About This Listing
Beautiful home on 1/3 acre with large gardens 5 blocks from bay, Chickens,aviary,pond & rural..Homemade pastry petit breakfast,bikes, walkable new labyrinth ,Aquarium Tickets and very friendly host, former highway patrolman, who bakes. Peaceful!
Perfect getaway 3 minutes from Monterey Bay. Candles on the vanity for romantic night. Beautifully decorated romantic bedroom in 100-year-old house on 1/3 of an acre. A very tranquil room with, if desired, a bed canopy. Heater on the bed with foam memory topper. Bed canopy can be removed easily by host at request. Shared bath recently remodeled with tub shower black and white tiles, art, extra toiletries if you forget.Safe neighborhood. pond, aviary, canaries, finches, chicken coop ,chickens, , large flower garden.We are a going green house and use gray water-'laundry to landscape'- for yard . We just put in a beautiful walkable labyrinth. Easy access to downtown Santa Cruz by personal car or public transportation, 5 minutes from 41st Ave which is the western edge of Capitola. You can bike to Pleasure Point with great restaurants like Penny Creamery and coffee at Verve - in NY Times. World known surfing, plus O’Neill's. Free Monterey Bay aquarium guest passes with minimum 2 day stay. Drive to Santa Cruz mountains and Mystery Spot, Big Basin & Henry Cowell state park then back to world known beaches and surfing. Use of microwave and can store items in refrigerator. Coffee ,tea and rich delicious home baked coffee cake each morning. Gluten free if requested ahead. Large brick patio with glass tables and gas heater. Hammock in secluded area of garden.We email a list of our favorite restaurants by price and type. Wireless throughout house and garden. Antique filled living room & dining room. We live on second floor so living room, dining room and kitchen open to guests Parking in driveway. Beach chairs and 2 bikes available. Non- smoking home. Room private on first floor with hosts bedrooms on second floor. We send a list of favorite restaurants with pricing when you book.Gas barbecue and long brick patio with glass tables. Well behaved dogs on leash O.K. Moran Beach very near with fire pits to use at night under stars . Neighbor on one side has lot sized lawn. Neighbor on other side has lot sized garden. Both divided from us by high fences. So we are a tranquil oasis, a few blocks from the Bay/ ocean..
2 guest passes to Monterey Bay Aquarium with minimum 2 day stay
soft flannel bedding
toiletries shampoo and conditioner if forgotten
I phone chargers
Living room ,dining room ,large garden, newly added 22' walkable labyrinth, that replaced a lawn in a severe drought- solar lit at night, fire pit
Interaction with Guests
I am a very very friendly guy who loves to help, chat, give you tour of house and garden and help in any way. I also bake a mean coffee cake for your petit breakfast.
The ocean and bay 5 blocks away. Biking to beach ,boardwalk and downtown Santa Cruz , Pleasure Point nearby and our beautiful magic garden.
There is public transportation 1 block from us that goes all over county and intersects with San Jose bus. Bikes available to get all over county and along Bay and ocean. To beaches
Other Things to Note
Santa Cruz Events Calendar (website hidden)
Long’s Marine Center Discovery Museum _ Great Place to see as you are visiting Monterey Bay- Learn about it.
Two free guest tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium if you stay 2 nights- please return (website hidden) available check it out here if you want our tickets.
4 bikes with helmets to ride all over Santa Cruz to beach downtown restaurants, redwoods (website hidden)_id=546 , UCSC campus
Arana Gulch just opened and this protected open space is a fabulous bike ride 5 minutes from our house by the ocean, harbor, with cows grazing -staggering views
Santa Cruz boardwalk (website hidden) and more (website hidden) .
Santa Cruz Art and History Museum (website hidden) Great place with all sorts of events check the site out
Games-if you are interested in games just ask. We have cards, Chronology,Bananagrams and more
Tannery Arts Center- Local live-in complex for artists with loft and studios . Great art complex with lots of activities First Saturday tours of studios. Check out calendar .(website hidden)
First Friday Art Tour Through Downtown Business and Restaurants- Really fun (website hidden)
Walking the Labyrinth in our yard (website hidden)
House- Please leave your shoes at the door- Thanks so much .
