Cabin - Entire home/apt · Fern Flat Rd, Aptos, CA 95003, United States

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 500 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.

As an added value to our Cottage Guests, we are providing at no additional cost to you...drum roll please....2 all day guest passes to the Monterey Bay Aquarium! You can go all day or just drop in for a couple hours. The aquarium is about a 1 hour drive south on Highway 1. Just let us know if you would like to use the passes and for what day(s) and they will be provided.


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

Check In
  • This cottage has the most amazing view of the woods and ocean. Check-in was super easy and the unit was well-stocked. There was lots of birds around the cottage , perfect for a bird-lover like myself. The apple trees were just blooming. We felt very much at peace.

    One of the best parts of the cottage is the bed!!! It was so comfortable that my husband is insisting on buying one just like it! :) All in all, a very lovely weekend at the Apple Orchard.

    April 2014
  • We had an excellent short break with Sibyll at the apple orchard in Aptos. The cottage is in a quite remote spot along a long country road. Views from the kitchen are great and the private decking area is very comfortable. GPS is unreliable but Sibyll's instructions were very helpful. We were very impressed by the organisation, the ease of use of everything there and the quality of the facilities. We used the kitchen to make a number of meals and watched a DVD or two on the TV in the living area just off the eat-in kitchen when we were relaxing, and found everything worked well. We decided against using the pool as it is cold but on another trip may have had a dip or two.

    We'll be happy to stay again!

    April 2014
  • Sybill met us when we arrived and took time to show us all aspects of the property. She was even gracious enough to answer some late night calls we had. The cottage overlooks a really gorgeous panorama of deep forest and has a porch that I could have lounged on for days. The cottage was roomy, well stocked, and had all the amenities you could want. Awesome stay and great host.

    April 2014
  • The apple orchard cottage is absolutely beautiful. The views of the Aptos mountains and lush green scenery make this place on forgettable. The kitchen was great, the bed was comfy, the TV worked great, the outside patio is beautiful, and the hosts and check process was great. Even with the seclusion of being in Aptos, you're still 10 minutes away from Santa Cruz. Wish we had time to spend more than one night! Really recommend this place.

    April 2014
  • The cottage was clean and cozy as depicted in the pictures. The setting is gorgeous. Bear in mind winding and rough road from Aptos to the house takes about 13 minutes. As described, TV and internet are very limited. Overall, a good place for people who want to completely disconnect from hustle and bustle.

    April 2014
  • The Apple Orchard is absolutely beautiful! We enjoyed our stay and it was very relaxing. A little off the beaten path, but the views were wonderful and very close to awesome mountain biking! Thank you Sibyll for sharing your home.

    March 2014
  • The house and grounds are great! Quiet and private. The house has many amenities so you don't need too much besides some food and your personal toiletries. The drive to the location makes you feel like you are far from civilization as you drive through twisting redwood groves. Friendly and easy going owners. Lots of books and games to engage your guests. A much better option than a traditional bed and breakfast. The kitchen is fully stocked with pots, pans, utensils, and some condiments. Great for couples. I would definitely stay again and recommend it!

    March 2014
  • It was a BEAUTIFUL orchard. Close to Santa Cruz and in such a quaint, beautiful forest.

    February 2014
  • The house was exactly as described, the view was breath-taking and the hosts very kind.
    The only reason why I am not putting a full 5-stars is the quality of the internet connection (though the expectations were set in the description)
    Would recommend for sure!

    February 2014
    Response from Sibyll:

    Thanks for your kind recomendation. We are glad you enjoyed your stay! You are right, we did disclose in our discription that wireless internet is for very basic and not for high speed gaming or downloading. We are considering getting a dedicated wireless service straight to the cottage, but then we may have to raise the price. We try to offer good value, and find there is a tricky balance between how much can be offered and still keep the price in the affordability range for most folks. Thank you for your feed back!

  • Excellent accommodations, unbelievable view, and wonderful hosts. can't wait to visit again.

    January 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 at a new place 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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