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Sanctuary Cottage: a Private Retreat with Sumptuous Gardens

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Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Carmel Valley Cottage Rental Photos and Description

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

The Sanctuary Cottage is located in the heart of Carmel Valley Village. It resides on a seven acre property with established landscaping and old growth Live & Valley Oaks. Many fine restaurants are located in the village; as well as several renown wine tasting rooms. All of them are located within easy walking distance from the cottage. About half of the property is landscaped in some form and there are many paths to explore and much bird life to observe and enjoy. The large Koi pond in front of the cottage has an enchanting and sonorous waterfall to lull you to sleep or remind you of that special mountain place. Several benches are located on the property and offer varied views of the valley, pond, pool, and gardens. Bring binoculars for an up close look at the seasonal birdlife that enjoy this special environment.

The cottage relies on electric baseboard heaters, double paned wood windows, and floor and ceiling insulation to keep it's guests comfortable. The property generates it's own electricity with a PV system. The slate floors in the bathroom are electrically heated as well a the towel rack. A solar tube provides bathroom light during daylight hours and the single vanity has an enclosed hamper. Screened opening windows allow for ventilation and the sounds of birds and the waterfall to enter the cottage. The bay window in the bedroom has a cushion for sitting, reading, and enjoying the pond views. Shades operate in two directions for complete privacy, while allowing natural light into the tranquil and romantic room. Every attempt has been made to insure the guests comfort during their stay. The kitchen is fully equipped with modern conveniences to allow your creative energies to flow.

The cottage is very unique, cozy, comfortable, and peaceful. You may not want to venture far from this abode or you may wish to linger here in the evenings after a busy day of sightseeing, hiking, or attending the many special events that take place around the Monterey Peninsula. We hope you will want to return again to this tranquil setting in the future and will do are utmost to insure your stay is pleasurable.

Keywords: Cottage

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed

Beverly Sigourney, Ed Sigourney
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
October 15, 2016
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About Beverly Sigourney, Ed Sigourney

Beverly & Ed have been lifelong residents of the Monterey Peninsula. We are stewards of the land we live on and feel blessed to inhabit this part of the world. We endeavor to make our guests feel at home and cared for without intruding into their space. We have put considerable time, effort and savings into making our beloved home what it is today. We want to share this treasure with others who have a love for nature and who appreciate the special environment we have to offer.

Beverly Sigourney, Ed Sigourney purchased this cottage in 1988

Why Beverly Sigourney, Ed Sigourney chose Central Coast California

This property was originally purchased by Ed's parents, John & Mary, in the early 1950's, when this was a sleepy rural community. Things have changed considerably since then, but much of the charm remains. We love the climate, fertile soil, wildlife, trees, and mountain view that this place offers. The cottage is not pretentious but rather carefully recreated in a country style that lends itself to relaxing and taking time to smell the abundant flowers and observe the nature that resides here. We enjoy sunshine in the summer months when Carmel is often fogbound. We are close to wonderful natural attractions, while having numerous shopping, hiking, sports, entertainment, and dining opportunities within a short drive.

What makes this cottage unique

The main attractions in our minds, besides the cottage itself, are the surrounding garden spaces. We built the Koi pond in 2003-4 and it has 'completed' the garden for us. We enjoy spending time around it each day. Each season offers something new to see. In the winter the pond is free of lily pads and flowers and offers great reflections and wind patterns through the rock islands; in summer it is covered with lily pads and various flowers. Blooming bulbs (bearded iris, tuber roses,'naked ladies', narcissus), roses, California poppies and lupine, columbine, deciduous Valley oaks, liquid amber trees, Japanese Maples, fruit trees, etc., all have their time in the garden. The cottage is located in the heart of the garden. The pool is wonderful in the summer months (June-Aug.) and is heated with a solar blanket and sanitized with a new ozone treatment that precludes the use of chlorine. The cottage is unique and not anything like a hotel/motel experience. We welcome you to a peaceful setting, to relax and unwind from your normal cares and concerns.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for the decadent pleasures of the space. Homemade jam, local eggs,

honey, & Grandmother's dishes.....what a magical touch.....Thank you!
Dec 2009
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Sanctuary Cottage: a Private Retreat with Sumptuous Gardens
average rating of 4.975 based on 41 reviews
San Francisco, CA, USA

Amazing place, Amazing couple!

