The Gingerbread House Caldera Spa

The Gingerbread house. Built in 1934. Newly completed Restoration.
The Gingerbread house. Built in 1934. Newly completed Restoration.Great FUN to be had enjoying WINTER snow at the Gingerbread House.Ten foot Wolf-Dragon is Mr. Montgomery's last creation intended as a bird feederHOME FEATURES Petrified Stone ornate wood carvings & inlaid semi-precious stonesClose-up of one of many different ornate carvings adorning The Gingerbread HouseNEW Ramp from private Master deck to our five-person hot steaming Caldera Spa!Beautiful living area with new hardwood floors. Everything is new!DINING: Area features mirrored shelves and a beautiful setting.Beautiful living and dining area with new hardwood floors. Everything is new!Wood burning stove, New 50' 3-D HDTV plays all: Blu-Ray, 3-D and regular DVD's.Garden-room has Granite counters, original 1934 rock & petrified wood Floor.GOURMET KITCHEN stainless steel appliances Granite Counters, 1934 Cupboard knobsKITCHEN: With hand-laid slate 3x5' slate-brick flooring.GUEST BEDROOM features large wrap-around windows, and views of Volcan MountainMASTER BEDROOM: features ornate woodwork on walls and ceilings. Warm quilts forMaster overlooks private deck with new swivel rocking chairs & slate table.Master bath with Jetted Claw-Foot Tub. Only one manufacturer in world makes thisClose-up of very rare... Jetted Claw foot tub in operation. COME EXPERIENCE IT!BATH~  NEW Frame-less Glass shower features floor to ceiling mosaic Greek MarbleTHE ARBOR~ Entrance to Gingerbread 'Secret Garden', Court-yard and Caldera Spa.Follow path on the left. It leads from our Secret Garden to the Caldera Spa.CIRCULAR DRIVEWAY: Curb is inlaid with semi-precious stones!Reserve a Romantic Horse & carriage ride; roundtrip from Gingerbread to Julian.Each year for Holidays, Gingerbread House is adorned with more than 3,000 Lights

From $114 / night

1311 Ridge Trail, Julian, CA 92036
The Gingerbread House Caldera Spa
2 bedrooms
6 guests
Varies min stay

Overview Description


Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Sleeps: 6
Type: Cottage
Per night: $138 - $345
Per week: $799 - $878
Pets allowed: No
Internet: Yes
Description of the Julian vacation cottage rental
Gingerbread House has 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, and Sleeps 2 - 7 guests

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. Jphn 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 he 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.

Property is in a heavily treed neighborhood, with Cleveland National Forest nearby. This exposure to nature has a wonderful relaxing effect.

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, 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 the Pacific Ocean with its beautiful beaches, Safari Park (Formerly 'The Wild animal Park') and San Diego Zoo, Sea World and... Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark, Legoland, Agua Caliente Hot Springs;

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 crisp mountain air, forests teaming with wildlife. Where Deer, Hawks, Blue Jays, Woodpeckers, Red Foxes, Silver Foxes, Bobcats, Hummingbirds, Polts, Wild Turkeys, occasional Bald Eagles soaring above, Owls, Orioles, migratory ducks & geese, may be seen nearby or on the property... If you're into wildlife watching and/or photography, this is a great place for both! 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.


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.

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.

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

There is a Wood Burning Stove with decorative Gold plated door that will not tarnish.

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.

Discover The Gingerbread's Beautiful Arbor garden. The Arbor Garden marks the entrance to a beautiful grassy atoll surrounded by seasonal flowers giant shade trees and evergreen soft purple flowered 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.

New Samsung upscale full size Front load Washer and Dryer.

New Gamers TV Stand and new 50 inch HDTV 3-D television... New 2.1 Dolby/DTS Sound System. New Blu-Ray player... Plays 3-D Blu-Ray, Blu-Ray, as well as traditional DVD's. Seven (7) 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.

Includes a new HD DVR (Digital Video Recorder) to record your favorite shows and Sporting Events!

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.

Provides climate controlled comfort throughout the house.


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 town arrival, Carriage Driver will wait up to one and a half (1.5) hours while your party enjoys many activities Julian has to offer (shopping, dining, tours, wine tasting, etc.).

After enjoying the town 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.

a. Rates are based on two (2) guests; Add $10 PER PERSON per night exceeding two.

b. Prior to your arrival, we provide LINEN SERVICE. It is determined by the number of REGISTERED Guests in your party. Your registered guests determine the correct number of beds to be made-up with linens, sheets blankets and pillows. Additional towels are also provided based on the number of registered Guests in your party.

Check-in is at 4pm
Check-out at 11am (no late check-outs allowed, no exceptions)

*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.
Area Information
Julian is a small mountain community in Southern California located at the intersection of California highways 78 and 79, about 50 miles northeast of San Diego. This historic gold-mining town is nestled among oak and pine forests between the north end of the Cuyamaca Range and the south slope of Volcan Mountain.

