A VERY SPECIAL PLACE...
Super Clean Modern Design, this bright, wide-open 950 square foot Artistic Space spills out onto a Huge Slate Patio surrounded by Lush Tropical Gardens -- views of the Monterey Bay shimmer in the distance. Windchimes ring in the gentle ocean breezes and the Cherry Plum Trees are alive with hungry birds; fat squirrels bounce from limb to limb. At dusk, romantic white lights twinkle in the canopy above.
Wall to Wall Travertine, Vibrant Art, Splendid Design and Attention to Detail make this Wonderful Space visually dramatic yet supremely functional with all of the creature comforts The Custom Bathroom is Palatial --200+ square foot Creative Layout with On-Demand Hot Water. The Simple and Beautiful Kitchenette and Well Stocked Pantry have everything you need and more. There is a Gas Grill on the Patio for BBQ. The Comfy King Bed can be separated to create two XL Twin Beds with a Shoji Screen for privacy. Like the best hotels, Fluffy Towels, Good Linens and Quality Sundries are provided.
The Expansive Deck 30 feet above has sweeping views of the Sleepy Seaside Community, the Blue Pacific and Monterey in the Distance. The Sunsets are amazing and the sounds of waves carry on the wind. Bring up your coffee in the morning and soak up the sunshine amidst the tree tops.
Having worked as a Director in the High End Hotel Industry, the space was inspired by my travels to Five Star Resorts around the world -- stealing their Best Practices. This Gorgeous Custom Loft-Style Apartment is ideal for the discerning traveler. This space occupies the entire bottom floor of my three-story home. It is fully self-contained with a private entry and is perfect for those seeking a quality experience in a peaceful setting.
AN EXPERIENCE TO REMEMBER...
Upon your arrival, you will be welcomed with a Bottle of Wine or Sparkling Juice which you can enjoy lounging on the Dreamy Garden Patio, in your Lovely Room or Up Above on the Ocean View Deck.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Start each morning with our Fabulous Greek Yogurt Bar with toppings like Fresh Oranges, Local Honey, Pistachios, Shaved Chocolate & Fresh Mint or Blueberries, Walnuts, Hemp Seeds & Agave. So Yummy! We also provide different house specialties like Veggie Fritatta made with Neighborhood Chicken Eggs. French Press Coffee, Specialty Teas, Milk and OJ are always provided.
Kick Back and enjoy HDTV with Home Theater, Netflix, Pandora, DVDs, WIFI. Or, you can unplug and go Old School Low Tech with Board Games, Backgammon, Playing Cards, Reading in the Garden.
A SLICE OF HEAVEN....
"Magical... Dream-Like.... Sweet... Perfect... Peaceful... Soothing.... Amazing.... Comforting.... Romantic... Smart Design... A Beautiful Refuge.... Mystical Jungle..." These are just some of the words my Wonderful Guests have used to describe the SECRET GARDEN SANCTUARY since we began welcoming visitors in January.
Rio Del Mar is a Quiet, Safe, Upscale Aptos-Seascape Neighborhood -- a Hidden Gem that feels like it's own little world, but just a hop skip and jump to a multitude of World Class Attractions - two minutes to Highway 1, 10 minutes South of Santa Cruz and 35 minutes North of Monterey / Pebble Beach. Moss Landing Harbor and Elkhorn Slough Marine Sanctuary are just 15 minutes down Highway 1. San Francisco is about an hour 15 up the Coast and the Silicon Valley / San Jose is just "Over the Hill", 35 minutes over Highway 17.
Walk for miles along the best beaches in the county, clean and uncrowded, less than a mile away as the Crow Flies. Go at low tide and collect piles of Sand Dollars for souvenirs. Paddle Kayaks at Elkhorn Slough Wildlife Sanctuary in Moss Landing. On Saturday Mornings, stroll with the locals at the Cabrillo College Farmers Market. Seascape Golf Club and the Resort are just down the street. Take a ride on the Big Dipper at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Sip Santa Cruz Mountain Appellations at Local Wineries. Visit the Redwoods at Big Basin State Park. Take the spectacular drive down the Pacific Coast Highway to Big Sur for a tour you will remember forever. Stop in Cute Little Carmel by the Sea for dinner on your way back home. You are welcome to borrow my bikes (and helmets) to cruise the Coast or Nisene Marks. Or just relax and do nothing at all...
Vacations should be Well Lived.
SORRY, NO PETS -- Have them. Love them. But the apartment is an animal-free zone.
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Weekly Price:||$1050 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$4000 /month|
|Check In:||3:00 PM|
|Check Out:||11:00 AM|
I stayed at Karen's place and really loved it! I know other people already said it, but she really goes above and beyond to make you feel welcome. She replied to the reservation request within a few hours and was very helpful in giving me all kinds of info. The whole place is decorated so smart and functional. Great location and very quiet. To say that the place is fully stocked would be an understatement! Everything you would need is here. Kitchen and bathroom is stocked with all kinds of goodies. This place is well worth the nightly rate. I cant wait to stay again. Thanks Karen for a wonderful stay!
Only got to stay here one night, but Karen's place was quite beautiful, private and relaxing....just what we were looking for. My girlfriend especially enjoyed all of the breakfast options provided for us the next morning. Karen was a great host and I would definitely go back.
Karen's place was great. It was clean, comfortable, and beautiful. We were too busy visiting nearby sights to take advantage of all the amenities, but we will definitely stay here again for more than a night when we visit the area next time. Karen was also communicative about everything, it was an easy visit. Highly recommend!
Karen was an unbelievable host!!! The secret garden really is a sanctuary of sorts. It is a place you definitely have to see in person- pictures make it hard to give all the details justice! The attention to detail and the amount of thought that Karen has put into her home made me never want to leave! The veggie frittata and yogurt bar were also a yummy treat :)
Karen was SO easy to communicate with if you ever need anything- even though she's pretty much thought of everything already! I can't wait to visit again.
By far the best airbnb experience I've had. Not only is Karen's home super cosy and in a great location, but she had been the kindest, most generous host. The house is fully stocked with whatever you need, from a breakfast bar to q-tips and everything in between. Karen thought of everything. A+ experience, I truly can't wait to get back there. :)
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What an absolutely amazing experience. The apartment, and the garden, are so well designed and maintained. The place had everything we could possibly need, from a fully stocked kitchen, to menus of cute local restaurants, to a pre-packed tote bag with beach towels. And everything was spotlessly clean. Breakfast was already waiting in the fridge, and Karen even made sure there was some welcoming musing playing on the stereo when we walked in.
A pure delight.
Such a warm, comfortable, safe, and quiet place. Thank you, Karen.
A very peaceful and quiet refuge. We enjoyed the yogurt bar (yum), the clear, obliging and easy communication with Karen, and a couple glasses of wine watching a movie:). Nice first go with air bnb. We felt very safe and at ease.
The Garden Sanctuary is exactly as advertised, a beautiful, calming place to unwind. The apartment has whatever one would need and Karen adds the extras. Karen was very communicative and made the trip worry free. I had a fantastic week there and fully recommend both the space and Karen as a host.
Karen's done a fantastic job creating a sanctuary. Love the botanicals, interior design, thoughtful touches and just feeling well hosted. We'll definitely be back again!