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Garden Cottage Retreat

Bedrooms Studio
Space 244 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, Studio + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Warm, relaxing, quiet, romantic and serene are some of the descriptions used by couples who've made our hillside Garden Cottage their Cambria destination. You can enjoy an idyllic Cambria experience in this tranquil location surrounded by Monterey Pines and terraced gardens.

An all-wood interior with streaming light from two large window seats combine with a pyramid roof and skylights, enhance the simple yet elegant interior. A cozy gas fireplace, carpeting in the main room, with a firm and comfortable double bed makes this a perfect Cambria getaway. You'll find the convenient tile-floor kitchen and wood/tile bathroom with standard-size shower (29' wide X 26' deep) quite pleasant. Premium linens and bathrobes provided. An extended window seat in the main room overlooks the forested canyon. A second window seat offers tranquil views. WiFi ready, and no TV. Use the large garden deck to enjoy the private peaceful canyon, wildlife, and distant ocean. The deck is the perfect place for morning yoga, an afternoon glass of wine, and an evening canyon sunset.

You'll find this property unique because it offers an experience of tranquility, open space, privacy, nature views and quiet surroundings, all within walking distance to Cambria Pines Lodge, East Village shops, restaurants, and the Fiscalini Ranch trailhead.

A wonderful cabin experience for a couple or individual (suitable for adults, two person maximum) needing serene retreat space and a comfortable place to unwind after enjoying a day on the central coast.

We live on the property and enjoy sharing our hillside with mature, respectful adults who are looking for a quality experience.

Maximum 2 adults (minimum age 25), pet-free environment, no smoking (inside or out), two night minimum, three night minimum during holidays (New Years, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas). 3pm check-in, 11 am check-out. 7 days or less: $60 cleaning fee, 7 days is maximum stay permitted. County 12% occupancy tax applied.


Bookings canceled at least 30 days before the start of the stay will receive a 100% refund.

Bookings canceled at least 14 days before the start of the stay will receive a 50% refund. No refund for early departure, inclement weather or anything outside our control.

$25 fee deducted from any refund due for echeck reversal (refund issued 31 days from echeck deposit date), $25 fee deducted from any refund due for personal check returned for any reason.

Keywords: studio, quiet, ocean, relaxing, forest, decks, distant ocean view, simplicity, rustic elegance, skylights, window seats, private, gas free-standing stove, gardens, retreat, renewal, yoga, meditation, writer, artist, seclusion

More Details

John Eskelin, Lissa McConnell-Eskelin
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017

About John Eskelin, Lissa McConnell-Eskelin

We've lived in Cambria for over 30 years, and we're renewed and inspired every day by the beauty and peaceful nature of our unique location and coastal village. We love to travel and appreciate thoughtful and comfortable lodgings. We're very happy to share our hillside retreat with other mature travelers while also respecting your privacy. You may meet us when you check in, during your stay, or when you check out, but if you don't see us, we're are still available at any time. We both look forward to sharing our unique treasure of the Central Coast with you.

John Eskelin, Lissa McConnell-Eskelin purchased this cottage in 1982

Why John Eskelin, Lissa McConnell-Eskelin chose Central Coast

Expansive location, beautiful views, close to town.

What makes this cottage unique

Located in a secluded panoramic canyon just a short walk from the restaurant at Cambria Pines Lodge, this cottage is where you'll experience the quiet renewal that the Cambria lifestyle offers. Walk to the East Village, one of the Fiscalini Ranch trail heads, or enjoy a ride through the bucolic countryside and wine region. We offer exclusive body care amenities from Exotic Nature, a woman's boutique with a personal touch, located in Cambria's East Village. Relax and renew!


Cambria Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 244 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 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 -
  • Wood and tile floor bathroom with sink and standard-size shower only (no bath tub).
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Main room - 1 double
  • Double Bed (1) Firm with memory-foam topper. Bed located in main studio room. No separate bedroom. Two skylights in main room (bedroom), window seats with canyon views, gas free-standing stove.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • wind-surfing
Local tap water is acceptable for drinking and cooking. We do provide approximately 3 gallons of filtered water for the length of your stay.


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average rating of 4.9402986 based on 67 reviews

Beautiful and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

A true get away, the cottage is a place to shed your stress in a serene environment with all the comforts of home. Simply lovely.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

A finer retreat can not be found. Beauty, and serenity are just two words to describe the environment of the Cottage. There isn't anything that hasn't been thought of or provided. It's the only place for us.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Charming and well appointed cabin

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful property: the design of the cabin is cozy rustic, but includes many thoughtful amenities (coffee, tea, sugar, cream, apples, a bottle of wine, and more.) The kitchen is small but well stocked. The shower water is piping hot.

The two window seats overlook a spectacular garden, where you can spend many peaceful hours watching the garden and the wildlife. It feels like you are in a place out of time.

The only way our stay could have been better is if it had been longer.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Restful, peaceful, and beautiful surroundings inside and out!

  • 5 of 5

This little hideaway was perfect for a quiet and restful weekend. It was very private and the gardens were absolutely amazing. This is for sure a, " must stay", and I highly recommend.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Another Amazing stay!

  • 5 of 5

This was our third or fourth and it keeps getting better. We have stayed in a number of VRBO properties in the area and this is our #1 choice when it`s just my wife and I.

Already saving for the next visit.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Adorable, rustic, and romantic

  • 5 of 5

I'd recommend the garden cottage and would definitely stay again. It's not fancy but perfectly cute and comfortable making for a relaxing stay. Although rustic it is clean and romantic (a few little bugs near the windows though). The cottage made us feel like we were secluded in woods. The grounds are gorgeous and it's just a quick walk to downtown Cambria.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
San Luis Obispo
Nearest Barpub
0.05 Miles
Cambria Pines Lodge
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
Morro Bay
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Paso Robles Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Scenic Highway 1, Highway 46
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Miles
Cambria Pines Lodge
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Moonstone Beach
Car: recommended

A short six mile drive to Hearst Castle, a scenic drive on highway 46 to Paso Robles wine country, gateway to Highway 1 and the Big Sur coastline, and minutes from Cambria's East and West Village shops, restaurants, and galleries.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $60

The cleaning fee for 7 days or less is $60.00, 7 days is maximum length of stay permitted.
Occupancy is suitable for two adults (25 or older). Pet-free environment.
Cancellations: Full refund given if cancellation is more than 30 days prior to arrival date. Less than 30 days before arrival date, a $35 cancellation fee will be deducted from refund. No refund if cancelled within one week of scheduled arrival. No refund for early departure, inclement weather, or anything outside our control.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.