Cozy studio with a wood burning stove.Warm sunbeams through the windows on a rainy afternoon.
Cozy, rustic studio by the river
Hosted by Marcia
Marcia is the host.Marcia is a superhost.
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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Located deep in Carmel Valley in rural Cachagua, the studio over-looks the Carmel River and the Ventana Wilderness of Los Padres National Forest.

The studio is an apartment with another apartment next door.

WE ARE NOT IN BIG SUR!

This is a remote setting: We are 60 minutes inland from Carmel/Monterey and and two hours away from Big Sur.

The space

We are located deep in Carmel Valley on a very windy, narrow and steep country road--some call it harrowing but worth the drive. The property has a small cluster of mountain cabins built in the 1920s as a summer retreat for a Carmel Highlands family. Nestled under old oaks, the studio apartment is tucked at the back of the main cabin, an overlooks the Carmel River. The main cabin, built in 1929, has two other apartments, all of which have their own entrances. The studio shares one wall with the one bedroom apartment.

Included in the studio is a kitchenette stocked with basic utensils for cooking and baking, allowing you to stay in and enjoy the peace and quiet of a retreat atmosphere. There is a small apartment sized refrigerator located next to the kitchen in the bathroom. The kitchen is stocked with basic breakfast items (coffee, teas, half and half, sugar, oatmeal), cooking supplies (olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper) and a bottle of local wine.

There is one full-size bed and a futon chair that makes into a twin bed.

The bathroom has a full-size claw foot bathtub, perfect for steamy relaxation.

The deck over looks the Carmel River, which runs year-round.

CHILDREN: The property is not suited for young children.

PETS: Dogs are allowed on a case by case basis. No cats and no puppies! Dogs must be over a year old, well behaved, up to date with shots, and have their own bedding and towels (no muddy paws on the white towels, please).

**Summertime notes: First, it's usually fairly hot here--you can swim in either the river or in our river-water filled swimming pool. Second, It would be good to bring Off! or equivalent bug spray for mosquitoes and gnats. Last, if you plan on doing any hiking make certain you bring Technu for poison oak. **

Guest access

Take a five minute stroll to the Lower Meadow which is covered by a solid canopy of trees and bordered by the river. There is an outdoor kitchen under construction, a bocci ball court and access to the river. The Lower Meadow is also available for group camp-outs or small group events, if you are interested.

Interaction with guests

We're only there if guests need us, otherwise guests are left alone to enjoy the peace and solitude.

Other things to note

The Studio apartment is part of a complex of old summer cabins. The Studio is in the main cabin and shares a wall with the 1929 Charles Greene Cabin Apartment. There is a separate cabin along the cliff next to the studio.
The grounds are not pristine in any sense of the word! We do our best, but we have finite time--this is a lot of land with 100 year old buildings; we are busy making sure things are working properly.

If you are looking for maintained lawns and gardens or a park-like surrounding, then this is most definitely not the place for you.

OUT IN THE BOONDOCKS: This property is in a rural setting, with wild animals, an unpredictable river and, well, nature. Please conduct yourselves wisely. There are no lifeguards, and no camp rangers.


Amenities
Indoor fireplace
Free parking on premises

Prices
Cleaning Fee $45
Weekly Discount: 15%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed, 1 single bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in time is 3PM - 9PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

PET DOGS are allowed on a case by case basis. If you wish to bring your dog with you, please ask.

QUIET SPACE: Other people live in the neighboring cabins, and all enjoy a quiet, peaceful environment. The loudest thing around should be the river, and an occasional dog barking. Please keep voices and music at a reasonable level while near the cabins. And please, keep very quiet on Saturday and Sunday mornings until noon!

The Lower Meadow is the place to go if you need to cut loose with loud music or conversation.

HOST EXPECTATIONS: We do our very best to provide a comfortable and relaxing respite for our guests. Enjoy the space and please leave it as you found it.
--Please wash dishes and pick up.
--If anything was accidentally broken or overly soiled, please do not hide it or throw away--we need to know these things so they can be replaced or receive any extra attention needed.

CHECK OUT TIME IS NOON! Late check outs make housekeeping scheduling very difficult. More times than not there are new guests arriving the same day; we need all the between time to make everything perfect for them.

NO FRIED OR BAKED FISH! The studio is a very small space--the smell sticks to everything. It is quite awful!

You must also acknowledge
Dog(s) and cat(s) live in the house

Cancellations

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

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Yvette User Profile
October 2017
The entire experience was great!! My husband and I felt at home from start until we left. We will definitely miss it!! The kitchen was stocked with all the utensils needed to make our meals. Marcia wasn't home, but Chris was amazing. We will definitely go back!! The drive wasn't bad at all it was also a great experience with the views and fresh air. Do not think twice about staying here!! You will leave feeling refreshed.

Kim User Profile
September 2017
This is THE place to be if you really want to get away from it all. We were hypnotized by the serene sounds of a river just below us, yet it was close enough to Carmel that we also were able to get in some sights. Make sure you stock up on food so you don’t have to make the windy trek into town. It’s a fun drive, but I can see how it might make some nervous. Chris was super friendly, really nice and made us feel welcome. Marcia was very helpful and attentive although we didn’t meet in person.

Jen User Profile
September 2017
I drove up from Los Angeles and this was a perfect weekend getaway. Marcia was a gracious host and made sure I had all the information I needed before my arrival. Everything was very clean, comfortable, and peaceful. I loved sitting out on the patio and listening to the river below. I'd absolutely recommend this place to my friends and I hope to come back again myself someday.

Erik User Profile
September 2017
Marcia's place was fantastic for a romantic and peaceful get away. Having breakfast on the porch every morning listening to the river was incredible. The location is a little remote but the drive in is absolutely beautiful and it is within driving distance to Carmel Valley (many wineries) Monterey (shopping, lots of restaurants) Big Sur and many other state parks and beaches. I would highly recommend staying here!

Nicole User Profile
September 2017
A great rustic getaway. Thanks so much Marcia!

Jim User Profile
September 2017
Beautiful location, super chilled out. We loved our midday dips in the pool and nearby stream. Couldn't recommend this place enough.

B User Profile
August 2017
Marcia's place was wonderful, the whole process from start to finish was very simple. Directions were on point and made the drive out much easier. Marcia was out of town which Chris took over and made us feel welcome. Even Annie the dog welcomed us with some furry love! The place is very secluded but perfect if you want to getaway from our everyday lives of being in the city. Marcia has everything at the cabin and even though someone was at the facility, we rarely saw Chris while there. Our weekend spent there was pretty amazing, the stars at night are beyond amazing! I would suggest to take a walk out the the road around 9:30pm and take a deep breath of the amazing view! Overall, I fell in love with this place and would visit again. Thank you Marcia and Chris for the cabin and the sweet hospitality! -Chris & Bree

Carmel Valley, California, United StatesJoined in November 2012
Marcia User ProfileMarcia is a superhost.

Born and raised in the shadow of the Angeles Crest in Southern California, I've lived on the Monterey Peninsula for the past 20 years. I love living in rural Cachagua surounded by majestic oaks and bay laurals, the sound of the river, and where only clouds can cover the stars at night.
I'm an artist at heart and by training: drawing, painting, graphic design, and dance. In my spare time I enjoy the company of friends, a glass of local wine, and a good game of dominos.

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