|Minimum Stay||30 nights|
Welcome to Villa Samana! Sleeps up to 6 adults and 2 children age 12 and under.
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Modern elegance with a touch of Zen tranquility can be found at this very private home in Carmel Valley, where serene views and exquisite design come together in a resort-like setting.
Located just east of Carmel Valley Village, the 3400 square foot, 3-bedroom, 2-1/2-bath home has a distinctly Asian sensibility, enhanced by carefully curated artworks and décor. At the same time, the home is child and dog-friendly and offers a peaceful place to enjoy friends and family without distractions from the outside world. “Samana” is a Buddhist term - "a life in tune with nature".
Villa Samana is a short car ride to Holman Ranch or Stone Pine Equestrian Center where you can board your horses and take advantage of miles of private trails. The property is just 10 minutes from the restaurants and shops of Carmel Valley Village, and even closer are several local wineries with tasting rooms. The charming boutiques and galleries of Carmel-by-the-Sea are 20 minutes away, and Pebble Beach and Monterey attractions are within about a half hour drive.
Designed by renowned Monterey architect Gene Takigawa, this home set on 2-1/2 acres, has clean lines and minimalist style. Japanese maples, Italian cypress, lavender and white birch trees adorn the property. At the entrance, you’ll see a stunning view of the home’s outdoor pool (seasonal, open April - October, heated by passive solar heat) through glass double doors, set against the beautiful hills of Carmel Valley.
Upon your arrival you will be greeted with complementary wine and cheese, passes to the renown Spa on the Plaza in downtown Monterey, 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.
The bedrooms are located in one wing of the 3,400-square-foot home and include the master bedroom, with a king platform bed, walk-in closet and en suite bathroom. The bathroom has a shower stall that is separate from the deep luxury tub, with stone tile floors and countertops. Hilltop views can also be seen through a corner window while enjoying a long soak in the tub.
Two other bedrooms offer queen beds and walk-in closets. A shared bathroom includes a tub-shower combo, tiled floors and double sinks. All bedrooms are carpeted while halls have hardwood floors.
Another wing contains the living room, dining room, kitchen and family room, all with hardwood floors and large west-facing windows to take advantage of sunset views. Doors from living areas lead out to a patio with gourmet gas grill for barbecuing.
The sunken living room includes a wood burning fireplace and sectional seating, as well as a 46” inch HDTV above the fireplace. A day bed in a cozy alcove sleeps 1 - 2 children or curling up to read a book and look out to the beautiful hills and azure swimming pool (seasonal, open April - October, heated by passive solar heat).
The dining room seats six and extra seating is available at the kitchen counter. In the kitchen, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, gas range and double ovens make meals a snap to prepare and the adjacent family room has a wood fireplace, leather club chairs, a library and a desk. There is a printer in case you need to set up an office away from home.
A laundry room with washer and dryer is just off the kitchen and a half-bath is in the hall that leads to the two-car garage. Additional parking is available in the driveway. Everything you need for a day at the beach from chairs to umbrellas and coolers is provided.
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The first thing I noticed was how beautifully the house was decorated. I only wish mine looked this great! It was stylish, but really livable and comfy too. Lots of places to sit, lounge, and stare at the view. Did I mention the view? We sat and had cocktails on the deck while admiring the sunset over the wooded valley. It doesn't get any better. There were lots of little touches that I appreciated as a long-time renter on VRBO. The kitchen was well-stocked, with all of the appliances and utensils you keep at home but don't usually get in a rental (Cuisinart, anyone?). There were lots of cooking pans, mixing bowls, glassware and tableware, so no need to worry about feeding a large crew. There were fans in each bedroom, which is great for white noise even when it's not hot out. The TV was big and nice, with lots of options for streaming TV. The bedding was super comfy. The pool was nice and clean, and in such a spectacular setting. And the information they provided about the house and the area was really helpful. The house made our trip extra special. We would definitely come back any time!
I can not rave enough about how much we enjoyed our stay at Villa Samana! We went with two other couples to enjoy Carmel and had plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the beautiful house. The house was immaculate and the photos do not do it justice. Our trip was as much to catch up with old friends as it was about visiting Carmel, so we spent a lot of time at the home. We spent as much time outside enjoying the spectacular views as we did inside relaxing. The house is perfectly located to town and the restaurants and shopping. Each day we toured two or three vineyards and then ate out at one of the local restaurants. The vineyards were all so friendly and outgoing and we loved the local wine samples. I was impressed by the diversity of restaurants nearby and the quality of food. The owner recommended eating at Lokal – it’s a must not miss place! She also recommended Chateau Julien and Bernardus wineries - both were among our favorites. We also liked Boete and Heller Estate. Overall, it was a great vacation and great place to stay.
