Nourish body, mind and spirit in this special 1,800-square foot 3 - 4 bedroom, 2 bath Carmel-by-the-Sea cottage called “Sanctuary by the Sea” that has been remodeled in recent years with a new kitchen and guest bathroom.
The owner once had an inn in Vermont and special care has been taken to provide many of the same amenities.
Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a bottle of sparkling wine or cider, passes from the renown Spa on the Plaza in downtown Monterey, tickets for a wine tasting at Scheid Vineyards’ tasting room in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, and a basket of local information. An assigned concierge vacation house manager is at your disposal to assist you during your stay. We have also provided spa amenities in the bathrooms, plush spa bathrobes, oversized towels and beach gear.
The owners have created a wonderful refuge and invite you to take time out to experience the breathtaking beauty and exquisite charm of Carmel and the surrounding Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur coast.
When you enter Sanctuary by the Sea you will find a lovely living room with vaulted white ceilings, white cottage walls, oak floors, a wood-burning fireplace with gas kindler and numerous windows. The dining room, which seats 6 - 8, opens to the newly remodeled kitchen, which is fully equipped with a professional Viking range and other first-class appliances, unique dinnerware and all the accoutrements for elegant entertaining.
Also located on the first floor is a guest bedroom with a queen that has a charming white picket fence frame with two small birdhouses on the posts. Just seeing this whimsical bed will inspire you to nestle under the plush comforter with a cup of tea and a good novel.
Enjoy cocktails or dinner on a private deck, equipped with a grill and comfortable outdoor furniture, with distant ocean views through the pines.
The media room, which has two large picture windows overlooking the flower-covered deck and fenced backyard (dog- and child-friendly), has a 50-inch HDTV with full cable, a video/DVD library, high-speed wireless internet connection and numerous books. A new queen sofa sleeper makes this room an optional 4th bedroom.
The first floor also has an updated bathroom with Subway tiled shower and a washer and dryer.
The master bedroom on the upper level, with its vaulted ceilings, tall windows and distant ocean views, gives the feeling of being in a tree house. It has a king bed, HDTV, and a wood-burning fireplace with gas kindler.
The newly remodeled master bathroom, in cottage white with buttercream accents, has an oak floor, a vintage cast-iron tub, separate shower with hand-crafted Subway tiles and frameless glass enclosure, two pedestal sinks and separate water closet. From the tub you can see distant oceans views out a large picture window, with privacy from tall pines.
A small, whimsical bedroom/multi-purpose space called the Velveteen Rabbit Room has a daybed with trundle that sleeps 1 - 2 singles or can be made into a king-sized bed with foam topper. In addition to being used as a bedroom, it could be an office or artist's studio. There is a large walk-in closet. (Please note that if guests are sleeping in the Velveteen Rabbit Room they would have to walk through the master suite to access the upstairs bathroom or use the bathroom downstairs that is accessible off the hallway.
A large second library filled with inspirational and entertaining books is located on the landing between the master suite and the Velveteen Rabbit room.
Any guest who stays here falls in love with this special Cottage-by-the-Sea called Sanctuary.
