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Forest Cottage on Heart Circle Mountain: On-Site Hiking, Waterfalls & Hot Tub

Andrew & Brianne

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, spanish
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Forest Cottage on Heart Circle Mountain: On-Site Hiking, Waterfalls & Hot Tub

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Big Sur Cottage Rental Photos and Description

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath with Mountain and Forest Views, Close to the Beach

'Wild Luxury on the Edge of the World'

Welcome to Heart Circle Mountain: 36 private acres of redwoods, mountains, and waterfalls. A unique balance of wilderness and luxury, sunny Heart Circle Mountain offers private on-site hiking, breathtaking views, and 2 private retreats. Each retreat includes carefully selected creature comforts and is on its own area of the property. The shared courtyard at the main house offers free wifi and is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee, relax in the sun, share in a bonfire, or just gaze at the stars.

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~ 36 private acres = privacy for all + 360 views

~ On site hiking with romantic lounging areas creekside or ocean view

~ 3 miles from breathtaking Garrapata Beach

~ In the Goldilocks Zone

~ Paved, private road

~ Free Aquarium Tickets

~ 2 unique retreats (please see our other listing and website for details)

The Forest Cottage:

An exquisite two story home nestled into a private redwood and oak glen, the Forest Cottage is your own piece of paradise. Established in the 1930’s as the original cottage on Heart Circle Mountain, the Forest Cottage has been lovingly remodeled, built out of the finest materials including Venetian plaster walls, tumbled marble, and art glass lighting. The retreat is meticulously cleaned with non-toxic, eco and allergy friendly cleaners, is pet dander free, and features sparkling white linens line dried in the Big Sur sun.

Upstairs, the romantic bedroom has two skylights for nights of star gazing, unobstructed by city lights. The queen sleigh bed is outfitted with a Tempur-Pedic mattress, a down duvet, and high thread count linens. The large sitting area has a love seat, sofa, CD/iPod/Radio System and a Flat Screen TV with a wide selection of DVDs and a HDMI hookup for your computer.

The cottage features a full gourmet kitchen, which includes completely stocked cupboards of cooking implements and condiments, a full sized refrigerator, stove/oven, microwave and large dining area. There is also a Weber BBQ on the patio where you can enjoy the beautiful yard with a custom redwood dining table. Take a nap in the 2 person hammock, kick back and sunbath on the chaise lounge chairs, or rejuvenate in the hydro massage hot tub under the canopy of redwoods and oaks, while listening to the sounds of the forest and flowing creek.

The Property:

Heart Circle Mountain is in the Goldilocks Zone. Above the fog-line but below hotter and higher altitudes which can be buggy. Heart Circle has a unique and sunny microclimate that is filled with wildlife including deer, foxes, squirrels, quail, birds of prey and bobcats.

Our two private hiking trails lie just outside your door and promise a unique Big Sur experience with many lounge areas outfitted with 2-person hammocks, tables and chairs or benches, perfect for a picnic or a glass of wine.

The Waterfall Trail meanders through a redwood forest along a private section of Palo Colorado Creek and includes two lounge areas. The halfway point is the Forest Glen: a magical area on the creek with an old growth redwood fairy ring soaring overhead surrounded by a lush forest floor of sorrel and ferns. Continuing into the redwoods at the trails end you will find a second lounging area set in an intimate forest setting with a tranquil pool at the base of a 10 ft granite waterfall, surrounded by ferns, horsetails, redwoods and oaks.

The Zen Trail gently climbs up Garrapata Ridge and offers spectacular ocean, mountain, and valley views. The trail passes over our local fox’s den who might grace you with a sighting. At trails end you will find a magical lounging area nestled under a natural oak arbor with a view of the pacific ocean beyond and the dramatic ridge lines. A perfect spot to watch the red-tailed hawks and peregrine falcons fly overhead while enjoying gorgeous sunsets.

You won't have to drive anywhere to explore the beauty of Big Sur! Of course there are endless possibilities for many adventures along the coast or in the Ventana Wilderness a few miles away!

Interaction with Guests:

We are available on site if you should need anything extra or are interested in getting additional recommendations on hikes, restaurants, etc. You can also just do a self check in and enjoy this magnificent country.

Location:

Our property is perfectly located on Big Sur's North Coast, atop a small mountain overlooking Palo Colorado Canyon and the Pacific Ocean beyond. Heart Circle Mountain is conveniently located just 2.2 miles from Highway 1. Enjoy all that Big Sur has to offer, yet remain only a 15-20 minute drive North to Carmel, and a 15-20 minute drive South to the Big Sur valley. Enjoy the best of both worlds, on the most scenic roads anywhere. No need to worry about dirt roads, as our retreats are located along our private paved road, which is traffic, mud and dust free.

Without a doubt, you will leave Heart Circle Mountain with a unique piece of Big Sur in your heart.

