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THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE + CALDERA SPA... ONE-OF-A-KIND IN THE WORLD!

Rick

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Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Calendar last updated:
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THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE + CALDERA SPA... ONE-OF-A-KIND IN THE WORLD!

People6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

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...

HISTORY:

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.

1. ATTRACTIONS:

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. If you enjoy fishing... Fish for Florida bass, Small-mouth bass, trout, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, and even white sturgeon (Yes, Cuyamaca lake has sturgeon!); picnic on Fletcher Island; go boating; or just take in the peaceful surroundings from the comfort of the The Gingerbread House! You can go 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); If you're into bird watching and/or photography, this is a great place for both! From the gingerbread House, you'll be able to travel and explore Cuyamaca Rancho State Park and Cleveland National Forest, Anza-Borrego State Park with their many trails and viewpoints;

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.

HOUSE AMENITIES...

2. BATH:

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.

3. KITCHEN:

Sparkling new all Stainless Steel Gourmet kitchen features:

a. High-end Samsung range and a convection oven,

b. Samsung microwave,

c. Dishwasher,

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.

4. FLOORING:

Enjoy new hardwood floors in the living room and bedrooms. The Foyer and kitchen have 3x5' hand cut slate pavers.

5. WINTER:

There is a Wood Burning Stove with decorative 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.

8, LOCATION:

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.

10. TELEVISION:

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 (no additional charge). Movies will be delivered to guest on day of check-in.

we have a wide selection of CURRENT and JUST RELEASED 3-D Blu-Ray DVD MOVIES. Availability is on a First come first served basis.

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 around $125.)

A reservation is required prior to your arrival at The Gingerbread House.

RESERVE NOW.

You must be at least 25 years of age in order to make a reservation. Otherwise, please contact us prior to making a reservation.

NO SMOKING or PETS allowed in the house or anywhere on the property.

Prior to making a reservation please state in writing to us... If there is a special event or group gathering function planned and if any additional persons (other than registered guests) will be invited during your stay.

Come discover the allure of this Historic, inviting and Luxurious cottage. 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...

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Check-in time is 4PM.

Check-out time is 11AM.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Rick (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
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Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
26 May, 2015

About Rick

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

HISTORY:

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.

CHRISTMAS comes to Julian every year in an old-fashioned way-like a Norman Rockwell painting which reflects small-town American life and brings the spirit of the holidays to heart. Holiday time in Julian gets closer to that dream than most spots in Southern California where you'll feel a nip in the fresh mountain air, stroll through a quaint, festive town, and maybe catch a glimpse of snow capped mountains.

The holiday season in Julian also offers an opportunity to shop at small boutiques and craft shows, without crowds or lines, for one-of-a-kind gifts. From antiques and collectibles to jewelry and home décor to old fashioned candy and treats, Julian offers a wide variety of unique treasures to discover.

You can greet Santa a couple of times during the season, indulge in a Victorian Christmas tea, sing carols with costumed holiday carolers, sip a cup of hot chocolate or spiced cider. And you can watch the annual Living Nativity scene, cuddle under a blanket while riding down Main Street in a carriage, stay in a cozy bed & breakfast that's all decked out in holiday finery, or even stroll down a quiet country lane.

You can enjoy Julian's holiday through early January.

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.

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Reviews

5
based on 71 holidaymaker reviews

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THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE + CALDERA SPA... ONE-OF-A-KIND IN THE WORLD!
average rating of 4.9859157 based on 71 reviews
5

Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

My dad, son, and I all had a wonderful time. The gingerbread house far exceeded my expectations. From the time I met Maria at the office, I knew this stay would be perfect. Maria was very nice and gave a great tour of the house to make sure we knew how everything operated. I'll be coming back here with my wife and there are not enough good things to say about how nice this place is.

  • Review Submitted: May 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Beautiful weekend retreat!

  • 5 of 5

The perfect getaway retreat made for a perfect weekend. No issues, no complaints .... just pure relaxation.

  • Review Submitted: May 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Santa Ana, CA
5

Another relaxing and very comfortable stay!

