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Recently renovated, secluded 3 acre mountain retreat, 1 mile from town, Sleeps 6

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

LARGE/private 2 bdrm/2 bthrm. Beautiful easterly view! Secluded, yet convenient!

Nestled in the picturesque Cuyamaca Mountains, just one hour east of downtown San Diego, Julian is a premier year-round getaway destination for those seeking an escape to the natural beauty of the countryside. Born during a one-year gold rush in 1869, Julian, California is a small town cradled in the mountains, surrounded by apple orchards and vineyards. Unlike other gold rush towns, Julian never became a ghost town. Maybe it's just too pretty to leave. Whatever the reason, today's Julian exudes small-town charm and country friendliness. Unlike San Diego’s coastal communities, with Julian’s 4,200 ft. elevation, it is unique due to its four distinct seasons, from the changing color of fall leaves and the fresh spring blooms of lilacs and daffodils, to a warm summer breeze and even a majestic snowfall.

People enjoy visiting Julian for its laid-back charm and beautiful surroundings, but recommending the best time to visit is hard. This historic mountain hideaway offers a multitude of options in each season. Whether you are coming to sample its famous warm apple pie, visit some local wineries, spend time at the gold mine with the family, or escape for a romantic weekend in the tranquility of the great outdoors, Julian is a wonderful, close-to-home weekend getaway that leaves you feeling you have left the world behind for a few days.

The Owl’s Nest is a very private, charming home on nearly 3 acres, located within the “Historic District” of Julian. Just one mile from town gives you the opportunity to be close to this quaint little town, yet lets you retreat to your mountain “nest” when you are ready for some relaxation. Our home was just completely renovated with renovations just having been completed in November 2014. The spacious 1200 sq ft 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom place will make you feel very at home with all of the creature comforts.

The house is our family home that has been in the family for several generations. It is a very large 3-story house, and we rent out the entire first floor. We are not on the property when the house is rented, so as to give our guests the utmost privacy and feeling of tranquility. All of our guests have loved their stays at The Owl’s Nest, and many plan to return in the future.

Why the name, “The Owl’s Nest”? It is a name given with faith…we will be installing an Owl Box on the property in the next couple of weeks, and we very much hope to have a resident owl or if we're lucky, an owl family living on the property soon!

More Details

Owner
Stacey Kartagener
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had such a wonderful time at The Owl's Nest! It was our first family vacation (where we weren't visiting grandparents) and it was the perfect spot. We loved how clean and non-cluttered the house was and enjoyed playing in the snow. The kitchen was fabulous and I think has more gadgets than we have at home. You guys thought of everything to make your guests comfortable and we really enjoyed our stay.



We had such a great time and would love to return. I hope you have much success with The Owl's Nest. It's such a lovely spot.
Jan 2015
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Amenities

Julian House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
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Recently renovated, secluded 3 acre mountain retreat, 1 mile from town, Sleeps 6
average rating of 4.652174 based on 24 reviews
San Diego
5

Great getaway, especially for families!

  • 5 of 5

We were so pleasantly surprised when we arrived at the Owl's Nest. It was very spacious, clean, comfortable and there were so many little details that demonstrated the amount of time and consideration that went into making it a comfortable place to stay. From the night light in the bedrooms to the welcoming letter and bottle of wine, there were wonderful little surprises everywhere. It's also in a perfect spot, close to town but secluded enough that you feel like you are in a private mountain retreat. We really enjoyed having our morning coffee on the patio and watching the sunset in the evening while eating our Thanksgiving dinner. There was even an abundance of children's toys for the kids to play with! We will definitely be back and will also be recommending this spot to our friends who also love to visit Julian. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Quite and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Other than the small items discussed with Stacey the property and our stay was great we can't wait for the next time.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Secluded, quiet retreat

  • 2 of 5

We are very experienced in vacation rentals. Overall, we were "ok" with the stay. The place is in a quiet, remote area, yet close to Julian. It was pretty clean (kitchen had to be swept) and recently remodeled.

We did have a few glitches, though.

I did not remember that there was no air-conditioning. We arrived at about 1PM and the indoor temp was already 77degrees. It got up to 79 on a day that was 85 outside. We are used to 74 max indoor temperature. Cooled off at night though with the windows open and fans running full blast.

Second, the hot water heater went out. The owners took care of it by putting in a 20 gal heater (temporary). For 2 couples preparing for a wedding, we were short on hot water for sure. I did appreciate their trying to at least help us out.

Lots of spiders! I live on a lake so they don't bother me too much but the ladies were not happy.

The outlet in one of the bathrooms did not work, so hair drying had to be done elsewhere.

Lastly, the gate to the property was a nuisance to deal with especially when it was raining! Need to hook up the electric opener that was there!

I would make sure all the items above were addressed before you stay there. The owners were very responsive and apologetic. They respected our privacy and were not present on the property while we were there (except for when the plumber was there).