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have asked for a better weekend in Carmel Valley. Beverly & Ed made us feel so welcome and so comfortable, we didn't want to leave. They are one of the nicest couples we may have ever met. The cottage is beautiful with all the focus and attention paid to the details. It's immaculate, well built, serene and beautiful. Upon waking in the morning, we found a nicely stocked fridge for us with half & half, coffee beans, fresh baked bread and Beverly's own homemade plum jam in the refrigerator for us. My husband and I are fighting over the jam - it's sooo good! They even turned on the heated floors in the bathroom just prior to our arrival, which was a very caring touch. As you wake in the morning to windows galore you see the gorgeous, impressive, owner built Koi pond. The hard work and love that went into that project is only equally matched by the enjoyment I got out of it each morning having my cup of coffee on the water's edge. There are 2 friendly dogs and a cat on the property (outside). They are curious for a few minutes and then off in their own world. Owners and pets alike, completely unobtrusive. Just the right balance between friendly, caring, genuine, and privacy. The cottage is a short walk to town, but when you are on the property you don't feel near anyone or anything - very private. Upon our departure, Beverly and Ed sent us home with an entire bag of produce from their trees.

I'm torn between giving this place & the owners the incredible reviews they deserve or keeping it as my own hidden gem.... but it would be unfair to keep this to myself. We feel we made friends instead of "rented a room" and we will definitely rent this place again, if not simply to see Beverly, Ed, pets and pond again. Thank you for everything!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property and warm, friendly hosts made for an amazing vacation!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I celebrated our one-year anniversary with a long weekend at Sanctuary Cottage and had a wonderful time.

Despite the fact that we were arriving late in the evening after a long drive, Beverly insisted on waking up to greet us and show us around the cottage. Throughout the rest of our stay, she and Ed continued to be amazingly warm, friendly, and generous hosts. They happily shared their food (delicious home made jam and home grown fruit), their critters (two lovable pups and a kitty), and their lovely property with us.

Beverly and Ed also did their best to ensure that we had easy access to whatever entertainment we were interested in, from wine tasting vouchers for a local winery to complimentary access to the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium (highly recommended). Carmel Valley Village is just across the road, and is packed with tasting rooms and several very good restaurants, all of which are within easy walking distance.

Both the cottage and the property surrounding it are beautiful, peaceful, and very well maintained. Inside the cottage, the kitchen is very pleasant and well equipped, the bed is very comfortable, and the heated floor in the bathroom is a luxury we now miss living without. Outside the cottage, plentiful trees, flowers, and a large (home-built!) pond with a waterfall provide a perfect backdrop for taking a walk or relaxing with a glass of wine.

