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Sweet, Historic Cottage on Carmel Point

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
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.

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Krys Holmes
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 12, 2017

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 By the Sea

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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Sweet, Historic Cottage on Carmel Point
average rating of 4.9210525 based on 41 reviews

Great authentic Carmel Beach cottage

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a great time over Thanksgiving and plan on returning soon

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Location !

  • 5 of 5

We so enjoyed The Cottage! The location for us could not have been better. We walked everyday to the beach and had our after dinner walk around Scenic to end each evening. The house it's self is wonderfully historic, with such a feel of "Old Carmel" ! We have been coming to Carmel for 30 years and this trip was for the Centennial. The Cottage made us feel even more apart of the 100 years celebration!

When we saw the cottage was a Julia Morgan, we added San Simeon to our trip before we arrived. And you must go over to Pacific Grove and walk through the Asilomar Convention Center! Then you will really see Julia Morgan in the cottage.

After 30 years, this was one of the most memorable ! Thank you Aunt Etta!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aunt Etta loves her happy guests.
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Cozy home. Great location. Excellent value.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time staying here. The property and house are nicer than the photos.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Ramon

Great stay in classic cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the cottage. It's a short walk to the beach and close to the center of Carmel. The kitchen was sufficiently stocked with the utensils to prepare nice dinners. A very charming place where you can see the hummingbirds and dragonflies visiting the garden.

We would love to come back some time!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, relaxing cottage

  • 5 of 5

We came here for our yearly family vacation and were happy to stay here. The cottage has a beautiful garden and was very peaceful and relaxing. It's only a couple blocks to the beach and we went for daily walks. The beds were very comfortable and the rooms are charming. We loved the cottage and would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Concord, CA

Unique experience - restful and pleasant

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed the cottage. Excellent location and incredible lodging. Very historic building. Look forward to my next visit and stay! Thanks for opening up your home to us.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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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.


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

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Carmel Point House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • 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
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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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