About the property
- Estate3000 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights
Estate, 6 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 16)
This 3,000 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
Nancy and EJ
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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.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Beautiful home, really nice property
Fourteen of us had a wonderful stay at Huckleberry Woods. The home was absolutely gorgeous and the grounds were beautiful. It was well appointed and peaceful. The gourmet kitchen was a joy to cook in. Nancy and E.J. were great hosts to this property.
Wonderful house, spectacular views!
Our family get-together included 11 adults and 3 small children and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Huckleberry Woods Escape.
Lovely Home Under the Redwoods
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.
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.
Amazing property with everything you could want and exquisite attention to detail
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.
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.
Great place in Santa Cruz area
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.
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".
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.
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.
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
Additional information about rental rates
$500 refundable deposit for wheelchair. Deposits can be paid by check or credit card. Renting guest must be min. 23 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 7 years old.