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Idyllic Country Estate Near Santa Cruz


Idyllic Country Estate Near Santa Cruz

10 guests
5 bedrooms
6 beds
3.5 baths
10 guests
5 bedrooms
6 beds
3.5 baths
Sparkling clean4 recent guests have said that this home was sparkling clean.
Self check-inEasily check yourself in with the lockbox.
Great check-in experience92% of recent guests gave this home’s check-in process a 5-star rating.

This sprawling estate is nestled in rural Pleasant Valley and is located in the beach town of Aptos. The house is fully furnished, is stocked with all the amenities you will need, and is updated with all the mod cons. The property sits on 2 landscaped acres. Some of the features include an expansive deck overlooking the valley, a lovely patio with an outside kitchen, a pool, a hot tub, a sport court and a huge playhouse! Ideal for families. A 15 min drive takes you to the Boardwalk & Santa Cruz


Free parking on premises
Hot tub

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 single bed, 1 floor mattress
Bedroom 4
1 queen bed
Bedroom 5
1 queen bed

House Rules

No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check-in time is 3PM - 8PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)
Self check-in with lockbox


Step-free access to the home’s entrance
Wide doorway to the home’s entrance


15 Reviews

Amy User Profile
June 2018
The home is everything you see online and the hosts are excellent you’ll definitely enjoy your stay!
Aimee User Profile
June 2018
The house is magical! It really is a true vacation spot. Great for a big group. So much fun for kids of all ages!
Jeremy User Profile
May 2018
Denise's home is a beautiful location and perfect for a family get together. The location is fantastic and exactly as described: lots of outdoor space, a fantastic pool, and nice quiet location. We had a great time visiting with 3 other couples and their kids.
Leslie User Profile
May 2018
"Idyllic" says it all. We would highly recommend staying at this beautiful estate. We were a family of 10 and with all the fabulous amenities, it suited us perfectly. The kids swam, played badminton and basketball while the adults relaxed and enjoyed the hot tub. Denise was an ab…
Lauren User Profile
April 2018
We loved the house and pool/patio area; however, potential guests should be warned that this is the homeowner's primary residence. The closets were full of clothes, there was leftover food filling the majority of the fridge and pantry, half-empty glasses of water were left on bed…
Denise User Profile
Response from Denise:
Obviously this is a retaliatory review. Lauren was thisclose to having the sheriff called to our home for flagrantly violating house rules by 1) having an extremely large party with many extra guests that 2) involved drugs. It's unfortunate to have to engage but we need to address a few confused points mentioned by Lauren. 1) Our empty bunny hutch (which is noted on our listing that animals live here) is in the garage not in the house. 2) It's mentioned all over the place that this listing is our home. It's also mentioned that there are NO PARTIES allowed at our home so yeah the reading is hard sometimes. 3) We typically take a brief look at our video feed once guests arrive to make sure the right amount of people are at our home. We didn't look at our cameras until Saturday evening, when we noticed that 1 camera had been intentionally covered and there were 10 cars in our driveway! Lauren is new to AirBnB and seems to be unaware that many AirBnB homes are people's primary residences. We really wished that if they felt so uncomfortable they would've left and found a better place to have such an out of control party instead of our home in a residential area. 4) We think it's also fairly telling about who Lauren is that she isn't apologetic at all about her behaviour. Also telling is that she asked me to not write a review after paying the $500 security deposit. Ultimately we felt it was important that we support our fellow AirBnB hosts to write an honest review of our experience. We know we kept up our end of the bargain and provided everything we were supposed to and were great hosts (please see all other reviews), Lauren unfortunately was not able to keep up her end of the AirBnB contract by being a courteous guest and has double downed on her misbehavior by being vindictive. Adulting is hard we know but one doesn't get to make such egregiously bad choices that impact other people and have zero consequences unfortunately. We want to thank AirBnB for being so supportive in dealing with this guest!
April 2018
Amanda User Profile
April 2018
This house was perfect for multiple families. With top of the line amenities, a spacious layout and beautiful decor, we had a wonderful time with friends and family. The kids had a blast splashing around in the pool and hot tub and playing in the sport court while the adults took…
Sara User Profile
March 2018
Our group had such a wonderful stay at Denise's home. The pictures don't do it justice! We'd love to come back again soon.

Hosted by Denise

Aptos, California, United StatesJoined in January 2012
Denise User Profile
45 Reviews
1 Reference
Denise is a SuperhostSuperhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
Currently a SAHM, formerly a Special Education Teacher. Interested in traveling (obviously :), film, literature, dedicated foodie and exploring this that and the other! Very excited about what is in store! Our family is a friendly, progressive, down to earth group. The kids …
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Response time: within an hour
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