We stayed at Carmel cottage for 4 nights in the summer. Even though it was a holiday weekend, it was fairly quiet and secluded. The cottage is exceptional - well-designed (keeps cool with concrete tile flooring, high ceilings and a shaded lot) and lots of charm. We enjoyed the deck - what a great place to relax, with an amazing view and a resident hummingbird to boot. Cottage is in excellent shape, and walking distance to a beach and kayak/canoe rentals. The owners were fabulous - quick to respond when we had questions and very friendly! We will be back!
Stayed with family - Recommended to friends and family
We rented the cottage for 5 days on our honeymoon. Overall, our experience was good. The owner is excellent and professional to work with.
What would have moved our experience from good to great was knowing a little more about the cottage ahead of time. The pictures and descriptions of the place on the website were accurate. Two things caught us off guard. The first was from the pictures we didn't quite get a sense of the layout. The cabins feels smaller in person than it does in the pictures. Also, the layout was not clear to us. We couldn't see how the pictures were related. It turns out the hot tub is on a lower deck beside the house that you access by walking around the house on the deck and descending a set of stairs. The hot tub itself is great!
Also, not mentioned is the house has neighbours. This might be important to you if you are looking for lots of privacy. A large vacation home sits above the cottage. Fortunately, it's main deck is not visible from the cottage. You can hear the neighbours from time to time. On the other side is a small cottage. You can see it's back from the hot tub in the daytime.
And if internet matters to you, the place has super speedy internet. We had a couple rain days and the internet was nice to have so we could watch shows from iTunes.
Stayed with spouse - Recommended to friends and family
We had such a great time staying at this adorable cabin. The cabin is right on the lake with your own dock and paddle boat to use. We brought our kayaks which was perfect for the lake, swimming was also absolutely perfect as well. Lots of beautiful wild life around, from the painted turtles that live in the lake to the humming birds dancing around and blue herons nesting at the end of the lake. I loved this place and cannot wait to go back.