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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
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 21, 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 Golden Rectangle

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.


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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(16 traveler reviews)

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Carmel's Coziest Cottage. Just Steps to Town and Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 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: June 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

I booked a very last minute trip to Carmel and one of the reasons was there was an opening to stay at this charming cottage for a second time! Carmel AND THIS cottage are truly THAT special! Inviting, luxury amenities, immaculately kept- "in primo,mint, like new" condition! This is a tiny cottage that is cozy and romantic, yet "lives large" in that it is a great room with open, beamed ceilings so it feels lofty. It is the perfect " tiny house!" And it has absolutely everything you -need ( fully equipped kitchen!) Very thoughtful, high end details: luxury linens, fluffy white towels and robes, his n her closet & dresser, books to browse. New vintage style bath with huge shower. Even a yoga mat if you want to stretch under the charming coastal oaks in the courtyard! I had to check in with work so was grateful for the upgraded, high speed internet & late evening for the wide selection of cable channels/ movies available! Barry, the owner, is the PERFECT host: a welcome bottle of wine, cheese & crackers & chocolates was waiting with a handwritten note! A real nice touch! Barry loves sharing this oasis he created! If I had a question, Barry responded in a nano- second. ( and has great recommendations!) This cottage is very centrally located in the prime downtown Carmel so very easy to get to charming downtown with shops & restaurants or the beach! Grocery store 4 minutes drive. Point Lobos, Mission Ranch, and route to Big Sur right there! Look at others, this is the one to BOOK! I know I will be back again soon! If you are looking for a romantic getaway, or a place to recharge your battery solo- this is IT! If you need more space/bedrooms for a girls week, family reunion the main house is available too- "Cuddle DOON! "

To say I love this cottage is an understatement! #cottage-crush

Amy Bendigkeit - October 2017

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Amy, you are too kind!!! I've never heard of a "cottage crush" before but I love it! It was certainly wonderful to see you again - you are inspiring in so many ways. I hope that all the wishes you dreamed for in the wish fountain come true quickly. Dreams do come true in Carmel :) All my best, Barry
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Cozy guest house

  • 5 of 5

Great location in the centre of Carmel, easy access to groceries, wine tasting, restaurants, and routes to elsewhere. The guest house is very cozy, with excellent wifi and cable; an extremely comfy bed. The kitchen is small, but well stocked with everything you'll need - ,coffee pot, pots and pans, microwave (it was great to arrive to wine, cheese, coffee, and water already provided for us). Barry is a very welcoming and responsive host. I hope we can make it back, and we would love to stay there again.



  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Steve and Carrie, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay with us! You are both such warm, wonderful, happy people! I, too, hope you make it back to Carmel again, and I would be happy to have you as my guests anytime. Be well! Barry
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Wish We Could Give More than Five Stars!

  • 5 of 5

Carmel has been an important retreat in our family for at least three generations. Coming "home" to Carmel this past week was especially sweet for my husband and me since our family has suffered profound losses during the last few years. The Starfish Cottage was the perfect, little perch from which to enjoy our vacation, visiting cherished memories and make new memories too! The cottage is in a fantastic location -- a short and easy walk to downtown, but still far enough from the bustle of Ocean Avenue to offer plenty of peace and quiet and really restful nights of sleep. Barry is a wonderful and gracious host! From the wine and cheese waiting for us upon our arrival to the many amenities he provides to ensure that his guests lack for nothing (bathrobes, hair dryer, well-appointed kitchen and bathroom, terrific laundry room, television package, DVD player, aquarium guest passes, etc.), you will be really pleased at how effortless your stay can be! If you opt not to cook for yourself (which, why would you cook in Carmel?!?), our biggest dilemma each day was choosing which amazing restaurant to try next. The cottage is also situated well for joggers and walkers who enjoy taking in the scenic beauty of Carmel, both nature-made and man-made. It's about a 10 or 15-minute walk to the beach. All-in-all, we hope to return to Carmel every year if possible and stay in the idyllic Starfish Cottage, an enchanting oasis away from the rigors of normal life!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Phil and Heidi, I'm touched by all the nice thoughts you shared. You are two of the most gracious and thoughtful guests. It warms my heart to know that our cottage could become part of your new Carmel memories. Carmel can be a very healing place to spend time, and I hope it was for you. Please know that you are welcome back here anytime, and I hope you will always consider this cottage to be your home away from home. P.S. There's a shortcut to the nearest beach at 10th avenue that takes only 5-10 minutes by foot to get there, and it's one of the more beautiful beaches in Carmel. I can show you next time :) Be well!
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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: August 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: August 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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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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning fee $125

* 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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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