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Asilomar 1/2 Acre Retreat!

41 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths (Sleeps 4-6)

A beautiful half-acre retreat on Asilomar, nestled between the forest and the beach. Just remodeled, with all new designer furnishings and wood floors throughout.

The house has 2 bedrooms (one with queen bed; one with two twins) and a queen sized sofa bed in the living room. The 2 hand-carved stone bathrooms are sheer luxury. French doors open up to 3 patios. The living room has a fireplace, flat screen TV, and a magnificent view of the park like backyard and sand dunes beyond. Dining room and fully-stocked kitchen.

Say hi to the deer as you walk the backyard path to the beach...abundant with tide pools, seals and otters. Stroll, run or bike along the nature trail -- we have 4 bikes for your use. Have a BBQ as you watch the sunset.

Championship golf, whale-watching, hiking, wine tasting, shopping, dining, surfing, first class spas, breathtaking nature...its all here waiting for you.

Come make yourself at home - you're going to love it.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

About The Owner

We are a family of writers from Los Angeles. Pacific Grove is our favorite place on the planet. On vacation a few summers ago, we took a walk and found ourselves in the backyard of the most beautiful property for sale. We went temporarily insane and somehow ended up buying it. Then came the renovations. And now...well, we can no longer afford to stay there. And so, here we are in L.A. at our computer, hoping that you are enjoying Pacific Grove - take a walk for us, ok?

The Owner purchased this house in 2007


based on 41 traveler reviews

Asilomar 1/2 Acre Retreat!
average rating of 4.804878 based on 41 reviews

Simply Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

The owners of this property describe themselves as Los Angeles based writers and appropriately, this property has the feel of a writer's retreat; one could easily see a famous author pounding away on the keyboard while he or she sat in the light and airy dining room overlooking a spacious backyard complete with towering Cypress trees.

This house appears modest and unassuming from the exterior but its interior has been extensively remodeled. Classic, light colored hardwood floors are carried throughout the house. Floor to ceiling windows and doors with glass inserts allow for a light and open feel. The floorplan in the main area is open to the adjacent dining area and kitchen.

The kitchen, while older in comparison to the remainder of the home's interior, is fully functional, open, and spacious.

The bathrooms have a Tuscan, rustic, feel and are beautifully remodeled.

The furnishings are simple and tasteful. One of the best things about this house is that it was elegant with a great and pleasing aesthetic but it is not ostentatious.

All of the supplies one would need for a comfortable stay are located in the house.

The proximity of the home to the Asilomar State Beach and Park is one of the property's best features. We were exploring tide pools and walking along the beautiful coast after a very short walk from the home's front door. In comparison to other homes in downtown Pacific Grove, this home, even though it is located in a neighborhood, feels very secluded. It is perfect for a restful stay.

The home's owner, Tippi, was very pleasant to work with; she was attentive and gracious.

We stayed here for Mother's Day weekend as a gesture of appreciation for my wife and we had a wonderful, peaceful, time. We felt fortunate to stay at this property and hope it is available in the future.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything just as promised

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time and were comfortable. The owners were exceedingly responsive to our very minor inquiries.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay; thank you for making everything so inviting and comfortable. We love the house; the light is beautiful and everything we could want or need is available to us. We could tell that the owners really care about the house since the beds and furniture are so comfortable and such nice quality. It’s so peaceful and beautiful and it’s wonderfully close to the beach and the walking paths plus close to Carmel and Monterey. This is such a great property; I’m so glad they’re sharing it with others!

It was a pleasure to book with Tippi, owner; she answered all my questions and made her self available throughout our stay, if we needed anything. The photos of the property do it justice; it's very beautiful, peaceful and welcoming.

Everything was clean and well maintained with instructions for the media center and lots of great films to view! We would definitely recommend this wonderful property and look forward to our next opportunity to stay there.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Avoid This Property

  • 1 of 5

Let me say first that I fully expect the owner of this property to dispute everything I write here. Through this whole ordeal, we, the customers, were made out to be liars and "extorters." My review here is a short but honest assessment of our experience, written so that other potential travelers know what to expect here.

My wife and I booked this property as a get-away vacation for her 40th birthday.

Upon arriving at the house we immediately smelled pet odors in the living room (likely from the rugs). My wife, who is allergic, was also immediately affected by pet dander in the house.

The house was not suitable for us under these conditions, so we opted not to stay in the home. We locked up the house and left to search for a hotel. We notified the owner immediately. We made the most of our time while in the area, but our long-planned vacation had been compromised.

To make a long story short, the owner has refused to refund us our payment. She "insists" there was no problem with the house.

We've been renting homes through Home Away for a long time; we've never dealt with a more ungracious or unreasonable home owner than this. We've also never given anything but positive reviews.

I normally don't write negative reviews (of anything), but in this case, I'm hoping to spare future renters the negative experience we had.

There was no clear warning to renters that this property has housed pets previously. This should be stated as a common courtesy to all renters, especially those affected by pet allergies.

In addition to the pet odors, there was also a mustiness in the garage and kitchen. There is no "designer" furniture throughout the house; and if the house has been "remodeled," it certainly wasn't recently (as stated).

Our unpleasant experience with the home was made worse by the owner who implied we were "making up" the whole story (why would we do that?) and refused to refund us our payment. As of today, we are out our entire payment for a house we did/could not use.

Based on our experience with the property and the owner, I cannot give this rental more than 1 star.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: In 9 years of renting this house, this was our first - and hopefully last! - bad experience with a renter. We pride ourselves on being honest people and good hosts and we hope our reputation on the site speaks for itself. We are sorry this happened and have decided to let the website resolve it.
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Absolutely beautiful

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the Asilomar house.

The house is great and the layout is wonderful.

The location is perfect for walks to Asilomar beach and surroundings.

We hope to stay there again when we are in the area.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfectly quiet and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

This home was perfect for our needs. The house was clean, the beds were comfortable and everything was well-labeled in the closets. Tippi & Norm have an extensive collection of movie screeners (but we are hoping that they will build a hot tub in the house structure outside for our next visit). The house is a short walk to the beach and there are many restaurants within a few miles. The area is quiet and beautiful and it is easy to reach town by bike (many bikes available for use in the garage). But really the best part of the rental is Tippi herself. She is so responsive, attentive and helpful that your vacation will be worry-free.

(Side note - I moronically left my computer in the home and Tippi facilitated getting it back to me within minutes of learning that it got left behind.)

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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2 minute walk to the beach. Blocks to lighthouse, golf and gate to 17 Mile Drive. Close by: Aquarium, Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf, Spanish Bay. 6 miles to Carmel.


Rates & Availability

Pacific Grove House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall, Winter, Spring
Sep 8 2016 - Jun 9 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $135

Book 6 nts/get 7th Free.
$400 - 450 nt/ Summer, holidays.
Concourse Week - Aug 10-16 - 5 nt minimum, $800 per nt, $5,000 for the week
Special events may be higher - Concourse Week Aug 11-17 $4,500
$125 cleaning fee
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Pacific Grove House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Fantastic Jerusalem stone doorless shower - you'll love it!
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Hand-carved stone and redwood
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Queen bed, tv, french doors overlooking private grounds
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Bay windows, tv, roomy and classy
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • 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
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
42 inch flat screen HDTV + DVD with huge movie collection. TV's in both bedrooms. Phone with free unlimited calling within US. All amenities including bikes!

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