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Quintessential Carmel Cottage

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 30 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
1 - 30 nights


Southeast Carmel Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, 1 half bathroom, sleeps 4 to 5

This Cotswold-inspired Carmel stone cottage was built in 1925 and is in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea. A tall ivy hedge surrounds the fully fenced property, offering complete privacy, with shops, restaurants and theaters just steps away. Guests are welcomed by the murmuring fountain and beautiful cottage garden. Stone and brick pathways wind to the front steps and the original door, handmade of weathered wood and wrought iron, which opens to a large light-filled room with soaring ceilings and original wood floors. Beside the old Carmel-stone fireplace, is one of many cozy sitting areas located within the cottage. Bedrooms and bathrooms are all newly decorated luxuriously with designer linens and towels. This home offers a fully appointed kitchen, a breakfast bar for two and dining area that seats four to six. In the garden, enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning or a glass of wine in the evening.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 24, 2016


based on 12 traveler reviews

Quintessential Carmel Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This quaint cottage is AMAZING. Tamera is a gem to work with. Everything is provided in this place. We cooked dinner in and had plenty of pots and pans.. Dinnerware, dishes. Everything was beautiful...nice comfy beds.. The cottage is in a perfect location. We walked to the beach, to all the shops. It's even within walking distance to mission ranch. We will definitely be back next time we are in the area. Thank you for a wonderful stay, Tamera

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Somewhere in Time

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful time we had staying at Poet's Cottage. The moment we walked into the courtyard of the garden we were transformed back into time. The garden is so quaint with a magical charm. The brick path in the garden lead to lovely flowers in bloom and colorful butterflies. We walked into the cottage and felt right at home. It is so inviting with tasteful decorating, beautiful soothing colors and natural light throughout the home. The cottage is immaculate with comfortable beds and wonderful linens. We fell in love with the little French windows in the cottage and being able to open them and feel the Carmel breezes. A welcome tray with wine and sparkling water were on the dining table and a special treat was in the kitchen in a sweet glass dish. What a way to start our stay. It was amazing. The walk to town was easy and the neighborhood is quiet and peaceful. The weather was gorgeous our entire stay and we can’t wait to return. Thank you so much for sharing your home with us and may the magical charm of Poet’s Cottage continue to bless other guests that come to visit.

G & J Smith from El Dorado Hills

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Felt like a fairy tale all week!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented Poet’s Cottage for a 5 night getaway with my sister and her husband. This charming home is perfect for two couples. The location could not be better. We took a nice stroll into town several times a day to eat, meander, see the ocean and shop. We loved walking around and seeing all the different houses in the neighborhood. The home itself is very welcoming, with updated décor while maintaining many of the (what mist be) original 1920’s features, such as the charming original windows which I just loved and made me feel like I was in a fairy tale (random, I know.) The exterior is just awesome. We enjoyed breakfast on the little patio each morning. I have never stayed somewhere with so much character! We cooked dinner in the well-equipped kitchen and it was fine for the four of us. The beds are SO comfortable, with soft sheets and luscious duvets. Even the towels are luxurious. The sweet little single bed in the 2nd bedroom was perfect for my sister and hubby because she tends to kick at night and was more comfortable moving to a separate bed when needed. Tamara left a bottle of wine for us and the aquarium passes. She could not have been any more helpful. What a delight. I totally spaced on the unlock procedure and she was available to lead me in the right direction. We loved that she provided such great suggestions prior to the trip and when we got there. What a fantastic hostess!!

We will definitely be returning to Poet’s Cottage. What an incredible experience, and I would say quite reasonable for the price. Thank you so much Tamara!!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful and cozy cottage!

  • 5 of 5

This Carmel cottage truly does give you a quintessential Carmel experience! We visited Carmel to spend a mother-daughter birthday celebration week, and the cottage was the perfect home base for our vacation. The cottage is so charming from the outside, and clean and cozy on the inside. We enjoyed mornings drinking coffee in the light-filled living room, and afternoons having wine and cheese in the beautiful garden. The location was perfect and allowed us to walk the few blocks to town to shop and eat, without having to worry about finding a parking spot in town. The house has private parking in the back, for the times when we headed out farther to explore the area. The owner was very responsive, answering all of our questions and providing lots of helpful tips for our visit. I would definitely recommend this property to friends and family, and hope to someday visit this charming cottage again!

