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Peaceful Coastside Canyon Retreat

Entire home/apt

6 guests

3 bedrooms

3 beds
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This lovingly renovated 125-year-old schoolhouse is nestled in a peaceful rural canyon just two miles from Pacific Ocean beaches and downtown Half Moon Bay.

The space

A tasteful blend of furnishings and decor create a warm atmosphere of rustic elegance. The gourmet kitchen, with custom cabinets, Viking Stove and stainless steel appliances, opens onto the living room with wall-to-wall windows and a stone fireplace - perfect for socializing while you cook. The dining room overlooks the canyon, and the large den offers views of the garden and has shelves full of books, movies and games - and a huge couch to enjoy them all. Heated floors and radiant heat throughout. Flower, vegetable and herb gardens, fruit trees and farm fresh eggs from our entertaining, friendly and colorful hens!

Guest access

The front decks overlooking the yard and gardens, back deck with hot tub, gas BBQ and glass dining table, games, media, a closet full of hundreds of great DVDs. Oh yes -- and we often have fresh eggs from our beautiful hens!

Interaction with guests

I am usually here to greet guests, and since I live in the house when it's not rented, it is equipped with many additional "homey" condiments, amenities, etc. Depending on my work schedule, I leave town once guests have arrived, or I sometimes stay in a studio on the property. If I am not here, there is a caretaker on site who can answer any questions. There two other tenants, but you will most likely not see them at all. Your privacy is important and will not be compromised.

Other things to note

Please do not approach Chico-our rescue dog from Mexico. He is afraid of strangers. I'll introduce you if you want!
Cell service is sketchy depending on your provider. I do have a land line for you -- and let me know if you have ATT. I can add your number to my booster.
There is always coffee and tea!
One of my tenants is a wonderful massage therapist (who works at the Ritz Carlton). She offers massages to guests if she is available. Please request appointments in advance.

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

The space
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 3
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s), cat(s), and other pet(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Cleaning Fee $150
Security Deposit $500
Weekly Discount: 20%
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Check in is anytime after 3PM

No smoking in the house. No parties or events hosted without agreement with host. No pets.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

7 Reviews

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Chris User Profile
December 2016
Gail is a lovely person, she was so welcoming and super helpful and communicative throughout our stay. Her space is unique and cozy and we took full advantage of the spa and beautiful natural setting of her home. Gail's home manages to feel rural while being extremely convenient to the ocean and all that Half Moon Bay has to offer. I Would definitely return if staying in Half Moon Bay again.

Martin User Profile
April 2016
We were looking for a place for a weekend getaway and to host a small birthday party and Gail’s place worked out very well for both. Gail was very welcoming and responsive and even cleared out some extra space in the fridge for us. The living area of the house is bigger than the photos suggest, our guests enjoyed the deck, and the kitchen and grill easily accommodated our cooking needs. The cat, Jack, has a great temperament but does like to sleep in the master bedroom and like all cats tends to move around at night (though that was not a problem for us). Also keep in mind that there’s almost no cell phone service at the house. Overall it was just what we were looking for and Gail was a great host.

Marc User Profile
February 2016
Gail was incredibly welcoming and friendly. I felt right at home and the house was as described, and very comfortable. This did feel like country living (bottled water, etc) but it was all very well-explained a -prepared for. I would come back in a minute. Thanks much for everything!

Tim User Profile
August 2015
Gail was a wonderful host! She showed us around the property and then she or Armando was available the rest of our stay, but the house was entirely ours and it was lovely. Rustic and somewhat isolated from neighbors, it sets in a fantastic canyon just a short drive from San Francisco or San Jose. It is serenely quiet in the morning, the kitchen is incredible to cook breakfast then enjoy coffee on the deck. The kids loved the animals especially Bella the dog and Jack the cat. This was a perfect home base to enjoy a short drive to the Bay area and just a few minutes to the quaint town of Half Moon Bay. Overall this was just what I was looking for me and my children.

Sabrina User Profile
July 2014
Gail was welcoming and hospitable. She was very thoughtful in accommodating us for a somewhat last-minute booking for the weekend of my mother's memorial service. My siblings and I really wanted to be able to all stay together, and she facilitated that and allowed for a really special weekend together. Her home is rustic and lovely, with terrific light and very comfortable bedrooms and common areas. My two year old and her cousin delighted in the bunnies and chickens. We enjoyed the gas grill and peaceful setting on the back deck. Altogether a wonderful stay.

Ethan User Profile
May 2012
This place was amazing! Bigger than anticipated, hot tub and BBQ, and chickens and a great garden to watch from a hammock in the sun. Gail was great, so were the neighbors for answering any extra questions. Would definitely stay again...

Hadar User Profile
April 2012
I had a great time staying at the Higgins Hideaway. The location was beautiful, the house was comfortable and enjoyable, and I was able to run a corporate event-planning retreat there without any issues. I would come back again, and recommend others to check this place out!

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Half Moon Bay, California, United StatesJoined in January 2012
Gail User Profile

I am a writer, designer, filmmaker living with my daughter in a renovated schoolhouse that I also rent out as a vacation home in a rural coastside canyon just south of San Francisco.

Languages: Español, Français
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

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