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

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


About the property

Quiet Setting in the Heart of Downtown Carmel, Steps to Town and Beach

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 high speed business class WiFi, Xfinity TV, and complimentary passes to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 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.

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 cottage 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!). 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 Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Village ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 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
  • Luxury hotel quality king bed with down comforter and pillows.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • 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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Carmel's Coziest Cottage. Just Steps to Town and Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
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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San Francisco, CA

Five Star Hideaway in Charming Carmel

  • 5 of 5

I had the pleasure of staying at the charming Starfish cottage in Carmel-by-the-Sea in late March. The cottage is cuter and cozier than depicted in the is a true find! Barry has thought of every detail to ensure his guests have a five star experience from the thoughtful note, wine and cheese awaiting your arrival to all details incorporated into the cottage to ensure an extremely comfortable stay. The compact kitchen was very well equipped should you choose to have a romantic, quiet evening at home listening to the ocean. The bed is large and cozy with luxurious linens ensuring a peaceful night's nights sleep I have had in a long time. The location was perfect...walking distance to restaurants, shopping, a market and the beach. I have stayed at all the five star hotels on the peninsula in the past but if you are looking for a truly personal, unique experience with amenities that rival that top hotels, I would recommend staying at the Starfish cottage!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: April, thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review! I'm so glad you enjoyed the cottage and I hope you come back soon. You (and your friends and family) are welcome here anytime!
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Anniversary Tree Top Heaven

  • 5 of 5

We spent our 25th wedding anniversary at Starfish cottage and had our best stay ever in Carmel as a result! The location is perfect as we walked everywhere when we did things in town. When you walk into this adorably appointed cottage, you feel as though you are in a tree house with lots of windows letting in the natural light. Barry had thought of everything to make our stay comfortable from comfy bed and linens, great lighting, fully stocked kitchen with every appliance, utensil, dishware, fan to sleep by, large flat screen TV, along with leaving a bottle of wine and a cheese board in the frig! We have been to Carmel many times but we honestly felt as though this was our best visit due in major part to this lovely cottage....we couldn't wait to come back to it after our days of hiking and sightseeing. The décor is very Restoration Hardware style with wonderful neutral shades that simply are soothing and relaxing . Barry was wonderful to work with and we plan on returning again and again! We have stayed at Highlands Inn, Cypress Inn, along with several of the other smaller motels around the downtown area have already passed along this cottage to friends and family as the best place we have stayed in the Carmel. area.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jeanette, I'm glad you had a wonderful anniversary at the cottage! And thank you for all your nice comments! You and your husband were terrific house guests and it was my pleasure to host you. I would feel lucky to have you and your friends back here anytime.
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Chicago Illinois USA

Sophisticated Charm in the Heart of Carmel!

  • 5 of 5

Your search is over! Starfish Cottage is everything you've been dreaming of: heart of Charming downtown Carmel - just 2 blocks, AND 5 Star Amenities from the linens to the fresh, new decor. Really thoughtful details as a couples retreat from the robes to the chilled wine. Plus centrally located for your daily adventures! We ventured to nearby picturesque Point Lobos State Park just 8 minutes away: really enjoyed Whalers Cove for sea watching. The Big Sur drive was spectacular with al fresco dining at panoramic views at Nepenthe. Whale watching was cool. Pebble Beach a must see- and the food was fantabulous ( try the best lobster salad ever on the Stillwater patio) or the woodfired strawberries at The Bench sitting by the outdoor fireplaces. Local Carmel eatery fav was Basil; be sure to leave room for the limoncello cheesecake! Mission Ranch is tranquil with its pastoral views! Find time to chill lax at The Refuge Resort...again another fine recommendation from Starfish Cottages stellar Host Barry! We loved staying here; you will too! Kudos to Barry for creating and sharing this incredible cottage! We will be back soon!

Amy & Cliff

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Amy and Cliff, you were wonderful guests and I hope to see you back in Carmel soon! Thank you for the nice comments and the thoughtful recommendations for other travelers. I will note these places and recommend them, too. I love Refuge, as well. I'm so happy our paths crossed. Be well!
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A special place in Carmel

  • 5 of 5

This is a delightful cottage. Small but well organized so the layout works well. Everything was spotless. The location was convenient and parking was not a problem during the Concours week as we had feared. I would recommend it without reservation and hope we can stay there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: David, it was wonderful to host you and thank you for your nice review. You are welcome back here anytime! It was my pleasure.
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San Jose, CA

This is our new favorite cottage in Carmel!

  • 5 of 5

For years, we’ve been renting cottages in Carmel, but this one is our new favorite! Barry is the perfect host and he’s managed to turn an old classic Carmel home into the most charming little beach cottage you could possibly imagine. It’s a cozy little cottage, and it has everything you could possibly want in a fully furnished home. The king size bed and down comforter are unbelievable - I’m pretty sure it’s the best sleep I’ve had in years! And the garden is magical, peaceful, and quiet. The crooked old oak trees and fern garden with winding path leading down to the cottage made us feel like we were entering an enchanted garden when we arrived. And the location – WOW! Just two blocks from all the shops along Ocean avenue and a short stroll down to the beach. We never needed a car. We plan to rent this cozy cottage for our Carmel vacation every year. It’s a secret little gem.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed your stay at the cottage, Katrina! You are welcome back anytime and I look forward to seeing you again. Best regards, 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

Golden Rectangle Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
August / Concourse
Aug 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jan 1 2018 - Jan 31 2018
30 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $125
Refundable 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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