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The front door and deck - before we coated the roof to waterproof it.
Mushroom Dome Cabin: #1 on airbnb in the world
Mushroom Dome Cabin: #1 on airbnb in the world
3 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
3 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
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With a geodesic dome loft & a large deck in the trees, you'll feel like you're in a tree house in the woods.
We are in a quiet yet convenient location. Shaded by Oak and Madrone trees and next to a Redwood grove, you can enjoy the outdoors from the deck. In the summer, it is cool and in the winter you might get to hear the creek running below.

The space

We have 10 acres next to land without fences so you will get to enjoy nature: just hang out on the deck, take a hike in the woods, watch the hummingbirds, pet the goats, go to the beach or gaze at the stars - as long as the moon isn't full. ; ) During the summer, if there isn't any nightly fog, we can see the Milky Way here.

To check our availability, click on the "Request to Book" link. And yes, if it isn't available, it is already booked! If you want to stay here on a weekend during the summer, you will need to make your reservation request about 9 months in advance. We do, however, occasionally get a cancellation, so if you want a date that's already booked, you can let us know and we will notify you of a cancellation.
(Please read all of this description before making a reservation request.)

The cozy and clean semi-rustic cabin has a loft under a geodesic dome (the "mushroom cap"). In the loft is a Queen-sized super popular Casper Mattress which allows for very comfortable sleeping and just hanging out, We provide clean sheets and pillow cases. Plenty of blankets are also provided.

The other "bed" is a couch that we can make up into a bed. If there are going to be 2 of you, but you want separate beds, please make the reservation for 3 or let me know ahead of time - there is a $10. charge for using it as a bed.

In the loft, we have a 32" HD Flat Screen and a DVD player (no TV) for movies. (We have over 80 movies you can view as well.)

On the main floor (a Pentagon) is the couch and a pull-out table. We provide a small refrigerator, a blender, Hot Air Popcorn Popper, French Coffee Press, a salad spinner and dishes. Yes, we have a wine opener. We have 2 tables where you can enjoy meals, games, etc.: 1 inside and 1 outside on the large deck that faces the redwoods. We also have a barbecue grill on the deck with an extra gas burner on the side. We provide Organic Coffee, teas, Oatmeal, popcorn, butter, honey, sugar, nutritional yeast (for the popcorn!) spices, oil and vinegar and various snacks. Our well water is treated by an ozonator, a UV light and a soft water filter.

If you have a baby and you won't be needing the second bed, make your reservation for 2 and let us know if you will need a small pad for the loft. Again, if there are 2 of you but you want to use the second bed, please make your reservation for 3.

The cute bathroom has a Travertine shower, custom tiled sink and a Natures Head self-contained composting toilet. Some guests have had a problem with our bathroom, so I want to make it clear that we have a curtain for the door to the bathroom and we require that you put your used toilet paper in the trash. (it won't smell) If you follow the instructions for how to use the toilet, it won't have any odor. If the thought of using a composting toilet grosses you out, then don't make a reservation here. ; )

We provide towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner, a hair blow-dryer, etc. (a word of caution: the bathroom has a low ceiling. If you are over 6' you may have to do a little ducking here and there.)

As Saturdays are very much in demand, (and we like to be free on Saturdays), we require a minimum 2 day stay on the weekends. Keep in mind that Friday and Saturday nights are $145. each. Therefore, to stay here on a weekend will cost $290. plus the $35. cleaning fee, the $40 airbnb fee and the 11% Santa Cruz County Transient Tax of about $35. So for the weekend, it will be a total of about $444.

To stay for 1 day mid-week costs a grand total of about $200.

On 3 day holidays, we require a 3 day reservation. (This includes Presidents Day, Memorial Day, M.L.King day, and Labor Day.) But to stay here on a weekend, you will usually have to book the cabin 6 - 8 months in advance - unless you are lucky to find a cancellation!

Check-in time is between 4 and 10pm. If you want to come sooner or later, this can sometimes be arranged. Check-out time is noon.

