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AMAZING NEW HOUSE IN SANTA CRUZ REDWOODS ABOVE THE PACIFIC COAST.

Owner: Ben Slotover, Rental Assistant: Yvette Dishman

Advertiser since: 2013
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Speaks: english, spanish
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Owner: Ben Slotover, Rental Assistant: Yvette Dishman

Advertiser since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
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AMAZING NEW HOUSE IN SANTA CRUZ REDWOODS ABOVE THE PACIFIC COAST.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Bonny Doon House Rental Photos and Description

2 Bdrm, 2 Ba + Loft, Sleeps 6, House In Beautiful Wooded Neighborhood.

A stunning modern green build design that compliments its environment in every way, with curved walls and big kitchen/living room windows looking out onto a forest glade.

The house combines the very best of modern European and green Californian design in this peaceful location outside Santa Cruz. It's an incredible living space combining rich local timber and natural materials. An ideal place to unwind right on the doorstep of nature and yet close to all the facilities and entertainments of Santa Cruz.

Sleeps 6

Master bedroom: King size bed and walk-in closet.

En-suite master bathroom with claw foot tub, toilet and sink,

Kids bedroom: Bunk beds (will also fit adults)

2nd bedroom: Queen bed in upstairs loft room reached by spiral staircase.

2nd bathroom with spacious shower, toilet and sink.

Washing machine and dryer

Kitchen with dishwasher, fridge, microwave and large oven.

wood burning stove

Green deck and garden area with over 2 acres of redwood groves.

Wireless internet.

Under floor radiant heating throughout

Brand new green build

The house was built under some of the most stringent environmental codes in the USA. Both cutting edge and ancient building methods were employed to minimize the house’s impact on the environment and maximize heating efficiency.

Wherever possible, local, natural and recycled products have been used to build the house, including:

• Locally sourced, properly managed redwood and fir lumber

• Zero-emission products

• Recycled cotton insulation

• Straw bale wall insulation

• Radiant floor heating

• Efficient passive solar design

• Recycling of rainwater for garden

• Native plants in landscaping.

• Wood stove supplied with 100% site-grown wood.

The house sits in its own 2 acre garden comprising of open spaces, deciduous forest and redwood groves.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
Owner: Ben Slotover, Rental Assistant: Yvette Dishman (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2013
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Speaks: english, spanish

About Owner: Ben Slotover, Rental Assistant: Yvette Dishman

I was born in London and have worked in the media industry there since leaving university in 1994. I am married with three kids.

Owner: Ben Slotover, Rental Assistant: Yvette Dishman purchased this house in 2012

Why Owner: Ben Slotover, Rental Assistant: Yvette Dishman chose Bonny Doon

While on holiday in the Santa Cruz mountains in 2006 I fell in love with the area - the landscape, biology, people and climate. Like most Europeans my image of redwoods was one of giant 4000 year old trees confined to nature reserves and parks. It wasn't until I visited the area that I discovered residential neighborhoods among smaller but no less impressive trees.

My ambition to own a house in this amazing region wasn't limited to just buying one. I wanted to build one from scratch.

Over the course of many trips to the area from London I eventually found a perfect plot of land: wooded with a mix of Redwood, Oak, Fir and Madrone with a natural clearing on the crest of a hill . It was not too wild a place; there was a road and power line along one side plus lovely neighbors at a discrete distance- but at the same time it was far enough from urban areas to give it a wonderful stillness and peace.

With an architect friend who trained in Austria and worked in Big Sur under Mickey Muenning I devised a plan to use the latest green building techniques, materials and design concepts from California and Europe to build a unique house.

As it turned out, Santa Cruz county has some of the most stringent environmental laws for new builds and getting the planning permission alone took two years of exhaustive surveys and environmental impact studies.

Things really came together when we found our contractor Karl Bareis, He lives locally and knows the area inside out. He was able to translate the bold curved wall and big window design into a practical reality and at the same time bring his years of working in Japan and exhaustive knowledge of wood to create a house uniquely in tune with the land on which it is built.

What makes this house unique

I was never a fan of 'boxy' houses in natural surroundings. It was always my ambition to build a house that blended with its natural surroundings in an organic way. With the impressive scale of the redwoods it was also paramount that the house had windows big enough to bring the wonder of the location into the living space.

The colors of the walls and interiors were designed as well to blend with the environment, so earth tones are prevalent. The idea was to make the house feel like something that had grown from its environment, not imposed upon it.

Every material selected for the building of the house was done so on this criteria. No artificial chemical or preservative-emitting materials have been used and wherever possible locally produced natural materials were sourced, including some recycled from surprising places. The insulation within the interior walls for example, is cotton from recycled blue jeans and the back wall is insulated with straw bales from rice plants. The kitchen counter top is made from a new material called EcoTop, made from compressed recycled paper bonded together with resin.

The result is a house that combines the latest green technology with centuries-old passive solar design principles to make a uniquely relaxing place to stay.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our week in the Redwoods was truly magical. We stayed at a newly-completed architect-designed house near Bonny Doon, 10 minutes from the ocean and 20 minutes from the lovely town of Santa Cruz. The sun filters through the majestic Douglas Firs, Redwoods and other trees making the ambience surprisingly light. The house is designed to take advantage of this dappled forest atmosphere by means of the curved facade with clever use of glass. There are lovely inside and outside areas. The facilities are well planned and comprehensive. The bedrooms are cozy and atmospheric with forest views. Everything is peaceful and serene. The ancient trees impose their own awe-inspiring atmosphere.



