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Susan Shelley Jones

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, Spanglish

Nestled in the woods, our cabin is like a treehouse + all the amenities!

3 Reviews
Bedrooms Studio
Property type cabin

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Cabin, Studio + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

This is Clint Eastwood's town, best known for being a dog-friendly artsy beach town. Hidden away in the woods, our rustic cabin is like a treehouse with all the amenities - minutes from downtown, beaches and a tennis court around the corner.


You'll find our cabin is perfect for two . . . Simple. Comfortable. Cozy (250 sq ft) and Quiet -- plus minutes from downtown and spectacular sand beaches. Because our cabin has only a queen-sized bed, the third guest will be sleeping on a Japanese-styled foam futon. I normally recommend the futon only for children as it is much easier for them to get up and down off of a futon on the floor, so please consider this before booking!

The cabin has taken on a colorful atmosphere reflecting California's early settlers, so we hope you'll enjoy the antique saltillos from Mexico, papercuts from a well known artist in Guanajuato, and a few other south-of-the-border items that have made their way north,

We provide coffee and tea to get you started in the morning. No kitchen is available, but there is a microwave, small refrigerator, kettle, coffee pot, toaster, and dishes - ideal for take out.

You'll be located on the same property as our family home, but totally detached from the house (about 50 steps down from the parking area) and with no other guests to disturb you.

We're long-time residents, knowledgeable about the area and able to help you find some of the many unique spots guidebooks don't mention.

For those of you who have allergies, please keep in mind that Pets have been in the room previously. Also, because we're located in the woods, pollens may be a problem for you as well.

If you're visiting California's central coast for the first time, you'll find Carmel and the surrounding area an idyllic haven boasting nearly 100 miles of spectacular shoreline - described as the 'greatest meeting of land and sea.' The unbridled beauty of Carmel and Monterey County's landscape and the mild, year-round weather offer endless opportunities for outdoor pursuits. Family-centered activities abound and there truly is something for everyone.

Don't miss the Mission San Antonio de Padua which sits in the Valley of the Oaks on what was once the Milpitas unit of the Hearst Ranch. Of all the missions, this is my favorite . . . partly because it is in the middle of nowhere and also because the restoration was more sensitive to the Mission's style . . . in other words, it doesn't look like Disneyland.


I apologize, but I've finally realized I'm so deaf these days that I can't hear anyone at the door and it's easier for everyone if I leave a note (hopefully explaining all the "necessaries"). Check-in is anytime after 3pm and the lights will be on should you arrive in the evening (please, if possible, check-in before 9:30pm). The cabin is to the LEFT of the front door down the steps.The cabin will be open (door knob turns LEFT). If you have further questions or get lost, just give us a call ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)) . . . happily I am able to carry on a phone conversation.


During their stay, I prefer to allow guests their privacy; and, actually, you may see more of my cat than you will of me as I run several online Etsy shops. My brother and I are usually around, however, for any questions guests might have.


The cabin is situated in a quiet residential neighborhood facing the Pebble Beach Forest Conservancy adjacent to Pescadero, a little used road where neighbors like to walk their dogs, or where cyclists test their strength on a grueling hill full of switchbacks.

Want to look out on the forest? Want to watch birds whiz by with squirrels nearby? You can, yet we're so close to town, it takes 10 minutes to walk to the post office. Also, you might like to know Carmel has been voted one of the Top Ten Dog Friendly places in the country. WOOF! So, bring your dog.


It's a 10 minute walk to town and a 20 minute walk to the beach. Bus routes are within a 5 minute walk. If you're coming by train, the train has a bus service which will drop you in Monterey where I can pick up or drop off guests.


Besides the fact guests bring their dogs, be aware that we're in the woods, especially those of you who suffer from severe allergies brought on by pollens or molds. You just may not find our place suitable. We run a dehumidifier whenever possible and our vacuum has a hepa filter on it, yet you still might not find that adequate. So far, in the six years we've been accommodating guests, only two guests have complained.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Susan Shelley Jones (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, Spanglish

About Susan Shelley Jones

My brother and I live on the property in the main house built by my father back in the early 60's. We're both artists - Tom being involved in woodworking and I am a textile-printer-painter-jeweler (yes, I know, too many things to do any very well). We're both in love with Carmel, Tom especially, as he's been able to live here all his life. Our grandparents lived in Carmel, too, just before the Great Depression.