As we have experienced some damage from guests, we are now requiring a $100. security deposit.

Although it feels very isolated here, we are less than 10 minutes to Aptos Village where you will find stores, restaurants, a health food store, Safeway, etc.

We are centrally located on the Monterey Bay: 10 minutes from the beach (Rio Del Mar and Seacliff State Beach) as well as the 10,000 acre Nisene Marks State Park for miles of hiking or dirt biking in the Redwoods and along Aptos creek. We are 20 minutes to downtown Santa Cruz, 25 min. to the Beach Boardwalk, 45 minutes to Monterey and the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, 50 min. to Carmel and 1 1/2 hours to Big Sur going south and San Francisco to the North. Yup, we are located in one of the most beautiful areas of California. (these times are not during rush hour(s) ; )

If you love hummingbirds, bring your camera. Our garden is the year-round home to many Anna Hummingbirds. (We usually have about 250-500 year-round) During the summer, we are also called home by many Rufus and Allen Hummers as well. So you have got to see our "Hummingbird Airport" where we feed them about 120 oz. of syrup on a summer day!

Please, no smoking in the cabin or on the property. We used to let smokers stay here, but they stink up the cabin and it is a fire hazard outside.

Some cell phones don't work here, but since we have free wifi in the cabin, if your phone works with a wifi network, you are good to call. You can sometimes get Verizon service on the swinging seat by the driveway.

To learn about things to do in the area, do an internet search for Santa Cruz, CA.

Dogs are welcome to stay here but with a few requirements: since we have so many animals, we require that your dogs be kept on a leash when outside (the goats get very nervous with large loose dogs). Also, we don't allow dogs in the loft or on the couch downstairs so please bring a doggie bed. (your doggie can go on the couch if you bring a cover for it) If that is difficult, let us know and we will provide a doggie pillow. We have a gate that we can set up so your dog can be off the leash on the deck.

If you are bringing a small child, we can put a folding futon (2/3rds of the futon or a foam pad next to the bed ) Just let us know ahead of time. Keep in mind, though, that a child should not be left in the loft by themselves as the bed is fairly high up against the rail.

As we are about 3 miles to the nearest bus stop, it is pretty difficult to stay here without a car.

You are invited, if you feel you would be harmonious here. Pet the goats, check out our chickens, cats, miniature dog and enjoy the very fresh air. I might even teach you how to milk a goat. If you come here when there is no moonlight and the sky is clear, you will see lots of stars.

Tired of the heat in the summer? Since we are on the edge of the "fog belt", it can be both sunny and cool here. If you want a noisy place, you won't like it here: most of the sound here comes from the birds or crickets chirping, the tree frogs croaking and the breeze blowing through the trees. People do live on the land here though, so don't expect it to be totally devoid of human sounds and the occasional chain saw. : ) (We feed the goats oak branches)

Guest access

There is free wifi in the cabin, great well water and some good hiking trails right off the deck as well as a nature sandbox in the dry creek bed under the redwood grove. (In the winter, it can have running water) Guests are also welcome to wander around, visit our animals on our little "farmette" (3 goats, 9 chickens, a small dog and 2 cats) and ask questions.

Other things to note

We have a rather narrow - and in a few places, steep - driveway. There are turnouts to pass oncoming cars. Please take it slowly.
Occasionally, we have a power outage during the winter. If that happens, we will provide battery operated lights. If the main road is blocked by a downed tree, I'll let you know how to get in or out of our area.