To the North:

~ Rocky Point Restaurant- 2.5 mi

~ Garrapata Beach/State Park- 3 mi

~ Soberanes Point and Canyon- 6 mi

~ Point Lobos State Reserve- 10 mi

~ Carmel- 12 mi w/ 80+ restaurants, art galleries and shops.

To the South:

~ Bixby Bridge and the Old Coast Road

~ Andrew Molera State Park- Miles of trails and beach and guided horseback rides.

~ Big Sur Valley- 12 mi w/restaurants, art galleries and shops.

To the East:

~ Scenic Palo Colorado Road, meanders inland and ends at Bottchers Gap Park with campground and hiking trails, offering breathtaking views of the Ventana wilderness and Mt. Pico Blanco.

~ Mill Creek Redwood Preserve is now open by permit only and is a few miles before Bottchers Gap!

To the West:

~Rocky Point to Castle Rock with the aqua blue Pacific Ocean crashing onto the shore.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Keywords: Private, Cabin, Romantic Retreat, Luxury, Ocean, Mountain, Redwoods, Big Sur

More Details
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Andrew & Brianne (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
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Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2015

About Andrew & Brianne

Hello! We are the owners of Heart Circle Mountain Retreat. We love Heart Circle, and have been able to continue our passion for design when creating each unique retreat. We put thought and care into designing and furnishing the retreats. We originally created them for our immediate family. We are now excited to open the retreats to more people who want to experience the healing tranquility and beauty of Heart Circle Mountain.

Andrew & Brianne purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Andrew & Brianne chose Big Sur

We find the location of Heart Circle Mountain to be naturally healing. The climate, 360 views, and privacy all come together to create a place of peace and serenity. We consider living on this land to be the most precious gift, and have devoted ourselves to caring for it, from the green forest to the aqua blue ocean. The retreats have scenic roads in all directions and we are close to the Villages we love.

What makes this cottage unique

The circular driveway, ridges and mountains, all encircle the mountain on which the retreat sits, is unique to this property, and is the reason for the name, Heart Circle Mountain. The rich and abundant animal and plant life also provide us with extraordinary experiences on a daily basis. We are able to offer private hiking trails because of the large acreage, which is rarely available in Big Sur with diverse flora and fauna on one property. Enjoy idyllic Big Sur beauty, fresh & deep spring water, healing nature and rare ancient redwoods. Wild luxury on the edge of the world...

Guestbook comments from the owner

It was such a gift to turn 35 here in this sanctuary! The quiet was so reflective, the hot tub rejuvenating!

We cooked and listened to the sounds of the wood, hiked and explored the beaches and the trees!

What a wonderful respite from everyday life!! We hope to visit again soon!

Thank you again!
Nov 2014
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Reviews

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Forest Cottage on Heart Circle Mountain: On-Site Hiking, Waterfalls & Hot Tub
average rating of 4.983051 based on 62 reviews
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
5

Relaxing stay

  • 5 of 5

Very clean and comfortable retreat. Had everything we needed. Quiet and perfect place to relax in a serene nature setting. Close to excellent hikes and loved the forest setting.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Potomac, Maryland
5

Wonderful Experiece

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at the Forest Cottage for three nights this April. The Forest Cottage is located in a spectacular natural setting as advertised. All of the Big Sur area highlight areas are readily accessible, but the cottage is nestled in a private scenic area far from the tourist crowds. The cottage itself is very tastefully appointed, comfortable furniture, very well stocked kitchen, lovely outdoor seating and dining areas, etc.. I would highly recommend the Forest Cottage for those who really want to experience the Big Sur area at its finest.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Santa Cruz area
4

Wonderful restful and beautiful weekend

  • 4 of 5

I rented the cottage as a surprise for my spouse for his 60th birthday. He was so pleased when we arrived and we looked around the beautiful grounds and inside the lovely and VERY clean cottage. The kitchen was nicely outfitted so we had no trouble preparing meals. The hammock was a big hit and the hot tub a wonderful luxury. We loved going to Mill Creek for the hike we had heard about. Well worth the slight trouble to get a permit. Very beautiful spot.

We will back again very soon!

