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Come Home To Provence

Bedrooms 2
Space 850 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bath Cottage Sleeps 4 Or 5. Washer/Drier In Unit.

Our cottage is a fully stocked, 2 bedroom 1 bath unit complete with a full kitchen. Master bedroom has a large queen size bed and second room has two twin beds. All linens, towels, flatware, cookware etc are included. High speed internet access is included (both wireless and direct connect) Unit has a washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave, 4 burner stovetop, oven, and large fridge. Unit is Air Conditioned and has radiant floor heating. Main area is hardwood floor, bedrooms are carpeted.

Michael Kokinos
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, spanish, greek
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 9, 2018

About Michael Kokinos

Our family just returned from a year long world odyssey. We spent the first 5 1/2 months volunteering at a hospital in Kenya and at local orphanages helping with infrastructure projects. After leaving Kenya we traveled through South America, returned to Africa then continued our trip through the Middle East, Nepal, India, Thailand, Cambodia and then finished up through Southeast Asia and finally China. We are well traveled which helps us understand what families and individuals need to help them find a home away from home while on the road.

Michael Kokinos purchased this cottage in 1997

Why Michael Kokinos chose South San Jose

My wife and I built everything on the property and take great pride in and care of our home. We are outgoing and love meeting people from all parts of the world. Our guest cottage is built like our home and while we will do everything in our power to help you enjoy your stay understand the need for privacy and so will always respect yours.

What makes this cottage unique

Cottage has 24 inch thick walls and is built from an infrastructure of Insulated Concrete Forms. The rock on the walls was mined from a quarry in France and cut piece by piece to fit on the outside of the house. The radiant floor heating provides for a wonderful ambiance within the home and the thick stone exterior walls provides an extremely quiet home. Pool is beautiful and reflect the overall style of the main home. Gas BBQ grill provides an alternative method for cooking meats/ fishes etc and allows renters to enjoy the natural beauty of the area.


South San Jose Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 3:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No outside guests are allowed at pool area. Any drinks taken to the pool must be in paper or other non-breakable container.
  • All children 16 years or less must be accompanied by an adult at all times when they are in the pool area
  • Guests are allowed up to 3 vehicles per stay
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Very large custom shower with unlimited hot water. Radiant floor heating keeps floor warm and comfortable during winter period.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Master bedroom has queen size bed. Large closet and bureau are in the room together with two separate bed side tables. Black out shades allow room to be completely darkened
  • Books
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Private Driveway. Please Call 30 Minutes before arrival to ensure a warm welcome.


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Come Home To Provence
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Delightful cottage with glorious view

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed every minute of our week. Michael promptly met us with a warm welcome and tour of the property. The cottage was perfect for our needs- we utilized the kitchen for breakfast and conveniently went to Los Gatos every day. The location is outstanding - you wake up to God's glory in the countryside and can be in the city in 5 minutes! Thank you very much for opening your property to Homeaway and we will be back.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great cottage in an idyllic setting, the owners are great

  • 5 of 5

This little cottage was perfect for me. I stayed for about 6-7 weeks and brought my dog with me. She loved playing in the yard with the owners' dogs, and the pool and hot tub were really nice. I highly recommend this property, and I would stay again...

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spent an awesome week here.

  • 5 of 5

Stayed for a week while I had flooring remodeled at my home in Oakland. Peaceful, quiet and serene. Michael and his family are great hosts. Loved the wildlife and views, highly recommend...

