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Artist's Library Garden Apartment

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 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
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 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
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • 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
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 55 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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Serene and inspiring

  • 5 of 5

Love the home and the surrounding grounds! Gorgeous lot and fragrant lemon and orange tree nearby. Quiet and serene!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Saratoga, CA

As always, very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

As always, we enjoyed our stay. Desiree's Library Apt. is comfortable, clean and charming. Desiree is exceptional in her attention to our comfort. Thank you Desiree!

Fred & Judi

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San leandro

Great retreat.

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location for hanging out in Carmel Valley. Desiree is delightful and a gracious hostess. Knows everything about the area and then some.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Alameda, California, USA

A Stay to Exceed All Expectations!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed every minute of our stay in Desiree's Garden Apartment! The location was just perfect allowing us to relax and enjoy the outdoors/nature but still having access to the local village shops, boutiques and wonderful restaurants. The apartment is comfortable and stocked with everything you might ever need on your travels :) The highlight of our stay was a personal tour of Desiree's Studio. What a talented artist and we feel so lucky to be taking a special piece of art home with us to remind us of this wonderful home away from home. We will certainly be returning to this property in the future! Many thanks again Desiree for your kindness and sharing all your knowledge of the local area.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Berkeley, CA

A beautiful, artistically appointed escape into magical nature!

  • 5 of 5

Desiree is a delight, surpassed only by the warm, beautiful, creative, artistic retreat. We will without a doubt, be back to enjoy all the property and the host has to offer. We were sad to be so busy with wedding festivities, and not be able to just spend time in this magical, comfortable, cozy world of Desiree’s loving creation. THANKS!

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: 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.

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