Birdsong, Deer, Wild Turkeys, White Clouds, Blue Skies, Starlight, Tranquility..(73 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
Winter Paradise, Single Level Home, Park Setting, Polite Dog Welcome, Good Road
Enjoy warming up next to the fire places with the library that is full of local history, geology, birding, novels and DVD’s.
The comfortable bungalow style interior along with open floor plan and renovated chef's kitchen makes this home ideal for a family retreat or couples getaway. It is stocked with all essential housewares and linens. We overlook our own private meadow, surrounded by forest, enjoy the meadow room with no walls and view spectacular stars against a dark sky, there is fire pit for marshmallows, a massive deck, and fabulous sofa for afternoon naps. We have accommodation for kids and teenagers, as well as an opportunity for a quite romantic getaway.
Picture perfect beaches are practically private during the winter months, perfect for a peaceful stroll and idealistic couples walk. in addition to countless natural wonders that are at your fingertips.
If you’re looking for day adventures Big Sur, San Francisco, wineries and all the all the treasures between (Monterey, Carmel, Point Lobos, Franklin Point, Pigeon Point, Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, Capitola, and Saratoga) are available from this central location with an easy 20-minute drive.
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Member since: 2005
- 1100 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
A Meadow for sun and baseball. Our forest is a place to look for nutes, polywogs, and California lizards. The meadow provides room for games like soccer, baseball, water-slide, volleyball. A small fenced yard near the kitchen and deck is great for smaller children....moreless
- Non Smoking Only:
- Pets Considered:
- Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Wheelchair Inaccessible:
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 4-8
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Great hiking trails behind the house are part of the Quail Hollow Park and Nature Preserve. Private meadow, woods, wildlife, Loch Lomod, fishing and canoeing. One of a kind zip Line at Mount Herman Camp. One of the best frisby golf courses is minutes away. Like most areas in the Santa Cruz Mountains, be prepared to see a large array of animals and plants. Quail, Deer, Coyote, Ring Necked Doves, Chickens, Hawks, Bob Cat, dogs, cats, and an assortment small mammals and reptiles have been found in the meadow. ...moreless
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- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Theme Parks
- Water Parks
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Whale Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
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Many different beaches are found north and south of Santa Cruz: 4-mile Beach is 8 mi Main Beach (Boardwalk) is 10 mi Natural Bridges State Park, Steamers, Twin Bridges, Wilder Ranch, Sea Cliff, ...moreless
Two seasonal creeks border our property and a great adventure for younger guests. The nearby San Lorenzo and Zyante Rivers are places to picnic and hike. Garden of Eden is a popular swimming hole. ...moreless
Ben Lomond and Felton, both quaint 19th century logging villages, are within 2 miles. The picturesque Boulder Creek a little further down Highway 9; both charming walkable movie location downtowns....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Equestrian Events
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Pier Fishing
- Rock Climbing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Dining Room
- Seating for 6 people
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- Iron & Board
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Pasatiempo Golf Course was designed by world-renowned golf architect Alister MacKenzie is 3 miles away. The Hollister House, the club house (built in the style of Larkin) is a great place for brunch....moreless
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|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Feb 6 - Mar 10, 2017
2 night min stay
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Mar 11 - May 31, 2017
2 night min stay
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2017
2 night min stay
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Pet Fee $25
- Housekeeper Set up fee $150 + tax
- Refundable Damage Deposit $250
- Tax Rate 11%
In keeping the the peaceful nature of this property and surrounding we maintain a very strong Do NOT DISTURB the neighbors policy. Loud music, voices, and barking dog may put your stay at risk and forfeiture of money paid. This is not the property to book if you would like to have a party, or think you might have a noisy person in your group. Our county permit to operate a vacation rental has strict occupancy rules for both day and night, please inquire if this might impact your plans.
Once the property is booked, cancellation fee is $250.00 if more than 60 days notice is given. Please see the cancellation policy.
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Located on the Central Coast between San Fransisco and Carmel nestled in the hills above Monterey Bay Area, we are an easy drive to almost every where on the central California Coast and the San Francisco Bay Area.
The picturesque historic logging villages of Felton, and Ben Lomond are both within 2 miles of the Ben Lomond Bungalow. Boulder Creek, home to one the worlds greatest Redwood Forests, is a few more miles down the road.
