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Beautiful Beach House steps from the Beach and Hiking Trails!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,850 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

This Beach Cottage Offers 3 Bedrooms And 2 Bathrooms Plus Den.

Just a 5-10 minute walk to the beach, and a10 minute drive to the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Spend the day at the beach or walking along the coastline all the way to the Ritz-Carlton. Then come back to the Beach House.

When you walk through the door it feels as though you just stepped into a issue of Costal Living Magazine!

Enjoy the outdoor living of a fire pit, BBQ and outdoor heat lamp - Step inside to a true beach cottage inspired by all things nautical. This beautiful beach cottage has everything you need. Luxury linens and towels, movies, two DVD players, two televisions, board games, a library of books and magazines and a wood burning fireplace. Enjoy the fully stocked kitchen or take a 5 minite drive to one the many restaurants in the area.

It is the perfect home to come back to after enjoying all the Bay Area has to offer.

.5 miles to the beach

4 miles to Princeton Harbor

8 miles to Half Moon Bay and Ritz Carlton Resort

20 miles to San Francisco International airport

25 miles to San Francisco/Bay Area

50 miles to Santa Cruz

*PLEASE NOTE* We do not have a lock/key box at the house. It is important that you provide your travel arrangements at the time of booking. You will be personally greeted upon check in. Maximum of six persons allowed, at any time and we do not allow parties or gatherings beyond (6) people. No mail or deliveries please. Check in time is 4 to 8 pm - Check out 9 to 11am.

Please have a completed VRBO/HomeAway profile before requesting a reservation. In your request, please tell us more about yourself and each guest who plans to stay and your plans during your visit. Once your reservation is completed, you will receive a welcome letter with further details about the house, area and other.

More Details

Glenn Gilliam
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2017

About Glenn Gilliam

Our family loves to travel! Being a first generation American and fortunate enough to bring our sons to my mothers Greek island of Zakynthos, and exploring beaches all over the world, we are always happy to return to the beautiful beaches and countryside that is Half Moon Bay.

Glenn Gilliam purchased this house in 1998

Why Glenn Gilliam chose The Bay Area

This property is set up exactly the way we would want to find a property when we travel. We have given this a lot of thought and touched on just about everything one could want while on vacation. Iron sheets, fluffy towels, lush bathrobes, fully stocked kitchen, commercial washer and dryer, current magazines, (Teresa's addiction), books, games, movies, music, wine, cheese, coffee and cake!

What makes this house unique

Central location to San Francisco, Monterey, San Jose and the wine country. SFO just minutes away.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us. We instantly felt at home when Joey met us at the house; music playing and wonderful treats awaiting our arrival - chocolate cake, breakfast essentials, wine, cheese, fruit... truly a wonderful welcome - Some of the words used to describe this home - cozy, clean, beautiful, comfortable, coming home!

We had an absolute wonderful time with our nieces... and the Aunties survived! Some highlights, Santa Cruz, whale watching, Haight/Ashbury city tour, biking across the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Twin Peaks, HMB, beach combing, Morie nights.

We are truly blessed to have been able to take this high school graduation trip with are nieces your home made it much more special. Thank you!!
Jul 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Half Moon Bay in San Mateo County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • 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
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Master En Suite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Leather bed
  • Master Bedroom with queen size bed with en-suite bathroom with jacuzzi tub, separate shower and double sinks.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(52 traveller reviews)

Beautiful Beach House steps from the Beach and Hiking Trails!
average rating of 5.0 based on 54 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We've stayed in places all over the world and never been to a more accommodating home. There was cheese and fruit and a welcoming cake with our name on it when we arrived. We were given a tour of the residence that included the garage with washer and dryer. There were products for use in every area, cleaners, laundry and dishwasher detergent, down to reading glasses in each room. Timers turned the outside lights on and off. The back yard offered a lovely sitting area around a fire pit (for use with the s' more's kit in the kitchen) and a large grill. I can't think of anything else that could have been there for our comfort. Highly recommend this residence and will be back!

  • Review Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind words Annita. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to your return. Best Regards, Teresa
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Charming, very well appointed, good base for Bay Area

  • 5 of 5

Overall a very nice, comfortable stay for a family of five visiting the Bay Area. Not a bad base for the Bay Area. Would stay again.


House is beautiful & spacious for 5. My wife chose the house because of the decor and the pictures are accurate. Quiet, good kitchen, nice yard, outdoor fireplace, outdoor grill. Room and beds are very nice, does not seem like a rental. We cooked a few meals at home, did a bonfire.

