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Carmel Sun, Stunning Views, Expansive property, Above CV Ranch. 240 EV Charger

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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3 - 5 nights


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

Home, 5 Bedroom, 4.5 Bath, Extra Bedding/Indoor-Outdoor Feel. Guest house option

Hawk's Nest Nirvana, a beautiful home set amongst redwood and oak trees is easy to excite. Breathtaking views, the home was remodeled by the owner and inspired by Big Sur Post Ranch and travels through Brazil and Thailand. An open floor plan with high ceilings, skylights and rap around deck, this home is ideal for most anything your imagination desires. The fire places and color scheme add to the romantic ambiance and with 3500 square feet, it's the ideal five bedroom escape from cookie cutter norm. A fifth bedroom that feels like a second master with private bathroom is lovely! A third master can be added for additional cost by including the guest CHALET located 150' from main house. Chalet includes a kitchen, bathroom, fireplace and wrap around deck. See pictures (23 & 24) The main house dining table seats ten with additional seating at counter surrounding kitchen. The stainless kitchen and custom built-ins are great for cooking parties. Additional six person hot tub with two outdoor showers add to the romance. Garland Park, Point Lobos, wine tasting, world class golf, cycling and hiking are just a some of the amenities within a few miles of this home. Indulge, live, love, exercise and eat! 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's custom boat. A personal favorite on sunny days with sandwiches and wine!

Please note there is a full time tenant in the second guest house on this property. Because of the unique design, it is unlikely you'll ever meet nor cross paths with the tenant, however it is imperative the garage breezeway never be blocked. Eight parking spaces have been provided for your stay: three on the left at green markers and five parallel parking tandom along cement retaining wall to garage. An EV charger is located just inside garage on left wall for your EV use if needed.

Latest Review:

“This is a wonderful hidden away place. We had 15 people for my Dads 60th bday and between the room below and the guest house above we had everyone in with no issues. Thyme was more than helpful and the house was more than anticipated. I would stay here again in a heartbeat. ”

Guest, September 2016

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


***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
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Thyme Lewis
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, russian, italian, swedish, arabic
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 24, 2016
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About Thyme Lewis

This home sings and is a personal favorite for expansive views, atmosphere, dinner party ambiance, yoga retreats and creative writing...

Thyme Lewis purchased this house in 2004

Why Thyme Lewis chose Central Coast California

This unique feeling of Big Sur without the long drive make this property an ideal spot for those who wish to feel away, yet are close to all the action Carmel by the Sea and the Monterey Peninsula have to offer. ATT Golf, Concours de' Elegance, Laguna Seca, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Point Lobos, Nepenthe, Cafe Rustica, wine tasting, golf, sightseeing, hiking on the property. We are in a dynamic micro climate rich with wildlife and a very dynamic vegetation feeling like Big Sur and Africa on this property. 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 in Carmel Village is outstanding for supper though seven miles further into Carmel Valley Village.


based on 11 traveler reviews

Carmel Sun, Stunning Views, Expansive property, Above CV Ranch. 240 EV Charger
average rating of 4.181818 based on 11 reviews

Perception is not reality: interior is very tired, soiled, lack of adequate furnishings in areas!

  • 1 of 5

Hawk’s Nest shows beautifully in the pictures on VBRO. Some things proved to be as advertised – the location, views and deck. The rest of the experience was a huge disappointment and here’s why:

a. The carpet throughout is warn and stained/soiled.

b. Upholstery on couches and bedding are equally as soiled.

c. Lighting in the bedrooms is grossly inadequate

d. The first bedroom on the right doesn’t have any privacy/light block curtains

e. Dead toad in bathroom and there were more insects crawling and flying around than normal.

f. Way too much air freshener

The unfortunate thing about all if this is it makes you question the cleanliness of everything – do I want to walk around in bare feet, how clean is the bedding, are the dishes clean, etc.? To be fair, I am sure they were, but all of the above issues did not make for a good first impression.

Hawk's Nest is advertised as a 5 star property. As someone who has been fortunate enough to travel to many places in Europe, the Caribbean, and throughout the US and stay at many 3 to 4 (and the occasional 5 star) star properties, this was the most disappointing property we have ever rented. I say this simply based on the condition of the interior of the home.

I have shared my concerns with the owner and found him to be very pleasant, but in denial. He has already told me he will challenge my review. So be it. If he is honest with himself he'll understand my concerns. It has the potential of being a great property, but is in need of a lot of attention. The sole purpose of my comments are that he will acknowledge the deficiencies and address them. Until that time I can not recommend this property.

I've never written an unfavorable review before, however, we were misled and in good conscience I feel I should respond to VBRO's request for review.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: When guests request a reduction in price by half and claim harsh reviews as leverage, no one wins. We will never pay for reviews and wish this unfortunate circumstance was resolved in a timely fashion. I stand by the home and my staff and the reviews of guests that enjoyed the home and rated it five stars. Occasionally in the land of wine and cheese, things get missed but we always aim to please and provide a high standard of hospitality. Whenever guests check in and something is not in order, please please please contact us immediately so that we can have housekeeping or carpet cleaners out to the home immediately to address your needs amicably..
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Overland Park, KS

Awesome the redwoods and level with the tops of the trees!