Carmel Valley in California is a sublime pastoral river valley nestled into the towering Santa Lucia range, and is one of the finest wine growing regions in California. The main artery is Carmel Valley Road, which starts at Scenic Highway 1 and meanders eastward, winding along Carmel River past endless opportunities for recreation, entertainment, sumptuous food and premier wine tasting. In Carmel Valley you will also find three championship golf courses, several world-class resorts as well as quaint country inns.
Carmel Valley is home to Garland Ranch Regional Park's 4,000+ acres, open for day-use activities, known for excellent mountain trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding along the willow-lined banks of the Carmel River. In Carmel Valley one sees working horse ranches, many offering clinic English and Western riding, Hunter/Jumper and Dressage, Sulky and Carriage Driving.
Thirteen miles up Carmel Valley from Highway 1 is the quiet country Carmel Valley Village with its fine dining, wine tasting, antique shops and art galleries. This is where folk singer Joan Baez led the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s from her nearby Miramonte ranch. Celebrities galore have visited the Carmel Valley dating back to the 1890s when the Del Monte Lodge used the old Rancho Los Laureles as a guest lodge.
Until WWII, many millionaire sportsmen built mansions in the Carmel Valley and invited their Hollywood friends to hunt boar in the hills, play polo and golf, and attend horse shows and fiestas. To this day several luminaries have made their homes here including actress Doris Day and entertainer Merv Griffin. Celebrity weddings and receptions are also the norm in the Valley.
'Sunny' Carmel Valley enjoys moderately warm temperatures year round, with an average high of 71 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer, 61 in the winter, and 78 in September and October (Indian Summer--the best weather of the year). Carmel Valley has earned its 'Sunny' name because its neighbors to the west, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Pacific Grove, and Monterey are known for dense fog when the weather warms up. Families have found Carmel Valley an ideal place to raise their children because of the weather, good schools, and the fact that it is considered a 'safe' environment away from urban crime.
Carmel Valley is approximately 120 miles south of San Francisco and, at Mid-Valley, about 20 minutes from Monterey Peninsula Airport and 1-1/2 hours from the San Jose Airport.
In Carmel Valley, life is a banquet--and an international one at that. Here can be found some of the best trained chefs in the world. Menus are created using the fresh produce grown in the Valley itself, and seafood caught right off-shore. Because of Carmel Valley's gentle climate, many restaurants have seating outdoors, on terraces, and in gardens. Come to Carmel Valley for a leisurely Sunday Brunch. And some of the best deli food can be found in the Valley, great for a quick repast under the shade of an umbrella or to take along on a picnic at Carmel River's edge.
Carmel Valley is a healthful place with an infinite variety of activities. There are four championship golf courses and an abundance of tennis courts, both private and public. Both the village and mid-valley shopping center has a fitness club for workouts, plus the Carmel Valley Racquet & Health Club offers both tennis and fitness--visitors are invited to come over for the day and use the facilities. Hiking is a favorite pastime especially in Garland Ranch Park, with trails wending their way up to the face of the Santa Lucia Mountains to a point where one can view the entire length of the Valley. Horseback riding is also a pleasure along Carmel River in Garland Ranch Park. Stonepine Equestrian Center offers riding as does Holman Ranch. Carmel Valley Road has a bicycle lane and there are smaller sideroads into the mountains that can be very challenging. A go-on-your-own wine tour through Carmel Valley is another kind of activity, one that can be enjoyed by anyone. This is a pleasant way to get to know the valley, visit its vineyards and tasting rooms, have a leisurely lunch, and check out the art & antiques stores.
Carmel Valley is one of seven appellations which comprise Monterey County's diverse wine country; and of these, Carmel Valley is perhaps the most distinct. Nestled into the towering Santa Lucia Range, Carmel Valley geographically defies daytime zephyrs and fogs, yielding the sizzling summer afternoons that are especially favorable to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and other red varietals. Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel also perform exceptionally well in Carmel Valley.
The 11.5 miles from Highway 1 to Carmel Valley Village are dotted with wine tasting rooms. At the 5-mile mark is the Chateau Julien Winery and tasting room housed in an elegant French-style Chateau built in 1982. Further on, Carmel Valley Village boasts quite a few additional tasting rooms: Durney-Heller Estate, Bernardus and many more!