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3573 Captain's Castle ~ Historic, Stunning Ocean Views, Almost Oceanfront

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,356 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 8

Welcome to “Captain’s Castle”! Home sleeps up to 8 adults.

**For details about specials for this home, see the Sanctuary Vacation Rentals website or call our office directly.

Watch the waves crash on the rocks just outside your door from the tower of a fantasy house that melds elements of a castle with quaint Victorian charm.

This historic home built in 1883, sits just steps from Monterey Bay and a walking/bicycling trail that meanders for 15 miles along the coastline. You're less than a 10 minute walk along this trail to Cannery Row and the aquarium.

The exterior of this whimsical 2356 square feet, 4-bedroom, 2-bath home, called “Captain's Castle,” comes complete with gargoyles, gables and stained glass windows. The predominant feature is a square tower that offers a bird's-eye view of all the comings and goings on the bay.

As you open the front door to the entry, with its coved ceiling and built-in cabinetry with insets of royal blue, topaz and wine that match the stained-glass panels framing virtually every window in the house, you will feel you are in your own seaside inn. The entry leads to a cozy Victorian-style living room with a high paneled ceiling, brass-faced gas fireplace and an antique chandelier. The elegant furnishings include an ivory brocade sofa, 2 azure velvet chairs and patterned area rug. Both rooms look out to the bay. The 1st story and most of the 2nd have hardwood floors.

Upon your arrival you will be greeted with complementary wine and cheese, passes to the renown Spa on the Plaza in downtown Monterey, tickets for a wine tasting at Scheid Vineyards’ tasting room in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea and a basket of local information. An assigned concierge vacation house manager is available to assist you during your stay. We have also provided spa amenities in the bathrooms, spa robes and beach gear.

Enjoy movies in a spacious family room with hardwood wainscoting, sectional sofa, ottoman and a 50” flat-screen TV. An open counter with stools connects the family room to the updated kitchen with its beautiful wood cabinets and slate gray Corian counter-tops. Everything you could desire for preparing and serving fabulous gourmet meals is available, including a Viking stainless steel gas range, Sub Zero side-by-side refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave and beautiful dishes and table linens.

Enjoy coffee or casual meals at a round table for 4 in a sunroom facing the fenced-in back patio or take your food outdoors to the wrought-iron pergola equipped with 2 comfortable chairs, a metal table and chairs and umbrella. Well-behaved dogs are welcome.

More formal meals can be served in a paneled dining room with a vaulted ceiling and a bay window. A wooden Queen Anne table and upholstered chairs can seat up to 8.

A full bathroom on this floor has a claw-foot bathtub/shower with a surround curtain. An adjoining laundry room has a stacking washer/dryer.

The 2nd floor has 4 bedrooms. The first – with a king bed - has windows that look to a park and the bay. A 2nd bedroom, overlooking the backyard, has a king bed, an antique bedside table and a rocking chair. A 3rd smaller bedroom, with ocean vistas, has a queen bed. Bask in ocean views from the king bed in the master bedroom. All beds feature luxury linens.

A large white-tiled bathroom with plum accents features a deep claw-foot tub and a separate step-in basin shower with water pipes exposed as in days of yore.

The most fun is the 3rd-floor tower with its panoramic views of the bay during the day and the twinkling lights of adjacent cities at night. Two couches, chairs and a round coffee table provide the perfect setting for morning coffee or happy hour.

Children under 13 must be supervised at all times in this room due to the 3rd story windows that open out. The tower is not a sleeping area.

Garage and driveway can park up to 3 cars.

See Rates Notes for additional information.

Pacific Grove Transient Use License # 0149

More Details

Property Manager
Sanctuary Vacation Rentals - Reservations
Speaks: english
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within an hour
Calendar last updated:
March 29, 2017

About Sanctuary Vacation Rentals - Reservations

Sanctuary Vacation Rentals represents properties throughout Carmel, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, Carmel Highlands, and the Big Sur coastline. We combine fine resort accommodations and relaxed elegance with all the comforts of home.

Our properties are places that nurture and inspire and are located in one of the most beautiful, energizing places in the world, featuring the spectacular scenery of the Monterey Peninsula and the central coast of California. From historic old Monterey, to the Victorian charm of Pacific Grove, and the artists colony of Carmel-by-the-Sea, and the breathtaking scenery of Big Sur, generations of people have been rejuvenated by the breaking waves and sandy beaches here.

Our properties are designer furnished with relaxed elegance. Many homes feature the colors of the sea and take inspiration from the natural beauty of the surrounding areas.

