|Minimum Stay||2 - 5 nights|
The main house sleeps 5 with 2 bedrooms & a 3rd loft bedroom with high ceilings and plenty of space. There are 2 bathrooms in the main house.
The guest house has a queen bed and sleeps 2. It also offers a private bathroom.
The main house can be rented separately for one rate or you can also rent the guest house for an additional fee. The guest house is an optional extra if you want to sleep 7 instead of 4-5. To secure guest's privacy, I never rent the guest house to anyone who isn't also renting the main house. But if you only need the main house you don't have to pay for the guest house as well. This way the prices are fair for parties of all sizes, as guests only pay for the amount of space they need.
Places Of Interest In & Around Carmel: In addition to the quaint village atmosphere in Carmel-By-The-Sea, with impressive shops, restaurants, art galleries and beaches, you can enjoy scenic drives and choose from 12 golf courses in the area. Experience the spectacular coastline of Big Sur, take a tour of the local winery in Carmel Valley and visit Monterey, as they are all close by. Throughout the year Carmel hosts golf tournaments, jazz festivals, live theater and many other interesting events.
Luxury & Style : In the summer of 2010 I bought Dove Cottage in Carmel. As a designer my goal was to create a luxury accommodation using European antiques along with the highest quality, comfortable furnishings (leather club chair, linen sofa, beautiful bed linens, etc.) This was to be my second home and I wanted guests to feel like they were visiting a country house in Europe. In a very short time Dove Cottage was booked 6 months in advance and was never available for me to visit. So I decided to buy another property in Carmel and found this wonderful place that I named Pussy Willow Cottage. I have purchased some amazing pieces for Pussy Willow Cottage. The 11' wide and 8' high French doors in the living room and high beamed ceilings allow sunlight to fill the space. It is a happy house with great spirit.
As a makeup artist and photographer I lived in England and traveled and worked throughout Europe. I then became an antique dealer and designer, specializing in European country interiors. After happening upon Carmel I fell in love with the area and wanted to create my idea of a luxurious but comfortable European country home and offer it to others. Hotels and many house rentals are generic and impersonal. Pussy Willow Cottage is my second home and when my guests say they feel they're staying in friend's private home, it makes me smile.
After renting a house in Carmel last year I fell in love with the surroundings. When I drove away I wondered if the place was real or if it had been a dream. But I was not happy with either the service or the house I had rented. As a designer and someone who enjoys dealing with people, I felt I could do better on both counts. A month later, in July, I bought my first place and named it Dove Cottage. Two months later my calendar for the following summer and autumn was nearly full. That told me that the high quality service and style I was providing was what people wanted. But I never got to stay there myself as it was always booked up. So I bought, remodeled and decorated this second place that I named Pussy Willow Cottage.
We are sadly at the end of our stay in Carmel and very sorry to be leaving Pussy Willow Cottage. It is absolutely beautiful and so relaxing. We just wish the cottage was closer to us in London for repeat visits!
Thank you very much for sharing your charming cottage with us and for the recommendations. We have enjoyed delicious meals and a lovely dinner at Demetra Cafe.
This house is a charming piece of paradise in the heart of Carmel. I spent a week during the AT&T Pebble Beach Tournament and had the greatest time. The location of the house is absolutely perfect and makes accessibility to town, the Valley, Monterey and the entire area so easy. It is beautifully and tastefully decorated and has all the comforts of home. There was more than ample space for everyone to be able to stretch out and relax after days of exploring and multiple patios to enjoy the evening sky. There's plenty of parking space and such an easy stroll to town. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with me and look forward to returning soon.
I had a lovely stay in Pussy Willow Cottage with my family after Thanksgiving. The place was impeccably clean and the decor was beautiful. We loved sitting by the fire in the evenings with a glass of wine. It's around a 15-20 minute walk or a very short drive to the town center, which was fine for us. We would definitely stay here again.
Our family group of four adults stayed for a few days in Amy's cottage. The cottage is very well decorated. The beds are comfortable. The kitchen is well appointed. The instructions to get there and to get into the cottage were very easy to follow. We felt very comfortable during our stay there. I would definitely recommend it and would stay there again, with pleasure!
I've stayed at Amy's houses before and always look forward to returning. The setting is very restful and serene and immediately gets me in the relaxation zone. This is such a classy place. My family and I split our time cooking at the house and enjoying the many wonderful restaurants in Carmel. Pussy Willow Cottage is centrally located and a short walk to town. It's a real 'home away from home' sort of place--elegant but very comfortable. It's a very happy house and Amy is a gracious host, happy to help in any way. If you're planning a vacation in Carmel, I highly recommend this charming home.
Our family, which included my husband, myself, our 2 kids, my 2 in-laws (4 adults, 2 kids), had a great week in Carmel and enjoyed staying at Pussy Willow Cottage. The home was close enough to the photos listed on the HomeAway website but it was not as “pristine” and spotless clean like she mentions it to be.
Complaints about the house ON OUR ARRIVAL:
1. The house is located on a VERY busy street across another hotel.
2. It’s more than 20 minutes walk into town and it’s on a steep incline from Ocean st. (town) to the house.
3. The dishwasher didn’t work well (didn’t dry the dishes).
4. The dishwasher handle had a crack in it and broke while I was there using it. (The owner stated that it was 15-20 years old and that it was there when she bought it).
5. The pillows were down feather pillows so there were feathers here and there.
6. The upstairs bathroom had a towel hook that was about to fall off.
7. The loft in the upstairs had a chair next to a desk. The chair had a chunk of wood that was off and the seat cushion was COMPLETELY detached with nothing holding it onto the chair frame.
8. The loft was much SMALLER than SHOWN in pictures.
9. The guest house smelled musty and damp. My in-laws couldn’t sleep in there due to the smell. and lack of aeration.
10. ALL the beds had SUNKEN in Mattresses. CUSHIONED pillow tops were added but all the mattresses were SUNKEN in.
11. The sink in the Kitchen had SUPER HOT water and the hot water ONLY had decent water pressure. the cold water only came on if you turned the nob ALL the way to the LEFT side of the nob and had very little pressure.
Despite these complaints, we enjoyed and appreciated the overall decor of the house and managed to NOT incur any further damages to the furniture and other furnishings in the home.
I allowed my kids to eat popcorn in the living room one night so there were some popcorn kernels on the floor but i swept that up. I didn’t realize that a few were under the couch cushions.
We followed ALL the “CHeckOut duties” before leaving. No where in Ms. Ward’s letters did it state that we were supposed to VACCUM, DUST, WASH and IRON ALL LINENS or NOT use any EXTRA LINENS in her closets.
When we left, Amy emailed me saying that we didn't clean enough and that her cleaning lady would have to hire help to finish cleaning and ironing the sheet. I wondered what the $250 cleaning fee was for. She said she would have to charge me for the "extra fees".
I would just like to say we had a wonderful few days at this excellent location. Everything in the beautiful cottage was to our liking and the location was fabulous too.
I strongly recommend a few days in Carmel and if Pussy Willow Cottage is free then I would strongly recommend its rental . It was a pleasure to stay at such a nice house.
Upon entering Pussy Willow Cottage you will be welcomed with a sophisticated but relaxed European ambiance. Being a designer I have furnished both the main house and guest house with fine furniture, French antiques, reclaimed architectural elements and quality design throughout. After many years of living abroad I decided to create the experience of residing in a friend's European country home. And what better place to do it than in Carmel-By-The-Sea.
Other Activities: Vineyards & wine tasting.
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.