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Beautiful Mountain View Home with Orchards & Organic Gardens

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Office, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8-12)

Escape to Provence right near Julian, with this private, tranquil setting in an orchard of apples, pears, plums, pomegranates, nectarines, and persimmons. A spacious, four-bedroom, three-and-one-half bath home overlooking the three peaks of the Cuyamaca Mountains sits in a Monet garden of daffodils, tulips, peonies, lilacs, and every color iris you have ever seen. Leave a few cherries for the blue jays or munch on perfectly ripe apricots, or next month's peaches.

For an all organic lunch, you may want to check with the gardener about the corn or tomatoes. If the winter greens are gone, there would be zucchini or eggplant to throw on the grill. Plan a dinner for your group under the grape arbor while watching the three peaks change into purple sunsets. Relax, walk, hike, bike, go fishing, visit the town of Julian or the desert.

When snow covers the plum blossoms, cozy up around the family room fireplace and check out one of the many games around.

This lovely 2-story home has everything!

The 3600 sq foot house sits on one acre of lovingly tended property. The landscape changes daily so it is impossible to predict what might be blooming or ripe in the gardens. There are fruit trees, pine and cedar trees, flowers, organic gardens and a beautiful mountain view. It is located on a private street in the Pine Hills area of Julian.

Main floor features:

FAMILY ROOM with stone fireplace, oak bookcases, and entertainment center (DVD/VCR and cable TV). The room has a beautiful view, sliding doors to the patio area that overlooks part of the garden, and see-thru area into the kitchen for comfortable family living. There is also a table for eating or playing games in the family area. There are a table and chairs for eating on the patio plus a separate formal elevated dining area in another part of the ground floor next to another living area with huge sectional sofa (enough for 2 people to stretch out comfortably).

WET BAR with double sink, oak cupboards and wine closet adjoins the Family Room.

COOK’S DELIGHT KITCHEN with garden window with meadow, pond and mountain views. There is a center island with cook top and eat-at counter.

TWO LARGE BEDROOMS and BATHS plus and an additional half bath for convenience.

EXTRA SLEEPING ROOM /Former OFFICE: Optional with couch only for an individual.


BEAUTIFUL MASTER BEDROOM SUITE with a fireplace, sitting area and balcony with a panoramic view of the Cuyamaca mountains. There is a vanity area with walk-in closet, 2 sinks, shower, separate toilet room, separate vanity bench.

SECOND BEDROOM is dormitory style with 2 twin beds.

Sleeps eight people in beds but as many as twelve people have stayed in the house. There is a huge sofa (where 2 people could stretch out) in the living area and another sofa in the family room.

One person described the house as a “great big hug”. It is very comfortable for families with children, groups of friends, and equally appealing to couples with dogs.

Pets welcome at 'Corgi's Castle' with approval in advance.

No Smoking Facility.

Please see our amenities section & feel free to email with additional questions.

Keywords: House, countryside, mountains, fruit trees, organic gardens, family, couples, retreat

More Details

Reservations: Bonnie / Property owner: Diana
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish, dutch, /flemish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 14, 2018

About Reservations: Bonnie / Property owner: Diana

Sole owners & operators of a popular coastal bakery restaurant open over for 28 years. Visit Corgi's Castle twice a week for housework and harvesting of the property's organic fruit, veggies and flowers, supplementing our restaurant.

Reservations: Bonnie / Property owner: Diana purchased this house in 2004

Why Reservations: Bonnie / Property owner: Diana chose Julian

Great value accommodation for larger groups and families on budget.

What makes this house unique

Non-luxury country-side/mountain escape for families & large groups. Full kitchen with all basic supplies.


Julian House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master bedroom/bath upstairs, split-king, fireplace, balcony
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Downstairs large bedroom with its own bathroom access
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Main floor large bedroom with separate hallway bathroom
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Upstairs with twin beds, not adjacent to master bedroom
    Office - Separate private room, indiv. sofa may sleep 1 by request
    Common Areas - Groups over 8 adult bring airmattress; Children sleepingbags
  • King size beds & Split-king (3), Twin/Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
7 Ceiling Fans (in Family Room, Kitchen, all bedrooms, 2 in Master Bedroom); Outdoor Dog Enclosure (approx. 14 1/2' X 18 1/2'). Entire property can be fully fence-enclosed.


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Beautiful Mountain View Home with Orchards & Organic Gardens
average rating of 4.2702703 based on 37 reviews
San Diego, CA

The "must stay" place in Julian!

  • 5 of 5

I've rented Corgi's Castle 4 times now, and every stay has been better than the last. The home is as described. The grounds are beautiful in every season. I live in San Diego, which is less than an hour away from Julian. I bring a small group of scrapbookers up to Corgi's Castle twice a year. It meets our needs perfectly! We have plenty of room to scrap and chat, and the bedrooms are far enough away from the middle of the house that we don't bother those who wish to sleep. I would highly recommend Corgi's Castle to anyone. The owners are charming, and if you are lucky, you will get a visit from Corgi himself!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2009
  • Stayed: October 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely views!

