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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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

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 Northeast Carmel

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!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Darling, Spacious, Newly Remodeled Carmel Cottage!
average rating of 4.9069767 based on 43 reviews

Beautiful House In Carmel

  • 5 of 5

We had 3 couples stay in this lovely house. We were all very happy when we walked in! Even better than the pictures! All three bedrooms had large beds and were set up perfectly for 3 couples. We walked to town as it was only about a mile. But most of the time we took an Uber back because going back was uphill (and we were lazy) We had a nice BBQ there one night and went out the other nights. Great place to stay!!! And the host is absolutely wonderful, so nice! Answers very quickly. AND, we had one of us drive all of the way home (2t hours) and had forgotten his laptop. He drove all of the way back and she offered for him to just stay there that night if he wanted because it was already so late. So very kind of her! We would love to stay there again!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Carmel Property

  • 4 of 5

This rental was on the expensive side for us but we chose it on the theory that having a great vacation is more important than minimizing expenses. Prior to arriving we interacted with host Susan and she was highly responsive and answered all our questions in a timely manner. Upon arrival parking is very good, with two spots in the driveway, two spots in the garage if needed, and more on the street if needed. The street is in a very nice neighborhood. From the driveway, stairs lead down to the front door. The interior was spacious, and our party of six adults never felt crowded. There are many nice appointments and furnishings, including many nice extras (two coffee makers!). The large smart TV (Netflix, Amazon, etc.) made for great movie watching. There are also other TVs in the studio and master bedroom. The central air worked great, while the gas fireplace added some ambiance. Aside from the spacious bedrooms and bathrooms (and nice studio), the kitchen was plenty big enough and generally well stocked. We especially liked the big open feeling of the kitchen/dining/living area which is one big room and great for get-togethers.

We were a little surprised, however, to find a few items in obvious need of repair. Also, the house had not been well cleaned and restocked (old used soap bars, hairs, etc.). We were presented with instructions to do the laundry (sheets & towels) upon leaving, or leave a check for $125 (this was not stated at the time of booking). Yet there was no laundry soap. In fact, upon our arrival, a stranger entered the house who explained she was “getting some laundry soap.” It turned out she was another renter, from a neighboring property, but we had no idea who she was. In the kitchen, the dishwasher soap was almost empty and there were no cleaning brushes or sponges for the dishes. We looked in the garage but found no backup supplies of these items. We ended up purchasing the needed items, and expected a nice discount given the inconvenience, but instead were a bit surprised to be asked for copies of the receipts in order to be reimbursed. All in all, we had a great visit and were happy with the property, but there were a few rough spots.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: janine was thanks for taking the time to do the review.. we were happy to accommodate your every request when asked.. if there were issues with the house ( other than laundry detergent) we would have loved it had you communicated it upon your arrival! we have sent our cleaning crew back for a reclean if guests are not happy. I was happy to have a number of conversations with your husband and loan our bikes.. explaining that air and tires would need attending to.. we do not lend bikes ever, due to liability! We explain in our binder that we do not orecharhe our guests for cleaning, as an accommodation to them. They have the option of completing a short list of items or not.. if they choose not to, they leave a check for cleaning. This is standard in renting a vacation rental. I hope you better understand that we are open to communication and willing to resolve any challenges that can occasionally arise! Our home is priced under market value for its size and amenities, for Carmel. thank you susan
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Holiday Gathering

  • 5 of 5

The house was just as we pictured it. The home is beautifully decorated and still feels very homey. How lovely it was to arrive the week before Christmas with all the lights and decorations done. That touch just added to our lovely stay. Also, how kind to arrive to a bag of chocolates and a bottle of wine??? Beautiful hospitality. Thank you so much for making our 2017 Christmas so special.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you for the he lovely review Ann! Happy New Year to you! We look forward to your future stays with us!! Susan and Rob
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Lovely property!

  • 5 of 5

Updated property in a nice neighborhood very close to downtown Carmel. Susan answered all of our questions and was very accommodating.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house in a great location

  • 5 of 5

I rented this lovely house for a weekend with my three grown boys. The house was immaculate and charming. The place is spacious and the bedrooms were super comfortable. Our host was kind enough to leave a bottle of wine and a refrigerator full of necessities. The linens and towels were first-rate and the bathrooms were fully equipped with nice shampoos and soaps. The location was perfect with just a few minutes to reach all that Carmel has to offer. I should also mention that the hot tub was an enjoyable bonus that we all enjoyed.

If we return to Carmel, I would certainly rent this lovely home again. What a nice experience!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the wonderful review. we loved having you stay with us and we look forward to your return!;) happy thanks giving to you!! susan
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enjoyed our stay.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay. We were 4 couples in our 40's who needed to get away. Outside fire pit and hot tub were nice.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • 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.