. Please leave light on at entrance when you come in at night.
No eating in the house except for petit breakfast that we serve in the dining room. You can eat take -out food on the brick patio on glass tables with a heater and solar lights.
We happily allow well behaved dogs. However,you must keep them on a leash and take them with you when you go out so they do not bother other guests with barking or whining in missing you.They cannot get on the bed. We also require a $15.00 cleaning fee because of the dog hair and extra cleaning after you leave.If you are bringing a dog we will send you a good list of dog friendly restaurants and dog parks.
Chickens- We have teenage chickens and one bossy old hen. Also new pair of canaries in the aviary.
Please bring earphones if you want to listen to music
Key on the bookshelf in room with map of Santa Cruz PLEASE GIVE TO US BEFORE YOU LEAVE or will be have to have add to your review
BED HEATERS ON BOTH SIDES OF HEADBOARD. THEY ARE REVERSED. TURN UP TO 12 WHEN YOU LEAVE FOR DINNER AND DOWN TO LOW (L) AND YOU WILL COME HOME TO A NICE TOASTY WARM BED TO SLEEP IN. Gets cold at night so may want to close windows when you go out. Water and glasses in room on tray. If you bring coffee in room, please put on tray.
WIFI You get when you are here
We now ask you to give us a $40.00 fully refundable deposit for the bikes against any damage or replacement of helmets locks or parts of the bike. We will give this back to you when you leave. After 3 years of doing airbnb with bike damage – we must do this We will also have an agreement for you to sign
They are in the garage. Combination locks will be given with bikes, Ask for water bottle for basket. We will charge you and report to airbnb if any damage to bikes , helmets bike locks, lost keys etc. . Wear helmets at all times. Ask us for headlamps if you plan to be out after dark. Use (website hidden) bike app (website hidden) Use (website hidden) maps, find Santa Cruz, has bike routes.
Grandfather clock in living room
If chimes bother you let us know and will turn off chimes
A PETIT breakfast if you request before you arrive.. It will be available until 9:30 AM. It will be coffee cake, banana bread or something sweet. Coffee is in kitchen and cream will be on the dining room table plus the New York Times. Tea in pantry. We have many breakfast places nearby that we list on the restaurant page we send that have full breakfasts. I make coffee at 5:00 AM if you are an early bird. Enjoy. For full breakfast use restaurant list I have given you
Will be on kitchen table
Go outside and get in AM in we are not here
Dining Room- Keep door to kitchen closed at all times to keep out cats .
Please keep glass French Door closed at all times to keep out cats. Feel free to use it if you want to bring wine or a beverage of choice and sit in what is a beautiful space. Please do not put your feet or spill anything on the white couch.
Please bring a toiletry bag and put back in your room after showering as bathroom shared.
Water conservation:We are on a 20% water restriction due to the severe drought . We have a water wise shower head that I will show you and 5 minutes timer from the water board. This is just a suggestion. We know you are guests.
Hot and Cold faucets are backwards- use as marked
Fresh towels in small built in closet in bedroom closet- USE THESE NOT TOWELS in
Please leave dirty towels in bag in your room in closet for towels – NOT in bathroom as shared bathroom
Dirty towels-. We will replace every day if you ask and are out.
Basket with toiletries in corner shelf of bathroom ,in case you forgot yours.
Labyrinth- We put in labyrinth to replace a large lawn in the back garden because of the severe drought in California and stringent water restrictions. We have gained a beautiful space to walk, mediate or just view. It is lit at night by 30 small solar lights that surround it so you can walk it at night if you wish or just make a fire in the firepit and watch the labyrinth and the stars and hear the Ocean when it gets quiet as we are near . Here is more about a labyrinth if you have any interest. (website hidden)
Fell free to sit in the sun or shade in any part of the yard, drink wine and get take out and have dinner outside. There is a heat lamp.
