About this listing
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).
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.
90 acres of meadows and forest
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).
*Important note for Guests with dogs*
One of the other houses on our property has a dog. Her name is Gretel and she is the sweetest, most excited to see you dog in the world. The only catch is, if you have a dog with you and go near her house...she feels a bit uncozy about that. Please take care when walking your dog by Gretel's house (the house at the end of the road) by not lingering by her fence too long. If Gretel comes to visit you at the Fairy Tale Cottage, she is totally fine there because she doesn't have a need to 'protect' it. We have had many guests come with dogs and never have a problem at the cottage. We have had an issue in the past, however, if the guest's dog comes into Gretel's space at her own house.
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 3), 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!
Every time I get out of the car and take a deep breath, it smells like heaven and my shoulders relax. Country living at it's best.
If you wan to go for a walk, roam around the Great Meadow ( you can see it from the cottage), or walk down past the barn and turn left to take a little stroll through some very old redwoods!
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.
Other Things to Note
We do have the internet, but because of our mountain location, it isn't the best for streaming movies and such. It works for basic email, and is a bit spotty at times. This is usually a good thing when you're trying to be on vacation! *laugh*
Please don't burn any candles. We are terrified of fire, so please remember this when you are roaming about. Also, the wildlife has forgotten how wild it's suppose to be, so please keep the doors and unscreened windows closed. You'll be in for a surprise if you forget to do this!
We are on a Spring for water, hooray! Yummy! The only catch is that we are in a maaaaajor drought. That means we have to be incredibly careful with water consumption here on the Farm, or...we will have to leave the property because we won't have any water. YIKES. So! What does that mean for you? Pretty please don't fill the bath tub up very high. Also, please limit your showers to an efficient period of time.
From Aug 27 - Sep 1, 2015 the minimum stay is 3 nights.
We were hoping to relax and unplug for a weekend, and this cottage was just perfect for that. The property is spectacular and the cottage is so charming. Laecee welcomed us and got us up to speed, and then left us be. We explored the gorgeous property, relaxed, star-gazed, cooked and relaxed some more. What a wonderful escape only an hour from Palo Alto!
This is a wonderful place to stay, very convenient from SF, close to the beach, and a nice get-a-way from city life. The hosts were responsive and we met one of them who was very nice. One note: If you have dogs that only listen sometimes like ours and/or want a fully secluded trip, the cottage is quite close to a couple other homes on the property. The folks in the other homes were very nice and helpful.
Laecee was a wonderful host! She was kind, communicative, and accommodating. The cottage was quiet, the bed was cozy, everything was clean and just as pictured in the listing. The only frown during our stay was when we had to leave! Highly recommended!
the place was wonderful! beautiful surroundings...very relaxing..saw a deer family and some quail. perfect getaway place..the kitchen was great, the bed was very comfy..the cottage was really really cute. we would definitely come back! Laecee and her husband were friendly and welcoming.
We had a wonderful stay at the very aptly-named Fairy Tale Cottage! Laecee provided every detail we could possibly need before our arrival and was very much available to answer any questions we had. The cottage is lovely; it doesn't get much more cozy and serene than this.
The cottage is just as Laecee relays it is - cute, clean, and cozy. Everything was set up and ready for us when we arrived. We came and went as we pleased without any problems. Thanks for the nice stay! FYI, there is no cell service out here (for AT+T, at least), so pull up the map/directions to the cottage well before you get there.
The cabin is situated on an incredibly beautiful spot, where 3 of the 4 sides of it are facing vast nature. The kitchen side opens to a sweet outdoors area on the edge of a large meadow framed by forest. All this you can use as your back yard, with no-one around except the deer, birds, etc. My dog Brows and I loved it! This cute cabin had all I needed. No TV, a good bed, Wi-Fi, a table to write on, cute and rustic bathroom and bedroom. Laecee and Alex had thought of everything with great attention to detail. For example, I always bring a sharp knife for cooking, not to have to rely on the dull tools that you'll usually find in the drawers of rentals. Here, no need for that because all the knives were sharpened. But it's the entire atmosphere (indoors and outdoors) that was so great about it, not the sum of the parts. Make sure you read the welcome email (something I didn't do well enough in my hurry to leave): there you'll find helpful info about phones, Wi-Fi etc. Alex and Laecee were always there when I had a question, but I had the world to myself otherwise. I look forward to coming back here.
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About the Host, Laecee
Happy. Pretty much sums me up. I have the best job in the world (I get to dress up like a mermaid for a living...I'm not kidding), and am married to my prince charming. We have 2 children (under three years old, makes for very little sleep...but a ton of laughing!) and live in paradise. Come stay at our guest house in Santa Cruz and you'll see what I mean!