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Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Country Cottage On Private, Serene Three Acres Of Land

You feel a sense of peacefulness the minute you step onto the grounds at Star Route. Sit on the front porch, relax in a hammock under the oaks, and enjoy the feeling you get from nourishing yourself in nature. The air is so pure up here, there is lichen growing on the rocks. This is a place to relax, put your feet up, take a hike to the river or dam, and just let go of the who's who, what's what, and let your creative juices flow. The cottage has been redecorated with vintage finds, and has a comfy queen bed, and sleeper/sofa in the living area. The kitchen has a special nook just for two, or if you have more guests, there is a dining table in the living area. There are many places to relax on the property, and I like guests to make themselves at home. There is no T.V., and yes, we are on a farm with chickens, no longer have a rooster, but you can hear the neighbors roosters in the distance. The ducks roam free, and we are happy to share vegetables from Jeff's yummy garden, (winter months though, not much available). We have one dog, one cat, doves, ducks, and chickens that are a delight to the property.

We have another cottage on the property, 311262, The Bunkhouse Suite, if you have family or friends you'd like to spend time with.

I live on the property in the main house, but there is plenty of privacy between the cottages.

The road to get here winds through the mountains, and if you don't like curvy roads, this may not be your journey. The closest restaurant and shops are in the village (20 minutes from the cottage).

More Details

Rose Merrill
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 September, 2017

About Rose Merrill

I'm a singer/songwriter loving life in the mountains so I can take care of my animals, garden and work on my music. I've been coming to this property since I was a little girl, and never dreamed I'd be lucky enough to be living here with my husband, Jeff.

Rose Merrill purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Rose Merrill chose Central Coast California

I love the peacefulness of the property, and the weather is very pleasant. We don't get the fog, or the wind. Maybe a slight breeze, or early fog that will lift by mid-morning.

What makes this cottage unique

I love all the buildings on this property, which were built in the 40's and have a certain charm from that era. You get the feeling of "days gone by". Nourish yourself in nature.



Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Carmel Valley in Monterey County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • A roomy bathroom, with lots of light
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • The bedroom has a country feel with the trees all around, and light filtering through
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
If you like to hike, the Los Padres Dam is about 1/2 miile right outside your doorstep, or you can continue to the head waters, another 6 miles. The Carmel River just up the road at the Cachagua Community Park has a small swimming hole, or a nice place to sit and watch the water flow, or take a dip on a hot day.


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average rating of 4.5 based on 6 reviews

Great little place to relax

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a quiet weekend hanging out at Dove Cottage. The cottage is small and has the essentials, and the best part of the place might be the porches! Between the front and back porches, there was always somewhere to lounge in sun or shade. Rose and Jeff are great hosts and toured us around their property, and pointed us in the direction of some good nearby swimming holes and trails.

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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Nice rustic cottage up in the mountains above Carmel

  • 4 of 5

This cute cabin is exactly as advertised. Quaint, cozy little cottage in a peaceful mountain setting, and perhaps the world's best dog! We didn't spend a lot of time on property; it's probably a better stay if you are looking for a rustic spot to relax in the mountains than for what we did, shuttling up and down from Carmel, but it was still a great spot. Rose (our host) and Ruby (the dog) were very friendly and made sure our stay was comfortable.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely stay

  • 5 of 5

We loved the cottage, it was the perfect size for a family with a 5 year old. Everything was very clean.

Loved the big lot, where our daughter could run around and play with the owner's dog, Ruby:).

Thank you Rose for the apples, cookies and your hospitality.

Great stay!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ladera Ranch, California

Relaxing Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed staying here and our kids loved it even more due to the presence of Ruby the wonder dog and all the other pets and farm animals. The cabin had everything we needed for our three night stay and we got to break in the new grill out front. We hope to be back soon.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Diego, CA

A gem in the mountain!

  • 5 of 5

We only stayed one night on our way from Carmel to LA, but it was a fun and invigorating stop for our whole family (2 adults and 2 small kids)! We would come back in a heartbeat if we happen to be in the area again. Our kids enjoyed Ruby the playful dog and the other farm animals, as well as all the space that was available for them to run around. We enjoyed the fresh air of the mountains, the coziness of the cottage. and the kindness of Rose an It was very a lot, and theand the s The cottage is furnished and decorated with much taste, it was very clean and the linens and towels were of high quality.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quaint little farm cottage

  • 3 of 5

The property was nice and the Merrills were quite accommodating. A quiet, tranquil, and restful abode that I would recommend to almost anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Carmel Valley, California

Rental Basis:
per property
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High Season
1 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £37.04

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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