Send this page to a friend

Thank You

Your message has been sent.

You can send this page to up to five email addresses. Please separate each email address with a comma.

Cozy cottage, 250 Yards to the Sand, free wifi, and Hot Tub!

Colleen Gilmartin

Member since: 2000
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Contact the Owner

Colleen Gilmartin

Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 4, 2015
Tell the owner when you would like to travel.
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Pay with confidence
Pay with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Cozy cottage, 250 Yards to the Sand, free wifi, and Hot Tub!

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

Aptos Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Bunk Area, 1.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Welcome to Sandpiper cottage, a beautiful getaway only blocks from the beach. This cozy cottage sleeps up to 8 (6 adults) in 2 bedrooms and a sleeping alcove, with 1 ½ baths. You are sure to feel at home in this delightful blend of seashore art and knotty pine, (like a Tahoe cabin at the Beach) with skylights in the kitchen, a porthole window in the living room and a rowing oar railing on the stairs.

The cottage is in a quiet neighborhood filled with oaks and redwoods, a short, flat, 3-4 minute walk to Rio Del Mar Beach. After walking back from the beach, rinse off at the outdoor shower, then soak in the hot tub, underneath a giant oak tree, with the sweet smell of jasmine planted nearby. Then head to the front deck with new padded chairs, patio table, 9 foot umbrella, fountain, and gas barbecue to enjoy a comfortable, relaxed outdoor experience. There is 1-carport space off the alley in the back of the cottage and more space available on the street - no permits required. The bedroom upstairs has 1-Queen bed and a TV. The 2nd bedroom is downstairs with 1-Queen bed. The Full bath is next to this bedroom. There is also a 1/2 bath at this home. The sleeping alcove has two twin bunk beds for children to sleep. There is also a pull out queen sofa bed in the livingroom. No more than 6 adults are allowed to rent the cottage per new county guidelines

New windows were put in 9/2010, and a new flat screen TV was added to the living room in 2012. The rental includes beach towels, beach chairs, beach mats, a small beach cooler, 2 boogie boards, and sand toys. Have fun cooking in this fully equipped kitchen (microwave, dishwasher, blender, coffee maker, toaster, gas stove) with a table that seats 6 (with 8 chairs available).

There is also a large washer and dryer at the home. Enjoy the cozy Living Room with a wood burning stove, seating for 7 on 2 couches and a recliner, satellite flat screen TV, DVD player, stereo, iHome, and free wireless DSL internet service.

Take the short, flat stroll to Rio Del Mar beach, where you will find a coffee shop, a restored tavern, the Pixie Deli (with outdoor seating & BBQ), Cafe Rio (upscale restaurant), a fishing pier, cement ship (The Palo Alto), and Seacliff State Park Museum. Golf is nearby, as well as Nicene Marks State park, wineries, more restaurants, and a small theater.

Keywords: Beach, cottage, vacation, hot tub, house, wifi, ocean, surf, golf

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Colleen Gilmartin (Owner)
Member since: 2000
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 4, 2015

About Colleen Gilmartin

I have lived in Rio Del Mar for 15 years and I love it! Nowhere else can you find such beautiful scenery, all within short driving distance. There is the ocean, mountains, and stunning cliffs right next to each other.

Colleen Gilmartin purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Colleen Gilmartin chose Aptos

Rio Del Mar beach is one of the best beaches in Santa Cruz County. There is 1.5 mile beach path where you can walk or ride your bike. The beach goes on for miles to the south. I love all the oak trees on the street where the cottage is located.

What makes this cottage unique

I fell in love with the cottage the first time I saw it. It reminds me of a tree house the way the Oaks surround it. I love the large deck in front that gets sun most of the day, and the hot tub in back. I love all the wood inside that makes you feel cozy and warm.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights
Pay with confidence
Pay with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

4.7
based on 21 traveler reviews

Write a Review
Cozy cottage, 250 Yards to the Sand, free wifi, and Hot Tub!
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 21 reviews
Winnipeg, Canada
5

Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

We are return customers. We love this quiet and comfortable little spot. Nicely-maintained and only a short stroll to the beach.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Nebraska
2

Not my cup of tea!

