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French Country Beach House

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms , 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

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 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. It indulges the senses with custom upholstery and window coverings from Paris and New York with touches of Ralph Lauren. 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 with a peak of the ocean. The kitchen is fully equipped for gourmet cooking (including a Bialetti electric pasta maker from Italy. There is a Weber Gas as well as charcoal BBQ if you prefer to cook outside. The living room has sage green and rust leather seating as you sink in and enjoy stereo, DVD, flat screen TV or curl up to the fireplace with remote. Three out of four sleeping rooms have queen size beds the fourth with an Eastern King bed. Down and down alternative duvets give you a choice in comfort. High thread count linens throughout enhance your sense of luxury.. For the colder months there are electric blankets. Our home is filled with original photography (some by owner Judi) and oil paintings from Paris, Nice, San Francisco as well as two by well known artist Suzanne Etienne. A few done by owner, Walt. Come and enjoy Friday night sailing regattas, excursions on the bay, whale watching from the beach, harbor seals, dolphins and watch the surfers. 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. Getting bored? 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 a half hour 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 from at Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville. There is just so much to do.

Keywords: Elegant Country French Beach House Walk to Beach

More Details

Judi Jessen
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 23, 2017

About Judi Jessen

This is a photo of Walt in the Canary Islands. We are both psychotherapists and artists, Walt also teaches meditation. We have been married for 35 years and have travelled throughout the world. The interior design of our home reflects ideas we've gathered from our travels to France, Italy, Greece, Portugal and Morocco. . Memorabilia, photos, fabrics and ideas have been woven together creating a palette that delights the senses. We want our guests to sit back and wonder where it all originated. Our past renters have said that they do just that.

Judi Jessen purchased this house in 2003

Why Judi Jessen chose Central Coast

We chose to buy and remodel in Rio Del Mar because it is within 30 minutes of our home in Los Gatos and fast access to the beach. We wanted a place that was close enough for us to enjoy it often. We liked that the house was in a quiet neighborhood . It is not so close to the beach that we have to worry about tourists looking in our windows or loud parties, but close enough to just walk down the hill to the beach. It has close proximity to whale and dolphin watching, surfing, beach combing, hiking, theater and the Farmers Market on Saturdays. There is room here for us to entertain friends or have the whole family over for the weekend. The house is separated in such a way as to have two separate suites with separate and or common entrances. It works well.

What makes this house unique

The kitchen is esthetically pleasing. It's colorful, filled with french equipment and has just about everything a gourmet chef could need. I enjoy cooking here. The Viking Stove cooks so evenly. The set up is easy to clean and easy to entertain in. The French Doors that open out onto the decks expands the entertainment areas and brings the outside in. There are also curtains around the sunbathing deck to create privacy from the neighbors. The neighborhood is quiet for reading and lounging. All of the sleeping areas have no common walls with other bedrooms, so your privacy is insured. It's a great place for a couple's getaway. The elevated deck with increased ocean view has outdoor curtains to ensure privacy while sunning. When the weather is cold I appreciate the gas fireplace in the living room. I don't have to lug in wood or clean up a mess. We just sit back and use the remote.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Susan,

Thanks so much for your words of acknowledgement. It's your kind of feedback that continues to make it fun and an artistic thrill when making the house more and more exciting for our guests. You are always welcome back and its renters like you that I appreciate most. Judi
Jun 2016
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Aptos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1) 1 Eastern Tempurpedic Bed. It's just luscious. There's also a TV in this room in the Armoire, Queen size Beds (3) There is a Queen Bed in the downstairs studio bedroom. (this room also has pvt. deck, beverage cooler, sink and stove) and antique setee. A queen wall bed in the large Art/Computer/Bedroom. There's a wall bed with a regular mattress is case renters want a large play room for children. They can just flip the bed up. A queen bed in the upstairs bedroom with 10 ft. sliding glass door onto deck with ocean view.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(35 traveler reviews)

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French Country Beach House
average rating of 4.9428573 based on 38 reviews
San Ramon, CA

The house was exactly as pictured. Every detail was nicely attended to for our stay.

  • 5 of 5

At first we were just a tad disappointed that the house was not closer to the beach but that quickly faded as lovely character of the home enfolded us in its charm. It was truly a delightful experience. From the tiny vases of lavender to wonderfully appointed kitchen. The design elements were especially nice, really enjoyed the little nooks, French fabrics & wonderful photographs & paintings done by the owner. All the assorted kitchen gadgets were a handy addition. The beds were comfortable & cozy. The decks front & rear allow one to see the ocean while scented sea breezes flow wonderfully in and out of the upper floor. The house was very well appointed in its furnishings. All this made for some great new memories for our family, while encouraging remembrances of past seaside vacations. Our grown children were recalling the many summers we spent in nearby Pajaro Dunes. This was a nice central location from which to reach sevetal of our favorite spots in Carmel, Capitola and Santa Cruz. This was our first experience with a VRBO so we did not know the ropes too well. There were lots of helpful notes left by the owner here and there. There was a bit of unexpected housekeeping at the end which doesn't happen at any of our timeshares but then they lack the wonderful personalization that really shines in this lovely French country home. There is easy access to highway 1, a nice local grocery store, coffee houses & a poultry farm. While one is really not really aware of the road the house sits off of while at the house (not noisy at all), cars can speed by at a fairly good clip. We therefore decided driving to the beaches was preferable to walking. All and all it was a delightful experience that we will not soon forget.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Debbie, What a lovely review. You have captured the delight that I had and continue to have in putting the house together; trying to imagine what people would want, what they say they want as well as continuing to weave in the beauty of our ongoing travels. You have highlighted an appreciation of particular areas that I found the most pleasure in creating (my photography, my husbands' paintings, architectural features, mementos of travel and design). You cared for the interior of our home in a way that I care for it and this is what I most appreciate in travelers such as you. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. Judi
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L.A., CA

