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Carmel Fun & Sun, Stunning Views, Big Sur in Carmel, Guest House Option.

Bedrooms 6
Space 4,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Home, 5 Bedroom, 4.5 Bath, Indoor-Outdoor Feel. 25 Wine Tasting Rooms Nearby!

Hawk's Nest Nirvana is our beautiful home set amongst redwood and oak trees. Easy to excite and quick to invite with floor to ceiling windows and breathtaking views, this expansive home is inspired by Big Sur's Post Ranch and travels through Brazil and Thailand. An open floor plan with high ceilings, French doors, skylights and rap around deck, the home is ideal for most anything your imagination desires.

The main house dining table seats 10-12 with additional seating at counter surrounding kitchen. There are both options of bench seating or fixed cushioned chairs. The stainless kitchen and custom built-ins are great for cooking parties. A KEURIG HOT and regular maker excite the kitchens necessities.

The fireplaces and color scheme add to the romantic ambiance and with 4500 square feet when you add the guest house, it can be the ideal 6 bedroom escape from cookie cutter norm.

Four bedrooms on main floor and a fifth bedroom downstairs that feels like a third master. With full bathroom, private deck and separate path to the hot tub, the fifth bedroom is ideal for privacy. The 5th bedroom has steep stairs and is not for children under 10 or elderly. Motion sensor lights are plentiful as are solar fairy lights in addition to 10 stocked flashlights at front door of main house for guests to utilize this property. Additional flashlights and batteries are stocked in kitchen center drawer. Lables are plentiful everywhere as you will discover.

Triangular two person jet bath in master bathroom and a six person spa outside with two outdoor showers add to the experience. You can see the hot tub from main deck and bbq to keep an eye on children.

We are a stones throw from 25 wine tasting rooms, restaurants, shopping and a plythora of healthy festivities! Guests often attend weddings at Carmel Valley Ranch, Folktale Winery, Bernardus Winery, Holman Ranch, Carmel Beach ect. We love our home with our wine and marguerita sunset views. We do require a low profile while on property and no loud music outside after 9pm.


“Our extended family (four couples plus teens and grandparents) had a wonderful time at Hawk's Nest Nirvana. There's a terrific view of the nearby mountains and forest from the deck with woodpeckers and blue jays feeding at the bird feeder in the mornings and afternoons. The bedrooms are roomy, tastefully decorated, and comfortable. One family with two kids stayed in the Sweet Nirvana Guest House (below the main house), which they loved. The common area is quite nice as we could all eat and watch TV together at night. Weather-wise it was warmer than in Carmel, and at night the fire-pit on the deck kept it toasty. The large barbecue came in handy for quick meals. And Thyme was very responsive to all our queries via text or phone. We would definitely consider staying there again if we return next year.”

Guests, 2017

EXPANDING your group:

Should your group EXPAND, SWEET NIRVANA GUEST HOUSE can be added for a flat fee of $1000. It is just below main house and only rented in addition to main house, so no outside rental conflicts. See labled photos.


We are happy to announce our newest property addition, Eagles Crest VRBO>COM/1282849 Eagles Crest is less than two miles away from our sister property Hawks Nest and has handicap access! Our newest home features stunning birds eye views of Carmel Valley Ranch, Folktale Winery and a sliver of the Sea over Carmel beaches. As owners of our newly remodeled four bedroom, three bath, three fireplace and one dynamite deck, we look forward to sharing our new sister property with you and your cherished friends. And with over 25 wine tasting rooms within 10 minutes distance of our home, coming to celebrate great times in Carmel is a breeze.

Let us serve YOUR needs better with our newest property, Eagles Crest!

Upcoming events include; Birthdays, Reunions, Weddings, Pebble Beach Food and Wine, Taste of Carmel, AT&T Golf, Concours de Elegance, Sea Otter Classic and much more!

Hiking Garland Park, Point Lobos, wine tasting, world class golf, cycling and Monterey Bay Aquarium are just a some of the amenities within a few miles of this home. Indulge, live, love, eat and exercise! nearby for the ultimate in co-ed spa relaxation and rejuvenation.

