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Suzanne Koch

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish, Japanese

Gorgeous Mountain House & Cottage in Santa Cruz Redwoods, Hot Tub

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Brookdale House Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms plus cottage, 1 full bathroom, sleeps 6-8 adults,

Come escape among the California Redwoods in the Santa Cruz mountains, close to the Roaring Camp and Big Trees Railroad, Henry Cowell and Big Basin State Parks, and the beaches of Santa Cruz and Davenport. This is the perfect place for one or two families, a romantic getaway, or a retreat! House is located in Boulder Creek.

New kitchen coming in August/September - beautiful remodel planned, including dishwasher and gorgeous granite countertop.

***Beautiful hot tub under the stars- large, traditional California bench style tub seats 6

***Full kitchen, bathroom

***2 large decks & patio with tables, chairs, fire pit, gas grill, and family hammock

***Minutes to Roaring Camp and Big Trees Railroad, beautiful Big Basin & Henry Cowell State Parks, wineries, Santa Cruz Boardwalk, beaches, golf, berry-picking, the Bigfoot Museum, fabulous restaurants, music venues, and more!

***Wireless internet and Roku TV

***All beds have allergy-friendly mattress covers and duvets (with duvet covers washed between guests).

***Large back deck has beautiful up-cycled table and benches large enough for 10 (made from old redwood decks by a local craftsman).

***Cottage has pull-out King size bed, cozy duvets, and electricity (no plumbing).

For train lovers (young and old), enjoy a fall weekend at Roaring Camp Railroad. Special excursions this fall include:

-Thomas the Tank Engine and Percy (http://www.roaringcamp.com/events2#percy_Halloween)

- Halloween Ghost Train

- new Chanukah Train

- Holiday Tree Walk.

One of our favorite winter traditions is cutting down our Christmas tree at one of the beautiful tree farms near Boulder Creek.

Our house: We first saw our house in the winter rains and were instantly charmed. It is a cozy retreat in the redwoods, and it has been lovingly maintained and decorated for our family and friends' use. It was exclusively our family's weekend and holiday retreat for seven years before we began sharing it with others via HomeAway and VRBO. Our family has had countless special times there with our children, friends, and visiting relatives. It isn't just another rental house - the rocking chair is the one Grandma Linda rocked all her children in, the rugs have been in the family for 40 years, and so on. We are very happy to share the house with others and have been thrilled that so many guests have discovered the Santa Cruz mountains while visiting.

Boulder Creek: Boulder Creek is a vintage small town - it has one stop sign! It's the town closest to Big Basin Redwood State Park, so most visitors go to Boulder Creek on their way to take walks or hikes in the old-growth redwoods. Even though Boulder Creek is very small, there are two grocery stores - one Safeway-like, the other more similar to Whole Foods. There are also several restaurants, some great coffee places, a brewery, a couple of fun antique stores & thrift stores, a pharmacy a tea room, and a few places to get wonderful massages/facials. One of our favorite outings (and our dog's!) is a ride on Roaring Camp & Big Trees Narrow-Gauge Railroad - we ride the steam train up to old-growth redwoods at Bear Mountain, followed by a hike among more amazing old-growth redwoods at Henry Cowell State Park (right next door). We also love to spend the afternoon exploring the river and river-beaches and berry picking. Several guests have gone zip-lining at nearby Mount Hermon's Redwood Canopy Tours...we've heard it's wonderful! Visiting some local wineries is another favorite way to spend an afternoon with friends.

County of Santa Cruz Certificate # CO00313

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Suzanne Koch (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish, Japanese

About Suzanne Koch

We first saw our house in the winter rains and were instantly charmed. It is a cozy retreat in the redwoods, and it has been lovingly maintained and decorated for our family and friends' use. It has been exclusively our family's weekend and holiday retreat for the past seven years. We've had countless special times there with our children, friends, and visiting relatives. It isn't just another rental house - the rocking chair is the one Grandma Linda rocked all her children in, the rugs have been in the family for 40 years, and so on. We are very happy to share the house with others and have been thrilled that so many guests have discovered the Santa Cruz Mountains while visiting.

Suzanne Koch purchased this house in 2004

Why Suzanne Koch chose Santa Cruz County

We loved the magnificent redwoods all around, including our own 'Fairy Ring,' and only 25 minutes down the hill to the beaches.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Thank you for making your fantastic cabin available for me, the kids, and grandpa. A perfect multi-generational setting! I especially appreciated your detailed instructions and activity suggestions. It made for a terrific vacation.

You have a very special place here in the Santa Cruz mountains. I hope to be able to return sometime. Thank you very much!"
Aug 2012
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Gorgeous Mountain House & Cottage in Santa Cruz Redwoods, Hot Tub
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 37 reviews
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We really enjoyed our stay at this wonderful retreat...

  • 5 of 5

...we live in the City and, for us, this was definitely a retreat away from the noise and traffic, etc.

The ambience is delightful! When you walk in the front door for the first time, the cozy, clean interior makes you feel right at home, and there is a wonderful private fenced yard, deck and hot tub just outside. There is almost everything one needs for a comfortable, relaxing home away from home stay, including plenty of towels and dishes, books, movies -- and the beds are comfy too! There is even a Roku TV in the living room which we enjoyed in the evenings after dinner and a relaxing hot tub.

