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Pandora Nash-Karner

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

The GREEN COTTAGE, a Romantic Waterfront Get-Away for Two, on Morro Bay

156 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Central Coast California Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

The GREEN COTTAGE ON MORRO BAY is a romantic waterfront Cottage that offers peace, quiet, and serenity with spectacular views of Morro Bay and the nearby mountains called the Morros and the "Nine Sisters." They are a chain on 9 volcanic peaks between Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo and are very popular with photographers, artists and hikers. They support a wide variety of plant, animal, and bird life. These peaks were created over 20 million years ago and are the backdrop for the land views from the Cottage's deck and windows.


Single level waterfront cottage, 895 sq. feet

Private dock (one of only 4 on the bay)

Wireless internet

iBoom iPod speaker dock

California king bed, lots of pillows and blankets

Fiber artist-made king quilt and quilted pillow shams

Private room with day bed and writing desk

38” flat screen HDTV with Blue Ray DVD player (NO CABLE TV)

Collection of over 400 movie DVDs: old classics, thrillers, mysteries, musicals, drama, animated, BBC, A&E, documentaries, Academy Award winners, comedy, sci-fi and history

Small library of fiction and non-fiction, lots of short stories

Hiking and trail books

DVD on the history of Hearst Castle and another on our National Estuary

Fully equipped kitchen for gourmet cooking


Stove and oven

French Press

Milk frother

Coffee grinder


Crockpot, with cookbook

Red wine glasses

White wine glasses

Romanian crystal wine glasses (modern design)

Champagne flutes

Crystal martini glasses

Hand-thrown ceramic wine goblets

Romanian crystal water goblets (modern design)

Ice bucket

Cuisinart mini



Electric hand mixer

Cake and pie pans, cooling racks

15-piece hard-anodized aluminum cookware with

stainless steel handles and tempered glass lids

Lots of knives (my husband keeps them very sharp!)

Kitchen scale

Binoculars for bird watching

'Tidelog', a graphic tide almanac with NOAA information

Large deck with wicker settee, patio dining table and 4 chairs

Propane BBQ

Antique oak dining table and four chairs

Soap, shampoo and conditioner dispensers in shower

Hair dryer

Bathroom scale

Local freshly roasted, ground coffee provided

Rich assortment of linens including napkins & placemats, kitchen towels, runners and aprons

Plush bathroom towels

Iron and ironing board

Parking – free off-street parking

Private garden with 100 varieties of fragrant roses, with seating

Great kayaking, windsurfing, surfing and sailing location - bring your kayaks or rent them nearby

Hiking trails within walking distance

Abundant shorebirds, including Grebe, Pelican, Egret, Heron, Loon, Brant, Godwit, Curlew, Bufflehead and more

Tide pools and estuary

Los Osos ranks 6th in the nation for best beach towns!

IRVINE, Calif. – May 23, 2014 — RealtyTrac® the nation’s leading source for comprehensive housing data, recently released a special report on the best beach towns in America. For the report, RealtyTrac first selected the top 100 best beach towns based on four criteria: average temperature, percent of sunny days, percent of days with good air quality, and crime rates. Los Osos ranked 6th in America!!! Morro Bay is #11. Come visit

Escape the fast-paced world in the Green Cottage on Morro Bay, a very private Cottage. The Cottage is quiet, cozy and sits next to the water on Morro Bay, California. It is a peaceful and romantic guest hideaway for lovers … lovers of nature, art, thought, books, wine, adventure, discovery, solitude and soul, but especially for those who love and love to nurture themselves. There are no jangling phones, fax machines, blaring TVs, traffic sounds or other intrusions on your retreat.

The Cottage says:

“I have a tale to tell, my very own…won’t you come inside awhile and help me sing my song? I may be just a small beach cottage, but step into my entry and you’ll be welcomed by an eclectic mixture of art and antiques collected by my family over the years and lovingly displayed to create a romantic and intimate environment to inspire you during your stay.'

'I sit on a bird sanctuary on the rural Central Coast of California, where I enjoy unobstructed 280 degree views of the Bay and mountains.

'I offer you the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature, in romance, here in 'the middle kingdom' as National Geographic once called my region of California. I am your natural escape, your refuge and your home base for exploring all that is around me and all that is within you.

'Come and stay a spell with me. Read one of my intriguing books filled with short stories or watch one of my many DVDs. Make tea or cook a gourmet meal in my fully equipped kitchen to enjoy by candlelight or under the stars on my kitchen’s deck. Snuggle into my sea foam green king-size bed.

'Curl up with a good book in my corner reading chair, peruse original art on my walls, and discover my handmade baskets and carvings from South America, the South Seas, and local Native Americans. Enjoy a glass of award-winning Central Coast wine as you sit quietly on my deck and watch the pelicans, herons, snowy plovers and peregrine falcons while the sun slips silently into the horizon.

