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Historic San Clemente Beach Cottage…WALK EVERYWHERE (Town, Beach, Pier, Surfing)

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 30 nights


About the property

Historic San Clemente Beach Cottage Within Walking Distance to EVERYTHING!

Come to call the beach home for a while! This charming south west San Clemente historic beach cottage was built by the town's founding father in 1931 in the Mediterranean Revival style, lovingly restored, and is located in the heart of the Village by the Sea. It has 2 bedrooms and sleeps 6, with hardwood floors & french doors throughout. The master bedroom features a wooden sleigh bed and ample storage. The second bedroom features a custom built double over double tree house bunk, plenty of storage and a large selection of natural/wooden toys upon request. The bath has a slate stone surround, spa water feature & Frette Spa robes are provided to make your holiday even more relaxing. The kitchen and pantry are fully stocked for your convenience and houses the original vintage gas stove. A welcoming basket of fruit, cheese, chocolate & wine greet you upon arrival. A secluded private yard with a mature coastal pine shade tree features a stone water fountain, privacy hedge, outdoor chandelier lighting and a wood & wicker furnished portico. All beach sundries are also provided, including towels, umbrella, boogie boards and sand toys. From the cottage one may walk EVERYWHERE, including the beach, pier, T-street surfing, grocers, coffeehouses, art galleries, wine bars and the village's many downtown dining & shopping venues. Conveniently located west of Pacific Coast Highway, the cottage affords easy access for day trips north or south along the California coastline.

There is something for everyone here! For the kids, Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knotts Berry Farm, Long Beach Aquarium, Discovery Science Center, San Diego Zoo/Wild Animal Park, Seaworld and Legoland are all under 1 hour's drive. For the horticulturalist, choose among The Huntington, Descanso Gardens, Fullerton Arboretum, San Diego Botanics, Sherman Library & Gardens, South Coast Arboretum, The Japanese Friendship Gardens, The Vista Butterfly Farms & many more. For the golf enthusiast, play one of the 10 local courses all within a 10 mile radius, or play 18 holes down the road at world famous La Costa or Torrey Pines. For the surf seeker, be sure to catch epic rides at all of San Clemente's renown breaks, including San Onofre, Old Mans, Trails & Trestles or try a morning up at Huntington Beach. For the general outdoor adventurer, mountain biking & hiking in the adjacent Santa Ana Mountains & Laguna Canyons, along with beach combing & tide pool explorations at Crystal Cove and all up & down our Pacific coast are unparalleled. For the sailor & fisherman, rent any variety of ocean going vessel from kayaks & stand up paddle boards to duffys & sail/motor boats for personal exploration from Dana Point Harbor, hop on any number of charter boats for deep sea fishing, whale watching, visiting Catalina Island, or simply take your pole down to the pier for a quiet evening of casting (we have one available for those who would like to try). For the art & history connoisseur, downtown hosts a variety of rotating exhibits, Laguna Beach is home to Pageant of the Masters & the Summer Sawdust Festival, next door's San Juan Capistrano Mission is not to be missed and the museums that line the Promenade of Balboa Park provide days of endless exploration & appreciation. An expansive range of multi-cultural delicious eateries, from family owned fish taco shacks to 5 star zagat-rated restaurants, are right outside the cottage door and provide a plethora of dining options that are well paired with an evening village or beach path stroll. San Clemente also has over 10 different Parks/Recreation venues with ample opportunities for picnicking, free tennis courts, and a new aquatics center with over 20 lap lanes and even a water park for the children. Take a leisurely drive up & down Pacific Coast Highway to watch the waves break or take a scenic winding tour through the mountains under the live oaks along Ortega & Santiago Canyon. If you prefer to leave your vehicle behind (something that is quite easily done here at the cottage), there is a bus stop at the top of the street, the train stops next to the pier, and taxis/airport shuttles are easily arranged (John Wayne/Orange County International Airport is less than 30 minutes away, while LAX and San Diego International are both 1 hour away, north & south respectively). Everything you need to build fond holiday memories awaits you in this charming cottage in a village by the sea...

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paige selby
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 11, 2018

About paige selby

Originally from Princeton, we traveled to the west coast to experience the Pacific. We have come to enjoy the varied lifestyle afforded by this beautiful area and have been blessed to build our family through adoption & raise our children here...

paige selby purchased this cottage in 1995

Why paige selby chose Rancho San Clemente

Having grown up in a home on the National Register of Historic Places, we were fortunate to find and lovingly renovate another historic treasure with much character and architectural interest in a town steeped in charm. The cottage is a jewel in the crown of the great Pacific coastline with it's own fascinating stories to tell as generations of holiday seekers have built and continue to build their own memories here...

What makes this cottage unique

Location, location, location! The cottage is conveniently located to all amenities and the option of not having to utilize a vehicle during one's stay is so welcoming. To unearth this rare gem (only a few original turn of the century cottages remain) on a small quiet street in a sea of large scale development suburbs and high rise beach condos was a real find. The peace & quiet, history and uniqueness of the cottage give a true sense of tranquility and an appreciation of simpler times…


Rancho San Clemente Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bath has a spa water feature and includes Frette Spa robes to enhance your holiday.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 bunk bed , double over double, sleeps 4
  • The master bedroom features a queen sleigh bed with crisp linens & ample storage. The secondary bedroom features a custom built-in double over double tree house bunk with ample storage & quality wooden crafted toys (& plenty of legos) upon request.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
We look forward to welcoming you to our beach cottage & hope you make many of your own fond memories here...


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Historic San Clemente Beach Cottage…WALK EVERYWHERE (Town, Beach, Pier, Surfing)
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews
stockton, n.j.

winter vacation at avenita mateo, san clemente, ca.

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at this destination was extremely comfortable, relaxing and pleasant. The house itself was very organized, clean and well appointed. Moreover, the location was excellent. We were about three blocks from the beach which had a walking path, pier with good restaurants, and surfing. We were also about three blocks from the cute main street with a large number of really good restaurants and unique shopping boutiques. In addditions a short drive took us to many other sightseeing destinations, such as Newport or Laguna beaches,and the mission at San Jan Capistrano.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Midwestern US


  • 5 of 5

We absolutely LOVED our time spent at the cottage! Our host went out of her way to make our stay inviting and memorable. The cottage is in the perfect location, allowing us to walk downtown and to the beach and leave the rental car behind most days which was appreciated. It was truly special to stay in an original historic cottage to the area (versus a generic condo) with all the modern updates. Inside was spotless, super clean and highly organized with everything we needed at our disposal. We can not think of one thing that was missing! Thank you for the warm hospitality. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington D.C.

We just loved it

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable, charming, bright, airy. Feels just like home. If like us, you hate the hotel rooms this is the place. You find this cottage just as advertised and Moore. The charm and the comfort of this place made this vacation one of our best

Emma from Washington DC

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Damage Insurance $99

*The standard weekly pricing is for each consecutive week beyond the 1 month minimum for those wishing to extend their stay at a discounted rate. Please inquire further regarding availability and minimum stay exceptions.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.