What a truly pleasant surprise! Now I don't want to gush, because I want to be able to get a room the next time I'm in the Carmel area! But it's hard not to. A very homey place that still exudes Carmel charm, made even more homey by the friendly, helpful, easygoing, family-friendly hosts, Gretchen and Doug-- not to mention the gorgeous pair of super-calm brown tabbies. We stayed inside the inn, in the Patio Room, which was roomy, pretty, brand new updated bathroom, and our own private walled patio outside the French doors. The food was wonderful, we sat both mornings in a corner surrounded by books-- even the books made us feel at home-- and enjoyed a beautifully prepared full breakfast. As former innkeepers, we recognize the focus and care it takes to offer a great experience to each guest, and we easily recognize that Gretchen and Doug do this very, very well. The location was perfect, away from the center of tourist noise and lights, and a very very short block to the white sand beach and turquoise water. So why doesn't it get 5 stars? Only because the property itself is struggling with age, something to expect as the accumulating years demand more vigorous and extensive maintenance. Our pretty room suffered from damp intrusion damage in one wall which demanded repair, and a new coat of paint would not have hurt. That said, it was pretty easy to ignore in light of the warm and generous hosts-- AND the bonus cats! Next time we hope one of the cottages will be available, because we WILL be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Edgemere Cottages is a small, romantic, pet-friendly, family-owned B&B located a half-block from Carmel Beach, on the grounds of a historic Carmel home built in the 1920s and now surrounded by lovely gardens. We provide a delicious, home-made breakfast cooked fresh every morning and served in our dining room. Our recently remodeled and updated cottages are private and secluded and feature kitchenettes, high-definition TVs and DVDs and some have real wood-burning fireplaces. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Edgemere Cottages Hotel Carmel
- Carmel Cottages