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Magical Huckleberry Woods Escape: Views, Pool, and Spa Near Santa Cruz Beaches

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 3,200 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Estate, 6 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 16)

This 3,200 square foot gated estate home is nestled in the redwood forest centrally located between the urban magic of San Francisco, the luxurious golf courses of Monterey's Pebble Beach, and Santa Cruz beaches and famous surfing spots, above the summer coastal fog.

THE PROPERTY: Huckleberrry Woods Escape is perfect for family reunions or memorable vacations with multiple families. Set on two beautifully landscaped acres, enjoy the black-bottom pool and separate spa, or lounge on the spacious 2000 sq ft of decks with soaring mountain views of the largest trees in the world, the Coastal Redwoods.

The kids will love the sturdy multi-leveled climbing fort with swings and slide, and adults can get competitive with rousing games of horseshoes, or find a quiet spot to sit in the shade and read on the many decks or in the organic gardens and orchard. There are also plenty of activities to bring the youngsters and adults playing together, such as ping pong.

The 2 acre property is gated and fenced. Remote controls for the main gate are issued at check-in.

The property is within a 15 minute walk of the historic town of Boulder Creek which boasts great restaurants, quaint shops, and the gateway to Big Basin Redwood State Park, and the San Lorenzo Valley.

THE HOME: Well-appointed and comfortable, the 6 bedroom home has plenty of room for a large group, with a fabulous chef's kitchen with Viking stove and expansive soapstone counters providing plenty of space for everyone to cook together An additional compact kitchen downstairs provides versatility. The library is convertible from a common area to a bedroom. An additional bath is in the pool/spa area which also includes an outdoor 'natural spring' shower.

The living room has a flat panel 45” HDTV with Netflix, HBO, Showtime, STARS, and On Demand with stereo and surround sound., with large VCR/DVD video and CD music libraries. The family room 42" flat panel HDTV with the same features.

The home and linens are cleaned with environmentally 'green' products that eliminate most allergy concerns, and you'll never run out of hot water for bathing, as the home has been converted to on-demand hot water heaters. In case of an area power outage, the house will automatically convert to generator power so activities don't have to stop.


15 minutes to Big Basin Redwood State Park

15-20 minutes to two challenging local golf courses at Pasatiempo and Boulder Creek Country Club.

30 minutes to the beaches of Santa Cruz

35 minutes to the Beach Boardwalk, where one of the world's best wood frame roller coasters is revered by coaster buffs from around the world: open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day and weekends year round.

20 minutes to Roaring Camp Railroad for train trips through the redwoods, the Redwood Mountain Faire in the summer, the Scottish Highlands Games in October, and Civil War reenactments.

35 minutes to the Santa Cruz wharf, famous for their seafood restaurants and the yearly Clam Chowder Cook-off

25 minutes to Loch Lomond reservoir for fishing boat rentals

Wine tasting offered at 12 local wineries within a 10 mile radius

30 minutes to the University of California at Santa Cruz which provides many entertainment opportunities including the world famous Arboretum

DAY TRIP ACTIVITIES: If you want to travel a bit further for your adventures, San Francisco is 1 1/2 hours to the north with it's famous Fisherman's Wharf, cable cars, and world class restaurants. Monterey is an hour to the south if you want to see the golf courses of Pebble Beach, or the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and if you continue to travel south another 45 minutes along the rugged picturesque coastline along Highway 1, you can experience the restaurants and art galleries of Big Sur, and get your feet wet in the Big Sur River while sitting in an Adirondack chair and listening to live jazz on the weekends.

There are so many things to do in the area your group may want to make this a yearly event. If your group has special interests please let us know and we can provide info.

This home can be your solution to a stress free, memorable vacation or family reunion.

Check-in after 4PM, check-out by 11AM.

