|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
|Living space||600 square feet|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyAsk
|Theme||Adventure, Golf, Romantic, Beach, Ocean, Town|
Description from the manager
**Book 7 or More Nights at Regular Rates, Get the Last Night Free! OR...**Inquire about special savings when booking within 7 days of arrival**(Holidays & Special Events excluded)
** When this Guest House is rented with the main house, rent is $150 per night plus cleaning and tax; otherwise normal rates apply.
Escape to your own little island of tranquility in this roomy studio guest cottage that perfectly encapsulates Carmel's unique style of casual comfort and urbane sophistication. Situated in a lovely quiet residential area, it is just minutes from stunning white beaches and the many exciting shops and restaurants of downtown...Read more
Romantic, Spacious, Designer Decor, Light-filled.
Additional Location Information
LOCATION Situated on the Carmel Bay in Central California on the southern bend of the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel-by-the-Sea is 120 miles south of San Francisco, 350 miles north of Los Angeles and 26 miles north of Big Sur.
POPULATION 4,038 according to the 2006 census.
HISTORY OF FOUNDING Fifty years after Columbus discovered America, Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sighted the white sands and green pines of Carmel. Two centuries later, in 1771, Father Junipero Serra established Mission San Carlos de Borromeo on a knoll overlooking the Carmel Bayâ€”the jewel and the heartbreak of his ministry. In the early 1900s, the village of Carmel began its growth around an eclectic group of young artists, writers and intellectuals.
CLIMATE Carmel enjoys moderately warm temperatures year round, with an average high of 65Â° F and an average low of 48Â° F. September and October (Indian Summer) offer the best weather of the year, with an average high of 72Â° F. Average rainfall, primarily between November and April, is 15 inches. Coastal fog is prevalent during the summer.
TRANSPORTATION United, American, Delta, and America West offer direct flights to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City out of the Monterey Airport, which is 10 minutes from downtown Carmel. Rental cars are available. Amtrak and Greyhound bus stations are also nearby.
RESTAURANTS More than 60 coffee houses, bakeries, pubs, bistros and exceptional restaurants, highlight dining in Carmel. These establishments serve a bounty of international and regional cuisines â€” utilizing fresh produce grown locally in the fertile Salinas Valley, and fresh seafood from the azure waters of Monterey Bay. Monterey County is also home to more than 75 wineries, many of which offer daily tastings of wines produced with varietal grapes grown on 45,000 acres of vineyards.
GALLERIES Carmel has been a mecca for artists, writers and musicians since the turn of the last century. Today, more than 100 art studios, galleries and antique stores represent the works of master artists, both local and from around the world.
SHOPPING Carmel boasts four exceptional shopping venues: The neighborhood of quaint shops, antique stores, boutiques and galleries centered on Ocean Avenue in town; The Carmel Plaza, also on Ocean Avenue; as well as The Barnyard Shopping Village and the Crossroads Shopping Center, both located at the mouth of the Carmel Valley.
FESTIVALS Each year, thousands of visitors are drawn to the diversity of art, drama, music and literary events designed to promote Carmel's celebrated cultural contributions and traditions. Some of the most popular events include: the annual Carmel Art Festival, the annual Carmel Bach Festival, and the Carmel Shakespeare Festival featuring performances at the Outdoor Forest Theater and the Golden Bough Theater.
RECREATION Visitors can enjoy the charm of downtown Carmel's charm and the natural beauty of California's central coast while engaging in a variety of outdoor activities, including horseback riding; jogging, walking and bicycling along coastal bluffs; and fishing, kayaking, surfing or SCUBA diving off Monastery Beach. Several renowned golf courses and tennis clubs are also located nearby.
The Monterey Peninsula is unique in its combination of breathtaking natural resources and a multiplicity of cultural and entertainment possibilities. You can find something for every possible taste. For nature lovers, there is the diversity of mountain and sea, for picnicking, surfing, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, beach-combing, bird-watching, kayaking, scuba diving, tide-pooling, biking and more. If you want a man-made excitement, we have art galleries galore, excellent fine-art museums, local theater, outstanding restaurants, boutiques, a natural history and a childrens museum, a world-class aquarium, and that's just for starters. History buffs will have a field day exploring the adobes of Monterey. There's so much to do that you cannot possibly do it all in one visit, which means you will just have to come back again and again!
Location Type Beach, Ocean, Town
Rates shown in $ USD (change)
|Rate Summary||$175||$175||$1,225 - $1,575||$4,000||7 nights|
|Mar. 1 2013 - May. 31 2013
|Jun. 1 2013 - Aug. 31 2013
|Sep. 1 2013 - Oct. 31 2013
|Nov. 1 2013 - Mar. 1 2014
|All Other Dates||$175||$175||$1,225||$4,000||7 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the manager|
Additional notes from owner
** Additional nights $175 to $225 each
** Holidays/Special Events: Martin Luther King, AT&T; Golf, President's Day, Sea Otter Classic, Easter, Big Sur Marathon, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Concours d'Elegance, Labor Day, Monterey Jazz Festival, Big Sur Half Marathon, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years.
