"We fell in love with California, and more specifically Big Sur, when we visited two years ago. So our decision to return in this, the year of my husband Neil’s 60th birthday was an easy one to make. With that in mind, I began my search for a place we could enjoy this spectacular coastline in, a place that would live in our memory forever.
As soon as I found The Gallery House online I absolutely knew I had found that place. Communicating and paying for the rental transatlantically was challenging at times, but with determination and patience we got there, and I am so glad we did!
On the Saturday we were due to arrive, we picked up our rental car at San Francisco airport and headed out of the city for the coast stopping at the grocery store, suggested by Cynthia, in Carmel, for supplies. I was very excited but a little anxious too because I had booked this as a surprise for Neil and hoped that it was everything I had been led to believe it was. As the busyness of the towns fell away and the beauty of the Big Sur coastline welcomed us, we revelled in the drive south to our secret destination. The directions provided by Daniel and Cynthia were totally accurate and it wasn’t long before we were pulling into the drive of our home for the next week.
Any anxiety I had previously entertained dissolved into the warm coastal breeze as we walked down the path to the Gallery House and caught our first glimpse of the ocean. Absolutely breathtaking! The cabin is delightful, cosy and comfortable with magnificent views from every window. We went to bed gazing out at the myriad of stars in the night sky and watching the moon sink into the ocean, lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves below.
It took us a few days to really tune into the rhythm of The Gallery House and to realise the benefits of this unique place. We discovered great joy and peace in just sitting in the shade of the trees watching the wildlife. We drove up and down the coast, swam at Sand Dollar Beach, strolled around Carmel, went whale watching in Monterey Bay, hiked in Limekiln Park and ate in many of the restaurants in Big Sur but the most memorable part for me was watching Neil sitting outside the Gallery House, early in the morning, looking for whales. I’m so happy he saw them!
Our heartfelt thanks to Daniel and Cynthia for opening their home to us and allowing us to share this piece of heaven on earth for a brief moment in time. We had a truly amazing week and hope one day to return."
Guest: Helen H.
Date of Stay: September 2015
Review Submitted: October 6, 2015