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The Merry Little Cottage by the Sea

Bedrooms 1
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)


The Merry Little Cottage is available for stays

of 30 nights or longer. We are not licensed with

the City Of Pacific Grove for any short time bookings

of less than 30 nights.

Please note. The book it button helps the company running this site.

The company wishes to collect a 4-9% service fee per rental. They charge you

a 4-9% fee depending on the cost of the rental. If you prefer to book through the site and pay the fee we will work with you to give you the option.

Otherwise, we accept checks and bank to bank transfers. Please ask us about

your choices.

We offer a very cozy cottage with lots of the comforts of home and a warm fireplace for a relaxing evening after a day at the beach or the aquarium with (4) reusable passes.

The cottage is nicely appointed with all the kitchen extras. Oils, spices, slow cooker, rice cooker, blender, hand mixer, baking dishes, and even a wok to make an intimate dinner at home.

We are an excellent cottage for a vacation but also an extended stay for someone relocating to the area or on Sabbatical.

Premium channels from Comcast and a DVR to record your favorite show while you walk the 1/2 block to the local restaurants, movies, or an evening stroll along the water. You can just park the car and walk everywhere.

You have access to the Internet, either wireless or hardwired.

We would love to be your hosts for a warm, cozy getaway in the resort town of Pacific Grove, CA.

-- L&LD

Keywords: Coastal California, Monterey, Beach, Cottage Rental, NorCal, seaside.

More Details

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 5, 2017


Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Lovers Point
Car: not necessary

tide pooling, art galleries


Pacific Grove Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for children
  • non smoking only
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
We supply a beach umbrella and beach chairs Premium TV Package and DVR recorder (4) unlimited use Aquarium passes


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(8 traveler reviews)

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The Merry Little Cottage by the Sea
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
Cincinnati, OH

Everything you need in a great location!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a month at the cottage this past fall and could not have been happier with our choice. The hosts were so accommodating and have thought of everything to make the stay perfect (2 Monterey Aquarium passes are included.). It's a great cottage for two people complete with wood burning fireplace, darling patio with grill, totally complete kitchen, comfortable bed and bedroom comfortable living room. Everything has been so well thought out and everything is immaculate!

I've read the other reviews and there is very little I can add. In addition to being a great cottage, the location is perfect. Walking distances to grocery market, 1 block to downtown, a few blocks to Lover's Point, and a beautiful oceanside walk from Lover's Point to the Aquarium (about one mile). It's also very close to great restaurants, shopping great beaches and much more.

Again, I have to repeat how wonderful the hosts were. They made us feel truly at home. We highly recommend a vacation in this beautiful location in this Merry Little Cottage and look forward to another stay there!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This Cottage Is Perfect - Our Stay Was a Delight

  • 5 of 5

There's not much I can add to the fabulous reviews for this MLC and the host and hostess. The location is wonderful (8 or 9 of the best restaurants in Trip Adviser for Pacific Grove are within a few blocks walking distance, Lovers Point is just a few blocks away, the beach trail for Pacific Grove and Monterey is also a few blocks away, the Monterey Aquarium is about a five minute drive, you can walk to the Farmers Market...and well, you get the picture).

The cottage itself is charming, beautiful, and functional. The entrance has beautiful flowers in a little well kept garden and there are also gorgeous flowers on the patio. The cottage walls have lovely pictures with a lighthouse and nautical theme.

The owners have thought about everything to make your stay comfortable and safe (flashlight on the desk, frequently used tools in the desk drawers, candles if there is a power outage, etc.). Everything is well thought out. The kitchen has everything you need to cook a gourmet meal. My wife and I loved watching movies in the very comfortable recliner chairs. The bed has high thread count sheets.

Here's example of how accommodating the owners are: My wife and I stayed in the MLC for more than a month so we had our snail mail forwarded to the MLC. Some of that mail needed to be shredded. When I requested a shredder, they had one promptly delivered. Another example was Duncan helping me interface a Roku device to the flat screen TV via an HDMI cable so we could watch Netflix and Amazon streaming movies.