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

peaceful retreat ~ absolutely lovely!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our much to short stay at the Forest Cottage! It was idyllic, romantic, quaint.... the perfect lil shangri-la! We arrived after dark to a magical cottage with white twinkling lights! We did self check in and didn't see anyone around for our entire stay. It was so nice to wake up in the morning to the awesome birds singing. Everything was just wonderful, from the kitchen supplies to the cozy robes, to the hot tub under the redwoods, to the hammocks you will find in the yard and on the sweet hiking trails! This Lil cabin in the woods is a special place to retreat from life's stresses and distractions. How nice to unplug, unwind, and spend a few days in nature. The skylight over the comfy bed was spectacular~ Star gazing as you drift off to sleep! The attention to details makes this a perfect vacation rental. Everything was thoughtfully arranged ~ flowers on the table too! The hike to the waterfall, through the redwoods, to the hammock ~ so sweet! Then the Zen trail to the ocean view spot... two nice, short hikes. We also enjoyed a hike to the beach at Andrew Molera and a delicious dinner at Big Sur River Inn. There is so much to see and do in this beautiful corner of the world! Thanks so much Brianne and Andrew

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Sunnyvale, CA, USA
5

Delightful romantic get-away

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was everything I had hoped for! An extremely clean cottage, everything in excellent shape, a full kitchen, extremely comfortable bed, hidden in amongst tall redwood trees for an extremely quiet and peaceful stay. We hiked to the waterfall in the morning, a delightful stroll (though steep in parts) to an adorable 5-foot tall waterfall in a pristine wood, complete with a nice bench to sit on. We hiked the Zen trail up for the view in the afternoon and enjoyed a lovely view of the ocean also from a brilliantly-placed bench. I would recommend this place to anyone seeking a romantic get-away.

A few specifics: downstairs is a kitchen with a table and chairs and also the bathroom, upstairs is the bed with two couches to lounge on and also a petite desk with chair. There are large windows to enjoy the view from here. We found the bedroom very pleasant to lounge around in because of the view; indeed we saw two deer wander by several times. The roadway in can be rather frightening at night in the rain, as it is very narrow and one-way in parts, so do try to arrive in daylight if you can, and in all cases approach the many blind corners at a very slow speed. Go slowly and carefully and you will see that it is very worth it once you arrive!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Calabasas, CA
5

Peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This is the place for anyone who wants or needs to unplug and reset. Yes, there is WiFi available on the property, but you have to work a bit for it (walk up a slight hill), which can be a very good incentive to NOT check your phone to see if it's going to rain. It will rain if it's going to rain. (It did rain one day during my stay and it's lovely to lie under the skylights and watch it).

The Cottage itself is spotlessly kept and contains just about everything you'll need except groceries.

There is a full, well-equipped kitchen which I used for every meal. There are restaurants very close by, but it does mean navigating the winding road in and out of the neighborhood.

This property is perfectly located about halfway between Big Sur proper and Carmel. It's a quick drive to many beautiful hiking areas (not to mention the stunning Garrapata Beach), but for easy and private moments with beauty, take one of the trails right there outside your door and picnic beside a stream.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
21 Miles
Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY)
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Rocky Point Restaurant
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Pebble Beach
Nearest Motorway
2.2 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Rocky Point Restaurant
Nearest Beach
3.5 Miles
Garrapata Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Rocky Point Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Garrapata Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Carmel-by-the-Sea
Nearest Point of Interest
Pebble Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Bixby Bridge
Nearest Point of Interest
Point Sur
Nearest Point of Interest
Point Lobos
Nearest Point of Interest
Bottcher's Gap
Nearest Point of Interest
Soberanes
Nearest Point of Interest
Point Sur Lighthouse
Nearest Point of Interest
Mill Creek Preserve
Nearest Point of Interest
Pico Blanco
Nearest Point of Interest
Big Sur Dining
Car: necessary

10min to Garrapata Beach, Private Hiking on 36 Acres of Redwood Forests with Private Waterfalls, 15 minutes (6 miles) to Botchers Gap (The Northern entrance to the Ventana Wilderness aka Los Padres National Forest), 20 minutes to Carmel or Big Sur Valley Commercial Zone

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Rates & Availability

From $350 Per night

Big Sur Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
May 22 2015 - Oct 12 2015
2 night minimum stay
$400
From
$450
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,800
 
 
Fall
Oct 13 2015 - Jan 4 2016
2 night minimum stay
$375
From
$425
Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,450
 
 
Winter
Jan 5 2016 - Mar 17 2016
2 night minimum stay
$350
From
$400
Fri,Sat
$2,275
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300.00
Cleaning Fee $100.00
Tax Rate 10.5%
Notes 2 Adults 21 & Up, No Pets, No Children
Fees: Monterey Tax 10.5%; Cleaning $100
Two-Night Minimum. Three-Four Night Min for certain Special Events & Holidays*
*Rates are $50/night higher than stated rate for these periods: MLKJ, President’s Day, Easter, Big Sur Marathon, Memorial Day, Mothers & Fathers Day, 4th of July, Concours d’Elegance, Labor Day, Monterey Jazz Festival, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years

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Amenities

Big Sur Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Art glass lighting, granite, tumbled marble, and large windows for forest views!
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • A romantic bedroom with a queen Mahogany Sleigh bed, Egyptian cotton sheets, a down duvet with a sky light above...Large windows with a forest view and fresh mountain air...Light and spacious!
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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