About this listing
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.
11% OF THE COTTAGE PRICING INCLUDES THE MANDATORY "TRANSIENT OCCUPANCY TAX " (TOT) LEVIED ON TEMPORARY VACATION ACCOMMODATIONS BY SANTA CRUZ COUNTY. THIS BRINGS THE NIGHTLY RATE TO $111.25!
***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! Again, the pool is shared with other people and a couple neighbors.
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 live on the property and are near enough should you need anything, yet far enough to ensure your privacy. The property is also shared with a couple other people whom you may see wandering around. There is an occupied trailer behind the cottage but does not share any space with the cottage. Also, on the property sporadically are a couple of maintenance folks. The lawn guy comes every other week on a Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon; his work takes about an hour and a half. Our pool company is on site every Friday morning. We are in the country (with only a partial rooftop of a neighbor’s house being visible) but we don’t own all the property around us; therefore, you may also hear our neighbors going about their lives.
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.
No smoking indoors...smoking permitted only outdoors and away from the cottage windows or doors-down wind--thanks!.
Please keep the counter tops clean and the dishes washed so the ants don't come marching in!
Let's just say... My girlfriend and I wished we could've stayed longer. Beautiful and serene weekend getaway. We will definitely be back and stay longer.
Host communicated well, friendly people. We weren't too impressed with the condition and maintenance of the bungalow. It is a small place and there is a lot of decorative stuff that makes it feel even smaller. Missed a space to store our suitcases. The kitchen is quite out of date, could do with freshening up! Beds were comfortable. Very peaceful setting. We were visited by hummingbirds!
Sybill found us immediately after she came home from work and explained all necessary to us. The apartment is well thought through and provides everything that is necessary for everyday live. It is in a wonderful setting in the middle of woods with a view towards the mountains and the sea. The swimming pool was clean and in a very good state as was all of the property. All is very well maintained. On the second day Sybill, her husband and we decided to have dinner together. It was a very nice evening! Our check out was the next day done by ourselves.
Lovely place, charming hostess and very comfy. Lots of room for the dogs to run and explore; a beautiful and well-maintained piece of property. On-site dog sitter was wonderful and convenient.
We absolutely loved the house !
Amazing view ! Good air , lovely hosts! It was very clean !
We just loved staying at the Apple Orchard Cottage! It was so peaceful. Everything you could need was provided in the kitchen, the deck had lovely views. Sibyll made us feel very welcome and our little dog Finn loved running around on the lawn in front of the cottage. We had breakfast on the deck every morning. Thank you so much, we will certainly be back!
Sibyll and Jay's place is just lovely, a serene oasis for anyone looking for a break. Sibyll welcomed us when we arrived and made sure we had everything we needed. They were both very helpful. Jay even came down to the basketball court when he realized that the ball we were using needed air. The cottage is a beautiful short drive away from Aptos. It truly felt like a getaway yet close enough to access Aptos and Santa Cruz. We would love to return some day. Highly recommend!
About the Host, Sibyll
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.