About this listing
Due to extreme drought in Ventura County, after 2 guests I charge $10 extra each per night, per person , including infants. Located one block to the beach, and with so many activities around town you will love your stay. 5th bed is a queen airbed. Relax and enjoy. Ventura has been voted one of the best places to vacation.
Coral Cottage is a block to the beach. Coral Cottage is a not a large house, but it is comfy. When I first saw this house, I was hooked. It so reminded me of the house my parents bought in the 50's. Flat roofed with a slab foundation. The kitchen is the central area of the cottage, with a counter looking into the living room. With two skylights, natural light floods the house all day. Wherever possible, I have tried to make it sustainable. We removed all the old carpet, laminate flooring and linoleum (from the 50's) tile. The use of low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints was very important to me, as I did not want there to be any out-gassing. The exterior was light blue with turquoise trim. We repainted it a light gray and turquoise, and added a touch of Coral around the windows. I found a cool door that looks like it is from the 50's. The original concrete floors have been shined. I had the kitchen cabinets refaced instead of replacing them. We also reconditioned the original wood windows. Wherever possible, I have used cotton and natural fibers. The lawn was removed with the "sheet mulching" process, and replaced with mushroom compost. It takes longer to remove it, but there were no chemicals used. Sometimes I use vinegar on pesky weeds. Currently, the garden is a work in process, and soon it will flourish as the mushroom compost is super enriched. There are California natives, succulents (from my BFF's daughter's wedding), and other drought tolerant plants. The artichokes are wonderful, please help yourself while you are here..There is an herb garden right near the fence. The toilets and shower heads are low-flow. My cleaning service is allergic to chlorine, so I am thrilled to say that she is familiar with the cleaning and sterilizing qualities of vinegar and baking soda. We also use Mrs. Myers products. One bedroom features a comfy queen bed with all the pillows and blankets you will need, and French doors that lead out to the backyard. The master bedroom has a bathroom with a shower, and a garden window with my shell collection. It also has French doors that lead out to the backyard. The gardens are a work in progress. There local brochures on what to do in Ventura and surrounding areas. There are a lot of amazing surf spots nearby including Ventura Point, Pitas Point and Rincon. Coral 2 has a gas grill, a big screen SmartTV, blow dryers in each bathroom, portable air conditioner and lovely patio table and chairs in the backyard. There is also a queen Airbed for extra people. (there is an extra charge for more than 3 people). The kitchen has a full size gas stove, refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven, toaster blender, coffee maker, French press (you might find some coffee in the freezer), coffee bean grinder, panini maker, waffle maker, crock pot, and plenty of cooking utensils. There is a full length mirror on the bedroom doors. Each bedroom has 2 sets of sheets, the bathrooms have plenty of towels. I just bought a brand new washer and dryer for those staying over 6 days or over 4 people. The Pier is about 1.5 miles north, the bike path and state beach are about 4 blocks north. I have 2 bikes in their own tent on the left side of the tent. For hygiene purposes, I do not furnish helmets, please bring your own and use the bikes at your own risk. Ventura is a not only a city, but a county with numerous cities and communities with their own personalities. There is great hiking in the hills or on the Channel Islands. There are whale watching tours that you take from the Harbor. You can hop on the trolley to get downtown, the Fairgrounds or the Harbor. The County Fair is in August, and Surf Rodeo is in July. Downtown has lots of restaurants and shopping. We even have our own Seaward Village, just a few short blocks away. Many yummy restaurants, coffee shop, surf shop and frozen yogurt. There are so many things to do while you are, you will have to it. Thank you for choosing Coral Cottage. Lastly, please enjoy yourselves. Your Coral Cottage Host, Donna
These are some reviews that I received from the same house with just 1 bedroom. Check out Coral Cottage at the beach for my 4.5 star reviews. "Donna was such a wonderful host. We arrived a little later than expected and she was sweet enough to wait for us. She gave us lots of information that was very useful for our stay in Ventura. The house was clean and beautiful just like the pictures. The house is less than 5 minutes from the beach, which was amazing for our afternoon naps! We will definitely use this house in the future.We had an awesome time at the beach cottage." "Great location! Enjoyed the beach, just down the lane, and it was close to shopping, grocery store and great restaurants. Our host gave us a list of local attractions and amenities which was helpful. The bike path is very close with easy access to the beach for a morning jog. We'll be back!" "Donna was very accommodating and welcoming, and flexible with our arrival timing and with adding a day to our reservation. She has some very thoughtful touches included at the cottage and it's obvious she wants to provide a comfortable getaway for visitors. The landscaping is a work in progress, which i am sure will be great when completed. Things like towels and bedding and individual packets of soap were all lovely. We were there during a super hot and humid spell (almost unheard of for this area, most of the time), thank goodness for the fan and the AC unit (although i think if we hadn't been with a wandering toddler we would have just opened up the back door to the patio and been fine with a crossbreeze through the place). I grew up in Ventura and chose the cottage to be close to the beach, Marina park, the bike trail. It's a casual, comfortable, easy and eclectic beach rental. Parking in the driveway or in front of it is very convenient on busy beach days. We would definitely stay here again (though I am sure it will cost more - and be worth it - as soon as the work-in-progress details like landscaping are finished). Donna was easily reachable and responsive to any questions or needs we had during our stay.The whole house, and yard, except the garage. Parking in front of the garage or on the street.
