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Quiet Mountain Retreat

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 bedroom 1 bath forest cottage

Pictures don't do it justice...Close to beach, hiking, wineries, amusement park and historical sites. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath. Gas bar b q built in as part of the outdoor kitchen, octagon redwood deck just above the apple orchard. Very private retreat spot that is close to town and entertainment. Our home is designed to provide a calm, restorative environment...away from the fast-pace and high stress of the modern world.

Joe Giusti
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 18, 2017

About Joe Giusti

We live in the main house and welcome guests to stay in our cottage. My dad left the house to us when he passed and we have poured our hearts into this place. We recently transitioned from the Sacramento area to full time residence in the Santa Cruz mountains. We have tried to make it a place of peace, serenity and love. Our sincere hope is that people will come and feel the same way we do.

Joe Giusti purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Joe Giusti chose Santa Cruz County

This is an amazing place....the house sits on 50 acres of forest in the Scotts Valley area. You can step out the door into the orchard or hike to the top of the mountain. It's quiet and private with all the amenities of home yet close to town and family-friendly entertainment. It's the perfect place to get away and de-stress.

What makes this cottage unique

Close to town and boutique wineries, 10 minutes to the beach boardwalk. Winters are cozy by the fire, great for snuggling or watching dvd's. Summer sun streams through the skylights making the house bright and airy.


Scotts Valley Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Shower in separate area
  • 1 with separate toilet facility
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (2)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • wind-surfing


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(11 traveler reviews)

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Quiet Mountain Retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

just. the most peaceful place ive ever been

  • 5 of 5

Joe was nice. He was chill, the place was quiet and peaceful. 10/10

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Morgan Hill, CA

Great house in the woods. Perfect location, very convenient!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the house. The wooded surrounding was exactly what we wanted. The house is very unique and cozy. Joe is a super host, he made sure that we had everything we needed during our stay. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place for family

  • 5 of 5

I spent a great relaxing time there with my family. It was very quite and peaceful and conveniently located to go to the nearby restaurants, coffee shops, groceries in 5-10 minutes by car. I strongly recommend this place to the people who would like to spend some relaxing times with their family members. The owner of property was also very nice and kind.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful place with terrific hosts!

  • 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the "Quiet Mountain Retreat". My hosts, Joe and Frannie, were very respectful of my privacy yet readily available if I needed assistance in any way. The setting is beautiful- very quiet and peaceful. Anything one needs is available in Scotts Valley and/or Felton, but Santa Cruz is just 15 minutes away. I had a great time during my stay in the redwoods and highly recommend the Quiet Mountain Retreat! ENJOY!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet, Serene, Indulgent

  • 5 of 5

Yes, these pictures do not do this vacation home justice. Yes, it is a quirky, round house. Yes, it is quiet and serene... And yet it is far more than that... Nestled in a private redwood forest the air is clean, the noise is nonexistent. No barking dogs, no loud neighbors, just the wind in the trees. A wonderful place to indulge in a walk back in time. Escape into the Santa Cruz mountains - a dream come true!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Arroyo Grande

Quiet and Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Great location for enjoying the big trees in a private, quiet location. Yet close enough to town to make it very convenient and easy to get to the store. Excellent hiking and mountain biking in the immediate area. House was clean and well stocked with everything you would need - even cable TV and wireless internet access. Owners are helpful and accommodating.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
21 Miles
San Jose/Mineta
Nearest Golf
2.2 Miles
Valley Gardens in Scotts Valley
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Heavenly Cafe
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Cowell Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Scotts Valley Cottage Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning $150
Online booking fee $35
Tax Rate 11.0%

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.
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