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Oceanfront Romantic Big Sur Cottage with Stunning Coast Views

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)


Big Sur's Hwy I is open to the North is open with new bridge!

Presently ( alternate access to Big Sur's Hwy 1 in the South is via

Nacimiento Fergusson Road

We keep WAITLISTS so email us even if we appear booked

The house accommodates 2 ADULTS over age 21 ONLY

We are a pet & smoke free home, not suited for parties!

No 1 nights, discounts, events, filming or photo shoots

We are a very Private QUIET small cottage

We prefer to screen our guests by phone first

Rates, Tax & Non-refundable Cleaning fee below


THE GALLERY HOUSE - A Sanctuary by the Sea

Enjoy the beauty of Big Sur in this unique redwood, rock & glass oceanfront cliff-side guesthome, that is embraced by tall cypress and Monterey pines, on a gently sloping rolling green lawn to the Pacific’s edge.

This guesthome consists of a living/dining room, kitchen, one bedroom and a bathroom with shower & dressing room attached. The bedroom is a perfect couples romantic getaway for 2, with its queen size bed and ocean view, or use the single size sofa bed in the living room and the queen bed in the bedroom for 2 friends.

Relax by the fire, enjoy the chaise lounges on the sun-drenched southwest facing stone patio with fantastic ocean views. We also are just over a mile away from the famed Esalen Institute for hot springs bathing, workshops, and their world renowned massage treatments. Enjoy the many galleries, shops & cafes nearby.

Unplug from the cell phone and the computer and simply relax, renew, reflect and retreat in this stunning location in Big Sur with nearby hiking trails, galleries and fine dining for your enjoyment. A perfect place for a personal retreat, meditating, practicing yoga, reading, creating art, writing poetry or allowing your next book to flow through you.

Or perhaps you will want to just unwind in nature enjoying the dolphins dancing off the coast or the seasonal passage of the whales. Sit on the bench at the cliff edge and delight in the sea otters playing below as the hawks and often condors soar high above.

Spend time with your sweetheart in a special place for just the two of you. Come renew your love in the perfect romantic anniversary spot. Reconnect with an old friend in our natural environment. Or perhaps you just need time alone, away from it all in a place of quiet peace and great beauty.

On your way here, enjoy the drive on beautiful Highway One with it's scenic turnouts, beaches and state parks along the way . We suggest you stop in the lovely 2 small towns in either direction, that's Carmel or Cambria, to shop for groceries and gas before driving down or up the coast, as Big Sur has only a few places for these, and you will want to stock up before your trip.

Owned by 2 artists & meditators, the energy here is very inspiring for artists, writers, poets, meditators, couples or friends, as mentioned above. Enjoy the owners artworks of photography, paintings, & collages. This land was considered a sacred site by the ancient Esselen Indian tribe, and we ask that you honor the feeling of this land as a wonderful sanctuary retreat, not suited for parties, only quiet ADULTS !

The guesthouse rents for $375 per night. Weekly rate is available. For 2 ADULTS only! Please no smoking anywhere on this property or in the cottage and no parties or pets. TOT Tax & a non-refundable cleaning fee apply. Rates increase for Holidays and Monterey County Events. See more details in the rate section of this listing.

The besides our home on this property the owners also have another home & guesthome in the Carmel/Carmel Valley wine country area if you care to combine your trip with a visit to our Country Cottage, please see our listing at

Please email first, to inquire about your dates before booking as we prefer to screen and connect with our guests and meet you first with a questionnaire, since we also live on the property. At the time of booking we will ask for your personal registration information. Then after payment is received we will give you directions, and confirm your reservation.

We are in a REMOTE area with intermittent email service. Please note Big Sur & our home does not promise cell phone or internet service, because we live in REMOTE Big Sur we don't always get internet or cell phone service....

We do not provide laundry service for our guests or mid stay cleanings.

The Guesthouse accommodates 2 ADULTS over age 21 ONLY

We are a pet & smoke free home, not suited for parties!

