About the property
- House540 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights
Perfect Getaway 1 Bd 1 Ba- Hot Tub- Dog Ok- Walk To Harbor- Sleeps 4+
Named after local Marine Biologist, Edward F. Ricketts, the Ricketts' Retreat House has a classy Monterey Bay feel . Last house at the end of the street with an enclosed private yard, hundred-year old Monterey Cyprus tree, and naturally, you can see the ocean from the driveway. In 3 blocks, you could be at the fire-pits of Twin Lakes Beach, sailing a boat at the Harbor, or grabbing a bite to eat at the Crow's Nest or Johnny's Harbor side. In one mile, you could be riding the Giant Dipper at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Additionally, the famed Steamer Lane surf spot, West Cliff, Capitola, and UC Santa Cruz's Seymour Marine Discovery Center are within a four-mile radius of the house.
The House is furnished in good taste with all essential amenities including linens, towels, and paper products. The bedroom has a comfortable queen bed, desk, dresser, closet, adjoining bright bathroom (with windows) and walk-in shower. Kitchen has a gas stove/oven, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, and garbage disposal. Adjoining to the kitchen is a dining area, and the living room with pull out queen sofa bed. Gas fireplace with temperature control, 36" Smart TV, Cable , DVD player, and WiFi are also present for your enjoyment. House comes ready with a washer and dryer and is essential for beach-goers. The backyard has a hot tub, shower, gas barbecue, outdoor furniture, and the front yard has bistro seating and hammock. Parking on street with no permit required, and driveway parking. Enjoy the retreat any time of year.
The Ricketts' Retreat House is peaceful, beautiful, and awaiting your arrival :)
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- Response time:
- within one hour
- english, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- May 26, 2018
What makes this House unique
Perfect central location. Private, close to all Santa Cruz has to offer. Great for pet owners. Perfect Getaway for a couple or small family.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Rickett’s Retreat has been our temporary home for a few months and we couldn’t be happier. The cozy cottage is at the end of a short cut-de-sac and feels likes it’s miles away when, in fact, the beach, the yacht harbor, restaurants, a Sunday farmer’s market, Verve Coffee and greater Santa Cruz are a walk or short drive away. We’ve truly enjoyed our time here and appreciated all the sweet little touches throughout the house.
Love this property
We have stayed here a few times. The home is perfect for couples. A short walk down the street and your at the beach and harbor. Home has everything you need to cook but also close to restaurants.
Very cozy (as in small) and nice
Overall, the cottage was very nice. The size may or may not be an issue.
The pluses include location: very near the beach (about a 3 block/5 minute walk). One can easily walk to the Harbor Cafe, which often develops a line as soon as it opens in the morning. A convenience store and deli is also within walking distance. The Crow's Nest and Cafe El Palomar are nearby as well. The property itself has a decent kitchen, nice bedroom and rather spacious stand-up shower. There is a fair amount of outdoor space as well. Situated at the end of a block-long dead-end street, it is fairly quiet and secluded, even though the nearest street (Eaton Street) can be busy at times. It is great that it's dog friendly, as the pooch absolutely loves trips to the beach.
As we had two adults needing separate beds, we had to utilize the sofa bed, which is where one could have an issue. Without adding the memory foam topper, my aging back was not happy on the thin mattress. While using the topper made it comfortable enough, that meant dragging the somewhat unwieldy topper out every night and putting it away every morning. Hence, it wasn't possible to just fold up the sofa bed; making and unmaking the bed had to be done each day. The central room (which also includes the dining area) is fairly small, so the fully-extended bed pretty much fills up the room (meaning if you want to be lazy and not make the bed, there's not much space left.)
So, if you're not using the sofa bed, or maybe have hardy kids sleeping on it (or adults with happier backs than ours), you may not consider that an issue. Also, our stay was in December, so we really didn't spend much time in the yard, which definitely would have minimized a lot of the "a bit too cozy" feeling. There are tables, chairs and a hammock in the yard, and it looked like a great place to hang out in warmer weather.
Hence, the property wasn't ideal for our desires. However, it was still very serviceable and made for a nice stay. If you don't have the same bed and space issues, I would highly recommend this place!
Excellent place to stay. Clean, comfortable and great location. My dog and I had a wonderful time seeing our friends and eating at our favorite spots. Could not have asked for a greater place too stay.
We had a great time here, truly a lovely cottage, just a short walk from the beach.
Such a charming home
We had such a wonderful stay. The home is perfect for a weekend getaway. The home had everything you need. The best part of it was the amazing customer service Jewlia provided our family.
Thank you so much for such a great experience.
Twin Lakes beach is just a 3 min. walk away. Take the family to the beach for a bonfire. Fire Rings provided. Walk to the harbor and catch a dinner cruise on the sailboat Chardonnay. The Wednesday evening 5-7 pm. sailboat regatta is always a beautiful sight. Walk to the Crows Nest for dinner, dancing or a Sunday night comedian. Close to the boardwalk and the Santa Cruz Natural History Museum as well. The Ricketts' Retreat is the perfect family beach rental.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
****Rates subject to change until time of booking. Major holidays ( Thanksgiving, Christmas) are 5 nights minimum at high season rates. Long weekend holidays (memorial day, laborday etc) are 3 nights minimum at high season rates.******