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John Steinbeck's Writer's Studio: Home of Classic American Author

22 Reviews
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Central Coast California Studio Rental Photos and Description

1920's Beach Studio offers 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, with peeks of Monterey Bay

This charming and historic studio was once owned by American author John Steinbeck. It's been featured in several articles including “20 Romantic AirBnB Getaways” and “Get Cultured While You Sleep at These AirBnBs That are Historical Landmarks.”

The Space

This studio has a unique and rich literary history, having belonged to John Steinbeck in the early 1940's. He used it as his writing studio and worked on novels including The Sea of Cortez while living here. It has been renovated to pay homage to the period and history of the property. It has a masculine and sophisticated, yet romantic feel.

This cozy studio retreat has one bedroom with a queen bed and and a sitting area, a spacious full bathroom, and a fully stocked kitchen. There is cable TV, DVD player and wireless internet.

The studio is approximately 350 square feet. It is original 1920's architecture and has short doorways throughout the studio. Tall guests will need to mind their heads.

It is one of three cottages on the property and sits behind The Steinbeck Cottage and next to The Traveler's Cottage.

Guest Access

Guests will enjoy a dedicated outdoor sitting area, beautiful views of the garden, and peeks of the ocean.

Interaction with Guests

While The Writer's Studio is one of the three cottages on the property, it offers plenty of privacy and a dedicated outdoor area.

For larger groups, The Writer's Studio can be rented with The Traveler's Cottage which is next door on the same property (VRBO property #464633), and/or with The Steinbeck Cottage (VRBO property #506072).

The Neighborhood

Pacific Grove has been called “Butterfly Town U.S.A.,” “The Most Romantic City in the U.S.,” “A Dreamy California Destination, ” as well as an idyllic place to get married, to honeymoon or to just hang out. Some of it is self-proclaimed, some the acclaim of people who have actually visited Pacific Grove.

You will find Pacific Grove on the very tip of the scenic, tree-shrouded Monterey Peninsula with a rocky coastline and an ambiance of charm, grace and beauty.

Founded in the 1870s as a Methodist summer retreat, Pacific Grove still bears the look and feel of yesteryear. As you stroll the residential streets admiring the charm of home after home, you will notice little plaques on many of the homes that bear the name of the original owner and the year in which it was built. To qualify for a plaque from the Heritage Society of Pacific Grove, a structure must look like it did when it was originally built.

Among its visitors are brightly colored orange-and-black Monarch butterflies, who overwinter in Pacific Grove after traveling up to 2,000 miles, arriving by the thousands starting in October, peaking around Christmas and departing by March.

Besides its scenic beauty and idyllic neighborhoods, Pacific Grove offers an eclectic downtown experience, with small boutiques, gift shops, art galleries, antique stores and more. Other vibrant shopping areas are along Central Avenue at the entrance to Pacific Grove from Cannery Row and at the top of Forest Avenue on Forest Hill.

Getting around

The Writer's Studio is centrally located and a short walk from many scenic destinations. It is located a half mile from The Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row, as well as downtown Pacific Grove. Lover's Point beach is just one mile away and downtown Monterey is two miles away.

There are many fantastic restaurants, activities and shops in the area.

Other Things to Note

- Our cottage is licensed with the city of Pacific Grove.

- There is a two-night minimum stay requirement for all bookings.

- Check-in time is 4:00 pm and check-out time is 11:00 am.

- There is a firm no smoking and no pet policy.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Kevin Delaney (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

About Kevin Delaney

We are Kevin and Vicky. It’s nice to meet you! Here’s a little bit about us…

This is Kevin. I was born in San Francisco, lived in Ireland when I was young, but San Jose has been home for most of my life. I’m an avid reader, enjoy writing, and I love history.

This is Vicky. I was born in Vietnam and I immigrated to the US with my family when I was 2 years old. I work in high-tech, love baking and traveling, and can be found at the gym regularly.

Together, we love exploring new things. Whether it’s new foods, places to visit or experiences, we love the adventure of life. Most of all, we love time with each other, our kids, family and friends.

Kevin Delaney purchased this studio in 2012

Why Kevin Delaney chose Central Coast California

Pacific Grove is a charming town with wonderful restaurants, a beautiful coastline and the historic Cannery Row. And there’s plenty to do – sailing, whale watching, hiking, kayaking, cycling, and wonderful coastline pathways to stroll between the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Lover’s Point. Pacific Grove also has the historic literary appeal of being the home of John Steinbeck, American author and Pulitzer Prize winner.

