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Opal Cliff Drive Cottage- with Private Beach Access

Bedrooms 2
Space 850 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)


We've spent the past several months doing an extensive remodel of the cottage. The kitchen and bathroom are 100% new, and the floor plan has changed. If you've stayed with us before, or are reading earlier reviews note that the entrance to the bathroom is no longer off one of the bedrooms as it used to be, but now is situated more conventionally off the general living space. Also, changed: each bedroom now has a queen bed, with the one in the smaller bedroom being a Murphy bed so you can lift it out of the way if you need more open floor space for any reason.

“Madeline’s Cottage” is our guest house located on Opal Cliff Drive in the best beach-side micro-climate in Santa Cruz County. We have the best beach weather and the quietest beach location in town!

The cottage is set well off the street just a few doors from gated “Privates” beach (you’ll have use of a gate key during your stay). From here you can hear the waves crash and the seagulls call, and walk or bike to many local attractions: A five minute walk one direction will take you to the dining and night life of charming Capitola Village, five minutes the other direction leads you to the world-famous surfing area of Pleasure Point. Madeline’s Cottage neighborhood offers access to entertainment for every interest.

Maybe you don’t feel like venturing out- or you have little ones and need to stay a bit closer to home? The cottage enjoys use and views of our award-winning garden and yard.

Maybe you want to get out of the neighborhood? The more urban cultural attractions of downtown Santa Cruz are 15 minutes away.

Maybe you don’t like that kind of culture? The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and its Giant Dipper roller coaster are also 15 minutes away.

The kitchen/dining area is light, bright, and roomy, and separate from the family room where the TV is located. The Garden bedroom has a queen bed and large closet, and looks through a big sliding door onto the garden, while the “Kids” bedroom is smaller and has a queen Murphy bed. . Overall floor space of the cottage at ~850sf is ample for 4.

Madeline’s Cottage is located behind our own personal home on our 1/3 acre lot, so you will not feel wedged in amongst a lot of other vacation rentals, and we take pride in making your stay as pleasant as possible. It has a fully equipped kitchen with all utensils and basic spices and condiments, but if you have special needs please let us know. Also, if you have dust allergies and let us know a bit in advance we can remove all soft-surface flooring from the cottage.

We’re looking forward to your visit!

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More Details

Hugh Forrest
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2018


Opal Cliffs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower-no tub. Freshly remodeled 3/18.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (2)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
For guests with allergies all soft floor coverings can be easily removed- just let us know in advance, Please be aware that though some reviews mention an awkward bathroom location, as of 3/2018 the cottage is fully remodeled and the bathroom access is conventionally located off the general living area now. Also, as of 3/2018 each bedroom has a queen size bed- the twin trundles are gone.


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(47 traveler reviews)

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Opal Cliff Drive Cottage- with Private Beach Access
average rating of 4.680851 based on 47 reviews

Fantastic location and lovely cottage.

  • 5 of 5

My son and I stayed a week at the Opal Cliff Drive Cottage and absolutely loved it. The location is perfect...the cottage is located just steps away from a lovely beach and situated between Capitola Village and Pleasure Point. We brought our bikes and were able to bike all along the shoreline and thru all the various neighborhoods. There are plenty of great restaurant/food options and shopping within walking distance. The cottage is right behind a main house and the owners are onsite. They were attentive when needed but also gave us plenty of privacy. Both houses share a huge, private/gated backyard, but the owners left it for us to use all week. We brought bikes, a kayak and a paddle board and were able to stow them securely in their backyard. The cottage is really roomy, with a very bright, open kitchen area and a cozy living area. The beds were comfortable and the kitchen well equipped. There is also a nice BBQ on the patio. Our favorite part of the stay was Maya and Cooper - their very sweet, friendly Australian Shepherds, who gave us lots of love! This is truly a lovely cottage... we will be back for sure! Thank you Hugh and Marylou!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Crystal- Thanks for the great review! We hope to see you again soon!! Hugh & Marylou
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A lovely and spacious vacation home

  • 5 of 5

Far larger than your typical "cottage," this two-bedroom has plenty of space and the recent remodel is Sunset magazine-worthy. Dogs Maya and Cooper provide plenty of play and affection, and the house is walking distance from downtown Capitola. We stayed here last year and visited again this year, and love staying here when we can. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed your visit! Hope to see you again next year!!
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Charming guest house perfectly situated between Opal Cliffs and Capitola

  • 5 of 5

We so enjoyed our stay with Mary Lou, Hugh, and Maya and Cooper (their two delightful pups). Firstly, the house is very newly renovated with a brand new kitchen, bathroom, flooring and thoughtful decor that ties in perfectly with the beach vibes of the area. We especially loved the sea glass theme throughout the house. With two kids, we found everything we needed in the kitchen and Max was ecstatic about the tricycle that was left for him to play with, and our one year old was thoroughly entertained throwing apples in the yard from the gorgeous apple tree that provides a sweet shady spot for afternoon lazing and garden picnics. This really is a paradise for kids, and situated perfectly for walks to 41st Ave for Verve coffee and Chill Put Cafe burritos, or a visit to the quaint downtown Capitola area. Mary’s Lou also gave us helpful suggestions of things to do, eg best farmer’s markets, etc.

We would so happily return and will be recommending this house to friends who are looking for the perfect vacation spot in Santa Cruz.


  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely review! It was a pleasure having you, and we hope to see you back again soon.
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Berthoud, Colorado, USA

Perfect place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommend this place! Close, convenient and the property owners are very friendly. The house is updated and the shower is great!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely review- we hope to see you back again soon!
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Wonderful, modern guest house in great location

  • 5 of 5

What a great place! Recently remodeled guest house with comfy beds and well appointed kitchen. We stayed here with two adults and a child, and it was very comfy. Perfect distance to beaches (private beach across the street) surfing, and amenities. This is a guest house behind the owners house, but we felt like it was our own place. Owners were accommodating and nice. Our 7 year old loves their friendly dogs. Great place, highly recommend!!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location

  • 4 of 5

The place is in a great location. The dogs are very friendly, but do bark at times, and love to come in the house and say hi. The bathroom is off of the 2nd bedroom which made it difficult when little ones were napping or sleeping (especially cuz the door squeaked), and there is only a small shower which made it hard for cleaniing little ones. Overall good experience, just things to co insider with little kids. The owners are very friendly and let some of our friends come and visit for dinner also. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning- Stays < 1 week $75

Stays of less than 30 days will be charged 11% county tax.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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