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Hugh Forrest

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

Opal Cliff Drive Cottage- with Private Beach Access

29 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath (Sleeps 4)

“Madeline’s Cottage” is our guest house located on Opal Cliff Drive in the best beach-side micro-climate in Santa Cruz County. We have the best beach weather and the quietest beach location in town!

The cottage is set well off the street just a few doors from gated “Privates” beach (you’ll have use of a gate key during your stay). From here you can hear the waves crash and the seagulls call, and walk or bike to many local attractions: A five minute walk one direction will take you to the dining and night life of charming Capitola Village, five minutes the other direction leads you to the world-famous surfing area of Pleasure Point. Madeline’s Cottage neighborhood offers access to entertainment for every interest.

Maybe you don’t feel like venturing out- or you have little ones and need to stay a bit closer to home? The cottage enjoys use and views of our award-winning garden and yard.

More About the Property: Opal Cliffs is the best neighborhood in town, but maybe you'd like to get out of the immediate neighborhood? The more urban cultural attractions of downtown Santa Cruz are 15 minutes away.

Say you don’t like that 'Downtown' kind of culture? The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and its Giant Dipper roller coaster are also 15 minutes away. The Boardwalk is a quintessential seaside amusement park in a style circa about 1965.

Due to the floor plan of the cottage it is best suited to couples and small families. The kitchen/dining area is light, bright, and roomy, and separate from the family room where the TV is located. The Garden Bedroom has a queen bed and large closet, and looks through a big sliding door onto the garden, while the “Kids” bedroom is smaller and has a (two twins) trundle bed. The bathroom is located off the “Kids” room, so everyone had better be very close friends or family. Overall floor space of the cottage is ample for 4

Madeline’s Cottage is located behind our own personal home on our 1/3 acre lot, so you will not feel wedged in amongst a lot of other vacation rentals, and we take pride in making your stay as pleasant as possible. Our location, while across the street from the beach, does not have an ocean view; you must walk a few doors down for that.

The cottage has a fully equipped kitchen with all utensils, but if you have special needs or interests please let us know. Also, if you have dust allergies and let us know that a bit in advance we can remove all soft-surface flooring from the cottage.

We’re looking forward to your visit!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Hugh Forrest (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks: english


based on 29 traveler reviews

Opal Cliff Drive Cottage- with Private Beach Access
average rating of 4.724138 based on 29 reviews

More than expected.

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for the wonderful stay and for the beautiful weather. I love the closeness to the beach and to the village. Your dogs were oh so sweet.

Although we never used the stove, I would love to come back in the winter months to try it out.

We had no time for cooking on this trip.

Thank you again.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Sweet little Cottage in Capitola

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the Opal Cliff Cottage. It was just a stroll to all of the action in Capitola. The owners are lovely. They greeted us on arrival and gave us tips about the area. A wonderful family vacation was had!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint cottage perfectly situated

  • 5 of 5

Madeline's cottage was the perfect retreat for our family of four with two small cildren. It's so close to beach access, which was a huge perk for our family. The less we have to load kids in and out of the car, the better. ;-) The accomodations are modest, but had everything we needed. We cooked several meals at the cottage, and the kitchen was fully equiped. The garden out back is lovely, and the patio was a perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine and unwind at the end of the day. We give Madeline's cottage two thumbs up, and would happily stay again if we make it back to the area.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Madeline's Cottage

  • 5 of 5

The atmosphere at the cottage was all we could hope for. It was home away from home. It was clean and simple with close proximity to shopping for food and cooking our own meals or eating out. The garden was lovely, the location was excellent and right across from the ocean. Close proximity to Capitola yet very private. The private beach access allowed for a relaxing, beautiful view of Monterey Bay. One could wake up to the ocean in the air and sound of sea birds. Delightful and we will return.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The private beach was amazing!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely hosts in Mary Lou and Hugh! Great location, incredible garden, cozy cottage...wonderful!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Terrific stay, great beach location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here last summer - just getting around to doing a whole bunch of HomeAway reviews. It was clean, quiet, a great location and a comfortable stay. We ran into the owners (and their dog) and everyone is so friendly. My grandmother was with us and uses a walker so access for her was perfect! One item that was minor to us and did not impact our stay (or my rating) but others it may not work for: the bathroom was through the front bedroom so at times a bit awkward to get to (going through someone else's room). But, we were all family so not a big issue for us. It's definitely not a fancy place, but it's clean and comfortable and worked well for our stay. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Mineta San Jose (SJC)
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Pasatiempo or DeLaveaga
Nearest Motorway
1.25 Miles
Hiway 1 @ 41st Ave
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles

Madeline's Cottage is a short walk to Gayles Bakery, Capitola Village and the surfing beaches of Pleasure Point; as well as to numerous night spots, coffee shops and the main shopping area of 41st Ave.

The attractions of downtown Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk are about 15 minutes away by car (or 20 minutes by bicycle), and UC Santa Cruz is about 20 minutes in the car.

Other Activities: Shopping, kayaking, racquetball, wildlife viewing, basketball court, boating, health/beauty spa.


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Tax Rate 11.0%

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Santa Cruz House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Town
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Please note that since the bathroom is off the smaller bedroom this rental is best suited for couples, small families, or very good friends.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
For guests with allergies all soft floor coverings can be easily removed- just let us know in advance. Please be aware that the floor plan- with the bath located off the smaller bedroom- might be awkward for unrelated couples. The smaller bedroom is equipped with a twin trundle bed (ie two twins).

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