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1 bedroom

1 bed

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We have a small, simple, private studio room for guests to stay in while they are visiting the Monterey Peninsula.

The space

Hello Airbnb travelers!

We have a small, simple, very private studio room for guests to stay in while they are visiting the Monterey Peninsula. Though we are located right by Highway 1 as you enter Carmel, once you step through the large wooden gate and walk down the brick pathway in our secret garden, you will find a safe, clean, and simple haven to call home during your stay.

The room has a private entrance and a private bath, connected, yet completely closed off and separate from the main house where we live. The redwood room, hardwood floor, high-beam ceiling, and flora and fauna theme give the studio a calm, cheerful feel. The room has a comfortable queen size bed with a memory foam topper, and plenty of soft blankets and pillows. The bathroom has a shower, heat lamp, a wonderful radiant heat floor and lots of towels. There is no kitchen, but there is a small refrigerator, a tea kettle, and a coffee maker for your morning coffee. We provide complimentary freshly ground organic beans, a variety of teas, organic half & half and purified water. On the bookshelf you will find many books to read on local history, travel guides, hiking trails, California bird, tree and wildflower field guides, and other interesting topics. Wifi , a Bose Wave radio/cd player with a selection of cd's, a hair dryer, binoculars, a picnic basket, beach towels, ear plugs, and a small tv with Roku options, are also provided for your use and enjoyment.

The house is situated right off Highway 1 as you enter Carmel, but we are surprisingly tucked away and hidden from view- but please note-*** YOU WILL HEAR TRAFFIC***. It quiets way down after rush hours in the morning and evening, even more after 11 p.m., and after ~12,-12:30 is u-s-ually pretty much quiet all night, although a bit louder and later during holidays, weekends, and local main events. The occasional siren and motorcycle can be heard, but with the windows closed, it's usually not that bad. Though the highway sound can definitely be an issue for some, almost all people so far have found the level to be acceptable- the new dual-pane windows and door help a lot! The upside to the location is that it offers very fast, instant access to any destination you are headed, be it Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel Valley, Point Lobos, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Monterey or Big Sur.

***INCLUDED with the price of the room, we offer several perks to make your stay even more enjoyable:
*Two Monterey Bay Aquarium guest passes (an $100 value)
*A California State Park pass which gives you free access to our local Point Lobos State Park Reserve (a $10 value).
*Complimentary wine tasting card at an excellent local winery (a $20 value).
All are must-see places to go while you are here in Carmel, and if you take advantage of all these perks, it's like getting one night free!

If you are looking for a sunny, secluded, quiet place to stay, this is not the place for you, but if you are looking for a private, conveniently located, reasonably priced, cozy space with a hot shower, a comfortable bed and basic amenities, to use as a home base during your adventure, then this just may be the perfect spot.

+++++PLEASE NOTE+++++If you do decide to inquire about or book the room, please share a little about yourself, who you will be travelling with, and the purpose of your visit in your first message to us. Please understand that we will only accept reservations from 100% verified guests with a completed profile and photo.

Thank you for your interest in our studio and we look forward to meeting you if you should decide to click "book it!"

Interaction with guests

As an Airbnb host, we are committed to being accommodating, helpful, and making your stay in the Secret Garden Room in Carmel as comfortable as possible, and from guest suggestions, we are making improvements all the time. You will have total privacy in the studio, but we are available 24/7 if you have any questions or need anything at all.

Other things to note

We are a 5 minute drive to downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, and about a 15 minute walk through the backroads of Carmel, all downhill, although we do recommend driving (it's all uphill home, and with no street lights, it is dark at night.)

There is a two night minimum stay, no exceptions.

If there happens to be a single night between guests, we do block it off, so if you are wanting to book an additional night, feel free to ask to see if the night is open.

No pets are allowed in the studio- no exceptions- so people with pet allergies, there is no need to worry.

The only guests allowed to occupy the studio are agreed to during booking.

When booking this reservation, it is agreed that you will follow all house guidelines, and release liability of your hosts for personal injury, loss, and damage to personal property for yourself, your family members, and your friends.

The nightly price of the studio includes the 10.5% Hotel-Occupancy Tax, and the 1.5% Business tax required by Monterey County.


