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Berton met me close to my home to give me the house key and go over all the details of our stay. He was available by phone to answer a quick question when I got to the house. Everything was perfectly arrange and the house was so comfortable, with a great view of the ocean in the distance. Very relaxing.
Bert is a very hands-on host who wants to make sure that things go smoothly with the stay. The house is set in a quiet, pretty location with ocean views at a distance. We saw rabbits and deer, something our children really enjoyed.
By far the highlight of our stay was stargazing up on Alta Mesa drive and even on the patio of the house. There is very little light pollution at night and as Bert put it, you feel like you are "swimming in the Milky Way."
One challenge we had, since we were en route to another destination and stayed only one night, was getting all of the laundry done before our departure. This is one of the house rules, so factor it in to your schedule if you've planned morning activities or have an early departure.
Bert requested an in-person meeting during our stay in the SF area prior to arriving at the house. Again, factor this in to your schedule. What we learned was useful but probably could have been provided via email.
We love the Cetusaurus, the view, the music collection, everything about it. Bert has a great attention to detail which made getting there easy and he provided great recommendations as to what to do and see in the area.
The Cetusaurus at Irish Beach is an amazing Hobbit-like home nestled at the top of a hill with the ocean in front of you and an amazing mountain full of trees behind you. We saw deer in the front yard daily and a very cool family of quail living out in the bushes. The space was a perfect size for my wife and I and our two children. We visited many sites in the area; however, our best times was spent playing board games in front of the living room window.
What an amazing house!! This house was so easy to feel right at home. The hot tub/Jacuzzi was amazing! The fireplace was the icing on the cake. The kitchen was well stocked with all the right supplies to make a full dinner. Bathroom was well stocked with fluffy towels and linens. The views from every room was amazing. Nice little trails right outside the front door. All in all a great experience.
the experience of cetusaurus is one that we will remember for a very long time. not only is the architecture of the home amazing, but the owner, bert, was really great at helping us feel welcome and keeping us informed about the home and the area. before arriving, bert sent us information about the home and then met with us at a coffee shop on our way there to go over a map of the area and the home. this was a first for our family in visiting the area. the drive is breathtaking and there is a ocean view from the home in just about every room. also, the private beach close by is what made the trip. there is drift wood everywhere. the home has radiant heat, a kitchen that is stocked with dishes, pots and pans, and a large jacuzzi tub. we plan on coming back to the area and staying in this beautiful home in the future. thank you for making us feel at home, bert!
Thank you so much for building such a beautiful house. From the moment we walked in we felt comfortable and relaxed. We very much enjoyed your music selection, nothing much nicer than sitting on the porch, listening to Garcia/Grisam with the weather and the beautiful views all around. We also enjoyed the dvds you made available.
We were completely satisfied with all the things that were made available to us. Plus seeing deer & quail walking around was spectacular, & we didn't hit one! Thank you again, we will be back someday soon and we will recommend your house for any of our friends who need a relaxing, reasonably priced getaway. Thank you so much again, we really couldn't be happier.
--Ellora & Linda Cole
Berton was a great host. He sent detailed information ahead of time, called me to make arrangements, mailed the key, and had good suggestions for the area.
The house is a wonderful retreat. Radiant flooring, big fireplaces, beautiful views. We tucked in for a weekend, with daily walks to the beach (about 20 min walk) and strolls through the neighborhood.
We booked because it had three beds (the 3rd bed is really a top bunk, which was actually too squeaky for us to use). But we easily just cuddled two people in the master bed instead. Oh, and the big jacuzzi tub was amazing!! Definitely take a long soak during your visit!
I would highly recommend the house - its a great space with a great host!
Bert's Cetusaurus is an phenomenal work of art. His craftsmanship and engineering even managed to impress my husband (who is an artist and owns a tile installation business), and that is a high bar to achieve. The place was also meticulously clean.
This space was amazing. Both its location and the physical layout.
Bert was kind enough to meet up a couple of days before, as I was already in California. We met for coffee and he thoroughly described everything from driving directions to the best places to see shooting stars.
I would highly recommend this space to anyone seeking to get a bit beyond the touristy areas of the NorCal coast.