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Secret Garden Cottage for your Special Getaway

Sleeps2
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 30 nights

Overview

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.


Owner
Maria Dondero
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, portuguese
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
July 24, 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.

Amenities

Southeast Carmel Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Pillow top queen size bed (1) New bed July 2015.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
Our cottage was actually built for the teacher who taught in the first (private) school in Carmel. The school was next door.

Reviews

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Secret Garden Cottage for your Special Getaway
average rating of 4.6 based on 30 reviews
5

Quaint little cottage in a great neighborhood!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 4 nights, and the place had everything we needed. We didn't meet or speak with the owners, but their info was available to us, the letter provided before our stay supplied us with all the answers to our questions, and more. We would definitely stay here again. The kitchen is sufficient to make small meals, however, I probably wouldn't try to make anything too extravagant. We also loved being able to bring our dog, and the cottage has a little yard she could run around in. It was perfect for us!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Chico, CA
4

Very cute, great location

  • 4 of 5

What I LOVED: The location - safe, quiet, manicured Carmel neighborhood. Awesome walking trail at the end of the block that takes you to magical deep woods trail... which leads to "Flanders Mansion" and breathtaking view of Mission and bay. Garden (even cuter than pictured). Hot water, quickly. Nice big closet. Lots of shelves in bath & kitchen, which helped with storage in the small space. Dog friendly - complete with dog door, dog bowl, dog towel and even dog treats. Very comfortable bed and bedding w/lots of pillows. Kitchenette. Larger clothes closet. Wood floors (tile in bathroom). Hospitality (thanks for wine, water, specific instructions and recommendations, phone numbers and photo of house... all very thoughtful).

What I liked a lot: appliances available (microwave, toaster, coffee maker, fridge). Coffee/tea/spices/cooking utensils/pots on hand. Heater worked well, quickly and on thermostat. Windows with view to front and back.

Some small issues: As advertised, it is very small. Although it worked great for me and my dog, it would not have been big enough to add my husband to the mix. Walkways are "single lane," we would have been in each other's way. Also, shower head has been changed from the photos, it is short (I had to bend my knees to get head under it and I'm 5'6"), and shower/bathroom is tight - no room to towel off with door closed. There were no screens on the windows, so a couple of flies did pop in. Ceilings are low, which adds to the "tight" feel. I agree with another review that exterior bistro set out front would be great as the front garden and the temperate air are astonishing, and there is not much elbow room inside. The table and chairs that were in the main room were nice for my laptop and adult color book, but no ideal for even a simple meal. I sat outside on the stoop a lot. I think the house is lacking a few basics for extended stays (I was there for a week) and so I'm sending the owner a separate email with suggestions. (i.e., dust pan, dresser, small fan, folding beach chair... others). One thing to note, the doors are the kind where if they shut behind you - you can lock yourself out easily. Careful!

All that being said, if traveling alone I would definitely stay there again. Those gardens were so nice to come home too... the positives outweighed all those little issues.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stratford, ON
4

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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5

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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5

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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4

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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