Spacious bathroom with deep tub and lots of counter space. Washer and dryer in bathroom.Deep Jacuzzi tub
My Little Retreat
Hosted by Melody
Melody is the host.
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 private bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 private bath
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My Little Retreat offers a private, quiet getaway from the hustle and bustle. The aloha feeling is all around you. The beach is a short walk, drive or bike ride away as well as many conveniences. There is a private entrance to My Little Retreat.

The space

This is a SMALL single private room with SEPERATE ENTRANCE and REAL queen bed and SHARED bath in my home near the beach. The bath is deep and perfect to relax your tired body after a fun day exploring the area. The space is very Maui like with tropical decor. You can relax in a hammock or swing. A fire pit is available as well as a BBQ and cooler on request. I hope you will make My Little Retreat your little retreat away from home.
I am currently a Massage Therapist since 1994 and can provide that service during your stay by appointment for an extra charge at time of service. Cash only.
The beach and redwoods are both within a 5 minute drive. There are restaurants, bars, grocery stores, coffee shops, drug store and almost anything you can possible want or need within a mile or two.

Guest access

Guest has access to 1 bedroom with private outside entrance and private bath. Access to main part of house is by invitation. There is no kitchen access. There is a mini frig, microwave, toaster and coffee maker in the room. I also have fire pit and BBQ on request. Massage therapy on location by appointment for an extra charge.

Interaction with guests

I would be happy to offer suggestions on where to go and how to get there. I love meeting new people but appreciate a persons privacy and offer that.

Other things to note

I do have a dog that is contained apart from guest space. One small dog is welcome by permission. Dog can not be left alone in the room.

Free parking on premises
Wireless Internet

Cleaning Fee $29 NZD
Security Deposit $146 NZD
Weekend Price $241 NZD / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

House Rules
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM

I would preference my guest to be respectful of quiet times and be respectful of my property and neighbors. Please only smoke at street level and not in yard or house. Dispose of butts in garbage only. Do not use bathroom to wash dishes. Thank you and I look forward to meeting you.

You must also acknowledge
Some pet(s) live in the house


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher

On Fridays and Saturdays the minimum stay is 2 nights.

79 Reviews

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Susie User Profile
November 2016
Clean, secluded, just as advertised. Melody is nice, available without being in your business. Coffee maker, microwave and fridge. Fresh half and half in the fridge was much appreciated. Nice new towels and clean bathroom. Comfortable bed. Private entrance. Shared garden available if nice weather. Melody is next door, you can hear noises. Bring white noise app. Decor lovingly applied--Tahiti meets Tibet, with a Santa Cruz vibe.

Lena User Profile
November 2016
We had a great, relaxing stay. Thanks for all the good advise and nice chats, Melody!

Rachel User Profile
October 2016
Melody was extremely welcoming and nice. The room was exactly as advertised and there were no issues. She's very thoughtful and has various things there for you like coffee and a water dispenser. She even had extra toothbrushes and such available to us in the bathroom. We were able to Uber to downtown Santa Cruz as it's only about 15 minutes away, so if you're looking to explore the area but not stay in the thick of it, this is perfect. The only potential issue someone might have is the thin walls. You can definitely hear what's going on in her part of the home a lot of the time and I'm sure we could be heard as well. This was not at all a big deal for us, she wasn't overly loud or anything. I would definitely recommend Melody's place and would stay here again!

Michelle & Jamie User Profile
October 2016
Melody is a wonderful host and I felt very welcome in her home. She has a sweet dog Roxy who loves her back rubbed while I was on the massage table. oh and i can highly recommend a message ..... Melody really knows how to do great body work.

Veronika User Profile
October 2016
Melody was a great host! I highly recommend her place! Very clean, cozy and great for relaxation!

Stacey User Profile
August 2016
Melody was communicative and easily available, and while I did not need any special attention I knew she was there if something came up. I was on a business/pleasure visit and only needed a clean quiet comfortable place to sleep which is exactly what I got. But if I had been there with a friend, it was sure set up to be a lovely place to spend a bit of time together!

Michael User Profile
August 2016
This would be a fine place to stay except that one night of three was ruined by a noisy and barking dog. Bam! Bam! against the connecting door the dog kept hitting. We woke in terror that someone was trying to break in! After the adrenaline rush and trying to settle back to sleep the banging started again. Then the barking began. Barking inside the house and outside our window. Melody claims she wasn't home, but we could here someone opening and closing a door to let the dog in and out. Our sleep was interrupted 4 times between 11:30 pm and 2:00 am by this dog banging the door and barking in our ears. Melody's excuse? "There must have been a raccoon." We refused to stay our scheduled third night and she lured us back by promising no interruptions and a refund. She came through on no interruptions on the third night because she apparently stayed away, but she now refuses to provide a refund. She does not keep her word.
Melody User Profile
Response from Melody:
I appreciate your choice to stay. I was not home during the time of said barking. May have been neighbor. When I got home my dog was not barking. I am happy to refund for a night stay.I did offer an extended night for no charge or to come back again for no charge at another time. I think the refund is done from your end through the website. I have never needed to provide a refund so I am not familiar with process. I am glad that you decided to stay your 3rd night and as promised there were no interruptions. I would never allow my dog to bark if I were home. I was home by midnight and there was no barking after that time. If I had received a call or text regarding the disruption, I would have come home right away or made arrangement to have dog brought inside. Skunks and Raccoons frequent the area as I live near a woodland. I will look into refund procedure. Sorry for the inconvenience and loss of sleep. This is not a regular occurrence as you can see per my past reviews.
August 2016

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Aptos, California, United StatesJoined in January 2013
Melody User Profile

Aloha, My name is Melody. I am a massage therapist in Santa Cruz County, Ca. I love what I do and where I live. I love traveling and meeting new people wherever I go. I make friends easy and I consider myself low maintenance. I love simple, safe and fun. I enjoy all kinds of boating, camping, general outdoor fun activities. I appreciate cultural events and love to dance to all kinds of music. Dancing makes me feel alive and joyful. I try to live a joyful positive life and like to create that for others. I have Australian/Lab mix female dog that is my best buddy. She makes my world a better place. I have a teenage son that I am proud of and enjoy watching him move through life with enthusiasm, motivation and a sense of adventure. I am grateful for Airbnb for all the variety and options they provide and enjoy being a guest and a host. I hope to meet lots of wonderful people on this Airbnb journey. Hope to see you out in the world or at My little Retreat.

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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