We returned yet again to The Cottage at Glen Oaks. Why wouldn't we? The place is nice, the location is wonderful, the people -- from the manager and his wife to the housekeeping staff -- are pleasant and friendly. The wild turkeys pecking in the yard might be a bit tough at Thanksgiving, but the deer looking in the bedroom window when we drew back the curtains in the morning wasn't really much of an invasion of privacy. Cheap it isn't but then this is Big Sur and you won't find better value around.
The upgrading of furnishing and fittings at the cottage has continued in the past year since our previous visit -- new bathroom fittings, new fridge, new stove. A shame that the new sink plug in the bathroom already doesn't work properly, but then coming from Europe we figured long ago that designing hotel sink plugs is definitely not what made America great.
One serious criticism: good to have a fine new stove, but what happened to the baking tray or cookie tray or whatever it is called in USA? Surely it comes with the stove, but none of any sort was present -- very sad when your San Francisco round sourdough falls through the shelf bars. Would be good if a toaster were provided to avoid this problem!
Although The Cottage is very different from the motel rooms at Glen Oaks (quieter, less trendy, no noise from next door room) one thing which makes Glen Oaks a very useful stopping place for overseas guests who need, these days, to travel light: free access to a laptop PC, and a printer too - invaluable.
If you go to Big Sur for a few days and want a kitchen, stay here. But please, not when we want to book it....