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Romantic Nostalgic Cottage

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

A Nostalgic Style 1 Bedroom,1 Bath

This cozy 103 year old cottage has full amenities such as one bedroom with a queen size bed that sleeps two comfortably. It also has protected wifi, cable television access, Samsung blue ray DVD player, kitchen, washer/dryer, electric fireplace, barbecue, and private garage parking. In addition, there are two bikes, sand toys for children, boogie boards, beach chairs, and two beach towels for your convenience. For more information about Westwinds Cottage, please click on 'About Sonia Pagett' below.

Romantically staged by 'The Together Girl',

Mary Silveri, Professional Organizer to Manhattan Beach and the South Bay.

More Details

Darwin and Sonia Pagett
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2017

About Darwin and Sonia Pagett

Hello! My name is Darwin Pagett. I lived in this beach cottage during my early childhood. Our family relocated to Hawaii and upon graduating High School I returned to the South Bay and met my beautiful wife Sonia. My wife spent all her summers hanging out with friends at Manhattan Beach Pier. We LOVE Manhattan Beach! It has always been our home away from home. I love to surf, and she loves to relax and sunbathe. We have been happily married for 27 years. We have 4 amazing children. We now reside (just minutes from the cottage) and are so happy to share our experience at the cottage with others.

Darwin and Sonia Pagett purchased this cottage in 1961

Why Darwin and Sonia Pagett chose Manhattan Beach

The Westwinds Cottage is a place full of special memories. It is a 102 year old (originally a carriage house) for passing travelers who wished to rest themselves and their horses on their journey.

Originally owned by Darwin's Aunt, Anne Kennedy, this property has been passed down to the Pagett family. Now we enjoy the same leisure and decided to share our experience with others. Also, it offers a location which is ideal to those seeking leisure time. Not only is it a short and pleasant walk to the seashore (0.3 miles to the pier) it also offers access to many local restaurants that myself and my family have frequented for all of our lives. We chose not to sell this property because it holds a very dear place in our hearts and I know it will have the same affect on all who choose to vacation there.

We always appreciate and listen to our guests input...Starting November 2014 we are building a new addition to the cottage and am so excited to finally announce that we added a deck along side our dining room with a sliding glass door for easy access and for all you who love to barbecue and relax.

What makes this cottage unique

This quaint, cozy, newly remodeled cottage is decorated with a modern, relaxed beach decor, and will provide comfort and rest during your stay.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

Romantic Nostalgic Cottage
average rating of 4.962963 based on 27 reviews

A sweet gem in the heart of Manhattan Beach

  • 5 of 5

We have just spent 2 fabulous weeks in Manhattan Beach at the West Winds cottage and couldn't be happier with not only the quality of the property, but also the attentiveness of the proprietor. Sonia is available 24/7, and is ready and willing to make your stay a comfortable and memorable one !

I know this is labeled as a "Romantic" cottage (and it most certainly is), but I wanted to share that I was there with my 12 year old and this was the perfect accommodation. He was attending a computer camp in the area, and never fail.... everyday after camp we walked 2 minutes to the beach where he could enjoy the fabulous boogie boards supplied by owners for hours on end. We also enjoyed the beach cruisers and comfortable lounge chairs.

The cottage is as perfect as the pictures represent, and the location could not be any better. We are looking forward to a return trip !!!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sharon It was such a pleasure meeting you and your son. I think we enjoyed having you both here as much as you did. Also, the encouraging notes on the chalkboard daily was such a great idea! We look forward your return as well. Sonia Pagett
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Great location, very clean and superbly furnished

  • 5 of 5

Location is just a 5-minute walk to the beach and central MB. The cottage is beautifully decorated, extremely well furnished and the cleanliness is simply immaculate. The bathroom and kitchen are very small, but the bedroom is comfortable, and the living room is spacious. Lots of windows that open and two ceiling fans circulated the nice ocean breeze, keeping things pleasantly cool despite 85 degree days. We especially liked the wide assortment of beach accessories (chairs, beach blanket, boogie boards, surfboard, beach bags, beach toys, cooler, 2 high quality cruiser bikes and even beach tar removal, which we needed). The bikes are terrific. The owners provided many nice extra touches like a well-stocked Kuerig, paper plates & cups for the beach, bottled water, bag of ice and a welcome bottle of wine. Only suggestion I could make is perhaps provide 4-6 beach chairs instead of two, as we had guests visit. We have rented with VRBO many times all over the world, and most all could take a lesson from the owners of this property. Very impressive. We plan to be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kevin Thank you so much for such a great review...we really appreciate it! We have recently added electric AC which helps with the summer heat. Also, thanks for your input about needing extra beach chairs. I will take care of that for sure! Sincerely, Darwin and Sonia Pagett
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Haven of Pristine Serenity

  • 5 of 5

A charming cottage with an endless supply of perfectly thought out amenities. I loved the creativity and the thinking process that went behind every minute detail. EVERYTHING that you could possibly need or want is supplied. I don't want to ruin any surprises, but you get wonderful treats upon your arrival.

