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Immaculate Carmel Cottage ~ Beautiful Designer Interiors ~ Dog Friendly! in Carmel-By-The-Sea

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***Rates do not include cleaning, taxes or appropriate fees***

***Rates are usually higher for Holidays and Special Events that fall within each season***

Welcome to 'Sanctuary-by-the-Sea'!

**Save $1000 per month when booking 60 days prior to arrival & Save $1500 per month when booking 30 days prior to arrival.

Come nourish body, mind and spirit in this special Carmel-by-the-Sea cottage called 'Sanctuary-by-the-Sea' that was remodeled with a new kitchen and two guest bathrooms. The owners have created a wonderful refuge in this 1,700-square-foot cottage and invite you to take time out to experience the breathtaking beauty and exquisite charm of Carmel and the surrounding Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur Coast. The cottage is filled with a wonderful collection of books, videos, DVDs, music and art that ranges from the whimsical to the sacred, a collection that us both inspirational and entertaining.

A powerful sense of place calls forth the artist within and says come play, write, paint, create, rest, allow, be.

The cottage lends itself to reflection and renewal and at the same time, everything you could possibly need, including a picnic basket, beach chairs even a beach grill (Carmel allows fires on the beach), is available for those who want to venture out to the beaches, countryside and nearby redwood forests of Big Sur.

The owner once had an Inn in Vermont and special care has been taken to provide many of the same amenities, including a bottle of wine from a local vineyard and hors d'oeuvres upon arrival. The beds have luxury cotton sheets, hypo-allergenic comforters, un-feather beds, oversized towels (on a towel warmer), Spa bathrobes, magazines, wine tasting and much more (see amenities).

Upon entering Sanctuary with its colorful cascading flower boxes, you will find a lovely space with vaulted white ceilings, warm white cottage walls, oak floors, and plenty of windows that allow light and yet are oriented to maintain privacy. On the first floor is the living room with a wood-burning fireplace and gas kindler, and a dining area that seats six - 8 guests and opens to the newly remodeled kitchen.

The kitchen is fully equipped with a professional Viking range and top appliances, unique serving pieces and platters for entertaining. There are numerous cookbooks to browse through including one by the owner, who has written a cookbook filled with great recipes and stories from her life in Vermont at the Inn at the Round Barn Farm in Waitsfield, Vt.

On the first floor there is a guest bedroom called the birdhouse room with a queen-sized bed that has a white picket fence bed frame and two small bird houses on posts. Just seeing this bed invites you to come nestle under the cozy plush comforter with a good novel and cup of tea.

The media room/den has two large picture windows overlooking the flower-covered deck and fenced-in back yard (pet and child-friendly). There is a 42-inch HDTV color TV with full cable, video/DVD library, high-speed wireless internet connection and numerous books. There is a queen sleeper sofa so the room can be used as an optional 4th bedroom.

The first floor also has an updated renovated bathroom with subway tiled shower as well as a washer and dryer. There is a wonderful private deck with grill, comfortable furniture and distant ocean views with white water thru the pines making for spectacular Carmel sunsets.

On the upper level is the master bedroom with a king-sized Bed. There is a HDTV with complete cable/video/DVD and a wood-burning fireplace with gas kindler. The vaulted ceilings and tall windows give a sense of spaciousness and the feeling of being in a tree house.

One can catch beautiful sunsets looking toward the ocean. The crisp night air, warm cozy comforters and the sound of the ocean in the distance make for a wonderful night's sleep.

The newly remodeled master bathroom is done in cottage white with butter-cream accents. There are oak floors, a vintage cast-iron bathtub with double rolled edges with distant views out a large picture window to the ocean and privacy from the tall pines.

There is a separate shower with hand-crafted subway tiles, and frame-less glass enclosure, two pedestal sinks, ample storage and a separate water closet this is located inside the master suite. Please note that if a guest is sleeping in the Velveteen Rabbit Room that they would have to walk thru the master suite to access the upstairs bathroom or use the bathroom downstairs below that is accessible off the hallway. There is also a large walk-in closet with plenty of handing space and room to put your suitcases.

The Velveteen Rabbit Room is a small room that has multiple uses. There is a trundle bed that sleeps 1-2 individuals and can be made into a king-size bed. It could be used to sleep children or adults, provide office space, artist's studio or anything else you might imagine.