'I have seen and heard many things in my three score and ten years. Like all places where people dwell, there is a spirit here that has been shaped by the personalities, conversations, and temperament of those who have spent time here. I have been occupied by travelers, adventurers, writers, painters, photographers, romantics and naturalists…and by my owners’ four generations of artists and lovers of life. Their presence lingers in the air and invites you to both partake and contribute your own essence to my evolving character.' --- The Green Cottage on Morro Bay

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More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Pandora Nash-Karner (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Pandora Nash-Karner

The Cottage has been in our family for two generations. We have lived on the bay for over three decades and love it, and love to share it with others. The Cottage was originally built to shelter the duck hunters and fishermen who were attracted here, but it was soon bought in the 1950's by our parents and was used as a residence while they built their dream home next door. The Cottage has been our family's guesthouse since then and we've just made it available as a vacation rental. The charm as a family retreat has been retained through the complete refurbishing received in 2009. We have designed the Cottage to provide our guests with the perfect opportunity to immerse themselves in the Central Coast experience. We are not the Best Western -- just the opposite. What our guests won't find here are ringing phones, blaring TV or fax machines -- all by design, although we do provide wireless internet service and a 38' HDTV for watching DVDs, plus over 300 DVDs to choose from. We want the cottage to provide guests with the ability to ESCAPE the fast-paced world. We've tried to provide everything we can think of to make our guests feel pampered and comfortable.

Pandora Nash-Karner purchased this cottage in 1950

Why Pandora Nash-Karner chose Central Coast California

This has been a private guest house for our family for over 6 decades. When it is not used by the family, it is available for visitors.

What makes this cottage unique

The bay is part of the National Estuary Program, as well as a designated bird sanctuary. There are many places nearby to view birds, including a private dock. Morro Bay is an important stopover on the Pacific Flyway and winter home to numerous bird species. The north coast area of San Luis Obispo County is a haven for artists, wine and food aficionados, water sports enthusiasts, antique collectors, hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, and people who appreciate quiet, undiscovered get-away locations. When the lure of open spaces calls you, follow winding country roads to award-winning vineyards for wine tasting, or to grassy hilltops for a picnic overlooking the Pacific. Beautiful Hearst Castle is just 35-minutes away, and beyond that is the splendor of the Big Sur coastline.

San Luis Obispo's initials -- SLO -- precisely describes the speed a visitor should use in examining the area's treasures and pleasures. Go to fast and you'll miss of the off-the beaten path venues hidden back in the hills and canyons like the Pozo Saloon, See Canyon apple farms, Tibor Canyon organic olive oil Ranch or the charming town of Harmony, with a population of 15.


based on 156 traveler reviews

The GREEN COTTAGE, a Romantic Waterfront Get-Away for Two, on Morro Bay
average rating of 4.9871793 based on 156 reviews

A peaceful haven

  • 5 of 5

I am a writer and photographer by trade, and have stayed at The Green Cottage on several occasions while working on projects. It is the perfect creative retreat! I love gazing out over the bay, and passing the hours nestled in its familiar embrace. I highly recommend it for those seeking solitude and nature.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Camarillo, CA

Back Again!!!

  • 5 of 5

Green Cottage has become our home-away-from-home on the central coast! We have been coming to this area for vacation for over 20 years, staying on the beach in Cayucos every summer with our 5 children. After we became empty-nesters we discovered this romantic little cottage on the bay, and it has been our destination of choice for the last 4 years, several times per year. The cottage is complete with everything you could possibly need for a relaxing getaway, with many wonderful little touches provided by hosts Pandora and Gary. The cottage is always cozy and immaculately clean. We enjoy kayakying (over to the dunes or to the local coffee shop in Baywood for great coffee, breakfast, and fresh baked goods!), observing the local wildlife, taking walks or bike rides, and relaxing on the deck with coffee in the morning or a glass of wine in the evening while enjoying the gorgeous sunsets over the dunes. The view of Morro Rock is spactacular! We have 2 more stays booked for summer and cannot wait to get back to the little Green Cottage on the bay!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Palm Desert

Happy Hearts

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful peaceful place. Like living inside a piece of art, Green Cottage is lovely in every dimension. Perfectly clean with a thoughtful assortment of dishes, cookware, books, puzzles and games. Beautiful view of Morro Bay with a resident Blue Heron. Surrounded by parks with interesting hiking trails and beaches. We will definitely return to Green Cottage.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Visalia, CA

Amazing, Peaceful Spot on Morro Bay

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to stay at this hidden gem in Cuesta by the Sea on Morro Bay. The cottage is immaculately clean and extremely well stocked with everything one could hope for to have a wonderful stay. The kitchen is complete for cooking, fresh flowers lovely, freshly ground coffee (decaf and regular, half and half too), 400+ DVD movies (with microwave popcorn provided in abundance) for entertainment in the evening, several hiking guides to help explore local hills and there are even binoculars to bring the wildlife that's just outside the door even closer up. Looking out the back window towards Morro Bay makes you feel like you can almost touch the water from the breakfast nook. The nice back deck is wonderful for birdwatching, enjoying a glass of wine or just contemplating the universe and the ever changing vistas over the Bay. Sunrises and especially sunsets over the sand dunes and Morro Rock can be stunningly beautiful from this special vantage point.