** Holiday Rates: $1400-$1750/wk. (5 night minimums) Additional nights $200 to $250 each.
** Concours d'Elegance $2500 per week only.
Additional Rate Details and Rental Terms.....
* There are areas on the Monterey Peninsula that require a 7 night minimum stay. Please call to confirm availability.
* When rented with main house, rent is $150 a night plus cleaning and tax; otherwise normal VRConnection rates listed above apply. When rented with main house during the Concours d'Elegance, guest house rate is $2000 for the week (7 night minimum).
* 10.5% County transient occupancy tax applicable to base rental fees.
* Accidental Loss and Damage Waiver Fee $55 instead of security deposit (covers up to $1,000 unintentional damage to house or its contents but does not cover negligent abuse or neglect).
* Credit Card number must be on file for security against any damages should damage be due to abuse or neglect and are not accidental in nature. Guest would be responsible for any uncovered damages.
*If a pet is allowed, it can NEVER be left alone either inside the house or outside in the yard. Pet Fees: $100 each large dog (1 dog ); $150 two small dogs; if arranged after acceptance of contract, contract must be amended to adjust price. Must sign Pet Waiver and have Purchased Damage Waiver Fee $55.
* Non-refundable cleaning fees are quoted separately from rent depending on number of guests including infants & children. $100 for up to 2 guests, $125 for 3-4 guests including children.
* Stays of 30 days or more require mid-stay cleanings every two weeks that you will be responsible for scheduling with our Vacation House Manager assigned to the rental and paying cleaners for directly at the time each cleaning is performed at the rate of $25/hour. This is over and above the cleaning fee itemized in your contract.
* Rates are based on up to 2 guests, including infants & children. No more than 4 guests can occupy the home, including infants and children (3 adults max or 2 adults and 2 children). Add $25 per night for over 2 guests including children.
* Cancellation Policy: If you cancel 60 days or less before your arrival date, you are eligible for a full refund only if we can re-rent the property for the same dates and rental rate less the $150 administration fee and any bank or PayPal fees incurred by the owner. If you cancel 60 days or more before your arrival date, you are eligible for a full refund of the rental amount less the $150 administration fee and any bank or PayPal fees incurred by owner. [Please read the full terms in the Rental Agreement before signing for any recent changes to this abbreviated policy statement - the Rental Agreement contains our current policy]
* PG&E; gas and electricity are paid by guest for rentals of 30 days or more.
* Full payment is due at time of booking if booked less than 60 days prior to arrival date.
* If booked more than 60 days in advance of arrival date, 50% of total amount is due to secure reservation with balance of total due 60 days prior to arrival date.
* Access information and directions will be provided once payment is made in full.
** Please call to inquire about 4 or 5 night minimums for Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years, subject to owner's approval.
* 2 night rentals are subject to owner's approval unless it is a Last Minute Special.
* Last-Minute Specials!! $25 to $50 discount per night, depending on number of guests, if booked within 7 days of arrival, subject to owner's approval. “Minimum night stays” can also be waived.
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: May 19, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
Lovely stay in lovely space
The studio was extremely well appointed with designer touches everywhere. It feel very spacious due to the ingenuous furniture arrangement and the contiguous patio area as well as the great light form the windows and ceiling.
Quiet location with good dog walking area.
An ideal place for privacy and a dog
Perfect place to relax with your dog
I thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful accomodations and they thought of everything including plenty of coverings if you have a dog with you. The place was bright and airy and close to the beach and the grocery store and restaurants. This is a heavenly visit and I will be back soon! Only thing I would add is to include a fan when it gets a bit too warm and you need some air moving. Besides that, perfect!
The Perfect Retreat!
We spent two weeks in this beautiful cottage and found that it offered everything we needed and more!
The cottage is spacious and filled with light from the fabulous windows and sky lights. Not only is it beautifully decorated, but it is clean and filled with comfortable furnishings, especially the bed which was just divine!
Located back from the street it was quiet, peaceful and private, and the small patio was secure enough for our dogs to relax in when they weren't enjoying everything that Carmel had to offer...long walks, playing on the beach and eating out in many of the doggy friendly restaurants in town!
This rental really had it all, they even provided everything from picnic baskets to beachchairs for a day at the beach.
We would highly recommend it!
professional management team anticipated our every need in this
This is a charming neighborhood, quiet, long time residents, warm climate, one of the most beautiful in Camel area. The house was completely private and very quiet, wonderful to have available to travelers with pets; sliding door to lovely garden allowed for indoor/outdoor feel, morning coffee, and was great access to outdoors for elderly dogs who can't negotiate stairs.Decor was beautifully relaxing, well thought out and very comfortable. Wonderful beach house decor but nice, not rustic or neutral to account for travelers. We felt as if we were special guests, respected and trusted. This is not just a place to stay which allows dogs. This is a very special gift to yourself, an elevated experience.
One week of bliss!
I am never alone, my life is big and loud; it takes a lot of energy.
To rest, I must remove myself from my environment, my week in Carmel was a little slice of heaven. I was so very cozy and comfy in my little cottage back off the street, quite, peaceful.
