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Five Acre Retreat, Great Location

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 5 Baths, (Sleeps 12)

Our special and spacious five-bed / five-bath ranch-style home is located on five-acres in the estate area of Carmel commonly known as Jacks Peak. Although secluded and quiet, it is conveniently and centrally situated between Carmel and Monterey. You will be just minutes from anywhere on the entire Monterey Peninsula, yet surrounded by majestic oak and pine trees, with a huge yard in which to play.

Built in the 40’s, remodeled in the 60’s and recently updated, this home is perfect for family vacations, corporate retreats, and other special occasions. It is a wonderful place to gather for a family reunion, anniversary or important birthday celebration.

If you are interested please be aware that our property, while centrally located, is surrounded by five-acre estates with neighbors who appreciate this unique natural setting. In consideration of our neighbors, we have limits on the size and nature of parties, loud music or noisy activities (especially outside) and on anything that may disrupt the neighborhood. The property is not a venue for large parties or events.

All five bedrooms have queen beds and each bedroom has its own bathroom with shower. The house sleeps 10 comfortably. There is ample floor space and we have a couple of airbeds and mats to accommodate more, especially children, if needed.

Amenities include a cozy hot tub for two on a large deck off the master bedroom, with a custom-built in-ground hot tub for larger groups just a few steps away. Croquet, basketball, badminton, volleyball, bocce ball and Frisbee equipment are all located on-site and there is plenty room to play. There is a large front lawn that is seasonally green when rain is available. There is also a large brick patio with tables, chairs and fireplace that can be used in the winter. No outside fires are permitted during fire season (generally April - Nov).

Both the large living room and master bedroom have fireplaces. The living room has a vintage piano, two sofas, two club chairs, a corner TV and stereo. The French doors in the living room open onto a welcoming, bright, brick-floor enclosed Lanai with skylights.

The dining room has a table that is made for eight but will easily seat 10. Many a family gathering has led to improvised (yet cramped) seating for up to 12. French doors lead to a large backyard deck, which features a large table with six chairs, a small table with two chairs, a built-in bench and two lounge chairs. There is a five-burner gas grill and two propane heaters.

Off the dining room is a modest fully stocked kitchen with a large work island and windows to the wooded backyard. There is also a kitchen nook (host to many beautiful sunrises), with a small dining table, bench and four chairs.

The four bedrooms on the main floor, the living room, dining room, and hallways all feature oak hardwood floors. The kitchen floor is refinished fir. Area rugs are mostly oriental. Each bedroom has an attached bathroom, with shower.

The daylight downstairs has recently been renovated with new carpet and tile. It features a large, bright bedroom with a built-in desk and views of the garden, a bathroom, small 11 X 13 play area and laundry facilities.

Keywords: House, family

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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hey David,

Vacation of a lifetime! We've taken 6 one-week trips together as a family of 12 (kids/grandkids). This was by far the best! Why? Peaceful. Secluded. Near EVERYTHING (as in 10-20 min). Roomy. Rooms all awesome. Teen boys and teen girls loved their rooms. Master bedroom is more like a home in itself. Large TV, enormous bath, view of the trees, deer (all the time!!, about 6 of them, little ones suckling mommy!), step out o jacuzzi (while 6 people can be in the "other" jacuzzi!!), 2 very comfortable chairs. We all had a shower in our rooms. Between the kitchen and dining room, easy to all sit and eat or play games. Living room enormous. Loved the old library, records, historical stuff. Furniture so comfortable, clean, and so durable you don't have to worry about getting anything dirty. So much play room on the floor in the living room. We loved eating on the deck, using the BBQ and had the 2 heaters on one evening. Took about a 15 minute walk in the enormous woods which are on property. Watching woodpecker families play together, feeding bluejays, getting scolded by squirrels, just awesome! Kids 2-19. In one accord: Best vacation ever Papa and Nana! Oh, the owners were totally available nearby, with a quick phone call, but never did we feel like they were around. Plenty of everything you need in the kitchen, including the dishwasher. And, did we love playing ping pong, bocci ball, they have the best frisbee we've ever used, and hitting plastic golf balls in the big yard. Even had clubs there! Eating cherries from the trees, hey, we could go on. Go.
Jun 2011
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Jack's Peak House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Occupancy limited to number of guests listed on inquiry. May permit additional guests or visitors but you must have prior approval before booking.
  • Once fees received they are non-refundable unless we secure another renter in which case all fees will be returned less cc fees and $250 for handling.
  • Rates are for up to ten people. Add'l people at $25/pp/night for full length of stay. Higher rate and minimum stay for area special events, holidays
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Room
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • Please keep in mind that although the house is spacious all five bedrooms have queen beds. We have two queen size air mattresses at the house. Because they are large they are generally only useful in the downstairs 11 X 13 playroom, main living room or the master bedroom. We also have three single size sleeping mats that can be used in two of the other bedrooms. We do not want the sofas used for sleeping. We also want to mention that the four main floor bathrooms are all accessible from a bedroom so there is no 'guest bath' on the main floor. The downstairs bedroom and bathroom are next to each other but separate like a 'guest bath' however the bathroom is small. The large groups that have enjoyed staying here are a mix of adults and children that sleep in bedrooms along side their parents.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Queen size Beds (5) Five queen beds - one in each bedroom
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Large yard, Forest views, Large lawn seasonally green when rain available. Space and equipment for Croquet, Badminton, Volleyball, Basketball, Frisbee. Hilly area good for running, walking and bike riding.


