3 bedroom + loft/ 3 1/2 bath, includes 2 master suites mountain views
rob and susan farrens
About rob and susan farrens
We have lived in the central valley all of our lives. We love family, fitness and creating memories in beautiful places. We have been in the interior design and Health club industry for 33 years. We enjoy life and feel very blessed to have found carmel Valley.
rob and susan farrens purchased this Chateau / Country House in 2012
Why rob and susan farrens chose Carmel Valley
I have spent the past 45 years vacationing in Carmel and Carmel Valley. As a designer, I have worked on many homes in Carmel and Pebble Beach; the beauty is simply unsurpassed! Our company recently opened six new health clubs within 20 miles or so of carmel valley. Our son attended Stevenson School, and we felt compelled to find a place of our own. Robbie is a national champion road cyclist, who found that the best roads to train on were clearly in Carmel Valley, so we named our home, 'Chateau Bicyclette'. We fell in love with Carmel Valley because of the mild climate, relaxed atmosphere , the many wineries and exceptional restaurants, and the relaxed, friendly sense of community it offers.
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
At first glance, we fell in love with the live oaks at our farmhouse. We loved the beautiful travertine and light wood finishes. However, the mountain view backdrop was where we truly fell in love. As a family, we were charmed and mesmerized by the majestic landscape. We never tire of the views, and our outdoor hikes through the mountains.
Minimum age of primary renter:30
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Wonderful house and location
The house and property are beautiful. We had a group of 6 for a girls weekend. We all were very pleased with the house and location. Backyard is very serene with many gathering areas. We enjoyed walking on trails by the creek just over the back fence. We also walked (15 minutes) to the main Carmel Valley strip for wine tasting, lunch and music - so nice to not have to make someone drive everyone. Everyone was comfortable in their beds and the house is decorated nicely. No complaints but I do agree that the check out list is long.
I would recommend this to anyone and several of us hope to return.
Great House! Great Location!
Once a year the five of us go on a getaway. This was my year to choose the location and the date! I spent many hours looking for a house to accommodate us; five fun, super active, crazy grandmas.. So I was so pleased to find this house on VRBO!
We were not disappointed! The house was a lovely location and
welcoming from the front gate. I
The owners were attentive .
Monterey County is a fabulous place to visit and has more than enough for folks of all ages to enjoy!
We all had an amazing time and can't wait to go back.
Fabulous Home for all ages!
We had three generations and all had a wonderful experience. Swimming, evenings around the fire pit fixing S’mores. Great kitchen, and a very easy to use entertainment system. Close to great restaurants! Susan and Rob were wonderful hosts!!
thank you Kay!! please come back and stay with us!
Beautiful house, Peaceful location.
We had a lovely 4 nights staying at the Chateaux Bicyclette. We were travelling with our grown up children and there was plenty of space to either socialise or get away from each other if needed!!The kitchen and main living area was beautiful, with a large seating area and dining area. The kitchen has been recently refurbished to a very high standard. This opens out into the garden with several seating areas, pool, hot tub and vegetable garden which as guests you can help yourself to. We loved toasting marshmallows around the fire pit. My husband and I enjoyed staying in the amazing master bedroom it felt very luxurious. Our main issue was that with so much to do in the area we did not have long enough to enjoy this lovely space. We enjoyed kayaking at moss landing, hiking in the great sur area and making use of the aquarium tickets in Monterey.
We were travelling between LA and San Francisco and this made a great break between two busy cities.
We did get a bit anxious when the check in details arrived on the evening before we left the LA hotel it would have given us more peace of mind if we had heard sooner. Also we couldn't find a chopping board to cut up the lovely garden vegetables in what was otherwise a really well stocked kitchen. The owners were very helpful letting us have a later check out time. We hope to be able to come back and stay again before too long.
A perfect place for our family getaway
This is going to be a long review because we were so happy with this property. We needed a place to host our family vacation weekend in the Carmel/Monterey area. It can be challenging to find a place that has all of the features that are important to us: clean, large enough for 7 adults (living space / beds / dining), nice location, parking space for vehicles, decent kitchen for group cooking, clean and modern furniture, comfortable beds. In general, I was looking for a place where everyone could comfortably be together or apart during our time together. We felt like we hit the jackpot with Susan & Rob's place!
It had everything we were looking for and made our first family getaway with our new in-law kids a huge success. The backyard felt like a private retreat: plenty of comfortable furniture for lounging and reading, a well-maintained shallow pool with a deck, a hot tub, large trees and a beautiful view. Two of our family members went hiking - just walk straight through the backyard gate and off you go! Each evening we sat around the fire pit and visited. In the morning we had group cooking for breakfast and found the appliances to be new and in top condition which made cooking and clean-up easy. The owners left plenty of replacement items for things that run out such as garbage bags, paper towels, etc.
A couple of small things mentioned in the instructions were a little different than described: there was no gift basket (not a problem, but just for information) and the Monterey Bay Aquarium passes were missing but this was handled nicely by the property manager (we did receive two admissions - thank you!). The instruction binder for the property listed outdated information about the property manager but I was able to reach the current manager through VRBO. Feedback from our son who slept on the twin bed in the loft: his pillow kept sliding off the bed during the night; having a headboard would be helpful.
There is a cleaning list to follow at check-out & if you stay with a large group, this will take a bit of time - we found we needed to run 3 loads of laundry for all of the sheets & towels. But the washer & dryer were easy to use and Susan graciously gave us extra time for check-out so we were not rushed.
The owners are generous hosts and we were grateful to stay in such a beautiful place! You helped make our family trip very special. Thank you!
You don't need to travel Europe to find this charming country french farm house nestled in a prominent wine region. 'Chateau Bicyclette' is settled in a quiet neighborhood with a backyard designed for family entertaining, with a picturesque view of the Santa Lucia Mountain range. Just newly renovated, the outdoors has a new hot tub, upper and lower decking, a sparkling pool, and a large grassy area surrounded by fruit trees and lavender. A lovely live oak is the pivoting element , with a classic wooden rope swing. There is a cedar play house, organic vegetable and herb gardens, and a holding paddock to rest horses between trail rides.
Dampierre little league park can be accessed from the back gate. The Carmel river is just 50 yards away. Seasonal bridges allow access to Garland Regional Park, where magical trails await to awaken your senses. Even in the middle of summer, when the coastal fog drops temperatures to 50 degrees, this corner of heaven averages 80 degrees and has lovely sunsets.
After dark, sit around the fire bowl, bbq, and enjoy the complimentary basket of s'mores that come with your stay.
Our home is within 15 minutes of Laguna Seca Raceway, 5 minutes from Bernardus lodge, and 15 minutes from The Refuge Spa. It is also within walking distance to shopping, great wine tasting, and restaurants.