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Little Gem Cabin on Heart Circle Mountain: on-Site Hiking, Waterfalls & Views

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View from the entrance of our canyon. Stream, ancient redwoods & ferns await...

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Last updated: 08/28/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Big Sur cabin description

'Wild Luxury on the Edge of the World'

Welcome to Heart Circle Mountain: 36 private acres of redwoods, mountains, and waterfalls. A unique balance of wilderness and luxury, sunny Heart Circle Mountain offers private, on-site hiking along romantic redwood forest trails, breathtaking sunset views, and 2 private retreats. Each retreat includes carefully selected creature comforts and is on its own area of the property. The shared courtyard at the main house offers free wifi and is a place for gathering to gaze at the stars, share in a bonfire, or just relax in the sun.

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~ 36 private acres = privacy for all + 360 views
~ On-site hiking, romantic lounging areas creekside or ocean view
~ 3 miles from breathtaking Garrapata Beach
~ In the Goldilocks Zone
~ Paved, private road
~ 2 unique retreats (please see our other listing and website for details)

The Little Gem:

With a wrap-around deck gazing out over the valley and forest, the Little Gem Cabin is a romantic retreat. The Little Gem offers a full kitchen and a beautiful dining nook with a skylight gazing up into the rare redwood & madrone trees. Lace covered French doors separate the exquisite bathroom that boasts a deep, claw-foot, steeping tub and shower. The Jotul wood-burning stove is as picturesque as it is toasty. The queen bed is outfitted with a Tempur-Pedic mattress, a down duvet, and immaculately clean linens. The Little Gem is built out of the finest materials including redwood, tumbled marble, and art glass lighting. The retreat is meticulously cleaned with non-toxic, eco friendly cleansers and is pet dander free.

Outside of The Little Gem is your large, private yard. In addition to the wrap-around deck with its bistro table and chairs, the yard includes a 2-person hammock, a dining area with comfortable lounge chairs and BBQ. Relax and dine on your own little mountain top terrace, filled with flowers and embraced by redwoods, madrones, and oaks. Gaze at the stars, unobstructed by city lights.

The Property:

Heart Circle Mountain is in the Goldilocks Zone. Above the fog-line but below hotter and higher altitudes which can be buggy. Heart Circle has a unique and sunny microclimate.

Our two, private, hiking trails each promise a unique Big Sur experience.

The Waterfall trail meanders through a redwood forest along a private section of Palo Colorado Creek and includes two lounge areas, each outfitted with 2-person hammocks, tables and chairs perfect for a picnic or glass of wine. First appears the Forest Glen: a magical area on the creek with old growth redwoods soaring overhead and surrounded by a lush forest floor of sorrel and ferns. Further into the redwoods the second lounging area at the waterfall: an intimate forest setting with a granite waterfall and pool, surrounded by ferns and redwoods.

The Zen Trail gently climbs up Garrapata Ridge and offers spectacular ocean, mountain, and valley views. This magical spot is perfect to watch the red-tailed hawks and peregrine falcons fly overhead while enjoying gorgeous sunsets. A lounge area with a 2-person hammock, table and chairs awaits you at the trails end, nestled under a natural oak arbor with a view of the ocean. Beyond our property is the Ventana wilderness, with countless hikes and world famous Garrapata Beach. Our two hikes, just outside your door, are your private piece of this magnificent country.

Location:

Our property is perfectly located on Big Sur's north coast, atop a small mountain overlooking Palo Colorado Canyon and beyond. Heart Circle Mountain is conveniently located just 2.2 miles from Highway 1. Enjoy all that Big Sur has to offer, yet remain only a 15-minute drive north to Carmel, and a 15-minute drive south to Big Sur valley. Enjoy the best of both worlds, on the most scenic roads anywhere. No need to worry about dirt roads, as our retreats are located along our private paved road, which is traffic, mud and dust free, even in the winter.

Without a doubt, you will leave Heart Circle Mountain with a unique piece of Big Sur in your heart.

To the North:
~ Rocky Point Restaurant- 2.5 mi
~ World-renowned Garrapata Beach/State Park- 3 mi
~ Soberanes Point and Canyon- 6 mi
~ Point Lobos State Reserve- 10 mi
~ Carmel-12 mi (20 minutes), w/ 80+ restaurants, art galleries and shops.

