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Monterey Bay views from second floor bedrooms

Bedrooms 2
Space 100 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Two story back unit facing the Pacific ocean with panoramic views, private balcony, and surf galore. Two bedrooms with views, kitchen downstairs with futon bed in cozy living area. Garden and patio area with kayak, bikes, and surfboards ready to take you to the great sea out your doorstep! Washer/dryer, stove/oven and other basic appliances for family gatherings. Close to shops, restaurants, cafes.

Barbara Benish
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish, czech
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2017

About Barbara Benish

I am an artist and mom of two teens. See more info on our main page for the main house.

Barbara Benish purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Barbara Benish chose Santa Cruz

California native returning home from abroad after 25 years: it is our dream house

What makes this cottage unique

One cannot be closer to the wildness of the ocean and still feel protected as on the cliffs here. It's a village, but international in scope with the University in town. Sitting on the patio, so close to the dolphins gliding by, is a gift that makes one appreciate the ocean and her gifts. Hopefully encouraging us to protect it: adamantly.


Westside Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • views , views, view with a large balcony
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • 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
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
We are not accepting any pets.


4.7/5 -
(3 traveler reviews)

Monterey Bay views from second floor bedrooms
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 3 reviews
Napa, CA


  • 5 of 5

Barbara was such a gracious host. My family and I absolutely love the well appointed home, it's view and welcoming space. Location couldn't get any better. Our trips this year to both her home and cottage have been great .

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love to have return guests! Glad you got to enjoy the main house this time, CK. Hope to see your lovely family again soon. all best, Barbara
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Ideal Rental in Ideal Location

  • 5 of 5

And, I should add, Ideal customer service. Right from the day I booked it, Barbara made us feel welcome and helped me with some glitches on the VRBO website. She is an attentive, welcoming host without being intrusive. The cottage, which is right on the cliff overlooking the ocean with a spectacular view from the upstairs rooms, was sparkling clean and very comfortable. Amenities included a washer and dryer, full-size refrigerator, full-size stove, wi-fi, and parking. Electric heat and a dehumidifier kept us comfortable over the New Year's Holiday. Location is a longish (15-20 minute) walk or short drive to supermarkets and restaurants in one direction and beach and boardwalk attractions in another. But for me the real attraction was stepping outside the cottage and onto the cliffside walk along the ocean.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted to hear that your vacation was relaxing and that you felt well taken care of, Ellen! I especially appreciate your Customer Service recommendation. We want guests to know that they are on a private vacation with peaceful ocean views, yet help is a courtyard away if you need anything. Having guests like you and your husband return again and again is what we aim for: providing you a perfect little oasis on the California seaside, near the hubbub of Santa Cruz, but far enough away to avoid the crowds. warm regards, Barbara
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Hear the waves from the porch -- amazing location

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I booked this 2-bedroom cottage so we could spend Christmas weekend here with his mom. It is a mile from Santa Cruz Lighthouse, which gives a view of the Santa Cruz wharf, and a mile (in the other direction) of Natural Bridges State Park with the famous Monarch Butterfly Garden. We spent some time walking along the shore (there's a paved walkway) and saw seals, otters, pelicans, and even a few dolphins. The cottage itself is clean and bright. We brought food to cook our Christmas Eve and Christmas dinners: do note that even though the cottage has very basic kitchen items, it lacks items such as salt & pepper, paper towels, a sponge for doing dishes, lids for the pots and pans, etc. There's also a grill for BBQ-ing but really, this place is fantastic if you want to spend time visiting Santa Cruz. It's minutes from wine rooms, breweries, and shopping - downtown Santa Cruz has a bunch of great shops and restaurants, plus all the great sightseeing, hiking, etc.

We would happily stay here again but we'd bring a few more kitchen basics. Reasonable rates, excellent view, awesome location.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So delighted to hear you had a good vacation, Teeda! And thank you for the review....I should have showed you the new sponge at the sink: it's the natural kind that inflates when it is wet, so you probably did not notice it. Lids to pans in upper cupboard, I'll move them down for easier access. And will stock up on more condiments! Glad you and your family got to enjoy the fabulous nature here in Santa Cruz on the bay. You brought the sunshine. Happy Holidays, and hope to see you next time. Barbara
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
san jose international
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Westside Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
spring 2017
Mar 1 2017 - Jun 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 16 2017 - Sep 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning fee $100
Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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