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Sweet, Historic Cottage on Carmel Point"""

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Welcome to the cozy, wonderful Cottage of River Winds, a unique and wonderful all-heart redwood cottage designed by early California architect Julia Morgan! This 103-year-old cottage is the heart of our family's memories for 3 generations--and soon to be yours, too. Step back in time in this wonderfully preserved, immaculate home, truly a historic gem of old Carmel. Open beams, all-heart redwood walls, many original features, a stone fireplace, large sunny patio, antique furniture and original oil paintings of the area.

We are happy to share this family treasure with you. Our cottage stands amid a large garden on Carmel Point, just two blocks from Carmel Beach and three from Carmel River Beach. It is close to everything--just one mile to Carmel Village, about 1/2 mile to the Carmel Mission, and easy access to Hwy 1.

We have 3 bedrooms: 2 with queen beds that share a full bath (tub/shower) down a small hallway. The third bedroom is quite small and has 1 full bed with private access to a tiny full bathroom (with shower) in the main part of the house.

Fully supplied kitchen; all linens provided; cable TV, DVD player, iPod player, secure wireless internet, and everything you need for a comfortable stay.

We mostly rent by week or month; shorter stays in wintertime. If the simple peacefulness of bygone times speaks to your heart, you will fall in love with the Cottage of River Winds.

More Details

Krys Holmes
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018

About Krys Holmes

Our great-aunt Etta (in the blue dress) settled here at the Cottage with her friend, Kelly, after World War I. They ran the Cottage of River Winds as a Bed & Breakfast for many years, through many days of hard work and grace. The Cottage has been in our family for 3 generations. Our parents loved and cared for this beautiful property until their deaths a few years ago, when my brothers and I took over. We try to take care of it in the way that Etta would do, providing peaceful simplicity in an atmosphere of beauty at 'the greatest meeting of land and sea.'

Krys Holmes purchased this house in 1919

Why Krys Holmes chose Carmel Point

The Cottage of River Winds is our family's treasure. We were blessed to enjoy many of our best family memories here while growing up, and we enjoy sharing this remarkable, unique place with others who seek a simple, peaceful experience like this.

What makes this house unique

The Cottage of River Winds lets you step back in time to a simpler day when the beauty of a garden, the whisper of rainfall on the roof, the peacefulness of a cup of tea in the morning sun, enrich your soul and feed your heart.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our stay at Aunt Etta's cottage was just what we wanted. The cottage is comfortable, welcoming, neat as a pin and truly has all the comforts of home. It is an easy walk to the beach, to "downtown" Carmel or the mission. During our stay, the gardens were in bloom and they are beautiful. It is easy to understand why the family who owns it loves this is a treasure.
Jun 2010
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Carmel Point House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • tennis


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Sweet, Historic Cottage on Carmel Point
average rating of 4.931818 based on 47 reviews
Charleston, sc

Great spacious Carmel cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 8 days and loved the cottage, great location to relax, sightsee, walk to beach or downtown. Pretty gardens!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Outstanding, historic vacation cottage on Carmel Point!

  • 5 of 5

This historic 3BR cottage on Carmel Point is truly a gem! Great, expansive windows provide a bright, cheerful ambiance during the day. The terraced landscape provides many opportunities to sit and reflect or to stroll around the surrounding gardens. Everything "works"! Easy walk to the beach and Scenic drive. Owner Krys Holmes was flexible and easy to work with. We will definitely return...

Phil and Karen

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delightful guests. We love friends who really care about the place and treat it well! Please come back soon. ~ Krys
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Very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Charming older home near beach

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These are some of our favorite returning guests. And by "older home," he means it's a historic treasure, lovingly maintained and polished up weekly. All-heart redwood, large picture windows, the simple elegance of a bygone era. Thanks for writing a review, Bill!
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The Perfect Carmel Cottage

  • 5 of 5

A perfect little cottage in a wonderful location, the Cottage of River Winds provided just the experience we were looking for. Compact, but with plenty of privacy for a family or small group of friends, the house was a lovely and tranquil launching spot for our week in Carmel. It is a short and easy walk to Scenic Drive and the Carmel River beach and an easy trip to downtown and the less-quaint, but no less necessary grocery store. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We hope you'll be back! Thanks for being such lovely guests.
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Grosse Pointe, MI

A charming treasure in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

The gardens are gorgeous

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is truly an amazing home. The history, the architecture and the location are simply wonderful. Now if your idea of a five star accommodation includes pica cotton sheets, luxurious spas and salted caramels on your pillows come evening, then you will be disappointed. However if you appreciate "funky" and "quirky" you will absolutely love this home. It is a gem!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint, beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea has often been called the world's most dramatic meeting of land and sea. Come to relax, take quiet walks, body surf, boogie board, go deep-sea fishing, play one of hundreds of area golf courses, take winery tours, eat at fabulous restaurants. Or just stay home by the fire in our 100-year-old Julia Morgan cottage and nourish your soul.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning fee $125
Tax Rate 10.5%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Please contact us for rates and availability for the dates you would like.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.