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We are located 20 minutes from shops and restaurants up in the mountains by the Carmel River and Los Padres Dam. There is a winding road through the mountains, so if you don't like curvy roads, this might not be your journey.
For those who'd like to nourish themselves in nature, you can kick back, relax, and get rejuvenated for the coming season. You will feel a sense of peacefulness the minute you step foot on this special piece of property.
The Bunkhouse Suite is 400 square feet, with a 200 square foot deck. The rock walls that were built in the 1940's have lichen growing on them because the air is so pure.
If you want a place to get away from it all, this is it. The property is unique with the old hitching posts still in place from the original owners, and the lucky horseshoes hanging. Start off your day sitting on the private back deck with cup in your hand, and let the weight fall off your shoulders. The stars are so clear and bright away from all the city lights, they really do put on a show at night. Or just sit by the pond and watch the ducks without a care in the world.
Take a hike to the Carmel River or further up to the Los Padres Dam.
If you're lucky enough to be here on a Monday night, Michael Jones does dinners at the local Cachagua Store, just two minutes away. The menu has such a variety, that is sure to have something for everyone. Reservations are a must! He also does Sunday Brunch. The Cachagua General Store is also open for your last minute groceries, wine, or beer, a place where the locals gather and just chit chat about what they've been doing lately.
So if you're ready to get away from the maddening crowds, and just chill,,,,this is your place,,,a sweet country retreat.
There is another cottage on the property (737204), Dove Cottage, if you have family or friends you'd like to spend some time with.
Keywords: Tranquil setting with a deck overlooking a creek (seasonal)
Me and my favorite duck, he always wants a hug. I'm a singer/songwriter, and find this area to be the perfect place to do my writing. I wrote all the songs for my first CD up here by the stream. I love this property, and am working on a project now to have small, private concerts for local artists. Although I enjoy socializing, at the end of the day, there's no place like this place to forget the 'who's who, and the what's what'. Waking in the morning to the sound of the birds singing is my favorite alarm clock. I love spending time in the garden surrounded by my animals.
Jeff loves to golf and there are plenty of courses on the Pennisula. Another one of his passions is retstoring vintage cars. He has a 68 Camero always ready to be fired up.
Rose Merrill purchased this cottage in 2006
The weather is the main reason I love this place. The fog may linger in Carmel and Monterey, but not here. I can totally relax here, just something in the air. Warm sunshine, clean air, and healing sounds of nature, with some treasures of days gone by.
Spacious and adorable with a sense of calm. The deck is a great place to connect with nature, create, with mother nature. You can use the outdoor grill and sink with plenty of utensils. The Bunkhouse Suite is a sweet retreat decorated with pieces that have been collected from old farmhouses. An extra large shower, with windows in every room. Open up the windows, get some fresh air, and connect to the sounds of nature. There really are a billion stars in the sky,,,,you can see them from the deck at night. Some of the furnishings came out of an old bunkhouse on the farm where I grew up, and I've always treasured them, so when I was putting the old bureau in the bedroom, bunkhouse suite became the name.
This was the most enjoyable place we stayed out of our entire 9 nights in California. Peaceful and pleasant and friendly. A small store nearby at this otherwise out-of-the-way hideaway was useful. Meeting Rose was a real treat, too. We'll be back. Mark and Iris.
I always look to the snug well-appointed Bunkhouse when I want to "get out of Dodge". A stay at Rose's Bunkhouse is so rejuvenating. Far enough from the bustle of Carmel, you can slow yourself down if you want to. Yet close enough to town to attend shows, go wine tasting, nursery hopping, gallery touring, shopping, tide-pooling. Magnificent mountain and coastal scenery to refresh the soul. Or just hang out at the bunkhouse and relax, play with the dogs, soak in the slow pace of life and the clean air!
