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Off-Grid Charming Solitude in Steinbeck Country near Laguna Seca

Bedrooms 1
Space 400 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 17 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

A once in a lifetime opportunity for a holiday of solitude and nature. The perfect spot for a writer to complete his novel, a painter to create new work and inspirations. Listen to the sound of complete quiet at night and enjoy the sky like you've never seen it before. Truly the best of both worlds, extreme solitude, serenely oak studded and teeming with California wildlife and 360 views. Yet, also, just an easy 20 minute country drive to any activity the Monterey Peninsula offers.

If you are on a deadline and require complete quiet, we can arrange meals, tea, coffee, whatever you need brought in. Leave it completely up to us. There is an artist studio on site, so a painter, or a sculptor can explore alone, or with the help of an important, established abstract painter. Guided tours on horseback or foot along the oak studded hills of John Steinbeck's Pasture of Heaven alone. See Castle Rock and several other extraordinary landmarks made famous in Steinbeck novels. If you are a car or motorcycle racing enthusiast, Laguna Seca Raceway is just minutes away. As is the beautiful coastline of Carmel, Monterey, and Big Sur.

This state of the art modern cottage is abundant in charm and quiet and restoration. Yoga and Spa services available by appointment on the private patio. Bring your partner, your best friend, your mutt, your favorite new book, your telescope, leave with true peace of mind and real purpose..... For current weather updates look to Carmel Valley weather. If you're visiting during the peak summer months, please know it is HOT up here.

Keywords: Guest Home

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 19, 2017

About The Owner

I am an established abstract painter and mother of 4 grown daughters, a four time cancer survivor, a horse enthusiast, a hiker and enjoy the outdoors.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2005

Why The Owner chose Central Coast

It is a guest house on our home property. I am drawn to the spectacular natural surroundings. Oak tree clusters, green fertile pastures, strident rock formations, and the rich California history of this area.

What makes this cottage unique

I love the quiet, the many things to do in this extraordinary area, the beautiful scenery, and weather, the gardening, bird watching, and the star gazing.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Beautiful, quiet, inspirational, bucolic, a real John Steinbeck influenced week of sleep ins, and hiking and fresh air and warm temperatures. This spot is a bird watcher's paradise. Hawks, Owls, California bluebirds, doves, wild turkey, all at your back door. Magical. We will be back.
Jun 2011
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Carmel Valley Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • full bath with tub
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) Outside, on the patio is a single bed, covered with bug proof netting during the summer months, and there is room for a tent above the patio as well. Nights are warm, and sleeping outside is lovely., Child Beds (1) Twin mattress upstairs with linens
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Horseback riding, workout gym, art studio, near wine tours, hiking, quiet writers studio,


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

Off-Grid Charming Solitude in Steinbeck Country near Laguna Seca
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

perfect landing for Monterey jazz festival

  • 5 of 5

An excellent place to relax and enjoy the stars at night, the birds during the day ( great horned owl in the evening). We attended the Monterey Jazz Festival and it was the perfect spot to enjoy the down time from all the business of the festival. The little rental home is a beautiful reflection of who resides near by. Thoughtful, cozy and comfortable.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington, DC

Absolutely Perfect Guest House!

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful guest house is the perfect place to stay when visiting Monterey, Big Sur, Laguna Seca, and Carmel by the Sea. The owner has put so much time, energy, and creativity into creating an awesome environment for her guests--all the little details were so welcoming and made you want to explore every nook and cranny. The guest house is filled with books/movies and the outdoor patio is rich with tables, chairs, lounge spots, and even an outdoor bed. Everything you need is here for you-- coffee/ tea for the morning, lotion, wipes, olive oil, a guitar, you name it and it's here!

The owner gave great advise for spots to eat and things to do without being intursive on our privacy. She also seems like an amazing person. Some of her art work is displayed in the house and it is absolutely breathtaking. The property will take your breath away too, so much so that words won't describe it, so you have to see for yourself.

My boyfriend and I were celebrating our engagement on this trip and it was perfect for a young couple, but also perfect for people of all walks and great for kids too!

Thanks for a great stay and we hope to return, maybe for our honeymoon:)

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, Relaxing and Unique

  • 5 of 5

This is off the well worn path just enough to add a little adventure and spice to the mix. My wife and I also had our 3 and 1 year old kids in tow. Janet and family were all extremely kind and enjoyable to talk with, not to mention accommodating. There are no worries when you arrive. The scenery and atmosphere immediately immerse you in a different lifestyle and gives you a taste of ranch living. My son loved meeting the horses, dogs and trampoline and exploring around. It couldn't be more peaceful. Being a guitar player, Janet managed to find and dust off one laying around which allowed me an amazing evening of wine, guitar, moonlight and shooting stars. Memorable and a perfect ending to our last night. No one wanted to leave, but alas coming back to reality was unfortunately required. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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SLO County, CA

VERY relaxing and homey

  • 5 of 5

Do you ever walk into a place and just feel at home? That is what it is like here. We had so many plans to go here and there but the place grabbed hold of us and we spent more time at the house than we did out and about. The aquarium in Monterey is a personal favorite, and we managed to make it there, but our plans to have dinner out just fizzled as we thought about going back up on the hill and enjoying the quiet. We sat out on the patio and read to our hearts content with occassional visits from the dogs coming by for a pet or to lie down in the shade. We looked up from our books to see crows dive-bombing a red tailed hawk. The views were breathtaking, and the night sky was spectacular with the Milky Way showing up so clearly.

Inside, you are surrounded by art and creativity. There is an energy here that is palpable and to me turning on the TV or computer would have been a disruption. We cooked or heated up our own meals and all the cooking items and utensils we needed were there. I packed a coffee grinder and my own coffee but found that those items were already stocked. Also, I sometimes have problems sleeping away from home, but the bed was comfy and I had no trouble here at all!

Janet and Tim have gone to great lengths to make sure that your stay is comfortable. I am inspired to make some changes to my own outdoor area to make it more cozy and inviting - little details - surprising arrangments.

Thank you for offering this lovely space for us to enjoy!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Barry, Sandra and Alyssa

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in this beautiful soulful retreat. It has so much to offer. The views, the art work the quiet, the beauty, the horses, the dogs and of course our wonderful host ... Janet. Thank you for putting such a wonderful warm retreat on VRBO. We will be back I am sure. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Upstate New York

Kevin Melissa & Juliet

  • 5 of 5

Janet and Tim are excellent hosts and made our stay very cozy. The location is beyond words, in the heart of Steinbeck country. Looking around at the 360 degree views will give you an understanding what inspired him to put the words to paper. In summary great hosts, great location and the rest is up to you. relax in the house or drive the 15 minutes to Monterey and Carmel. Either way you will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Emma and Indy and Gracie are missing darling Juliet!! Hope your next couple of weeks are as peaceful and sun drenched as the last week has been for you! Have a wonderful vaca together! See you in Autumn!! Mahalo!! xxx
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
monterey peninsula airport
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Hwy 68
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Corral De Tierra Country Club
Nearest Ski
350 Miles
Lake tahoe
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Sand City

Monterey Bay Aquarium passes available for 2, Pt Lobos Reserve, Laguna Seca Raceway, Steinbeck Center, The Magnificent Big Sur Coastline, Carmel Beach, Monterey Wharf


Rates & Availability

Carmel Valley Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
spring thru fall
Feb 1 2017 - Nov 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
Historic Car Week
Aug 15 2017 - Aug 31 2017
17 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pets require an additional 25.00 nightly fee.

payment arranged with owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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