You get it all here. Like walking into a quaint village in Southern France. Our colorful Country French beach house is a tapestry of textures, color, paintings and photography, all the result of our many trips to Europe, especially, France. Within walking distance to the beach you can walk from our Rio Del Mar beach to Pot Belly Beach in one direction and Seascape in the other. Just want to relax? Take in the ocean view from the decks. Sleep to the sound of the ocean waves? Our home is red stucco, trimmed in Mediterranean Blue with wrought iron railings inside and out. There are lounge chairs on the upper back deck, bistro table outside the kitchen french doors as well as dining table for 8 inside and out.. There is a charcoal BBQ as well as propane. The best ocean view is from the upper deck in the back. The front deck has a peek of the ocean and bistro set as well as dining for 4. Step inside, listen to french jazz and remember your last trip to France or dream of the one you hope to take. The interior walls are painted in soft muted colors. The living room chairs that surround the fireplace in soft tangerine and sage green leather. French peasant lamps top the side table draped in custom table covers from the South of France. Fabrics used for our custom upholstery and window coverings are from trips to Paris and New York with touches of Ralph Lauren. Some fabric I saved for years until I was able to put in all together and create this home.
Our home is not intended for the "party minded". It is a home designed with relaxation and indulgence in mind. It is not appropriate for children with lots of energy as there are breakables and collectible decor. Feel free to discuss this with the owner before booking. It is most appropriate for mature adults, grown up girls' weekends, perfect for four couples (there are no common walls between any of the bedrooms). Our best reviews come from vacationers who appreciate color, love to cook, artists, and folks needing relaxation and a break. We are close to many beaches, wineries, walking trails and fine restaurants. Capitola is about 10 minutes away. Santa Cruz 15 minutes and Carmel about 1/2 hour. We are 5 minutes from the entrance to Nicene Marks State Park. Aptos Village is charming. Antique hunters love Moss Landing (15 minutes south). You'll also find Phils seafood there, The Whole Enchilada and the Haute Enchilada. There are some very nice art galleries too.
Back inside the house you'll notice that it is easy on allergies and cleanup. We've used tile and wood floors throughout. Three out of four sleeping rooms have glass doors that open out to decks giving an outside-in feel. The kitchen is a gourmets delight with French Blue Viking Stove, Bosch Dishwasher, French Door Refrigerator, Granite Counter tops, built in pantry, Bay Window. The kitchen is fully equipped for gourmet cooking (including a Bialetti electric pasta maker from Italy,) 2 blenders, food processor, and french filtre coffee maker , coffee grinder, and a larger automatic coffee maker. There are plenty of pots and pans and baking pans. If you are an adventurous cook you'll find many exotic cook books as well as spices galore. There is filtered water in the refrigerator and an ice maker. We have provided stereo, DVD, flat screen TV and invite you to curl up to the fireplace with remote. The home is filled with many cobalt blue accents, original art by owners as well as several original oil paintings from San Francisco, Nice and Paris.. The large painting in the living room was commissioned by us from one of my photos of Pont Even France as the subject.
Three out of four sleeping rooms have doors to decks. Three Bedrooms have queen size beds with high thread count sheets an abundance of pillows and choice of down or alternative down comforters. All are provided to enhance your sense of luxury. The fourth bedroom has an Eastern King bed. Some beds have electric blankets as an added choice in the winter months. One large bedroom has a Wall Bed with a very comfortable mattress. The entire bed can be folded into the wall making way for a large play area for children.
Come and enjoy Friday night sailing regattas, excursions on the bay, whale watching from the beach, harbor seals, dolphins and watch the surfers. (or perhaps try it yourself). See the otters with their babies at Moss Landing, take a whale watching excursion or walk to Seascape Resort, take the kids to Hidden Beach Park or just slither down and enjoy the house. Camp Fires are allowed on the beach in the evenings and the sunsets are just exquisite. Cafe Rio has made a delightful comeback. They are now serving Pizza in their courtyard and exquisite choices inside the restaurant. It faces the beach. Great Cappuccinos and Espressos are whipped up for you to carry on your morning walks down the beach. Watch for circling flocks of birds as they are often an indication that the whales or dolphins are nearby. Getting bored? Consider the Seymour Center in Santa Cruz. There's a great orientation to their environmental program and touching aquariums. Its a great program for kids as well as adults. Its a nice short trip and not too much walking for little ones or older ones.
It's just a short drive to Carmel by the Sea or the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the outlets. The outlets in Gilroy are just about 45 minutes away as well. Go to Glaum Egg Ranch to see the "dancing chickens"and pick up your fresh eggs directly from the farm (its 10 minutes away.) Pick your own berries or just eat fresh berry pies at Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville. There is just so much to do. Take a drive down highway one north toward Half Moon Bay. Take in the lighthouses, mating elephant seals (in season). Check out Pescadero and enjoy Duartes Tavern and their old school American eats in the knotty-pine paneled dining room. Their cream of artichoke soup is famous . There's a great market and deli and very interesting shops including one making hand made wood furniture.. The many beaches are magnificent as well as Henry Cowell State Park along the way. This is a photographers paradise. There are some lovely pie shops along the way along with berry stands. Some berries you can pick yourself. Davenport on your way back to the Beach house has great restaurants a lovely old town and spectacular views.
Heading back south you'll come upon Santa Cruz where you'll find its well known beach and boardwalk, live music concerts and one of the few remaining wooden roller coasters. Santa Cruz also offers the Mystery Spot that will keep you wondering. Continue south past the beach house and find Moss Landing, Castroville (the Artichoke Capital of the world), Monterey Bay Aquarium, Carmel By the Sea, Carmel Valley (unforgettable wineries and European landscape pieces brought from Europe ) and restaurants you will never forget. Continue south to Big Sur and don't miss out on Nepenthes a historic restaurants that hangs over the cliff. Try an Ambrosia Burger and keep your eyes open for Clint Eastwood.
If you haven't done enough save a day for the outlets in Monterey or head east to the Gilroy Outlets. Don't forget that Gilroy is the garlic capital of the world.
I need to go back to beach house and relax now just writing all of this.
Keywords: Elegant Country French Beach House , Walk to Beach, Whale Watching