The SpacePlease read all the information below. It will help you to decide if this is the right place for you.
HOUSE AND ACCOMMODATION
High on the northern slope of sunny Carmel Valley, our airy, peaceful, art-filled house has three bedrooms, two bathrooms (guest bedroom and bathroom are en-suite), and glorious 180-degree views—east and south to the mountains, west to the Pacific Ocean. People familiar with the area will know that the Valley enjoys more hours of sunshine than the coastal strip. (Carmel-by-the-Sea, Pebble Beach, Monterey, Seaside, and Pacific Grove get coastal fog.) We often have glorious sunrises and sunsets.
Pictured at the head of the listing is our living room, which we encourage you to use. Many guests find it a relaxing place to to read, chat, and enjoy a glass of wine. We're happy to share it when we're home, and for you to use it when we're out. You're also welcome to relax on the deck that wraps around the south and east sides of the house.
The guest suite—bedroom, dressing room/sitting room, private bathroom—is spacious, light, clean, and very comfortable. We recently replaced the bed shown in the photographs with a fabulous new one from Macy's, and fitted blackout curtains to the window that looks out onto the panoramic view.
You might not have the entire house to yourself unless we're out (we live here), but your suite is always your own private area.
The new queen-size bed is super comfortable, with a luxurious "pillow-top" mattress, box-spring base, high-grade bed linens, and hypoallergenic pillows. There are protectors on the mattress and between the pillows and the pillow cases for your health and safety. Built-in closets and numerous drawers provide plentiful space for storage.
Amenities in your suite include snacks, fresh ground coffee, French Press (cafetière) coffee maker, tea selection, water-boiling kettle, teapot, tea cups, coffee cups, wine glasses, bottle opener, wine preserver gizmo, ironing board, and steam iron; also lots of clothes hangers in the closets, plus extra bedding and towels for use as needed; and a fan heater—quiet, remote-controlled, temperature-selectable—to supplement the central heating if you want. There's also a collection of numerous maps, guides, and other locally-focused publications, plus our own wide-ranging guide to nearby places and activities of interest, e.g. hiking/sightseeing destinations, restaurants, coffee shops, and so on.
Your en-suite bathroom includes a walk-in shower (excellent water pressure!) and a bath tub. To save water while the drought continues in this part of California, we have to ask you to choose the shower. Towels, toiletries (including hand soap, shower gel, and shampoo) are provided; also a hairdryer.
The balcony/deck extends around two sides of the house. You're welcome to make use of its tables and chairs to hang out there with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine : )
About two hours by road from San Francisco, and five and a half hours from Los Angeles, we're midway between Carmel-by-the-Sea and Carmel Valley Village, two minutes from Carmel Valley Road (G16), and five minutes from the nearest restaurants, Safeway supermarket, coffee shop, laundromat, UPS store, and Shell station.
Specifically, we are:
6 miles from Highway 1
6 miles from Carmel Valley Village
7 miles from downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea (and 17 Mile Drive)
11 miles from Monterey
12 miles from Pebble Beach
0.7 miles from Carmel Valley Road (G16)
0.9 miles from Carmel Mid Valley Center (coffee shop, three restaurants, Safeway, Shell station, laundromat, UPS store)
5 miles from The Refuge day spa
2.9 miles from Garland Ranch Regional Park (spectacular, inland)
9 miles from Point Lobos State Reserve (spectacular, coastal)
25 miles from Big Sur (super spectacular, coastal and inland)
30 miles from Tassajara Zen Mountain Center (super contemplative, inland)
42 miles from Esalen Institute (super massages, hot springs, "humanistic alternative education"; spectacular, coastal)
238,900 miles from the Moon (super duper spectacular, astronomical)
The Laguna Seca race circuit is about 20 minutes from the house. Garland Ranch Regional Park, about five minutes away, offers a less frantic pace: visitors can stroll or hike numerous trails in its magnificent 4,500 acres—all for free.
We're happy to help you plan excursions according to your particular needs and interests. Guest AccessYou're welcome to make use of our living room, two dining areas, deck/balcony, and the kitchen's microwave and refrigerator. Interaction with GuestsAlthough we have busy lives we love meeting people, and enjoy getting to know our guests when they're so inclined. We also respect the need for privacy. We want you to feel totally at ease here. The Neighborhood* Carmel-by-the-Sea: beach, restaurants, shops (best cheese shop in the known universe), coffee shops, theaters, art and photography galleries; concerts, shows and events; and Mission Ranch restaurant, where if you see an old guy talking to an empty chair, that'll be Mission Ranch owner Clint Eastwood.
* Carmel Valley: hiking, wineries, dining; Carmel Valley Ranch, Quail Lodge, The Refuge (spa), Baja Cantina, Garland Ranch Regional Park, and us!
* Carmel Valley Village: restaurants, wineries, stores, Friday farmers market
* Mid Valley Center: coffee shop, super breakfast and lunch restaurant, Mediterranean restaurant, pizzas, hamburgers, sandwiches, Greek food, steak, seafood, gyros. Also a Shell station, laundromat, dry cleaner, Safeway supermarket, and car repair shop.
