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"Bois Coeur" Redwood Shangri-La! - 5 Minutes to Capitola Beach

Soquel Avenue Corridor, Santa Cruz, CA, USA
  • Bungalow1800 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

1908 Craftsman Cottage, Authentic Redwood Experience - sleeps 8

Absolutely enchanting and romantic turn of the century country estate on 4.4 heart shaped acres is located just 2 miles to the Village of Soquel, 5 minutes to Capitola Beach, 10 minutes to Santa Cruz, and just 35 minutes to Monterey and Carmel.

The majestic redwoods and the absolute quiet will restore and soothe your soul. Wake to the sun streaming into your open windows - no need for curtains here. Enjoy breakfast on the large deck under the redwoods, just outside the kitchen door. The casement windows open onto the wraparound deck keeping it truly in touch with nature. The south meadow is a great area for play, or having a campfire in the evening. There are so many enchanting scenes and areas on this property everyone will be able to find their "special place".

Keywords: Lodge, Redwoods, Capitola, Craftsman, Cottage, Hiking, Wineries, Nisene Marks Park, Land of Medicine Buddha, Village of Soquel, Antique shops, Village of Capitola, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, acreage, quiet, peaceful. Large upstairs loft with open beams serves as additional sleeping and living area. Artistic and unique setting with amazing covered porch (sleeping porch) for lazy evenings outdoors. All modern conveniences, dishwasher, washer dryer, internet, cable TV. Property is updated yet maintains the 100 year-old authentic feeling of a craftsman cottage built in 1908. Kitchen features 6 burner AGA stove, marble countertops, Bosh dishwasher. Original wood flooring throughout the home. Walls of casement windows in the living room unites with nature. A wrap-around deck (large covered area on west side) invites you to enjoy the privacy of your own park and the beauty of the night sky. Clawfoot bathtub! This is truly an experience you will enjoy - a very unique property with charm, romance and it will be a memorable experience for the entire family. There is a creek for exploring or cooling off in summer. All rooms feature quality linens and down bedding (hypo-allergenic) - down alternative available on request. You will be surrounded in an environment that will transport you to a long ago, peaceful and beautiful place.



Member Since 2010
Response time:
within a few days
english, french, german
Calendar last updated:
Mar 09, 2018
About Ariane

This "heart-shaped" property stole my heart when I first saw it in 2005. It was a hidden jewel but really rundown and needed to be saved. I ran to its rescue and have spend the past 10+ years making it a haven for all who enter. I am proud to offer this property to anyone who wants a truly unique and inspiring getaway that transports you to a time long ago and is yet only minutes to the beach, hiking trails, a meditation center, wineries, antique shops, and the beautiful Monterey Bay Sanctuary. If you have never stayed in the Redwoods, you are in for a a special treat. They surround you with their peace and splendor and you will find yourself not wanting to leave!

Ariane purchased this Bungalow in 2005

Why Ariane chose Santa Cruz County

This will be an experience you will long remember. This is no ordinary house, it is a unique and romantic experience that will invite you to relax and enjoy the surrounding beauty. It will be a home you will really enjoy coming back to after a day out on the bay or exploring the area. Or, it can be a complete retreat from day to day cares in a setting where nothing exists but the magic of the forest, the quiet noises of the birds and the running stream nearby.

What makes this Bungalow unique

Experience an authentic Craftsman cottage built in 1908 in a very private and quiet setting. The owner has maintained the property in its natural state - majestic redwoods surround the house and property.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
        • Queen size Beds (2) There are queen beds in 2 of the downstairs bedrooms. , Double Beds (1) There is a double futon bed upstairs, Twin or Single Beds (2) There is a twin trundle bed in one of the 3 downstairs bedrooms which side by side is equal to a king size bed


        • 2 Bathrooms

            Location Type

              • Mountain View
                The property is gently sloping with access towards the creek with nearby waterfall. Majestic redwoods surround the property and there is a large sunny south meadow for campfires (seasonal), and general playing around.
              • Near The Ocean
                Located within 3 miles to the many beaches of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary, including Capitola, Pleasure Point. About 30 minutes to Monterey and Carmell
              • Rural
                Beautiful 4.4 heart-shaped acres with natural park-like setting featuring towering redwoods, a sunny meadow, and adjacent creek - plenty of hiking available nearby and on property
              • Village
                Capitola Village is about 3 miles down the road


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Linens Provided
                        100% cotton linens and down comforters (hypoallergenic) provided for each bed. Down alternative comforter and blankets also provided.
                      • Broadband Access
                        Verizon works up at the property - other providers can be sketchy - usually available on upstairs porch
                      • Computer Available
                        Wireless internet service is available at the property - Bring your laptop or other device
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Central forced air heat
                      • Internet
                        Internet is available and the password will be in the guest book.
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Mobile Phone
                        There is limited cell phone coverage at the property. Internet is available and wireless
                      • Parking Off Street
                        There is guest parking, and RV parking on site (RV parking requires surcharge)
                      • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                        RV parking is available along with electrical hook-up at an additional nightly fee.
                      • Telephone
                        telephone is available for local calls
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet
                        Wireless Internet service is available at the property and easy to access
                      • Wood Fireplace
                        Authentic clinker brick craftsman fireplace


