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A Unique North Big Sur/ very Southern Carmel Highlands/ Property with Glorious Comfort & a Personalized Experience! We love living here and our aim is to delight every guest! We especially love hearing the ocean (it lulls us to sleep most nights!), sea lions barking in the background and a pair of great horned owls as well as enjoying the wonderful views.
We personalize each visit to our guest’s preferences. WE provide the groceries you need to make the breakfasts of your choice... in YOUR kitchen and on your own schedule... and eating on the deck (bistro table and chairs) is always a wonderful option either at breakfast or during sunset! If you need anything at all such as a special pan to cook with just let us know and we will ensure you get what you need.
This is a place to be yourself and enjoy the natural wonders of our area as well as the thrills of Big Sur,Carmel, Monterey, Pebble Beach, etc. The daytime view includes the ocean and hills, hummingbirds, a great horned owl and the occasional red tail hawk or condor. We have sunsets into the ocean all year long and see the green flash several times a month! Nighttime is incredible as you go to sleep with the ocean quietly calming your body and mind. We routinely see a bobcat wandering through and other wildlife.
It is said that spending time here is like having been on a much longer vacation - the way body and mind can relax. One of the healthiest places I have ever been ... which is why we live here too.
We are in a residential area and it is as quiet and peaceful as anyone could want. If you are a party animal we recommend you choose another place but if you want beauty, quiet, the sight and sound of the ocean and an “ordinary” life as you explore the area then this is exactly right for you.
Sometimes the sun is warm to hot on a lazy day and the red tail hawks soar above us. Sometimes the fog (or “fog tide” as my husband calls it) flows over us like a velvet mist but there are so many lumens it is almost always bright. In the winter the storms can be magnificent and some of our guests come here just to experience them!
As a special gift we offer all our guests John’s locally famous Pots de Crème au Chocolate Noir desserts for your enjoyment. They are truly special!
We designed our spacious and cozy (1100 sq ft not counting garage or deck) Retreat to delight our guests. It has a great room with a large sliding deck that opens onto a deck complete with a deck chair and chaise lounge, a bistro table and chairs and a propane grill… all for your enjoyment.
Both the great room and bedroom have LARGE windows to enjoy the ocean view. There is a queen size luxury pillow top mattress for your comfort and we provide high count cotton sheets and wonderful bath towels including bath sheets.
This is a PERFECT spot for a couple on a get-a-way, vacation, romantic tryst, honeymoon or just relaxing and making some 'us' time!
The kitchen is fully stocked and the deck has a propane grill, chaise, chair and bistro table/chairs. We have high speed internet, Wi-Fi & Direct TV (also DVR, DVD and an IPOD player) and, of course, cell phone service. We provide maps and a small library of guide books about the area. With kitchen facilities you can have breakfast on the deck and eat in when you want to or go out to one of the many wonderful area restaurants. We provide coffee and teas (herbal and strong English), all the regular kitchen small appliances including a toaster, blender, vegetable steamer and rice maker. We also have lovely ceramic dishes, stemware and everything else you may need.
(Unusually we’re told) you have a garage spot for your car and an automatic opener as well as full sized washer/dryer for your convenience. While there is a full sized refrigerator we also have a refrigerator sized freezer in the garage you are welcome to use as needed.
As you probably know Big Sur is not a “town” but about 80 miles of incredible coast and we incredible fortunately to be at the northern gateway!. We are in North Big Sur, Southern Carmel Highlands so you are very close (within 10-25 minutes) to Pfeiffer Big Sur Park, Carmel Center, Monterey, Point Lobos, Pebble Beach, Carmel Valley wineries, the Monterey aquarium, Laguna Seca, shopping and restaurants such as the famous Highlands Inn. Salinas (Steinbeck territory) is about 40 minutes away. Big Sur valley is about 30 minutes south of us The area is the home of Pfeiffer State Park and Beach, Molera Beach, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Point Sur light house, Post Ranch Inn and Ventana Inn and Spa Resort, Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn, Big Sur Bakery, etc..
We really do work at delighting our guests. We enjoy doing it and meeting really interesting and wonderful people over the years. We hope you will come and visit and return home relaxed and happy. And return again as most of our guests do.
We provide ALL GROCERIES needed for breakfast as we as coffee & tea. You cook and eat on your own schedule.
We also provide one MAJOR chocolate dessert for your pleasure.
We provide standard amenities like shampoo, conditioner, Aveeno body lotion, kleenex, paper towels, plastic bags/ziplocks etc, dish washer soap etc. and essentially all the standard consumables. All utensils, dish and stem ware, pots & pans. Basic spices. French Roast coffee, tea. Rice Cooker, coffee make, coffee grinder, water kettle, tea pot, colander, salad bowls, vegetable steamer, blender and anything else you request!...moreless
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We are located in North Big Sur/South Carmel Highlands in the hills above the ocean. Its sound lulls us to sleep most nights. Surrounded (except for ocean views) by lovely trees and nature. A great horned owl and many hummingbirds are resident here. Center of Big Sur, Carmel, Monterey and Pebble Beach all 15-20 minutes at most. Near Pt. Lobos.
Year Purchased: 2013
About the owner: We're in our new home (after losing our deep Big Sur home and guest house which we rented to the Pfeiffer Fire in 2013). We absolutely LOVE being in north Big Sur/ Carmel Highlands we can hear the ocean and see the beautiful ocean and coast, We welcome guests into the Big Sur Magic retreat which is fully furnished and set up for convenience and pleasure.
Why the Owner Chose Carmel Highlands: There are very few places in the area where you can live in your own 'home' as though you are one of us... and we welcome you as neighbors and new friends!
The Unique Benefits at this House: Big Sur and Carmel Highlands are close to EVERYTHING (Carmel Center, Monterey, Pebble Beach, etc and yet is still Big Sur in feel. You get to experience living 'ordinary' life here which is quite glorious indeed. A unique opportunity!