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So Close Yet Feels So Far Away...Bell Hallow

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 950 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 2.25 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Welcome to “Bell Hallow.”

Come and discover the spirit of Bell Hallow.

Relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of the forest, where the sound of the birds and the river surround you on a quiet sunny afternoon by the pool or on the back deck over hanging the river or somewhere within the hidden gardens you will find numerous spots for quiet moments. This is the perfect place to come paint, or write that book you have been thinking about for months.

For the person who is looking for mountain activities, we have art and wine festivals, and music concerts of the Santa Cruz Mountains, including Shakespeare festival at UCSC, also, Ben Lomond is home to our own live Mountain Theater.

For the motor cycle enthusiast, back roads with stunning views and road side taverns. Miles and miles and miles of mountain side, sea side and country side roads to explore.

Hike Big Basin National Park with excellent hiking all the way to the coast, (see the giant redwoods). With any hiking, perhaps you will have sightings of our neighborhood deer, fox, bob cat, coyote, mountain lion and other wild creatures.

There is always the beaches and Boardwalk in Santa Cruz.

More than 30 wineries are open within 10 miles in the Santa Cruz Mountains including Bonny Doon, Byington, Storrs, Hall Crest, and David Bruce wineries, to name a few. The Santa Cruz mountains are a natural appellation for Pinot Noir grapes.

This area is lively with numerous small towns, road side taverns, and out of the way places.

Quick look....right on hand:

San Jose Air Port.....45 minutes,

San Francisco.....1 hr. 30 min.,

Carmel.....1 hour,

Golf....15 minutes to Pastiempo Golf Course,

...........35 minutes to Big Basin Golf Course,

...........1 hour to Monterey's golf courses.

The Mountain Winery......35 minutes.

Amazing small venue with great entertainment.

(Willy Nelson etc.)

Monterey Bay Aquarium .....45 minutes,

Santa Cruz beach and Boardwalk......15 minutes,

Los Gatos (great shopping) 30 minutes

Moss Landing sloughs for kayak 45 minutes.

Roaring Camp Railroad offers special events, civil war enactments etc. ...

Easy walk to

Grocery store….., specialty groceries

Tyrolyn Inn..........great German food

Cosa Nostra..... for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Post office......

Henflings, our local bar.....

liquor store.....

Mountain Theater for stage plays

Henfling’s Firehouse Tavern, for nightly live music

Gatsby in the ruff........: BELL HALLOW is a brown shingle 2 bedroom family cottage sitting on the banks of the San Lorenzo River in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Tastefully furnished with family antiques, oriental rugs, and lots of wonderful memories. A cozy deck hangs over the river bank...The perfect spot for a mint julep. BELL HALLOW offers Ping Pong, Horse shoes, other 'court' games, and swimming in a very private pool.

How Bell Hallow received its name. In 1906, after the Big Quake, parts of the valley was clear cut of Redwoods to rebuild San Francisco. Teams of Oxen would help guide the mammoth redwood trees down the San Lorenzo River flues to the lumber mills. On their harness there was a rack of 5 bells that gently rang with each step they took. The music of the bells reverberated on the banks while King Fishers sang. Yes there is a history and great stories.

Keywords: cottage, river, mountain, private, forest, romantic, get-a-way, family, cozy, country, pool, weddings, magical, redwoods, special events

More Details

molly milligan
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2018

About molly milligan

I am 4th generation Bell Hallow, 5th generation Californian. As an artist I can't imagine a better place to be. For me it is a great pivotal point for the San Francisco area all the way to Big Sur.....and look where I get to live. It just doesn't get any better. :-) What a ride!

molly milligan purchased this cottage in 1919

Why molly milligan chose Ben Lomond

This property has been in my family for over 90 years. 4 generations + the new 5th generation that is surfacing, (5 little ones so far) have enjoyed long summer evenings, and roaring fires on dark stormy nights. The home is loaded with wonderful memories and lots of laughter. The little ones believe Fairies live here.

What makes this cottage unique

I have been told many times that this is a magical piece of land where healing of the soul takes place. It must be that if you are quiet, you hear the whispers of the majestic Redwoods, the gentle rush of the river, the songs of the birds, and sounds of nature.


