Dragonfly Cottage is magic. A wonderful stone cottage in Corralitos in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains. For travelers this is the best of both worlds. A cozy cottage nestled in the redwood forest, a short distance to HWY 1. HWY 1 is the Pacific Coast HWY, the main vein to Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Big Sur, Capitola and Santa Cruz and the HWY 101 Corridor.
Or if you are looking for some peace and quiet. A restorative break from your life. This is an excellent choice.
People come from all over the world to experience the Pacific Coast specifically the Monterey Bay area. It is an area rich in history. Here you will find world class art, music, cuisine, golf, surfing, sightseeing, hiking, biking, sunbathing, whale watching, birding, fishing, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and so much more. You can spend the day engaged in a variety of activities, physical and/or cultural. However you spend your day you can return home to a mountain cottage and quiet.
Looking south from inside the cottage is the largest window which affords the incredible view of the Pajaro Valley. The queen size bed is placed so you can enjoy gazing out upon the fertile valley while lying in bed. Some mornings the fog lays down so perfectly one can feel wonderfully alone looking out at the sea of soft white. Sunsets are often remarkably beautiful. Sit on the front deck in an Adirondack chair with a cup of tea or glass of wine and enjoy creation. In the morning and evenings you can sit and watch and listen to the Mourning Doves, Band Tailed Pigeons, Oregon Juncos, Stellars and Scrub Jays, Hummingbirds, Hawks and Ravens.
Spend part of your evening in the hot tub in the secluded Redwoods.
Just inside the big window there is a delicious couch and a loveseat that provide comfortable viewing from inside the cottage. The couch is large enough for a fine nap. It is also a great place to snug down with a book or magazine or some knitting. The gas heater stove is particularly cozy on a cool day. There is a piano in the cottage as well. Feel free to play.
The cottage is fully equipped with a kitchen including a reproduction antique stove and small refrigerator. It has a newly installed bamboo floor. One can enjoy their breakfast with a breath taking view. Coffee and tea in the kitchen are for your enjoyment.
The bathroom has a tub/shower combination. Bedding and fresh linens are provided.
The cottage is heated with a natural gas stove. There is an oil heater for extra chilly nights.
There is plenty of open space inside to accommodate several people practicing yoga at the same time. And it is quiet enough for meditation.
We find many of our guests are looking for peace and quiet in their busy lives. It can be found here. Occasionly the guests spend many days resting, reading, etc. inside the cottage or on the beautiful deck that looks out to Pajaro Valley.
The weather here is excellent. It is located in a micro climate called a banana belt. Though the beach is only 25 minutes away we are often in the sun when our neighbors in the valley and on the coast are in the fog. Winters are mild we average 25" of rainfall a year. Summers can be warm but delightful. The fog rolling in at night is nature's air conditioner and everything cools down. The weather is nearly perfect. Fog burns off early enough to make the beaches comfortable all day.
The Santa Cruz Mountains are home to Sequoia Sempervirens commonly known as a Redwood Tree. They are native only to a specific part of Pacific Coast region.
Come and visit our amazing part of the world and experience something special about the California Coast.
- There are books, magazines, games and puzzles for your entertainment.
-Television, DVD player and DVDs in the cottage.
-Massage in the cottage can be arranged.
-Laundry can be arranged for a small fee.
We are a green establishment. Environmentally friendly cleaning products are used. We ask our guests to consider using fewer towels during their stay and not requesting a sheet change unless your stay is longer than a week.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 195.00 a night
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 165.00 a night
The cottage is suitable for two people. It is a large open bungalow studio. The bedroom is not separate. Please inquire about our small studio in the redwoods (within walking distance of the cottage) if your party is larger than two and you would like to stay near eachother.
A tax and cleaning fee of 95.00 will be charged per stay.
There is no smoking in the cottage. You are welcome to smoke outside.
The full amount for your stay must be paid two weeks prior to your arrival. It will be assumed that you are not coming if you are not paid in full at that time.
You must cancel twelve days in advance for a full refund if you are unable to stay. If not, 20% of the total cost will not be refunded.
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Left on 03/15/2011 for a stay in March 2011 | ctmReviewed Mar 15, 2011Stayed Mar 2011
Where to begin! My wife and I had a fantastic stay in what has to be one of the best spots to get away from it all in all of northern California. When you first turn the corner near the cottage, and are treated to a breath-taking view of the valley below, you realize that you're in for a real treat. The view from the deck of the cottage is just magnificent, and is the perfect place to enjoy a bottle of wine. The cottage itself is much larger than we anticipated and about as charming as a vacation rental gets. Not that this is 100% country living as guests do have access to DirectTV and a hot tub. Whether you are looking for a headquarters to explore the surrounding wineries and countryside, or merely looking for a quiet and romantic escape from the hustle and bustle, you must check out the Dragonfly Cottage. Not to be missed.
Left on 01/27/2011 for a stay in November 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jan 27, 2011Stayed Nov 2010
The Dragonfly Cottage is a homey little rental with a beautiful open plan and gorgeous panoramic views. Comfortable and well furnished inside and out. The beautiful wood deck faces out towards Santa Cruz Cuounty. My new husband and I stayed there for the second part of our honeymoon and enjoyed the mountainous loacation and the quiet bungalow.
Left on 09/12/2010 for a stay in August 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Sep 12, 2010Stayed Aug 2010
It's a twenty minute drive up the mountain from a superb food store at Corralitos and about 40 minutes from the lively seaside town Santa Cruz. The cottage is very spacious and comfortable - one large room. The peace and beautiful views over the trees and a wide agricultural valley are worth the drive, and the owners very welcoming and willing to please.
Left on 06/13/2010 for a stay in August 2009 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 13, 2010Stayed Aug 2009
Paradise on earth - we loved it!
Woke up every morning to fog in the giant redwoods below and blue sky with more redwoods above. Saw some of the best views of the pacific coast and stayed relaxed all the time.
Left on 06/09/2010 for a stay in May 2010 | Jeanne from Sun CityReviewed Jun 9, 2010Stayed May 2010
I would love to just live here! If you are looking for a place with TV and easy access to town, this is not for you. It is an adventure getting out there. But if you want a quiet get-away in a story-book cottage, far from city lights, surrounded by redwoods and views of the Pajaro Valley, this is it. My hosts were friendly and helpful, Lazy afternoons in the sun, watching birds and clouds, led to star gazing at night. Quiet, serene: would be a great romantic spot, but was excellent for some personal R&R.; The Corralitos Market and nearby art Gallery about five miles below, are worth a stop on the way out. I will come again!
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