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The Acorn - A Majestic Coastal Ranch Home- Winter Specials!- Concourse wk Avail!

21 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 8 nights

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5 - 8 nights


Carmel-by-the-Sea House Rental Photos and Description

5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, sleeps 10.

The Acorn is located 2 miles south of Carmel across Highway One from Point Lobos State Park - one of the most magnificent and picturesque areas on the West Coast. This property is located on approximately 5 acres on the top of a knoll overlooking Carmel Bay, Pebble Beach and Point Lobos. Surrounded by open space and park land, the Acorn is a very private setting yet only a 5 minute drive to a new Safeway, shopping and Carmel-by-the-Sea shops and dining. Golf, scuba diving, hiking, beaches -- all close by. Big Sur is a scenic drive just 40 minutes south on Highway One. In addition to the main house, there is a charming guest house with full accommodations.

The Main House: The main house features a king master suite with sliding glass doors that provide romantic, breathtaking views of Point Lobos and Pebble Beach and access to the home's expansive deck. There is also a queen bedroom with separate bathroom and dressing room that also has access to the deck via sliding glass doors. Two additional bedrooms each have two twin beds. A sofa bed in the parlor/game room provides additional sleeping accommodations.

Guest House: The guest cottage is a charming, cozy 3-room cottage with a king bed, full bath, kitchen and laundry. This unique cottage provides ultimate privacy from the main house should you so desire. Yet it is close enough to provide additional guest accommodations for friends or family.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Patrick & Sara Whisler
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 27, 2016
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About Patrick & Sara Whisler

Family purchased property in 1898, Historic Ranch

Patrick & Sara Whisler purchased this house in 1898

Why Patrick & Sara Whisler chose Central Coast California

Family property purchased in 1898

Guestbook comments from the owner

To Mark, Patrick & Sara, Diane and Carolyn,

We've just returned to Boston from our family gathering at The Acorn Ranch and I wanted to let you know how much we treasured everything about it and how thankful we are that you're willing to share your special Carmel/Pt. Lobos home. I feel so fortunate to have fond it on VRBO.

For those of us from 1 to 71, it was perfect. The huge grand dining table was the focal point of our days (for meals and for puzzles and games with grandchildren), and epitomized the quality, history, traditions of The Acorn where so many have gathered, grateful for the foresight of Alexander Allan, the Riley family, and the immense talents of the Whislers in bringing the old and the new together to create such a wonderful home.

We were surrounded by history, beautiful furnishing, interesting collections, beautiful Oriental rugs... and then there were the comfortable touches in a beautiful, FULLY-equipped, contemporary kitchen, the George Nelson lights, wood ceilings, expansive glass, Frank Lloyd Wright inspired lanterns/lights, beautiful landscaping and trellises!!

We adults appreciated the quality linens and towels (even beach towels!), the washer/dryer, and so many thoughtful details you provided. The ranch setting delighted our young grandchildren who were entertained endlessly by "Jesse" "Goldie" "Tom" and "Mikey" (the horses), the miniature horses, the deer and turkeys. The expansive house, older and newer, gave everyone space and so many options: a cabinet of games; a library of books, even for the 4 year olds; 2 grassy areas for soccer games; bike riding on the dirt road; adventures to the basketball court, and the back garden with its "quiet time" reading swing and the lemon tree and raspberries.

We grandparents had a quiet get away in the guest house, far from the (too) early a.m. wakings in the house.

We hardly needed to leave the property at all as we enjoyed the spectacular beauty of Pt. Lobos, high above Carmel and our view of the water, but we had 3 great beach days. Pt. Lobos was almost a walk away and we took advantage of that special landscape and CA treasure that your family saved. We had Gibson Beach to ourselves one day - so gentle for the grandchildren who didn't seem to mind the cold water. The Carmel River Beach was great for kite flying, and the Monterey Aquarium was a nice day trip.
Aug 2014
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The Acorn - A Majestic Coastal Ranch Home- Winter Specials!- Concourse wk Avail!
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews
Valparaiso, Indiana

Discovering California from the Acorn Ranch

  • 5 of 5

We grandparents vacationed with our children and grandchildren for a week in California. The Acorn Ranch was perfectly situated for our series of day trips south to Big Sur and north to Santa Cruz. We went to several state and national parks for hiking and sight seeing and had the quiet serenity of the Acorn Ranch to return to every evening. The house had ample room to give everyone their own space and a huge dining room table for family meals and games. The granddaughters especially like to interact with the horses as they made their daily visit to the back yard deck.