Ben Lomond Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • The master bath room has a shower (no tub) with a small window overlooking the San Lorenzo River. The guest bathroom has both a shower and Victorian bath tub. The half bathroom is also the laundry room
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master bedroom has 1 Queen size Bed Guest room has a pair of Twin beds.
  • Books
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 10 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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So Close Yet Feels So Far Away...Bell Hallow
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews
San Jose, CA

A great place to kick back and relax

  • 5 of 5

Wow - what a marvelous, relaxing place. It was spotlessly clean too. We didn't want to leave.

There's this wonderful feeling of being away from everything, yet we were only a few minutes from stores, restaurants, etc. For people from out of the area, this would be a great base to take day trips from (if you can pry yourself away). Santa Cruz is just a few miles down the road, and you're just over the hill from Silicon Valley. San Francisco isn't all that far away either.

We will definitely be back!

-Mike and Karen, June 2008

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2008
  • Stayed: June 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much to all that have stayed at Bell Hallow. I look forward to meeting all that will stay here in the future and I thank you now. This is a very special place for special people. My family has held it close to our hearts for over 90 years. Thank you for making this so fun to share it with you. I look forward to our next visit
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San Francisco, CA


  • 5 of 5

Well maintained property with nature lovers’ musts for hiking, swimming, and superb dining not far away... peaceful get away

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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East Bay

A beautiful, blissful retreat!!!

  • 5 of 5

We could not have had a more lovely, relaxing time. The grounds and gardens were just as gorgeous as the pictures, and the interior of the house surpassed our expectations...full of charm and character. We loved sitting on the deck enjoying the view and sounds of the river. It was a treat to hang out in the front yard and be surrounded by greenery and trees at the pool. Molly is an absolute sweetheart (thanks for the fresh eggs!) and we loved the visits from the dogs (and one cat). Altogether just what we needed! Thank you Molly!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I love sharing the spirit of Bell Hallow with my guests. Each guest in their own way, manifest their own magical experience. As my father used to say, "The world around us is constantly changing, but Bell Hallow will remain the same as long as it stays in our family." This little piece of heaven has been in my family since 1918, through three generations. The fourth generation is on the horizon. Each generation chooses a steward to maintain the spirit and love of this magical place. I've been told by many guests that Bell Hallow is a place of healing grounds that embrace you. All come for their own reason, and most find it difficult to leave.
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great family cabin

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful and charming place for us to stay in the Santa Cruz Mtns. It was raining for part of the time we were there but we were cozy and comfortable the whole time! Beautiful spot, lovely accommodations and still close to restaurants, coffee, groceries, etc. Would definitely return.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was such a pleasure having you here at Bell Hallow. I love sharing this wonderful, magical spot with people like you. Thank you so much. I look forward to your return.
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Enchanting! Like stepping into another world.

  • 4 of 5

It was like stepping into an enchanted Forest this property is one of a kind! Molly was kind, helpful and entertaining without imposing on our privacy! The cabin was rustic and comfortable it was such a delight to wake up in the morning to the sound of the river. We were there with another couple and the bedrooms were situated on opposite ends of the living area with their own bathrooms which allowed for privacy. It was very cozy we absolutely loved it our only regret was trying to figure out a way to stay longer we will definitely be back! Thank you Molly for a wonderful experience.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bell Hallow Wedding

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I got married at Bell Hallow back in August. It was incredible. We rented the cottage as a staging site for our prep work. The back dining court was used for both the ceremony and the reception, and the front garden was used for a cocktail hour during the transition. This place is magical- so beautiful and peaceful. My husband and I will always hold it closely, and we will most definitely be back to visit!

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
San Jose International Airport......45 minutes
Nearest Ferry
86 Miles
San & one half hours away
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Pasietempo Golf Course
Nearest Train
30 Miles
on the other side of the mountain
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 9
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Tyrolyn Inn, Cosa Nostra, Coffee 9,
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Santa Cruz Beaches....15 to 20 minutes
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $600

20% booking deposit to confirm reservation and balance to be paid 30 days prior to occupancy. Payment can be made by personal check or pay pal.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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