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John Steinbeck's Cottage: Home of Classic American Author

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Spacious living room with tented cathedral ceiling and adorned fireplace

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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

'I bought a small house and garden in Pacific Grove...' (John Steinbeck: A Life in Letters). John Steinbeck wrote these words to a friend about this charming house he called home in the 1940s.

This cottage was featured in Country Living's article "You'll Never Guess Which Classic American Author's Cottage is For Rent." http://www.countryliving.com/life/a35903/homeaway-cottage/

The Space
This cottage has a unique and rich literary history, having belonged to John Steinbeck in the early 1940's. It has been renovated to pay homage to the period and history of the property.

This darling home, known as The Steinbeck Cottage, has a beautiful living room with a tent cathedral ceiling. It's focal point is the fireplace, richly adorned with carvings of birds and flowers. It has a queen sleeper sofa, a love seat, two reading chairs and a flatscreen TV.

There is a large bedroom, accommodating a queen bed, a sitting area with a twin sleeper sofa, flat screen TV and a cozy electric fireplace. There is a fully stocked kitchen with everything you need to create great meals. The dining room has a farm table and is surrounded by floor to ceiling picture windows, overlooking the garden and offering peaks of the bay. The beautiful bathroom features white subway tiles in the shower and blue Moroccan lantern tiles on the floor. The front yard offers an outdoor sitting area with a fire pit for conversation and warmth. The cottage has cable TV, a DVD player and wireless internet.

The cottage is approximately 900 square feet. It is original architecture from the 1920’s and has short doorways throughout the cottage. Taller guests will need to mind their heads when passing through the rooms.

It is one of three cottages on the property and next to The Writer's Studio and in front of The Traveler's Cottage.

Interaction with Guests
While The Steinbeck Cottage is one of the three cottages on the property, it offers plenty of privacy and a dedicated outdoor area.

For larger groups, The Steinbeck Cottage can be rented with the other two cottages on the property, The Writer's Studio (VRBO property #485366), and The Traveler's Cottage (VRBO property #464633).

The Neighborhood
Pacific Grove has been called “Butterfly Town U.S.A.,” “The Most Romantic City in the U.S.,” “A Dreamy California Destination, ” as well as an idyllic place to get married, to honeymoon or to just hang out. Some of it is self-proclaimed, some the acclaim of people who have actually visited Pacific Grove.

You will find Pacific Grove on the very tip of the scenic, tree-shrouded Monterey Peninsula with a rocky coastline and an ambiance of charm, grace and beauty.

Founded in the 1870s as a Methodist summer retreat, Pacific Grove still bears the look and feel of yesteryear. As you stroll the residential streets admiring the charm of home after home, you will notice little plaques on many of the homes that bear the name of the original owner and the year in which it was built. To qualify for a plaque from the Heritage Society of Pacific Grove, a structure must look like it did when it was originally built.

Among its visitors are brightly colored orange-and-black Monarch butterflies, who overwinter in Pacific Grove after traveling up to 2,000 miles, arriving by the thousands starting in October, peaking around Christmas and departing by March.

Besides its scenic beauty and idyllic neighborhoods, Pacific Grove offers an eclectic downtown experience, with small boutiques, gift shops, art galleries, antique stores and more. Other vibrant shopping areas are along Central Avenue at the entrance to Pacific Grove from Cannery Row and at the top of Forest Avenue on Forest Hill.

Getting Around
The Steinbeck Cottage is centrally located and a short walk from many scenic destinations. It is located a half mile from The Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row, as well as downtown Pacific Grove. Lover's Point beach is just one mile away and downtown Monterey is two miles away.

There are many fantastic restaurants, activities and shops in the area.

Other Things to Note
There is a two-night minimum stay requirement for all bookings. There is a firm no smoking and no pet policy.

Why VRBO

Property Type

  • House
  • 900 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon

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  • This large bedroom has a queen sized bed and a sitting area. The sofa converts to a twin sleeper to accommodate extra guests. There is a flat screen TV and DVD player to enjoy as well. An electric fireplace keeps the room nice and cozy. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

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Other Amenities

  • Check-in time is 3:30pm Check-out time is 11:30am The Steinbeck Cottage has a firm no smoking and no pet policy...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable:

    HBO, Xfinity Streampix, Netflix...moreless

  • Television:

    2 flat screen HD Tvs...moreless

  • Video Library

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Ocean View:

    Views of Monterey Bay can be seen from the property....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Spelunking
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Plenty of street parking available...moreless

  • Towels Provided

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Coffee and tea provided...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Outdoor seating with fire pit ...moreless

 

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$195
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Discounts: 7 nights or more: $179 Nightly


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Cleaning Fee $125
  • Tax Rate 10%

Notes:

~A $125 cleaning fee will be added to each booking

~A $200 refundable damage deposit will be required with each booking OR a non-refundable $49 damage insurance can be purchased instead

~A 10% city transient tax will be added to rental cost for stays less than 30 days

~Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed. Booking is confirmed once 50% of total reservation amount is received.


