Cabin - Entire home/apt · Fern Flat Rd, Aptos, CA 95003, United States
Your host, Sibyll
125 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

The Space

Come experience a peaceful and quiet get-a-way above the fog line in the Aptos mountains with a million dollar view! The cottage overlooks an old apple orchard that is surrounded by majestic redwood trees. Relax on a large private deck overlooking the peaceful valley and soak in the sunshine. Lay around by the pool or swim in a beautiful setting. Take a walk along the quiet country road. Whatever you choose to do during your stay, there is something about this peaceful little haven that will sooth your senses.


***Please read the description and amenities completely before booking your reservation.***

Apple Orchard Cottage is located 5 miles from the historic and quaint little town of Aptos, CA. It is a 15 minute drive from Aptos Village of which 2 miles wind through a lush canopy of trees on a paved, one lane private road. It is 15 minutes from town and the beach. Aptos has great restaurants, a theater, shopping, coffee shops, Safeway and CVS as well as a natural food store. Aptos is centrally located to Santa Cruz and Monterey.

The cottage is single level and has close and easy access from parking. The Apple Orchard Cottage, also referred to lovingly as “The Granny Unit”, shares property with our home but has plenty of privacy.

Kitchen (full and functional): Gas stove/oven, microwave; refrigerator- full size; coffee pot and coffee bean grinder; toaster. The kitchen is also stocked with an assortment of basic condiments—olive oil, vinegar, sugar, salt & pepper, organic coffee beans and tea. Infra-red Char-broil BBQ is on the deck.

Bedroom: Comfortable memory foam queen size bed; 100% cotton 300 thread count sheets; full mattress encasement from “Protect A Bed” the ultimate in bedbug and dust mite protection technology. The comforter is either in a cotton duvet cover (or has a cotton sheet over the top) which is washed after each guest. Pillows are double cased too. There are plenty of extra blankets and pillows.

Bathroom: Large tiled shower, soap, shampoo and conditioner; hair dryer. The bathroom is off of the bedroom so everybody has to go through the bedroom to use the bathroom. There is one step down into the bathroom.

Living room: Sofa love seat and day bed with trundle. 30" HD Flat Screen TV with DVD player and a large variety of DVD's for your viewing pleasure. The TV *might* come in sporadically but cannot be counted on.

Deck-Private: The deck wraps around the front and side of the cottage and has a stunning view. There is a table and chairs under a canopy that allows filtered sun. Also 2 "Zero Gravity" lounge chairs to relax in.

Smoking is NOT permitted INSIDE the cottage; however, it is allowed OUTSIDE on the deck, away from the cottage windows.

The swimming pool on premises is available for use. The water temperature varies throughout the year as it is SUN HEATED ONLY. It reaches 80 degrees in the summer as it has full sun exposure all day! In the off seasons or when there is no sun, it can be chilly and enjoyed by "polar bears". Maybe someday we will have it heated year round. The pool is a shared area but is not used very often, so don't be surprised if you seem to have it all to yourself!

This is paradise for the person who loves wildlife, as in nature not partying. Deer abound. Bobcats are frequently seen wondering the property. Wild turkeys come and go. Bunnies frolic around the property most the day. Birds are abundant. Swallows arrive in April, leave in July. About 10 hummingbirds live here year round. We have a quiet and friendly dog named Riley that wanders the property, but he will not be able to get into your private area.

We cherish the quiet and solitude. The Apple Orchard Cottage is truly a rare and peaceful get-away from the hustle and bustle of life. The Cottage is in a country and rural setting but has all amenities needed for comfort, relaxation and enjoyment.

Your hosts are near enough should you need anything, yet far enough to ensure your privacy.

Pets are allowed by special permission. They must be trained, housebroken, no fleas and not allowed on the furniture or left in the cottage alone.

Cell phone service is sporadic at best with all services but Verizon. Verizon works great most (98%) of the time. There is no land line phone in the cottage.

Wi-Fi wireless can be accessed from the cottage and sometimes from the pool area. The Wi-Fi service accommodates BASIC internet usage only, and is NOT intended for streaming, gaming or any other high bandwidth usage.


Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Price: $800 /week
Monthly Price: $2800 /month
Cleaning Fee: $30
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • All the reviews are true! The Apple Orchard Cottage is a dream getaway. Sibyll was fantastically accommodating and we felt completely at home. The cottage is equipped with all sorts of comforts- books, coffee grinder, blow dryer ... to name a few. The views and the countryside are breathtaking; we even saw two bobcats and a few wild hares! Even though the cottage is in a rural setting it's also close to town. We loved everything about our stay and have recommended it to friends and family! Thank you, Sibyll!

    July 2014
  • We were fortunate to be able to spend a quiet and peaceful 3 day get away at the Apple Orchard. The home was bright and cheerful quietly situated in a clearing overlooking the pool and mountains. The grounds were clean and manicured. Our dogs loved exploring the yard. They even met a new friend Riley, who is a big teddy bear. The deck was spacious with comfortable lounge chairs and dining table for patio living. The stars at night were bright and and you can actually see the stars (email hidden) to recharge and get away to rest, relax and read a book. Simple living.

    Sibyll and Jay were very hospitable and just good folks. They were responsive and accommodating creating a welcoming atmosphere.

    Rene and Debbie

    July 2014
  • Lovely, private setting; very quiet and comfortable. The mattress was fantastic; we slept great. We would definitely come back.

    June 2014
  • Sibyll is so accommodating! Our schedule was crazy and she was very accommodating about check in. From the get go she told me how far it was from the UCSC graduation in order to make sure we were comfortable with the destination. We had a small BBQ, hung out at the comfortable pool, and reading from the deck. Aptos is a beautiful drive away but we never wanted to leave because it was so warm and lovely! The place slept 3 comfortably and it was very safe for my dog. She is also so helpful with the directions. I would recommend this spot for a romantic getaway or a family fun adventure!

    June 2014
  • It was great! Just perfect for a quiet getaway!

    June 2014
  • Apple Orchard Cottage far exceeded our expectations. Sybill Olson and her husband are delightful and kind hosts. The cottage is pristine, quiet and comfortable. The scenery is breathtaking. I highly recommend this as a lovely accomodation. I just wish my son and I had more time to spend there - it was so peaceful and i was so happy to be in truly fresh air with the smell of the many flowers and trees.

    June 2014
  • Sibyll's cottage is a welcome getaway from the busy city. My parents and I enjoyed a relaxing vacation on her beautiful property. Sibyll was easy to communicate with and very welcoming and accommodating. Next time I'll certainly take advantage of the pool!

    June 2014
  • This is one of the most delightful stays I have ever experienced. Sibyll responded with incredible graciousness over my family problem that only resolved itself at the last minute, allowing me to leave all my options open about possible cancellation. When we did decide we were coming she was so flexible about the timing of our last minute plans. Our arrival was very late and she was there at the door, with an unbelievably bright and warm welcome when we did arrive.
    The cottage is excellent value with all the usual guest house amenities plus a fully provisioned kitchen. There are beautiful views from the French windows with a wooded valley rolling down to the distance and a heated swimming pool below that does not interfere with the view. Relaxation at its very best.
    Thanks Sibyll and Jay

    May 2014
  • This place is amazing! It's the perfect spot if you need a time out in the nature. It's surrounded by forest, but has sun all day. A huge state park is right next to it for great hikes. Only 20min to the beach or Santa Cruz. Me and my family truly enjoyed the stay I even consider to come back some time. ;-)
    The host lives right next to the cabin, but we didn't notice anything.
    One hint: Try not to arrive at night, because it is a bit tricky to find and hard to see by night time. But thanks to Sibyll we were able to find it even at night time. :-)

    May 2014
  • Really enjoyed the stay, as did my wife. Sibyll and her husband were very helpful and the location was beautiful.

    May 2014
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I grew up on this ranch. My grandfather came over from Yugoslavia in the early 1900’s and purchased the ranch sometime in the 1940’s. My mom grew up here and so have my daughters who were actually born in the old farmhouse over 20 years ago. My husband, Jay, and I now reside here with our pets and a couple tenants. We raised 5 children and now are (email hidden) in our lives. The land is very dear to my heart and a very special place. My grandmother claimed that the land has healing powers. The orchard is dying but the trees are still lovely and produce great fruit. We enjoy sharing our little slice of heaven with others.
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