We had plenty to do when we were not at the house; walks and picnics on the beach, fun local restaurants, visits to wineries, the Broadwalk and old-fashioned Funfair in Santa Cruz and so forth. Highly recommended for families or groups of friends.
May 2013
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Reviews

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Amazing New House In Santa Cruz Redwoods Above The Pacific Coast.
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A little star gazing and a lot of relaxing

  • 5 of 5
We spent a wonderful week up in Bonny Doon. Everything was very well kept, modern, and the little touches added to a very relaxing stay. We didn't do too much, went into Santa Cruz or other neighboring towns for our meals, but had a lovely stay and got to catch up on our reading and spent several hours out on the deck. The home is lovely and the windows provide views of the tall trees and nature that soothe the senses. The fresh flowers were a nice touch too! We look forward to returning :)
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Pictures didn't do this house justice!!!

Pictures didn't do this house justice!!!
  • 5 of 5
We were looking for a nice place to get away and found it here! The house was everything that was promised. Beautifully decorated and all appliances were new! There were fresh flowers in several rooms too. Towels were big and fluffy and plentiful! We will recommend to friends and we will be back!!! Great place,!!
  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2013
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amazing rental home.

  • 5 of 5
I had the pleasure of staying in this eco friendly home with my girlfriends. We were in town for a wedding and found this place to be just perfect. The pictures really don't do justice to the elegance of its design and the beauty of the surrounding property. We each slept so comfortably in the many sleeping spaces. I stayed in the master bedroom which was airy and had a claw foot tub, it was perfect for relaxation. Not only is the property stunning, the owner is both sweet and accommodating. The only thing i will say is that the roads leading up to the house are pretty steep, but well worth the drive to this excellent red wood escape. I think it would be perfect for a family vacation!
  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2013
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Harmony and serenity all in one

  • 5 of 5
The Slotover residence in Bonnydoon is simply spectacular. The majestic redwoods and Douglas firs protect you from the stress of the world you left behind and the ocean breeze at 3 in the afternoon everyday reminds you the most amazing beach is not far away. It is beautiful, it is quiet and is a fantastic spot to write a novel or just get a good nights sleep. Enjoy.
  • Submitted: May 14, 2013
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Map

Nearest Airport
65 Miles
San Francisco International
Nearest Barpub
2.3 Miles
Beauregard Vineyard tasting room
Nearest Golf
16.6 Miles
Pasotiempo Golf Course
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Salinas Railroad Station
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
US HWY 1, Cabrillo Highway
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Davenport Roadhouse
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Bonny Doon Beach
Car: recommended

The road the house is situated on winds uphill through dense redwood forest, reaching a height of 415 meters (1360 ft) above sea level. At the top the road loops around the crest of a hill and the house is situated on 2 acres of mixed redwood, oak and clearing that runs across the center of the loop, just below the highest point of the hill. No neighbors are visible from the windows of the house. The house is bordered by protected land, including the Bonny Doon nature reserve whose hiking trails begin 5 minutes walk from the house. Being a road that is not subject to through traffic it is an exceptionally peaceful area

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Bonny Doon

Named by Scots who arrived here in the 1850s to build the logging railroad and also named other areas nearby: Ben Lomond, Bonny Brae, Loch Lomond. (Incidentally, the logging railroad is still there and offers regular steam train rides.) Bonny Doon is an attractive and much sought after neighborhood and many residents have been there for decades. It features several wineries, a church, two fire stations, a lavender farm, Bonny Doon Elementary School and a private-use airport. The principal local industries are wine and horses. The climate is mild, with cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers. The climactic zone is Mediterranean. The area benefits from proximity to the ocean (10 beaches within 15 minutes drive, many uncrowded and secluded) and access to all the facilities of Santa Cruz, 20 minutes drive away. Closer to the house (11 mins drive), the historic coastal town of Davenport has cafes, restaurants and a grocery store.

Santa Cruz

A laid back seaside town with a university and a long history of surfing and environmental responsibility. There’s a farmer’s market every Wednesday. The first mile of highway 1 that goes through the town has a supermarket (Safeway), drug store, shops, along with some pretty good and cheap places to eat. In town there’s interesting shops, the farmer's market and the famous seafront Boardwalk with rides and other attractions.

Activities in the Santa Cruz area:

Beaches

Hiking

Cycling

Horse riding

Wildlife spotting

Golf

Shopping

Surfing

Food- restaurants

Food- produce

Wine

Cafes and bars

Utilities (launderette, banks, Fedex etc)

Entertainments and Cultural

- Music

- Cinema

- Theatre

Tourist activities:

- mystery spot

- roaring creek railroad

- Santa Cruz boardwalk

- Monterey Aquarium

- Carmel

- Big Sur

- Whale watching

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Rates & Availability

From $250 Per night

Bonny Doon House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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2 night minimum stay
$250
From
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Fri,Sat
$1,050
$4,290
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $250
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.0%

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Bonny Doon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Washer and Dryer in utility closet
    Master Bathroom - toilet , tub
  • Both bathrooms have Toto toilets. Master bathroom has clawfoot tub.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master bedroom - 1 king
    2nd bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Bunk beds
  • All the beds and bedding are nearly new and a variety of pillows of different firmness are provided.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • nude beach
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Notes:
Outdoor furniture

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