Mushroom Dome Cabin: #1 on airbnb

Cabin - Entire home/flat · Trout Gulch Rd, Aptos, CA 95003, United States

The Space

We still have 2 days open in April: the 28th and 29th. So if you act quickly, you can stay here where the weather has been in the 70's - 80's during the day and in the upper 40's -50's at night.
Come discover why we were rated as the number 1 listing on airbnb the whole time they were ranking their listings. Shaded by Oak and Madrone trees and next to a Redwood grove, enjoy the great outdoors on the large deck or by taking a hike in the woods. (We have 10 acres next to land without fences.)
Our price for a weekday stay is now $110. per night

Our summer calendar fills up fast - especially the weekends. So if you want to stay here on a weekend during Spring or Summer, plan way ahead.

To check our availability, click on the Calendar link above the cabin photo. And yes, if it isn't available, it is already booked! We do, however, occasionally get a cancellation, so if you want a date that's already booked, you can let us know and we will notify you of a cancellation.

(Please read all of this description before making a reservation.)

Santa Cruz County considers places like ours taxable for the "Transient Occupancy Tax" that is charged at hotels in our county. So since airbnb isn't set up yet to charge this, and we are not allowed to include it in the rates we charge, we will need to collect this 9.5% tax from any guests that stay here. It is due upon arrival with either cash or check.

The cozy and clean semi-rustic cabin has a loft under a geodesic dome (the "mushroom cap"). We have recently lined the interior ceiling with 144 (!) plywood triangles. In the loft is a double bed, which is a cotton futon with 1" of latex foam and 21/2" gel memory foam on top. (It is now softer for you folks who like a soft cushiony bed.) We provide clean sheets and pillow cases: you can chose either smooth cotton sheets or cotton flannel. Plenty of blankets are also provided.

In the loft, we have a 24" Flat Screen with a DVD player (no TV) for movies. (We have lots of movies you can view as well.)

On the main floor (a Pentagon) is a couch that doubles as a narrow futon (which could sleep a third person for an extra $10. a night), as well as a mini kitchenette. Here you will find a professional double hotplate, small refrigerator, toaster oven, blender, Hot Air Popcorn Popper, French Coffee press, a salad spinner - even a mixer- and all the dishes and equipment you would need to prepare a snack or a meal or to open a glass of wine. We have 2 tables where you can enjoy meals, games, etc.: 1 inside and 1 outside on the large deck that faces the redwoods. We now have a barbecue grill on the deck. We also provide Organic Coffee, teas, Oatmeal, popcorn, almonds, raisins, butter, nutritional yeast (for the popcorn!) spices, oil and vinegar and various snacks. Our well water is treated by an ozonator, a UV light and a soft water filter.

The cute bathroom has a Travertine shower, custom tiled sink and flushing boat toilet. We provide towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner, a hair blow-dryer, etc. (a word of caution: the bathroom has a low ceiling. If you are over 6' you may have to do a little ducking here and there.)

As Saturdays are very much in demand, (and we like to be free on Saturdays), we require a minimum 2 day stay on the weekends. Keep in mind that Friday and Saturday nights are $120. each. (during the summer months, they are $125. each) Therefore, to stay here on a weekend (non-summer months) will cost $240. plus the $30. cleaning fee plus 12% ($32) that airbnb will charge you and the 11% Santa Cruz County Transient Tax of $29. (We were just notified by the County that the tax has been raised from the 9.5%! Sorry) So the total for the weekend will be $331. To stay for 2 days mid-week costs a grand total of $307. On 3 day holidays, we require a 3 day reservation. (This includes Memorial Day and Labor Day.)

To stay here for 1 night, midweek, will cost a total (including airbnb fees and S.C. County taxes) $172.

Check-in time is between 4 and 10pm. If you want to come sooner or later, this can sometimes be arranged. Check-out time is noon.

As we have experienced some damage from guests, we are now requiring a $100. security deposit which will be returned to you 48 hours after check-out - as long as you haven't caused any damage!

Although it feels very isolated here, we are less than 10 minutes to Aptos Village where you will find stores, restaurants, a theater, a health food store, Safeway, etc.

We are centrally located on the Monterey Bay: 10 minutes from the beach (Rio Del Mar and Seacliff State Beach) as well as 10,000 acre Nisene Marks State Park for miles of hiking or dirt biking in the Redwoods and along Aptos creek. We are 20 minutes to downtown Santa Cruz, 25 min. to the Beach Boardwalk, 45 minutes to Monterey and the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, 50 min. to Carmel and 1 1/2 hours to Big Sur going south and San Francisco to the North. Yup, we are located in one of the most beautiful areas of California.

One of the attractions that we take for granted is that you can see stars here at night - unless there is a bright moon or clouds.

