About this listing
With a geodesic dome loft & a large deck in the trees, you'll feel like you're in a tree house in the woods. (As we book up months in advance, if you would like a nature retreat here, reserve our sweet Hummingbird Haven: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/6562632)
We are in a quiet yet convenient location. Shaded by Oak and Madrone trees and next to a Redwood grove, you can enjoy the outdoors from the deck. In the summer, it is cool and in the winter you might get to hear the creek running below.
We have 10 acres next to land without fences so you will get to enjoy nature: just hang out on the deck, take a hike in the woods, watch the hummingbirds, pet the goats, go to the beach or gaze at the stars - as long as the moon isn't full. ; ) During the summer, if there isn't any nightly fog, we can see the Milky Way here.
To check our availability, click on the "Request to Book" link. And yes, if it isn't available, it is already booked! If you want to stay here on a weekend during the summer, you will need to make your reservation request about 6 months in advance. 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. If you want to stay here, but the Mushroom Dome is booked up, we now have the Hummingbird Haven available: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/6562632. (We have May 28th - June 2nd still open in the Haven.) You will have the same access to nature and the hike in the redwoods, a great view and lots of privacy. Not to mention the hundreds of Hummingbirds that hum around the studio, sun, a flower garden and a fountain on your private patio.
(Please read all of this description before making a reservation request.)
The cozy and clean semi-rustic cabin has a loft under a geodesic dome (the "mushroom cap"). In the loft is a brand new Queen-sized Casper Mattress which allows for very comfortable sleeping and just hanging out, We provide clean sheets and pillow cases. 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 over 80 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 also have a barbecue grill on the deck with an extra gas burner on the side. We provide Organic Coffee, teas, Oatmeal, popcorn, butter, honey, sugar, 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.
If you have a baby and you won't be needing the second bed, make your reservation for 2 and let us know if you will need a small pad for the loft. And if there are 2 of you but you want to use the second bed, please make your reservation for 3.
The cute bathroom has a Travertine shower, custom tiled sink and a Natures Head self-contained composting toilet. Some guests have had a problem with our bathroom, so I want to make it clear that we have a curtain for the door to the bathroom and we require that you put your used toilet paper in the trash. (it won't smell) If you follow the instructions for how to use the toilet, it won't have any odor.
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, starting March 2016. 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 about $30. So the total for the weekend will be about $344. To stay for 2 days mid-week costs a grand total of $307.
To stay here for 1 night, midweek, will cost a total (including airbnb fees and S.C. County taxes) of about $172.
On 3 day holidays, we require a 3 day reservation. (This includes Presidents Day, Memorial Day, M.L.King day, and Labor Day.) But to stay here on a weekend, you will usually have to book the cabin 6 - 10 months in advance - unless you are lucky to find a cancellation!
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. (As of April 15th, airbnb will be collecting the tax for all reservations made on and after April 15th, 2016! Yay! Thank you airbnb!)
So unless you made your reservation on or after April 15th, it is due upon arrival with either cash or check. So generally, the tax will come to $15. a night. I will let you know in my "Directions Letter" exactly how much yours will come to.
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. (these times are not during rush hour(s) ; )
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 250-500 year-round) During the summer, we are also called home by many Rufus and Allen Hummers as well. So you have got to see our "Hummingbird Airport" where we feed them about 160 oz. of syrup on a summer day!
Please, no smoking in the cabin or on the property. We used to let smokers stay here, but they stink up the cabin and it is a fire hazard outside.
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 sometimes 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.
Dogs 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. We have a gate that we can set up so your dog can be off the leash on the deck.
If you are bringing a small child, we can put a folding futon (2/3rds of the futon or a foam pad next to the bed ) Just let us know ahead of time. Keep in mind, though, that a child should not be left in the loft by themselves as the bed is fairly high up against the rail.
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 farmette. Pet the goats, check out our chickens, cats, miniature dogs and enjoy the very fresh air. We will give you a little 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 or crickets chirping, the tree frogs croaking 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 chain 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. (In the winter, it can have running water) 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. Let me know if you don't want to interact with me and I'll leave you alone quickly. ; )
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 if 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.
Other things to note
Occasionally, we have a power outage during the winter. If that happens, we will provide battery operated lights. If the main road is blocked by a downed tree, I'll let you know how to get in or out of our area.
• Please, no smoking
• Please don't sleep here with tooth or skin whitening material: they bleach the pillow cases and sheets.
• If you want to bring a dog, please send a request. (We have goats and cats) As so many people are allergic to cats, please don't bring yours.
• Dogs must stay on a leash when outside.
• Dogs are not allowed in the loft.
• Please don't bring cats.
• No wild parties, please.
• Please don't drink wine in the loft.
• If you use the barbecue, you are required to clean it. But don't close the side lid if the burner is still hot!
• 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 a rose quartz mood light.
• Please take short showers: we are having an extreme drought.
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
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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.