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Cozy Bohemian Castle in Rio Del Mar
Cozy Bohemian Castle in Rio Del Mar
7 guests
4 bedrooms
4 beds
2.5 baths
7 guests
4 bedrooms
4 beds
2.5 baths
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Ages 2 - 12
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7 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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This is an unusual, one-of-a kind custom home. Set on a hill, this three-story home with a fourth-story roof-top deck features an ocean view on one side, and the feeling of being in a treehouse, on the other. The house includes spiritual artifacts and an abundance of indoor greenery, rock, and wood. A great "healing" house for those who want to be submerged in color, serenity, and nature.

The space

A short walk to the beach, there’s a large, private back deck with a stonemason’s hand-laid rock wall (both front and back yards) as well as a majestic river rock, wood burning fireplace and river-rock encased, wood-burning stove inside. Cathedral ceilings, a 7-wood hardwood floor, tile slate, and a cozy, master suite with a TV nook and large, two-person newly remodeled master bathroom. The house features plenty of picture windows that highlight this garden-like, artsy home, which makes for a romantic, healing, nurturing experience. Great nooks for reading, napping, or curling up by the fire for a good movie.

This is a unique house for a small family gathering or a superb spot for a quiet getaway for a personal, spiritual retreat, special ceremony or ritual, for one or several persons. Neolithic standing rocks, custom masonry, large Brazilian crystals and rock sculpture as well as Eastern statuary imbue the property with serenity.

This property is right up the hill from Seascape Resort, in case you need additional space for a larger party than the house accommodates. Restaurants and a gourmet grocery store and tennis-fitness club with Yoga and Pilates as well as Zumba, all walking distance (half mile, 5 minutes).

Nisene Marks Park Redwood forest with many wonderful hiking trails is in close proximity, as well the chance to take long walks along the beach, approx a half mile straight (7 or so blocks) down the street.

Three inside areas to dine, from a bistro table in the breakfast nook, a round table for a game of cards in the tall turret to a large wooden table with plank bench seats for group dinners.

4 sleeping bedrooms
2.5 bathrooms
2 standing showers and two soaking tubs
(with the California's lack of rain, we ask that water is used thoughtfully, due to the severity of the drought)
Gas stove for cooking
Two ovens
3000 square feet, 4 stories
large flat screen and master-bedroom television
Cable Channels and WIFI included
SONOs music equipment in living space, master bedroom and master bath.

For more than 7 guests, please contact us. There is an additional charge of $50/night/person for more than 7. The house could sleep another 2 or so guests on air mattress in the "Moroccan" room. Additional fees cover extra use of water and additional towel services.

Guest access

Guests can access all four sleeping bedrooms and all living spaces in the house and all outdoor areas, with the exception of the master bedroom closet, one downstairs storage room, and one of the downstairs bedrooms/office.

Interaction with guests

Someone will be available for you to contact, as well as someone who will be local, during the time of your stay, in case you need anything or have questions. Either myself or my house-minder will greet you upon check-in. In rare cases, an envelope with a key to the home will be hidden outside on the porch for you.

Other things to note

Details about the house, the WIFI, the drought in California! :-) and the neighborhood — all those good things, will be shared once a booking is confirmed.

In a guest review of 2015, there was noted a musty/damp scent in the downstairs floor of the house. A leak was later discovered coming from the master bedroom bathtub, down into the ceiling of the lower-level floor, causing a musty scent and non-visible water damage. The leak was discovered and the entire master-bathroom was demolished, the ceilings repaired, and a newly remodeled master bath is now completed and the issue resolved. We are also hired a new and professional cleaning crew for the property, to ensure the house is prepared well for our guests. :-)

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Free parking on premises

Cleaning Fee $538 NZD
Security Deposit $861 NZD
Weekly Discount: 12%
Weekend Price $1069 NZD / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed
Bedroom 4
1 single bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 2PM - 8PM
Check out by 2PM
Self check-in with lockbox

The house lends itself to special, intimate, romantic events, such as an intimate wedding, anniversary, or other special rituals and ceremonies. But it's not conducive to "parties" that are more rambunctious and energetic, ones that would invite a larger group of people and lots of alcohol.

This is a shoe-free home, from years spent working in Japan and having learned much about the sacredness of the home. Please take shoes off and leave them in the front entry, or near the doors in the kitchen, or near outdoor patios. Bring slippers with you for indoor usage only.

