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Santa Cruz Cottage Sanctuary w/ Hot Tub in Bamboo Garden WINTER DISCOUNTS

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
1 - 2 nights

About the property

Cottage, Bedroom separated by built in cabinets, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Beautiful home away from home. Enjoy the sanctuary of a quiet cottage walking, or biking distance to the beach, downtown Pacific Avenue and Mission Street restaurants. Please Check out our map location or use google maps for exact distances to points of interest. We are also a short walk to the bus line.

The Bedroom over looks garden area and is separated by 7 foot wall of Hard wood cherry shelves from the living room area. Its a perfect peaceful getaway for a couple, or couple with small children. Beautiful cherry floors, granite counter tops, new kitchen cabinets, stainless steel appliances, washer/dryer. 2 person slate shower, bamboo garden with hot tub. Out swing french doors open to patio, BBQ, Lavender garden and yard.

We have a 2-7 night minimum depending on the Season. Please email for a request.

Pricing range listed below depends on season:

Weekdays: $100-$250

Weekends, Holidays and Summer: $150-$300

Cleaning Fees: $100-$150

Pet Fee: $50-$100

Refundable Security Deposit: $200

Enjoy all that Santa Cruz has to offer. Swim, surf, hike, bike, golf, tennis, or shop. Drive to San Francisco or Monterrey for the day. Live in a great neighborhood and be a local. Enjoy the near by Monterrey Aquarium, Pacific Grove Asilomar Beach and Carmel.

The queen bed is separated from the living room by a bank of 7 foot wall of cabinets. There is also an option for a comfortable queen aerobes bed height with a headboard plus the sectional couch is can also be used as a comfortable sleeping option.

To reserve your dates,

STEP 1: Email request via VRBO site to request a reservation.

STEP 2: A PayPal request will be sent for the refundable security deposit

STEP 3: Complete PayPal refundable security deposit.

STEP 4: A contract will be emailed.

STEP 5: Complete Contract and reply all to type your contact information and digital signature. Select payment option Mail payment by check, or via PayPal (with fees) or pay cash at check in for last minute reservations.

STEP 6: Confirmation letter and instructions will be emailed 1-2 days after completion of refundable security deposit, contract and rental payment via paypal (fees: 2.2 - 3%).

STEP 7: Email, call or text your the estimated time of arrival within 24-48 of check in.

STEP 8: Check-in

STEP 9: Enjoy Santa Cruz

STEP 10: Refundable Security Deposit is sent within 21 days of check out via paypal or mail.

Email for quote and include phone number. Off Season and last minute Discounts are available. Medium term leases of 2 weeks to 8 weeks+ are available.

Winter Break: Christmas and New Year Holiday Rates,

Spring Break: late March to mid April

Summer Season: late May - mid September Rates are higher than the standard rates. We also have a 4-7 night minimum checking in on a Friday or Sunday during the Winter Holidays, Spring Break Season and Summer Season.

Weekday rates: $100 - $200

Weekend and Holiday rates: $150 - $300

Weekly rates: $1000 - $1500

Monthly rates: $3500 - $7000

Cleaning fee: $100 - $150

Refundable Security Deposit: $200 - $500 We accept PayPal with pass through fees. We also accept personal checks and cashier's check. We are also open to home exchanges for San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Paris, Madrid or Hawaii.

Keywords: House, Home, House, Cottage Bungalow

More Details

Mara Liske
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2017

About Mara Liske

I grew up on a small island nation in the South Pacific and living in the United States could not be more different. However, living in beautiful Santa Cruz and the Ocean that connects me to my ancestors is a short walk from my home. Zach and I love it here and it gives us great pleasure to hear our guests have an enjoyable and restorative experience in our home.

Mara Liske purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Mara Liske chose Santa Cruz

It truly is a private sanctuary and yet convenient to the downtown Pacific Avenue restaurants, shopping, museums, movie theaters, Boardwalk, Wharf, Cowell's Beach, West Cliff Drive, Mission Street restaurants, Wilder Ranch, and Pogonip.

What makes this cottage unique

Quietude! Listen to the birds and rustling of the bamboo taking in a soak in the hot tub.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This little Santa Cruz sanctuary is exactly that. It was a wonderful and relaxing nook tucked away in a quiet neighborhood of Santa Cruz. The space is exactly as described. Definitely take the time to enjoy the private hot tub, it was exquisite. The bed was extra comfortable and the patio was perfect to watch the super moon lunar eclipse from. We would definitely rent this Again!
Oct 2015
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Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(60 traveler reviews)

Santa Cruz Cottage Sanctuary w/ Hot Tub in Bamboo Garden WINTER DISCOUNTS
average rating of 4.483333 based on 79 reviews
san marcos ca

couples weekend

  • 5 of 5

Hosts are very nice and accomadating, they will even ask what temp you like your jacuzzi set at. We walked to emilys cafe every morning (great coffee and pastry), to the beach and to downtown for dinner and drinks every night. DvD player, ipod docking radio and stereo, comfy couch aNd everything you'd need in the kitchen to stay home and cook. We can't wait to do this again next year. Worked out a whole lot easier then a comparably priced hotel room and we didn't have to share the jacuzzi with anyone! Thank You both for a great weekend! Also this place would be perfect for a family, it could easily sleep two children.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your kind review. We are always so glad our guests enjoy the cottage and Santa Cruz. Please feel free to call or email anytime you need the cottage. Kind Regards, Mara
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Cute, warm welcoming cottage centrally located in Santa Cruz

