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Charming Rustic Cottage, Private with Breathtaking Views!

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Detached Unit, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

The best thing about this place is its remarkable location .... literally minutes from Stanford campus and Highway 280 ... just over the hill from the Pacific Ocean and Santa Cruz/ Half Moon Bay and yet it's the most peaceful, lovely spot imaginable with glorious views directly out to the pristine open space of the famed Windy Hill.

This is a one of a kind cottage. Great vibe with friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

Sleeps 2 with beautiful detached annex that sleeps 2 available at additional rate.

Keywords: Minutes from Stanford, Woodside, Menlo Park, Atherton with easy access to San Jose, San Francisco, Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz. This lovely, quiet, convenient cottage with fabulous mountain views is a true gem for anyone visiting the Bay Area.

World Class Hiking!

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 27, 2018

What makes this cottage unique

Fresh eggs from our beautiful hens


Portola Valley Ranch Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Dialup Access
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • tennis


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(9 traveler reviews)

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Charming Rustic Cottage, Private with Breathtaking Views!
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Clean, private, accessible to nearby trails.

  • 5 of 5

Great get-away spot. We had business in Palo Alto and this spot is only fifteen minutes from Stanford but very rural and private. Views to western hills, nice outdoor patio. Definately better than the expensive hotel rooms in town.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

One could not find a more delightful cottage. Serene with a fabulous view out of large windows. Spacious and well furnished. Danna is an ideal host. She is delightful and not at all intrusive.

We brought two large dogs and the neighborhood is great for nature trails for dog and human walking. My husband was out walking them one morning when a flock of 30 wild turkeys gobbled into the driveway. The dogs were a bit excited as were the turkeys when they chased them into the trees. Danna ran out to save the dogs from the turkeys!

The experience was unforgettable for us and we would recommend it to anyone.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved this place!

  • 5 of 5

We were so lucky to get this place in time for my nephew's graduation at Stanford. We stayed for 3 days but wished we didn't have to leave. The location was incredible! The cottage beautiful. And Danna's generous hospitality amazing! We are already dreaming of coming back, next time bringing our bikes. It is gorgeous! There are walking and hiking trails close by and wonderful food options very near. We saw so much wildlife on our walks. I wish I could have bottled that beautiful fresh pine filled air. We absolutely loved it. So close to everything but you feel like you are a million miles from town. Hope to be back soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A lovely place to recover from surgery

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I needed a place to stay close to Stanford Hospital, while he was recovering from a heart transplant. Since we were having to stay for an extended period of time I needed to find someplace where he would be comfortable. I knew it was important for me to be comfortable too, as this was going to be a stressful time and I needed to take care of myself as his caregiver.

I had looked at several options and they just weren't right. I called Danna and she suggested I come and stay a couple of nights (she was between guests) to see if it would work for us. As I left the freeway and drove up Alpine Road it was so beautiful with all of the trees, horses in pastures, very idyllic. I turned into the driveway and felt an immediate connection with the property. Large oak trees, hills in the background, and rustic looking cottage. I knew right then that was the place for us! The cottage is so comfortable. Lots of light coming in from both windows and skylights. The bed is so comfy, and the sheets are ironed and smell like out doors! Danna dries them on the line. Wonderful, wonderful!

Danna...I can't say enough about Danna. She was considerate, concerned, and became a close friend in the process. A fascinating lady! We had great discussions over wine, and she introduced me to the knitting group, and put me in touch with a friend who has horses. It was all so helpful as it helped me from feeling overwhelmed and isolated.

I would highly, highly recommend Danna's rental for anyone, and I would definitely recommend it for anyone who is recuperating from a hospital stay. We certainly would have had no problem staying indefinitely!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A slice of Heaven on Earth! Love everything about this place!

  • 5 of 5

Words cannot begin to convey the experience my daughter and I have had staying at this lovely VRBO! It is more than gorgeous, it is absolutely heaven. We have stayed here more than once, and every time, we are more than sad to leave. Danna is the perfect hostess, a gem and friend. She is helpful if you need anything, but gives you your freedom and privacy at the same time. She is an animal and nature lover, and can show and tell you the best trails all around the areas! These are trails that can be assessed just across the street from her house! They are breathtaking trails and we enjoyed them every day! Our collie was treated like a king at this VRBO, Danna greeted him as part of the family. The cottage is immaculate, with gorgeous bed linens and the ultimate pillows and towels. The decor is splendid - made so tasteful and elegant, yet very comfortable. We felt we were home here, truly home. The surroundings are so peaceful and the scenery - even as you look out the bedroom and living room windows is astounding. I would wake up each day rested and so excited to take on a new adventure. The sunlight fills the cottage and cool breezes often fill the bedroom at night. San Francisco and Half Moon Bay are not far - and there is a fun market and nice restaurants nearby. The Stanford campus is minutes away. It was a perfect location for us. Thank you so much, Danna, we will be back and we LOVE this slice of heaven on earth!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Palo Alto

I wish I could live there. Seriously.

  • 5 of 5

This is SO long overdue but I was just recommending this place to a friend, came on VRBO to get the link, and realized I'd neglected to write this! Sorry Danna!

I needed a place to finish my book. I had six weeks to go, needed to leave my home, husband, and kids, and just write the darn thing. I needed a place where I could eat, sleep, and write. I was desperate, and willing to take ANYTHING. What I found was a treasure, a gem, a magical existence, in the form of Danna Breen and her unique home and property. The bed was cozy, the kitchen had everything I needed, but unexpected was the view, the air, the energy, the wildlife, the vibe. A bluegrass band occasionally practices there. Sunset over the patio is breathtaking. The elderly in the community come by occasionally for BBQ. I'm telling you - you feel like a human thriving in the wilderness of humans at Danna's place and under Danna's care (always there when you need her, never hovering). I keep needing more writing getaways and I keep writing to Danna to see if the place is available. It never is. It's always booked. Speaks for itself.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000

Monthly rates negotiable by length of stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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