                          • Kitchen
                            Great country kitchen with a 2-oven AGA gas stove! There is a small Bosch dishwasher and large country sink.
                          • Catering Available
                            Gayle's bakery and rotisserie is nearby
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            fully stocked kitchen
                          • Dishwasher
                            I recently added a small size built-in Bosch dishwasher - yay!
                          • Coffee Maker
                            there is a drip coffee maker, a stove top espresso and a french press Pete's Coffee provided for 2 days
                          • Microwave
                            There is a small microwave on top of the refrigerator
                          • Oven
                            Convection oven and baking oven and toaster oven
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                            6 burner AGA with two ovens!
                          • Toaster
                            Toaster oven on counter


                              • Dining Area


                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    Television is located upstairs in the open 700s.f. loft furnished with a large white linen L-shaped sectional
                                  • Television
                                    Very small TV and DVD player - in the upstairs loft
                                  • VCR


                                      • Balcony
                                        The front porch is fully covered, and ideal for use as a sleeping porch. The southern balcony is a great place to end the day with a glass of wine, or stargazing
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        The house is surrounded by decking which makes it perfect for entertaining and outdoor living. There is a large grassy patio area great for afternoon sunning, or playing or entertaining
                                      • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • wheelchair accessible
                                            The downstairs and surrounding decking are all one level and a ramp up the first 2 steps can be accommodated. There is no walk in shower downstairs. There is a clawfoot tub with shower overhead.


                                              • library
                                              • arboretum
                                              • churches
                                              • cinemas
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • botanical garden
                                              • marina
                                              • museums
                                              • playground
                                              • restaurants
                                              • winery tours

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • boating
                                                  • paddle boating
                                                  • photography
                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • shelling
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking
                                                  • whale watching
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • fitness center
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • hospital
                                                      • laundromat
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • pier fishing
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • sailing
                                                          • snorkeling/diving
                                                          • snowmobiling
                                                          • surfing
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • wind-surfing


                                                              • 100 year old redwoods, creek, wildflowers, absolute quiet, authentic 1908 charm, lots of parking, hiking, wraparound decks, sleep in porch, casement windows huge artist loft, coffered ceilings, wainscotting, country kitchen, 4.4 acres of absolute quiet and the sweet sounds of bird calls surround you in this enchanting historic craftsman cottage. Enjoy the sounds of the babbling nearby creek, or walk down the road to the limitless hiking of Nisene Marks Park. Twin logs form a bridge across the creek into the Land of Medicine Buddha with its magical forest trails, meditation center and prayer wheel. If you are into antiques the Village of Soquel two miles down the road is the place to be. Prefer the beach? Capitola, its nightlife, beaches and restaurants are 5 minutes away. Santa Cruz is 10 minutes north on Hwy 1. There are 3 or 4 wineries on Glen Haven, Bargetto Winery, Hunter Hill Winery and Soquel Vineyards included. This heart-shaped property will embrace you with nature.

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 2:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                2 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                A wonderful getaway in the woods.

                                                                Nicole W.

                                                                We stayed for a weekend at Bois Coeur with 4 teenagers. It is a magical, beautiful home and very quiet. The pictures are accurate to the house, which is Bohemian stylish, well-stocked with everything you need, and spacious for a large party. We cooked both nights in the compact but very functional kitchen. Ari was very responsive and helpful throughout our stay. Thanks and hope to visit again!

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                It was wonderful to have guests who truly appreciated this unique retreat and treated this wonderful old house like their own very special home. I am so happy you all enjoyed your stay, and I would welcome you back any time! Ariane

                                                                Perfect Soquel/Santa Cruz retreat!

                                                                hulaChico, CA

                                                                My family of 2 adults and 3 kids (ages 11, 8, 7) stayed at Bois Coeur in mid-June. We had an excellent time spending time at Ariane's property. The house is beautiful and located in an incredibly peaceful setting. The deck that surrounds the house is great for watching the trees or reading or just being alone. The property and the nearby hiking trail are excellent for exploring.

                                                                While staying here, we went to Capitola and Santa Cruz beaches, but it's a great place to use as a base for anywhere in the Santa Cruz/Monterey area.

                                                                My wife was sad to leave. It's a place we hope to return to someday and we usually don't like going to the same places more than once,

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                It was so nice to see your note saying your "loved" staying at the property...and the response from all of you when you first saw the property made me feel really good. I am so happy you enjoyed your stay - your respect for the property was so evident in the way you left it. I would be delighted to have you come back!

                                                                with gratitude,



                                                                Soquel Avenue Corridor, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

                                                                wine tasting, meditation, antique hunting in Soquel Village, wonderful restaurants and beaches . Whale watching and fishing tours from Santa Cruz Harbor and Moss Landing - kayaking, surfing. Monterey Bay Aquarium 30 minutes south - Big Sur about 45 minutes. San Francisco one hour 15 minutes. Land of Medicine Buddha retreat center offers classes, and has a wonderful hiking trail. Local wineries include Hunter Hill, Soquel Vineyards and Bargetto with many others nearby. Enjoy the local shops in the Village of Capitola and special summer open air concerts and festivals. Cruise the Monterey Bay on the renowned Chardonnay sailing ship.


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