Artist / Designers owned and operated vintage cottage
Very quiet residential neighborhood, one half block from Lighthouse Field State Park and Beach. Lavishly decorated and inspired by 1920's era grand transportation movement. Furnished and colored with period era in mind. Lush very private gardens w …
Really adorable cottage, garden, and patio - totally equipped and within walking distance of the beach. Every detail has been thoughtfully done. We would definitely recommend it as a cozy getaway!
Home was as advertised. Neat, clean and the perfect size for one or two guests. I stayed as a single, so plenty of room. A short walk to the ocean(Surf museum) and short drive for groceries. Very quiet street. Met the owner and was very accommodating. Would definitely recommend to others and would stay there again.
The owners have gone above and beyond to create the ultimate cozy beach cottage in Santa Cruz. This is a perfect cottage for 2 and can accommodate a small family (we have two girls - 11 and 8). It is very well equipped and one of the most unique and lovingly restored beach cottages you will find. We've rented cottages in Maine, Wisconsin, Cape Cod and Florida and this was by far the most charming. The personal touches are not over the top, but come together to make the accommodations part of your vacation. The cottage is block from some of the best surf watching in California and 4 blocks from the heart of Santa Cruz. We didn't get in the car for a day and a half - which is exactly what we were looking for in a location. The home was spotless and included plenty of superior quality bedding, towels and beach gear - chairs, towels, umbrellas, etc. that was in perfect condition. The private patio is phenomenal and includes a well tended garden, table and chairs, gas grill, fire pit (and wood) and even a picnic table. Overall this is a great house, with great owners in a great location - the only problem is that it's a little too far from our home and we can't return more frequently. Enjoy your stay!
Watercolour Cottage is an impeccably kept treasure by the beach! The inside is as beautiful as the outside with little touches of sea side finds throughout the home. Denise and Glen clearly take great pride in the yard with all of the spectacular flowers and plants. The cottage was immaculately kept and was filled with everything you need for a getaway. Denise has filled the bookshelves with titles for you to enjoy or to familiarize yourself with the area. I can only hope that we will someday be able to return to Watercolour Cottage! It was a perfect way to spend our 13 year anniversary..............
We loved it! It was just as described. Cozy, clean, cute, and colorful! Just our cup of tea. We easily walked to the beach and Boardwalk. We enjoyed calzones at Kiantis in downtown, appetizers at Ideal by the wharf and lunch at the Village Grill in Capitola. The owners were very kind and provided helpful information. We would definitely recommend!
What a lovely, restful little place this is.
We have stayed at many a rental and this one surpasses them all. They truly thought of everything. Extra towels, blankets, completely equipped kitchen even with coffee beans, current issues of a variety of magazines, a DVD library, books about the area, just every special thoughtful touch you can imagine. That combined with the charming decor and beautiful garden it was a slice of paradise. The location also couldn't be better, you can walk anywhere from here. The garden was a lovely very private retreat with a grill. It really was an extension of the living space, a beautiful outdoor room. The pictures online don't do it justice, it is hard to capture how nice it really is. The neighborhood is great too, very safe and friendly as well as quiet. Would highly recommend it, and it seems to capture the essence of Santa Cruz too. Beautiful and relaxing. Can't wait to go again!
We had a wonderful time at the Watercolour Cottage. The property is wonderfully decorated and it has all the necessary amenities. I would definitely highly recommend it!
My husband and I stayed in this lovely, cozy cottage for several days recently. The colorful decorating and nice little details made it a delightful place to stay. Denise and Glenn, the owners, have created the perfect home away from home!
It was well-maintained and very clean and they have thought of everything one might need. The kitchen was nicely appointed and there is even a washer and dryer. The location is in close proximity to the beach and lighthouse and the neighborhood setting makes it a great place for walks. They even provided passes for the Monterey Bay Aquarium which we really enjoyed.
The garden and patio are absolutely beautiful, and private...a wonderful relaxing retreat at the end of a day of sightseeing. We loved staying here and plan to return again as soon as we can. Thanks Denise and Glenn for your gracious hospitality!
Very charming comfortable. Close to the boardwalk and Downtown. Had a great time.
My wife and I and our two kids had a great time in this charming little cottage in Santa Cruz. It was pretty tight quarters for a family of four but we made it work. The place is artfully decorated and extremely well appointed--it even has a washer and dryer. The back patio -- and the front yard -- are full of all manner of beautiful plants and flowers. My wife and I both immediately thought we would love to have our parents stay at this place.
As newbies to the area, it was helpful that the owners had folders full of menus to help us sort through local restaurants. And the place was super tidy.
My very favorite thing about this place is that we can walk across a field right to the Santa Cruz landmark Lighthouse Beach. If we were to go up to Santa Cruz again, we wouldn't hesitate to check this place's availability first.
My two daughters and I had a very relaxing stay at Watercolour Cottage over spring break. The cottage was spotlessly clean and well appointed. The colorful decor added such charm and cheerfulness to the lovely setting. We very much enjoyed the private backyard and great location. Walks to the boardwalk and bike rides on the nearby bike path were among our activities. I would definitely stay here again. My only suggestion would be that the pull-out sofa come with better supplies - sheets, etc. Great DVD collection too.
Was visiting Santa Cruz to catch up with friends and do some surfing. The property is simply amazing inside. Small, but it has everything you need to be totally comfortable and relaxed, and it's all in great working order. Lots of towels and cozy bedding, wonderfully equipped kitchen, games, movies, beach chairs, etc. The gardens are beautiful and there's a fire pit and BBQ to enjoy. And it's just a short walk to the beach and Steamers Lane surf break. Was only there a few days but would go back for much longer next time.
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