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3274 Sea Shell Cottage ~ Plush Beds, Luxury Linens ~ Walk to Town ~ Fireplace

3274 Sea Shell Cottage ~ Plush Beds, Luxury Linens ~ Walk to Town ~ Fireplace


Property Details

Updated: May 22, 2015
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Sleeps 5

Welcome to Sea Shell Cottage"!

**For more details about specials for this home, see the Sanctuary Vacation Rentals website or call our office directly.

Retreat to a gentler, slower-paced era in this delightful tree-shrouded quintessential Carmel-by-the-Sea board-and-batten cottage that evokes the spirit of the village's original founding artist colony. This clean, airy 1200 square feet, two-bedroom cottage, which is located in a quiet neighborhood only blocks from the downtown, blends seashore-themed originality and whimsy with comfort and good taste.

A newly refurbished one-bedroom guest cottage behind the main house can also be rented to provide additional accommodations. Obtain more information on #3264 on the Sanctuary Vacation Rentals website. You can book the guest cottage together with the main house or separately.

Upon your arrival you will be greeted with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and wine or sparkling cider, passes to the renown Spa on the Plaza in downtown Monterey, tickets for a wine tasting at Scheid Vineyards’ tasting room in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea and a basket of local information. An assigned concierge vacation house manager is available to assist you during your stay. We have also provided spa amenities in the bathrooms, spa robes and beach gear.

Relax with a good book and warm body and soul in front of a wood-burning brick fireplace in a cozy living room that features comfy furnishings, a vaulted ceiling with skylights, wood floors topped with plush rugs and paned windows looking out to a fenced-in patio dotted with pots brimming with colorful flowers and native plants. Crisp beach tones of tan, white and robins-egg blue remind you that the Pacific Ocean is just nearby and you most assuredly are on vacation.

Picture lively meals with friends and loved ones around a rectangular French country oak table that can seat up to 10 in a dining area that overlooks the patio. Adjacent is a fully-equipped kitchen with granite countertops, gas stove, dishwasher, microwave and side-by-side refrigerator.

Take your morning coffee and croissant before you put on your walking shoes and stroll into the village of Carmel to explore the myriad shops, galleries and world-class restaurants. If you're feeling ambitious, you can even continue all the way down Ocean Avenue to its ending at the pristine white beach and sparkling azure waves that have enticed countless visitors from around the world to kick off their shoes and stroll along the water's edge. If you plan ahead, you can stop at Bruno's Market, a Carmel trademark, en route and pick up some wine, cheese, bread and fresh fruit for a casual picnic.

The robin's-egg blue and sage green master bedroom, with its plush warm carpeting and luxury-hotel-quality linens, features a white California king bed with memory foam topper that can be converted to two twins if desired.

The second smaller bedroom has hardwood flooring topped with an area rug and a queen wicker bed.

The bathroom, near both bedrooms, features a new granite counter top and is tiled throughout, including whimsical tiles of fish adorning the combination bath/shower.

Additional sleeping arrangements are provided by a comfortable futon/chaise and a white deep sofa in the living room, offering total sleeping accommodations for up to five adults or four adults and two small children.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome in this secure property, which is completely enclosed by a grape-stake fence. You can walk your dog in a charming vest-pocket park just around the corner. The paved driveway is long enough to accommodate a recreational vehicle or 2-3 cars; there is street parking for up to two cars as well.

Evening cocktails can be enjoyed at a bistro table in the front patio. A grill is provided for outdoor cooking and entertaining. Outdoor access to washer and dryer.

See also Rates Notes for additional information about this property.

More Details
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

Sanctuary Vacation Rentals represents properties throughout Carmel, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, Carmel Highlands, and the Big Sur coastline. We combine fine resort accommodations and relaxed elegance with all the comforts of home.

Our properties are places that nurture and inspire and are located in one of the most beautiful, energizing places in the world, featuring the spectacular scenery of the Monterey Peninsula and the central coast of California. From historic old Monterey, to the Victorian charm of Pacific Grove, and the artists colony of Carmel-by-the-Sea, and the breathtaking scenery of Big Sur, generations of people have been rejuvenated by the breaking waves and sandy beaches here.