All that you really need to bring are your clothes... there is drinking water, coffee, beach chairs, beach bags, writing supplies, internet, bikes with locks and baskets...They have truly thought of everything.

It is in walking distance to the beach and grocery stores. You can walk to a variety of coffee shops. RAIN is a wonderful Japanese restaurant around the corner - literally. The accommodations felt spotlessly clean and professionally organized. I have to say, it brought a deep peace of mind to us both.

It's a great place for romance or to get away to write without distractions. I actually can't wait to book this again.

BTW: If you have a sensitivity to perfume ask to have the room deodorizers unplugged before you arrive and that the bed sheets be washed in unscented detergents. They are wonderfully accommodating. I recommend this property whole heartedly.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Randy, Thank you for the great review. Also, thank you for bringing to my attention about the scented freshener and sheets that were too strong of a scent for you. I will take note of that for your next visit. Sincerely, Sonia
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A wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time to stay at the WestWind cottage and we love the location, the cottage and the city of Manhattan Beach. The cottage is very quaint and extremely comfortable. Sonia is a wonderful hostess who makes sure that everything is in perfect order when you arrive. The cottage is walking distance to the Strand (Manhattan Beach's boardwalk), downtown and to wonderful restaurants. Sonia has told she will be doing some remodeling of the cottage this fall so it should be awesome once it is done. It is great now but will be even better. If you want a lovely quiet vacation spot, then the WestWind cottage is for you.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Bill, Thank you so much! Is is always a pleasure making sure you and Kathy are happy guests. It was nice to have you back and we look forward to having you back again soon. Sincerely, Sonia and Darwin Pagett
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Perfect Beach Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful beach cottage is definitely a perfect place to stay in Manhattan Beach.

It has all the amenities and convenience of home, very warm, tranquil and relaxing! The beach strand and downtown Manhatten Beach was a short walking distance away, with boutique stores and a variety of restaurants to chose from. We are looking forward to our next stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing cottage nestled down a quiet street in MB

  • 5 of 5

I am a regular visitor of the South Bay Area, and have enjoyed staying at several properties in Hermosa, Redondo, PV and MB, and this cottage was one of my more memorable experiences, perfect for a romantic week for 2. It's only about 4 or 5 short blocks from the main drag so it was easy to access food and shopping, yet is also nestled in a quiet street so it was a nice retreat at night. We stayed in early April. The house had every accessory that I needed and more (bikes, washer/dryer, plenty of towels, beach gear and volleyballs), and the Vons was really close by for me to pick up groceries. The queen bed was comfortable - which isn't always a sure thing when you rent. The interior design was tasteful and made the most of the spaces available. The TV and WIFI worked well which we used on a few rainy days. The owners provided us with wine, chocolates and flowers upon arrival, and kept in touch when needed during the week, which showed their attention to detail and great courtesy. We loved our stay and I'd recommend it to anyone as a great couples escape.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Terrance, Thank you for your kind review. It was such a pleasure to have you as our guest and we look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Darwin and Sonia Pagett
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
LAX International Airport
Nearest Golf
0.7 Miles
Manhattan Beach Marriott
Nearest Restaurant
Rice (Everything is gluten-free) Vegan available
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Hermosa/Redondo Beaches
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Sand Section Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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High Season
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $120

. Must be 25 years or older (no exceptions)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Sand Section Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • One Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Deep soaking tub
  • Cute Beachy: Newly re-enameled deep bathtub/shower (perfect soaking tub) pedestal sink, medicine cabinet w/mirror, and flowing shelves for storage to hold, towels, tissue, and toiletries. Complimentary shampoo, conditioner, soap, cotton balls, and q-tips are also included.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Brand new queensize bed with 2 nightstands, alarm clock, ceiling fan, full size mirror/closet, armoire and a wall mount iron station.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • 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
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Special Occasion? We offer complete services for special occasions. i.e. Anniversaries, Valentines Day, Birthdays, etc...

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