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'...
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 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, The Cleveland National Forest, Heise State Park, Cuyamaca State Park, shopping, dining, train rides, Gold mine, Wolf Preserve and museum tours, Hiking, fishing and picnicking at Cuyamaca Lake, horseback riding, Dudley's Bakery, wine tasting, night-time stargazing tours (reservations needed), Julian Apple Festival in September/October; and, of course... Apple Pie.
TWENTY minutes from the Santa Ysabel Indian Gaming Casino, CEDAR CREEK FALLS with it's 80 foot waterfall, 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');
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 Frame less 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.
CURRENT 3-D Blu-Ray MOVIE CHOICES ARE:
A. CATCHING FIRE, The Hunger Games (2nd film in series)
B. GRAVITY, Sandra Bullock
C. THOR: The Dark World
D. LIFE of PI
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. JOURNEY 2, The Mysterious Island
R. STAR TREK, Into Darkness
S. THE HOBBIT, An Unexpected Journey (2nd film in series)
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.
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6
Bedroom 1: 1 queen
Bedroom 2: 1 queen
Automatic Inflatable Queen size Aero bed is stored in closet: 1 queen
Aero-Bed... Queen size inflatable bed is kept in closet.
Each bedroom has a queen size bed. Beds are new. Sheets are new and blankets are new... Mattresses are wonderful and also brand new.
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower, jetted tub
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.
Check-in time is 4PM.
Check-out time is 11AM.
1164 sq. ft.
Guests Provide Their Own Meals
THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE... REVIEWS:
Date of Stay February 18, 2014
My husband and I have stayed in many vacation rentals over the years. Many turn out to be not as pictured or described. This was not the case with the Gingerbread House. The house is charming, clean, and comfortable. The owner Rick takes pride in what he's done in the Gingerbread House and for good reason. The remodel on the kitchen and large Bathroom are especially nice and high end. The claw-foot jetted tub alone is worth coming, and the kitchen has everything you need and more. Even the pots and pans were in new condition. Most rentals cookware are over used and need to be replaced. The jacuzzi is wonderful, and thank you Rick for the thick robes you provided. The 3d flat screen was fun and we like that we could tape a favorite show for later. One warning, the wood stove in the living room works really well so make sure it cold enough out side to need it. We loved the Gingerbread House and it is definitely going down as one of our favorites! PS. we would love to have a little flat screen in the bedroom for late night watching next time we come.
Recommended for: Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Romantic Getaway
Date of stay 01/24/14
Review Submitted 01/29/14
.We absolutely loved our recent stay at the charming Gingerbread House! Rick and Peter were very welcoming and paid attention to every detail. Rick went above and beyond the call of duty with the sweet welcome basket, cider and breakfast coupon. My 2 teenage daughters said that they want to stay here again soon and wanted us to ask Rick if we could buy the Gingerbread house for them! This is the ultimate compliment as they have traveled the world. Everything was cozy and spotless. We enjoyed the warmth of the fireplace at night and went hiking at Lake Cuyamaca during the day. We were impressed with all of the upgrades including the new kitchen appliances and sparkling bathroom but more impressive was that Rick was able to maintain the integrity of the cottage/cabin. We would highly recommend staying at the Gingerbread House and when we come back to Julian, we won't go anywhere else.
Recommended for: Families with young children, girls getaway, families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway.
What a treat!
Guest Bobby (Santee CA 92071)
Date of stay 01/03/14
Review Submitted 01/16/14
.The kids had been asking us to stay at a cabin. The only thing missing was snow, the
house was real cozy. I was Impressed that the owner was so very proud of all the little
touches made to the inside. The candle lighting that was added to enhance the whole house.
The kitchen was very organized and even had 2 sets of dishes one china and one every day.
Plenty of storage space and appliances that worked. The glass dining table was only
for 4 but there were plenty of extra chairs and the kids sat in the glass garden room where there was plenty of seating. The bathtub with spa jets did not work during our stay, but did not take away too much form the warmth of the beautiful bathroom. The big TV was a treat
for our kids and the 3D glasses provided were fun. Not to mention we had a pick of currant movies to screen. Next time we need to get away or plan a romantic weekend we will know where to go in Julian! Thanks for everything!
Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, sightseeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Happy to report the claw-foot tub is covered by warranty. jets are now 100% operational. Thank you.
Guest Yen E.
Date of stay 01/02/14
Review Submitted 01/15/14
.Gorgeous Cabin! The delightful gingerbread details outside were perfect for the winter season. My daughter loves Christmas and this was the perfect holiday house. The inside is beautifully decorated and lighted. The living room is lined with candles (batter operated and on timers) so that when we dimmed the lights or turned them off, the room had a cozy glow. The property was very clean and well-maintained
The kitchen appliances are fantastic although if you are planning to cook, be aware that there are very few pots to use. We managed though with what was there, and had several delicious and successful meals. We dined at the small dining table for four in the living room. In the morning we could see out the windows and at night we were surrounded by candlelight.