To the South:
~ Old Coast Road
~ Andrew Molera State Park- Trails, beaches and horses.
~ Big Sur Valley- 12 mi (20 minutes), w/restaurants, art galleries and shops.

To the East:
~ Scenic Palo Colorado Road, meanders inland and ends at Bottchers Gap Park with campground and hiking trails, offering breathtaking views of the Ventana wilderness and Mt. Pico Blanco.
~ Mill Creek Preserve is now open and is a few miles before Bottchers Gap!

To the West:
~ Rocky point to Castle Rock with the aqua blue Pacific Ocean crashing onto the shore.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Keywords: Private, Stream, Waterfall, Romantic Retreat, Cabin, Cottage, Ocean, Mountains, Redwoods, Big Sur

Property Type

  • 1 story
  • Cabin

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Staff
          • Private Chef
          • Massage

          Suitability

          • Non Smoking Only:

            You can smoke in the gravel areas if you are careful to properly dispose of buds. We have Extreme fire danger in our area....moreless

          • Pets Not Allowed:

            Sorry, but we cannot be allergy friendly if we allow pets, but we love them all!...moreless

          • Not Suitable For Children:

            Our retreats are not child safe. We do allow non-crawling babies....moreless

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            Must be 21 years or older to sign rental agreement....moreless

          Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

          • Bedroom : 1 queen

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          • The Little Gem has a romantic queen bed with a Tempur-pedic memory foam mattress, sparkling white Egyptian cotton sheets, pillows, throws and a fluffy down duvet (comforter)....moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          • Full Bath: combination tub/shower, toilet

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          • Lace-covered french doors open to an embossed bowl sink on an ancient heart-redwood slab vanity top. A beautiful and deep claw foot tub awaits you with over head and hand held shower heads. Big windows for light, air and views......moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen:

            The Little Gem has a full kitchen with cooking implements. An adorable Little Gem of a kitchen! Propane BBQ outside on the terrace....moreless

          • Pantry Items:

            Paper towels, foil, some spices, oil/vinegar, some condiments, plus fresh ground organic coffee, teas and cookies provided....moreless

          • Dining:

            The dining nook has ambient art glass lighting with a skylight and window for views......moreless

          • Cooking Utensils:

            The Little Gem is fully outfitted for dining in, or out on the deck or yard terrace....moreless

          • Freezer:

            The freezer is in the refrigerator and it works well! Buy quart sized items....moreless

          • Coffee Maker:

            Cuisinart drip coffee maker. A cute little red one!...moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            All dishes and utensils are provided....moreless

          • Stove:

            Propane cooktop, oven & broiler....moreless

          • Refrigerator:

            An under counter refrigerator....moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:

            2...moreless

          • Toaster
          • Seating for 2 people

          Amenities

          • Wood Stove:

            The Little Gem has a romantic Jotul wood stove. Wood is provided for your use. Provided instructions help you build your totally safe, warm and romantic fire easily. ...moreless

          • Linens Provided:

            Silky white sheets, down duvet, pillows and cozy throws....moreless

          • Parking:

            Paved parking is available in front of the cottage....moreless

          • Towels Provided:

            Snow white towels. Ask for extras as needed....moreless

          • Hair Dryer

          Other Amenities

              • We have beautiful hiking trails on site. The Water Fall Trail follows Palo Colorado Creek to a 12 ft.granite waterfall, with a little pool and a mini beach for lounging... There is also the Forest Glen off the waterfall trail, with ferns and a stream under the redwood Silent Temples, with a soft forest floor...The Zen trail zig zags up to an ocean view with ridges, sky and oaks to lounge under... All three private sites have two person hammocks, tables w/benches or chairs making them a perfect place for naps, meditation or a picnic!...moreless

              Entertainment

              • Stereo:

                Ipod/CD player for your music. Aux hookup. ...moreless

              • Ping Pong Table

              Communications

              • Wireless Internet:

                WiFi is available in the courtyard at the main house, just a short stroll away. Your welcome inside during inclement weather. Just knock...:) Works in the Gem sometimes......moreless

              • Telephone:

                The Little Gem has use of the main house phone in the main courtyard. Anytime 24/7....moreless

              • Free Long Distance:

                Please no international calls!...moreless

              Pool & Spa

                  • Jetted Tub:

                    There is a deep claw-foot steeping tub and bath salts provided. Quiet relaxation......moreless

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Balcony:

                    Wrap around balcony with Bistro table & chairs overlooking Heart Circle's private valley below and towering ridges and blue sky above. A raptors paradise...!...moreless

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    The Little Gem has a large yard on the mountaintop with rocking/swiveling chairs & table next to a birdbath and flower garden. A comfy two person hammock!...moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill:

                    Propane BBQ grill outside on the terrace....moreless

                  Theme

                  • Adventure
                  • Romantic
                  • Away From It All
                  • Tourist Attractions

                  Location & View

                  • Ocean View:

                    The sweeping views of ocean and mountains are available at the end of the Zen Trail, under the shade of the oaks in a private sitting area, Great For a Picnic or an Evening Bottle of Wine....moreless

                  • Water View:

                    The Property has a meandering stream through the redwoods and forest floor with several waterfalls, hammocks and sitting areas to enjoy the tranquil surroundings of Heart Circle Forest....moreless

                  • Mountain View:

                    The Little Gem Cabin has a terrace overlooking a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains. The property overlooks Palo Colorado Canyon and to the west the Pacific Ocean....moreless

                  Activities

                  • Restaurants
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Sailing
                  • Golf
                  • Fishing
                  • Kayaking
                  • Cycling
                  • Tennis
                  • Swimming
                  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                  • Horseshoes
                  • Antiquing
                  • Surfing
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Whale Watching
                  • Walking
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Shopping
                  • Shelling
                  • Museums
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Hiking
                   

                  Reviews

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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Summer
                  Jun 20 - Oct 12, 2014
                  2 night min stay
                  $300 $325
                  Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
                  $2,100
                  Fall
                  Oct 13 - Jan 4, 2015
                  2 night min stay
                  $275 $300
                  Fri, Sat, Sun
                  $1,750
                  Winter
                  Jan 5 - Mar 26, 2015
                  2 night min stay
                  $250 $275
                  Fri, Sat, Sun
                  $1,575

                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees:

                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
                  • Tax Rate 10.5%

                  Notes:

                  2 Adults 21 & Up, No Pets, No Children.

                  Two-Night Minimum. Three-Four Night Min for certain Special Events & Holidays*

                  *Rates are $50/night higher than stated rate for these periods: MLKJ, President’s Day, Easter, Big Sur Marathon, Mothers/Fathers Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Concours d’Elegance, Labor Day, Monterey Jazz Festival, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years


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                  Calendar

                  Last updated: 08/28/2014
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                  Location

                  21 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Monterey Airport
                  2.2 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  Pacific Coast HWY 1
                  3.8 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  Garrapata State Beach
                  2.5 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Rocky Point Restaurant
                  14.5 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  Rancho Canada
                  2.5 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Rocky Point Restaurant

                  Car: Recommended

                  10min to Garrapata Beach, Private Hiking on 36 Acres of Redwood Forests with Private Waterfalls, 15 minutes (6 miles) to Botchers Gap (The Northern entrance to the Ventana Wilderness aka Los Padres National Forest) Also check out the newly added by permit hiking at Mill Creek Preserve.

                   

                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2000

                  About the owner: Hello! We are the owners of Heart Circle Mountain Retreat. We love Heart Circle, and have been able to continue our passion for design when creating each unique retreat. We put thought and care into designing and furnishing the retreats. We originally created them for our immediate family. We are now excited to open the retreats to more people who want to experience the healing tranquility and beauty of Heart Circle Mountain.

                  Why the Owner Chose Big Sur:
                  We find the location of Heart Circle Mountain to be naturally healing. The climate, 360 views, and privacy all come together to create a place of peace and serenity. We consider living on this land to be the most precious gift, and have devoted ourselves to caring for it, from the green forest to the aqua blue ocean. The retreats have scenic roads in all directions and we are close to the Villages we love.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
                  The circular driveway, ridges and mountains, all encircle the mountain on which the retreat sits, is unique to this property, and is the reason for the name, Heart Circle Mountain. The rich and abundant animal and plant life also provide us with extraordinary experiences on a daily basis. We are able to offer private hiking trails because of the large acreage, which is rarely available in Big Sur with diverse flora and fauna on one property. Enjoy idyllic Big Sur beauty, fresh & deep spring water, healing nature and rare ancient redwoods. Wild luxury on the edge of the world...


