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Ruth and Steve

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

Gorgeous panoramic Views, Romantic, Truly Private Oasis in Carmel Valley

20 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 30 nights

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Carmel Valley Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom 4 Sleeps Gorgeous Mountain Views

We are no longer taking very short stays.

Rest your mind and spirit as you take in the stunning panoramic views of the Santa Lucia mountains. Wake up nestled among oaks and pines in an elegant and quiet Carmel Valley neighborhood, just minutes to Carmel Valley Village's fine restaurants, many wine tasting rooms and the beautiful hikes and trails in Garland Ranch Regional Park.

The sunny retreat is free of the coastal fog, yet it's an easy and beautiful drive to all the attractions in Monterey, Carmel, Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove, including our white pristine beaches, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, world class golf, and Carmel-by-the-Sea's many shops.

Upon your arrival you will find a complimentary treat from a local spot such as Carmel Valley’s own Earthbound Farm Stand. Area information and maps are available to reference.

This Mission Style home features a vaulted wood beamed ceiling, terracotta tile, and an open floor plan comprising the living, dining and kitchen areas.

We have turned the fireplace room into a romantic bedroom, with a very comfortable queen bed (PLEASE NOTE this room has an opening to the main living area, with an optional screen for some privacy). Here you can relax with a good book and get comfy in front of the wood burning fireplace. The small second bedroom has a trundle bed that is normally set up to be two twin beds.

There are several outdoor areas where you can relax into serenity: a hammock space, outdoor chaise lounge chairs and adirondack chairs on the back patio, and an outdoor claw foot bath with stunning views.

The Casita Lucia is a special, unique and very lovely setting for a romantic getaway, a retreat for a small family, or a few close friends. The owners live a few miles up the road and are available to assist you at any time. Enjoy true privacy and peace.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Ruth and Steve (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Ruth and Steve

We have been Carmel Valley residents for over 25 years. Transplanted East coasters, Ruth from New York City, and Steve from Ottawa, Canada, we are grateful each day for the beauty, tranquility--and the weather of Carmel Valley! We really enjoy being able to introduce others to the area and to this property. We live a few miles down the road (not right next door like most cottages) and are happy to assist you with anything that you need. Our daughter also enjoys helping out too. Looking forward to hearing from you and we hope you enjoy your stay.

Why Ruth and Steve chose Central Coast California

We have designed this property as place to get away to experience true relaxation...something that seems to elude a lot of us in the modern day. You can lie on the double hammock and listen to the sounds of nature, or soak in the clawfoot tub, at night the stargazing is dreamy. There is wifi and Cable TV if you need it, but there is also simplicity of a gentle breeze, natural beauty and privacy.

What makes this cottage unique

More about CARMEL VALLEY: Considered one of the most beautiful destinations, the drive itself along Carmel Valley Road is meditative and calming. Increasingly referred to as 'Little Napa' (yet more quaint and without the traffic), Carmel Valley Village is home to over a dozen wine tasting rooms and vineyards, as well as wonderful restaurants with fine dining. It also boasts world class golf courses and spas (Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley Ranch Resort, Quail Lodge and the new, The Refuge). Strollers through this quaint town can enjoy it’s antique shopping, and walkers, hikers and horseback riders love the trails and vistas at Garland Regional Park).

This cottage is a few minutes from Carmel Valley Village. Driving on beautiful Carmel Valley Road it's a 14 to 20 mile drive to get to Carmel and all the attractions in Monterey.

After day trips and adventures (or just staying close to home), the Casita is a tranquil retreat in a quiet area (we ask our guests please no outside parties or loud fiestas after 10pm).

You can see the vineyards on your way to one of the Valley's terrific restaurants: try Cafe Rustica, Corkscrew, Wils Fargo, Taste, or Wild Goose for freshly brewed coffee and baked treats. Or stay home and prepare a great dinner at the Casita while taking in the gorgeous views.


based on 20 traveler reviews

Gorgeous panoramic Views, Romantic, Truly Private Oasis in Carmel Valley
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

The property is great and just like the photos.