* Monterey: restaurants, Monterey Aquarium, Cannery Row, Fisherman’s Wharf; Car Week (annual frenzy of car worship); festivals of jazz, blues, reggae, beer, bacon, and Greek, Turkish, and Italian culture; Psychic Fair (check in case it's canceled due to unforeseen circumstances), Golden State Theater, oceanside recreation trail, Trader Joe's; Del Monte Shopping Center (Macy's, Forever 21, H&M, Apple Store, Hollister, Lucky Brand, Pottery Barn, Victoria's Secret, Williams-Sonoma, Zales, Chipotle, Whole Foods, etc.); farmers markets (Tuesday: Alvarado Street; Friday: Monterey Peninsula College; Sunday: Del Monte Center)
* Pacific Grove: quaint houses, Passion Fish restaurant, Red House Cafe, antiques, Monarch butterfly sanctuary, Asilomar State Beach, Lover's Point, municipal golf course (green fees from $40), Monday farmers market, oceanside recreation trail, waterfront, annual Triathlon, frequent fog
* Spanish Bay: sunset drinks on the patio, fabulous food in Roy's restaurant
* 17 Mile Drive
* Pebble Beach: golf (only $495 a round!), AT&T golf tournament, Monterey Car Week and Concours d'Elegance
* Spyglass Hill
* Cypress Point
* Laguna Seca raceway: car, motorcycle, and bicycle races
* Point Lobos State Reserve, one of the most beautiful places in the world
* Highway 1, the fabled scenic coast road
* Ventana Wilderness
* Big Sur: Marathon, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Pfeiffer Beach, Andrew Molera State Park, McWay Falls, Bixby Bridge, Old Coast Road, Big Sur Bakery, River Inn, Henry Miller Library, Hawthorne Gallery, Esalen Institute, Nepenthe restaurant, Ventana, Post Ranch Inn, Camaldoli Hermitage, redwoods, mountains, ocean, beaches, hiking, condors
* Surfing, scuba diving, kayaking, biking, hiking, paragliding, photography
* Whale watching (record numbers in 2015 and 2016, including blue whales!)
* Dolphin watching
* Sea otter watching
* Seal watching
* Bird watching
* Butterfly watching
* People watching
* Sunset watching
* Star gazing
* Navel gazing (Tassajara, Esalen)
. . . What's not to love about where we live? Getting AroundTAXI
Uber is well established in the area. Also available (at almost double the cost) are Yellow, Green, and White cabs.
Monterey Salinas Transit bus #24, the “Grapevine Express”, runs along Carmel Valley Road between Carmel Valley Village (east of us) and downtown Monterey (northwest). It stops at Mid-Valley Center, the Barnyard Shopping Village, and the Crossroads Shopping Center. It terminates in downtown Monterey.
The #22 bus stops at Crossroads Shopping Center. It runs between Monterey and Big Sur, with stops in downtown Carmel, Point Lobos, Andrew Molera State Park, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, River Inn, and Nepenthe.
From Monterey, the #1 bus takes you to Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey Bay Aquarium, downtown Pacific Grove, Point Pinos, Asilomar, and Lovers Point.
For schedules and ticket prices, check out the MST website.
It’s best to explore the area by car. You can park safely in our driveway, right by the front door. Other Things to NotePlease be sure to read this section!
Feel free to use Instant Book if you're over 25 with verified ID. Otherwise send a reservation request, telling us a little about yourself and the reason for your trip. We respond very fast, usually within minutes, and almost always positively.
Our prices vary according to season, national holidays, the schedule of local events, Airbnb's algorithms, and our experimentation. The rates are often discounted when up to three consecutive nights remain available between confirmed reservations.
TWO GUESTS MAXIMUM
There are no extra beds, cots, cribs, bunks, futons, mattresses, hammocks, etc., and we don't sleep anyone on the couches, deck, or driveway, or in the garden or garage . . . : )
MINIMUM AGE: 22
You need to be at least 22 years old to make a reservation with us, and 25 with verified ID to use Instant Book.
We can't accommodate children (although we rather like them and even have half a dozen of our own, none of whom live with us).
EARLY ARRIVALS, LATE DEPARTURES, AND ESTIMATED ARRIVAL TIME
Earliest check-in is 4 p.m. Latest check-out is 11 a.m. If you need to arrive earlier or leave later, please, please, please be sure to ask before booking.
When reservations are confirmed, I ask guests to let me know their estimated time of arrival (ETA) as soon as possible. At the very latest, I need this information before 12 noon on the day of check-in. After the ETA has been agreed, please notify me of any change. We always accept a change to a later time. Sometimes a change to an earlier time is OK if we're notified before noon on the day of check-in.
One guest arrived without warning two hours earlier than his ETA (which he had already changed twice). He threw a tantrum because we weren't home to receive him. Please don't do that :)
There is a minimum 2-night stay for bookings that include a Friday or Saturday.
FREE WINE TASTING
We can usually give you vouchers for free wine tastings at the tasting rooms of the best local wineries.
The last half-mile stretch of road to our house from Carmel Valley Road (G16) is steep, twisty, and quite narrow. Again: the last half mile to our house is steep, twisty, and quite narrow. If you want somewhere on a flat, straight, wide road, this is not the location for you. (Twice, guests who had not read this information complained about having to drive up a steep hill. They had a great time here—and then marked us down for 'location'. WTF?!)
After you book, I'll send you photo-illustrated directions as a supplement to your GPS. Some guests print them, some bring them on their phone. Either way, be sure to use them. They're useful in daylight and essential after dark, not least because turning into the wrong driveway will disturb neighbors. Guests who follow the directions say the navigation is easy.
PLEASE NOTE: If your GPS directions differ from mine, follow mine.
Once here, you won't be in town or suburbia, and neither will you be in the wilderness. There are three other houses on our stretch of the hill. In the valley below, five minutes away, are Carmel Valley Ranch (dining, golf etc.) and Carmel Mid Valley Center (restaurants, coffee shop, laundromat, dry cleaner, Safeway supermarket, Shell station, UPS, etc.).
There is an excellent laundromat five minutes from the house. Your guest suite has an ironing board and steam iron.