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I am a school teacher and my husband, Bill, is a building contractor. We have lived in Santa Cruz for 35 years. We love to travel and we love coming home to Santa Cruz. It's a pleasure for us to share our house with others.
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What a beautiful home - it has be constructed with such care and character, and it was a peaceful, lovely place to stay in Santa Cruz. The bed was cozy and the room was clean. Shelby was responsive and easy to coordinate with. She made us feel comfortable coming into their home.
This was our first time at an Airbnb and we were very happy we'd chosen to do so. The hosts were friendly and pleasant but left us alone upstairs where our suite was. The bed and pillows were great; we found the brand names.
The furnishings and décor was quite nice and very pleasant to be in.
Our only complaint was no coffee available in the morning. Breakfast isn't needed but it great if you provided (good, like Peet's) coffee for the guests. It's so nice to have a cup of coffee and just take it back up to the room, rather than go out to a coffeehouse. (And tea, I guess, for those who want tea.)
This was our first experience with airbnb and we could not have been more delighted! Shelby warmly welcomed us when we arrived and gave us the grand tour of her wonderfully appointed home. Our suite consisted of a bedroom with a supremely comfortable mattress, a bathroom with huge shower, and a sitting room with flat-screen TV and cello! All around us were amazingly artistic touches, starting with Venetian plaster walls and American Indian rugs. Her collections revealed her love of cooking - cast iron pans nested together on a gorgeous blue range, and wooden bowls stacked on the rustic dining table. The artwork, flowers and baskets complemented the rustic / elegant architecture perfectly and were only rivaled by the beautiful garden, complete with chickens! We were told where to hide the door key and given carte blanche to enjoy this wonderfully Santa Cruzan cottage. The neighborhood was quite safe and we would not hesitate to return for another visit. Thank you, Shelby!
Unfortunately, a detour in our trip meant we didn't make it to Santa Cruz but regardless Shelby was very helpful, friendly and responsive in all communications.
Shelby and Bill's house is just beautiful--clean, updated, and full of interesting and charming decor. It was the perfect getaway for me and my family, and we would absolutely stay here again!
We enjoyed our stay at Shelby's place in the up and coming west end neighborhood of Santa Cruz. The room was very comfortable and just as pictured and described. We would recommend this area for anyone looking for a nice quiet part of the city within walking distance of the newly remodeled industrial area.
Shelby and Bill both were very kind and welcoming; They are friendly, intelligent and artistic personalities with excellent taste.
Shelby responded very quickly on a very short notice and really saved our day)
Their house is an absolute peace of art and I highly recommend to enjoy it!
Our stay was great, thank You!
Shelby and Bill were wonderful hosts. They were communicative, flexible and made us feel very welcome. As other reviewers noted, our hosts thought of everything, providing clean towels, wifi password, and bicycles without us having to ask. They have a beautiful, very clean and comfortable home conveniently located near the ocean bluffs, New Leaf grocery, and many delicious cafes and restaurants. We would be very happy to stay with them again.
I enjoyed three nights at Shelby and Bill’s West Side Santa Cruz private suite. The facilities are exactly as described in the listing. Shelby was very patient with my confusion upon arrival, which would have been alleviated if I had read their website with more attention. Shelby graciously lent me a book to read from their extensive collection. I found the suite very quiet and peaceful, and felt secure, while within walking distance to the beach, grocery store, coffee shops, restaurants and downtown Santa Cruz. Parking is on the street, I had no problems always finding a spot in front. There is a small dog; she is very well behaved and friendly, there are four chickens, and no cats. I would stay here again.
Really had a wonderful stay with Shelby and family. The accommodations were very private, clean and well appointed. The house is in a great location. We parked the car and rode our bikes everywhere. Look forward to staying here again.
Shelby was an excellent guest!