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Pristine Nature & Ocean Views Next To The Highlands Inn In Carmel Highlands

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Rustic Home On 1 Acre W/ Panoramic Ocean & Highland Views. Sleeps 4 To 14.

Relaxed & casual. Rustic with a quirky charm – Peace Cove is a great place to meet with friends and family in one of the most beautiful spots on the California Coast.

Peace Cove sits on a bluff in the Carmel Highlands perched above rocky seashores with stunning views of Point Lobos and ocean sunsets. 4 miles south of Carmel-by-the-Sea, and on your way to Big Sur, it is the perfect place to stay and explore Monterey Bay, Carmel Valley, & the Big Sur Coastline!

It is also the ideal solution for extended family & friends' accommodations when you plan your next celebration at the Highlands Inn.

Sleeps up to a party of 8.


* 3 Bedrooms (includes 1 mid-size loft), and an additional youth-size loft.

* The Living Room & Great Room provide separate gathering spaces which visitors can relax in while enjoying the coastal views. The Living Room has stunning panoramic views; The Great Room opens to the Sunset Deck and also provides views towards the ocean.

* A cozy eat-in Kitchen with morning sunlit views of the forest and towards Point Lobos.

* Dining Room with Fireplace & ambiance.

* Morning and Sunset Decks. Panoramic views towards ocean, canyon, & hillsides.

* Expansive natural outdoor spaces on 1 acre of private & lush wild landscape.

* On-site parking for up to 4 cars, & easy access to Hwy 1.

* A one minute stroll to dining at the Highlands Inn’s California Kitchen & 5-star Pacific Edge Restaurant. No need to drive!

* Visitors will enjoy Peace Cove's privacy and sense of freedom; one sees private stunning & expansive views of nature.

* The house is comfortable and the feeling is rustic, like a spacious cabin. Air conditioning is opening the windows and doors. The lifestyle is closer to nature with homespun comforts.

The beauty of its natural setting combined with easy convenience makes Peace Cove the perfect vacation retreat to enjoy in groups! Share happy moments together with family & friends, be it a reunion, vacation, wedding, or simply a memorable getaway. We hope that you love Peace Cove as much as we do.


This is a private residence, not wheelchair accessible to the main floor (shortest path is 5 wide steps accessible), and infants & toddlers should be supervised at all times. This home & its surroundings feel wild and natural, and it is full of wildlife. Attention & caution should be used on the premises for the benefit of its natural residents and Peace Cove visitors.

We also have wonderful and discreet long-term tenant living in a separate unit under the house and behind the garage.

More Details

Karen & Patrick Suel
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 29, 2017

Why Karen & Patrick Suel chose Central Coast California

Patrick is from Sanary, France; Karen is from the Bay Area. Having grown up on the French Riviera, and the California Coast, we both have a deep love for the ocean and nature. On a short vacation & exploration, while driving past Carmel on the way to Big Sur, we both fell in love with the Carmel Highlands. It was our dream place - plain & simple. Somehow the magic of this area - it is magical you will see.. is healing and simply deeply moving. The coast just south of Carmel is pristine and for us, the most beautiful place on earth! When we found Peace Cove, we could see that the house was in need of work, however we loved the site, its orientation, and with the background sound of waves and distant seals barking, we imagined the stone path and secret garden we would create. Hummingbirds came close and hovered near us, the Monarchs flew around us, the giant squirrel that lives in the canyon visited, the crows observed us from the giant pine tree & oak. We felt we had a welcoming party! For us, there is something deeply healing about the area in general and this place in particular. You can be stiller, you can think more clearly, you can feel deeply, and you can leave feeling filled with light and pure energy..

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful experience at Peace Cove. The house was very well suited for our large party, 7 folks with the need for 4 separate sleeping areas. The house was immaculate and everything we could want had been anticipated. It felt much like staying in a 5-star property as there was everything from welcome goodies to bath amenities, extra towels, blankets. Even things like binoculars to enjoy the ocean view, a docking station for our own music, current magazines. These special little touches made our stay so enjoyable. We did not want to leave when our check-out day came along....

The bedrooms were just perfect for our mixed party: grandparents, ourselves with kids and uncle. The kitchen and eat-in area was a perfect setting for some fun breakfasts. The dining room was extremely cozy and welcoming; we spent many evening hours there, just talking and enjoying family dinners. The 2 living rooms were more than enough space for all of us and were another perfect place to hang out, relax and enjoy the fabulous ocean view and sunsets.

One night we barbequed on the front deck and then enjoyed s'mores by the outdoor fireplace. There were plenty of blankets to curl up in fireside.

Karen was very responsive to a couple questions we had and immediately got back to us with specific answers. An extremely attentive host, Karen masters the art of hospitality. We are planning to make Peace Cove our yearly family reunion spot!
Apr 2014
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Carmel-by-the-Sea House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Guest Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Main Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Master Bedroom - toilet , shower , within Master Bedroom Suite
  • Accomodation summary: 3 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • BR1 - Master Bedroom - 1 king , 1 Cal-King Bed w/ private bath & TV. Opens to the East Deck
    BR2 - Pt Lobos Bedroom - 1 queen , Off of Living Rm., w/ views of canyon & Point Lobos beyond.
    The Nest - 1 double , Small Loft, w/ low ceiling. Great view & Youth sleep space!
    Additional Sleeper Sofa in Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Full Sleeper Sofa in Living Room
    Sleeper Sofa & Daybed+Trundle in Great Room (2nd Living Rm) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen Sleeper Sofa & Day Bed w/Trundle in Great Room
    BR3 - The Loft - 1 queen , Skylit Sleeping Loft w/ Queen Bed, low gabled clg.
  • Additional Notes: * The layout of this house allows for a group to occupy it without feeling crowded. The sleeping areas are dispersed (rather than along one corridor), and the house can easily be zoned for 3 small families sharing it (when having kids use the sleeper sofas and daybed): zone 1) Great Room+Master Bedroom; zone 2) Living Room+Pt. Lobos Bedroom+Nest; and zone 3) over Dining Room in the Loft. Sleeps 8 in Beds (including the Day Bed in Great Room).
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • 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
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
We DO NOT Allow Events & Parties at our home. Only the official guests are allowed on site and this is enforced in the rental agreement. We have to state this because of past experiences. Thanks for understanding!