Massages, bikram, hot and cold plunges, meditation, ect ect ect. Then there's alway an eco ocean sea otter and whale adventure on Cptn. Lauren Henry's custom boat. A personal favorite on sunny days with sandwiches and wine!

Because of the properties unique design, it feels very private, even from main house to guest house. Please be aware of parking in an organized fashion by not blocking garage breezeways from foot traffic. Eight parking spaces have been provided for your stay: three on the left at green markers and five tandem parking tandem along cement retaining wall to garage. Two cars may fit into garage breezeway where a EV charger is located. This way all cars can enter and exit parking area easily.

We ask guests to respect our neighbors privacy by not flying drones. We also request not playing loud music after 10pm on outside deck. We do not do weddings nor big parties here, but definitely intimate gatherings with family, friends and groups.

*DISCLAIMER Release of liability and assumption of risk. Be aware that by booking this property, you’ve agreed to waive certain legal rights, including the right to sue the Owner and/or landlord, property manager or anyone representing this property. Additionally, as the Short-Term Renter in contract with homeowner, you will be responsible for all risk of injury to yourself and any of your guests while on this property. You and your guests hereby waive and release Owner, landlord, agents, representatives or employees from any liability and/or claim for personal injury, property damage, or death that may arise from Short-Term Renters use of the Property regardless of cause, even if such cause can be associated in any way by the acts or failures to act as an owner or landlord, or any of its agents, representatives or employee’s in the installation, adjustment, inspection, maintenance, and/or rental of the Property. The Short-Term Renter accepts total responsibility for any and all injuries or damages of any kind which may result from any reason in the use of the Property, and it is the Short-Term Renters intention to HOLD HARMLESS the Owner, landlord for any injury sustained by the Short-Term Renter, their guests, or anyone else, regardless of cause, while using the above described Property.

Favorite Restaurants

Big Sur

California Market, Carmel Highlands


Nepenthe, our family's.

Post Ranch




Demetras Cafe


Mission Ranch



Carmel Valley

Jeffrey's Cafe

Cafe Rustica





First Awakenings near MB Aquarium

Hulas Island Grill

IL Vecchio

Passion Fish

Toby Rowland Jones, Sommelier


Guided Hikes

Stephen Copeland


***Barmel for dancing located downtown Carmel next to Mundakas (same owner).

Shuttle Service, call Natalie 8314026778

( 12 passenger deluxe van )

Shuttle Service / Uber DJ Tiny 8318404332

( 4 passenger )


More Details

Thyme Lewis and Lisa Sachs Lewis
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, russian, italian, swedish, arabic
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About Thyme Lewis and Lisa Sachs Lewis

This home sings and is our personal favorite for intimacy with expansive views, atmosphere, dinner party ambiance, yoga retreat privacy, reading and writing.

Thyme Lewis and Lisa Sachs Lewis purchased this house in 2004

Why Thyme Lewis and Lisa Sachs Lewis chose Carmel-by-the-Sea

We are a stones throw from 25 wine tasting rooms, restaurants, shopping and a plythora of healthy festivities! Guests often attend weddings at Carmel Valley Ranch, Folktale Winery, Bernardus Winery, Holman Ranch, Carmel Beach ect. We are less than twelve minutes from all these venues and can hold dinner parties up to 20 people at this house.

This unique feeling of Big Sur without the long drive. This property is ideal for those who wish to feel away, yet be close to all the action Carmel and the Monterey Peninsula have to offer. AT&T Golf Championships, Concours de' Elegance Events, Laguna Seca, Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Point Lobos, Rocky Point, Nepenthe, Cafe Rustica, sightseeing, hiking off the property. We are in a dynamic micro climate rich with wildlife and very colorful vegetation feeling like Big Sur and Africa on this property are all close by. We are set against The Preserve which offers unlimited vistas and adventures.

