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A block from the beach - Moon Gate Cottage

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights

About the property

1 bedroom, 1 full bathroom, living room, kitchen - sleeps up to 4

Moon Gate is the most secluded cottage set within the garden of the Carmel Cottage Inn. It has a king bedroom, a living room with a sofa/sleeper and gas fireplace, a kitchen and an outside brick patio just perfect for enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning.

This picturesque property is just steps from Carmel Beach, the Pacific Ocean and downtown Carmel. With nearby shopping and boutiques, restaurants, golf, scenic drives and so much more, this is the perfect destination for your next getaway.

Just one block from Carmel Beach and a few blocks away from downtown Carmel.

(Maximum occupancy 4)

More Details

Property Manager
Cheryl Assemi
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2017

About Cheryl Assemi

My family and I have lived in the area since 2008. Purchasing, remodeling and restoring Moon Gate Cottage was a labor of love which took most of 2012 to complete and something we strive to maintain. We wanted it to look the way, we felt, it always should have.

Cheryl Assemi purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Cheryl Assemi chose Carmel

For us, it was love at first sight. Moon Gate and our other 4 listings (Log Haven 937413, Tradewinds 938557, Home Port 938549 and Sky Way 938553) reside on one property, collectively called the Carmel Cottage Inn. The cottages are full time vacation rentals with hotel status, which allows us to rent by the night. The gardens and patios are designed to give each cottage a feeling of privacy. The proximity of our cottages, patios and gardens to each other, as well as to the beach and downtown Carmel, make them equally ideal for a single cottage rental or for larger groups, family reunions, etc. To keep the houses fresh for longer visits, we arrange for periodic light housekeeping for stays of 3 nights or longer.

What makes this cottage unique

Built in the 1940's, Moon Gate Cottage is a charming little home away from home. With it's hand stenciled wood floors, the marbled, lighted 'Moon Gate', or sinking back into the couches at the end of an eventful day. We hope our guests will love Moon Gate Cottage as much as we do.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)

A block from the beach - Moon Gate Cottage
average rating of 4.904762 based on 21 reviews

Quaint private cottage close to the beach

  • 4 of 5

Really cute, quiet cottage. Short walk to the beach. We could hear the waves crashing during the night. Private little yard and off street parking.

Bed was extremely firm as were the pillows, but it was clean and mostly well appointed. There was an ironing board, but no iron, which I thought a little odd. Disappointed that an email prior to my stay and one after were completely ignored. If you need to reach the owner you might want to phone instead.

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Christie, I'm glad you liked the cottage. We left the original built in ironing board in the cottage because it was cute, not expecting anyone to use it. We have a steamer in the closet which we feel is much easier on clothes than an iron. As to the email, I'm so sorry, I didn't receive it. I did a search, but only found one email from you in my spam folder. Also, we give our guests 3 phone contacts and a number to a service line to make sure our guests can contact us as needed. Best regards, Cheryl
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Beautiful little cottage on the seaside.

  • 5 of 5

Location is great, and the cottage and property are gorgeous. We look forward to coming back sometime soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. I love the gardens, especially like the wall of fuchsias in the patio. Best regards, Cheryl
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Amazing cottage! We recommend most highly!

  • 5 of 5

Moon Gate cottage was amazing and better than we expected. The location was perfect...close to the beach and close to town. The cottage was beautifully furnished and very private. The wonderful fire place was perfect for the cool mornings and evenings when the fog was "in". Cheryl has paid close attention to all the details right down to the welcome gift bag on the coffee table! We will definitely stay here on out next trip to Carmel.

Richard and Connie Gambatese, Austin, TX

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Connie, Thank you for the kind review. I'm so glad you liked your stay. I'm also a big fan of the foggy mornings! Best regards, Cheryl
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Very Cozy and the Perfect Location for the Beach

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were visiting Carmel to attend a wedding so we decided to make our trip a mini vacation and found the perfect little cottage. Moon Gate Cottage was a pleasant surprise for us. It is the perfect size for a couple and it provided everything to make our visit very comfortable. The cottage is tastefully decorated, and the living room with the fireplace was very cozy and the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring in and around Carmel. We definitely will stay there again!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Janine, Thank you for the kind review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay at Moon Gate. Cozy is just the perfect word for what we were trying to achieve. Best regards, Cheryl
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Loved It! Private, Cozy & Elegant

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is beautifully appointed and suited the needs of me and my wife so well during our week in Carmel. It's incredibly cozy and comfortable. The kitchen is well stocked with everything one needs to cook a meal, if you so choose. The bed is very comfortable and the closet spaces are very large. The grounds upon which the cottage sits are beautiful, private and peaceful. It's an easy few-block walk to the town's shops, restaurants, and cafes as well, which we did daily. It's also an a couple-block walk to the beach and the coastal trail, which we also walked often. Cheryl was a wonderful host. Her communication throughout the booking, payment and check-in process was perfect. We were also glad to bump into her on our last day in Carmel and meet her. Thank you, Cheryl, for a wonderful experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Pete, Thank you for the kind review, it was a pleasure to meet you. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay. I have to agree, the location is perfect for many wonderful reasons. Best regards, Cheryl
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Better than Best and Location, Location, Location

  • 5 of 5

We entered this private charming,spacious yet cozy cottage after walking past the manicured gorgeous landscaped gardens (think House and Garden magazine ) of abundant blooming hydrangeas and other fragrant flowers, and we were greeted by our charming hosts Cheryl Assemi and her helpful assistant Calvin .

We enjoyed 3 lovely nights at this darling quiet cottage a few minutes walk from the village with all the restaurants and shops,and just one short block from the beach. We enjoyed relaxing in the comfortably and beautifully furnished living room by the fireplace The nice size bedroom has a very comfortable king size bed and lovely bedding. No skimping here. The darling kitchen ,which has been updated, is reminiscent of how I remember my grandmother's ,and is neat clean and well equipped. Parking is easy in their designated parking a few steps to the cottage. You will love precious Moon Gate Cottage and like us, you will want to return .

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Susan, Thank you for the kind review. It was a pleasure to meet you and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay. I have to admit, I was enchanted the first time I saw the gardens...I still am! Best regards, Cheryl
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Monterey Airport
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Pebble Beach Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Carmel Beach
Car: necessary

Moon Gate is the most secluded cottage set in the beautiful garden of the Carmel Cottage Inn, located in Carmel-by-the-Sea. There are nearby restaurants of all cuisine, ideal shopping and boutiques, art galleries, beach, scenic walks and drives, golf and so much more!

The surrounding area is so much fun: restaurants, horseback riding and wineries in Carmel Valley, the wharf and the Monterey Aquarium in Monterey, the light house and scenery in Pacific Grove, the coast drive to Big Sur.

...just one block away from Carmel Beach and a few blocks away from downtown Carmel.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Asse $1/night (see note) $2
Tax Rate 11.0%

Rates and minimum stay may vary for weekends, holidays and special events.
Starting Mar 1, 2016 A 1% assessment fee will be calculated in with the 10% tax. Also the city requires a $1/night TID assessment.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Golden Rectangle Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Free Local Calls
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , w/ Fireplace & Kitchen
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • 2 garden chairs
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Moon Gate Cottage will be cleaned prior to and after guest stay. Periodic light housekeeping to change towels, etc will be scheduled for guests that stay 3 or more days. Pets are not permitted.

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