Sanctuary Cottage: a Private Retreat with Sumptuous Gardens

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Last updated: 11/25/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2-10 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

The Sanctuary Cottage is located in the heart of Carmel Valley Village. It resides on a seven acre property with established landscaping and old growth Live & Valley Oaks. Many fine restaurants are located in the village; as well as several renown wine tasting rooms. All of them are located within easy walking distance from the cottage. About half of the property is landscaped in some form and there are many paths to explore and much bird life to observe and enjoy. The large Koi pond in front of the cottage has an enchanting and sonorous waterfall to lull you to sleep or remind you of that special mountain place. Several benches are located on the property and offer varied views of the valley, pond, pool, and gardens. Bring binoculars for an up close look at the seasonal birdlife that enjoy this special environment.

The cottage relies on electric baseboard heaters, double paned wood windows, and floor and ceiling insulation to keep it's guests comfortable. The property generates it's own electricity with a PV system. The slate floors in the bathroom are electrically heated as well a the towel rack. A solar tube provides bathroom light during daylight hours and the single vanity has an enclosed hamper. Screened opening windows allow for ventilation and the sounds of birds and the waterfall to enter the cottage. The bay window in the bedroom has a cushion for sitting, reading, and enjoying the pond views. Shades operate in two directions for complete privacy, while allowing natural light into the tranquil and romantic room. Every attempt has been made to insure the guests comfort during their stay. The kitchen is fully equipped with modern conveniences to allow your creative energies to flow.

The cottage is very unique, cozy, comfortable, and peaceful. You may not want to venture far from this abode or you may wish to linger here in the evenings after a busy day of sightseeing, hiking, or attending the many special events that take place around the Monterey Peninsula. We hope you will want to return again to this tranquil setting in the future and will do are utmost to insure your stay is pleasurable.

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Property Type

  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 1-2

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Extensive gardens on a seven acre property, 20 X 40' pool (seasonal solar heated), secure parking, fruit trees and vegetable garden (seasonal), owners are pet friendly and have two dogs, two cats, koi pond with a variety of fish, chickens, wide variety of bird life (owls, hawks, kingfisher/egrets, woodpeckers, ducks, etc.) Pool has a large deck area with sun/shade- steamer chairs-table w/ umbrella- propane heater, chairs. Wildflowers from Spring through Fall. Rose beds with fragrant flowers. Lots of garden seating for relaxing, reading, writing. Full kitchen with granite countertop and all needed utensils. Mountain view abound. A unique and private retreat. ...moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    The views from the cottage include canyons and ridge lines of Garland Park....moreless

  • Village:

    Carmel Valley Village is within walking distance from our property !...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    A large koi pond with waterfall are located in front of the cottage. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area


  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 23 - Nov 30, 2015
2 night min stay
Christmas Season
Dec 21 - Jan 3, 2016
2 night min stay
Concours d'legance
Aug 17 - Aug 26, 2016
10 night min stay

flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Cleaning $125
  • Tax Rate 10.5%


Stays longer than 2 nights will incur an additional cleaning fee of $25 per night

No smoking on premises

No children

No outside guests

No pets

Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 11/25/2015
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16 Miles
Nearest Airport
0.1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Will's Fargo
6 Miles
Nearest Golf
Carmel Valley Ranch
18 Miles
Nearest Train
Carmel Valley
Nearest Motorway
0.02 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Corkscrw Cafe
13 Miles
Nearest Beach

Car: Recommended

Art galleries,many restaurants, theater productions, whale watching, fishing, Monterey Bay Aquarium, hiking in Point Lobos State Park- Big Sur- Garland Park, Trail & Saddle Club, movie theaters, mt. and road biking opportunities.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1988

About the owner: Beverly & Ed have been lifelong residents of the Monterey Peninsula. We are stewards of the land we live on and feel blessed to inhabit this part of the world. We endeavor to make our guests feel at home and cared for without intruding into their space. We have put considerable time, effort and savings into making our beloved home what it is today. We want to share this treasure with others who have a love for nature and who appreciate the special environment we have to offer.

Why the Owner Chose Carmel Valley:
This property was originally purchased by Ed's parents, John & Mary, in the early 1950's, when this was a sleepy rural community. Things have changed considerably since then, but much of the charm remains. We love the climate, fertile soil, wildlife, trees, and mountain view that this place offers. The cottage is not pretentious but rather carefully recreated in a country style that lends itself to relaxing and taking time to smell the abundant flowers and observe the nature that resides here. We enjoy sunshine in the summer months when Carmel is often fogbound. We are close to wonderful natural attractions, while having numerous shopping, hiking, sports, entertainment, and dining opportunities within a short drive.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The main attractions in our minds, besides the cottage itself, are the surrounding garden spaces. We built the Koi pond in 2003-4 and it has 'completed' the garden for us. We enjoy spending time around it each day. Each season offers something new to see. In the winter the pond is free of lily pads and flowers and offers great reflections and wind patterns through the rock islands; in summer it is covered with lily pads and various flowers. Blooming bulbs (bearded iris, tuber roses,'naked ladies', narcissus), roses, California poppies and lupine, columbine, deciduous Valley oaks, liquid amber trees, Japanese Maples, fruit trees, etc., all have their time in the garden. The cottage is located in the heart of the garden. The pool is wonderful in the summer months (June-Aug.) and is heated with a solar blanket and sanitized with a new ozone treatment that precludes the use of chlorine. The cottage is unique and not anything like a hotel/motel experience. We welcome you to a peaceful setting, to relax and unwind from your normal cares and concerns.

Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish

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  • Koi Pond & Cottage

    Koi Pond & Cottage

  • Cottage Front

    Cottage Front

  • Kitchen area

    Kitchen area

  • Swimming Pool 20' X 40' X 9'

    Swimming Pool 20' X 40' X 9'

  • Photo voltaic system

    Photo voltaic system

  • Lupine flowers in Spring with PV array.

    Lupine flowers in Spring with PV array.

  • Mallard duck couple

    Mallard duck couple

  • waterfall


  • Javanese Budha 'Turning the wheel of life.'  Barabadour, Indonisia

    Javanese Budha 'Turning the wheel of life.' Barabadour, Indonisia

  • Owners enjoying Fall color!

    Owners enjoying Fall color!

  • 'Peppermint Rose'

    'Peppermint Rose'

  • Ginkgo Biloba in Fall

    Ginkgo Biloba in Fall

  • Living room

    Living room

  • bathroom


  • bedroom


  • Javanese Buddha

    Javanese Buddha

  • vernal pond

    vernal pond

  • Mountain & Canyon views

    Mountain & Canyon views

  • Waterfall to koi pond

    Waterfall to koi pond

  • Mr. Lincoln Rose

    Mr. Lincoln Rose

  • Cottage in Fall

    Cottage in Fall

  • Valley Oaks in Winter

    Valley Oaks in Winter

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This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Saturday, November 28, 2015

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