Hipcamp host Dawn S.,
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The Dome Asylum, hippie homestead, is a geodesic domicile built in 1986. The Dome Asylum is focused on sustainability. Indeed, we see the property as our own little, just-over-an-acre, eco-park. In addition to the aquaponic and keyhole gardens, the Dome Asylum features several cactus gardens, a meditation trail, and a natural pool/tub. The plants and fish in the pool are jus


The Dome Asylum, hippie homestead, is a geodesic domicile built in 1986. The Dome Asylum is focused on sustainability. Indeed, we see the property as our own little, just-over-an-acre, eco-park. In addition to the aquaponic and keyhole gardens, the Dome Asylum features several cactus gardens, a meditation trail, and a natural pool/tub. The plants and fish in the pool are just one of the many pleasant discoveries you will encounter during your stay.

The Dome Asylum hippie homestead is wonderful for curious travelers. Experience glamping in our natural poolside cabana! The king size bed is sheltered by a covered patio next to our natural pool. Wake to the crow of our rooster, or perhaps our friendly canine co-host, Klondike. There is a full bath for your use in our outdoor bath house. Spend some time meditating by the pool or snorkel with the fish.

The Dome is about an hour from San Diego beaches and even closer to popular hiking at Mt. Woodson and Potato Chip Rock. 

Please note that there is a 2 night minimum on weekends. (Friday & Saturday)

Lodging provided
Canvas tent
1 site
Up to 3 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Have a question? Send Dawn a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Hipcamper cat
Cat F.
recommends this listing.
November 19th, 2021

The place created by the host was magnificent;
I received more than I imagined
And I thanked the host for sharing, “natural poolside Cabana” on hipcamp, so I could find this getaway from city living.
4 me, the poolside cabana was what I was looking for; a space to feel relaxed enough to create art & stuff & sleep outdoors comfortably.
Much gratitude

Hipcamper Judy

A good time at dome sweet dome.

Judy S.
recommends this listing.
September 6th, 2021

The poolside cabana was a wonderful respite from city life, the shower and bathroom were clean and sanitized, the bed was cozy, the wi-fi worked well, and host Dawn was friendly and informative. Be sure to bring earplugs unless you like the roosters waking you up at 4am. Lots of wineries in Ramona, and it was a short drive to the starbucks in town when I realized I forgot my coffee at home.

The sound of the fountain in the pool outside the cabana is so relaxingPleasant view of pool and hosts home.Cozy, big bed with shelves to store stuff. The power plug is so helpful and the red-globe lights are nice and do not attract flying bugs.
Hipcamper Chelsey
Chelsey D.
recommends this listing.
August 26th, 2021

Beautiful, relaxing, and funky. Dawn is incredibly nice, helpful, and chill. Just perfect vibes. I hope to be back again soon :)

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Hipcamper Leah

Peaceful outpost

Leah E.
recommends this listing.
August 9th, 2021

Dawn and her partner have created a quiet oasis in the outlying town of Ramona, a worthwhile trek to points east in San Diego County on the way to Julian, another outpost established in the mining rush of the mid-to-late 1800s. I especially appreciated Dawn adjusting my stay when I couldn't make my first night out, along with helpful instructions. I was left in peace to enjoy the tranquil poolside cabana, the natural pool and koi, the beautiful plants, the dragonflies darting to and fro, the sound of water, in the shelter and shade with wi-fi and electrical outlets readily available. Raised in the country, personally I found the crowing of the roosters and the chickens running around charming, rather than off-putting. Outside of a recent visit to Lotusland in the Santa Barbara area, I have yet to see a more impressive array of cacti and succulent plants than around their home. The lighting at night, creative installations, are all thoughtful too and add to the ambience. If you want a low-key experience and unobtrusive hosts, they've got the basics covered in a lovely setting that they've created.

Spacious cabana beautifully lit.A living, natural pool with koi fishEqually wonderful at nightBeautiful cactus and succulents all around
Hipcamper tammy

Wonderfully eclectic

Tammy L.
recommends this listing.
June 28th, 2021

We had a wonderful time staying at the Dome Asylum what a great experience thank you so much Dawn, you were a wonderful host!

Hipcamper Amber

Nice little getaway

Amber R.
recommends this listing.
June 1st, 2021

Nice little getaway. Thank you!

Hipcamper James

"eclectic and fun," but caution...

