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3bd/2ba Cottage w Hot Tub/Bikes/Amenities. Walk to Beach, Harbor, Restaurants

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Very Nice 3 bd 2 Ba, Sleeps 6-8, Loads of Amenities, Walk to Beach/Harbor.

Welcome to the Santa Cruz RockHouse! This iconic river rock beach cottage sits a stone's throw from the Santa Cruz Harbor and many local attractions. From here you can walk to Twin Lakes or Seabright beaches, local kayak or SUP rentals and launches, local charter fishing boats and a small craft boat launch. It is a short walk to favorite local restaurants like The Crow's Nest, The Harbor Cafe, Seabright Brewery, Tramonti's, La Posta and Johnny's Harborside. A slightly longer walk or super short drive/bike ride will bring you directly to the Boardwalk, the Municipal Wharf, or the Live Oak Farmer's Market.

The house is recently renovated and has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room, a dining area/bar, a fully stocked kitchen, a patio with grill and outdoor seating and a 4 person hot tub. Includes high speed wi-fi, two flat screen TVs and Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc. It is a fully stocked house which includes all towels, linens, paper products etc. We include beach amenities such as beach towels, chairs, umbrella, wagon, cooler, boogie boards, various wetsuits, surf boards and 4 adult beach cruisers.

Come stay with us and explore this beautiful county. Santa Cruz is famous for surfing and the boardwalk, but Santa Cruz is also blessed with more state parks than any other county in California, has 29 miles of beaches, hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails through magnificent redwoods, one of the oldest wine growing regions in the state, incredible fresh seafood and abundant local organic produce and a farmer's market every day of the week. Ride a bike through wine country, paddle with the sea otters and sea lions, go whale watching or fishing for salmon or halibut. Ride the roller coasters, catch a wave, touch a 1000 year-old redwood tree, or just walk on the beach. Whatever your favorite activity is, you can likely find it in Santa Cruz.

Note that this property is located in a busy area of town and is subject to traffic and street noise. For a quieter option in another part of town, see our other listing at vrbo #764224

More Details

Paul & Kate Winkler
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, Un poquito de espanol
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2018

About Paul & Kate Winkler

Our family moved to Santa Cruz years ago looking for a nice place to settle down and raise our daughter. Having lived in the big city for decades (San Francisco and Chicago), we wanted a tightly knit community, with all of the amenities of a big city, and of course a killer location. We couldn't be any happier. Santa Cruz is amazing.

Paul & Kate Winkler purchased this house in 2013

Why Paul & Kate Winkler chose Santa Cruz

So why this property? We have a child and know how difficult and expensive it can be to travel with kids and multiple families. So, we wanted to provide a family friendly place for people to come and experience all of the great things in Santa Cruz. We are walking distance to the beach, harbor and boardwalk and have provided all of the fun amenities that a rental should have for families (bikes, boogie boards, wetsuits, beach chairs, hot tub, etc). All of this for less than the cost of a couple of hotel rooms with much more comfort.

What makes this house unique

Since we are locals, we also have built a great rolodex of some of the best service providers around. We would be delighted to help you arrange massages on premise, book with one of the local fishing guides, arrange in-house babysitting, or just recommend some of our favorite restaurants or hikes.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Enjoyed our stay at the Rockhouse! Would definitely come back! Thanks for Everything

(Posted from our Guest Book)
Aug 2013
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Santa Cruz House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Queen Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Queen Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Daybed + pull-out trundle
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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3bd/2ba Cottage w Hot Tub/Bikes/Amenities. Walk to Beach, Harbor, Restaurants
average rating of 4.663717 based on 121 reviews
Novato, CA

Very nice and comfortable up to date home.

  • 4 of 5

I enjoyed my stay very much. It’s close to the beach and the Boardwalk with easy grocery shopping close by. A good fresh fish market within walking distance. The house fronts on a busy street so I found it a bit noisy for sleeping. Other than that, a great location.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time, super comfortable home with all the extra essentials for the beach and more.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Loved the rock house!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay! 5 adults and 2 young kids. Great location. Beds were comfortable, and the space was perfect for us. Thanks for Everything!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place, well equipped.

  • 5 of 5

We were in town for two nights and loved our stay! Excellent communication, clean and comfortable, and good location near the beach. The road in front on the house can be busy during the day, but wasn't an issue at night. Hot tub was very relaxing after a long day. Everything was great!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location, clean and affordable!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the Rockhouse! It was walking distance to great restaurants, the beach, harbor and the Boardwalk. The house was very clean and the perfect size for two small families. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rock House

  • 5 of 5

The House was perfect. Great location. Clean, simple, and has everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
San Jose International
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Johnny's Harborside
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
DeLaveaga Golf Course and Lodge
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Harbor Cafe
Nearest Beach
0.4 Miles
Twin Lakes Beach
Car: recommended

Busy area. Street noise and traffic are common


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Refundable damage deposit $500

Check-out is 11:00AM and Check-in is 3PM

Confirmation Deposit:
A deposit of $250.00 is collected to hold your reservation.

Full Payment:
At 45 days prior to Check In, the balance of the Total Rental Fee (not including the Security Deposit) will be due.

Security Deposit:
At 3 days prior to Check In, a $500.00 Security Deposit will be due. Security Deposits are returned within 1-3 days of Check Out assuming no damage.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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