What makes this house unique

The setting, the ease of access to everything, the delicious dinner parties, the warm sun on the mountain when downtown Carmel is fogged in, the star gazing from the hot tub or big rap around deck and a renovated Safeway just a few minutes away make this a great place to stay. Located next to Safeway, Jeffrey's Cafe is a personal favorite and has an always fresh, healthy, delicious menu for breakfast and lunch should you like to zip down the hill. Also Cafe Rustica and Corkscrew in Carmel Village are outstanding for supper though seven miles further into Carmel Valley Village.


Carmel-by-the-Sea House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , bidet , outdoor shower , Very big bathroom plenty of spaciousness. Fireplace
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , bidet , Located next to fifth bedroom.
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 6 - shower , Two outdoor showers
  • (2) additional outdoor showers. If needed, additional guest house is available for added cost with full kitchen and bathroom.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Skylight and window.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , French doors to rap around main deck.
    Mstr - 1 king , Two sets of french doors to private and rap around decks.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , French doors to private deck.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , Separate from house with it's own deck and amazing view.
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king , Sweet Nirvana Guest House
  • Hawks Nest Nirvana has an additional 1400 square foot guest house named Sweet Nirvana that can be added for $1000/flat fee. The lofty one bedroom has a king bed, additional queen air mattresses if needed, full amenities and a fireplace. There are six extra sleeping bags for kids, 3 in master closet of main house and 3 in closet of guest house. Lastly, should this be not enough space, our personal guest Chalet can be added as well in accordance to full release of liability.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • 12 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Check out, the ultimate spa close by! Nirvana's Hawks Nest is located at 29090 Robinson Cyn Rd. Carmel, ca 93923 *Exactly 1 and 1/2 miles (use odometer) up Robinson Cyn from Carmel Valley Rd. Driveway on right just after mail boxes and sharp right turn. Take driveway down into cyn, stay on paved driveway across little bridge then up hill to last house on driveway. Park with consideration of guest house and car turn around area. Enter up grand stairway. This beautiful 3000 sq ft deluxe home (Lovers get-a-way or family retreat with two fireplaces and forced heat.) renovated by Thyme Lewis is a tribute to Big Sur's Post Ranch. The open concept living, dining and kitchen surrounded in glass and forest atop redwoods was built as an entertainers retreat with unique built-ins and flow that inspire the imagination. Conceptualize your dreams surrounded in custom furniture from around the globe that blend beautifully to the color scheme and design that make this home superb.


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Carmel Fun & Sun, Stunning Views, Big Sur in Carmel, Guest House Option.
average rating of 4.5555553 based on 27 reviews

Heaven in Carmel

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, tranquil, spacious,well equipped, suited for large parties, out door door place was heaven.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We aim to please and greatly appreciate wonderful guests! Our pleasure, Lisa and Thyme Lewis
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Hawks Nest

  • 4 of 5

The purpose for our stay was a once a year family get-together with our two sons and their wives and our five grandkids. I was very pleased with the house and setting. No complaints. Plenty of room for all of us. The kids loved watching the big screen TV and cooking smores over the fire pit and just being together. A lot of thoughtful touches throughout the house like the row of little flashlights by the front door. Good info on the web site for things to do in the area. Everything was good and we enjoyed our stay there.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great reunion trip!

  • 5 of 5

Great reunion trip!

Our group of 10 adults & 4 little ones (+1 in utero) stayed here for a reunion trip, and a great time was had by all! Thyme & Lisa were very gracious and accommodating hosts, and I can't recommend them enough - they happened to drop by to pick up some items while in the area, and they were great to chat with... =)

