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The Lovely Julian Mountain Retreat Welcomes Children and Pets!

48 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Julian House Rental Photos and Description

House, 1 Bedroom + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-8)

Enjoy this beautiful mountain home located in a quiet, wooded neighborhood two miles east of Julian's historic township. Our architecturally-designed vacation home sits high in a family of oaks just steps away from panoramic desert views. Experience a sense of living in the trees while you relax to the sounds of gentle mountain breezes!

The home's knotty-pine interior includes a dramatic vaulted ceiling and attractive lighting that reflect the ambience of Julian's art community. Artwork lines a stairway that leads to a guest sleeping loft. Our home is pleasingly furnished with many new, comfortable pieces that include a queen-size bed, a double-size bed, and two full-size sleeping futons in the livingroom. We provide the firewood for the wood-burning stove. The home has central heating, central air conditioning, ceiling fans, and many windows for natural air circulation. There is plenty of private parking on this spacious property.

High speed DSL Internet sevice is now available for your personal computer.

Free phone service is available throughout the U.S.A.

Well-mannered pet dogs are welcome with the owner's prior approval. Our property now has a large, fenced (six feet high) area in back of the house where guests can exercise their dogs in an enclosed environment. Dogs may also stay inside the house with their owners. Dogs should be current on their immunizations.

You can use the front deck for outside dining and bird-watching. You may also be visited by our local wildlife families of turkeys, deer, raccoons, bobcats, and foxes. Bring your cameras!

Located at an elevation of 4,450 feet above sea level, the historic gold mining town of Julian is located one hour east of coastal San Diego. San Diegans and out-of-town visitors enjoy its unique proximity to state, national and county parks with plentiful hiking and riding trails. The picturesque Anza Borrego Desert is situated just to the east of us. Beautiful Lake Cuyamaca, available for fishing enthusiasts, lies twenty minutes south. You can use your Julian location to take day trips to these nearby attractions throughout the year.

Situated within areas of apple orchards, Julian is well-known for its delicious apple pies, wine-tasting, sense of history, romantic surroundings, and old goldmine. The township has maintained its historic buildings, that now house good restaurants, boutiques, and old-time melodrama entertainment.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Nada Grigsby
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016
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About Nada Grigsby

I am a San Diego County native who has recently retired from a career as a community college counselor. I have also enjoyed careers in secondary school teaching and social work with the County of San Diego. My family and I enjoy staying at this beautiful vacation home, where we celebrate special family occasions and holidays. We love the beautiful Julian area, and the unique historic quality of Julian's old gold-mining town.

Nada Grigsby purchased this house in 2005

Why Nada Grigsby chose San Diego County

I fell in love with this property when it was on the market early in the 2000s. I had accompanied a close friend who was looking to purchase this home for retirement. The wooded neighborhood, proximity to town, and beautiful house interior left a great impression on me! When the home became available for purchase in 2005, I bought the house and the vacant, adjacent 1/3 acre in back of the house.

What makes this house unique

The Lovely Julian Mountain Retreat has a unique, beautiful interior. The tongue-in grove pine paneling, vaulted living room ceiling, and open beam kitchen ceiling give this home a one-of-a- kind elegance. Although we have neighbors, the home is quite private. The home is situated on a hillside, and looks out into the surrounding trees. My rental guests and my visiting relatives enjoy watching wildlife from the front deck of the house. We love to watch the many migrating birds, turkeys, and deer.

As an owner, I have continued to upgrade this home's quality and comfort. I had a circular drive added several years ago, and added a new parking area. The home was recently painted, and has had a new furnace installed. Our central air conditioning is a great asset on warmer days.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We had a great time during our stay in Julian. The town is wonderful, and we really enjoyed your cabin (I love knotty pine!!!). Thank you so much for letting us stay here! We will definitely come back here next time we stay in the area."
Jul 2009
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The Lovely Julian Mountain Retreat Welcomes Children and Pets!
average rating of 4.7708335 based on 54 reviews
Lakewood CA

Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a great time at this very nice house.

