THE SECRET GARDEN IN SANTA CRUZ - REDUCED TO $210/NITE AUGUST 17-22

Joan Colonna

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
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Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights
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THE SECRET GARDEN IN SANTA CRUZ - REDUCED TO $210/NITE AUGUST 17-22

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2 Bedrooms + Sofabed, 1 Bath, Sleeps 5-6

The Secret Garden is located in the historic Beach Hill neighborhood, the oldest neighborhood in Santa Cruz. You'll be surrounded by gracious Victorian homes, yet only two blocks from Main Beach. This quaint and unique home is a comfortable haven for your getaway. Sunny rooms, a beautiful garden and all the comforts of home await you. A short walk to downtown, this is the perfect place to drop anchor and explore beautiful Santa Cruz on foot.

Historic Beach Hill Secret Garden: Just a short walk to the Municipal Pier and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, this charming home is just the place for a family vacation or a getaway for two couples. A completely enclosed English garden is perfect for relaxing after a day at the beach. Cowell's Beach offers surfing by board or body, and beautiful West Cliff Drive is a short walk up the hill. The home is a ten-minute walk to the heart of downtown, with shops, movie theaters, and nightlife. Just a short drive to the University campus for the world-class Shakespeare Santa Cruz, to Henry Cowell State Park with its majestic redwood trees, or to one of the many wineries in the area. Fully equipped with all the comforts of home; you won't want to leave!

For more to do in Santa Cruz, see these resources:

http://travel.nytimes.com/2011/01/02/travel/02hours-santacruz.html

http://www.santacruz.org/

http://www.viamagazine.com/blog/2012/07/23/santa-cruzs-best-breakfast-places

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Joan Colonna

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Speaks english
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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights
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4.8
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The Secret Garden in Santa Cruz - Reduced to $210/nite August 17-22
average rating of 4.766667 based on 30 reviews
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The Secret Garden in Santa Cruz - Reduced to $210/nite August 17-22
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p123731
+1 831 331-8156
Santa Cruz Santa Cruz County
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Secret Garden

  • 5 of 5
We loved this house! Our family stayed here for our annual summer trip, and we'd love to stay again! The house is beautiful and perfectly maintained; it has that old-house charm that you get with pre-WWII houses, but with all the modern amenities - brand new dishwasher, washer/dryer, etc...and the yard is wonderful! Hidden behind a high hedge, you'd never guess that there is a large, sculpted English-style garden tucked away back there. Absolutely beautiful!
The property is an easy walk to the beach and Boardwalk; we walked there every day. We also walked into downtown Santa Cruz one day to do some shopping and visit our favorite cafe, Cafe Delmarette. The walk is a bit farther but still easily within walking distance.
We found the house very clean, and it was stocked with many useful things that other rental properties do not provide: bed linens, towels, condiments (mustard, ketchup, olive oil, etc.) Very helpful! The owner, Joan, was very helpful and thoughtful and made the whole experience easy and worry-free. She provided 2 sets of keys and 2 parking permits, which came in very handy, since our group was large enough to require two cars to transport us and all our stuff!
We have taken lots of family vacations, staying in rented houses and hotels, and this property is easily our all-time favorite! We found ourselves remarking to each other all week long, "Wouldn't it be great if this was our house and we lived here all year!" If you stay at the Secret Garden, you will feel the same way.
  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: I am so pleased to know that everyone had a great time at the home. You took such good care of it...you are most definitely welcomed back next summer :) Thank you so very much!
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The Secret Garden in Santa Cruz - Reduced to $210/nite August 17-22
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p123731
+1 831 331-8156
Santa Cruz Santa Cruz County
4

QUAINT AND PEACEFUL

  • 4 of 5
My family and I stayed 2 nights in this lovely house. My teenagers loved being just a couple of blocks from the beach and the boardwalk. It is a very safe and quiet neighborhood with a high hedge for privacy around a beautiful yard. We ate every meal - breakfast , lunch and dinner on the patio in the backyard. The kids played frisbee and board games while my husband barbequed.

I would say the only drawbacks-- the sofabed in the living room is very uncomfortable and really not usable and also that there is only 1 bathroom, but for the price you can't beat it!!

It was very clean with nice decor. The kitchen, while small, has everything you can think of in order to cook all your meals in house, which we did. And Joan was so great, so helpful. At one point the propane ran out and we were unaware of where the spare was. When I spoke with Joan about it later, she was so apologetic and I found a cash reimbursement in the mailbox the very next morning. Awesome customer service, for sure.

I would highly recommend this property. It was perfect for a family with teenagers trying to save for college tuition. There is so much to do at the Boardwalk and its all just 2 blocks away!! We’ll be back Joan, for sure!!! Thanks so much.
  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the feedback. I'm so happy to hear that your family felt at home here.

