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The Acorn - A Majestic Coastal Ranch Home- Fall/Winter 2017 Specials

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, sleeps 10 (incuding infants & children)

The Acorn is located 2 miles south of Carmel across Highway One from Point Lobos State Park - one of the most magnificent and picturesque areas on the West Coast. This property is located on approximately 5 acres on the top of a knoll overlooking Carmel Bay, Pebble Beach and Point Lobos. Surrounded by open space and park land, the Acorn is a very private setting yet only a 5 minute drive to a new Safeway, shopping and Carmel-by-the-Sea shops and dining. Golf, scuba diving, hiking, beaches -- all close by. Big Sur is a scenic drive just 40 minutes south on Highway One. In addition to the main house, there is a charming guest house with full accommodations.

The Main House: The main house features a king master suite with sliding glass doors that provide romantic, breathtaking views of Point Lobos and Pebble Beach and access to the home's expansive deck. There is also a queen bedroom with separate bathroom and dressing room that also has access to the deck via sliding glass doors. Two additional bedrooms each have two twin beds. A sofa bed in the parlor/game room provides additional sleeping accommodations.

Guest House: The guest cottage is a charming, cozy 2-room cottage with a king bed, full bath, kitchenette and laundry. This unique cottage provides ultimate privacy from the main house should you so desire. Yet it is close enough to provide additional guest accommodations for friends or family.

Please note , no Events of any kind are permitted at The Acorn Ranch Home.

More Details

Patrick & Sara Whisler
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

About Patrick & Sara Whisler

Family purchased property in 1898, Historic Ranch

Patrick & Sara Whisler purchased this house in 1898

Why Patrick & Sara Whisler chose Carmel-by-the-Sea

Family property purchased in 1898

Guestbook comments from the owner

To Mark, Patrick & Sara, Diane and Carolyn,

We've just returned to Boston from our family gathering at The Acorn Ranch and I wanted to let you know how much we treasured everything about it and how thankful we are that you're willing to share your special Carmel/Pt. Lobos home. I feel so fortunate to have fond it on VRBO.

For those of us from 1 to 71, it was perfect. The huge grand dining table was the focal point of our days (for meals and for puzzles and games with grandchildren), and epitomized the quality, history, traditions of The Acorn where so many have gathered, grateful for the foresight of Alexander Allan, the Riley family, and the immense talents of the Whislers in bringing the old and the new together to create such a wonderful home.

We were surrounded by history, beautiful furnishing, interesting collections, beautiful Oriental rugs... and then there were the comfortable touches in a beautiful, FULLY-equipped, contemporary kitchen, the George Nelson lights, wood ceilings, expansive glass, Frank Lloyd Wright inspired lanterns/lights, beautiful landscaping and trellises!!

We adults appreciated the quality linens and towels (even beach towels!), the washer/dryer, and so many thoughtful details you provided. The ranch setting delighted our young grandchildren who were entertained endlessly by "Jesse" "Goldie" "Tom" and "Mikey" (the horses), the miniature horses, the deer and turkeys. The expansive house, older and newer, gave everyone space and so many options: a cabinet of games; a library of books, even for the 4 year olds; 2 grassy areas for soccer games; bike riding on the dirt road; adventures to the basketball court, and the back garden with its "quiet time" reading swing and the lemon tree and raspberries.

We grandparents had a quiet get away in the guest house, far from the (too) early a.m. wakings in the house.

We hardly needed to leave the property at all as we enjoyed the spectacular beauty of Pt. Lobos, high above Carmel and our view of the water, but we had 3 great beach days. Pt. Lobos was almost a walk away and we took advantage of that special landscape and CA treasure that your family saved. We had Gibson Beach to ourselves one day - so gentle for the grandchildren who didn't seem to mind the cold water. The Carmel River Beach was great for kite flying, and the Monterey Aquarium was a nice day trip.
Aug 2014
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Carmel-by-the-Sea House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Up to two dogs maximum on property with a signed Pet Agreement
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • #1 King Bath - toilet , shower , bidet
    #2 Queen - toilet , shower
    #3 - toilet , shower
    #4 Cottage - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , w/ bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , w/ bath
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Twin
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Twin
    Garden Cottage - 1 king , w/ bath
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • tennis


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The Acorn - A Majestic Coastal Ranch Home- Fall/Winter 2017 Specials
average rating of 5.0 based on 33 reviews

Warm, inviting home with picturesque ocean views

  • 5 of 5

My family had a wonderful stay at Acorn ranch. The views are extraordinary and the home and the property are lovingly maintained and well stocked. My girls loved seeing the horses when they arrived and the front yard and garden made for an epic Easter egg hunt. We've vacationed in the Carmel area for 20 + years and this home may be our favorite. Thanks again for an amazing vacation. Vic

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Evergreen, CO

Very nice for my family

  • 5 of 5

Everything worked and the home was beautiful great views.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An incredible property in every way!

  • 5 of 5

We have rented many great houses, but Acorn will undoubtedly go down as one of our favorites. Not only is the location and views incredible, but the house itself is so wonderful---there is not a corner in it that does not make you think of the history of the place and the loving extended family that made it their home for all those years.

Just minutes from Carmel and Pt. Lobos, it feels as if you are on a farm in the country. Our toddler loved the horses, the cow, the cat, and the huge wild turkey family who all share the property. The house is also the best equipped we've ever been in. We cooked almost every meal there and were astounded that we were never missing a tool or pot--all the kitchen essentials...and more.. were there.

We were also so impressed with how quickly Mark replied whenever we had a question ( wifi) or problem ( lights). Thanks so much to Sara, Patrick and Mark for an fantastic family reunion.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You so much for your kind words, and for taking such good care of the Acorn. Please come back soon! The Whisler Family
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Wonderful house, wonderfully and fully equipped, a highlight of an already spectacular trip.

  • 5 of 5

see above

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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What a view, what a house

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of 10 of us (all family ) from around the world. The house was fantastic, the views and location were magical, and the whistler family were very helpful with anything we asked for. The house is well stocked if you want to cook a gourmet meal, or go get food and sit around the large table. The house is arranged so that people could have privacy to do their own thing or equipped for a large group to gather and talk and play games. The location is fantastic, we hiked, golfed, shopped, took wine tours, went to Big Sur and just relaxed. Thank you for sharing this wonderful home

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Valparaiso, Indiana

Discovering California from the Acorn Ranch

  • 5 of 5

We grandparents vacationed with our children and grandchildren for a week in California. The Acorn Ranch was perfectly situated for our series of day trips south to Big Sur and north to Santa Cruz. We went to several state and national parks for hiking and sight seeing and had the quiet serenity of the Acorn Ranch to return to every evening. The house had ample room to give everyone their own space and a huge dining room table for family meals and games. The granddaughters especially like to interact with the horses as they made their daily visit to the back yard deck.

The house was a short walk to the ocean and a short drive to the world famous Monterrey Aquarium. The house was truly a "home" away from home for all of us, with the animals, local history books to read and a wonderful kitchen for family meals. The peaceful way we began and ended each day was the perfect way to spend a very active vacation. The house and grounds were everything that was advertised, clean and well manicured and private.

We all look forward to our next visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Rancho Canada
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Rio Grill
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $325
Linens $240
Refundable damage deposit $750
Tax Rate 10.5%

Rates subject to change until reservation confirmed. $750 refundable deposit. Maximum 10 guests including infants and children no exceptions.No weddings or events allowed, Maximum of 6 additional occasional day guests for 16 total on property ant given time.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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