Hidden away from the bustling Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Kate’s Cottage by the Sea offers a come-as-you-are getaway for everyone – from the young to the young-at-heart, and even your four-legged family members.
With room for 8, our cozy home is just a five-minute walk from picturesque local beaches at 23rd Avenue, 26th Avenue and Moran Lake, and features a spacious yard for you to spread out in. Leave with a great tan, a relaxed attitude and priceless memories of time with the ones you love.
An open design maximizes time together, so you can be part of the laughs even while whipping up meals. With a living room and a family room, half the family can snuggle up by the fireplace and chat while the other half hits the foosball table for a friendly competition or flips on their favorite TV show or movie.
And don’t forget about the yard: once the kids are tucked in dreaming of their next day on the beach, wind down by the firepit over a cocktail - or two. After all, this is your vacation, too.
Family fun is our specialty, and our large, fenced-in yard offers plenty of space to spend time together in. Challenge your loved ones to a game of croquet, or let the little ones run in the yard with Fido while you kick back in the bubbling hot tub.
Or grab a boogie board, beach chairs and wet suit and take a short stroll to favorite local beaches. On rainy days and evenings, our full stock of games and toys – including an art easel, building blocks, dollhouse and workbench – will keep the whole crew entertained.
Our kitchen is fully stocked and ready to handle your pickiest eater – just add groceries. We have you covered with all the basics, from spices and condiments to cookware and dishes to glasses for evening margaritas. Feed a crowd with our full suite of appliances, including a gas stove/oven, microwave, waffle iron, toaster and more, and keep cleanup simple with a dishwasher.
There’s room for up to 10 to gather around the dining room table while swapping stories and admiring the yard through a large picture window, and high chairs are available so even the tiniest guests can be part of meals together.
Or opt to eat outside on the covered patio, where you’ll find dining space for 8 and both a charcoal and gas BBQ – bring your own briquettes or use our provided propane.
Our three bedrooms plus the family room offer sleeping accommodations for 8, and every room can be configured to keep your little one close by.
The master boasts a California king bed in addition to a double bed that can be rolled into the living room for more privacy. The second and third bedrooms each have one queen bed and a baby crib - these cribs can easily be moved anywhere in the house. Two queen-size futons in the family room offer a chance to tuck in fireside for up to 4 adults, or all the slumber-partying little ones.
Did we mention the beaches? There are three of them within a five-minute stroll, and since we’re nestled away from the touristy part of town, you can expect a laid-back, local feel at each. Watch the tide come in from the top of the stairs at 26th Avenue or spark a driftwood bonfire at Moran Lake or 23rd Avenue. Great news for the pups: they’re welcome to splash in the surf at every one of these beaches.
After an afternoon of boogie boarding, recount your adventures at a sit-down family dinner at any number of mouthwatering eateries in Capitola - less than 10 minutes away by car, or a scenic 30-minute bike ride away. Try Zelda’s for seafood and live music on the beach, or Paradise Beach Grill to enjoy American fare on a bayside patio.
And if it’s a classic beach trip you’re after, don’t miss the chance to win a prize or zip around on the rollercoasters at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk – just a 12-minute drive away. You may just catch a chowder cook-off or band review while you’re there!
Because we host so many multi-generational families, here are the "accessibility" features of the house. Most families have found features that worked well for everyone, from 8 days (our youngest guest so far) to 95 years (our oldest guest so far).
Parking: Driveway parking space greater than 8 feet wide. Free street parking also available.
Access to Front Door: Paved sidewalk from driveway to foot of steps to front deck. 3 6-inch steps up onto front deck, then level access into house.
Access to Common Areas: Inside, step-free access into all bedrooms, one bathroom, the living room, dining room, kitchen, and hallway. Access to family room is down one 5.5 inch step. Step-free access into second bathroom from family room. Family room TV easily seen, heard, and controlled from dining room table.
Access to Garage and Back Yard: 2 steps down into back yard from house. 3 steps down into garage from house.
Middle Bedroom has wide double doors, accessibility-height bed (23”), step-free access, and furniture may easily be arranged to provide very wide side access on request.
Other Bedrooms: Step-free access to all bedrooms. All may be arranged to provide 32 inches of space between bed and wall or furniture on request. Other bed heights vary.
Hallway: 36” wide. Small wicker cabinet with beach towels may be moved to allow full width access around corner of hallway.
Washer/Dryer: Step-free access from driveway, 3 steps down into garage from kitchen.
Family Room Bathroom: Level access from family room, which is down 5.5 inches from main living areas. Has 30-inch doorway, grab bars in shower, toilet height under 16”, handheld showerhead and shower chair available on request.
Hall Bathroom: Level access from living room, dining room, all bedrooms, front deck. Has bathtub with handheld showerhead, toilet under 16” height, 25.75” door.
Common Space Layout: Easy step-free access among front deck, living room, dining room, kitchen, hallway, all bedrooms. TV in every bedroom; family room TV may be seen and controlled from dining room table.
Little Ones: Two high chairs, one lightweight stroller, one pack n play, and one portacrib available.
Kate's Cottage by the Sea is a County of Santa Cruz registered vacation rental holding TOT Certificate # CO00126. Please note that County ordinance limits the number of people aged 12 and up allowed in all vacation rental homes. Unfortunately, this website's software isn't structured for this requirement, so please describe your group when inquiring and we'll let you know if we can accommodate you.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (“FAQs”)
How far is Kate’s Cottage by the Sea from the beach?
The closest beach is about a five minute walk away. Two other beaches are about an additional five minute walk away.
How far to the Boardwalk?
To start with, nothing in Santa Cruz County is very far away! The Boardwalk is about a three-mile drive away. Ambitious walkers have walked it, but most people prefer to drive. If you decide to walk, you can shorten the walk by about a half mile by using a footpath/bridge. You’ll be close enough to get there easily and quickly on the day(s) you want to spend there, but won’t be smelling corndogs all day the rest of the time!
How many people does the house sleep?
It depends! First, the County limits us to 8 people aged 12 and up, so if your group is only adults or if all the kids in your group are aged 12 and up, 8 is the limit. For groups with smaller children, we can accommodate more than that—especially where the adults are couples. The best suggestion is to describe the group when you inquire about a stay and let us help you determine whether you’ll be a good fit for the house. Frankly, sometimes the house can seem a bit crowded with 8 single adults because every couch and futon would need to be used for sleeping, leaving little room to sit and watch TV, etc.
Can I bring my dog?
It depends! Is your dog housebroken, current on vaccinations and flea / tick protection? What are your dog’s sleeping habits? Will your dog stay off the furniture? Will you clean up all pet waste from the yards? What breed is your dog? The best thing to do is to describe your dog when you inquire. A non-refundable pet fee is charged for each dog.
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PLEASE READ, AS THESE TERMS AND POLICIES PREVAIL OVER ANY OTHER DESCRIPTIONS PROVIDED BY THE LISTING SITE:
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-Standard Terms: 50% due on booking, next 25% due within 30 days, balance due 30 days before check-in. 15% rescheduling/cancellation fee; payments (net of 15% fee) refundable only if cancelled dates are resold. Trip cancellation insurance is available. Check with owner and this website for further information.
*Minimum $250 refundable security deposit plus damage waiver insurance ($59) required for all first-time guests.
*2-Night Minimum stays most times; holiday periods and high season may have 3-Night or longer minimums (unless there's a calendar gap that's shorter). No single-night bookings.