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Opal Cliff Drive Cottage- with Private Beach Access

Bedrooms 2
Space 850 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)


We've spent the past several months doing an extensive remodel of the cottage. The kitchen and bathroom are 100% new, and the floor plan has changed. If you've stayed with us before, or are reading earlier reviews note that the entrance to the bathroom is no longer off one of the bedrooms as it used to be, but now is situated more conventionally off the general living space. Also, changed: each bedroom now has a queen bed, with the one in the smaller bedroom being a Murphy bed so you can lift it out of the way if you need more open floor space for any reason.

EXPECTED COMPLETION DATE will be late April 2018. We are taking bookings for May 1 on. I will update our photos etc as soon as construction is complete, but in the meantime will be happy to answer any questions.

“Madeline’s Cottage” is our guest house located on Opal Cliff Drive in the best beach-side micro-climate in Santa Cruz County. We have the best beach weather and the quietest beach location in town!

The cottage is set well off the street just a few doors from gated “Privates” beach (you’ll have use of a gate key during your stay). From here you can hear the waves crash and the seagulls call, and walk or bike to many local attractions: A five minute walk one direction will take you to the dining and night life of charming Capitola Village, five minutes the other direction leads you to the world-famous surfing area of Pleasure Point. Madeline’s Cottage neighborhood offers access to entertainment for every interest.

Maybe you don’t feel like venturing out- or you have little ones and need to stay a bit closer to home? The cottage enjoys use and views of our award-winning garden and yard.

Maybe you want to get out of the neighborhood? The more urban cultural attractions of downtown Santa Cruz are 15 minutes away.

Maybe you don’t like that kind of culture? The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and its Giant Dipper roller coaster are also 15 minutes away.

The kitchen/dining area is light, bright, and roomy, and separate from the family room where the TV is located. The Garden bedroom has a queen bed and large closet, and looks through a big sliding door onto the garden, while the “Kids” bedroom is smaller and has a queen Murphy bed. . Overall floor space of the cottage at ~850sf is ample for 4.

Madeline’s Cottage is located behind our own personal home on our 1/3 acre lot, so you will not feel wedged in amongst a lot of other vacation rentals, and we take pride in making your stay as pleasant as possible. It has a fully equipped kitchen with all utensils and basic spices and condiments, but if you have special needs please let us know. Also, if you have dust allergies and let us know a bit in advance we can remove all soft-surface flooring from the cottage.

We’re looking forward to your visit!

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Hugh Forrest
Member since: 2007
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Calendar last updated:
20 July, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Opal Cliffs in Santa Cruz

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • Racquetball
  • sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
For guests with allergies all soft floor coverings can be easily removed- just let us know in advance, Please be aware that the floor plan- with the bath located off the smaller bedroom- might be awkward for unrelated couples, The smaller bedroom is equipped with a twin trundle bed (ie two twins)


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Opal Cliff Drive Cottage- with Private Beach Access
average rating of 4.642857 based on 42 reviews

Great location

  • 4 of 5

The place is in a great location. The dogs are very friendly, but do bark at times, and love to come in the house and say hi. The bathroom is off of the 2nd bedroom which made it difficult when little ones were napping or sleeping (especially cuz the door squeaked), and there is only a small shower which made it hard for cleaniing little ones. Overall good experience, just things to co insider with little kids. The owners are very friendly and let some of our friends come and visit for dinner also. Thanks!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wouldn't want to stay more than a few days

  • 3 of 5

The cottage was comfortable, however it lacked a few things such as hooks in the bathroom to hang towels. The light bulb in the bathroom went out and there were none to be found. Had to knock on the owners door to get one (he was very nice about it). TV didn't work right so again we had to knock on the owners door and again he was very nice. All in all it was an ok experience.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay with a family of four (two adults and two boys ages 6 & 9)!

  • 4 of 5

Hosts were very friendly and loved their two dogs! Capitola was an easy walk with a great beach and we also loved the private beach access near the cottage. All of the activities we did were within a 20 minute drive at most. We would definitely stay there again!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy cottage in a great location!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 just stayed in the cottage and had a great time! The cottage had plenty of room for the 4 of us and was nice and tidy. The hosts were very friendly and we loved their 2 dogs who came to visit us often. It was such a nice bonus to have a little patio to use with a big garden surrounding the cottage. So peaceful!

The location was perfect for us. Just a short walk to the neighborhood beach, downtown Pleasant Point, and downtown Capitola. An easy drive down to Moss Landing to kayak and to Monterey Bay.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A lovely cottage with a wonderful host right on the beach

  • 5 of 5

My kids and I had a wonderful stay at Hugh's cottage in Capitola. We could walk down to the beach and were walking distance to downtown Capitola. The cottage has a beautiful garden and a huge yard. My kids loved playing with Hugh's friendly and gentle dogs, Maya and Cooper. We had a great time.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming cottage with friendly hosts

  • 4 of 5

Everything was clean and tidy and our hosts were very welcoming and so were there dogs. The mattress was a little hard for my taste and I would have loved a lounge chair on the patio, but we really enjoyed our stay!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Opal Cliffs, Santa Cruz County

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Oct 2018 - 30 Apr 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning- Stays < 1 week £57.11

Stays of less than 30 days will be charged 11% county tax.

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