The SpaceI love my country home on 5 acres with Oak, Redwood and Australian Silver Dollar Eucalyptus trees and interesting varied landscaping around the home. Relax in the hot tub or on the patio overlooking the view. If you play piano or guitar feel free to play! I look forward to making your stay as wonderful and magical as possible! Your coastal sea life room awaits.... Guest AccessYour bedroom and bathroom are private and you are welcome to use the kitchen/laundry areas or relax in front of the TV. You can park one vehicle under the carport and another one in the driveway which is completely paved and private. There is an electronic gate at the bottom of the driveway that I will open and close for you with my remote offering you security and privacy. Have use of patio, hot tub and BBQ. Relax and enjoy the view! There are two bikes available for your use as well! Interaction with GuestsThere are magazines, books and newspapers in your room that highlight some of the many splendid sights to see in this paradise known as the Monterey/Santa Cruz Peninsula.. If you prefer discovering the area on your own, that's fine too. I'm more than happy to answer your questions and fill you in on some great spots to check out. The NeighborhoodI live near Elkhorn Slough Wildlife Preserve where you can walk on trails along the bird preserve areas. The Pacific Ocean meanders through the natural formations and the water is brackish. The wildlife is protected; no hunting is allowed. By car it's about 8 minutes from my home. Local free newspapers will detail restaurants, hotspots, parks and scheduled events while you're here. It truly is an embarrassment of riches here. My home is less than 30 minutes to Monterey, Carmel by the Sea, Pacific Grove, Carmel Valley or 30 minutes north to Santa Cruz, Aptos, Capitola, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, UCSC. People who live around here are on acreage with fences and gates and we all place a high value on privacy. It's very important that you call me at least 1/2 hour before your arrival so that I can give you detailed instructions how to get here since some GPS's do not work right around here. It is Very Important NOT TO DROP BY A NEIGHBOR'S HOUSE on your way here inquiring as to my whereabouts. Because they don't know me and I don't know them. As neighbors we don't casually drop in on each other. If you need to call me my cell phone is always on when I'm hosting and will answer your call. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Getting AroundThis is a country area. You need a car to get around. There is a bus stop nearby, I've never used it. Car rentals in near by towns, Salinas, Aptos, Marina, etc. There is taxi service out of Salinas, 8 miles away. Of course, there's always Uber service out of Monterey, Santa Cruz or Salinas. Bring your bike and your kayak (rentals available) for some fun outings on the Monterey Peninsula. Other Things to NoteThis is a country home that is quiet at nighttime. At this time of year, I usually burn wood in one of two wood stoves in the home. I will get the fires going to keep you warm and comfy or if you prefer, you can turn on your base heater in your bedroom and bathroom. I'm looking forward to making your stay here at Strawberry Hill enjoyable, relaxing and informative. Continental breakfast is between 8 and 9 am. Let me know what time you'd prefer to have it served. This is the gateway to both Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. Welcome to Strawberry Hill!