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Steps to Town and Beach. A Quiet and Private Retreat. Ideal location.

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.

This free standing studio cottage has been fully updated with modern amenities while maintaining the authenticity and character of the original home, including pinewood plank floors, thumb latch hardware, and wavy glass windows. The home offers a luxurious eastern king bed with 1200 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, Belgian linen duvet cover and pillow shams. Everything is top of the line.

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

There's also a separate main house on this double size lot that sleeps 4 with its own private kitchen and bath, and It's available for an additional fee. This guest house has its own private entryway and is separated from the main house by a fence so there are no direct sight lines between the two. You are welcome to rent this cottage alone or bundled with the main house. Rates in this listing do not include the main house. A separate listing for the main house can be found using the VRBO ID #890436.

More Details

Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

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
  • Toaster
  • 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
  • DVD Player
  • 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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Steps to Town and Beach. A Quiet and Private Retreat. Ideal location.
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 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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Comfy-Cozy Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Just walking down the little path was delightful and representative of the charm of the cottage. We loved it instantly and felt comfortable the entire week! The quality of the decor and furnishings are top of the line. We love this darling cottage and plan to return in the future. Barry responds immediately, which is a nice touch as well.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Cottage in the Middle of Town with Everything You Need

  • 5 of 5

My fiance and I loved our stay at the Cozy Cottage. It had everything we needed, beyond conveniently located and our host Barry was very responsive and thoughtful. The cottage is perfect for a couple and we stayed here for a week. We were able to cook a few meals within the cottage, do laundry and enjoy the other amenities. It was so nice to be able to take a quick stroll to all our favorite restaurants and shops in downtown Carmel, as well as, a quick walk to the beach in the evenings. Lastly, Barry is the most attentive and thoughtful host. He is super responsive and wants nothing but his guests to have an amazing time in his favorite place, Carmel. We definitely felt the love! When we return to Carmel, we'll definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Puja and Tim, it's always wonderful to have guests like you who love to explore the area and experience everything Carmel has to offer! I'd be happy to help you find your own place if and when you decide to move here, but in the meantime you are welcome to always consider this cozy cottage as your home away from home in Carmel. I wish you both all the best in your work/life journeys!
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Cozy Fairy-tale Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in Barry’s cozy cottage.

You start with a walk down a tastefully landscaped serpentine walkway to the cottage, where wine and cheese and chocolates are waiting for you. The décor has clearly had a lot of thought put into it. You keep discovering little touches here and there that make staying there such a nice experience. It was everything we expected based on the pictures, and more.

Barry was a welcoming, but not a helicopter host. We saw him briefly after arrival, and then he faded into the background. Nevertheless, he was always quickly available via SMS if we needed something. We had a small issue with the heat that was quickly fixed.

Conveniently located for a walk into the center of Carmel on Ocean street.

At our age, however, we discovered that it was better to drive to the beach; we could walk further along the coast, if we did not have to climb the hill back to the cottage.

Handily located for trips to Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove, the Asilomar State Beach, 17-mile Drive, Point Lobos, Big Sur, the Monterey Aquarium (loved those free passes to the Aquarium).

The laundry facilities were much appreciated. Everything we needed from washer to dryer to detergent to bounce.

The compact kitchen has everything you need to cook for yourself; there are a Safeway and a Lucky’s just down Rio Road; but there are restaurants enough nearby for when you don’t feel like cooking. We can recommend the open-air hamburger grill at Nielsen Bros Market on San Carlos St. for lunch.

The speedy wi-fi is handy for getting last-minute instructions about opening times for things like Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey, the Aquarium and the Mission, and instructions on how to drive there, and where to park. It was also handy for sending the inevitable ‘having a great time’ photos to folks at home.

Before booking our trip, I researched to accommodations in the area, and determined that Barry’s cozy cottage was the best deal on the peninsula. The proof of the cottage was in staying there: it was absolutely the best choice.

The next time our travel plans call for a visit to the Monterey Peninsula, this is where we’ll stay.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mark and Stella, thank you so much for your kind comments! I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay in Carmel. I always love hosting artists, writers, and musicians at this property, given Carmel's historic roots in the arts scene. Thank you for sharing your novels and your mother's children's books. I hope to enjoy them very soon. Please know you are always welcome back at the cozy cottage in Carmel, and I hope you will consider us to be your home away from home. All my best to you.
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Raleigh, North Carolina

Secluded, romantic and definitely cozy.

  • 5 of 5

Barry gives you such a warm and sincere welcome that makes you feel at home in this delightful wee hoose. We had perfect weather in what must be the most romantic setting I have ever experienced. A brilliant vacation.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bob and Jeni, you were such wonderful and kind guests, it was my pleasure to host you for your visit to Carmel. I'm glad you enjoyed not only the cottage but everything that Carmel has to offer. You are welcome back here anytime! All my best to both of you!
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Very clean, modern appliances, quint atmosphere.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had the best time. The property was clean and cozy, loved the town. I highly recommend this property if you want to relax. Thanks Berry for making our vacation the best ever, your amazing, he is like having a travel guide on your phone.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Robert and Mary, I greatly appreciate your warm and wonderful personalities! It was so nice to meet you both. And thank you for your kind words in the review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your time in Carmel at the cozy cottage. I hope you were able to make many wonderful memories during your stay, and I wish you all the best for a happy and healthy new year! Yours, 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

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