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So Close Yet Feels So Far Away...Bell Hallow

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Last updated: 10/01/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property 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, mountain lion 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, and David Bruce 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.,
Carmel.....1 hour,
Golf....15 minutes to Pastiempo Golf Course,
...........35 minutes to Big Basin Golf Course,
...........1 hour 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….., specialty groceries
Tyrolyn Inn..........great German food
Cosa Nostra..... for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Post office......
liquor store.....
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, redwoods, special events


Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 950 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    21 years old...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • Bathroom 2


  • ...moreless

  • The master bath room has a shower (no tub) with a small window overlooking the San Lorenzo River. The guest bathroom has both a shower and Victorian bath tub. The half bathroom is also the laundry room...moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Water View:

    The river is literally at the foot of the secluded back deck....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Bell Hallow sits on the banks of the San Lorenzo River....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden:

    A wonderful woodland garden...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$255 $275
Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,635 $6,250
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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  • Refundable Damage Deposit $600
  • Tax Rate 11%


20% booking deposit and balance to be paid 30 days prior to occupancy.

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Last updated: 10/01/2015
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30 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Jose International Airport......45 minutes
86 Miles
Nearest Ferry
San & one half hours away
30 Miles
Nearest Train
on the other side of the mountain
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 9
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
Santa Cruz Beaches....15 to 20 minutes

Car: Necessary

Ask us about: WEDDINGS AND OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS, honeymoons,


Owner info

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.

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Speaks: english

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  • Bell Hallow

    Bell Hallow

  • My Woods

    My Woods

  • Off the Back Deck

    Off the Back Deck

  • the dining area and kitchen

    the dining area and kitchen

  • French Room

    French Room

  • On the River

    On the River

  • Front Entry

    Front Entry

  • The living room

    The living room

  • maroon bells room

    maroon bells room

  • The Pool

    The Pool

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