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Carmel Valley's 'Little Ahwahnee' Creek Retreat - Refreshing fairytale charm.

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,100 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Fireplace
  • Hot Tub
  • children welcome


About the property

Rustic Elegance - Cabin - 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s) - 2 Baths - (Sleeps 8-

Lovingly preserved and restored, this rustic beauty sparkles! Architecture is reminiscent of Yosemite's Ahwahnee Hotel, with cathedral ceilings, stripped redwood beams, and 4 river rock fireplaces. This idyllic retreat was built in 1930 by Pebble Beach residents, Grace and Paul Veeder to relax and entertain guests in sunny Carmel Valley, away from Pebble Beach's fog.

Cherished by our 5 family generations as a private hideaway home, The Ranch House is now offered as an exclusive, executive family retreat that today's multiple generations can treasure as they enjoy precious time together.

Exquisite kitchen, 2 quaint bathrooms (pedestal tub/shower in the guest suite and a candlelit fireplace shower in the master suite) with custom furnishings throughout. Careful preservation and upgrades adorn this historic treasure.

Just 15 minutes from Carmel, and its coastal fog, The Ranch House at Garzas Creek soaks in Carmel Valley sunshine most of the year. Minutes away to golf, horseback riding, shopping, fine dining, & wine tasting.

Our 3 bedroom / 2 bath rustic Ranch House comfortably accommodates 8 ... and up to 10 people (2 queens and 2 bunk beds) with Sheraton Sweet Sleeper mattresses and lovely linens. The Ranch House offers the best of yesterday with the comforts of today.

We invite you to come discover this exceptional retreat, in a private canyon on 50+ acres, (1/4 mile off a quiet residential road). Features include: custom kitchen with radiant-heat tiled floors, tiled counters, custom redwood cabinets, spacious great room with majestic river rock fireplace, original wide plank redwood floors, original 'twig furniture,' Native American and early Californian art, 8' pool table, massive outdoor stone fireplace on terrace, new private hot tub, seasonal creek, and plenty of land to hike on and explore with exclusive, private trail head access to Garland Regional Park.

Equestrians, ask about bringing your horses on vacation, and stable up to 3 horses steps away from The Ranch House in our covered shed row, with 12 x 24' stalls. Ideal for trail riders and show horses. Trail riders will enjoy private access to 4200 acres of rugged mountain terrain, mountain streams and hidden Redwood Canyon in Garland Park.

Horse show participants will have peace of mind, knowing your equine friend is under your watchful eye - away from the bustle of show grounds. You both will relax in comfort, quiet, and convenience. Show venues are nearby. The Carmel Valley Trail and Saddle Club is a hack away. Pebble Beach Stables are 25 minutes away. Monterey County Fairgrounds are 30 minutes away.

Call today to reserve your time at one of the newest ...yet oldest...vacation bed and barn in Carmel Valley! As you relax in the creek side hot tub under a brilliant canopy of stars, The Ranch House at Garzas Creek will become YOUR favorite vacation spot!

Please call Colleen Marquez for more information and to reserve your next getaway in Carmel Valley.

**(all rates plus cleaning fee, pet fee and refundable security deposit/s).

More Details

Colleen Marquez
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2017

About Colleen Marquez

Mom and Dad are our 3rd generation family partners. We are grateful to them for allowing us to use The Ranch House as a place where we can come and stay when we're in town, and rent to you the rest of the year! We think Great-Grands Paul and Grace, and Granny and GrandDad would be pleased, too! This is a family enterprise, and we feel truly blessed to share our heritage with you.

Colleen Marquez purchased this cabin in 1930

Why Colleen Marquez chose Central Coast California

Samuel F.B. Morse was our Great GrandDad's friend from Yale. He persuaded Paul and Grace to buy almost 800 acres in Carmel Valley, and a handful of lots in Pebble Beach in the late 1920's. They loved escaping the fog on the coast to visit the Carmel Valley sunshine. Nice choice!

What makes this cabin unique

Be properly warned. There is never enough time to enjoy your stay at The Ranch House. Time here is so slow and charming, you will almost feel you are in a dream. But no matter how many nights you stay, it is NEVER enough time, and the last day at The Ranch House will come too quickly. So plan to stay an extra day whenever possible!

