The SpaceAt the end of a private drive in an oak scrub forest you will find a large white and peach house on a half an acre of land adjacent to undeveloped sandhills habitat. If you are looking for a pristine model house, then we might not be a good fit, but if you are looking for a lived in home with a friendly family then we have just the place for you.
You can look forward to a large downstairs bedroom with a private small bathroom (shower only, be aware it takes awhile to warm up. There is a tub is available on the main floor, upstairs, upon request). You will have to go down a flight of indoor carpeted stairs to reach your room. There is a queen bed in the room, but if you need space for more people a queen sized air mattress is available upon request and fits comfortably on the floor of the room although this does limit the extra floor space in the room. You will have some closet space for hanging clothes, a chest of drawers and a bookshelf to store your belongings.
Prior to each guest's arrival, the space is vaccumed and all linens, towels, etc are laundered in hot water with vinegar and a laundry ball. We are on a septic system so we do not use bleach in the laundry and use non-toxic cleaning products elsewhere as well. The lack of bleach smell does not mean the laundry is not clean or sanitized or that the area has not been cleaned. The bathroom is also cleaned and sanitized and the kitchenette is cleaned and mopped. Guest AccessAlong with your private room and bathroom you will have access to the downstairs communal kitchenette (mini fridge, microwave, sink, counter and cabinet space) which is occupied by our elderly chihuahua part of the time and den (TV, board games, library, kid toys, dvd/vcr, dining room table) which is where the large dog stays when we are out of the house. If you want access to a full kitchen, please talk to me head of time. We have several video game systems and tons of legos we are willing to share as well.
We provide basic breakfast food (cereal, milk, instant oatmeal, coffee and tea) and are willing to share dinners depending on our schedule if you are interested and will pitch in for groceries. Most people other than my children enjoy my cooking.
We have a washer and dryer in the garage. If you need to do laundry just ask me and I will show you where all the supplies are. Do NOT use bleach in the wash for the sake of our septic system. Interaction with GuestsExpect to be treated like part of the family in the best possible way. If you need your privacy you are welcome to it, but if you want to hang out, play board games (we have a large selection to share) and video games with the boys, or join us on one of our outings you are more than welcome to. If you would be interested in joining us for one or more meals, just let us know. We would love to hear about where you are from and what life is like in your neck of the woods if you are willing to share. If your children are traveling with you we might be able to babysit and allow you a night out on the town! I have a lot of experience working with children and my husband owns a local game store so we are very well versed in childhood antics.
We have three indoor only cats (do NOT let them out) and two dogs, one quite large and one quite small and old, a turtle and several fish tanks. All the cats and dogs are friendly if a bit bouncy and we do expect guests to treat all the animals with respect. We will introduce you to the two dogs so that they recognize you.
We tend to be night owls by preference and would appreciate that guests respect that also.
Our boys are homeschooled, gifted and special needs and we are more than happy to talk about our children if you are interested, most parents are. We do ask that our guests to treat our boys like people (there is no "do not speak unless spoken to" mentality in our house). Expect them to interact with you respectfully and treat you as an equal and you will get along fine with them and us. The NeighborhoodWe live in a small, close knit mountain community with lots of parks, playgrounds and outdoor activities like hiking in Henry Cowell State Park or Quail Hollow Ranch or playing in the San Lorenzo River. That said, it's only around half an hour to either Big Basin State Park or the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and a bit more than an hour to the Monterey Bay Aquarium or around an hour to Silicon Valley (to visit the Tech Museum, Great America or Happy Hollow Zoo) with good traffic. Down in Santa Cruz you can also visit the Seymore Marine Discovery Center, the wharf, The Mystery Spot and several museums if you need more to do. You could also visit Roaring Camp and take a train tour of the mountain or ride it down to the Boardwalk.
When the skies are clear you can often see the Milky Way from the back deck of our house. We are at the end of a cul-de-sac on half an acre that borders on undeveloped sand hill habitat. When you visit you might see deer, foxes, coyotes, raccoons, and wild turkeys depending on season, time of day and the gregariousness of the animals. Getting AroundWe have plenty of parking and we are only a couple block walk from the nearest bus stop. If you need to park on the property we ask that you park in the landing at the top of the driveway, the dirt area by the mailbox, or in the circular driveway and to not block the cul-de-sac or garage at any point in time. Other Things to NoteThe road leading to our road has speed bumps and tree root bumps. Please take them slowly for the sake of your car.
Please be aware that although your room and the common areas will be cleaned and santized thoroughly prior to your arrival that our house is older and certain stains, hard water marks, and scuffs and dents just can't be scrubbed out. We also use non-toxic cleaning products so there will not be a bleach smell, but that does not mean the area is not clean. Sadly one cleanser we used caused the kitchenette floor to be permanently slightly sticky. Our house is a lived in home not a pristine model house, please keep that in mind when booking.
Finally, our house is inhabited by cats and dogs and has been for years. There is no reasonable way to get all of the surfaces in your area completely free of animal hair although the animals are, as a general rule, not allowed in the private guest area. Please be aware of this if you have animal allergies. Also make sure the front door and any other doors to the outside always latch behind you to prevent the animals from getting out and into danger.