Keywords: Gated estate with pool and spa

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Boulder Creek Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 16 ...
  • Max. adults: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 23 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Property gates must be kept closed when not in use to prevent deer from accessing gardens.
  • Cancellation policy: prior to 60 days before arrival date 50% refund of all fees, no refund within 60 days of arrival date
  • No more than 6 vehicles are allowed inside gates, and no street parking available.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Holiday Resort
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Ducted Heating
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Solar Panels
  • Split-System Heating
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bunny Rabbit Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Double sinks. Downstairs.
    Skylight Bath - toilet , shower , Granite vanity. Main floor. Handicapped bars: toilet/shower
    Spa Bath - toilet , outdoor shower , Pedestal sink. Next to spa in pool area.
    Cougar Bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Double sinks, bay window, handicap bars: toilet/shower/tub.
  • 20 sets of luxurious Egyptian cotton bath towels provided. 16 Pool/Spa towels are provided. Toilet paper, tissue, bar soap, liquid hand soap, Q-tips, and cotton pads provided. Each bath has a hairdryer and first aid kit.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Cougar Retreat - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Lg master suite. Memory foam King bed + daybed w/trundle
    Bear Cub Den - 1 king , Memory foam king bed can convert to 2 twin beds. Window seat
    Golden Newt - 1 queen , Memory foam sleigh bed with rocking chair.
    Copper Rose - 1 queen , Memory foam canopy bed and large closet.
    Hummingbird - 1 queen , Memory foam canopy bed with sliding door out to hammock deck
    Sunflower - 1 queen , Skylight over memory foam queen bed and ceiling fan.
    Redwood Library - 1 queen , 1 murphy bed , Queen memory foam murphy bed, or as Library/Music rm. Piano.
  • Additional Child Beds: (1) Padded sleeping floor pallet for young child, Portacrib for babies 25 lbs and under. Pack-n-Play for toddler.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Tennis
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 24 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Horseshoe stadium, piano, 2 person hammock, deck swing chair, garden 2 person swing lounge, covered workout deck with exercise bike, environmentally friendly cleaning products used. In case of an area power outage, the house will automatically convert to generator power so activities don't have to stop.


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Magical Huckleberry Woods Escape: Views, Pool, and Spa Near Santa Cruz Beaches
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 31 reviews

Lovely Home Under the Redwoods

  • 5 of 5

Nestled in a forest of redwood trees and an endless variety of woodland plants and landscaping, the Huckleberry Woods Escape is an aptly named vacation rental property. There was plenty of room for our four generations of family members to enjoy the house and two acres of property. While a cozy retreat in the Santa Cruz Mountains, it is close enough to the Bay Area for family to come and stay for just an afternoon or for a few days as schedules allow.

EJ and Nancy, the owners who live on the property, greeted us and spent over an hour giving a comprehensive tour of the grounds, amenities, and the house. It is obvious that they take great pride in maintaining the natural landscape, expansive decking, pool, hot tub, and the very nicely appointed home.

The large kitchen had relatively new appliances and every cooking essential and gadget imaginable, which was so appreciated by our family of foodies who love to cook. We were given a very lovely welcome gift basket which included wine, sparkling cider for the kids, popcorn, and even huckleberry syrup.

We spent most of our time in the pool with the family. The great-grandkids loved it, as well as the tree house/play structure. One day, EJ took four of the kids on a tour of the property, educating them about the redwoods, fruit trees, insects, and wildlife that frequently can be seen nearby. He even introduced them to his and Nancy’s two pet tortoises.

The home is a relaxing retreat close to golf, hiking trails, wine tasting, and not too far from the beach and Santa Cruz Boardwalk. EJ and Nancy were lovely hosts who truly addressed every possible need one could have while vacationing in a rental property. We really enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lloyd and Dorothy's family were a joy to host. By renting for 11 days they were able to have different family members come at different times, when they were available, so our maximum of 14 guests over 8 years old was never exceeded. Such a smart way to get quality time with each family member! We hope to see them back again soon.
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Walnut Creek, CA

You'll Never Want to Leave

  • 5 of 5

I would recommend Huckleberry Woods Escape to anyone looking for a house (estate, really) that's a destination within itself. George does a great job providing pictures and content to describe the property...but somehow it was even more fantastic in person. It was the perfect location for several families with children, because it's literally like three houses in one. You have the main floor, the three bedrooms with a seperate family room and kitchen downstairs, and then the private carriage house. We had five families onsite, and everyone was pleased with their accommodations.

It's obvious that the property is well-loved. It's truly like getting to stay in someone's fabulous house while they are away on vacation. In fact, the owners gave us a tour and a gift basket upon our arrival. It was easy to plan activities with their recommendations (golf, hiking, surfing, dinner out).

