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Quintessential Carmel Charmer-Walk to downtown Carmel & beach - AVAIL CONCOURS

Golden Rectangle, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, USA
  • Cottage2090 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay29 nights

4 bedroom, 3 bath Carmel cottage - cozy, charming and elegant. 30 night min.

Please call 831.917.0386 for information.

Welcome to 'Fair Oaks' in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Here is your chance to stay in an authentic, historical, yet updated cottage. Step back in time and come home to a true quintessential Carmel experience.

Filled with whimsy, our 3-bedroom, 2-bath home (with an additional detached guest bedroom and bath) was built in the 1930’s and extensively remodeled several years ago. We made it more comfortable, livable, and a tiny bit more spacious. At times we sacrificed a little convenience and practicality in favor of charm and character. Here, quirky and enchanting often trump logic and perfection. But it is perfect in its own way. Great efforts were made so that when staying at this home, people could experience a little slice of “old Carmel”.

Located just outside the Golden Rectangle, Fair Oaks is 6 blocks from Ocean Avenue and downtown Carmel and 10 short blocks from the beach. You are within walking distance to many restaurants, shops, galleries and local attractions such as the beautiful Carmel Mission and Clint Eastwood's Mission Ranch Restaurant and Inn. The trailhead to the Mission Trails Nature Preserve, with its forested hiking trails alongside a creek, is one block away.

The garden is lush, private, fully fenced and gated. Meandering paths surround the 18 magnificent oaks for which Fair Oaks is named. A lovely Carmel-stone patio is accessible from the living room, dining room and master bedroom. An upstairs private balcony overlooks the garden.

The cozy and comfortable living room has ample seating, built-in cabinets and shelves, an original Carmel-stone gas fireplace and an enormous pitched ceiling with unique antique chandeliers and wall sconces. A charming dining area, with its wall of french doors that lead out to the front garden and stone patio, is adjacent to the living room.

The original cabinets and hutch still exist in the sweet kitchen. New appliances and wood counters have been installed, along with antique Hungarian shelves to store the dishes and glassware. It is beautifully outfitted with Sur la Table and Anthropologie items. A small French folk art table at the window just begs for someone to sit there and enjoy their morning coffee!

A large laundry room with a Miele washer and dryer and cabinets which house extra kitchen supplies is adjacent to the kitchen. A french door leads out to the small back patio, garden and BBQ area.

The terra cotta-colored walls of the master bedroom add to its coziness and charm. A large picture window looks out to the garden and a dutch door opens to the stone patio. It is decorated with antique furniture, lighting and accessories.

Two darling bedrooms and a spacious bathroom are located on the second floor at the top of the curved staircase. The first guest room has a queen bed and 2 balconies. One balcony overlooks the living room and the other balcony overlooks the front garden. The colorful second guest room has two twin beds and a unique charm of its own.

The fourth bedroom and third bathroom is detached from the house. It has a comfortable queen sofa bed, a table and chairs and an antique dresser/cabinet. This bedroom suite is nestled alongside the garden paths and is a refuge which provides guests with privacy from the rest the guests residing in the main house.

If you are looking for a vacation home with his-and-her bathroom sinks and a Jacuzzi tub, desire a giant chef's kitchen with a work island, or need state-of-the-art technology throughout, then keep looking….Fair Oaks is not the place for you. However, if you wish to come home to a little slice of paradise each day and appreciate vacationing in a quintessential Carmel cottage loaded with character and charm, then please consider renting this magical and unique home.

THIS PROPERTY REQUIRES A 30 DAY MINIMUM STAY. Rental rates include one mid-stay cleaning and the turnover cleaning.



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    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Master bedroom
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        2 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 4
        1 sleep sofa /futon, Comfortable Q sofabed is located in the detached guest room
      • The master bedroom is downstairs and has a marble tiled bathroom en suite. Two guest rooms are upstairs and share a large bathroom with a shower and bathtub. A detached guest room with a full bath is just across the patio and a few steps down the path from the main house. Just ask, and we will provide a folding port-a-crib.


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, Master bath, en suite
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Upstairs, shared by two bedrooms.
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, shower, Located in guest cottage.
      • All bathrooms have been recently and completely remodeled!

      Location Type

        • Village
          So close to town! Easy walk, but bring a flashlight at night. No streetlights and ground can be uneven. Parking can be difficult in town, so it is great to be able to walk.


            • Guests provide their own meals


                • Iron & Board
                • Clothes Dryer
                • Garage
                  There is a garage for storage only, not cars.
                • Hair Dryer
                • Heating
                  We ask your to conserve energy and keep our PG&E charges low. PG&E fees up to $200.00 per month are included in the rent. Excessive PGE charges will documented and deducted from the security deposit
                • Internet
                • Fireplace
                • Linens Provided
                • Living Room
                • Parking
                  Parking for 2 cars in front of the house.
                • Telephone
                • Towels Provided
                • Washing Machine


                    • Coffee Maker
                      There is also a coffee press.
                    • Dishes & Utensils
                      Not your ordinary vacation rental dishes...fun vintage plates and glasses!
                    • Dishwasher
                    • Kitchen
                      Small but charming. Outfitted with Sur la Table and Anthropologie purchases.
                    • Microwave
                    • Oven
                    • Pantry Items
                      A few staples.
                    • Refrigerator
                      A little on the small side, but that's Carmel!
                    • Stove
                    • Toaster


                        • Dining
                          Charming dining room seats 4, but leaves can be added to table to seat 6-8 people
                        • Dining Room
                        • comfy seating for 4 people


                            • Books
                            • DVD Player
                            • Games
                            • Satellite / Cable
                            • Stereo
                            • Television
                              48' TV w/HDTV
                            • Toys
                              Picnic and beach gear/toys are stored in the garage
                            • Video Library


                                • Deck / Patio
                                • Lawn / Garden
                                • Outdoor Grill


                                    • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                    • wheelchair inaccessible

                                      Onsite Services

                                        • Concierge


                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • festivals
                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • library
                                            • live theater
                                            • marina
                                            • playground
                                            • restaurants
                                            • winery tours

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • shelling
                                                • antiquing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • photography
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • beachcombing
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking
                                                • whale watching
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • cycling
                                                        • deepsea fishing
                                                        • equestrian events
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • sound/bay fishing
                                                        • swimming


                                                            • Pak 'n Play available upon request.