Both bedrooms are comfortable and cute. Very comfortable mattresses. The bathroom has a luxurious claw foot tub! Try it!
The children loved the hot tub, It was perfect for a relaxing soak after a rigorous day of hiking. It was also a treat to soak in the warmth while surrounded by the frosty nighttime air.
Rick and Peter were very responsive and helpful. My daughter left her sandals at the property. When we returned for them they had already been picked up by the cleaning crew. Rick promptly inquired about her sandals and found them and sent them to us. We were very impressed by the prompt response and the help!
I recommend going to Cuyamaca state park and hiking the many trails there. There are plenty of beautiful parks. Check out Granny;s kitchen for some delicious and authentic french crepes and pastries. For fine dining, check out romans. they have delicious Italian food.
Overall we enjoyed our stay and look forward to making the gingerbread house an annual winter vacation home!
Recommended for: Families with young children, girls getaway, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Hi Yen: Thanks for your thoughtful review and glad to have found your daughter's sandals. Additional pots are ordered for the kitchen. Kindest Regards, -Rick.
Great Family Stay at the Gingerbread House!
Guest Diana A.
Date of stay 12/26/13
Review Submitted 12/31/13
.We are from San Diego and I was in search for a close getaway for my family....I wanted colder weather without a long drive or hassles of flying. Julian fit the bill! So I began my search for a cabin and out popped the Gingerbread House! After reading all the glowing reviews I decided to book it for 3 nights. From the beginning Rick (the owner) communicated with me about fun things to do with my family and answered any of my questions very quickly. Before checking in we met Rick at the realty office and we followed him over to the house. Pulling up to the house was just (URL HIDDEN) really did feel enchanted. The house was perfect....spotlessly clean, had everything you can possibly need and more! We loved watching 3D movies every night...i highly recommend Life of Pi! The kitchen was fully equipped and the best part for me was hot water on tap! I love drinking tea so I just brought my own tea bags and it was so convenient to not boil water. We did our own laundry before we left which was nice to not have to deal with that when we got home. Rick provided detergent and dryer sheets! He even left a welcoming (URL HIDDEN) kids ate up all the goodies inside! The sun room was a perfect place for us to play games....all of which he provided (chess, checkers, puzzles) The rooms are a bit small but I found the beds to be extremely comfortable. We used the hot tub everyday...the robes and slippers he provided came in handy! I really can't come up with one complaint! OHHH almost forgot don't forget to turn the candles on and set the timer! It really sets the ambiance of the coziness, warmth and charm of the house! We can't wait to return :)
Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Wow! Thank you. Please come and stay again.
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The Brookshire Family
Guest Casey B.
Date of stay 12/12/13
Review Submitted 12/17/13
.My boyfriend and I decided to retreat to Julian for a few nights to get away from the holiday craze down the hill. We found the perfect place at the Gingerbread House! It was so peaceful and the extra touches Rick left around the house made us think we were miles and miles away from home! The kitchen and bathroom were so nicely upgraded and the quaint yet spacious living quarters made us feel all warm and cozy. We really enjoyed the 3D tv and the jacuzzi and will definitely be back the next time we need a break from the fast paced life in the city! Thanks Rick
Recommended for: Girls getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway.
Owner response: We are so glad you had a great time; A long overdue and much deserved get away. You are welcome with open arms when you return in 2014!
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Gingerbread House is Really an Enchanted Cottage
Guest Lisa L. (ramona)
Date of stay 11/27/13
Review Submitted 12/04/13
.Gingerbread House met and far exceeded our expectations for our Thanksgiving holiday, get-away to the mountains. We have done VRBO rentals for over 10 years - from Hawaii to Europe - and this one goes to the top of our list for future stays/recommendations! Although we live less than an hour away from Julian, the house provided exactly what Dave needed after his ten-day business trip to Asia. The much needed rest and relaxation in this "Enchanted Cottage" was appreciated not only by Dave but the whole family. Five adults managed easily in the gourment kitchen in the preparation of the Thanksgiving feast., The family game night in the cozy but spacious area, following the big meal, was a highlight to the already perfect day including a wonderful, invigorating day-hike around Lake Cuyamaca. The cleanliness of the GH was remarkable and appreciated! We will return, hopefully soon, to share in many more happy family memories at "our" Enchanted Cottage (aka the Gingerbread House)!
