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Cottages at Monestary Beach

18 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
5 - 7 nights


Carmel-by-the-Sea Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Guests will enjoy the rich history of whaling, dairy operations, abalone fishing, and canning which were among many thriving business that A.M. Allan operated on this historic property dating back to 1898. This two-level home is perfectly situated to maximize the views of Point Lobos and is just a few steps to Monastery Beach — famous for diving and pounding ocean swells. Take pleasure in the sweeping panoramic ocean views of Point Lobos and a white sand beach as your backyard. Scuba divers come from far and wide to enjoy the kelp forests, otters, seals, whales and other wildlife found in the waters off Monastery Beach. Hardwood floors, fireplace and large glass panels blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living. 3 cottages on property. Two 2 bedroom one 3 bedroom.

Look at PointLobosRentals dot com site for more details.

Keywords: Beach Front Property, CLOSE TO BEACH, Ocean Views of Point Lobos Monastery Beach. Cottage sleeps 4

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Patrick & Sara Whisler
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2016
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About Patrick & Sara Whisler

Family Owned since 1800's

Patrick & Sara Whisler purchased this cottage in 1898

What makes this cottage unique

Historic cottages located all alone on ocean bluff with wildlife and beach-front walking trail offer a one of a kind vacation! Cottages are only steps from Monastery Beach.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Review Submitted October 10, 2011 Date of Stay August 29, 2011

Our family stayed in Sea Otter for week this past August, and loved everything about the cottage, its comprehensive amenities, and fabulous location. You are (quite literally) just a stone's throw from the beach, and can BBQ and enjoy a glass of wine while watching the otters and sea lions enjoy the waters of Monastery Beach. We were impressed by the comprehensive kitchen amenities.
Aug 2011
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based on 18 traveler reviews

Cottages at Monestary Beach
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 19 reviews

On the beach, location was great.

  • 4 of 5

Great location, on the beach, close to Carmel and other great places. The house is small but very well equipped, clean, comfortable beds and a fun place to just hang out. We loved it so much that we only went out for dinner two times. We would like to return next year. We are from Utah so we enjoyed shopping at Trader Joes, nice to be able to chose some great wines. Thanks for being great hosts. Barbara G

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Special Place

  • 5 of 5

If what you're looking for is a functional, charming cottage in a beautiful location steps from Monastery Beach, where you can watch the waves crash against the rocks with your morning coffee, then you've found your place. We enjoyed walking up the coastal trail which starts in the back yard, but were always happy to return to our home-away-from-home among the Eucalyptus trees. A grill and fireplace are provided to take some of the chill out of the Pacific breezes. We couldn't have asked for a better place to relax by the sea.

Keep in mind it's not a swimming beach, so if you're looking for that you probably want to head up to Carmel.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You ! Please come back soon to to our beach cottages. The Whisler-Wilson Family
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Search no further!

  • 5 of 5

Trust me, I know you're thinking - with these photos and stellar reviews, this place is to good to be true, right? Well, it just IS that good. The Whisler family has done such a tremendous job caring for this special piece of land and the cottages that reside here. I enjoyed reading about the story of this land in the book they provided - such rich history that goes back generations!

Our family of three stayed in Sea Otter for a week in November. It had everything we needed to be comfortable for the week - access to laundry, firewood, BBQ grill, etc. They even left us a bottle of local wine upon our arrival!

Favorite memories of the cottage include: watching the whole ecosystem of animals (literally hundreds of dolphins and birds) at sunrise feed in the bay each daybreak; morning jogs along the path that lines the beach; relaxing on the patio with a book and a glass of wine in the afternoons; cozy fires in the evening - and how can I forget the stunning sunsets each evening? Unprecedented.

The Sea Otter cottage, tucked behind a cute one-room schoolhouse on Highway 1 and adjacent to a beautiful path that lined the ocean, provided a great home base for our adventures nearby to Big Sur, Santa Cruz, Monterey Aquarium, Redwood Forest - I have a new-found love for this part of California. It was truly stunning. We even had an exciting wind and rainstorm during our stay - it was so exciting to be at the sea-shore watching the waves crash and hearing the eucalyptus branches whipping around overhead - it made us feel so alive and connected to the environment - a really cool experience.

We will most definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Heaven on earth

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying at Sea Otter Cottage. Everything about this place is special. The cottage is comfortable and so well appointed. There is no better location for a relaxing and picturesque vacation. The beach is beautiful, and the surroundings and the history of this special place are really interesting. Sara and Patrick are great hosts. Gorgeous sunsets. Beautiful walks on the beach. The nearby Point Lobos State Park is not to be missed - probably the most beautiful park in CA. We plan to return every year.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Even better than it looks-amazing property!

  • 5 of 5

What can we say about this outstanding place-it exceeded all our expectations! We couldn’t believe that all the glowing reviews were true; we thought no place could be that perfect. Well, the Sea Otter Cottage is every bit as good as the reviews. We were looking for a quiet place, where we could relax and watch the world go by. Even though it’s near to Highway 1, we could hear very little noise, other than the crashing surf. The views are absolutely spectacular, and we were in awe of all the wildlife we saw from the back patio-dolphins, otters, whales, birds, bunnies, and even a hummingbird that came to visit every morning at the kitchen window. The cottage itself was spotless, well appointed, with a functional kitchen and plenty of room for our family of three. There is a grocery store two miles away, at The Crossroads, so getting food and drink for our week was easy. Our little girl uses a wheelchair, and the Sea Otter cottage was perfect in that it has no stairs, and the living and dining areas are very open. (The bathroom is not fully wheelchair accessible, but there was more than enough room for our needs.) The location is very close to world-class shopping, with Carmel-by-the-Sea minutes away, and all the attractions of Monterey within about 20 minutes away. We also would recommend you give yourself time to stroll the coastal path, which starts at the end of the driveway. It’s about a mile long, an easy walk, with yet more stunning views of the coast. Really made our week away memorable and relaxing-one of the best lodging experiences we have ever had. We felt like we'd really had a VACATION! Thank you to the owners for sharing this lovely space with us. We can't wait to visit again.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Such a wonderful and charming little cottage by the sea, close enough to everything yet far enough away to feel completely isolated. Falling asleep to crashing ocean waves and waking up to face the rolling sea was beyond what I imagined. Definitely would come back!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Lauren, so pleased you enjoyed. It is a very special spot!
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Rio Grill
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Rancho Canada
Nearest Motorway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Rio Grill
Nearest Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Carmel-by-the-Sea Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season 2016
Apr 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
5 night minimum stay
Low Season 2016
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 28 2016
5 night minimum stay
New Years 2017
Dec 28 2016 - Jan 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Low Season 2017
Jan 5 2017 - Mar 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
High Season 2017
Apr 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Low Season 2017
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 28 2017
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Laundry $120
Cleaning $220
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 10.5%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Add $195 to bring up to two dogs
$500 Security Deposit in addition to rental fees.
4 guests only this includes infants and children no exceptions.
Please contact owner for Holiday/Event rates not listed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Carmel-by-the-Sea Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing

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