BOOK NOW! on Monterey Rentals Website - Located one block from scenic 17-Mile Drive, this cozy 2-bedroom + den bungalow is walking distance to the beach, golf, and downtown. Stroll to Lover's Point and hop on the coastal recreational trail to commune with sea, sky and sea lions. Or head a few blocks into town for breakfast at the Red House Cafe or dinner at top-rated Passionfish or Fandango.
Named after the owner's extensive boat collection, this single story home has a fireplace, hardwood floors, and a peek of Monterey Bay. There's a king bed in the master, two standard (38"x75") twins in the guest room, and a new queen sofa sleeper (p...lus a desk/computer) in the study. Both baths are completely redone with walk-in showers lined in travertine. The backyard brick patio has a barbecue, a chiminea, and a rose garden: if you like to be close to town and close to nature, you'll feel right at home here.
From the annual Butterfly Parade to the apple trees around Caledonia Park, there's a reason Pacific Grove is called "America's last hometown." A more casual—but no less charming—alternative to Carmel, Pacific Grove is a seaside enclave of restored Victorians and beach bungalows. And the walkable downtown has something for everyone: boutiques, galleries, antique and consignment shops, a cinema, a bookstore—and too many coffeehouses to count.
Pacific Grove Transient Use License #0004
Additional amenities include: computer available, sofabed, beach chair, kitchen - full, internet - wireless [free], iron and ironing board, restaurant - 5 min walk, TV - standard cable/satellite, surfing - nearby, golfing nearby, desk, near the water, restaurant - 10 min walk, cooler - ice chest, bbq grill [charcoal] - private, coffee maker, beach - 10 min walk, twin/single bed, bedroom on ground floor, laundry - in unit, day spa - nearby, king bed, spotting scope, walk to town.Read more
Left on 07/18/2014 for a stay in July 2014 | Sue R
My sister and I recently stayed three nights at the boathouse in Pacific Grove. We wished we could have stayed longer. It was so comfortable and felt like home to us. The house is beautifully decorated and very clean, and I'm fussy! It had everything we needed. We cooked dinner each night because we both like to cook, and found the kitchen very easy and had everything you could imagine you would need. My advise would be to park your car in the garage, which we did after the first night, because the Monterey Pine does drop sap on your car. We will definitely book this house again next year for our "sister's vacation".
Would you recommend this vacation rental to a friend?
A TripAdvisor Member
Left on 06/15/2014 for a stay in November 2013 | A TripAdvisor Member
There were spiders inside the bed. The real estate agent didnt respond to questions when asked repeatedly. As soon as she got money.....no response. Property was fine, the finishes were nice, more comfortable than hotel for our needs. Great area to walk to and from ocean front. The property management was another story.....I do not recommend them as professionals. Read more
I'm really struggling with how to respond to this review because it was written in June 2014 about a stay in November 2013, and this is the first time I've heard about spiders in the bed.
The Boathouse is on a quarterly pest control program, but we do live in a forested area. If insects are found, our guests need only call our 24 hour maintenance line to have the issue dealt with immediately.
As far as the communication issue, I always try to answer all my calls and emails the same day. Please read my other reviews, as I am often complemented on my professionalism and prompt customer service.
I am unable to determine who wrote this review, but I would really appreciate it if the guest would contact me so I could apologize for any issues they experienced and/or my lack of response to their concerns.
A TripAdvisor Member
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Comfortable holiday home, very close to beach and good restaurants
Left on 06/10/2014 for a stay in June 2014 | A TripAdvisor Member
Enjoyed our stay however as the couple who flipped the coin for the twin room it was disappointingly small and quality of bedding did not compare to king room. The sheets were brushed cotton on one bed which I had to change as they were very rough. Single beds very small, I am 5'6" not very tall and feet reaching the bottom of the bed. I was glad we were only there for 3 nights. Photos gave impression that twin room was a fair size! There was not a lot of room to move with our large cases on the floor. One couple with 2 small children would have been very comfortable but not two couples. I would recommend a comment re this be included in description! Read more
Dear Guest: I wish I would have known about these issues while you were here so I could have tried to solve them, or failing that, moved you to another property where you would have been more comfortable.
Since there are lots of high quality linens in this home, I have a feeling the housekeepers inadvertently put an older sheet set (or possibly flannel sheets) on the twin beds. When the next guest leaves I'll inventory the linens and remove any sheets that are not up to par.
As to the size of the beds, they are standard Twin-sized, but in retrospect, I wish we would have ordered extra long twins. I will add something to the description to indicate that these beds are better suited for children than adults. And I'm sorry there wasn't more room to move with large suitcases on the floor: like most homes in Pacific Grove, this is a bungalow (and at 1,400 square feet, it's actually larger than most!).
