So Close Yet Feels So Far Away...Bell Hallow
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Ben Lomond cottage description
Welcome to “Bell Hallow.” Come enjoy art and wine festivals, and music concerts of the Santa Cruz Mountains, including Shakespeare festival at UCSC, also, Ben Lomond is home to our own live Mountain Theater.
For the motor cycle enthusiast, back roads with stunning views and road side taverns. Miles and miles and miles of mountain side, sea side and country side roads to explore.
Hike Big Basin National Park with excellent hiking all the way to the coast, (see the giant redwoods)., OR hike miles of the San Lorenzo River. With any hiking, perhaps you will have sightings of our neighborhood deer, fox, bob cat, coyote and other wild creatures.
There is always the beaches and Boardwalk in Santa Cruz.
OR come paint, write that book, relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of the forest, where the sound of the birds and the river surround you on a quiet sunny afternoon by the pool or on the back deck over hanging the river.
Or, in season, there is catch and release Steel Head fishing in the San Lorenzo River right at your feet.
OR get married here, or have a party.
More than 30 wineries are open within 10 miles in the Santa Cruz Mountains including Bonny Doon, Byington, Storrs, Hall Crest, David Bruce and Alhgren wineries, to name a few. The Santa Cruz mountains are a natural appellation for Pinot Noir grapes.
This area is lively with numerous small towns, road side taverns, and out of the way places.
Quick look....right on hand:
San Jose Air Port.....45 minutes,
San Francisco.....1 hr. 30 min.,
Golf....15 minutes to Pastiempo Golf Course,
...........35 minutes to Big Basin Golf Course,
...........45 minutes to Monterey's golf courses.
The Mountain Winery......35 minutes.
Amazing small venue with great entertainment.
(Willy Nelson etc.)
Monterey Bay Aquarium .....45 minutes,
Santa Cruz beach and Boardwalk......15 minutes,
Los Gatos (great shopping) 30 minutes
Moss Landing sloughs for kayak 45 minutes.
Roaring Camp Railroad offers special events, civil war enactments etc. ...
Easy walk to
Grocery store…..2 minutes,
Tyrolyn Inn..........2 minutes, great German food
“Cao Bella” for dinner and theater, or breakfast.
Post office......2 minutes,
liquor store.....2 minutes,
Mountain Theater for stage plays
Henfling’s Firehouse Tavern, for nightly live music
hiking.....out your front door!
Gatsby in the ruff........: BELL HALLOW is a brown shingle 2 bedroom family cottage sitting on the banks of the San Lorenzo River in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Tastefully furnished with family antiques, oriental rugs, and lots of wonderful memories. A cozy deck hangs over the river bank...The perfect spot for a mint julep. BELL HALLOW offers Ping Pong, Horse shoes, other 'court' games, and swimming in a very private pool. BELL HALLOW is a perfect venue for an intimate wedding, family party, company party etc. for events up to 150 people. There are numerous gardens on this property that are wonderful for that special event.
How Bell Hallow received its name. In 1906, after the Big Quake, parts of the valley was clear cut to rebuild San Francisco. Teams of Oxen would help guide the mammoth redwood trees down the San Lorenzo River flues to the lumber mills. On their harness there was a rack of 5 bells that gently rang with each step they took. The music of the bells reverberated on the banks while King Fishers sang. Yes there is a history and great stories.
Keywords: cottage, river, mountain, private, forest, romantic, get-a-way, family, cozy, country, pool, weddings, magical
- 950 sq. ft.
- 1 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Washing Machine
- Parking Off Street
- Clothes Dryer
- Wood Stove
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Iron & Board
- Living Room seats 6
- DVD Player
- Ping Pong Table
- Satellite / Cable
- CD Player
- Wireless Internet
Pool & Spa
- Private Pool
- Outdoor Grill
- Deck / Patio
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Mountain Biking
- Theme Parks
- Live Theater
- Sight Seeing
- Fitness Center
- Horseback Riding
- Ask us about: WEDDINGS AND OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS, live fresh crab feeds during crab season, honeymoons, heirloom tomato extravaganza in season, harvest dinner in the vegetable garden in season, pool side parties, moms camp, specific art classes, doll making, domino tournaments, Gatsby parties, speaking events, etc....moreless
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A great place to kick back and relax
A great place to kick back and relax
Wow - what a marvelous, relaxing place. It was spotlessly clean too. We didn't want to leave. There's this wonderful feeling of being away from everything, yet we were only a few minutes from stores, restaurants, etc. For people from out of the area, this would be a great base to take day trips from (if you can pry yourself away). Santa Cruz is just a few miles down the road, and you're just over the hill from Silicon Valley. San Francisco isn't all that far away either. We will definitely be back! -Mike and Karen, June 2008
- Guest Mike & Karen (San Jose, CA)
- Date of stay 06/13/08
- Review Submitted 06/26/08
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.
Owner response: Thank you so much to all that have stayed at Bell Hallow. I look forward to meeting all that will stay here in the future and I thank you now. This is a very special place for special people. My family has held it close to our hearts for over 90 years. Thank you for making this so fun to share it with you. I look forward to our next visit
We came to stay at Bell Hallow for a wedding close by. We almost missed the wedding we were so relaxed and comfortable in the cabin! I enjoyed reading on the back deck, swimming in the pool and playing with the dogs. The cabin had everything we needed and I can't wait to come back!
- Guest Leslie (Hayward, CA)
- Date of stay 07/12/13
- Review Submitted 07/23/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, age 55+, girls getaway.
Best Vacation Ever
Best Vacation Ever
This was one of the best vacations that I have ever had and even thought we only stayed for a couple of days we wish we could have stayed forever.
- Guest DD in Sac Town (Sacramento, CA 95821)
- Date of stay 12/19/06
- Review Submitted 06/13/10
Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with young children.
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2 night min stay
Fri, Sat, Sun
Additional information about rental rates
20% booking deposit and balance to be paid 30 days prior to occupancy.
Additional Fees and Taxes:
9.5% Santa Cruz TOT tax
$500 refundable security deposit
20% booking deposit
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Year Purchased: 1919
About the owner: I am 4th generation Bell Hallow, 5th generation Californian. As an artist I can't imagine a better place to be. For me it is a great pivotal point for the San Francisco area all the way to Big Sur.....and look where I get to live. It just doesn't get any better. :-) What a ride!
Why the Owner Chose Ben Lomond:
This property has been in my family for over 90 years. 4 generations + the new 5th generation that is surfacing, (5 little ones so far) have enjoyed long summer evenings, and roaring fires on dark stormy nights. The home is loaded with wonderful memories and lots of laughter.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
I have been told many times that this is a magical and or healing place. It must be that if you are quiet, you hear the whispers of the majestic Redwoods, the gentle rush of the river, the songs of the birds, and sounds of nature.
- Secondary: +1 8313365926
Off the Back Deck
the dining area and kitchen
On the River
The living room
maroon bells room
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Date last modified - Thursday, May 23, 2013