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Tuscan-style retreat, in the country with 360 views, upper Carmel Valley

Bedrooms 4
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


chateau / country house
Minimum Stay
3 nights


Carmel Valley Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description

3-4 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 8, RATE VARIES WITH # OF GUESTS.

3-4 bedrooms, 2 baths. Sleeps 8. 2 king-sized beds, 2 twins plus one twin w/trundle. Swimming pool, hot tub, steam room. Hiking, horseback riding, Bocci ball, horse shoes, 2 bikes available. wine tasting available. Personal Chef with 2 day notice. PRICE VARIES WITH NUMBER OF GUESTS. We provide a full kitchen for your use. We use biodegradable cleaning products.You will enjoy the beautiful Carmel Valley views. The vineyard is a working vineyard. Our vineyard manager is available to teach about growing our Syrah grapes.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Karen Hoffman
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
December 3, 2016
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About Karen Hoffman

We love the Central Coast, a special place we call Paradise. In 2003 we bought a hilltop property in upper Carmel Valley and now enjoy magnificent mountain views and serenity. We are always inspired by the natural surroundings of the beautiful Santa Lucia Mountains. We enjoy entertaining with our friends, family and grandchildren. From every visitor's perspective, our little corner of the world beckons vacationers to return again and again.

Karen Hoffman purchased this chateau / country house in 2003

Why Karen Hoffman chose Central Coast California

We fell in love with Cachagua (Upper Carmel Valley), which reminds us of Tuscany. We love the quiet solitude and 360 degree mountain views from our hilltop vineyard. For city people who want sun and country, this is the place!

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Mountain views forever, quiet, private and peaceful. A wonderful retreat!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

Tuscan-style retreat, in the country with 360 views, upper Carmel Valley
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

Fantastic Stay

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough good things about the property or the owner. Karen was available for us throughout our stay. Even though we arrived late at night we just knew that this property was something very special. The stars on a clear night are a sight to behold. When we woke up early the next morning the mountain views were comparable in beauty to the stars the previous night. We were blessed with perfect weather for early February so we took advantage of it with the bocce ball courts, hiking and photography. The hot tub was in play every night and set at a perfect temperature. Our thanks to Karen for being a great owner and offering her beautiful home.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our Best Vacation Ever!!!

  • 5 of 5

This place is MAGICAL!!!! We arrived and stayed there the whole time.

Absolutely Beautiful.. I had all my grown daughters, and my grandchildren, we cooked, HUGE open kitchen, laughed, swam... it was by far the best vacation yet!!

This place is a sanctuary... Everywhere you look, is just pure sweetness, lovely... Lots of sitting areas, Bird feeders, wind chimes.. We are planning our next week there!!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Carmel Gem

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four had a terrific stay at the Tuscan Retreat. The property was immaculate, the scenery spectacular and the house had everything we needed. Karen was great to deal with, very responsive and helpful. We would love to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful retreat property with everything you need to have an amazing stay. The owner is fabulous and adds that "special touch" to make your stay personal and memorable. The property, landscape and pool are all beautiful and the house is welcoming and warm with more than everything you need to enjoy your time. We stayed here with our adult children and had a great time hanging out and enjoying this really wonderful home and all the amenities including bocci ball, horseshoes, pool, hot tub, and cooking in the well appointed kitchen. Highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Couldn't have been better!!

  • 5 of 5

This place is amazing! We appreciated the attentive, thoughtful host, Karen, and the home and property were even better than the photos portray. So much thought was put into making sure that guests enjoy themselves. All around the beautiful property were little sitting areas with amazing views, well maintained landscaping, and bird feeders. You can just sit (or lay in a hammock) and watch and listen to hummingbirds and many other kinds of birds. There is something for everyone to do--relax on a hammock or in the hot tub, swim in the pool, play bocce ball or horseshoes, walk around the vineyards, or just hang out in the cozy living room and watch a movie or play games. The kitchen and pantry are well stocked and spacious. You pretty much need to cook on this vacation, since you are not super close to restaurants, but we loved not driving anywhere and we had all that we needed there.

I just kept thinking to myself, "THIS is the life!" It is sometimes hard to find a place that makes the kids, the parents AND the dog happy, and this place did just that.

Thank you, Karen, for renting out your special place to us. :)

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We sought out a vacation home where we could relax and with our family and dogs. We live near a 'firework zone' so it was so wonderful to get away from the noise and let all of us enjoy the holiday weekend. What we found when we arrived was beyond our expectations - gorgeous vistas everywhere, and the changing lighting kept us marveling at the beautiful views all around. We enjoyed humming birds, butterflies, a family of quail, bluejays, and more. The grounds are gorgeous and well maintained, and outdoors has a bocce ball court, tetherball, pool, hot tub, hammock (lovely), and the dogs had so much room to roam. We could tell a lot of love and planning went into creating this home.

I also want to mention Karen's attention to detail - there was a welcoming sign on the foyer table for us as well as a large bowl of chocolate covered almonds, a bottle of KT Syrah and chocolates, vases of flowers in the guest rooms and dining room, pool toys and even bug spray (we are in nature). We felt like guests of a very gracious host. We plan to come back over the years - with so much to offer, this is a great home for children and dogs as well as adults.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
31 Miles
Monterey Ca.
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Cachagua General Store
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Rancho Canada
Nearest Motorway
34 Miles
Hwy 1
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Cachagua General Store
Nearest Beach
34 Miles
Carmel, Ca.
Car: necessary

You are in the country, hiking trails, horseback riding, biking, wine tastings, swimming. Personal chef available. Buy your groceries before traveling to our VRBO


Rates & Availability

Carmel Valley Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150
Property Damage Protection $99
cleaning fee $300
Tax Rate 10.5%

Rates vary depending on number of guests. No loud parties. No groups over the agreed upon number of guests either overnight or day use. Prohibited to organize parties or events without prior consent. Children under 6 no charge unless there is a party for children. Conserve water. Keep gate closed. Keep pool cover closed when not using. Inquire about discounts

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Carmel Valley Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Ground floor bath - toilet , shower , Steam shower if desired.
    Second floor bath - toilet , tub , shower
  • see photos
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Second floor, Balcony with western mountain views.
    King Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Second floor, Balcony with western mountain views.
    Double Twin Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Second floor. Sliding doors open to King Bedroom 2.
    Twin + Trundle in Den - 2 twin/ single , First floor, twin & trundle. Door opens to patio & pool.
  • see photos
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • 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
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Rates vary with number of people in your party

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