We ended our five-day stay at Sanctuary Cottage happy, relaxed, and wishing that we had the time to stay for another five days.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sanctuary Cottage Salvaged Our Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We booked Sanctuary Cottage for a week from July 23rd through July 30 to celebrate our 55th wedding anniversary and to attend the Carmel-by-the Sea Bach Festival. Unfortunately, the devastating nearby Soberanes-Big Sur Fire started the day before we arrived. When we left on the 30th, it had grown to the largest wildfire in the US with over 5000 fire fighting personnel. The sun was obscured by smoke and ash and the air was rated unhealthy. We stayed inside the cottage as much as possible from Wednesday on. It is a tribute to the hosting abilities of Beverly and Ed Sigourney and the amenities and comfort of the tastefully renovated cottage that we stayed the full week. They are more like old-school inn keepers than short-term landlords. They take the care and safety of their guests seriously and invite them to share and enjoy their beautiful property with them. Beverly gave us several websites to follow the fire's progress and any evacuation orders and even washed the ashes off our car when we left. We also enjoyed having interesting conversations with them as well as the companionship of their two dogs. Although it was not the vacation we envisioned, we enjoyed our week at the Sanctuary and hope to return when conditions are more normal.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mary and Phil, Thank you so much for your exquisite review.....We were so glad you "hung in there" with all the choppers and fire trucks and just a huge amount of energy coming and going every day ! We were glad you stayed with your Bach schedule and were seemingly undaunted by our little village being transformed into a major lay~down area and hub for transport air and ground ! You two were awesome and memorable ! We hope you will return so we can continue our illuminating conversations & clear air !! "till soon ~ Warm regards, Beverly and Ed
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Slice of Heaven!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent 4 wonderful Days at the "Sanctuary Cottage" on the most beautiful peaceful property we had ever stayed on! Beverly left us all kinds of goodies, bottle of local wine,great bread,great fruit,from all the tree on property and wonderful homemade plum jam,too! The cottage was perfect and beautiful. Camel valley is Beautiful and the town is so cute with many fine wineries and restaurants...close to many great places....Carmel by the sea, Monterey aquarium,Big Sur. We had a blast! Thanks,Beverly and Ed for sharing your beautiful place!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This Cottage is Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at The Sanctuary for two nights over the 4th of July weekend. The Sanctuary and the property on which it is located look even nicer in person than in the pictures. Beverly and Ed were wonderful hosts, the most engaged we have seen in having rented through vrbo for over ten years. They are very proud of The Sanctuary and should be. Excellent decorating choices. I could just sit and stare at their beautiful Koi pond and waterfall out the living room picture window for long stretches of time - very relaxing. The best restaurants in the Valley and all of the Valley wineries are within a very short walk of The Sanctuary. Point Lobos Shoreline is also nearby and not to be missed. We look forward to returning again in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beyond your expectation, intention and thought. 6 STARS

  • 5 of 5

Never, never have I reviewed anything online. There should be a sixth star for those places other worldly. The property is breathtaking. That being said, Ed and Beverly take it beyond that. These are two extraordinarily special people. You would do well to engage them and their spectacular dogs that seem to share their same nature. Do everything they recommend if you've the time, if you want to walk the grounds, lay in and by the pool to detox it is a total meditation. Jackson Brown (dog) might come running down in fear of something happening to you, he bonds very quickly as does Bella, they are treasures. Hiking, wine tasting, great food, all of the other activities in and around the valley are all there just based on your time and what your getaway is for. We will not just be back, we will be back in all seasons to explore each season of beauty and to spend time with our two wonderful new friends, Ed and Beverly. Go, just go.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Will's Fargo
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Carmel Valley Ranch
Nearest Train
18 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Nearest Restaurant
0.02 Miles
Corkscrw Cafe
Nearest Beach
13 Miles
Car: recommended

Art galleries,many restaurants, theater productions, whale watching, fishing, Monterey Bay Aquarium, hiking in Point Lobos State Park- Big Sur- Garland Park, Trail & Saddle Club, movie theaters, mt. and road biking opportunities.


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Carmel Valley Cottage Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $135
Refundable damage deposit $350
Tax Rate 10.5%

Stays longer than 2 nights will incur an additional cleaning fee of $25 per night
No smoking on premises
No children
No outside guests
No pets

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Carmel Valley Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Extensive gardens on a seven acre property, 20 X 40' pool (seasonal solar heated), secure parking, fruit trees and vegetable garden (seasonal), owners are pet friendly and have two dogs, two cats, koi pond with a variety of fish, chickens, wide variety of bird life (owls, hawks, kingfisher/egrets, woodpeckers, ducks, etc.) Pool has a large deck area with sun/shade- steamer chairs-table w/ umbrella- propane heater, chairs. Wildflowers from Spring through Fall. Rose beds with fragrant flowers. Lots of garden seating for relaxing, reading, writing. Full kitchen with granite countertop and all needed utensils. Mountain view abound. A unique and private retreat.

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