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Stay at Kate's Cottage by the Sea and Live Like a Local


Property Details

Updated: Oct 28, 2016
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.

Kate's Cottage by the Sea is a County of Santa Cruz registered vacation rental holding TOT Certificate # CO00126.

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-Automated quotes provided by listing websites may not reflect correct holiday adjustments or all applicable charges, so please confirm price quoted with owner.

-The listing 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. Happy to provide 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 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 plus damage waiver insurance ($59) required.

During high season, no extra charge for check-in on a Saturday, but please be kind enough not to leave us with a 1-night 'orphan' on our calendar. :-)

*2-Night Minimum stays most times; holiday periods and high season may have 3-Night or longer minimums (unless there's a gap that's shorter). No single-night bookings. We encourage you to stay at least 3 nights to have time to relax and unwind.

*ACH check and 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 advertised rate at the time your booking is made.

*Returning guests booking before January 15th may qualify for prior season’s rate and other amenities.

Santa Cruz County TOT certificate number : CO00126

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

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Speaks: english, read some Spanish and French

30 Reviews

based on 30 traveler reviews


Great house for a big family. Perfect beach location!

  • 5 of 5

Kate's Cottage was perfect for two families to share, and the beach access location couldn't be better. The house is comfortable, with two living rooms, two full bathrooms and plenty of sleeping options. The beaches near the house are great. My favorite surprise was the selection of wetsuits, booties and boogie boards available to guests. The kitchen has everything you need, the hot tub is awesome after the Northern Cal ocean, and we would stay there again in a heart beat.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable Home!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying at Kate's Cottage and we had a wonderful time. The location is perfect. It's a short walk to the beach, and a short drive to restaurants, stores, etc. The house is laid out in a way that makes it easy for multiple generations to hang out. A baby can nap in a bedroom while adults are hanging out in the family room or backyard. The bathrooms are not en suite, but terry cloth robes are provided, which makes the logistics of walking to and from the shower easy. My 4-year old great-niece loved picking strawberries in the back yard!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pleasant Trip!

  • 4 of 5

Great backyard, great grill, comfy beds, clean. Close to town, close to beach, close to Kong's Market! Watched Mrs. Doubtfire on VHS! Great place to stay.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Stay

  • 5 of 5

Everything was excellent, and as described. Kathie was extremely helpful and there were no unanswered questions! I was there with a group of friends, and our only disappointment was that we didn't stay long enough to experience the place in full. Excellent beach access. House is great with lots of sleeping and dining areas. Very clean. We spent most of our time in the backyard. I'd recommend this place to anyone staying in Santa Cruz.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, plenty of room, pet friendly

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful time here. There was lots of room for us to have private space, but also great areas for gatherings too. The location is an easy walk to a quiet beach that is also dog friendly. Alternatively, you are a 5 minute drive from Capitola, with its shops and cool vibe. The home features I most appreciated were the recently remodeled kitchen and 2nd bathroom (AWESOME shower: excellent water pressure and temperature), as well as the hot tub outside. Since we are from out-of-state, I liked that the home was well-stocked. The owner had lots of towels and large beach items (boogie boards and wet suits) so we didn't need to worry about bringing our own. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location for beach access!

  • 4 of 5

This home was a very good fit for our family and our dogs based on the location, and the secure, fenced backyard. Within a 4 minute easy walk you are on the beach! We enjoyed the hot tub and the house is equipped with everything for the kitchen, beach play, and the foosball table was a big hit along with the croquet set. We found the beds to be quite comfortable (contrary to a previous review), and plenty of extra bedding is available if needed. The neighborhood was very quiet, and we had no problem with parking, since extra parking passes are kindly provided. The owner was very responsive and accommodating to my questions and our needs. It was obvious to me that she wanted us to enjoy a good time at her home and be comfortable.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : San Jose International at 35 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Cole's BBQ at 0.25 Miles Nearest Beach : 26th Avenue or Moran Lake at 0.1 Miles

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 dinner, 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 Clam Chowder Cookoff, Band Review, and many others. All in all, it's a great area for outdoor recreation, including biking, surfing, hiking, birding, golf, swimming, paddleboarding, sailing, and many others.


Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 22 2016 - Nov 27 2016
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Late Nov.-Early Dec. 2016
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 17 2016
2 night minimum stay
Year-End Holidays-1 week min.
Dec 30 2016 - Jan 4 2017
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Document/charge fee $55 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $100
Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Cleaning/Restocking-avg $225 + Tax
Drought Impact fee $45 + Tax
Holiday (if applicable) $200 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

-Automated quotes from listing website must be confirmed with owner.See property description for full rate details
-Listing site doesn't show full rental agreement.Before booking online, call owner regarding terms.
-Listing site states 100% due on booking, but actually 50%+$100 is due on booking, 25% 30 days later, 25% 30 days before arrival
-Refund only if cancelled dates resold

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Updated: Oct 28, 2016
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Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...


  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered


  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, This bathroom is off the hall and near all 3 bedrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, shower, This bathroom is adjacent to the family room


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen, 1 baby crib, crib may be used anywhere in the house, as needed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king, 1 double, 1 baby crib, Double is a rollaway bed, which could be used in living room
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen, 1 baby crib, crib may be used anywhere in the house, as needed


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • 2 level blocks to 26th Ave beach Most 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 rollaway double bed TV in every bedroom and in family room 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 High chair 2 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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