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Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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7 Bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms plus 1/2 bath with outside shower, Sleeps 16

This 3,200 square foot gated estate home is nestled in the redwood forest centrally located between the urban magic of San Francisco, the luxurious golf courses of Monterey's Pebble Beach, 25 minutes to Santa Cruz surfing spots and beaches, and above the summer coastal fog.

The property is perfect for family reunions or memorable vacations with multiple families. Set on two beautifully landscaped acres, enjoy the black-bottom pool and separate spa, or lounge on the spacious 2000 sq ft of decks with soaring mountain views of the largest trees in the world, the Coastal Redwoods. The kids will love the sturdy tree house and adults can always find a quiet spot to sit in the shade and read on the many decks or in the garden. The entire property is fenced and gated, within a ten minute walk of the historic logging town of Boulder Creek which boasts great restaurants, quaint shops, and close proximity to Big Basin Redwood State Park.

Amenities: The 6 bedroom plus Library well appointed home is comfortable and inviting, with a fabulous chef's kitchen with Viking stove and stone counters providing plenty of space for everyone to cook together. Most spices/condiments provided. An additional compact kitchen downstairs provides versatility. The library is convertible from a bedroom to a common area. Family room has 55' HDTV and a flat panel 45' HDTV with Netflix, HBO, STARS, and On Demand with stereo and surround sound in the Living Room. Large VCR/DVD video and CD music libraries. The Tree House with balcony is appropriate for children over 8 years old. The 2 acre property is gated and fenced. Remote control for gate issued at check-in. The home and linens are cleaned with environmentally 'green' products that eliminate most allergy concerns, and you'll never run out of hot water for bathing, as the home has been converted to on-demand hot water heaters.

Local Attractions: *15 minutes to Big Basin Redwood State Park

*15-20 minutes to two challenging local golf courses at Pasatiempo and Boulder Creek Country Club.

*30 minutes to the beaches of Santa Cruz

*35 minutes to the Beach Boardwalk, where one of the world's best wood frame roller coasters is revered by coaster buffs from around the world open Memirial Day through Labor Day.

*20 minutes to Roaring Camp Railroad for train trips through the redwoods and Civil War reenactments.

*35 minutes to the Santa Cruz wharf, famous for their seafood restaurants and the yearly Clam Chowder Cook-off

*25 minutes to Loch Lomond reservoir for fishing boat rentals

*Wine tasting offered at 12 local wineries within a 10 mile radius

*30 minutes to the University of California at Santa Cruz which provides many entertainment opportunities such as the Shakespeare Santa Cruz Festival in July and August and the world famous Arboretum open daily.

*7 minutes to Highlands Park for the Scottish Highland Games in October

Day Trip Activities: If you want to travel a bit further for your adventures, San Francisco is 1 1/2 hours to the north with it's famous Fisherman's Wharf, cable cars, and world class restaurants. Monterey is an hour to the south if you want to see the golf courses of Pebble Beach, or the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and if you continue to travel south another 45 minutes along the rugged picturesque coastline along Highway 1, you can experience the restaurants and art galleries of Big Sur, and get you feet wet in the Big Sur River while sitting in an Adirondac chair and listening to live jazz on the weekends. There are so many things to do in the area your group may want to make this a yearly event. If your group has special interests please let us know and we can provide info.

This home can be your solution to a stress free, memorable vacation or event. Call to learn more about the possibilities for family reunions and corporate retreats.

Check-in after 4PM, check-out by 11AM.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Nancy and EJ

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We are architects and project managers for large commercial building projects. We love to build wonderful spaces worldwide for living, working, and playing. We have a small dog that we travel with extensively, and we thoroughly enjoy sharing the magic we create with others.

Nancy and EJ purchased this estate in 2004

The property was purchased to bring parents out to California to be closer to family,while being able to share the home with them and care for their needs, as they are disabled and are currently in their mid-90s. We wanted to provide them with a beautiful way to spend their golden years. It was the perfect property to accommodate their disabilities in style, but as they aged they had to move to a local assisted living facility. The property was converted to a vacation rental in 2008, and due to it's location in one of the most stunning and rare forests in the world, while being close to international airports, it has been a resounding success from the first year. We have guests arriving from all corners of the globe. We enjoy sharing the magic of this estate with others, and can offer recommendations on how to make our guest's stay much more than just a place to sleep.