  • 5 of 5

We thorough enjoyed our stay. The house was perfect for the two of us and when the weather is fine it doubles in size! I did find the kitchen a bit under furnished for someone who likes to cook and would prefer fewer cupboard doors to contend with but that is personal taste. All in all we had a lovely time. Ruth and Steve were terrific landlords.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I wanted a spot in Carmel Valley for a winter getaway. We live in Chicago, and January is usually cold and dreary. We hoped to find temperate climate, beautiful scenery, and outdoor activities. We couldn't be more pleased. The Casita is located in a lovely neighborhood where you're nestled on a hillside with breathtaking views of the valley. Our favorite time of day was sunset in the backyard with our wine and snacks. It was always easy to cook at home, but our favorite restaurants were in the village which is a short drive away. The outdoor tub was useful on warm nights and the stars were magnificent! We enjoyed the cool nights with the fireplace in our bedroom. We love to hike and side trips to Big Sur, Point Lobos, Santa Cruz, Pinnacles National Park, Asilomar, and Garland Ranch County Park were wonderful! We hope to return next year.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Camas Washington


  • 5 of 5

The casita was everything it was advertised as, and more. So close to everything...Carmel by the sea for excellent shopping and dining, the beautiful 17 mile drive, and the amazing big sur coastline. Carmel valley's exquisite wine tasting and dining, and the most dog friendly area you could imagine. My pup and I went everywhere together, and were welcomed everywhere (except the parks...sadly no dogs allowed in national parks), but we made up for that at garland ranch, where she romped around freely, as well as Carmel beach!! The casita was very comfortable, with all the comforts of home. It actually became my home away from home. The views were spectacular, and the casita very cozy. Ruth and Steve were so easy to work all flowed so smoothly. I would recommend the casita to anyone wanting an amazing getaway...away from it all, but also very close to it all. You can have exactly the vacation you desire, no matter what it is. I would go back in a heartbeat, as would my pup Chloe. Actually, the first time ever she did not want to get in the car was when it was all packed up to go...she did not want to leave the casita, and I understood perfectly!! Definitely a 5 star retreat!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Delft, the Netherlands


  • 5 of 5

After some weeks of traveling around in Utah, Arizona, Nevada this was a wonderful break. We enjoyed the house very much. We felt home right away. Everything was there. We went to the aquarium in Monterey, we rented a bike there, the surrounding is beautiful.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We were in awe of the Casita the moment we walked through the door. The cozy little house sat on top of a little hill that overlooked the valley. The views are spectacular and the experience was just as breathtaking. Everything you needed Ruth and Steve have provided in this home. We utilized everything from the aquarium passes to nightly soaks in the bathtub. Scenic drives and walks were beautiful everywhere we went. If you want to have a romantic dining experience with delicious food try out Cafe Rustica down the street and you will not regret stopping in. Everything is in close proximity, very private, and relaxing. We will and already have been recommending the Casita to family and friends. Thanks Ruth and Steve...we will be back for sure!

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This casita is fantastic

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with my husband and 11 mo. old daughter. We stayed for 3 days. It was great and we were accommodated wonderfully. We had enough space to prepare and enjoy a dinner with 5 additional family members at the casita. The property was beautiful inside and out!

