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The Bunkhouse at Star Route

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Den, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

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.

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.

We are 1 hour and 15 minutes from Big Sur.

Keywords: Tranquil setting with a deck overlooking a creek (seasonal)

More Details

Rose Merrill
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 25, 2018

About Rose Merrill

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

Why Rose Merrill chose Carmel Valley

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.


Carmel Valley Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) sofa sleeper converts to double bed size
  • CD Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking


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The Bunkhouse at Star Route
average rating of 4.848485 based on 33 reviews

We loved the Bunkhouse in Carmel Valley!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Rose's bunkhouse! It was perfect for a deep stay in the Carmel Valley. The house is located right near the Los Padres reservoir, and there are many beautiful hikes all around there. A 20 minute drive through spectacular mountains to Carmel Valley Village, where you can get whatever you need, then 20 minutes further to Carmel and Monterey, or 30 minutes south to Big Sur.

The house is very simple, with a deck over the Cachaqua River, which sings to you day and night. Wild flowers everywhere. Rose and Jeff's mini-ranch is calming and beautiful, with cooing doves, chickens and fresh eggs, ducks wandering around, and happy Ruby greeting you whenever you come in or out.

If you love nature, sun, hiking, great food (Monterey Farmer's Market was awesome), and getting away from the hustle and bustle, this is a really great place!

  • Submitted: May 5, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy and serene!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time at the Bunkhouse. The area is beautiful and the accommodations were very comfortable. Ruby was friendly and our kids loved the chickens. Thanks for a lovely time! Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely property with welcoming hosts

  • 5 of 5

We loved this private charming property. Rose and Jeff are wonderful hosts and made us feel right at home. We enjoyed fresh greens and corn out of Jeff's garden, as well as fresh eggs. Ruby, their dog, will greet you with joy and a toy to play fetch with. Cooking in the outdoor kitchen was great fun.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, sweet, birdwatcher's paradise

  • 5 of 5

Lots of nice touches. Flashlights. Binoculars. Hats. Books. Roses on the shower curtain. Roses in a frame in the bedroom. Comfy sofas. Good bright lighting for reading. Good low lighting for atmosphere. Coffee. Fresh eggs our host was kind enough to share.

In the morning, we saw a covey of quail running down the dry creekbed behind the house.

In the evening, we saw a red-headed woodpecker, hummingbirds, vultures, and watched the neighbors chickens strut around. Nice quiet time in the country. Lovely hostess. Lovely host dog. Enjoyed cooking on the gas grill and washing the dishes in the work sink on the porch. More than sufficient pots, dishes, pans, and accoutrements.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. Very peaceful.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Maybe in the summer if you are looking for a very basic accomadation but still over priced

  • 1 of 5

We booked the bunkhouse in Dec on a family trip.

We were under the impression that when they advertised cooking facilities it meant a stove and/or an oven and a sink INSIDE the house. But what we got was a bar b que and cold water only sink on the back deck. Maybe in the summer it would of been ok????.

The bunkhouse was heated by a small portable heater that just couldn't keep up with the cold weather.

Second queen bed was actually a very uncomfortable old fold out couch.

But the final straw was that in the morning we woke to frozen pipes. No hot running water. And the cold water that did come out of the pipes later in the day was rusty brown.

We did contact the owner and she did get the hot water working eventually and she did offer to do our dishes as the outside sink didnt work.

The price we paid for our stay certainty didnt reflect the quality of the room or amenities.

Overall it was a very very disappointing experience.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's too bad Jill didn't take the time to look at the photos and read the description of The Bunkhouse. The photos clearly show an outdoor sink and BBQ. Inside is the toaster oven, small fridge and microwave. It's also listed a sofa/sleeper for extra guests. The day of Jill's stay (which was our coldest day of the year, the water heater went out for the outside sink. My husband went to town, and replaced it with a brand new one). It was 18 degrees that morning, and yes, the pipes did freeze, and when they do, the water will look brownish from the frozen pipes immediately upon the water returning. It goes away, and isn't harmful, you just have to flush the toilet once or twice. It's the first time in 10 years that I've rented this place anyone has complained about not enough heat. I'd like to also address the price. I received $395.60 for 4 guests for 2 nights. That comes out to $49.45/person. With that money I had 4 loads of laundry, pay the cleaning lady, and although I love sharing this place with others, I still like to make some money at the end of the day. I don't think you can even stay at a motel 6 for that amount, and you wouldn't get a deck with a BBQ grill, and quaintness this place has to offer. But, maybe that's where you'd be more comfortable.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $60

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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