First time finding the place was a little challenging, so follow the given directions (look for a steep descending side road on the right side, next to a bunch of address numbers!). The house itself is well secluded, with nothing but trees and wilderness viewable from the back deck, but is a close enough drive into town (few minutes away) to pick up supplies and groceries from the local supermarket (Safeway). Kitchen was fully stocked and all appliances worked - stove, dishwasher, and refrigerator were all heavily used during our stay there (beware the fridge's built-in icemaker - it's a bit aggressive when dispensing ice)! Heater worked well at nighttime, but air-conditioning was a bit lacking during the daytime (which encouraged us to get out and go do some activities!). Outdoor gas firepit on the back deck was a great place to hang out at night and make some smores, and the xmas "lights" on the close-by trees were a nice touch (haha!). We didn't get a chance to use the outdoor hot tub, but it's a short walk from the front door, across the driveway to the back of the house and up some stairs, so it's there if you need it. There's also a short hiking trail in back, that a few of us followed to seemingly nowhere, but it was a nice excursion nonetheless. There are many portable flashlights near the front door for your use - nice touch! Also worth mentioning is the wifi internet worked well the whole time, as cell service may not be great depending on your carrier (having had poor internet at other places, it's definitely appreciated when it does work smoothly!).

Thank you for a rather memorable stay - overall highly recommended!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house. Great views. Great Landlord

  • 5 of 5

Thanks so much for sharing your time and being a very helpful and available landlord. Strongly recommend this house if staying in Carmel Valley. Thanks Thyme and Lisa!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing place to stay, and Thyme was an absolute pleasure to work with!

  • 5 of 5

I am beyond satisfied with our experience. Thyme went the extra mile to make sure that we felt comfortable, and that our stay was outstanding.

I booked this house for my wife's 40th birthday months in advance. In the days following up to the reservation date, we were evacuated from our home in Sonoma due to the fires (wife, 5 month old, 3 year old, and my dog). We escaped unharmed to San Francisco but could only find a hotel room in the city for 2 nights because everything was booked. I called Thyme and explained our situation and he generously invited us to come to the house 2 days earlier than scheduled. He welcomed us with open arms and was more than accommodating in making us feel at home while we were evacuated.

The home itself is extremely well thought out and worked perfectly for my wife's bday. We had couples fly in from multiple different states and everyone was extremely pleased with the accommodations. There was plenty of room for all our guests and the extra amenities were appreciated.

It is people like Thyme that reassure the soul that there is much good in this world, and I would highly recommend this place to anyone that is considering renting in the Carmel Valley area. The location is spectacular with a feeling of being away from it all, while access to recreation and stores is just a short drive away.

We absolutely loved our stay, and would HIGHLY RECOMMEND to anyone considering renting Thyme's place. We will be back for sure!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful house and property for weekend getaway.

  • 5 of 5

Great local for a weekend getaway. Secluded, yet close enough to enjoy the beautiful sites of Carmel/Monterey. Main home and guest homes were comfortable, except when air condition wasn't working on one of the hottest weekends of the year in Carmel.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Monterey Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Baja Cantina
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Monterey, CA
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Carmel Valley Ranch
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Salinas, CA
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Carmel Valley Rd
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Jeffrey's breakfast and lunch, #1 on the peninsula
Nearest Ski
220 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Carmel Beach, downtown Carmel by the Sea
Car: recommended

Near spa, the ultimate in namaste' hot/cold plunges, massage, meditation and art of relaxation. Plenty of winery's, restaurants, shopping and healthy activities and for all ages nearby as well! Point Lobos is my personal favorite and Garland Park is only a few miles away! Whale adventure on

Pools near my home Nirvana's Hawks Nest

1. Carmel Valley Ranch

Robinson Cyn. Rd at Ford Rd.

1 Old Ranch Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

Phone:(831) 574-5570

*Great pool, restaurants and honey bee trek for all ages!

2. Carmel Valley Community Youth Center  

Recreation Center

Address: 25 Ford Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924

Phone:(831) 659-3983

Hours: Open today · 12:00 – 4:00 pm

3. Los Laureles Lodge Pool

Carmel Valley, CA 93924

313 W Carmel Valley Rd

Phone number (831) 659-2233


Last but not least is PARKING. Shared parking so please do not block access to garage.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $275
Pet Fee $50
Damage Insurance $59

Payment in full confirms, no cancelation policy. nearby for the ultimate in spa co-ed relaxation. Open 10-10pm!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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