Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cottage in Julian - The Gingerbread House
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2-4, (Sleeps 6 w Inflatable Aero Queen size bed).
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THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE:
Romantic 1930’s Austrian Cottage completely Restored, with every modern luxury imaginable including a private Outdoor Caldera Spa! One of a kind in the world...
My name is Rick Dyer. I will be your Host when you come and stay at this very special place known as 'The Gingerbread House'...
Come experience the enchantment of The Gingerbread House. The beautiful Ornate wood carvings you will discover throughout this home were created by John Henry Montgomery. Henry spent the final 20 years of his life making this house into a home by creating the detailed woodwork and ornate carvings on display both inside and outside The Gingerbread House.
Mr. Montgomery loved working with wood. We are told: Each day John created wonderful details, ornate corbels and detailed carvings using his small wood-shop located a short distance from the house. The 1934 Gingerbread house was his life. John painstakingly carved, salvaged and recycled all the wood and detail used in this beautiful Austrian style home. The ornate nearly ten foot (10') Wolf-Dragon (see photo) found outside the guest bedroom was his final creation for the Gingerbread house before he died. It was designed to be a bird feeder.
Minutes from the turn-of-the-century town of Historic Julian Founded in 1870, enjoy clean mountain air, forests teaming with wildlife, crisp clear night skies. The Cleveland National Forest, Heise State Park, Cuyamaca State Park, shopping, dining, The Smith's Train Ride, Gold mine and museum tours, Hiking, fishing and picnicking at Cuyamaca Lake, horseback riding, visit the Wolf Preserve, Dudley's Bakery, go wine tasting at over 40 area wineries, night-time stargazing tours (reservations needed).
Jess Martin Park is located ¼ mile from town. It offers barbecue pits, picnic tables, playground equipment, a skate-park, baseball fields, a paved walking path (3 laps=1 mile), and a great outdoor fitness center for daily workouts. Experience colorful Daffodils & Lilacs in the spring, star gazing in the summer, apple picking in the fall, or sledding in the winter. Julian Apple Festival in September/October; and, of course... Apple Pie.
About TWENTY minutes from CEDAR CREEK FALLS with it's 80 foot waterfalls, the Warner Springs and Borrego Springs desert and their respective golf courses, Palomar Observatory; and The Oasis Camel Dairy... The only camel dairy in the USA (tours available);
ABOUT AN HOUR to Agua Caliente Hot Springs, the Pacific Ocean with its beautiful beaches, SeaWorld, Legoland, San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park (Formerly 'The Wild animal Park');
A FEW HOURS from shopping in Mexico, playing in Disneyland, and visiting the cultural center of Los Angeles and the Palm Springs Desert.
The Gingerbread House... Enjoy clean mountain air, forests teaming with wildlife. Where Deer, Hawks, Blue Jays, Woodpeckers, Red Foxes, Silver Foxes, Bobcats, Hummingbirds, Polts and Wild Turkeys, may be seen nearby or on the property. Gentle snowfall in winter months. Brilliant fall colors, cool spring temperatures, summer warmth, and cold mountain spring water! Close to everything in southern California, yet quiet and distant from the noise and traffic jams of the city. Crisp, clear night skies display millions of stars and shooting stars, a family get-away that's great for the kids; or a quiet, secluded romantic honeymoon hide-away... The Gingerbread House.
New Greek bathroom/spa awaits our visitors, including:
a. Luxurious New Frameless Glass shower.
b. One-of-a-kind Jacuzzi-style Claw Foot tub to soothe, hydro-jets massage and provide relaxation.
c. Floor to ceiling mosaic Greek-marble and glass communicates beautiful opulence.
d. His and her's Granite counter tops with under-mount sinks.
e. His and her closets.
f. Linens provided.
Sparkling new all Stainless Steel Gourmet kitchen features:
a. High-end Samsung range and a convection oven,
b. Samsung microwave,
d. Side-by-side refrigerator with ice and water dispenser,
e. Granite counter tops and under-mount GRANITE SINK,
f. Instant hot-water dispenser installed for your hot drinks and tea.
g. Not to mention, there is a blender.
Enjoy new hardwood floors in the living room and bedrooms. The Foyer and kitchen have 3x5' hand cut slate pavers.
Provides a Wood Burning Stove which includes a Gold plated door that will not tarnish.
6. THE GLASS GARDEN-ROOM:
The original petrified wood and stone floor has been preserved. It's wrap-around windows and beautiful granite counter tops offer a bright cool refuge for relaxation, crafts, games and your office.
7. THE ARBOR GARDEN:
Discover The Gingerbread's Beautiful Arbor garden. The Arbor Garden marks the entrance to a beautiful grassy atol surrounded by seasonal flowers giant shade trees and evergreen soft Vinka ground cover. The Arbor Garden leads to The Courtyard where outdoor bubbling water, steam and massage jets of the Caldera Spa is located. Submerse yourself, relax, and let any problems simply melt away.
Home sits on a spacious, corner lot with Circular driveway providing convenient transportation arrival and departure. Parking is provided for a maximum of 4 vehicles. THERE IS NO PARKING ON THE NEARBY STREETS.
9. LAUNDRY ROOM:
New Samsung upscale full size Front load Washer and Dryer.
New Gamers TV Stand and new 50” HDTV 3-D television... New Blu-Ray player... Plays 3-D Blu-Ray, and standard Blu-Ray formats, as well as traditional DVD’s. Six (6) pairs of 3-D glasses are included.
11. 3-D MOVIES:
Our guest travelers may choose their 3-D Blu-Ray Movies. Movies will be delivered to guest on day of check-in. Availability is on a First come first served basis.