Its nice and close to town. We will stay there again.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2007
  • Stayed: Jun 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for submitting your review! We invite you to stay again at our beautiful vacation home during the year 2008, with a 10% discount for a weekend stay, and a 15% discount off the weekly rate. Best Wishes for a great new year!
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Weekend getaway

  • 4 of 5

The house was very cozy and served as a great place to stay. We were in town for a wedding and had a great weekend. Pretty much everything that you need is supplied for you, the beds were comfy. The location of the house is great, close to town and in a mountainous setting, woodpeckers and all!

The only thing I think needs to be in the description is the steep gravel driveway. It wasn't a problem for us but if there was an elderly person, or wheelchair bound this could have caused a problem.

If in the area again we would definitely rent this house again!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very good review. I will keep your input in mind! Looking forward to your repeat stay in the future, Nada Cathleen
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Perfect vacation home

  • 5 of 5

I was there with my family weeks ago. 1st impression was how cozy the interior was. The house was very clean and had everything we needed. It's in a quite neighborhood and easy to get to Main street. Will definitely go back again.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for submitting your review, which is helpful for future travelers. You have been wonderful, considerate guests.
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Cozy Cabin Perfect for Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Cabin was well furnished, stocked, and clean. Property is a short drive from downtown Julian in a quiet neighborhood. Property owner was quick to reply to any requests.

The TV in the livingroom has HDMI so you can easily plug in a device to watch streaming movies or TV. The TV is small. Maybe 19". I won't deduct a star because I didn't ask and we only wanted to watch a movie one night. Wifi was good enough to watch in bed. :)

Can't wait to visit again!

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. Our cabin is indeed very cozy, clean, and comfortable. I appreciate your input regarding the television, and find it worthy of consideration. You have been a very considerate guest. I look forward to your repeat stay in the future! Nada Cathleen Grigsby, owner
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Amazing stay

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is beautiful & quite. It's in a gorgeous location within miles of the main town of Julian. It was such a great weekend getaway! There was enough parking and space for 6 of us girls even sharing one bathroom. We would definitely stay here again in the future. It was perfect!

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. The Lovely Julian Mountain Retreat is in a perfect location: within two miles of Julian's historic gold-mining town, and in a lovely, wooded Julian residential neighborhood. Our beautiful home is very comfortable and clean. It is a great place to stay while exploring the beautiful Julian area! Nada Grigsby, owner
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A great cabin to stay in with a family

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is very clean and well organized. The space inside is plenty for a family stay and for a hangout in the living room.

I also liked that there are some spectacular views just a short walk away from cabin, which make for a really nice walk with the dog at night or during day.

The backyard with the fence is also great to let your dog roam around freely. The location is just a short drive to Julien downtown street, which is very convenient. There are several hikes nearby, and one in particular, that I visited, has beautiful views and many free roaming cows.

The fact that charcoal for the patio BBQ and firewood for the living room fireplace is provided is a nice bonus.

I would recommend this cabin for your stay near Julien.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Stan, Thank you for clearly describing what you like about the cabin and surrounding area. The Lovely Julian Mountain Retreat is a great place to stay, and explore the beautiful surrounding areas of Julian. We are surrounded by National, State, and County parks that are great for hiking and horseback riding. Our neighborhoods are rich in wildlife, such a deer, migrating birds, bob cats, and wild turkeys. I often suggest that rental guests bring their cameras. I hope that you will return for a future stay. You have been a very considerate guest! Nada Cathleen Grigsby, owner
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
two miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
Car: necessary

Wine-tasting; Gold-Mine tours; Carriage Rides; Live Old West Dramas; Cuyamaca Lake Fishing and Paddle Boats; Unique proximity to forest and desert park lands and wilderness preserves provides many hiking trails and areas for exploration. Wildlife viewing. Visit our Julian Wolf Preserve!


Rates & Availability

Julian House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Standard Cleaning $60
Tax Rate 8.0%

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Julian House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Dialup Access
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1) Queen-size bed is in the bedroom., Double Beds (1) Double-size bed is in the sleeping loft., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Two, full-size, comfortable futon beds are in the livingroom.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • snowboarding
Free long distance phone service throughout the U.S.A. High Speed DSL Internet Serv ice Available. Weekly housekeeping service for stays of over one week. Hardwood Floors; Many windows; Warm Brick Hearth; Artistic interior design.

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