No 1 nights, discounts, events, filming or photo shoots

We are a very Private QUIET small cottage

We prefer to screen our guests first

Rates, Tax & Non-refundable Cleaning fee below


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More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2018

About Owners

We are 2 artists living and working in Big Sur for nearly 40 years. We teach workshops at nearby Esalen Institute in art, photography, dance, meditation and unfolding one's intuition. We both exhibit our art in local Big Sur & Carmel galleries, and are in museum and private collections worldwide. We love living and creating on this property!

Owners purchased this cottage in 1991

Why Owners chose Big Sur

There is no other place like Big Sur in the world, with it's breathtaking beauty & it's natural environment. We have some of the worlds greatest & most inspiring teachers, thinkers, artists, writers, poets and illuminaries living here or who have lived here or passed through. The local people, like a tribe of creative individuals, really know how to live life as human 'beings', rather than human doings. The land calls to us in her quiet spiritual whispers, where One can slow down and appreciate the simplicity of just BEING. We feel blessed everyday and are so very grateful to own and live on this property here in God's most magnificent creation!

What makes this cottage unique

It's all been said above, just leave the world behind and find a sanctuary for the soul here in an environment of a beauty that is beyond words.


Big Sur Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Before booking we need to speak with our guests for a screening process by calling our office 8316261979
  • Rental agreement will be sent from the owners email once the booking is accepted & payment is made on this VRBO/HomeAway website.
  • Cancellations, if booking is accepted & it's cancelled through VRBO, there is an additional $100 administration fee which is owed to the owners.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Bed (1) in ocean view bedroom, & Single Sleep Sofa or Futon (1) in living room
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
Local Rock Redwood & Glass House, Oceanfront with rolling green lawn to the cliff edge, Picnic table on the lawn, Stone patio has lounge chairs & patio umbrella, Robes & slippers, Hair dryer, Binoculars, Umbrellas, Sunhat, Hiking stick, Hiking books, Local restaurant menus with phone numbers, Picnic basket,, Off road private parking area, Electric baseboard heat, Backup generator, Beautiful poured concrete counter with inlaid fossils, New stainless steel appliances, House is lovingly created by 2 artists & meditators. The owners also have another home in the Carmel/Carmel Valley wine country area if you care to combine your trip with a visit to our Country Cottage, please see our listing at


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Oceanfront Romantic Big Sur Cottage with Stunning Coast Views
average rating of 4.9761906 based on 42 reviews

Amazing property

  • 5 of 5

This was such a beautiful place and such a unique way of staying in Big Sur. Very happy to have stayed in this charming, remote home instead of a hotel. You cannot beat these views!

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Big Sur’s Gallery House epitomizes the unique beauty and healing spirit of this majestic place.

  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay at Cynthia & Daniel’s Gallery House. Each stay has been remarkable. The setting is breathtaking and the home’s charm and amenities an additional treat! Kitchen allows for preparing our own meals (giving us that much more time to enjoy the beauty of the setting, overlooking a wide expanse of Big Sur’s coastline).

The bedroom is positioned to listen to the sound of the ocean and awaken to the breathtaking vista. Truly a place like none other and in every way the essence of Big Sur’s magical beauty.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome place with spectacular view

  • 5 of 5

Take care of this place if you rent it. It is truly a treasure.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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One of the greatest locations and experiences!

  • 5 of 5

From the start, the owners were incredibly helpful and informative. I am a very detailed oriented person and they pay very close attention to detail which is great! I was in awe upon arriving at the cottage...the views are breathtaking. The cottage is perfect in every way and no issues were had whatsoever. It was the perfect getaway from the the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I would absolutely, most definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love to hear when our guests experience the "perfect" getaway, so thank you for taking a break from your "hustle bustle" world and coming to the Gallery House. Yes our views are amazing and if one has never been to Big Sur before it certainly is breathtaking on our cliffs of the Pacific! Please join us again when you need a break from it all. Many Thanks C&D
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We Loved The Gallery House

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place. We're sure The Gallery House is what Heaven must be like. Tom & Beth O'Connell, Michigan