Use in evening if you wish. Ask ahead for safety directions. Fun for watching stars having wine or favorite beverage. Toast marshmallows if you ask us for them ahead.
KITCHEN and Food If you want to use and we are away.
Food Storage and Preparation: - NO COOKING no eating in the house after petit breakfast
Have a great time in Santa Cruz
Please leave key when you leave
Airbnb Reviews If you are happy here review us on airbnb.
Pete's place is the definition of Airbnb. A 15 minute cycle (on his available bikes) from the Santa Cruz boardwalk, the house is inviting, inclusive for all guests (single, couples and families) and a great base for the coast. With tips on what to do and homemade cake for breakfast we highly recommend.
Pete and his wife were extremely welcoming and friendly. They made us feel special even though they have seen a lot of guests over the 3 or so years they've been doing this. I must not have read the original posting carefully enough because I hadn't realized until right before we were to arrive that we would be sharing a bathroom with other guests from another room, and that there were 2 other rooms for let in the house. So, the place had more of a bed-and-breakfast feel than I was expecting. Everyone was very nice, though, and Pete was kind enough to loan us two bikes with helmet and lock, which was awesome! We were about a 15 minute ride from downtown, via relatively quiet streets and a bike path. The coffee cake in the am was delicious, and the fluffy cat was a sweetheart!
Pete was a gracious host with a beautiful, cozy home in a quiet neihborhood in Satna Cruz. Pete made me feel welcome from the moment i set foot in his home. This was my first airbnb reservation and Pete's hospitality has made me a believer. The room was cozy, immaculate, as described in the listing and allowed me a restful night. Breakfast was a highlight as Pete provided a selection of delicious cakes and awesome coffee. But most enjoyable was Pete's conversation over coffee. Pete clearly enjoys the company of his guests and makes them feel right at home. I strongly recommend staying at the Tranquility Room when visiting Santa Cruz.
Pete was out of town, but Cathy was a very friendly host. She helped us plan our time in Santa Cruz, and gave great suggestions. The place was clean and quiet and looked just like the pictures. It is a great location, very central to everything. Only negative would be recommending that you bring Claritin if you have cat allergies. But we had a great trip and we enjoyed borrowing their bikes for a ride over to the coast.
My partner and j really enjoyed the very homely stay at Pete's place. His wife Cathy was super helpful and we loved the home made breads she made. The house was charming and warm.
We had a great night sleep.
If you are after some character with a homely feel then this is a wonderful stay.
Pete's place was just super sweet, reminded us of European family in the cottage stay.
Pete was a great host, he showed me the house and backyard/garden upon arrival.
I met Cathy soon after and she is a very sweet, kind lady.
We went to the Crows Nest and saw a Eagles cover band Friday night. Saturday morning Pete treated me and my wife to a delicious homemade soufflé omelet with lemon cake(since it was my birthday).
I took advantage of the free passes to the aquarium and it didn't fail to entertain my senses.
We came back and I used the grill outside to bbq some chicken breast and veggies I brought from home.
Pete was nice enough to put a outside wood fire on for me and we chatted and relaxed for the night.
It was beautiful and cozy in the morning cause it began to drizzle so we slept in some.
My wife was a bit hesitant at first because we are new to Airbnb but she trusted me and by Sunday she was relaxed and chatting it up with Cathy before our departure :)
Everything was as pictured and described and we will definitely return soon to Santa Cruz!(it was the perfect getaway!)
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About the Host, Pete
Former California Highway Patrolman and grandfather to ten grandchildren including 2-year-old twins who live in LA. Love the ocean, gardening, biking,walking in beautiful Santa Cruz, especially in Pleasure Point on new cliff walkway. After leaving the highway patrol, I went from CHiPS to chocolate chips as I am also the former VP of Sales and Marketing for the Pacific Cookie Company here in Santa Cruz. Author and Founder of DriversYoga (website hidden) a mental technique to keep you in the moment while driving. along with being a very genial host.
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