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Review 5134: Owner, The Cottage at Lover's Point (#275417)

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Review by Tourmama from CA who is a SlowTrav Contributor

2bed/2bath house in Pacific Grove, California


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When

September 2011, 3 days

Location

The Cottage at Lover's Point is located just a few blocks from Pacific Grove's "Lover's Point" beach area, and just a block from a lovely protected beach and park with convenient picnic tables. It is in a residential area just a few blocks from the village's business district. It faces a somewhat busy street that adjoins the beach path; there is moderate traffic during the day, but very little at night. It was on a small lot, but on a corner, so did not feel "crowded." It was wonderful to look out the windows in either of the two bedrooms and see a view of park and ocean.

Nearby Amenities

The house was well located for walking to the business district - there was a wonderful independent grocer about six blocks from the house, and several restaurants and cafes within a 10 minute walk. And the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium was an easy one mile walk along a pedestrian path just across the street from the cottage; a path that stretched for several miles along the coastline.

The House/Apartment

The cottage was built in 1905, but has been wonderfully updated. It is two story, with large entry hall, living/dining room, large, well appointed kitchen, full bath (no shower, though the owner said he was planning to add one) and laundry room on the ground floor, and two bedrooms and a second large bathroom with rain shower and tub on the second floor. Though compact, the house did not feel small, and many windows made it light and bright.

Garden

This house sits on a small corner lot. There is a small outdoor seating area in the front, with two rocking chairs for seating, and a low wall. There is a brick driveway/patio to the rear with a gas barbecue; there are garden chairs and a table available for outdoor dining, and a rolling gate that encloses the area to provide privacy.

In addition, we were less than a block away from a city park and a wonderful protected cove with a sandy beach.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The furniture was good quality, and comfortable. In addition to an L-shaped sofa (which converted to a sofa bed) there were two window seats with plump and comfy pillows, and several other occasional chairs; the dining table seated the five of us adequately, but cozily. There was a large flat screen TV with DVD player, and a compact sound system.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

The bedrooms were compact, but comfortable, with good storage space. Beds were wonderfully comfortable, with great mattresses and high quality linens. Each bedroom had a flat screen TV. The owner had found a creative solution in the second bedroom, where a queen sized bed could have made opening the door a challenge -- solution? hinges in the middle of a standard wooden door that allowed it to fold in half to clear the bed! The upstairs bathroom was large, with plenty of storage, wonderful rain shower head, and a generous sink counter. The downstairs bathroom was also large, but had no shower - although the owner indicated he was planning to add one soon. There were plenty of large, soft, quality towels in each. And a separate supply of beach towels!

Kitchen

There was a lovely large remodeled kitchen with extensive granite counter tops, two sets of good quality dishes, both a conventional oven and a large microwave, and a family sized side by side refrigerator/freezer. There were plenty of cooking and serving dishes and utensils, and we did cook several meals (one dinner and three breakfasts).

Problems or Bonuses

We were very pleased by the extra touches provided by the owner - a storage chest tucked along side the house housed a wonderful supply of sand toys for our junior member; in a storage shed in the back were two good quality bicycles and bike helmets available for our use. There were shopping bags hanging near the refrigerator to take to the market. There was a six foot folding table that was available for backyard dining, along with several outdoor chairs.

Another wonderful feature was the keyless keypad entry, making it easy for us to access the house upon arrival. He had provided us with the entry code which we could use at both front and back doors. They worked beautifully, and it meant we could all come and go without worrying about someone needing to take a key.

The only negative surprise was the fact that the street outside the house was busier than we had anticipated. It carried a fair amount of traffic during the day, as visitors drove along the coastline. However, traffic diminished markedly in the evening, and was not a problem at night.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

The owner was wonderfully responsive to all sorts of questions during the booking process, and during our visit. He was very accommodating, and provided an inflatable mattress and bedding for our seven year-old granddaughter so that she could sleep upstairs rather than on the sofa-bed on the main floor There was no on-site agent, but we were invited to contact the owner by phone if needed, and he responded quickly when I sent him an email advising one of the smoke detector batteries had died noisily during our stay.

This rental property met every expectation, and more. It was comfortable, warm, and inviting.

The rental for this property for our September visit was $250/night, plus a $100. cleaning fee, with a 5% reduction for paying by check rather than credit card. There was also a security deposit, but the check was held by the owner and returned to me within a few days of our return home.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

We would definitely stay at this cottage again. It is lovingly cared for, well appointed, and owned by a responsive owner who clearly wants his tenants to have a pleasant experience.

Things to do in this area

Pacific Grove is a small village just south of Monterey, home of the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is only a mile from the cottage. Just a little south of the cottage are the rocky beaches of Asilomar State Park, where you can explore the tide pools and walk along the coastal path watching the birds, and the sea otters and sea lions. Monterey offers shopping, and a historic park as well as the aquarium, and nearby Carmel offers more shopping, wine tasting, a visit to the Carmel Mission and more.

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