Come discover why we were rated as the number 1 listing on airbnb the whole time they were ranking their listings. Shaded by Oak and Madrone trees and next to a Redwood grove, enjoy the great outdoors on the large deck or by taking a hike in the woods. (We have 10 acres next to land without fences.)
Our price for a weekday stay is now $110. per night
Our summer calendar fills up fast - especially the weekends. So if you want to stay here on a weekend during Spring or Summer, plan way ahead.
To check our availability, click on the Calendar link above the cabin photo. And yes, if it isn't available, it is already booked! We do, however, occasionally get a cancellation, so if you want a date that's already booked, you can let us know and we will notify you of a cancellation.
(Please read all of this description before making a reservation.)
Santa Cruz County considers places like ours taxable for the "Transient Occupancy Tax" that is charged at hotels in our county. So since airbnb isn't set up yet to charge this, and we are not allowed to include it in the rates we charge, we will need to collect this 9.5% tax from any guests that stay here. It is due upon arrival with either cash or check.
The cozy and clean semi-rustic cabin has a loft under a geodesic dome (the "mushroom cap"). We have recently lined the interior ceiling with 144 (!) plywood triangles. In the loft is a double bed, which is a cotton futon with 1" of latex foam and 21/2" gel memory foam on top. (It is now softer for you folks who like a soft cushiony bed.) We provide clean sheets and pillow cases: you can chose either smooth cotton sheets or cotton flannel. Plenty of blankets are also provided.
In the loft, we have a 24" Flat Screen with a DVD player (no TV) for movies. (We have lots of movies you can view as well.)
On the main floor (a Pentagon) is a couch that doubles as a narrow futon (which could sleep a third person for an extra $10. a night), as well as a mini kitchenette. Here you will find a professional double hotplate, small refrigerator, toaster oven, blender, Hot Air Popcorn Popper, French Coffee press, a salad spinner - even a mixer- and all the dishes and equipment you would need to prepare a snack or a meal or to open a glass of wine. We have 2 tables where you can enjoy meals, games, etc.: 1 inside and 1 outside on the large deck that faces the redwoods. We now have a barbecue grill on the deck. We also provide Organic Coffee, teas, Oatmeal, popcorn, almonds, raisins, butter, nutritional yeast (for the popcorn!) spices, oil and vinegar and various snacks. Our well water is treated by an ozonator, a UV light and a soft water filter.
The cute bathroom has a Travertine shower, custom tiled sink and flushing boat toilet. We provide towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner, a hair blow-dryer, etc. (a word of caution: the bathroom has a low ceiling. If you are over 6' you may have to do a little ducking here and there.)
As Saturdays are very much in demand, (and we like to be free on Saturdays), we require a minimum 2 day stay on the weekends. Keep in mind that Friday and Saturday nights are $120. each. (during the summer months, they are $125. each) Therefore, to stay here on a weekend (non-summer months) will cost $240. plus the $30. cleaning fee plus 12% ($32) that airbnb will charge you and the 11% Santa Cruz County Transient Tax of $29. (We were just notified by the County that the tax has been raised from the 9.5%! Sorry) So the total for the weekend will be $331. To stay for 2 days mid-week costs a grand total of $307. On 3 day holidays, we require a 3 day reservation. (This includes Memorial Day and Labor Day.)
To stay here for 1 night, midweek, will cost a total (including airbnb fees and S.C. County taxes) $172.
Check-in time is between 4 and 10pm. If you want to come sooner or later, this can sometimes be arranged. Check-out time is noon.
As we have experienced some damage from guests, we are now requiring a $100. security deposit which will be returned to you 48 hours after check-out - as long as you haven't caused any damage!
Although it feels very isolated here, we are less than 10 minutes to Aptos Village where you will find stores, restaurants, a theater, a health food store, Safeway, etc.
We are centrally located on the Monterey Bay: 10 minutes from the beach (Rio Del Mar and Seacliff State Beach) as well as 10,000 acre Nisene Marks State Park for miles of hiking or dirt biking in the Redwoods and along Aptos creek. We are 20 minutes to downtown Santa Cruz, 25 min. to the Beach Boardwalk, 45 minutes to Monterey and the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, 50 min. to Carmel and 1 1/2 hours to Big Sur going south and San Francisco to the North. Yup, we are located in one of the most beautiful areas of California.
One of the attractions that we take for granted is that you can see stars here at night - unless there is a bright moon or clouds.
If you love hummingbirds, bring your camera. Our garden is the year-round home to many Anna Hummingbirds. (We have about 150 - 250 year-round: currently we have over 200-300!) During the summer, we are also called home by many Rufus Hummers as well. So you have got to see our "Hummingbird Airport" where we feed them about 2 - 4 quarts of syrup a day!
