you WILL be in the country, you WILL have animals and insects (bring some bug spray and if you are an arachnophobe like me, be ready) to deal with and you WILL be using well water. It is safe, it is sweet tasting and it looks off color. I was excited to find out that the reason it can be cloudy and slightly colored is that it has gold residue in it. The area used to be big gold mining town and some of that gold powder still finds its way into the water

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Thanksgiving Family Gatjeromg

  • 5 of 5

This is an exceptional property. The owner, Marti, is extemely thoughful, and provides everything you could possibly need. She had turkey platters, roasting pans, spices, and flowers in every room. The property is beautiful. The is lined with gorgeous trees, and wild deer and turkey flow thru and around the property. It is just out of the town of Julian, and easy to find. We will come again, and highly recommend this location.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Cathy for your kind words. Our ranch is happiest when families like yours gather to remember what life is really about. We loved having you and your loved ones enjoy some time with us. Please come back. Looking forward, Marti
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  • 5 of 5

We got engaged decide we had been together so long we did not want a long engagement. We both got new jobs, moved to a new place, and planned a wedding in 30 days. Because of the rush we did not have time to even see the venue. Marti very accommodating and responded quickly when I did have any questions. The property is even more beautiful in real life and Marti provided chairs, tables, heat lamps, table cloths, and even an archway for the ceremony. When we arrived we found lanterns (to help us get around at night), wood for the fireplaces, fresh cut flowers in every room, bathrobes, and even fresh fruit. The property was extremely clean and every beds was comfortable. The day of the wedding walked the some of trails around the property and saw some wild turkeys, fresh lavender bushes, blue jays, and beautiful mountain views. Because our wedding party was so small (20 people) we were even able to just use Marti's plates and glassware for the reception. We highly recommend this property!!! We can't wait to go back just for a family trip!

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you Julie! You had such a sweet gathering, full of loving people and so much good cheer. It was so fun to be involved in such a special occasion. We all enjoyed it. Best of everything to you and your new family. thanks for sharing your joy. Come back and see us. Best, Marti
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A wedding dream come true

  • 5 of 5

Where do I begin? This property is stunning, and the pictures really do not give the full experience of what it is like being at Sacred Mountain Retreat. My husband and I wanted an intimate, outdoor, rustic chic wedding where our family could stay and enjoy the weekend together, and SMR provided this and so much more. The proximity to Julian is great but the property faces the mountains so you feel miles away from civilization. Every bed and room was cozy and comfortable, and the house was fully stocked with anything you could ever want. We did a lot of cooking while we were there. It is also great for kids, our neices and nephews had such a blast exploring, and playing in the little play house. If it was a little warmer I'm sure they would have all been in the pool.

Marti was beyond generous in providing things we needed for our wedding, tents, chairs, heat warmers, and was such a pleasure to work with. We can't wait to have another excuse to come back.

Our guests and family are still talking about our wedding day. If you are looking for a memorable experience for any occassion I highly recommend SMR!

Thank you!

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are all so happy that you had such a BEAUTIFUL and joyous wedding. You brought so much love to the ranch. We all want to wish you such a happy life together. You have created such a wonderful family. All our best and love to all, Marti
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Stunningly beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

I am so excited to have discovered this beautiful and well appointed retreat venue. My team flew in from across the country and the moment we walked through the door we noticed that peace was present.

Marti honored us with flowers and fruit and every bed was fresh and fluffy with luxury linens. The kitchen was well appointed with all of the serving pieces we needed, table linens, and centerpiece options, not to mention onions and potatoes! Not a detail missed. It felt like home!

The entire property, especially the overlook where we hosted our Healing Art part of the retreat was stunningly beautiful. This is a "must return" to visit place on my list. Thank you Marti for being part of inviting excellence to our event.

Jami Amidon

Founder, CEO Decide to Fly®

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jamie, what a beautiful group of people you have assembled. Everyone really appreciated what the ranch is all about. Its so refreshing to meet such involved and lovely people. we would love to welcome you back. Looking forward, Marti
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Fantastic getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Thirteen friends spent a weekend at this incredible property and the photos did not prepare us for the peaceful, private setting! Everything was first-class, from the well-stocked Viking kitchens to the comfiest beds throughout. Marti has created a retreat that is luxurious yet cozy. Amazing property. All you have to add is fun friends or family and you will have the time of your life!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Linda! It means so much to know that you all had a fun time. With the group of people that you assembled.... how could you not?? We would love to welcome you all back to our little retreat...maybe take a trail ride next time. Looking forward, Marti Marti
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Main Street, Julian CA
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Main Street, Julian CA
Car: recommended

Main Street Julian, local wineries and apple orchards are less than a mile away. There are also beautiful hiking trails on the 60 acres adjacent to Sacred Mountain Retreat as well as hikes at Volcan Mountain one mile up the road.


Rates & Availability

Julian Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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High Season
Jun 13 2016 - Nov 1 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $450 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,500
Pet Fee $150
Tax Rate 8.0%

If you are inquiring about a wedding or event, additional fees apply on a case by case basis related to your event and the number of people. We are open to hosting intimate occasions for 50 people or less. We also require a 3 night minimum. We would be happy to consider your inquiry so please let us hear from you. If you event

Rates for 2015 are not yet available. They will be posted by the end of the year.

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San Diego County Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 3 Half Baths
  • Main Cottage Master Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Main Cottage Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Rustic Barn Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Pebble rock bathroom with walk in shower - towels
    Pool Bathroom 6 - toilet , outdoor shower
    Carriage House Ground Floor Bathroom 3 - toilet , toilet, sink and towels
    Carriage House Upper Unit Bathroom 4 - toilet , toilet sink and towels
  • 3 full bathrooms & 2 half bathrooms
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Main Cottage Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Egyptian Cotton Bedding - full bathroom
    Main Cottage Bedroom 2 - 2 double , Egyptian Cotton Bedding - shared full bathroom
    Main Cottage Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Egyptian Cotton Bedding - shared full bathroom
    Rustic Barn Bedroom 6 - 1 king , 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Egyptian Cotton Bedding - full bathroom
    Carriage House Upper Unit Bedroom 5 - 1 king , Egyptian Cotton Bedding - half bathroom
    Carriage House Ground Floor Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Egyptian Cotton Bedding - half bathroom
    Main Cottage /Living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Main Cottage Living Room
  • King size beds (3), Queen size Beds (3), Double Beds (2), Sleep Sofas (2)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • jetted tub
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
The property sleeps 14 guests in beds with double occupancy in each bed. We can accommodate 50 guests maximum for small, intimate gatherings. The 50 guests are to include the guests sleeping on the property.

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