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Orchard Hill Country Inn
Ranked #1 of 11 Julian B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Newport Beach, Ca
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113 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“A memorable birthday get away”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

We spent two nights at the Orchard Hill Country Inn in Julian. We had purchased a Groupon voucher and selected a cottage for our stay. We stayed in the Gladstone cottage and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The furnishings are top notch,a comfy bed, very nice linens, and great fireplace with a timer.There is also a small sitting area/porch with two chairs outside the bedroom. The bathroom included a large spa/whirlpool tub. It was a bit difficult for me to step over and into the tub. As it was the only option for bathing/showering, I made it work for me.

From the Gladstone it is an easy walk up a hill to the lodge for breakfast and the complimentary wine and appetizer treats each late afternoon. The breakfast was very good each morning, a filling egg casserole one morning and oatmeal pancakes with bacon the next morning. There was also a nice selection of granolas, breads and yogurt.

I would love to return for another visit. Truthfully, though, I would have a difficult time justifying the full cost, without a Groupon voucher. We did not dine at the Inn where dinner is served several nights a week. Dinner was not included in our purchase, as it is with a full paying two night stay. The dinner selections and the cost ( $38 pp) did not appeal to me.

All the staff was helpful, courteous, making each interaction a positive one. They have hospitality down to a science.

Room Tip: Our cottage was on street level. Attached to it were two others. One required walking up stairs to a...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed February 18, 2013

Orchard Hill is a lovely inn. It sites in a beautiful area, outside is peaceful, with benches aligned near a creek. The dining room serves a wonderful breakfast. The Inn has a friendly happy hour with wine and cheese. The rooms are comfortable and the host welcoming. That said, I had a terrible night's sleep. I was expecting a quiet night - that's why I went to the mountains. Our room, unfortunately had a steady loud hum of machinery... all night long. When asked in the morning about our night, I explained that I barely slept. I was told that "that's why the room is the least expensive . .. now you can go home and take a nap". I would have been most grateful if someone had told us about the noise when we made the reservation or even at check-in so we could have changed rooms. If you want a quiet night in a peaceful mountain town, don't stay downstairs. Next time, I think we may try another location. I don't like to come home from a retreat and have to take a nap.

Room Tip: Maybe stay upstairs
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

The room is small but very quaint and nicely decorated. Our room was a little noisy since it faced the front of the inn. We could hear cars coming and going. The happy hour was a nice touch with two glasses of wine or beer per person before having dinner in the formal dining room. The food and service for dinner at the inn was very nice. We had the tri-tip for dinner. The breakfast buffet was very good....especially the homemade granolas. The view from the dining room is beautiful and very relaxing. It's very close to downtown Julian, but would be a hike uphill to walk back so it's better to drive downtown. It was a relaxing getaway to celebrate our anniversary.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

Located on a large parcel of land, upon which sits several luxurious cottages and a large lodge style main structure, is where this B&B can be found. The main lodge also has hotel-style rooms and the dining room with enclosed sunroom seating for dinner and those wonderful breakfasts. The main dining room has a lovely ceiling mural and the walls are painted in a mural motif also. Most attractive. The seating area in the lodge is anchored by a huge stand-up-in-it fireplace, comfy sofa seating, and many Mission-style furniture pieces. Very Craftsman-period inspired.

Fairly pricey multi-course dinner meals (we figured about $100+ for two, including wine with the meal) and, based upon prior Trip Advisor reviews, decided to pass on dinner there, ending up in the downtown area of small, quaint Julian to explore dining options. A less formal dinner suited us fine, although those dining at the Orchard Hill enjoyed that too.

Views here were of a huge tree covered hill and a small red-brick church with a white spire; reminds us of the east coast and New England. While we were there in January, there was some snow on the ground (and is was VERY cold!!), making the comparison to the east coast all the more complete.

