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THIS IS A UNIQUE PROPERTY,1 MILE ON A HARD PACKED DIRT ROAD, IN A SERENE, PRIVATE SETTING. PLEASE READ ENTIRE DESCRIPTION BEFORE INQUIRING. WE MAKE STRONG EFFORTS TO NOT DISTURB OUR NEIGHBORS. THANKS SO MUCH. These captivating one bedroom cottages are built of local materials and nestled in the oaks above our farm. Expect a retreat spot with spectacular views of Pacific sunsets, coastal oaks and redwoods, and the surrounding Santa Lucia mountain range. For those of you “ecologically minded” folk, our guests' stay is fully sustained by solar power and a spring-fed stream. The cottages sleep two persons, have internet access and a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom. There is a queen futon which converts into a bed for extra guests. We have just installed beautiful NEW BAMBOO FLOORING in both cottages, adding charm and comfort to your stay! Beauty, peace, and serenity are the themes of your stay. Nature abounds not only in the special setting of the cottages and their views, but also on our fifty acres of property. Organic Meyer lemons, fruit trees, and berries in season delight the senses and tempt the palate. Most guests are drawn to our property as a place to renew and refresh away from the fast pace of urban life. THIS IS A NO SMOKING PROPERTY! PLEASE NOTE THAT WE HAVE A THREE NIGHT MINIMUM YEAR ROUND, EXCEPT SOME MAJOR HOLIDAYS IT IS 4 NIGHTS.
FOR THE ADVENTUROUS TRAVELER This destination is for the adventurous traveler. Our farm and cottages are located 12 miles south of Carmel, California off scenic Highway One, 2.5 miles from the coast on a paved road and one mile on an all year round good, in some places bumpy, in some places steep dirt road. Upon leaving the coastal highway the anticipation builds as you drive through a gorgeous old growth redwood canyon, then leave the pavement for the last short mile on a hard-packed dirt road, and suddenly arrive to experience the wonders of Country Flat Farm. We STRONGLY recommend an all OR 4 wheel drive vehicle for your comfort as the dirt road can be unnerving for folks who are used to driving on pavement and can chew up the road for our neighbors. In the winter months we REQUIRE all wheel drive. (November through March) Please consider this when requesting a booking. All visitors are met by the owners on the paved road and guided to the cottage upon first arriving. Please look us up online at countryflatfarm. (This property is owned and operated by Rotarians.)
WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE COTTAGES Our cottages are furnished with 'country charm.' Lush towels and individual bathrobes are provided. The beds feature a brand new queen mattress crafted by a local company. Allergy free comforters warm you as you snuggle under tastefully chosen sheets and quilts. We have the latest high-tech fireplace heater that looks like a wood-burning fireplace, without the hassle. We have recently installed beautiful new bamboo floors that increase charm and comfort for our guests. There is no tv, phone, or cell phone service so please plan accordingly . There is, however, internet access so that you may use your computer to communicate with the outside world if necessary. If you want to watch movies we ask that you bring your own DVD's rather than STREAM them from the internet. This slows down broadband for our neighbors, many of whom work from home. The kitchen has a stove, refrigerator, toaster, dishes, cutlery, glasses, dishtowels, pots and pans, coffee maker, and tea kettle. All you need to bring is your own food and drink. The owners are beekeepers, so fresh sage honey is available for our guests. When available we offer 1/2 doz fresh farm eggs gratis for your enjoyment.
THINGS TO DO IN THE AREA There are wonderful opportunities for outdoor activities near the property and to the north and south off of Highway One. Hiking trails abound in the Palo Colorado area where we are located. Access to the Ventana Wilderness is 7 miles away. The Monterey Peninsula is only 12 miles to the north and Big Sur 13 miles to the south. Both destinations offer amazing restaurants, shopping, sightseeing, golfing, biking, and surfing. Additionally, Monterey hosts the world renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Our cottages provide privacy, walking, relaxing spaces on a beautiful organic farm. Depending on the time of year, guests could participate in activities that are going on at the farm...harvesting fruit, honey extraction, or just drinking in the beauty of the place. ...moreless
Away From It All
View out of the windows of cottage provide views of the Pacific Ocean, redwoods, oaks and theCoastal Santa Lucia Mountains...moreless
Summer Months Jun 1 - Jul 2, 2015 3 night min stay
July 4th Weekend Jul 3 - Jul 6, 2015 3 night min stay
Summer Jul 7 - Sep 1, 2015 3 night min stay
Labor Day Weekend Sep 4 - Sep 7, 2015 3 night min stay
Columbus Day Weekend Oct 9 - Oct 12, 2015 3 night min stay
Thanksgiving Week Nov 25 - Nov 30, 2015 4 night min stay
Christmas Week Dec 24 - Dec 28, 2015 4 night min stay
New Years Dec 31 - Jan 3, 2016 3 night min stay
My Standard Rate 3 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
June, July and August, 2014 we have a THREE NIGHT MINIMUM.
50% deposit to hold reservation, balance due no later than 2 weeks prior to arrival. Both are payable by personal check, cash or credit card.
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The Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur communities offer myriad artistic, musical, recreational activities for the traveler.
Year Purchased: 1983
About the owner: Janie Rommel-Eichorn and Peter Eichorn have lived on and stewarded this property since 1983. We have two grown children who are closely tied to the land and help out with activities as their schedules allow. We are both Rotarians, care deeply about the environment, and contributing to peace and world understanding. We are organically certified and grow meyer lemons that are sold to local stores and restaurants. We model a sustainable lifestyle, living in a rammed earth home, and have lived off the grid since 1983. We love to share the wonder of this magical place with others.
Why the Owner Chose Big Sur: We want to share the bounty and inspiration of this area of the world with travelers seeking such experiences for themselves.