The house was a short walk to the ocean and a short drive to the world famous Monterrey Aquarium. The house was truly a "home" away from home for all of us, with the animals, local history books to read and a wonderful kitchen for family meals. The peaceful way we began and ended each day was the perfect way to spend a very active vacation. The house and grounds were everything that was advertised, clean and well manicured and private.

We all look forward to our next visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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  • 5 of 5

My family stayed here for a week and we absolutely loved everything about this place. I got married at a hotel nearby during our stay and this house was the most beautiful place to come back to to take pictures in my wedding dress. The beautiful flowers and horses surrounding the property were just picture perfect. The location is perfect to explore the surrounding areas. We easily ventured down the 17 mile drive of Big Sur, Point Lobos across the street, Carmel, Mission Ranch, and Monterey. We couldn't have been happier with our stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Owner's Response: Thank You so much for your kind words, and for taking such great care of our beautiful Ranch! Please come back very soon, you are always welcome. The Whisler Family
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Beautiful Home, Gorgeous Views!

  • 5 of 5

This wonderful place, "The Acorn," is reminiscent of old California in all the best ways but certainly has every amenity you would ever need. There is room to sleep 10 (we had 8) and everyone loved the accommodations. We felt embraced by this historic family home we were able to call ours for the week we stayed there. Large kitchen/dining room area with a table big enough for everyone to share meals around complete with stunning rock fireplace, high ceilings, huge windows and ocean views was our favorite place to relax and hang out next to sunny afternoons spent on the large front decks overlooking the ocean. Wonderfully private location yet close to Big Sur and Carmel and everything else on the peninsula. We can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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What a nice place and so relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I celebrated our 30th anniversary at Acorn and we are considering going back for our 31st. This is a great place for quiet time with a loved one or with family or friends. The view, location, and comfort are off the charts at Acorn Ranch.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Chicago, IL

Amazing property for a Big Sur family get together

  • 5 of 5

The Acorn is an immaculate property with enough space for 10. We had the best week staying here in mid-March. Perfect chilly nights turned in to gorgeous sunrises sipping coffee on the expansive deck, watching waves crash on to Pebble Beach. This was a perfect "home base" for taking day trips exploring Carmel, Monterrey, Big Sur Coast... and then coming back and cooking meals in the open kitchen. Plenty of space for adults to all find their corners and relax with a book. Such a great trip, anchored with the Acorn property. thank you for sharing this home!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
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Owner's Response: Thank You so much for this lovely review, please come back soon to the Acorn! The Whisler Family
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Santa Monica

Best place on Carmel Coast

  • 5 of 5

All of the previous reviews say it all, but I cannot resist writing our own review. Four couples in the main house and couple in the guest house. The house is stunning - the horses, views ,open kitchen dining room and walk across the road to hike in Point Lobos - was the icing on the cake for our daughter's wedding in Big Sur. Our new son-in-law and family grew up in Carmel - and they were equally knocked out by this property. Thank you Whisler Family!

Thank you Thank you Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Owner's Response: Thank you so much Karen, please come back soon. The Whisler Family
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Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Rancho Canada
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Rio Grill
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Carmel-by-the-Sea House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season 2016
Apr 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
5 night minimum stay
Nov-Dec 2016
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 18 2016
5 night minimum stay
New Years 2017
Dec 28 2016 - Jan 2 2017
6 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Low Season
Jan 5 2017 - Mar 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
High Season
Apr 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Concourse 2017
Aug 14 2017 - Aug 21 2017
8 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Holiday Rate
Nov 20 2017 - Nov 25 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $325
Linens $240
Refundable damage deposit $750
Tax Rate 10.5%

Rates subject to change until reservation confirmed. $750 refundable deposit. Maximum 10 guests including infants and children no exceptions.No weddings or events allowed, Maximum of 6 additional occasional day guests for 16 total on property ant given time.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Carmel-by-the-Sea House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • #1 King Bath - toilet , shower , bidet
    #2 Queen - toilet , shower
    #3 - toilet , shower
    #4 Cottage - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , w/ bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , w/ bath
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Twin
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Twin
    Garden Cottage - 1 king , w/ bath
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • tennis

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

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