If you love hummingbirds, bring your camera. Our garden is the year-round home to many Anna Hummingbirds. (We have about 150 - 250 year-round: currently we have over 200-300!) During the summer, we are also called home by many Rufus Hummers as well. So you have got to see our "Hummingbird Airport" where we feed them about 2 - 4 quarts of syrup a day!

Please, no smoking in the cabin or on the property. We used to let smokers stay here, but they stink up the cabin.

Some cell phones don't work here, but since we have free wifi in the cabin, if your phone works with a wifi network, you are good to call. You can get Verizon service on the swinging seat by the driveway.

To learn about things to do in the area, do an internet search for Santa Cruz, CA.

Dog are welcome to stay here but with a few requirements: since we have so many animals, we require that your dogs be kept on a leash when outside (the goats get very nervous with loose dogs). Also, we don't allow dogs in the loft or on the couch downstairs so please bring a doggie bed. (your doggie can go on the couch if you bring a cover for it) If that is difficult, let us know and we will provide a doggie pillow.

If you are bringing a small child, we can put a folding futon next to the bed which will provide 2/3rds of the futon. The other 1/3 leans up against the rail. Just let us know ahead of time.

As we are about 3 miles to the nearest bus stop, it is pretty difficult to stay here without a car.

You are invited, if you feel you would be harmonious here, to come join us on our developing Permaculture farm. Pet the goats, check out our chickens, cats, miniature dogs and enjoy the very fresh air. We will give you some goat milk if you would like to try it. And if you come here when there is no moonlight and the sky is clear, you will see lots of stars.

Tired of the heat in the summer? Since we are on the edge of the "fog belt", it can be both sunny and cool here. If you want a noisy place, you won't like it here: most of the sound here comes from the birds chirping and the breeze blowing through the trees. People do live on the land here though, so don't expect it to be totally devoid of human sounds and the occasional saw. : ) (We feed the goats oak branches)

Guest Access

There is free wifi in the cabin, great well water and some good hiking trails right off the deck as well as a nature sandbox in the dry creek bed under the redwood grove. Guests are also welcome to wander around, visit our animals and ask questions.

Interaction with Guests

I almost always interact with our guests. I love to make them feel welcome and at home, show them the hummingbirds and share my knowledge of the great places to go in our beautiful area.

The Neighbourhood

Even though we live only a 7 minute drive to Aptos village and the beaches, it feels very remote and private here. It is usually very quiet at night - sometimes we can hear the ocean waves crashing on the beach. There is lots of land to hike on and explore here as well. We have a little community of artists, musicians, healers, construction workers - all enjoying the wonderful nature and shared living here.

Getting around

We are 3.5 miles to the closest public transit, so is someone needs a ride from Aptos, I am willing to pick them up.
There is parking for the cabin, a short walk down the driveway.

Room type: Entire home/flat
Bed type: Futon
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: £6 / night after 2 guests
Security Deposit: £61
Cleaning Fee: £18
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • We had a great time at the Mushroom Dome! The weather was great and we enjoyed a beautiful morning hike. Everything was as expected and Kitty is a great hostess. We look forward to returning!

    April 2014
  • This the place to stay if you want experience nature all around you. Kitty was super nice and helpful on giving us information on where to go and what to do in Santa Cruz. The mushroom housebis bigger than it looks! Very clean space to stay. We had a very nice time being in California. You will not regret booking it!

    April 2014
  • I can't say enough good things about staying at the Mushroom cabin and being Kitty and Michael's guests. The cabin is very well designed and comfortable. It has more than you think would fit in a small space because of all the thought and planning that Kitty put into it. It is not only functional but also very cute. The cabin has a very convenient kitchenette, with basic appliances, dishes, popcorn, coffee, and spices. The place also has a nice toilet and a shower with warm water. By the bed there is a nice television with a huge selection of DVD's. The ceiling and windows are also beautiful. When you're in the bed looking out the ceiling windows, you feel you are in the trees.The large porch adds lots of space because you can sit, read, and barbeque outside while admiring the beautiful stand of redwoods nearby.

    We had the opportunity to chat with Kitty a few times and she is a lovely and interesting person. She and Michael are welcoming and warm, but they also give you privacy. Kitty was kind enough to show us her hummingbird feeding area and we were so amazed by the beautiful birds that filled her porch. I've never seen so many gorgeous hummingbirds flying around in one place. She also brought us fresh goat milk from their three goats and it was absolutely delicious.

    If you are thinking about spending any time in Santa Cruz or Aptos I highly recommend staying here. There is a lot to do in the area, and if you want to just hang out at the cabin you won't be disappointed. We were planning on getting out and doing more in the area, but we loved the cabin so much we ended up staying in more than expected.

