The Front of Our Property (that's the cottage in front... which has it's separate listing)Front of House
Idyllic Country Estate Near Santa Cruz
Hosted by Denise
Denise is the host.Denise is a superhost.
10 guests
5 bedrooms
6 beds
3.5 baths
10 guests
5 bedrooms
6 beds
3.5 baths
Please set the number of adults.
Please set the number of children.
Ages 2 - 12
Please set the number of infants.
Under 2
10 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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Private, quiet, sunny Aptos estate. We are situated on 2 landscaped acres. Our home has a Chef's kitchen, 5 Bedrooms, 3 1/2 Bathrooms, A Study, 3 Fireplaces, 3 HD TV's, Sonos Sound System, Jacuzzi Tub, Pool Table, 2 Laundry Rooms, a Large Deck, Large Patio, Kitchen, Playhouse and a Sport Court.

The space

Private, quiet, sunny Aptos estate. Quaint country setting only 10 minutes from the gorgeous beaches of Aptos and Seascape. The sun filled house has 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 4 fireplaces, 2 laundry rooms, hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen, wine cellar, sonos sound system and game room with pool table.

Outdoors we have a swimming pool and hot tub and a pool house with a shower, outdoor kitchen w/ built in BBQ, sport court, custom play house and huge lawn. Additional detached 2 car garage. Gorgeous gardens and views from every room

Guest access

Guests will be able to access the entire house, pool, hot tub, lawn area, playhouse and sport court.

There is a locked owners closet.

Interaction with guests

We will always be available for any issues. Sometimes we will be out of town and other times we may be traveling. If possible we will be there to greet guests and give a run through of how to use everything. If we can't be there there is a lockbox that can get you in. And we're only a phone call away in case of problems.

Other things to note

We moved into our home almost a year ago and have been busy decorating it and filling it up with memories. We travel a fair bit so we want to share our home with respectful guests who want to make their own memories!

One note - Our home is specifically for the use of the people on the reservation. No additional day guests are allowed. We want our home to be a place for families to relax. We do not want our home to be a "party house". We expect our guests can respect our wishes in this regard. If this rule is broken then we reserve the right to end the reservation immediately.

2nd Note - swimming pool heater is only turned on when it's going to be 75 or above. Pool will be chilly even heated if temp outside is under 75.

Business travel
This listing has essential business travel amenities.

Free parking on premise

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 single bed, 1 floor mattress
Bedroom 4
1 queen bed
Bedroom 5
1 queen bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in time is 3PM - 8PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

We are very proud to call this house our home so we expect that guests treat it as they would want their home to be treated. This is a rural country setting but there are still neighbors and we would expect that guests are respectful of noise. Quiet time in Santa Cruz county starts at 10 pm.

Because this is a pretty luxe property we have decided to limit renters to people who have had previous Airbnb experience and at least 3 positive reviews. This is negotiable.

Pool & Hot Tub Rules

- no running
- no drinking / eating in pool or hot tub
- no diving or jumping! Pool is only 4 1/2 ft
- no unsupervised children around pool/ hot tub
- gate must always be locked
- pool heater will be turned on when the day is going to be 75 or above
- pool will be heated from 12 - 8:30 pm.

We would like to know who is going to be staying so a list of names and ages would be great.

**Only people listed on the reservation are allowed. No additional guests are permitted. We reserve the right to terminate the reservation if this rule is not followed **

Check In - 3 pm
Check Out - 12 noon

Wildlife Information

1) We co-exist with wildlife here. There are Coyote's, Bobcats and Mountain Lions. Small children (under 8) should not be left unattended on the property.

2) There are bats in the area. They are very interested in bugs and not people. If one gets into the house you need to call the Santa Cruz animal control at 831.

3) There are lots and lots of bees around. They are very interested in pollinating their little hearts out and are very uninterested in people.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - Bedrooms are upstairs & downstairs. Pool is down some stairs.
Potential for noise - It's a rural setting so farm equipment and power tool sounds happen, even on the weekend!


6 Reviews

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Jane User Profile
August 2017
Amazing family home with excellent facilities and generous hosts - highly recommended. Less than an hour from Carmel and Monterey - what's not to love

Beth User Profile
September 2017
This is a stunning property and Denise was an extraordinary and thoughtful host. Every member of our large extended family was blown away and very happy. (That never happens!) The house is beautifully appointed and very comfortable. We spent most of the time at the pool. We loved all the seating options and the generously-provided beach towels. The adorable walk-in playhouse in the garden was like something out of a fairy tale. You really could not ask for a more beautiful and idyllic setting. The four year old in our family started to cry when we were leaving and said "I want to stay here.". I think she was expressing what we all were feeling. So I told her we'd be back!

Gina User Profile
August 2017
This home and property is beautiful! We had three families with teenage to 21 year old "kids" and everyone had a great time. The pool area was relaxing and entertaining with plenty of seating, lounging areas, a jacuzzi and a well stocked cabinet filled with towels etc. it only goes to four feet deep so no jumping or diving. The sport court was a hit and used for basketball, and badminton... we did not get to pickle ball! The living area was open where we could all be together but have several different games or conversations going on without being cramped. There were several TVS and I think they were turned on at some point but there was so much to do most of us never watched anything! Beds were comfortable, towels fluffy and amenities very nice. I would highly recommend this property for a family getaway or with a group of close friends.

Jane User Profile
June 2017
We really enjoyed this home. It is well equipped for cooking, has tons of beautiful outdoor spaces, and was super comfortable for our group of 9. We enjoyed it so much we barely left except for a short hike in the Nicene Marks forest (also recommended). The views are stunning! Highly recommended!

Renee User Profile
June 2017
Denise and Fred were amazing hosts! They were very helpful when we had little questions, and really put in some thoughtful details and care that helped us to thoroughly enjoyed our stay in their beautiful home! There were so many comfortable, perfectly placed spots to gather and relax together. We spent a lot of time relaxing in and around the pool and patio, and loved cooking a few brunches together in the beautiful and cozy kitchen. Everything we needed was there, and in a logical and easy location, we lacked for nothing and everything seemed so incredibly well thought out. The rooms were beautiful, comfortable, and accommodated our large group perfectly. I happened to go for two early morning jogs in the neighborhood and also enjoyed sighting some deer, coyote, hawks, and running alongside berry fields. It was a perfect summer getaway, and we would very happily book again!

Ruth User Profile
May 2017
We had a fantastic stay. The home is spacious, incredibly well equipped and it was perfect for our group. Denise even left baked goods and wine as a welcome for our arrival. We hope to come back!

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Aptos, California, United StatesJoined in January 2012
Denise User ProfileDenise is a superhost.
Currently a SAHM, formerly a Special Education Teacher. Interested in traveling (obviously :), film, literature, dedicated foodie and exploring this that and the other! Very excited about what is in store! Our family is a friendly, progressive, down to earth group. The kids …
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