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Dolan Creek Retreat

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Stunning Secluded Big Sur Home — Breathtaking Coastline Views

3 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Big Sur Estate Rental Photos and Description

Estate, 3 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 1-6)

Dolan Creek Retreat is the perfect setting for an unforgettable honeymoon, romantic getaway, special occasion, executive retreat, or family gathering. Located on 60 private acres, this quiet and secluded property overlooks the Pacific Ocean with breathtaking coastline and redwood canyon views.

Adjacent to the Ventana wilderness it is a wildlife haven—red-tailed hawks, deer, bobcats, fox and the occasional California condor.

This beautiful multi-level open beam ceiling home combines comfort

and charm with superb craftsmanship.

• Master bedroom (main house): King bed, private sun deck

• Guest suite: King bed, clawfoot tub, shower, fireplace

• Guest suite: Queen bed, outdoor shower, fireplace

• Unique, secluded, outdoor king bed & hot tub

• Cliff side dipping pool

• Spacious redwood decks with spectacular views

• Fully equipped kitchen

Local restaurants, shops, & points of interest (although most of our guests choose not to leave the property!):

• Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant

• Nepenthe Restaurant & Phoenix Shop

• Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn Restaurant

• Ventana Inn’s Gallery & Cielo Restaurant

• Post Ranch Inn’s Sierra Mar Restaurant & Mercantile

• State parks, hiking trails & unspoiled beaches

A scenic drive north on Pacific Coast Highway takes you to Carmel or Monterey with its famed Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Fisherman’s Wharf, Laguna Seca, & the world class Pebble Beach golf courses. Or wend your way south and tour the Hearst Castle in San Simeon.

Keywords: Home, Luxury, Big Sur, Private, Retreat, Vacation Rental, Mountain, Ocean & Coastline Views, Honeymoon

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Dolan Creek Retreat (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english


based on 3 traveler reviews

Stunning Secluded Big Sur Home — Breathtaking Coastline Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Absolutely perfect for family celebration

  • 5 of 5

This is way overdue but I must write about our experience for Father's Day/60th birthday celebration. Our children range from 30 to 15 years of age). The drive up the mountain was a dirt road (all directions very clear) but I would advise going during daylight hours as it is very narrow and unlit. It is not rough enough for any special vehicle. Once I made the drive to the house (I want to say it takes about 15 minutes?), it was pretty easy to come and go but we really had little reason to leave. We usually visit places right on the ocean, but this was a wonderful surprise. The exceptional vistas from all directions were breathtaking. The photos are accurate, but there is so much more. The property is large and we all had our space for reading or playing around. We ate almost every meal out at a table under a lighted tree overlooking the ocean. There was a "plunge" pool adjacent that our son loved and we loved to cool our feet. Our older daughter got the younger girls up before dawn to snuggle in the outdoor bed and watch sunrise. Our older son watched the sunrise from the adjacent hot tub. I brought the coffee. It was magical. The hosts were very kind to back our car down the beautiful but steep driveway to the door.The property was very clean, very well maintained and incredibly unique. It was a "retreat" in every sense. All sorts of comfy places to sit outside and inside and lots of birds and wildlife. It was nice for the older kids to have separate "pod" areas to sleep, but everyone keep running to get everyone out together for something or the other. Our eldest daughter is a chef so her gift for the occasions was to compile all the ingredients and prepare meals in advance. We brought a large cooler and lined it with dry ice so even the frozen foods could be transferred to the kitchen safely. A few of appliances in the kitchen were not super modern but much more than adequate with far more amenities than we expected. The owners ware helpful above and beyond about everything but never intrusive. We texted photos to all our friends. Lots of unique/artistic places and beaches to visit in the vicinity but we had more fun at the estate. Loved this place and would recommend this for families with school age children and older. This place is not for the disabled (lots of stairs and multi levels). Very beautiful, very romantic and so very different. Many thanks to this interesting and kind couple for making our celebrations so special

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Columbus, Mississippi


  • 5 of 5

Dolan Creek is a perfect partnership between God and man. Simply put... Staying at Dolan Creek is what I imagine swinging on a star would be.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2011
  • Stayed: Nov 2003
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mill Valley, CA

Words can't describe the magic of Dolan Creek Retreat

  • 5 of 5

It is simply my favorite place in the world. We return as a group of 3 couples every year and each year when we leave we spend the next 365 days talking about our return, going over little details of the house and the property and discussing which lounging location we'd be enjoying at that moment -- the outdoor bed with the famous Big Sur vista view? The back deck overlooking the Ventana wilderness? A grassy knoll by the dipping pool perched on the tip of the property? The pristine redwood hot tub? Or debating which is the best bedroom -- the master with its ficus tree canopy and the famous views? The canyon view room with the claw foot tub, wood burning stove and incredible plants framing the windows? Or the welding room with the couch in front of the wood burning stove and the outdoor shower hanging over a cliff? There is not a more spectacular view in the world and the house that has been lovingly built and maintained is like a piece of art that stands up to the view and somehow manages to raise it up. Our group travels a lot, we've rented lots of houses (through VRBO and elsewhere) and we all agree w/out exception that there isn't any place we've stayed that comes close to Dolan Creek. It's really unique and personal but it feels like it is set up just for you. The owners could not be any nicer or more helpful. There is a ton to see and do in the area but we've only left once in our 5 visits b/c the minute you step foot off of the property you're ready to come back. So we come with food for the long weekend and cook in the well-appointed kitchen with a view of the ocean hundreds of feet below (that makes even doing dishes enjoyable). I would recommend this property to anyone who would listen once I can get past the fact that it doesn't magically appear once a year just for us -- it somehow feels like it does.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Big Sur Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...

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