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Additional amenities include: concierge service, media library, games, playground, movie/video library, walking, basic pantry items (sugar/s&p;), golf, queen, master bedroom TV, b-bug mattress/pillow protectors, dining, groceries, fishing, bedroom, fisherman's wharf-monterey, gas range, beach gear/towels/cooler/chairs, whale watching info, roller blading, nearby grocery, 5 minute drive to beach, nearby post office, sound/bay fishing, hand mixer, movie theatres, complimentary hors d'oeuvres/bev, nearby fedex, coffee house nearby, scenic drives, monterey bay aquarium, photography, dishes & utensils, distant ocean views, live theater, beachcombing, iron & ironing board, nearby internet cafe, spa robes and amenities, twin/ single, point lobos state park nearby, washer & dryer (private), cannery row, horseback riding, paragliding, filtered water-refrigerator, restaurants, living room, forest theater (outdoor), wine tasting passes for 2, pack-n-play or crib, massage therapist, cookware (pots/pans/baking), point lobos reserve-close, snorkeling, atm/bank, cinemas, churches, ceiling or portable fans, full, cookie, cake & muffin tins, heating, beach nearby, wine tasting, quality bedding & towels, medical services, marina, tub, coffee maker, mini food processor, asilomar state park nearby, nearby medical services, daily cleaning (additional cost), museums, walking distance downtown, deepsea fishing, symphony orchestra, quality cutlery, nearby atm, golf course, on demand or pay per view movies, swimming, paddle boating, pets considered, coffee and tea supplies, hiking, synagogues, water skiing, equestrian events, festivals, basketball court, art galleries nearby, phone: free long dist - cont. us, cycling, garage for 1 car, hospital, tennis, winery tours, fisherman's wharf nearby, quiet residental neighborhood, recreation center, baby gate, ice maker, alum foil, plastic wrap/baggies, out door furniture, cd player, surf fishing, iron & board, pebble beach lodge-5 min drive, forced air heat, water filter-britta, king, nearby bank, sailing, pet bowls & furniture covers, laundromat, shower, local information/brochures, toys, pantry items, catering or chef available, bicycle rental info, toilet, antiquing, decorative serving pieces, carmel by the sea -5 min drive, recently updated interiors, mountain biking, ipod music dock, sleep sofa /futon, outlet shopping, spa day use passes for 2, carmel mission, restaurant walking distance, forests, bluray player, non smoking only, mazda laguna seca raceway, whale watching, walking dist to carmel by sea, sight seeing, fenced in yard, golf course info, more than one TV, decorative table settings, wind-surfing, eco tourism, my museum (for children), major shopping mall, child's highchair, close to town, surfing, scuba diving or snorkeling, water filter britta, close to point lobos, monterey museum of art, carmel sunset center (venue), village, bird watching, long-term renters welcome, kayaking rental info....Read more
Left on 05/05/2014 for a stay in April 2014 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We rented this home during Spring Break week. We absolutely loved it! The home is elegant and at the same time has the feeling of decorative, beach home that really suits the house located in Carmel-by-the sea. The ambiance and art work made it so pleasant!
The location is great because it's a walking distance to the Ocean avenue with all the restaurants, shops and galleries, and just a short car ride to the beach.
The home had everything we needed. Comfortable beds, plenty of towels and linens, plenty of kitchen supplies, outdoor patio with the grill and couch make this home a treasure!
We made wonderful memories in this home and would recommend it for any family event!
Left on 04/10/2012 for a stay in March 2012 | Tammy B
We had the most relaxing visit at Sanctuary by the Sea during our March trip. The home was extremely clean and I love clean. Every detail was thought of throughout the home from the kitchen to the wonderful throw blankets. Our yorkie, Sasha, enjoyed her daily walks and the secret garden below the deck. I enjoyed my daily walks through town and along the beach. The instant hot water was perfect as we have tea every night. We have one at our home and I thought I would have to do without for the week, Annie was thoughtful enough to have one in this home. We have stayed at 10-12 different vacation rentals and this was by far the best on the list. We will be coming back again. Don't look at another home rent this one!
Left on 01/04/2012 for a stay in December 2011 | Ingrid Ericson
Our family has enjoyed vacations in Carmel since Christmas 1957 when we rented Log Haven, one of Carmel's oldest cottages. Since then we've had many happy Carmel experiences, but none better than this year's enjoyment of our Sanctuary by the Sea cottage. The Sanctuary retains the ambiance of old Carmel while affording the comfort of top line, modern features. We look forward to returning. Sincerely, Ingrid Ericson
Left on 01/03/2012 for a stay in December 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
The Sanctuary is an amazing rental home with all the amenities you can imagine. Comfortable beds and linens will ensure a restful sleep. My dogs loved it and the back yard is great! Kitchen has everything a cook could wish for...fireplaces are a great bonus. We will returning as soon as possible. You just cannot go wrong with The Sanctuary! Enjoy.
It felt like our home away from home, and maybe even better.
Left on 12/14/2011 for a stay in November 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Everything that we wanted for the home was there. The arrangements and assistance were excellent. The house was beautiful and relaxing for all of us and our dog. The location was nice, very close to town, the beach, dining and shopping. It was perfect to relax, cook in the beautiful kitchen, which had everything needed for gourmet meals to snacks. The home and all things in it were exceptionally clean and comfortable. We will definitely stay again. We honeymooned in Carmel and came back for our 40th anniversary & it couldn't have been better!
Left on 11/26/2011 for a stay in October 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We have rented "pet friendly" homes in the Carmel area for the past nine years and none have been as well appointed as this home! It truly is a "sanctuary" vacation rental. Plus,the staff went out of their way to meet our special request. We look forward to our return.
