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Bird Song, Deer, Wild Turkeys, and White Fluffy Clouds, PRIVATE meadow, Hot Tub

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Single Level, Well Maintained SC Mountain Home in Park Setting, Polite Dog OK

The comfortable bungalow style interior along with open floor plan and renovated chef's kitchen makes this home ideal for a family retreat or couples getaway. It is stocked with all essential housewares and linens. We overlook our own private meadow, surrounded by forest, enjoy the meadow room with no walls and view spectacular stars against a dark sky, there is fire pit for marshmallows, a massive deck, and fabulous sofa for afternoon naps. We have accommodation for kids and teenagers, as well as an opportunity for a quite romantic getaway.

Picture perfect beaches are practically private during the winter months, perfect for a peaceful stroll and idealistic couples walk. in addition to countless natural wonders that are at your fingertips.

If you’re looking for day adventures Big Sur, San Francisco, wineries and all the all the treasures between (Monterey, Carmel, Point Lobos, Franklin Point, Pigeon Point, Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, Capitola, and Saratoga) are available from this central location with an easy 20-minute drive.

More Details

Owner
Lolly and Lindley
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 6, 2017

About Lolly and Lindley

We are an emeritus university professor and a maritime-historian. Our family enjoys the central coast region and has for more than a century. You are invited to view our album on the linked YouTube slide show and then let us help you find the hidden paths around Santa Cruz and the San Lorenzo Valley.

Lolly and Lindley purchased this house in 1978

Why Lolly and Lindley chose Santa Cruz County

The Oak Tree on this property speaks for it self, it is AMAZING, as are the birds who come to rest. We chose this property 38 years ago, partly because of the open flat sunny meadow surrounded by forests with distant mountain views and partly because the geology is as varied in each direction as the potential activities nearby. Once in the house you may not want to leave but the redwood forests, beaches, and cities of San Francisco, Monterey, Carmel, San Jose, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale are all with in reach.

If you are looking for crowds, noise, fog, traffic -- go someplace else. We are tranquility, blue skies, white fluffy clouds, bird song, deer, wild turkeys and brilliant starlight.

Ben Lomond Bungalow, in Santa Cruz Mountains is place that defines California Central Coast living at its best and the line between indoor and outdoor living spaces dissolve. Now you have the chance to enjoy our hard work great neighbors, trails, and access to every thing on the central coast including the zip line at Mt Herman as you move from platform to platform through the tree top canopy.

On the mountain, two miles from our country retreat is a venue for quality music at the Don Quixote's Interntational Music Hall.

Fishing license and small craft rentals are available at Loch Lomond or the Santa Cruz Wharf as well as other places around the county we can help you find.

What makes this house unique

The trails around the ranch lead you past a pond, year round streams and a host of wildlife. The sunset trail above our home leads to a panorama vista overlooking the coast and nearby valleys.

Behind the property you will find Quail Hollow Ranch, an equestrian park first developed by the founders of Sunset Magazine as their weekend home.

We are close to many state parks and the redwood trees beaches and fun and creative shopping areas. We look forward to sharing our list of fun places to play and eat; however, if you are not able to escape leave work, satellite conference rooms and office space is available within two miles.

The rich and varied history of the region is recognized as one of the most significant biological treasures in the state of California, the Zyante Sandhills Zone support a unique community of plants and animals found only in Santa Cruz County.

Guestbook comments from the owner

2010-07-17 "(5 out of 5) This is a great home in a wonderful area. Everything you need is there including a fully equipped kitchen! Big yard with beautiful views. There are tons of outdoor activities to do, including a one of a kind zip line through the Redwoods at Mt. Hermon. Our family definitely enjoyed our 3 month stay in Ben Lomond."
Apr 2010
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
San Jose and Monterey (SFO and OAK are 70 mi)
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Don Quixotes International Hall of Music
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Moss Landing
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Pasatiempo Golf Club
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Roaring Camp Railroad (Redwoods or Beach Train)
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hwy 9 (Hwy 1 and 17 also near).
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Casa Nostra
Nearest Ski
250 Miles
Lake Tahoe
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Nearest Point of Interest
Ben Lomond, 2 miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Felton, 4 miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Scotts Valley, 8 miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Cruz, 10 miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Los Gatos, 24 miles
Nearest Point of Interest
San Jose, 35 miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Sunnyvale, 39 miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Palo Alto, 45 miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Monterey, 52 miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Carmel, 55 miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Trout Farm Inn
Car: recommended

The picturesque historic logging villages of Felton, and Ben Lomond are both within 2 miles of the Ben Lomond Bungalow. Boulder Creek, home to one the worlds greatest Redwood Forests, is a few more miles down the road.

Behind our backyard is the Sunset Trail head leading from Quail Hollow Ranch Park. This 300-acre historic horse ranch is currently a nature preserve and home to a few horses, but offers 15 hiking and equestrian trails.

