Tamara O'Kelley's beautiful small guest house has an exquisite full kitchen and a tiny bath with Victorian tub. Magnolia Cottage is in the middle of her organic garden, and you can hear roosters in the morning, which I thought was great! Other than that, it's dead quiet here--a bit like sleeping in the nearby woods, which certainly was the motivated for staying here two nights last summer. A main attraction in Boulder Creek is its proximity to two state parks: the venerable Big Basin and verdant Henry Cowell (a short drive through nearby Ben Lomond). From the cottage, you can walk down two blocks to any of the restaurants in town for a decent meal, buy local gravensteins at the natural food store, or buy coffee beans to grind in the room and put through the French press. No breakfast, but there's a good local bakery/coffeeshop. The pretty bed is unfortunately a high end convertible daybed, which I didn't find all that comfortable, but in a cottage this size, flexibility is a virtue. If traveling with kids, check out her other accomodation, the carriage house.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just one block from the historic town of Boulder Creek, the Historic Hartman House Guest Cottages are the perfect spots for your get away. We offer rates for weekend and weekly visits. The "MAGNOLIA COTTAGE" (sleeps 2) comes with a fully equipped kitchen, a clawfoot tub, a romantic thermostatically controlled wood stove and a luxurious king sized bed. The "CARRIAGE HOUSE" (sleeps up to 6) is a much larger home with an open floor plan perfect for families or couples traveling on a budget. You will find our Carriage House located at the rear of our Victorian farm through our heirloom fruit orchard and organic vegetable garden. In addition, there is a great meadow/ lawn area for play or simply relaxing under the apple trees. There is also RV and off street parking and private access to this cottage for ease. Relax or visit nearby cities of Santa Cruz, Monterey, or San Francisco. Consider us your home away from home! ... more less