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Sanctuary Cottage: a Private Retreat with Sumptuous Gardens~walk to village

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 9 nights


About the property

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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Carmel Valley Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
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
  • alternative lifestyle
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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flemington, new jersey

Lovely, Peaceful Cottage in the center of Carmel Valley

  • 5 of 5

We escaped the freezing January NJ weather for 10 days at this beautiful, serene cottage. The one bedroom cottage is cozy and comfortable with a view from the bedroom and living room to the koi pond and beyond to their large property. The updated kitchen has all the amenities for those who want to cook and bake and the bedroom is quite comfortable. The heated floor and the heated towel rack in the bathroom are wonderful luxuries. Beverly and Ed went out of their way to assure our comfort and knowledge of the area with multiple recommendations as to restaurants, meals and activities. Beverly was even kind enough to drive us back to the airport to pick up our rental car. Both Bev and Ed genuinely wanted to understand our needs and to assure that our expectations are exceeded. We had a delightful time and look forward to the opportunity to return.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Park-like setting with restaurants in walking distance

  • 5 of 5

Had a fabulous weekend here. Such a beautiful, natural setting. Beverly and Ed were wonderful hosts and fun to talk to. We loved being able to walk to the nearby restaurants yet we were worlds away from the hustle and bustle once we got back to the house.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful cottage in a very special village!

  • 5 of 5

Although every kitchen tool was here, we were on a no cooking

Vacation. The cottage was immaculate, fluffy towels, crisp white sheets.

Living room and bedroom had a view over the huge koi stocked pond!. Seemingly professionally and lovingly landscaped, the garden and property were great to walk through. Chairs and benches were placed all over, so you cou sit and linger. A persimmon tree's boughs touched the ground, laden with ripe fruit. Two well behaved dogs, a cat and a lone chicken have a magnificent place to romp in!!

We found good food in Carmel Valley. We were very relaxed, slept well, and hated to leave. A special retreat. We only met Beverly and she was a sweetheart.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Coupeville, Whidbey Island, Washington

Serenity, beauty & comfort in this beautiful Carmel Valley cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Everything from the amiable hosts to the comfy bed was a delight. Perfect location, picturesque setting, lovely pond and gardens, so many thoughtful touches. Love, love, loved my stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The pinnacle of tranquility

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I stayed at Beverly & Ed's charming guest cottage this past Labor Day Weekend, and it was the perfect oasis for our getaway. The home is situated on a 7 acre property in Carmel Valley, and we could have easily spent days just hanging out on the beautiful grounds. There is a lovely pond, vegetable garden, and trails around the property to explore. It is also within walking distance to the village, which has several great restaurants and boutique shops to check out. What made the experience even that much better, was the generosity and hospitality from Beverly and Ed. They were so kind and knowledgeable about the area, sending us information on activities even before we arrived. I would love to return and stay at the cottage again one day!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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San Carlos, CA

Paradise in Carmel Valley

  • 5 of 5

Our stay exceeded our expectations for two main reasons. First, Beverly and Ed are very warm, engaging, spirited people, and wonderful hosts who care for your every need. Second, the 7-acre property is a unique and gorgeous oasis. It was originally Ed's family home, which they've developed into a true shangri-la. The peaceful, modern and comfortable guest house is complemented by a serene koi pond and waterfall, a caringly updated swimming pool, and acres of majestic trees and blooming gardens, all set inside a lush and beautiful mountainside. All kinds of birds inhabit the property, along with small lizards, two chickens, and Beverly and Ed's dogs and cat. Carmel Valley Village is walking distance, several excellent hiking trails are nearby, and Monterey and Pacific Grove are less than 30 minutes away. We look forward to coming back!

Art & Nancy

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beverly Sigourney, Ed Sigourney
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 12, 2018

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 Carmel Valley

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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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.




Additional information about rental rates

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

Stays longer than 3 nights will incur an additional cleaning fee of $5 per night up to our maximum stay of 7 nights.
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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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