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Enchantment in Old Del Mar

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,750 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 baths, outdoor shower, beautiful patios

Here's your opportunity to experience being pampered, while maintaining your privacy at the Enchanted Cottage!

Located only three blocks from the beach and one block south of the beautiful Del Mar Plaza, you can enjoy all that the area has to offer without the crowds and mess of 'on-the-sand' properties! The cottage, (which is a NO SMOKING property), is completely landscaped with fountains, flowers, and fruit trees, and enclosed with custom fencing. There is a 'peek-of-the-ocean' view from the front of the house.

Indoors, you can relax with a 46' HD flat screen tv, or keep the children entertained with the Play Station 3.

From one of the front patios, you can relax in the porch swing savoring your morning coffee - all the while being entertained by the parade of locals, pets & tourists on their way to the beach or Starbucks! Or, head down to Starbucks yourself for coffee w/the locals (one block downhill) & enjoy the people parade there... In the evening have a glass of wine on the front terrace, sitting in wrought iron chairs by the warm glow of the chiminera - and watch the beautiful play of colors in the sky as the sun sets into the ocean (Yes, you can see the sunset from your front terrace!) Or walk to the Del Mar Plaza for dinner (Il Fornio, Pacifica del Mar, Epazotes - all have spectacular ocean views and spectacular menus)- just a block north...

The house itself is my personal retreat (although it's close to everything, it's very quiet) and has been in my possession for seven years now. During this time it has been completely renovated, and I continue to treat it like my 'baby'. The furnishings include a cheerful mix of antiques, wicker, French country pieces... the living room features a gas fireplace and overlooks the front gardens and 'peek-of-ocean' view.

The dining nook is just off the front entrance and also has windows overlooking the front garden area. The kitchen, located in the center of the cottage, has an arched pass-thru into the living room (so you can cook while still being part of the activities). Featured in the kitchen are a hand-painted floor, Viking appliances (range & dishwasher) in a light yellow ('lemonade' to Viking) and stainless steel. The east end of the kitchen merges into a glassed-in sitting/dining area opening onto the back courtyard and gardens; it is light & airy with sky-lights.

The master bedroom (the 'peach' bedroom) features painted French furnishings and has an extremely comfortable double 'pillow' (queen-size) bed; opening onto its own private atrium area, complete with fountain, ferns, and roses, it is very much a haven. Birds of all kinds visit and add their songs to the gardens. A full bathroom with glassed-in shower is adjacent.

On the other side of the house are two bedrooms and a separate bath, which includes a shower and large tub.

The back bedroom, (the 'green' bedroom) features an antique walnut double bed and dresser set with painted flowers. French doors opening onto the courtyard and gardens create a spacious and airy ambience. For your comfort, the famous 'Temprapedic' mattress (a double) is provided - one of the most comfortable mattresses on which I've ever slept!

The front bedroom (the 'blue' bedroom) contains a white wicker day bed which can be set up as a king, two twins, or one twin/daybed - each version contains a double layer of the'Temprapedic' toppers on top of the feather bed and mattress. Roses and fruit trees peek at you through the front window... The blue bedroom looks outon one of the front terraces and gardens and is the sunniest room in the cottage.

The house itself feels cozy, yet is spacious with an 'indoor-outdoor' feel, and is suitable for children and pets (the landscaping was designed with dogs in mind). The property is completely fenced, with gardens galore. The entire focus of my residence is of tranquility, relaxation, romance and laughter...

Everything possible will be done to customize your stay to fit your requirements - including a welcome package w/flowers & wine -or anything else you might need (including maid service for an additional charge). My wish for you is to truly have an enchanted experience at my cottage!

Keywords: Beach Cottage w/Fenced Yard

More Details

Sandra Sutherland Mavis
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 4, 2017

About Sandra Sutherland Mavis

Del Mar is one of my favorite places, and when I saw this property I fell in love with it. I love being able to walk to the beach, Del Mar Plaza, around the neighborhood...I love the quiet cozy feel of the area. This cottage has become a sanctuary for me and my friends, and hopefully it will be for you too.

Sandra Sutherland Mavis purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Sandra Sutherland Mavis chose San Diego County

You can walk almost everywhere and still be in a quiet beautiful property!

