About This Listing
Welcome to our mini retreat! Park in the easement by the cypress tree in front, and go up the stairs to the blue gate. Enter and voila, the Monterey Bay! Check out the large deck, relax,
then come on in. We're expecting you!
My news this season is that I'm now able to offer my guests sole use of all the main house, deck, and loft. My space on the ground floor is now a self contained apt,, so I have no need to share with you. I enjoy my privacy and respect yours. I want you to relax and enjoy my home, and your private space as you would your own. The bedroom space is open to the view, yet private and sound proof and entirely yours. So relax and enjoy your queen-size bed. Guests report it to be hugely comfortable with a down comforter and nice linens. Wrap yourself in a cozy, luxurious spa robe and slippers for you to borrow during your stay. Perfect to go back to bed with morning coffee, or end your day with a good book and pleasant thoughts. Sweet dreams! In the loft also is a long table for you to set up your work space. There is a chest of drawers and rack for hanging clothes, and beach towels to borrow. Beside your bed is a charger for iPhones. And you have your PRIVACY! The easy carpeted stairs go to your full, private bathroom with shower.
Come to your private entry, through the blue gate, onto the very large deck and all, including the charming, lighted, gurgling fountain, propane fire pit flanked by comfy chairs, and propane barbecue grill and dining table, awaits you. Kick back, breathe deeply, relax, and follow your bliss. This deck at night has become one of my favorite places. To me it's magical! Step inside and the dramatic loft, dining room, kitchen, great room and full bath with shower are yours to enjoy. All private. The kitchen is fully equipped. For breakfast there's a Keurig beverage maker with coffee, tea, and cocoa, fruit, yogurt and granola. Enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine, or Martinelli's sparkling cider. Your choice. After all, you're in California. Several days before your arrival I'll ask you to tell me which and what kinds of these you prefer, so I can have them onboard for you. So breakfast might look like juice, granola & yogurt, toast or muffin, & coffee or tea. Do you use cream or milk? Anyway, you get the idea, but I'll try to tailor to your wishes,
Interaction with Guests
My whippet, borzoi (Russian wolfhound) and I have our spaces downstairs. We're all quiet and don't bark. Any or all of us are here to talk, answer questions, or make suggestions. Your comfort is our goal! Please note: I charge only a nominal cleaning fee, so please leave home clean as you found it!!!
We're located in a lovely, quiet, family neighborhood. Not a party place; we respect our neighbors! Gotta happen. Thanks for respecting our boundaries inside and out! We have a 2 nights minimum. After all, it is my HOME, and not a hotel. At the same time, your comfort and wishes are a priority for me! Thanks.
There is a bus line 2 blks. away. Car or bike is better.
Other Things to Note
Setup not suitable for toddlers or small children. Not kid proof or appropriate. Guests must be 21 yrs. or older. You are afforded great privacy and respect. After check in orientation, I basically interact with you only at your request. But I love to hear your stories and about your life if you want to share.
House rules are based on common courtesy, remembering that this is my home. Since I have 2 dogs, please leave additional pets home. If you need to smoke, please close the doors, and do so outside on the deck, and mind your butts. Thanks.
Paula was very warm and welcoming! When we arrived, she gave us a tour of the apartment and made us feel right at home with a bottle of wine and some goodies she had prepared for us. She introduced us to her two, very sweet, dogs, and then left us to settle in for the night. She made sure we had everything we needed and gave us plenty of privacy. When we left, she gave us a big hug and told us to come again soon! We look forward to doing so.
Given the location, the VIEW (!!!!), the amenities, and the warmth this place holds, Paula's place is easily worth more than what she charges for it. We feel so lucky to have stumbled upon it!
paula was fantastic!! she made a special welcome and at home from the very start! the accommodations were top notch! We will be back!
We really enjoyed our stay at Paula's house. It was very clean and organized, just as the pictures showed on the website. The location was also good as it was close to the beach and restaurants. It was a great place for a weekend getaway.
The home is as described and shown in the web site. It is a beautiful home in a beautiful setting. We definitely want to go back. It is close to the beach and food locations are close. Paula is a gracious and personable host who strives to make your stay as delightful and pleasant as possible.
Paula definitely made our 1st year anniversary wonderful! She was so understanding when my husband and I arrived late for check-in (due to our late flight arrival). As we drove up Paula was outside waiting for us, offered to help carry our bags and had a private parking spot available for the duration of our stay.
The pictures do not do Paula's place justice! The view was exquisite! The inside was beautiful and very clean! The restroom is a good size, the shower worked very well. The queen size bed was comfortable. Paula leaves plenty of blankets everywhere for you to use. She even takes the time to leave 2 bath robes, slippers and beach towels! Also, Paula so kindly let me borrow her iron and blow dryer. She was always just a phone call away and answered our calls promptly! The surrounding area was lush, quiet, and the people very friendly.
Bring warm clothes! It does get chilly at night since your near the beach. Paula left us delicious muffins, cheese and crackers, and a bottle of wine. Such a delightful treat as we sat on the deck at night by the warm fire and enjoyed the view.
Paula was such a kind, loving soul who was so knowledgeable about all the things to do around town; her wisdom about the world was something we will carry on for the rest of our lives. If your looking for a place that has the beach and forests only 10-20 minutes away this is the place for you! We spent 2 days in San Francisco, about an hour and 1/2 scenic drive, and another 2 days taking in all that Santa Cruz had to offer. Definitely take Paula's suggestions for great places to eat around town (Bittersweet Cafe, ShadowBrook, The Crow). Santa Cruz Boardwalk, Beercan Beach, and the Santa Cruz Wharf are also great spots to see!
We had such a memorable experience here at Paula's place, the title "Relax and Romance" serves true to its name.
Lastly, I cannot forget to mention Paula's dogs who were lovely. Next time we visit, I will definitely borrow them for a nice walk around town!
The Lara Family
I had an amazing stay with Paula. She definitely is a sweet lady and I highly recommend this place if you're looking for a private romantic stay.
About the Host, Paula
I'm retired but have so many interests that opportunities still present themselves. Always curious about how life works. I'm an avid reader . With a good book, I can imagine anything and go anywhere. I love my family and extended family --- son, daughter, friends, and pets. While eating is great, I get stalled in the kitchen. I'll grow it and clean up if you'll cook. Please. Sunny days make me happy. Life on the Central Coast is good, and I'm grateful to live here!
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