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Artist's Library Garden Apartment for Two

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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

The Artist's Library apartment is light, clean and filled with books. It opens onto a patio and garden area and overlooks an acre filled with large oak trees.

For 2 people that would rather eat out, it has a small refrigerator, microwave and coffee/ tea makings only.

It is adjacent to the Artist's Treehouse Apartment #290731 and lends itself as the place for the kids or another couple vacationing together, BUT– in their own place!

My Artist's Treehouse and Artist's Library couple-size apartments are at the top of the most popular in the Carmel/Monterey Peninsula area. Experience them.

WHAT'S NEW IN THE LIBRARY: new love seat sofa and duette blind in living room and 2 new duette privacy/blackout blinds in the bedroom along with the sunshades that give shaded but full view onto the garden.

Keywords: Clean, sunny, garden view, covered parking.

More Details

Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2018

About Desiree

I am a full time artist making illuminated shell sculpture and lampshades from natural seashells. Since 1974! I still find them absolutely beautiful. Then there's the gardens– when I need a 15 minute work break I snip and pluck, rake and squirt. As much as I love to squirt water– I shouldn't be living in California!!

Desiree purchased this apartment in 1982

Why Desiree chose Carmel Valley

It suits me completely! When I first saw this house, as a private sale 35 yrs ago, I couldn't speak. It had just the kind of 'bones' I wanted in a house plus a killer view. Stunned disbelief. And bought it immediately.

What makes this apartment unique

–MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM is the #1 attraction in Monterey County.

–WINE TASTING is big here because we have such an excellent wine growing appellation– ask me about the 20+ Tasting Rooms within a mile.

–WILD TURKEYS and deer heavily populate the area and are wonderful to observe.

–FIND AN INTERESTING BOOK and read it while you're here. Ask me for recommendations and tell me where your interests lie. But leave the books where you found them when you depart.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Hi Desiree,

Hope this finds you well. I stayed in your Library apartment last October with my husband Fred. We were only with you about 3 nites, but we had a great stay and I know we told you so before we left. However, since back in NJ, I have often thought about what a beautiful, magical place you live in and would be remiss not to tell you how the experience of meeting you and seeing how you live impacted me in a very positive way. NJ--if you've never been, is quite different.

Not sure when we'll get the chance to get back to Carmel Valley, as you well know there's a lot of world to see (we leave for Spain next week). In any event, I just wanted to tell you how fantastic it was to meet you and learn a little bit about your life--as well as poke thru a few of your books!

Thanks again,

Oct 2013
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Carmel Valley Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • You should also know... This is where I live; it's my home and my neighborhood. We do not allow pets. Even if you ask me sweetly :)
  • Two travelers allowed max! The guest that makes the reservation is the guest expected to arrive. Confirmed guests are expected to arrive together.
  • No trading guests or adding guests or sleeping bags. Guests of guests are not welcome to use facilities, ie, showering, etc.
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Old-style, deep bathtub with shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Bed (1) Luxury sheets standard; flannel sheets by advance request.
  • Books ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
20+ wine tasting venues within 1 mile.


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Artist's Library Garden Apartment for Two
average rating of 4.921875 based on 65 reviews
Coupeville, Whidbey Island, Washington

Sweet little cottage in Carmel Valley

  • 5 of 5

I had a wonderful stay at the Artist's Library while visiting friends in Carmel Valley. The setting was lovely and peaceful, and the grounds, with live oaks and a spaciousness that came with being a little gated compound on a quiet street. Desiree was so affable and charming, and it is so easy to fall into conversation with her. She really wants her guests to have a great experience, yet affords privacy as well as hospitality. My Carmel Valley friends were happy that she treated us to some homemade rosemary shortbread, too. I'd happily come back for another stay!

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Janet. What a sweetie you are...mentioning my shortbread!! XxoxDesi😎
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Great host, great cottage

  • 5 of 5

Very cool little property in a great location. Desiree was a great host. Would recommend 100 percent.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute and Quiet

  • 5 of 5

Artists library provides quiet and clean accommodations away from the crowds in the Carmel and Monterey area. It was nice to return to this island of solitude after touring the area during the day. Best of both worlds. Everything was provided for a comfortable stay. There is a microwave and small refrigerator, but not full kitchen to prepare meals. Not a problem as I was on vacation and not cooking anyway. There are hundreds of books to enjoy while relaxing. Homeowner Desiree was delightful to visit with and she provided us with lots of information about the area and recommendations for tours. Thank you for a great visit.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay, and the location was quiet and tucked away in a wonderful little spot on the hill. The Artist’s Library was perfectly put together and the minute you walk in, you feel right at home.

Desiree was so gracious and kind and we are definitely planning another visit.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kelseyville, California

Quiet Idyll

  • 4 of 5

Perfect location for solitude, peace and quiet. Cottage is comfortable and grounds are beautiful. Desiree is most attentive and helpful! And her shell-shades are pretty amazing. Do accept her standing offer of a workshop and home tour.

We stayed in the Library for 2 nights while escaping and resting from the Clear Lake wildfires. Good choice. For us the only negative was the absence of a kitchen, particularly a sink. (Desiree is clear about this, I just missed it.) However, plates and utensils, wine glasses, etc are provided …. and Desiree does the dishes! So we coped easily and everything else was very nice indeed. The location is close to town for restaurants but, as mentioned, suitably removed to be quiet. Closet space for one's clothing and suitcases is ample, while every "kitchen" cupboard is crammed with books and bookshelves occupy most walls so one should ever lack for something to do. We spent our day times touring Point Lobos, Moss Landing, and Pacific Grove. Then we relaxed in the garden with wine and snacks. Most restful.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely, artful, quiet, well kept space surrounded by trees

  • 5 of 5

Easy check in and out, local recommendations, friendly host is a wonderful artist

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Stirrup Cup
Car: necessary

20+ Wine Tasting Rooms within 2 miles. Neighborhood open space/park 8 minutes walk. Multiple restaurants 5 minutes drive.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $55

Stays of a month or longer are exempt from county taxes.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.