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Pussy Willow Cottage.Designer's Home-European Ambiance-Walk to Downtown & Beach

44 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Northeast Carmel House Rental Photos and Description

Main House 3 bdr 2 baths Sleeps 5, Guest House 1 bdr 1 Bath Sleeps 2

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.

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Amy Ward
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 7, 2016
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About Amy Ward

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.

Why Amy Ward chose Carmel

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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.

Best Wishes
Oct 2011
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Pussy Willow Cottage.Designer's Home-European Ambiance-Walk to Downtown & Beach
average rating of 4.8863635 based on 54 reviews
Houston, TX

Getaway at its Best!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I appreciate your kind words and I hope you will stay at the cottage again. You are always welcome. Amy
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Los Angeles

Wonderful and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Relaxing Stay in this Charming Cottage

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great vacation but horrible ending.

  • 2 of 5

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".

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rather than address each comment separately, I will just say that a few points are grossly exaggerated and most are false. This guest broke the handle and front panel of the dishwasher. It was a special size that was ada compliant and was very expensive to replace, as the company no longer makes doors for that model. The housekeeper called me after the guests checked out and told me the place was a mess, greasy popped corn was all over the sofa, rug and floor, and she was trying to get the stains out of the linen sofa. The children had picked flowers and left the leaves and stems all over the patio. The furniture was moved and not put back, and the guests had used two sets of sheets on every bed (6 guests). When I asked the guest why, she said she has a great fear of bugs. And they used every spare towel in the two houses. That meant the cleaning lady had to call in someone to help her, as washing the many loads of towels, washing and ironing all the sheets, as well as cleaning both houses and cleaning up the outside (which is not her job), could not be accomplished in the allotted time before the next guests arrived. That meant I had to pay a second cleaning lady as well. Although the special order dishwasher and the second cleaning lady cost me around $1000, I only withheld $250 from the security deposit, which was very generous. But as you can see from the review, she did not appreciate it. I want my future guests to know I have never had a negative review like this, which you can see from the many dozens of 5 star reviews. The ironic thing is that right after she checked out, she sent me an email saying how nice everything was and they would come again.
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Great stay at this fantastic cottage

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Big Sur Marathon

  • 5 of 5

I went out for a girls trip to walk the 21 mile Big Sur Marathon. We had a great time and the house was perfect for our trip. We could easily walk into town and shop and eat. The house has the master downstairs and upstairs is a bedroom with a loft that shares a both. The guesthouse of another private bedroom and bathroom. Perfect for 4 girls or 3 couples.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

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.


Rates & Availability

Northeast Carmel House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov. & Dec.
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Jan. & Feb.
Jan 1 2017 - Feb 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mar 1 2017 - May 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $175

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Northeast Carmel House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • Main House: 2 bathrooms. Guest House: 1 bathroom.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Detached Guest House & Bathroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • Main House: 2 bedrooms and a loft with a single daybed. Sleeps 5. Guest House: Queen bed sleeps 2 and has private bathroom with shower. Whimsical garden room decor with high pitched ceilings. French doors open onto the reclaimed brick patio.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Courtyard
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
At Pussy Willow Cottage you will find a booklet to acquaint you with places to visit, restaurants, food markets, a local winery that offers free tours including complementary wine tasting, a local corner market on Junipero St., a local fish market, a walking tour of Carmel and much more. Or curl up by the fireplace with a book or sit outside of your bedroom in the sunshine with a cup of morning coffee. Wireless internet connection is provided as well as dvd, two televisions, speakers for your ipod, a cd player and radio. There is an outdoor table and chairs for al fresco dining, a grill and two chaise lounge chairs for you to relax. My goal is to provide you with exceptional comfort and style and hope you will return many times to this home away from home.

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