Follow paths to incredible vistas along coastal edges and high mountain trails that overlook the Monterey Bay and Pacific Ocean.

The Mountain Village of Boulder Creek is where you will find the streets found in a number of Hollywood movies because its historic charm is evident along each block, as the quaint shops of artisans, antique dealers, are mixed with the local fabric of the community.

Roaring Camp Railroad is where you will find a variety of well loved adventures. Travel back in time aboard a nineteenth century steam train ride from the Redwood Forest to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Municipal Wharf, and Main Beach (AKA Steamers Lane); additional seasonal events are offered throughout the year.

A memorable stroll down Pacific Ave or West Cliff Drive might include a Monarch Habitat, Surfers Museum, or tour the UCSC Marine Lab with child docents.

State Parks surround us, Big Basin State Park, Henry Cowell Redwood State Park, Historic Wilder Ranch State Park, Quail Hollow Ranch Park, UCSC are an easy drive. Go a little further to find Sea Cliff Beach State Park, Elk Horn Slough in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Point Lobos Nature Preserve, and even Big Sur. North along Highway One you will discover elephant seals at Ano Nuevo, Davenport, the home of Odwala Juice and Bonny Doon Winery, lighthouses, and many remote isolated beaches, wind surfing, and other unique enterprises

Quick outings might include the 1-mile bike ride to the nineteenth century Mt. Hermon conference grounds where you may choose to whiz down a zip line (known as the longest on the central coast) through the tree canopy. Or pedal the 2 miles to the picturesque Village of Ben Lomond where the smell of chicken barbecue always wafts from the parking lot of the Ben Lomond Market. Rent a fishing boat or Canoe at Loch Lomond (3 miles up the hill) or fish in the San Lorenzo River, off the wharf or ask how to sign up for deep sea fishing in the Pacific Ocean.

Hiking through Big Basin Redwood Forest is a lifetime memory or visit the Highland Park or the 3 remaining Historic Logging Villages. Henry Cowell Redwood Forest and State Park is home to a centuries old Redwood Grove that features a self-guided nature path. The park has a picnic area above the San Lorenzo River. Anglers fish for steelhead and salmon during the winter (catch and release).

Shop till you drop on the Pacific Avenue Mall and enjoy the street musicians. Folks say the nearby Pasatiempo Golf course, a Alister McKenzie design, is as good as you can get for public (semipro) golf. Golf-week rates it #3 in California. The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is part of the Joseph M. Long Marine Laboratory, a research and education facility of the University of California, Santa Cruz just 10 miles away or drive a little further to the Monterey Bay Aquarium,

Visit Santa Cruz's 300 historic homes dating from the 1850s through 1930s and its 247 structures of architectural significance that dates from 1930 through 1950.

World class jazz every Monday at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz is open to all ages. Santa Cruz Farmer's Market is every Wednesday located one block off of Pacific Avenue.

We are an easy drive to almost every where on the central California Coast and the San Francisco Bay Area. Take day trips to explore the California Coast from Big Sur and Carmel-by-the-Sea, to the Golden Gate Bridge and streetcars of San Francisco.

Colleges and university visits are a natural from Ben Lomond Bungalow. UCSC is 12 miles, CSU San Jose and CSU Monterey Bay are about 30 miles, Stanford University is about 40 miles and UC Berkeley is 70 miles.

Visit up to forty-five different Santa Cruz wineries. Winemaker Wednesdays at Shadowbrook Restaurant features 2 to 4 wines from local Wineries in a spectacular river front setting.

Barrel Tasting & Wine Dinner is held at Bonny Doon Vineyard every Thursday where you can glimpse into the winery & cellar. Barrel tasting is followed by a hosted three-course, prix fixe family style dinner paired with wines of Bonny Doon Vineyard.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, recognized as the best seaside park in the world, offers free concerts on the beach Friday nights. Don Quixote’s International Hall of Music, a tiny mountain venue offers fabulous intimate experience.

Only 30 miles from the hustle of San Jose and Silicon Valley we are in a world apart. Magic is here on Ben Lomond Mountain located between San Fransisco and Carmel nestled in the hills above Monterey Bay.

