The SpaceThe beauty of the Santa Cruz mountains awaits you! Our home is situated exceptionally well, balancing accessibility with seclusion. Ten minutes to Felton's quaint main street, fifteen minutes to the beach, twenty minutes to downtown Santa Cruz, ninety minutes to San Francisco up scenic Highway 1. But when you are sipping tea or a beer on the porch, you'll hear nothing but the hummingbirds and the wind in the trees.
We have two bedrooms for rent in our home. This listing is for one of the rooms - check our other listing if you have a larger party and would like to rent the other room as well, or you need other dates available. Both rooms have large, comfortable king sized beds with European-style goose down duvets and electric bed warmers for cold mountain nights. There is a large bathroom downstairs for your use, shared between the two bedrooms and stocked with shampoo and other toiletries. There is a coffee and tea bar where you can make drinks, but there is NO KITCHEN.
The bedrooms are both downstairs, while the master bedroom and main living area are upstairs. The upstairs is private, and there is no kitchen access for guests. If we are at home and not too busy we like to make cookies or cocktails for our guests, or invite you to share breakfast with us.
Excellent high-speed wireless access throughout the house, though occasionally it needs to be reset. Parking is not a problem. We are in the mountains and the drive can be difficult if you are not used to steep winding roads! It's dark at night and GPS doesn't always work.
We share our home with a friendly dog and two cats. The dog is a calm Australian Shepherd /English Setter mix who doesn't bark or jump up. He enjoys new people and loves belly rubs. Our grey cat spends the majority of his time lounging and prowling outside, and the calico cat goes wherever she pleases :-)
We are always trying to make our lifestyle more sustainable, and installed a full set of solar panels last year! The house is nearly 100% solar powered, and the hot tub solar-heated. In the winter we use a wood stove that burns what we've cleared from our land. We also line-dry our sheets and towels, compost, and recycle. Guest AccessWithin the house, the two bedrooms, bathroom, and coffee bar are "guest space". We keep the upstairs (kitchen, living room, master bedroom) private, but on occasion can accommodate special requests for kitchen use. The washer, dryer, clothesline, and iron are downstairs and you may use them. - we always encourage green living and use of the clothesline! It works wonderfully.
The lower deck has chairs and tables, and guests can enjoy access to the garden, hot tub, and endless hiking trails through redwoods and past a natural spring. Our 8+ acres backs up to Henry Cowell State Park. Soak in the hot tub while enjoying an unobstructed view of the stars! Interaction with GuestsWe are often happy to hang out and chat, or to set you up and give you your privacy, as you prefer. Some of our best airbnb memories have been impromptu dinner gatherings in the garden under the mimosa tree - if you see us outside, come over and join us! We have lived all over the Bay Area and are full of good ideas for places to visit, and we love sharing stories.
While we also live in the house, you won't always see much of us, as we can be busy - if we are not at home to welcome you, we will make our best effort to communicate and set everything up so you feel comfortable. We host with airbnb for the joy of it, because we love meeting interesting people and sharing our beautiful home with appreciative guests. The NeighborhoodBonny Doon is a charming community in the mountains, blending serious old-timers with vacation-home implants, and intentionally keeping itself "rural and natural." The people here consciously cultivate a sense of community and are genuinely friendly.
The beauty of the Santa Cruz mountains is phenomenal. Our home is centrally located between several state parks: Big Basin, Henry Cowell (to which we are adjacent), Wilder Ranch and Waddell Beach.
The beach town of Davenport is fifteen minutes away, and boasts a good restaurant (the Roadhouse), a locally-famous cafe/bakery, frequent live music, and a sprinkling of shops, all with Pacific views. The mountain towns of Felton, Ben Lomond, and Boulder Creek area also nearby and quaint.
Nearby Santa Cruz is full of charms that include and transcend its tourist-spot reputation! Don't miss going to the beach - the boardwalk for tourist tradition, or colorful Capitola, or one of many secluded coves such as Bonny Doon Beach. Enjoy the chic Pacific Avenue Mall, an array of thrift/vintage shops, a vibrant music scene, and some great restaurants. Getting AroundThe bus line runs on Empire Grade just a quarter mile away down a private road, and you are welcome to investigate it. Having private transport is highly recommended, though. Parking is simple and abundant. The nearest airport is Monterey, which is quite nice, though it's small - SFO is just over an hour away. Rental cars are abundantly available there. Taxis and Uber are difficult to find in this area. Other Things to NoteWe do charge $20 extra per person over 2 people, including babies and children. The super-comfy king size bed is large enough to accommodate 2 adults and a child, but three adults can be a stretch! Sometimes we have a foam mattress available to put on the floor, but be warned that it's not the most comfortable. Please check with us if you plan on bringing a young child, as the rooms are right next to each other and we want all our guests to have a good experience!