Behind our backyard is the Sunset Trail head leading from Quail Hollow Ranch Park. This 300-acre historic horse ranch is currently a nature preserve and home to a few horses, but is offers 15 hiking and equestrian trails.
Roaring Camp Railroad is where you will find a variety of well loved adventures. Travel back in time aboard a nineteenth century steam train from the Redwood Forest to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Municipal Wharf, and Main Beach (AKA Steamers Lane); additional seasonal events are offered throughout the year.
A memorable stroll down Pacific Ave or West Cliff Drive might include a Monarch Habitat, Surfers Museum, or tour the UCSC Marine Lab with child docents.
State Parks surround us, Big Basin State Park, Henry Cowell Redwood State Park, Historic Wilder Ranch State Park, Quail Hollow Ranch Park, UCSC are an easy drive. Go a little further to find Sea Cliff Beach State Park, Elk Horn Slough in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Point Lobos Nature Preserve, and even Big Sur. North along Highway One you will discover elephant seals at Ano Nuevo, Davenport, the home of Odwala Juice and Bonny Doon Winery, lighthouses, and many remote isolated beaches, wind surfing, and other unique enterprises
Quick outings might include the 1-mile bike ride to the nineteenth century Mt. Hermon conference grounds where you may choose to whiz down a zip line (known as the longest on the central coast) through the tree canopy. Or pedal the 2 miles to the picturesque Village of Ben Lomond where the smell of chicken barbecue always wafts from the parking lot of the Ben Lomond Market. Rent a fishing boat or Canoe at Loch Lomond (3 miles up the hill) or fish in the San Lorenzo River, off the wharf or ask how to sign up for deep sea fishing in the Pacific Ocean.
Hiking through Big Basin Redwood Forest is a lifetime memory or visit the Highland Park or the 3 remaining Historic Logging Villages. Henry Cowell Redwood Forest and State Park is home to a centuries old Redwood Grove that features a self-guided nature path. The park has a picnic area above the San Lorenzo River. Anglers fish for steelhead and salmon during the winter (catch and release).
Shop till you drop on the Pacific Avenue Mall and enjoy the street musicians. Folks say the nearby Pasatiempo Golf course, a Alister McKenzie design, is as good as you can get for public (semipro) golf. Golf-week rates it #3 in California. The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is part of the Joseph M. Long Marine Laboratory, a research and education facility of the University of California, Santa Cruz just 10 miles away or drive a little further to the Monterey Bay Aquarium,
Follow paths to incredible vistas along coastal edges and high mountain trails that overlook the Monterey Bay and Pacific Ocean. Visit Santa Cruz's 300 historic homes dating from the 1850s through 1930s and its 247 structures of architectural significance that dates from 1930 through 1950. The Mountain Village of Boulder Creek is where you will find the streets found in a number of Hollywood movies because its historic charm is evident along each block, as the quaint shops of artisans, antique dealers, are mixed with the local fabric of the community.
World class jazz every Monday at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz is open to all ages. Santa Cruz Farmer's Market is every Wednesday located one block off of Pacific Avenue.
Take day trips to explore the California Coast from Big Sur and Carmel-by-the-Sea, to the Golden Gate Bridge and streetcars of San Francisco.
Colleges and university visits are a natural from Ben Lomond Bungalow. UCSC is 12 miles, CSU San Jose and CSU Monterey Bay are about 30 miles, Stanford University is about 40 miles and UC Berkeley is 70 miles.
Visit up to forty-five different Santa Cruz wineries. Winemaker Wednesdays at Shadowbrook Restaurant features 2 to 4 wines from local Wineries in a spectacular river front setting.
Barrel Tasting & Wine Dinner is held at Bonny Doon Vineyard every Thursday where you can glimpse into the winery & cellar. Barrel tasting is followed by a hosted three-course, prix fixe family style dinner paired with wines of Bonny Doon Vineyard.
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, recognized as the best seaside park in the world, offers free concerts on the beach Friday nights. Don Quixote’s International Hall of Music, a tiny mountain venue offers fabulous intimate experience.
Only 30 miles from the hustle of San Jose and Silicon Valley is a different world, magic is here on Ben Lomond Mountain
Year Purchased: 1978
About the owner: When at work, we are a university professor teaching architectual history, and a maritime-historian; but our hearts belong to the Santa Cruz Mountains. Our family enjoys the central coast region and has for more than a century. You are invited to view our album on the linked YouTube slide show and then let us help you find the hidden paths around Santa Cruz and the San Lorenzo Valley.