Our properties are designer furnished with relaxed elegance. Many homes feature the colors of the sea and take inspiration from the natural beauty of the surrounding areas.

Throughout Sanctuary’s vacation rentals, you’ll find comfortable beds with luxury linens, welcome beverages and hors d’oeurvres, spa robes and amenities, local wine tasting and spa passes, and a personal concierge to assist you in every way. Our homes feature chef’s dream kitchens and everything you’ll need to entertain in style. And many of our properties are pet friendly.

If you’re looking for a refreshing, relaxed stay in one of the most beautiful areas in the world– offering all the comforts of home, let Sanctuary Vacation Rentals help you discover your own sanctuary by the sea. Make your reservation today.

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Guestbook comments from the manager

One of the best getaways ever! The Torres Cottage is everything promised, charming, sunny, comfortable and meticulously clean. The hosts are gracious and took care of everything. We hope that many more get to enjoy the peace and quiet of this quaint little beach town.

Thank you.

A.S., San Francisco
Apr 2011
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3274 Sea Shell Cottage ~ Plush Beds, Luxury Linens ~ Walk to Town ~ Fireplace
+1 -(831) 373-7103 (California, USA)
Carmel Central Coast California

Cute, cozy and comfortable

  • 4 of 5
This is a small cottage which would be perfect for a couple. It was extremely clean, decorated wonderful, fully equipped kitchen and very comfortable bed. I stayed for a month and enjoyed the cottage and Carmel. Kathleen was always available if I had a question or problem; which really there was only one time I could not get internet to work, but unplugged it for a minute and it was up and running. The pictures are accurate. It is a bit of a walk to get to the cottage from where you park so be prepared to do that when you load and unload your vehicle. They provided a cleaning during the month and that was nice to have a fresh and clean cottage half way thru; They also provided some Christmas decorations, and would have provided a tree if I requested. It is very quiet, there is a small park directly across the street you can take your dog to and you can see the ocean sitting on a bench while your dog sniffs around, which we did, and at night you can hear the ocean. The cottage is located in a great location, you can walk to a deli/grocery store and many restaurants, Katys being my favorite early morning breakfast spot. I also enjoyed wine tasting in Carmel Valley, and there is a little restaurant there with the best pumpkin pancakes called the Wagonwheel. Some places do not take credit cards, so carry some cash. There is so many things to enjoy in Carmel and the cottage is a perfect place to relax and unwind after a day of sightseeing, shopping or wine tasting. I would recommend this cottage for singles, or couples.
  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
3274 Sea Shell Cottage ~ Plush Beds, Luxury Linens ~ Walk to Town ~ Fireplace
+1 -(831) 373-7103 (California, USA)
Carmel Central Coast California
Silver Spring, MD

Torres 3NW off 3rd Ave

  • 5 of 5
Rating Details:
I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.
I was very happy with the location.
The vacation rental was very clean.
The property manager was very helpful.
Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:
Let me start by saying how absolutely adorable this cottage and it’s environs are. Like all of Anne’s properties the finer things of Life were provided for and within a matter of hours you feel right at home. Your staff is very professional, supportive and aware that staying in the background is an excellent rule. Tracy and Marietta were real gems about supporting my every request. The cleaning team that came to do mid-month cleaning was fantastic, efficient and friendly. They were willing to clean wherever you indicated some problems. Like all facilities, this cottage needs some TLC. Below are just some suggestions for improvements: There needs to be more labels for things like the “disposal” are located, cleaning supplies, what is in bathroom in cabinet, kitchen items etc. Have someone unfamiliar with the house try to find ordinary things. Cuisinart Coffee maker is too complicated. The middle unit on the maker is moody and pops out at will. Lastly, this maker is a real b---- to clean. I literally let basket, and grinder sit in hot water for hours the build up coffee grinds came off the parts. If you do not clean this after each use, it becomes unusable. I bought a Mr. Coffee and Grinder at Prims for $45 dollars. Easy to replace and operate. The refrigerator needs replaced. It works find but the rust on the outside does no look so good. There are many tiles on the kitchen floor that need replace because they are cracked or the grout is coming off. Your have already requested bids on fixing the fireplace, it just adds so much to the charm of the cottage. I purchased a new poker, as the other one was useless. I strongly suggest you make available to renters only “Fat Wood” to start fires. I left you a box as a starter. If renters burn pine logs and starter kits, the fireplace must be cleaned every 6 months. The pine residue builds on the chimney walls and a chimney fire could happen. Houses in Carmel are too close together to allow for such an events.
  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: Sanctuary Vacation Rentals
3274 Sea Shell Cottage ~ Plush Beds, Luxury Linens ~ Walk to Town ~ Fireplace
+1 -(831) 373-7103 (California, USA)
Carmel Central Coast California