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(35 traveler reviews)

Pristine Nature & Ocean Views Next To The Highlands Inn In Carmel Highlands
average rating of 5.0 based on 38 reviews
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Very good opinion of this house and its location.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the peacefulness, quietitude and "close to stores" but yet remoteness of this house. Owner was very easy to work with. Great experience overall!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home in an incredible location

  • 5 of 5

We had such a lovely stay here — the house is beautifully rustic, but equipped with modern amenities, in the middle of nature overlooking the ocean. We couldn't have asked for more! I stayed here with family for 2 days, and we didn't want to leave after. It was the most relaxing time — we wandered about Big Sur and Carmel in the day, and returned to the house for dinner and s'mores by the fire pit at night. We'd love to stay again!

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco

Better then we could have imagined!

  • 5 of 5

The house is so well appointed and perfectly put together, the photos do not do it justice! The view is stunning (we saw whales!) and the layout of the house is great for families or groups. Each nook and cranny of the house has thoughtful details and interesting art.

I booked the house for a girls weekend and we all had the best time and everyone felt comfortable. There are plenty of beds and the bathrooms are large.

During our stay we had one slight emergency with the plumbing (not our fault or doing) and Karen was quick to respond and have a plumber sent to fix the issue. Thank goodness! She was very gracious and apologetic of the situation which was appreciated given the nightly cost.

Patrick and Karen are wonderful hosts. There were even fresh flowers, a bottle of wine and a basket of crackers and cookies waiting for us upon arrival! We had the best girls weekend here!

Thank you

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Thousand Oaks, California

Cozy Homebase for a Weekend of Wild Weather

  • 5 of 5

The house is really extraordinary and Karen & Patrick have thought of all the details to make guests feel at home and comfortable. We arrived in a HUGE storm to find a bottle of wine and snacks awaiting us and fresh flowers in all of our rooms. There was plenty of room for our 2 families to spread out with everyone in a bed! We enjoyed an outdoor fire one evening between rain storms, and the game closet kept us entertained when we needed to stay in. The location is perfectly situated close to Big Sur, Carmel Valley and the Monterey Peninsula so there's plenty to do whether you want to hike, dine or taste wine. (We managed to squeeze in a little of each.) Large windows allowed us to watch the storm roll by while we stayed warm and dry. Karen was lovely and accomodating when the power went out, keeping us updated on the power outage and sending links for driving conditions. Beautifully decorated and landscaped, thoughtfully stocked, perfectly located; what more can you ask for? Thanks Karen, we will most definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, comfortable, relaxed home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We came here as a family with our 10 months old son, our parents and our brother and sister in law, 7 people in total (including the baby). The house is a wonderful and rustic cabin (with all the modern comforts) near Carmel and the start of the windy drive down the 1 to Big Sur. It's very close to the Hyatt Carmel Highlands, and all the amenities / restaurants it has to offer. Despite the convenience, the house it self was secluded with beautiful partial views to the water and surrounded by greenery. The cabin it self clean, comfortable and has a lot of character. The instructions were simple, and the owners Karen and Patrick left us a welcome baskets and a well stocked fridge / pantry / kitchen. We felt really at home, relaxed and will definitely try to be back in the future! Thank you Karen and Patrick for letting us enjoy your beautiful home.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peace Cove, lives up to its title

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from our stay at Peace Cove, it was a wonderful experience! The home was really amazing and I agree with past reviews that the photos just don't do it justice. There are so many small details throughout the house that make it really special, from the beautiful light fixtures to the towel hangers in the bathroom. Upon arriving we were greeted with a lovely welcome basket and bottle of wine, small fresh flower arrangements throughout the home. My family was really happy with the property which made me very happy since I had found and booked it, they all started talking about how we should do this every year! Among our group there were 4 small children 4yrs and younger, I would recommend bringing 2 baby gates if traveling with toddlers since there are 2 sets of stairs to the lofts. Overall, fantastic experience and we do hope to return next year! Thank you Karen & Patrick for sharing your home with us!


The Hendrix Family

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Monterey Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Highlands Inn
Nearest Golf
7.7 Miles
Quail Lodge Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Pacific Edge & California Kitchen
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Yankee Point Beach & Point Lobos
Car: necessary


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
4th of July Holiday
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
Concours D'Elegance
Aug 11 2017 - Aug 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,500
Cleaning Fee (+$100,7-8) $250
Tax Rate 10.5%

Holiday Rates are +$50/day & 3-Night Minimum.
** 5 Night Minimums are required on these dates.

Holidays & Special Events: AT&T Golf, Easter, Big Sur Marathon, Memorial Day, PGA Golf**, 4th of July**, Moto GP Laguna Seca, Concours d'Elegance**, Labor Day, Monterey Jazz Fest., Big Sur Marathon, Thanksgiving**, Christmas**, New Years**.

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