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The Story Brooke Cottage

Bedrooms 1
Space 640 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

Great For Families, Romantic Getaways Or Business Travelers

Our place is close to the beach, restaurants, dining, and nightlife in the Village, two malls, Legoland, and major freeways. You’ll love our place because of the ocean peak view, new construction, beach cottage design, and the neighborhood. Use the pool (unheated) from dawn to dusk. Features include onyx counter tops with under-lighting, farmhouse sink, industrial spray kitchen faucet, stainless appliances, tankless water heater, open concept kitchen and living room , 15 ft vaulted ceiling, and 256 sqft deck west facing for sunsets with a panoramic peak of the ocean view. Parking in the driveway next to the house with gate code provided. Second bed is a full size fold out couch with memory foam mattress. Our place is good for couples, solo adventurers, business travelers, and families (with kids).

More Details

William "Chip" Ball
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2018

About William "Chip" Ball

Our Story of Redemption and Healing

Both William "Chip" and Quay were healing from painful divorces when Chip's sister set them up on a blind date in late June of 2004. Quay was also healing physically from a devastating head-on collision car accident in 2003 that crushed her chest, arms and legs and nearly killed her. She learned to walk and feed herself again after several months of rehab, but the accident tragically took the life of her youngest daughter Avery Brooke who was only 20 months old.

Quay was living in Indiana and Chip in California so after going on a couple dates in Indiana, they decided to enter in to a one year long distance courtship to see if they might have a future together. They got to know each other through phone calls and emails and a monthly visit. They vetted each other extensively before allowing their emotions to get too engaged but by October Chip was convinced that Quay was the woman with whom he wanted to spend the rest of his life. In December during a Christmas visit, he secretly asked her parents if they would approve of a marriage with him and got the green light. In February he asked her to marry him in front of his entire family at a restaurant when they were vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

They were married on the 365th day of their one year courtship and had their first kiss on their wedding day on 7/7/2005. Quay moved to California with her two young children who survived the accident, and blended her family with Chip and his three children. It was a long time dream of both to own their own guest cottage so in 2015 they broke ground on a guest house on their property to be named "The Story Brooke Cottage" in honor and remembrance of Avery Brooke. Both put their heart and souls in to the project which showcases Quay's flair for interior design, one of her many hobbies. The Story Brooke Cottage was completed in June of 2016 and has been enjoyed by all who have stayed there since.

William "Chip" Ball purchased this cottage in 1996


Olde Carlsbad Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 640 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • 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 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Two sinks in the bathroom
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , We have a pack n play portable crib you can set up if needed
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleep sofa in living room sleeps 2
  • Fold out couch with memory foam mattress in the living room sleeps 2. We also have a large window seat and some people like sleeping on that.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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(30 traveler reviews)

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The Story Brooke Cottage
average rating of 4.9666667 based on 30 reviews

I believe that my stay here was a small glimpse of what Heaven will be like. I have been blessed.

  • 5 of 5

This home, along with the owners, exceeded my expectations in multiple ways. They didn't just allow me to be in thier rental, but allowed me to be a part of thier family. Never before have I experienced such a warm and welcoming invitation from someone. They did not treat me as a tenant but instead as a guest.

Chip and Quay connected me with amazing people and resources that made my trip that much more of a success. I was able to connect, relate and serve the people of the community over Thanksgiving break, making myself, eternally greatful.

God has a purpose in each one of our lives and it is beautifully displayed in the hearts and home of the Bell family, and the Cottage itself.....simply breathtaking.

Thank you both for blessing my life as well as an answer to prayer!

~B. Harper

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bless you Buffy! You definitely blessed us and our church family by bringing food and serving the needy in our community over Thanksgiving. Thank you for your kindness and generosity. So glad you enjoyed your stay as our guest too. - Chip & Quay Ball
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Beautiful, relaxing retreat, close to everything!

  • 5 of 5

My family had such a wonderful time on our recent summer vacation, in part due to our stay at the Story Brooke Cottage. It is conveniently located to all the usual San Diego area attractions, but more importantly, it's so close to the beach and the adorable Carlsbad Village area. Chip and Quay have created a beautifully decorated, cozy retreat, that was perfect for us when returning from a long day of sightseeing or beaching. The cottage fit the four of us comfortably. It was stocked with everything we needed, from Keurig coffee pods and trays for cookie baking, to extra blankets for my girls (so that I could keep the windows open all night to enjoy the ocean breeze without freezing them out!). My favorite thing to do was to have some quiet time in the morning with my cup of coffee on the balcony, while my family slept off the previous day's adventures. Our hosts offered their availability if we needed it, but allowed for privacy while we were there. Though, I wish I could have met Quay to tell her how much I loved her beautiful home! Thank you, Chip and Quay, for your part in helping us to create wonderful memories. We are blessed! We hope to visit again!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, comfortable and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Chip and Quay were so nice. The house was perfect size for my family of 4. A wonderful place to come back to and unwind after a long day at the zoo and beach. I definitely recommend staying here!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous..sweet and cozy

  • 5 of 5

Warming hosts from check in to check out. Managed any issues we had and were very accommodating. You won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A beautifully decorated, peaceful retreat.

  • 5 of 5

Chip and Quay are wonderful and gracious hosts. They were helpful upon checking in and available if we needed them; but allowed the privacy we desire when staying somewhere. The cottage is charming and the decor reminded us of remodels we've seen on HGTV Fixer Upper. So lovely! It has everything you need for a home away from home (including beach chairs, beach towels, and boogie board). Bed is comfortable, closet is nice. We enjoyed the porch area; great place to read, relax and enjoy the sunset. Close to "the village" and beaches. Would love to stay here again!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming Property

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I visited Carlsbad for his birthday getaway, and we could not have found a more delightful property. This was our first foray into the HomeAway world, and we were extremely pleased that we chose the Story Brooke Cottage. The owners were most welcoming and very responsive when we had questions regarding shopping, restaurants, etc. The cottage itself was beautifully decorated and had everything we needed for a wonderful, peaceful week of vacation. We would highly recommend this charming cottage to all. Thank you, Bill and Quay, for the lovely stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5.6 Miles
McClellan-Palomar Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Carlsbad Village
Nearest Golf
3.1 Miles
Rancho Carlsbad Golf
Nearest Train
1.9 Miles
Carlsbad Village Station
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Carlsbad Village
Nearest Ski
120 Miles
Big Bear Snow Summit
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Tamarack Beach

Our place is close to the beach, restaurants, dining, and nightlife in the Village, two malls, Legoland, and major freeways. You’ll love our place because of the ocean peak view, new house, and the neighborhood. Use the pool from dawn to dusk. Parking in the driveway next to the house with gate code provided. Garage is not accessible. Second bed is a full size fold out couch with memory foam mattress. Our place is good for couples, solo adventurers, business travelers, and families (with kids).

If possible we enjoy meeting our guests and helping them get settled with their bags and providing a quick tour. We have high vaulted ceilings so even though the space is only 640 square feet, it feels bigger. Guests tell us that photos don't do it justice.

You have access to the upper level of the house. The garage below is currently our storage unit.

We live in the front house which looks like a story book cottage. We are on site and available if you need anything or would like recommendations on places to go, things to do, or great local restaurants.

The house is accessed by stairs at the rear of the building. There are 18 steps to the top so if you have difficulty with stairs, you may be more comfortable renting a single level unit.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Refundable Damage Deposit $500

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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