  • 2 of 5

I felt like the house wasn't what we were expecting. Walking in the door - hit by a very musty smell. Not a good first impression. My husband said I would get used to it, but I didn't. Had to spray stuff and burn candles. Frig was dirty, outside everything was filthy. Couldn't use the table and chairs, sopping wet and covered with dirt and debris. Candle holders filled with water. Umbrella had junks of mold on it. Kitchen and bath had ant problem. No bath upstairs so you had to walk down steep stairs in dark to use restroom at night. The Hottub!! Yeah, faces the alley. Nothing like sitting in a hottub with cars roaring down the alley with their headlights shining. No view except of the carport and alley. The jets only worked on one side. One night we came home looking forward to relaxing in the tub and it was so chilly we had to get out. It did warm up by the next night. I think that tub needs work. The entire outside areas were very dirty. Owner asks you to strip the beds, throw in a load of towels etc but charges cleaning fee. Nothing to look at outside except houses. Spent entire first day wanting to cry I was so disappointed. I guess it beat a hotel but that's about all I can say. Not much as far as restaurants in Aptos. I can say neighborhood was very quiet and it was short distance to beach. The beach was always very crowded in this area.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm sorry this guest did not enjoy there stay. I wish they had called or told me any complaints they had, but I never heard a word. It's impossible to control the weather, and when it storms, it's hard to enjoy the outside areas, but most guests don't expect to in the middle of winter.
East Bay, California
5

Great Holiday Location

  • 5 of 5

Location is easy walk to the beach. Feels like you are at home. Comfy outdoor areas for bbq or just sitting to read.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Troy, NY
5

Fantastic Family Rental

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our two young children (3 y.o. & 9 mos.) met up with my brother-in-laws for a 4 night stay at the Sandpiper Cottage. The set up of the home was perfect for my family providing us the space downstairs while also providing privacy and quiet for upstairs guests. The walk to the beach was more than manageable and having an outside shower to rinse off before entering the home kept things neat! The rental was so much like our home (wi-fi, cable, grill, washer & dryer, etc...) that I've been raving about our vacation rental since we returned home!

Colleen was very responsive to any and all questions that I had prior to our trip! I would highly recommend this rental unit for a guest size such as ours - 4 adults, 2 children! Thank you again, Colleen, for providing a rental that attributed to such wonderful family memories!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Sacramento Area
5

Great little bungalow

  • 5 of 5

Quaint place, everything you could ask for, short walk to the beach. Us and the three boys loved it!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
4

June stay in Beach Cottage

  • 4 of 5

We were a family of 4 adults and 4 children. This house was a little small for us, but it worked out just fine. The house was as we expected from the photo's. I did not remember that you needed to walk through the downstairs bedroom to get to the second bathroom and the bunk sleeping area, but it worked out for our family. I loved that the beach was so close and a nice flat walk. We also enjoyed having a fire on the beach in one of the fire pits at Rio Del Mar Beach. The owner was very nice and helpful. I would recommend this property to others.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
39 Miles
San Jose International
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Sea Breeze Tavern
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Seascape Golf
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
State Route 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Pixie Deli
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Rio Del Mar Beach
Car: recommended

3-4 minute walk to beautiful Rio Del Mar Beach. 1 mile from Nicene Marks State Park for hiking or bicycle tours. 10 miles from Santa Cruz Boardwalk and 30 miles from Monterey Aquarium.

Photos

Rates & Availability

From $175 Per night

Aptos Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
USD
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer
Jun 1 2015 - Sep 7 2015
4 night minimum stay
$285
$1,600
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$175
From
$210
Fri,Sat
$1,100
$2,300
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
cleaning fee $120 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%
Notes cleaning fee is $150 for 5-8 guests

off-season holidays $220/night, $1300/week
Enter dates to see total
Available
Unavailable

Amenities

Aptos Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , no bathtub
    Bathroom 1 - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bunk Area - 1 bunk bed , sleeps 2 children
  • Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) one sofa bed, Bunk Beds (1) bunk beds in small alcove, large adults would not fit comfortably
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Partner Offers

Other Vacation Properties

  • 2 BR,
  • 1 BA,
  • Sleeps 8
$1,400 per week
2 night min stay
  • 2 BR,
  • 1 BA,
  • Sleeps 8
$895 - $1,190 per week
2 night min stay
  • 2 BR,
  • 1 BA,
  • Sleeps 6

Contact the Owner

Tell the owner when you would like to travel.

Get an Instant Quote

Enter dates to calculate a quote