The passes to the Monterey Bay Aquarium were a great bonus. Its location in the Carmel Valley was perfect for our plans to see Big Sur, Carmel by the Sea and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Big Sur being the farthest was still just an easy day trip away. If you are thinking about booking this property, stop thinking about it and do it. It truly exceeded all of our expectations.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Marinus or Wickets Restaurants at the Bernardus Lodge -- CLOSED
"Lunch outdoors at Wickets in lovely (you can play Bocce Ball on the lawn for free). Their sp..."
Garland Ranch Regional Park
"Wonderful trails for walkers and hikers of all types. Enjoy the gorgeous redwoods and vistas."
Will's Fargo Steakhouse and Bar
"This "saloon" restaurant has been in the valley for many decades; the food is terrific and t..."
Wild Goose Bakery Cafe
"Fresh bakes goods every morning and yummy coffee in Carmel Valley Village"
Corkscrew Cafe
"Eat indoors or outdoors, this wonderful bistro has yummy food and ambiance"
Los Laureles Lodge
"Great place if you'd like to swim in a nice pool at low daily rates, you can grab a bite or ..."
Thai Village
"Good Thai food in Carmel Valley? Fun for take-out."
Carmel Valley Community Park
"Have a picnic or stroll in the expansive beautiful grassy park; there 's also playground, ba..."
Earthbound Farm Organic Farm Stand
"Carmel Valley's favorite place! Have a delicious 100% organic lunch outside, or enjoy a drin..."
"This unique "spa" experience called the Refuge Thermal Cycle, will invigorate and replenish!..."
Cafe Rustica
"Yummy and very popular spot lunch and dinner spot for for locals and traveler's alike."
From Scratch Restaurant
"In the Barnyard at the mouth of Carmel Valley, From Scratch is the best place for breakfast!..."
Monterey Bay Aquarium
"The exhibits keep getting better and better!!"
Carmel River State Beach
"Who doesn't love the beach!!"
La Balena Cucina Toscana
"This is a new restaurant in Carmel By The Sea -- just had lunch their yesterday and every bi..."
Dennis the Menace Park
"If you are traveling with children, they will love this park!!!"
Plaza Linda
"Our daughter loves the Quesadilla Vegetariana and child burritos!"

Carmel Valley:



HIKING AND HORSEBACK RIDING in Garland Regional State Park

COMMUNITY PARK: Carmel Community Center Park has terrific lawn and picnic benches, a playground, is great for dogs, and has a pool open to the public in the summer.

FINE DINING: Cafe Rustica, Taste, LoKal, Bernardus Wickets and Marinus, Corkscrew Bistro, Wils Fargo Restaurant

SPAS and GOLF: Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley Ranch Resort, Quail Lodge and the new, The Refuge).

In 'Town' (Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel, Pebble Beach):

THE BEACH: Enjoy the white beaches of Carmel, Pacific Grove’s Lover’s Point and Asilomar beach.

CARMEL-BY-THE SEAL: Check out the myriad shops, galleries and restaurants.

MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM: Experience the world famous not-to-be-missed attraction.

17 MILES DRIVE: Drive the famous 17 Mile Drive to witness the architecture, famous golf courses and natural terrain.

DOWN THE COAST: Check out the stunning Point Lobos State Park or head further down to BIG SUR (Nepenthe, River Inn, Ventana or Post Ranch Inn).

LAGUNA SECA: Famous Raceway

GOLF at one the world famous Golf Courses, such as Pebble Beach and Spanish Bay.


Rates & Availability

Carmel Valley Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 6 2016 - Nov 1 2016
30 night minimum stay
Winter Snowbird
Jan 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
30 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
30 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
cleaning fee $80
Pet Fee $40

Due to the regulations of the elegant neighborhood we are no longer doing short terms rentals as we did in the past.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Carmel Valley Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 840 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Walk in rainshower
  • The bathroom has a Spanish tiled walk-in rainshower. You will find a claw foot bathtub outside where you can soak (without chlorine!).
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Note: Opens out to living room, a screen can be placed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Small room has as a trundle bed, set up normally to 2 twins.
  • .
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Carmel Valley boasts wonderful resorts and spas where you can spend a few hours (or an afternoon) swimming, golfing, and receiving wonderful massages, facials etc. Check out Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley Ranch Resort, Quail Lodge, and The Refuge. Golf is available as well for those who play!

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