Fairy Tale Cottage in Happy Valley

House - Entire home/apt · Canyon Oaks, Santa Cruz, CA 95065, United States

Everyone who opens the front door says the same thing..."awww! It's so sweet!". Our little cottage is located on 90 acres, and is just 10 minutes away from Downtown Santa Cruz and Capitola (we are located on a super neat back road that avoids highway 1 traffic).

Your host, Laecee
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Everyone who opens the front door says the same thing..."awww! It's so sweet!". Our little cottage is located on 90 acres, and is just 10 minutes away from Downtown Santa Cruz and Capitola (we are located on a super neat back road that avoids highway 1 traffic).

The Space

Unlike most homes in the Santa Cruz mountains, our little cottage is flooded with sunshine all day long. Every single window looks out onto the stunning landscape.

We outfitted the home with brand new furniture in October 2013, and often wish we could stay there ourselves. The clawfoot bathtub is my favorite part of the house.

The cottage shares the 90 acre property with 2 other houses, so even though you'll feel a million miles away from city life, you can still ask your neighbor for a cup of sugar.

Guest Access

90 acres of meadows and forest
Full Kitchen
Full Bathroom
Private Bedroom

There are 2 other homes on the property, so pretty please don't sit on their front porches *laugh*. You are welcome to walk all around the property and explore the hiking trails, but please keep out of the barns (there are 2). They aren't that interesting anyway (currently just used for storage).

Interaction with Guests

We will leave you alone! In fact, you can't even see our house when you're inside the cottage. If you do want to pop over and say hello, that is absolutely fine. We have 2 young children (under age 2), so we will most likely be playing with bubbles or cleaning up toy trains. Most of the time we are home in the evenings, and enjoy having campfires after the kids go to bed. Feel free to join us if you see us outside!

The Neighborhood

Every time I get out of the car and take a deep breath, it smells like heaven and my shoulders (website hidden) living at it's best.

Getting around

Yay for cars! You can technically ride your bike here (all flat roads from town), but, it is a bit scary because the cars aren't very good at sharing the road.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Price: $600 /week
Monthly Price: $2000 /month
Cleaning Fee: $35
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • WOW! I love this place. Laecee (email hidden)e checked in on us shortly after we settled in and then let us have our privacy after.
    The cottage is the cutest place, and I would love to go back!
    The drive through the forested mountains is so beautiful, and the environment around the cottage is serene. We had the most relaxing getaway here. If you're up early you can see families of deer grazing in the fields. We would see a young deer exploring the area just before sundown too. I loved spotting them while cooking in the kitchen!
    The cottage is a 15 minute drive to most local things, and a 9 minute drive to the Mystery Spot (great for kids and kids at heart). There are many local State Parks to explore, and the property itself is fun to explore! Also, you MUST go outside after sundown and check out the stars. It's simply breathtaking.

    Santa Cruz itself offers many healthy dining options, but we loved the farmer's market and the New Leaf Community Market. We stopped at New Leaf to pick up items to stock our fridge for the week, and we came back with many interesting organic treats. I highly recommend hiking in any of the areas with Redwoods and on Tuesdays there is discounted "local night" parking at the Santa Cruz Wharf.

    June 2014
  • This is a beautiful and quiet place. The atmosphere is still and peaceful. We saw plenty of deer, a pack of coyote in the early morning, birds and bees and other wild creatures. I did not meet the hosts and we had little interaction with them. They did check in briefly with my partner. We appreciated the privacy and the cottage had instructions in every room. This is a nest we would want to return to. It felt like a holiday being there, time out and away, yet so very close to the centre of Santa Cruz when in need of some cityscape. The house itself is tastefully decorated with an aesthetic we loved - farmhouse with soft sheets and lovely images on the walls.

    June 2014
  • There are not enough words to describe how amazing our experience at the cottage was! The cottage is even more charming in person, it is super cozy and sweet. I love that the kitchen has everything we needed to cook our meals there and the bathtub is so cozy and perfect for bubble baths. Laecee and her partner were so sweet and accommodating! They answered any questions we had and were just great over all. My favorite part of of our stay was sitting in the meadow, there are two chairs where you can sit and watch the sunset. There are also deer everywhere! We even encountered a baby fawn on our last morning. The cottage is the perfect place to relax and enjoy being away. It's so calm and quiet. But Happy Valley is also about 15-20 minutes away from Santa Cruz, which was nice. It gave us the flexibility to explore downtown Santa Cruz, visit the Boardwalk and then return to peace and quiet. I def. recommend staying here and I hope to be back soon!

    June 2014
  • My wife and I had a wonderful time staying at Laecee's footage for our anniversary weekend in Santa Cruz. Laecee was very accommodating in extending the arrival time for us. We enjoyed sitting out behind the house and watch the hummingbirds hanging out around the flowers outside the kitchen. We also were promptly greeted by the "welcoming committee kitty" who enjoyed sitting in the sun with us. The inside was comfy and warm and the bedroom provides a great places to hang out and relax in the evening. The drive to Laecee's cabin is absolutely beautiful and it is wonderfully located nearby to many great places. We definitely would return and highly recommend those cozy cottage

    June 2014
  • Honestly one of the nicest places we have every stayed. Absolutely beautiful property, lovely and peaceful and the cottage had everything we needed. It was lovely to meet Laecee and her family and hope to have the opportunity to stay there again, it would be our first choice.

    May 2014
  • Wonderful place for a quiet, restful get-away. Beautiful setting not too far from Santa Cruz and state parks. We truly enjoyed ourselves.

    May 2014
  • It was a fairy tale time for sure being on our first trip together since meeting in Jan. We believe Laecee sprinkled fairy dust about the place because we couldn't stop laughing and having fun. It was all the accommodations we needed for our visit to Santa Cruz being on the go most of the time. It is about a 10-15 minute beautiful drive on a winding road through the forest to do our running around shopping and beaches etc. It was remote enough where we felt out of the way of the hustle and bustle of the city. It is extremely quiet and very peaceful. Deer walked right up to the windows and a bobcat paid us a visit as well; lots of birds too. Laecee greeted us then left us alone, as we wanted, but was just a phone call and minutes away if we needed anything; very accommodating. Oh, by the way, the dog she mentions is actually a cat, that acts like a dog. He was not around much but a real sweetheart.
    We had a wonderful stay at the Fairy Tale Cottage. If you (email hidden) to stay…this is it! Bob and Diane.

    May 2014
  • We had a heavenly stay @ Laecee's cottage. The land is very peaceful & the hosts are super friendly, approachable, generous & more. We are very sad to leave & hope to come back soon! Thank you for a wonderful time!

    May 2014
  • Generally enjoyed our stay in Happy Valley. The field behind the cottage is beautiful and a perfect spot to throw a ball for our dog. The cottage itself is cute enough, but could use a good scrub and a more thorough restocking between guests. That said, Laecee was friendly and resolved our issues quickly.

    April 2014
  • Laecee's place is truly perfect for guests who want to visit Santa Cruz but like their peace and quiet. Tucked away in the beautiful surrounding hills this tranquil cottage offers a unique and special experience. I enjoyed soaking in the claw foot bathtub, sitting outside in the sunny meadow, and falling asleep to the sound of crickets. While the cottage itself is charming and very clean, it's the land and location that sets this gem apart.

    April 2014
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