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Stunning Custom Retreat in the Trees

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Enjoy our spacious, beautifully-crafted open cabin with stunning views across our valley through two-story windows: an instant feeling of retreat! You can also feel good about your retreat knowing that 100% of the energy used during your stay will be powered by the sun using our solar water and solar electric systems.

The spacious kitchen, outfitted with new stainless steel appliances and plenty of cooking tools, lets you enjoy meal preparations without missing out on any of what's going on. The generously-sized island makes both a great work area and a good place to hang out. The kitchen includes a microwave, two full-size ovens and plenty of gadgets for your culinary adventures.

Curl up on the loft couch or downstairs in front of the fire for a restful getaway. Get a group together to play board games or put together puzzle from our collection. Gather in our front room to watch a favorite movie on our 47' flat screen t.v. with Blu-Ray/DVD player. Spend a morning reading in the teak swing hanging in the oak tree just outside the kitchen window.

The two similar bedrooms feature queen beds, with luxurious and cozy linens (and the same goes for the pull-out sofas downstairs). The cabin is perfect for a family get-away, and includes a pack-and-play crib for the little ones.

Modern rustic tile in the bathrooms and showers compliments reclaimed antique vanities. The downstairs bath includes a spacious shower; the upstairs bath has a shower/tub.

A generously-sized balcony/deck spans the back of the house, accessed through two french doors. Teak patio furniture lets you enjoy this extra outdoor living space--perfect for morning coffee, outdoor dining, and stargazing at night.

The house features stunning custom work, including a rustic and elegant railing made from oak trees that grew on our property; solar water heating continues our commitment to eco-friendly choices. Whether you enjoy being outside hiking and exploring Julian or just want to stay indoors for a weekend of rest and relaxation, this house offers an experience of mountain retreat as soon as you walk inside!

Our home is located about 2 miles south of Julian's town center, and about 5 miles north of Lake Cuyamaca. On a beautiful hillside, it is a gorgeous vantage point for watching the seasons in Julian, and has easy access to town and to outdoor adventures.

Keywords: cabin, family, retreat, rustic, elegant, quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting

More Details

Owner
Zora Martinez
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 15, 2017

About Zora Martinez

We're a family of four generations. Grandpa and Grandma moved to San Diego with the Navy, and have enjoyed it ever since. Mom and Dad are retired now, too, and the kids and their kids try to fit weekends in Julian in between their other commitments!

Zora Martinez purchased this cabin in 1972

Why Zora Martinez chose San Diego County

This cabin is a beloved part of our family, since our grandparents built here in the 70s; after the original house burned in the Cedar Fire of 2003, we've rebuilt it ourselves as a place to enjoy the mountains and each other!

What makes this cabin unique

We love using the house as a place to relax and hang out, as a place to work on projects, and as a setting for family meals and cooking together. The back deck is a fabulous place to sit and stargaze at night or soak in sunlight during the day. Plus, it's a great base for exploring the fun things in the area. We like hiking, GeoCaching, and shopping in town, and love the pie at the Julian Pie Shop. (If you go there, tell Tim the Littlehales say hi.) :)

Guestbook comments from the owner

My husband and I came up for a few days of relaxation and our daughter and her family joined us a few days later. What a beautiful home you have and what a blessing that you share it with lucky folks like us! We had a great time exploring Julian; downtown, geocaching, museum, Lake “C” a gold mine and train ride-but it brought us great joy to come back everyday to your beautiful home! My oldest grandson slept in the loft and I would find him every morning staring out the windows at the amazing view! The whole family enjoyed the deck every morning and evening! I loved reading your family/house story and the pics, so we could put a “face with the name.” It is evident, this is a “house that LOVE built!” Thank you again for sharing your your beautiful home. We have created many great family memories. May God richly bless your family for blessing ours!
Sep 2013
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Amenities

Julian Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Convertible bed - 1 double
  • Queen size Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
Notes:
Our house is 100% powered by the sun and your stay will not cause any greenhouse emissions. On the garage roof you will see our solar water heater which is an evacuated tube collector. On the house roof you will see our solar electric generating system. The solar electric system offsets 100% of our use on an annual basis. The solar electric system was installed by Sungevity and we have been very pleased with them and the system. If you like our system copy and paste this link and save $500 on solar! http://www.sungevity.com/get-your-iquote?referral-code=1060140&oursun=forall-tw

Reviews

Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(39 traveler reviews)

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Stunning Custom Retreat in the Trees
average rating of 4.5897436 based on 48 reviews
5

Perfect Retreat Cabin

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I and another couple enjoyed our weekend retreat here. We appreciate that the kitchen is fully stocked up with everything you need for cooking. The patio deck area was super awesome with the night sky! Just a heads up, especially on Friday/Saturday night, that there are some neighbors a couple streets away from the backyard, tend to get a bit noisy with their music and friends. They were far enough but the sound echoed towards the property quite a bit. Other than that though, we stayed pretty cozy and happy! Just make sure to read all of the detailed instructions prior (especially with the A/C) so you know what to do when you arrive.

Thank you! We'll definitely keep this one in our list :)

Much love.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Absolutely stunning

  • 5 of 5

If I could give this place more stars, I would. Stayed here for a nice, quiet birthday weekend. The house is incredible. Looking forward to our next stay here.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Outstanding getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have been using VRBO for most of our vacations and have learned a lot from our experience. We came across this property when considering a getaway in Julian and were impressed by the great photos and positive reviews. We were not disappointed. This home is clean and beautiful. We were touched by the unique history of this house and family. The property manager was very responsive to our needs. The neighbors were welcoming and kind. The neighborhood was well kept and relaxing. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to be back again soon.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Very nice cabin adventure

  • 4 of 5

We spent a very lovely Christmas with our family in this cabin. It is a beautiful home and obviously means a lot to the owners who built and maintain it in such nice condition. They had it decorated for the holidays which was extra nice. It was very spacious and comfortable and well equipped. We also really enjoyed the local town of Julian. There's lots to small-town charm to take in and experience.

A few things to note, it is a bit rustic. Our car got stuck on the way up to the cabin and had to call a tow truck to get us out. So don't follow Google Maps! Try to stay on the main roads, or take a vehicle that can get a little off the beaten path. We lost power for a while in a snowstorm as well, nothing too bad but just be forewarned. No power means no heating, no hot water, no pellet burning stove, nada - everything in the home runs on electric. Finally, it's a little disappointing they don't have wifi, the house clearly has internet and wifi, they just don't let guests use it. None of those are deal killers as long as you know up front and don't mind. Other than those things it was an awesome trip.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful views!!

  • 4 of 5

Love the house! Lots of room for 6 people with lots of clothes for a wedding event in Julian. Would have given a 5 but for a few suggestions.

A full length mirror would be a helpful suggestion instead of taking a picture to see how we looked for such an important event.

Very very cheep toilet paper and watered down hand soap made the experience feel cheep. No wifi for guest but is in house so could have had us pay a little more for the convince . Felt like the house is on a tight budget instead of feeling coddled. The windows are majestic and the neighbors very friendly and welcoming.

We would definitely come again, just with all our own paper products and soaps.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A retreat indeed!

  • 5 of 5

A lovely house built with great craftsmanship. It was wonderful to stay here - quiet, beautiful, spacious, and comfortable. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
San Diego International
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Bailey's BBQ
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $100
Tax Rate 8.0%

Photo ID required at the time of booking.
Check in time is 4:00 PM
Check out time is 12:00 PM

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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