Interaction with guests
I am available by cell phone or text. Check-in is at 4pm and check-out is 11 am. Sometimes, I can be flexible with these times.
The Lanes Area or Pierpont Beach is a quiet beach community with some beach cottages and larger homes. The beach with fabulous surfing and great sunsets is only a block away. Not only is there a state park about about 3 blocks north, there is Marina Park that is city owned about 3/4 mile to the south. It has great areas for a picnic, grills, a small zipline and even a miniature ship to explore. Seaward Village has great places to eat; a sports bar, fish and chips, sushi bar, coffee shop, Italian restaurant and frozen yogurt shop. Von's Market is a full service grocery store with a pharmacy within walking distance. The same mall includes a Starbucks, laundry facilities, Subway, Meridian Cafe (Yummy sandwiches, pizza and salads) gas stations and a Carrow's Cafe.
Park your car and walk, bike, take the trolley. There is a bike rental service at the state beach about 4 blocks north of the house, plus I furnish 2 bikes with a lock. We even have Uber services around town, which is a ride share companyYou can also take the train up and down the California Coast.
Other things to note
Thank you for staying at Coral Cottage. The City of Buenaventura requires all temporary vacation rentals to be registered and licensed. My permit is #2223. The City is very serious about keeping residential neighborhoods quiet, and forbids parties and loud social events between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m per SBMC §(phone number hidden)(i). They also charge a 10% Transient Occupancy Tax . It is included in the nightly fee . There are beach chairs, Boogie boards, towels and a folding beach mat in the closet. There is a trolley that runs down the street, from Wednesday until Sundays, that hits the harbor and downtown areas, and the fairgroiunds. The bike path and San Buenaventura State Beach is only a few blocks north, where you can rent beach cruisers and surreys, I furnish 2 bikes with a lock. Take advantage of the Jolly Oyster Food Truck that is next to the Wheel Fun kiosk. It is located at the State Park. You can bring your own drinks and enjoy fresh seafood outside. Keep going north and you will run into the Pier, and then to the State Fairgrounds. There are volleyball nets set up at the end of San Pedro St, next to the park. I have a volleyball in one of the linen closets. Be prepared to layer. We may have a beautiful hot day, and then it could be cool later in the day or evening. What to do in Ventura: Of course, the beach-lovely and not too crowded. Surfing, SUP, sunbathing and swimming. I have not seen the tar that you see in Santa Barbara. Channel Islands for kayaking and hiking. Boat excursions to the Channel Islands and whale watching(Jan-Apr) . Bell Arts Factory for art, yoga classes, tai chi, community. There are also galleries around town. Take a drive up to Serra Cross Park for fantastic views of the bay. Music scene-live, music Ventura Rocks. Restaurants-plenty. Check out my guide book on my site, or there is a printed version in the 3 ring binder on the coffee table.
10% City Tax added to nightly fee after quote.
