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Quaint Carmel Cottage - Downtown - 'Marley Cottage' + private Hot Tub

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,315 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 14 - 30 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Quaint and charming real cottage in the heart of downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea. Marley Cottage boasts finished original wood plank floors throughout, beamed ceilings with sky lights in the living room and master, many windows allow for more than ample light to sit and read your favorite book. A gorgeous home, newly redecorated with new furniture and painting. A quiet, secluded stone patio surrounded by trees and flowers is a private respite from the world as you relax and enjoy your special time away. Soak in the hot tub under the stars.

The large classic wood burning fireplace will welcome you after a romantic stroll along Carmel's downtown sidewalks. The bay window dining niche looking out to the front English garden, towards Junipero and old growth oaks is a perfect location to drink coffee in the mornings while savoring your fresh Belgian waffles. Or sit as the evening sun sets, sip wine and sample the snacks from the Cheese Shop in Carmel Plaza just steps away, after a successful day shopping in the numerous stores Carmel is known for.......or maybe it was a long walk on the pristine white sands of Carmel's beach, just 6 short blocks away. Enjoy the two flat screen TVs, one in the living room, and one in the Master bedroom. Cable and music choice are included.

If you just want to sleep in or spend your time snuggling in bed, you have a new ultra pillow-top Simmons Beautyrest king in the master & a new ultra pillow-top Simmons queen in the 2nd bedroom. Upgraded appliances washer/dryer, waffle maker, coffee maker, and kitchen essentials make it just like your own home, in the midst of downtown Carmel by the Sea.

This quaint cottage is sure to meet all your needs, let you relax and rejuvenate, and allow you to create many memories to cherish after leaving...those memories will beckon you to return to Carmel's 'Marley Cottage'.

if you have stayed here before and want to return, call me for a special rate and gift/

(Not set up for or appropriate for toddlers/young children)


More Details

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

About Sharon

This darling cottage was purchased by Marvin & Shirley as a quiet respite where one can walk 'everywhere' and has been maintained by their children since their passing. Sharon & Richard, owners, love the cottage, and have redecorated it, re-furnished it, and enhanced the gardens for your peaceful pleasure.

Sharon purchased this house in 1991

Why Sharon chose Carmel By the Sea

Marley Cottage is lovingly named after Marvin & Shirley, who loved Carmel and all it had to offer… peaceful walks, lovely trees, great restaurants, and the quaint downtown shops and galleries. It reminded them of Cambridge and was always very special. We hope you find Carmel as unique and charming as we always do, and Marley Cottage a haven of peace and relaxation.

What makes this house unique

This convenient location is literally steps to Carmel Plaza and all that Carmel has to offer. Make sure to check out the Theater in the Forest, a truly unique experience for watching shows, just a few blocks away. It was built as part of the old WPA……Wonderful acting in the open of Carmel’s woods, fire pits, benches, lovely experience….bring a dinner picnic! The Sunset Center, a couple blocks away, hosts concerts and symphonies.


Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Hwy 1
Car: not necessary

Carmel by the Sea is an unbelievably quaint, yet up to date town, featuring charming cottages, wonderful restaurants and bakeries, art-lovers galleries, famous shopping (Coach, Tiffany's, J.Crew, Anthropologie, + lots of other unique shops), and the gorgeous Carmel beach with white sand and a beautiful coastline walk. No fast food, no traffic lights. A short 10-15 minute drive brings you to Pebble Beach, 17-Mile drive, the amazing butterfly grove in Pacific Grove, and Monterey (wharf, & restaurants, and historical features- i.e. John Steinbeck Museum). You will love it!


Southeast Carmel House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1315 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 bathrooms with showers, one large.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • surfing
  • swimming
2 TVs, one large screen in living room, one big one in master bedroom


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Quaint Carmel Cottage - Downtown - 'Marley Cottage' + private Hot Tub
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 36 reviews
San Diego, California

Beautiful cottage, beautiful gardens, beautiful location!

  • 5 of 5

Charming cottage in downtown but very private! Loved the beautiful furnishings, and comfy beds. Gardens and patio are gorgeous. Walk steps to great restaurants, shops and beach. Stayed a month and will be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful gardens and outdoor space. Cottage is close to everything

  • 4 of 5

I would highly recommend the Marley Cottage to anyone wanting to spend time in Camel-by-the-sea

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute, cozy, convenient!

  • 5 of 5

A better location couldn't be asked for! Level walking to first few blocks of shops/restaurants for older people & easy to find. Close in but extremely private with the prettiest garden sitting area in back. Don't miss out on coffee or wine in the sun or with the fire pit going!

Perfection would be the master bath remodeled. As of now, you are better served using the main bath.

Would we stay again - you bet!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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PERFECT Location and incredibly accommodating host

  • 5 of 5

Marley Cottage is in a fabulous location. A lovely hike to the beach (be warned it is uphill back)and the village is literally out the front door.

When I arrived I had a hard time finding the place as it was night time (I suggest you try to drive during the day) and there are no numbers on the quaint., but Sharon was right there on the phone with my until I got into the front door.

The master bed was HUGE and very soft..They also accommodated me with the loveliest down pillows.

I used the main bathroom as the master bath (they plan to renovate this shortly) was small and tended to be chilly.

The kitchen had old pots (I am a health nut and wont use used non stick pans) but Sharon was agreeable to replacing them immediately....AMAZING!!! So those stainless steel lovely pots and pans are waiting for your use!!

I was there during the horrific rains and one day the electricity went out. It was the whole village and Sharon was so on it..ready to have someone there immediately...

The heat worked very well and some mornings the heat fan in the bath room was divine.

You could not ask for better hosts or a better location


  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Debra. I'm glad you had a nice time and loved the cottage. I hope you come back again soon and enjoy the pretty gardens, fire pit and hot tub. I love the new pots and pans. Looks like you enjoyed the art classes, too!
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Danville, CA

Great Place in Carmel-By-The-Sea with an unbeatable location

  • 5 of 5

The Marley Cottage is clean and well appointed. It had everything we needed for a very comfortable stay. The location cannot be beat and I would call it the perfect spot for two couples to spend some quality time together. We'll be returning for sure!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Carmel Charmer, comfort and location all in one

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Marley Cottage was above our expectations. It is a true Carmel cottage with a lot of character. Much better than a hotel room as the extra space of a clean, well appointed home made the stay all the more enjoyable. We usually stay in Carmel or Carmel Valley hotels and found this to be more enjoyable. We much prefer the option of eating breakfast in and, at our own pace. Healthier too. There is a nicely stocked kitchen and a cute eating area with a huge bay window overlooking a nice garden (even in winter). This afforded us the option to have meals at the home at our leisure vs. eating out for all three meals (although nice dinners out were part of the experience we wanted while on our quick get-a-way).

The home was clean (a huge point for me) and while we didn't use some featured amenities (fire pit, Jacuzzi) due to the weather we could definitely see ourselves making great use of the patio/fire pit area another time. Location, location, location is all true. The Marley Cottage is in a great location right near the downtown shopping and not too far to the ocean (but it is a trek back). All without any tourist noise. We didn't drive our car for 3 lovely days. There is covered, private driveway parking with a picket gate you close behind you. Lastly, the owners are very easy to work with! We will definitely come back!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Damage Deposit $500

Special holidays, ATT Golf event, or Concourse event have higher rates. Call for details. Want to stay more than 1 week? Call for timing and rate.

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.

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