Susan Shelley Jones purchased this cabin in 1961

Why Susan Shelley Jones chose California

Well, it wasn't us that made that decision. It was our mother. She spent some of the best years of her life here in Carmel before the Great Depression. Her father was an artist and dabbler - he painted himself, but also liked to build. The old Wells Fargo in the Valley is one of his creations as well as a couple of houses in Pebble Beach. My mother's family lived in what is now the Carmel Art Association Building on Dolores and we still have one of the old carved, wooden doors you'll find there as well. My grandmother, a great beauty, was a pianist, wrote music, acted in the Forest Theater; AND, was once invited down to the Hearst Castle (we're still not sure if she went by herself or not). Oh, family skeletons!

What makes this cabin unique

What is there not to do in Carmel? I must mention, of course, that you might run into any number of movie stars - I saw Clint at Whole Foods one day. I even ran into the former president of Mexico, Vicente Fox. But, aside from tracking all the movie stars, I recommend keeping your visit very simple: just walk. Really, what's a vacation but to just relax and de-compress?

Guestbook comments from the owner

ust the most perfect small cabin in the trees. Shelley has thought of everything. You could self cater here if you kept it simple as there is a toaster, microwave, kettle and coffee maker but it is so close to Carmel and many delightful eateries you will probably be tempted to leave. So quiet and peaceful. It is the best value for money we have encountered. Thank you Shelley.
Mar 2012
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based on 3 traveler reviews

Nestled in the woods, our cabin is like a treehouse + all the amenities!
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Wonderful getaway

  • 5 of 5

MaryJo and I (along with Lily, our Corgi pup) thoroughly enjoyed our two nights in this aptly described "treehouse" cabin. Shelley was a lovely person and saw after anything we needed. A problem with the hot water was promptly fixed, and she left fruit and delicious biscotti and coffee for us. The wildlife was a real plus, with hummingbirds as well as several other types, a skunk and a deer all spotted in the area during our stay. It was a perfect launch point close to downtown Carmel with easy access to the beach and Monterey. Some very interesting architecture in the area (check out the "owl house" a couple doors down and the "boat" house next to Shelley's which she believed was done by one of Frank Lloyd Wright's students. We will be back, hopefully as regulars.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Simi Valley, CA

Relaxing and inviting

  • 5 of 5

Thank you both for the wonderful stay. We loved the property and the running stream in the morning. Waking up to the beautiful view of the wooded area was fantastic. Carmel was fantastic, and it was great to bring back some cheese and wine and sit on the patio. Thank you for wonderful weekend!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bellingham, Washington

Loved the forest cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We just loved this little cottage for it's privacy, quiet and location. The neighborhood is awash with Carmel's typical charming architecture and landscaping. Shelly was hospitable and accomodating without infringing on our privacy (which is very important to my husband). The cabin itself was small but spotless, with all the amenities promised in the description. We especially loved sitting on the private deck with a mug of coffee, overlooking the forest. The stairs down to the cabin are lengthy and would be tricky for the elderly, although the walk is lovely and handrails are present throughout. We would stay here again and would recommend this property happily to family and friends; there are few lodgings in the area that provide such a lovely product for such superb value. Thank you, Shelly!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
20 minute drive
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
10 minute walk
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Pebble Beach, Monterey . . . all with a 15-20 min.
Nearest Train
25 Miles
40 minute drive to Salinas, CA
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Hwy 1, 2 minute drive
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
15 minute walk downtown
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
20 minute walk
Car: recommended

If you're visiting California's central coast for the first time, you'll find Carmel and the surrounding area an idyllic haven boasting nearly 100 miles of spectacular shoreline - described as the 'greatest meeting of land and sea.' The unbridled beauty of Carmel and Monterey County's landscape and the mild, year-round weather offer endless opportunities for outdoor pursuits, from hiking, kayaking, and mountain biking, to golfing at legendary Pebble Beach. Family-centered activities abound, as children and adults revel in exploring the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, watching the great migration of gray whales, or visiting the natural history museum in Pacific Grove. Whether your interests include car shows, musical festivals, or weekly farmers' markets, there truly is something for everyone.


Rates & Availability

Carmel Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Aug 15 2016 - Aug 17 2016
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $35 + Tax
Cleaning $40 + Tax
Third person $35 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.5%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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California Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 250 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower only
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • Queen-sized bed (1) sleeps two very comfortably. Bed also has pillow top and is not rock hard. A Japanese futon which folds out on the floor is provided for a third party for an extra $25 fee/night.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
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