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Kate's Cottage by the Sea

Kate's Cottage by the Sea


Property Details

Updated: Dec 22, 2014
House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 8 Sleeps

On a quiet street, just 14 houses from some of the most amazing beaches in all of Santa Cruz County...this wonderful house is perfect for families, girls' getaways, romantic retreats, multi-generational gatherings, and special times for couples or groups of friends.

This well-maintained, well stocked, clean, single-level, comfortable house is just a short, flat walk to some of the nicest beaches in Santa Cruz. With three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large family room and a living room, it sleeps between 8 and 12 guests comfortably. (Maximum number of adults allowed is 8.)

The house has 1 King bed, 2 Queen beds, 2 Queen Futons, 1 Queen Sofa-Sleeper, 1 Rollaway Double bed, and a Queen Aerobed and is a great place for one family or a multi-generational vacation stay, reunion, place to stay while visiting your son or daughter at UCSC or attending a wedding. Pets considered by prior arrangement.

Private Hot Tub, Gas Grill, Covered Patio, and Fully-Fenced Back Garden with Grassy Area for Kids and Pets to Play. Croquet set. Gas and woodburning fireplaces inside and a firepit outside. Fresh herbs in the garden. Fully-equipped kitchen with gas stove, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, coffee maker, food processor, blender, ice cream freezer, ice maker, and service for 12. Herbs and condiments in the pantry and refrigerator, Gevalia coffee, assorted teas, beach towels, wetsuits, boogie boards, and a foosball table.

Kate's Cottage by the Sea is a house with amenities to accommodate several generations, from the high chairs and cribs to the shower chair and grab bars in the shower. You’ll find shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, and a hair dryer in each bathroom and terrycloth robes for lounging. It's a flat, easy walk to the beach and offers parking for up to 4 vehicles, including parking passes for 2 on the street.

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  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Accept Credit Cards

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December 22, 2014

23 Reviews

Kate's Cottage by the Sea
Santa Cruz Santa Cruz County

Beach House

  • 3 of 5
The best aspect of this rental is that it is very close to the beach (a short block) with direct access down to the beach. It is also just outside of the craziness of Santa Cruz, but close enough to everything you might want to do. The place was also fairly clean and it was great that we were able to bring our dogs.
There were several issues though that led to my writing a review. First, the beds are terrible and there is hardwood under each of them to keep them flat. There is one nicely remodeled bathroom and the other is not very nice. The towels were all stained or bleached and heavily used. When we arrived the gardener was present for about an hour making a lot of noise. There are also cameras on the property and the owner monitored when we arrived/left by use of the cameras. The amount of information given while we were away (multiple emails) regarding what to do and what not to do was complete over kill and you are threatened to be charged for every little thing, much unlike other rentals we have booked previously.
Overall I would say it was decent for a short stay, but definitely don't expect anything too fancy.
  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
Kate's Cottage by the Sea
Santa Cruz Santa Cruz County
Fremont, Calif. USA

Great place for all ages

  • 5 of 5
This place was a great place to stay and relax. But even better than the home was the overall treatment from Kathy the owner who went out of her way to make our family gathering a wonderful time. You can't ask for a better person to do business with. Thank you again.
  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, but the pleasure was mine. Come on back soon!
Kate's Cottage by the Sea
Santa Cruz Santa Cruz County

Great place to stay! Highly recommend!

  • 5 of 5
Great place to stay. Lots of room. The rooms are nicely sized! Good kitchen and plenty of dining space and lounging space. Conveniently located! The beach is just a short walk away. Quiet neighborhood! Overall great place to stay!
  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay. Come on back whenever you can!
Kate's Cottage by the Sea
Santa Cruz Santa Cruz County


  • 4 of 5
This is a perfect house for a weekend getaway, great location, great amenities, very comfortable.
  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay. Glad to have you back anytime.
Kate's Cottage by the Sea
Santa Cruz Santa Cruz County

just perfect!

  • 5 of 5
we (4 adults +5kids) had a great time there. we will be back for sure.
  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: I'm so happy you enjoyed your stay. Looking forward to having you back (again!) soon.
Kate's Cottage by the Sea
Santa Cruz Santa Cruz County
Sawyer Michigan

Close to the beach and Capitola, nice extras.

