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Stoneapple Farm Writers' Cottage

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Last updated: 12/06/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Julian farmhouse description

This unique, 29-inch thick stone country writer's house stands on six acres of sloping orchard and meadow with clusters of live oak, pear trees, and myriad daffodils every spring.

Built in the late 19th century of stone from the surrounding property as an apple storage and packing house, its thick walls and corrugated roof made it suitably cool for this use through sometime before World War II.

In the late 1940’s, an architect from San Diego recognized its unique character and bought the property to create a country house for himself and his wife. They broke through the walls for windows and doors on all sides which fill the house with light, and named it Stoneapple Farm. The stonemasons also crafted the large fireplace in the living room and a carpenter camped in the house for three months fashioning the country cupboards in the kitchen and pantry and original built-in bookshelves, which include 28 feet for cookbooks in the kitchen. The library throughout the house includes classic works of literature, southwest history, natural history and psychology.

Scott O’Dell, the novelist and Southwest historian, and his wife, Jane Dorsa O’Dell, owned the house together until 1989. She lived at Stoneapple Farm for fifty years until 2008 and it is still owned by her family. She wrote her advice column “Dear Jane Palmer” for the Los Angeles News Mirror while Scott was writing Island of the Blue Dolphins, Newbery Medal award winner in 1959, then King’s Fifth and The Black Pearl, also for young readers.

The most recent book finished at Stoneapple Farm is German author Dirk Rohrbach’s Americana: In 180 Tagen mit dem Rad einmal um die USA (Gebundene Ausgabe) (2009), an account of his 10,000-mile bicycle journey around the United States.

Keywords: Country house, historic, light-filled, gracious, quiet


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Property Type

      • Farmhouse

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                Reference required from all renters....moreless

              • Non Smoking Only:

                No fires permitted out of doors on property....moreless

              • Not Suitable For Children:

                Please ask....moreless

              • Pets Considered:

                Dog only. Permission required. Large fenced-in dog yard accessed from back door in livingroom. Please refill bird feeders outside kitchen windows....moreless

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

              • Bedroom 2


              • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


              • Other (See Description): 2 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon

                twin trundle bed...moreless

              • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) Trundle bed in second bedroom becomes two separate single beds if sleeping accomodation for four people is required., Baby Cribs (1) Pack 'n' play is available....moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms


              • Books
              • CD Player


              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Museums
              • Restaurants
              • Theme Parks
              • Zoo

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Boating
              • Horseback Riding
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

                  • Mountain View

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Hiking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Surfing
                  • Swimming


                      • Dining Area


                      • Air Conditioning:

                        window air conditioner in main bedroom...moreless

                      • Broadband Access
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Internet
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Parking
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Telephone
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet
                      • Wood Fireplace:

                        Large stone fireplace in livingroom...moreless

                      • Wood Stove:

                        in kitchen...moreless


                      • Catering Available:

                        Charles at Candied Apple in Julian is an excellent full-service caterer....moreless

                      • Cooking Utensils
                      • Ice Maker
                      • Kitchen
                      • Microwave
                      • Oven
                      • Refrigerator


                          • Deck / Patio:

                            Outdoor amenities include comfortable, colorful Nicaraguan string hammock and children's rope swing. ...moreless

                          Pool / Spa

                              • Communal Pool:

                                Monthly membership in public pool within a few miles is available at a rate reasonable enough to consider paying even if stay is for shorter period....moreless



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                              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                              Regular Rate
                              Oct 4 - Mar 31, 2015
                              3 night min stay
                              $950 $3,200
                              * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                              Additional information about rental rates


                              • Cleaning fee $75
                              • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
                              • Taxes Included


                              Rates subject to change until reservations confirmed. Rates lower after third night to $125. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year Holiday rates higher. New Year 2014-2015 remaining open dates December 27-January 5 rates are $250 a night, with 5 night minimum, or $1350 for week, both plus $75 cleaning fee and the $200 fully refundable security deposit.

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                              Last updated: 12/06/2014
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                              Owner info

                              Year Purchased: 2008

                              About the owner: We inherited Stoneapple Farm.

                              Why the Owner Chose Julian:
                              I first saw Julian with my California aunt and uncle when I was 14. Years later, living in Los Angeles, now with husband and small children, we celebrated Thanksgivings and Christmas with Aunt Jane at Stoneapple Farm. Many years of visits, eager for the beauty, calm, and warmth of place - house and surroundings - that she created brought us back and back again. She hoped Stoneapple Farm would stay in the family and we are fortunate now to spend several months of the year, traveling from Philadelphia, at Stoneapple.

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                              This listing was first published here in 2010.

                              Date last modified - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

                              $175 per night (USD)

                              2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                              Sleeps 4

                              View calendar: Updated 12/06/14
                              Minimum stay: 3 nights
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                              Speaks: english
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