Outdoor banquet tablesettingA premier ocean-side boutique Bed and Breakfast, Darling House is a Spanish Mission Revival style mansion with authentic original architecture and furnishings dating back to over 100 years ago.  Darling House is the only ocean-side B&B located on half an acre along the exquisite West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz, California.

Enjoy panoramic views of Monterey Bay, West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the Wharf and renowned surfing locations.

With unique characters and attractions to explore, Santa Cruz promises to peak your curiosity, while the Darling House soothes your senses among casual elegance for mid-week or weekend wedding ceremonies or receptions, destination weddings, elopement services, engagement parties, bridal showers, and honeymoons.

Enjoy 100% personal attention to your needs and exclusive use of this exquisite mansion, the 7 magnificent guest rooms, the veranda and balcony, and all of the gardens and grounds. (Exclusive use of the entire estate when all 7 rooms are booked by your party.)

Nearby beaches, Lighthouse Point, Cocoanut Grove Grand Ballroom, winery and dining establishments, and other sites located within close walking distance for rehearsals, ceremonies, and receptions which may accompany your services and accommodations at Darling House.

Darling House features three versatile spaces for events plus overnight accommodations for up to 15 guests based on double occupancy.


Sitting Room and Fireplace

The Grand Parlour offers a wood burning fireplace, dining area, and a picturesque backdrop with ocean view for intimate indoor ceremonies and receptions for up to 20 guests. (Additional guests may be negotiable depending on the layout of your event.)


A partially covered Veranda allows for acoustic music, dancing, the cocktail hour or a champagne toast, or an elopement or small ceremony/reception for guests.

Front Veranda


Outdoor Lawn and Gardens circle the Darling House, providing numerous opportunities for photographs, ceremonies, and receptions for up to 120 guests.  A ceremonial arch under the olive tree invites an intimate ceremony. Or provides space for a band, or a reception area.  A small labyrinth offers another unique space for a ceremony backdrop with an adjacent, expansive lawn area for larger weddings.

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Please follow the links below to learn more about the generous amenities for your dream wedding at the Darling House:

Destination and Weekend Weddings

Intimate Weddings and Elopements