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Tower House Cottage fully gated Pet-Friendly Property

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

My late wife and I purchased Tower House in April, 2011 and completed major upgrading in late May. Both bedrooms have queen beds with very comfortable pillow top mattresses. The kitchen has a stove, sink, dishwasher, cabinets, island, granite countertops and tile floor. The property is on a sloped lot, and the main entrance has about 10 stairs that could be a challenge for some.

Besides the usual toaster and coffee maker, we added blender, mixer and waffle iron, crockpot and a supply of spices. If you like to cook this is the place. If you prefer to dine out, bring home a bottle of Julian wine and enjoy watching the sun set behind the mountains.

Several, (OK, two) guests suggested that a telescope would be a nice addition and so we listened. We now have a Celestron Telescope with a computerized sky map and pointing system available for guests to enjoy. (See photos)

Bathrooms have new flooring, cabinets and fixtures. We installed central heating and air, fenced a large dog yard, tile, replaced carpets throughout and added many other improvements. Size does matter, so we added a 42' flat screen TV with Blu-ray Player, Satellite package, SD local channels, and digital recorder (we hate commercials).

I now live in South Central Minnesota on a beautiful lake (Reed's Lake). I love the summers here, especially lounging on the pontoon and fishing on the lake (after outrunning the mosquitoes), but as I get older, the winters are harder and harder to take. My kids and grandkids love the busy San Diego lifestyle while I prefer a slower pace. We originally purchased our Julian property to be comfortable during the worst of Minnesota winters (Dec-Feb), but I now typically spend only a few weeks there.

Keywords: Knotty pine cabin, Julian cottage, tower house, pet friendly, child friendly, non-smoking

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Julian Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • master - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Hall Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , en suite bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Unfortunately no closet. Planned with future addition.
    Tower Room - 2 bunk bed , Small separate room,balcony. Top/bottom bunk, steep stairs.
    Sleeper in living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Typical sofa bed for extra guests.
  • Queen size Beds (2) Each of the two bedrooms has a queen bed with new mattresses. In addition, the sofa converts to a bed and the loft bunks provide comfortable beds for older children and the young at heart., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The sofa converts to a queen bed when needed., Bunk Beds (2) The Tower Room loft area has upper and lower bunk bed for older kids; however, the steep stairs and outside balcony are not suitable for unattended small children.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
Large chain link fenced yard for all of your pets. Access for pets into the cottage is through the Tower Room door. Ask that they wipe their paws before coming in.


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Tower House Cottage fully gated Pet-Friendly Property
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 24 reviews

Great property

  • 5 of 5

House was just as described and they even accommodated our herd of dogs. They were even easy to work with when I caused some damage to an area of carpet--tore it will a dog crate.

All in all a great experience and a beautiful town

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Amazing stay

  • 5 of 5

I was extremely impressed with the tower house and especially with the service we received from Ms. Zora Martinez. I received an almost immediate response to our booking request and when I text her for a few small things she didn't seem bothered in the least bit and always responded right away. The home was very clean and organized upon our arrival and I was amazed by the amount of things they keep in the home for travelers (pots/pans/dishes/toilet paper etc). There were plenty of blankets and towels as well. My family and I will definitely return to the tower house and if it's ever unavailable we will only go through Julian vacation rentals for our next trip. I cannot put into words how thankful I am for our stay!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
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Peaceful and Relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

We all loved the Tower House (even our two very spoiled sphynx kitties)! Julian is where we enjoy going for our annual Winter Break and we always end up renting a home for a long-term visit. This vaycay in the Tower House was the most fun and relaxing Julian vacation ever! It is pet-friendly and has all the amenities anyone would ever want. The owners obviously put lots of thought and effort into making this house very attractive, comfortable and practical for travelers. So cute and cozy! We will return! Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful. The cabin had everything we could need. We , my wife and I, stayed from 12/1/2015 to12/8/2015. Everything was just cozy perfect. It felt like home. The only thing I think that it needs is some new front room furniture. Couch was old and tired as well as the unmatching chair. Other than that the best vacation stay we have had in years. Every thing was close enough to enjoy.

We live nearby and Did not want to travel a great distance for our vacation and we have always loved the Julian area. Glad we found the Tower House.

The house keeper, Dana, was also a great joy to meat. She made sure that we were well taken care of.

Tanks for the wonderful memories and we look forward to returning next year.

Bik Mike and Lil Cathy

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
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Hubby's Birthday

  • 5 of 5

Surprise B'Day celebration for hubby 03/15. Had a wonderful time and even took our dogs! Kitchen is well stocked with cooking utensils, BBQ is spotless. On hubby's B'day, we had a small cookout with friends that stopped by for the day and everyone was impressed with this beautiful property. Great communication with Carre St.Andre who manages property for owners. Looking forward to making this an annual tradition!

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best christmas

  • 5 of 5

This cabin house was perfect for our family it was comfy, clean and spacious.Perfect for families that have kids and pets and also if you just want to relax or go hiking.

We loved it and hope to come back soon.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2014
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Zora M Martinez
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2017

About Zora M Martinez

My late wife, Judy, and I enjoyed the rural, slow-paced environment where we now live in MN and we anticipate Julian will be the same country living. We have 2 big lab dogs and 4 cats. The dogs will travel with us to Julian in Dec and, hopefully, the cats will have a house-sitter in our home on the lake for the winter. I enjoy wood working, making furniture (rocking chairs, etc.) and signs. My wife enjoys gardening and quilting. We're very excited to be so close to our kids (Jim and Summer) and grandkids (3 boys and 1 girl) and hope to spend some quality time with them since they're only 35 miles away (instead of 1,500 miles!).

Zora M Martinez purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Zora M Martinez chose Julian

I've always loved the Julian area. I lived in San Diego for over 30 years until job loss moved us to MN where I've lived since 1999. When I lived in San Diego, my wife and I often visited the Julian area for camping at Cuyamaca and William Heise campgrounds, boating on Cuyamaca Lake and joining in the fun of picking our own apples in the orchards and eating them all the way home. The apple festival is full of great people and fun things to do. The town is sleepy and quiet during the week but the weekends are when the tourists visit, especially during the apple festival. I am a member of the Julian Chamber of Commerce and will attend the local Methodist Church during times I visit Julian.

What makes this cottage unique

Julian has four distinct seasons, something I missed when I lived near downtown San Diego. I've already sampled the Julian coffee shop and the coffee is excellent. There are lots of restaurants to choose from and most of the ones I've sampled are very casual but tasty and economical.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My friends and I stayed at Tower House for several days and totally enjoyed the cottage which came complete with all the amenities you could possibly need, the beds were very comfy, the location was perfect. The photos depict the interior accurately which was clean and well kept. There are great views of the mountains and the wooded areas from the cottage. It was nice to have the windows open and hear some of the wild life at night. It was so peaceful and quiet, with little or no traffic, we felt like we were on our own little island. We could let the two dogs out in the fenced back yard and didn't have to worry about them running off. Our morning walks gave us the opportunity see more scenery, breathe the clean refreshing air and enjoy the solitude. We were probably about 3 miles from Julian and spent time shopping and eating at a couple of restaurants. We would highly recommend this property and plan on returning at some point in the future.
Sep 2012
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $150
Cleaning $150
Tax Rate 8.0%

Responsible party for this booking must be at least 25 years old.

Holiday weekends - 3 night minimum. Thanksgiving and Christmas - 4 night minimum.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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