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Big Sur Cabin Retreats

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

2BR Vacation Rental Big Sur, California USA

Three great private cabins in the renowned and majestic Big Sur Valley. Enjoy accommodations for one to six people in peaceful, scenic, and relaxing settings. Enjoy hiking (four state parks within 15 minutes drive), lounging at a swimming hole on the Big Sur River, relaxing at the beach... or just stay put and enjoy the peace and quiet.

You can also take the half hour scenic coastal drive to Carmel-by-the Sea and enjoy the many shops, galleries, and restaurants. Or continue five minutes more to Monterey and its many offerings. Driftwood/Sandpiper are two cabins connected by a large deck with a large hot tub (1-6 people) You can rent Driftwood solely, in which case Sandpiper will remain vacant. Charlie Cabin is a short distance away and unseen from the main cabins. It is a 1 bedroom cottage for 1 or 2 people, with its own amenities, including fireplace, deck, and hot tub and can be rented together with Driftwood/Sandpiper or separately.

Monterey County has an ordinance that rentals are to be 30 days or more. Contact owner for more information.

More Details

Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 28, 2016

About Chad

Retired high school teacher (25 years, multi-subjects) and spouse a retired medical assistant (20 years). We bought the 5 acre property in 1992 and built the cabins 1992 to 1994.

Why Chad chose Central Coast California

We love Big Sur and were lucky to be in the right place at the right time to purchase this beautiful property in a great Big Sur location.

What makes this cabin unique

Custom charm, quiet, peaceful, relaxing, amenities, great view, and close to everything in Big Sur. Also only a few minutes to beaches and 1/2 hour to Carmel and Monterey.


Big Sur Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • River
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Tank
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , All have indoor and outdoor showers.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , All have indoor and outdoor showers.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , with loft
  • Driftwood is a large open room with a loft. A murphy double bed pulls down near the fireplace, and the loft has a trundle bed (2 single or a king) if put together. Sandpiper is like a master suite with a queen bed , it's own bathroom, and also houses the laundry room. Charlie Cabin is a 3 room cottage with its own full kitchen and a queen bed in the bedroom.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • bay/sound
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
No toddlers/youngsters. No pets.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


3.7/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

Big Sur Cabin Retreats
average rating of 3.7142856 based on 7 reviews

Great value

  • 4 of 5

Tastefully decorated, beautiful aroma of lavender plants on the deck. Outside shower a nice touch. BBQ Grill would have come in handy but the nearest grocery store is 26 miles north in Carmel so buy some meat on the ride down. Hot tub is really a soaking tub but still quite relaxing. View of the stars at night simply breathtaking.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. I am not clear about the BBQ mention as it is in place on the deck. Also the River Inn General Store is only 1/2 mile away for provisions.
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Remote, beautiful surrounds but not recommended

  • 1 of 5

he cabin was lovely and remote, although extremely difficult to get to in the car. Very steep drive up a dirt road. On our first night the power went out and didn't come back on until lunchtime the next day. On our second we decided to try the hot tub but it wouldn't work. Chad and Kathy offered no compensation for either the power outage or the faulty hot tub. Furthermore, we left the place in near pristine condition, and yet Chad insisted on taking out half of the deposit for 'extra cleaning'. I argued that the deposit should only be taken from if there was something damaged, and surely they had to do moderate cleaning between guests anyway, but he wouldn't budge. Chad was stubborn to deal with. I certainly would not recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It never ceases to amaze me that irresponsible, neglectful people who do not attend to check-out instructions still expect a full refund of their deposit and when they don't get it fabricate in a review. Pristine? My wife and I attended to the clean-up and prep for incoming guests, the 2 of us working for 2 hours. Basically this couple did NOTHING and just walked out the door. We are not responsible for power outs in the area, and if he had called me regarding the hot tub after the power came back on it would have been easy to instruct him on re-setting the breaker.
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25 0

Charlie Cabin Let Down

  • 1 of 5

Spent a lovely weekend in Big Sur. Unfortunately had a poor experience with this property.

Hot Tub didn't work, which was #1 reason we chose this property. Then the owners charged us for damage to property we did not do without telling us or providing any documentation. Poor communication. When I called, Chad was hot headed, accusatory, and rude.<P><P>

The cabin its self was pleasant, needs work, but to be expected from a rustic cabin in the woods.