Rose is a personable and thoughtful host with an attention to details to make your stay memorable. I really enjoy star gazing and birding from the front step or stream-side deck. Lots of wildflowers this spring of 2016, too! I like to drive in from the Tassajara Rd side, after coming in from Greenfield -Arroyo Seco on Upper Carmel Valley Rd. It doesn't take any longer and is quiet and scenic. Much of Upper Carmel Vlly Rd has been repaved--yay!
We had a great stay at Rose and Jeff's getaway. It's a ways out of town, but the quiet and calm were a nice way to end the day and start the morning. There were dogs, cat, chickens, ducks and even a few brand new baby doves - a nice change from city life. The bungalow itself had a comfy bed and couches, and most everything we needed to cook dinner. Sadly it was too cloudy to see stars but I bet when the skies clear, it's quite a sight. Really nice little getaway!
We really enjoyed our stay here...we attended several car events in Carmel Valley during Concourse week...all the hotels were booked by the time we decided to go, so I looked on VRBO and found Jeff & Rose Merrill's place. We had a good experience with a VRBO last year in Oregon, so we thought we'd give it another try. So glad we did! It's a little bit of a drive down into town, but worth getting back to our own little "bunkhouse" at the end of the day to grill dinner outdoors under the stars! Everything we needed was there, all we did was go to Safeway in town and pick up some steaks, veggies and of course artichoke for grilling! Cozy bedroom, nice little bathroom, and the two sofas were perfect for napping after hot days walking around in the sun looking at cars. The lack of a TV was actually a plus, we had wifi for our smart phones, and a CD player which we used a lot for ambiance...what a relaxing stay! There are two roads in and out, both windy, narrow and dangerous, however, make sure to arrive during the day. The "back" road is less windy, but a little longer, that is the best way to get into and out of Chacagua! Rose and Jeff were very gracious hosts, not in the way, but there if you need them...and Rose delivered chocolate cupcakes for our first evening's dinner, yummy! The chickens, the dogs (Ruby and her frisbee and ball! hahahaha!), the kitty Lucy...it was wonderful!
We celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary on this delightful property in beautiful Carmel Valley. The owner, Rose, greeted us at the gate with fresh, delicious homemade cookies. A welcome treat after enjoying the country drive up to their property. It's a rather long drive, but beautiful. Rose encouraged us to arrive before dark. We recommend the same.
We instantly felt at home in the Bunkhouse, which is decorated warmly, and had absolutely everything we needed for our stay. Personal touches included fresh flowers, a couple of water bottles, and everything we needed to BBQ, use a single burner on the side of the BBQ, outdoor sink on the deck. Oh, did I mention the deck is completely private with a creek running behind it? Heavenly peaceful!
Inside is a Kurig coffee pot, microwave, a small refrigerator and a toaster oven. Cooking and doing dishes a breeze. It felt a little like camping, but with all the luxuries of comfort and shelter. The bedroom is awesome, the bed is extremely comfortable, and in the living space a wonderful electric fireplace unit that kept us plenty warm in the evenings. A little wine and cheese and crackers and we were set to enjoy our anniversary.
You will want to bring your food up with you, make a stop along the way, as it's about 20-25 minutes to the market in Carmel Valley.
The bunkhouse is set up with a portable DVDS player and movies, books, and music CDs. A few games, cards, and fabulous weather!
We found great trails to walk to the local Dam and Carmel River. There is also a park nearby if you have children. Rose and Jim have two dogs, chickens and ducks, a cat, duck pond, all accessible for us to enjoy. But never a bother!
All in all, we had a great time, and would love to return. Thank you Rose and Jeff for your wonderful hospitality. Five stars from us! 👍😄
The Bunkhouse was very, quaint and secluded with a nearby stream. Ideal getaway without TV's and phones! Hostess Rose was very friendly and accommodating. Nearby hiking by the dam and shopping in the village. Would like to return!
Come up to the sacred land, where you can dream and create. By relaxing your mind, body and spirit, the magic begins.
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Sep 12 2016 - Mar 31 2017
1 night minimum stay
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1 night minimum stay