Relaxing stay in Carmel

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I enjoyed a relaxing week in Carmel at the Torres cottage. It was so peaceful and within walking distance of downtown. The cottage is well appointed as Annie has added all the little touches. It was like being at home. This cottage is quaint and private with a fence surrounding the property. I was able to park my car inside the property which I liked. We used the Aquarium passes which was a savings. We really had a nice time there and will stay there again.
  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
3274 Sea Shell Cottage ~ Plush Beds, Luxury Linens ~ Walk to Town ~ Fireplace
+1 -(831) 373-7103 (California, USA)
Carmel Central Coast California

Charming, Pet Friendly Paradise

  • 5 of 5
We enjoyed a wonderful stay from the moment of our arrival. The cottage is clean, well cared for and the garden is inviting. We loved the proximity to town and the beach coupled with the quiet of not being too close. The cottage is well-equiped, bright and cheerful. We travel to Carmel at least twice a year and finally, after a 20+ year search, we have found the perfect place. We found it to be a great value. It's not cheap, but we certainly felt we got more than our money's worth of comfort and enjoyment.
  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
3274 Sea Shell Cottage ~ Plush Beds, Luxury Linens ~ Walk to Town ~ Fireplace
+1 -(831) 373-7103 (California, USA)
Carmel Central Coast California

Extraordinary Beach Cottage

  • 5 of 5
The Beach Cottage has superb designer touches to be cherished, you felt so welcomed as if you were trading homes with dear friends, all four of us treasured our time and our dog was welcome as well! We definitely will be back. The location is close to everything and the Aquarium passes were perfect for quick entry. Carmel Beach is fabulous and close, there is a washer and dryer and the patio is large and enclosed for privacy. It was the perfect vacation anytime of the year! Our tweens thought it was perfect as well. There is a tv, cd player, areas to read in comfort, a fabulous kitchen with all that you could need for dining, and the fluffiest towels ever! The garden is gorgeous and large windows to view it! Our dog enjoyed it as well since the very large patio was enclosed he could lie outside comfortably and there are so many dog friendly restaurants. The house felt open and you truly wanted to spend time there when you weren't at the beach! It is a perfect getaway for a family or a couple.
  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
3274 Sea Shell Cottage ~ Plush Beds, Luxury Linens ~ Walk to Town ~ Fireplace
+1 -(831) 373-7103 (California, USA)
Carmel Central Coast California
San Francisco, California

Love this home!!

  • 4 of 5
love this vacation home rental for the following reasons:
-Its beautifully decorated and appointed with everything you could ever need - it really does feel like your own beach cottage! It's just beautiful!
-Its close enough to walk to town and the beach if you can handle a long walk.
- Its very comfortable.
- Its dog friendly - so important to my family and I!
- Its kid friendly (the property is totally fenced in and safe for both animals and kids alike)
- The front yard has enough space for play and relaxing.

Things that keep me from giving a 5 star rating:
- The prices are constantly changing based on dates and how many days ahead you make your reservation as well as how many nights the reservation is for. I understand that weeknight and weekend prices would differ as well as peak times and off season times however, there seem to be so many intricacies that it can cause confusion.
- The cleaning fee is high and the check out procedures are in depth - change one or the other! Luckily, my mom was staying with me so while I got the baby ready she ran around and cleaned. Then in addition I got to pay $175 for a cleaning fee. When I'm on vacation, I don't want to strip a bed or pick up dirty towels - thats what a cleaning fee should be for.
- Check in is just a little late, 4pm. It cuts down on the use of the house which is a bummer when you're really looking forward to the house!