The property is truly a destination in itself, as it affords the opportunity to swim, sunbath, soak in the therapeutic spa, hike in the redwood forest, find quiet spots to sit and reflect or read a good book, cook gourmet meals with friends and family, play horseshoes in a regulation court, sit under the stars in front of the outdoor fireplace, be entertained watching hundreds of movies in a surround sound environment, challenge each other to games of table tennis, and working out on a private deck with treadmill and other equipment to keep in shape.....all without leaving the property. We had Nancy's family reunion with a full house of family members from all over the US, and everyone had the time of their lives. These was plenty of space.... room to gather together, and lots of intimate areas to get away from the crowd. The children were able to have 2 fenced/gated acres to play without the parents worrying that they would be lost in the forest, and they loved the tree house! We are grateful to be able to share the property with our guests, so they can discover the serenity and magic we experience at this unique property.

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Property Reviews

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Huckleberry Woods Escape - Views & Pool Near Santa Cruz Beaches
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews
Huckleberry Woods Escape - Views & Pool Near Santa Cruz Beaches
+1 831 246-1735
Boulder Creek Santa Cruz County
Walnut Creek, CA

You'll Never Want to Leave

You'll Never Want to Leave
  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2008
  • Stayed: Jul 2008
I would recommend Huckleberry Woods Escape to anyone looking for a house (estate, really) that's a destination within itself. George does a great job providing pictures and content to describe the property...but somehow it was even more fantastic in person. It was the perfect location for several families with children, because it's literally like three houses in one. You have the main floor, the three bedrooms with a seperate family room and kitchen downstairs, and then the private carriage house. We had five families onsite, and everyone was pleased with their accommodations.
It's obvious that the property is well-loved. It's truly like getting to stay in someone's fabulous house while they are away on vacation. In fact, the owners gave us a tour and a gift basket upon our arrival. It was easy to plan activities with their recommendations (golf, hiking, surfing, dinner out).

The amazing deck with fireplace, the treehouse, the fabulous pool and spa...I'm ready to book for next year just writing this review.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities
Owner's Response: We appreciate the love that Brooke's group gave back to Huckleberry Woods Escape, and would welcome them back at any time. The photos that they sent us of their group on the deck and the children's Tree House Club rules made our day. We pride ourselves in providing the little extra touches that make this vacation home a unique and special experience, and are looking for groups that can appreciate the finer things in life in a fun, comfortable, and environmentally friendly setting. Thanks Brooke for showcasing that so well!
Note from Nancy 2012: While George passed shortly after Brooke's family visited in 2009, we have continued on in the same tradition, continuously improving and adding to the magic of the property,and have erected a redwood bear on the property in George's memory. The Carriage House is now my private residence, close enough for my guests to get any assistance they need, and separate enough that some groups never see us at all during their stay.
Helpful votes: 2/2
Huckleberry Woods Escape - Views & Pool Near Santa Cruz Beaches
+1 831 246-1735
Boulder Creek Santa Cruz County

50th Birthday Get Together

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
My wife and I came down from Seattle to meet up with friends from San Jose and Southern California for her 50th Birthday. We planned on several excursions, but ended up spending most of our time at the property itself! It was hard to pull ourselves away from the beautiful surroundings. thanks for a great weekend!
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words John. We get a similar response from many of our guests....they never want to leave the property to see the tourist activities in the area that they had planned to visit, since they have what they really were looking for in a vacation at Huckleberry Woods Escape. It means much more coming from one of our guests that anything we could say.
Huckleberry Woods Escape - Views & Pool Near Santa Cruz Beaches
+1 831 246-1735
Boulder Creek Santa Cruz County
El Segundo, CA/USA

50th Anniversary Celebration

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
Our group thoroughly enjoyed our stay celebrating our 50th Anniversary. We were 6 adults, 4 children ages 9-15 and 2 pets. Owner's attention to detail was superior. It's a perfect home for families to interact and bond, or even enjoy quiet time. We visited Mystery Spot, Big Basin, Santa Cruz Mission, Loch Loman, and the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. We enjoyed the pool and spa daily. We prepared all meals in the well-appointed kitchen except one dinner at Stagnaro's on the pier in Santa Cruz. Prior to our arrival, management there made an exception to its no-reservations policy in light of our celebration, and we were reserved at the best table upstairs.