Left on 11/21/2011 for a stay in November 2011 | Susan
From the personal note greeting us as we walked in the door of this charming Carmel cottage, to the wine and cheese to welcome our stay, to the well appointed kitchen, to the luxurious master bath, to the dreamy bed...we never wanted to depart!
The decorator touches from annee and the design of the remodel, transformed this typical little cottage into a true vacation sanctuary. Set up for relaxing or entertaining, for cooking or just making coffee, the kitchen was well equipped, and best of all, was a delight with spices, sea salt, olive oil and anything needed for a gourmet meal.
We enjoyed sharing the cottage with brother and sister-in-law, although we had to flip for the master bedroom Vs. the more feminine and smaller 1st floor guest bedroom. Other options for guests were 2 more rooms with day beds & trundles that would work for children or teens.
Left on 11/03/2011 for a stay in October 2011 | Mila
This is an incredibly thoughtfully staged rental. Every detail shows how much the owner cares about the guests' experience. It's very charming, very well-located, and absolutely everything you could want is included, from an iron to lotion to a vacuum.
Check-in was a little slow because the information sent to us was incorrect. It said there was a lockbox by door (there wasn't. It was on side of house). It said the code would be something it wasn't. In fact, after a phone call to a confused agent, we finally figured out that maybe the key would actually be someplace else entirely (it was). But this was a mere 15 minutes of annoyance out of a great weekend. Beautiful house and well worth renting!
Left on 05/17/2011 for a stay in May 2011 | Meredith H.
Wow! What can I say?? If you are planning a trip to Carmel, it doesn't get much better than Sanctuary by the Sea!!! I came to Carmel with my husband, another couple and a girlfriend. All three of us girls were running the Big Sur Marathon. Sactuary by the Sea was the perfect house for us!! Tons of space! An amazing kitchen! A glorious clawfoot tub! And only about a 5 minute walk to Downtown Carmel & the beach! The Sanctuary Vacation staff was so helpful prior to our arrival. Hopefully, we will be back to Carmel and staying at Sactuary by the Sea again soon!
Left on 04/12/2011 for a stay in March 2011 | Nana
We were surprised and delighted to see how beautiful the house was and enjoy the masterful work that the owner put into it.
The rooms were comfortable, the kitchen was amazing, and the master bedroom was
delightful. We wished it had been a little
closer to the beach, but you can't have
everything. Also the staff went to extra
effort to provide us with tickets for the
aquarium. We would return in a minute if we could. Next year may find us back.
Benita L. Smith (for 6 adults and 2 grand-
Left on 04/12/2011 for a stay in March 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Sanctuary by the Sea is a lovely home that is a bright and warm feeling. It is about a 5 minute walk to town- a little longer coming home because it is up hill-good for our hearts. I feel that it can handle 6 adults well. The deck is wonderful. We love the Carmel area and this is a great place as a home base.
Left on 04/11/2011 for a stay in March 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
A great get-away house and convenient to Carmel Village.It was winter weather but we were cozy and warm. The furnishings were extremely tasteful. The welcome basket just perfect. I think this house was good value for money too. Thank you.
Left on 04/11/2011 for a stay in March 2011 | Debbie
I had family and friends who came from Virginia, Kentucky, Washington and California. I and other family members came from Oregon. The kitchen is well stocked and big. The kids and some adults enjoyed the ping pong and pool table. We were unable to use the spa do to the weather. Pleanty of room and lots of movies. Great house for a crowd! Also close to many activities available in Monterey and surrounding cities. I would definitely recommend the house and stay there again.
Left on 04/01/2011 for a stay in March 2011 | John and Linda
We had a very relaxing week at sanctuary house .The house is well decorated and supplied with every thing one would need.We were so pleased with the beautiful and well equipped kitchen.The master bedroom and bath are quite wonderful. We always love our time in Carmel and staying at Sanctuary House made it even better.We can't wait to go back. Read more
Thanks so much for taking the time to write and we are looking forward to your return. Take care, Annee and David
A FlipKey verified reviewer
Left on 03/23/2011 for a stay in March 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
This is a very spacious 3 bedroom and 3 bath facility. Nicely maintained home, great location and large bedrooms and common areas. Well stocked with books, videos and games. Enjoyed the stay with our college aged daughters. Owners are very friendly and was lovely to interact with them.