CURRENT 3-D Blu-Ray MOVIE CHOICES ARE:
A. THE HOBBIT, The desolation of Smaug (2nd in Trilogy)
A. CATCHING FIRE, The Hunger Games (2nd in Trilogy)
B. GRAVITY, Sandra Bullock
C. LIFE of PI
D. JOURNEY 2, The Mysterious Island
E. DESPICABLE ME (1 & 2)
G. JACK The GIANT SLAYER
H. G.I. JOE: Retaliation
I. ALICE in WONDERLAND (Johnny Depp)
J. HARRY POTTER, and The Deathly Hollows part 1&2
k. JOHN CARTER
L. IRON MAN 3
M. Disney MONSTERS UNIVERSITY
N. THE AVENGERS
O. POLAR EXPRESS
P. RISE of the GUARDIANS (DreamWorks)
Q. STAR TREK, Into Darkness
R. THE HOBBIT, An Unexpected Journey (1st in Trilogy)
T. FROZEN (Disney 2014)
12. HDTV CABLE TELEVISION:
Includes a new HD DVR (Digital Video Recorder) to record your favorite shows and Sporting Events!
13. HIGH SPEED WIFI INTERNET
Reception is setup and available at no extra charge throughout home.
14. DECK and BBQ:
a. Outdoor gas BBQ is available for your culinary enjoyment.
b. The private deck is located off Master bedroom. Deck overlooks mature Oak, Pine, and Cedar trees as well as the beautiful Arbor Garden.
c. New deck swivel rocking chairs with slate table provide comfort, convenience and night-time stargazing through the trees.
15. NEW CENTRAL FORCED AIR HEATING AND AIR-CONDITIONING:
Provides climate controlled comfort throughout the house.
16. EMBARK ON A ROMANTIC ADVENTURE:
Your private HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE and Driver will arrive to pick you up at THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE.
You and up to three (3) additional Guest's, begin by traveling through beautiful scenic countryside in horse and carriage to the charming town of Julian...
Upon Julian town arrival, the Carriage Driver will wait up to one and a half (1.5) hours while your party enjoys the many activities Julian has to offer (shopping, dining, tours, wine tasting, etc.).
After enjoying the town; the horse and carriage will return you to The Gingerbread House.
(Total elapsed time is around 2.5 hours. Cost is $125.)
A reservation is required prior to your arrival at The Gingerbread House.
Come discover the allure this Historic, inviting and Luxurious cottage has to offer. Make The Gingerbread House into your home during your visit to beautiful Julian CA. Thank you.
Our VRBO Calendar is current and up to date...
TO MAKE A RESERVATION Simply Click... Book It !
NO SMOKING or PETS allowed in the house or anywhere on the property.
Check-in time is 4PM.
Check-out time is 11AM.
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
Rick Dyer is an inventor. Probably best known as the creator of the hit video game 'Dragon’s Lair'.
Dyer is a licensed REALTOR® and Licensed Real Estate Agent. Rick is a twenty (25) year resident in Julian, California; and considers it a great privilege to live in such a beautiful place...
I live in Julian to unwind, relieve stress and center myself. Our family fell in love with the peace and tranquility of the Mountains, the magnificent location and coziness of our house. For me, it is a magical place, and I love it as much as the first time I discovered Julian.
When I travel up the mountain from San Diego, only a 60 minute drive or so, I can physically feel the layers of stress peel off. By the time I get there I am already in a renewed and relaxed state. Most noticeable is the lack of traffic and sirens, just the quiet sounds of nature. I love the four seasons, each for their own unique character. I originally thought this was a winter resort, but actually it is popular all seasons, and especially summer with Lake Cuyamaca only nine minutes away. I am located on a private lane, away from the highways, surrounded by trees and spectacular Mountain views. I enjoy relaxing on my deck taking in the Mountains, valley, the changing cloud formations in the distance and listening to birds and the wind blowing through the pine trees.
Rick purchased this cottage in 2012
Why Rick chose Julian
The beautiful Ornate wood carvings you will discover throughout this home was created by John Henry Montgomery. He spent the final 20 years of his life creating the detailed woodwork and ornate carvings displayed inside and outside the Gingerbread House.
Mr. Montgomery loved working with wood. We are told: Each day John created wonderful details, ornate corbels and detailed carvings using his small woodshop located a short distance from the house. The 1934 Gingerbread house was his life. John painstakingly carved, salvaged and recycled all the wood and detail used in is this beautiful Austrian style home. The ornate nearly nine foot (9') Wolf-Dragon found outside the guest bedroom was his final addition to the Gingerbread house before he died. It was designed to be a bird feeder.
What makes this cottage unique
Julian was founded following the Civil War, when displaced Confederate Veterans from Georgia headed West to seek their fortunes in a new, mostly unsettled land. Among these were cousins Drue Bailey and Mike Julian, who found a lush meadow between Volcan Mountain and the Cuyamacas to their liking. They were there in 1869 when cattleman Fred Coleman found the first flecks of gold in a creek. It was San Diego County's first and only gold rush.
The town was named Julian, in honor of Mike, who later was elected San Diego County Assessor. The town was never big, at the most boasting a population of about 600---more than reside within the historic district today. Rumor has it that Julian almost became San Diego's county seat.
The gold rush was short-lived, nearly over within a decade. But the pioneers stayed and began farming the rich land. While many crops were planted and animals pastured, Julian proved to be a fine place to grow apples. Apples continue to be produced in Julian. Their sweet, fresh flavor lures thousands to the mountains each fall, when visitors will find fruit stands overflowing with crisp fruit, homemade cider and other delicacies.