The listing is accurate and photos reflect appearance and amenities very well. This beautiful property was very clean and well-maintained. All questions/concerns were answered immediately. We heartily recommend this property.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for confirming that the photos are accurate, as I know this is always a concern of our guests. We are very careful to keep everything in perfect condition for our wonderful guests, as we strive to provide an experience that is not marred in any way. We provide a venue for memories to be created.
Huckleberry Woods Escape - Views & Pool Near Santa Cruz Beaches
+1 831 246-1735
Boulder Creek Santa Cruz County
Sunnyvale, CA

The extended Forkish clan

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
We had the best time ever at Huckleberry Woods Escape! It was perfect for every member of our very diverse extended family of 11 (room for more!). Nancy and EJ were incredible hosts -- just be sure to ask if you have questions or problems (we didn't and then learned all kinds of cool things about how it could have been even better!). They both feel like part of our family now, and I can't wait to hear more stories from EJ about the history and ecology of the area. Beautiful trail down to the creek and nice walk to town for supplies, etc. (downhill easy, uphill, don't buy too much!) The grandkids (2.5 and 5) LOVED the tree house Gorgeous gardens, flowers, etc. -- and more to come next summer, so I hear! We enjoyed the spa on the first two days when it was a bit misty and cool, but then just spent the hot days in the pool. One morning at Big Basin and another in Santa Cruz, but after that just totally relaxed and left the house only to buy food to cook in the fabulous kitchen and on the grill just outside. A truly special place for a large family gathering!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Jo's family was a joy to host, as they really utilized the property as a vacation destination. Huckleberry Woods Escape is located in the rare Coastal Redwood forest, which are the tallest trees in the world. It's a fragile ecological environment, that we feel fortunate to be the guardians of, and we will teach anyone that has the time and interest about the area's unique character. This property is a continual work in progress, as each season we add new amenities for family enjoyment. In addition to the new horeshoe staduim, we now also provide a ping pong table, which Jo's family can enjoy together when they return to visit us again.
Huckleberry Woods Escape - Views & Pool Near Santa Cruz Beaches
+1 831 246-1735
Boulder Creek Santa Cruz County

serene retreat with lots of room

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
We had our first stay at this house for a family reunion, with 13 people staying at the house. The setting of the house is beautiful, surrounded by nature, with no road noise. The house has a beautiful deck with views of the mountains, and redwood trees all around. There was plenty of space for all of us, and the house was decorated tastefully. The kitchen has all the amenities you can think of. The hosts, Nance and EJ are very warm and welcoming, and gave us a nice tour of the inside/outside of the house upon arrival, and were very responsive to our needs.
Overall, a great place for a family gathering!
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Navneet's international family was a joy to host at Huckleberry Woods Escape. They appreciated our quick attention to their requests, and I hear one of the sons comment "We get all of these extra amenities plus concierge service!" World travelers feel more comfortable having someone on hand to immediately fix things that break, give them advice on the best restaurants, and cater to their special requests, and yet we are "invisible" when not needed. We found a notepad that had been used as a diary by one of the granddaughters that started: "Today was the start of our family Santa Cruz trip. The house we are renting has a tree house, pool, hot tub, swing, huge garden, and a hammock! It is so cool! (picture of a heart) This house ROCKS!! (smiley face)." It warmed my heart to see how much the property was appreciated.
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Nearest Airport
29 Miles
Norman Y Mineta International San Jose CA SJC
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Intersection of Highway 17 and Highway 9
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Joe's Bar
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Boulder Creek Golf and Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Scopazzi's, Edo Sushi Bar, BC Brewery, Red Pearl
Car: necessary

A 40 minute drive from the San Jose International Airport and 1 1/2 hours to the San Francisco International Airport. Close enough to the hustle and bustle of the Silicon Valley, yet private and secluded without being more than a few minutes from necessities and tasty restaurants. For those that like nightlife, Joes, Henflings, and Don Quixotes all offer live music on weekends without traveling out of the mountains, or a short trip into Santa Cruz will reward you with anything from intimate solo performances to concert venues that bring in nationally known talent. If you can be in the area for Memorial weekend, the Aptos Blues Festival is a magical treat where you will see the best performers in the country, because they love to play the Santa Cruz audiences in this beautiful outdoor setting. On Friday nights all summer long you can enjoy the free concert series at the Beach Boardwalk featuring all the old time Rock'n' Roll artists from our past. Never a dull moment!