What makes this studio unique

Besides being charming and beautiful, the cottages are distinctly unique having once been the home of author John Steinbeck. There is a rich and wonderful history to these 100-year-old cottages.

When Steinbeck resided here he formulated the plot of The Grapes of Wrath, and wrote several books including The Sea of Cortez. This is the home he shared with his second wife, Gwyn Conger, who would become the inspiration for the lead antagonist, Kate Trask, in his epic novel, East of Eden. In a letter to a friend, Steinbeck wrote of the cottages, “It is a pleasant little house, and we miss it… You’ll find you get a lot of thinking done in that house.” ' (from John Steinbeck, A Life in Letters).

We are excited to share this wonderful piece of history with you and know you will enjoy your stay.

Reviews

5
based on 22 traveler reviews

John Steinbeck's Writer's Studio: Home of Classic American Author
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews
5

Lovely, well-appointed cottage in a great location!

  • 5 of 5

Hosts are experienced and attentive, the cottage is perfect, the location is smack between Pacific Grove and Monterey so a nice walk to either, and I highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A fantastic place!

  • 5 of 5

We spent two nights here on a trip up the coast. The place is impeccably clean and neat. We couldn't have asked for a better spot. We walked to the grocery store, the aquarium, and Cannery Row. It's such a convenient location. Thank you so much!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Enchanting details and comfort.

  • 5 of 5

From the thoughtful details in every nook and cranny, to the kitchens stocked with every necessity, to the quiet coziness of the rooms, to the unexpectedly charming outdoor space, this cottage was perfection. We rented all three cottages for our family and felt instantly at home among the books and mindful furnishings. Accommodations were white-glove clean, linens were high-quality and welcoming, and the customer service was personal, attentive and hospitable. We had several visitors and every single one wants to come back to stay. We will be there again and again with our two children. Could not ask for more.

Everything was as listed or better. The photos don't even do it justice. Conveniently located in town near groceries, shopping, beaches and tourist fun, but quietly tucked in a peaceful neighborhood. I can't emphasize enough how wonderful it was.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great Location and a Beautiful Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cottage with access to the stunning Monterey Bay. This perfectly decorated cottage for it's period, though small, has everything you need for your stay and as stated in other reviews it has one of the most comfortable beds I've ever slept in. Thank you Kevin and Vicky for the use of this wonderful and inspiring space.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

Fabulous

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for a few nights during a trip to California for my 30th birthday. We absolutely loved it and weren't ready to leave. Zero complaints.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Cozy, charming, enchanting writers studio.

  • 5 of 5

Historic and inspirational space in which to enjoy all of the beauty Monterey Bay has to offer. Cozy, comfortable, light filled with all of the charm of a by-gone era. You can feel the spirit of John Steinbeck and imagine his genius at work in the very place where you are. All of the amenities one needs for a very enjoyable stay. Cozy kitchen, the most comfortable bed I've ever slept on, and a big bathroom...all decorated beautifully. Thank you Kevin and Vicky for providing this great experience.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY)
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
1.35 Miles
Lover's Point
Car: recommended

Pacific Grove offers an unparalleled quality of life. Sharing borders with the Monterey Bay, City of Monterey, Pacific Ocean, and the Del Monte Forest, our town offers breathtaking views and recreational activities. The City provides services to the community including: excellent fire, emergency, and ocean rescue services; an award-winning natural history museum; the lowest crime rate of any city in Monterey County; a nationally-recognized 18-hole golf course; a monarch butterfly habitat sanctuary; sandy beaches; and, the oldest continuously-operating lighthouse on the west coast. We are known for our small-town hospitality and friendliness in a place we simply call 'P.G.' (from The City of Pacific Grove website)

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Rates & Availability

Pacific Grove Studio Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$185
$1,165
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 10.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Central Coast California Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 350 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
  • Oversized bathroom. Completely remodeled with vintage penny round tiles. Original sunken cast iron tub.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Romantic Queen Bed with Rali Quilt and down comforter. Bed overlooks the garden through a large picture window, that the sun rises through in the morning. His and her sitting area, electric fireplace, and window seat.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing

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