We are a very quiet and clean couple who followed all of the owners very detailed check-in and check-out instructions to a T. They still charged us. Made no apologies for hot tub. Instead accused me.<P><P>I would not recommend this place to family or friends.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: After reading this review I realized that there really are immature, audacious individuals in our midst. They had some sort of chemical spill on our wood flooring and though we did charge $50 against their cleaning/damage deposit, I realize now I should have kept the entire amount, as we will probably have to redo the floor finish in the entire room. When he called upon departing he mentioned that the hot tub hadn't been working and it was clear from what he said that he didn't follow directions regarding use and that he had turned the thermostat fully up, past the mark designated as limit, thereby tripping the circuit breaker. All he needed to do was call for directions on resetting, easily done. He chose not to, perhaps out of embarrassment.
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Slice of Heaven - Big Sur Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Happily, we have been back to Chad & Kate's cabins now three times, beginning in the year 2000 as part of our Honeymoon. It's SUCH a lovely place. Each time we come we spend far too much time patting each others back, reminding ourselves what brilliant and lucky people we are to have found our way back here yet again. We were in the Driftwood Cabin this time as there were just the two of us, and besides the cabin being very cozy & charming, complete with all the creature comforts and a nicely equipped kitchen, we had unbelievably gorgeous weather for January! We spent many dreamy hours outside on the wide sunny deck enjoying the big hot tub, having gourmet meals, reading and lounging in deep R&R among the tree tops in the heart of the heart of the Big Sur River Canyon. All with a bird's eye view! Did I mention the wide sunny deck....? Needless to say, we'll be back and are (SERIOUSLY) counting the days - and hoping Chad & Kate will have us!

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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0 3
Orange County CA

Charlie Cabin

  • 5 of 5

Charming cabin in private area surrounded by magestic views. Very well equipped with all kitchen needs. The location is perfect, in the heart of Big Sur. We loved our stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2010
  • Stayed: Sep 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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17 4
atlanta, ga

Quintessential Big Sur Cabins

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed in all three of Chad and Kati's cabins on several different occasions and have always had superb experiences! The cabins are charmingly and lovingly decorated. Our most recent visit was Aug, 2010. The owners are very accommodating; offering helpful advice on travel, sightseeing opportunities and local restaurants, timely security deposit refunds -- if you follow their check out instructions, and they offer details ab how to fully utilize the cabins including Big Sur books for hiking, etc. My only complaint would be that their photos aren't updated and don't show many of the improvements they have made to the properties -- like adding pavers around the two properties, a HUGH improvement to Charlie Cabin which had been hard to access but is now totally driveable. The two cabin sites, Driftwood and Sandpiper and then Charlie Cabin, are far enough apart and separated by dense trees and foliage to afford total privacy. In fact, one of the features my husband and I enjoy about the cabins is their outdoor totally private showers. We never use the indoor showers while staying at the property and we aren't exhibitionists -- they are just that private. Both properties have lovely potted flowers and greenery that provide a "homey" feel. The properties are at the end of a 1/2 mile long steep but accessible dirt road -- so you don't have any traffic driving by (the dirt road is accessible without 4-wheel drive and totally navigatable by night after dining in Big Sur.) You are right in the heart of Big Sur within easy driving distance to beaches, fine dining and local music. I would advise shopping for major grocery items before arriving in Big Sur (great Safeway in Carmel if you're driving S to Big Sur) but there are small local stores for items you've forgotten. Don't miss the Big Sur Bakery (our favorite), splurge on dinner at the Post Ranch Inn (they don't offer reservations at prime time for non-guests but you can go early and watch the sunset and drink at the bar until your table is ready), lunch at Ventana for the views, Deetjens has a great b'fast and dinner, check out what's going on at the Henry Miller Library, the Fernwood Bar for music and the Spirit Garden, and don't forget McWay Falls at Julia Pfeiffer Burns St Park. Pfeiffer Beach is NOT to be missed but you'll have to be careful not to miss the turn because there's NO SIGN even though it is a St. Park! Cell phone coverage is spotty and WiFI would be a GREAT addition to the cabins!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4 3


Car: necessary

Big Sur is wonderfully rustic and woodsy, with a river running through the valley. Yet within minutes are several fine restaurants, great beaches, and hiking... and it is only 1/2 hour south of Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Carmel and all that they offer.


Rates & Availability

Big Sur Cabin Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 10.0%

$250 for 1 bedroom cottage cabin for two people.
Also available, 2 conjoined cabins, accommodates up to 6 people, 1 cabin at $300/night both at $450/night for up to 6 people.

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