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Tuscan-style retreat, in the country with 360 views, upper Carmel Valley

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3-4 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 8, RATE VARIES WITH # OF GUESTS.

3-4 bedrooms, 2 baths. Sleeps 8. 2 king-sized beds, 2 twins plus one twin w/trundle. Swimming pool, hot tub, steam room. Hiking, horseback riding, Bocci ball, horse shoes, 2 bikes available. wine tasting available. Personal Chef with 2 day notice. PRICE VARIES WITH NUMBER OF GUESTS. We provide a full kitchen for your use. We use biodegradable cleaning products.You will enjoy the beautiful Carmel Valley views. The vineyard is a working vineyard. Our vineyard manager is available to teach about growing our Syrah grapes.

Karen Hoffman
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017

About Karen Hoffman

We love the Central Coast, a special place we call Paradise. In 2003 we bought a hilltop property in upper Carmel Valley and now enjoy magnificent mountain views and serenity. We are always inspired by the natural surroundings of the beautiful Santa Lucia Mountains. We enjoy entertaining with our friends, family and grandchildren. From every visitor's perspective, our little corner of the world beckons vacationers to return again and again.

Karen Hoffman purchased this chateau / country house in 2003

Why Karen Hoffman chose Central Coast

We fell in love with Cachagua (Upper Carmel Valley), which reminds us of Tuscany. We love the quiet solitude and 360 degree mountain views from our hilltop vineyard. For city people who want sun and country, this is the place!

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Mountain views forever, quiet, private and peaceful. A wonderful retreat!


Carmel Valley Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Ground floor bath - toilet , shower , Steam shower if desired.
    Second floor bath - toilet , tub , shower
  • see photos
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Second floor, Balcony with western mountain views.
    King Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Second floor, Balcony with western mountain views.
    Double Twin Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Second floor. Sliding doors open to King Bedroom 2.
    Twin + Trundle in Den - 2 twin/ single , First floor, twin & trundle. Door opens to patio & pool.
  • see photos
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Rates vary with number of people in your party


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(34 traveler reviews)

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Tuscan-style retreat, in the country with 360 views, upper Carmel Valley
average rating of 5.0 based on 34 reviews

Unbelievable Home!

  • 5 of 5

We just stayed at the Tuscan Retreat for a week and was blown away. The house, pool, and view were amazing. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review. You both are welcome back anytime. Josh responded to communications promptly. Very considerate and appreciative of the home and surroundings. They read the information book and followed instructions: water conservation, keeping gate closed, keeping pool cover closed, what to do when leaving. They were very clean, Thank you again.
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Perfect place for a relaxing vacation

  • 5 of 5

Karen's Tuscan Retreat is absolutely as advertised on the web site; in fact the pictures don't quite do it justice. Quiet, lots of privacy, beautiful views all around, lots of birds, wonderful pool and hot tub, very comfortable and well-appointed house. We spent a week there and hope to be back again.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wow factor!

  • 5 of 5

This place is amazing! The views (especially the sunsets) are crazy cool and the amenities are awesome. Karen is very responsive and her wine is delicious. I can not recommend this place enough!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review. These guests were the cleanest of all my guests in the past 4 1/2 years. They took the garbage down to the place where it is collected, I usually hall it down, no other guest have. Please know I really really appreciate the little things they mean a lot. I would highly recommend Tom and guests if you are reading this they were the best. Sincerely Karen
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Secluded Tuscan villa with luxiourous amenities, breathtaking views and wildlife abound

  • 5 of 5

Great property, Karen was very easy to communicate with. We really enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing property inside and out!

  • 5 of 5

Great house, views, kitchen, grill, pool (we didn't use the hot tub but it was available), shower pressure/bathrooms; comfy deck chairs, beds, leather living room couches and chairs, everything was awesome! We loved watching the various birds, bluejays, hummingbirds, and red-headed woodpeckers frolic around and snack from the property's plants and unobtrusive feeders on the deck edges or in the trees. The drive up makes you feel a little like you're on the edge of the world but once you arrive, the home has fast wifi, cell service, satellite tv, a delicious bottle of wine from the onsite vineyard, and modern amenities in a completely private setting waiting for you. And the nearly 360 degree views are unrivaled!! Plus the home was very well stocked with everything and more than you could need for getaway. From the amazing kitchen spice rack to pool towels and floats. Pack food to cook/grill because you'll never want to leave! The Tuscan Retreat truly felt like a home versus a vacation rental. Thank you Karen for letting us enjoy your beautiful private oasis! We look forward to returning soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Heather was a pleasure to have as a guest at the Tuscan Retreat, she was very appreciative of the beautiful surrounding. Heather respected the property. I hope to have her as a guest again.
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The Tuscan Retreat was a perfect place to relax and spend quality time with friends and family!

  • 5 of 5

Karen made the stay easy!! She quickly replied to all our questions and had everything ready for us when we arrived!!! Her place is beautifully designed to enjoy all of Carmel Valley's beauty!!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Patty thank you for the compliments. I am so happy you enjoyed your stay. Please come back. You have a lovely famiy
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Nearest Airport
31 Miles
Monterey Ca.
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Carmel Valley Village
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Rancho Canada
Nearest Motorway
34 Miles
Hwy 1
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
34 Miles
Carmel, Ca.
Car: necessary

You are in the country, hiking trails, horseback riding, biking, wine tastings, swimming. Personal chef available. Buy your groceries before traveling to our VRBO


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $350
Additional Guest Fee $50 per person per night
Pet Fee $150
Damage Insurance $99

Rates vary depending on number of guests. No loud parties. No groups over the agreed upon number of guests either overnight or day use. Prohibited to organize parties or events without prior consent. Children under 6 no charge unless there is a party for children. Conserve water. Keep gate closed. Keep pool cover closed when not using. Inquire about discounts

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.