  • 5 of 5

This was my second time staying at the Gingerbread House. First for our anniversary weekend and then a girls weekend away. Grandma enjoyed morning coffee on the desk overlooking the beautiful forest and the girls loved watching all the latest 3D movies. Will all the comforts of home from a beautifully remodeled and well stocked kitchen to the spa like bathroom and very comfortable beds, it was definitely a home away from home!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Perfect combination of charm and upgrades

  • 5 of 5

Stayed three days in the aptly-named Gingerbread House. Interior of charming 1934 cottage has been completely redone -- modern kitchen, bathroom with Aussie style shower, modern clawfoot jetted tub. Two bedrooms are separated by kitchen for additional privacy. 4 person, private spa on outside deck worked perfectly. Town w/ restaurants, shops a 5 minute drive. Excellent hiking and lake activities 15 minute drive. Well run by local property manager. Will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Midway City, CA, Orange County
5

Most relaxing vacation

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in the Gingerbread House. Grandma loved the stay and so did the children. There was something for everyone from the puzzle to the the 3D TV. Can't wait to come back.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Long beach california
5

Ginger bread house. A new day a new beginning

  • 5 of 5

We arrived to the Ginger Bread House, opened the door, and WOW! What a surprise! It was like walking into a suite in a five star hotel. It is cozy yet spacious, and has every amenity you can imagine. We personally love the jacuzzi tub, and walking around seeing the nature outside it is just beautiful. Julian is a beautiful town; this is a beautiful place, and we plan to come back every year. This is our idea of rustic camping lol!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Location

Nearest Airport
60 Miles
San Diego Lindberg Field

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Prices & Availability

From $135 Nightly

Prices for this holiday cottage in Julian, San Diego County

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Late Spring
24 May 2015 - 18 Jun 2015
2 night minimum stay
$397
for 2 nights
From
$161
From
$264
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,451
 
 
Early Summer
19 Jun 2015 - 1 Jul 2015
2 night minimum stay
$397
for 2 nights
From
$161
From
$264
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,559
 
 
*** 4TH OF JULY *** HOLIDAY
2 Jul 2015 - 5 Jul 2015
3 night minimum stay
$1,044
for 3 nights
From
$323
 
 
Summer
6 Jul 2015 - 2 Sep 2015
2 night minimum stay
$397
for 2 nights
From
$161
From
$264
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,559
 
 
LABOR DAY HOLIDAY
3 Sep 2015 - 7 Sep 2015
3 night minimum stay
$1,044
for 3 nights
From
$323
 
 
Julian Apple Days
8 Sep 2015 - 30 Sep 2015
2 night minimum stay
$345
for 2 nights
From
$135
From
$215
Fri,Sat,Sun
 
 
Columbus Day
8 Oct 2015 - 12 Oct 2015
3 night minimum stay
$866
for 3 nights
From
$264
 
 
THANKSGIVING
25 Nov 2015 - 28 Nov 2015
4 night minimum stay
$1,857
 
 
CHRISTMAS
23 Dec 2015 - 26 Dec 2015
4 night minimum stay
$1,641
 
 
CHRISTMAS/WINTER BREAK
27 Dec 2015 - 29 Dec 2015
Changeover Day: Sunday
3 night minimum stay
$1,044
for 3 nights
From
$323
 
 
NEW YEARS EVENT
30 Dec 2015 - 2 Jan 2016
4 night minimum stay
$1,641
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$397
for 2 nights
From
$161
From
$264
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,559
 

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee $75.00
Refundable Damage Deposit $200.00
Tax Rate 8.0%
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* LINEN SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED ONLY FOR REGISTERED GUESTS.

* 50% Payment by credit card required at time of booking, balance due 30 days prior to arrival.

* For Holidays there is a 3 - 4 night minimum stay, higher rates apply. All rates subject to change until Agreement accepted...

* We accept Visa, Master Card and Discover.

Cancellation Policy

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Julian in San Diego County

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1164 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi
  • Bathroom is totally newly remodeled. 1. Private room for water closet (toilet). 2. New Shower and 3. Separate Claw-foot Jetted spa tub and 4. double sink and vanity. 2. Large his and hers closets.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    TWO (2) Twin Roll-Away beds 31' x 75' - 2 Single Bed , Two brand new Roll-Away beds just arrived.
  • Each bedroom has a queen size bed. Beds are new. Sheets are new and blankets are new... Mattresses are wonderful and also brand new.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
Notes:
IMPORTANT: All food and condiments are the sole responsibility of the Guest Traveler.

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