Our house is powered by the sun! All aspects of it were designed to be ecological and beautiful at the same time. Your's are 1 or 2 bedrooms downstairs. Check with Airbnb on the "Vista's" availability if the "Garden's" calendar shows that it's full or if you want another room.
The "Garden" room has an outside entrance to an area in back of the house. It has a table and 2 chairs so that you can enjoy the view and have breakfast. If the"Vista" room is occupied, the full-bath is shared with the other guest. If there are any "emergencies" the upstairs bath is available. The bedroom has a queen-sized bed, refrigerator, microwave oven and a coffee maker. Both bedrooms look over a canyon with lots of birds (A guest saw a Peregrine Falcon resting in the trees and we recently saw turkeys right outside the bedroom).
I'm around most of the time. The layout of the house is such that if you want to have privacy and be by yourselves, you can. We are available for any directions or interaction you may wish.
We don't have dogs or cats and we request that travelers do not have pets. We are sensitive to people's allergies
I request that you wait until 4:00 to check in (I may be out and around selling solar!) and be in by 10:00PM or so.
Santa Cruz is a 20 minute drive. Kayak rentals and tours go all around the bay. From town, it just a short hike to the Lime Kilns and University of California. Near the border of Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz lies the Mystery Spot, where the rules of gravity are seemingly altered..
And, speaking of Santa Cruz County: Locals know that the Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation is one of the oldest wine-growing regions in the United States. Family-owned wineries here produce stellar lots of pinot and chardonnay, and the area has been compared to a younger Napa Valley. Near here are Hallcrest, Zayante and Beauregard Vineyard. Twenty minutes south of Santa Cruz, in a temperate valley of redwoods and olive groves, the Corralitos Wine Trail winds its way to Alfaro Family Vineyards, owned by a former artisan bread maker, and Windy Oaks Winery, with views of Monterey Bay. At the top of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the Summit to Sea Wine Trail passes Loma Prieta, a vineyard that produces the rare pinotage grape, a more robust, thicker-skinned version of pinot. On Santa Cruz’s urban west side, oenophiles sip vino in a lively courtyard setting, with vineyard tasting rooms nearby.
The big, elegant sail boat sloop, the Chardonnay, has wine tasting with its coastal tours. It leaves from the Yacht Harbor in Santa Cruz. You can take the train from Roaring Camp all the way to the Beach Boardwalk for a day of fun rides, mini-golf, and sun. Nearby, the Felton Commons Park boasts the tallest covered bridge in the United States, (Guinness Book). In Felton town, Don Quixote's Mexican Restaurant features live entertainment every night. Italian and Chinese cuisine and pizza are also in town.
You'll need a car to get around comfortably. There is a bus that come by every hour, both ways. But it's about 1/2 mile hike up and down a steep hill to get to the bus.
Other ecological features about the house:
1. The house is solar powered. It creates excess power which is used by the neighbors (courtesy of PG&E;).
2. We have an electric car that I've made from a Volkswagen Rabbit . We have had it for 10 years It is also solar powered.
3. We have highly efficient refrigerator, dish washer, clothes washer and an electric dryer (running off the solar system).
4. We used no-VOC paints throughout the house.
5. The rugs that you will be on are made from corn oil, not synthetics.
6. The cabinetry is made from renewable, fast-growing Bamboo.
7. Long-lasting slate and travertine are used in the bathroom and in areas not covered by the corn rugs.
8. The upstairs "great room" are made from recycled oak floors.
9. We have R38 insulation in the ceiling; there is little need for heating and cooling even though the temperatures here get to be a low as 15 degrees and hotter than 100 degrees.
10. We get much of our vegetables from the garden....Read more
Solar Powered "Garden" private room and bath Ben Lomond, California
Additional Location Information
The house is on the end of a cul-de-sac with nothing but "sand islands" next to it. Sand islands are protected areas with 13 species of plants and animals which are endangered. The house is a haven for deer, many kinds of birds and other wildlife. Beautiful Loch Lomond is just a 15 minute drive away. Paddle boat, row boat, and canoe rentals, fishing for stocked trout and indigenous bass, picnicking, and hiking trails. Loch Lomond is open from March-September. There is the famous Roaring Camp Railroad attraction. Cowell, Fall Creek and Big Basin Redwood parks are close by. Mt. Hermon Conference Center is 10 minutes from here and Santa Cruz is 20 minutes' drive. Quail Hollow Park is just 1/4 mile away. It belonged to the Lane brothers of Sunset Magazine who used this 500 acre ranch in the 1950 and 1960s to develop their concept of outdoor living.
The house has a driveway you can park in. (Stay on the right side so we can get out of the garage!) You go up 5 stairs to get to the front door and down 3 stairs to get the part of the house which is yours.
More About This Location
Lake nearby, Mountain nearby, Rural retreats
Nearest train station: San Jose, 35 miles Nearest airport: San Jose International, 35 miles Car is essential
Last updated on March 01, 2015
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Left on 03/03/2014 for a stay in March 2014 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
This was our first visit to this home after it had been converted to a B&B;, and I found the rest I did not know I needed. We had driven down in the rain, which seemed to diminish for us while we stayed to an occasional fine mist. The surrounding beautiful madrones, oaks, and pines, teeming with diverse species of birds were beautiful in the mists.
The Denaults, Roger and Nancy, have been converting this gem of a home with peaceful views to a B&B;, and we were accommodated very well.
In the morning, we joined the DeNaults and another guest who was from D.C. in a leisurely walk in Henry Cowell State Park, where we saw blooming white trilliums, sorrel, and California Bay trees in the shade of the first growth coastal California redwoods.
I would commend this rental to anybody looking for a restful night or several days of stay in the Santa Cruz mountains.
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