Amenities
Pets allowed
Family/kid friendly
Internet
Kitchen

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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check-in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)
Security deposit is $140

• Please, no smoking either in the cabin or on the property
• Please don't sleep here with tooth or skin whitening material: they bleach the pillow cases and sheets.
• If you want to bring a dog, please send a request. (We have goats and cats) As so many people are allergic to cats, please don't bring yours.
• Dogs must stay on a leash when outside.
• Dogs are not allowed in the loft.
• No wild parties, please.
• Please don't drink wine in the loft.
• If you use the barbecue, you are required to clean it. But don't close the side lid if the burner is still hot!
• Please wash and put away your dishes, pots, etc. before leaving.
• Please don't bring a lot of food or water in plastic. (those #1 clamshells can't be recycled)
We provide all the dishes you will probably need, so please don't bring disposables either.
• If you want to use real candles, please talk to us first. We provide a rose quartz mood light.
• Please take short showers.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - There is a short but steep steps down to the cabin and the loft is accessed via a ladder.
Potential for noise - Once in awhile, we need to cut some oak for the goats with a chain saw. We try to do it when guests aren't present, but that is not always possible.
Pet(s) live on property - We have 3 goats, chickens, 2 cats and a tiny dog.

Cancellations

1094 Reviews

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Mauricio User Profile
November 2017
Kitty and her place were amazing!!!! She was extremely accommodating with the check in/out time and was open and willing to help us with anything we needed. The place itself was just as pictured... it was beautiful and very cozy!!! I would definitely recommend this location to anyone and am hoping to come back very very soon! The goats, cats, and hummingbirds were also a great addition to an otherwise already perfect stay!

Ashleigh User Profile
November 2017
The dome is cozy and as it looks on abnb. Pretty cute spot.

Tara User Profile
November 2017
Such an amazing property. Kitty is so kind and generous with her knowledge about the area and sharing her beautiful property The hummingbirds that come near her home are amazing. As well as the entire place. A home away from distractions. Plenty of movies for entertainment but weren't totally necessary. The only thing was the internet was sketchy at times, but that was only a slight hinderance and no trouble for anyone looking to escape the noise. Had some of the best sleeps of my life in the stillness and quiet of this quaint hideaway. Would recommend to everyone.

Andrew User Profile
November 2017
This is a charming place to unplug and unwind, and a welcome change from cookie-cutter resort accommodations. I divided my stay between the town restaurants, the beach, shops and binge-watching DVDs.

Steph User Profile
November 2017
Kitty was a very warm host and her cabin was a fabulous spot for a romantic weekend getaway! Just a few mins from downtown Aptos and nearby Capitola, there are lots of options for going out and exploring the restaurants and seaside. But it feels far enough away that it's also perfect for just cozying up with a book or a movie, or a game on the porch. Lovely spot with unique architecture, 10/10 would stay again :-)

Erin User Profile
October 2017
The mushroom dome was such a wonderful place to stay. My husband and I stayed 4 nights in the dome & loved every second of it, we were so sad to leave. Kitty and Michael were great hosts, they were very warm and inviting and gave us great recommendations on things to do. This was our first time trying airbnb and we were very happy everything. It was totally worth the trip across country, we would love to make our way back here!

Carol User Profile
October 2017
We've been waiting to stay at The Mushroom Dome for a while and thrilled we got a weekend. Took my 5 month old, 3 year old and husband and we had a great time. So fun. The deck was great and we loved the hummingbirds, goats and chickens. Oliver who is 3.5 yrs was a pro climbing up and down the ladder.

Aptos, California, United StatesJoined in July 2009
Kitty User Profile
Interaction with guests

I almost always interact with our guests. I love to make them feel welcome and at home, show them the hummingbirds and share my knowledge of the great places to go in our beautiful area. Let me know if you don't want to interact with me and I'll leave you alone quickly. ; )

About Kitty

We live on 10 beautiful acres of sun, oak forest, redwood groves and gardens and 3 goats, a parrot, 2 cats, a small dog, 9 chickens and over 400 hummingbirds.

I have been hosting on airbnb since July, 2009 and really love what this company has made possible. I have met so many wonderful people from around the world that I would never have met if I hadn't had this opportunity with airbnb! Some of our guests (especially the ones from Europe) have never seen a hummingbird before and here they get to see them up close - just a few feet from them as the birds "hum" around the feeders.

We welcome you to come experience the peace and tranquility that our wonderful land has to offer.

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