There is a large second library located on the stairs landing between the master suite and velveteen room that is filled with many inspirational and entertaining books.

Any guest who stays here falls in love with this special cottage by the sea called Sanctuary.

Owner requests guests who are quiet and respectful of our neighbors who are close in proximity and our friends. Location of home is in quiet neighborhood.

Additional rate details and terms may be seen on our website at, or feel free to contact one of our friendly, knowledgeable reservationists to receive a full quote via email.


We look forward to hosting you soon!

The Sanctuary Vacation Rentals Team

Homeaway quotable rates reflect base rates only and do not include cleaning, taxes, appropriate fees or higher rates for holidays or special events that fall inside each season. One month minimum rental per City of Carmel. Please inquire directly for availability and the best rates. 831-373-7103

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house rental amenities

  • Property Type
    • 2 story house
    • floor area 1800 sq. ft.
  • Meals
    • guests provide their own meals
  • Location Type
    • near the ocean
    • village
    • ocean view
      • Distant ocean view through the Pines.
  • Theme
    • sports & activities
    • adventure
    • family
    • historic
    • romantic
    • tourist attractions
    • away from it all
  • General
    • parking for rv/boat/trailer
    • wood fireplace
    • free long distance
    • iron & board
    • thermos bottle
    • broadband access
    • wireless internet
    • internet
    • towels provided
    • washing machine
    • clothes dryer
    • fireplace
      • 2 - one in living room and one in master bedroom
    • parking
    • garage
    • parking off street
    • parking on street
    • heating
    • living room
    • activities guide
    • alarm clock
    • ceiling fans
    • firewood
    • hair dryer
    • laundry soap
    • local maps
    • local restaurant guide
    • basic soaps
    • toilet paper
    • telephone
    • linens provided
  • Kitchen
    • catering available
    • stove
    • dishes & utensils
    • kitchen
    • grill
    • coffee maker
    • toaster
    • cooking utensils
    • dishwasher
    • refrigerator
    • freezer
    • oven
    • microwave
    • blender
    • coffee grinder
    • ice maker
    • lobster pot
    • pantry items
    • stove
  • Dining
    • dining area
    • dining
  • Bathrooms
    • 2 bathrooms
    • bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower, clawtub bath with view
    • bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower
  • Bedrooms
    • 3 bedrooms, sleeps 8, beds for 6-8
    • bedroom 1: 1 king, master
    • bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single, trundle bed can become king
    • bedroom 3: 1 queen
    • den/media room: 1 sleep sofa /futon, queen sleeper sofa
  • Entertainment
    • television
    • satellite / cable
    • vcr
    • radio
    • stereo
    • cd player
    • books
    • books for adults
    • books for kids
    • games
    • games for kids
    • music library
    • toys
    • video library
    • dvd player
  • Outside
    • deck / patio
    • lawn / garden
      • garden
    • tennis
      • many courts nearby
    • golf
      • many courses nearby
    • outdoor grill
    • wood deck
    • outdoor grill gas
    • barbecue
    • beach chairs
    • beach towels
    • small cooler
  • Suitability
    • children welcome
    • non smoking only
    • pets considered
    • long-term renters welcome
  • Onsite Services
    • massage
    • concierge
    • staff
  • Notes
    • Two Fireplaces, Fenced in Yard for Children and Pets, High-Speed Internet , Washer and Dryer, Instant Hot Water, Bar Sink, Cookbooks, Newly Remodeled Master Bathroom with Towel Warmer, Soaking Tub, Parking for 3 Cars, Hair Dryer, Books, Music, Daily Newspaper Delivered to Door, Wine (or Sparkling Cider) and Hors D'oeuvres Upon Arrival, Beach Chairs, Beach Blanket, Beach Towels, Beach Grill, and Picnic Basket Backpack, 4 Complimentary Passes to Spa on the Plaza in, (Includes Sauna, Hot Tub, Heated Swimming Pool, Gym Sauna), Free Wine tasting passes, Luxury Linens, Oversized Terry Bathrobes, Washer/Dryer, Clothesline, Local Owners' Assistance Golfing, Wine Tastings, Farmer Markets, Theatre, Music Events, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Dancing, Fisherman Wharf, Redwood Forests, Workshops, Retreats, Festivals, Laguna Seca, Tomato Fest, Meditation, Spa Services