Dave, Lisa, David, Ally and Sam
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, girls getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Hi Lisa: You shared with us how you brought flameless candles with you and your family to The Gingerbread House for Thanksgiving. I loved your description of an Enchanted magical feel the candles added to the home at night time. We've now added 16 new flameless candles. Placed them in the book-shelves and windows. At dusk future Guests may now experience this amazing almost enchanted transformation happening inside the house... Combine the 3,000+ Christmas lights, the lighted wreaths and lit candles in the window sills, WOW! It looks like a picture from a storybook only real. A night time drive by of The Gingerbread House with the candles is truly beautiful! Thank you. Best Regards, -Rick.
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Happy to enjoy the mountains
Guest Marci and Conrad (San Diego, Calif.)
Date of stay 11/25/13
Review Submitted 12/02/13
.We had a great time at the Gingerbread house. It was a home away from home, so comfortable, clean and relaxing. The beautiful new appliances and extras throughout the home made our vacation. The outdoor hot tub jacuzzi was the highlight. The welcome gift of goodies from local vendors in Julian, the complimentary breakfast at Grannies kitchen and apple cherry cider in the fridge was so nice. We had a great time at the Smith Pioneer Gold mine Tour that was five minutes from the house. It was a two hour tour of the 1850s gold mining adventures,with a ore car train ride, taking you back to the gold mining days. The weather was beautiful and our day trip to the quaint town of Julian was memorable. Thank you so much!
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with young children, girls getaway, pet owners, age 55+, people with disabilities, families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Thank you for your review. I believe the Pet-friendly was accidently checked. We do not allow pets for this particular home. Here is only one of many reasons why: In our experience with other vacation rentals that allow pets, there are problems with territorial marking... Your pet may not mark; however, when the next visiting pet smells the prior pet they will mark, etc. Thank you.
The Gingerbread House Is Awesome!
Guest giulio c.
Date of stay 11/15/13
Review Submitted 11/20/13
.From the moment we picked up our key we were treated like royalty. They gave us breakfast vouchers when we arrived. We followed someone to the house where we were given a tour and instructions on everything so we were not left in the dark. There were presents waiting for us inside the house. The house is so adorable and has all the modern conveniences. There is a washing machine, and washer and dryer as well as a jacuzzi and all the firewood you need. I simply could not say enough nice things about the house and everyone we were involved with, in the transaction. We can not wait to return.
Recommended for: Families with young children, girls getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Hi Giulio: Thank you for taking the time to post a review. In order to constantly improve The Gingerbread House... We just added a brand-new (and larger) 50 gallon hot-water heater. Thank you. Kindest Regards, -Rick.
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Attention to Detail
Guest Nichol C. (Venice, CA)
Date of stay 11/07/13
Review Submitted 11/13/13
.My sisters and I went to Julian for the first time last week, and stayed at the Gingerbread House. Rick and his team couldn't have been more accommodating, personally ensuring we found the house ok, and showing us where everything was and how it all worked. The little details, like making sure we had a lighter for the fire, and which 3D glasses were the best ones for watching the movies they provided, made it all seem so personal. Rick even treated the three of us to breakfast at the amazing Granny's by giving us vouchers - we wouldn't have known where to go in town without Rick's guidance. The house was beyond spotless, and the jacuzzi outside was the perfect place to watch shooting stars and drink the wine purchased at a local winery earlier that day. All in all, a perfect weekend getaway. We can't wait to come again!
Recommended for: Families with young children, girls getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: Hi Nichol: Thank you for feed-back on our breakfast vouchers. It is a little special something we do not advertise. Glad you enjoyed the food at Granny's Kitchen and received excellent service.
Guest AccessEVERYTHING... This is a stand alone property. Interaction with GuestsWelcome to The Gingerbread House!
1. We ask that you kindly provide the names and ages of all the guests in your party.
2. Please provide your mailing address.
3. your actual Email address that you use everyday.
4. We need to know the time of your arrival in Julian so that we can make sure there is someone in our office. Our office closes at 5pm.
5. It is important that you check-out at or before 11am on your check-out date...
The Maid will arrive at 11am on check-out day to clean.
6. Upon your arrival at our office You will need to "hand sign" the Short Term Rental Agreement (already agreed to when you made the reservation with us). We will also provide you with Key pick-up and 3-D movie check out for The Gingerbread House.
7. Please meet us at the Apple Tree Realty office in Julian. The office address is 2902 Washington Street, located across the street from Pancho Villas Mexican restaurant and the Sheriffs sub-station. If you are coming to Julian from Ramona it is two blocks before you get to the only stop-sign in town. After check-in we will caravan to The Gingerbread House (located at 1311 Ridge Trail).
Pets and smoking are NOT allowed at The Gingerbread House or anywhere on the property. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding your upcoming stay. Thank you.
The NeighborhoodThe neighborhood is very quiet the Forest trees are big and beautiful. Getting AroundWalk to town or 2 minute drive to town. Other Things to Note2 night minimum stay.
Rates are higher on holiday's
NO PETS OR SMOKING ALLOWED IN HOUSE OR ANYWHERE ON THE PROPERTY.