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Garden Cottage Retreat

Bedrooms Studio
Space 244 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
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 gas fireplace, 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.


Bookings canceled at least 30 days before the start of the stay will receive a 100% refund.

Bookings canceled at least 14 days before the start of the stay will receive a 50% refund. 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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 25, 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!


Cambria Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 244 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 2
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 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 ...
  • 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Garden Cottage Retreat
average rating of 4.9298244 based on 57 reviews

Beautiful gardens, nice view, wonderful town, cozy cottage

  • 5 of 5

This truly feels like a retreat, but it was also very easy checkin and checkout. The gardens, cottage porch and deck are very inviting.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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Beautiful Cottage on an exquisite property!

  • 5 of 5

An idyllic setting! The cottage is charming and was a perfect place for my husband and me as we celebrated our 30th anniversary. The owners provided everything we needed-including wonderful bath products and a nice bottle of red wine. We look forward to coming here again.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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The property and the surroundings are very well kept and beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the cottage! It is so quiet and peaceful. The grounds are beautifully kept. It stormed most of the time we were there but we were cozy and warm in the cottage. There are lovely views from every window! The kitchen has everything a little kitchen needs. There was extra goodies and fruit for us to enjoy. Really nice personal touches by the owners. We will definitely be back!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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  • 5 of 5

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

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

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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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

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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 $60.00, 7 days or more is $100.00.
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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