Why the Owner Chose Ben Lomond, CA, USA:
The Oak Tree on this property speaks for it self, it is AMAZING, as are the birds who come to rest. We chose this property 38 years ago, partly because of the open flat sunny meadow surrounded by forests with distant mountain views and partly because the geology is as varied in each direction as the potential activities nearby. Once in the house you may not want to leave but the redwood forests, beaches, and cities of San Francisco, Monterey, Carmel, San Jose, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale are all with in reach. If you are looking for crowds, noise, fog, traffic -- go someplace else. We are tranquility, blue skies, white fluffy clouds, bird song, deer, wild turkeys and brilliant starlight. Ben Lomond Bungalow, in Santa Cruz Mountains is place that defines California Central Coast living at its best and the line between indoor and outdoor living spaces dissolve. Now you have the chance to enjoy our hard work great neighbors, trails, and access to every thing on the central coast including the zip line at Mt Herman as you move from platform to platform through the tree top canopy. On the mountain, two miles from our country retreat is a venue for quality music at the Don Quixote's Interntational Music Hall. Fishing license and small craft rentals are available at Loch Lomond or the Santa Cruz Wharf as well as other places around the county we can help you find.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The trails around the ranch will lead you past a pond, year round streams and a host of wildlife. The sunset trail above our home leads to a panorama vista overlooking the coast and nearby valleys. Behind the property you will find Quail Hollow Ranch, an equestrian park first developed by the founders of Sunset Magazine as their weekend home. We are close to many state parks and the redwood trees beaches and fun and creative shopping areas. We look forward to sharing our list of fun places to play and eat; however, if you are not able to escape leave work, satellite conference rooms and office space is available within two miles. The rich and varied history of the region is recognized as one of the most significant biological treasures in the state of California, the Zyante Sandhills Zone support a unique community of plants and animals found only in Santa Cruz County.
- Primary: +240 460 3903
- Fax: +1 8883718599 incoming faxes from US only
Links to more information:
- CLICK HERE - This wonderful Italian Restaurant is new to Ben Lomond but a welcome addition with a fabulous menu, food, and service.
- CLICK HERE - Quail Hollow Ranch Park and Preserve
- CLICK HERE - Loch Lomond Reservoir
- CLICK HERE - The Trout Farm Inn Burned to the Ground June 2016
- CLICK HERE - A visitors video project at our home with their grandchildren, shared with permission.
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The sunset trail behind the house offers spectacular views.
Immaculate and a joy to return home after a day of exploring Central Coast Area
Kitchen tasks do not take you away from the group conversation. VIEWS!
Always nice to come home after a long day of adventure and exploration. EZ Hwy.
Comfortable Bed, private deck, hot tub, fireplace, large shower, meadow views.
The walk in shower is large and offers a bench and a view of the tree tops.
A cozy queen bed in the guest room is a comfortable place to sleep.
Coffee in the morning on the deck off the master bedroom is a great start.
Just outside the bedroom is a great deck with seating area, hot tub, waterfall
The 300 year old tree is spectacular any time of day, home to birds, & squirrels
Quail Hollow Ranch Home with a 21st century attitude, 30 mi to Cupertino.
West Cliff Drive between the Santa Cruz Wharf and Natural Bridges State Park.
After a long day of play retreat to quiet & elegance of the Ben Lomond Bungalow.
Fabulous large drawers contain most normal appliances. Room for many hands, VIEW
Gas or Charcoal Grill on the deck, pull out sofa bed, desk, VIEWS, fast WiFi.
For groups larger than 6 we suggest moving table to the living room to expand.
The library is now full of local history, geology, birding, novels and DVDs.
The old fashion bath tub is a a great bubble bath.
The 3rd bedroom works well as a den, or play room. The chair unfolds to twin.
The hottub offers a spectacular views of garden and stars.
The area around the meditation fountain is home to many birds and Ponderosa Pine
The kitchen garden is planted for our guests and their young visitors to harvest
Our shared private road is well maintained, and is a short distance to highways.
Point Lobos, Monterey, Carmel, Los Gatos, San Francisco are all easy day trips.
This listing was first published here in 2010.
Date last modified - Monday, January 23, 2017
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