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Artist's Library/Garden Apartment

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

The 'Library' apartment is light, clean and filled with books. It opens onto a patio and garden area and overlooks an acre filled with large oak trees. It is adjacent to the Artist's 'Treehouse' Apartment #290731 and lends itself as the place for the kids or another couple vacationing together BUT– in their own place!

WHAT'S NEW IN THE LIBRARY: new love seat sofa and duette blind in living room and 2 new duette privacy/blackout blinds in the bedroom along with the sunshades that give shaded but full view onto the garden.

Keywords: Clean, sunny, garden view, covered parking.

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 26, 2017

About Desiree

I am a full time artist making illuminated shell sculpture and lampshades from natural seashells. Since 1974! I still find them absolutely beautiful. Then there's the gardens– when I need a 15 minute work break I snip and pluck, rake and squirt. As much as I love to squirt water– I shouldn't be living in California!!

Desiree purchased this apartment in 1982

Why Desiree chose Central Coast California

It suits me completely! When I first saw this house, as a private sale 35 yrs ago, I couldn't speak. It had just the kind of 'bones' I wanted in a house plus a killer view. Stunned disbelief. And bought it immediately.

What makes this apartment unique

–MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM is the #1 attraction in Monterey County.

–WINE TASTING is big here because we have such an excellent wine growing appellation– ask me about the 20+ Tasting Rooms within a mile.

–WILD TURKEYS and deer heavily populate the area and are wonderful to observe.

–FIND AN INTERESTING BOOK and read it while you're here. Ask me for recommendations and tell me where your interests lie. But leave the books where you found them when you depart.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Hi Desiree,

Hope this finds you well. I stayed in your Library apartment last October with my husband Fred. We were only with you about 3 nites, but we had a great stay and I know we told you so before we left. However, since back in NJ, I have often thought about what a beautiful, magical place you live in and would be remiss not to tell you how the experience of meeting you and seeing how you live impacted me in a very positive way. NJ--if you've never been, is quite different.

Not sure when we'll get the chance to get back to Carmel Valley, as you well know there's a lot of world to see (we leave for Spain next week). In any event, I just wanted to tell you how fantastic it was to meet you and learn a little bit about your life--as well as poke thru a few of your books!

Thanks again,

Oct 2013
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Carmel Valley Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Old-style, deep bathtub with shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Bed (1) Luxury sheets standard; flannel sheets by advance request.
  • Books ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
20+ wine tasting venues within 1 mile.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Artist's Library/Garden Apartment
average rating of 4.9459457 based on 38 reviews
Coupeville, Whidbey Island, Washington

Sweet little cottage in Carmel Valley

  • 5 of 5

I had a wonderful stay at the Artist's Library while visiting friends in Carmel Valley. The setting was lovely and peaceful, and the grounds, with live oaks and a spaciousness that came with being a little gated compound on a quiet street. Desiree was so affable and charming, and it is so easy to fall into conversation with her. She really wants her guests to have a great experience, yet affords privacy as well as hospitality. My Carmel Valley friends were happy that she treated us to some homemade rosemary shortbread, too. I'd happily come back for another stay!

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Janet. What a sweetie you are...mentioning my shortbread!! XxoxDesi😎
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Relaxing, cozy

  • 5 of 5

Desiree is awesome. A perfect host. We stayed @ the library and everything was as expected she even has a cute little folder with recommendation on it. I would stay at this place again.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Santa Barbara

Beautiful spot with a wonderful hostess!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the Artist's Library and would definitely come back. It was great checking out the many books in Desiree's collection, and the beautiful yard was the perfect setting for our morning coffee. Desiree herself was a warm and welcoming host, with just a great, vibrant personality. The aquarium passes were an added bonus and made our weekend visit economical. Will absolutely recommend this spot to friends and family!

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Stay!

  • 5 of 5

Our visit was short but sweet. Desiree was always available by phone and very responsive. The Library was clean and well-stocked with books and teas. I wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, Clean and Comfortable Stay

  • 5 of 5

The Library was everything my wife and I needed for our stay in Carmel. Desiree was very accommodating and helpful and the apartment was cozy and quiet and had everything we needed. The tickets to the aquarium were a wonderful bonus. Highly recommend - Thanks Desiree!

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect stay in Carmel Valley

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in the artist"s library was wonderful experience. The living space in the library/garden apartment was great, cute place with a great atmosphere. The host, Desiree, was very sweet and extremely helpful. The grounds were the apartment is located were well kept and nicely decorated. The location was easily to find during the day but difficult at night when it was dark. Would love to stay at this location again, thank you Desiree!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Stirrup Cup
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Car: necessary

20+ Wine Tasting Rooms within 2 miles. Neighborhood open space/park 8 minutes walk. Multiple restaurants 5 minutes drive.


Rates & Availability

Carmel Valley Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Pebble Beach Concour Week
Aug 14 2017 - Aug 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $45
Tax Rate 10.5%

Stays of a month or longer are exempt from county taxes.

Call with credit card information to confirm; I will run your card when you arrive.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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