No smoking of any kind.

This is not necessarily a toddler-child-proofed house; it is situated on four floors, with an outdoor spiral staircase that goes to the roof. There are lots of stairs, slate and tile, indoor plants, candles everywhere, and plenty of textured accoutrements and statuary both inside and out.

For those of you with children, these are the considerations. Babies who are not yet walking or crawling are fine, with attuned parent supervision. Those babies who are crawling would need constant care and supervision, and containment. You need to know your child/children to know if this environment would be suitable and manageable for them and you.

Toddlers would be an absolute handful in this house, I would not recommend it. Young children aged 4 to 12 may or may not be fine, it all depends on the level of attuned parenting they've been raised with and how aware they are of their surroundings and amenable to parental guidance. A parent-child relationship that has induced defiance in a child would not be suitable for this home., due to the number of stairs, roof-top deck, and artifacts that need mindful guests to prevent unnecessary damages.
Absolutely no pets.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

12 Reviews

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Rick User Profile
August 2017
This is an amazing, quirky, fascinating, and beautiful place to stay. The outdoor areas are spectacular, as is the master bedroom and bath. Some small issues with wifi, storage, and a over abundance of indoor plants, but these are small things that do not detract from an incredible house, with great views, and a warm feeling of homey-ness.

Neha User Profile
July 2017
This gorgeous house with the vibes and character that Suzanne and Britain bring to the house is an out of world experience. You feel like you've been transported to a world of healthy indoor plants, zen and peacefulness of the buddhas, Ganeshas and just purity from every angle. The hosts are organized and generous. You'll feel like you are staying at a friend's house :) lovely roof top and friendly outdoor cat. The house has three floors and can be a bit mysterious for the first few hours and makes it a stay that you'll talk about for years with fond memories. Custom finish in the bathrooms, choice of upholstery, comfort of several fluffy pillows and eye stopping exterior landscape makes this place a destination spot itself. Highly recommend staying here and enjoying the beautiful California coastal line.

Liz User Profile
June 2017
Suzanne and Britain's cozy castle was truly spectacular. We went hoping to find good accommodations for extended family celebrating our's son's graduation, and what we got instead was a destination in and of itself. This house is so well done that every time our guests sat down to talk, we found ourselves discussing something special we had observed on the property. The relatives felt spoiled, and we felt great about the splurge. We cannot recommend this highly enough!

Tom User Profile
June 2017
Suzanne is a gracious host with an elegant home. The ambience is serene and calm, a real oasis. Eight of us stayed there and loved the home. I heartily recommend this home for any length getaway.

Steve User Profile
May 2017
This place and the hosts were great. This was a last minute booking and Suzanne was very accommodating. The place is just as described and a perfect weekend getaway. Would highly recommend!

Tony User Profile
June 2016
To sum our stay up in one word, it would be "wow". Suzanne and Britain were very flexible on the check-in time and met us there which made it very personable. They are lovely people who genuinely seem to care about their guests. My now husband and I decided to have a very small intimate wedding at Suzanne's home. We planned this using nothing but the pictures on the listing, which can be difficult. I bought decorations and barely Used any of them because the backyard is beautiful on its own. The guests were equally impressed and it was a simply lovely wedding. The accommodations were wonderful, the master bedroom is amazing and the heated tile in the bathroom is so cool! I love the Japanese tradition that Suzanne has adopted by having a shoe free home, my husband and I have decided that when we buy our new house we will be adopting this tradition as well. We loved playing with the kitty and even got to catch a glimpse of a raccoon! If we had to do it all over again we would without hesitation.

Rachel User Profile
June 2016
This place was magnificent! It looked even better than in the pictures. I honestly don't have anything bad to say because check in was smooth, the house was clean and luxurious, and the hosts did a great job. This is an experience I will never forget because the house was so unique and special.

Aptos, California, United StatesJoined in July 2013
Suzanne And Britain User Profile

We are a family who loves people, travel, and exploration. With a tendency toward social justice and humanitarian issues, we spend much of our time working with nonprofits focused on the marginalized, both locally and abroad. We absolutely love Airbnb, for the community it provides to share private spaces and cultural experiences with each other, all across across the world. :-)

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