Please, no smoking in the cabin or on the property. We used to let smokers stay here, but they stink up the cabin.
Some cell phones don't work here, but since we have free wifi in the cabin, if your phone works with a wifi network, you are good to call. You can get Verizon service on the swinging seat by the driveway.
To learn about things to do in the area, do an internet search for Santa Cruz, CA.
Dog are welcome to stay here but with a few requirements: since we have so many animals, we require that your dogs be kept on a leash when outside (the goats get very nervous with loose dogs). Also, we don't allow dogs in the loft or on the couch downstairs so please bring a doggie bed. (your doggie can go on the couch if you bring a cover for it) If that is difficult, let us know and we will provide a doggie pillow.
If you are bringing a small child, we can put a folding futon next to the bed which will provide 2/3rds of the futon. The other 1/3 leans up against the rail. Just let us know ahead of time.
As we are about 3 miles to the nearest bus stop, it is pretty difficult to stay here without a car.
You are invited, if you feel you would be harmonious here, to come join us on our developing Permaculture farm. Pet the goats, check out our chickens, cats, miniature dogs and enjoy the very fresh air. We will give you some goat milk if you would like to try it. And if you come here when there is no moonlight and the sky is clear, you will see lots of stars.
Tired of the heat in the summer? Since we are on the edge of the "fog belt", it can be both sunny and cool here. If you want a noisy place, you won't like it here: most of the sound here comes from the birds chirping and the breeze blowing through the trees. People do live on the land here though, so don't expect it to be totally devoid of human sounds and the occasional saw. : ) (We feed the goats oak branches)
There is free wifi in the cabin, great well water and some good hiking trails right off the deck as well as a nature sandbox in the dry creek bed under the redwood grove. Guests are also welcome to wander around, visit our animals and ask questions.
I almost always interact with our guests. I love to make them feel welcome and at home, show them the hummingbirds and share my knowledge of the great places to go in our beautiful area.
Even though we live only a 7 minute drive to Aptos village and the beaches, it feels very remote and private here. It is usually very quiet at night - sometimes we can hear the ocean waves crashing on the beach. There is lots of land to hike on and explore here as well. We have a little community of artists, musicians, healers, construction workers - all enjoying the wonderful nature and shared living here.
We are 3.5 miles to the closest public transit, so is someone needs a ride from Aptos, I am willing to pick them up.
There is parking for the cabin, a short walk down the driveway.
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Extra people:||$10 / night after 2 guests|
|Check In:||4:00 PM|
|Check Out:||12:00 PM (noon)|
|Pet Owner:||Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)|
First of all let me say Kitty is amazing !!! Such a great person she is so welcoming and such a humble incredible person and I belive her cabbin and her entire property shows what an amazing person she is! Me and my boyfriend loved staying here we felt like little kids going on a adventure true the trains in the woods seen so many pretty stars in the night. Just unplugging from the whole city and coming here was such a great experience.
Thank you kitty for everything and for ben such a great person
What and great and charming alcove to hole up in for a rainy weekend. Just what I was hoping for. The place is very cozy and provides you with everything and more. Kitty was a gracious host who was welcoming, showed me around and helped me when I locked my keys in my car! I would definitely return and recommend the place to anyone looking for a quiet, self-contained escape from the city. Thanks!
It's a beautiful spot in a beautiful area, and the dome is absolutely adorable. Bring someone you love and enjoy a relaxing visit to the coast!
It was such a treat to stay in the mushroom dome cabin and to especially see the hummingbirds! If you're after some peace and quiet, you will find it here. Thanks to Kitty and Michael for hosting us so graciously, we hope to come back one day soon!
As all of the other reviews state, Kitty is a great host, her property is in a great location, with lots of interesting things to do from climbing the tree at the top of the hill to watching the hummingbirds. The mushdome is very cool too, has everything you can need. Amazing waking up in the redwoods with the sun shining into the bed. Would definitely recommend and plan on going back.
Beautiful properly, the dome is amazing, goat milk tastes like cow milk so be adventurous, Kitty is very nice.
Beautiful in every way possible!
My girlfriend and I were able to stay here for a valentines day getaway and it was everything we could've hoped for and then some. We got there as the sun was setting and Kitty have us a little tour of the place. The balcony by the hummingbird airport had a beautiful view. The dome cabin was super cozy and peaceful. We made an awesome dinner and used the BBQ on the deck to grill some chicken. I highly recommend staying here if you want a peaceful getaway.
This place was awesome. A lot bigger than in the photos. I will recommend this place to everyone. Thanks so much for being great host.
Kitty and her Mushroom dome were great! She is such a nice woman and it was so peaceful staying up in the mountains. She directed us to great spots and activities and there is so much on her land to see! The cabin was so cute and had everything we needed. We will definitely be back again!