Nice home and good location
Left on 05/03/2014 for a stay in April 2014 |
The home is lovely with quality details which we all appreciated. We do recommend that the bedroom with the twin beds replace the beds and mattresses. The beds squeak and every time you move during the night, the squeaks are loud and awaken you. The mattresses are quite uncomfortable, too. Would also be good if there were at least some staples in the kitchen like salt, pepper, etc. Monterey Rentals is a really good company to work with and we especially appreciate Debra for her attentiveness and help. Thank you. Read more
We're so sorry to hear you were troubled by creaky bedsprings - they are premium Serta beds (less than a year old), and yours is the first complaint we've had. We do keep basic spices in the home, but they are in the cabinet above the oven. Unfortunately you are the second guest who hasn't found them, so we will either move them to a different cabinet or label this one!
Bruce and Ann
Left on 03/20/2014 for a stay in March 2014 | Bruce and Ann
This home ranks #1 of all our vacation rental experiences! The cleanliness, design of home, decore, location rates a 10 in our opinion. The bathrooms were updated and beautiful! Workable kitchen with beautiful appliances. The master bedroom was quiet with comfy bed and lots of storage space! Ocean view was bonus and my husband loved the office/den. The coastal decor was tastefully done and eye catching! The only thing we could think of that would add to the positive experience would be a few additional kitchen amenities such as common spices, paper towels that we found in other rentals.
The best home in PG
Left on 03/08/2014 for a stay in February 2014 | Michelle
I travel to the area frequently on business and always rent homes for my stay. I have stayed in many homes and this was by far the best for my taste. It was very clean, very quiet, very comfortable, well stocked for living, and in a perfect location. I so enjoyed looking out and seeing the water from the window. I walk every day and it was very close to the ocean path. I really can't think of one thing I didn't like about this home.
I will book it for every stay if it is available. Read more
Thank you for your great review, Michelle. We love the Boathouse too - the owner has put a lot of care into making this home a wonderful vacation rental.
Relaxing retreat home, with a great location
Left on 01/04/2014 for a stay in December 2013 | Wanda
The home was perfect for us and had everything as described. We enjoyed the secure backyard with the view of the bay. We will rent this property again and recommend it.
Our Thanksgiving weekend was fabulous
Left on 12/06/2013 for a stay in November 2013 | Crowlo
We stayed here Thanksgiving weekend and our stay at the Boathouse was fabulous! The house is totally equipped with everything. The only suggestion I would have is if you're going to do alot of cooking, bring your spices. The home was very comfortable and relaxing. I loved the big windows. The location was perfect! We definitely would rent this home again.
Las Vegas NV
Very cozy and comfortable :) outstanding location..
Left on 11/01/2013 for a stay in October 2013 | Robin Compagno
My husband and myself and our two children ages 9&13 enjoyed our trip to Pacific Grove very much. The Boat House was a very pleasant surprise. A family of four fits very comfortably in this property. We were able to walk to the most beautiful beach in California and into town for meals etc. and were a very short drive from anything else we desired to do. The aquarium passes were a very big plus and it was a lovely experience. The beds and linnens were of very good quality.
My suggestions for the property are as follows:
Have printed instructions for wi-fi access and television remotes.
Leave coffee, creamer butter and other essentials in the fridge that other guests may have left behind as a convenience for new guests. Keep spices and other dry goods in the pantry if another customer chooses to leave them. Other homes we have rented have more well stocked pantries with basic supplies, sugar, creamer, boxed cereal etc. Most of us shop well when renting these types of places and know that I personally left many brand new un opened items behind. This is a very nice convenience for arriving guests. I could not even find sugar for my coffee or honey for tea. The shelves were completely empty in the boat house. No salt, pepper, sugar etc.
I would paint the exterior of the home white or yellow and give the home a fresh new look from the exterior. The very drab fawn color detracts from the true charm and beauty of the home and gardens.
I would include a book of "things to do" local eateries and take out menus. In other homes we have rented, we have relied heavily on this sort of information.
Last but not least, quality bath robes and slippers would be a huge perk for guests. I would even have them embroidered with "boat house" on the front pocket for added panache.
All in all, we loved the place! We do plan to come back again soon :))
Left on 10/25/2013 for a stay in October 2013 | Debby
We loved the house, the location, the weekend. And of course October is perfect coast weather for Ca. Definitely on our list to come back and bring our friends and family. The setup was perfect and tons of room for a get together.
The one change I would suggest is the coffee maker. It takes forever to brew a pot. I would suggest a Kuerig machine as it can do both the preset pods or has a filter to bring your own and brew.