Other Unique Activities: Wildlife viewing, beach amusement park, railroad train rides, zip-line through the redwoods, disc golf, kayaking in the Elkhorn Slough. A 'must experience' is the famous Shadowbrook Restaurant in Santa Cruz.

Golf: Golf courses within a 20 minute drive: Boulder Creek Country Club (18 hole), Pasatiempo Golf Club (18 hole) designed by the famous Scottish architect Alister MacKenzie, the course is famed for its breathtaking scenery and rich golf history, Valley Gardens (9 hole)

Golf courses within a 30 minute drive: DeLaveaga Golf Club (championship 18 hole) offering a disc golf course also, Seascape Golf Club.

The famous courses of Pebble Beach are about an hour away.

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Availability & Rates

Boulder Creek Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
Spring Break
Apr 11 - Apr 28
3 nights
Apr 29 - May 22
3 nights
May 23 - Sep 5
5 nights
Sep 6 - Nov 25
3 nights
Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 26 - Dec 1
4 nights
My Standard Rate
5 nights

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping fee $365.00
Tax Rate 11.0%
Notes $1,000 refundable security deposit due on booking. $500 refundable canine deposit for approved dog. 100% fees due 60 days prior to arrival date with signed contract. Responsible guest signing contract must be over 24 years old and staying for the entire reservation period. Each guest under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. We do not accept bookings for events to be held on the property
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Boulder Creek Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • River ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Holiday Resort
  • Spa
  • Adventure
  • Telephone ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Living Room ...
  • Iron & Board
  • PC
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Gas Heating
  • Split-System Heating
  • Ducted Heating
  • Solar Panels
  • Living Area
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Garage ...
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Stove ...
  • Oven
  • Microwave ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Stove
  • Grill
  • Kitchenette
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub , In Cougar Retreat with double sinks and bay window at tub.
    Skylight Bath - toilet , shower , On main floor with granite vanity and skylight.
    Bunny Rabbit Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Downstairs with double sinks
    Spa Bath - toilet , outdoor shower , In pool/spa area with pedistal sink
  • 1/2 bath with outdoor shower in pool area keeps wet areas separate from bedroom areas. 18 sets of luxurious Egyptian cotton bath towels provided. 18 Pool/Spa towels are provided. Toilet paper, tissue, bar soap, liquid hand soap, Q-tips, and cotton pads provided.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Cougar Retreat - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Lg master suite. Sleigh bed and daybed w/trundle.
    Hummingbird - 1 queen , Canopy bed with sliding glass door out to hammock deck.
    Sunflower - 1 queen , Skylight over bed.
    Copper Rose - 1 queen , Canopy bed with large closet and dressing table.
    Golden Newt - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Sleigh bed with rocking chair
    Bear Cub Den - 1 king , King bed convertable to two twin beds. Window seat.
    Redwood Library - 1 king , Ether bedroom or music room/library w/reading nook and sofa
  • Additional Child Beds: (1) Padded sleeping pallet for young child, Portacrib for babies 25 lbs and under. Pack-n-Play for toddler.
  • Video Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • DVD Player ...
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Video Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • VCR
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • CD Player
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Large Cooler
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Boat ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • 24 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • autumn foliage
  • festivals
  • arboretum
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • theme parks
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • walking
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • whale watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • wind-surfing
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • surfing
  • deepsea fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
Treehouse, piano, double hammock, covered workout deck with treadmill and swinging chair, regulation horseshoe stadium, ping pong table, double swing lounge chair in garden. Environmentally friendly cleaning products used. In case of an area power outage, the house will automatically convert to generator power so activities don't have to stop.
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