  • 4 of 5
Kathie was great, bathrobes and boogie boards to use (bring fins). Walking distance to beach and Pleasant Point and surfing. Comfy beds and two showers and a nice kitchen. Away from the madness in Santa Cruz yet close enough to drive. Parking passes provided. Seemed like a nice place close to shopping and restaurants, yet far enough from the main crowds.
  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers


Activity and Interests

Santa Cruz is a delightful seaside community/University town with many attractions in addition to its great beaches. Several local wineries offer winetasting, and there are many golf and discgolf courses in the vicinity. The Boardwalk amusement park, located at the main beach, is renowned for its roller-coaster and other rides, ocean air, and nearby wharf with its fishing, great seafood restaurants and fish market. Summer offers many art fairs, outdoor Shakespeare performances, and free outdoor concerts. during Fall through Spring, many local restaurants offer midweek specials, such as a $19.95 filet mignon/salad bar/glass of wine dinner, a $19.95 lobster tail/salad bar dinnet, etc. Easy day trips include San Francisco, Monterey, Silicon Valley, Marriot's Great America theme park, and Berkeley. Year-Round Special Events at the Boardwalk include the Band Review October 20, 2012 and the Pizza Olympics on October 21, 2012.


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Updated: Dec 22, 2014

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Feb 1 2014 - Feb 1 2015
1 night minimum stay


  • Nightly Rate: $205 - $450

    Weekly Rate: $1500 - $2800

    Monthly Rate: $0 - $0

  • --*-*-*-Rate Details-*-*-*--
    Winter Rates:* (January 4-February 12, 2015): 205/night midweek; $325/night weekends; $1500/week; 3900/30 days. 2 night minimum. 30-day rate includes allowance for utilities, with charges above that the responsibility of the guest.

    Mid Season* (September 15-December 14, 2014 and Feb 13-May 29, 2014; excluding school holiday periods): $294/night midweek; $355/night Fri., Sat.; $1875/week Use weekend (or weekly) rates plus 10% for UCSC Alumni Reunion weekend, Thanksgiving week, and holiday weekends. On 3-day holiday weekends, Sun. rate is same as Fri.-Sat. rate.

    June, August, and December Holiday Weeks*: $379/night**; $2450/week** **Deduct 15% Monday through Thursday nights during final 2 weeks of August.

    July 2015: $450/night weekend*, $425/night midweek*

    *cleaning/restocking fee (normally $225), $55 processing fee, $45 Drought Impact Fee, & 11% local tax charged on all rentals. $75 pet fee as applicable. .

    **NOTE: The site does not allow us to show the full rental agreement, so before you book online, the owner recommends that you call her regarding any questions you may have, as well as the check-in and check-out procedures, guest responsibilities, and other terms that apply to all reservations.

    *Standard Terms: 50%+$100 due on booking, next 25% due within 30 days, balance due 30 days before check-in. 15% rescheduling/cancellation fee; payments are refundable only if cancelled dates are resold. Trip cancellation insurance may be available to you through outside providers. Check with owner for further information.

    *$850 refundable security deposit OR $100 refundable deposit plus damage waiver insurance ($39) required.

    During high season, no extra charge for check-in on a Saturday, unless that would leave a gap of only one night. Other times of the year, additional charge for Saturday arrival.

    ***Contact us for monthly rates. Note: No Local tax for stays of 30 days or more.**

    ***Ask about the annual visitor program! Earn points for each night you stay. Collect 10 points and earn a free night.

    *2-Night Minimum stays most times; holiday periods and high season have longer minimums (unless there's a gap that's shorter). No single-night bookings.
    *Credit cards accepted. Contact owner for further details. PayPal verified. Ask owner for link to seal.
    *Rates may change periodically, but your rate will be the rate at the time your booking is made.


Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa


  • Internet

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • Beach View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • golf


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3


  • Outdoor Grill


  • 2 level blocks to 26th Ave beach Pets OK Hot Tub and fluffy robes Large grassy fenced-in backyard Gas BBQ Garden with Flowers blooming most times of the year Firepit Croquet set Foosball table 1-Calif King Bed 2 Queen Beds, 2 Queen innerspring futons , and 1 Queen sleeper-sofa TV in every bedroom 2-Fireplaces Wireless Internet Cable TV with On-Demand and HBO programming TV in every bedroom 2 VCRs and 3 DVD players 12 Beach towels, 4 Boogie Boards, assorted wetsuits, Beach Blanket, Beach Chairs for guest use Ice cream maker Washer/Dryer 2 bathrooms Grab bar in shower; shower chair available on request Kitchen equipped with Gas Stove, Microwave, Dishwasher, and Service for 12 2 High chairs 3 porta-cribs, which can also serve as playpens Movies, Cards, and Games for guest use Owner who has lived in the area for decades and can recommend restauraunts, activities, etc.
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