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Secret Garden Cottage for your Special Getaway

Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Whimsical and cozy. This 1920's cottage will take you back to the Carmel of years past. A small cottage tucked away in a quiet, private setting, yet only a short walk to town and the beach. Spend the day exploring Big Sur, Carmel and the Monterey Peninsula. Walk the mission trail to the historic Carmel mission. After a fun filled day, return to your peaceful cottage and enjoy a relaxing glass of wine, or just relaxing on the patio while you listen to the crashing waves off in the distance. Walk to town and take your pick of a vast array of wonderful restaurant choices. Return to the cottage to enjoy a restful sleep on the very comfy bed where you will feel like you are sleeping on a cloud. Experience Carmel as if you lived here.

Maria Dondero
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, portuguese
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Calendar last updated:
May 20, 2017

About Maria Dondero

We live in California about two hours away from Carmel. We have been visiting Carmel for years and we finally had the opportunity to buy our little home away from home! We visit every chance that we can get away from our busy schedule.

Maria Dondero purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Maria Dondero chose Carmel By the Sea

We think that Carmel is one of the best places in the world. It is truly magical. It is beautiful, relaxing, fun, a food mecca, and historic. You can stay here and feel that you are away from it all but yet have many of the comforts of home.


Southeast Carmel Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Pillow top queen size bed (1) New bed July 2015.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Our cottage was actually built for the teacher who taught in the first (private) school in Carmel. The school was next door.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

Secret Garden Cottage for your Special Getaway
average rating of 4.607143 based on 28 reviews
Stratford, ON

Super little cottage for two.

  • 4 of 5

We would have enjoyed a little bistro set in the front patio area to sit more comfortably outside although we did enjoy the muskoka chairs (this is what we call them in Canada) in the backyard paradise. Not realizing that parking is in such short supply in Carmel until we got here, we really appreciated having parking available during our week-long stay. Breakfasts in and being able to make light meals at the cottage made my Big Sur 21-miler experience the best that it could have been The cottage is charming and clean and made a very special holiday spot. And that comfy bed that others have mentioned--very true!

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the feedback and lovely review. We will add an outdoor table in the near future. We're very happy to hear that the cottage met your needs and expectations. I'm so impressed by your 21 miler! It's such a grand setting for a marathon!
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The Secret Garden Cottage was a Wonderful Place to Stay!

  • 5 of 5

The Cottage was very quiet and very clean! We really enjoyed our stay and hope to return again someday soon! Thank you very much!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely review. Our gosl is to meet the expectations of our guests. We hope to accomodate you again in the future.
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Wonderful little cottage! Perfect (very needed) getaway for my husband and I!

  • 5 of 5

This was a great little cottage in Carmel. It was very quiet and secluded. We enjoyed sitting outside--reading and visiting. It was close to downtown and the beach. The cottage was very clean. There was a small kitchen with a refrigerator, so we were able to purchase fruits, veggies, etc. to take on drives along the coast. There was also a bottle of wine and water bottles in the refrigerator, which was a nice surprise. Thank you! Our only issue was that the door in the gate was locked when we arrived. That was a little disconcerting, as we were unsure that we had the correct location. Other than that, it was a great stay! Thank you for providing a clean, quiet atmosphere in a lovely little town. It was just what we needed!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your feedback and lovely review. Our housekeeper has been advised to keep a closer eye on the lock. We're so glad that the cottage provided a pleasant spot for your stay!
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The cottage was very quaint and similar to how it was pictured.

  • 4 of 5

We had a great stay in Carmel. Maria's recommendations for places to eat and visit were so helpful. The place was clean and well stocked. It can get a little muggy at night if you're used to a drier climate, but the area is quiet and enjoyable. Easy walk to the center of town and the beach.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet, private, ocean surf @ night if the wind is right, comfy bed, smart kitchenette, close to town

  • 4 of 5

A lovely spot for a single, couple and a dog. Easy to book, good wifi, extremely comfy bed, so quiet, close to downtown, could have cooked simple meals if wanted, lovely private enclosed yard and garden where you could sometimes hear distant surf sounds. A pet door + enclosed yard made it very easy to have our well behaved dog there + a water bowl and dog towel was ready for us! Also, a lovely bottle of chilled wine greeted us, so nice! A couple of very minor things: A neighbor parked in the driveway the whole time- we parked in front & with a tall vehicle on narrow street, the door kept hitting the tree. Place is really small inside, with not much room to move about + no real comfy place for both of us to sit except that extremely comfy bed. Overall, we really enjoyed staying at the Secret Garden cottage and would definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely review Stacy. The cottage was built in the early 1900's as housing for the school teacher at the private school which was next door. It is a small space, but we have tried to make it as comfortable and functional as possible. We are continuously updating the cottage, and with your suggestions we will make it an even better space. Thank you again and take care.
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Great location and cozy !!

  • 4 of 5

We really liked the location of the cottage as we were able to catch the walking trail up to the Carmel Mission and other sites. It's a nice neighborhood to walk through to town which is like 10 minutes away. The place is very small. I would recommend enjoying the local restaurants for most meals. Its great for coffee and snacks. Thanks for the coffee !!! It's very private and quiet which was great.

It's clean and pictures show its true look. The bed is comfortable but the chairs were not but thats ok as we enjoyed being out and about most day and night until bedtime. Good place for the price and location. It's pretty small overall and clean. The wine was also a very nice touch upon arrival. Thanks again for it too !

Great long weekend getaway for sure. Monica was easy to reach if we needed anything. Only thing not good was there were 4 wine glasses, one of which was broken. I broke one while washing it. Pretty, but very fragile. We never cooked but it has good cooking ware if needed. Water is super hot and shower is pretty tight space. The fridge is nice for drinks and snacks.

I would stay again due to the privacy , price and location especially for Carmel. Thanks for a cozy, clean and safe place 😊

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the review Chris. We really appreciate the positive feedback, and we have addressed your concerns. We strive to make the cottage a setting for a pleasant and relaxing getaway. Take care.
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