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Tuscan-style retreat, in the country with 360 views, upper Carmel Valley

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3-4 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 8, RATE VARIES WITH # OF GUESTS.

3-4 bedrooms, 2 baths. Sleeps 8. 2 king-sized beds, 2 twins plus one twin w/trundle. Swimming pool, hot tub, hiking, horseback riding, bocci ball, horse shoes, 2 bikes available. wine tasting available. Personal Chef with 2 day notice. PRICE VARIES WITH NUMBER OF GUESTS. We provide a full kitchen for your use. We use biodegradable cleaning products.You will enjoy the beautiful Carmel Valley views. The vineyard is a working vineyard. Our vineyard manager is available to teach about growing our Syrah grapes.

Karen Hoffman
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, the vineyard manager speaks Spanish if needed
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

About Karen Hoffman

We love the Central Coast, a special place we call Paradise. In 2003 we bought a hilltop property in upper Carmel Valley and now enjoy magnificent mountain views and serenity. We are always inspired by the natural surroundings of the beautiful Santa Lucia Mountains. We enjoy entertaining with our friends, family and grandchildren. From every visitor's perspective, our little corner of the world beckons vacationers to return again and again.

Karen Hoffman purchased this chateau / country house in 2003

Why Karen Hoffman chose Carmel Valley

We fell in love with Cachagua (Upper Carmel Valley), which reminds us of Tuscany. We love the quiet solitude and 360 degree mountain views from our hilltop vineyard. For city people who want sun and country, this is the place!

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Mountain views forever, quiet, private and peaceful. A wonderful retreat!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Carmel Valley in Monterey County

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:30
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No smoking in or around home or grounds with no exceptions due to fire hazard.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • 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 ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Second floor bath - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Ground floor bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • see photos
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Second floor, Balcony with western mountain views.
    King Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Second floor, Balcony with western mountain views.
    Double Twin Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Second floor. Sliding doors open to King Bedroom 2.
    Twin + Trundle in Den - 2 Single Bed , First floor, twin & trundle. Door opens to patio & pool.
  • see above and photos
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 2 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • Racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Rates vary with number of people in your party


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(39 traveller reviews)

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Tuscan-style retreat, in the country with 360 views, upper Carmel Valley
average rating of 4.974359 based on 39 reviews

Unbelievable Home!

  • 5 of 5

We just stayed at the Tuscan Retreat for a week and was blown away. The house, pool, and view were amazing. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review. You both are welcome back anytime. Josh responded to communications promptly. Very considerate and appreciative of the home and surroundings. They read the information book and followed instructions: water conservation, keeping gate closed, keeping pool cover closed, what to do when leaving. They were very clean, Thank you again.
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San Francisco, CA

Repeat Visitor, peaceful retreat!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying at Karen’s Tuscan retreat - you feel a sense of ease as you enter the property - everything is so meticulously cared for from the seating areas to the decorations - Love cooking in the kitchen and strolling the property. Hope we can make it back another time!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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San Jose, CA

Tranquility so close to home.

  • 5 of 5

Comfort and relaxation. I think we sat in every seat outside and just gazed out at the different views or watched the birds play around. Really, the views are spectacular. We didn’t come into contact with anyone after we were greeted. Plenty of places to chill together or alone.

The home was very clean, comfortable and everything we needed was there for us. Instructions were clear, and there was absolutely nothing to stress over. The lovely bottle of Syrah from their vineyards also helped!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Danville, CA

We want to return for peace and tranquility.

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous property. Karen was helpful and welcoming.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unsurpassed beauty and comfort

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent our 10th wedding anniversary at the Tuscan retreat. Of all our vacations the last ten years, this was by far our favorite. The peace and quiet was so rejuvenating and Karen, the owner's special touches made us feel so welcome. This was like staying at your favorite relative's house. She has really thought of everything. Upon arrival from the Bay Area we marveled at the vistas, landscaping and how immaculate the grounds, home and pool were kept. It is remote, but that is what we were seeking. We were finally able to escape SFO, traffic, sirens, etc. We feel very privileged that Karen shared this fabulous home. If she ever sells this home . . .

One last note, we gleaned from her pictures of the home construction and landscaping projects that Karen began this endeavor with her partner, Dr. Tony Smith. She is now a winemaker(the Syrah is fabulous, by the way) and it was touching to know that she carries on the legacy of her partner. Carpe diem.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your wonderful review is why I keep this piece of paradise. It warms my heart to know you appreciate all the nocks and crannies. This has been a project of enjoyment and some tears. Thank you for the detailed review. I am sorry we didn't meet. Salvador the vineyard manager gave you both a thumbs up. Hope you come back for more peace and quiet. Sincerely, Karen
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Very nice place. Enjoyed the nature and fantastic vieuw.

  • 4 of 5

Nice home with beautiful garden.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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You are in a beautiful country setting. Once you arrive you won't want to leave. We have hiking trails, horseback riding, biking, wine tastings, swimming. Personal chef available. Buy your groceries before traveling the property. You will be 20 mins to the closest grocery/deli store. The Aquarium is in Monterey by the wharf 2 free guest passes are provided.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Carmel Valley, California

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £42 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £75.16
cleaning fee £265.72
Pet Fee £113.88

Rates vary depending on number of guests. No loud parties. No groups over the agreed upon number of guests either overnight or day use. Prohibited to organize parties or events without prior consent. Children under 6 no charge unless there is a party for children. Conserve water. Keep gate closed. Keep pool cover closed when not using. Inquire about discounts

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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