The entire township of Julian is a Designated Historical District. Its image as an early California frontier town with pioneer store fronts, historic sites and guided tours of Eagle and High Peak Mines accounts for much of its modern appeal. Tourism is Julian's largest industry, followed by cattle raising.

Julian is also unique among Southern California communities for its cold-winter climate, ideal for growing apples. All Julian apples are sold locally as apple pies, apple cider or whole fruit. In October, 10,000 apple pies a week are baked in Julian, when Southern California tourists flock here for the fall colors, cool breezes, frontier atmosphere and its famous Apple Festival.

Julian began as a California mining camp when A.E. (Fred) Coleman discovered placer gold at Coleman Creek in 1869. Drue Bailey founded Julian City in 1870, naming it after his cousin Mike Julian. Bailey and Julian were cousins and ex-confederate soldiers who had left Georgia after the Civil War for the California gold fields.
By the summer of 1872, there were 50 houses, 3 hotels, 4 stores, 2 restaurants, 1 schoolhouse and the "usual number of saloons" to service an an estimated 300 miners working in the area. Numerous hard rock mines were established in 1879 in the Julian and Banner area yielded an estimated $4 to $5 million dollars in gold ore.

Unlike other such camps, Julian survived after the mines played out because of its climate, rich soil and proximity to San Diego. Julian's first newspaper, The Julian Sentinel, began publishing in 1887. Since James Madison first brought the first apple trees to Julian in the early 1870s, Julian apples have won many blue ribbons at places like the Chicago World's Fair of 1893, the St. Louis Fair and the San Francisco World's Fair of 1915. The first Julian apple celebration was held in 1909 , but wasn't followed by another until 1949.


Julian has four moderate but distinct seasons with average annual precipitation of 30 inches. Cool springs and falls contrast with hot days and cool nights during summer and occasional winter snowfall from December to March. Various climates, from desert to high mountains, exist within 25 miles of Julian.
Nearby Restaurants
Plenty of restaurants in township to have breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Bring your own car

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Weekly Monthly Min
Jan 20 2017 Jan 26 2019 $235 - - - 2 Nights
Jan 27 2017 Feb 16 2019 $138 $225 $878 - 2 Nights
Feb 17 2017 Feb 19 2019 $235 - - - 3 Nights
Feb 20 2017 May 25 2019 $138 $225 $864 - 2 Nights
May 26 2017 May 28 2019 $265 - - - 3 Nights
May 29 2017 Jun 29 2019 $149 $225 $878 - 2 Nights
Jun 30 2017 Jul 04 2019 $345 - - - 3 Nights
Jul 05 2017 Aug 31 2019 $149 $225 - - 2 Nights
Sep 01 2017 Sep 03 2019 $295 - - - 3 Nights
Sep 04 2017 Oct 05 2019 $149 $199 $799 - 2 Nights
Oct 06 2017 Oct 08 2019 $244 - - - 3 Nights
Nov 22 2017 Nov 25 2017 $345 - - - 4 Nights
Dec 22 2017 Jan 01 2018 $345 - - - 4 Nights
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Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.
Lodging tax: 8%
Deposits: Our refund policy is as follows: a. Bookings canceled at least 60 days before the start of the stay will receive a 100% refund. b. Bookings canceled at least 30 days before the start of the stay will receive a 50% refund. c. No refunds if: Reservation cancelled less than 30 days or after your arrival date or do not show up for your reservation or if you interrupt or cancel your vacation once it has begun. Refundable Damage Deposit $200 (If no damage to the property)
Payment Options: Discover, Mastercard, Visa
Other Fees: Cleaning Fee: $94.00 * TO MAKE A RESERVATION Simply send us an email or call us to show you how to avoid booking fees, thank you. * 100% Payment by credit card required at time of booking. * 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. * Must state immediately if there is a special event or group gathering function planned. *Must be at least 25y of age to book.



  • Beds

  • 2 Queen Beds
  • 3 Twin Beds
  • Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Hot Tub
  • Patio
  • Balcony
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • View (Mountains)
  • Full Kitchen
  • High Speed Internet
  • Parking Included
  • Wood Stove
  • Game Room
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • DVD Player
  • Iron
  • Stereo
  • Blender
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • CD Player
  • Gas Grill
  • Oven
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Hair Dryer
  • Radio
  • Toaster
  • Coffee Maker
  • Ice Maker
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Activities

  • Grocery Store
    (1 mile)
  • Restaurant
    (2 miles)
  • Horseback Riding
    (5 miles)
  • Lake
    (9 miles)
  • Gym/Fitness Center
    (2 miles)
  • Shopping Area
    (2 miles)
  • Fishing
    (9 miles)
  • Golf
    (25 miles)
  • Hiking
    (2 miles)
  • Winery
    (3 miles)
  • Kayaking
    (9 miles)

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