So...if you are a couple seeking a romantic getaway in a charming, well located, and very functional cottage with terrific owners make a reservation for THIS one.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Indian Harbour Beach, FL

Charm, Comfort and Location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed four nights and wished it was longer. A great location a block from restaurants, shops an grocery. Three blocks from Lovers Point oceanfront park and a mile or so walk along the oceanfront to the Monterey Aquarium! Two passes to the Aquarium are included. It is a very charming cottage in a quiet neighborhood. The kitchen is very well equipped and there's even a gas grill on the back patio. The hosts provide excellent suggestions on dining and local activities. We cannot recommend the MLC highly enough. Also it's only a 15-20 minute drive to Point Lobos Reserve and just down the street from the 17 Mile Drive. We hope to come back for a much longer stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vincennes, IN

Pleased & Recommended

  • 5 of 5

I rented a month at the MLC by the S as a Christmas present for my wife; belatedly, I also determined that it would be good opportunity for me to work on my book. We are very happy with the decision based on both counts and many more. Not all of our long-term rental experiences have been wholly positive stateside and abroad-- this one was very nearly perfect.

My wife rated her time there as a "10". I agree for many reasons including that all written in the ad and all promised on the phone or in e-mails was exactly as described. The owners are determined to please.

Beyond the cottage itself, we greatly enjoyed the location, area architecture, cars (lots of vintage car shows and exotic sports cars on the road), landscaping, trails, bookstores, ocean-shores, parks, coffee shops, bakeries, good churches, restaurants, sea life, museums, MBA, weather, quaint villages, shopping, events, pleasant drives and walks, library, and lighthouses. The locals were very friendly as well. I also spent some rewarding time working at Laguna Seca and the Monterey Pop festival.

The entire village of 15,000 is comprised of Victorian cottages and grand old ladies mostly 100 years old. Our own cottage was perfectly equipped and located. My only real regrets were having to leave and not renting it for two months or longer as there are no opening now for a year.

Pacific Grove is John Steinbeck's hometown and he wrote many of his books in his cottage and in his parents cottage; both are only a few blocks away from us. We lived out "Cannery Row". My writing made great progress in this atmosphere. I wrote, we walked, I wrote some more, and we walked some more. We almost never used our car. The area is amazing.

Don't hesitate: Rent it!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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How Perfect Can It Get

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we contacted Kim and Duncan we knew this experience was going to be different in a very good way! They responded to our questions immediately and this continued throughout the reservation process until the day we left to return home after our month long visit. This couple should write a manual for ALL VRBO Owners to follow. We have previously rented from two other VRBO properties and they didn't get much right but Kim and Duncan know how to do it!

The Merry Little Cottage was sparkling, spotless. Both my husband and I have a bit of OCD and we couldn't find a speck of dust or dirt anywhere. My husband even checked top of the refrigerator and top of doorways - no dust or dirt anywhere. Bed and bath linens were of excellent quality and all were fresh and laundered. Even smelled good! Kitchen has everything you could possibly want and even when we mentioned to Kim that we couldn't find a salad spinner in the cottage she ordered one and had it delivered to us! WOW my family wouldn't even do that for me!!!

This is definitely a two-person cottage but very spacious for two. Unless you are a very large person don't worry about size of shower it is plenty spacious. We loved the small sparkling clean patio and spent most mornings having breakfast and many afternoons playing Cribbage on this darling patio. Loved the fountain!

Location is also perfect. Only 500 or 600 feet from the main street. We walked to restaurants and to the movies. Walk to beach is only 3 short blocks to Lover's Point amongst lovely Victorian homes which we walked everyday and some days several times a day.

We will never consider staying any place in Pacific Grove except The Merry Little Cottage.

Thank you Kim and Duncan for renewing our faith in VRBO!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Granite Bay, CA

The perfect PG Lovers getaway

  • 5 of 5

This is our third year returning to a property owned by these hosts, and we have found this sparkling clean, well-equipped, charming vacation cottage to be the perfect spot for our for our summer vacation month. The congenial hosts work overtime to ensure that their guests have everything they could need or want. As golfers, we are minutes away from numerous beautiful courses. And after a day on the golf course, I love to come "home" to this beautiful cottage, where I can cook a gourmet meal if I feel like it or walk out the door to one of several remarkable restaurants within a two block radius if I don't. Solid, consistent wifi allows me to maintain a connection to work as needed, and a short three block walk takes me to the ocean, where I love to sit with a book and my coffee and watch the surf pound the rocks. This is the perfect get-away for a couple, and we look forward to many happy returns here.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Payment by personal check, money order, or direct deposit.
We are members of the PG Chamber of Commerce and licensed with the City of PG.
Stays of 30 nights and longer do not incur a tax

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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