Cancellation policy:

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Location

5 Miles
Nearest Airport
Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY)
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Pebble Beach Golf Links
1.35 Miles
Nearest Beach
Lover's Point

Car: Recommended

Pacific Grove offers an unparalleled quality of life. Sharing borders with the Monterey Bay, City of Monterey, Pacific Ocean, and the Del Monte Forest, our town offers breathtaking views and recreational activities. The City provides services to the community including: excellent fire, emergency, and ocean rescue services; an award-winning natural history museum; the lowest crime rate of any city in Monterey County; a nationally-recognized 18-hole golf course; a monarch butterfly habitat sanctuary; sandy beaches; and, the oldest continuously-operating lighthouse on the west coast. We are known for our small-town hospitality and friendliness in a place we simply call 'P.G.' (from The City of Pacific Grove website)

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: We are Kevin and Vicky. It’s nice to meet you! Here’s a little bit about us… This is Kevin. I was born in San Francisco, lived in Ireland when I was young, but San Jose has been home for most of my life. I’m an avid reader, enjoy writing, and I love history. This is Vicky. I was born in Vietnam and I immigrated to the US with my family when I was 2 years old. I work at Adobe, love baking and traveling, and can be found at the gym regularly. Together, we love exploring new things. Whether it’s new foods, places to visit or experiences, we love the adventure of life. Best of all, we love time with each other, our kids, family and friends.

Why the Owner Chose Pacific Grove:
Pacific Grove is a charming town with wonderful restaurants, a beautiful coastline and the historic Cannery Row. And there’s plenty to do – sailing, whale watching, hiking, kayaking, cycling, and wonderful coastline pathways to stroll between the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Lover’s Point. Pacific Grove also has the historic literary appeal of being the home of John Steinbeck, American author and Pulitzer Prize winner.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Besides being charming and beautiful, the cottages are distinctly unique having once been the home of author John Steinbeck. There is a rich and wonderful history to these 100-year-old cottages. When Steinbeck resided here he formulated the plot of The Grapes of Wrath, and wrote several books including The Sea of Cortez. This is the home he shared with his second wife, Gwyn Conger, who would become the inspiration for the lead antagonist, Kate Trask, in his epic novel, East of Eden. In a letter to a friend, Steinbeck wrote of the cottages, “It is a pleasant little house, and we miss it… You’ll find you get a lot of thinking done in that house.” ' (from John Steinbeck, A Life in Letters). We are excited to share this wonderful piece of history with you and know you will enjoy your stay.


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Photos

  • Spacious living room with tented cathedral ceiling and adorned fireplace

    Spacious living room with tented cathedral ceiling and adorned fireplace

  • Living room with plenty of places to curl up with a Steinbeck book or two

    Living room with plenty of places to curl up with a Steinbeck book or two

  • Kitchen with dining area in the background

    Kitchen with dining area in the background

  • Farm table in dining room with view of the back garden

    Farm table in dining room with view of the back garden

  • View of back garden

    View of back garden

  • Outdoor sitting area with firepit in the front of the cottage

    Outdoor sitting area with firepit in the front of the cottage

  • Front view of The Steinbeck Cottage

    Front view of The Steinbeck Cottage

  • Spacious bedroom with queen sized bed and twin sleeper sofa

    Spacious bedroom with queen sized bed and twin sleeper sofa

  • Electric fireplace in bedroom keeps everything cozy and warm

    Electric fireplace in bedroom keeps everything cozy and warm

  • Fully equipped kitchen with all of the essentials to make great meals to share

    Fully equipped kitchen with all of the essentials to make great meals to share

  • Dining room with farm table to share great meals and stories together

    Dining room with farm table to share great meals and stories together

  • Beautiful white and blue tiles in bathroom

    Beautiful white and blue tiles in bathroom

  • Sitting area in the back of the house

    Sitting area in the back of the house

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