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Amy Ward

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

Dove Cottage in Heart of Carmel. Stroll to village and beach. Peaceful retreat.

51 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
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2 Bedrooms, Sleeping Nook, 2 Bathrooms. Sleeps 5. In heart of Carmel-By-The-Sea

Nestled in a canopy of Monterey oaks and pines, Dove Cottage provides a tranquil environment ideally located in the heart of Carmel-By-The-Sea. The craftsman cottage was built in 1931 as Carmel was becoming a popular destination for artists and writers from San Francisco, who spent their summers here. Upon entering you will be welcomed with a sophisticated but relaxed European ambiance. This is my second home, which is reflected in the fine furniture, French antiques and quality design throughout. Located within the desirable 'golden rectangle', it's only a short walk to shops, restaurants, art galleries and Carmel's silky white, sandy beaches.

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Concours d' Elegance

As a designer I renovated Dove Cottage to offer all the modern amenities, while retaining the integrity of this historic artist's cottage which was built in 1931. At that time Carmel-By-The-Sea was frequented by writers and painters from San Francisco who spent their summers here. Dove Cottage is my second home and it retains a wonderful 'spirit of place'. I welcome you to my home and hope that your stay in Carmel is memorable.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Amy Ward (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

We fell in love with Dove Cottage, Carmel & The Big Sur and hope to return.
Oct 2011
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based on 51 traveler reviews

Dove Cottage in Heart of Carmel. Stroll to village and beach. Peaceful retreat.
average rating of 4.9607844 based on 71 reviews
Wilmington, North Carolina

Dove Cottage is just the BEST!!!

  • 5 of 5

How many great things can I say about Dove Cottage? I saw many lovely homes but the interiors were dated. As an interior designer I found Amy's home to be beautifully decorated and wonderfully equipped.

The location was extremely convenient to everything. It was as much of a pleasure to come "home" in the afternoon as it was to do the many wonderful things that we found to do. Amy was great to work with and we found all of her recommendations to be excellent.

We enjoyed Demetra restaurant, Porta Bella restaurant. and the brunch at Mission Ranch was awesome.

Monterey Bay Aquarium was well worth the 1/2 day spent there and if you have not miss it.

Big Sur was very much my favorite and a great lunch at a small Lucia Lodge restaurant where you felt you were hanging on the cliff over the ocean! Amy's recommendation of Chateau Julien was a beautiful spot and we took the private tour and tasting. The Carmel Walking Tour was a last minute idea and we would have missed a lot of the local lore and meeting some of the local people where we were welcomed into their galleries, restaurants and shops. It was a well spent $25.00 per person.

I hope to be able to visit again and would definitely stay at Dove Cottage. Just wish I lived closer so I could come more often.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy winter retreat!

  • 5 of 5

My fiancé and I chose Dove Cottage for a short break form our cold Minnesota winter, and were not disappointed. Just as lovely as pictured, the cottage has all the amenties you need, plus a great location--walking distance to town and the beach without all the hustle and bustle. We hope to return to Carmel and Dove Cottage in the near future!

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Staying at the Dove Cottage was a highlight of our trip! We spend Christmas here and it was the perfect home to have family time. The location was perfect, we walked everywhere.

Amy was a joy to work with and I would stay in any of her properties if the opportunity arises!

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Time with Granddaughters

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent two nights at Dove Cottage with two of our California granddaughters (ages 9 and 11). We all LOVED Dove Cottage. We so enjoyed having coffee and hot chocolate in front of the fireplace in the morning, and wine (us!) and apple cider (the girls!) in the evening. The cottage is beautifully appointed - Amy seems to have thought of every tasteful detail in the decor, and the kitchen was well stocked with necessities. We walked to our restaurant the first night (definitely dark and no street lights - cell phone flash light worked great); drove the very short trip to the village for other meals, shopping, walking on the beach. We were minutes away from Point Lobos for hiking and the 17 mile drive. We all heartily recommend this charming cottage for a Carmel get away. It is really a pleasure to wake up in, and come back to after a day of enjoying Carmel ad the Monterey Peninsula.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prescott, AZ