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful guest cottage and the owner, Michael was amazingly accommodating. From my very first communication with Michael, he answered all of my questions in a timely manner! He and his darling daughter and their two dogs greeted us upon arrival! Michael is an awesome host. (He even let me ship some large items (things my son needed for college)... to his home and brought them to the cottage for us)!! This cottage is appointed with everything one needs for cooking, cozy sleeping, and just plain R and R! The pool and hot tub are just as pictured and are very nice! There were wild turkeys in the yard some mornings and deer and hummingbirds all around! We also took advantage of the many hiking trails near the cottage! The listing was as described and the photos are just as it is! This is a very clean and well-maintained cottage! The town of Los Gatos is a short drive down the hill where there is everything you need.... grocery stores, great restaurants and even a nice yoga studio only about 15 minutes away!!! I would most certainly recommend this cottage and will definitely return in the future! Thanks Michael and family!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Lovely Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely month staying at this home in Los Gatos. The location is really pretty amazing-- you are really close to large shopping centers, restaurants, and grocery stores, but also tucked up into the hills in a beautiful, quiet location. The only warning I'd offer about the location is that it's a bit of a windy, 2 lane road to get there, especially if you come up Shannon Road, and if you have children with tendencies towards car-sickness, this might be an issue (I started carrying a barf bag in the car for one of my kids!). That caveat aside, though, we loved the location. It's a short drive to downtown Los Gatos, a 40 minute drive to Santa Cruz, and a short walk to a trailhead for a great hike. The kids loved sitting outside on the grass to eat their dinner, watching the deer and bunnies run around, and huge birds circling over the hills. The views out the windows are so peaceful and beautiful, I miss it already!

The pool is really nice and the kids had a blast swimming. There are two great dogs on the property, which we loved because we're dog people, however I would warn anyone who is not a dog person that the dogs can be a tiny bit intimidating at first. They do bark, and one is a gorgeous but large German Shepard. We enjoyed having them around, but I would say if you have small kids, or you don't love dogs, they might be a bit much.

The house itself is really clean, well-maintained, and it feels like a house that the owners actually care about (I've stayed in several rentals that really feel like RENTALS- worn down, dirty carpets, old sheets and towels, etc. Not the case with this house!). The couch and beds were comfy, the kitchen was well-stocked, and the bathroom was nice and updated (quality tiles, fixtures, etc.). Again, it felt like a home someone actually CARES about! It's great having a washer dryer and dishwasher, too. The only issue I had at any time was that the air conditioner did not seem to be working, but Michael worked on getting it repaired as quickly as he could. Overall he was very responsive to texts whenever I had a question or concern.

I would definitely recommend this property to friends, and I am already hoping to stay there again next summer!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Where do I start? Lets start with the perfect cottage that has everything you need and more . This cottage is very clean ,quite and comfortable set in a beautiful canon with lots panoramic views! Some of the best quite sleep ever! Lots to do. Go on a hike, plenty of food to chose from ,go to the beach,or hang out at the pool, and lots lots more more.! The Host ... Michael , Polly, and Family are the best people ever they will accommodate you in every way even if its just leaving you alone.. But if your lucky enough to sit and talk to these wonderful people you will be inspired to live your life to the fullest! I know i was.. Its not a matter of if but when I go back to this spectacular place!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
San Jose International
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Nearest Ferry
65 Miles
San Francisco
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Cal Train
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Highway 85
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
275 Miles
Lake Tahoe Basin
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Car: necessary

Tucked away in the rolling hills of Los Gatos you will find a hidden gem designed in the style of Provence and surrounded by open fields and centennial oaks. Crafted from materials imported from Southern France, you will discover an ambiance of tranquility and privacy all within close proximity of fine restaurants, shops and activities. Explore the museums that capture the history of innovation in Silicon Valley, hike tree lined ridges, surf the beaches of Santa Cruz, tour a winery and finish your day with a concert in the hills...and then, when the evening is finished, come home to a sky brilliant with stars to enjoy a nice glass of wine while soaking in a beautiful jacuzzi. All of this is within a short 30 minute drive of the cottage.

(If you are a family, the cottage is completely stocked with everything from pots, pans, blenders, mixers, stove, oven, fridge, dishwasher and microwave. The cottage is a perfect alternative to hotel life and lets you stay home, cook your own meals and unwind) We just returned from a year traveling so understand how nice is can be to find a place where everything you need as a family is right there for you.)




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Property Damage Protection $79
Pet Fee $100

All children ages 15 and below must be accompanied by an adult when inside the pool area. Only registered guests are allowed to use pool and hot tub. No outside visitors or local family members/friends are permitted to use the pool/hot tub. Children 18 years or less must be accompanied by an adult at all times when using the hot tub. Animals are not allowed in the pool area or hot tub at any time

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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