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Married 35 years with two grown kids who are both married. We have one grandson! I love to play golf at the nearby Pasatiempo Golf course or go down to the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk.
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We had a wonderful experience spending the weekend at this cute and comfortable cabin in Ben Lomond. The communal areas are spacious and perfect for playing board games around the fire and the kitchen had everything we needed to make a large family style meal. I was surprised by how well the cabin holds it heat at night (the space heaters provided went unused). The overall feel is very special and secluded. We had plans to spend much of our time in town but ended up just enjoying the cabin for most of our weekend!
All the five star reviews here are spot on. Bill was an exceptional host. The cabin was stocked above and beyond my expectations with breakfast goodies, towels, bedding, firewood, and anything you could possibly need in the way of kitchen tools.
I stayed at this cabin with 8 friends to celebrate my upcoming wedding with a relaxing weekend in the redwoods. There were plenty of spots for everyone to sleep. The girls shared the three large beds and the guys stayed in one room that had four twin beds and a futon. The dining table happened to have 9 chairs set up and it was a great size for that many people. 10 would work just as well. It was a perfect getaway for me with my best friends.
When I opened the door to the cabin, I was immediately overcome by how wonderful it felt to be inside such a clearly loved house. The girls and I just wandered excitedly through the cabin for a while taking it all in. This cabin is a quintessential cabin. What a treat!! And in a beautiful, safe, quiet, peaceful neighborhood.
We had a great time at Bill's property! With this cabin, Bill has invited the guest into his multi-generational extended family. The cabin is filled with the accumulation of years of family vacation memories: family reunion photos, golf memorabilia, heavily loved board games, knick-knacks, salt and pepper shaker collection, books, toys, etc. Bill has entrusted you with all of these artifacts and instantly you're part of the family. By the end of your trip you might find yourself saying, "Honey, I think we should get a cabin." But even if you can't swing your own, you can get all the best parts by visiting here.
My best friend's family and my own stayed at the cabin for the weekend. We enjoyed a visit with the elephant seals at Ano Nuevo State Reserve and other excursions in and around Santa Cruz. But it was the phenomenally relaxing time we spent in the cabin that really defined this vacation. Our children got to adventure through the cabin without the distraction of television. The four of them enjoyed sharing a room with 4 single beds and a fold out. The adults enjoyed relaxing downstairs by the wood burning stove and out on the deck with a beautiful view of river. The time in the cabin was nothing but comfort and relaxation.
There's no doubt about it, this place is mostly cabin. If you're looking for an updated anything then look elsewhere. If you want to sink into a cozy chair and have a chat by the fire then this is the place for you. Most of the interior is wood. Most of the cabin is old. Pragmatism comes first in every repair or addition (with 'character' in a very close 2nd). There's no central heat and air; though, I doubt AC is necessary here (we were here in winter). A wood stove is the primary source of heat (with plenty of space heaters to accompany it). Everything functions well, is sufficient and is well loved.
Bill was a great host. He was very attentive beginning with the reservation and continuing through the end of our stay. We didn't need anything from him during our time there but he communicated just enough to know he was immediately. This was via non-intrusive emails/texts. He prepped the cabin completely before our arrival and even warmed it with a fire before we arrived. He provided us with some nice breakfast items in the fridge and plenty of good coffee.
I look forward to staying here again.
We had a wonderful time at this rustic cabin. "Perfect" for a special holiday rendezvous of family, and source for many lasting memories.
Bill was readily available by phone and text message for the few details that were not covered by the written instructions. It was fun to enjoy the relics of many years of family treasures that gave a warm ambiance. A wry sense of humor was evident everywhere. The facilities and furnishings were very nice for a cabin.
The wood stove provided good heat despite some chilly, wet days, but does require periodic attention. There was plentiful wood for fuel. (With the wettest December in decades there was some mud, but no threat from the San Lorenzo River far below the level of the deck.)
The kitchen had enough appliances, utensils, and place settings for a crowd. The coffee maker had the most use! Two charcoal Weber's provided a barbecue alternative. A large dining table and a kitchen table provided many places to sit for meals.
The slope of the roof made for interesting access to some of the beds on the second floor. All part of the rustic homeyness of the place.
The primary access street to the cabin turns back sharply from the busy state highway just at the end of a bridge, and the smaller lanes beyond were marked, but not clearly. GPS guidance got us to the right place at the end of the lane. Local access to stores and laundromat provided all the resources we needed.
This house was just as described-- very cozy and welcoming. It felt like visiting a relative's house. It was a great place to stay with my friends and their kids. The house was very thoughtfully stocked with a number of breakfast foods and tons of toys and games for the kids to play with. The kitchen is fully stocked with all kinds of tools. Great location to see the redwoods or Santa Cruz. The host checked in to make sure everything was okay. Wonderful wood-burning stove.
The house would probably be easier to find in the daytime-- we arrived at night and it took a little bit of searching to find the right road once we were off the main road, since the road signs are not easy to find in the dark.
The neighborhood was very quiet and lovely.
Overall, a wonderful trip and we would definitely return to this house. Great hosts!
Bill was welcoming and hospitable. Breakfast goodies and firewood were plentiful. Any issues were dealt with graciously. This listing is the quintessential cabin in the redwoods. With the sun and surf close by. Charming, charming. Also featured is a cozy fireplace with loads of books, games and puzzles. Water was nice and hot with great pressure. Plus a claw foot tub! What more could one hope for?
The Cabin in the Redwoods is a most inviting, warm and welcoming spot -- in a beautiful locale. The hosts have thought of pretty much everything that one might need to fully enjoy a stay. It was all that we hoped it would be, and more... perfect for a birthday getaway with the girls. Thanks for providing such charming accommodations!
Bill was so accommodating regarding an early arrival! There were breakfast goodies in the fridge, plenty of other foods there, and of course it wasn't far to the supermarket. Well off the beaten track, but close to "civilization"! It felt like visiting a grandparents' or aunt and uncle's vacation cabin in the woods - charming and nostalgic. TONS of games and puzzles, lots of outdoor space for visiting - we had family in from out of town for a wedding and were able to gather at "the cabin" (as we affectionately referred to it) multiple times for meals and visiting. Just a heads up for visitors from warmer climates - it gets pretty chilly at night (our visit was mid-October), which was difficult for my parents from Florida (space heaters and wood-burning stove were helpful, but those are the only sources of heat). Bill was easy to reach regarding any needs that arose! Overall, a good visit - it gives me warm feelings looking at all the pictures posted here on airbnb.
This cabin was a great place to stay. It was very secluded in the redwoods at the end of the road, a beautiful quiet setting, yet only a 3 minutes from Ben Lomond stores. Santa Cruz is about 15 minutes away, Monterey is only an hour, and Big Basin Park about 45 minutes. We were able to sit out on the deck each night and enjoy the trees and the river running just below the cabin. Checking in and out was easy, and we had no problems at all contacting the host. I highly recommend this cabin, I would definitely stay here again.
Bill was extremely accommodating to us! We were fortunate to be checking in and out on days that other guests were not going to be there, so he allowed us to come when we wanted and check out as late as we wanted. The cabin is fully stocked, and there is plenty of seating out on the beautiful, wrap around porch. The view is stunning, and the location is perfect--it feels secluded, but is just a few miles from stores and main roads. I definitely recommend Bill's cabin to anyone looking for a cozy, quiet retreat!