activities and attractions in Carmel-By-The-Sea Central Coast

  • Attractions
    • cinemas
    • museums
    • live theater
    • restaurants
    • synagogues
    • winery tours
    • bay/sound
    • forests
    • botanical garden
    • churches
    • library
    • marina
    • water parks
    • recreation center
    • playground
    • health/beauty spa
  • Leisure Activities
    • horseback riding
    • antiquing
    • scenic drives
    • sight seeing
    • beachcombing
    • bird watching
    • eco tourism
    • outlet shopping
    • paddle boating
    • walking
    • whale watching
    • wildlife viewing
    • shopping
    • boating
  • Sports & Adventure Activities
    • snorkeling/diving
    • kayaking
    • deepsea fishing
    • roller blading
    • equestrian events
    • scuba diving or snorkeling
    • sound/bay fishing
    • surf fishing
    • rafting
    • hiking
    • golf
    • wind-surfing
    • mountain biking
    • surfing
    • swimming
    • tennis
    • sailing
    • cycling
    • fishing
    • golf privileges optional
    • snorkeling

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vacation rental rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:

Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly * Event Minimum Stay
SPRING 2014**
Mar 1 2014 - May 31 2014
30 nights
SUMMER 2014**
Jun 1 2014 - Jul 31 2014
30 nights
Aug 1 2014 - Aug 31 2014
30 nights
FALL 2014**
Sep 1 2014 - Oct 31 2014
30 nights
WINTER 2014-2015**
Nov 1 2014 - Feb 28 2015
30 nights
My Standard Rate
30 nights

Additional information about rental rates

**Rates are based on up to 6 guests (including infants & children). For 7-8 guests, add $200 per month.
** For full rates & rental terms, please see our website or inquire directly.
** Some fees & taxes apply in addition to the base rates quoted above.
** PG&E gas & electricity are paid by guest.
** Save $1000-$1500 when booking within 30-60 days of arrival.

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traveler reviews for this carmel-by-the-sea house rental

Relaxing vacation

Review submitted: April 10, 2012   Date of arrival: March 24, 2012

We had the most relaxing visit at Sanctuary by the Sea during our March trip. The home was extremely clean and I love clean. Every detail was thought of throughout the home from the kitchen to the wonderful throw blankets. Our yorkie, Sasha, enjoyed her daily walks and the secret garden below the deck. I enjoyed my daily walks through town and along the beach. The instant hot water was perfect as we have tea every night. We have one at our home and I thought I would have to do without for the week, Annie was thoughtful enough to have one in this home. We have stayed at 10-12 different vacation rentals and this was by far the best on the list. We will be coming back again. Don't look at another home rent this one!

Helpful votes: 2 / 4


Perfect, beyond compare

Review submitted: March 29, 2012   Date of arrival: March 24, 2012

We are leaving day after next, how sad for us. We found the home to be perfect for us. We have rented 10-12 VRBO's and this was by far the best. Annie thought of everything, the home was presented as a 5 Star resort would be. You will find that the home is a close drive to downtown to many wonderful restaurants and shops. Make sure to go to the Lush store downtown Carmel and get a bath bomb or something else for the bath, you can see the ocean as you relax in the claw foot tub, heaven. Our yorkie, Sasha, loved laying on the pillow at the corner of the sofa as well as the hidden garden beyond the gated deck. The neighborhood is very quiet, the ocean is just blocks away. It is a wonderfully long walk/run to downtown and out Scenic Ave to Mission Inn and back, about 6 or so miles, however the hills on the way back are killers. We didn't use the kitchen much, I was on strike, it's my vacation too. We went to Il Fornaio and had wonderful service, Nico's was great from lunch, but the best was driving to Big Sur and eating at one of our favorites, Ventana Inn. It's about 45 minutes but the scenic views and the food are out of this world. So sad to go but we look forward to yet another trip to Carmel.

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, pet-friendly, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 1 / 2


Truly a Sanctuary

Review submitted: November 26, 2011   Date of arrival: October 12, 2011

We have rented "pet friendly" homes in the Carmel area for the past nine years and none have been as well appointed as this home! It truly is a "sanctuary" vacation rental. Plus,the staff went out of their way to meet our special request. We look forward to our return.

J,D & Pup!
Littleton, CO

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


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Carmel-By-The-Sea vacation rental

This vacation rental has been listed since 05/26/2006.