                                                              15 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Another Great visit to Fair Oaks.

                                                              John B.

                                                              This is our fourth visit to Fair Oaks over the last two years. We obviously like Fair Oaks very much, otherwise, we wouldn't keep coming back. One of the things that we like best is that the owners have done a great job of retaining the old charm of the home while still offering all of the modern necessities. The home is always neat and clean, well appointed and the gardens beautifully maintained. Fair Oaks is close (walking distance) to Ocean Street and the beach yet the property itself is wonderfully private. The front patio and gardens offer the perfect spot to relax and unwind after a day of taking in all that Carmel has to offer. The guest cottage is perfect for those in a group that would appreciate a little extra privacy. Patty (the owner) and Kim (the manager) are great to work with and very attentive and responsive to any issue that arises. Overall, just a wonderful home away from home. We expect to continue our trips to Carmel and our stays at Fair Oaks.

                                                              Comfortable in Carmel-by-the-Sea

                                                              Sebastian G.Fenwick Island DE

                                                              Fair Oaks is a comfortable, quant, and well appointed home. The property manage, Kim, was outstanding as she inquired if everything was as I wished and if there was anything she could do. She was quick to respond with the few questions I had. She was always pleasant and professional.

                                                              The house was immaculate. The home is well equipped and it is clear someone put a lot of effort to ensure that every conceivable need is accommodated. All the beds are very comfortable. There is a high quality foldout sofa bed in the guest cottage that is like a regular bed when opened, and not your typical sofa bed. I'm glad the owner went the expense to provide such an upscale sofa. The rooms and guest cottage are a good size and allow guest privacy and well furnished enough for them to be separated from the group for 'alone' time. The three bathrooms are modern and well equipped with soap products, towels and paper products. They are also a nice size. The bathrobes in each bedroom are a nice touch. The great room easily accommodates eight people for watching TV and/or conversation. The home is furnished with attractive antiques that provide very good eating, closet and draw space. The wall decorations are eclectic and charming with each day you notice something new and interesting. The garden is large, beautifully landscaped, and has several areas to sit outside to enjoy it. The large trees and paths make the area enchanting. I am very glad to have stayed here for a month would have stayed another month if I could. Great place.

                                                              Enchanting place to stay!

                                                              We had an absolutely wonderful time staying here. The cottage is even more charming than it looks in the pictures, and every detail is attended to--lush bathrobes, wine and treats waiting upon arrival. The garden is beautiful, and a lovely place to sit for a morning coffee. We were three couples with two three year olds in tow and it worked perfectly. (I would note that all of the thoughtful, whimsical decorations are a perfect temptation for little ones, delighting them and keeping us parents on our toes). The guest house was so nicely furnished that it was the most coveted room! Kim did a great job coordinating and making sure we were comfortable. We enjoyed walking to town and the beach (few sidewalks, but also few cars so a kind of country feel) as well as riding bikes along the nearby 17 mile drive. I really can't say enough about how special this place is--we can't wait to go back!

                                                              Charming Cottage

                                                              Lisa J.

                                                              This charming cottage was fabulous. It was larger than the pictures showed and most of the time we had 8 adults and it was very comfortable. The dinning room table has leafs so perfect for a family meal. It was in a perfect location to walk to beach and overbto ocean street. Lots to do nearby. We spent lots of time outside enjoying the eautiful yard. I would recommend it for an enchanting vacation.

                                                              A Very Special Place

                                                              kim c.

                                                              We had such a nice visit to Carmel. The best time was staying at Fair Oaks; it is beautiful and a very special place to be. We're sure that anyone who stays there will certainly want to come again. Every detail in the home is perfect. We enjoyed the patio, either reading or having a glass of wine before going out for dinner. Thank you for having us - we loved it!

                                                              Spring Escape

                                                              Suzanne O.Ketchum, Idaho

                                                              This was an ideal house for our Carmel vacation. The location was private but still within walking distance to restaurants, beach and shops. We had enough room for visitors and yet still felt cozy when it was just 2 of us.

                                                              The cottage is wonderfully decorated in a whimsical and charming manor. The owner outdid herself providing amenities such as robes and throws for a chilly evening. The garden had great seating for lounging with a morning cup of coffee or for a full meal. We enjoyed all the area could offer-sight seeing; dining and wine tasting; hiking; biking; shopping and relaxing. This is really a magical place and a magical area.


                                                              Golden Rectangle, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, USA

                                                              Stunning Point Lobos is 10 minutes south. Big Sur is 45 minutes south. Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Pebble Beach are about 10-15 minutes up the road. Carmel Valley is approximately 15-20 minutes inland.

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Cleaning Fee
                                                              Pet Fee
                                                              Damage Insurance

                                                              $ A 200 PGE allowance is included in rent. Additional PGE charges are the guests' responsibility.

                                                              15 Reviews
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