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3264 Sea Shell Guest Cottage ~ Walk to Town, Charming! Luxurious Bed & Linens

Bedrooms 1
Space 650 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Sleeps 3

Welcome to "Sea Shell Guest Cottage"! Cottage sleeps up to 2 adults and 1 small child age 4 or under.

Also Available Long Term - 6-12 Months or More - Substantial Savings! Ask our Reservationists about two days for the price of one admission tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium when you book this home!

Escape into a mini-fantasy world in this delightful 650-square-foot guest cottage situated in a quiet residential neighborhood just a one block stroll to downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea. Sparkling clean and refurbished in recent years, this fanciful one-bedroom, with its accoutrements of mermaids, seashells, starfish and other undersea imagery, offers a perfect vacation respite for up to two adults or two adults and one small child. This is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway, with its sunny, sand-sea-and-sky color scheme, whimsical objets d'art and sumptuous bath and bed linens that will make you feel like you are at a luxury spa.

Upon your arrival you will be greeted with complimentary wine and cheese, 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.

One open, airy room with a vaulted ceiling and skylights comprises the living, dining and kitchen areas. A beach-like feel is achieved with sand-colored tile flooring, a rattan throw rug, and white furnishings that impart a bright, sun-splashed look to the living room, which includes a Plasma TV with Blue Ray DVD player. The plush sofa, that can be made comfortable for sleeping with a memory foam pad, is deep enough to sleep a child.

The kitchen, with its brand-new granite counter tops and glossy white cabinetry, has a small gas range, oven and full refrigerator (no dishwasher). A round white table with four chairs is provided for intimate dining.

The handsome new bathroom, which is tiled throughout, features a granite counter top and shower over tub.

You will sleep like a baby on the queen-sized bed with its new Sealy Posturepedic extra-plush mattress and ultra soft, luxury linens.

A Dutch door in the bedroom leads to a private patio and lush garden filled with colorful flowering plants that flourish all year round in Carmel's temperate Mediterranean climate. You can dine al fresco at a bistro tables and chairs; a gas grill is provided for outdoor cooking. You can access a stacking washer/dryer from the patio.

The cottage is within walking distance of the remarkable selection of shops, boutiques galleries and restaurants in the village of Carmel. Bruno's Market, a gourmet grocery store that is a Carmel trademark, is just a few blocks away. Breathtaking white sand beaches skirted by the Monterey Peninsula's trademark Cypress trees are an ambitious but doable walk. In the car, you can be at Carmel Beach in a matter of a few minutes.

A pathway along the fence-line just outside the guest house door leads to a charming vest-pocket park. Well-behaved dogs are welcome.

The cottage is situated in a completely enclosed and private area behind a main house - also available for rental -- that can accommodate 4 adults and 1 child age 12 or under.. You can book our 2 bedroom, 1 bath main house (see #3274 on the Sanctuary Vacation Rentals website for more information) separately or together with this guest cottage.

**There is an additional fee for pets**

***The video may refer to Spa Passes; we apologize but these aren't currently available***

See also Rates Notes for additional information about this property.

More Details

Property Manager
Sanctuary Vacation Rentals - Reservations
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This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

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.

Why Sanctuary Vacation Rentals - Reservations chose Northeast Carmel

My husband and I bought our first Sanctuary by the Sea in Carmel in 2006. Our background includes architecture, kitchen & bathroom design, Realtor, Stager ,Former Vermont Innkeeper/Chef. David -Architect-loves to create spaces that nurture and inspire and Annee likes to create places (vacation homes) that nurture and inspire. We created Sanctuary Vacation Rentals to help our friends be able to share their beautiful homes and allow families and friends to come together to experience what we believe is one of the most beautiful places on the planet and have all the comforts of a home away from home. The owners of these homes are very involved and take a lot of joy and pride in opening their home and hearts to fellow travelers. It is our deepest wish that anyone who stays at one of the Sanctuary Vacation Homes feel that this is one of the nicest places they have ever stayed including every one who assists them in the reservation process.

Annee Hayden Martin

Guestbook comments from the manager

"A lovely stay in a charming cottage! Everyone I dealt with at Sanctuayr Vacation Rentals were professional, pleasant, and repsonsive!