The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities

Prices
Cleaning Fee: 45
Security Deposit: 200
Weekly Discount: 10%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

House Rules
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 3PM

Be respectful of the space in regards to cleanliness, wear and tear on the room, and excessive noise. We are in a drought, so water conservation is a MUST. Energy conservation is appreciated. Smoking in designated outside area only. No candles. PLEASE EMAIL US THE DAY BEFORE YOUR ARRIVAL to give us your estimated time of arrival. Since we both have other jobs, and coordinate our time based on your arrival, if you will be late or early, please call to let us know; punctuality is greatly appreciated.


Cancellations

Moderate

Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.


Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

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Laleh User Profile
July 2017
I highly recommend staying at Michael and Jill's place! Their communication is top notch, and the room is exactly as described! The entrance to the garden is beautiful and smells so great! The room is very neat, organized, and well thought out! The extra tickets to the aquarium, wine tasting, and park are big extras that add a lot of value to the stay! We found out that our aquarium entrance would've cost us each $50! Don't hesitate to stay at this great location - close to all the beautiful shops and restaurants of Carmel.

Andy User Profile
July 2017
Besides being hard to find. Michael and Jills place was very pretty and we'll decorated. Michael and Jill were super friendly and very accommodating! The place is very central to everything! We enjoyed the free pass to the aquarium and many tips/pointers from them!

Robert User Profile
June 2017
Wonderful place to stay when visiting Carmel. Everything was thoughtful and added so much to our visit! We were especially thankful for the recommendations that Jill and Michael gave us during our trip.

Carly User Profile
June 2017
Hands down this is one of the best experiences we've had through Airbnb. Michael and Jillian are more than just superhosts - they're MEGAsuperhosts! From the moment we arrived, we felt so welcomed. They had great suggestions for Point Lobos trails. The space was perfect for relaxing after a long day of sightseeing. Very thoughtful and generous hosts, providing organic coffee and many kinds of tea. The aquarium and park passes were so great to have! We loved this place and would be happy to stay again.

Coy User Profile
June 2017
Hi Michael and Jill, First of all, I just want to thank Michael and Jill for being the best host ever!! What a lovely couple and know how to treat Airbnb'ers right. We felt like checking into a boutique hotel. Amazing welcome service. Thank you for having us for two nights. We had an amazing time. Thank you for letting us know about Point Lobos and the pass. Definitely one of the highlight of the trip. Also thank for the Monterey Bay Aquarium pass. Appreciate the bottle of wine after a long day exploring Carmel. It was a perfect night, chill, wine and a movie. Got so much more than a comfortable place to sleep in. I would totally recommend their place. It is a gem and so are Michael and Jill. You guys made us very comfortable during our stay. Thank you so much and I'll definitely comeback and stay again soon! Coy and Marga

Maureen User Profile
June 2017
This is the 2nd time we have stayed at Michael and Jills, they are are amazing hosts and once again we were sad to leave. The cosy room is adorable and beautifully decorated with William Morris soft furnishing. There are also thoughtful touches like the cookies and a wonderful selection of herbal teas as well as filter coffee and natural honey. Michael and Jill are always available if needed and are very knowledgeable about the surrounding area state parks etc and also let guests use their State Park pass. There is also a bookcase full of books and local info. Guests are free to use Michael and Jill's Monterey Aquarium passes which save over $40. We cannot speak highly enough of Michael and Jill such a genuinely lovely couple.

Benjamin User Profile
June 2017
We spent our time in Michael and Jill's place, the secret garden. The room is very clean and tidy. It has everything that you can imagine inside it. They even got the aquarium season ticket and nation parking ticket ready for you( it means they are free of charge). Each items in the room is well- thought and well-planned. For example, there are sufficient books for you to read regarding to the area surrounding, board games to challenge with your partner and three types of pillow in different softness for you to decide. I would say that with so many Airbnbs I have stayed, Michael and Jill's place defined the word "prefect". I want to keep the secret garden in secret so I can keep it away from public!

Carmel, California, United StatesJoined in January 2011
Michael And Jill User ProfileMichael And Jill is a superhost.

We are both life-time Carmel locals. We cherish the local beauty of the hills and coastline that surrounds us, and we feel very blessed to be here. I am a dog sitter, and Michael is a veteran Caddie at Pebble Beach Golf Links. I love gardening, William Morris and Pre-Raphaelite art, animals, shell collecting and vegetarian cooking. Michael loves taking saunas, walking Point Lobos, hiking in the Sierra mountains, learning about local fauna and eating my vegetarian cooking. We are both passionate about water, energy and resource conservation, composting and recycling. We love Airbnb and look forward to opening our humble home to travelers near and far.

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