|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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Seaview on Burton: 'Step Into the Forest' This Tudor style home sits above a Monterey pine forest sweeping a half mile down to the ocean, one of the few vacation homes in the area which borders a forest preserve. The quaint seaside village of Cambria is a leisurely five minute drive from the property.
You are within seconds of scenic walking trails through pine-forested Strawberry Canyon,' which lies directly behind the property. The beach is an easy 15-minute walk through the woods and along quiet residential streets. You can pick through the tide pools at nearby Lampton Cliffs park, or walk along the boardwalk bluff trail or on the miles of forest and marine terrace paths of the stunningly beautiful public Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.
For more information, please contact me.
As writer and documentary filmmaker working in many areas of California, I moved with my family from Los Angeles to this spectacular part of the Central Coast in 1988, both as an inspirational retreat and a place with easy access to other areas of the Golden State.
James Kelty purchased this house in 2000
We love back country hiking and mountain biking, particular in Big Sur, for which Cambria is the southern gateway, as well as kayaking in San Simeon Cove. The area is also rich in history, which is my area of expertise as a writer/producer, so that made it an equally good fit. Cultural and environmental attractions include Hearst Castle and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. I work with both of these organizations on interpretive media projects.
My hope is that guests coming to this special house bordering the forest and the ocean will leave feeling refreshed and inspired.
Thank you! We had a wonderful and relaxing stay. Just what we needed! We saw 5 deer on our walk thru Strawberry Canyon – lovely!
Thanks James..Everything was great. We had three couples for the weekend. The house was even better than than the photos. We went wine tasting and the location was ideal. The bedrooms and beds were very comfortable and large. The ocean views from the balconies were to die for! Kitchen well equipped and had everything we needed. Went for early morning walks, such a beautiful environment... Watch out for the wild turkey down the street. Cannot wait to visit again!!
It was our first stay at this lovely place and we hoped not the last one.
It was actually our first stay at a private residence and we especially appreciate the attention to detail by owner-managers like Seaview's as opposed to the agency type home rentals or hotel stay.
View of the ocean, the sound of ocean - great!!
Thank you Jim
Due to an experience that can only be described as traumatizing, we left this property the first night and drove 3.5 hours back home. We’d like others to be aware of items not mentioned on the website. Our hope is that no one has to go through what we did.
• There is another level to this property. The owner calls the under level. Photos are not displayed on the website nor is it described.
• There is a passageway beneath the stairs inside the house that provides access from under level of house to rental space. It is not labeled. We would have NEVER rented this place if we were made aware there was a secret passageway beneath the stairs that gives access to a lower level of the house where the owner might be.
• This passageway is NOT and can NOT be secured from inside the house where we were. Whoever is below can access the rental space through this passageway.
• We were unaware of this other level of the house and heard noises coming from below where we were staying.
• We both heard what sounded like someone trying to come through the passageway door beneath the stairs into the house. This person did NOT announce themselves at any time. Only when I yelled multiple times did they stop trying to access the house. FRIGHTENING!!!
• We were absolutely scared for our safety, grabbed our belongings and drove 3.5 hours back home.
• The rental agreement provided when you arrive states only the owner can come and go to the third level at any time. BUT the owner stated the person we heard was women who does his office work. So he confirmed we heard someone. Why then did she have access? How was she able to maneuver outside during a pitch black night? Where was her car? Why didn’t she announce herself? Why was she trying to access the rental space from the passageway?
• A call was made to the owner within 10 minutes. He returned our call the next morning.
• There is a video camera in the garage and one on the outside of the house. We weren’t there long enough to note if there were others.
The owner did offer apologies and provided a refund. Neither of which can make up for what ends up being a ruined trip and both of us being gun shy about renting again. We are hopeful that this under level of the house and passageway are clearly explained for future renters so that they don’t have to go through what we did. READ the agreement very carefully. We’ve never read anything quite like it in all of our rental experiences.
Great place for solitude, very cool house! This ties for 1st place with other properties we have rented. Awesome for a more intimate get away, the view is better than the pictures portray. Very private and quiet setting.
This is a lovely and charming home. James, the owner, did an excellent job communicating with me regarding check-in, specific driving instructions and answering any questions. The house was spotless and welcoming. with a spectacular view of the ocean. There is a perfect hiking trail behind the house and 2 balconies that allow, with a clear sky, the most beautiful view of the Milky Way along with a telescope!
You won't be disappointed with this close to town property.
Being able to stay in a private home for our 3 day anniversary trip was a blessing. But to also have a gorgeous view & such a peaceful environment made our stay perfect and memorable. Each night we sat on the back deck I was amazed at how quiet and peaceful it was, with nothing but the rolling surf and chirping birds to hear. I even heard seals barking one night. The lovely part of this home is that just because it got dark and you had to leave the beach, you don't feel cut off from the beautiful nature in this area. Being in the house was just an extension of enjoying the water and the forest.
There are plenty of other homes around, but you can't tell while inside and on the decks. There are no neighbors on one side and on the other side there are so many trees between the houses you can't see the neighbors house at all...whether upstairs or downstairs. The seclusion & privacy was romantic and special. And to have the beautiful view not only when in the kitchen and dining area, but upstairs in the master bedroom as well made the entire house a joy. This property is a great value as a rental. I had checked into some of the local hotels and we could have paid more for far less.
Mr. Kelty was very accommodating when I contacted him about a last minute trip. We booked just 3 days or so before our arrival & I appreciated him booking us on such short notice.
We had no problem getting there using the directions provided, nor with checking in and getting settled. It was all a breeze.
The kitchen is pretty well stocked. Even though everything wasn't there, I was able to make due just fine with what was there. (a pair of tongs & maybe a few mixing bowls would be a good addition for the kitchen!) As far as pantry staples, it's a bit of a guess. There were a few things that were helpful....olive oil & salt, but no pepper & a bit of old basil was the only seasoning. I would just suggest bringing what you want to cook with. I don't think that's really part of the deal.....if it's there than it's there, but if not...oh well!
The bed was pretty comfortable. Each person has a different preference, but for me a nice feather bed topper would have made this bed perfect, but it was fine as is.
Cambria has water issues. I'm from CA so I'm used to it, but I think it's worse in this area. So be ready anywhere you stay here to be asked to sacrifice a bit on towels & such.
On California's Central Coast 6 miles from Hearst Castle, with spectacular natural beauty, unique wildlife, Gourmet Restaurants, Wine Tasting, Art Galleries, Gift Shops, Camping & Retreats. Cambria is home to artists and craftspeople; the coast is inhabited by a large elephant seal population. Ocean kayaking, surfing, windsurfing and parasailing are popular activities.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest|
|Cleaning||$90 + Tax|