Guestbook comments from the owner

The house was INCREDIBLE! We had such a wonderful time. The house was simply gorgeous!! The things that you bought are first class. It was very fun to be the first guests. We had a great family weekend. We hope to return soon!
Oct 2008
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Carmel Valley Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 3 twin/ single , Bunk Beds
  • Beds: * Queen Bed (2): Luxury Sheraton Sweet Sleeper beds. New. * Double Bed: Double bed is on lower bunk in 3rd bedroom. * Twin/Single Bed: Trundle is available for use in bunk room - or can be moved to other bedroom or living space as desired for extra sleeping space. * Bunk Bed (2): Kids and adults alike will love 'the Dog House' - aka bunk room. 2 comfortable bunk beds: Single over single over trundle, and single over double futon. Cozy and fun. * Convertible Bed: 2 large sofas (one in great room; one in smaller living room) provide extra sleeping accommodations with queen sleepers. (one with air mattress topper for exceptional comfort). **********Luxury bed linens, 100% Cotton high count, down and down alternative pillows, bath towels, kitchen towels, & spa towels are provided. 6 spa robes are provided.**********
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
*Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer: Plenty of room for your RV/Boat/Horse trailer -- *2 fully functional wood burning river rock fireplaces: 1 in great room, 1 on outside terrace. Master bedroom and master bath each have natural river rock fireplaces for candle use ambiance only (provided). 2 wood stoves: 1 in great room, 1 in smaller living room -- *2 new flat screen TVs w/Comcast cable. (42' & 27'-1 in great room, the other in smaller living room. BOSE sound system/DVD/CD for both TVs -- *I-Home alarm clocks in each bedroom -- *New private hot tub off river rock terrace accommodates 4-6 people-overlooks creek, w/view of outdoor fireplace Wonderful relaxation! -- *new stainless appliances...

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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

Carmel Valley's 'Little Ahwahnee' Creek Retreat - Refreshing fairytale charm.
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

Great place to relax, have to go back!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the cabin for labor day weekend while we were attending a wedding in Carmel Valley. Our stay was much too short! The atmosphere of the cabin is GREAT, its like stepping back in time but with all the modern conveniences. The dual sided fireplace is amazing and the centerpiece of the home, we used it a lot, and there was plenty of firewood and kindling to not worry about running out. There was plenty of room for the 5 adults in my family, water pressure was fine, we even used both showers at the same time, having a full size washer and dryer was a blessing also. The heated tile floors were great on the one chilly morning we had, the kitchen was well stocked, with pot, pans, dishes, cutting boards, platters, knives and other items, the stove and oven works perfectly. I really wanted to bake a pie from scratch but ran out of time, apple pie cooling in the window sill would have been picture perfect. The pool table was a big hit as well as the Victrola, there was a decent selection of old jazz albums that made the atmosphere that much better. We had a great time having a BBQ and an evening of s'mores out back using the grill and the outdoor fireplace. It was a night to remember. I have Sprint as my cell provider and coverage was spotty but there is wifi with decent speeds plus a land line phone. The caretakers Ben and Laurie were very attentive when needed, even though the had family from out of town visiting they responded to my every question very promptly, night or day, even thought they live right next door there is a big fence and a large garage/out building between them and the cabin so you don't even see their home. They even had all of the fireplaces and woodstoves loaded with wood and paper, ready to light when we got there. The hot tub worked great and Ben and Laurie had it already heated when we got there, it would great to use it in the evening for some star gazing. The driveway back to the cabin is pretty much a trail, I am sure no one figures it out the first time, but I drove my loaded Chrysler 300 back to the cabin with no issues, might be a little tough if you are a city folk and its raining but I am sure Ben would be there to help you out. I really can't say enough about this place, I am sure, you will fall in love with it as we did. I am just looking for an excuse to come back, I think I would like to try it in the winter with the creek running and a real excuse to used the fireplace and woodstove. 10/10!!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you had such a wonderful stay at The Ranch House and we look forward to welcoming you "back home again" soon. Every season has its special surprise, and you are right about winter time being exceptionally fine hearing the creek crashing by. It's truly magical!! Thanks again for choosing The Ranch House for your Carmel Valley getaway. It was our privilege to have you as our wonderful guests.
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Unique opportunity to stay in an amazing American family retreat

  • 5 of 5

The ranch is an amazing, unique property, in the most peaceful setting, filled with fascinating antiques gathered from a charmingly personal family history, but with all the modern amenities you will need. The photos and video really can't do such a unique property justice - it exceeded our expectations. For us foreigners it was a taste of real America - on first arrival we could fantasise that we were in "Little House on the Prairie", whilst evenings by the outdoor fire were a magical reminder of Disney's Sleeping Beauty.