Throughout Sanctuary’s vacation rentals, you’ll find comfortable beds with luxury linens, welcome beverages and hors d’oeurvres, spa robes and amenities, local wine tasting and spa passes, and a personal concierge to assist you in every way. Our homes feature chef’s dream kitchens and everything you’ll need to entertain in style. And many of our properties are pet friendly.

If you’re looking for a refreshing, relaxed stay in one of the most beautiful areas in the world– offering all the comforts of home, let Sanctuary Vacation Rentals help you discover your own sanctuary by the sea. Make your reservation today.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We have stayed in several houses in Pacific Grove and the Captain's Castle is by far the best yet! We all appreciated the view and location that the Castle provided in the tower. It was truly a special experience and we can not wait to return. Thank you for sharing this exceptional place with us.
Mar 2014
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Pacific Grove House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
Floor Area:
  • 2356 sq. ft.
  • 3 stories
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • 3 King beds, 1 Queen bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(36 traveler reviews)

3573 Captain's Castle ~ Historic, Stunning Ocean Views, Almost Oceanfront
average rating of 4.9722223 based on 43 reviews
Peoria, Arizona

Sister Birthday Celebration

  • 4 of 5

The castle was great. We loved sitting on the third level drinking wine and enjoying the view. It was to cool to have the windows open but we could still hear the waves breaking. The house was very clean and very comfortable with lots of seating areas and plenty of nice towels for bathing. As far as the negatives, the bedroom floor was very cold while we were there. There is no heat on that level or in the downstairs bathroom. The bathroom situation is not best. The shower upstairs is unique but basically useless. I realize they are trying to retain the authenticity of the home but the toilet downstairs is VERY small. We were a group of four and we made do with the showering issue but it would difficult with more people.

With all that said, I would still recommend the castle for it's uniqueness, cleanliness, size, view and location.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Half Moon Bay

We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 8 ladies, long time friends who gather together for a long weekend every year. We have stayed in many different locations and houses. I think we all agreed that this was one of our best choices! The house was so charming and exceeded our expectations; it was clean, comfortable, well appointed & the kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed. Needless to say, the location couldn't be better! We had a problem getting the TV to work and Julia, the property manager, was there to help us shortly after we called her. The only negative for us was the old fashioned shower upstairs - we ended up all using the downstairs shower which was a bit bothersome because there were 8 of us. We loved the crows nest for evening cocktails! We would definitely return to this house again!!

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review and I am happy to hear that the Captain's Castle exceeded the expectations for your reunion weekend.
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Excellent location, beautiful home, stress-free vacation rental!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect home for a family garhering. Your home was welcoming and exceeded our expectations!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, we are delighted that you selected our home for your vacation and that it was perfect for you and your family.
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What a great location and house, so close to the beach and the views are wonderful

  • 5 of 5

I would recommend this house

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bonita Springs, Florida

Loved the Castle

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved the Castle! It was in a great location, we loved our walks on the path,. We walked to the aquarium, restaurants and the beach. The house was clean and there was plenty of space for the 8 of us. We enjoyed using the barbecue and eating on the lovely patio. We would definitely recommend!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Place

  • 5 of 5

This house is so charming and unique. The location is perfect. Great views from the castle and close to so many things. The views from the tower is a wonderful place to watch the sun rise and set. We also loved being able to walk right out to ocean and see the sea lions. The castle rooms are all very large and comfortable. I would highly recommend this home.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability


    Guests will agree not to have any additional visitors or gatherings exceeding total number of adults allowed by contract (6 adults and 2 children max). No more than 3 cars total and no street parking is allowed. Guests understand that this is a very quiet, residential neighborhood and due to the location of the house, sound travels easily so no outside activities are permitted after 9pm. We practice Good Neighbor Policies and our neighbors are very important to us.
    ** Holidays & Special Events may have higher rates.
    ** Housekeeping, Processing and Property Protection fees and taxes are additional to the base rates.
    ** Guest stays of 30 days or more will also be responsible for utility charges (Electricity, Gas and Water), mid stay cleaning fees and a security deposit.
    ** Rates are subject to change and Owner approval.
    ** Rates may vary depending upon how many guests are occupying the home, including all infants and children.
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The Monterey Peninsula is unique in its combination of breathtaking natural resources and a multiplicity of cultural and entertainment possibilities. You can find something for every possible taste. For nature lovers, there is the diversity of mountain and sea, for picnicking, surfing, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, beach combing, bird-watching, kayaking, scuba diving, tide pooling, biking and more. If you want a man-made excitement, we have art galleries galore, excellent fine-art museums, local theater, outstanding restaurants, boutiques, a natural history and a children's museum, a world-class aquarium, and that's just for starters. History buffs will have a field day exploring the adobes of Monterey. There's so much to do that you cannot possibly do it all in one visit, which means you will have to come back.


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