James V.
doesn't recommend this listing.
May 25th, 2021

At first glance, Dome Asylum comes across as a charming little self-sufficient homestead. Dawn met us at the gate, let us in, and gave us the tour of the eclectic property. Everything seemed to be as advertised. We went to sleep that first night, around 9 PM. It was pretty cold for SoCal, dipping into the low 40s, but the bed was relatively comfortable and between us we managed to stay warm enough to get to sleep. "Well... it was on a site called HipCamp, anyway, so we might as well embrace it. At least we aren't sleeping on the ground," we told ourselves. If you look at the property description, Dawn makes brief mention of waking to the sound of a rooster, and indeed we did... at 3:27 AM, by the rooster crowing right behind our cabana. Then the other on-site rooster crowed, and a neighboring rooster, and another, and another... This went on ALL NIGHT and EVERY NIGHT. We pushed through the madness, getting 15-20 minutes of sleep between rooster concerts. And let's not forget the feral cat (we assume) that joined us in bed around 1:00, which hissed and took a swing at us when we tried to shoo it away. Once the sun was up, we staggered to the shower (one of the pleasantries, even with the cobwebs - it was nice and hot). I would say that the bathroom facilities were decent and had very little to nothing to complain about there. After we got ready for the day, we started to make the bed. I think we counted 4 earwigs snuggled up in the covers that morning.

Multiply this by 3 nights (we had reserved 4), and you could probably estimate the level of near insanity we had reached. Needless to say, we booked other accommodations for night #4.

I should also mention the condition of the "natural pool." Natural would be a good description, for sure. When we booked this trip, we thought it would be great to cool our feet in after a long day on the trails. But at first sight of this algae filled, glorified fish tank, we wanted nothing to do with it. Combine that with three semesters of microbiology classes, and there was no way I was letting either of us get any exposed skin near that thing. The fish did seem healthy, though.

And, look... I get it... it is called the "Hippie Homestead." It isn't supposed to be a Hilton., right? I absolutely agree. But you are hosting people that are paying you, with their money, to stay on your property. At least TRY to make your guests more comfortable. Make them want to come back. Be a little more forthcoming and detailed with information about crowing roosters and possible creepy-crawlies sharing a bed with you. If you notice it's cold at night (or has the potential to be), have some extra blankets available for your guests; and maybe not wait until after they've already shivered for two nights. A mini-fridge costs maybe $80-100, and would serve guests well, should they want to use the grill but might happen to need a place to keep their food and drink cold.

I think that, overall, the toughest part of this experience to swallow was the brilliant potential this place has, that isn't being realized. As my partner and I lay in bed that 4th night, in our clean white-sheeted bed, with fluffy pillows, full kitchen, and flat screen TV, in a place that we paid only $20 more per night for, that was our main topic of discussion. Had I only paid $25-35 per night for this, I would gladly thought of it more as a campsite, and have been way more understanding.

Hipcamper Dawn
Response from Dawn, the Host, on June 1st, 2021

Thanks for taking the time to share your experience, and I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your stay. I apologize for not checking in sooner, but there is a wood burning stove, stocked with firewood, right next to the bed to help keep the chill out, that went unused, and I would've gladly responded to your requests, as I did when you asked about a fridge upon arrival, and I offered to lend you a cooler for your stay. Roosters are loud, and mentioned in our reviews. Unfortunately, we lost one of our roosters to a predator during your stay, and I think what you heard was the roosters warning the rest of the flock of the imminent danger, and I'm sure hearing the fatal attack would be very loud! As for the cat, I'm wondering if it was it the one pictured in our listing? His name is Ricky. Earwigs, and other insects like mosquito hawks, are usually not a problem. They are however, seasonal, like our living pool, which admittedly was not looking it's best during your stay. With the late Spring and unseasonably cool weather, we were delayed in bringing it out of it's winter dormancy, that being said, the water is filtered, and cleaned with copper/silver ionization, ozone and a UV light. Thus the healthy fish and plants. In the end, I'm glad you found yourself a hotel room that met your needs.

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper reese
Reese C.
recommends this listing.
February 28th, 2021

I had a lovely stay! Everyone was super kind and the property was beautiful! It’s was a little oasis:) Thank you so much Dawn!

Hipcamper Nathan Mark

Added to my favorites...

Nathan Mark C.
recommends this listing.
February 16th, 2021

Cozy cabana, perfect for a few days while in the area!

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