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

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Stunning pool setting for refreshing fun


Last updated: 04/23/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-5 nights
  • Sleeps:16
  • Bedrooms:7
  • Bathrooms:3.5
  • Property type:Estate
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

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 Wood Sanctuary 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 ten 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, perfect for gaming or movie viewing.

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 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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Member since: 2008

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/23/2017

Property Type

  • Estate
  • 3200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 16
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    No one under 21 will be allowed without adult supervision. Rental contract must be signed by adult 25 years old or older who is staying for the entire rental period....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Pool area fenced separately, but parents must be responsible for children's access. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking outside only....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Dog allowed with prior approval and damage deposit. No cats due to owner allergies....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Concierge


  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    All main floor interior and most of main deck wheelchair accessible with no steps. Accessing pool and spa will require steps. Wheelchair damage deposit required....moreless

Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, Beds for 16

  • Redwood Library: 1 murphy bed

    Queen memory foam murphy bed, or as Library/Music rm. Piano....moreless

  • Cougar Retreat: 1 king, 2 twin/ single

    Lg master suite. Memory foam King bed + daybed w/trundle...moreless

  • Bear Cub Den: 1 king

    Memory foam king bed can convert to 2 twin beds. Window seat...moreless

  • Golden Newt: 1 queen

    Memory foam sleigh bed with rocking chair....moreless

  • Copper Rose: 1 queen

    Memory foam canopy bed and large closet....moreless

  • Hummingbird : 1 queen

    Memory foam canopy bed with sliding door out to hammock deck...moreless

  • Sunflower: 1 queen

    Skylight over memory foam queen bed and ceiling fan. ...moreless

  • Other (See Description): 1 child bed, 2 baby crib

    Portacrib, Pack-n-Play and kids pallet add in larger rooms....moreless

  • Additional Child Beds: (1) Padded sleeping floor pallet for young child, Portacrib for babies 25 lbs and under. Pack-n-Play for toddler. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bunny Rabbit Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Double sinks. Downstairs....moreless

  • Skylight Bath: toilet, shower

    Granite vanity. Main floor. Handicapped bars: toilet/shower...moreless

  • Spa Bath: toilet, outdoor shower

    Pedestal sink. Next to spa in pool area. ...moreless

  • Cougar Bath: toilet, shower, jetted tub

    Double sinks, bay window, handicap bars: toilet/shower/tub....moreless

  • 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....moreless

Other Amenities

  • 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. ...moreless


  • Books:

    Hard back library and paperback exchange library...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    Living room and family room...moreless

  • Games:

    Many board games, card games, dominos, cribbage, etc....moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library:

    250 CDs - blues, classic rock, jazz, country, Christmas, ect. Piano, guitar, banjo, and recorder for your use in Library/Music room....moreless

  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    In living room and family room ...moreless

  • Stereo:

    6 CD changer in Living room...moreless

  • Television:

    (3) 45' HDTV flat screen in Living Room, and 55' HDTV in family room for movies and gaming....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Games:

    X-Box plus games available on request...moreless

  • Video Library:

    150 DVDs and VHSs...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Holiday Resort
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • 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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

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

Location Type

  • Mountain:

    Soaring redwood forest views...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Beautiful soaring mountain views from main deck, octagonal sky deck, living room wall of windows, kitchen, and master bedroom picture windows...moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    Just a few minutes to the beaches of Santa Cruz...moreless

  • River:

    San Lorenzo River rafting a favorite sport...moreless

  • Rural:

    In the Santa Cruz redwood forest, yet only 30 minutes away from the famous technology haven of Silicon Valley...moreless

  • Village:

    The small historic town of Boulder Creek is quaint and convenient....moreless

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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Dining table can accommodate 12, plus breakfast bar seating for 2 and deck just outside dining room sliding glass door has table seating for 10....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 14 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access:


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Large capacity...moreless

  • Ducted Heating
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace:

    Sealed and child safe gas log fireplace in living room and wood burning fireplace in main deck...moreless

  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Exercise bike, Ab Lounger, hand weights, exercise ball, chin-up bar, trainer jump rope. Exercise mats....moreless

  • Free Long Distance:

    US long distance at no charge...moreless

  • Garage:

    2 car garage can be converted for ping-pong ...moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    In living room...moreless

  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Separate forced air furnaces control each floor's temperature. Gas fireplace in living room also a furnace....moreless

  • Internet:

    High speed DSL...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    Luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets on all beds....moreless

  • Living Area
  • Living Room:

    Large leather couch, love seat, rocker, and recliner. Hearth will seat 4. Large flat screen TV, DVD/VHS/CD player, portable IPod player w/speaker, 100's of movies and CDs....moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    6 vehicle parking inside gate....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Maximum of 6 vehicles inside the property gates. No street parking. Inquire about additional parking....moreless

  • Parking On Street
  • Solar Panels
  • Split-System Heating
  • Telephone:

    Portable phone provided...moreless

  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    18 sets of luxurious Egyptian cotton bathtowels provided plus 18 extra large pool towels and an assortment of beach towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Large capacity. Laundry soaps and softeners provided...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Wireless available in house, on decks and at pool. Computer tech support available for internet connections if needed....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    On main deck...moreless


  • Blender
  • Catering Available:

    Call for local recommendations...moreless

  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    Coffee makers in each kitchen and coffee grinder in gourmet kitchen....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Kitchens fully stocked with all cooking essentials, including full line of Calphalon cookware, waffle iron, large stock pots, blender, food processor, large crock pot, + much more....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Quality dishes, glassware, barware, and flatware for 18, plus china and crystal....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Ultra-quiet Miele dishwasher in gourmet kitchen on main floor....moreless

  • Freezer:

    Large bottom freezers in both refrigerators....moreless

  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    (2) Large gourmet kitchen on main floor with Viking range, ultra quiet Meile dishwasher, Subzero refrigerator plus refrigerated drawers, Calphalon cookware, service for 18. Compact kitchen downstairs....moreless

  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave:

    (2) 1 microwave in main floor kitchen, and another in downstairs kitchen....moreless

  • Oven:

    Two ovens in main kitchen Viking range...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Over 30 herb/spices provided. Some oils, vinegars, and dry goods....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Built-in Sub-Zero refrigerator plus two refrigerated drawers in main kitchen, and apartment size refrigerator in downstairs kitchen....moreless

  • Stove:

    6 burner Viking range with grill...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    4 slot toaster in the gourmet kitchen plus additional 2 slot toaster in downstairs kitchen....moreless


  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles:

    2 bicycles can be borrowed wth prior approval....moreless

  • Binoculars
  • Boat:

    Small fresh water fishing boat rentals available at Loch Lomond reservoir, 40 mimutes away. Ocean fishing and whale watching boat tours available at Santa Cruz Wharf, 35 minutes away....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    (5) Five spacious redwood decks plus (2) stone patios, one with shade pergola at pool, and other at greenhouse; with tables, umbrellas, wicker seating, outdoor fireplace, and lounges....moreless

  • Golf:

    Boulder Creek Golf and Country Club, Pasatiempo Golf Course, Delaveaga Golf Club and Seascape Golf Club within 15- 35 minutes. Pebble Beach courses within 1 hour....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Rentals from Santa Cruz Wharf or Elkhorn Slough....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    At poolside....moreless

  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden:

    Small lawn area, huge garden and orchard. Regulation horseshoe stadium....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Large propane grill on main deck, and use of smaller portable grill by request for poolside use....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub:

    In ground spa with redwood deck surrounding it, big enough for 5 adults and under large umbrella for all weather use....moreless

  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Private Pool:

    Black bottom, in-ground, solar heated....moreless

  • Jetted Tub:

    Large enough for two in Couger Retreat...moreless



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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
Jun 13 - Aug 16, 2017
5 night min stay
$900 $1,000
Fri, Sat, Sun
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 22 - Nov 27, 2017
4 night min stay
Winter Holiday 2017
Dec 22 - Jan 2, 2018
4 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$875 $1,000
Fri, Sat, Sun

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • Housekeeping fee $385 + tax
  • Property Damage Protection $79
  • Pet Fee $100 + tax
  • Tax Rate 11%


$500 refundable deposit for wheelchair. Deposits can be paid by check or credit card. Rental fees to be paid by check or wire transfer. Guest signing contract must be min. 25 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 12 years old.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 04/23/2017
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29 Miles
Nearest Airport
Norman Y Mineta International San Jose CA SJC
1.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Joe's Bar, Boulder Creek Brewery
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
Boulder Creek Golf and Country Club
25 Miles
Nearest Train
13 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 17
1.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Italian, Japanese, Burger, Chinese, Mexican, Pizza
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Boulder Creek, CA, USA:
Nancy purchased the property to bring her parents out to California to be closer to family, as they are 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.

The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
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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Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/23/2017

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  • Stunning pool setting for refreshing fun

    Stunning pool setting for refreshing fun

  • Spa deck next to pool

    Spa deck next to pool

  • Chef's kitchen with 2 oven, 6 burner Viking range

    Chef's kitchen with 2 oven, 6 burner Viking range

  • Piano can be accompanied by provided guitar, banjo, & hand drum for musical fun

    Piano can be accompanied by provided guitar, banjo, & hand drum for musical fun

  • Master Bath with jetted tub and garden window

    Master Bath with jetted tub and garden window

  • Compact Kitchen Downstairs

    Compact Kitchen Downstairs

  • Forest Canopy Bedroom

    Forest Canopy Bedroom

  • Main Deck will Seat a large group around the outdoor fireplace

    Main Deck will Seat a large group around the outdoor fireplace

  • Children's Play Structure

    Children's Play Structure

  • Sunflower Room with skylight over bed for celestial viewing.

    Sunflower Room with skylight over bed for celestial viewing.

  • Computer Workstation

    Computer Workstation

  • Light filled living room can seat a large group

    Light filled living room can seat a large group

  • Open plan dining room adjacent to kitchen

    Open plan dining room adjacent to kitchen

  • Master Suite

    Master Suite

  • Copper Rose Bedroom

    Copper Rose Bedroom

  • Fitness Deck

    Fitness Deck

  • Hammock Deck

    Hammock Deck

  • Carved Bear Totem in Rock Garden

    Carved Bear Totem in Rock Garden

  • Lots of fun for the kids - their own fort!

    Lots of fun for the kids - their own fort!

  • Hall Bath next to Sunflower Room

    Hall Bath next to Sunflower Room

  • Library Reading Nook

    Library Reading Nook

VRBO #165307

This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Sunday, April 23, 2017

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