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect place for 6 adults. There was enough room where we never felt crowded at all. The house has a Frank Lloyd Wright feel to it as it blends into the natural landscape in a very cool way. It was easy to get to, great parking, and the owner was very easy to work with. When the hot water heater went out, he came out promptly and did not leave until the problem was resolved, which took up a large portion of his day and evening. He helped us with places to see, restaurants to eat at, and how to access beaches in the Big Sur area. Whenever we were at the house, we practically lived on the large deck overlooking the canyon...the house sits at the top of a canyon. There is a gas fire pit on the deck and plenty of chairs, so even at night it is comfortable. The back of the house is mostly glass to take advantage of the view, and the french doors open from the living / dining room and kitchen right out onto the patio. The kitchen was well-appointed and easy for many people to be in at once.

We used the 5th bedroom, which you have to walk down outside stairs to get to as it is below the house but still has a great view. We did not rent the separate housing unit which was above the regular house. It is difficult to get to, but for someone adventurous, I would highly recommend it as a super concealed hideaway for 1 or 2 people. It even has a rope swing that swings out into the woods...very cool.

This house is also only a few minutes to a Safeway, a liquor store, and several nice downscale, greek, meditteranean which were all good places, especially after paying the high rates to eat in Carmel and Monterey. The house also has good access to Carmel and Monterey, and the Big Sur coastline.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Came to stay at Thyme's place with some ladies to get out of the city and relax, and wow-this place did not disappoint! Not only is the house comfortable enough so that nobody was in each other's way, but the views and peaceful sounds were just what we needed. We all slept so well; every bed was so comfy! Waking up was easy, having coffee on the beautiful deck with views of nothing but tree tops and greenery. If you choose to stay in, cooking is a breeze, as Thyme has stocked the kitchen with anything you could possibly need. If you choose to go into town, it's only about a 10 minute drive into Carmel-by-the-Sea, but honestly, you may not want to. The only negative part of the house was leaving it! We could have stayed the rest of the month!!

  • Submitted: May 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Another fantastic review from a delightful group of people. Glad to bè of service. Please visit again!
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Amazing property and fantastic owner!

  • 5 of 5

Awesome property!! It felt like we were at Nepenthe or Post Ranch in Big Sur. I took the family up for a Carmel get away and the property did not disappoint. The very special vibe here encouraged the kids to get off of their screens and participate in hikes, games, hot tub, cards, etc. The views are much more spectacular than the pictures can capture. The deck is a very special spot. The property was clean and well maintained. The kitchen was fully equipped and there was plenty of firewood provided. The house is uniquely and tastefully decorated. The owner left very clear instruction on all aspects of the visit. He was also very nice about answering questions and providing recommendations. It is just a short drive down the hill to Carmel Valley and not far to Carmel by the Sea. We went to both each day for all that they have to offer.

A fantastic experience all around. I highly recommend this property and owner!!

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much!!! Go Warriors!!! And go kids of the Special Olympics Winter Games!!! Wonderful we share the same charity of amazing athletes, friends and volunteers we call family!!!
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So Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

This place was beyond words! Amazing... I took my new fiancé and a few guests to enjoy this secluded spot, and, wow... We didn't know what we were in for. Such an awesome place. Two fire places, a private jacuzzi tub in the master bathroom, so spacious, and the hot tub... Okay... Drizzle and hot tub works together. We wished we had more time to relax, like a week, but we were only there for the weekend. My party enjoyed the balcony space as we BBQ'd, had a fire, good vibes and all to the back-drop of mountains.

Beyond the house, we drove up to Napenthe, had a great view of the ocean while enjoying great food, and met folks from a local retreat center, Esalen Inst., and made our way back to our gem in the woods.

Thank you! We will be back.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stamford, CT

Very Happy Time!

  • 4 of 5

Nine family members ranging in age from 7 to 80 gathered for Thanksgiving in this wonderful place. The house worked very well. The only shortcoming is not enough lighting but all else was perfect. We had a sumptuous Thanksgiving dinner made in the well equipped kitchen and enjoyed the house's proximity to many adventures. The home is perfect for a family celebration or romantic getaway.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, understood and appreciated. I've added five more lights in living room and improved reading lights for bed.
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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

Carmel-by-the-Sea House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
AT&T Golf
Feb 8 2017 - Feb 12 2017
5 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Concours de Elegance
Aug 16 2017 - Aug 20 2017
5 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Concours de Elegance
Aug 16 2018 - Aug 20 2018
5 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $50
Cleaning Fee $240 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 9.0%

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.
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Carmel-by-the-Sea House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
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 10 people
  • 4 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.
  • (2) additional outdoor showers. If needed, additional guest house is available for added cost with full kitchen and bathroom.
  • 5 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.
  • This home has additional guest house that can be rented for $300/N with a king bed and plenty of amenities if needed. Also has two additional single beds if needed. There are five extra sleeping bags for kids if needed in master closet.
  • 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
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated 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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