PS A new sofabed will be purchased for next season!
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The Secret Garden in Santa Cruz - Reduced to $210/nite August 17-22
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p123731
+1 831 331-8156
Santa Cruz Santa Cruz County
4

We just loved Secret Garden

  • 4 of 5
Great place to spend summer time. So close to the boardwalk.
Nice facilities. No A/C but no problem on gruond floor. On First Floor, the house gets hot during afternoon but as soon as the evening comes, you can open the windows and fresh air comes rapidly. The BBQ is just awesome.
We've always found a parking place close to the house even if it is sometime a bit complicated.
The Blue Ray DVD reader would need to be changed because the movie is not 'smooth'...
  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Secret Garden in Santa Cruz - Reduced to $210/nite August 17-22
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p123731
+1 831 331-8156
Santa Cruz Santa Cruz County
5

Excellent location, great property

  • 5 of 5
A wonderful property in an excellent location. Gorgeous, huge yard which was perfect for dining outdoors and having a safe place for the kids to run around without us having to keep a constant eye on them. Owner Joan was very attentive and we appreciated her helpful instructions and signs around the house. For a small-ish house it is roomy enough. Stairs are very steep so not a good place for people with limited mobility. At first we were scared the kids (ages 4 and 5) would fall down, and there was a tumble or two, but the thick carpet helped and by the end of day 1 the kids were used to it and I wasn't worried at all. I'd say it was perfect for our needs, only improvement would be a queen or king bed. My husband and I (6'3" and 5'7") didn't fit comfortably in a full so we had to split up. No big deal though. Neighbors and evening traffic/noise died down each night by about 11pm-12am which we found acceptable. Faint screams from the boardwalk rides were actually quite fun and added to the ambiance. Trader Joe's and Safeway super close. Very pleased overall.
  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thanks for your wonderful review. I'm so glad your family enjoyed the home. Please come again!
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The Secret Garden in Santa Cruz - Reduced to $210/nite August 17-22
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p123731
+1 831 331-8156
Santa Cruz Santa Cruz County
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Charming, well maintained with lovely gardens

  • 4 of 5
This is a very charming well maintained house with lovely gardens. The yard is fully enclosed by a fence and locked gate, allowing for privacy and providing a safe place for the kids to play. The kitchen is well equipped for cooking with much cookware/dishes, and the grill in the yard is great for outdoor barbequing. The owner was very attentive making sure that we arrived and offering to provide whatever was needed to make our stay comfortable. This house is conveniently located one block from the beach and boardwalk. Parking was usually available in front of the unit, but if you leave during the peak time period for the Boardwalk, you would need to park further away. For those having difficulties navigating stairs (young children or elderly persons) the bedrooms and bath are upstairs. There are shelves full of books, magazines and board games. Out on the porch are beach chairs, soft coolers as well as beach toys for the kids.
  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Secret Garden in Santa Cruz - Reduced to $210/nite August 17-22
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p123731
+1 831 331-8156
Santa Cruz Santa Cruz County
5

Beautiful and a fabulous location!

  • 5 of 5
We had a great time. The house was lovely and Joan was available for any needs we had and very helpful. The garden was particularly beautiful and so big! Also, the location couldn't be beat! We would definitely stay at The Secret Garden again.
  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
35 Miles
San Jose Airport
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 1 and Highway 17
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Main Beach
Car: not necessary

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is four blocks away. At the Municipal Wharf, enjoy fresh seafood, shop for souvenirs, or just take in the sights. Listen to the barking sea lions or watch the pelicans dive...plucking their dinner from the Monterey Bay. Four blocks away is Cowell's Beach -- learn to surf in one of the best spots in town...or in California, for that matter! Downtown Santa Cruz is just a ten-minute walk. Visit the beautiful shops and great restaurants for families or couples. Several movie theaters, museums and art galleries are downtown, too. Championship golf courses are just a short ride away. During the summer, one of the best ways to spend an evening is at Shakespeare Santa Cruz...outdoor theater among ancient redwoods!

Other Activities: Henry Cowell State Park, Wineries

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Availability & Rates

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Santa Cruz House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
August empty days
Aug 17 2014 - Aug 22 2014
2 night minimum stay
$210
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$230
From
$250
Fri,Sat
$1,575
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $140
Property Damage Protection $49
Tax Rate 11.0%

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Amenities

Santa Cruz House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Parking ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Activities Guide
  • Washing Machine
  • Linens Provided
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Parking On Street
  • Iron & Board
  • Telephone
Kitchen:
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Grill
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom - 1 double
  • Sleeper sofa in living room sleeps one or two; Both bedrooms have full sized beds; one bedroom also has a single bed for extra guest
Entertainment:
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Radio
  • Books
  • VCR
  • DVD Player
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Large Cooler
  • Small Cooler
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Child's Swing
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • theme parks
  • live theater
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • restaurants
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • outlet shopping
  • whale watching
  • sight seeing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • photography
Local Services & Businesses:
  • laundromat
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • deepsea fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
Notes:
Walking distance to downtown or beach, 2 double beds, 1 single bed, 1 child's futon, 1 sleeper sofa. Comcast cable, Wireless Internet access. Staples, including spices, sugar/flour, pancake mix and syrup, condiments, oils/vinegars and paper goods are supplied.
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