Living and loving Santa Cruz with my family. We enjoy renting our cottage retreat out as it is a sanctuary.
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My husband and I just stayed at Mara and Zach's cottage last week and it was fabulous. I wanted to stay longer. There is everything you needed if you wanted to cook in or if you want to go out the house is very close to downtown. The hot tub was also an added bonus. Although the cottage is behind Mara and Zach's house, you feel very seclude with fence around the entire property. You wouldn't eve know anyone lived in the house in the front. Mara was great responding to all of my emails leading up to are arrival and then very responsive and accommodating when we arrived. We had a minor issue with the heat and Mara came right up and then had Zach come back later and we were up and working again. We would for sure stay there again when we return to Santa Cruz. Thanks for everything!
Great place, quiet location, terrific hot tub, nice outdoor seating area. Cozy house with an incredibly comfortable bed. Very communicative and easy to get in touch with. Worth every penny!
A+++! We absolutely loved our stay--wish we could have stayed longer. The cottage is large, clean, comfortable, modern, and well-equipped. The bed was heavenly and the hot tub was perfect, as was the two-person shower. We didn't get to meet Mara but we emailed a few times and she was very responsive and helpful. The cottage is set back from the main house and is fully enclosed by a tall fence so it feels very private. The bamboo garden in the back near the hot tub is soothing and beautiful. There was fresh jasmine (I think) in the bathroom and bedroom, making it smell great. Mara also recommended a great place for dinner (Bantam) that we could walk to. We also met a friendly neighborhood cat named Reef, who loves to rub up against your legs. My only suggestion would be to provide instructions for the TV and remotes as we couldn't figure it out, but we didn't try that hard. ;) This is the perfect place to stay--we would definitely come again. Thank you Mara!
pros: the cottage was very nice, secluded & private, had everything needed for a stay, clean, hot tub was hot
cons: the bed was the worst. huge whole in the middle. wife slept on the bed and I slept on the couch all three days. 30% of the hot tub jets actually worked. if weren't for limited funds-would have found other accommodations just to get a good night sleep. would not recommend unless there was a new bed
Response from Mara:
William, Thank you for the feedback. We have replaced the Queen bed and are having our spa maintenance person take a look at the jets.
Great communication, lovely cottage. We had a wonderful time, and would love to come back here next time we need a trip to Santa Cruz. Thanks again!
This cottage is a gem! The pictures do not do it justice...it's absolutely adorable and in a great location. We had three adults and 2 dogs and it was plenty big...the bed, aerobed and couch were all comfortable. We had two cars and parked easily on the street during our stay. Mara was also super responsive. Definitely would recommend this place!
Mara was gracious and accommodating. The cottage had everything we needed for a relaxing stay. The fireplace and hot tub were on for us when we got there. The bed was incredibly soft. The location was perfect. Would recommend this place to friends.
My stay was absolutely wonderful! The house was beautiful and clean. The backyard was one of the best parts of our stay, beautiful garden and sitting area. Mara was a great host to work with. I highly recommend her lovely home for your visit to Santa Cruz.
The house was spacious with a well equipped kitchen. We found it to be plenty spacious with a great back deck (we did have a skunk and squirrel sighting, so I would monitor any dogs you have with you, also there is not any grass space in the backyard).
We had two families (7 people) staying at this beautiful, charming home. We immediately fell in love with it and would love to stay there again. Mara was an amazing host and was always ready to answer questions.