Amenities

Ben Lomond House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Violation of rules, excessive noise, unregistered guests, dangerous practices may result in loss of privilege to stay with no refund.
  • Backyard fire pit, must be small, in the designated container. Pull hose to the patio, bucket of water, dispose of coal in the washtub. Attend it.
  • Be aware of animals that live in the mountains and stay safe.
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Guest Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Wonderful soaking tub with hand-held shower.
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Large walk in stone tile shower with bench.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Massive Four poster bed with a great view of meadow and fire
    Guest Room - 1 queen , Comfy pillow top queen with comforter.
    BARN - Barn isn't a living space but available upon advance request
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Small, works well for child, den, walk in closet and storage
  • The leather sofa in living room transforms to double bed. There two Queen Areo Mattress on site with auto-inflate. Plenty of room in meadow to fall asleep under the stars or let the kids pitch a tent.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • 15 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Great hiking trails behind the house are part of the Quail Hollow Park and Nature Preserve. Private meadow, woods, wildlife, Loch Lomod, fishing and canoeing. One of a kind zip Line at Mount Herman Camp. One of the best frisby golf courses is minutes away. Like most areas in the Santa Cruz Mountains, be prepared to see a large array of animals and plants. Quail, Deer, Coyote, Ring Necked Doves, Chickens, Hawks, Bob Cat, dogs, cats, and an assortment small mammals and reptiles have been found in the meadow.

Reviews

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Bird Song, Deer, Wild Turkeys, and White Fluffy Clouds, PRIVATE meadow, Hot Tub
average rating of 4.820513 based on 81 reviews
5

Great short weekend - Taking a break from Silicon Valley

  • 5 of 5

What a great quick get-away ... Highly recommended. Nice place to clear your mind for the weekend.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes Blake, the sentence that runs through my head is so close but a different world. I used to commute to San Jose and loved getting home. Now I commute from further away, but still love getting home. We just harvested an arm full of tomatoes, and lots and lots of onions. The veggie garden is now replanted with new fall crops. It is not to early to book time for summer 2018.
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overall

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Quail Hollow. It's a beautiful property that enabled our grandchildren

to roam and have some adventures. The hot tub was the best!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Compact with lovely gardens

  • 5 of 5

Close to Felton, Ben Lomond and a short drive to Santa Cruz. Very relaxing, with a very nice outdoor area and BBQ. 2 decent sized bedrooms and a couple of other sleeping options for extra quests, clean, and well equipped. We enjoyed our stay very much.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

The house is very comfortable and has everything you could need. Came from Sacramento where it has been unbearably hot. Wouldn't you know it the first day here was unusually hot (at least for Santa Cruz). Second day cooled down some then it was nice and cool like normal. Fortunately the air conditioner in the front of the house cools that part down then by bedtime you open up the doors and use the fan. It is actually pretty close to a lot of stuff. The kids enjoyed zip lining. We went to the boardwalk. Had lunch one day in Capitola and hung out at Davenport Landing Beach one afternoon. Every evening enjoyed the hot tub.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Amazing property and home

  • 5 of 5

Wow, where do I start? We have stayed in the Santa Cruz area many times but never in the mountains and we loved it!! This house is charming and adorable and had everything we needed for a wonderful vacation. The kitchen was fully stocked with everything we needed to prepare large meals. Many rentals have minimal kitchen supplies but this home was well equipped with everything we needed. There were plenty of dishes/cookware and even some spices and paper products. It was nice to have both a standard coffee pot and a Keurig allowing everyone to have their favorite coffee.

The linens and bedding were plentiful and high quality. The beds were cozy and comfortable.

The best part was the property. This home is very private with plenty of room to roam. There was always a shady or sunny spot depending on what we needed at the time. We enjoyed our coffee in one sitting area but our afternoon “happy hour” in a different area. The spa was warm, clean and comfortable and a wonderful way to end the day.

The drive to the beach was easy and only about 20 minutes but there is plenty to do right close to the house. This is a great place to visit as it offers things to do for both relaxation and activity within just a few miles.

We certainly felt that this is one of the best rentals we have stayed in. The owner, Lolly was very helpful and checked up on us to be sure all was going well. It is obvious that she loves this home and she takes pride in how it is maintained. The house and the grounds were well groomed and taken care of.

We look forward to our next trip. Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased you enjoyed your selves. Yes the Santa Cruz Mountains are magic, it is hard to believe we are so close to the busy world often found in the South Bay only 30 miles away.
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5

Great property for close friends

  • 5 of 5

Myself and seven close friends had an amazing time at the bungalow. We were able to enjoy the local golf course (Pasatiempo), the downtown area and the amazing backyard that Lolly and Lindley provide. I think our favorite features were the fire pit and garden! Although we didn't get a chance to use the hot tub, it was ready for our immediate use. Thanks again Lolly and Lindley for allowing us to rent your beautiful (and comfortable) house! Have a great year!

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We pleased that you enjoyed your stay, and hope to see you again. We have a few days still open for this summer, but now is the time to reserve for next year, we are already filling up.
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet Fee $50
Housekeeper Set up fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

In keeping the the peaceful nature of this property and surrounding we maintain a very strong Do NOT DISTURB the neighbors policy. Loud music, voices, and barking dog may put your stay at risk and forfeiture of money paid. This is not the property to book if you would like to have a party, or think you might have a noisy person in your group. Our county permit to operate a vacation rental has strict occupancy rules for both day and night, please inquire if this might impact your plans.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.