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Darling, Spacious, Newly Remodeled Carmel Cottage!

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 3 bathrooms and studio with direct access to highway 1

This lovely cottage is situated in close proximity to everything you could possibly want. Whether you are planning a day of shopping in Carmel, a picnic at the beach, a day of golf in Pebble Beach, a visit to the aquarium in Monterey, horseback riding in Carmel Valley, or lunch along the coast of Big Sur, this home offers easy access to all. It has been professionally remodeled and decorated, so that every room is clean, functional and beautifully appointed. This 3-bedroom, 3-bath home is equipped with Italian travertine floors in the entryway, kitchen and studio. The master bedroom has a pillow top, California King bed, a seating area with a flat screen t.v., and large, walk-in closet. The newly remodeled master bath comes with a spacious, dual-headed, glass and travertine shower, along with stone vessel sinks and espresso finished vanities. The 2nd bedroom comes complete with a queen-sized bed, and 3rd bedroom comes with two twin beds, or a king-sized bed, upon request. These share a newly remodeled bathroom with shower and bathtub. The private studio has its own additional private entrance, and comes with a twin daybed, futon sofa, flat screen t.v., and full bathroom. For those who enjoy entertaining, this home has a spacious great-room living area, with large sectional, fireplace, and 52” flat screen t.v. There is a lovely dining area with a large table seating 8 guests, complete with its own wine refrigerator. The newly remodeled, spacious kitchen is equipped with brand new, stainless steel appliances, and all essentials necessary for cooking. There is even a breakfast bar area with bar stools. Don’t forget about the backyard! The back deck, festooned with strings of white lights, might be our favorite feature! Enjoy a glass of wine or some s’mores while seated around the fire bowl on this lovely deck, or relax in the brand new hot tub. There is a two-car garage, along with front parking area, for easy access to and from the home. Monterey Bay Aquarium passes and access to In Shape Health Clubs can be provided upon your request.

Come and see all of the wonderful features that this Carmel Cottage offers. You won’t be disappointed! We believe that you will fall in love with Joie de Vivre and Carmel-by-the-Sea!

More Details

rob and susan farrens
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2017

About rob and susan farrens

My Husband, Rob and I are new to residents to Carmel, but we have worked here for many years. We have opened businesses in the community and have children who attend both Stevenson and River Elementary schools. We fell in love with Carmel decades ago and only dreamed of one day building our life here. Its a funny thing about dreams. They stay a dream until they come true, and then its always such a 'surprise!' We love having a home in the valley that we rent through VRBO as well. We have met the nicest people from literally all over the world. We love that they choose our home to house the mother and father of the bride, to celebrate a birthday, a girls' weekend getaway, or a 50th wedding anniversary. No matter what the celebration, it is always there to make lasting memories. We think the world is a better place because love and happiness are extended far beyond the walls of our rental and memories are the forever lasting evidence . We are excited to have others share the same joy in our Carmel home. This is why we chose the name joie de vivre as it means 'joy of life' and is our favorite sculpture of our local sculptor Richard Mac Donald.

rob and susan farrens purchased this cottage in 2014

Why rob and susan farrens chose Carmel By the Sea

We loved this particular property because of its quiet neighborhood and lovely setting. The house at the time of our purchase needed some loving care and was in need up an update. We loved taking on the challenge and hand selecting all of the finishes and details that we feel helped to maximize its potential while sustaining the intrinsic charm of Carmel. We love its accessibility to major thoroughfares that can take you anywhere on the peninsula without having to navigate through town. We live just minutes from our little cottage so love sharing it with guests and family. We always want our guests to feel special and served and being close by helps to ensure we can make that happen.

What makes this cottage unique

We think you will love the front gardens, the special updated appointments in the house, the fire bowl and outdoor living and the cozy interior gas fireplace. This house is designed for entertaining. We think you will love venturing out and coming back to a cozy lovely place with every comfort of home.


Northeast Carmel Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • there are 3 full bathrooms that are newly remodeled with natural stone and linen textured tile.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 queen , 3 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , twin beds can be prepared as a King upon request
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , pillow top
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , can be made into a king bed arrangement
    studio - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , this room can be used as a bedroom with a private bath
  • 1 master bedroom with a king sized bed, one queen bed in a guest room and 2 twin beds in bedroom 3.. the studio has a day bed and a futon bed.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • 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
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
If you are looking to make family gatherings magical, a couples getaway comfortable, or an amazing golf retreat joie de vivre is perfect for you.. It's hard to relay in a few pictures the experience of the open living plan with a cozy fireplace and spacious bedrooms. As a designer, I love that families can stay together in this home and still have their private spaces! We are very proud of our home and we know you will love your stay!


