About this listing
Located 10 miles/20 minutes past Carmel Valley Village in rural Cachagua, the studio over-looks the Carmel River and the Ventana Wilderness of Los Padres National Forest.
WE ARE NOT IN BIG SUR!! Big Sur proper is 1.5 hours west & south of the studio.
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, which was built in 1929.
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 snacks (goat cheese, crackers, fruit--local/organic when available, nuts), basic breakfast items (coffee, teas, half and half, juice, sugar, oatmeal), cooking supplies (olive oil, vinegar, mustard, spices, local/organic onions and garlic) and a bottle of local wine.
There is a full/Queen bed and room for one person on the couch. Bring sleeping bags for extra people.
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 & cats are allowed on a case by case basis. 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. **
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.
We're located only one mile from the Cachagua General Store. The General Store is a Roadhouse (with character galore!) just two days a week-- yummy brunches on Sunday mornings and spectacular dinners on Monday nights. The food is amazing, prices moderate, and the wine selection most impressive. Reservations are required for Monday night dinner. Even with reservations, there can still be a wait of 20 minutes or more; the wait is well worth it!
Driving note: Expect a 45 minute drive from Highway 1, a distance of 21 miles, for the first time out. The drive to the Village takes 15 to 20 minutes; the last 6 miles can take 20 to 25. Cachagua Road is paved, but it is steep and windy--take your time driving it! And please do pull over to let speedy locals pass!
Other Things to Note
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.
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!
This was my first time using Air bnb and Marcia and Chris made the process extremely easy. I enjoyed everything about this stay and what the place had to offer. A kitchen to make meals (which my husband and I did everyday for lunch), a full bathroom (stocked w/ everything you may need), a comfortable bed, and a tranquil river that you can hear w/ the cabin windows open. During the day was spent exploring and at night/ morning was spent relaxing. Will stay here again! This was a great way to spend our anniversary.
What can I say ? It was exactly as described. Cozy, rustic and beautiful ! Very peaceful and very relaxing. There were beautiful little amenities everywhere you looked. Wine, cheese, breakfast items. The list was endless. Chris meet us there and showed us around, giving amazing history about the property. What a great guy ! We met Marcia a little later and what a beautiful soul she was. They made us feel welcome and at home ! Thank you for such a great weekend !
This was a wonderful stay! For some reason I wrote Marina in the guestbook instead of Marcia...too much wine, I guess lol. While I didn't meet Marcia, her partner Chris was very hospitable and available. A really nice guy. Just a few tips: get directions when you still have reception and screengrab the wifi code if you have any other cell provider other than AT&T. Verizon totally let me down. If you're looking for a remote place that's within an hour of big sur and Monterey, this is the place! It was comfortable and the claw foot tub was delightful.
The studio was the perfect waypoint for our travels through big sur. The perfect size for us and so well maintained! The river sounded beautiful every evening as we relaxed after a long day of hiking. I can't wait to come back.
Peaceful and tucked away in Carmel Valley, be ready for a drive but once you arrive the cottage was just perfect for two.
Marcia and Chris are great hosts and prompt with communication! Definitely recommend for couple.
Wow. This place is amazing. Marcia greeted us so warmly. She text me and let me know that it was okay for us to arrive late in the evening - she was very understanding. When we arrived, there was a bottle of wine with wine glasses, cheese in the mini fridge with apples and crackers. This was our first Airbnb experience, and it far exceeded our expectations. We had a lot of privacy. We felt so comfortable and right at home in the cottage. It's perfect for one person or a couple. The patio outlooks the beuatiful and peaceful river - we kept the windows open at night because of the heat, but also to hear the river. We definitely plan to come back. We wanted to stay somewhere near Big Sur, but we found it difficult to leave once we arrived. I really encourage you to walk around their property, it's quiet large and truly awesome. If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing, and peaceful getaway, look no further! We were not ever able to connect to the internet, but we were happy to be so connected to nature in such a serene place. It was hard for us to leave. We bumped into Chris before leaving the property. He as super kind and showed us all around - we wished we would have bumped into him earlier. This place is perfect, and the hosts are wonderful.
This little studio is adorable! Perfect for a relaxing retreat and it is conveniently close to the Cachagua General Store which has amazing dinners on Monday nights. Marcia is so welcoming, and has such an interesting property!
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About the Host, Marcia
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.