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Opal Cliff Drive Cottage- with Private Beach Access

Bedrooms 2
Space 850 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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

Hugh Forrest
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2018


Opal Cliffs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Town
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • 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
  • 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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Opal Cliff Drive Cottage- with Private Beach Access
average rating of 4.642857 based on 42 reviews

Great location

  • 4 of 5

The place is in a great location. The dogs are very friendly, but do bark at times, and love to come in the house and say hi. The bathroom is off of the 2nd bedroom which made it difficult when little ones were napping or sleeping (especially cuz the door squeaked), and there is only a small shower which made it hard for cleaniing little ones. Overall good experience, just things to co insider with little kids. The owners are very friendly and let some of our friends come and visit for dinner also. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wouldn't want to stay more than a few days

  • 3 of 5

The cottage was comfortable, however it lacked a few things such as hooks in the bathroom to hang towels. The light bulb in the bathroom went out and there were none to be found. Had to knock on the owners door to get one (he was very nice about it). TV didn't work right so again we had to knock on the owners door and again he was very nice. All in all it was an ok experience.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay with a family of four (two adults and two boys ages 6 & 9)!

  • 4 of 5

Hosts were very friendly and loved their two dogs! Capitola was an easy walk with a great beach and we also loved the private beach access near the cottage. All of the activities we did were within a 20 minute drive at most. We would definitely stay there again!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy cottage in a great location!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 just stayed in the cottage and had a great time! The cottage had plenty of room for the 4 of us and was nice and tidy. The hosts were very friendly and we loved their 2 dogs who came to visit us often. It was such a nice bonus to have a little patio to use with a big garden surrounding the cottage. So peaceful!

The location was perfect for us. Just a short walk to the neighborhood beach, downtown Pleasant Point, and downtown Capitola. An easy drive down to Moss Landing to kayak and to Monterey Bay.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A lovely cottage with a wonderful host right on the beach

  • 5 of 5

My kids and I had a wonderful stay at Hugh's cottage in Capitola. We could walk down to the beach and were walking distance to downtown Capitola. The cottage has a beautiful garden and a huge yard. My kids loved playing with Hugh's friendly and gentle dogs, Maya and Cooper. We had a great time.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming cottage with friendly hosts

  • 4 of 5

Everything was clean and tidy and our hosts were very welcoming and so were there dogs. The mattress was a little hard for my taste and I would have loved a lounge chair on the patio, but we really enjoyed our stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning- Stays < 1 Week $75
Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.