Our daughter's wedding...
Left on 03/19/2011 for a stay in February 2011 | The Turners
Our stay was perfect in every way...the house was comfortable, clean, and absolutely beautiful. Our family was able to come and go during the wedding preparations and the days after were relaxing. The house had space for all of us to be together or find a secluded spot to read. The beach is only a couple blocks away and downtown Pacific Grove is a short walk. We will definitely be back!
Friends gather for a wonderful time in a beautiful place.
Left on 03/18/2011 for a stay in March 2011 | Bruce and Julie Johnson
This lovely home provided just what we wanted. It provided the intimacy we wanted, as well as, the space for privacy. The location was great to enjoy the beauty and activities of the Monterey area. The service we received from Sanctuary Vacation Rentals was the best we have every had - from the beginning to the end. We had a great 4 days and would recommend this beautiful setting.
Would you recommend this vacation rental to a friend?
Recommended for: Friends, Groups, Tourists, Families w teenagers, Rugged, Romantic, Families w children, Luxury
Left on 03/13/2011 for a stay in January 2011 | DRV
I picked this place for a leadership retreat for my organization. This place has it all, from a flat-panel TV to a piano, there are a lot of things to keep 20-year olds entertained when not doing work. Thanks for all the help!
Left on 03/09/2011 for a stay in February 2011 | Lilly
We were a family of seven adults with two pets and our stay at Casa Felice was perfect for all. The courtyard setting was intimate and very private especially for the pets. We were walking distance from shops and places to eat.
"Sanctuary by the Sea" is a gem amongst vacation rental homes!
Left on 02/28/2011 for a stay in January 2011 | A. & V. T
The rental was very professionally managed. The house was spotless and comfortable, with such great attention to every detail. We especially appreciated the well-equipped kitchen, and also the shelves of books, magazines, and movies. We love to walk and found the location great -- could explore the town and beach easily by foot (and go home in better shape from climbing Carmel's hills every day!) It was still not too peaceful in daytime on the deck due to the house construction behind, but they are making quick progress. Read more
Left on 01/11/2011 for a stay in November 2010 | Braun
This is a great house in a really good location. The pictures don't do it justice. Very clean and very well appointed. Wonderful Master suite with nice ocean views and a fireplace. The large master bath with separate shower and soaking tub are great after a day on the beach. We have rented vacation properties before and this is by far the nicest. Highly recommended .
Left on 12/04/2010 for a stay in July 2010 | ChristmasCarol
Annee and David, Thank you for sharing your lovely home with our family of five. There was plenty of space for our three young adult children and my husband and me. From the moment we arrived to find your welcoming note and wine and cheese tray, we realized how fortunate we are to be staying here. Your attention to detail in the kitchen enabled us to make the most of our meals together. We will always remember eating the grilled salmon my son had caught in the Pacific. It was a treat to puruse your books. I especially enjoyed the Carmel architecture book and your own Recipes and Reflection. We enjoyed watching Grapes of Wrath after visiting the Steinbeck Museum. Your home is perfectly situated for a great vacation. Our guys were able to play golf at Pebble and Cypress Point. We had an awesome hike around Point Lobos and a thrilling drive down Big Sur. We also enjoyed our visit to the Chateau Julien Winery. It has been so much fun to be able to walk into the downtown area of Carmel to shop and dine. My daughter and I greatly enjoyed the " Carmel walks". Our dining experiences have been superb and the people we have met have been so friendly. Thank you again for a memorable vacation. Read more
Thanks so much for taking the time to review and Happy New Year
Annee and David
relaxing, beautiful vacation spot
Left on 11/24/2010 for a stay in June 2009 | Susan
Our family enjoyed a wonderful vacation staying at Sanctuary by the Sea in Carmel. The cottage is located a few blocks from the beach and town, so its a perfect location from which to take long walks. The house was very clean and well-maintained. Loved the master bedroom and roomy, sunny master bathroom. Linens were very fine quality, as were the appliances in the updated kitchen. House was well stocked with kitchen supplies and linens. Nice back deck for grilling, eating, and relaxing. The owner provided a new toaster and bathtub plug upon our request. Would definitely recommend to a friend. Ideal for 2 couples and 1 young daughter, but an additional adult couple could use the girl's bedroom, and a child or teenager could sleep on the couch in the TV room.
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