The amazing deck with fireplace, the treehouse, the fabulous pool and spa...I'm ready to book for next year just writing this review.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2008
  • Stayed: July 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate the love that Brooke's group gave back to Huckleberry Woods Escape, and would welcome them back at any time. The photos that they sent us of their group on the deck and the children's Tree House Club rules made our day. We pride ourselves in providing the little extra touches that make this vacation home a unique and special experience, and are looking for groups that can appreciate the finer things in life in a fun, comfortable, and environmentally friendly setting. Thanks Brooke for showcasing that so well! Note from Nancy 2012: While George passed shortly after Brooke's family visited in 2009, we have continued on in the same tradition, continuously improving and adding to the magic of the property,and have erected a redwood bear on the property in George's memory. The Carriage House is now my private residence, close enough for my guests to get any assistance they need, and separate enough that some groups never see us at all during their stay.
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Wonderful house, spectacular views!

  • 4 of 5

Our family get-together included 11 adults and 3 small children and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Huckleberry Woods Escape.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing property with everything you could want and exquisite attention to detail

  • 4 of 5

This property is beautiful and has all the amenities you could want. It is in the middle of the redwood forest and just looking over the balcony creates peace and serenity. We needed that since we had a lot of little kids with us! The owners live on site and are always available. The quickly resolved any little issues we had.

When we arrived, they asked everyone to participate in an extensive (almost 1 1/2 hours) orientation to the property. It would be helpful to have some of this written down since it was a lot to take in, especially with hungry little kids pulling on us. Kitchen is amazing and in contrast to many other properties, well equipped with large cooking pots and bowls etc. to accommodate our large party. It was carefully planned to have enough silver and dishes for everyone. It came equipped with spices and some staples that are so helpful to have when visiting a vacation property. The pool was cool because of the cold nights. It is solar heated - so gets warmer later in the day. The owners did request we not use sunscreen in the pool, which was difficult given that we had little kids. They also requested we not have kids in the hot tub, which was an issue given the temp of the pool! The play set and gardens were beautiful. We loved the location and the town of Boulder Creek is 5 minute drive away. We actually walked down for the 4th of July parade which was a blast. I would suggest if you do have a lot of little kids, this may not be the best property for you. We watch our kids very closely, but there are a lot of rules with this very nice property, so it was stressful.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We feel blessed that we had this amazing group of single mothers and their children, and completely agree that Huckleberry Woods Escape may not have been the ideal property for Lisa's group, as they had eleven children under 6 years old. We do request that the adults participate in a 45 minute orientation to the property so that everyone gets a quick start on understanding and enjoying all of the amenities, which are numerous, and best absorbed with hands-on demonstration. We talk about some of the history and ecology of the redwood forest, which most of our guests find very interesting. We like to have a good percentage of the adults go on the tour so that everyone has same information, but no one is required to join. For Lisa's group, the unexpected number of small children slowed down the orientation to a chaotic crawl. It was unfortunate that the weather took a cool turn for their days with us, but allowing children under 6 years old in a hot tub at 102-104 degrees is not safe for them, or hygienic for anyone else. While we have configured our property for all ages of children, and love having them, this many young ones on one two acre property was understandably stressful for these lovely single parents.
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Great place in Santa Cruz area

  • 5 of 5

Huckleberry Woods Escape is a wonderful retreat for a large family. The kitchen is large, attractive and very well equipped. The pool is beautiful, set downhill from the house, with 2 levels of decks above. There is parking space for several cars, and a secure driveway gate. Owners are close by and very helpful and friendly. Our family of grandparents, parents and 5 children, ages 3-13 loved the place. We had a great time at area attractions and hiking in state parks full of giant redwoods.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nesha's family was a pleasure to host for their visit to our beautiful sanctuary. We find that our best customers are families that get together yearly to reconnect, relax, and have fun, both on and off the property. Our main goal for having a vacation property is to provide a venue to allow families to bond, and "Escape Together".
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San Francisco, CA

Wonderful retreat!

  • 5 of 5

The house and property were beautifully maintained, and fit our group of 4 families perfectly. Nancy and EJ were wonderful hosts, very flexible and accommodating with check out times. They even came to the rescue providing solutions to last minute requests. We had a wonderful stay; the property was a delight for kids and adults alike. Recommended to anyone seeking a relaxing getaway among the redwoods.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Veronica's group was a pleasure to host at Huckleberry Woods Escape. We find that the main demographic that we cater to, family groups like Veronica's, appreciate having us on-site but "out of sight", to help them with an little thing they need to make their vacation more enjoyable. We can direct them with shopping recommendations, quick repairs, and suggestions on places to visit, to name a few. It provides a feeling of security to know that they can immediately get help without hassle. We find that guests that have not thoroughly read our listing, and are not happy with having us near, are usually groups that want to have loud parties, and these guests are never invited back.
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Nancy and EJ
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

About Nancy and EJ

We are architects and commercial construction project managers that love to build wonderful spaces worldwide for living, working, and playing. We have a small dog, Pest, that we travel with extensively, and we thoroughly enjoy sharing the magic we create with others.