I already recommended it to a friend and they recommended it to a friend!
  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway


From the Owner

My husband and I bought our first Sanctuary by the Sea in Carmel in 2006. Our background includes architecture, kitchen & bathroom design, Realtor, Stager ,Former Vermont Innkeeper/Chef. David -Architect-loves to create spaces that nurture and inspire and Annee likes to create places (vacation homes) that nurture and inspire. We created Sanctuary Vacation Rentals to help our friends be able to share their beautiful homes and allow families and friends to come together to experience what we believe is one of the most beautiful places on the planet and have all the comforts of a home away from home. The owners of these homes are very involved and take a lot of joy and pride in opening their home and hearts to fellow travelers. It is our deepest wish that anyone who stays at one of the Sanctuary Vacation Homes feel that this is one of the nicest places they have ever stayed including every one who assists them in the reservation process. Annee Hayden Martin

Activity and Interests

The Monterey Peninsula is unique in its combination of breathtaking natural resources and a multiplicity of cultural and entertainment possibilities. You can find something for every possible taste. For nature lovers, there is the diversity of mountain and sea, for picnicking, surfing, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, beachcombing, bird-watching, kayaking, scuba diving, tidepooling, biking and more. If you want a man-made excitement, we have art galleries galore, excellent fine-art museums, local theater, outstanding restaurants, boutiques, a natural history and a children's museum, a world-class aquarium, and that's just for starters. History buffs will have a field day exploring the adobes of Monterey. There's so much to do that you cannot possibly do it all in one visit, which means you will have to come back.

Other Activities: Whale, dolphin & otter watching!


From $4,000 Per month


  • If you are booking for a last minute stay, ask our Reservationist if there is a Last Minute Special available.**
    **Last Minute Specials typically exclude holidays, special events and the summer season; specials cannot be combined; call for details.

    Note: There is a detached guest house on the property that can be rented separately. If you are not renting the guest house we reserve the right to rent the guest house to another family. Guest limits in this contract refer to the number of overnight guests allowed in the main house only and includes children.

    ** Holidays & Special Events may have higher rates.
    ** Some fees, security deposit and taxes may apply in addition to the base rates.
    ** PG&E gas and electricity are paid by guests for stays of 30 days or more.
    ** Rates are subject to change and Owner approval.
    ** Rates may vary depending upon how many guests are occupying the home, including all infants and children.
    ** See more info at or call 831-373-7103.
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Property Type

  • house


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • Village


  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 1200 sq. ft.


  • 1 Bathroom


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • 1 King bed, 1 Queen bed, 1 Twin bed


  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs


  • Amenities of property.... 42' Flat Screen TV, Blu-Ray/DVD, Gas BBQ, complementary spa passes, two complementary and reusable Monterey Bay Aquarium passes for the duration of your stay, hors d'oeuvres upon arrival, local wine, spa amenities in bath, high-thread-count linens and luxury bath towels, spa robes, local reading material and maps, CD iPod dock, beach blankets, chairs, umbrella. Amenities of Surrounding Community... Whale Watching, Golf, Tennis, Shopping, Sightseeing, Restaurants, Rafting, Kayaking, Sailing, Swimming, Snorkeling/Diving, Surfing, Windsurfing, Biking, Mountain Biking, Wildlife Viewing, Hiking, Fishing, Fitness Center/Gym, Health/Beauty Spa, Antiquing, Cinemas/Movie Theaters, Live Theater, Museums, Horseback Riding, Other Activities Golfing, Wine Tasting, Farmers' Markets, Music Events, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Dancing, Fisherman Wharf, Redwood Forests, Workshops, Retreats, Festivals, Laguna Seca, Tomato Fest, Meditation, Yoga, Spa

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