Location is good - 10 minute walk to beach and another 15 minutes to harbor/restaurants etc. 5 minutes to safeway. May not seem like it but reasonably central (Napa/Carmel 2 hours, SFO 40 minutes, SFO Airport 40 minutes, Mountain View an hour, etc).

Well managed - good communication, easy to coordinate, place was really clean - perfect actually, nice starter package of groceries.


None really.


It's quite a nice place so owners want deposit, which is fine. Refunded promptly. Also couldn't use the address for Amazon deliveries but Amazon locker in Safeway close by.

Thanks for sharing your house with us! Cheers!

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Eric, Teresa and I really enjoyed having you and your family stay with us at the Boxwood House by Sea and welcome your return in the near future. When Teresa and I booked an apartment in France some time back we were greeted with a huge disappointment and regretfully needed to vacate the property. So we decided to open our Beach Cottage to families like yours so that they can have the kind of experience we would want for ourselves. Our guests enjoyment of the house means everything to us. We are glad that you understand the reasons why we restrict deliveries of any sort to the address, as we have had previous guests open bank accounts using the address as their home base. In addition, the junk mail that naturally associates with the mail and deliveries become a severe nuisance. Thank you for your understanding. Teresa and Glenn
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Perfect spot for our family. It had everything we needed. Would absolutely stay there again.

  • 5 of 5

Perfect spot for our family. It had everything we needed. Would absolutely stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having you Brian. You're welcome anytime. Sincerely, Glenn and Teresa
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A Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

First, when we checked in for our stay, we were surprised to be greeted with a bottle of wine, cheese and crackers, a cake, and croissants for morning! We arrived late and it was nice to be able to settle in and not need to run out right away for supplies. The home is beautifully decorated and so comfortable.

This house made a perfect base for our family of 5, which includes 3 kids- a15yo and 10yo boy/girl twins. We went hiking, visited Stanford, and rode Segways in Santa Cruz (theres a place there that allows 10year olds), among other things. It was so nice to know that every evening we would be returning to a home where the beds are comfortable, the house is clean, there are lush towels and bathrobes, and activities for the kids.

The patio and yard space were perfect for evening fun. Even though it was chilly in the evening, we were out there every night. Between the heat lamp, fire pit and fuzzy blankets, it was easy to stay warm and enjoy the evening. The kids had plenty of room to kick a ball around and, after dinner, they were delighted to make s'mores with the supplies that were left for us in the pantry.

This is one of the nicest VRBOs that I have come across. Teresa & Glenn, thank you for sharing your lovely home with us.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful relaxing home

  • 5 of 5

We discovered this place last year but it was already booked. So I made sure to book it early to be able to stay here this year. It did not disappoint! We come to visit our son every year to help out on various projects around his house. After a day of working out on my son's place it is so wonderful coming home to the Boxwood beach house. We enjoyed many dinners at home. Even though we had wild wet weather we were able to enjoy eating outside. A heater and blankets were provided to keep us warm. It was great!

When we arrived at there was some wonderful cheese, cake, muffins, wine and fruit waiting for us. It was presented so beautifully. There were orchids and hydrangea flowers. Our daughter and her husband joined us for a few days and they really enjoyed the place. They were able to take advantage of the bikes that were provided. I could go on and on. But we will be coming back to the Boxwood Beach House.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our Home Away From Home!

  • 5 of 5

The Boxwood Home in Half Moon Bay was beyond perfect! With a wonderful flow for both relaxing and entertaining and an elegant yet extremely comfortable decor - it truly felt like our home away from home, from the moment we pulled into the driveway. Every detail was thoughtfully organized and arranged - it was as if friends had put everything in place for us. We can't wait to go back!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
San Francisco
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Half Moon Bay
Nearest Train
15 Miles
San Mateo
Nearest Motorway
0.15 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Nearest Ski
180 Miles
Lake Tahoe
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Car: necessary

Nestled between forested hills and the beautiful Northern California coastline, lies the town of Half Moon Bay. Starting as an agricultural hub for the Bay Area, this coastal hamlet remains well known for it's farming roots. On the drive in you can expect to see fields of flowers, and depending on the season, you can find rows of Christmas trees and pumpkin patches, or the waves of professional and amateur surfers driving into town for the legendary Mavericks surfing events off the coast of Pillar Point, a five minute drive from the house.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Half Moon Bay, California

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £386.51
Property Damage Protection £76.53
Cleaning £251.23

- A 10% discount will be give for weekly rates
- Monthly rate is 36% off daily rate

We ask that everyone that will be visiting the Beach Cottage be on the lease agreement and the maximum number of sleepover guests never exceeds 6 people.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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