  • 5 of 5

The unusual layout of this house lends itself to privacy. There are many areas for small groups to gather. The deck looks out over the abundant garden of fruit and vegetables and flowers. There is a view of several mountains. It's very quiet here and the night stars are awesome.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enjoyable Mountain Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our expectations for the condition of the home were already tempered by reading the previous reviews. The home is well worn and dated. If you are expecting a more contemporary setting, this probably isn't the place for you.

That said, we loved our experience at Corgi's Castle. Bonnie was very accommodating and was able to work with our schedule for check-in. She was super easy to work with and made the process of booking easy.

There was plenty of space in our party of 8 adults, 2 young children, and 2 dogs. The garden and the chickens were far more entertaining than we could have imagined and we ended up spending a lot of time outdoor on the spacious patio and roaming through the yard. The view from the patio & master bedroom's deck were excellent.

The bedrooms were spread out enough so that people could go to sleep at different times and not be bothered by those whom were still up. The kitchen is large enough to cook multiple items without feeling squeezed.

The house was located on a quiet street in close proximity to both Julian and William Heise County Park. There were plenty of places to walk outside of the property and lots of hiking within just a few miles of the property.

I would definitely recommend this location for groups of people that would like to be able to gather and enjoy the fresh air and relaxation the property allows you.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely retreat!

  • 5 of 5

This is the third opportunity I've had to rent this charming home. The first was for a family reunion and we were able to host a sit down catered dinner for 30 people! The garden is beautiful and you get a gorgeous view of it and the surrounding countryside from the kitchen window. There is a European charm to the property with plenty of room to enjoy privacy or time together!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Diego, CA

Dirty Dirty Dirty!

  • 1 of 5

This place was really dirty and gross. I don't think there has been any maintenance or deep cleaning on the so-called "castle" since the 80's. Plates and cutlery were dirty, dirty towels in the shower, one shower was missing a shower head, vents were dirty, wall paper really needs some TLC. The pans were old scraped up teflon pans.The smoke detector wasn't working so we had to put batteries in it from our kids' toys. I told my mom that other reviews mentioned the stove top didn't work. She checked with owner and they said it was fixed BUT it was not! Only 2 burners worked. It was tough cooking for a family of eight. We opened the oven and the bottom was covered in grease. The TV in the main room is from the 80s, very small, and didn't have a vcr attached. There is a large TV in a weird small room which is really unusable. There was hair in the bed and the pillows were so gross and stained...smelled like body odor.

I don't recommend this place. If you chose to rent it, bring a lot of Clorox wipes, all of your own kitchen supplies, batteries for safety, and your own pillows and linen. Yuck. And trust the negative reviews....

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. The renter for your group submitted a number of notes to us, immediately following her stay, all of which and more we were happy to take care of. Glad to have seen you'd located the extra burner set to have 4 burners available. Stove replacement was installed shortly thereafter, on Jan 10. Having been in communications with the renter, sincere apologies were expressed weeks ago and a partial rental refund was accepted with no issue. The main housekeeper who is quite attentive to detail was out of town for two weeks over the major holiday period; apparently the assistant lacked good attention. Many groups love visiting over the holidays. As of the second week of January, brand new towel sets and sheet sets were stocked, showerhead etc. New stove was installed and new smoke detectors were purchased to be installed throughout the home as well. Kitchen items were also organized and replaced. Timing was not on this houseguest's side. All is well at the house. Beginning of 2017 saw new items and organization, head housekeeper returned, and as stated the main renter was attended to and satisfied.
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Best place to relax and enjoy family time

  • 5 of 5

Best place to relax and enjoy family time

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
San Diego Int'l, Lindbergh Field
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Pine Hills Lodge dining room / Full bar
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Coronado Ferry / Downtown San Diego
Nearest Golf
17 Miles
Club Circle, Barona Creek, Mt Woodson
Nearest Train
56 Miles
Encinitas Coaster / Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
2.3 Miles
Highway 78/79 Shared
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Pine Hills Lodge 1/2 mile from doorstep
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Laguna Mountain Recreation Area
Nearest Beach
56 Miles
Encinitas, Moonlight State Beach, San Diego County
Nearest Point of Interest
William Heise County Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Julian Chamber of Commerce
Car: recommended

Indoor games; reading; viewing the sunset from as it disappears behind the mountain peaks; visiting with beloved friends and family. For a quick snack find a ripe piece of fruit under the trees in season or a vegetable from the garden. For horseback riding, see Julian Chamber of Commerce website and for many other activities, points of interest, and local events. Park only on property, there is much parking is available please inquire.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping Fee Req'd $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $100
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.0%

Must state if a special event or group gathering function is planned and if any amount greater than the number of overnight guests will be invited during daytime hours. College students and college affiliated groups allowed upon strict regulation, please inquire. Tax is not required on full month/30 night or greater stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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