Carmel River Yurt-Songbird Refuge

Yurt - Private room · Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel, CA 93923, United States

The Space

Relax and rejuvinate in our 24 foot diameter yurt, overlooking the Carmel River and Big Sur Land Trust Songbird Sanctuary. The sounds of the river, the birds and the rustling trees will lull you to sleep after a soak under the stars in your private hot tub. We call it "glamping" - glamorous camping. This unique getaway is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast and for active folks who won't mind a 100 FOOT STROLL TO THE MAIN HOUSE TO USE THE SHOWER AND RESTROOM.
We are conveniently located less than 5 miles East of Hwy 1 and close to just about everything on the Monterey Peninsula: 10 minutes to Carmel-by-the-Sea, 20 minutes to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, 10 minutes to Carmel Valley Village, 20 minutes to Laguna Seca and Fort Ord National Monument, and 35 minutes to Big Sur- a logistical dream. There is also a public bus stop at the top of our driveway! As a bonus, if you are staying in the yurt for 2 or more nights we offer 2 free passes to the Monterey Bay Aquarium- a $70 value.

Spas- Carmel Refuge (2 mi) , Esalen (45.5 mi), Tassajara Zen Center (43.5 mi)
World Class Cycling (Sea Otter Classic)
World Class Mountain Biking (Sea Otter Classic)
Hiking (Point Lobos, Garland Park, & Big Sur)
Wine Tasting
Fine dining

We have lived in the area for 40 years and love sharing our local knowledge with our guests.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 5
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $30 / night after 2 guests
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • This is the perfect way to experience Carmel Valley.. Serene spot by the river. Central to exploring Big Sur, Carmel Valley, Carmel by the sea, Monterey. Pete and Peg are great hosts.

    April 2014
  • This was our best Airbnb experience to date! The yurt was extremely comfortable and even better than what I expected. It rained while we stayed there, but it was easy to fall asleep to the raindrops and sounds of the nearby river. The view from the hot tub was incredible, and it was easy to spend hours sitting there. Pete and Peggy were great hosts, providing us with coffee and entertainment (new release DVDs!) during our stay. The surround sound, projector and large screen were great! Their home is just minutes away from great shops and restaurants in Carmel-by-the-Sea, and they were happy to provide us with recommendations when we asked. Their home was nice and tidy, and using the bathroom in the common areas wasn't an issue at all. I'm sad the yurt wasn't available the days following our stay, but we hope to stay here again in the future.

    April 2014
  • I think my heart melted when I walked into the yurt. It is exactly as pictured. It was clean, spacious, and so, so charming. They have everything you need here: bath towels, soap, shampoo & conditioner (I would suggest bringing a hair dryer for the ladies). Initially, I felt kind of like an intruder whenever I had to use the restroom which was located in the main house (not far from the yurt) but Pete and Peg were so welcoming, I always found myself chit chatting with them for a bit. You can tell that these people have such a huge heart. (They also always have such lovely music playing in the house which makes me not want to leave.)
    One of the nights when we were out at dinner, I got a text from Peg saying that she had started the fireplace for us and turned on the lamp for our return. What?!? On top of that, we had tea and fresh coffee waiting outside the yurt for us each morning. I certainly got use to that quick. Oh, and make sure you make use of their surround sound stereo by bringing your iPod. Music sounds AMAZING inside the yurt and made getting ready for the day exciting. If you want a relaxing weekend getaway, look no further. Peg & Pete truly made this an unforgettable experience!

    April 2014
  • This place was amazing and the hosts were the kindest. I would stay here again over and over if I could!

    March 2014
  • this is just about the cutest listing on airbnb. my friend and I stayed here on our way through big sur to san francisco and this was the prefect retreat. we weren't able to check in until the evening so didn't get to experience all of the wonderful amenities available but i wish we had! The yurt is so cozy and the fire was on when we arrived which was such a nice touch, and coffee was waiting for us on the deck in the morning. Peg & Pete made us feel right at home and were so welcoming. I will definitely be back for a longer stay!

    March 2014
  • Peg and Pete were fantastic hosts, ready with great recommendations for food and sights around Carmel/Monterey. The large, spacious yurt included a small fridge stocked with cold drinks and Peg even offered us a cocktail before we left for dinner. Great communication, beautiful property - we would love to come back and stay longer!

    March 2014
  • Excellent. Exactly as described.

    March 2014
  • I can't wait until the next time I can go back to Pete and Peggy's beautiful oasis in Carmel. The yurt is comfortable and has everything you could ever need (plus a heated bed!), and the hosts are so friendly and helpful. My boyfriend and I stayed here before hiking to Sykes hot springs, and I only wished we had planned to come back to the yurt at the end of our hike, as well. I definitely recommend this songbird retreat!

    March 2014
  • This was our second visit to the songbird yurt and it was just as good as we remembered!

    March 2014
  • Spontaneous trip to Carmel Valley with my boyfriend and we LOVED the yurt! Peggy and Pete were very kind and helpful, giving us extra information and made us feel super welcome. The best part was the gas burning stove and the hottub outside, very relaxing! The only downfall was having to go to the main house to use the bathroom (this was very clearly stated and understood prior to booking). If you are cool with that, this place is great! Would definitely recommend.

    March 2014
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My wife, Peggy, and I have lived on this property since 1984 and have never fallen out of love with it. It is the perfect combination of a rural setting yet only 10 minutes away from town. We are outdoor enthusiasts and have many wonderful family memories of not only camping by the river but of backcountry excursions as well. It was on one of these adventures, in Oregon to be exact, that Peg and our two daughters discovered yurts. They rented one at an Oregon State campground and truly loved the experience. Having a yurt on our property has added even more of a sense of serenity and peace to our home. It is with this in mind that we want to share it with others. There's something uniquely appealing and comforting, a feeling of being embraced by the round space and the abundance of natural light that lends itself to living close to nature. We welcome you to give it a try.
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