Couple's vacation

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I rented the Dove Cottage for 2 weeks. We enjoyed our time there. The cottage was very comfortable. I just had one problem there and that was with the owner's attitude. I couldn't get the tv in the front room to work. It has 2 controls and no instructions (how to turn on, change channels etc.). Since we were there for 2 weeks we wanted to use it. Amy told me if I have any questions not the hesitate to ask. So I did and what I got back from her was and I quote"how would I know, I'm 6 hours away and I've never had this problem before until now". Even if she didn't know that was not the way to handle it. Need I say more. I won't be renting again from her anytime soon.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I would have been glad to help you if I knew what was causing the problem. That's why I state in the information I send my guests, which is also laminated on an info sheet in the house, that Comcast is more than happy to help 24 hours a day, if there are any problems with the television. Sometimes they just need to reboot the system over the phone. And since they are familiar with the equipment, they can tell you which buttons to press to rectify the situation. I suggested you contact them and I don't know why you did not. I'm sorry that you misinterpreted my attempt to be helpful in order to get the problem resolved, by recommending you call the company that could solve the problem for you. PS: There have been three other groups of guests who rented the cottage after you, and none of them have had any problem with either of the two televisions. So the equipment is fine. You just needed to call Comcast to tell you how to work the remote on the one you were having trouble with. Perhaps a child was there before you that pressed all the buttons and temporarily messed things up. Again, only Comcast would know which buttons to tell you to press to correct this.
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Girl's Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Perfect retreat for myself and three girlfriends celebrating a special birthday. Plenty of room, charm, comfort and amenities. Walking distance to town, but wouldn't recommend walking back at night due to lack of street lights and sidewalks in Carmel. We used Uber for the return for about $5. Would like to bring my husband and perhaps another couple again soon!

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Route 1
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
9 blocks
Car: not necessary

In addition to the quaint village charm of the shops, restaurants, art galleries and beaches, which are only a short walk from Dove Cottage, you can enjoy scenic drives and choose from the 12 golf courses in the area. Experience the spectacular coastline of Big Sur, take a winery tour in Carmel Valley and visit Monterey, as they are all close by. Throughout the year Carmel hosts golf tournaments, jazz and other festivals, live theater and many interesting events.


Rates & Availability

Carmel Cottage Rental Rates

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning USD175


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    $500 Security Deposit holds reservation and is refundable 14 days after the end of stay.
    Reservations can be made with Visa or MasterCard.
    Full amount due 60 days prior to arrival, including $175 cleaning fee sent in the form of a bank cashier's check.

    For cancellations 90 days prior to scheduled arrival date or less, the deposit will be forfeited unless the property is re-booked for the same dates and rate. All other cancellations will be subject to a $100 fee.

    Note: Until confirmed with a deposit, rates are subject to change without notice.

    Maximum guests: 5
    Sorry, no pets without permission.
    Dove Cottage is non-smoking only.
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Carmel Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Downtown
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Carport
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Huge tumbled travertine stall shower. Multiple shower heads.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , Vintage claw foot soaking tub and shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Luxury bath room/Pillow top mattress/Walk-in closet
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Luxury pillow top mattress & writing desk.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , Daybed in separate sleeping nook.
  • The bedrooms and bathrooms have exceptionally high quality pillows, bed linens and towels by Ralph Lauren and Martha Stewart, in keeping with the fine furniture and antiques through. Your stay at Dove Cottage promises to be tasteful and luxurious.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Courtyard
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
At Dove Cottage you will find a booklet to acquaint you with places to visit, restaurants, food markets, a local winery that offers free tours including complementary wine tasting, a local corner market in Carmel- By-The-Sea, a nearby fresh fish market, a walking tour of Carmel and so much more. Or curl up by the fireplace with one of the many books. Wireless internet connection is provided as well as speakers for your ipod, a cd player and radio and two televisions. You can soak your cares away in the vintage, claw foot bathtub or head for the huge travertine marble shower. My goal is to provide you with exceptional comfort and style and hope you will return many times to this home away from home.

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