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh Thank You Dear Guests! Coming from Michigan, you must have caught the MAGIC of Big Sur, so happy you experienced "Heaven" being with us! Please know we welcome you back anytime. Many Thanks, C&D
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Gorgeous views from this charming, private, rustic, cliff side cabin

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful, charming and lovingly appointed cabin with cozy kitchen and furnishings. It was a spectacular venue for a long weekend and romantic escape. We saw whales, dolphins, maybe seals and orca fins off the coast through the provided binoculars and could just make out otters down below with the naked eye. We made a couple of fires in the stove, enjoyed the provided coffee in the mornings from the French press and listened to tribal music on the CD player.

We also saw maybe the best sunset of our lives. What amazing views!

Bathroom was small but totally adequate. We didn’t run out of hot water but were careful to use it sparingly in accordance with one of the many cute advice notes posted throughout the house.

Quite a bit of rain and fog on our March weekend, but that didn’t diminish our time. The furnace provided plenty of heat throughout our stay even if we hadn’t lit a fire.

Big Sur town is just about 10 miles (17 min drive) up the coast. Most of the inland hiking in state parks was closed due to forest fire and flooding damage in the preceding years but there were still some great hikes west of Hwy 1 along the coast. For restaurants: Nepenthe has amazing views and friendly service, Big Sur Bakery had the highest quality food (absolutely delicious lunch and dinner, but not lunch menu is just a few items) and we also ate at Ventana, which was nice, but pricey and no views at night from indoor dining room.

I wouldn’t hesitate to return if I needed a quiet, inspiring escape from all the bustle of civilization.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guest, sounds like the "best sunset" of your lives, added to your romantic weekend in our cliff edge guesthouse. So happy you saw all the Marine life off the coast, and the "tribal" CD's gave you the background needed. Sounds like you took in all the best restaurants in Big Sur, and spectacular ocean front hikes. Please do come back when you need another escape civilization! Many Thanks, C & D
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Car: necessary

Located 1.6 miles north of Esalen Institute with their famed Hot Springs, massages & workshops, Picnic areas & hiking trails nearby in the many State Parks, Close by Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park with an 80 ft waterfall dropping into the Pacific Ocean, Hearst Castle an hour away, A short drive on beautiful Hwy One to galleries, shops & cafes, Sunsets from our patio, Moonsets into the ocean from your bedroom window, Exceptional star gazing, Photographers paradise, Unobstructed direct ocean view with additional views up the north & south coastline, Great place for meditation & yoga, writing, reading, creating poetry & art, just being, contemplating & replenishing your Spirit, Watch whales & dolphins go by, See the sea otters playing in the ocean from the bench off our own point, condors & hawks sailing in the sky above, hummingbirds often drinking nectar from our Buddha Garden, Ultimately the best romantic getaway in quintessential Big Sur.

The owners also have another home & guesthome in the Carmel/Carmel Valley wine country area if you care to combine your trip with a visit to our Country Cottage, please see our listing at




Additional information about rental rates

No-refund Cleaning fee $50
Tax Rate 10.5%

Nightly Rate Mon-Sun $350+Monterey County Tax.
Weekly Rate for 7 nights discount+Monterey County Tax.
Cleaning Fee of $50 per visit Extra Guest $100 a night.
Rates increase for Monterey County Events, please ask.
Holiday Rates apply at $400 per night, with no cancellations.
US Checks with ID, E Checks, No Credit Cards.
Full amount due at time of booking.
Cancellation policy is 60 days in advance of visit for refund.
$100 Fee apply for cancellation in rental agreement

We only take REQUESTS BY PHONE (NO EMAILS), once we create the booking guests send their check for the full amount (no credit cards), we only then email out a confirmation packet once their booking is complete. We do not use the on-line calendar, we need to speak to you first by phone to screen our guests. Please call request line above, IF your dates are available we will return your call within 72 hours. If you do not hear form us your dates are taken.

The owners also have another home in the Carmel/Carmel Valley wine country area if you care to combine your trip with a visit to our Country Cottage, please see our listing at

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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