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Quintessential Carmel Charmer - Walk to downtown Carmel and beach - AVAIL APRIL

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,090 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 29 nights


About the property

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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Golden Rectangle Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2090 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • 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
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • 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:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • 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.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Another Great visit to Fair Oaks.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Selbyville, DE

Comfortable in Carmel-by-the-Sea

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington, DC

Enchanting place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming Cottage

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charm and Enchantment

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for this stay at Fair Oaks. This house emanates charm and enchantment! We are so thankful and grateful for the opportunity to stay here and explore this many jaw-dropping views and sights to see in the local area. Your home is so full of comfort and I feel like I am at home in your charming cottage. It has been a great getaway for me and the natural beauty in this area is healing and refreshes the spirit and soul. It has been a wonderful experience and we hope to come back. Thank you again for opening your home to us!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Very Special Place

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Guestbook comments from the owner

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!
Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Pebble Beach and Carmel Valley
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Car: recommended

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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fees $400
2.5% CC fee (TBD) $0
Property Damage Protection $99
Pet Fee $150
PGE fees over $200 (TBD) $0

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.