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Garden Cottage Retreat

Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

Cottage, Studio + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Warm, relaxing, quiet, romantic and serene are some of the descriptions used by people who've made our hillside Garden Cottage their Cambria destination. You can enjoy an idyllic Cambria experience in this tranquil location surrounded by Monterey Pines and terraced gardens.

An all-wood interior with streaming light from two large window seats combine with a pyramid roof and skylights, enhance the simple yet elegant interior. A cozy wood burning stove, carpeting in the main room, with a firm and comfortable double bed makes this a perfect Cambria getaway. You'll find the convenient tile-floor kitchen and wood/tile bathroom with standard-size shower (29' wide X 26' deep) quite pleasant. Premium linens and bathrobes provided. An extended window seat in the main room overlooks the forested canyon. A second window seat offers tranquil views. WiFi ready, no TV. Use the large garden deck to enjoy the private peaceful canyon, wildlife, and distant ocean. The deck is the perfect place for morning yoga, an afternoon glass of wine, and an evening canyon sunset.

You'll find this property unique because it offers an experience of tranquility, open space, privacy, nature views and quiet surroundings, all within walking distance to Cambria Pines Lodge, East Village shops, restaurants, and the Fiscalini Ranch trailhead.

A wonderful cabin experience for a couple or individual needing serene retreat space and a comfortable place to unwind after enjoying a day on the central coast.

We live on the property and offer our cottage exclusively to mature, respectful adults who are looking for a quality experience.

Maximum 2 adults (minimum age 25), no pets, no smoking (inside or out), two night minimum, three night minimum during holidays. Seasonal rates apply. 11 am check-out. Less than 7 days: $60 cleaning fee, 7 or more days $100 cleaning fee. County 12% occupancy tax applied. Cancellations: Full refund given if cancellation is more than 30 days prior to arrival date. Less than 30 days before arrival date, a $35 cancellation fee will be deducted from refund. No refund if cancelled within one week of scheduled arrival. No refund for early departure, inclement weather or anything outside our control.

$25 fee deducted from any refund due for echeck reversal (refund issued 31 days from echeck deposit date), $25 fee deducted from any refund due for personal check returned for any reason.

Keywords: studio, quiet, ocean, relaxing, forest, decks, distant ocean view, simplicity, rustic elegance, skylights, window seats, private, wood burning stove, gardens, yoga, meditation, writer, artist, seclusion

More Details

John Eskelin, Lissa McConnell-Eskelin
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2017

About John Eskelin, Lissa McConnell-Eskelin

We've lived in Cambria for over 30 years, and we're renewed and inspired every day by the beauty and peaceful nature of our unique location and coastal village. We love to travel and appreciate thoughtful and comfortable lodgings. We're very happy to share our hillside retreat with other mature travelers while also respecting your privacy. You may meet us when you check in, during your stay, or when you check out, but if you don't see us, we're are still available at any time. We both look forward to sharing our unique treasure of the Central Coast with you.

John Eskelin, Lissa McConnell-Eskelin purchased this cottage in 1982

Why John Eskelin, Lissa McConnell-Eskelin chose Central Coast California

Expansive location, beautiful views, close to town.

What makes this cottage unique

Located in a secluded panoramic canyon just a short walk from the restaurant at Cambria Pines Lodge, this cottage is where you'll experience the quiet renewal that the Cambria lifestyle offers. Walk to the East Village, one of the Fiscalini Ranch trail heads, or enjoy a ride through the bucolic countryside and wine region. We offer exclusive body care amenities from Exotic Nature, a woman's boutique with a personal touch, located in Cambria's West Village. Relax and renew!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(54 traveler reviews)

Garden Cottage Retreat
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 54 reviews


  • 5 of 5
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What a special holiday retreat we have discovered.

We are already planning another time to come to

fully relax from our working life.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Retreat

  • 5 of 5
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We had a wonderful relaxing stay at The Garden Cottage. The Cottage is cozy, and well supplied with all you need to be comfortable.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Perfect

  • 5 of 5
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This place was beautiful, quiet and peaceful. Perfect for our anniversary. John and Lissa are wonderful people. A-plus for the Garden Cottage. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5
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My husband and I spent 2 nights at the Garden Cottage while visiting Hearst Castle. The cottage is cozy, comfortable and romantic. We prepared our own dinners each evening in the fully functional kitchen. The gardens surrounding the cottage are breathtaking, and we sat on the deck each evening drinking wine and soaking up the atmosphere. John and Lissa responded quickly to our emails and made us feel very welcome when we arrived. We felt very fortunate to have found this paradise, and you will feel the same if you stay at the Garden Cottage.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy, serene cottage for two!

  • 4 of 5
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The place was small but they definitely made up for it with every little attention to detail in every room and the outdoor areas. Reading materials, teas, chocolates, and lovely bath products. The gardens are stunning, plenty of thought went into making this a wonderful vacation experience. My only complaint would be that the bed was too soft for our preference which kept me from giving it a 5 star rating. Otherwise pure bliss!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Exotic Cottage in a Peaceful Canyon

  • 5 of 5
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We where looking for a quiet peace little bungalow type home and found it here at this cottage. It is set in a beautiful canyon with well cared for landscape, a private deck overlooking the canyon, wonderful breezes, just a delight. The little cottage has everything you need for your stay, including a fully functioning kitchen, local soap and bath products, a full size closet, bathroom and 2 very comfortable window seats that where perfect for enjoying the views, sipping morning coffee, or just taking a nap. We where also treated to a very nice bottle of wine on our arrival.

We live in Tennessee so don't get a chance to come back to Cambria very often, but the next time we do we hope to stay at John and Lissa's cottage once again. Thanks to both of you for helping us to enjoy our visit to this quaint coastal town.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
San Luis Obispo
Nearest Barpub
0.05 Miles
Cambria Pines Lodge
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
Morro Bay
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Paso Robles Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Scenic Highway 1, Highway 46
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Miles
Cambria Pines Lodge
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Moonstone Beach
Car: recommended

A short six mile drive to Hearst Castle, a scenic drive on highway 46 to Paso Robles wine country, gateway to Highway 1 and the Big Sur coastline, and minutes from Cambria's East and West Village shops, restaurants, and galleries.


Rates & Availability

Cambria Cottage Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $60 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

The cleaning fee for less than 7 days is $60., 7 or more days is $100.
Cancellations: Full refund given if cancellation is more than 30 days prior to arrival date. Less than 30 days before arrival date, a $35 cancellation fee will be deducted from refund. No refund if cancelled within one week of scheduled arrival. No refund for early departure, inclement weather, or anything outside our control.

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Cambria Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 244 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Wood and tile floor bathroom with sink and standard-size shower only (no bath tub).
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Main room - 1 double
  • Double Bed (1) Firm with memory-foam topper. Bed located in main studio room. No separate bedroom.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • wind-surfing
Local tap water is acceptable for drinking and cooking. We do provide approximately 3 gallons of filtered water, with an additional 3 gallon refill bottle for the length of your stay.

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