Style over Substance
Left on 10/08/2013 for a stay in September 2013 | Ed
Cute place. Nice sea shell displays around but no DVD player. Nice boat displays around the house but only 2 covered microwave dishes to cook in. Nice pictures on the walls but we had to wash the dishes and pots/pans before we could use them. Nice throw pillows but not a single fan in the house (including restrooms) to move any air after a shower or cool the house on a warm day. Nice view of the bay (through the power lines) but a cable package that doesn't even get the Science channel, National Geographic or DIY. Bed is comfortable and the furniture is good. Mildew stained shower curtain and several lengths and colors of human hair on the back of the bathroom door and wall.
Garage door opener is mounted too low to park a PU or SUV inside.
With one days work and a few hundred dollars this could be a very nice place. We were there for 30 days but until the details are taken care of the cute accent pieces and comfortable furniture do not balance out the things a person needs to make it a pleasurable experience. Style over Substance. Read more
It always distresses us when we hear about how we could have improved a guest's experience after the fact—when it's too late to do anything about it. With a one minute phone call to our 24/7 maintenance line or a quick text to the property manager, these issues (with the possible exception of fitting an SUV in the garage) could have been addressed the same day (especially since the owner of this particular home always goes above and beyond to insure his guest's satisfaction).
There are three new flat screen TVs, along with a premium cable package with more than 100 channels, plus On Demand, HDTV and Starz. For our customers who stay for a month, we frequently adjust the cable package - but we have to know what your preferences are. And no DVD player? Just ask. (After we realized there was no DVD, we had a new BluRay delivered the same day.)
Since we've have had nothing but raves about the housekeeping in this home, we are surprised that you felt you had to re-wash all the dishes (unless that was your personal preference). But again, we have a 24-hour maintenance line for just this purpose: if something isn't up to your standards, let us know and we'll fix it.
Lastly, because the weather is so temperate in Pacific Grove, no one has ever mentioned needing a fan, but there are large windows in the bathrooms to allow the cool Pacific breezes in, and there is a portable fan in the second bedroom closet.
It is the philosophy of Monterey Bay Vacation Rentals that our guests should need to bring nothing with them except their clothes and their groceries. We sincerely hope that if you visit again you'll feel comfortable enough to express your concerns immediately - our mission is to make your vacation experience the best it can be.
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Nice home, conveniently located to all events during the automot
Left on 08/26/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | Frank
Nice Home and Nice location. A little pricey if you share with another couple for the smaller room.
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
190 Del Monte Pscific Grove Ca
Left on 08/26/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | Neil
Fine house, good condition and amenities. Excellent and central location. Cute and comfortable. A value rental
Mike and Amy
Sonoma County , CA
Everything we had hoped for and more
Left on 08/22/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | Mike and Amy
The boat house was just like the pictures showed. The house was homey and comfortable. It had all the amenities that we needed. The location was great, close to the ocean, downtown pacific grove and walking distance to the aquarium and cannery row.
Great place for a family get-together.
Left on 08/09/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | Maureen
Great location near ocean and Pacific Grove stores. We enjoyed nautical theme of "The Boat House.' Ideal for our three generation vacation and family enjoyed Monterrey aquarium. Location was quiet and peaceful and we enjoyed the beautiful garden. I liked looking out the kitchen window and seeing lovely white roses. We would have liked more sunshine. Read more
So glad you enjoyed Boathouse! We, too, were wishing for more sunshine during the time you were here! Please come back and see us during September and October, when the sunshine is more predictable!
EDMONTON, AB CANADA
We loved the Boathouse!
Left on 07/22/2013 for a stay in April 2013 | WendynBrian
The Boathouse is a gorgeous place to stay. We were delighted with every aspect of the house, from the beautifully appointed rooms with their decorator touches, to the luxurious bedding, to the wonderful location close to the ocean and great restaurants. Our next stay will be longer than four days - we are already planning at least a week.
The Boat House was a perfect place to stay during our wedding we
Left on 07/06/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | Mrs. Soito
We arrived at the Boat House several days before our wedding and were instantly pleased with our choice! We were greeted by beautiful, simple decor in a pristine home. From the rose garden out back where we had morning coffee to the windows and skylights that brought in lots of natural light, we found our stay at the Boat House very comfortable and homey. We didn't want to leave and our kids requested that we come back every summer. It's an easy walk to down town and to the beaches! We will definitely come back to the Boat House!!
Great Value and Location
Left on 05/31/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | Karen
We booked a last minute stay for Memorial Day weekend, and were pleasantly surprised at how nice this property was. We didn't have a lot of choice and were worried about what a "last minute" property would be like, but the property was perfect for 2 couples. We each had a bathroom and the house was immaculate with everything we needed. Although it wasn't on the beach, we were close, and it was a very convenient location, a block from the main road through Monterey and Pacific Grove. We will definitely consider staying here again.
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