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Carmel's Coziest Cottage. Just Steps to Town and Beach

Bedrooms Studio
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 30 nights


About the property

Quiet oasis in the middle of town. Short walk to beach. Ideal location.

Located in the heart of Carmel by the Sea, this single room studio cottage is just steps to everything - restaurants, beaches, boutique shopping - yet situated on a quiet, double sized lot among a grove of old oak trees that offers tranquility and privacy. The home was extensively updated with new bathroom, kitchen, hardwood floors, king bed, and new furniture throughout.

Enjoy free wifi (high speed business class wifi) , Xfinity TV, and complimentary passes to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2017

About Barry

I've been coming to Carmel for 15 years and find something new to explore each time. Originally from the midwest, I left the harsh winters behind and moved to California to pursue a career in design. Carmel is my refuge from the buzz of daily life and I hope it will be yours, too. I've been renovating and renting fully furnished homes for almost 20 years and this original style beach cottage in downtown Carmel is definitely my favorite so far.

Barry purchased this house in 2013

Why Barry chose Carmel By the Sea

I've been looking for a home in Carmel for years, and I bought this one the day it came on the market. It's one of the original and authentic homes of historic Carmel, made entirely of old growth redwood - you just can't find homes like this one anymore. Plus the double sized lot with some of the oldest Oak trees in Carmel make this property serene and calming. The owners were a couple in their early 90's who got married when they were twenty and lived in this house their entire lives, raising their children and hosting their grand kids for decades. Inside one of the cabinets in the laundry room you can still find an original fruit drying rack which I left intact for the sake of history. That rack is what inspired some of the farmhouse touches I used throughout the renovation such as the barn style light fixtures, vintage Edison filament bulbs, and antique rim latch hardware on the doors.

What makes this house unique

This studio is surrounded by large windows with screens on three out of four sides filling the room with incredible sunlight (on days that aren't foggy!) and fresh ocean breezes. There are blackout shades on the windows if you'd like to sleep in, though. The large king bed has 1200 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets with Belgian linen duvet cover and pillow shams. Everything is top of the line.


Casanova Restaurant
"Carmel's most romantic restaurant. Pricey but worth it."
La Balena
"Amazing food. Their chef is an artisinal cook who uses local foods to create magic. Pricey..."
"Delicious california cuisine. Ideal environment for chilly evenings."
Cypress Inn
"Food is just ok, but the burgers are the best in Carmel. Have a cocktail in their beautiful..."
La Bicyclette
"Quaint French bistro. Try their pot of chocolate mousse. It's to die for!"
Mundaka -- CLOSED
"Delicious provincial Spanish tapas served in an edgy setting with B/W movies projected on th..."
Dametra Cafe
"Why recommend a 3 star restaurant? Because it's so damn fun here! The owner plays live Tur..."
A. W. Shucks Oyster and Cocktail Bar
"Fantastic fresh oysters and 5 star assortment of seafood chowders. Also 5 star is the fresh..."
Carmel Belle
"Terrific breakfast and lunch spot with fresh healthy foods."
Katy's Place
"Continually voted the best breakfast spot in Carmel. The is pretty good but worth trying. ..."
Mission Ranch Restaurant
"Clint Eastwood's place, this is one the best restaurants in Carmel Valley, but not within wa..."
The Cheese Shop
"Incredible assortment of some of the finest cheeses. Their assistants are trained cheese con..."
Carmel Bakery
"You'll find some of the most incredible pastries here and it's worth the wait in line!"
Cottage of Sweets
"A Carmel favorite, if you like chocolate you need to stop by this charming little chocolate ..."
nielsen brothers
"Local market with all the basics as well as a really terrific collection of wines and champa..."
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
"About the most incredible coastline views in the world! Just a couple of miles south of dow..."
Pebble Beach Market
"One of the most picturesque golf courses in the world, if you're not a golfer you can grab a..."
The Inn at Spanish Bay
"Don't miss this one! Have a coffee or cocktail at sunset on the outdoor heated patio and li..."
Fisherman's Wharf
"Just a couple miles from downtown Carmel, Fisherman's Wharf is the setting for Steinbeck's C..."
Monterey Bay Aquarium
"Not to be missed, if you see nothing else spend some time at the world famous jelly fish exh..."
17-Mile Drive
"17 miles of the most incredible coastline, this drive is relaxing, beautiful, and well worth..."
Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Monterey Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Anton and Michel
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Pebble Beach
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Casanova, La Belina, Grasings
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Carmel Beach
Car: not necessary


Golden Rectangle House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Luxury hotel quality king bed with down comforter and pillow
  • Luxury hotel quality king bed with down comforter and pillows.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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(13 traveler reviews)

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Carmel's Coziest Cottage. Just Steps to Town and Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

A wonderful, relaxing June stay in beautiful Carmel

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a memorable month in Barry’s lovely little cottage amid the heritage oaks and beautiful landscaping. It was like being in a treehouse and came complete with tree-hopping squirrels and an adorable little rabbit. The cottage is compact, comfortable, beautifully decorated and the fully-equipped kitchen was perfect for some home-cooked meals when we didn’t want to dine out. The queen bed and luxurious linens made it difficult to get out of bed some mornings.