This part of Morro Bay is wonderful for kayaking (we brought our own), birdwatching, and is minutes away from Montana de Oro and Morro Bay State Parks which provided wonderful opportunities for hiking in the surrounding hills or along the Pacific Coast. There are great mountain biking trails too.

Hosts Gary and Pandora were welcoming, friendly and very attentive to our needs. They have created an amazing romantic getaway in a really magical spot! Check it out!

  • Submitted: May 12, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's hard to say more than this review. These guests have hit upon all the important things: great view, well-appointed spotlessly clean Cottage, wonderful wildlife, great hiking, local State parks, and a cozy kitchen nook for watching it all. Come see why our guests rave about the Green Cottage. Visit. Stay. Play. Explore.
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Mill Valley, CA

The Best of the Best

  • 5 of 5

The only reason we gave this a 5 star is because you didn't offer anything higher. We have stayed in many on the water rentals and this one tops the charts. The owners have thought of EVERYTHING one could need--beautiful flowers, great linens,large and clean selection of cookware, dishes,glasses, etc. All of this right on Morro Bay. Morning, Afternoon and Evening on the deck is the best. Walk to the local cafe for morning breakfast. We will be back. We missed it the moment we drove out of town. A perfect Sanctuary for time away!!

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We work very hard to provide our guests with the 5-Star service and accouterments they only dream about having in a vacation rental. It's really nice when they tell us that it's working. We provide what many guest homes can't -- privacy, peace and quiet, nature, a shoreline filled with birds and outstanding waterfront views, mountains in the background and often puffy clouds in azure blue skies. Come visit. Stay. Relax, like you may have forgotten was even possible.
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Los Angeles, CA

Serene Green Cottage

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were lucky enough to experience the Green Cottage for a "way too short" visit of three nights. The cottage was everything as advertised - spotlessly clean, and completely furnished with lots of nice homey touches. Fresh fruit, freshly ground local coffee, yogurt and fresh flowers were waiting for our arrival. We also loved the nice thick towels that were much better quality than those we've experienced in many fine hotels. The fact that the cottage is located in a residential area, away from the touristy area, but close enough for easy access, was a definite bonus. The view from the deck and kitchen windows was perfect - a great view of Morro Rock, lots of birds, and beautiful sunsets. The notebooks provided with information on restaurants, local attractions and local history were another welcome touch. We look forward to returning to the Green Cottage as often as possible, because it feels like home away from home.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love it when new guests discover the Green Cottage and our wonderful area! We find they are enchanted and plan their next trip before leaving from their first. San Luis Obispo County is a wonderful playground and a natural escape from big city rush and bustle. Home to more than 280 wineries, 80 miles of scenic coastline, scores of locally owned restaurants, a bounty of fresh foods from the farms and the sea (including oysters), enticing boutiques, artisan galleries, engaging museums, and so much more, SLO County is your place for pure play in California. Whether you’re seeking a culinary, coastal, or cultural wine touring experience, you’ll find it here. San Luis Obispo County is home to two distinct wine regions and both have earned international acclaim! North County Better known as Paso Robles Wine Country, discover a full range of varietals that thrive in Paso’s extreme diurnal temperature swings. South County Commonly called SLO Wine Country, find Burgundian-, Alsatian-, and Rhône-style vintages that thrive in the mild, maritime climate. There are hundreds of things to do and see. Visit. Stay. And, play like a local, like this couple did!
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Montana De Oro State Park
"This park features over 8,000 acres of rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains..."
Hearst Castle
"Hearst Castle is a National and California Historical Landmark mansion located on the Centra..."
Nearest Airport
15 Miles
San Luis Obispo
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Sea Pines Golf Resort
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Sea Pines Golf (Los Osos) & Morro Bay Golf Course
Nearest Train
12 Miles
San Luis Obispo
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Several in Baywood and Los Osos
Car: necessary

Tide Pools, Hearst Castle, Wineries, Lighthouses, Elephant Seals, Artist Village, Morro Rock, Museums, Butterfly and Bird Watchers paradise, SLO Botanical Garden, Montaña De Oro State Park, Estero Bluffs State Park, Cayucos State Beach, Limekiln State Park, Los Osos Oaks State Reserve, Morro Bay State Park, Pismo State Beach, Oceano Dunes, W.R. Hearst Memorial Beach and Cal Poly University.


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 12.0%

Nightly: $245/2-night minimum, 3-night minimum on holidays plus $100 cleaning fee.
Weekly: $1575, plus $150 cleaning fee.
Monthly: $4,780 plus $200 cleaning fee.
Additional guest: $40 per night
Refundable security deposit: $250
12% San Luis Obispo County Occupancy tax
50% deposit required to hold reservations
No smoking. No pets.

50% deposit required to hold reservations, balance due at checkout.

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Central Coast California Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 895 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • King size beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
iBoom clock radio with iPod speaker dock. What our guests won't find here are ringing phones, blaring TV or fax machines -- all by design. We have great cell phone coverage and provide wireless internet service. The Green Cottage has a 38' HDTV for watching DVDs (NO TV), plus 411 DVDs to choose from or bring your own. We've just added a Blue Ray player.

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