About this listing
With a geodesic dome loft and a large deck in the trees, you will feel like you are in an unique tree house in the woods. Quiet yet convenient location. Shaded by Oak and Madrone trees and next to a Redwood grove, enjoy the outdoors from the deck.
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, you can 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.)
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 11% tax from any guests that stay here. It is due upon arrival with either cash or check. So generally, the tax will come to $15. a night.
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 $125. each. Therefore, to stay here on a weekend will cost $250. plus the $30. cleaning fee plus 12% ($34) that airbnb will charge you and the 11% Santa Cruz County Transient Tax of $30. So the total for the weekend will be $344. 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 Presidents Day, 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 usually have about 150 - 250 year-round: however, currently we a lot less!) 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 on our little "farmette" (3 goats, lots of chickens, 2 small dogs and cats) and ask questions.
Interaction with Guests
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.
• Please, no smoking
• If you want to bring a dog, please send a request. (We have goats and cats)
• Dogs must stay on a leash when outside.
• Dogs are not allowed in the loft.
• No wild parties, please.
• Please don't drink wine on the bed.
• If you use the barbecue, you are required to clean it.
• Please wash and put away your dishes, pots, etc. before leaving.
• Please don't bring a lot of food or water in plastic. (those #1 clamshells can't be recycled)
We provide all the dishes you will probably need, so please don't bring disposables either.
• If you want to use real candles, please talk to us first. We provide fake ones.
Our family stayed for 2 nights in August 2015, and we wished to stay longer. Kitty and Michael have created the most wonderful space at the mushroom dome. I agree with all the positive reviews here. Quoting our 9 year old son 'This was the most amazing place in the world, it's the best! Better than a 4 star hotel!!!' He is ready to go back anytime. Kitty is super interesting and intriguing, she is so kind and patient with children. She taught our son how to milk the goat Winterberry, let him play with the other goats, gave us fresh goats milk, and let us sit in her backyard watching the many hummingbirds. There are really no adequate words to describe the experience. You simply must GO.
Kitty was very kind. She felt like an old friend when I first met her at the cabin. The little cabin was really cute looking exactly the same as the pictures showed on this site. My daughter and I had such a great time staying here last night. Kid already wanted to book another night but unfortunately, all the weekends are book until this December.
We had a wonderful time!!! Kitty and Michael were perfect hosts, and we would absolutely love to stay at the Mushroom Dome Cabin again. We felt at ease and had everything we needed for a nice retreat away from the city. Highly recommended!
Staying at Mushroom Dome Cabin is magical. It is cute and cozy. I love the way they make use of the space. Everything is compact and well organized. Kitty was a very nice and accommodating hostess. She gave us property tour and showed the little trail around cabin. We regret that we didn't wear the right shoes to hike.
Highly recommended! Thank you.
I was under the impression that the mushroom dome would be a little more private and isolated, as it's right across the path from the main house, but regardless I felt right at home. I was offered and received a bottle of goat's milk (which was delicious) upon arrival, and Creature and Elliott are absolutely adorable; Kitty showed me the hummingbirds and a preview of the Hummingbird Hangout to be put up on Airbnb. The cabin itself is so cute and lovely, my favorite part was the bedroom loft and the little bathroom. I would definitely come back and next time hike the trail.
Incredible! My girlfriend and I went to the Mushroom Dome as our tiny summer vacation and it was thoroughly relaxing, inspiring and energizing. It was great being surrounded by nature (the Redwoods and the hummingbirds were our favorites) while also having all the amenities of modern (and "tiny") living. This was a fantastic basecamp to explore the state beaches around Santa Cruz.
The cabin had everything we needed and we cooked both nights we were there, as well as breakfasts on both days. Having movies to watch at night along with popcorn was a huge plus. Our only complaint was that the compostable toilet tended to smell after flushing it.
Although Kitty and Michael were out of town, Kirra was super helpful in showing us around.
We definitely hope to make it back!!! :-)
Thank you for the feedback about the toilet. I'm sorry Rene that you weren't shown the correct way to use it. (The only objections we have gotten about the toilet were from guests that came here while we were on vacation.) I will speak with Kirra to make sure she knows how to show the details on the toilets use. (She apparently was subbing for the person we had trained.)
About the Host, Kitty And Michael
We live on 10 beautiful acres of sun, oak forest, redwood groves and gardens with a small community made up of ourselves (Kitty and Michael), 1 of our adult sons, 8 other young adults, a Chiropractor, a plumber, and a retired mason, 3 goats, a parrot, 4 cats, 2 small dogs, 17 chickens and over 200 hummingbirds.
Kitty teaches Universal White Time Gemstone Healing, is a healer, artist, builder, farmer and musician.
Michael works at the University of California, Santa Cruz Extension in Silicon Valley, managing the International Education program. He bikes, runs, swims, sometimes all in the same day. Together, Kitty and Michael teach Meditation classes with the "Teaching of Intuitional Metaphysics" under the guidance of the Masters Babaji, Jesus, and St. Germain.
The young adults here are photographers, surfers, artists and/or musicians and budding farmers.
We are slowly turning this land into a permaculture farm and a center of creativity, learning to live simply, with joy and kindness.
We hold a public non-denominational meditation at our house every Sunday night: you are welcome to join us if you are here.
We have been hosting on airbnb since July, 2009 and really love what this company has made possible. We have met so many wonderful people from around the world that we would never have met if we hadn't had this opportunity with airbnb! Some of our guests (especially the ones from Europe) have never seen a hummingbird before and here they get to see them up close - just a few feet from them as the birds "hum" around the feeders.
We welcome you to come experience the peace and tranquility that our wonderful land has to offer.