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Reviewed June 22, 2011

Our stay at the Garden Gate Cottage in May was a return trip for us to the Moonstone Cottages. We stayed last year in the Seascape cottage which sits closest to the small highway and ocean in front of the cottages. We thought privacy from people passing, whether walking or driving, was not as desirable in the Seascape cottage compared to the Garden Gate Cottage which sits one cottage back from the street. It would be nice if the Seascape Cottage had a large umbrella on the small outdoor deck, and some type of screen to afford privacy if you wanted to sit outside on the deck instead of just being "out there". The Garden Gate Cottage has a bench in front of the cottage under a large shade tree, assorted flowers, and more privacy. :) Both of the cottages are decorated very nicely, are clean, have upgraded finishes with hardwood floors, feel fairly new, and are fun to enjoy. The cottages are quite small, (especially if you have alot of luggage) but they pleasantly accommodate two people. Just don't plan on a spacious feeling when you stay in one of these cute cottages. We enjoyed the fireplace, the table in front of the large window looking towards the ocean where we dined, the beautiful bathroom with separate shower and large jacuzzi tub, refrigerator, the comp cookies. and the assorted coffee supplies. There is a lengthy boardwalk across from these cottages that runs along the ocean, a walker and jogger's paradise. The nearby town of Cambria is quite small but enjoyable to explore. Sandy's Deli in Cambria makes great sandwiches! During our second day in Cambria, we took approximately a 20 minute drive South to the small town of Cayucos and enjoyed a pizza lunch from Frank's Pizza on the oceanfront. Frank's Pizza is very small but a takeout pizza party by the beach was fun and the pizza was very good. The beach was not terribly crowded with people but was definitely more welcoming to beach lovers with its wide sandy beach, restroom facilities, and beautiful ocean front than the ocean area of the Moonstone Beach Drive area where the Moonstone Cottages are located. Both areas are nice but quite different. Negatives about our stay would include a very narrow driveway that goes past the side of the Seascape cottage, curves around in front of and to the opposite side of The Garden Gate Cottage, and curves again past the Mariner cottage and to the parking area in back of the Mariner Cottage. The Mariner Cottage is the third cottage back from the street. If you are driving a very large XL SUV like we were, good luck executing the curves! A separate straight driveway that runs along the opposite side of all the cottages and back towards the required parking area has been blocked off with flower boxes preventing use of this driveway to access the back parking area and avoid the narrow winding curved driveway. Anyone with a very large vehicle can appreciate how nice it would be to have been able to use the straight driveway to access the parking area. We contemplated moving the intentionally placed flower boxes so we could access the parking area without removing paint from the building and fence, but we resisted. :) Prices for these cottages are a bit high and the comp breakfast boxes brought to your room have a disappointing assortment of choices and are not impressive in amount or taste. In summary, we enjoyed our holidays at the Moonstone Cottages and would recommend these cottages to other people.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank SuzySnowgoose
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Reviewed June 15, 2011

Booking a room based on a picture on the internet can be a scary experience. But that is not the case with the Moonstone Cottages. From check-in to check-out, everything was wonderful. Even though the Mariner cottage is the furthest back from the ocean, the view is great, and you don't have the noise from passing traffic. The robes & slippers and the bathroom amenities were greatly appreciated. The picnic breakfast the next morning was so much fun. We had a wonderful 28th anniversary and will definitely return to celebrate more years.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank duo2eagle
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Reviewed April 17, 2011

Along Moonstone Beach Drive all the B&B's and lodges are on the inland side of the road. Therefore you have road traffic between you and the ocean.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank johnsgoneitaly
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Reviewed March 6, 2011

We spent 3 peaceful nights at the Garden Gate Cottage, it was romantic, quiet and so relaxing. The cottage was clean, cozy and very comfortable, the view of the ocean really makes it special!! Each morning breakfast was delivered to us, such a great way to start our day!!
We really enjoyed walking along the boardwalk right across the street.
The staff was great, so friendly and helpful suggesting restaurants and activities in the area.
We had a fabulous time and are looking forward to returning soon!!

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank CaDeb
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Reviewed February 18, 2011

We've stayed in Cambria many many many times. I'd seen the Cottages before, but had never stayed. A rainy rainy holiday weekend should have kept us away, but we needed a break. The Mariner Cottage was a wonderful home away from home, with a welcome fire and charming facilities. The staff at check-in was very friendly and very helpful. Listening to the rain on the roof all night only added to the ambiance. We will never stay anywhere else again, at any price. The room was comfortable, and the free breakfast (delivered to our room) was better than continental. And it was HOT. All the little touches really made for a beautiful trip to one of our favorite locations in the world.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Kerikns
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