Gorgeous views in private, peaceful setting
This cozy, historic cottage has amazing location- with amazing views, access to beach and walking trails, as well as within a quick drive to shops and restaurants. Walking through the front door, the ocean view stopped me in my tracks. It is so incredibly beautiful, and changes throughout the day and as the weather shifts. The scenery alone is worth a stay here. The main living room/dining room has the widest view, but the kitchen and master bedroom have similar views. The master bedroom includes a chair and ottoman, should you want to enjoy the views from an elevated position during the day. The cottage is well furnished with everything you'd need. In the backyard, there are 3 picnic/patio tables, with several sets of additional chairs, so there's always a perfect place to eat a meal, read a book, or just sit and watch the waves and wildlife. Even though the cottage is over 100 years old, it has been updated with 2 bathrooms and modern kitchen. There is enough sitting at the 2 dining tables to accommodate at least 10 people, if you are renting more than one of the cottages and want to have group meals. If you like exploring, you can walk on the trails that go out the backyard gate to the south. You can stay up off the beach for a brisker walk, or walk in the sand and rocks if you are more in the exploring mood. (We did both!) The trail will take you to the Carmel River, which you can then loop around and take back to the cottage for about a 40 minute walk. If you are looking for something more, drive the mile or so down the highway to Point Lobos State Reserve ($10 entry). Go early to get a parking space, as there are a limited number, and pay the $2 extra for a map. There are limited locations to picnic, so pack a meal, but be respectful and plan your hike so that you can eat in one of the picnic locations. This reserve is so beautiful and you will appreciate the serenity of it all. The best of Carmel dining is only a 5-10 minute drive away. We highly recommend Casanova for an unforgettable experience. There are plenty of shops and galleries there too, if you in the shopping mood. If you are looking for a relaxing place with the sounds of waves crashing, and views to die for, while not being but a few minutes away from civilization, this is the ideal spot. We love this cottage, the location, and the views. We will definitely be back. Thank you so much!