Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon

Encinitas Cottage Retreat

Bedrooms 2
Space 750 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Separate Cottage, 2 Bedroom , 1 Bath, sleeps 3

The cottage is a seperate unit, a backyard 'granny-flat' that's about 750sq. feet . You have two seperate bedrooms, a kitchenette/living area plus bathroom. Freshly remodeled, this 'beach close' charmer looks out upon a secluded garden and lawn with badminton and loads of flowers. Eclectic is the feeling. Attention to 'creature comforts' and simplicity was the intention when renovating[Italian and Mexican tile accents, hardwood floors...] . An ajoining [but completely private] second bedroom is generously sized and includes a double bed. The kitchenette and living area overlooks the lawn and garden area.. . NO SMOKING in house or on the grounds.

We see the situation as most attractive to couples, or couples with children, looking for a peaceful setting within a short walk to our little beach town and our great beaches-, Cardiff, Solana Beach, Encinitas and Leucadia, a sample of Southern California beach living.

We are located in one of north San Diego County's oldest neighborhoods, the Highlands of Encinitas. A 10 to 15 min. walk and you will find yourself in the quaint seaside town. Ethnic dining is big; great Italian, Peruvain, Thai, Indian, Japanese, etc.- Encinitas seems to be on the cutting edge of the 'conscious life-style' movement so health minded options abound. Whole Foods is close by. While the beach and ocean remain the main attractions, the beautiful gardens of the Self Realization Fellowship are a short walk into town, a resource for relaxation and rejuvenation. Our town is 'coming of age' you might say and it's all just a short walk away.

Return to the tranquility of your secluded and cozy garden cottage. If it feels like a fit, drop in and give us a try, maybe you'll become a regular.

Keywords: casita

More Details

Carol and Tony Hyde
Member since: 2009
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2018

About Carol and Tony Hyde

Your hosts Carol and Tony Hyde have resided in the local community since the early seventies. Carol, a nurse and psychotherapist, is an avid ocean kayaker and hiking enthusiast. Tony has worked in the surfing industry and in property development, but his passion and main focus is riding waves. He is happy to share his local knowledge with those who ask, as is Carol.

Carol and Tony Hyde purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Carol and Tony Hyde chose Encinitas

We both were drawn to Encinitas for the same reason- its' laid back Southern California charm. Through the years we have enjoyed sharing the many attributes of our location with our friends and family and have recently decided we would like to expand that pool to include guests through VRBO.

What makes this cottage unique

Primarily we offer a quiet space for our guests that is within comfortable walking distance from the beach and town. (about a 15 minute walk!).We enjoy maintaining our cottages' gardenlike setting and look forward to offering a tranquil and relaxed atmosphere to those who are drawn to come. For the more adventuresome, the local surfshops provide rentals and equipment to indulge your passion. Surf Camps and Surf Lessons are offered close to Moonlight Beach, right down the way. The sidewalks don't close up at 8:00 pm anymore, Encinitas has it's share of nightlife, music and drinking establishments that 'pepper' the Coast Highway.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Encinitas, California

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
  • Romantic
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Detached Unit - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • tennis
spacious backyard opens up from your cottage and patio area[where outside cooking area is], fountains and lots of plants and flowers, peaceful setting and feeling.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(97 traveler reviews)

94% Complete
5% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Encinitas Cottage Retreat
average rating of 4.9484534 based on 97 reviews

Charming space and great location.

  • 5 of 5

Carol and Tony were wonderful. We enjoyed the charming casita and the outdoor space as well. It was a perfect location for walking around Encinitas and an easy drive to other places in the area. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: 22-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: HI Mary, We sure enjoyed having you and your family in the casita. Thank you for staying with us, and we certainly hope you come again! Wishing you a wonderful year ahead. Warm regards, Carol and Tony
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Redondo Beach, CA

Comfy and cozy:)

  • 5 of 5

Tony and Carol are wonderful hosts! Thanks for the great time!

  • Submitted: 11-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Cute casita with a serene yard

  • 5 of 5

We just left Encinitas yesterday and I’m wishing we were still there. It's a clean and cozy casita with the loveliest yard. It was perfect for our family of 3, we only wish that we had more time to enjoy it. Great quiet location, a 12 minute walk to Swami's Beach. Carol and Tony are wonderful hosts! Thank you for sharing your little piece of paradise with us!

  • Submitted: 2-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Enjoyment on the outside and inside.

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at this wonderful little house and loved it. The 2 bedroom concept and having the backyard to have coffee at was wonderful. It was not the best weather so we did spend more time inside than out but it was very relaxing. I would have loved to give 5 stars but felt like the sheets needed a bit of updating.

Loved the kitchen and the coffee. Thanks Carol.

  • Submitted: 22-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Monica for your review..We enjoyed having you. Appreciate the feedback. Will look into the sheets...we have many and maybe need to recycle some...! Happy Trails to you and your family, Best, Carol
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


  • 5 of 5

Very convenient location and nice to have on site parking. The little things like coffee, paper towels, shampoo was thoughtful. Comfortable beds and the small furnace was helpful as it did get cooler than normal while we were there. Grocery store close by and I-5 easy to get to for faster getting around. Best time getting around is from 9-3 as traffic gets pretty heavy. Plenty of restaurants and shops nearby as well as LOTS of beach areas. We will be back next year for sure and stay even longer.

  • Submitted: 23-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We look forward to having you come again! Thank you for staying at our little cottage...and best wishes to you and your family. Hope to see you next year:) Carol
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

A wonderful private oasis only a 1/2 mile walk from the beach

  • 5 of 5

We recently had the pleasure of staying at Carol and Tony's Encinitas cottage for four nights. We loved it and would definitely stay there again. The cottage itself is wonderful - it is incredibly quiet, has a nice comfy bed with soft sheets, a good sized bathroom with fluffy towels and a great little kitchenette with a cute table to eat at - just the right space for the two of us. (NOTE: the kitchen only has a hot plate, microwave and mini fridge. This was totally fine for us but it's worth noting. I missed that fact when I booked it.)

The highlight, however, is the large tranquil backyard that Carol and Tony, obviously, take loving care of. There is a little table with four chairs and a couple of patio chairs for your exclusive use - plus, they welcome your use of the full yard. I spent a couple afternoons sitting out back reading while listening to the many birds chirp - I even had a few hummingbirds dance in the grass near my feet. It was magical.

The walk to the beach is only about 1/2 mile and we did that trek at least once every day. Much easier than having to drive around trying to find a parking spot. While the house is only a block from I-5, we never once heard any cars or freeway noise in our 4 nights/5 days there thanks to the couple of water fountains in the backyard and the soothing wind chimes. Plus, the cottage is towards the back of the property.

Again, a wonderful place that we hope to stay at next time we're in town visiting our friends.

Michele and Guy

Seattle, WA

  • Submitted: 21-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: HI Michele, Great to have you and thank you for the sweet review! Glad you had a good time and enjoyed yourselves. One thing: there is a convection oven in the guest house..same one as we have in our house...which we use to do all of our baking now...(potatoes, chicken, etc). You must use it next time! Thank you for staying in our cottage..hope you do come again. With appreciation, Carol and Tony
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
30 Miles
San Diego
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Swami's, and Moonlight


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Encinitas, California

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
off season
Jan 1 2018 - Apr 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
May 17 2018 - Sep 16 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$109.12

This is a no smoking cottage.
Also if you want to have a dinner with family or friends, please double check with owners.
thank you!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Contact Owner