Suzanne was so helpful and communicative and even gave us great alternative directions to get there to avoid the Santa Cruz traffic so the drive was beautiful and stress free. And, within minutes of the house, there is the amazing and beautiful Henry Cowell Redwood State Park (in Felton) which we explored fully. There is a wonderful Farmer's Market nearby if you are fortunate enough to be there on a Tuesday afternoon, and also a Safeway within minutes.

We are already planning for and looking forward to our next stay which, hopefully, will be very soon!!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing mountain house!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the Santa Cruz Mountain House! It was like living in a tree house in the Redwood Forest!

The owners provide much of what you need to make your stay easy and enjoyable! The house is clean and very well set up for a cozy and relaxing stay.

The house is very accessible to lots of activities in the area with small, quaint towns along the way.

We will definitely try to stay there again!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your lovely comments, Kathy! I hope to have you all back again soon. We're remodeling the kitchen later in the summer, so the house will be even better for cooking on your next stay! :-) Take care, Suzanne
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Relaxing Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family really enjoyed staying at this mountain cottage in Boulder Creek. The location is perfect. It is about a 20 minute drive to Santa Cruz where you can enjoy the beach. We really loved being in the redwoods. The cottage has a hot tub in the back and a really relaxing hammock. The home is super cute. It has all the items you would need to enjoy a fun family vacation. My kids liked the bunk beds, various toys, games, and of course the game cube video games. My in-laws drove out from Kansas to meet us here for a vacation and they enjoyed staying in the small cabin that is beside the cottage. I highly recommend this vacation home. The owners are quick to respond and very friendly.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Jeramy and family! It was wonderful to have your family. I really appreciate your kind feedback and thanks again for leaving the house in such wonderful shape! Take care, Suzanne
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Perfect for After a Busy Day at the Beach & Boardwalk!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this property! It was absolutely perfect for down-time after a day at the Boardwalk with the kids. It was nice to spend the day at the very busy Beach and Boardwalk, but heavenly to drive into the relaxed atmosphere of Boulder Creek and experience the Mountain House. Such a diverse experience. We cooked breakfast, prepared lunches to go and BBQed dinner to save our money for all of the rides. The hot tub in the Redwoods trees was a huge plus. Thank you for a perfect place to spend the weekend!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Gina! I'm so glad that you all had fun and enjoyed your stay. We'd love to have you back! Have a great summer! Suzanne
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great place to hang out

  • 5 of 5

we really enjoyed our stay. Suzanne was very helpful.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Love this little mountain cabin!

  • 5 of 5

When we pulled in Sunday afternoon I imagine it was much like you described when you first found this cabin. It was raining and we too were instantly charmed. The setting is gorgeous and the inside of your cabin is cozy, charming and welcoming. Our week together there was simply amazing. We played games, sat in the hot tub, had dinner on the deck under the trees, had fires in the fire pit (with s'mores of course), watched movies and explored the area. The extra little cabin was perfect for our 2 teenagers! It was the perfect spring break for us and we all agreed we'd love to return. The cabin was perfectly stocked with everything we needed and far more. All communication with Suzanne was seamless and quick. Your directions for everything in the cabin answered every question we encountered. The binder full of restaurants, hikes, spots of interest, etc was very helpful as well. And, the bed in the main bedroom was very comfy, I slept great which is not always easy away from home! :)

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your detailed, lovely comments and review! I am so glad that your family had a great spring break! You did all the things our family enjoys, too. We'd love to have you back and there will soon be a dishwasher and new cabinets/counters, etc! Suzanne :-)
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Car: recommended

Other Activities: Old-growth redwood forests, Santa Cruz beaches & Boardwalk, Roaring Camp & Big Trees Narrow Gauge Railroad, wine tasting at spectacular wineries, hiking & hanging out on river beaches, Santa Cruz Mystery Spot! We love taking the Roaring Camp train to the SC Boardwalk (an ocean-side amusement park) in the summer.

Golf: Boulder Creek Golf & Country Club has outstanding golf with gorgeous Redwood forest mountain views

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Rates & Availability

Brookdale House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
May 27 2016 - Sep 6 2016
2 night minimum stay
$245
From
$265
Fri,Sat
$1,650
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$235
From
$255
Fri,Sat
$1,550
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $150
Pet Fee $15
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 11.0%

We accept online payment (with a credit card through HomeAway.com, checks, and PayPal.

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Amenities

Brookdale House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 982 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Main house bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , New tile flooring and sink/cabinet
  • Newly remodeled, with porcelain tile and spa tub. The bathroom also has the washer/dryer in a hide-away closet.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Main House bedroom - 1 double
    Main House bunk room - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 2 sleep sofa /futon , 'sleep sofa': 1 double (in Bunk Bed Room)
  • We use duvet covers on all of our beds and covers are washed between guests. There are also mattress covers (impervious to dust mites) on all of the beds. The interior of the house was repainted this past winter and the carpeting replaced in the bedrooms. We also put in a new water heater and a new washer/dryer in Summer 2014. New electrical panel Spring 2015.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • jetted tub
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
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
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Enjoy your own private Redwoods 'Fairy Ring' with a large family hammock strung across the grove halfway up the hill above the main house. The sky is crystal clear at night, and the stars shimmer above the outdoor fire pit or the beautiful outdoor hot tub. The hot tub is the traditional California style-- a large round (84') wood hot tub with bench seating and dozens of hydrotherapy jets. The house has two decks. The front deck with a cozy table and umbrella, seating four. The large back deck overlooks a stream and waterfall (in the rainy season) with a redwood table seating eight, two rocking chairs, and an outdoor gas grill.

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