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average rating of 4.983871 based on 63 reviews
Livermore, California

Hidden gem in convenient location

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of 9 people and the house fit all of us perfectly. Everyone had their own space and bathroom. The kitchen and dining area are a good size and lead right out to the deck that overlooks a beautiful property. Everything inside was easy to find and fully stocked.

There is a lot to enjoy on the property itself. The Owners are great, easy to communicate with and very responsive.

The location can't be beat. You are hidden away in the woods yet close to all points of interest.

Jacks Retreat lives up to its name and is definitely a wonderful place to stay.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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dot and friends

  • 5 of 5

The home is charming and perfect for multiple couples. The location is perfect for accessing Monterey, Carmel, Carmel Valley and Pacific Grove.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful hosts, perfect wedding retreat and family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

I booked this house for my families who came in town to attend our wedding in Carmel valley on March 18th, 2017. We had 10 adults and 2 young kids, spent a week on the property. We all loved the stay, wished it could be longer and would definitely love to come back and visit again!

First of all, David and Patti were super friendly and thoughtful. They went out of their ways to make the stay easy, comfortable and memorable for us. I had my wedding flowers delivered to the house the day we arrived, after I got the permission from them. I was worried about taking care of the flowers once they are delivered. David and Patti not only were very flexible with our check in time and offered me an early check in per my request, but also took care of the flowers once they were delivered, before I arrived! Seeing all the white flowers I ordered for the wedding, they also generously offered the fresh and beautiful Cally lilies in their yards to me, which I used for my bridal bouquet and was really special to me. As very thoughtful hosts, they made sure we had enough fundamental supplies and told us we can just leave the bed as it is when we checked out, since that's easier for the guests, which has been the only vacation rental place doing this among all those different places I have stayed !

The house itself is just peaceful, beautiful, spacious, enough private space for everyone yet with great living and dinning rooms to hang out together. All my guests commented that the beds are comfortable. The private bath room for each bedroom is just so convenient, especially on my wedding day when everyone was trying to get ready at the same time. The kitchen has state of art appliance, well-stocked supplies from olive oil, salt, pepper, sugar, mashmallows to trash bags and ziplock bags. We had fun cooking meals together. The kids were so excited about the properties too, as they got to explore the gardens, learn about all the different flowers and plants in the front and back yard. They even picked their first lemon from the lemon tree in the backyard! We also really enjoyed the hot tub and the fire places at the cold and rainy days.

The location of the house is quite convenient too. It's close to highway 1, and there is a shopping mall with gas station, cleaners, whole foods and other type of stores less than 10 mins away, so was easy to run errands.

Overall it's just a wonderful place to stay! Highly recommend and would love to visit again with my family and friends

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Jose

Magical Feeling - Love Jack's Peak

  • 5 of 5

This was our 4th time visiting Jack's Peak, and once again it was perfect. Upon arrival, we just stood next to our car enjoying the magical feeling that the place exudes, and we did the same exact thing when departing. In between, the house continues to charm with all the wonderful nuances of a place that is set up to make everyone feel comfortable and welcome. All 5 couples have plenty of private space if they want it, but the gathering rooms are also well set up for meals and sharing experiences (like watching the Warriors game).

This trip I discovered that hiking the streets around the property is a great way to get some exercise; there are very few cars and hiking through the trees and checking out the neighboring properties is relaxing.

Let me summarize.

The place is great. All 5 couples love the place and we have reserved it again for next year.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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El Sobrante, CA

Fantastic family weekend

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying at this beautiful property. We have rented many VRBO accommodations for our adult-children family reunions, and this is without a doubt the best set-up for our preferred 5 bed/5 bath. Lots of privacy for bedrooms but many wonderful, comfortable gathering spaces for coming together. Beautiful large deck to soak in the view. Peaceful and secluded. Very close and centrally located on the Monterey Peninsula, easy to get everywhere. Easy access to shopping, activities, and restaurants (though we ate at home - great kitchen and dining space!) Very responsive and friendly owners. The Monterey Peninsula is a great place for a family gathering and Jack's Peak is a fantastic place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Castro Valley, California

Our best VRBO experience

  • 5 of 5

We rented this property at Jacks Peek in September 2016 to celebrate our anniversary with our family. We had eleven adults and one toddler for most of a week. The location offered easy access to a range of activities in Monterey Bay. The property is in a secluded area with good shopping and restaurants close by.

We have rented several VRBO accommodations, large and small, over the past few years. This was by far the most welcoming home we have had the pleasure to stay in. there was ample space for large group activities as well as plenty of serene niches for more private moments. Having five bedrooms with private baths and the more than ample common areas created a very easy living environment for eleven people. The kitchen is very well equipped.

It is very easy to get lost in the very large collection of both old and new books extending from floor to ceiling in the main room. The house is full of photos and memorabilia of the owner’s family through their many years in the home. We got a sense it was a home that was well lived in. The setting seemed to create an open invitation for us to create some of our own memories, which we thoroughly enjoyed doing.

Although we have stayed in a lot of VRBO properties, this is the first property we felt strong enough about the home and the owners to write a review. Our experience was very good, and memorable.

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Near Jacks Peak Regional Park and Hiking Trails, Pebble Beach, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf, Beaches, Del Monte Shopping Center,




Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $350
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 10.5%

Rates are subject to change. We have higher rates for special events in the area and for some holidays.
There is an additional $25 charge per person per night for groups larger than ten people.
Cancellations - Once rental fees are received they hold the reservation and are not refundable unless we secure another reservation. If we secure another reservation full amount paid will be refunded less credit card fees and $250 for handling . Damage deposit is refundable on cancellations.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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