I slept when I needed, cooked some great meals in the kitchen, took long walks, practiced yoga and found ways to constantly entertain myself.
Wonderful getaway for families!
We had a fabulous getaway during Spring Break. With 2 adults, 2 children and a small dog, the Mesa Guest House was a perfect place for us to spend time relaxing and unwinding after all the fun activities of our days. The place is beautifully decorated, very clean and has everything you could need to cook a gourmet meal if you so desire. We will definitely look forward to staying there again in the future!
Clean, private, modern...finally, place which is spotless clean!
We loved this place, Sanctuary vacations in general. They are all consistent in design. Most important for us - it was clean, white, fresh. We don't have many vacation days but when we get another chance for a few days off, we'll go back to Carmel just because it was clean, quiet and in good location.
They take good care of all properties.
Girls' Weekend, a world away
I cannot begin to describe the joy and relaxation my girls and I felt when we arrived. The house was so cute and comfortable, it really was a home away from home. The beautiful view of the ocean from the backyard deck made for easy picnics and leaving the home completely unnecessary. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to share in the beauty that is Carmel.
cherie & charlie
Home away from home
We have stayed in many places when visiting Carmel & the Mesa guest
cottage is our favorite. It's so bright & airy & comfy. The kitchen
is very well equipped & there's a great little patio where you can sit
& eat & enjoy a glass of wine. Also great for our dogs. My husband
loved the memory foam top bed & now wants one! We will definitely
be returning soon.
Charming place to stay
The guest house is sunny, charming, clean, well appointed, and has a grill on the outside patio. The rental agency is professional, considerate, and helpful. I felt as though they really cared about my stay with them. The location is a beautiful residential neighborhood with a short drive or doable walk to the beach. I like that I felt comfortable, special, and cared for.
New York City
charming, sweet cottage.
This place is adorable. My stay was pleasant and sweet and I would love to come back.
Well-appointed suite close to downtown Carmel
This studio apartment is very cozy with everything you need for a few days in Carmel. Kitchen had plenty of utensils, glasses, pots and pans. We went to Monterey Farmer's Market and bought enough food to cook a few meals. Bed was comfortable. Loved the little outdoor patio. Good use of space - perfect for two people. Apartment on residential street very close to Carmel Mission Valley Inn and downtown Carmel (just over one mile). Loved the passes to the Monterey Bay aquarium - could skip the lines and not have to pay. My only complaint is we had to pay a non-refundable cleaning fee, but they also had very strict requirements (with financial penalties) about cleaning before you left.
Everything was Perfect
We normally stay in a "Pet Friendly" hotel when we visit this was our first time renting a cottage. After this trip we will never stay in a hotel again. The cottage was amazing it was so cozy, and had everything we needed. We were so surprised to find every cooking utensil we needed to cook our meals. We loved having the enclosed yard for the dogs. We loved everything. Best trip ever we didn't have to worry about anything.
Sarah La Belle
Enhanced the Romance!
Very, very clean and fresh! Nice touch with the wine, cheese, aquarium, and day spa passes! Lush and light, rich textures in soothing colors. Greatest use of small space, never felt cramped even with our 2 aussie dogs! The kitchen was well appointed and I loved the patio with grill! Everything was perfect for our anniversary get-away.
We had a wonderful time staying at the Sanctuary by the Sea. It was located in a quiet neighborhood and was a cute, clean, and very comfy place to stay. We enjoyed cooking dinner in the stocked kitchen and enjoying the weather on the patio. Close to downtown Carmel and Monterrey and the aquarium passes and wine tasting coupons were a great bonus. Would recommend this to anyone who is going to be in the area.
Cozy, beach chic, cottage
I found the guest cottage to be just as pictured. It had everything I needed for an easy, relaxed, comfortable stay. The feeling was serene, quiet, private and well located for my excursions into Carmel and Big Sur.
A tiny suggestion: The one closet was full (except for hanging space) so i could not fully unpack and put away suitcases. Not a reason not to visit- just an observation. I hope to return soon!
My husband and I were delighted to open the door into the cottage. It was even better than the photos showed. The natural light, the private patio, and the bright interior design made the cottage a joy to come home to each night. Hope to be back!
Granite Bay, CA
Fantastic cottage to stay in
We loved our stay at this cottage. Nice location. Loved the nearest beach. Cottage accommodations were perfect and gorgeous cottage. Dog even loved his stay.
light filled retreat
This place was so relaxing and comfortable. Light filled room from the north facing windows and skylights made this good sized studio bright and airy even when overcast. The bed was comfortable and the decor provided the seaside feel. The kitchen has all that is needed to eat in and the small enclosed patio was cozy and convenient for our two small dogs. This house has two beautiful pine tress soaring above. The only downside is the location requires driving into town or the beach, but in exchange it is perfect quiet and darkness at night. Very dog friendly for friendly well behaved dogs.
Romantic cottage in great Carmel location
This vacation rental was a great place. Clean and spotless. Great location with easy access. Beautiful, private patio. Spacious and open cottage. Very quiet neighborhood. Management was extremely easy to work with. A torta and bottle of wine was waiting for us upon our arrival. We will definitely stay here again when we come back to Carmel.