Nancy and EJ purchased this estate in 2004

Why Nancy and EJ chose Boulder Creek

Nancy purchased the property to bring her parents out to California to be closer to family, as they were disabled and in their 90s. She wanted to provide them with a beautiful way to spend their golden years. It was the perfect property to accommodate their disabilities in style,. The property was converted to a vacation rental in 2008, and due to it's location in one of the most stunning and rare forests in the world, and yet close to international airports, it has been a resounding success from the first year, with guests arriving from all corners of the globe. We enjoy sharing the comfort and amenities of this estate with others, and can offer recommendations on how to make our guest's stay much more than just a place to sleep.

What makes this estate unique

The property is truly a destination in itself, as it affords the opportunity to swim, sunbath, soak in the therapeutic spa, hike in the redwood forest, find quiet spots to sit and reflect or read a good book, cook gourmet meals with friends and family, sit under the stars in front of the outdoor fireplace, be entertained watching hundreds of movies in a surround sound environment, have some friendly competition playing horseshoes and ping-pong, and working out on a private deck with exercise bike to keep in shape, without leaving the property. We had Nancy's family reunion with a full house of family members from all over the US, and everyone had the time of their lives. These was plenty of space.... room to gather together, and intimate areas to get away from the crowd. The children were able to have 2 fenced/gated acres to play without the parents worrying that they would be lost in the forest, and they loved the sturdy climbing structure 'fort' with swings! I'm grateful to be able to share the property with my guests, so they can discover the serenity and magic we experience at this unique property.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a piece of paradise! Rising with the fog covering the mountain tops. Nightly soaks in the spa gazing at the stars. Smelling clean, clear redwood air. This home is a sanctury and we have received so much nurturing, inspiration, and fun here. Thank you for creating this lovely space for us to retreat and create peace. You went above and beyond to make our stay as seamless, comfortable, and relaxing as we could have imagined. This home is truely a haven for the soul.
Aug 2008
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Nearest Airport
29 Miles
Norman Y Mineta International San Jose CA SJC
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Joe's Bar, Boulder Creek Brewery
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Boulder Creek Golf and Country Club
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
13 Miles
Highway 17
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Italian, Japanese, Burger, Chinese, Mexican, Pizza
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Junction Park, Boulder Creek
Car: necessary

A 40 minute drive from the San Jose International Airport and 1 1/2 hours to the San Francisco International Airport. Close enough to the hustle and bustle of the Silicon Valley, yet private and secluded without being more than a few minutes from necessities and tasty restaurants. For those that like nightlife, Joes, Henflings, and Don Quixotes all offer live music on weekends without traveling out of the mountains, or a short trip into Santa Cruz will reward you with anything from intimate solo performances to concert venues that bring in nationally known talent. If you can be in the area for Memorial weekend, the Aptos Blues Festival is a magical treat where you will see the best performers in the country, because they love to play the Santa Cruz audiences in this beautiful outdoor setting. On Friday nights all summer long you can enjoy the free concert series at the Beach Boardwalk featuring all the old time Rock'n' Roll artists from our past. Never a dull moment!

Other Unique Activities: Wildlife viewing, beach amusement park, railroad train rides, zip-line through the redwoods, disc golf, kayaking in the Elkhorn Slough. A 'must experience' is the famous Shadowbrook Restaurant in Santa Cruz.

Golf: Golf courses within a 20 minute drive: Boulder Creek Country Club (18 hole), Pasatiempo Golf Club (18 hole) designed by the famous Scottish architect Alister MacKenzie, the course is famed for its breathtaking scenery and rich golf history, Valley Gardens (9 hole)

Golf courses within a 30 minute drive: DeLaveaga Golf Club (championship 18 hole) offering a disc golf course also, Seascape Golf Club.

The famous courses of Pebble Beach are about an hour away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Housekeeping fee $400 + Tax
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $79
Tax Rate 11.0%

$500 refundable deposit for wheelchair. Deposits can be paid by check or credit card. Renting guest must be min. 26 years old and stay for the entire reservation. Each guest under 21 years old must be accompanied by an adult. We do not accept bookings for day events. All bookings require min. of 1 weekend night. Santa Cruz County restricts this property to a maximum of 14 guests over 8 years old.

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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