Thick, warm, cocoon-like bedding is needed during these very cold nights and we found that here. Heating consists of a wall-style heater which brings to mind Niagara Falls or Hoover Dam hydro-sound effects. The heater is right next to the bed. We cranked the heater up during the day and turned it off at night. The gas log fireplace was very welcome, too.

There is a 4 pm to 5:50 pm cheese and beverages gathering hosted by the B&B. The hard cheese is particularly good, as are those triangle shaped seasoned crackers made by their local chef (we were told), but there are also grapes, raw veggies and dips, etc. Wine offerings are good (one red and one white) and the Inn provides a two glass maximum per person.

We had a lovely breakfast yesterday: a few small crepe-like pancakes (about 4 inches in diameter), lightly flavored with a sweet syrup and sliced strawberries, kiwi, and a bunch of grapes. Hard boiled eggs, scones, yogurt, breads and jams, and cereal rounded out the other offerings.

Sunday morning breakfast was a buffet with gorgeous huge strawberries and excellent watermelon, an egg/red pepper/scallion/cheese option, sausages, potatoes composing the main entree. Again, those homemade scones which were flakey and so light, rounded out the menu for us. Champagne mimosas were an option for those (we presume) planned to stay the night! As we were driving, we took a pass on that option.

Seating is almost entirely at tables for 2 which is a welcome break from the big dining room style breakfasts found at many other B&B's. The enclosed deck was sunny, warm, and offered great views of this charming town which you can see from this hilltop setting.

During the Summer and Spring, this must be a magical place (hopefully the heater won't have to run) when the trees, shrubs, and iris bulbs put on their display; visitors can sit outside on the large patios and walk around the beautiful grounds.

Julian's main street is only a half-block away and the shops offer so many fun items and antiques so that even the male members of any traveling party would be entertained. Read the historical signs on the old buildings to get a sense of history here. There's also a mine ride but we just couldn't bring ourselves to venture down to an even colder environment than we experienced above ground this visit.

We came here on a Groupon offer and look forward to returning in the future. In our opinion, there is no other B&B in Julian that even approaches this choice property. It is well maintained and our room, "Jonathan", was pitch-perfect as an East Coast nautical themed room. Our room in cottage #1 consisted of two rooms, a small frig, bar sink, and the frig came with 6 creamers and one can of Coke (just in case you were wondering). In-room small coffee maker brews Seattle's Best coffee (provided).

Now we head home, Julian apple pies in the car, as well as so many treasures we located in Julian. Kind thoughts and memories of this gem of a B&B are stored in our minds!

Room Tip: Jonathan room is in cottage 5. There are a couple more themed-rooms in this cottage but none were i...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Holtville, CA
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

Where do I start? Arriving in a beautiful area of the mountains. When we went to our room we were escorted so she could show us where everything was and how it worked (specifically the gas fireplace and jacuzi tub. It is within walking distance of the town of Julian. It is a bed and breakfast so of course the breakfast was amazing. They have a social hour with cheese, crackers, fruit with beer and wine
My husband had his New Castle beer so it is not cheap stuff. Dinner is reservation only so the chef can make everything delightful. The food was wonderful. Thank you staff for making our 32nd anniversary so special :-)

  • Stayed December 2012
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Dana Point, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed December 20, 2012

My husband and I stayed a couple of nights and though it's a very sleepy town, Orchard Hill was awesome. The food was great, the staff was super and the cottages were cozy. We met the owner while waiting for dinner our first night...super nice and down to earth guy.

Room Tip: Bring some movies..they have a big library but you may want to grab some more recent releases.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed December 12, 2012

a wonderful personal feel. the owners make you feel so at home. we definitely want to go back!
a spoiling comfortable experience... on top of a hill. you feel away from everything.

the food is amazing, the hospitality is personal and charming. the service and staff are great. it isn't high gloss, it is spoiling, low-key, comfortable, etc.

Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Orchard Hill Country Inn
Address: 2502 Washington Street, PO Box 2410, Julian, CA 92036
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Location: United States > California > Julian
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Ranked #1 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Julian
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Number of rooms: 22
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