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5 Star Equestrian Estate in the Santa Cruz HIlls

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,900 sq ft
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Serene rural but not remote location for family or business getaway.

Recent 5 star reviews:

Gorgeous home in secluded space. Perfect for our family to spend the weekend together and enjoy the incredibly scenery from the spacious deck. This is a really special home, and Tom was a wonderful host! – Amy / May 2018

Perfect place for a team retreat! We loved the patio, grill and proximity to the beach. Would definitely come back. – Mallory / May 2018

Tom’s ranch is an amazingly lovely property overlooking a gorgeous vista of hills and California greenery. Excellent amenities and value—really enjoyed our stay. A+ - Clair / May 2018

…the place is absolute gorgeous, with a fantastic view and great amenities. We were a group of twelve, and we had plenty of space and a very comfortable stay. We highly recommend the Willow Pond Ranch, and hope to come back in the future! – Avshalom / April 2018

Amazing location and home for a family trip or company offsite. The house is modern, spacious, and well decorated. The property is incredible - nestled in the hills with a great view. We had a group of 14 and never did we feel cramped or bored. It was absolutely perfect. Would highly recommend. – Lucia / April 2018

Not a party house, we respect our neighbors' serenity and expect you to do so also.

New massage chair, hot tub, espresso. Looking for your next great gathering with family, friends or associates? Ideal for brainstorming (screen available). How about a beautiful mountain retreat? Fresh air breezes. Cool spring water. Where nature abounds. Dark at night. Quiet and peaceful away from the crowds yet still close to beaches and all the fun. Welcome to Willow Pond Ranch, the Santa Cruz Mountain equestrian sanctuary. Be sure to check out our tour video (Search u tube: tom north VRBO).

Magic Happens in the Majestic Santa Cruz Mountains.

A typical recent review: "The ranch is the most perfect team offsite location! It’s beautiful, stately, large, and well located. My team did planning and brainstorming and bonded. The kitchen is beautiful, has two ovens and sinks and is great for preparing large meals with multiple chefs. All the equipment was new and high quality. The hot tub was great, views gorgeous and beds so comfortable. It’s an incredibly luxury experience and place to stay. Highly recommend! "

Extensive hardscape, roses, fruit trees, redwoods, and lush mature gardens are accented by a spectacular 40' terraced waterfall and koi pond. With over 2,000 sq. ft. of patio, porch, and decks on which to entertain, like royalty, overlook Love Creek Valley from your custom-crafted newly renovated 4BR/3BA hillside chateau high above. In all directions and from all rooms, like magic the serenity and splendor outside soothes and is felt inside.

Custom crafted chef's kitchen

Astonishing woodland-nestled master suite, “to die for” bath, walk-in closet

Rock-terraced, subtropical, mature gardens with waterfall, and koi pond

Sweeping 360o valley and redwood views from expansive decks and patio

Serene: rural yet not remote

Fresh, cool, ocean air and spring water

Tranquil – above and apart from activities soak in the brand new hydro therapy hot tub

Peaceful - dark, quiet at night

Soothing – nature abounds: quail call, birds chirp, owls hoot, hawks soar, ducks dart, coyote yip

#1 CA / #3 U.S. Best Place to Live - NYTimes

Santa Cruz County Transient Occupancy Tax Registration C001850

More Details

Tom North
Member since: 2018
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018


Soquel Avenue Corridior Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Noise curfew 10:00 PM - 8:00 AM by county ordinance 8.30. Limit loud outside noises. Please respect our neighbors and the serenity of our valley.
  • No drones or illegal activities and in particular NO FIREWORKS - extreme fire danger.
  • Speed limit on ranch: crawl (<5 mph). On Alfadel: 10mph. Please drive slowly and cautiously: riders, horses, children, pets.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Downstairs Bedroom - 1 queen
    Master bedroom suite - 1 queen , Separate master bathroom with shower and whirlpool tub
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Garden / waterfall view
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Ranch / valley view
    Family room - 4 bunk bed
    Loft - 2 twin/ single , Trundle bed
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing


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5 Star Equestrian Estate in the Santa Cruz HIlls
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

Peaceful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful property! It was the perfect place for our family and friends to gather and reconnect! The house has everything you would need and more. There were wine and snacks left out for us too! The scenery and setting was so beautiful and relaxing! It was wonderful getting to end each day soaking in the hot tub.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful place in a perfect location

  • 4 of 5

We had a group of 15 for a family vacation. The house was the perfect size. Tom responded promptly to any issues we had. The location was perfect to enoy Santa Cruz beaches & boardwalk. Everyone in the family from age 8 to age 70 enjoyed this place.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Palo Alto, CA

Perfect setting for a writing retreat

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful, natural setting, quiet and remote. We enjoyed hanging out inside and on the wraparound deck(s). Restaurants and beach are only a 10-15 minute drive away.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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five star equestrian estate

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a very nice three day stay in this beautiful home. Very spacious and plenty of room to accommodate nine of us with room to spare. High end kitchen and all amenities provided. Very peaceful and quiet in the Santa Cruz mountains but still close to town. Owner, Tom North was very nice to work with. Highly recommended. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The house the location beautiful

  • 5 of 5

The family were impressed with everything everything picture perfect

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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If I could give more stars, I would

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful views, well designed house.

Everything is so peaceful and quiet.

Loved it!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
32 Miles
SJC - San Jose
Nearest Beach
4.4 Miles
Capitola Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $350
Additional Guest Fee $30 per person per night

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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