We were particularly delighted to be so close to both downtown Carmel and the Scenic Drive along the beach. We parked our car and walked almost everywhere except for shopping and sightseeing trips.

Barry is a wonderful host and checked in on us several times to be sure we wanted for nothing. There was a bottle of wine, cheese, and crackers awaiting us when we arrived and he brought by a bottle of champagne and local chocolates for our anniversary. He is an invaluable source of information about local restaurants and points of interest.

We had a wonderful vacation at “Carmel’s Coziest Cottage” and look forward to returning in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Suzi and Bob, I feel so grateful to have had you as my guests during your anniversary. You are both such kind, wonderful people, and I'm glad you had a nice stay in the Cottage. Both of you (and all your friends!) are welcome to come back to stay with us anytime you want in the future. I look forward to seeing you again!
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  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I spent a week in our favorite little city, Carmel. What a wonderful week we had, in part because we chose to stay in Carmel's coziest cottage. We had everything we needed at our fingertips and the decor and quality of all the furnishings did not disappoint. Barry was very accommodating and went out of his way to make sure our stay was everything we hoped it would be. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Suzanne, I can't tell you how much I enjoyed meeting you and your wonderful daughter! And I'm so glad you made it out to see the bagpipers at Spanish Bay - one of my favorite settings at sunset. Please know that you filled the cottage with warmth, and love, and good energy while you were here and that makes the place even more special for others. I hope to see you again! All my best, Barry
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Cozy Comfortable Cottage

  • 5 of 5

I had the pleasure of staying 10 days in the cottage.

The Cottage is outfitted so that you can use it as your home base to explore the many opportunities in the area as well as staying in and relaxing.

The location is convenient to the many restaurants and shops but allowing you to get away from the crowds.

The place was immaculate and Barry who is responsible for the property was checking regularly to be sure I was fully satisfied and in need of nothing.

It was great to have the sense of what it must be like to be a permanent resident of Carmel.

I know where I will always be staying in Carmel.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dave, thank you for your kind words! It was wonderful having you as my guest, and I hope to meet your lovely bride next time. You are welcome back here anytime and I look forward to seeing you again! Best, Barry
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Starfish Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Best cottage I've ever stayed at. The bed was so comfortable and the cottage so cozy and cute. Has everything you need for a fabulous vacation. Definitely a winner in my book and absolutely recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice words, Debbe! It was so great to meet you and the extended family. I hope to see everyone again and again. My best to all of you.
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Phoenix, Arizona

STOP! Look no further.... book here now.

  • 5 of 5

Looking for peace? Looking for birds singing outside your window all day? Looking for the best sleep of your life? STOP... look no further and book here now ;-)

In a nutshell: The cottage is beautiful and perfect and the owner, Barry, is amazing, caring and kind. (He has literally poured his heart into the cultivation of all that is the Starfish Cottage and you feel that the moment you walk in.)

The details:

Location - I didn't get a car, no need, walking distance to and from town, market and ocean (uber-ed anywhere else)

Kitchen - fully stocked, little wine and cheese surprise upon arrival, stopped at the market and made some home cooked meals during my stay

Bed - like sleeping on a cloud (pillow lovers... it's a dream come true)

Great TV and internet (worked from the cottage for a few days, no issues)

Laundry Room - full access, great for staying the week or more

Ability to contact owner (Barry) - very very easy with quick response time

Book it. (Just not when I want to come back ;-) Enjoy! You'll love it.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Maya, you are one of the most wonderful, appreciative, and positive people to have graced this cottage with your presence! Thank you for your kind words. It was wonderful getting to know you a bit, and I hope to see you back here soon. You are welcome anytime. :)
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Franklin, TN

You will love it!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is perfect for a couple. The location is great, the cottage is adorable, clean, cushy bedding, quaint. Gorgeous garden. The owner, Barry is responsive, very nice and personable. We enjoyed our stay here and highly recommend. Thank you Barry!

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great to meet both of you, and I'm glad you enjoyed your stay! You are both welcome back here anytime, and I hope to see you again soon!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Damage Deposit $500

* CALL US to enquire about rates and special offers; we offer special rates for last minute bookings if available.

* SPECIAL RATE for Pebble Beach / ATT Pro Am Feb 7-14 is $3,000/wk

* SPECIAL RATE for Concourse D'Elegance Aug 14-28 is $4,000/wk

* Check-in time is 4:00 pm and check-out is 11:00 am

* This is a non-smoking house and smoking is not permitted anywhere on the grounds of the property

* Cottage is for occupancy by 1 or 2 guests maximum

* Quiet enjoyment of the property and neighborhood, especially from 9pm till 8am

* Not suitable for pets or small children

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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