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was clean & well equipped. It had a very nice secure yard for pets. My hostess, Mara couldn't have been nicer. She made herself available to help in any way but yet very respectful of my privacy. I am a senior lady traveling alone with my little dog and felt very safe & secure there. I even extended my stay an extra day!! I would definitely stay again if I found myself wandering that way again

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cottage Sanctuary

  • 4 of 5

This is a charming, private cottage well-situated on the Westside of Santa Cruz. It is really a very large studio -- with the sleeping quarter separated by wall units/bookcases/cabinets. It is perfect for one or two people. Any additional folks would be sleeping on an air mattress in the common area. Kitchen is modern and up-to-date, easy to make your own meals. It has a beautiful hi-top table & 2 chairs. Bathroom is modern is very nice shower. We didn't try the hot tub but it looked inviting. Washer/dryer is in garage next door to house, so it requires going outside to do laundry. Location is about half a mile from shopping, restaurants. With the beautiful weather we had, it's a nice walk. Mara lives next door and was responsive to our communications. We enjoyed our visit! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Cottage Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Mara's cottage for the weekend to celebrate my partner's birthday. Mara was attentive to our needs and made sure we were comfortable from the moment we arrived until our check out. The space exhibits great attention to detail, from the roster of books on display to the supplies of spices and cooking ingredients available for guests to use. I even messaged Mara after hours to ask about the location of a broom, and she responded within minutes! The cottage location is ideal for strolling, whether you are heading into town or to the beach. On our last evening, we cooked up a robust meal and enjoyed it on the sunny patio, alongside hummingbirds, sunset, and lavender. Excellent rental spot, and a relaxing addition to your trip!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Calgary, Alberta

Absolutely very nice!

  • 5 of 5

I loved my stay here at Mara's cottage, it's truly a gem. The cottage is very well maintained and it's sure a home away from home. It's very quiet and peaceful. The cottage is a good size home and has everything you would need. The layout is very spacious and fully decorated. Mara and her husband were very tentative and welcoming, I'm very gracious for their hospitality. The cottage is located about 15 mins away, by foot from SC's main strip, and it's a nice little walk down. I would definitely stay here again the next time I come down to SC.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco

Needs some TLC...

  • 2 of 5

We read all the reviews talking about how cute and cozy this studio is so we tried it. It is cute but needs a lot of TLC.

Hot tub.. we own a hot tub. The chemicals need to be checked at least once a week, more often if it’s being used. There was no chlorine in the water. There was a container of chlorine near the tub but no test strips nor a measuring cup. No PH test nor chemicals. The leaves from the trees he’d been sucked into the intake valves so the water was not clear. we didn’t use it.

To close the bathroom window someone had to stand outside and push while someone inside turned the lever. Very rusted. The same for a window in the living but that was because there was no lever so my wife would push from the outside while I tried to turn the screw mechanism with my bare hand.

The microwave cover above the stove would fall on you when you open the door. It hit my wife in the head. It needed to be correctly re-attached.


The bathroom tiles haven’t been correctly sealed so after a shower the soap scum dries on them making them look dirty.

The bed is way too soft. You sink into it and it doesn’t breath so it’s hot. And if you sleep on your stomach your head will sink down into it and you won’t be able to breath. My wife moved to the couch but that has a large broken spring in it that makes it uncomfortable.

As stated by another reviewer, the garden is very overgrown.

I texted the day before we left to see if we could have an extra hour to check out. They didn’t have anyone arriving for 3 days according to their calendar. Check out is at 10am which is early for a VRBO rental. We received no response so we rushed and left on time. As we were leaving the cleaning lady showed up just to see if we were leaving. She then left to another job. I then remembered that the contract says that if you leave an hour late they’ll charge you $50 an hour.

Also, despite the fact you must pay with Paypal they then will subtract their fee from your security deposit. So we were charged nearly $40 to pay with Paypal for 6 days. And it took a month for the refund of the deposit. They say they need to see if there were any movies rented but that information could be available in 5 minutes if you go to, not wait until your bill arrives.

When it was first built it must have been really nice but the wear and tear of constant rentals has taken its toll.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
San Jose Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Burger Bar & Grill
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Train
1.5 Miles
Boardwalk to the the Redwoods Train
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
Highway 1 or Highway 17
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Burger,Cafe Brazil,downtown Pacific Ave restaurant
Nearest Ski
300 Miles
Lake Tahoe
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Cowell's Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Cowell's Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Pacific Avenue
Nearest Point of Interest
Light House Field and West Cliff
Nearest Point of Interest
Natral Bridges

Festivals through out the year. Train rides from the redwoods to the beach. Amazing hiking and biking at Pogonip, Wilder Ranch, Natural Bridges, UCSC Arboretum, Nisene Marks state park, DelaVeaga park, Disc golf and Golf Club


Rates & Availability

King Street Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter Discount Season
Jan 3 2017 - Feb 28 2017
1 night minimum stay
Peak Season
Mar 2 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 11.0%

Rates are subject to change prior to confirmation. Email for rates and quotes.

Weekday rates: $100 - $175
Weekend/Holiday rates: $150 - $200
Cleaning fee $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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King Street Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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