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Want to be pampered in a country, rustic setting? This is the place for you. Located in Soquel, near Santa Cruz, this hideaway offers seclusion but is near beaches, wineries and everything the Santa Cruz area has to offer. Ideal for that romantic weekend.

The space

The two person slipper style copper tub is, by far, the main draw for many guests. But the Cottage has a long history. Initially it was the kiln for a potter who lived here before us. That consisted of a concrete pad and open roof and walls. When I needed an office, my husband made it into what became known as "The Temple." He used recycled materials, including stained glass from his boyhood home in Missouri, made into windows by our son. Later, it became Sarai's spa (Sudzzz) and that is when my husband built the fence and Sarai put in the private brick courtyard.
Soquel is a lovely little town about 6 miles from Santa Cruz. From here, you can easily go hiking, go to the beach, visit wineries or just hang out. If you are interested in hiking or wineries in the area, we can refer you to good website. Also, on Saturday morning, there is a fantastic farmer's market at Cabrillo College in Aptos, about 2.5 miles away. It's worth going just for the atmosphere, the good coffee and the apricot biscotti (gluten free if you want).
Bus service to Santa Cruz and Watsonville is available in the village of Soquel, about a mile away. Santa Cruz has a great trolley that you can take from downtown to the Beach/Boardwalk every half hour, for a tiny fee of 25 cents. Also, if you would like to tour a winery (or 2 ot 3), for example, we can arrange for you to have a car and driver for an extra charge.
The County of Santa Cruz requires that all Airbnb hosts collect an 11% Transient Occupancy Tax (same as hotels). This tax is included in the price of your room.

Guest access

There is a private courtyard next to the cottage and the front native garden has a great path so that you can stop to smell the flowers. We do have chickens - beautiful hens and one rooster; they don't live near the Cottage, but you may run into one or two from time to time.

Interaction with guests

Due to job commitments, we are not always available to greet our guests; but we communicate by e-mail so that there is no problem getting into the Cottage. If guests let us know when they will arrive, however, we will do our best to be here to greet them. And, of course, we respect the privacy of our guests, so we leave them alone unless they initiate contact.

Other things to note

1. Internet. We are out in the country; this means that the nearest cell phone tower is pretty far away which can result in inconsistent internet service. Our provider says that they are upgrading, so we hope this problem will disappear soon. In the meantime, be prepared for spotty internet service, especially with your phones and tablets.. Laptops works best.
2. Water. We are on a well; like Calistoga and other spas, this means that the water may look cloudy and slightly yellow tint to it, because it has several minerals in it which can get through our high-end ozone filtering system. However, the water is clean and safe; if you would like to know more about our water filter, we can provide you with information. In addition, we provide drinking water that does not come from the well.
3. The County of Santa Cruz requires that all Airbnb hosts collect an 11% Transient Occupancy Tax (same as hotels). This tax is included in the price of your room.
4. Green and Clean. We try to be very mindful of the fact that some people are very scent sensitive and we are trying to be as "green" as we can be in this business. We now use the following cleaning products:
Mr. Meyer's Clean Day (lemon verbena)
Nellie's Laundry Soap
Watkin's At Home Care Furniture Polish
Of course, the Cottage is located on 2.5 acres, so there will be plant odors that vary with the time of year like pine, grass, lavender, roses, etc. These are well outside the Cottage, however, for you to enjoy if you chose.
5. Problems/Refunds. If something is not working in the cottage (for example, there is no hot water), please let us know and we will make every effort to take care of the problem. Do not suffer silently and end up not having the experience that you deserve. Our policy is to not give a refund if you stay in the Cottage after you discover a problem and you have not let us know about it.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and cat(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt
Self check-in: Smart lock


Extra people: No Charge
Security Deposit: 100
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House Rules
No smoking
Check in is anytime after 4PM

1. Checkout Time. We will allow a one-hour late checkout if arranged in advance; after the one hour, we charge $20 per hour and all guests must be out by 2:00 p.m.
2. If your stay includes a Friday or Saturday night, there is a 2 night minimum required.
3. Pet Policy. We do allow a small well behaved dog if we approve him or her in advance. We do not allow dogs that are shedding, and we are adamant about the dog not being left alone in the room
4. Breakage. Breakage is a replacement and a safety issue, so we need to know about it. If you break something without letting us know (you can use e-mail to do this), we will automatically take your deposit.



Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 24 hours of your trip and the first night is non-refundable.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher

On Fridays and Saturdays the minimum stay is 2 nights.

388 Reviews

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Patti User Profile
August 2017
Sarai and Peggy have really captured something special in their airbnb set up and location. The drive was lovely, food, town and beach very close. While all these lovely amenities are just minutes away, the airbnb location, and set up itself, is secluded and perfectly situation on the edge of Soquel where there are beautiful trees all around. The copper tub is really something, easily big enough for two and very romantic. Everything was comfortable, clean and well worth the price. It's truly an airbnb jem.
Sarai Thomas And Peggy User ProfileSarai Thomas And Peggy is a superhost.
Response from Sarai Thomas And Peggy:
Thanks so much for you lovely review. Just loved finding an unexpected connection through Brighton - of all places. Good luck with your reaching goal toward a Marathon. Hope you come back. Peggy and Sarai, hosts
August 2017

Mitchell User Profile
August 2017
Lovely little house up in the hills above Santa Cruz. Located just a little ways off of North 41st st, it's a great location for a couple wanting to get away. The bath was amazing, stayed warm for hours and the bubble function worked great. They had fresh local fruit and instructions for all the local attractions. Highly recommend for people trying to get away.

Emily User ProfileEmily is a superhost.
August 2017
Comfortable, quaint space. Tub is amazing! We'd stay again in a heartbeat.

Barbra User Profile
August 2017
Great people, good vibes, wonderful space, close to town yet peaceful, would definitely come again!

Nicole User Profile
July 2017
This is a great cottage to stay in. The tub is wonderful and has jets! Easy to follow directions on how to operate it. The cottage is comfy and quiet. We'd love to visit again.

Ferdinand User Profile
July 2017
Nice place

Dane User Profile
July 2017
This little place was amazing ! We enjoyed our stay at the Copper Tub tremendously. The place was so cute with all the decorations and the woodwork around the backyard fence , and the cottage itself . The bathroom was spacious, the bed was very comfortable and it had every little thing you needed for an overnight or two, stay. The place seemed very private as it sits in the back of a big lot , and not too close to the next neighbor. But of course the highlight was the amazing copper tub! Everything and more we could've asked for . We are definitely booking this place again. Thanks guys !

Santa Cruz, California, United StatesJoined in August 2013
Sarai Thomas And Peggy User ProfileSarai Thomas And Peggy is a superhost.

My husband is a retired college teacher and I am an almost retired attorney with a small practice in estate planning and administration. Our property has two houses plus the small cottage that we have now opened as an Airbnb. My daughter, Sarai, and her family live in the second house on the property and she and I are the persons who are running the Airbnb. She is a licensed aesthetitian and who also works as a concierge/professional organizer with business Here to Help. Both my husband and I like to stay in a comfortable place that allows us some freedom and space. We are not happy in hotels, so we often rent houses or apartments; we have not travelled much since Airbnb has been available, but when we do travel, it will definitely be an option for us.
A few years ago, I started studying Italian; I am not very good at it, but do love the language, and my goal now is to go to school in Italy for three months.
We feel very lucky to live where we do and we hope that if you choose to stay with us, you will experience the special tranquility that this countryside offers.

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