What makes this cottage unique

all one level, beautiful views of the neighborhood,

garden and ocean

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you ever so much for allowing us to stay in your beautiful home! It is absolutely lovely! We had a fantastic time! Thank you also for the generous gift basket full of goodies!!
Jun 2014
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Del Mar Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • One bathroom has a glassed-in walk-in shower; the other has an oval bathtub, with an overhead shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), additional floor blow-up single mattress available for young children, adult
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
1750 SF of living space, Gas F/P, Cable TV (with PPV), VCR/DVD, CD&Tape Player, printer/copier, wireless, Viking Range & D/W, Kitchen & bathrooms fully stocked, Extra Linens & towels, Neptune W&D, 1-car Garage with parking for 1 more car in driveway, on-street parking, Temprapedic mattresses/double pillow mattress Charcoal Grill (BBQ), Chimineras, Covered Patio, Fountains, Flowers! Flowers! Flowers!, Queen, double & day bed(can be made into 2 twins or king or left as a daybed), Cottage has complete water filtration/purification system, outdoor shower with hot and cold water, Welcome package with flowers and wine, etc. NO SMOKING ON THE PROPERTY or INSIDE THE HOUSE


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Enchantment in Old Del Mar
average rating of 4.714286 based on 16 reviews
Sacramento, ca

Lovely Home in Old Del Mar

  • 5 of 5

We had a great visit at the Enchanted Cottage in Old Del Mar. The house is accurately portrayed in the photos, eclectic and quaint. It is EXTREMELY well stocked, easily the best stocked VRBO we have ever stayed at. We slept great, it was a treat to have three bedrooms (MUCH better than cramming in at a hotel). Even though it is a quick walk to the restaurants and shops in Old Del Mar the house is quiet at night. Every house has it's own rhythm, and this house is a "wake up early" kinda house, in the best sorta way, you roll over in bed and the sun is shining, the birds are singing, a breeze is coming in, you feel rested :), so you check the time, and it's 6:15 ...what?!, we don't have to get up, yay! Or you can get up, and sit for a bit relaxing in the garden, or happily get a jump on the day, or take an early walk to the beach to watch all the surfers (the beach is quite a walk away, uphill coming back). It's a great house to get some down time between adventures.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rare opportunity to experience charm, eclectic whimsey in a natural framed enchanted cottage

  • 5 of 5

As long as we can continue to book our time at the cottage, I will graciously recommend it as the perfect destination. Although, selfishly, I don't want to share! The 3 of us, Duchessa ( our four legged family member) loved staying here. There were so many places to sit and relax, front yard, back yard, two living rooms. We absolutely loved it and are coming back for 6 weeks next year. We have friends who visited, the house is great for 2 couples. The neighborhood is so perfectly proportioned with spectacular gardens. This is quite simply a gem. Thanks to Sandra for sharing it.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming, Cozy Beach Get-away!

  • 5 of 5

This comfortable, beachy, beautifully and eclectically decorated home in Old Del Mar was just perfect for our family. It is off the beaten path just up the hill from the center of town -just a short walk away from great restaurants and shops! We are heading back soon!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just right

  • 5 of 5

Recommendations are highly personal. Everyone has their own preferences. This rental is exactly what it purports to be. It is our perfect winter getaway. Three bedrooms allows us to have guests. Location is perfect. Wonderful landscaping. Lots of cozy comfortable places tocontemojste, commune or read

Perfect for entertaining or being alone and relaxing. We have spent a month a year here for five years.

I really hate to recommend this enchanted cottage. We want it all for ourselves.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location to enjoy all that Del Mar has to offer

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed at the Enchanted Cottage for a little over a week in July of 2015. This home was great for our family of 5 as it provided three bedrooms, the convenience of a full kitchen, and gated front and back yards. The inside of the home felt very clean and well maintained. We spent a lot of time on the back patio which had lounge chairs, sofa's, and outdoor dining tables. The yard is filled with well manicured plants and several water fountains which add peaceful background noise to an already quiet neighborhood. The beach is about 4-5 blocks away and takes about 10 minutes to walk down the hill at a relaxed pace. We have three small children (ages 10, 5, and 1) and we leveraged the wagon (available at the cottage) and a stroller we brought to carry the gear and kids to the beach each day. As other reviewers have mentioned, the cottage is within walking distance of all the restaurants and shops within Del Mar. We would recommend this property as a great option for families needing three bedrooms, a large private yard, and want a quiet location. We hope to stay here again on a future trip to Del Mar.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We have stayed here several times and the house is absolutely amazing. Great location and a short walk to the beach. The house is in great shape and always well prepared for our arrival. All of the personal touches make it an outstanding place to stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Del Mar Cottage Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $750
Property Damage Protection $99
Pet Fee $150

Cleaning fee of $250-$350; additional pets are $75.00 each; see owner/contract for payment schedule (usually 3 payments) See owner/contract for cancellation policy

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Lindberg Field, San Diego Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Ski
100 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Del Mar Beach
Car: recommended

In Del Mar (within 1/2 to 3 blocks), boutique shopping, picnics in parks overlooking the beach (with lifeguards & restrooms) & children's play area in the lower park, Walks on beach & lovely walks thru the hills & canyons of Del Mar - w/o getting in your car! Drinks on terrace of the Del Mar Plaza watching the sunset, fine dining at numerous restaurants, concerts-in-the-park, the racetrack, Del Mar Fair during the summer, enjoy use of day spa at Inn L'Auberge (1 blk away), all water activities, Wild Animal Park, San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Lego Land, Disneyland all w/in 1/2 to 2 hour's drive or less, theatres within 10 minutes or so


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