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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.

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


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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(19 traveler reviews)

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Steps to Town and Beach. A Quiet and Private Retreat. Ideal location.
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 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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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
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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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It is really the Coziest Cottage in Carmel!

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful place to spend time away from home! This small cottage is absolutely perfectly organized so; you have a feeling it is large enough!

Barry is very nice: he prepared everything for his guests, even the weather was fantastic😊�

I love this place and definitely will come here again!


  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Natasha, I'm so glad that the weather worked out perfectly for your Thanksgiving stay - 70 degrees and sunny every day! And the rain started only a few hours after you left :) Heartfelt thanks for all the wonderful words in your review and for the wonderful goodbye video you left for me. Nobody has ever done that before and it was really personal and special. You are a terrific guest with a kind spirit and I could only hope that all guests are so nice. You are welcome back here anytime, and next time I hope to meet Slava. All the best to both of you, Barry
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Chicago Illinois USA


  • 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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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:
February 21, 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.


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




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.