    Book here if you can! It is in high demand and with good reason.

    April 2014
  • Our visit up to the Mushroom Dome was indeed, memorable. Kitty is a fantastic host and sure has some interesting stories to share. The Mushroom itself was like it was represented in the online listing, so that was nice. The grounds and surrounding structures were a little more rustic than expected, but added to the adventure of it all. My boyfriend, Chad, and I went on the recommended hike up to the grass hut and climbing tree, which Chad climbed to the top even though it was raining that morning. Because of the weather, we weren't able to grill like originally planned but no biggie. Inside the Mushroom, everything was clean and tidy. The bathroom was well-equipped and large enough for two. When there, we hung out mostly upstairs and watched a movie or two from the DVD collection (They have Sound of Music!!! Chad said no.) We also cuddled on the deck during the night and listened to all the fantastic nature and talked about life. :) The humming birds, chickens, and goats are super cool. The road up to the property is pretty steep and narrow, so be prepared for that. It only took us about 10 min to get down to Aptos to grab some chicken and groceries. Anyway, it was loads of fun and so glad we came. Ask Kitty about the Sasquatch... she knows her stuff.

    April 2014
  • This cabin is rated #1 on AirBNB for a good reason! It's comfy, cozy, cute, clean, and well-stocked. We only spent one night here but are so glad we did. We were greeted by Kitty and three goats, two dogs, and a cat. Kitty showed us around and offered us goat milk (which we didn't try because we aren't milk drinkers but I'm sure it's delicious) and took us to the hummingbird feeders, where I got some great photos. The cabin itself is very comfortable and makes you feel like you're sleeping in the forest without being cold, dirty, or having to swat away insects. They have a great selection of DVDs (we watched Little Miss Sunshine and American Splendor) and games, and the little fridge and kitchen are perfect. Even though you're only a few steps away from Kitty and Michael's house and other living/working areas, it feels very private and secluded, with beautiful views of redwood trees. The cute town of Aptos is a quick 10-minute drive away, where you can find lots of good food and pretty views. Our only regret is that we didn't have more time there! Would love to come back one day. Thank you, Kitty, Michael, and the Mushroom Dome Cabin!

    March 2014
  • Like all of the other reviewers have said - this is a fantastic place to unplug and the hosts are great. I especially liked meeting the various animals on the property and watching the hummingbirds at the feeders. The hosts know the area very well, so if you are looking for something particular to do, or a certain kind of restaurant, just ask!

    March 2014
  • We had a fabulous time! Thanks for your hospitality. What a magical place!

    March 2014
  • This was the best place we could have hoped for and Kitty was indeed a super host!

    March 2014
  • I've known of this listing for a few years and finally had the opportunity to book. I was not disappointed. My girlfriend and I had a magical time here, our favorite part of a great California vacation. The dome is cozy and great for a couple. Kitty welcomed us when we arrived and showed us around. The hummingbirds were a highlight. I tried goat's milk in my cereal and coffee-fantastic! We climbed the trail to the ocean view and climbed the tree together. I wish we would have stayed time:)

    March 2014
  • Kitty and Michael's mush dome is magical. Lovely hosts, who were easy to work with and told us everything we needed to know for a great stay. We loved exploring the grounds, and the beautiful forest. Our only regret is that we didn't stay longer. A great place to relax and unwind. Can't recommend it enough!

    March 2014
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We live on 10 beautiful acres of sun, oak forest, redwood groves and gardens with a small community made up of ourselves (Kitty and Michael), 1 of our adult sons, 4 other young adults, a Chiropractor, a plumber, and a retired mason, 3 goats, 2 parrots, 2 cats, 2 small dogs, 14 chickens and 100's of hummingbirds. Kitty teaches Universal White Time Gemstone Healing, is a healer, artist, builder, farmer and musician. Michael works at the University of California, Santa Cruz Extension in Silicon Valley, managing the International Education program. He bikes, runs, swims, sometimes all in the same day. Together, Kitty and Michael teach Meditation classes with the "Teaching of Intuitional Metaphysics" under the guidance of the Masters Babaji, Jesus, and St. Germain. The young adults here are all photographers, artists and/or musicians and budding farmers. We are slowly turning this land into a permaculture farm and a center of creativity, learning to live simply, with joy and kindness. We hold a public non-denominational meditation at our house every Sunday night: you are welcome to join us if you are here. We have been hosting on airbnb since July, 2009 and really love what this company has made possible. We have met so many wonderful people from around the world that we would never have met if we hadn't had this opportunity with airbnb! Some of our guests (especially the ones from Europe) have never seen a hummingbird before and here they get to see them up close - just a few feet from them as the birds "hum" around the feeders.
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