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Recent California reviews

  • Comfy place

    "This home had recently been remodeled and was a very comfortable place for us. The open floor plan on the upper level was very accomodating. The furnishings were great and the kitchen well stocked, but nothing ostentatious that would make us fearful of breaking something expensive. We liked the ability to control temperatures room-by-room. There was adequate room for our group of ten, and twelve would have fit. It's a quiet street, and the surrounding woods made for a wonderful retreat. However, the driveway is steep and usable in winter only with 4WD. There's a fair number of steps to get into the house and no snow removal on the stairs. It didn't snow during our visit, yet we spent a couple hours shoveling snow, whacking away ice on the steps and spreading ice melt to clear the mess we found when we arrived. To the owners' credit, they warned us that they weren't taking care of that, but it would have been better - and safer - had they contacted for that. Other than that, the place was perfect!"
    Guest: Rob H. Date of Stay: January 2017 Review Submitted: January 7, 2017
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  • Our family loved the Edwinds!!

    "We visited the Edwinds for a 5-day stay over Thanksgiving and for our 17 year old daughter's soccer showcase. The house was clean, cozy & had plenty of room for 2 adults and 3 teens. We really enjoyed the roomy (and private) backyard & patio areas. My husband & I especially enjoyed the upstairs deck where we enjoyed morning coffee & evening cocktails! The upstairs master bed is so, so comfy..., I slept like a rock every night. The house is in a great neighborhood and close to the beach as well as downtown Carlsbad.With 3 teenagers and having to attend a soccer showcase, the new, clean full size washer & dryer were priceless! We would definitely love to stay at the Edwinds again if we come down to Carlsbad. I can not imagine a cleaner, cuter & comfortable house in the area. Carolyn was responsive and extremely easy to communicate with. Everything went smooth as could be with the rental process and made for a great and stress-free Thanksgiving trip. The Hamilton Family"
    Guest: Marilyn Date of Stay: November 2016 Review Submitted: December 4, 2016
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  • A vacation that we didn't want to end

    "My Wife and our three boys (10,8, and 8) had a wonderful week down at Manresa Beach. I have camped for the last 20+ years at the campground nearby so this was a big change for us. We cannot say enough about how much we enjoyed our trip and the ease of everything staying at this beach condo. I am a surfer too and the surf was great for most of the trip. The accommodations were perfect for us and is great for families or couples. The owner even added a third cot in the single bed room all made up with sheets, pillows and blankets which was a nice surprise since we have three kids. The unit had all the amenities you would want including including a nice gas BBQ on the deck and a great kitchen for cooking. They even have a toy bin with beach toys, chairs, and a few boogie boards. We ate in most of the time but we did go to Burger. (Period) in Aptos which has good burgers, shakes, and beers on tap. We also ate at the Crow's Nest in the Santa Cruz Harbor which was has a nice and sunny patio. We spent our time mostly at the beach but also went to the Boardwalk for 2 days and down to the Monterey Aquarium (Crowded!). I would highly recommend this vacation home to families looking for a nice place to stay out of the hustle and bustle of Santa Cruz but within close proximity to the Boardwalk, the Aquarium, and a very nice beach for kids."
    Guest: Mark Date of Stay: August 2016 Review Submitted: August 16, 2016
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  • The best vacation home we've stayed in!

    "Our family had such a wonderful time staying at The Sea Sanctuary over Christmas. Ted has created such a welcoming, calm, comfortable and sweet space, which is excellent for a large group as there is plenty of space to spread out but also a large, open common area that lends itself perfectly to being together, sharing meals, etc. The home is incredibly well appointed, complete with kitchen appliances, a state of the art sound system, games, books, comfortable (and ample) sleeping accommodations, and the list goes on. The location also can't be beat as it is right on the ocean and just outside the doorstep there are gorgeous beach walks/hikes in both directions. Ted was also an excellent host -- he was very responsive both before and during our stay; he checked in on our group several times during our stay and proactively offered suggestions regarding the home and area; and when we informed him that something broke during our visit he was very professional and gracious in handling the situation. Our family has stayed at many VRBO and Airbnb homes, and I think I can honestly say this is one of the best, if not the best, home we've stayed in. We hope to be back someday soon!"
    Guest: Annis S. Date of Stay: December 2016 Review Submitted: December 29, 2016
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