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A Sophisticated and Charming French Farmhouse

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 bedroom + loft/ 3 1/2 bath, includes 2 master suites mountain views

Pristine, Cozy and Charming! This Carmel Valley location is a cross between the Napa valley and a summer Tahoe experience! This is a three level home, newly renovated and professionally decorated. It features travertine tile and wood floors throughout two levels, with a carpeted loft. There are two travertine faced fireplaces. One is wood burning with gas, and one is purely gas with a blower. Additional features include French Doors, built-in bookcases and TV cabinetry, a wine bar, recessed lighting, PlayStation, 3 t.v.'s with dvd players and stereo surround sound, and recessed lighting. There are three bedrooms, two of which are master suites. Both masters have access to a 50 ft deck, complete with views of the mountains. Stairs give both bedrooms direct access to the hot tub, a fire table and outdoor seating for evening enjoyment.. Three bathrooms feature travertine showers, and one bathroom is complete with a tub. A half-bath services the downstairs. The loft has sleeping for one, and a sky light. The third bedroom sleeps 3-4 guests, and is great for kids. The kitchen features a range and gas oven, Bosch dishwasher, microwave, and everything a master chef would desire to have for cooking. The custom reclaimed wood dining table seats nine, and is fabulous for family dining, or entertaining friends. A down sofa and Pierre Deux french fabrics adorn the great room with the lively colors of France. Custom fabrics and touches of Restoration Hardware complete the home. Your stay includes 2 unlimited passes to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The stars at night are abundant here. The scent of fresh rosemary, lavender, and roses fill the air. Cricktets and tree frogs serenade you at night. It is by far the best place to relax and enjoy!

rob and susan farrens
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 10, 2017

About rob and susan farrens

We have lived in the central valley all of our lives. We love family, fitness and creating memories in beautiful places. We have been in the interior design and Health club industry for 33 years. We enjoy life and feel very blessed to have found carmel Valley.

rob and susan farrens purchased this chateau / country house in 2012

Why rob and susan farrens chose Carmel Valley

I have spent the past 45 years vacationing in Carmel and Carmel Valley. As a designer, I have worked on many homes in Carmel and Pebble Beach; the beauty is simply unsurpassed! Our company recently opened six new health clubs within 20 miles or so of carmel valley. Our son attends Stevenson School, and we felt compelled to find a place of our own. Robbie is a national champion road cyclist, who found that the best roads to train on were clearly in Carmel Valley, so we named our home, 'Chateau Bicyclette'.

We fell in love with Carmel Valley because of the mild climate, relaxed atmosphere , the many wineries and exceptional restaurants, and the relaxed, friendly sense of community it offers.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

At first glance, we fell in love with the live oaks at our farmhouse. We loved the beautiful travertine and cherry wood finishes. However, the mountain view backdrop was what we truly fell in love with! As a family, we were charmed and mesmerized by the majestic landscape. We never tire of the views, and our outdoor hikes through the mountains. My 9-year old daughter spends hours playing with her golden retriever puppy in the bent grass lawn, and happily swinging on the rope swing under the mighty oak tree.


Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
the running iron
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
carmel valley ranch
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
highway 68
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
toast, rustica, corkscrew
Nearest Beach
13 Miles
Car: necessary

You don't need to travel Europe to find this charming country french farm house nestled in a prominent wine region. 'Chateau Bicyclette' is settled in a quiet neighborhood with a backyard designed for family entertaining, with a picturesque view of the Santa Lucia Mountain range. Just newly renovated, the outdoors has a new hot tub, upper and lower decking, a sparkling pool, and a large grassy area surrounded by fruit trees and lavender. A lovely live oak is the pivoting element , with a classic wooden rope swing. There is a cedar play house, organic vegetable and herb gardens, and a holding paddock to rest horses between trail rides.

Dampierre little league park can be accessed from the back gate. The Carmel river is just 50 yards away. Seasonal bridges allow access to Garland Regional Park, where magical trails await to awaken your senses. Even in the middle of summer, when the coastal fog drops temperatures to 50 degrees, this corner of heaven averages 80 degrees and has lovely sunsets.

After dark, sit around the fire bowl, bbq, and enjoy the complimentary basket of s'mores that come with your stay.

Our home is within 15 minutes of Laguna Seca Raceway, 5 minutes from Bernardus lodge, and 15 minutes from The Refuge Spa. It is also within walking distance to shopping, great wine tasting, and restaurants.


Carmel Valley Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , travertine and granite shower and vanity.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , granite and travertine; very private
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , furniture vanity and travertine shower. great for kids!
    Bathroom 4 - off of living area.
  • Bathrooms are equipped with lush towels and bath soap.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , second master Pillow top mattress with down comforter
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , comfy beds with lots of pillows and fresh new blankets
    loft - 1 twin/ single , a great secret space retreat.
  • Bedrooms have brand new pillow top mattresses in the master and upgraded bedding and sateen sheets throughout. Lots of bedpillows and blankets.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
bring your potty trained, well behaved dog and enjoy the dog run available on the little league site behind our home, then hit the trails and river. absolutely exceptional..


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A Sophisticated and Charming French Farmhouse
average rating of 4.675 based on 40 reviews

Beautiful home and yard!

