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Quiet Mountain Retreat

Scotts Valley, CA, USA
  • Cottage1200 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Mininum Stay2 nights

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. Quiet 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
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within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 14, 2018
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 Scotts Valley

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 with many of 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.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Queen size Beds (2)


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, Shower in separate area
      • 1 with separate toilet facility

      Location Type

        • Near The Ocean
          10 miles from Santa Cruz Beaches
        • Rural
          House sits at the base of a mountain- 50 acres to hike on - 2 miles of hiking trails


            • Away From It All
            • Romantic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Wood stoves and electric baseboard heaters
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Parking
                      Plenty of parking - no boats or rvs
                    • Telephone
                      Landline is provided as a courtesy since cell phones don't work on the mountain
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      Laundry soap and dryer sheets provided- private use
                    • Wood Stove
                      Wood burning stove - wood provided


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Coffee maker, grinder and coffee always supplied.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          All of the basics are provided - more available upon request
                        • Kitchen
                          Mini refrigerator, microwave, 2 burners on counter top, toaster oven- the basics are provided or are available
                        • Microwave
                        • Pantry Items
                          General condiments and spices always provided..
                        • Refrigerator
                          Mini fridge
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Two separate dining areas (indoors and out) that facilitate slow, quiet mornings and allow your friends to sleep-in while also providing room for small group dinners
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • DVD Player
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Television
                                  Cable in bedrooms and streaming device in the livingroom
                                • Video Library
                                  Not huge but a nice eclectic selection


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Built in bar b q and two patio tables w chairs


                                        • not suitable for children
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • library
                                            • arboretum
                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • botanical garden
                                            • 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

                                                          House Rules

                                                          Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                          Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                          100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                          14 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          A Wonderful Retreat

                                                          Melody A.

                                                          It is truly a "Quiet Mountain Retreat" and very welcome at the end of a day of driving and exploring area sites. The location was peaceful and quiet and the accommodations were clean and comfortable. Joe and Fran were warm, friendly, accommodating and extremely helpful with information about places to see and how to get there. The patio is as relaxing as it looks with hummingbirds entertaining us at the feeder as we relaxed. I highly recommend this listing and would return in a heartbeat. Thanks to Joe and Fran for their hospitality.

                                                          Quiet & Peaceful

                                                          jayson p.

                                                          Great place, quiet and relaxing.

                                                          nice place in the woods

                                                          Ryan H.

                                                          Very good experience. Very kind owners, especially when we accidentally damaged a screen door. A few things to know: The owners are in a house immediately adjacent, so the patio area is not exactly private. And the kitchen does not include an oven or a full stove or a full refrigerator nor freezer. There is a toaster, two hot plates, and a mini fridge.

                                                          just. the most peaceful place ive ever been

                                                          ethan k.

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

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

                                                          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!

                                                          Wonderful place for family

                                                          kyojin p.

                                                          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.


                                                          Scotts Valley, CA, USA

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