The cottage was appointed beautiful with personal touches throughout.

Thank you! John and Liz
Aug 2013
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Northeast Carmel House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • 1 Queen bed, 1 Other bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Tennis
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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3264 Sea Shell Guest Cottage ~ Walk to Town, Charming! Luxurious Bed & Linens
average rating of 4.714286 based on 15 reviews

Bargain Hideaway

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Sea Shell Guest Cottage is a bargain. You aren’t going to beat it for the daily price if you want to be in Carmel for a month. While the interior photos are accurate, the exterior is little more than an annex behind a garage. So private—yes—if you are okay surrounded by fencing with little more than a narrow walkway in between. The recommendation is to book a nicer place for two or three weeks instead of going the month-long bargain route.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review. Sanctuary's Seashell Guest Cottage is a private updated cute guest house located behind the main house, not a garage, that has a private entrance located on a separate street. Many of our past guests have loved the convenient location to the park and 5 minute walk to town. We have kept it affordable for guests to enjoy and the totally enclosed fencing works well for pets. It does have a nice small area in the back with grill, table and chairs and typical Carmel flowers and landscaping. Part of Carmel's charm is the cottages tucked away. I am sorry that you were unhappy with the exterior of the guest cottage as we always want our guests to be happy and would like to help you with another house should you return. Annee Martin, Founder/President of Sanctuary Vacation Rentals
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Georgetown, TX

Wonderful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

I was very happy with the location.

The vacation rental was spotless.

The property manager was very helpful.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

We loved our little cottage. It was home for a month and we could not have been more comfortable. We loved Carmel and we knew if we needed anything, Tracy was there to help. I would highly recommend staying here and we look forward to going back!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: Sanctuary Vacation Rentals
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Rio Rancho, NM

A great escape

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

I was very happy with the location.

The vacation rental was spotless.

The property manager was very helpful.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

Our stay in Carmel at this sweet cottage was just incredible. The place was delightfully decorated and so well stocked. It was so close to town and the beach but in a private and secluded location..We enjoyed it tremendously and will return !

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: Sanctuary Vacation Rentals
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Westwood Hills, KS

Perfect little guest cottage

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

I was very happy with the location.

The vacation rental was spotless.

The property manager was very helpful.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

Quiet, perfect location. Everything I needed was provided including bowls for the dogs! It was wonderful and I would recommend it to any and everyone. Definitely want to return.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2014
  • Stayed: January 2013
  • Source: Sanctuary Vacation Rentals
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Perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5

This is a fantastic place to stay. The house is spotless, furnished thoughtfully, and extremely well equipped. The location is so peaceful. I could tell that the owners really took time to make sure this was a great experience for any one staying in the home. The office staff are available, helpful, and very nice to deal with. I recommend this rental home and company highly and with out reservation. I will definitely be retuning to this location. Perfect.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2011
  • Stayed: November 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy and comfy

  • 5 of 5

Everything went super smooth, the instructions were very clear. Everything we possibly needed was at the little cottage, and it was great to have a bbq too! Having internet access was a huge plus, as we took our computer to look up good places to eat or pretty hikes to go on. I would definitely recommend this place to any couple looking for a romantic getaway. It's a very private place with fencing all the way around, and we really liked that. We had considered taking our dog, and they do allow dogs at this cottage. They even provide supplies if you do decide to take your dog, as Carmel is super dog-friendly from what I hear. It was also really nice to have the Aquarium passes, because that saved us 60! Overall, a great place to stay :)

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2011
  • Stayed: July 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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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, beachcombing, bird-watching, kayaking, scuba diving, tidepooling, 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.

Other Activities: whale, dolphin & otter watching!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional


  • If you're booking a last minute stay, ask about Last Minute Specials.**
    **Last Minute Specials typically exclude holidays, special events and summer season; specials cannot be combined.

    ** You are renting the guest house of a property that has a larger main quarters separated by a fence and has a separate entrance on another street. If you are not renting both the main and guest house we reserve the right to rent the main house to another party. The garbage service is shared by the two units.
    **There is an additional fee for pets.
    ** 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.