HOUSE MANUAL for Coral Cottage
Ventura, CA 93001
Welcome to Coral Cottage. I hope you have a great time. Here are some helpful tips and rules. Thank you for following the rules.
Check in is at 4:00 pm, check-out is 11:00 am. Sometimes I can be flexible, please ask.
***Make sure that I have your cell phone number, so that we can communicate during your stay.
There are no keys. I have an electronic lock. It will be programmed on the day you check in. Call me when you arrive in Ventura. I try to meet all my guests upon arrival, and show you around the house. Sometimes I cannot.
*DIAL “911" on your phone for emergencies.
*Ventura County Medical Center • 3291 Loma Vista Rd, Ventura, CA
Hospital with emergency room.
There is a first aid kit, battery operated candles and batteries located in the hall closet near the bathroom. Also, there is a battery operated radio in the closet with batteries.
There are functioning smoke alarms and a carbon monoxide detector. The fire extinguisher is located in the cabinet left of the stove.
NO SMOKING IN OR AROUND THE HOUSE.
Only registered guests are allowed to stay at my house. Please do not bring extra people, or pets without my knowledge. No pets allowed unless I approve them. There is an extra fee for over 3 people. There is an extra fee for dogs. If dogs are allowed, they have to be on flea medication.
Please feel free to use anything from my garden, leave some for me. Also, please water if my plants start to look dried out.
The house has not been child-proofed.
I have tried to think of everything you could use. There is a drip coffee maker and a French press, coffee bean grinder, assorted teas, honey, spices, Hawaiian salt ,olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sugar and sugar free sweetener, waffle iron, Panini maker, blender, toaster oven, and a microwave. There are plenty of pots and pans in the cabinets that frame the stove, plus items in the stove and a roaster in the bottom drawer of the stove. Please feel free to use anything in the kitchen. Some items have been left by previous guests.
I only furnish Dr. Bronner's Baby formula soap. Dr. Bronner's has been around for years. It is a castile soap that has oils. This makes for a mild soap. You can use as a shampoo and a body soap. Because of the oils, it can clog the dispensers. It is amber color, in the unmarked bottles. All of the other items were left by my previous guests.
See ingredients below:
Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Palm Kernel Oil*, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol
*CERTIFIED FAIR TRADE INGREDIENTS
** None remains after saponifying oils into soap & glycerin.
It can be used for hands, body, and hair. You can even brush your teeth with it.
There are ceiling fans in all of the bedrooms, living room and kitchen. Please make sure the remotes are back in their cradles. In the winter, I turn on the pilot light for the wall heater. There are comforters in the bedrooms, blankets for each bed and blankets in the living room. Each bed has a cotton blanket under the quilt. Please clean up after yourself, hang wet towels on the racks to dry. Please leave everything here for the next party to enjoy. If you break something, let me know so that I can replace it, or have it repaired.
I have 2 bicycles located in the covered tent in the back yard. Please make sure to place them back in their tent every night. We do have a lot of condensation, so I would not want them to become rusty. There is also a kit with a multipurpose tool and a chain with a key. Please lock them wherever you go. I do not furnish helmets. These are adult bikes. You use the bikes at your own risk. Bikes can be dangerous. There is a bike rental close by, see the brochures at the house.
There are numerous outdoor sitting areas with cushions, please make sure the cushions are brought in at night. The table with 6 chairs can be covered every night.
If you use the fire pit, I have kindling, and strips of cardboard in containers outside and in the master bedroom. There is a lighter in the kitchen with the utensils. Please do not replace the fabric cover until the pit has cooled. Please do not leave children unattended around the fire pit.
There is a gas grill. The utensils are in the grill. Please use the metal cover to prevent food from dropping into the bottom of the grill. Make sure the propane tank is turned off when you finish.
of any substance is allowed in or on my property. The beach houses are very close to each other. The smoke will drift to my neighsbors, who are not smokers.
There is a space in front of the garage or street parking except for the Thursday after the 15th, there is no parking in the morning for street cleaning. SEE POSTED SIGN AT THE SIDEWALK. If you have a large vehicle, you may have to park in the street. Your car cannot completely block the sidewalk.
Do not place anything other than toilet paper in the toilets.