Cozy, rustic studio by the river

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Cachagua Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924, United States

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. Several local vineyards are the neighbors across the street.

The Space

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. 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, agave, honey, oatmeal), cooking supplies (olive oil, vinegar, mustard, spices, local/organic onions and garlic) and a bottle of local wine.

There is a double 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.

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. 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.

The Neighborhood

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!

Getting around

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

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).

Please visit the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau website for events information.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $20 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $610 /week
Cleaning Fee: $15
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • My boyfriend and I had such an amazing time staying in this little cabin! Marcia was such a gracious host, and we arrived to a stocked kitchen, cheese and crackers and a bottle of wine. Sleeping in the coziest bed with the wood fire and the sound of the river below made for such a relaxing few nights. We were also there to watch the lunar eclipse and didn't have to venture further than the front porch for the view!
    Amazing little retreat in the mountains that I would love to return to someday!

    April 2014
  • To say that we had an incredible stay at this amazing studio would be understatement of the year! We were looking for a quick getaway from LA that involved Big Sur, good wine, pretty scenery and tranquility, and Marcia's studio was the perfect destination for that. She goes above and beyond to make the place totally comfortable -- we basically squealed over the bottle of wine, the cheese plate and the wood-burning stove once we walked in -- and it really is the most perfect space for a couple of friends to escape to the woods for a spell. We've insisted that we're coming back, and I'm already missing breakfast on that perfect porch overlooking the Carmel River. (The value can't be beat, either!)

    April 2014
  • Marcia and Chris are about as friendly as it gets! They were very caring, unstressed and genuinely interested in us. The cabin is great! Loads of atmosphere, well equipped and a real get-away. If you are looking for some real peace and quiet in a beautiful area you can't go wrong here. Just fantastic!

    April 2014
  • This place perfect! Very gracious and easy going hosts. I arrived to a cozy fire burning in the little wood burning stove, a bottle of wine, cheese and crackers and everything else you should need-coffee, tea. The cabin was rustic and cute with little touches that made it feel warm and cared for. A few standouts- the green tea, coffee, nice soaps and lotions in the bathroom, fragrant lavender plant sitting on the table (or writers desk), the running stream right outside your window, the bed was extremely comfortable and soft(and the down comforter too!), and overall just a wonderful experience and place to stay. Wifi always worked, and located in just a very peaceful place. I will definitely be back and would recommend to anyone! (though I wish I could keep it all to myself)

    April 2014
  • Staying at Marcia's cabin was one of the best experiences of our trip. The cabin is in a privileged place surrounded by nature and quiet beauty. Although we didn't meet Marcia in person she was very kind and helpful by the online message. Chris was very nice and helpful. He had great suggestions for visiting the area and he made us feel at home. We definitely recommend this place.

    March 2014
  • Lovely stay in a homey cabin. Marcia was very friendly, and even gave me a tour when I arrived, then let me alone for the duration of my stay, which was wonderful :) Barely an hour drive from Big Sur, and the drive to the cabin has really wonderful views of its own. I recommend!

    March 2014
  • Cozy, rustic studio was perfect. Very charming with delightful, helpful hosts.

    March 2014
  • Tranquil sumbmersion in nature. No need to bring ANY toiletries. An escape from the modern world in an idyllic womblike woodsy setting. Try to get here before dark as its off the beaten path but if you do get lost its still worth the effort because you just might find part of your soul.

    March 2014
  • Isn't it great to get get exactly what you were expecting ... and a bit more? (read other reviews for perks) This was the case with the lovely, cozy, rustic studio by the river. In addition, I was blessed with the best weather during my visit, and the river was running from a recent rain. I was greeted by Rainbow, the most lovely and sweetest person you'll ever meet, and she will make sure you have a wonderful time. The whole studio is very well organized, peaceful, relaxing, and dinner on the deck was divine. My stay was very restful, restorative, and just perfect! Although I never met Marcia (she was away during my stay), she was very communicative and very helpful.

    March 2014
  • I can't say enough good things about Marcia and the Studio! We arrived to the coziest little spot, complete with wine and cheese left for us. The bed was incredibly comfortable, the whole place is a dream-- we spent the days reading and listening to the babbling creek-- I picked up one of the house books and read it straight through (The Guernsey literary and potato peel pie society, if you were wondering. Highly recommended. )
    We made a lovely simple dinner in the adorable but perfectly functional and amply stocked kitchen-- very thoughtful touches throughout.

    We also had an incredible dinner at the Cachuaga General Store (only open on Mondays- schedule your trip around it, it's worth it) complete with live music and local dog- hosts. Amazing food; wonderful atmosphere. We didn't get to meet Marcia, but she had the restaurant send us glasses of local wine as a gift from her-- come on-- how above-and-beyond welcoming is that!?!

    Wonderful experience!!

    March 2014
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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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