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Darling, Spacious, Newly Remodeled Carmel Cottage!
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 36 reviews
San Francisco, CA

Great weekend getway with friends!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with friends and our kids for a weekend getway from home in the bay. The home was very comfortable very spacious. We loved the hot tub and gas fire pit. Kitchen was nicely stocked. The owners were very accommodating, shared 2 aquarium passes, and easily accessible. We would definitely return if we vacation in Carmel again!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent property and location

  • 5 of 5

Newly updated and very comfortable. Pictures do not do it justice. Spacious, all amenities you would need and very easy to find and and get to local attractions

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice property and they had everything we needed!

  • 5 of 5

Very well maintained house. They had everything we needed and it was nice to walk into two bottles of wine! Owners we're very nice and we didn't encounter any issues while we were there. We would not hesitate to rebook this property again.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you so much it was such a pleasure to have you stay with us!;) dusan
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Lovely home with all the extras

  • 5 of 5

This home was perfect for our six-night, family outing in Carmel. Everything has been thought of to make guests feel perfectly at home, and like they are on vacation. It's decorated in a lovely way for a vacation home - contemporary and comfortable, including wifi and TV. The bedrooms were spacious, and had comfortable beds. The living area was central and had plenty of seating for everyone to hang out together. The kitchen is modern, and very well-stocked with non-perishables, as well as with utensils and cookware. We loved getting into the hot tub, and of course making smores around the fire pit.

The owners were also very responsive when we couldn't figure out how to turn on the fire pit. We also liked the charming little neighborhood, and enjoyed taking our dog on walks around it.

It was exactly what we wanted, and we would definitely want to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much.. it was a pleasure to have you stay with us and we hope you will consider our home upon your return to Carmel. With Kindest Regards Susan
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San Francisco, CA

Beautiful, comfortable, perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

The house is well stocked and comfortable. Perfect location.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you so much for the nice review!! please come back and stay with us!!;) susan and Rob
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Fabulous home for entertaining groups

  • 5 of 5

LOVED this home (and the adjoining property)! Susan was extremely welcoming and responsive. We hosted a large Thanksgiving gathering for family and friends the week after our wedding. It was an amazing place to celebrate and relax with our group of loved ones. Would definitely return the next time we're in Carmel with a large group.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
monterey peninsula air port
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Pebble beach links/pasadera/monterey peninsula
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
ocean beach
Car: recommended

Carmel is not only proclaimed 'the most romantic city on the U.S., it is said to be third in the world, after Paris and Venice, Italy! There is never a shortage of great food; fine restaurants such as Casanova's will have you wondering if you have entered the south of France! Looking for good music? Warm up your voice because Mission Ranch, owned by Clint Eastwood, has open mic night 7 days a week. You may get a peek of Clint himself. The Cypress Inn, co owned by Doris Day, has weekend entertainment featuring Debbie Davis and Gennady Loktionov on Friday and Saturday nights. The Sunset center has many wonderful performances as well. Like and indoor and out door exercise! In-shape health clubs is within 3 miles of our home, and Running trails are within 1 mile. Like the Beach? Carmel known also for its Dog friendly Ocean Beach. It is the place to be to take in a perfect sunset! Surrounding communities such as Big Sur and Carmel Valley have fabulous wine tasting, dining and breathtaking views. Do not miss Post Ranch, rocky pointe and Nepenthe in Big Sur, for dining and views.

Carmel Valley is rated in the top 1% in California for exquisite wine tasting.

Monterey Bay Aquarium may require a full day of sea life emersion. We have 2 guest passes to use; please reserve in advance when booking.

Pebble Beach has fabulous Golf.. but oh, the restaurants are amazing! Sit by the fire at the Bench at Pebble Beach Lodge and overlook Stillwater Bay! Spanish Bay has an authentic bagpipe player at sunset 7 days per week. Grab a chair around a roaring fire pit, sip your favorite beverage and make a memory.

If going to a world class spa is on your bucket list, try Casa Palmero in Pebble Beach. Every moment spent is sheer heaven!

There is simply not enough time in one weekend to take it all in; you will just have to come back!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $99
Damage Deposit $500

We are so happy to have guests celebrate their special events and make memories. Carmel by the Sea awaits your sense of adventure; there is so much to explore. Enjoy and savor every moment!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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