This sounds like a terrible review, but overall we were ok with the place. Just not what we expected for the total amount we paid, which was significantly over the advertised rate.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Arlington, VA
4

Nice retreat just outside the hustle and bustle of downtown Julian

  • 4 of 5

The property was clean and well maintained. We enjoyed the exclusive use of a large yard, with many cozy nooks for exploring with my granddaughter. Having two king-sized beds was a real treat - a rare one in VRBO world. The kitchen was well equipped, and we enjoyed having meals outdoors. Of course seeing the wildflowers in Anza Borrego was a big excitement, too! :-)

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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4

Beautiful mountain getaway

  • 4 of 5

Stayed at the Owls Nest with our two kids, age 9 and 6, and my parents for a Christmas getaway. Perfect location with private property to enjoy. The house had plenty of room for 6 of us. Located close to town and all the great sites Julian has to offer. Spent the first day just enjoying the property and all the little details. Woke up to snow on Christmas Eve and enjoyed two full days of our own personal winter wonderland where the kids could sled on the property and play in the snow with absolutely no crowd and your own play space. Beautiful place and we are already planning on returning to Owls Nest. Stacey was friendly, professional and quick to respond, thank you for such a great experience in such an important family holiday trip.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Absolutely wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed the Owlsnest for an extended stay which we had to extend even further. The property was in excellent condition close to Julian but in the countryside. The house was well stocked with utensils and everything one could need for an enjoyable stay. The best was however dealing with Stacey, friendly, warm, understanding and willing to help. I highly recommend a stay at the Owlsnest

  • Submitted: May 4, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
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Map

Romano's Italian Restaurant
"Romano's and Julian Grille are my two favorite restaurants in Julian. Nice staff, yummy food..."
Jeremy's On The Hill
"Very nice restaurant, probably the "nicest" in the area. It's a little stuffy, and a little ..."
The Candied Apple
"DELICIOUS treats for breakfast, lunch, or an afternoon sweet! :) Decor inside is very cute. "
Witch Creek Winery Tasting Room
"It is a "cozy" little place, but it is one of the only tasting rooms right in town. There is..."
Nickel Beer Company
"This watering hole is walking distance from my property."
Bailey Barbecue -- CLOSED
"Fantastic BBQ right in town. It is very casual - picnic table style dining, but has a bar co..."
Mom's Pie House
"Delicious Pie!"
Julian Pie Company
"Delicious Pie!"
Lake Cuyamaca
"For those who love to fish, this is a nearby lake where you can go fish. I have not gone fis..."
Stater Bros. Markets
"A large grocery store that is a good place to stop on your way up if you are looking to stoc..."
Albertsons Delicatessen -- CLOSED
"A large grocery store that is a good place to stop on your way up if you are looking to stoc..."
Julian Cider Mill
"They have a wide variety of jarred treats - Apple Butter, Pumpkin Butter, jams, etc. This is..."
Rabobank
"Local bank/ATM in Julian."
The Julian Grille
"Julian Grille and Romano's are my two favorite restaurants in Julian. Julian Grille is a lit..."
Blue Door Winery
"One of only two wine tasting rooms located right in the town of Julian. The other one is Wit..."
Julian Cafe & Bakery
"The Julian Cafe has a diner-type feel, but with a smaller menu. It is cozy inside and the fo..."
Julian Mining Company
Eagle & High Point Gold Mine
"This is a larger mine than the one at Smith Ranch. If you are going to be in Julian for a fe..."
Julian Gold Rush Hotel
"If you are looking to stay right in the center of town, you may consider staying here. Altho..."
Smokehouse Pizza & BBQ -- CLOSED
Wynola Pizza Wood Fired & Bistro
"It is not a bad place to stop, just don't stop there if you are in a hurry! As long as you g..."
Julian Cemetery
"This is located right in town. If you enjoy looking at old gravestones and thinking back to ..."
Bird Watcher
"This store has cute little gifts and trinkets."
Julian Lodge
"This hotel is located one street off of the Main Street in town. I have not stayed there, bu..."
Orfila Tasting Room
"The Orfila Tasting Room just opened on Halloween 2014! It is very pretty inside and has grea..."
Jess Martin Park
"This is a great park with a playground for the kids, covered picnic area, ball fields, restr..."
Smith Ranch Train Ride & Gold Mine Tour
"Awesome outing for the kids! It is not just a train ride, it is a train ride, tour of a real..."
Eagle & High Point Gold Mine
"This is a larger mine than the one at Smith Ranch. If you are going to be in Julian for a fe..."
Volcan Mountains Wilderness Preserve
Julian Pioneer Museum
"http://julianpioneermuseum.org/"
Julian Chamber of Commerce
"http://www.julianca.com/"
Julian Chamber of Commerce
"http://www.julianca.com/"
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
"If you are going to be in Julian for a few days, and you're looking for a little more to do ..."
California Wolf Center
"Visit the web site to get info on making reservations and directions. Reservations must be m..."
Nearest Airport
59 Miles
San Diego International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.8 Miles
Nickel Brewery
Nearest Golf
24.2 Miles
San Vicente Golf Course (Ramona, CA)
Nearest Train
61.8 Miles
Amtrak San Diego
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Highway 78
Nearest Restaurant
1.4 Miles
Romano's Restaurant
Nearest Ski
145 Miles
Bear Mountain
Car: necessary

Nestled in the picturesque Cuyamaca Mountains, just one hour east of downtown San Diego, Julian is a premier year-round getaway destination for those seeking an escape to the natural beauty of the countryside. Born during a one-year gold rush in 1869, Julian, California is a small town cradled in the mountains, surrounded by apple orchards and vineyards. Unlike other gold rush towns, Julian never became a ghost town. Maybe it's just too pretty to leave. Whatever the reason, today's Julian exudes small-town charm and country friendliness. Unlike San Diego’s coastal communities, with Julian’s 4,200 ft. elevation, it is unique due to its four distinct seasons, from the changing color of fall leaves and the fresh spring blooms of lilacs and daffodils, to a warm summer breeze and even a majestic snowfall.

People enjoy visiting Julian for its laid-back charm and beautiful surroundings, but recommending the best time to visit is hard. This historic mountain hideaway offers a multitude of options in each season. Whether you are coming to sample its famous warm apple pie, visit some local wineries, spend time at the gold mine with the family, or escape for a romantic weekend in the tranquility of the great outdoors, Julian is a wonderful, close-to-home weekend getaway that leaves you feeling you have left the world behind for a few days.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Insurance $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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