Beyond Expectations

  • 5 of 5

Several family members stayed here for my son's New Years Eve wedding. I was blown away by the ambiance, décor and comfort of this home! Judi has thought of everything to ensure your stay is as near perfect as possible. Nothing has been left to chance. I truly get the feeling Judi is more interested in making people happy then making a buck! She definitely succeeded this time!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Danny, You were a joy to work with from your initial inquiry to your check out. I love it when people notice and appreciate the little extras I add in. Your wife is surely a keeper. I couldn't have left the house better. I would love for you to come back when you don't have a wedding when you can just hang out and explore. Judi
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Relaxing weekend

  • 5 of 5

We stayed had a great weekend in July with 2 families. The place was very cute and clean. The beds were very comfortable and the kitchen had everything we needed. The kids loved looking at all the knick knacks. The owners were very responsive about a broken BBQ and brought out a new one right away. We enjoyed eating on the deck at night. The beach was easy to get to with the car and quiet on the days were visited.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sue, I was distressed that the BBQ pooped out, but glad we could get it replaced quickly for you. It also gave us an opportunity to meet you and so pleased that it all worked out and you all had a great time. Judi
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beautiful stay

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here for 7 days with 4 couples (wedding in aptos) and had a lovely stay. Loved the colorful ambience and cozy feel...nice big kitchen area appointed with anything you could possibly need. The beds and pillows were super comfy and all slept well...showers (one of my pet peeves) were great...plenty of towels too. We were able to get 4 cars in the driveway with no problem. Owners were easy to get a hold of with any questions we had. Location was perfect with CVS and Grocery store just down the road. We would return in a heartbeat! Thank you Judi...hope to meet you in person at our next stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Patti, If I could rate my renters, I must say you get the biggest 5 stars. All of our interactions were so lovely and your regard for our home could not have been most respectful. Even our cleaners said, "these people really loved your home". I would love for you to return...and I would love to meet you.
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Perfectly lovely and comfortable vacation rental

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family of seven, ages 7-70, were very very happy to have had this charming and clean house, tucked in a gorgeous, quiet hillside in Aptos, for our family reunion. The house is charming, beautiful, very clean, and comfortable. We slept so well! 4 great bedrooms! One downstairs even has it's own small kitchen! We were all happy to have use of the lovely skylighted main kitchen to cook (with all the plates, cookware, spices you need), the large propane BBQ on the deck, and the washer/dryer downstairs. The back deck is quiet and lovely with two tables, chaise lounges, and a view of the ocean. The living room is perfect for reading, hanging out or watching tv. It's a 3 minute drive to the local grocery store and they have everything you need. The house is close to the beach too. We didn't want to leave! PS. Deposit mailed back promptly. Thanks, Judi!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house for a family reunion near the beach

  • 5 of 5

This turned out to be a great location and wonderful house for a family reunion of parents, kids and grandbabies. Just a short 10 min. walk downhill to the beach (beware of the steep uphill coming back up but not too bad if you are reasonably fit...we did it with a grandchild in a stroller). There's also a very nice deck off the kitchen with table and chairs, chaise lounges and a view of the ocean and a second deck off the living room. The house is well-equipped with cooking tools, dishes and pots and pans. Loved all the French provincial touches. Not particularly child-friendly but it worked for us with our infant grandchildren so long as we kept a good eye on them. In easy driving distance of Santa Cruz and Capitola too.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
San Jose, Ca.
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Cafe Rio
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Seascape Golf Course
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Santa Cruz
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Bittersweet/Cafe Rio
Nearest Ski
150 Miles
Lake Tahoe/Squaw Valley
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Rio Del Mar
Nearest Point of Interest
Carmel By the Sea
Nearest Point of Interest
Elkhorn Slough
Nearest Point of Interest
10 MINUTES to Capitola
Nearest Point of Interest
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Nearest Point of Interest
Rio Del Mar Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Arboretem at UCSC
Nearest Point of Interest
Wetlands of Watsonville Nature Center
Car: necessary

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Carmel by the Sea, Hidden Beach Playground, Monterey Marine Sanctuary, Cement Ship, World Class Golf, Santa Cruz Boardwalk- Wooden Roller Coaster,

Antiquing. Soquel and Moss Landing, Gayles Bakery- Capitola. Fresh Berry picking in Davenport. Hang gliding, Surfing, Live Theater at Cabrillo College and Shakespeare Festival at UC Santa Cruz, Nicene Marks State Park about a mile away. Surf from our beach. You can walk to Seascape Resort from our beach.


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
Jul 7 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
New Years
Dec 29 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $180
Damage Deposit $500

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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