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect in EVERY Way!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this home and this location! SO QUIET and secluded, yet a very short walk to great restaurants! The owner was fabulous to work with - accommodated our every need! You will love the town, the proximity to terrific restaurants and the charm of this home! I could move in permanently! Thank you Tamara!

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for the classic Carmel experience!

  • 5 of 5

We own 2 vacation rental properties ourselves and always enjoy staying with fellow HomeAway owners to see how we stack up to their properties. In the case of Tamara's charming Carmel cottage, not only did the property exceed our expectations (which were already quite high), we also picked up a few tips to improve our own properties. First, the basics: the photos convey a feel of coziness and style but don't tell the whole picture: the wonderful light which fills all of the rooms (including the kitchen, which has a wonderful skylight), the cleanliness of the property, both inside and out, and the quiet of the surrounding neighborhood.

Small touches greatly enhanced the ease of staying at the cottage; from the light switches being clearly labeled to a welcome bottle of wine and a small jar of chocolate chip cookies. These kinds of details are not easy to provide each guest, especially given that this is a private home and not a hotel with a full staff. In short, staying at the cottage felt more like staying at a vacation home of a family friend who allows a small number of friends and family to use it.

I'm a stickler for beds and bedding, and the cottage surpassed my expectations there as well. Extra thick mattresses, crisp white sheets and fluffy pillows made sleeping a breeze. I won't repeat what other guests have said about the complimentary Monterey Bay aquarium passes and the overall beauty of the setting, other than to echo all of those and the other positive things expressed by our fellow guests.

One thing which had concerned me was the ease with which one could walk into central Carmel, especially at night to & from dinner. Was the cottage on a steep hill making walking into town difficult? What about flashlights? My fears instantly disappeared upon arriving at the cottage: it is literally a 3-block walk to Carmel Plaza (right on Ocean Avenue & Junipero) on a flat quiet street; and Tamara provides a strong flashlight for guests to use. This was huge for us because so many properties in Carmel do not lend themselves to walking easily into town; in fact, we could easily return to the cottage to use the bathroom while shopping & then continue our quest to find the perfect antique or painting!

This beautiful property is perfect for a family or 2 couples who are looking for that classic Carmel experience; it delivers on every level. And you'll know the kind of guest service to expect with the first e-mail from Tamara.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

The Cottage is within easy walking distance to galleries, restaurants and shopping. California’s oldest outdoor live theater, the Forest Theater and the Sunset Theater are nearby. It’s a short walk to Carmel's many white sand beaches. Poet's Cottage is located within minute’s drive of the Monterey Airport, Pebble Beach, Big Sur, Pacific Grove and Monterey with the many golf courses, beaches, parks, sports, activities and sights offered by the Peninsula.


Rates & Availability

Southeast Carmel Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
30 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 1 2016
30 night minimum stay
Jan 31 2017 - May 31 2017
30 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
30 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
30 night minimum stay
Aug 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
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Sep 1 2017 - Oct 1 2017
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $200


Rates are higher for AT&T ProAm, Concours, U.S. Open, Holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, etc.) and other Special Events. Please inquire for specific rates for these periods.

$500 - $1000 (Refundable) Security Deposit payable (held) by credit card.

Processing fee may apply for credit card payments.

Cleaning fee ranges from $200 - $400. Please inquire in advance for house cleaning during your stay.

Check In: 4:00pm, Check Out: 11:00am

This is a Non-Smoking home. There are No Pets Allowed.

Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

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Southeast Carmel Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master bath 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Master bath 2 - toilet , shower
    Den - toilet , Sink
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • The grand master bedroom with queen bed, flat screen TV and has a balcony with seating nestled amongst the oak branches. The large en-suite bath has two sinks, large stall shower and separate jet tub. The second master suite has a queen and twin bed, flat screen TV with a full en-suite bath. The den with half bath also has access to the balcony and a large flat screen TV. Climb the captain's ladder to the loft ~ perfect for nestling in and reading a book with windows offering natural light and views while overlooking the goings-on of the home from your tree top perch. The home comfortably sleeps five. You will be lulled to sleep with subtle sounds of the ocean.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Two Free unlimited passes to the Monterey Aquarium are included in your stay. A tray will be waiting your arrival with snacks and beverages to start your holiday. Please let us know if this is a special occasion or if there's anything else we may arrange to make your stay a memorable one. We look forward to having you as our guest.

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