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                  Speaks: spanish, english

                   

                  Photos

                  • View from the entrance of our canyon. Stream, ancient redwoods & ferns await...

                    View from the entrance of our canyon. Stream, ancient redwoods & ferns await...

                  • Little Gem Cabin: Private glen terrace and wrap around deck, 360 views!

                    Little Gem Cabin: Private glen terrace and wrap around deck, 360 views!

                  • Wake up to birds playing in the bird bath and the clean fresh air of Big Sur.

                    Wake up to birds playing in the bird bath and the clean fresh air of Big Sur.

                  • Balcony view of Garrapata Ridge, redwoods and the valley below.

                    Balcony view of Garrapata Ridge, redwoods and the valley below.

                  • A charming window nook: watch the birds play and the trees sway overhead.

                    A charming window nook: watch the birds play and the trees sway overhead.

                  • Soak in the heat and beauty of the dancing flames aside the Jotul wood stove

                    Soak in the heat and beauty of the dancing flames aside the Jotul wood stove

                  • Expansive views of the mountains and valley from the gorgeous bathroom!

                    Expansive views of the mountains and valley from the gorgeous bathroom!

                  • Step outside and hike on our private trails & see beautiful wildflowers.

                    Step outside and hike on our private trails & see beautiful wildflowers.

                  • Valleys, ridges, ocean and sky from the Zen Trail.

                    Valleys, ridges, ocean and sky from the Zen Trail.

                  • Relax, nap, or read stream-side under the towering redwoods in the Forest Glen.

                    Relax, nap, or read stream-side under the towering redwoods in the Forest Glen.

                  • Explore our private 36 acre stream & redwood preserve. For YOUR Enjoyment ONLY!

                    Explore our private 36 acre stream & redwood preserve. For YOUR Enjoyment ONLY!

                  • Wildflowers seen along the Waterfall Trail in Heart Circle's Forest.

                    Wildflowers seen along the Waterfall Trail in Heart Circle's Forest.

                  • Welcome to Heart Circle Mountain's shared courtyard ~ phone/WiFi. Views & Birds!

                    Welcome to Heart Circle Mountain's shared courtyard ~ phone/WiFi. Views & Birds!

                  • BBQ, dine and relax, surrounded by redwoods, oaks & madrones!

                    BBQ, dine and relax, surrounded by redwoods, oaks & madrones!

                  • Balcony dining overlooking a secluded valley and expansive ridges.

                    Balcony dining overlooking a secluded valley and expansive ridges.

                  • A quaint kitchen ready to meet all your cooking needs: BBQ outside!

                    A quaint kitchen ready to meet all your cooking needs: BBQ outside!

                  • Cozy bed w/queen Tempur-Pedic mattress and fluffy down duvet.

                    Cozy bed w/queen Tempur-Pedic mattress and fluffy down duvet.

                  • Exquisite & Quintessential Claw-Foot Tub~ A divine way to soak your cares away!

                    Exquisite & Quintessential Claw-Foot Tub~ A divine way to soak your cares away!

                  • Expansive yard w/2 person hammock~ perfect for a nap, stargazing or relaxing!

                    Expansive yard w/2 person hammock~ perfect for a nap, stargazing or relaxing!

                  • Zen Trail Lounging Area w/ hammock~ great for picnics, sunsets and views!

                    Zen Trail Lounging Area w/ hammock~ great for picnics, sunsets and views!

                  • Ancient Silent Temples seen from Heart Circle's Preserve ~ Waterfall Trail.

                    Ancient Silent Temples seen from Heart Circle's Preserve ~ Waterfall Trail.

                  • Towering redwood fairy rings w/song birds. Views from the 2 person hammock.

                    Towering redwood fairy rings w/song birds. Views from the 2 person hammock.

                  • Hike to a secluded & serene 12ft waterfall w/pool, hammock & picnic area.

                    Hike to a secluded & serene 12ft waterfall w/pool, hammock & picnic area.

                  • Breathtaking sunsets!

                    Breathtaking sunsets!

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