  • 4 of 5

The Home is well laid out and beautifully decorated. The yard has many wonderful seating areas and it worked perfectly for our retreat.

I plan on booking again in the future, thank you for sharing your space with us!

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you so much for the lovely review!! we hope to have you stay again in the future! susan and Rob
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  • 5 of 5

This home is perfect!!! Inside is warm & charming with everything imaginable. Lovely suites with such upscale amenities. The grand gourmet kitchen is a Dream to cook in. Outside is set up for a cozy evening around the amazing fire pit. Lots of areas to relax. Great BBQ. Walk right outside the back gate for trails to go hiking. We LOVED this home. Rob & Susan are so nice to share their beautiful home & made this easy to book.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location for Parents-of-the-Bride!

  • 5 of 5

We recently rented this property as the “parents of the bride” who was married nearby. In this capacity, we wanted a rental at which we could welcome friends who travelled across the country (and across “the pond”) to be at the wedding. This house fit the bill perfectly, with space enough for our immediate family, and space in abundance to serially entertain more distant relatives and friends. The furnishings and especially the cooking appliances and pantry provisions were modern and generous.

The property is a spectacular (and completely comfortable) rental in the bucolic Carmel Valley Village. The Village is filled with lovely restaurants, wine tastings, walkable trails and hikes. Nearby are spas and resorts for pampering yourself.

The home, itself, is spacious, modern, and very thoughtfully equipped. The architectural design achieves its goal of proving for comfortable entertaining and relaxing. The guest and bedrooms are on the street level, whereas the modern and completely-equipped cooking, dining and entertaining area is on the ground floor below street level. This arrangement provides privacy, quiet and convenience.

The furnishings in the entertainment level and outside patio permit for cozy and comfortable seating for both small and medium-sized groups. The pool and hot tub provide convenient relaxation. WiFi and Cable TV (a modern necessity, alas) worked perfectly and without trouble. There is even a child-sized play-house for curious toddlers.

A more comfortable and generously-equipped rental would be difficult to find. And more congenial and gracious hosts are similarly rare.

Don’t hesitate. Grab this listing, if it is available.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you for the eloquent and absolutely beautiful review ! please join us again on a return visit!!;) susan and Rob
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Perfect for our Carmel Valley Family Wedding!

  • 5 of 5

We were five aunts and uncles in from the East coast for our nephew's wedding near-by. This was a perfect location and a great house for us. Susan, the owner, was wonderful from my first few questions months before through our check out. She was always available and responded promptly.

The house itself is beautiful! The bottom floor is a very well equipped great room. The new kitchen was perfect for our foodie/chef group. We made dinner here every night (except for the night of the wedding) and they had nearly everything you could want to prepare meals. We used both grills outside as well as the very nice, new range.

And oh, the outside! A pool and hot tub that we utilized a lot. The fire pit was fabulous! We all commented that perhaps that was the one thing we would miss the most when we left. Having a glass of wine after the sun went down, by the fire pit, was so nice and then the fact that Susan left all the things you need to make S'mores was even better! Just outside the back gate a wonderful trail leading up to the mountains. We hiked twice and really enjoyed it (Tip: if you want to go to the top, better have good tread on your shoes, bring water and a walking stick is a big help!)

The house is also very close to town, in fact, walking distance. In town are great little restaurants and tasting rooms.

The bedrooms were very nice, linens quality and bathrooms ample. And two of the bedrooms had a deck off of the french doors.

If you are visiting Carmel Valley for any reason, we would highly recommend this house.

Thanks Susan!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you so much! it was not only a great pleasure to have you stay with us; this might be the nicest review we have ever received. thank you again for your kind words. we are so happy you enjoyed your stay. please come back. we would love it!! susan and rob
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san francisco, ca

Perfection in Carmel Valley

  • 5 of 5

This gem of a home is the perfect stay in Carmel Valley.

Adjacent to the Village, it is nonetheless private and quiet in a lovely garden setting with a heated pool and hot tub to relax under the stars.

The home is in pristine condition and has clearly been well tended and recently renovated, with every convenience. The kitchen is fully equipped and 5 women cooks had a wonderful time preparing meals and serving in the adjoining dining room.

Susan is a warm, responsive and caring host.

Recommended completely!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA

Family vacation in Carmel Valley

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at this property- backyard is large and fun to hang out with thr kids including hiking trails right out the backyard/ pool/ hot tub. Downstairs is new/ renovated and nice. Unusual in its cleaning set up ( a bit more self service than I am used to- would prefer to just pay a cleaning fee vs washing sheets / towels all morning the day of departure). In the house manual there is the option to leave a check for the cleaning lady to do that but we do not travel with a checkbook and were not told ahead of time. The other nice perk are the Monterey aquarium passes- its quite expensive to visit otherwise. This requires coordination with the owner so set it up ahead of time. A short drive (< 5 min) longish walk into Carmel Valley downtown with wine tasting and fun restaurants with a more laid back vibe than Carmel by the sea. Also- we enjoyed the sunshine here at the house when Carmel Village/ Monterey were fogged in for the day.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Damage Insurance $79

we encourage payments and deposits to be made by way of credit card so that the tenant may receive the credit back in a secured manner. Note: all security deposits are heald for cleaning and in the case of repairs needed due to a tenants stay. a walkthrough will note any existing conditions.

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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