We approached the property from the south and were directed by our sat nav off the highway and on a long quiet twisting road that eventually bought us into the valley. This diversion turned out to be a highlight of our trip with plenty of wildlife and birds to view - including a quick braking as a pair of golden eagles blocked our way. Plus the pod of dolphins right by the shore at Carmel by the Sea, made this stay the wildlife highlight of our trip to California.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

So peaceful. And a hot tub in the woods!? Mr Gary the caretaker was amazing - kids still talking about the chickens and horses. And he & his lovely wife took us on a beautiful tour of the horses! We were amazed by the chain of state trails in the area - connecting right up to Garzas. Our 4yo and 6yo had no trouble hiking 6 miles each day. And - you can see the ocean! A class act all around. Keep this one a secret! Amazing linens, bathrobes for all, and radiant floor heating. Thank you all. This was better than the Monterey Aquarium. And we found the best newts I've ever seen. THANK YOU GARZAS CREEK!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So delighted you enjoyed your family time at The Ranch House. Thank you for being our treasured guests. Please come back "home" again soon. Warmly, Colleen and Family
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Old world charm meets present day comforts.

  • 5 of 5

I have never stayed in a place where the charm of days gone by met up with the comforts of the present day so seamlessly. i.e: The bathroom has a gorgeous river- rock century old fireplace, but also has heated tiled floors! So much attention has been paid to the details inside and outside of the home. It was often hard to decide if we would rather stay indoors and enjoy the comfort of the home or go outdoors and explore the acres of wooded wilderness. Our only regret with our stay at The Ranch House was that we didn't stay longer. I HIGHLY recommend this home!

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just Perfect

  • 5 of 5

The other reviews say it all - its charming, cozy, comfortable and Colleen is a peach! Here's what set The Ranch House apart for our family: we wanted something close to the Holman Ranch event venue (it is!) needed to sleep 10 adults (it did!)

had to evoke all kinds of sentimental childhood memories and keep the current crowd of "kids" occupied (check and check!) There is already talk of going back for a warm weather reunion. Loved it-

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I chose the Ranch at Garzas Creek for a last minute birthday "staycation" celebration for my husband. While I only live 15 minutes away from the Ranch, I felt like I was a million miles away! It was perfect from the first inquiry I made, which was answered within minutes of being submitted. The owner was gracious and welcoming, and arranged for me to preview the house before committing. I don't think there could be a photograph that captures the feeling of this home - the feeling of peace, the rushing sound of the creek, the "in the middle of nowhere-ness" (although there are amenities clost by) that you feel as soon as you step inside the gate. The exquisite attention to detail, the spic and span cleanliness, the historic charm and well thought-out amenities (especially the hot tub and the pool table!!) all made for a fabulous epxerience for us, and for a handful of our local friends, all of whom raved about the place the minute they walked through the door. We are all in the hospitality business, so we recognize the extra effort the owners have put in place to ensure a seamless stay.

My only regret was only booking two days. If we could, we would have stayed a week or longer. We will definitely be back and I highly recommend it to anyone considering a stay in the area, or anyone from the area looking for a getaway for themselves or their friends and family.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Fiona, We are so happy you and your husband had a wonderful "staycation" at The Ranch House, and we look forward to welcoming you back again for a longer time. However, I, myself don't know how long will suffice. Truly, there is something about The Ranch House that feels as though a part of your heart is left behind. Cliche or not, it happens to me, every time! Thank you for your most generous review. Coming from you and your husband, with your experiences managing one of Carmel's most prestigious and well-respected inns, your review speaks volumes. We appreciate knowing how The Ranch House meets with your experienced eye for detail and guest comfort. I dare say, Granny would be proud. And we are grateful. We will share your good words with our caretakers and housekeepers, too. Do come back soon! The Ranch House at Garzas Creek will be waiting for you to visit that piece of your heart it holds hostage with mine. Best always, Colleen
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Car: necessary

Carmel Valley, Central Coast, California, USA (15 Min to Carmel's Shops! 20 Min to Pebble Beach Golf!) Close to Holly Farm and Holman Ranch.

Other Activities: kayaking, shelling, wildlife, horseshoes, biking, shopping, boating, health/beauty spa


Rates & Availability

Carmel Valley Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Apr 14 2017 - Apr 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
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May 12 2017 - May 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
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Jun 16 2017 - Jun 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
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Jun 30 2017 - Jul 5 2017
4 night minimum stay
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Aug 14 2017 - Aug 20 2017
5 night minimum stay
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Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
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Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
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Dec 22 2017 - Jan 2 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
Housekeeping $250
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 10.5%

Holidays and special events are subject to premium rates and minimum stays. Standard Rate: $550/per night with 3 night minimum stay for up to 8 pp. Holiday Rate: $700/per night with variable minimum stay of 3+ nights Event pricing as noted - available as flat fee or by Holiday Rate for stated minimum nights booked. It is our desire to avoid financial transaction fees whenever possible by preferring personal checks / direct bank checks / PayPal for Friends and Family (no fees) / Google Wallet, If it is more convenient for our guests to pay by Credit Card or we will pass along the bank fee as a separate charge after the initial payment is made. Thank you for your understanding. Call Colleen for questions / availability: 925.917.0867

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